Steam Engine Lager | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
steamworksbrewing.com

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 07-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
96
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
15.93%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 96
Photo of roblowther
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Reddish copper with a quickly dissipating light tan head. Smells of caramel and bread. Taste is bready at first and then a bit metallic. I've just noticed this beer is several months past its prime and so this isn't really a fair read. I'll continue just for the practice. The aftertaste is sharp. Mouthfeel is soft and almost chewy. Drinkability is hard to say but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. I suppose I'll have to go to Durango to get a fresher sample. Oh darn the luck!

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Photo of AEK
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

255ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Reddish coloured beer with a huge pillowy white head.

S. Malty, chocolatey, resiny.

T. A weak meaty taste.

M. Very thin.

D. Avoid this and go for their Conductor IPA which is a much better performer. As canned beers go this is definitely a 'no-no' Conductor IPA is way ahead.

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Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Deep amber with good clarity and very light carbonation. A Dense and fizzy cream cap quickly falls to a patchy film. Leaves intermittent bits of lace.

S: Lots of bittersweet toffee and caramel in the nose. Lemon and pepper round things out.

T: Bittersweet toffee dominates. Bitterness has a pronounced, yet balanced bite that brings along some pepper and a bite of lemon and grapefruit citrus. Finishes with lingering toffee and citrus flavors.

M: Despite little visible carbonation, this beer has a lot of tingle hitting my tongue. Feels heavier than the ABV would indicate.

D: This is a nice beer overall. It doesn't quite catch the standard bearer that is Anchor Steam, but is a nice effort.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. 5.5% ABV, Best by Jul '09 notched on back label. Oh well... :/

A - Totally clear amber color with few bubbles rising up to a light beige head with low retention. Specks of lace and a small ring are left.

S - Fair malt and hop balance on the nose. A caramel sweetness is profuse and smells borderline Bock-like. Floral hops take a back seat but provide necessary counteraction to the malts.

T - The flavor balance leans more towards the floral hops with an earthy note while the malts, still caramel, aren't as sweet as expected. A lot of amber qualities to the flavor.

M - Smooth and clean with a crisp carbonation bite to the finish and a lingering dryness as well.

D - A good session lager that's held up well for it's supposed age. Didn't catch the Best by date in the store so I'd love to try a fresh bottle but it's not that bad this go-around.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

heavy pour into duvel tulip

A: pours copper brown, oddly not much head what was present was large bubbles.
S: overly sweet and bready, with a slight hop earthiness.
T: sweetness is mostly in the nose, still sweet roast malt, earthy hops and a very earthy and bready aftertaste.
M: smooth, carbonation seems high. slightly coating.
D: it easy to drink, the sweet smell is slightly off putting.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has an amber color with a small head. Smell is of malts and hops. Taste is good, malts and hops, a bit nutty, considerable amount of flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a refreshing and tasty beer.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer arrived a clean copper color with wispy head. Toasted, bready malt in the aroma balanced by a little earthy, almost grassy, hops.

Sweet malt on the palate, which lingers through a slick center into the finish. Bitterness did shine through at the end.

There are no bad features to this beer, but I do wish for more of the good features. Pretty average.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice amber color and poured a regular but tan head. However the head did not hang around long. The smelled like caramel and tasted a biy t like it also. It was too sweet in fact. I liked it at first but by the last of the brew it was just too sweet. Not buy again.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Steamworks Steam Engine lager pours a couple fingers of loose foam over a generally clear deep amber brew, though there's a fair amount of particualte matter. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is clean lager yeast, lightly toasted malt, and a note of spicy hops. The flavor is mildly toasty sweetish barley malt up front, a little herbal/peppery hops off the back. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Pretty simple stuff really, but that's not a bad quality for a party/session beer- good with food, easy drinking, but still a huge step up from your corn lager.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear orange/amber. Poured a 1 finger white that dissipated to a ring arouind the edges. Broken lacing.

S: Sweet, bready malt and hay. Light peppery hops.

T: Sweet, bready malts; pretty big malt. The taste of crackers lingers into the sharply bitter finish.

M: Light to medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, dry and clean.

D: Very easy to drink. Nice malty fllavor.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yet another CAN! CAN you believe the way they keep coming to me?

From the CAN: "Arguably The Best Ameri[CAN] Style Amber Lager in the World."

I got a finger of quickly dissipating light-tan head with low retention. Nose had a healthy mix of hops and malt with the hops gaining a slight upper hand. Color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber. Mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was more malty than bitter but not overwhelmingly so. I found it a bit too sweet for my taste, but others might really like it. I simply feel that my cooler full of CANs at the beach could be better filled.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is a reddish brown color with a slight wisp of head that dissapeared in a blink of an eye. Obviously no lace to be found.

The aroma is sweet malt and dark fruit. Maybe touch of hop bitterness along with a hint of black pepper.

The flavor is heavy on the malt initally. The hops come in on the back end with dark fruit and a ever so slight hint of wheat crackers.

Medium to light body with loads of carbonation. Nothing too notable.

Overall an average beer in my book. Nothing offensive but nothing worth picking up again.

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Photo of WJVII
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From my father-in-law (former railroad employee 40 years)
Poured into a pint glass this has a translucent amber color with a slight white head that left no lacing. The aroma is of caramel and the yeast is very present. The taste is very malt heavy and a little sweet. Not sure about the taste. Something just seems to be off. Light color, light weight, light carbonation, light taste. It was nice to try, but not something I would sit down to a session with.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orangish-copper into a pint glass. Smell is lightly fruity and some malt and yeast. The taste is nothing like the smell, with heavy on the fruit with a little malt and no detectable hops. Not sure what the fruit flavor is, maybe some kind of berry.

There really isn't much here for this beer. Nothing bad about the beer, but nothing too good about it either. I easily finished the beer but not sure if I would drink another.

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Photo of cokes
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored with a short beige head that quickly relocates itself to the edges of the glass.
Husky grain, and honey roasted nut aroma, with traces of peppery, grassy hops.
Begins with that same mutli-grain huskiness. Sweetens a bit with toffee and bruised red apples. A dab of peanut butter hits midway, along with an awkward brown paper oxidized note. It finishes with a low level, dead leaf, peppery hoppiness.
Flattish of both body and feel. The CO2 burns itself out quickly. Texturally, its pretty lifeless.
I'm rating it a bit on a curve, because the carbonation issue is dooming. What's here seems alright, but its a bit hard to tell.

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Photo of argock
3.84/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a clear pint glass. No freshness date discernible. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Clear amber with pitiful off-white head that disappeared quickly and left no lace. Not promising.

S: The aroma is slightly above average because of the strong bready malt presence and a bit of crisp grassy hoppiness

T: Good flavor with solid biscuity, bready maltiness with nice light yeast fruit notes finished crisply with grassy noble hops that enhance the maltiness, which is pretty substantial.

M: I love the caressing feel of this lager, with girth and coating with a low-average carbonation that really works in conjunction with a solid maltload. Aftertaste is lightly fruity with biscuit and bread in there too.

D: A solid amber lager with dedicated malting to give this brew a very good body and nice classic fruity, bready lager flavor. A bit more hops to dress up the appearance and this would be a real winner.

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Photo of Beejay
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very clear copper broown.. Not much head, but what was there was white and dissipated quickly.

S: Smells slightly yeasty.

T: Slighty yeasty, a little bit tart, and has a nice biscuit taste in there.. the finish is a little fruity.. this tastes like fat tire mixed with my first home brew..

M: Nothing really wrong here.

D: I could see drinking this at a BBQ, but I do not think it is a new favorite. Good beer, but not great.

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Photo of armock
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a ruby color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of dark malt

T- Has a caramel malt flavor for the most part

M - This beer has a thin body with medium carbonation to it

D - I don't really know what to say about this beer its fairly easy to drink but don't know if its my style

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Photo of treehugger02010
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this out of the variety case, which I bought from Bryn Marw beverage in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
A: The body is a transparent brown color. The head is zero fingers tall, a tan color, awful retention, no lacing and small size bubbles.
S: The aromas are caramel, coffee and misplaced fruit notes.
T: The flavors are light expresso, some weird berry stuff going on and caramel.
M: The mouthfeel is very thin and edgy.
D: This is an average beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of botham
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a copper/amber color with a finger and a half of tight off-white head that retains nicely and leaves mild lacings.

aroma is of lightly sweet malt with a bit of caramel and some floral hops. a bit of bready yeast is in the background, giving the brew an overall character reminiscent of an amber with a more potent profile. very well put together in the nose.

taste is lightly malty, with caramel and a very light nutty character in the background. the brew is lightly sweet overall with a semi-dry finish of residual floral hops. the flavors and richness here are unique for a brew this light in body.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a mildly sweet and smooth texture along with a semi-dry mouthfeel that leaves the palate sticky.

drinkability is excellent. this brew is quite a sleeper; solid profile and just enough character to sustain the body and then some. the carmelized sugar character on the palate is neutralized in the finish by the semi-dry hop presence. this BA hopes that other steam beers are as good as this one. cheers!

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/5/2009 (Draft at Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark reddish brown color body. Small whitish head lasting but small. Lager-y smelling, some vegetable. Effervescent. Malty taste, some sweetness. Not vegetably. Soft mouthfeel. Fruity taste, maybe strawberry-like. Okay.

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Photo of Risser09
3.22/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - best by may 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper color with lots of flowing carbonation. The head rises 1" with it's eggshell color and diminishes readily, with no lace left behind.

Smell: Sharp lemon hop aroma is met with lager yeast and caramel malts. Cherry and apple make the nose into a fruity one.

Taste: Bitterness is abundant with some pine and lemon flavors. They make way for caramel malts and nutty almond. The lager yeast gives quite a bite to the beer. It's spicy with pepper notes.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, a tiny bit of sweetness, spicy and some lingering alcohol in the finish. This beer really goes after the palate with vigor.

Drinkability: A good lager, and a welcomed change of pace from the ale-ridden beer scene. A refreshing dinker that you could session.

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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle in Denver, Colorado
A - not much aroma to speak of
A - redish amber color, about an inch of head, dissapates mostly after a few sips
M - medium body, medium carbonation
T - malt, a bit tinny flavor. a slight bit of hop flavor in the aftertaste
D - this beer is drinkable, but not very memorable. an average beer for the style

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Photo of matty
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is fruity with caramel malts.Taste is fruits,caramel,malt and grassy hops.Overall a drinkable smooth beer with pretty good taste.The fruit dominates as the beer gets warmer.Overall I would recommend and buy again.

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Photo of SolaceDevice
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As with all Steamworks beer, this is an average fare. Not complex and yet not the smoothest beer to drink. A good portion of the locals do not care for Steamworks beer becuase it leaves you feeling like a fermenting bottle afterwards (gassy).

I have tasted better beers from better local companies.

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