Steam Engine Lager | Steamworks Brewing Co.

Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager
BA SCORE
3.41/5
131 Ratings
Steam Engine LagerSteam Engine Lager
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 07-29-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,136
Reviews:
97
Ratings:
131
pDev:
15.84%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
6
Trade:
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Ratings: 131 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of SolaceDevice
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of slyke
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co. pours a clear amber color with a half-inch of head that falls to a thin cap after the first couple of sips.

There is only a little bit of sweetness in the aroma of this beer.

The taste has only slight hoppiness (mostly in the aftertaste) with sweet malt forming the bulk of this taste. Some biscuit-like qualities from the malt.

Mouthfeel light to medium bodied with only a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability is okay for this beer. There is nothing that grabs me - nothing objectionable either. I think it would be a good beer with typical pub grub.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an apple cider color with a good off-
white head with really good lacing. Nice
bubbles floating up, love carbonation.

S: No apparent aromas come off of the pour.

T: No overwhelming flavors...bland at best.

M: Watery, just plain watery

D: There is no body to this and along with the
lack of flavor and aroma, there seems to be
no good reason to keep drinking this one.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a can on a late-March vacation to Arizona; no markings to indicate a date. Poured to a pint glass, served with a Popeye's chicken dinner.

Notable can quote: 'Arguably The Best American Style Amber Lager in the World'.

A: A pretty, lightly hazed amber-garnet with scattered rising bubbles. Unimpressive, a barely-covering film, dwindling to a star-shaped splotch, to a completely irrelevant sheen. Despite a nice color, an otherwise sad and lifeless pour.

S: Sweeter aroma, lightly spiced wheat toast. Has a mild apple fruitiness, maybe some berry.

T: Fruity hopping with a tinge of lemon twang, mild caramel. A litlte nutty/toasted flavor. Can't figure out what hops these are: somewhat grassy, somewhat citrusy.

M: Mild feel, low carbonation. A bit spicy with zest, but otherwise a smoother feel with a finely grainy finish.

D: Hmmm...too bad, was hoping to really enjoy this. Without a 'best by' date, it's tough to know how close this was to the brew date - tastes a bit 'old'. As such, it's just an OK drinker, decent flavor but underwhelming look and feel. Would try again, but it's unavailable in OR and wouldn't be one I'd seek out.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: amber red color with thin white head and no lacing.
S: light fruity smell with lots of mellow yeast and malt aromas.
T: tastes off flavored with a weird mix of hops malts and yeast that didn't blend well.
M/D: light and watery feel which makes it easier to drink considering it's taste.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

S = Hints of fruit and toasted bread. The aroma wasn't strong but it was pleasant.

T = Taste was more pronounced than the smell. Biscuit and honey were the main flavors upfront with just the faintest floral hop near the end. The finish was a very nice, semi-sweet, biscuit flavor.

MF= Body was less than medium and carbonation was low. Very smooth.

Overall, this was a delicious and easy to drink lager. Very sessionable. I recommend trying it.

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Photo of wchesak
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped glass

A - slightly red tinted amber, darker than the average lager, hardly any head, minuscule lace

S - like a fresh baked scone, the bready and slight fruit competing, maybe even a touch of honey

T - the malt takes over in the taste, with some sweet caramel notes hitting at the end, barely noticeable hop bitterness at the end

M - great carbonation despite the lack of good head, very clean throughout

D - don't think id put it level with Anchor Steam, but certainly right after, a lager with some depth to it, great session beer

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a nonic.

Crystal clear amber hue, with a bit of a red tint toward the top. A light tan one finger head quickly settles to a thin cap. A bit dark for the style.

Light toasty grain, along with a little bit of fruity yeast esters. A little bit of caramel is in there.

More toasty grain, reminding me of lightly toasted bread. A touch of hops are in the background. More caramel. The yeast adds a little herbal flavor. A bit of a buttery smoothness comes in toward the end. Full bodied.

A very subtle beer, and quite on target for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving notes - on tap, cool
A - no noticeable aroma
A - Amber and cleer, very little head
M - medium body, light carbonation
T - nice light malt body. Very clean beer.
D - This is an excellent clean lager. A great session beer and a very good beer.

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Photo of humanawho
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a solid amber color with a thick head that dies quickly leaving a good lacing

S - sweet but earthy, an interesting smell hard to describe or even decide if i like it

T - smooth fruity and biscuity flavor with a nice sweetness and some earthyness, a strong mellonly taste

M - nice light and bubbly

D - smooth and very drinkable

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Photo of Proteus93
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Wednesday evening at Beer Run here in C'ville as part of a tasting sample for this brewery and found it to be enjoyable. Picked up a can to explore it further.

A: Amber. When I think amber, this would pretty much be the colour I think of. Head is almost non-existant, but the little bit that is there manages to hang on to the glass walls alright.

S + T: Scent is a modest, but pleasant maltiness with a touch of sweetness. Taste is similar with a little more oomph on the malts - a little more creamy and caramel like than expected. I found the hops to be pretty minimal - both in the nose and flavour, so ultimately, it came across as maybe a little one-dimensional. Pleasant on both counts, though, so it balances out.

M + D: This is one of the more accessible beers out there... something I may consider something of a lawnmower brew. Nothing too intense, alcohol is within reason, and it feels fairly smooth... not too much carbonation sting, not watery or anything. I'd have another one or two on the right occasion.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Apr 2008.

Medium sized copper color head. Minimal carbonation, almost flat. Clear dull copper color. Aroma of caramel, resin and cinnamon. Starts lightly caramel sweet. Becomes moderately sour, finishes the same. Medium body, medium alcohol.

Aroma is the highlight of this one.

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Photo of dwpiercetx
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a big lager fan, so this could be a little skewed. Nice coloring for a steam beer. Light reddish-brown. Decent foam with good lacing. Again, not a lager fan, so taste was a bit BMC-ish. I would definitely recommend it to lagerites. Having it in a can was kinda cool too.

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Photo of tpd975
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Nice light copper hue. Small fizzy head which quickly dies to nothing. No lace.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a dash of hops.

T: Rather simple. Roasted caramel malt with a touch of hops.

M: Sort of thin.

D: Just okay overall.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off the tap at their brewery this "California Common" style beer (a uniquely Americanized lager) was a tawny amber color with a bright white head. The retention was decent and it left moderate lacing. The aroma was appealing, clean, semi-sweet malt, hints of toasted malt and some earthiness. The flavors were at first malty and nutty but it then went a little spicy with the hops before returning to the roasted malt finish that lingered on my tongue. Nicely layered. The body was medium, the carbonation the same and the mouthfeel semi-smooth. A pretty good example of the style and enjoyable.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.24/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems like everyone is canning these days. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a defining red hue. A soft white head that quickly dissipated to the edge of the glass and left next to no lacing.

The nose is malt centered with some noticeable off notes. The crystal notes really come out nicely but have a blood or metallic type of aroma that is off setting. More of a sweeter caramel note versus a kettle caramel thing. A slight DMS but more of a nutty aroma with some minor yeast notes. As it warms a touch of acetaldehyde as well.

The taste has a strong mineral flavor that just is off setting. The malt comes out nicely but is limited. The caramel flavor backs off, which gives that off flavor more emphasis. The yeast is cleaner but the acetaldehyde comes out more. Some minor honey and a lighty bready note. There is a light herbal/spicy note on the back end.

The body is light which also brings out the mineral flavor. Carbonation is low. Overall not sure if I would call this a steam beer but really limited flavor and noticeable water issues.

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Photo of Jyubei
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A. Reddish gold brew under a cream colored 1 in head. the head vanishes quickly and there is almost no lacing.

S. Bitter hop smell with a hint of bread and flowers.

T. Malty at the front of the mouth and hops at the back with a bready aftertaste.

M. Very smooth with a little stickiness.

D. It tastes good,although it has limited complexity, but the head disappears too quickly. I probably won't buy it very often.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

New canned beer here in Dallas... into a Chimay glass, it pours a light mahogany color with a thinnest of heads on top. The aroma is very faint, just a light dusting of hops. Hmm, flavor is bland, with a light caramel and no hops to speak of, a very watery body...

The canned form of this beer is very inferior to the bottle (which is not great, but at least is drinkable).

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Photo of Atlas1
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More beer in a can. Pack it in, pack it out.

Figuring it deserves a proper lager send-off, I pour this one into my Sam Adams crazy glass. Nice dark amber brown color with bright hues of orange and red meandering throughout. Pleasantly surprising head on top; thicker than I imagined, with good staying power. Bits of lace as the beer recedes. The nose is sweet and fruity. Apple and strawberry, with a nutty pecan scent as well. Caramel malt too. Tastes quite nice to me. Nothing crazy here, or overwhelming, but very subtly pleasant. Lightly malty sweet with faint fruit flavors (mostly apple and pear). A funky popcorn aftertaste lingers a bit too long, but it's relatively inoffensive. Creamy mouthfeel up front lasts longer than expected as well. Not as crisp as I would have liked, but certainly nothing to shake a stick at.

A solid outing here, if you ask me. I don't have much steam beer experience to compare this with, but this is a fine lager. Not as crisp and refreshing as I would have thought it to be, but a totally drinkable, quite tasty beer. At 5.5% ABV, you can easily make this a session beer, and the cans make it one of your best friends on a camping trip.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet crystal malt scent along with a nice nutty, roasted aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry roasted flavor with a nutty, sweet caramel finish. It's a bit thin in the finish with some lingering roasted flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey beer, although I feel they got a bit off track with the style.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, obtained in the under a hundred bif

appearance: poured into a ND soccer pint glass, cloudy amber body with a minimalistic beige cap and little retention...a very placid appearance

smell: rustic malts, caramel, tart red apple, a little metallic, a touch of honey and a slight nutty characteristic

taste: classic lager malts, metallic notes, caramel and apple, a touch nutty. Overall, pretty flat and dull flavors but an easy drinker on a football saturday

mouthfeel: flat and medium-light bodied

drinkability: fine

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger head with a decent head retention. There is a nice amber color as well.

Smell is very faint and only caramel malts come through. No hops on the nose at all.

This beer is very malty. It's sort of like an amber lager. The caramel malting is fine, but I want some hop bitterness to balance. There is a bit of diacetyl butteryness. The hop bitterness heightens up a bit later, but the beer is still lackluster.

The mouthfeel lacks adequate carbonation. The malts are a bit thicker than some other beers. I just want more hops and more carbonation.

This is an average beer at best. Luckily it comes in a can if one needs to drink at the beach or something. But then again, I have oskar blues for that.

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Photo of Onslow
2.46/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is really a rustic amber lager! ... is smooth and quite a simple liquid ... is similar to an ale in a few ways ... is refreshingly different in the mouthfeel location ... pretty nice stuff but there is something about this brew ... a touch different but it does the job...

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Amber in color with little to no head and tiny prickle. Malt nose with almost a citrus tone to it. Fresh attack with a mild malt flavor that grows towards the finish and resonates in the aftertaste. Caramel malt notes hidden throughout. I would recommend this beer to anyone who prefers lagers and especially to those who are fringe microbrew fans because they are scared off by "big" or "dark" beers. This is a great bridge beer in my opinion.

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Photo of kgotcher
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very drinkable Amber lager. Actually I prefer it to Sam Adams due to the malt driven flavor that is a bit sweeter than SA.

Typical amber color with good carb and nice head. Good retention and lacings.

Aroma is strong on malt. Bock-ish if you will. I actually like the smell more than the taste, Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated.

Taste is refreshing sweet malt with a nice balanced finish of floral hops.

I would put this as a really nice amber. Nothing awesome, just really drinkable.. But it helps to live in Durango if you want to drink this often.

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Steam Engine Lager from Steamworks Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 131 ratings
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