Steel Reserve 211 (High Gravity)

This is another one of those beers that I would have never considered buying except for review purposes. I’ve never had an “American Malt Liquor,” but from my understanding, the only purpose of these is to basically get blasted quickly and cheaply. Yeah, really not my style. Pouring this into a glass even seems a little odd. I feel like I should be drinking this out of a brown paper bag on a corner. Obviously, I don’t have high hopes for this brew. I doubt that it will let me down…

ABV: 8.1%

Style: American Malt Liquor

Trivia: According to, “Steel Reserve is an American lager brand owned and produced by Steel Brewing Company. MillerCoors is the company listed on Steel Reserves’ Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions pages. The drink comes in ‘Black’ and ‘Silver’ varieties, also known as ‘Triple Export Malt Liquor’ and ‘High Gravity Lager,’ respectively. Its claim to fame is its unusually high alcohol content (typically 8.1% ABV) and low price.”

Random: I thought that this would definitely be brewed by a macro company. I was obviously wrong.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated almost instantly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with lots of active carbonation visible through the body. The nose had some sweet honey notes with grain and some booze. It basically smelled like a macro with extra booze. Funny, that’s what I assumed the beer was. The taste was actually more awful than the nose. The sweetness was even more pronounced and the booze was very apparent. The beer was towards the thicker side and had heavy carbonation. The finish was longer than a macro with lots of cloying sweetness. This brew was just awful. The only reason that you’d drink this is to get blasted. I’d take any macro over this. Avoid. Seriously…even if there are no other options, this just isn’t worth it. Even if it comes in a tallboy can…not worth it.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0

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