Saturday, March 10, 2007

Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Lager



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Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Lager
Steel Brewing Company
Fort Worth, TX

Let's not overly applaud ourselves because of the supreme craftbeeriness we possess. Some of the main arguments for craft beer over "macro swill" are taste, alcohol content, lack of adjuncts and the ass-smooching gaggle of beer Einsteins, who huddle together like cold cows in winter for the heat and warmth of each other's mass of flesh, patting themselves on the back. Let's diffuse a few of these with simple facts based on a so-so beer called Steel reserve. This silver phallis full of EXTRA MALTED BARLEY AND SELECT HOPS clocks in at 8.1% alcohol at only 99c per can. A 1L .9 oz bottle of Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin clocks in at the same alcohol content for about $8.49. Relatively speaking, the Steel Reserve is 8.5 times as cost worthy. By those terms alone this is a brilliant craft beer and would take a JP masterpiece of 70% alcools to equal the value. The taste though is of a comparable macro lager while the JP offering tastes like the nether region sweat of a goddess. There may or may not be adjuncts in this beer so we'll draw a no contest on that level. All said though, in terms of beer craftiness, this would be the better beer if I was going by the idiot standards set up by the micro-hypers. Obviously, even the barrel refuse from the aged oak barrels at Jolly Pumpkin is better than this beer, but it's a beer nonetheless, it tastes like beer and is a viable alternative even if you don't like the white trash can it comes in. I won't buy it again but there's no reason why you shouldn't at least try it.

-Wörtwurst

11 comments:

Ryan said...

I cant belive what am hearing!!! Steel Reserve is the Best!!!! I only wish i could brew beer as good as 211!!!!

ryan said...

Steel Reserve is a great beer!! I wish i could get my home brew to taste more like it !!

Wörtwurst said...

Long live the Silver Phallus!

Hurdee said...

I also can't believe what I am hearing. Steel Reserve is just what Miller mixes with carbonated water to make their piss-brews. It's only stronger so it takes up less fermenter space. Whatever they have left over after they meet production quotas, they put in a can and call 211. It's still just rice sugars and food coloring. Why do you think it's only $0.99? And you call yourselves connoisseurs...

Wörtwurst said...

Try reading what the review actually said, Hurdee, instead of what you wanted it to say.

Hurdee said...

To be fair, my comment was more in response to Ryan, but I did read your review, and it wasn't near harsh enough. Rice, corn, and feed-grade barley have absolutely no place in brewing. Down with the Big Three!

Wörtwurst said...

And long live the small hundred? It's just beer, man. Which could be why I haven't had one in a couple months, though I've had cravings for Guinness of late.

Mr Mc Swiggles said...

This is the perfect alcoholic's brew. It's more drinkable than Miller, with more than twice the alcohol. S4it is insanely cheap. You can't get cheaper alcohol for the money, whether it be wine or liquour. It's not the type of thing I want to swish around in my mouth and evaluate, but even a lightweight would agree it tastes better than many macro brews or is more drinkable than an IPA or a stout. (again, Miller I'm looking in your direction). If you focus on it, yeah, it does have a slightly aluminum chemical taste to it; but it's as chuggable as a Coors or Keystone (adulterated water). I'm a poor alcoholic, and I feel much better buying this silver can of coque than a macro. In conclusion to this grammy speech, I'd like to thank all the mofos who made this brew possible. RIP nizzas. This stuff is seriously BANNED in Seattle because it was the brew of choice for the homeless. What better endorsement do you need?

Wörtwurst said...

Bravo, Mc Swiggles.

Adjunctyard Dogg said...

I love "da Resoive"! It's a great palate cleanser (gets out tough stains) between them hifalutin' beers I drink. After the corn-pops-n-vodka taste of Steel Reserve, the heavens simply open up for my taste buds when I sip on something like a Sackets Harbor 1812 or a Long Trail Double Bag!

raultek said...

After of pilsen Trujillo from Peru the steel reserve 211 high gravity lager is the best beer i was drink ..the best of the best of USA