The Quest for the Best Cheap Beer in a Can continues, episode 11: Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity Beer (the 8.1% version)
So in the last episode of QBCBC, I reviewed the 6.0% version of Steel Reserve 211. I concluded that it was a meh beer, not offensive to drink, but not OMGtastic. Well, it turns out you can get an 8.1% version of this beer. This has enormous implications for my Punch factor, the ratio of alcohol content to price – a key component of my purchase power as a consumer of the Best Beer in a Can. Additionally, while the 6.0% 211 had gratuitous claims on its can, the 8.1% version also has some ballsy claims on its canvertising that I will examine further.
% Alcohol: 8.1
Price: $1.39/24 oz can = $0.70/12 oz. can
Punch: 8.1%/$0.70=11.57 (!!!)
Color: Dark yellow, almost amber. Noticably darker than the 6.0% version.
Aroma: Very sweet, like shoving your nose into raw brown cane sugar. Floral and caramel overtones. Quite pleasant aroma actually. Noticable overtones of hops and floral.
First Sip: HOLY FUCK ME UP THE ASS WITH SPORK!>!! !!1 Did I just a microbrew or a cheap beer in a can?? What the fuk just happened here?! AYFS!!1! Wait, let me do that again…
Hoppy, caramel, a bit of bitterness, has some serious flavor to it. This is seriously some good shit
Aftertaste: Pleasant aftertaste, a bit of bittnerness, its almost on the verge of pale aleness. Its like it wants to be a pale ale, but its parents tell it it has to be a lager when it grows up. goes down smoothly, feels like a more pricey microbrew.
Overall: If I wasn’t as determined as an individual that I am to catalog and review all the canned beers I can find, I would declare a winner and end this shitfest of a contest. This is going to be hard to beat. It has a great flavor, very high alcohol content, and is affordable. The hallmarks of a winner in this Quest! This is very different from its “meh” 6.0% cousin. I would just skip it and go straight for the good shit.
I find most of the canvertising claims to be substantiated. “Exceptionally smooth flavor”? Check. “Finest malt barley and selected hops”? Sure tastes like it. “Among the very best beers in the world”? Lofty claim and I would agree certainly for its price it is so far THE best. Excluding price, its damn good but the “very best beers” is a high category, It doesn’t compete with some IPAs and Belgian style ales that I absolutely adore. Well played though Steel Reserve, I will be buying again.
QBCBC 1: Schaefer Punch=7.93
QBCBC 2: Budweiser Punch=6.25
QBCBC 3: Bud Light Punch=4.52
QBCBC 4: Modelo Especial Punch=5.13
QBCBC 5: Coors Light Punch=6.67
QBCBC 6: Yuengling Lager Punch=6.57
QBCBC 7: Schlitz Punch=7.8
QBCBC 8: Southpaw Light Punch=8.93
QBCBC 9: Miller Lite Punch = 5.25
QBCBC 10: Steel Reserve 211 (6.0%) Punch = 8.57