Saturday, June 11th 2011
Steam Engine Lager
(Steamworks Brewing Company)
I've got high expectations for this beer purely based on what it says on the can about it being arguably "the best American-style Amber Lager in the world". I think that takes some cajones to put on one's beer label. I did enjoy their Third Eye Pale Ale awhile back so hopefully the beer inside this can lives up to what's written on the outside. Cheers!
From the Steamworks Brewing site:
"Steam Engine Lager is an American classic noted for its malt sweetness and hop spice with a smooth, dry finish. It is arguably the best American-style Amber Lager in the world."
Here we go...
Pour - dark auburn in appearance with some lighter shades of orange and yellow being struck by the light. Rather thin head that fades to a ring of white inside the glass.
Aroma - sweet and malty. Sort of reminds me of visiting a brewery on brew day and smelling all those grains being steeped. Also some hints of bread dough and a little bit of lemon or lime zest.
Taste - one sip and it's clear this is a solid lager. Very crisp and balanced. Flavors like honey and caramel stand out on the tongue along with some biscuity flavors. Some faint hop characteristics come into play in the finish.
Overall - well put together lager. Everything seems to be in order and from beginning to end it works well. Very drinkable and quite tasty. Is it possibly the "best American-style Amber Lager in the world?" I don't think we're qualified to make that call but it's certainly a beer worth trying.
Would I buy more of it? - I'd like to try this fresh from the tap at the brewpub out in Durango! Perhaps I'll pick up some cans to go.
Note - The printed graphics on this can, and other's from Steamworks, are state of the art as far as can printing goes. They are done using Ball's "Eyeris" advanced printing technology. Steamworks now cans three of their beers; Steam Engine Lager, Third Eye Pale Ale and Colorado Kolsch. They're also located in the same town as Ska Brewing Company, another brewery known for its canned offerings. We've got to get out there and visit some day soon...
Posted by Russ
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