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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Borders. We’ve crossed into uncharted territory with our newest release, El Steinber. In our somewhat unusual take on the style, we add Midnight Wheat malt to give this lager its dark brown color and roasted Indio-Hispano blue corn to lighten the body and create a unique, toasty flavor. German pilsner malt and Saaz hops round out this beer producing a crisp, clean finish and smooth drinkability that is perfect for any occasion.

Pale Two-Row, German Pilsner, Midnight Wheat, Roasted Blue Corn, Saaz Hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cheap (5363) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2013
From a big pounder can this stuff is good. Has many of the good attributes of dark lager, Schwartz, mild stout and dunkel rolled into one. Nifty mild roasty flavors. Small metallic hints, but still yummy. Very enjoyable for a lager lover who likes dark beers but not impy stout. Pleasant overall beer experience. Good job AV. Yes, pretty good stuff, easy to like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (779) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
On tap in Winnipeg with northropfrye. Chocolately although that’s pretty faint. Quite a nice dunkel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Passed across the bar a clear, dark brown-hued body with a half inch of head the color of dusty ivory. Fine, slim lacing on the way down.

Smell: El Steinber leans malty, with notes of toasted bread crusts, lightly roasted malt, and cocoa. Slender hoppiness. Small touch of fruit.

Taste: Dark, liberally toasted bread crusts atop subtle pils malts housing tastes of cocoa powder and a restrained roastiness. Sensible sweetness. Turns a bit nutty as it warms. A little raisin fruitiness. Minor hint of herb and spice, with a low bitterness from the German hops. Nicely malty, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Works fairly well as a easy-going, easy-drinking dark lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5171) - Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Robust, malty aroma has fruity and hay undertones and a hint of - peppers? It pours a dark and semi-transparent chestnut brown with a fairly thick and foamy wheat head. Flavor has malty, hay, caramel and subtle apple juice tones and some smoky hints. Smooth texture is firm and fairly fizzy, leaving a malty and fruity finish with a hoppy hay overtone. Mas than what I expect from a lager - muy bueno!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (628) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 20, 2013
Dark brown, almost black, with a thick frothy head. Aroma is nutty, with a hint of cocoa and citrus. Moderately bitter, and very smooth mouthfeel. This is an awesome lager.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2013
16oz can pours with a clear mahogany to amber colored body with copper edges that supports a light tan head of foam. The aroma offers up a pleasing mix of dark roasted malts, chocolate malts and a dash of earthy wet cigar tobacco as well as a faint sense of fruity lager yeast esteriness. Wow, these notes go very well together here. The taste is similar and I must be in the mood for this today too because I’m really digging this stuff. I get roasted malts, earthy wet cigar leafs, chocolate malts and a light lagery yeasty ester note in the background. Dang, hittin’ the spot, easy drinking and scratching my earthy wet cigar leaf itch. Giddy-Up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
closey22 (1686) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2013
Dark amber actually brown with foamy tan head; soft aroma with some vanilla notes and malt; Flava is sweetish hints of apple; feels foamy and rich yet not thick; finishes dry with notes of grass

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwoodward (575) - - OCT 26, 2013
Had a pint on tap at World of Beer Columbus. Delicious. Fairly light and refreshing, but with some depth and maltiness. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsmerig (1494) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a deep rich clear brown with a nice light tan head that laces the glass well after the head has subsided. Aroma of rich caramel along with open out BBQ. Taste is sweet up front with a change to chocolate bitterness around mid palate that then slowly fades into a bready syrup like flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5858) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Batch 1 draught and onwards as recently as 2013
Caramel-colored body has some brighter orange tints to it and shows a very high clarity and a small, wispy light beige head that shows fairly strong retention.
Sweet malts and just a hint of coffee-like roastiness are fairly strong in the nose, with just a kiss of spicy hops. Very clean with some corn notes that are clearly intended (not DMS or anything).
The flavor is what really shines in this one, however. glassy-smooth malt texture allows the sweet malt to slide through the mouth, richly extracted but tempered by the toasty/roasty dark wheat notes and finishing with some corn-like flavors that are enjoyable (if you like that sort of thing). Spicy, herbaceous hops show very little bitterness but quite more flavor than they let on from the aroma. Very drinkable, and after the first few sips, it seems like it may get too sweet over the course of the glass, but it never really does.

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