Review: El Steinber, Anderson Valley

El Steinber
Anderson Valley Brewing Co. — Boonville, CA

  • Style: Dark lager
  • Bitterness: 25 IBU
  • ABV: 5.5%
  • Malts: Pale 2-row, German Pilsner, Midnight Wheat, Roasted Blue Corn
  • Hops: Saaz
  • Sampled: 16 oz. can

Description:  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. —  Anderson Valley Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   El Steinber is a fairly new release from Anderson Valley Brewing. I'm drinking this as part of my series on lagers.

The tasting:  Dark brown in color, with reddish highlights. It has an off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and light earthy hop notes. Flavor is very similar to the aroma. I noticed a mild tart twang in the middle, which didn't seem out of place. Alcohol is not noticeable in aroma or taste, and hop bitterness is low. El Steinber is light in body, has a slick mouth feel, and finishes with roasted malt and coffee. 

Rating: 3 star. Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  El Steinber is a good choice if you're looking for a light boded beer with rich malt flavors. While it's available year round, this beer has fall written all over it. I'll look forward to enjoying again in a few months!!

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