poured a 12oz bottle into an official Southern Tier goblet. It was
bottled on 4/16/13 making it only one month and three days old. It cost
$3.15 ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Golden/brown hue, mostly clear, not much visible
carbonation. Forms a small, off-white, soapy head which mostly
evaporates and doesn’t leave much lacing.
Smell: Strong malty aroma with a significant lager character. A hint of flowers and pine needles.
Taste: Anchor Steam is probably the best known "California Common" or
"Steam" style of American beer (a lager/ale hybrid). There aren’t a lot
of other examples on the craft beer market, and prior to Southern Tier
2X Steam, I don’t think there are any double/imperial versions. This
beer drinks a lot like its base style in nearly all aspects, so I’m not
sure what the point was in making it bigger.
I haven’t had a lager with this much of an original, authentic palette
in a long time. There’s a lot of earthy taste to this beer. Slight
peanut shell/rustic flavor, plus some pine nut and herbal tea on the
back end. Plenty of maltiness all around with the hops adding just a
quick, dry bitterness at the peak of the swig. There’s a slight starchy
flavor on the aftertaste, but for the most part it’s clean. What’s here
is fine, but that’s not something I’m used to equating with a Southern
Drinkability: What’s impressive about Southern Tier 2X Steam is the fact
it doesn’t seem all that "2X". For an 8% ABV beer there’s no alcohol
presence whatsoever. The body has the same weight of something like
Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The mouthfeel is energetic, but not spastic,
and goes down extremely smooth. If this same taste were in a smaller
body I could see this being quite sessionable.