SteamPunk Steam Lager by Noble Rey Brewing Co

SteamPunk Steam Lager by Noble Rey Brewing Co

SteamPunk Steam Lager by Noble Rey Brewing Co

SteamPunk Steam Lager by Noble Rey Brewing Co

I’m not the biggest lager drinker, but if you don’t have an appreciation for Anchor Steam then what are we even doing here?

That’s a pretty iconic beer, so I was excited to try out a Dallas version.

Check out what Noble Rey says about their Steam Lager:

“SteamPunk Steam Lager, a Steam Beer or California Common, is our unique 100% American style lager. We brew it with a special yeast strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. Our SteamPunk is a light amber color, with a medium body with a delightful malt characteristic, but mildly fruity with an assertive hop bitterness sure to get your steam powered engine going!

ABV: 5.4%

IBU: 43

OG: 1.058

AVALIBILITY: Draft, Kegs, 6-pack, Growler, Crowler

FLAVOR: Malty, Slightly Hoppy Finish”

They also have a very nice comparison between SteamPunk and “crap beer” on that page, so check that out.

And like any Noble Rey beer, the can design is awesome:

SteamPunk Can

SteamPunk Can

Craftbeer.com refers to this style as a California Common, but here is what they say it should resemble:

“CALIFORNIA COMMON
This beer style is brewed with lager yeast but fermented at ale fermentation temperatures. There is a noticeable degree of toasted malt and/or caramel-like malt character in flavor and often in aroma. Often referred to as “steam beer” and made famous by San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing Company. Seek out woody and mint flavor from the Northern Brewer hops.”

Now for the taste test:

SteamPunk Steam Lager in Glass

SteamPunk Steam Lager in Glass

SteamPunk pours out a dark apple cider color with a head of off white foam.  you could almost mistake it for a red ale which leads me to believe that this is going to be a very malty beer.

Nice bready smell with some floral notes from the hops.  You really get a ton of malt aroma from this beer.

The taste follows the smell and is very bready and malty with a crisp and slightly bitter finish.

I got more bitter hops initially than I was expecting, but as I drank more of this beer, the bitter hops died down some.

There is a sort of toasty element in the background that mixes nicely with the slight bittering hops.

To me, this beer is like an amped up version of Anchor Steam.  Noble Rey went heavy on the malts for this beer which I actually really like.

SteamPunk has a really full body with some residual sweetness from all the malts.

I’m a big fan of this beer.  I think that this beer would be at home in a ton of different drinking situations, so enjoy the versatility.  It’s heavy enough to lean into the colder months, but light enough to drink in the heat as well.

Writing this post is making me want some more.  Try it out.  I think that you will enjoy SteamPunk.

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