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Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter

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BA SCORE
83
good

139 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%


Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UnionMade on 09-10-2001)
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welldigger888

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black with a nice creamy head with leggy lacing in sheets down glass. Very nice almost nitro stout kinda head and lace job here. Well done indeed.

Well, with the seasonal head full type thing, here goes nothing. Nice even roast with possibly a hint of hop & coffee like creaminess. Maybe a touch of smoked malt.

Very balanced roasted grain, smokey malt, cream & coffee like flavors that have a balanced hop bitterness playing well together. again with the winter head bug thing take with a grain or two of salt. This brew is going down like a champ!

Firm and complex mouth feel here, leading into a very drinkable porter. This is good chit man. Creaminess abounds on a porter that reminds me of a nice dry stout. Meant as a complement.

I like this brew and will try more if given the chance, well done porter.

Serving type: growler

12-29-2012 00:59:45 | More by welldigger888
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mooseo

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip.

A - Black as night with a thick tan head.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, slight milk chocolate.

T - Subtle but tasty blend of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and charred wood.

M - Light-medium mouthfeel, smooth, creamy. Lots of carbonation, chalky grainy finish.

O - This is a fairly decent, pleasant porter. The flavor is light but makes the beer very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:01:42 | More by mooseo
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Of the 25 American porters I have tried this one is my favorite. Easy to drink, affordable and loaded with roasted malt and dark chocolate taste. Although it is brewed locally it is hard to find in Southeastern PA, unfortunately. I am willing to drive an hour to pick up a case in Wilkes-Barre area because I am so fond of it. The other commonly available craft porters are a bit harsh or too weak and too high priced for every day drinking. Stegmaier is perfect for any occasion and goes well with any food.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 18:21:06 | More by wattoclone
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with no light around the edge this Porter had all the components of a good stout. The head was thick in the middle and sat above a layer of carbonation.

The aromas were dark, dried fruits like prune date and raisin. A touch of chocolate and small bit of roasted coffee comes neatly tucked away.

The flavor is rich with the dried fruits and raisin seems dominant. Slight touches of prune and date mix with a dark chocolate. I did at times detect some malt, coffee and a smokey char but it was rare.

The feel is slightly thin with a higher level of carbonation than perhaps should be with the style.

Overall, at $1.50 a bottle in my local single shop, I'd rate this as one of the best bargains in craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 20:35:05 | More by KYGunner
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themind

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a major beer snob and drinking some of the Worlds greatest beers it is hard for me to admit but this stuff tastes pretty darn good! A strong coffee taste makes this porter a beer that you can slam down. For the price this stuff is worth the jingle and the lower ABV makes this easy to over do it.

Bottom Line: The Lion roars and Stegmaier's Porter flows from it's mouth!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 23:46:17 | More by themind
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into porter glass. Jet black, showing deep garnet in light. Fizzy dark brown head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Smell is clean roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, with something I can't put my finger on that is a bit off-putting, like a speed bump in the smell. Something metallic, like iron. Taste thankfully does not reflect that worrisome note in the smell; taste is clean, crisp roasted coffee with chocolate undertones, finishing lingering on the tongue with some hop presence at the end. Mouthfeel is smooth but relatively light-bodied; besides the odd smell, this is a great sessionable porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 05:33:17 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a black color with a pretty big brown head on top. The retention is decent and has a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is roasted and very chocolatey. The taste is more like a stout, very rich and full flavored. The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. It's drinkable and has a nice carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good but I would call it a stout instead of a porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:28:02 | More by Knapp85
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Tone

Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a brown color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of wood, hint of yeast, and a hint of grain. Overall, aroma is slightly muted, but the tastes is much more complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:13:38 | More by Tone
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rewarded a sixer for working a shift for a fellow coworker
Most likely purchased at Byron's Liquor
12 oz Poured into Fuller's Pint

A ~ Dust on the bottle first off. Looked nice,
minimal head, hardly any lacing.

S ~ Smells of leather and roasted (minimal) malts.

T ~ Does not taste anywhere close to the color of the beer.
Minimal roasted flavor. Some chocolate and smoke coming through, mostly smoke. No coffee notes whatsoever, as i have
come to love in Porters.

M ~ THIN. Not very pleasant, cloying flavor that reminds me of if salt was added to alter the palate a bit. Not a fan.

Overall, a very wimpy porter with
not alot going on or shining through, period.
Would not drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 02:02:52 | More by chocosushi
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Boitnott

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to pick this up from my local spot for an absurd sale of $15 a case (24). I have been pouring it in my DFH snifter ever since. The color is opaque black, literally not allowing any light through it. There a tan coffee head which does not last very long as lacks persistent lacing.

The smell is of coffee and chocolate and black malts, which makes for an excellent blend of aromas. Those notes dominate this smell and they do not allow for any others to come through. On the first sip, a taste of black malt exists, but does not last as it lingers on the tongue. The finish really sets this beer in the very good category. Rich chocolate and black malts persist and combine excellently. A slight smoky flavor accents the background of this fine finish. There is also a hint of hop bitterness, which balances well with the strong malt content.

The carbonation is excellent and last through the entire drink. The 5.4% keeps the alcohol taste low and compliments the beer well. For the deal that I got, this beer was a steal. It is a fine crafted porter that will not disappoint. While the nose, is not stellar, the finish really brings it out and makes it an excellent drink. If anyone is in Boone then they need to pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 22:56:16 | More by Boitnott
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil black with slim sepia accents at the borders. They are plenty of big stouts that aren't this light-rejecting. A modest chunk of pale caramel colored foam looks decent for long enough to matter. Glass coverage is so-so at best.

The beer doesn't smell as black as it looks, but it's fine for the style. Malts include pale, black, chocolate and caramel (a pretty standard lineup). Let's hope the brewery used enough of them and in the right proportions.

Stegmaier Porter tastes like what anyone who has experience with Lion Brewery beer would expect it to taste. It's a relatively well-constructed no-bells-no-whistles ale that falls far short of amazing. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes no highlights and no lowlights is good enough.

The flavor profile doesn't hang its hat on any particular flavor. The rundown includes bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a hard water mineral vibe. Neither sweet nor bitter makes a big splash. Sorry, but that next gear is never reached, not even with warming.

Even though the body/mouthfeel could be slightly larger and the bubbles could be better integrated, it does just enough to keep pace with the rest of the attributes.

Stegmaier Porter is about as basic as an American porter gets, which doesn't make it bad beer at all. Keeping the price down is probably the best way to see that it continues to sell.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 12:50:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a thick, two finger head that is a rich and dark tan. The body is a deep black, one that would most likely be associated with a stout. Thick lace is left behind and the head holds throughout the whole beer.
S: A very malty aroma, one that doe not show any signs of hops. A bit of sweetness to this one as well.
T/M: The front of this porter is a smooth experience from the mouthfeel, that leaves with a silk. The body tastes of nutty malts and has a nice layer to it. The finish shows the sweetness that is in the beer and I feel that only part that is not as developed as the rest of the beer.
D: A really great porter, one that drinks easy and holds really good taste profiles.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 13:29:27 | More by GDBEERMAN
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was purchased as a single at World Market. Pours a dark brown, with a good inch of tan head that reduces to a thin lid. Good soapy retention as I swirl it.

Has a roasted, biscuity smell, with faint coffee and barley notes.

Taste is muted; some coffee malt and caramel sweet, pleasantly mild, with faint hop bitterness at the end. Smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly dry as it finishes.

Fairly drinkable, but not terribly complex. I'd like to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:35:02 | More by TheHoppiest
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jdense

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Penn. expatriate, my label differs from illustration, poured into UCLA pint glass 9.19.2010.

1/2 finger brown head, medium-fast dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of foam on top of dark brown opaque body, multiple streams of carbonation visible when held close to light. Roasted malt, some dark chocolate and coffee in the nose, not much hops noticeable, perhaps a bit of grassiness. Taste mirrors nose with the chocolate quite prominent, with a winey/chocolaty finish. Medium full mouthfeel, pretty smooth, decent effervescence. OK drinkability. Pretty tasty but not well balanced, which I guess you should expect when dealing with contract brewers who don't have a vested interest in final product other than selling.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:10:43 | More by jdense
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Phelps

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks: bottle with a twist-off cap, which I popped off with a bottle opener -- they should really warn you about these things. Underneath the cap is a little word puzzle with pictures. Mine spells out "dance floor." The beer itself is a deep chocolate brown, super dark for a porter. Zero light penetrates the dense liquid, although faint maroon highlights can be seen at the edges. The head is tiny and dissipates quickly, but when it was there it was an interesting cherry-brown.

Smells: smoky. Lots of dark roast coffee, some cocoa nibs, cooking bread and a bit of burnt wood. Some grassy, piney hops tickle the nostrils. Behind it all, tangier notes of prunes.

Tastes: like pretzels. It took me a few minutes of pondering what the main flavor I was getting from this beer was, but there it is: pretzels. Also pancakes, walnuts, marshmallow, campfire. In the front, plum sweetness and some tangy bitter dark chocolate. After the swallow: a burst of coffee flavored with sweet cream.

Feels: sparkly carbonation is maybe just a tad high for this. The body, too, is a little thin, medium-light and runny. It does gain a little creaminess as it warms, but I crave more.

Drinks: like exceeded expectations. I wasn't expecting so complex and interesting a porter. A nice, drinkable little surprise.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 06:55:37 | More by Phelps
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WaffenSS

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 12oz bottle into a tall 10oz beer glass. Pours a VERY dark brown, almost black. A creamy, small head disappears quickly.
Smells of dark coffee, malt.

This has to be one of the best beers I've ever tried! A very good example of a porter.
First taste is of cocoa, dark malt, coffee and licorice.

I generally prefer dark beers to ales/lagers so I am partial to this type of beer. Regardless, if you prefer porters, stouts or dunkels, you MUST give this porter a try.

Maybe a little too dark for downing more than a couple on a hot day or at one sitting, but a truly enjoyable porter to drink with a meal or when you are in a mood for one or two darker beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 23:26:46 | More by WaffenSS
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magine

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a very, very dark brown, near black color. Has a quick to fade away tan head. Head is down to a light lace ring around the edges, and a tiny lace scattered about head. Almost no lace to speak of. Slightly less then average looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet chocolate and caramel malts, toffee. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the nose as well. Smells almost espresso like. Slightly above average smelling brew.

Brew is slightly smooth, a little carbonated. The brew has a very underwhelming flavor; slight chocolate, roasted flavor. Has a nutty flavor as well. This is a very watery, unflavored brew. It is certainly not a robust or flavorful brew. Almost like it is flat. Slightly below average taste for the style.

This brew was a severe disappointment; not flavorful, not good to look at. It goes down easy - but who cares. Luckily I just picked up one of these in a mixed six pack. Maybe I got a bad bottle, based on the reviews I thought it would be better. Has decent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:02:59 | More by magine
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Grocery Outlet, Salem Oregon. $4.29 a six pack. Very good looking beer, darkest of browns almsot black with a thick ,creamy light brown head that sticks. Good toasty porter malt aromas, some aroma of chocolate and faint cereal. good again.taste is creamy semi bitter chocolate, some raisins and cocoa nibs, Ok on the palate not too thin. Actually not a bad traditional style porter. A surprise from this contract brewer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 12:36:18 | More by Reidrover
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Elimination

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a grocery outlet (seems like a similar expierience to the post below) discount beer...hmmm

apeearence is root beer colored with barely any carbonation

smell slight rum, a whisk of old coffee, chocolate, smells like it is barrell aged

taste is as if coca cola made a coffee flavored soda and then let it sit out in the sun for a few years... but at the same time, the aftertaste sparkles with chocolaty malt with mocha undertones that makes it decent

mouth feel is barely an enjoyment, a few bubbles, just kind of goes down

drink is good, this would be something my bmc loving friends might actually drink because it comes between the few characteristics of being a good beer/'dark beer' and what they normally drink

its ok at 4ish bucks a 6 pack but wouldnt buy it for anything more

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 04:09:15 | More by Elimination
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cjhofelt

Washington

1.58/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this really cheap at the grocery Warehouse. I thought it odd to be so discounted so I figured I'd give it a try.

I poured it into the glass and it's a lovely beer. Black with hints of red and magenta. Lovely thick head was a nice cafe au'lait color.

Smelled a bit malty, actually, very strongly of malt and nothing else.

The taste was surprisingly awful. This is the most unbalanced beer I've ever had. I prefer malty beer, but this was nothing BUT malt. There was no hint of hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. The grain flavor was so overwhelming that it reminded me of soy sauce. I could barely finish the glass, and I certainly won't be finishing the six-pack.

I tried cooking with it, but the soy sauce flavor overwhelmed everything.

Perhaps this was a rejected batch? Perhaps it was old? It didn't taste oxidized, so I doubt that's the issue. I'm surprised that it has any review above average here.

It'll be a long time before I give this one a second chance.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:58:06 | More by cjhofelt
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tiltedglass

New York

4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a great buy, but a true tasting porter, without the stout smoothness. This one has a nice bite, a complicated taste, and a slightly fermented (as in sour) aftertaste. I love this stuff, my favorite American porter. You need to drink it once without knowing it's actually affordable, so that you give it a fair chance. Nice!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 20:02:51 | More by tiltedglass
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bundy462

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Dark black appearance with no light showing through at all. Nice tan head with nice lacing that lasts.

S: Very good smell, very rich. Dark chocolate malts, smoked scent with a bread-like aroma.

T: Very good taste. I enjoyed this one very much. Dark chocolate and coffee mostly.

M: Nice and thick, when you drink this, you know that you're drinking a well crafted Porter with lots of complexity.

O: Gets a little heavy after a few. A nice brew if you're having 3-4 but not suited for a full night of boozing.

I'd get this one again to have a few at a time on quiet nights at home. Great price at $19 a case here in PA. Lots of taste per dollar.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:47:56 | More by bundy462
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find thus one on draft, at Kung Fu Necktie...

Nice pour in pint glass, solid black with tan head that dissipates quickly, still impressive

smell is nice roasted coffee chocalatey malt. Great.

Taste is roasted coffee malts and hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice flavors linger with the mild carbonation on the sides if the tongue.

Extremely drinkable, lve this one from Steg.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2010 22:16:09 | More by mvanaskie13
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to near black with an inch or so of tan head.

Roasted malts contribute cocoa and musty coffee notes backed by enough caramel malt to soften up the edges. Hop bitterness is about even giving only a hint of earthy hop flavor.

A pretty standard, but solid, porter. It has nice flavors and it's easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 22:34:29 | More by bump8628
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown with light brown highlights, alla cup of Coffee. Head is thin, light Tan, and fades quickly.

S - Smell of Coffee, Chocolate, Bourbon, and Brown Sugar.

T - Tastes of Coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

M - Good mouthfeel with low/average carbonation but a little Chalky and Tannic.

D - This is a good drinkable Porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 05:22:34 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.