Stegmaier Porter - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
83
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of paulhargus
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of themind
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!

Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
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.

Photo of Dapperticus
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of welldigger888
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.

Photo of Knapp85
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.

Photo of mwar
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Enoch
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jharkins07
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tone
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.

Photo of chocosushi
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.

Photo of Boitnott
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
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.

Photo of jdense
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.

Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.