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Stegmaier Gold - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Stegmaier GoldStegmaier Gold

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.29%

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

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2002)
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Photo of Foam


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Without a doubt, one of the very best cheapy/budget brews out there .
Brewed at the famous Lion Brewery in North East PA. They brewed Brewery Hill beers back in the 90's and many other low priced but good beers.
I paid $10.49 for a case of tall boy(16 oz.)cans .
Guy working at the distributor confirmed that many other customers swear by it for a budget swill / hot weather beer .
A very even/balanced and dare I say pleasant pilsnery/lagery taste considering the very low price point . Good for hot weather / camping / when doing shots of booze / with just about any cuisine ...

Serving type: can

06-06-2013 12:46:39 | More by Foam
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stegmaier Gold
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.50 %

LOOK: Served in a pounder can, when poured into a glass, the color is clear yellow/gold. Fizzy white head forms and disappears.

SMELL: Cooked corn, malts, a whiff of vegetables, lager yeast. Has the aroma of a cheap lager beer.

TASTE: When ice cold, there is a crisp crackery flavor, mild bitterness, small malt sweetness and an overall crispness. There is just a hint of metallic/mineral notes. As it warms, a bit sweeter flavor from malts and corn comes out. If anything, Gold is mild and inoffensive.

FEEL: Light bodied, upfront crispness soon subsides to a loose, watery feel. The feel is like walking out of a movie an hour early; there is no finish.

OVERALL: A serviceable cheap lager beer with a plus side. Like others have stated, the asking price is low. Supercharge this in the freezer, and drink it fast. For .55 a can it delivers, but really just about average cheap lager beer.

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 20:36:15 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of DrDemento456


3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pure yellow with a rocky head depending on how hard of a pour it doesn't matter since it fizzes into a thin lace ring.

Smell is of corn syrup, mild skunky malts, tiny bit of hops, and mild sugars.

Taste is only mildly skunky but better than expected with corny sweet malts and a twang of hops in the finish. Mouth feel reflects as a light to medium beverage.

As others said it's one of the best deals you CAN get at 10 bucks for 18 pounders. If I am ever in the mood for cheap beer or need something for my BMC friends this would be my go to beer.

Serving type: can

03-17-2012 23:40:32 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of MirkoCroCough

Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pounder into 22oz glass.

Nice golden color with lots of bubbles racing to the top. Decent head and left lacing on the glass.

Sweet, bready, with a whiff of alcohol. Not bad.

Smooth and malty. Just a hint of hop twang in the finish.

Watery with a bit of fizz and mild heaviness. Not syrupy and gross. Moderate body.

$10 for an 18 pack of pint cans if beyond a deal.

Another low key no pretense beer from the great state of Pennsylvania.

Serving type: can

01-19-2012 00:46:38 | More by MirkoCroCough
Photo of Jayli


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Consumed 7/29, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a clear, deep yellow. A one finger of sudsy, bone white head sits on top. Head recedes immediately leaving very minimal spots of lacing.

S: Nose is grain, pale malt, and a bit of fruity notes.

T: Taste is sweet grains at the forefront with a pale malt profile. A good deal of fruitiness comes in that I can't quite put my finger on. Finish has a bit of a grassy flavoring to it.

M: Light bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean.

O: Goes down ok, ok tasting, not filling, low kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a beer that I would seek out. However, I would opt for this over BMC's if out for the evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 14:03:41 | More by Jayli
Photo of Chaz


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazey golden-straw in color, topped with a pale off-white head which dissipates at an average pace and leaves behind just a touch of lace. Carbonation seems to be above-average.

The nose offers up some sweet, grainy barley malts ('fresh barley') and a light touch of wheat malt. A deeper perusal tells me this is semi-sweet, very lightly-hopped, and as close to a pre-Prohibition interpretation of a pale lager as you're likely to find, especially given its pedigree.

Light and somewhat fruity on the palate on the first sip, there's a little hop bite at the tail end of the scrubbing carbonation, and that hop bitterness lingers pretty nicely alongside some bready malt. Aside from the chill haze and head retention, the wheat malt (I could be mistaken...) adds just a bit of fruity and spicey character, but to be sure I'd like a bit more bitterness in this beer. But this is an easy-drinker and light enough for the style that it's session-worthy in my mind. As it warms, the lingering bready barley malts (sweet) give way to the semi-sweet tang of the wheat malt, so it never approaches cloying.

Granted that I don't know what these silo cans run for nowadays (or even if whole cases sell in Massachusetts these days), but when I lived "out east" I'd routinely buy Steg Gold by the case of 16 oz 'bar bottles', and at $8.99 (ca. 1999) they were an excellent buy.

While this is by no means a bad beer, I reckon that -outside of loyal drinkers- it won't turn very many heads, either. Still, it'd definitely see the inside of my fridge on a regular basis if it were to become available in the Midwest.

A great, big THANK YOU goes out to BA Woody Chandler for the opportunity to sample this one again : )

Canned on: 03911

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 19:30:35 | More by Chaz
Photo of stakem


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to CaptinRedBeard for giving me this one to try.

Pint sized can with no discernible markings for freshness or best by dating. Poured into a SA sensory glass, this brew appears a perfectly clear color of light gold. Slightly more than a finger of white head appears with audible fizz and recedes to a thin film across the top composed of large bubbles from a constant stream erupting from the etching at the bottom of the glass. It leaves some spots of lace on the glassware.

The smell of the brew is sweet with a scent of biscuit grains. Some sweetness emerges as the brew gets warmer with almost an original bubblegum-like candy scent. Some faint hops are evident with a light grassy quality and a touch of sulfur is evident. As more smells are taken, the sweetness of the grain starts to evolve more into buttery diacetyl.

After recognizing the diacetyl in the aroma, it comes forth more in the flavor of the brew. Looking past the buttery notes there is a sweetness somewhat like the previously described original bubble gum flavor. Minor flavors of fresh grain contrast a light touch of sulfur and mild grassy hop flavors.

This is a light bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. The alcohol incorporation and experience collectively fit the bill for the style. This isn't a type of brew that I would reach for to drink regularly but on a 90 degree day with the sweat rolling down my back I dont mind something simple and low in alcohol. Overall it's not bad, it is right in line with the likes of Yuengling Premium. If that is your thing, give this one a try.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 02:10:44 | More by stakem
Photo of woodychandler


3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My frequent local trader, tone77, brought some of this by for me and I have been holding off for an appropriate CANQuest (TM) moment and right now seems to be it. After a full day in the classroom, I just sat through 1.5 hours of training and I am ready for a beer. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier, Est'd 1857".

The Crack & Glug came off as hoped and resulted in a foamy finger of bone-white head that quickly fizzled its way out of existence. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. More truth in advertising, I suppose. Nose had the malty-lager sweetness that one would expect without any of the smells that I am accustomed to with AALs. This was a simple unadulterated lager and I CAN get behind this sort of thing. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but it had a very pleasant maltiness to it on the tongue. I began to feel better right away. Finish was lightly sweet, not overpowering, definitely not hoppy, but certainly tasty enough to throw into the cooler for a day out.

Serving type: can

05-09-2011 21:57:56 | More by woodychandler
Photo of tone77


2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and grains. Taste is the same, crisp, some grain and malt, not exactly bursting with flavor, but nothing offensive. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 13:59:27 | More by tone77
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a style of beer I would take a flyer on very often but I have liked other Stegmaier stuff I had in the past.Poured in a Czech pilsner glass a clear light golden with a thinner quick to fade white head atop,aromas are sweetish and grainy,not much else to speak of.Flavors are again on the sweeter side,not much crispness,a bit of corn and grain alcohol rounds out the palate.Honestly it seemed a bit heavy with no dryness or crispness,eh I'll pass on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 01:45:32 | More by oberon
Photo of Gouxman


3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a cheap case of 16oz bottles to take on vacation thinking that this beer would be at least drinkable.

The appearance is a light golden, straw color with a bubbly white head.

This brew resembles light German pilsner with a bready, biscuity malt aroma and flavor. There is a slight hop crispness on the finish which adds a little depth to the flavor profile.

The flavor is nothing to write home about, but not awful either. For a light Golden lager this beer is fairly drinkable and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 15:02:33 | More by Gouxman
Photo of nukem5


3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off need to brag, sorry paid 9.99 for a case of 16's and figured if its bad well dump it and re-use the bottles for homebrew. Local beer warehouse had 1 huge pallet display so what the hell try it!

A: Poured a nice golden color with a nice foamy blonde top, too bad it doesnt last long.

S: Nice equal parts hop and grain.

T: Nice taste of malty and hoppy good balance, but lacking something to make it a really good lager.

M: Medium body , slightly on the sweet side but nice feel over the toungue.

D: Very much a drikable beer after first tasting it thought what a good everyday normal beer, drink local suport local brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:54:07 | More by nukem5
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So the local distributor is running a special: $12.99 for a case of 16oz returnables - no deposit required since they're phasing returnables out. Thirteen bucks for three gallons of beer is pretty damn good.

Pours a clear gold into a pilsner glass. Head is eggshell - both in color and durability. Bubbles keep coming though. Looks just like a tv ad circa 1956.

Apple cider and grain smell. Sweet flavor: some corn, some apple, some of that classic Pennsylvania Corn Lager quality that one finds in most of the traditional Keystone State breweries (Rolling Rock, Straub, Stoney's Yuengling Premium, etc.), some grain (not much).

Residual sweetness on palate but enough crispness to satisfy. Solid drinkability.

Perhaps I'm just in a forgiving mood, but this beats the pants off BMC adjunct lagers. I won't make special trips for this but at that price, I'll buy a case so long as the special is running while still looking out for the good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 01:31:08 | More by rabsten
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale haystack gold with crystal clarity and an appropriate number of rapidly rising bubbles. The decent looking cap is darker than eggshell and lighter than ecru. Not a bad job on the glass decoration. It'll do.

A barely perceptible whiff of skunk on the pour faded quickly. What's left is an acceptable smelling pale lager that is grain-like and features a modest amount of musky hops. Middle-of-the-road is as far as I'm willing to go.

Stegmaier Gold falls just short of average on the palate. The first half of each mouthful is okay. The second half is where the beer loses its way. Some sort of flavor hook is sorely needed. A little too much residual sweetness keeps it from being the easy drinking, crisp refresher that it could have been.

Untoasted barley malt dominates the flavor profile. More hop flavor and bitterness would have been better, but at least there's more here than is present in 'triple hops brewed' Miller <whatever>. This isn't wonderful beer, but it's still tastier than the flagship pale lagers from BMC.

The body/mouthfeel ain't too shabby. The extra sugars keep it from being featherweight light and the carbonation has a fair amount of sparkly energy. The bubbles tend to lose their edge relatively quickly and leave the finish on the lifeless side.

The Stegmaier beers from Lion Brewery range from the pretty damn good Brewhouse Bock to the less than good Stegmaier Gold. If nothing else was available, I wouldn't mind a few cold bottles alongside a burger at a cookout. Otherwise... nah.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 12:55:35 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of tmoneyba


3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured a clear amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium sweet malty and grainy aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with soft carbonation. Moderate sweet flavor with an medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 00:20:27 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of BEERchitect


2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading some other reviews, it's hard to beleive I'm tasting the same beer- this one is nowhere close to a Pale Ale. This is a German Pilsner or something close to it.

The beer opens with a bright straw color, brilliant clarity, and a dainty foamstand that struggles to hold on. No lacing. Maybe a little light on color.

Aromas are driven by the pilsner malts that take on a sweet, grainy aroma and also bring about a lot of sulfer compounds. Apples, matchsticks, and a noticable yeasty note proves to be a bit distracting. A subtle, floral hop aroma hinges on a nice perfumy, nectar-floral note and offers a bit of reprieve from the sulfers.

Flavors fare much the same. A crisp, pilsner malt taste gives a clean base sweetness and maltiness to the beer, but does hit on some raw grain (cereal grain) taste. The floral hop flavor starts to take precedence over the sulfers, but the harsh flavors of the grains and matches interfere with the delicate malt-hop balance just a bit too much.

Textures are fairly neutral, but crisp and clean with no residual sweetness on the mouth. A bit scrubbing going down with the carbonation rates and sulfery textures. The grains give a mild acidity and astringency in the throat and compromises drinkability a bit. Otherwise, a nice hoppy bitterness to round out the beer.

Not a bad experience, but I certainly would not compare this beer to a Pale Ale either. Farily average stuff all around despite ending up a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 02:32:57 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of lionking


2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a search for some Stegmaier gems on a visit to Beer Mart in Berks County. Grabbed a case of 16oz Stegmaier Gold Medal for about 16.00. I was looking for Leiboshaner Cream Ale but had a choice of Gibbons, Bartels and Stegmaier Gold Medal. Chose the Gold Medal but I would imaginine they are very similar if not one and the same.

Poured from a pounder returnable into a pilsner glass. Light Golden yellow color with one finger head. Some nice bubble action in the glass for a while along with some lacing as I drank it down.

Smell was very faint, a little bit of hops and some faint grain.

Taste was mild and balanced. Mouthfeel was crisp and dry.

Overall drinkability was solid for the type, not horrible, rather drinkable. Up there with Straub and Stoney's as a solid PA macro.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:13:58 | More by lionking
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear and light yellowish/orange color.

S: Light aroma of buttered vegetables. Some sourness.

T: Drinks more like a macro then a micro, a wanna be yuengling. Some straw and hay malt like flavor that is light, clean with very little hop presence. overall pretty bland flavor.

M: Watery texture and mouthful.

D: Fairly well brewed but more of a college drinking macro then a micro.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 17:07:23 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of emacee


4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really good regional lager and in by the carton (24 returnable pint bottles) is one of the best buys available (at least in Pennsylvania). I prefer it to Lionshead; crisper and a bit fuller bodied. It's comparable to Yuengling Premium (not to be confused with Lager). But it's getting harder to find. I guess management prefer to push their higher-priced Yuppie beers (1857 and Pocono) and higher volume student beer (Lionshead).

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 04:45:57 | More by emacee
Photo of cowboy9from0hell


2.3/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

just tried this on tap last night my girlfriends step father got a keg. it is better on tap then what it is in a bottle. it really went good with pizza and wings. and seems to be more drinkable and smoother, it is a step up from miller, coors and bud.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2007 14:57:37 | More by cowboy9from0hell
Photo of tgbljb


3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with robust white puffy head.
Smell is light and moderately sweet, more from fruit than sugar.
Taste is also slightly sweet, again with a light fruitiness, and is extremely refreshing.
Hops begin to show through at the finish.
Very easy to drink. A step above the macro lagers at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 00:52:46 | More by tgbljb
Photo of BeerIsland


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer and a nice alternative to the Yuengling product. Gold Medal is very appealing in the glass with a golden hue. The head hung around for a while with a steady stream of bubbles coming up. There wasn't much aroma. There is a decent malt flavor and a lingering finish that is pleasant. It's easy drinking without a carbonation bite. The taste doesn't deteriorate as the beer warms up, which is a good sign. Very friendly beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2006 02:24:02 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent all-malt lager for the price but the 1857 is much more interesting and flavorful, (had both in the Stag variety pack) pours concisely with floaties and big bubbles of carbonation, taste is dry, grainy and whiffs of alcohol. Average at best, slightly better than your decent macros, so its a good micro alternative lager when you are too short on cash for micros but don't want to spend on macros. The 1857 is a better alternative.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 23:44:24 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a spotty white head and lots of floaties. The aroma is decent. It has a semi sweet pale malt scent that is a bit grainy and light. The taste is average. It has a light malt core and little hops. It goes down smooth and refreshes on the finish, but it has no malt complexity. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average golden ale at best. The appearance did it for me. I can't get past the floaties. Otherwise, it's not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 01:20:22 | More by WesWes
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear golden body beneath a short but creamy head of bright white foam that receeds quite readily but maintains a decent collar. The nose offers some grainy malt with just a hint of non-descript hops and some yeasty sulphur. It's light-medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation leave it just lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of mildly grainy malt and lightly spicy and subtly floral hops; backed by a solid bitterness that leads to a short-lingering, dry finish. Quite clean, and very well made; this is an interesting and refreshing lager that offers more bitterness and hop flavor than most of the basic American macros. An excellent buy for the price!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 17:20:44 | More by NeroFiddled
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Stegmaier Gold from Lion Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.