Stegmaier Gold - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2002

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Photo of oberon
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an expiered brew. I will not be drinking this brew.

Stegmaier Gold brewed by Lion Brewery, Inc., with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. Overall I'm giving Stegmaier Gold - Lion Brewery, Inc. a 3 out 5.
I wish I could have tried this brew when it fresh.

Photo of tone77
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Gouxman
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of Foam
3.19/5  rDev -0.3%
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 ...

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very smooth and easy to drink. A clean, fairly light pilsner that has won several awards years ago.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.76/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.14/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.2/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of rabsten
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of lionking
2.88/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of psugrad98
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color with medium head. Fresh smelling with a slight hoppiness combined with a nutty bouquet. Taste is similar with fruity hop bitterness balanced by a agreeable malt sweetness.

Photo of emacee
4.09/5  rDev +27.8%
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).

Photo of nukem5
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the color of cider. Clear, light golden. Thin off white head. Aroma is light on hops and there's a little sweet malt. The body is fuller than you'd expect. Hovers around medium. The carbonation is slightly prickly and decent enough. The taste is a weak blend of malt and hops, but I don't find signs of adjunct-like sweetness. This is an average beer, but I could down some of these on a hot summer day if it was the only option.

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Stegmaier Gold from Lion Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.