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Stegmaier Gold - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2002)
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Reviews by Foam:
Photo of Foam
3.2/5  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 ...

Foam, Jun 06, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

oberon, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of BeerIsland
3.2/5  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.

BeerIsland, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -6.5%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of tone77
2.95/5  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.

tone77, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Gouxman
3.03/5  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.

Gouxman, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Dreamer
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Dreamer, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Octoberist
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Octoberist, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

DrDemento456, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of OriolesFan
3.5/5  rDev +9%

OriolesFan, Today at 04:35 AM
Photo of JohnK17
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

JohnK17, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

TheDeuce, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

MirkoCroCough, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

woodychandler, May 09, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

jdhilt, Mar 02, 2002
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -6.5%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of curmudgeon236
3.5/5  rDev +9%

curmudgeon236, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of paulhargus
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

paulhargus, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of WesWes
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

WesWes, Jun 18, 2004
Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

stakem, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jayli, Aug 01, 2011
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Stegmaier Gold from Lion Brewery, Inc.
76 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.