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Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

57 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 02-18-2006)
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Reviews by Walsar:
Photo of Walsar
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this seasonal brew - very fresh as the brewery just started making it in February.

Dark color and nice slightly bitter taste. Strong aroma in comparison to other Stegs I have tasted.

If you enjoy a bock beer you should have a session with this new brew made from an age old recipe by the Lion Brewery.

Walsar, Mar 07, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle, some sort of bottle code but no freshness date.

A- Two thick fingers of off white froth, good head retention. Clear and bright reddish amber hue shines in the light.

S- Yellow cake-like maltiness with a bit of toasted grain and herbal hop in the nose.

T&M- Thick malty body. Smooth, creamy and crisp all together. Maltiness has some depth and backbone with sweetness upfront and layers of toasted and biscuit grain. Balancing hoppiness with a mild bite of bitterness in the middle.

D- Pretty damn impressive, its lovely to run into a tasty bock like this ... especially in the growing and evolving craft beer world. I could drink this through the night.

Jason, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +6.7%

sigtau200ws, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of ggaughan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Grey Lodge in NE Philly. This beer poured a clearish brown color with a thin white head that didn't last very long. The aroma is a bit toasted malts and a bit floral hops. The taste has a good tongue of toasted malts, a bit sweet with some hop bitterness that is enjoyable. Overall this beer is very drinkable and pretty complex. Another fine beer from Steg which is great to see being from NEPA originally.

ggaughan, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A medium to light orangish amber with a decent two fingers of white that melts to a sticky ring of lacing.
Aromas are nicely toasted malts and caramel with some biscuit-like aromas as well.
Flavor is lots of the toasted malts being balanced with the biscuit like flavors from the yeast and just a touch of hop bite on the end.
Very smooth and mellow and very easy going down.

IntriqKen, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of emsroth
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App: Bright ruby brown with a small off white head.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of chocolate and burnt caramel. The slight smell of alcohol his hidden beneath as per the style.

Taste: Very light flavor. Slight roasted taste followed by strong hopping. Bitterness dominates.

Good level of carbonation in line with the style.

Very light in flavor and rather bitter for a bock. Maybe I'm used to doppelbocks. I don't love it, nor do I want more, but it is very drinkable.

emsroth, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle pour into tulip glass...great value bock from this PA brewery I am getting to know a little better...

A: Nice solid appearance, good foaming head, some lacing, nice brown color

S: decent malt smell, some butter like toasty-ness to it

T: Taste is very good, dominated by the sweet toasted malts, easy on the tongue / palate, light ABV feel (not sure, 6%??), nice balance overall for this style of bock....

MF: also decent, carbonation nice, a bit slick, but goes down well and is feels good in the mouth!

D: very drinkable bock, a nice rep. of the style at an affordable price, I will get this one again for sure.

Cheers...

BeerVikingSailor, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Active pour leaving one fingers worth of light tan head which quickly recedes to a fizzy lacing... Dark caramel color...

S - Sweet malt... Caramel... Toffee... A slight nuttiness... Butter... Cake batter...

T - Toasted almond... Caramel... Toffee... Nougat...

M - Smooth... Medium bodied... Fizzy...

D - Respectable Bock offering, but doesn't standout memorable in any particular category...

philbe311, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of Vonstein15
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Vonstein15, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of MLasoski
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to college right by the Lion Brewery and never had the chance to actually visit it. I wish I did considering this beer was worth my while.

Served: In a bottle, poured into ale glass.

A: Amber colored body with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonation.

S: Roasted and sweet malts with a mild fruitiness.

T: It is a lighter bock than others that I have had. Just because it's lighter, doesn't mean I don't like it. It's a very good bock.

M: The maltiness comes out in the beginning and finishes with a mild fruitiness, yet spicy.

D: A very good brew. I'm upset with myself that I never bought this when I was in college, only about a mile away from the brewery itself. I'll have to make a road trip I think.

MLasoski, May 31, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep russet brown, with no head anda very minimal lace, decent carbonation was evident. Smell was grainey with a slighlty off fruit aroma in the back anda hint at some bitterness. The taste intresting,albeit not very comple x at all. Sort of a glammed up amber. Lots of malt with a slight bittering hops presence and a hint at maybe something fruity in the back? If its there it is very faint. Overall I cannot say it is horrible as I have had much much worse beer

mikesgroove, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was too malty for my tastes. It's a thick beer and very sweet, but way too much malt for me and a sour aftertaste that I didn't care for.

I will try this beer again, because I might not have been in the mood for it, but I'm not a big fan of this red beer with a good foamy head.

Amalak, May 14, 2009
Photo of mpalestino
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Phatz
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of meeting up with ClockworkOrange tonight at the Arena Bar and Grill. I had never actually seen a bottle of Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock so I thought maybe it was a draft only beer, thus the selection at the bar. I found out now, it is in fact bottle but you know... While in Wilkes Barre (Rome) ... =)

Appearance: Starts off well. Served a perfectly clear amber color with an off white head. Plenty of lacing. Nice.

Smell: I was a bit disappointed at how borderline Macro (bock) the nose is. Sure it has some sweet malt and a light hint of bitterness possibly due to grassy hops but the nose overall is a bit reserved and lacking in flare.

Taste: Sweet simple malt, grain. Thin as craft beer Bocks go. A light bitterness, hint of grassy hops. More along the lines of a Shiner Bock or Saranac Bock than a PA St. Nick Bock, league of bock beer. As I drank my glass though, I started to change my perception of this beer. I realize this is a simple beer but it did go down increasingly easy. I think it is a style I may over analyze while its magic is in it's drinkability.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy, decent but light in weight, still apropos to style.

Drinkability: Surprisingly easy to down. This beer would be better drank than contemplated at great length.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of PABeerFan
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep amber into an Imperial pint glass. Nice malty nose reminiscent of an old world bock or märzen style beer. Goes down smooth, and leaves an aftertaste that makes you want to crack open another. Found this for 5.99 a sixer at the Anderson's in Toledo, OH, and at that price, you can't beat it. You can spend a couple bucks more for less flavor from some breweries that do more marketing and distribute more widely. Great quality from a regional brewer that isn't known for its craft beers.

PABeerFan, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of bundy462
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

bundy462, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of gottajiboo2
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber with an eggshell white half inch head that sank down to a very thin layer of tiny dust like bubbles that seemed to hang around until the last sips of beer left the glass.

Smells sweet like prunes and a little bit of mustiness. Also slight cinnamon and fruitcake elements.

Taste is a rich, warm, malty flavor that fills my mouth. Tones of light citrusy bitterness linger in my cheeks.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth, and perfectly carbonated.

Very delicious beer, very drinkable and at $9.99 a case on special at Beer Mart, Reading(Reg $19) I should have gotten two cases. If you see it, pick a case up. I guarantee you won't be disappointed!

cheers

gottajiboo2, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of kevman527
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from a beer of the month club. I live an hour from Wilkes-Barre and have never had any of their beers, but have always wanted to try, none the less.

A: Creamy 3-finger head which lasted for a few minutes and left some good lacing. Rich amber color.

S: Very malty and yeasty, fruity smell kind of like a plum, very sweet smelling.

T: Sweet, very butterscotch like kind of coats the mouth, leaves little aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, little carbonation.

D: Goes down easy!

kevman527, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of TastyTaste
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear carmel brown body, head rises fast, fades steadily, leaving just a thin layer of off-white foam.

Smell: Lightly grassy and sweet, toasted malt.

Taste: Up front, it is a very delicious example.. Avoids the thin/cloying effect I get from many bocks. Sweet, but not overdone, well balanced with toasted malt and light grassy flavors. Definitely one of the better Bok beers I have come across.

Drinkability: A nice example of the style, balanced well, proving that you can still have a nice, flavorful beer, without going overboard, one direction or another.

TastyTaste, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of dborginis
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with little head, a thin film on the top. Color is a clear copper color. Smell is a little roasty and sweet. Carbonation makes for a crisp taste. Very refreshing and I imagine would be nice on a hot day. A little bit of banana sweetness, plus a standard bock maltiness. I enjoyed this enough to want to buy a good deal more.

dborginis, May 11, 2009
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

stegmaier, constantly impressing me. i think its because the people who give it to me set me up for the worst case scenario. why, i dont know. is this schwill beer wherever its from (pa?)

lively blue bottle with goat silhouette, a bit of german text and some barley and hops. pours into my glass in a rather uninspiring fashion. the color is a muddy auburn and the beer itself has an opaque quality which doesnt seem to match its lack of head and overall thin profile. again, almost no fizz or foam here. quiet ring of ovals like a barleywine and some wispy clouds on the surface.

excellent rich nose of sweet-charred malts and a belgian-inspired level of dark fruity esters. residual vanilla as my nose emerges from the glass. spiffy, makes me want to drink immediately.

and i do, and its good. the mouthfeel is spry and the beer is easily drinkable, yet it blossoms with intense flavor. no mistaking a finish of fresh noble hops which emerge from a sweet potato puree base peppered with burnt flakes of caramel. grassy feel lingers and tingles the tongue. this beer goes down very fast and tastes very good. reminds me alot of the la trappe bokbier. wish this was on hand regularly, i would consume mass quantities.

thanks to either sacfly or hopsaplenty or whoever the hell gave this to me in my drunken state at dogfish head.

goodbyeohio, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bock,

Poured from the bottle a nice amber, thin head, feint carbonation.

Smell is a nice mix of slightly sweet roasted malt and mild hint of tangy hops.

Taste is big malt, roasted, slightly biscuit not much hops but a bit of fruity sweetness. good.

Mouthfeel is solid, a bit of light carbonation solid taste throughout.

Very drinkable, solid bock.

Probably steg's second best.

mvanaskie13, May 25, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I picked up on a whim while on a recent trip to Pennsylvania and hit upon a winner. Review is from notes taken on 12/25/2009 (Merry Christmas to me!) and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper/caramel color with great ruby highlights; body is clear and shows very strong carbonation; starts with a one figner white head that fades to a thin, yet uneven skim; no lacing manages to cling to the sides.

Smell: A nice blend of toasty grains and a slight biscuit aspect; a sweet banana-like presence combines with a sweet sugary maltiness.

Taste: Oh so solid! Sweet matliness dominates the flavors and is supported by a mild toasty graininess and sweet/mellow banana; slight bits of alcohol at the very end and it becomes just a tad tart and apple-esque at the very end. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect in the body of a bock - it's a little thick, yet a tad slick as well; carbonation is very smooth and the finish is clean with only a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite high -- nice smells and solid flavors, it feels like a moderate ABV and the price was right, so I would definitely grab this again.

bamadog, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of DGryger
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Aggressive pour produces a thick off white head about 2 fingers high. Amber colored body. When poured aggressively and not too cold it laces well.

Smell: Sweet, malty nose that reminds me of pancakes with maple syrup. Slightest hop tang present.

Taste: Not too sweet and a little bitter grassiness to the flavor. Taste is mostly dominated by grainy malt. Maybe a little thin in the flavor department, but overall a tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: A little thin with a good carbonation level. Smooth too. Pretty typical lager-type mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy drinking and very sessionable lager. This is a great beer too wash down a couple slices of pizza or a plate of wings. At less than $16 a case, you can’t go wrong.

DGryger, Mar 04, 2007
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Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock from Lion Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.