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Stegmaier Oktoberfest - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 16.19%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bmills1608 on 09-05-2006)
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Reviews by EvilAsh:
Photo of EvilAsh
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

EvilAsh, Nov 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess I’ll give a try and provide some comments on the 2007 vintage. I picked up the case Labor Day weekend from a relatively new distributor on Wells St. in Forty Fort (commemorative mugs were NOT available) who had a decent stack of it. The bottle is pretty much the same as last year. I wasn’t sure at first when I tried it but by the second bottle, I was impressed. This beer is amazingly fresh tasting. No other way to describe it! I was really looking forward to doing this review.

The slightly off-white head settles in and goes away in a few minutes, leaving some lacing behind. The ‘Fest is toffy colored in the glass and looks pretty rich. Clean malt scents are lightly offered up as I dip my nose.

Great first hit of flavor, malts, roasty, with real bottom. These are wonderful malt flavors that lift, rather than dominate. Hops are light but present throughout. Come on a bit at the end.

Great lingering finish.

This bottle just a tad effervescent compared to last night’s bottle; interesting.

I think this is a great effort on the Lion’s part and highly recommend it for the value.

BeerIsland, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me state I picked up four Ofests I was comparing this one with three others from similar backgrounds and it got best of show for me out of Leinenkugel and Flying Dog's versions. Appears an orange caramel tone witha gright off white head leaves a collar of lace with dwindling streaks of lace forming. Aroma a bit heavy on a metallic mineral character with malt having a touch of caramel sweetness and finishes actually with an herbal hop presence. Taste has slightly creamy sweetness more metallic mineral presence with herbal tones leaving their presence fits the typical Ofest category but does it well especially for the Lion Brewery I couldn't definitely get down with this one. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even carbonation can't really complain. Drinkability smooth and overall decent flavor equals a moderately priced beer a cut above from other swill, quality Ofest from Lion brewery.

WVbeergeek, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stegmaier- Oktoberfest

A- Clear golden deep orange with a thick foamy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Light sweet buttery malt.
T- Sweet buttery short bread malt. Slight toasty bread crust grain and earthy hops in the end.
M- Sweet and chewy with the malt, a light bitter earthy hop bite in the end. Finishes off dry.

Overall- A nice surprise here. Tasty and sessionable definitely pick this 1 up!

NJpadreFan, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh, it's just a sweet, bland O-fest. The malt has a cheap, almost soured flavor, that I'd associate with a bad import. The aroma is there, but doesn't do much. Overall, the flavor is like a watered down version of a good marzen in that the essential flavors are there, they just aren't doing much.

tempest, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stegmaier Oktoberfest pours a vibrant copper to amber color. A white head sits atop and gradually recedes to a healthy rim.

A notable dose of butterscotch, caramel, and alcohol in the nose. Hops pull through to sharpen the tones, as well as a mild graininess as the brew warms up.

In taste, it's hoppy up front, with a sweet/malty middle and finish. Caramel and butterscotch/diacetyl. Some alcohol definitely comes out in the finish.

Feels medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and active from the hops & alcohol. Moderate carbonation in my opinion.

Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means. It took me a few tries over the past month, but after a summer full of pilsners and lighter styles, I'm just now starting to dig the marzens this season...

DerekP, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes, grainyness, some orchard fruit

T: Follows the nose, apple sweetness & a touch of toffee up front. Grainyness & fruittyness dominate once warm. Finishes grainy, fruitty & with a little but not near enough toasted malt

Light/medium bodied, where is the malt back bone here? Alright balance

Drinks easy enough, but all in all I'd say Left Hand of Sam Adams runs circles around this, plus many German examples if fresh... This review is way under, I wonder if once again we Oklahomans are getting mishandled/old beer? Since they can't be bothered with freshness dating, I may never know...

russpowell, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to imagine bottling autumn, but this beer somehow seems to pull off this feet. The beer pours an orangeish copper with a peach tan head. It has a smell sweet with hints of metal in there, taste is sweet, almost pumpkin like in some ways with a finish of wheat and other metal. The beer is extremely smooth and is so far one of the most drinkable oktoberfests I've encountered.

hdofu, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of strictly4DK
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A - Light chestnut with amber hues, 1/2 inch white heads, little retention or lacing

S - Deep bready malt, sweet caramel (almost artificial)

T - Bready, sweet malt, caramel, light fruit esters (apple), dose of diacetyl, finishes with an off black pepper flavor

M - Medium body, decent carbonation, finishes dry

D - Both smell and taste start off pleasantly with even some high notes in the taste (hints of apple and light fruits) but finishes poorly. Flaws and off flavors stand out and for this reason this is not a brew I would probably ever reach for again.

strictly4DK, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange-brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, malts, a touch of hops, pretty good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

tone77, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of MmmIPA
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The last beer of my six pack.I enjoyed this beer.

Pours a orange body with a one finger head that fell really fast.I dont see much carbonation.

I taste a typical marzen beer,spices,sweet malts and not to much hop flavor.

The mouthful is harsh and non appealing.I mean the carbonation.Other then that I could drink a few of these beers but not much more than that.

Sweet notes of malt and spices in the nose also.

MmmIPA, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber color with good clarity and a nice bit of carbonation sneaking up the sides of the glass. A two inch head of white capped off the top of the glass and settled down gently into a smooth crown across the top,

The aroma was loaded down with bready malts as one might expect. Hints of earthy grains and a somewhat vinous hop profile underneath, but a touch light overall. The flavor was clean, crisp and decent. Nice hints of light malts, some cereal grains and a good overall profile of light herbal hops. Crisp finish was smooth

mikesgroove, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of JAB1978
3/5  rDev -14.8%

JAB1978, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden deep orange with a decent sized foamy white head. Good retention and some lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is light and malty - caramel, dough, and fresh bread

Pretty basic Oktoberfest flavors - caramel, toasted bread, and doughy malt. Very light floral hops are present for some balance. Finished with some sweetness and floral hop notes. Not as sweet as some other Oktoberfests, which was very welcome.

Medium bodied, smooth, and a little chewy. Goes down real easy, would make a nice session brew. A nice surprise and a solid Oktoberfest.

Lupe, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark caramel brown, clear with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that turns to a thick lace ring. Lacing is pretty nice too.

S - Smell is a bit skunky but a nice mix of on style bread malts, a touch of hops and a good biscuit presence.

T - The hops and sour dough breads hit you first but is quickly drown out by a very strong caramel malt presence that leads to a bit of dry yet sweet finish. Tasty.

M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.

Overall I had this a touch warm and it only cost me $1.50 for the bottle so not only was it a great price but also a top notch take on the style. Next to the lager it it quite easily the best thing these guys make and the most affordable (must be like 22 bucks a case)

DrDemento456, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby hued amber brown with a small head and no lacing.

Smell: It is very reserved in the nose but there are hints of caramel malts and dough in the aroma.

Taste: Certainly simple making it a perfect celebratory dinking Fest beer. It has a smooth malt flavor, caramel fruit and bread, with a zing of zippy spices around the edges. Barely a hint of dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium light body moderately carbonated. It is light like a lager but spiced and refreshing.

Drinkability: Absolutely positively a party beer sessionable treat if ever an Oktoberfest was. This is a noble representation of the style at a great price making it well worth the buy.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JohnK17, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of pavpav12
4/5  rDev +13.6%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's Hula In the Coola Day (T, 01 Feb 2011) and I'm off for the day thanks to yet another skool disrick closure! It seems counterintuitive to start with a bottle of beer, but my local trade partner, tone77, dropped off a ton of beers the other day and I am starting with them before segueing into The CANQuest (TM).

For sheer amusement, it would be hard to beat the rebus puzzles underneath the caps on the Lion/Steg bottles. This beer was "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier" with "Over 150 years of brewing excellence" according to the labels.

My aggro pour resulted in two foamy, tawny fingers of head with decent retention. The color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was pleasantly malty, slightly caramel, very apropos for the style. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full, with a big malty caramel flavor in the mouth. I was reminded of a Sugar Daddy from my youth. Man, I used to really dig those things until I developed four cavities and that really put the kibosh to my sweet tooth. Even today, I am more into bitter and salty than sweet, although I still have yet to develop a taste for sour. No kidding around, this was really sweet. Pleasant, though, not cloying. Finish remained very sweet with a caramel taste that lingered. For me, it would be a one-is-plenty, but for malty types, this would be in your wheelhouse.

woodychandler, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Buggies
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love drinking locals, and this is another solid brew from Lion.

I do love the maltier styles, and this is no exception. Nice aromas of caramel and slight toasty aroma too. Right on with the style.

Tastes damn good. Nice malty flavors of caramel. On the sweet side, but not overly sweet.

Perhaps this one doesn't finish as dry as the style suggests. But overall, what a nice flagship seasonal for a brewery like Lion.

Buggies, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper color with an off white tan, bold head that has great retention. (note: based on what I observed, amazed that many here said head retention was nil.)
Aroma: I get some sweet malts & to a lesser extent some mild, spicy hops. Taste of same follows.
A bit think in body and in mouthfeel.
Good solid easy to drink beer.

jadpsu, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of paulhargus
4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal Oktoberfest beer from the Lion! I believe this is the flagship seasonal from Stegmaier, and they seem to be promoting it more than their other products.

A: Dark orange/amberish in color. Small, tan head with little retention.

S: Caramel malts

T: Strong caramel flavors and a bit sweet. Very tasty with hardly any hoppiness present.

M: Very smooth with decent carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a phenomenal seasonal beer. I know it was a big hit at last year's PA Oktoberfest, and aside from the discontinued Amber Lager, this is the Lion/Stegmaier's finest offering. I believe it has been released a bit early this year. It hasn't lasted very long in the last few seasons, it's very hard to find by mid October. My suggestion is to stock up as much as you can, it's a fast mover and it certainly lives up to the hype I gave it!!

paulhargus, Aug 22, 2012
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Stegmaier Oktoberfest from Lion Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.