Stegmaier Oktoberfest - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: bmills1608 on 09-05-2006

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Reviews by Walsar:
Photo of Walsar
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my Stegmaier pint glass a nice reddish brown with a small white head that lasts for a few minutes.

Smooth drinking Oktoberfest - I am really getting the toasted flavor upon drinking and some hoppiness in the after bite - a simple delicious beer from the boys at the Lion.

(and yes you do get that typical Steg taste - that I pick up in the Steg 150 and the Brewhouse Bock)

I recommend a pint or two on a nice September evening.


More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best domestic Oktoberfest biet that I have ever tasted.

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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...

Photo of russpowell
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
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...

Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Photo of strictly4DK
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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

Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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)

Photo of Phatz
3.96/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of Buggies
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of paulhargus
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
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!!

Photo of lflow
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One thing to keep in mind is that for the price this beer is sold at, it is an excellent choice.

This beer is a very clear, light amber color. The head is a creamy color but doesn't last long at all.

Smell is mostly carmel malt. Slightly sweet, slightly fruity.

Flavor is predominately carmel malt. The malt flavor is very pleasant. Also tastes sweet and fruity. Also can taste some bread like flavors. Reminds of a sweet moist bananna nut bread. Although it doesn't exactly taste like bananna. There are some slight spice notes from the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, kind of bready, but not quite heavy and warm enough. Not heavily carbonated, which works well for this beer. This beer is quite drinkable.

I think that this beer would be better if it had a stronger malt profile with a higher alcohol content; or if it had more spicey hops. It's just a bit too mild, especially for an Oktoberfest beer. But overall, this a good beer to drink for the price you pay.

Photo of number1bum
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with about one finger of off-white slightly beige head. Head recedes to a very thin lace leaving minimal stick on the sides.

Smell is very malty, with some sweet caramel and bready aromas. There is a fruitiness and subtle spice to it, as well.

Taste is sweet and malty, with plenty of caramel malt balanced out by some fruity flavored hops that lend only a touch of bitterness. There's a pretty pronounced buttery diacetyl-like flavor, as well, which is not something I've experienced before in Lion/Steg brews. Not bad.

Mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, with subdued carbonation. Pretty clean and smooth overall, and a pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest.

Pretty solid offering by Lion, and I continue to appreciate what they are doing with the Stegmaier line. This isn't my favorite of their seasonals, mainly because I don't care for the buttery diacetyl flavor, but this is a quality Oktoberfest nonetheless. And at $19.99 a case it's the best deal of the season.

Photo of matty
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a medium fading head.Aroma is citrusy.Taste is citrus,faint caramel and water.In my opinion a very average beer,not great not terrible.The one thing I will compliment is the beer's smoothness, otherwise just another beer out of thousands.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Julian-like date inked on back of bottle. The underside of the bottlecap is entertaining.

Pours a nice deep amber. A white ring of head soon emerges. Smell is sweet and crisp, almost an apple quality to it. Taste is bitter at first, kind of a bit sour, then rounds into a malty and still bitter finish. I detect a bit of mineral too. Feel is a bit odd, and highly carbonated. Drinks OK, but it's just a bit too fruity and bitter for my liking.

Photo of jackorain
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enter from notes takenm during consumption on 11/04/07

Poured into my SA glass. Semi aggresssive pour results in 1 1/2 inch stark white head that topped a dark amber to light brown liquid that was clear as bell. Retention was very good, staying around while I took notes and then some. Lacing effect was great.

Smells of caramel malt, dough, yeast and a touch of biscuit. Aroma was not strong though resulting in slightly off grade here.

Creamy/fizzy mouthfell hits before any flavors. Flavors of caramel and doughy malts hit first. There is a slight floral hop flavor in the middle lending a mildly bitter bite. Finished off doughy again with a little lager yeast creeping in.

Drinkability is right up there for Oktoberfests. this is one of the better examples I've had this yesr. It is unfortunate that the Lion couldn't turn out sonething like this for Lancaster which they contract.

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Stegmaier Oktoberfest from Lion Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.