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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Holiday WarmerStegmaier Holiday Warmer

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BA SCORE
82
good

34 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 12-03-2006)
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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz brown bottle.

A- Poured out the with minimal frothing and only a thin ring of lace is left. Slightly hazed brownish amber color.

S- Caramel over toasted malt in the aroma, sweet with a bit of spice in the back.

T&M- As smooth as it is crisp with a slightly slick medium body. Sweet toasted and caramel maltiness up front, touch of citric hop and nutty husk middle to end. Finishes a tad on the sweet side with a growing hoppiness.

D- Not half bad, could be a bit more robust for the style but drinkable none the less.

Jason, Feb 26, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Another gift-basket beer from brother Bob--nice! Dark orange brown body that is deep enough to appear hearty... head is off-white, single-fingered and swiftly scattered... fresh, malty presence that offers some soft cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices (take note, Harpoon) pleasant but not overstated... live, vivacious, effervescent and much hoppier than expected-- a bit smoother as the glass drains... nicely balanced, a bit roasted and surprisingly hopped to a pleasant flourish-- a bit of "Coke" late... a brewery that's conjured the images of dank coal basements and the smells of Penna. beer stores turns out a solid celebrator for the season. Wouldn't have picked this one up, and shame on me for relying on appearance and association...

dacrza1, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%

The Lion's Stegmaier Holiday Warmer pours a clear deep chestnut body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head drops fairly readily, and not much lacing is left behind.

Notes of delicate spice, fruit, and vanilla welcome you in the nose, beckoning you to partake.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor offers a velvety blanket of sweetish and fruity caramel-laced malt that sparkles with delicate spice. It's rich but not overpowering, and displays delicate notes of cherry, wood, and spice. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and woody with a splash of alcohol and a swirl of sublime spice.

Overall this is a remarkably tasty, clean, and exciting specialty offering with an intriguing complexity and sparkling balance. It would be perfect with any holiday meal, or even the dessert afterwards (mmmm... I could really see it with some rich, dark chocolate cake); and could even fit in just hanging with the guys during a game or out on the back porch in the cold. I personally enjoyed it in the warmth of my cozy "special" chair while watching the Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass claymation classic version of "Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer", but that's just me! Do what you want with it, but it's certainly worth a try.

PS - I apologize for listing this as a "winter warmer", but the "Herbed/Spiced Ale" category is being removed from the site.

RE-REVIEWED: Tasted on tap, January 2008. Harsh bitterness. Deep acidity. Very fruity - which is OK, but different from what I'd tasted before. Numbers have been adjusted.

NeroFiddled, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of sadman64
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Got this beer because it was on sale for $8 a case, and the 7% abv didn't hurt either.

I poured it from a bottle into a drinking glass.

The appearance is nice, it has a medium red-amber color to it. There is not a very strong smell to this beer. The taste is decent, there's an initial strong taste of alcohol, with maybe a light woody/vanilla after taste. It is a drinkable beer, worth it for the alcohol content if you can get it cheep and want to get drunk.

sadman64, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours chestnut with 1" of tan head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Fruityness, cinnamon & brown sugar, plus leafy hops & tobacco

T: Brown bread, dryness leafy hops, & a touch of figs & cherries up front. More of the same with pronounced oaky dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty with cherries, leafy hops & more brown sugar

MF: Chewy with a touch too much carbonation

Drank okay, although the ABV is well hidden, the flavors don't really meld together as well as i hoped. This would do in a pinch...

russpowell, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mdillon86, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Phatz
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

This is an "Herbed/Spiced Ale" flavored for the season.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruddy red brown color with a creamy head tha fades fast and negligible lacing.

Smell: Light hints of vanilla and cherry, clean reserved caramel malts.

Taste: This is a pleasant easy drinking spiced ale that nothing explosive but certainly tasty. Caramel and cherry flavors seem a bit artificial but pleasing. It has a juicy center with a hint if ginger and candy cane. The finish is a bit bitter and all around a quaffable winter ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is festively seasonal, cheep and easy to drink so … get some. ;-)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of rednrag
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

This beer looks interesting. Like a very dark IPA. One taste dispels the IPA rumors. This is a very German tasting bock or dopplebock style beer. and very good, too. Self described as an old world ale, whatever, I like this. Malty, slightly hoppy, full bodied, very tasty.Lion Brewery of Pennsylvania, I salute you.

rednrag, May 02, 2010
Photo of sjohansen
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

I was able to pick up a bottle of the Steg Holiday Warmer at Capone's in Norristown. It got compared to some pretty stiff holiday competition in a mix and match six pack, and although it wasn't my favorite, it held it's own.

It pours a dark amber in color with a very light head that fades quickly.

The smell was probably what I liked most about this Olde Style Ale. There are notes of cinammon that go along with a strong malt profile.

I do like this beer (and for the price it can't be beat,) but this is a textbook “over-spiced holiday offering.” Too much spice that can't be balanced by the malt and hop profile. There was a very strong hop characteristic, but it gave way to more and more of the spices, especially as the beer warmed a little. Actually, the first couple tastes could have been confused with a spiced up pale ale. The spice that jumped out the most, and was a little overpowering in the aftertaste was the cinammon.

I was surprised to find out it was only 7% abv, it tastes much stiffer than that. The drinkability is solid, and I could definitely have a few to warm up when watching a hockey game in December.

It is a good beer, but lacks the balance to be great. Another solid Steg offering, and imo a good example of an Olde Ale style.

sjohansen, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%

Pours a clean copper color with a lite tan head. Aromas of cinnamon spice and sweet malt. In the taste, dry cinnamon and a sticky-sweet malt. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry cinnamon aftertaste. They kind of went heavy on the cinnamon, but not bad. Lighter body for a warmer, just kind of OK.

OWSLEY069, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +7%

I found this beer while perusing my local beer market and it was being sold for $3.99 for a six-pack.

I asked the store manager if he'd ever sampled the beer before, and he said it was 'Pretty decent. He wouldn't pay $8.99 for it, but at $3.99, it was definitely a steal.'

Appearance: Poured a copper color with moderate, creamy head.

Smell: Sweet smell, with hints of cinnamon and spices. Could even smell the alcohol a bit.

Taste: Very pleasant actually. The alcohol was hidden well. Nice citrusy-hop taste.

MF: Decently thick feel, a little bitter, but a good finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'm actually going to probably check and see if I can find some more this week. I consumed them slowly, with dinner and then just by themselves.

Solid beer, especially for $3.99

BeerBuckeye, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of turnstile
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. twist-off bottle into a snifter; aged for one year and served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful mahogany with dark burgundy highlights. One-inch tan head with small bubbles which quickly dissipates into a ring and filmy surface.

Smell: Candy-sweet and warm winter spices with rich malt aromas up front. Strong notes of vanilla and oak with hints of banana and candied cherry. Deep sniffs reveal a nostalgic scent reminiscent of fresh-baked sugar cookies.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Sweet and rich malt up front with faint hop bitterness in the middle. Finishes with a rustic pumpernickel breadiness and mild alcohol note; mellow spice rounds out the palate. It's a medium-full bodied winter brew with smooth carbonation that barely bites.

Drinkability: Its winter warmer ABV is not apparent in the aroma or taste. The rich and smooth body make it very easy to drink. Perfect as an after dinner brew.

turnstile, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

I like to good old fashioned neck label. Nice looking bottle. Twist-off cap. :(
Nice caramelly aroma, that's not powerful but clean and consistent. Hops increase in presence with warmth with a spiciness and non-traditional character.
Pours with a real creamy off-white to tan head that's not that big. Very clear amber of reddish orange.
Interesting flavor. Again a clean quality with a lager-like quality. Starts with a sweet malt of caramel, and in time there is a nutty quality to the malt. This is followed by some spices (sweet fruity spices as well as more traditional ones) and bitterness that blend well. The flavors open up through the drink and increase in intensity from start to finish. Quite a long somewhat dry finish.
Carbonation is full and covers a lighter medium feel. There is a filling quality to the bubbles, and they are on the sharper side before settling into softness.
A winter holiday ale with more subdued spices and greater emphasis on malt. Rather filling carbonation and a cleanness to the taste, makes it seem lager like. The complexity of the flavors increase as approach the bottom and the ale warms. There is a sharpness that I'm wrestling with, but I think I'll lean towards higher drinkability. I wish I had another bottle as I'd like to give this one another try. It's really quite complex and it deserves another crack.
Thanks JB.

garymuchow, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of bamadog
3.83/5  rDev +7%

Review is from notes taken on 2/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Special thanks to beerman207 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Pours a murky and dark toffee brown; starts with a nice two finger head that is the color of froth on a latte with solid retention and leaves a full web of lacing as it dwindles slowly to a thick and chewy looking full skim; body is cloudy but still shows moderate to light carbonation.

Smell: Nice caramel malts and a certain musty spiciness that is reminiscent of nutmeg and cinnamon; smell is fairly robust. As it warms, there is a slight citrusy/orange presence that starts to sneak in as well.

Taste: Very much like the smell -- nice and sweet chewy caramel malts that are well complimented by the warm spices of nutmeg and cinnamon; there is a slight coppery bite in the back of each sip though and that does hurt the scoring a little bit, but still pretty solid throughout; as it warms, there is an interesting citrusy and orange hoppiness that sneaks in.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately thick and chewy; carbonation is soft and smooth; a nice stickiness left on the roof of the mouth and the belly is left warm.

Drinkability: Definitely solid enough -- great flavors, warmth and feel from the body and weight; the only real downer is that coppery bite in the taste.

bamadog, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%

A-pour an orangy copper with a nice inch or so white head that soon dissapears but leaves some lacing
S-bready malt, an a bit of dark fruit with a nice balance of the usual winter spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg)the spices aren't too dominate but has a perfect balance and compliments the beer nicely
T-a nice malt taste yet again balanced nicely by the spices not really complex but very good and very refreshing
M-medium light body with a moderate carbonation gives this beer a nice full feel and provides the "warmer" part the beer
D-extremly drinkable i usually will end up taking this over a friends house for the night and have no problem drinking throughout the night and is only like a scoach over $20 a case and is definately highly reccomended

joshstevens87, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of number1bum
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a reddish copper color, perfectly clear, with a frothy and creamy two plus fingers of light beige head. Head settles slowly and keeps a nice lace, leaving a bit of stick here and there, too.

Smell consists of a bold caramel aroma, with a buttery toffee scent to it as well. Other than the sweet maltiness the only other thing going on is some cinnamon.

Taste is far spicier than the smell - with a lot of cinnamon flavor, in particular. There's also a woody dryness to it and a pretty substantial bitterness for a warmer, as well. I even taste a bit of booze, which is surprising. The caramel malt sweetness is more of a backbone rather than a dominant characteristic like it was in the smell. I think the spicing and the bitterness are actually a bit much, and they really started to wear on me as I neared the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but actually gets quite dry - almost bone dry - in the finish from the spicing and bitterness. Still, it's pretty clean, and definitely has a Stegmaier feel to it.

This is a pretty solid winter beer, although the spicing and bitterness form a combo that would prevent me from really drinking too many of these in a sitting. A good beer to sit back, sip and relax with.

number1bum, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%

Poured a deep crystal clear copper color with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is fruity with some nice seasonal spices also present.
Taste is loaded with malt, and the combination of the fruitiness with the spices is very pleasant.
Nice and full in the mouth with great tastebretention.
A nice refreshing easy drinking beer. Great job, and the price is perfect.

tgbljb, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +11.7%

(2008 version) A dark mahogany red color with a thin off-white head and modest lacing. The aroma is sour apple and raisin with vanilla malt. The flavor brings nutty malt and cinnamon with bright mellon apple and lots of clove. It's somewhat thin for a winter brew and pretty drinkable. Lively carbonation and overall a very solid effort from Stegmaier especially if you enjoy a hint of the Belgian style in your winter warmer.

(update for 2009 version) A rosey copper color, clear but dark with a good sized light vanilla colored head and nice lacing. The aroma is a deep malt with a raspberry juniper, nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor is a very malty with a citrus hop and cherry highlights. There's some coffee bitterness and more of that juniper brightness. It's a nice mid-bodied brew with a somewhat resinous feel yet it offers a lively carbonation drinkability. It's pretty complex, with holiday notes over the solid malt/hop base. Very nice, something that should be enjoyable alone, with food, room temperature or cold. Nice job.

Durge, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York. Served cold in a pint
A - A slightly murky tarnished copper color w/ a smallish tan head that doesn't cling to the glass -no lace.

S - A malty sweet smell w/ caramel malt emphasis. The smell is fruity, almost vinous w/ a nice spice hint and a touch of vanilla

M - a lightly carbonated feel w/ slightly dull drop on the palate w/ malt and yeast that seem lackluster feel-wise. The sweetness is overdone with no real spice or pizzazz

T - The flavor has elements of dy and sweet crystal malt w/ subtle chocolate malt presence and a nice tangy yeast note which has an English character - the hops don't give much in the way of flavor, but balance the beer's sweetness w/ a subtle bitterness and the flavor is clean and sweet into the finish

D - An ok seasonal, but I prefer the German styles from this brewery. This is not bad overall drinkability-wise, but generally I would say just worth a try

Slatetank, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of slyde24
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%

My buddy got a case of it on sale and left it at my house, so I figured why not?
Pours a reddish amber color, with little head.
Has a pretty decent amount of alcohol taste but is not overwhelming.
Has a dark ale flavor, with a sort of sweet finish.
Decent amount of carbonation, not overly strong in that area, but is totally drinkable for 7% alcohol.

I'd recommend it for a night of drinking with some friends, not a party beer, more a sit down and relax kind of beer.

$8 case on sale, not sure how much the regular price is.

slyde24, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

lupercmda, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of peterittenhouse
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

A- Pours ruby red with full head.

S- Christmas in July. Nice cinnamon spice, nutmeg, and lots of fruit.

T- Nice hoppy bite. Rich,spicy taste. Seems kind of odd to be drinking in July but its pretty good. Almost has a butterscotch taste but it works.

M- Full, creamy, spicy mouthfeel. Hops balance nicely with big malty backbone.

D- Nice change for the summer. Went looking for this stuff last Xmas but it was sold out. Lion never seems to produce enough of their seasonal offerings. Get them while you can.Got a few bottles from a buddy last weekend at a BBQ. Looking forward to this again at the holidays. Merry Christmas!

peterittenhouse, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of confer
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%

Got a six pack in a trade with a co-worker. I've had a few of Steg varieties in the past and been pleased. The Holiday Warmer did not disappoint. No extra spices just good beer taste. Nice amber color, nice firm off-white head which lasted a few minutes and smooth taste. The second bottle was even better than the first.

confer, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.