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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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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 Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -14%

A bit weak for a Winter Warmer. Needs a lot more flavor of spices to really get this brew up to par. The color was nice, it was on the darker side. I was getting some hints of roasted spice on the nose. Wasn't anything too crazy going on in this brew but it wasn't the best Winter Warmer I've ever had.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
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 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
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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

ejimhof, Mar 09, 2013
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 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 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 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 mdillon86
4/5  rDev +11.7%

mdillon86, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

lupercmda, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep crimson brown color with about a finger of creamy, lingering light ecru foam. Aroma and flavor consist of medium toasted grains, biscuits, caramelized malt, light spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit better than medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Worth a try next time it rolls around.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 01, 2009
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.

Phatz, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of hosehead83
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle(no freshness date) into a standard pint glass
Cloudy copper in color with a thin, tan head of foam
Aroma-Spices and whiff of alchohol
Taste-Not sure if this was an old bottle of last year's brew-Taste was rather thick and chewy, cinnamon and a big mix of spices-unbalanced and a bit dissapointing-Seems to get thin as it warms

hosehead83, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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 sharpski
2/5  rDev -44.1%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

dgherm, Jul 29, 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 BeerTruth
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Got this one from number1bum recently, thanks pansy.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pretty clear ruby brown with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that stays for quite a while with bits of lacing here and there remaining on the sides of the glass. Not much in the nose, but what's there consists of some caramel malts, roasted nuts, and some spice. Taste is a bit more complex, but not exactly tasty. Chocolate malt, cinnamon, and earthy notes. There's a woody cardboard flavor that seems to linger from start to finish that I'm not really liking too much. Aftertaste is pretty spicy and warm with a molasses sweetness. Medium body with a chewy feel and a steady carbonation. I'd have to say this is a pretty average warme. I'm not a huge fan of the style but it's nice to have one every now and then. Thanks again Josh for the opportunity, and don't even think about givning me another Lancaster Strawberry Wheat.

BeerTruth, Jan 19, 2009
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 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 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 beerman207
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%

A: Deep orange/red color with a decent head that finishes with a skim that hangs out for a while.

S: Smell is of cinnamon, dark fruit, hops, other spices. Very nice.

T: Very cool flavor. This beer calls itself an "old world ale" which is pretty fitting as this warmer seems to be a cousin of an old ale. There are definitely some figs or other dark fruit present in this. The spices are well balanced in here as well.

M: Honestly, the mouthfeel could be a bit better. I thought this was a bit thin.

D: Very high. I got this for $3.99 for a six pack at Jungle Jims over in Cincinnati, OH. If you can get your hands on it for that price, you won't be sorry.

beerman207, Feb 03, 2010
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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.