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Stegmaier Amber Lager - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Amber LagerStegmaier Amber Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jpaltan on 01-20-2009)
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Reviews by dsreeves:
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

dsreeves, Oct 28, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein a deep amber/bronze color with a thinner quick to fade white head,good clarity and color but a very small head.Mainly sweet caramel malt in the nosennot any toastiness and or spicy hop wich I like in a good Vienna lager.Big malty sweet flavors,caramel and sweet dough are the main flavor components,nut really any hop profile to be had.One sided in its sweetness,pretty ho hum but not horrible.

oberon, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of BeerIsland
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I can't believe that only 3 folks have taken a whack at this beer. Having tasted (bought cases of) most of the Steg one offs, I was looking forward to something special for the 150th anniversary. They were all pretty decent and an excellent value. Well, in looking at some of the info in various sites, it seems that there's a glass giveaway in Pittston, PA, about 2 1/2 hours north of Lancaster. I was going to be in Forty Fort anyway, so I drove up for my free glass. As it turns out, they were tasting the Midsummer White at the case store and I got a good sized pour to evaluate (no seconds!). It was OK but I was after Lager! So I get the case and am checking out and see a plastic mug on the counter. When I ask to see the glass, I was told, "You're lookin' at it!". Ha Ha. It does hold a lot of beer, though.

Folks, as you probably already know, this is not the Summer Stock. It looks pretty good in the glass. It's amber, reddish in color with a foamy head that dissapates in a bit. I'm not getting a lot of aroma, just a whiff of clean malt. The stuff tastes pretty good. Kind of on the amber, Vienna side of things, with a more complex malt bill. Like the all the Steg varietal products, I don't think this is any lawnmower beer. It might be a little spritzy but that adds to the refreshment. I think it's a very drinkable beer and I bet it's pretty good on tap, if available.

BeerIsland, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with a twist-off cap.
Medium amber/coppery color 1" Creamy white head with decent retention leaving some nice lace curtians on the top of the glass. Decent carbination no stringing,but a constiant risiing of bubbles.

Sweet light carmell aromas with toffee hints. Slight metallic aromas like Steg beers ususally have but not offensive in any way almost to a burnt like character.Floral with a slight grassy edge. Nice pleasing aroma overall.

Light candied, toasty, carmell malty tastes. Subtle hop bitterness that really comes up mid taste and balances out the beer very nicely.Nice malty tastes lingering on the palate with a slight grassy edge.

Light to almost medium mouthfeel, a pleasing juicy feel. Goes down very nice. One of the Steg beers i've had I hope they keep this one around Give this beer a try I think you'll be pleasingly suprized.

jcdiflorio, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of sigtau200ws
3/5  rDev -12.3%

sigtau200ws, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber hue with a thin slighly off white head with thin speckled lacing. Aroma slightly metallic tone with a hint of caramel amber bready malts, going on. Flavor has a slightly sweet bready tone with hints of light caramel. Mouthfeel is thin bodied even carbonation not bad as a whole, the type of beer I will drink if desperate or if on sale for 10 bucks a 12 pack.

WVbeergeek, May 19, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stegmaier- Amber Lager

A- Golden copper caramel orange with a thick frotyh head. Big messy lacing.
S- Sweet sugary grain and caramel malt.
T- Sweet caramel malt with a thick bready grainy malt.
M- Very sweet and grainy/ malty. Light earthy grassy hop dry finish.

Overall- Light and tasty. Very easy to drink and an excellent sessionable BBQ or tailgatig beer!

NJpadreFan, May 16, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting. Is this a new product from the Lion? I don't remember ever seeing it.

It pours a clear deep copper body beneath a short head of creamy off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves short walls and splashes of lace behind as it goes.

The aroma is fruity and gently caramelish. It reminds me of a Vienna lager...

...and that carries over into the flavor. There's a little bit of toastiness to the malt as well, clearly indicating a bit of Munich malt. Floral and gently spicy hops balance it, as does a firm bitterness. It finishes drying as the spicy hops fade, and the malt receeds. It's really nicely rounded and balanced though.

If there's any problem with this beer I can't find it. I clearly get the Lion's house character, but I can't fault them for that. And although I think it would be a real winner with just a little bit more malt and body, I can't argue against it as it is. I find it quite pleasant and charming. It would be the perfect beer for parties or get-togethers where a mix of drinkers are present. There's enough here for the initiated, and yet it's not too much for the newbie. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case from Liberty Bell Beverages for about $22. Poured a clear amber with a short head. Funny, this beer is basically like a well-made Yuengling. It tastes like a sweet, caramel and multi-grain bread with a bit of toasty toffee roast at the end. There's also a bit of apple juice fruit flavor and overall this is an affordable and tasty lager.

tempest, May 26, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a near finger of bright-white head. Retains with a thin fizzy ring around the edges, leaving some very light spotty lacing back. The aroma is smells of caramel and bread, with a strong underpining of butter going on with it. Earthy green citrus flavors poke their head out in the back.

The taste is sweet with bready caramel, with an emphasis on on the bready character. Luckily, the diacatyl notes aren't quite as heavy they were in the nose but are still present. Hop bitterness is coming across as a bit course and dirty feeling. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly crisp feel to it although it does seem to be pulling up a little light in the back of the throat.

After enjoying their IPA & Pale Ale previous to this, I was expecting some good things here but this ultimately just didn't impress me at all. Off-notes, muddled balance, and a lighter feel all left me wanting much more from this. Oh well, I guess you can't win them all.

Kegatron, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of hdofu
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good for what it is, however laggers all more or less taste the same for me give or take a little sweetness at the end of the sip. Smell is remarkable for a lager though with notes of caramel, cherries and other fruits, too bad it doesn't hit the taste bud with such force. This one ends in a medium malty sweetness. I don't find it desirable to go look for, but it certainly is drinkable enough to drink if lager is the only option (which it so often is in this day and age).

hdofu, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts and hops, a bit of sweetness. Taste is also a good balance of malts and hops, just a bit of sweetness to it. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of bonbini26
1.98/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Part of the middle of the road beer of the month club.

I found this beer to be way too grainy, really undrinkable, not clean at all I was surprised it received such high marks. The best part of it was the appearance, but really who cares about that. The smell was pretty bad too, dirty water comes to mind rough on the senses Just a cheap lager IMO.

bonbini26, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Dibujob
1.98/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear, dark-amber with a thick head of foam which quickly fell into the beer.

Aroma is sweet and bready, not too shabby but nothing spectacular.

Taste is really thin and watered down, but is almost overly sweet. It leaves a brutal finish that is almost like bitter caramel.

Mouthfeel is watery at first, but then it coats your mouth and leaves a residue that feels like soap scum. I really want to brush my teeth when I'm done with this beer.

Not the worst beer I've ever had, but pretty close to it. It looked good when I poured it into the glass, but dang what a weak offering. Thumbs down to BOTM.

Dibujob, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

mdillon86, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

mber color and a smooth even head of white across the top. Aroma is of light grains, hints of mild hops and a touch of a bready note, pretty standard here. Nice even flavor, again mostly a bready, grain malt flavor with only a touch of hops to serve to try and even and balance it out. nice carbonation though and it went down smooth and easy with a crisp, clean finish and a nice bite at the end.

mikesgroove, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of DFMCapeCod
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having read most of the reviews, and being brand new to this, there isn't anything I can add that hasn't been said. Copper/orange color, quick to fade head, little to no lacing. Nice easy to consume lager. Not fancy, just "reasonably good".

DFMCapeCod, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light amber hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront sweet malt with not much of a hop aroma.

The taste consisted of a relatively robust sweet caramel malt that was slightly countered by a grassy hop. This is definately a malt forward lager.

The mouthfeel was toward the smoother side of the style.

Overall a tasty lager that would be very good with a bit more hops.

plaid75, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -12.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of crowsnest
3.25/5  rDev -5%

crowsnest, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer in what appears to be a pretty solid (and cheap) variety case

A - Pours a solid amber color with an inch of white head.
S - Some wheat, mild caramel, and grassy lager smell. Interesting yet solid.
T - Starts of with a bitter grassy, then picks up with a caramel sweetness, with a final crisp wheat finish. Pretty standard amber lager.
M - The body was pretty light and drinkable.
D - I could seriously have a sixer in a sitting no problem. Really enjoyed it.

DrDemento456, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle by my buddy and fellow BA member, BeerConnoiseur. Thanks for the bottle, Pat!

Drank and enjoyed in a DFH Signature Glass.

A - Pours a rather translucent, golden copper color. A one finger foamy head upon pouring. The head doesn't last very long and settles to a thin, white film on top of the beer. A small amount of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - A very sweet, almost like caramel, malty smell. Not at all unpleasant.

T - A rather malty and sweet tasting beer. I didn't get much of a hops taste. I actually thought it tasted rather good. No bitterness at all. A slight tanginess after each sip.

M - Not overly carbonated. A slight tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.

D - I thought this was a decent, if not, overwhelming beer. I could easily drink a few of these with out a problem. Lagers are not really my ideal beer but for what the style is it's decent.

Overall: I thought this beer was good. I'd drink again without a problem but wouldn't necessarily consider purchasing myself. Thanks again, Pat for the free beer. Always appreciated!

Cheers!

BuxMontBeerLover, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of mooseisloose
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pops the top but didn't need to, I see its a twist-off, good sign or bad we will see. Smells like a macro red but it does have a bit more maltiness behind it. Pours to a reddish-gold with a big bubble head that recedes quickly. Taste is malty at the start with a very twangy hop kicking in, in the middle then lingering while the sweetness fades. I don't know what hop this is but I'm not sure if I like it. With the beer warming up a bit the twang isn't there so much and the god malty backbone transitions to a sweet dry hoppiness that then finishes dry. Has got to be the lagering. I guess I blew the call expecting a red ale but this is much crisper with a much drier finish. For the style a tasty brew. More an Ale man myself but this works in a pinch.

mooseisloose, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from lionking so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, honey, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced and starts with a malty sweetness containing flavors of honey & caramel. There's a decent hops presence that isn't over-powering. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there isn't anything too outstanding about this beer but it's a solid sessionable beer that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of seanbren
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
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Stegmaier Amber Lager from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.