Stegmaier Pale Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: number1bum on 05-21-2010)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually a nice pale ale, bright copper hue with a fine bubbled off white head flows nicely with carbonation. Lacing sticks evenly throughout each sip. Aroma has a nice pale malt sweetness with a mild citrus character going on. Flavor is a nice semi bitter well balanced pale ale with semi sweet bready malts and earthy/citrus/piney hop tones. Mouthfeel light bodied even carbonation nice brisk bitterness lingers with each sip. Overall a decent quality drinking pale ale, that I will opt to buy if I see it fresh.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent along with a floral hop nose. It's light and refreshing with a light to mild bitterness. The taste is good as well. It's light and easy drinking with a mild hop character and a solid pale malt base. It's simple, yet delicious. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good APA. Is it the best on the market? No, but it's a beer I'll drink again.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The new Stegmaier Pale Ale, from a variety case that cost about $26. Love the price point; let's see about the beer...

Pours a very light amber color, almost more like a rich gold, with two fingers of soft off-white head. Keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some good webbing on the sides too.

Smells of sweet bready malts, some caramel, slightly toasty too, with some earthy, pine and soft citrus hops. Bit of a buttery quality as well. The hops are maybe a bit too subtle even for a pale ale, as it's a pretty malt forward nose, but it's not bad.

Taste also has a bready, toasty, lightly sweet caramel malt base, but has a a good deal more hop character than the nose. More pine than the nose, plus a touch of citrus and an earthy quality. A good bunch of bitterness in the finish too. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body with a nice creaminess to it. Pretty crisp and smooth, finishes quite clean.

This is not a beer that beer geeks will get all geeked up over but they achieved what they set out to do, ie produce a very sessionable pale ale. That it is, and a pretty darn tasty one too. I don't buy a lot of pale ales, but this is one that I will definitely consider because the price:quality ratio is very good (assuming that straight cases will be about the same as the variety case). This rivals many pale ales that cost a good 25%+ more. A very approachable, very reasonably priced, solid pale ale that's a welcome addition to the Stegmaier line.

Photo of cyguyjg
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle -

Poured light golden with one finger head that formed a thin lacing , great carbonation.

Smell - Light malts and hops

Taste - Hints of Belgian malts light hops .

Drinkability - Decent pale Ale with a good balance of flavors between the malts and hops , crisp and refreshing.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

part of the new steg variety pack..

poured from the bottle a bright translucent gold with nice thick head that dissipates quickly but clings the glass.

smell is a mild biscuity malt with feint dry hop undertone.

taste is toasted biscuity malt with a hint of caramely sweetness, followed by a nice clean crisp dry hop, with hints of citrus and pine, though very feint.

mouthfeel is just right, nothing hitting the mouth too strongly, nicely carbonated.

quite drinkable, though i think i favor the ipa and lager a bit more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really surprised their isn't more reviews for this since it's readily available in a variety case.

A - Poured a basic yellow with an inch of fluffy white head. Not too impressive but still good.

S - Mostly grains and malts. Maybe a little bread and maybe a little citrus

T - Not off putting at all. Taste of mild grain and bread is pretty solid pale ale

M - Light and bitter but refreshing. Solid brew.

D - I seemed to like this one the least out of all the beers in the variety pack. It's a pretty solid brew. Decent

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Tank77
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Marty91
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Stegmaier variety pack.. pours and smells like the typical pale ale, some good hop notes in the nose, little bit of citrus. Taste is medium bodied, smooth, decent malt backbone.. nothing too special here. Just the run of the mill pale ale, but then again, what's wrong with just being that? Tastes pretty good, drinkable... just nothing you haven't seen..er... drank before.

Photo of DerekP
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Pale Ale pours a golden, lager-looking body, albeit coupled with an extremely fluffy-white head. It smells of tangerine zest, with a floral element, and a hint of a soapy/chalky character.

The taste is, of course, hoppy, with the hops tasting pretty dry, and sort of to the point. The orange zest in the smell does come out a little in the taste, striking with a hint of citrusy flavors from the hops. The taste is ultimately mildly dry with a moderate astringency, so balanced for the purpose of imbibing several sessions.

If you are a fan of pale ale's that offer a somewhat dry, less pretentious or showy version of the style, this one might be for you.

Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden copper, with a finger of frothy bright-white head. This sticks around with a ¼ finger of rich foam, which leaves some good looking robust lacing behind. The aroma is hoppy with grassy accents, bright citric flavors, and some peppery smelling spice. Some grainy malt sweetness pulls up the back of the nose.

The taste is bitter up front across the tongue with fruit and citrus rind. Some lightly toasted malts splash the back of the palate with a decent balancing sweetness. This finishes dry and earthy feeling, with some lingering notes of rind and spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some carbonation that is a little soft and bubblier up front before getting more sharp and assertive feeling as you near the swallow. This is maybe a little light feeling but it retains enough a presence to stay mostly crisp in the mouth.

While maybe a step down from their solid IPA offering, this was still a decent take on an APA. Maybe not the most hop forward one I've ever had, but what was there was fresh and well balanced and this retained a smooth and easy drinkbility about it. I'd have another.

Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dull orange infused lighter golden with a thinner white head that left broken globs of lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Mild floral and citric hops in the nose,a sweetish caramel biscuit element comes thru as well,both are quite light.Flavors are light citric hops mixed with a sweeter biscuit dough malt base,there is a nice crispness in the finish.Not a bad pale ale,its a bit subdued but its got decent flavors.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden sunshine yellow with several steady streams of bubbles racing up to almost two fingers of eggshell colored foam that looks decent enough. Lace is acceptable, which solidifies a (slightly) above-average appearance score.

It's odd that some skunkiness was appreciated on crown cracking... and equally odd that it's completely gone by the time nostrils are placed over pint glass. The American hop trio (Centennial, Amarillo, Ahtanum) provides a whiff of citrus peel on a pale malt base, but doesn't otherwise impress.

Stegmaier Pale Ale tastes like 75% APA and 25% American all-malt lager. In other words, the untoasted grain-like quality of the latter is easily appreciated beneath a hop load that is less than aggressive. Then again, there aren't too many 4.3% pale ales (ABV source: Lion Brewery website) that are hop monsters.

The sweet-bitter balance is good and the hop flavor is reasonably bright, so this bottle is most likely still within the brewery's suggested drinking range. Along with citrusy, the hop flavor is musky-herbal, which must be due to Ahtanum. All in all, this is a pretty good little drinker that would be dynamite for sessioning.

The mouthfeel is a fraction light (no surprise there) and the bubbles are slightly too harsh and stinging. Nothing to get bent out of shape over, but some improvement here would be a good thing.

Strangly enough, the Lion Brewery beers that I've enjoyed the most (Brewhouse Bock and Oktoberfest) have been from two of my least favorite styles. For whatever that's worth. Stegmaier Pale Ale is a somewhat crude (grainy) APA, but it has enough of the good stuff to be considered above average.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a Stegmaier variety case while in the Scranton area. This clear amber beer had a short white head. This is sort of an old-school craft pale ale. It's very drinkable and has a smoothed over hop character, there's nothing crisp or sharply biting. There's a moderate grapefruit character with a bit dry, bready grains. It's nothing too special, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and a touch of citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a quick burst of piney hops bitterness. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is on the thin side for the style and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

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

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices in the style.

Photo of curmudgeon236
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Foulkamania
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Buggies
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Smells like real delicate floral hops and citrus. Tastes good enough. Carbonation makes it nice and crisp. Perhaps a little too much so that the carbonation takes a little away from other flavors. After the carbonation is done messing around, you get a nice little citrus twang followed by a slight bitter finish.

Not a bad beer. Nothing amazing, but I don't mind supporting the local economy when all I want is a beer.

Photo of biggred1
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale copper with a big foamy eggshell cap that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Citrusy hop notes and untoasted grain in the aroma. Mild and hoppy with a pale malty backbone, not a bad session APA at all. Light bodied with sharp carbonation. An easy drinker and not a bad beer to have on hand for marathon drinking sessions.

Photo of tchenery
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours with a bubbly white head and high carbonation from the looks of it. It's a straw yellow color and very bright. It looks like it's an unfiltered though, so don't pour it all.

It smells a bit hoppier than I would have guessed. They're nice citrus aroma hops in it that dominate the smell. Very orange-y.

Taste is pretty straighforward and a continuation of the smell. It has a bit of a lingering aftertaste that's strange but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel is a little slick and chewy. Very full flavored.

Overall, excellent price point beer. This is probably the best beer for it's price you'll find in my opinion.

Photo of WissBrauSean
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice clear and copper colour with a huge 3 finger head and leaves and excellent lacing pattern that looks like the Beatles in the one cartoon where they have really long hair. Trippy!

When it's warming the beer smells mildly malty with bready yeast and notes of orange peel, citrusy hops and honey. It's very faint but nice. You have to let this beer warm for those to come out. Cold it's average.

Taste wise this beer is balanced really well. Earthy hop bitterness mixed with orange peel play with some almost caramel sweet maltiness equally throughout the sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth but a bit on the thin side. The carbonation moderate.

Overall I am going to say that this is not the best American pale ale that I have had. It's a bit on the watery side, but the balance of flavours and aromas is excellent! If it weren't for the thin mouthfeel I would be giving this 4 out of 5. But I do believe that this beer is excellent for summer activities AND that it would be a great crossover beer for the craft beer beginner and it gets points for that!

Photo of mgbickel
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Perfect Pint glass. Wow...a huge, 3 fingers of foam gushed out of the bottle and settled on top of the clear, golden honey colored body. The massive head slowly dissipated down to a thin layer of white bubbles, leaving behind tons of lace.

The nose has a ton of grains and malts up front. You can pick up a little hop character, but it hides in the background.

The flavor follows the nose perfectly. You get lots of barley and malts up front and they last throughout the drink. Some sweet flavors sneak in toward the middle and the finish finds a little bitterness the helps balance out the drink.

The mouth feel is on the lighter side and well carbonated.

Yeah, this is drinkable. Another decent offering by Lion Brewing.

Photo of kellyst
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow - light gold with a white head that faces quickly. Aroma is light of citrusy hops and sweet grainy malts. Flavor is ok, but not exactly pale ale like. More of a mixture between a pale ale and helles lager. Sweet graininess dominates the flavor more than citrusy american hops. Overall, though, this is still an enjoyable, easy drining beer.

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Stegmaier Pale Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.