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Stegmaier Pale Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Pale AleStegmaier Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
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45 Ratings
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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: number1bum on 05-21-2010)
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Photo of iwillhaveanother
2/5  rDev -38.8%

iwillhaveanother, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of paulhargus
2/5  rDev -38.8%

paulhargus, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of themind
2.03/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Here is the big problem I have with this brew that was given to me. It's a Pale Ale? hello? wheres the hops? it's as if the brewer used cardboard and lawn mower shavings to brew this disaster of a beer. Although it is drinkable my standards are much higher then this sub-par wicked mess of a beer. Did the brewer guess what kind of beer he made? the only thing that resembles a Pale Ale with this brew is the label.

Bottom Line: Lets play a game, pin the tail on the brew type!

themind, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 6/4/10

Poured pale yellow/golden with a short lived white head, leaving the beer looking quite still, nearly dead. The smell isn't too impressive either: normal everyday pale malt biscuit, touch of bitters, grass, maybe a touch of light fruits too. Unfortunately, there's not much going on palatewise either. Rather bland, a soft hint of citrus maybe? A decently carbonated keg here, helped the light body out somewhat. It makes a good lawnmower beer for sure, but I won't be buying this anytime soon.

DmanGTR, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of yuenglingade
2.33/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Let me start by saying I really like stegmaier porter. With that said I am not sure what this beer was but it was not a pale ale. Very watered down and was more like a funky tasting ale. I will stick to their porter at 23 dollars a case its a great buy.

yuenglingade, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of muletrane
2.42/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear very light brown colour. 1.5 fingers of white head. Head dissapates quickly but never fully leaves. Little to no lacing.

S: Very mild floral hops at first and then the smell kinda fades. Not impressed with the nose.

T: Mild hop bitterness. Mild citrus with a slightly bitter finish.

M: Light body, moderate/high carbonation

Overall this is a very mild pale ale all around. Good session beer but thats about it. Not Stegmaier's best.

muletrane, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Gatordaddy
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Gatordaddy, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JohnK17
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

JohnK17, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of bieltzc
3/5  rDev -8.3%

bieltzc, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of bluetrevian
3/5  rDev -8.3%

bluetrevian, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -8.3%

ejimhof, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -8.3%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew reminded me more of a adjunct lager than a pale ale... While there was a hint of hop presence in the aromas and an even smaller hint in the flavors, it simply wasn't balanced enough to be considered a really good pale ale... Lots of grainy maltiness present really overshadowed everything else and I sort of lost interest in it after 4-5 sips... It just felt average in every way really.. Not bad but nothing to make me choose it over several other offerings...

Tilley4, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Frosty, tea-colored ale topped with about one finger of head that fades fast. The odor is reminiscent of sweet citrus and grapefruit rind. The flavor is a little mild- it's sweetened citrus rind and a bit of spice. This isn't one of Stegmaier's more noteworthy offerings, but it's still a decent brew.

keeganfrank, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Missing the maltiness of a British pale ale and the complex hop profile of an American pale ale, this beer has a nice bitter finish but is not sufficently balanced to be a decent session ale. Glad to have tried it and would buy one again, but not (yet) the best Pennsylvania has to offer.

hopsolutely, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/honey color with a nice head that retains and laces

Smell: More malt than hops in the aroma; toffee and toast with just a hint of pine

Taste: Opens with the toasted malt and a touch of toffee but moves in a slightly piney direction by mid-palate; heavy taste of bitters as well; after the swallow, the medicinal bitters flavor dominates the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer packs a lot of flavor but it is way too medicinal for my palate and the carbonation levels need to be brought up, too

brentk56, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of hdofu
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A drinkable APA, has an overall good flavor, noticeable hops and malts, a bit of a piney finish. If you are looking for a nice bitter pale ale this will fill the bill. I can drink it no complaints, but its not a taste that will have me hopping in the car to go pick up more.

hdofu, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly of hops, a touch of citrus. Taste is also a bit on the hoppy side, some malts and citrus. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

kkmiller76, May 09, 2013
Photo of dsreeves
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

dsreeves, Mar 09, 2014
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.

mgbickel, Jun 21, 2010
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.

kellyst, Jan 12, 2011
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!

WissBrauSean, Jun 24, 2013
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.

tchenery, May 09, 2011
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.

biggred1, Mar 10, 2011
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Stegmaier Pale Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.