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Stegmaier Pale Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 29
Hads: 46
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 16.52%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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 yuenglingade
2.34/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

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Photo of themind
2.02/5  rDev -39.3%
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!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of WissBrauSean
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of tchenery
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of muletrane
2.41/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of Buggies
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of hdofu
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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

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Stegmaier Pale Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
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