1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stegmaier Winter Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Stegmaier Winter WarmerStegmaier Winter Warmer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

65 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 65
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by drt72:
Photo of drt72
4/5  rDev +16.6%

drt72, Mar 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BK2084
3.5/5  rDev +2%

BK2084, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +19%

A: Beautiful dark ruby. Thick off-white head fades quickly with small lacing.

S: Some maltiness and caramel with a hint of spice.

T: A light taste of malts followed by a bit of hops and alcohol, maybe a touch of dried fruits. The spice seems there but only very subtly.

M: Light in body but well carbonated, the high alcohol might account for dryness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable especially at this alcohol content.

Extra Notes- This beer aged extremely well, 9 months later the alcohol has faded and the caramel has come on strong making this a different, and even superior, beer to the fresh version.

Guden, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of clark25
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

clark25, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a dark ruby color with a thin off white head dwindles down quickly, fine speckled lacing surrounds my glass. Aroma has dark fruit with hints of cherry and a touch of molasses. Sugary sweetness in the flavor nice backend of fruitiness with hints of brown sugar glazed cherries and mid hints of nutmeg and spice. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying medium bodied the residual sugars overwhelm the palate just a bit, overall does warm you up the alcohol isn't hot but it's more of a warming sensation in your chest. Drinkability overall is pretty good very decent seasonal from the Stegmaier crew out in Wilkes Barre.

WVbeergeek, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

A clear and attractive amber brown color here, with a solid head of foam in my ale glass.

I get scents of biscuits, yeasty, and a little fruit maybe.

The taste is bold and malty, with an almost maple syrup followthrough. This heavily sweetened punch seems to hide the relatively high alcohol content (it's 7.2%). Good, but not outstanding.

secondtooth, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of DKHNOVA
4/5  rDev +16.6%

DKHNOVA, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +2%

mdillon86, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of Goldndomer
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of AndrewBV
4/5  rDev +16.6%

AndrewBV, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Lion produces several lines of beer, with the most traditional styles seeming to come under the Stegmaier name. Compared to the pack of winter warmers onthe market, this beer falls sadly short. Moderate, non-descript malt and a likewise moderate, non-descript hopping. No spices or other attributes to provide much interest. Other than a relatively high abv, not much warming going on here.

Brent, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%

Awesome stuff, has a nice little bite to it. Does its job, you feel the warmth of it. I was actually sick for 8 days, took immune boosters medications loads of vitamin shot nothing helped. Drank three of these babies and I woke up good as new. Its a nice drink you won't be disappointed.

Corpsehoagie, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of errantnight
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%

A copper/bronze, clear, with only a finger or two of head that dissipates steadily with no retention or lacing to speak of. Fine for the style. Boozy and sweet with a drying, firm bitterness. Plum and brown sugar, caramel malt and a bit of fruityness backed by noble hop earthy grassyness.

An uninspiring but reasonable stab.

errantnight, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%

Clear cherry amber with a slight tan head that quickly shrinks to a film. Dark fruit, pumpernickel bread and molasses in the aroma. Sweet mascerated cherry, bready malt and an herbal bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Not bad by any means but Stegmaier Winter Warmer is not something I would go out of my way for.

biggred1, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -12.5%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of crowsnest
3/5  rDev -12.5%

crowsnest, May 04, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -12.5%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of badworthing
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%

I love this beer. Probably my favorite winter warmer. Not overly spiced like a lot of Christmas ales/winter warmers. Beautiful crimson color, not much head, just the right amount of carbonation, nice malt/cherry flavors, decent aromas, perfect mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing. 7.2% ABV, which is just right for a winter warmer. Oh yeah, and it's only $5.99 a six-pack! I've turned alot of people onto this beer who are fans of Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and many of them like this beer just as much (and it's about half the price!) Highly recommended!

badworthing, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of JerseyKirk
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

A: lighter red caramel colors. 1 finger khaki head. Lacing falls fast.

S: caramel, lager yeast, slight bready.

T: spice up front, hop bitterness, spiciness, dunkel style, herbal, sharp alcohol or nutmeg bite finish.

M: medium, balanced of sweet and dry.

O: ok. Its a little too spicy bold for me. Although you can't tell from the smell.

JerseyKirk, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of seanbren
4/5  rDev +16.6%

seanbren, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of melitameister
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%

Appearance - 12 oz poured into snifter. Rich mahogany with light crown of foam.

Smell - Some citrus and apple, plenty of bready malt and seasonal spice. Bit of pine and herbs underneath. Interesting, but doesn't promise much. Would have helped if I hadn't recently fooled around with some excellent cognac.

Taste - Starts out a bit plain, but surprises as it keeps on developing over several minutes into a bountiful opulence. Up front sweet dark fruit and caramel with nutmeg and cinnamon. Then, gently comes along a nice balance of hoppy bitterness mixed with a twinge of tart pear, apple, even apricot and more fruit and bread. Goes and goes. Not super rich, but lovely, fun holiday treat.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium body brew for a holiday ale. Finally getting to sip it in cold mid-January entering a recent retirement from 40 years at the desk - pretty darn nice.

Drinkability - These spiced up holiday concoctions are not usually my cup of grog, and one is enough for me. This is one very enjoyable if you like them on the light side, but still full of flavor.

melitameister, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%

Pours a clear amber color with a thick, fluffy white head with very good retention, lots of sticky lace throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet bready malt and lots of spice.

The taste is of toasted bread, caramel, some dark fruits, nutmeg and some cinnamon.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty nice beer, lots of flavor and well balanced as the alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

BeerCon5, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of ZorroZ
3.5/5  rDev +2%

ZorroZ, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +16.6%

This has been my year for Winter beers and I am unsure as to why this came to pass. It may be that I have finally satiated my desire for IPAs and with no new CANs coming my way, I have been forced to turn to bottles for inspiration. I REALLY want The CANQuest (TM) to achieve #1000, but I need some outside-my-area traders to help me. In the meantime, bottles, it is.

From the bottle: "Over 150 years of brewing excellence": "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier".

From the cap (!): Rebus puzzle # 151 - Key+P Y+Oar chInn Up (arrow) = Keep your chin up[.] How fun! On early dismissal Wednesdays, my students are challenged to either/or/both rebuses & Jumble puzzles to keep them thinking.

I think I shall pour some beer. Ooh, I was getting an abundance of head until I backed off, and it became a rocky two fingers of burbling deep-tan head with only moderate retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very spicy, like a candle at this time of year, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice wrapped around a caramel sweetness. I was reminded of cookies (and a special shout-out to my male neighbor's mom & dad who brought some to me last week) in a pleasant way. Lacing was spotty at best. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riotous spicy-caramel flavor that somehow melded itself into an anise-like taste as it floated across my tongue. My, my, my. This was quite tasty and given its (relatively) low price point, I could see having another of these. Admittedly, not back-to-back, but over the course of the winter ... absolutely! This might even make me want to dance on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

woodychandler, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerFanatic_07
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

CraftBeerFanatic_07, Dec 07, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.