Stegmaier Winter Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2010

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 34
Reviews by melitameister:
Photo of melitameister
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of errantnight
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of badworthing
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark copper, reddish-brown, vaguely rusty color, conspicuously translucent for a winter beer. Pours about a quarter inch of tan head that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells of brown sugar, fruit, and sweet malts. Also picked up spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, but not overpowering, you almost have to search for the individual spices. Generally, smells Chirstmasy.

T- Matches the smell nicely, rich and spicy. Very sweet. Notes of caramel and dried fruits with a backbone of sweet ale malts. Subdued hops only detectable on the back.

MF- Nice carbonation, crisp at the begining but definitely syrupy on the finish. Taste lingers for a while.

D- It's not terrible. I could see knocking back one maybe two on a cold winter day, but it's definitely a utilitarian beer, not for every day. I bought a six pack, and it's lasted me well into spring. That said, the taste is bold enough to allow the high ABV to slide completely under the radar.

Photo of mralphabet
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: Poured a dark copper color with a small 1/2 finger head that settled to a small ring with little to no lacing to speak of... Little odd for this style

S: First things I'm getting are a mix of spices.... brown sugar, little cinnamon and nutmeg. Then there is a little dark fruit and sweet malt mixed in there. Pretty standard Winter beer..

T: The taste matches pretty closely to the smells... all the spice, fruit and malt are there with a hint of caramel I was missing in the smell.... Very nice, but pretty normal stuff for a Winter beer.

M: Little weak on the body here, thinner that I was expecting from the smell and taste.... Finish is clean.

D: Not bad but not terribly different from most Winter beers... At 7.8 ABV one or two will do you, but I have to say the higher ABV is well hidden. Nice mix of flavors but the mouthfeel and appearance kind of killed it for me.

Photo of Hopswagger
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass...

P: Deep amber with a 1/2 inch of off white head that dissipates fast.

S: Alcohol is feature forward in this roasted mildly sweet malty warmer. Whiffs of oak and pine resin are intense with undertones of banana and burnt caramel.

T/M: Surprisingly light character with a overpowering booze and a muddy mix of wood, roasted nuts, apple peels and mild sweet malt. The finish is a slight stinging astringent with a lingering aftertaste of stale cigars.

O: Not overly impressed with this budget warmer. The flavors were too muddled and the alcohol was too pronounced to truly enjoy. The aftertaste was the real misfire in this beer and it is one that I will not partake of again unless it is free.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the brunt of winter weather, the welcome of more malty rich, warmer alcohols, and more fortified ale is a welcome to the winter palate. Stegmaier's Winter Welcome does so with molasses and desert spices on prominent display.

Pouring a bright bronze or deep copper color, the beer shows brilliant clarity while carbonation releases from the bottom of the glass and builds a thick sheet of foam that evenly coats the surface. Ample lace ensures decorative patterns all along the inside of the glass for an overall very handsome beer.

A spicy-sweet aroma hits the nose with the fortified malt flavor of molasess, sweet breads (maybe fruitcake) that balance against spicy notes of cinnamon, spruce and nutmeg. All this seems impregnated with a tawny rum note that tickles the nose.

Flavors follow a similar tract. A malty-rich start takes the shape of molasses, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness. All this is backed by the richer taste of sweet breads, toasted grains, and bread crust. Fruity with the supple taste of cherries, raisons, and apples; but then weave in the complementary spicy notes of the same cinnamon, nutmeg, and spruce tips (might be hops) that were witnessed in the aromas. Strong flavor of alcohol seems to amplify the spicy and fruity taste and makes the beer every bit of the sipper that Winter Warmers should be.

The sweet bit from malt continues in mouthfeel as the barley sugars coat the mouth in somewhat sugary fashion. The penetration of sugar and alcohol resonate with the tengemental sensations against the teeth until deep within the finish. Quite warm and semi-malty, the beer retains its sweetness even in finish and aftertaste, providing much more of a sipping session rather than a highly drinkable one.

Stegmaier's Winter Warmer isn't going to collect any awards based on high levels of complexity. But it provides a full malt flavor with strong spice and strength for a rather enjoyable session.

Photo of jchern249
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Steg Winter Warmer just the other night at Isabella's in Wilkes-Barre. It pours a deep reddish-amber color with a thick, frothy off-white head. You have to pour it into a glass to truly appreciate the spice and brown sugar aroma. Has a strong malty flavor resembling fresh baked cinnamon rolls with a subtle fruitiness to the finish. Its not over-spiced like many warmers but still gives you that warming sensation as you enjoy it. Has a nice bite up front but a very smooth finish. Have a few of these and the abv will definitely start to catch up with you... in a good way! Great beer for the value!

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

08' model into a snifter pours rusty amber with a thin white cover that pools near the edges.

Smells mildly like cherry and biscotti. On the sweeter end with a healthy waft of almonds.

Taste is predominantly half eaten apple that's received a healthy dose of air exposure. Not the first bite: crisp, fresh, and lively. Rather the, oh I was eating this apple, set it on the counter, got lost in my ADD addled brain, and later found this sitting where I must have left it. Decision time: chuck it or finish it? You chose. Damn poor choice cause it tastes kinda gross at this point. Not sure where the holiday spices are hiding. Maybe they're intimidated by the rapidly declining piece of fruit staring back at them. Can't blame them actually. I should have hidden as well.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish copper with a thin foam head.
Desent carbonation. Aroma is rich malts but with a medium levels of diaceyl. Taste is not too bad with a good malt base, toffee, and vanilla. Medium levels of diaceyl persists too. Medium mouthfeel thats also spritzy and smooth. Some desent alcohol heat in the finish. All in all thought its pretty lackluster and dull, but there's hope in there too.

Photo of jifigz
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A nice amber colored ale with tons of carbonation bubbles clinging to the glass. The head was a tan color and died very fast. The smell is sweet caramel and molasses with a hint of figs. The taste is very mild and watery. The little bit of flavor that is there mimics the aroma. The flavor has hints of caramel, vanilla, and raisins. The mouthfeel is thin and light for the style with a bit too much carbonation.

This is an okay beer. I am glad to review it but also glad that I didn't buy it and my friend gave it to me.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent ruby with orange tint and a loose bubbled light brown head. The nose has a strong underlying malt component with a fair bit of spice and mint. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a light sweetness. The taste has a deeper dark malt, a bit roasty and nutty. There is the same christmas spice with a fair bit of bitterness in the back with a lingering mint and mouthwash burn. The body is thick and has some graininess from left over sugars. The carbonation is a bit assertive and the finish is rarther bitey. Overall has too much sugar left over and some strong mintiness.

Photo of Durge
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed glass, slightly chilled, this winter warmer appears a near red-mahogany color, clear, with a healthy malted milk colored head and solid lacing. I pick up immediate sour mash malt in the nose, almost a wine vinegar idea with maple sugar sweetness in the background. The taste brings a much mellower combination of toffee maple grass and alcohol. A bit medicinal but not in the good way really. But it's alright. There's a hint of horehound/root that's kind of nice but it's overtaken by the harsher elements. I really don't get any typical spice ideas here. It does have a pleasant, smooth feel, with moderate carbonation in a medium bodied brew. All in all, this leaves a pretty acrid taste in my mouth so I'll have to say it doesn't win my favor. Not undrinkable, but nothing I would want to revisit. It does warm, for what it's worth. Not highly drinkable for me.

Photo of Iamseanwrench23
4.84/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good winter warmer. Not too heavy.

Photo of chazjeffries
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice winter brew. Not bad, for the price you can't go wrong.

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Conservative head on a vigorous pour that quickly settled into a dusting of foam. Ruby brown color.

S - Sweet malt, touch of cherry cordial.

T - Warming booze, malt, and some mulling spice, clove, star anise, cardamom. Molasses. Some dried plum in the finish. The flavors are great, but the balance is just a touch off. It's tough to put my finger on it exactly. Overall a surprisingly delicious beer though.

M - Well carbonated. Sweet finish. Medium body.

D - Very pleasant flavor profile and mouthfeel. Touch of booze on the backend.

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Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.