Stegmaier Winter Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by 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.
01-15-2011 01:08:12 | More by melitameister
More User Reviews:
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.
03-02-2011 21:19:20 | More by Guden
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.
12-01-2010 23:59:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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.
04-13-2011 02:34:14 | More by secondtooth
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.
12-05-2011 15:08:27 | More by Brent
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.
01-13-2012 03:45:21 | More by Corpsehoagie
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.
02-26-2011 08:41:53 | More by errantnight
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.
04-03-2011 19:32:20 | More by biggred1
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!
12-17-2010 04:57:12 | More by badworthing
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.
01-29-2012 20:06:37 | More by JerseyKirk
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.
01-07-2013 18:37:41 | More by BeerCon5
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).
12-31-2011 23:54:49 | More by woodychandler
3.3/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
08-12-2011 13:19:54 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.