Stegmaier Winter Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.
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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
4.35/5 rDev +26.8%
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!
12-20-2010 16:10:27 | More by jchern249
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
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
4.03/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
02-03-2011 02:50:15 | More by vfgccp
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
4/5 rDev +16.6%
I tried the 2010 Stegmaier Winter Warmer. I have heard stories of the brewery aging this one until the ABV gets up to 11.5%. This was a solid winter style product. I poured this one into a sniffer to release it. The beer had a carmel + malty aroma. This beer has a smooth lager that had pleanty of kick behind it. Coming in at 7.2% ABV,this one sneaks up on you. I can't wait to see the line up for other seasonals.
12-14-2010 20:13:04 | More by Stegmaier
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
3.73/5 rDev +8.7%
This is a 2011 that got lost in the cellar, so...
Pours a clear deep brown with copper highlights and minimal cream head.
Brown sugar, ginger, treacle, and dark cherries form the aroma. Sweetness dominates.
Flavor reveals deeply caramelized malt, almost toffee-like, contrasted by tart cherries at the base. The finish is fairly bitter. Notes of sharp prunes and candied dates add complexity.
Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.
This beer has held up well. Any spice character is gone, but the malt profile has nice estery complexity. Still a bit hot.
07-04-2014 16:26:36 | More by barczar
3.68/5 rDev +7.3%
This beer poured out as a burnt orange color with a white head on top. The retention is minimal, very light lacing. The smell of the beer smells a bit like caramel with some subtle spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty impressive, caramel and spice upfront with a orange zest finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer, I think it was a bit on the dry side but still interesting.
12-02-2012 02:38:12 | More by Knapp85
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
3.6/5 rDev +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.
03-28-2012 04:30:30 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.53/5 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
Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.