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Stegmaier Winter Warmer - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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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:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 12-01-2010)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.5%

01-01-2014 18:01:50 | More by djrn2
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 04:30:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:38:12 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 23:59:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a strange beer, even in this relatively loose category of beer, its a funny fit. the pour is copper to amber, mostly clear, with a lovely two inches of khaki color head. the nose is where i first get thrown off. i dont smell spices, sugars, or alcohol. nope, i sm. ell czech or german pilsner malts. what?! yeah, i do. there is that unmistakable doughy wheaty dusty golden malt nose above all else, in this winter warmer. may also be some dried fruit smells, but its secondary. i am confused. i taste that malt bill too, which isnt at all unpleasant, it just doesnt fit in my winter warmer. very little spice or sweetness too, just a touch of clove, possibly from the yeast, and a very malty finish, featuring some caramel flavors and a light toast. it isnt a bad brew by any means, it just doesnt meet any of my satisfying conditions for this style of beer. is like a heavy summer wheat beer, lots of body, good texture, and active carbonation. this beer was a little bit lost on my i have to admit, but i didnt dislike it, the price was right, and it had a good abv punch.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 20:28:50 | More by StonedTrippin
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GClarkage

California

3.5/5  rDev +2%

07-03-2014 15:55:06 | More by GClarkage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-13-2013 15:47:32 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.6%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 23:54:49 | More by woodychandler
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vfgccp

New York

4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:50:15 | More by vfgccp
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Durge

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 04:09:04 | More by Durge
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:08:27 | More by Brent
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 23:23:41 | More by cpetrone84
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a off white head that complements the look of the beer nicely. The head diminished with almost no lacing.

Smell - Malty and cherry are the most potent. Some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in at the end of the aroma as well as a potent boozy aroma.

Taste - The taste profile highly matches the aroma. A sweet malty flavor at first with a bit of dried fruit following up and taking the middle of the taste profile, although not as much cherry as would be expected. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon come in but are soon overpowered by some booziness that warms the mouth (as well as the body).

Mouthfeel - A fairly middle of the range body feel with a very nice level of carbonation.

Overall - For the price a quite nice holiday brew. It does as its name implies, warms you up a bit, although maybe showing a little to much of an alcohol taste. One to have around the winter months on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:19:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2%

06-27-2012 02:35:27 | More by mdillon86
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

05-12-2013 21:31:31 | More by twenty5
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

12-09-2011 00:28:26 | More by JohneHoodlum
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 17:51:34 | More by micromaniac129
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barczar

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 16:26:36 | More by barczar
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khargro2

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +2%

04-05-2014 16:02:42 | More by khargro2
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:34:14 | More by secondtooth
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.5%

08-12-2013 20:31:32 | More by mpalestino
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:15:23 | More by BarrytheBear
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biggred1

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 19:32:20 | More by biggred1
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larryi86

Delaware

3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep red with a small light tan head.

S- Caramel malts, faint cherries, some spices, kind of a little grainy.

T- Follows the nose, for the most part, not grainy in the taste. It has a little more spice. Taste is a little on the lighter side, but not bad.

M- Light to medium body, fairly smooth.

O- Pretty good, would be better if it had a little bigger body and flavor. Not sure if I would pick this up again, but wouldn't pass it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:48:42 | More by larryi86
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 18:37:41 | More by BeerCon5
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Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
79 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.