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Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Pumpkin AleStegmaier Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 17.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Buggies on 08-31-2011)
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Reviews by ZeroSignal:
Photo of ZeroSignal
2/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with batch code, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Hazy, light burnt-orange color with a cream colored 1/2 inch head. Retention is fleeting with minimal lacing.

S - Nose immediately out of the pour is of the pie spice variety, namely cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg and a hint of a creamy smell. Oddly, as the beer sits it's pumpkin pie aroma fades substantially, and as it warms it takes on the aroma of bottom shelf, plastic bottle whiskey...sort of grainy with a hint of rubbing alcohol.

T&M - This is shaping up to be the tale of two beers; much like many lesser quality beers many off the off flavors show up as the beer warms. Initially this is quite pleasant; it's on the sweeter end of pumpkin ales, and more to the pie end than the pumpkin/squash end of things. Pie spice flavors with a creamy feel...simple, but not at all unpleasant.

Then, as it warms, the creaminess fades to a watery feel, and the pie character almost disappears altogether. It starts to leave a slick, almost oily feel on the tongue, and the flavors are just washed out and weak. The only equivalent I can think of is taking a thin slice of store bought pumpkin pie, and putting it in a blender with a liter of water. Towards the end the low end whiskey characteristics return...it's a struggle to finish.

O - So many better pumpkin ales out there...this one is sub standard at best, and a flawed beer at worst. If you are going to chance it, drink it cold and drink it fast.

ZeroSignal, Sep 09, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Crafted in the tradition of the original pumpkin ale, Buffalo Bills, but with better balance, more sweet malt and far less spice bite in the finish. After trying over 36 pumpkin beers over the years, I consider this one my favorite overall. Extremely drinkable yet enjoyable pumpkin flavor, lightly spiced with cinnamon. While it is not a killer pumpkin ale, it is one you can drink for hours on end. Thankfully, the Lion Brewery has maintained the superb flavor consistently since the first release in 2012, which cannot be said for many of the other pumpkin ales. Every bottle in the case was savored and enjoyed without any regret.

wattoclone, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours clear, orange-copper color with a modest and weak bone-colored head.

Overall, spices are more subtle than in many pumpkin beers, but the cinnamon is more dominant. There is a clear suggestion of pumpkin pie along with a pronounced caramel malt component. Sweet but not cloying.

Feel: Light-medium body seems too thin; Medium, prickly carbonation. Slight heat from the cinnamon.

O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale, but not up with the best of style.

chinchill, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a hazy amber verging on orange. A small orange-tan head forms on a vigorous pour and doesn't stay long. A thin ring remains along the glass and just enough wispy lacing is left in what eventually become some tiny spotting to remind me this is a beer, though the ring of head at the edge of the glass also remains.
At first the aroma offer mainly a light fruity sweetness along with pumpkin flesh, but the spicing is in here and nice pie crust buttery/doughy aroma comes out as well. It's not particularly strong and at first it's completely unimpressive, but it doesn't take long for things to come together.
The pie spices are kept at an even level with the pumpkin flesh, making a good balance. Hops are barely presence but malts add a light caramel edge with a bit of breads as well. It's not perfectly attenuated but it's not too simplistic. Unfortunately it goes light on flavor and is weak and watery. A peppery spice bites in the finish.
Mouthfeel isn't bad, and this is a bit meaty considering. A nice creaminess builds from an initial crispness. It does flatten out, though, and fades off. The finish is also biting.

Brenden, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +13.6%

mdillon86, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Corpsehoagie, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

kkmiller76, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of Dreamer
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Dreamer, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of BeccaH
2/5  rDev -43.2%

BeccaH, Monday at 05:48 PM
Photo of tviz33
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- The body is a transparent orange with a small white head and no lacing whatsoever.

S- The nose is quite lovely with lots of cinnamon and sweet, sugary notes.

T- Malty and sweet. Not a ton of pumpkin, but enough. The spices dominate here though.

M- The feel is quite thin, but the carbonation livens it up a bit. If it was slightly thicker and slightly less carbonated, it would be right on the money.

O- I don't mind pouring myself one of these when I'm in the mood for some fall seasonal brews. Nothing to seek specifically, but pretty decent.

tviz33, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of NewBeerMember
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Surprisingly, very good. Beautiful orange color, full bodied, creamy, with a mild pumpkin aftertaste. The pumpkin flavor was not much pronounced while in the mouth and more noticeable after swallowing. Will learn more about beer lingo and nuances as I continue to rate beers on this site.

NewBeerMember, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of crowsnest
3/5  rDev -14.8%

crowsnest, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liking most of the other offerings Stegmaier makes a decent pumpkin lager. Color is a dark amber brown, clear with a half inch of head that turns to a sweet looking lace ring. Smell is strong nutmeg and cinnamon just how I like it. Taste is kind of lacing on the roasted or vegital pumpkin but makes for a great lager. Spices, sweet and balanced with minimal hop kick. Mouthfeel is light so I took off points since it doesn't make for a good winter brew.

Overall not something I would have again but just like the Oktoberfest nothing to avoid. 10x better than pumpkin head so I have no idea why the reviews are so low...

DrDemento456, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

JohnK17, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of weaselchew
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Python6586
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Python6586, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

rfgetz, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have made it my personal mission to review as many pumpkin beers (ales & lagers) as possible this year. I am now beginning to realize the foolhardy nature of this, but it is too late to turn back!

From the bottle: "Over 150 Years of Brewing Excellence"; "Brewed in the Honorable Tradition of Charles Stegmaier". The rebus under the cap was # 345, but I will not give you the answer unless you ask me for it. I HATE spoilers!

My pour brought me two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Nose had muted spices and I am coming to realize that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I would prefer, in this style, that the entire spice rack NOT be dumped into the brew kettle! This was just about right in terms of the scent and its intensity. Color was a medium-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. I am having a beer brunch, followed by watching the Stillers via satellite at a local sports bar. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, but the flavors were just right. I felt like Goldilocks in Baby Bear's chair. I was getting cinnamon with hints of vanilla underlain by cloves and nutmeg. I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a light hand with the spices. Finish was semi-dry with the malt getting a chance to breathe as opposed to being choked off as in some iterations of the style.

woodychandler, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of CraftBeerFanatic_07
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

CraftBeerFanatic_07, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Buggies
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical flagship seasonal pumpkin ale. There isn't nothing really amazing about it. What it is is a highly drinkable pumpkin ale. It's not over the top spice nor is it high ABV.

Very pleasant spice aromas with a little malt, namely caramel. Taste is pretty average. Slightly sweet with all the pumpkin pie spice pleasant, slightly muted though.

Like I said, nothing really earth shattering here. Typical flagship seasonal that's not big on flavor, but it is a solid beer that is drinkable. It's local and it's one of my favorite seasonals, so I'll buy these by the case if I can find it.

Buggies, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.43/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the the aroma, faint cinnamon and nutmeg. In the taste, spicy notes of cinnamon, somewhat watery, and faint notes of pumpkin. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cinnamon in the aftertaste. Spicy, but quite watery, and faint, nothing that great.

OWSLEY069, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -14.8%

ROGUE16, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Holdren84
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Holdren84, Sep 10, 2014
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Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.