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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
82
good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 17.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 20 | 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 -44.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cosif
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of asuburbanman
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some spices. Taste is good, pumpkin forward, some spices, but not overpowering, flavorful and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine example of this style.

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Goldndomer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Corpsehoagie
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of kkmiller76
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Dreamer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of BeccaH
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of danlib21
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of tviz33
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of NewBeerMember
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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.

Photo of crowsnest
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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...

Photo of Pav5069
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of mikemustari
5/5  rDev +39.7%

Photo of balintkr
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of weaselchew
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Python6586
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.