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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
81
good

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | 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 wattoclone:
Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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
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4/5  rDev +12%

Cosif, Oct 14, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +13.2%

asuburbanman, Saturday at 12:44 AM
Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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 -17.9%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

tone77, Oct 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12%

mdillon86, Nov 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

Corpsehoagie, Aug 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

kkmiller76, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Dreamer, Sep 14, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44%

BeccaH, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of tviz33
3.5/5  rDev -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.

tviz33, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of NewBeerMember
5/5  rDev +40.1%
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
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3/5  rDev -16%

crowsnest, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
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
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5/5  rDev +40.1%

mikemustari, Oct 04, 2014
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4.12/5  rDev +15.4%

balintkr, Sep 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

JohnK17, Sep 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

weaselchew, Dec 20, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Python6586, Aug 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

rfgetz, Sep 13, 2013
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3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +19%

CraftBeerFanatic_07, Aug 28, 2013
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Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.