Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Pumpkin AleStegmaier Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 22
Hads: 96
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 8.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Buggies on 08-31-2011

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Photo of ZeroSignal
2.01/5  rDev -41.9%
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'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. (1,468 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice amber-orange color. Upon pouring there was a one finger white head. The head faded very fast to leave a thin persistent film and only a tiny amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is big of a nutmeg and cinnamon spice smell. Mixed with the spice, are other spices of some clove and a light amount of allspice (all quite classic pumpkin pie). Along with all the spice is a sweeter pumpkin aroma with some lighter notes of a brown sugar smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and pumpkin. With these is a very light sweetness up front that fades as the taste goes on. Initially only a lighter spice flavor is present, but it soon comes on strong. In the middle a huge cinnamon and nutmeg flavor comes to the tongue. They are quite potent and grow even stronger more toward the end. With the growing strength of the spice, some more pumpkin comes to the tongue. In the end the spice actually becomes a bit too robust with the cinnamon and nutmeg leaving their mark on the tongue producing, when mixed with the roasted pumpkin, a somewhat off taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.

Overall – The taste is just a bit too spiced and lacks a balance of sweetness with the spice and roast. Nothing too exciting for me here. (1,443 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this at my local spot recently. Liking the recent selection of pumpkin beers lately. Let's see how this one matches up.

Appearance: Pours a light brown, dark orange haze. Then it quickly clears up and leaves behind a nice head. Honestly, this is just another average brew, but I do enjoy the color.

Smell: Lightly roasted malts that reveals a slight hint of cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty light in the overwhelming aroma department, but it's not exactly too bad.

Taste: At first it has some hops, minor malts added and maybe cereal grains? Honestly reminds me something that shocktop threw together and added cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty disappointed. This seemed to have a lot of expectation from me. I mean there is hope for those that want a beer that seems to have a fair balance and someone who doesn't have a care for what really brings a pumpkin beer its unique brand and quality. Better luck next time I guess

Mouthfeel: Medium to light carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and almost dry. Not to bad to put a few of these down without much complaint.

Overall: Actually besides the overall taste department, its not a bad pumpkin beer. Pretty damn average if you ask me. Hopefully the recipe can improve for next year. Looking forward to see if theres any changes made next year. overall, I would maybe recommend it for a first-timer trying pumpkin beers. I wouldn't try again unless they tweaked the overall taste. Cheers (1,453 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (1,138 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium brown with a tint of orange

Smell: very spicy smelling, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Taste: tastes like liquid pumpkin pie filling, flavors are very profound

Mouthfeel: very mild carbonation, lacks the crispness expected

Overall: by far not my favorite pumpkin beer, but drinkable nonetheless.

The CPJ (336 characters)

Photo of turnstile
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange in color with a wispy white head. Great lacing and decent retention. Aroma is spicy and caramel-sweet; nutmeg stands out. Adjunct and alcohol notes faint, but present. Good pumpkin pie flavor; spice and bready malt characters dominate. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, slick and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel fits the style, but it's a little strange. An okay stab at a pumpkin beer, but it's safe to pass on this one and check out this year's other offerings. (469 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter glass. No bottle date, but this is a late summer/fall release.

A: Deep orange amber color. Fairly clear. 1/2 finger off white head, dissapates quickly. Not great carbonation.

S: Lots of nutmeg, all spice, and cinnamon. No hop aroma. Breadiness from the malts. More spice than DFH.

T: Lots of pumpkin. Nothing on the tip of tongue. Tons on middle: spices and malt. Taste a good amount of Pumpkin, nutmeg, and all spice.

M: Medium bodied ale, mostly from all the spices. More spice than pumpkin fruitiness.

O: Smaller local brewery with an OK product. I actually liked this more on a pumpkin basis than my more local DFH Punkin' but I haven't had this years version yet. (717 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a "Geordie Schooner".

L - hazed amber color with a small white head that thinned out after a few minutes.

S - good pumpkin spice aroma - cinnamon and nutmeg stand out.

T - the spices are not overpowering nor too sweet, it's just right.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a fairly decent pumpkin ale. (336 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin pie in a glass is delivered in the taste, texture, and aroma of Stegmaier's fall seasonal- but you gotta like them spicy!

The beer pours with a slightly hazy copper color that may tilt toward a strong golden hue. An initial mix of partly fizzy, partly fluffy foam seems to dissipate in quick fashion and without meaninful lace.

A surprising boquet of spices and sweetness fill the nose with elements of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices that associate with pumpkin pie. Very spicy, the additions seem to be the focus instead of malt variety.

Flavors also surprise with a mix of caramel, startch, breads, barley malt, and cereal. Low lying hops are surplanted with quite elevated cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, and allspice. Light butterscotch complement the pie pumpkin taste with a resounding desert-like palate.

Medium fullness from the malty combo with carbonation, but as the beer crosses mid palate, the beer desolves into a mildly grainy, starchy, spice-laden bite where hop bitteness and dryness are usually felt. Mild alcohol warmth weaves in and out of the spicy finish in a somewhat minty-cooling kinda way.

Without having much success with the Stegmaier brands in the past, I'm happily taken back by the quality exhibited in this fall seasonal ale. It may not compete directly with Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale, but it's not far off either. I do however prefer it to O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale. (1,415 characters)

Photo of Buggies
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (603 characters)

Photo of tviz33
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Chimay Glass

A - Pours a clear orange, less than half a finger of fizzy white head, no lacing.
S - Aroma is predominately a mix of cinnamon and pumpkin, a little bready malt, and a little spice underneath, nothing special, but not bad either.
T - Very ale-forward if you get my drift. The pumpkin and spice flavors are a little bit muddled in the mix, but about midway through the peek out, you get some pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg, a nice dark herbal hop presence more towards the end with a little peppery taste.
M - More on the lighter side and a little watery.
O - Not a bad pumpkin, but not something I'd go out of my way to get, Its good for a outside session around a fire though, and Thats where I think it'd be best suited. (750 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +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... (621 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +9%
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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of gnuworldorder
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this at the distributor for 21$ and picked it up. It has a slight cinnamon smell and taste. Also has allspice and a semi thick mouthfeel for non craft beer. For its style it is fairly decent but doesn't compare to weyerbachers. Im pleased with it overall and will be picking up another case if it in a week or two. (320 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice medium copper orange with 1 finger of head and very minimal lacing

S - Strong spicy aroma dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg; some sweet notes in there also

T - Pumpkin flavor takes a back seat to the spices; lots of cinnamon and nutmeg; faint caramel notes; slight bitter finish, but not from hops--hop flavor almost entirely absent

M - A bit thin and fizzy but not bad

O - This is a surprisingly good pumpkin ale. Strong spice flavors. Tastes like pumpkin pie, which is how I like them. If you like your pumpkin beers spicy definitely try this one. (561 characters)

Photo of firehawkjo
4.05/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've read this beer is made with real pumpkin and you can tell!
This ale pours with a nice orange pumpkin glow. It has a nice mild head of foam with moderate lacing on the glass. While perfectly carbonated, the bubbles float up through the ale keeping it crisp, fresh, yet comfortably delicious. In my opinion it has a near perfect appearance for pumpkin style beer/ales.

This pumpkin ale actually does have a nice real pumpkin aroma, with the slightest presence of autumn spice (cinnamon), followed by slight fruity notes of alcohol.

The taste of this ale is excellent. Continuing where the aromas left off, well balanced flavors begin with autumn spices, and as the liquid flows through the mouth, where a slight tartness, sweetness, and presence of carbonation and alcohol provide the slight burn of an alcoholic drink, the richness of pumpkin shines through and is left behind as the more volatile tastes mentioned early wisp smoothly away. Another sip begins the cycle all over again, leaving the consumer wanting another sip, and another...

The mouthfeel of this ale is slightly light for a pumpkin style ale. Sometimes I might prefer a heavier feel on cooler, October nights. However, the beer starts smooth, then bubbling burn, then smooth with pumpkin. Perfectly carbonated, slightly thin, but rich enough to warm the soul on a ghoulish evening of the autumn.

My overall rating of this pumpkin ale, considering it is one of the least expensive of the varieties available is excellent! It competes well among the others I've tried, and with real pumpkin (not just spice) this is the real deal! Pick up a pack and enjoy! (1,643 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.46/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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. (634 characters)

Photo of NewBeerMember
5/5  rDev +44.5%
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. (288 characters)

Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.