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Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter

Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stegmaier Porter is brewed with a combination of domestic six-row barleys and various roasted malts. This timeless brew is accented with a combination of Tettnang and Cascade hops. Fermented at high temperatures with our in-house ale yeast, the final product releases a roasted aroma with faint hop overtones. The flavor presents a grainy, slightly burnt malt background. It delivers tones of dark chocolate, accented with a slight coffee bitterness to round out the flavor. Stegmaier Porter is opaque brown in color and boasts a full, creamy head.

Added by UnionMade on 09-10-2001

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 113
Photo of cjhofelt
1.65/5  rDev -55%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Got this really cheap at the grocery Warehouse. I thought it odd to be so discounted so I figured I'd give it a try.

I poured it into the glass and it's a lovely beer. Black with hints of red and magenta. Lovely thick head was a nice cafe au'lait color.

Smelled a bit malty, actually, very strongly of malt and nothing else.

The taste was surprisingly awful. This is the most unbalanced beer I've ever had. I prefer malty beer, but this was nothing BUT malt. There was no hint of hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness. The grain flavor was so overwhelming that it reminded me of soy sauce. I could barely finish the glass, and I certainly won't be finishing the six-pack.

I tried cooking with it, but the soy sauce flavor overwhelmed everything.

Perhaps this was a rejected batch? Perhaps it was old? It didn't taste oxidized, so I doubt that's the issue. I'm surprised that it has any review above average here.

It'll be a long time before I give this one a second chance.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
1.86/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Dark black with a little red, reminiscent of cola, very little tan head dissipates quickly, very carbonated; looks like soda.

S: Metallic, ozone, with some notes of caramel and chocolate.

T: Slightly toasty with a hint of chocolate way late, under a very off metallic taste.

M: Medium Heavy bodied, medium carbonation turns creamy.

D: Not drinkable at all, I don't even want to finish this glass.

I grabbed this out of a buddies fridge so I do not know what this particular beer went through. I looked for a date on the bottle but found none.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stegmaier- Porter

Appearance- flat lifeless black with no head.
Smell- Very sugary sweet chocolate and coffee bean.
Taste- Sweet black coffee with bits of sugary chocolate thrown in.
Mouthfeel- Watery, not velvety how I like my porters.

Overall- A weak attempt at this style. Not impressive at all.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of kennyo
2.59/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good old PA brewery, first tried it after I found an old bottle in my aunt's basement. Saw it for $4.99 a six pack at Half Time.

Pours a nice deep dark reddish/brown, almost opaque, with a nice head with subsided pretty quickly. The beer has a sweet, malty, molasses aroma to it. Thin mouthfeel. The beer starts off nice porterlike qualities but turns sour mid taste and then its gone. Has a nice low carbonation level to it. Beer could be drinkable, $4.99 a six, but the sourness turns me off.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Rewarded a sixer for working a shift for a fellow coworker
Most likely purchased at Byron's Liquor
12 oz Poured into Fuller's Pint

A ~ Dust on the bottle first off. Looked nice,
minimal head, hardly any lacing.

S ~ Smells of leather and roasted (minimal) malts.

T ~ Does not taste anywhere close to the color of the beer.
Minimal roasted flavor. Some chocolate and smoke coming through, mostly smoke. No coffee notes whatsoever, as i have
come to love in Porters.

M ~ THIN. Not very pleasant, cloying flavor that reminds me of if salt was added to alter the palate a bit. Not a fan.

Overall, a very wimpy porter with
not alot going on or shining through, period.
Would not drink again.

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Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of HRamz3
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of bundy462
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The third Stegmaier beer to be drank and reviewed and I see some commonalities among them. First, to this beer...

The beer delivers a deeply rich dark brown and nearly opaque black look. Very stout-like. The head formation is terse, but finally holds on with a trace. Light lacing on the glass.

Very roasty aromas swirled with cocoa powder, caramelized malts, and mild yeastiness. No real fruitiness or phenolics. Aside from the chared grain scent, a pretty clean Porter.

Flavors prove to be even more roasty and charred than the nose suggests. Jumping out well ahead of the sweetness, the cocoa-coffee taste may be too much. Again, the fruits, phenols, and hops take a far back seat.

Like the Amber Lager, the mouthfeel is where this beer lacks the most. The charred textures are rough, abrasive, and compromise the drinkability a lot. Grain astringency and alkaline-minerally water has stripped a lot of tannins from the husks and over-emphasise the grain profile.

Malt-wise, this is the strongest of the three Stegmaier beers that I had recently. Too bad that texture gets out of hand.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Naes
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black in color with a small tan head that disappeared quickly.
The aroma is malty sweet with hints of chocolate.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but does have a chocolate / coffee presence.
Mouth feel is light for a porter and is mildly carbonated.

Overall this is a decent beer, but with so many other choices out there, this is nothing to seek out.

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Photo of LehighAce06
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of fightingwords
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- chestnut colored body, with a slighty dirty colored tan weak head. Very little lacing.

S--more of a sweet caramel nose with hints of toasted malts. Not as much coffee or chocolate as other porters...I had gathered this from the lighter colored head.

T--light earthy flavors, malty with just a bit of bitterness. Pretty average. I got a sort of metallic after taste that hung around.

M--very light bodied, could be weak or underwhelming to those that like their porters 'sultry' but I found it only slighty lighter than preferable.

D--plenty drinkable, some people will love this as a sessionable beer.

I didn't like this beer very much. It's fairly priced, if not cheap by some standards, and it tries to be traditional, but it just doest hang.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent for the price, poured a tan bubbly head, pitch black. Some faint smells of roasted coffee and a little bit of a whisky scent as well (odd?). Taste was bitter as a porter should be but not all that complex, obviously wasn't that much thrown in the tank aside from coffee-flavored ingrediants. This beer is porter-like enough to warrant a drink (at 14 bucks a case perhaps many drinks) but compared to top tier products by other breweries it pales in comparison.

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Photo of tempest
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a case at Shangy's for about $26. It's dated 141 09, that's May 21, about 4 months ago. A beer should still be good after 4 months. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a tall head. Unfortunately, this beer is off and smells rubbery. The flavor is also muted with only a roast chocolate bread taste (which is nice) in the finish. There just isn't enough flavor, it could easily pass for a mass-produced dark lager. Sure, it's smooth and easy to drink, but uninspiring.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark and rich, black, with only the tiniest hint of reddish mahongany at the bottom of the glass. creamy dense cappuccino colored foam is sticky and shrinks like melting ice cream.

S- metallic and earthy, cocoa, coffee, dark caramel, rice krispie treats, milk chocolate, sandalwood, pretty much everything a nice porter should be. not very strong aroma though.

T- taste is diluted more so than the aroma. notes of cocoa and stale coffee with a touch of smoke. decent roasted & earthy hop bitterness, but malt flavor is kinda weak.

MF- not as heavy as it looks, perhaps the carbonation is too lively. roasted and grilled feeling, coating.

D- relative light body and zippy bubbles make this one easier to drink than most, but i would prefer a full taste & feel for a porter over drinkability any day.

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Photo of cro250klr
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a good bit of this at the Lion Brewery's open house/mini beer fest. It was raining, a bit cool and muddy. We happened to be located closer to the tent that had the porter on tap. Of all the beers in that tent, the porter was the best. So, we stuck with it.
It's kind of hard to do an honest review when a beer is getting rain in it. It's also tough to give the taste a fair shot when it's being served in a plastic cup. It was though, rather good. Appearance was dark brown, almost black and the head fizzled out a bit quick. Perhaps the rain. Taste was good for a local beer. A new brewmaster had just taken over the reins at the Lion and this was one of his new creations. Mouthfeel is nice and soft. The coffee, chocolate, malt flavor was there but kind of faded away. Just a tease and it was gone. You had to take another sip to bring back the flavor. Marketing ploy? Drinkability was a bit above average. This could be a session beer if a porter trips your trigger. Over all, a not so bad beer. Much better than any BMC offering and not pricey at all. In fact, at about $5 a six pack, this one may get passed by due to the low cost. I know that I've bought much higher priced porters only to be let down on the taste and quality. I'd recommend it.

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Photo of magine
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic.

Pours a very, very dark brown, near black color. Has a quick to fade away tan head. Head is down to a light lace ring around the edges, and a tiny lace scattered about head. Almost no lace to speak of. Slightly less then average looking brew.

Brew smells of sweet chocolate and caramel malts, toffee. Maybe a hint of alcohol in the nose as well. Smells almost espresso like. Slightly above average smelling brew.

Brew is slightly smooth, a little carbonated. The brew has a very underwhelming flavor; slight chocolate, roasted flavor. Has a nutty flavor as well. This is a very watery, unflavored brew. It is certainly not a robust or flavorful brew. Almost like it is flat. Slightly below average taste for the style.

This brew was a severe disappointment; not flavorful, not good to look at. It goes down easy - but who cares. Luckily I just picked up one of these in a mixed six pack. Maybe I got a bad bottle, based on the reviews I thought it would be better. Has decent drinkability.

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Photo of themind
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being a major beer snob and drinking some of the Worlds greatest beers it is hard for me to admit but this stuff tastes pretty darn good! A strong coffee taste makes this porter a beer that you can slam down. For the price this stuff is worth the jingle and the lower ABV makes this easy to over do it.

Bottom Line: The Lion roars and Stegmaier's Porter flows from it's mouth!

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Photo of WeymouthMike
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a dark black with little head which disappears which quickly turns into a lace ring around the outer edge. Taste of roasted sweetness with a bit of carbonation but still light and smooth on the tongue. I could definetly drink a few of these on a nice fall or cool spring day.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of paulhargus
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mkh895
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SGToliver
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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