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Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
154
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
14.95%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a black color with a pretty big brown head on top. The retention is decent and has a very light lacing. The smell of the beer is roasted and very chocolatey. The taste is more like a stout, very rich and full flavored. The mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. It's drinkable and has a nice carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good but I would call it a stout instead of a porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with some red hues shining thru it with a light almond colored head that left quickly,an aroma of dried fruit and lightly alcoholic.Taste is of real bitter chocolate and tar with some burned fruit flavors a real sharp flavor to this brew which I cant put my finger on.I got a slight green olive flavor as well?Any alot of different flavors packed into this one a pretty nice porter worth trying.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very deep brown with reddish accents. Quick lived tan head. Fairly complex aroma of 'nearly burnt' coffee and caramel alongside woody and earthy notes, as well as some light background hop. Body is medium with an oily mouthfeel. The flavor is lightly roasted with hints of malt sweetness and a touch of dry cocoa, balanced with a firm hop bitterness. The finish is clean and dry. Lighter than expected for a porter. Like Yuengling's porter, I'd guess this is fermented with lager yeast. Still a nice beer overall.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from lionking so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a short light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, coffee, milk chocolate and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and smoky up front with flavors of black coffee and milk chocolate. There's a little bit of dark fruit in the back ground and there's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice solid porter that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Motor oil black with slim sepia accents at the borders. They are plenty of big stouts that aren't this light-rejecting. A modest chunk of pale caramel colored foam looks decent for long enough to matter. Glass coverage is so-so at best.

The beer doesn't smell as black as it looks, but it's fine for the style. Malts include pale, black, chocolate and caramel (a pretty standard lineup). Let's hope the brewery used enough of them and in the right proportions.

Stegmaier Porter tastes like what anyone who has experience with Lion Brewery beer would expect it to taste. It's a relatively well-constructed no-bells-no-whistles ale that falls far short of amazing. Nothing wrong with that. Sometimes no highlights and no lowlights is good enough.

The flavor profile doesn't hang its hat on any particular flavor. The rundown includes bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, dark caramel and a hard water mineral vibe. Neither sweet nor bitter makes a big splash. Sorry, but that next gear is never reached, not even with warming.

Even though the body/mouthfeel could be slightly larger and the bubbles could be better integrated, it does just enough to keep pace with the rest of the attributes.

Stegmaier Porter is about as basic as an American porter gets, which doesn't make it bad beer at all. Keeping the price down is probably the best way to see that it continues to sell.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have no earthly idea where this one came from in the grand scheme of my collection, however I noticed it sitting in the fridge and decided to give it a whirl to see how it was. I am a big fan or porters so I was hoping for something good here.

Appearance - This one poured a nice deep jet black with no light shining through at all. Very thick look with a large tan colored head rising up from the bottom and coming to a height of around two inches before finally settling down to just a thin layer across the top that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Deep side glass lace also became apparent and really coated the inside of the glass quite well. Very strong look for a porter, and to be honest was bordering on a stout here.

Smell - The aroma was nice. A good dose of coffee and chocolate was inside here, and that became evident from the very beginning. Lots of roasted malts here with a good bit of sweetness that I could pick up as well. Some touches of grain, but mostly coffee and chocolate in this one.

Taste - The flavor was very nice, and uncharacteristic for a porter. Nice coffee notes coming through, it was more of a bitter dark coffee flavor, mixed in with baker's chocolate. Some nice vanilla maybe in there sweetening it up, but very light. Nice touches of lactose as well in here. Though I have to say I was hoping it would be a little stronger of a flavor, as by the time, it warmed up it started to fade and it all blended together. The finish started as bitter, but faded back to sweet licorice and caramel flavor, odd finish, but still very nice.

Mouthfeel - Very nice feel, especially for a porter. I have to say it was almost as if it was a light stout. Very nice medium body with a good amount of filling to it. Good carbonation, with a really smooth flow and creamy feeling to it. Not bad at all.

Drinkability - An outstanding session beer. The low ABV and the rich flavors really are making this one come off very well. A superb drinker, I easily could have thrown down more then one of these in a session.

Overall, I thought this was a very good example of the style. Really quite and interesting take on it and something that I would love to try again, and it is probably outstanding on tap as well. Really very good and would say to give this one a shot if you see it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted, slightly charred malts with a light hint of cocoa/chocolate and caramel sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of roasted, slightly charred malts with a hint of caramel malts and light associated sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than light flavors of chocolate/cocoa powder and a hint of earthy hops. Slightly stronger than light amounts of lingering roasty bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Nothing special here, almost one dimensional with a touch too much charred malt for my preferences in an American Porter. Drinkable but probably not something that I would get again as there are just too many better offerings out there.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I have had this a while back, but recently decided to review for the first time from the bottle in a cup.

The color is black with opaque clarity and light tan head with fine bead and light lace sticks. The smell has a dark fruit, cocoa and mild caramel blend with dark toasted grain in the aroma. The feel is very nice with dark malt and light roasted texture with mild sweetness and medium carbonation with semi-dry finish and medium body with low bitterness.

The taste is very good with pleasant mix of malt with dry roasted flavor and light medium caramel sweetness with slight yeast adding some dried fruit character to augment the slight dark cocoa/french roast coffee type flavors in the back with mild mineral dryness in the finish. Overall -Solid and hihghly drinkable with nice roasty medium strength porter qualities lovely malt with roasted flavor dominance

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Photo of russpowell
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Dark fruit, leafy hops intensifies when warm

T: Leafy hops, fruityness & wet charred grains up front. Figs, leafy hops & dryness dominate as this warms along with a touch of cocoa. Finishes dry with more leafy hops & carob

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation & alright balance

Drinks alright, skews a bit too fruity for me

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Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off long neck bottle with no freshness date. Deep and dark brown that is a couple of shades away from black, dark none the less. Good frothing of a tan lace that sticks in a web like way.

Sweet aroma, coffee and caramel in the nose. Faint roasted twang but does not even come close to the sweetness.

Husky bread crust flavour, mild roasted coffee and hints of bakers, chocolate. Smooth on the palate and that really adds to the drinkability. Mild hopping that lets the roasted malt character balance out the sweetness. More coffee like flavour flare out with a mild acrid flavour, this leads to a semi-dry finish.

An easy drinking porter to say the least, a stealthily complex session brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown body decent sized tan head dwinldes pretty quickly leaving little or no lace. Aroma: Nice roasty mild chocolate notes underlying fruit tones, with a subtle touch of hops thrown in there. Taste: Very mild porter touch of sweet fruit acidity in the forefront touch of chocolate and coffee not bad for the price very affordable and better than most other options while drinking in Meadville, PA. Mouthfeel: Pretty thin lighter body not bad even carbonation just not as thick as a standard porter. Drinkability: Nice quaffable brew pleasing local PA brewed porter all hail the Lion Brewery.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep black in color, with a lovely. tawny brown color. Aroma is to die for, rich and redolent with espresso, anise, cocoa, and rum. A porter lover's dream come true! Extraordinarily smooth on the palate, with very little bitterness, supremely quaffable.
Body is medium, as is the finish, but the flavor is lush and rewarding with a nicely rounded mouthfeel.
Body feels thinner toward the end, and a nutty character enters into the flavor profile, heretofore undetected.
Quite a nice session porter, but for my taste, it could stand to be bolder and heartier. Big thanks to paceyourself for placing this product into my possession!

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Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a brown color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, hint of alcohol, and slight dry hop. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of wood, hint of yeast, and a hint of grain. Overall, aroma is slightly muted, but the tastes is much more complex.

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Photo of tempest
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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 WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a smooth, creamy, chocolate aroma with some hints of patent malts. The taste is decent. It has a rich black patent malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and earthy. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking porter and actually quite a surprise. I've had some other Stegmaier brews and they sucked, but this was outstanding.

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Photo of plaid75
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger creamy caramel head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice balance of smoky and coffee-like burnt grain and lightly sweet caramel malt.

The taste was upfront heavy burnt grain. Dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominated along with a nice smoky finish.

The mouthfeel was full and creamy, with a very dry finish.

Overall a very good and tasty porter. Simple and easy to drink. A nice robust brew and a great value for the money.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, smooth porter - just enough carbonation basically dark and chewy. 12 oz. was not enough. Originally brewed at the Stegmaier Brewery until 1974.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with an inch frothy brown head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is milk chocolate, caramel malt, coffee and brown sugar. The taste is similar to the aroma, with some slight hoppiness in the finish. Also, the taste isn't quite as strong as the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and slick, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it goes down easy and it's enjoyable to drink. Not a bad choice as a session beer. I think this is a good overall brew, and with the low price (compared to other similar porters), I'll definitely buy this again in the future.

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Photo of tigg924
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Recieved from Jayli so a big thank you to her

Appearance: chestnut brown in color, 1/4 inch head, medium carbonation, clear

Smell: chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel

Taste: chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel

Mouthfeel: light watery body, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: On the positive, I do like the flavors. The maltiness is there and so is the nice chocolaty aftertaste. What I think detracts from this beer is it being watery. It just did not match the rush of flavor. That said, I could have a couple--but moreso on warmer day.

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Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful deep hazy brown to black color the head impressive in size, frothy in its texture, with fine sheets of lace. It’s always been my feeling since being converted to the dark side so many years ago that “Any beer You Can See through Is To Light”. Hints of butter, with light toasted grains and also some caramel sweetness, quite pleasant, with a malt sweet start and a middling top. Perkily hopped, spirited in its carbonation, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste and one quite decent “Porter”, and well worth a sample.

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Photo of Durge
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A heavy black color with brown edges, with a big brown head that settles down to scattered bubbles pretty quickly, and faint lacing (sliding carbonation). The smell is thick and friendly of chocolate and malt, raisins and some licorice. Very edible. Drinking at room temperature from a pint glass this has a very nice smokey taste at first, some sweet coffee malt and dry edges, a subtle presence of licorice. I wouldn't exactly call this highly complex, but it is just a solid porter for my tastes. It's a bit acqueous but not in a bad way, very easy to drink, doesn't seem very strong for alcohol yet it has a warming feel as it slides into the belly. Carbonation is relatively light but effective in bringing some refreshment to this well charactered brew. I love this. Thanks to Mike for the sample, now how to get more here in Connecticut!

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Photo of KYGunner
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jet black with no light around the edge this Porter had all the components of a good stout. The head was thick in the middle and sat above a layer of carbonation.

The aromas were dark, dried fruits like prune date and raisin. A touch of chocolate and small bit of roasted coffee comes neatly tucked away.

The flavor is rich with the dried fruits and raisin seems dominant. Slight touches of prune and date mix with a dark chocolate. I did at times detect some malt, coffee and a smokey char but it was rare.

The feel is slightly thin with a higher level of carbonation than perhaps should be with the style.

Overall, at $1.50 a bottle in my local single shop, I'd rate this as one of the best bargains in craft beer.

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Photo of Reidrover
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz from Grocery Outlet, Salem Oregon. $4.29 a six pack. Very good looking beer, darkest of browns almsot black with a thick ,creamy light brown head that sticks. Good toasty porter malt aromas, some aroma of chocolate and faint cereal. good again.taste is creamy semi bitter chocolate, some raisins and cocoa nibs, Ok on the palate not too thin. Actually not a bad traditional style porter. A surprise from this contract brewer.

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Photo of tpd975
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich dark black hue with a nice tall mocha colored head. Good retention which dies to a nice ring. Lots of lace left behind as well.

S: Very rich and roasty. Burnt coffee and bakers chocolate mostly with a touch of smoke.

T: Ultra roasted malt here. Lots of coffee with tones of lactose sugar. Subtle chocolate and a hint of earth.

M: Medium in body, smooth with lots of carbonation.

D: Not great for the style. This is a big porter.

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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
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