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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 Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black with red highlights. It has a thin fizzy dark brown head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee and lactose.

The flavor is subdued at first, but comes out more as it warms. Some coffee and chocolate and sweet cream, a little bitter roastiness and a little fruitiness with a tinge of sourness. It has a big full mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid porter.

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Photo of elsinore
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, BeerAdvocate ... if I hadn't read about Steg Porter here, I would have missed out on a real surprise of a beer brewed just 90 mins. or so from my house.

No freshness date on case or bottle.
Beer pours a dark brown with reddish overtones. Head is light brown and sticks around for a while.
I find the taste surprisingly complex and interesting, with layers of earth and roasted grain along with the to-be-expected (and quite tasty) coffee and chocolate.
Very well-balanced; just a nice pleasant beer to drink.
The beer scores high for mouthfeel too -- it's full-bodied, creamy, not a lot of heavy carbonation.

I was pretty well blown away by this beer, and I think most other beer drinkers would be quite surprised too.
I have rarely, if ever, heard Lion Brewery mentioned in the same breath as Yuengling. But if Lion's other beers are anywhere near this level, then Lion deserves the same cult following its fellow Pennsylvania brewery has.
(I've had Ying Porter, and Steg absolutely stomps it, in my humble opinion.)

I raise the last drops of my Steg Porter to the men and women who put out such a tasty, drinkable, remarkably affordable beer. Thank you.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Citadel82
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tor such a modestly priced brew this is quite a beer. A rich malty Porter.

Serving Size 12 ounces with no freshness date on the bottle.

Pours a deep ruby chestnut with a thick tan head that leaves creamy thick lace.

Smells of of malt and earth .

The taste is sweet malt, cofee, date-nut bread. Rich and complex.

This is a great beer at an everyday beer price. Under four bucks a sixer if you can believe it.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling this brew chilled and in a pint glass. The beer pours a clear chestnut brown with soft fluffy tan head foaming up easily. Fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer. Aroma is cocoa powder, espresso, and some earthy hops.
First sip reveals a soft creamy texture and average body. Small tingly carbonation is present. Flavor is similar to what nose advertises. Some chocolate a hit of roasted malt some caramel sweetness mixes with brown sugar for a sweet finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Quite a tasty brew!

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Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours with a great tan head, settling slowly over deep brownish-red liquid. Nose is a roasted malt/chocolate/coffee joy to behold mixed with a light light diacetyl character that works well with this beer. Taste is a tasty mix of deep roastiness with a hoppy edge to it, more than a hint of coffee and slight caramel notes. Finishes with a quick fruity flourish, more roastiness that causes a nice dryness on the palate. A great beer, and a great value for the money spent - $3.99 for a sixer...one of the great beer bargians out there.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
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 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 resirob
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark, almost opaque reddish-black. Small tan head with good retention and just a little sticky lace.

Aromas of light roasted coffee, a tinge of chocolate, and warm toast.

Starts with a nice softly sweet roasted maltiness, followed by a mild coffee flavor, then a bittersweet chocolate finish. A really nice porter.

Mouthfeel was medium full, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good - this would make a great session beer. This inexpensive beer is an outstanding value.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this in Sturbridge, MA just because it cost something like $4 and I wanted to try something new. Very dark brown in color with a good size tan head that lasts. The smell is very sweet with more chocolate than anything coming through. The taste is very similar as the sweetness is very powerful. The taste also brings more coffee notes as well as something a bit chalky?

Overall, very easy to drink and worth the $4 something I paid for it. Would I buy it again, yes.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before this there was only dark. This was different. It is darker than the darkest nights in hell. Only the brightest of lights can shine through this. Even then, Only a single ray of light may shine through. But also in the way of any light is a thick frothy cloud of brown head. This is not a beer. It is the gateway to the afterlife. If you are a sinner. The smell was strong. Roasted malts that carry a chocolate aroma filled the air. They naturally give way to a chocolate taste with the slightest hints o coffee. The funny thing is, there is no real aftertaste. As quick as it came, the taste sharply left my palate. Sharp is the only way to describe it. A very good beer. May be tempting satan himself, but it is worth the rest of eternity in hell.

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Photo of yen157
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light milk chocolate colored head made up of very fine bubbles. Doesn't hand on to long, but it is clingy and compacts to a healthy 1/4". Rum, chocolate, and bread crust make up the nose. Very seductive. Nice "mild" porter. Not too astringent, but some charcoal flavor resides amongst the toffee, bread crust, and caramel. Diacetyl is present, but is well incorporated. Smooth and sweet, this is pretty nice. Carbonation is a bit low, even for my liking.

Note: I need to try this again because there was a distracting sourness in this brew. Something like sour milk. I really don't think that it was supposed to be there, so I'm assuming that it was an off bottle and not factoring it into the rating.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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 UnionMade
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a transparent black, shining burgundy through light. A thin coating of beige head tops the beer, gradially losing steam and disappearing completely about halfway through.
The aroma is quite roasty, with a bit of toffee and chocolate. Bittersweet. Rather pronounced esters, carrying through even over the rich roasted barley. A cherry smell, with a bit of fig and some prune. Very, very mild herbal hops, with a bit of a sherry quality to the overall aroma.
The flavor starts with a rather sweet toffee tinged roasted barley. Very soft malting, almost german in feel, like the roasted malt for a schwarzbier. Mild, unoffending carbonation, yet provides a lightly sparkly mouthfeel. Some esteriness, although not as much as in the aroma, come through toward the middle. The cherry flavor is present, although overshadowed by fig and some raisin. Very mild herbal hops come in at the end, with some dryish yeast flavor. A lingering coffee roasted flavor. Medium to light bodied.
A surprisingly good porter, from a brewery without much of a reputation for brewing really great beers. This porter is certainly a winner, and definitely in my top ten porter list, if I made one.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 6 November 2002. Stegmaier pours dark brown w/ a thin tan head. The nose has whiffs of caramel & molasses. It is sweet on the tongue w/ a clean finish. This porter is very drinkable & enjoyable. It's a nice example of the style

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's a good beer for me to rate. I have only vaguely heard of Stegmaier and have never tried any of their brews...no preconceptions. Poured a tar pitch color with a rapidly vanishing light tan head and some trails of lace. The aroma of coffee, chocolate malt, hops and licorice are quite aggressive and long lasting. The sweet malt body is thinner than it appears. Separate flavors of dark bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice and citrusy hops, separate at first, begin to meld. A light smoky taste seems to come and go. A molasses flavor develops and clean lime-like finish ends it...except that smoky flavor again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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 vitesse
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in 12 oz. brown bottle.
nice foamy brown head. dark chocolate-brown color and caramel-candyish smell.
taste is sweet, roasty, chocolatey maltiness. the malts just taste so good in this porter. very little hoppiness. not bitter, but sweet and pretty subtle.
mouthfeel is good. not especially thick. drinkability is good. the various flavors have such a good balance that i could drink a lot of these in one session.
at 3.99 a sixer, quite a deal. definitely recommend if you're in the mood for a good porter.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep, dark color with a little bit of dark red around the edges of the glass. It also had a nice tan head that was initially rather large. It then receded into a thin film on the top of the beer which is still sitting in the bottem of my glass. The smell was somewhat fruity with hints of toffee, but no real roasted smells, which is what I was expecting. Rich caramel tastes abounded with subtle notes of toffee and espresso. This was especially thick for a porter, but it was not at all disappointing.

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Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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 Jarod
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into the glass a ruby/brown color. The head was a dark beige, foamy in nature. Bubbles were present in the class but not overly carbonated. The aroma had hints of coffee, chocolate, caramel malt, fruit, and wood. The taste was of roasted coffee/chocolate, a little bitter/sweet, also, there was caramel, malt, and it finished with the coffee and malt, but it became more subtle at the end. Good beer, will try to get more when in the area.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good brew. The local beer bar has these for 1.75 bottles. Roasted malt/Coffee/sweet Chocolate flavors...a fairly sweet tasting porter. Dark brown with red tint color underneath a fluffy and attractive head. Not too heavy but has a full tasting body. One of my favorites when I go out.

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Photo of psugrad98
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark rich brown. Slight reddish hue. Thick foamy cream colored head. Aroma of rich roasted malt. Tastes rich but slightly burnt. Has a coffee-like character to it. Slightly bitter overcooked taste when served cold, but that trait leaves as the brew warms. Slight alcohol character appears toward the end of the pint. Slightly above average regional porter.

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recent BA review made me revisit an old favorite and I wasn't disappointed. Poured a deep rich brown with red highlights and emitted a tantalizingly sweet malty chocolate aroma.

Head was a dense, quiet tan with sticky lace that lasted for the short time before it disappeared down my throat. Taste was coffee/chocolate with a hint of licorice. Hops stay in the background and keep this porter from becoming too sweet.

Finished with some burnt grain and some oily hops. The medium body and balanced flavors make this a highly quaffable brew.

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Photo of Maestro
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was quite a suprise at 13.99 for a case. It has a sweet nose and a thin, tan head. The first taste is a good combination of maltiness and hoppiness. As you move towards the middle there is a bit of roasted flavor and some hints of caramel. The hops seem to remain throughout the beer but are never over-powering. The beer finishes smoothly and prepares you for the next. This is a good session beer from the heart of Pennsylvania.

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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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