Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

113 Reviews
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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 155
Photo of cjhofelt
1.65/5  rDev -55.2%
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 tiltedglass
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not only a great buy, but a true tasting porter, without the stout smoothness. This one has a nice bite, a complicated taste, and a slightly fermented (as in sour) aftertaste. I love this stuff, my favorite American porter. You need to drink it once without knowing it's actually affordable, so that you give it a fair chance. Nice!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to find thus one on draft, at Kung Fu Necktie...

Nice pour in pint glass, solid black with tan head that dissipates quickly, still impressive

smell is nice roasted coffee chocalatey malt. Great.

Taste is roasted coffee malts and hint of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel is nice flavors linger with the mild carbonation on the sides if the tongue.

Extremely drinkable, lve this one from Steg.

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Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to near black with an inch or so of tan head.

Roasted malts contribute cocoa and musty coffee notes backed by enough caramel malt to soften up the edges. Hop bitterness is about even giving only a hint of earthy hop flavor.

A pretty standard, but solid, porter. It has nice flavors and it's easy to drink.

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Photo of SanDiegoBeerLove
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark Brown with light brown highlights, alla cup of Coffee. Head is thin, light Tan, and fades quickly.

S - Smell of Coffee, Chocolate, Bourbon, and Brown Sugar.

T - Tastes of Coffee, Chocolate, and Vanilla.

M - Good mouthfeel with low/average carbonation but a little Chalky and Tannic.

D - This is a good drinkable Porter.

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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 yuenglings
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has a mostly black color with a brownish hue good head at first that diminishes rather quickly but still is able to leave good laceing.
Ounce brought to the nose you can smell a strong burnt nutty choco maltyness upfront with the slightest bit of hops at the end.
The taste is not as good as the smell theres a strong metalic taste that over powers most of the good choco coffe nut taste.
Good smooth and creamy with a good balance but you could almost feel the metalic flovor on your toung.
I prolly would not buy another case of this nut one or two at a bar that has nothing better sure why not. If the could get rid of that metalic tast and feel they would have a really great porter.

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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 fightingwords
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
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 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 kegger22
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a modest head that quickly dissipated to a collar. The aroma was roasted malt. The taste was rather bland, so I gave it a few minutes to warm up. Didn't help, just a sour/bitter taste coming through. The feel was medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Drinkability was OK, but limp flavor just didn't invite more. I only paid $1.09 for a single bottle so not bad at all when compare to price. You really do get what you paid for though.

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Photo of Jayli
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

consumed 10/6/09
I received this one from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

This beer pours a deep opaque chocolate brown with a one finger of light brown head. Head recedes quickly to a thin film and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Nose of caramel and toffee malts, some brown sugar and milk chocolate. Taste is caramel and toffee malts up front, roasted malts and coffee fill out the middle, with chocolate and brown sugar in the finish leaving a rather sweet aftertaste to the beer. Lighter side of medium body, low carbonation, somewhat thin at first with a thicker creamy feel in the middle and a dry finish. Not a bad beer to stick with for a bit.

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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 apbarwood
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked nice at first, deep dark brown with a big tan head. It died quickly and didn't have much lace or glass cling. Not much on the aromas, some roasted notes and a hint of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was the same as the nose but slightly more pronounced and also seems to have a dark fruity taste in there. It was decent but I'll probably never have it again. Not good but not bad.

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Photo of BatsforBeer
1.86/5  rDev -49.5%
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 mikedashg
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours black from a 12oz into my sniffer. Very small tan head

S-roasted malts, coffee, expresso beans, chcolate,

T-pretty much same as the nose. Mild bitterness.

M-A little light in the mouth, moderate body.

D-not a bad one here. Nice and drinkable. Nothing too outstanding. Like the history on the bottle since the late 1800's the brewery was founded. Then the line/name was taken over by lion in the 70's

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Black with an off-white half inch tan head with ample lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate malt and noble hops. Toffee-caramel and espresso.

Taste is fresh and medium bodied blend of dark patent and roasted malts. A good noble hop bite and a nice clean and dry finish. This reminds me of a Sheaf stout but milder as a porter.

This is a good porter for the money $5.99 a six in the Toledo, OH area.

Very drinkable and good.

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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 wac9
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

hey another beer from pa .first its the over powering smell of coffe which usaully means a bad thing but not here. this is a poor man beer , it cheap and it taste leave you not wanting more there is something missing in this beer , skip it if you have money

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an outstanding American porter. The comparison to Anchor Porter is quite appropriate. Here is an authentic recipe at about half of the price of its famous San Francisco cousin. It also reminds me of Pyramid Espresso Stout, produced over a decade ago. Roasted malt rich and satisfying. Easily one of the best values in American craft beer. Almost an entire meal, I would say the best way to fully enjoy this fine beer, is one bottle a session, poured into a no-nonsense ale glass. Cheers!

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Photo of number1bum
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjkt for a few of these. I'm ashamed to say I've never bought this myself, although I think I will start.

Pours dark brown and nearly opaque with about a finger and a half of tan head. Settles to a pretty full lace and leaves a bit of stick on the sides.

Smell is a surprisingly bold combination of roasted malt, sweet milk chocolate and coffee. It's really nice and very robust.

Taste also has some cocoa and roasted malt but it's not nearly as robust as the nose. Also some coffee flavor with a bitter/roasty finish, but it's a bit of a letdown from the incredible aroma. That's a tough standard to hit, though, and this is still quite tasty. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side, with a light medium body.

The smell is absolutely the highlight of this beer - it's really phenomenal. Taste doesn't quite match up, but it's still a very solid, easy drinking porter. I think I will certainly be picking more of this up in the future.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
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 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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Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee, chocolate malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Moderate roasted balanced flavor with a medium roasted bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

I would recommend this to a freind.

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

Presented to me in a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a deep, dark brown color with about a finger of creamy ecru foam. No lacing to speak of as the glass empties. Smells of richly roasted, caramelized grains, and a bit of cocoa and coffee. A fresh and pleasant nose to this particular pour. Tastes of roasted grain, caramel, baking cocoa, coffee beans, followed by a light hop bite. Medium to full bodied with just the right amount of medium carbonation. I'm fortunate to have the Lion as one of my local breweries, since this porter can be found on a regular basis at a slew of bars in the area. Very reasonably priced as well. I don't think I've ever seen it for more than $3-3.50 a pint. Certainly worth checking this one out if you have the chance.

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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 155 ratings.
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