Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter
BA SCORE
3.67/5
155 Ratings
Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,938
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
155
pDev:
12.53%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of sigtau200ws
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Tone
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 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 Boitnott
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to pick this up from my local spot for an absurd sale of $15 a case (24). I have been pouring it in my DFH snifter ever since. The color is opaque black, literally not allowing any light through it. There a tan coffee head which does not last very long as lacks persistent lacing.

The smell is of coffee and chocolate and black malts, which makes for an excellent blend of aromas. Those notes dominate this smell and they do not allow for any others to come through. On the first sip, a taste of black malt exists, but does not last as it lingers on the tongue. The finish really sets this beer in the very good category. Rich chocolate and black malts persist and combine excellently. A slight smoky flavor accents the background of this fine finish. There is also a hint of hop bitterness, which balances well with the strong malt content.

The carbonation is excellent and last through the entire drink. The 5.4% keeps the alcohol taste low and compliments the beer well. For the deal that I got, this beer was a steal. It is a fine crafted porter that will not disappoint. While the nose, is not stellar, the finish really brings it out and makes it an excellent drink. If anyone is in Boone then they need to pick this up.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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 GDBEERMAN
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mymrnngjckt for this one!
12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a thick, two finger head that is a rich and dark tan. The body is a deep black, one that would most likely be associated with a stout. Thick lace is left behind and the head holds throughout the whole beer.
S: A very malty aroma, one that doe not show any signs of hops. A bit of sweetness to this one as well.
T/M: The front of this porter is a smooth experience from the mouthfeel, that leaves with a silk. The body tastes of nutty malts and has a nice layer to it. The finish shows the sweetness that is in the beer and I feel that only part that is not as developed as the rest of the beer.
D: A really great porter, one that drinks easy and holds really good taste profiles.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle that was purchased as a single at World Market. Pours a dark brown, with a good inch of tan head that reduces to a thin lid. Good soapy retention as I swirl it.

Has a roasted, biscuity smell, with faint coffee and barley notes.

Taste is muted; some coffee malt and caramel sweet, pleasantly mild, with faint hop bitterness at the end. Smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but slightly dry as it finishes.

Fairly drinkable, but not terribly complex. I'd like to try this on tap sometime.

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

12 oz bottle from Penn. expatriate, my label differs from illustration, poured into UCLA pint glass 9.19.2010.

1/2 finger brown head, medium-fast dissipation resulting in thin broken layer of foam on top of dark brown opaque body, multiple streams of carbonation visible when held close to light. Roasted malt, some dark chocolate and coffee in the nose, not much hops noticeable, perhaps a bit of grassiness. Taste mirrors nose with the chocolate quite prominent, with a winey/chocolaty finish. Medium full mouthfeel, pretty smooth, decent effervescence. OK drinkability. Pretty tasty but not well balanced, which I guess you should expect when dealing with contract brewers who don't have a vested interest in final product other than selling.

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Photo of Phelps
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks: bottle with a twist-off cap, which I popped off with a bottle opener -- they should really warn you about these things. Underneath the cap is a little word puzzle with pictures. Mine spells out "dance floor." The beer itself is a deep chocolate brown, super dark for a porter. Zero light penetrates the dense liquid, although faint maroon highlights can be seen at the edges. The head is tiny and dissipates quickly, but when it was there it was an interesting cherry-brown.

Smells: smoky. Lots of dark roast coffee, some cocoa nibs, cooking bread and a bit of burnt wood. Some grassy, piney hops tickle the nostrils. Behind it all, tangier notes of prunes.

Tastes: like pretzels. It took me a few minutes of pondering what the main flavor I was getting from this beer was, but there it is: pretzels. Also pancakes, walnuts, marshmallow, campfire. In the front, plum sweetness and some tangy bitter dark chocolate. After the swallow: a burst of coffee flavored with sweet cream.

Feels: sparkly carbonation is maybe just a tad high for this. The body, too, is a little thin, medium-light and runny. It does gain a little creaminess as it warms, but I crave more.

Drinks: like exceeded expectations. I wasn't expecting so complex and interesting a porter. A nice, drinkable little surprise.

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Photo of WaffenSS
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured beer from a 12oz bottle into a tall 10oz beer glass. Pours a VERY dark brown, almost black. A creamy, small head disappears quickly.
Smells of dark coffee, malt.

This has to be one of the best beers I've ever tried! A very good example of a porter.
First taste is of cocoa, dark malt, coffee and licorice.

I generally prefer dark beers to ales/lagers so I am partial to this type of beer. Regardless, if you prefer porters, stouts or dunkels, you MUST give this porter a try.

Maybe a little too dark for downing more than a couple on a hot day or at one sitting, but a truly enjoyable porter to drink with a meal or when you are in a mood for one or two darker beers.

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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 Reidrover
4/5  rDev +9%
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 Elimination
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this at a grocery outlet (seems like a similar expierience to the post below) discount beer...hmmm

apeearence is root beer colored with barely any carbonation

smell slight rum, a whisk of old coffee, chocolate, smells like it is barrell aged

taste is as if coca cola made a coffee flavored soda and then let it sit out in the sun for a few years... but at the same time, the aftertaste sparkles with chocolaty malt with mocha undertones that makes it decent

mouth feel is barely an enjoyment, a few bubbles, just kind of goes down

drink is good, this would be something my bmc loving friends might actually drink because it comes between the few characteristics of being a good beer/'dark beer' and what they normally drink

its ok at 4ish bucks a 6 pack but wouldnt buy it for anything more

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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 tiltedglass
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
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 +17.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +1.4%
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 -10.1%
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 -8.7%
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 -10.1%
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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Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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