Stegmaier Porter | Lion Brewery, Inc.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
112 Reviews
Stegmaier PorterStegmaier Porter

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

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 112 | Ratings: 154
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.

 1,094 characters

Photo of Biscuit033
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown with a small light brown head that leaves no lace.

S: Caramel and toffee dominate with a tinge of soured beer at the end.

T: Caramel and toffee again with some mild coffee notes at the end. There is some vanilla and cream as well.

M: Fuller than expected and very creamy.

D: This was a pleasant surprise. This may be a new staple at my house. Easy drinking and full of flavor.

 404 characters

Photo of skinny0ne
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a deep dark brown with a small creamy and chocolaty head. It has a very light chocolate malt aroma to it. Up front there is a bit of sweet malt with a touch of chocolate. The carbonation is light and gives it a nice mouth feel. At the back is a hint of roasted coffee. Everything about this brew is mild. But it is smooth. You could drink this like water. And there lies the dilemma. It's got a the right flavors for a porter. They're just muted. But it's also a very accessible brew. So, is it great? Or not quite living up to it's potential?

 548 characters

Photo of matty
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading brown creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is cocoa,cream and coffee.This is one of the best smelling beers I can remember having.Very creamy,very smooth and very delicious.I would buy a case of this in a heartbeat.Highly recommended!!

 281 characters

Photo of lionking
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been meaning to sample this beer for a few years but never was inclined to buy a case of it.

Appearance.Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The Pennsylvania style porter was pitch black. One finger head in the glass with some nice lacing as I drank it down.

Smell. Nice chocolate bocquet. Sweet smell.

Taste. Coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel.Rather light mouthfeel.

Drinkability. A rather nice porter. Might be a little ligher than a lot of the craft porters but there is nothing wrong with moderation.

 525 characters

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.

 2,316 characters

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!

 844 characters

Photo of Risser09
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a 10 oz Cantillon glass - Most likely a bottle from 2007

Appearance: A dark black beer glugs into the glass and creates a brown head that rises to about two inches. The bubbles are varied in size and leave lacing on the glass as they fall. Carbonation seems to cling to the sides of the glass as well.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Black licorice, gingerbread and brown sugar. Pretty good so far.

Taste: Dark cacao flavor is surrounded by a malt profile. REAL licorice flavor appears, as does espresso and a distinct breadiness. This beer does not feel sugary or hopped up like many new age crafted American porters. It really does taste like this recipe has pretty much remained constant for many years. There doesn't seem to be much alcohol either.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and certainly dry, but not cloying. Lightly carbonated and very quaffable. I am not cogniscent of the alcohol.

Drinkability: Great for a dark beer. This would be a great gateway beer for someone interested in American craft beer. It could easily serve as an every day drinker for the most decorated beer veteran. Low cost, great taste, and low abv make this beer highly drinkable. Very nice.

 1,209 characters

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

There are many good things I could say about a Steggy Porter. First is is local from PA. Second it is one of the cheapest beers you can buy at the distributer. Third, it is one of the best values in the beer world; in my opinion. What we have here is a better than 4.0 beer for under $20 a case. What is not to like about that. So we're off to a good start.

Appearance: Pours black with a thick brown head and beautiful rings of sticky lacing lining the walls of my glass.

Smell: Magnificent aroma of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate roasted malts, anise and caramel.

Taste: The taste echos the nose. Roasty with chocolate coffee and caramel a hint of vanilla and a touch of smoke in the aftertaste. All the elements are in perfect balance make an extremely quaffable brew. It has a bit of a cola like aftertaste with the dry coffee flavors left on the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: It is very smooth across the tongue. Light, but apropos to style, with a gentle dry finish and a drop of sweetness.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is the extreme ease with which it drinks. It is approachable and gentle but flavorful and at these prices you can afford to drink a case in a night.

Hope this is helpful.

 1,217 characters

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.

 506 characters

Photo of rarevos
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Says "Traditional Pennsylvania-style" on the front label. No idea what that means.

A: Pours an opaque dark brown with nothing at the edges when held up the the light; this is damn dark. Dark brown head is pretty fleeting and all that's left a minute after I pour is a foam crown and a little island.

S: Brown sugar, rum-soaked cherries, licorice, chocolate and molasses.

T: All of the above, though in reverse order of appearance and intensity. There's a nice, dry-hop flavor at the end, followed by a burnt finish and a long, bitter cocoa tail.

D: Surprisingly good, and a beer I could drink a lot of were it available in my neck of the woods.

 660 characters

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

 307 characters

Photo of NClifestyle
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh my, blackness. This beer pours up as dark as they come, but looks shiny, with a medium sized, tan creamy head. Sheets of lace, stray large bubbles. Head drops quickly.
Smell is sweet chocolate, with a hint of alcohol and sugar cereal.
The taste is coffee-like, and powerful. Some hints of smoke in there to boot. Roasted flavor hits at the swallow, with a nice bittersweet chocolate flavor, not sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium, not much in the carbonation department, but enough for a tingle on the tongue, more smooth.
This is a strong(er) beer, and I like it quite a bit. Would not drink many of these in a session, but would seek it out again. Not to mention, I'm a porter guy, so. Although it's an American porter, it does have some strange German nature about it. Have to thank the BeerBeing for this one.


 826 characters

Photo of Walsar
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of Stegmaier Porter 12 oz twist top bottles for $18.99 - reviewing on value it can't be beat.

Pours dark black with a bit of red into a Stegmaier Pint Glass - a bit thin in the mouth feel but the taste is excellent - roasted - toasted - chocolate - not overpowering- overall a nice Pennsylvania Porter from the boys at the Lion Brewery in good ole Wilkes Barre PA.

I enjoy the Sam Adams Holiday Porter - and although Sam is a thicker brew than Steg - the Steg holds its own in this category.

I would bet that this Porter would be excellent on draft.

 575 characters

Photo of SilentSabre
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad porter, and certainly a pretty one. Poured very dark, almost totally black, in fact. Nice khaki coloured foamy head the dwindled down into a 1/4 inch blanket in about 30 seconds. Laces that sides of the glass heavily. Looks great. Smells almost like a milk stout with plenty of sweet malts and semi-sweet chocolate dominating. There is a light presence of coffee beans and a tiny bit of smoke, as well. If there were such a thing as Mackeson Light, this is what it might taste like. Sweet malts and chocolate wash over the tongue first, followed by a bitter coffee bean and dry, roasted malt finish. Much lighter body than I was expecting. Very thin for the style.
There were a few areas that I was slightly dissappointed in, but for the most part, I really enjoyed this one. Thanks to Beerbeing for tossing this in on a trade.

 839 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the start, I was quite impressed with the reverse cascade pour of this deep brown, almost black brew. Foamy tan head that left some lacing – unfortunately it died rather quickly.

Malty aroma laced with chocolate and coffee. Also noticeable in the quaff, which additionally supplied a healthy supply of a sour ale bourbon mash.

Tangy and crisp – medium bodied. A damn fine sipper – went well wih my BBQed pork steaks. yum.

Saludos to BeerBeing for this!

 470 characters

Photo of k75
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - this beer looks just right - with an opaque dark ruby black.

s - not much here but a little malt

t - medium choc tones , some roasted black malts and a bit of toffee

b - body is a bit light, (but the porter style is wide open and forgiving)

t - good balance of roast and malt / choc/ toffee

f - finish is a bit quick , but acceptable

overall, considering the $$, this IS the bargain it is meant to be.

$2 draft? damn.

 442 characters

Photo of Folderol
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, this is the best (good) beer bargain I've ever found: $4.59 a six-pack. I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised.

This is quite different from other porters I've tried, as it has a very light body. The downside to the body is that head retention was pretty poor. Initially I got a nice big, fluffy head, but it soon disappeared completely, and swirling the glass just produced some fizz that also disappeared. The smell wasn't like a regular porter or stout either, and I think all I smelled was some black malt and fresh hops. None of the malt aroma I usually associate with dark ales. Color was straight up stout-black, so they must be putting quite a bit of patent malt in there. The taste was quite good, lots of chocolate and black malt roastiness, but still lacking the maltiness I associate with the style. Hop bitterness was minimal and there was very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel was unique as well: not big bubbled like a lager, but not small and creamy like a medium-bodied ale. It had its own unique smoothness, sort of a light, frothy, crisp feel. That's how I'd describe the whole experience - light.

Whether you're just getting into porters & stouts or are a seasoned dark beer afficionado, this will be a good experience. It brings crispness to the dark beer arena without sacrificing the roasted malt flavor. Pretty much the definition of a session porter.

 1,406 characters

Photo of peterittenhouse
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black with mocha colored head. Looks nice. Head stays with you to the bottom of the glass with nice lacing
S- Bittersweet chocolate, coffee aroma. Wow!
T-Great balance of roasted malt w/ subtle hop balance. Lots of different flavors mixed into this brew. Chocolate, coffee, licorice, with fruity overtones, at times.
M- Creamy mouthfeel that doesn't back down.
D- This stuff NEVER dissapoints and gets better with every case. This is the best $18 you will ever spend. Lion BC has really stepped up to the plate lately with their core products and the addition of some seasonal offerings ie: Bock, Double IPA, could a wheat beer be in the cards for the Summer... Easy to drink.
Give this a try. Go Phillies!

 725 characters

Photo of alehopman
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in nonic glass creating a huge billowy tan head which was persistant w/great lacing and sheeting. Very dark brown to black, medium carbonation.

Smell is of oak with some earthy/whiskeyish components.

Taste is also complex: earthy hops, coffee, slight carmel and a great smoky, roasted finish. A slight sour backround is pleasant and rounds out the flavor profile. Hop addition is style appropriate unlike some craft brewed American porters.

Mouthfeel is substantial w/o being cloying.

Drinkability definately points to sessionable. Could easily quaff several.

When I initially reviewed this I thought it was bottom fermented and thought it was odd given the well developed flavors. Palealeman rightfully advised me since then that it is actually top fermented and it all made sense. I picked this up in PA on a business trip for around $17 a case. A regional brew that was a pleasant surprise.

 918 characters

Photo of cro250klr
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

 1,259 characters

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprisingly tasty porter from the folks @ Lion.

It pours a nice deep, oily brown to black colour with a fairly thin dark tan head. Very nice looking however there is absolutely no residue left on the glass and the head disappears rather quickly.

The aromas include an excellent mix of roasted malt, carmel, chocolate, earth and a touch of coffee.

The flavour is more of the same athough a bit more subdued. This one starts out with a malt/coffee/chocolate mix, gets a bit watery in the middle, then has a nice earthy dry finish to it thats also a bit roasty. Mouthfeel is spot on...its not to heavy and not too thin.

This was a nice brew, and at only $4.99 a six pack, is a nice cheap alternative when you need one.

 739 characters

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

 290 characters

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown. Nearly black. Small dark tan head with little retention. Some spots of froth stay on top of the liquid and there's some thin webby lacing.

Coffee, big roasted flavor. Light hops. There's a small bready smell to it. Not sure what would bring that about.

The taste is similar with more hops. The combination of the roastedness and hops make this one finish rather dry.

Enjoyable beer that I would gladly try again. to BeerBeing for this one.

 465 characters

Photo of nvsblman
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavy, deep brown with a light coffee brown head. Really nice aroma with some dark chocolate and toffee and also some roasted nuts and vanilla. The chocolate is also upfront in the taste with some caramel and a nice coffee finish. Just slightly noticable is the hoppiness. Medium to full bodied without being too heavy. Lightly carbonated. This has a really nice malt profile and is a pretty nice porter.

 412 characters

Stegmaier Porter from Lion Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!