Stegmaier Gold | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier GoldStegmaier Gold

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to the taste of the nation, Stegmaier Gold Medal is the embodiment of a typical American lager. This light-bodied beer originally obtained its name from winning 8 gold medals at various European expositions in 1913. We have continued using these same time honored techniques that give the beer its winning taste. We use the finest American grown malt, and artfully blend it with Galena and Mt. Hood hops. Ring a Ding Ding! It’s COLD and GOLD from the Poconos!

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 03-02-2002

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Reviews by Foam:
Photo of Foam
3.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Without a doubt, one of the very best cheapy/budget brews out there .
Brewed at the famous Lion Brewery in North East PA. They brewed Brewery Hill beers back in the 90's and many other low priced but good beers.
I paid $10.49 for a case of tall boy(16 oz.)cans .
Guy working at the distributor confirmed that many other customers swear by it for a budget swill / hot weather beer .
A very even/balanced and dare I say pleasant pilsnery/lagery taste considering the very low price point . Good for hot weather / camping / when doing shots of booze / with just about any cuisine ...

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an expiered brew. I will not be drinking this brew.

Stegmaier Gold brewed by Lion Brewery, Inc., with an ABV of 4.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. Overall I'm giving Stegmaier Gold - Lion Brewery, Inc. a 3 out 5.
I wish I could have tried this brew when it fresh.

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Photo of oberon
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a style of beer I would take a flyer on very often but I have liked other Stegmaier stuff I had in the past.Poured in a Czech pilsner glass a clear light golden with a thinner quick to fade white head atop,aromas are sweetish and grainy,not much else to speak of.Flavors are again on the sweeter side,not much crispness,a bit of corn and grain alcohol rounds out the palate.Honestly it seemed a bit heavy with no dryness or crispness,eh I'll pass on it.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer and a nice alternative to the Yuengling product. Gold Medal is very appealing in the glass with a golden hue. The head hung around for a while with a steady stream of bubbles coming up. There wasn't much aroma. There is a decent malt flavor and a lingering finish that is pleasant. It's easy drinking without a carbonation bite. The taste doesn't deteriorate as the beer warms up, which is a good sign. Very friendly beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear golden body beneath a short but creamy head of bright white foam that receeds quite readily but maintains a decent collar. The nose offers some grainy malt with just a hint of non-descript hops and some yeasty sulphur. It's light-medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation leave it just lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a well-balanced combination of mildly grainy malt and lightly spicy and subtly floral hops; backed by a solid bitterness that leads to a short-lingering, dry finish. Quite clean, and very well made; this is an interesting and refreshing lager that offers more bitterness and hop flavor than most of the basic American macros. An excellent buy for the price!

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Photo of k47k
2.79/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of tone77
2.94/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts and grains. Taste is the same, crisp, some grain and malt, not exactly bursting with flavor, but nothing offensive. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear and light yellowish/orange color.

S: Light aroma of buttered vegetables. Some sourness.

T: Drinks more like a macro then a micro, a wanna be yuengling. Some straw and hay malt like flavor that is light, clean with very little hop presence. overall pretty bland flavor.

M: Watery texture and mouthful.

D: Fairly well brewed but more of a college drinking macro then a micro.

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Photo of Gouxman
3.02/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a cheap case of 16oz bottles to take on vacation thinking that this beer would be at least drinkable.

The appearance is a light golden, straw color with a bubbly white head.

This brew resembles light German pilsner with a bready, biscuity malt aroma and flavor. There is a slight hop crispness on the finish which adds a little depth to the flavor profile.

The flavor is nothing to write home about, but not awful either. For a light Golden lager this beer is fairly drinkable and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Dreamer
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Octoberist
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a pure yellow with a rocky head depending on how hard of a pour it doesn't matter since it fizzes into a thin lace ring.

Smell is of corn syrup, mild skunky malts, tiny bit of hops, and mild sugars.

Taste is only mildly skunky but better than expected with corny sweet malts and a twang of hops in the finish. Mouth feel reflects as a light to medium beverage.

As others said it's one of the best deals you CAN get at 10 bucks for 18 pounders. If I am ever in the mood for cheap beer or need something for my BMC friends this would be my go to beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.36/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with a white head that disappeared like a flash. Smells like corn and booze with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is pleasantly sweet with some corn flavors and barely, if any, bitterness. Decent carbonation. For a cheap brew this is not bad at all. I'd rather drink this than many other cheap beers.

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Photo of JohnK17
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent all-malt lager for the price but the 1857 is much more interesting and flavorful, (had both in the Stag variety pack) pours concisely with floaties and big bubbles of carbonation, taste is dry, grainy and whiffs of alcohol. Average at best, slightly better than your decent macros, so its a good micro alternative lager when you are too short on cash for micros but don't want to spend on macros. The 1857 is a better alternative.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pounder into 22oz glass.

Nice golden color with lots of bubbles racing to the top. Decent head and left lacing on the glass.

Sweet, bready, with a whiff of alcohol. Not bad.

Smooth and malty. Just a hint of hop twang in the finish.

Watery with a bit of fizz and mild heaviness. Not syrupy and gross. Moderate body.

$10 for an 18 pack of pint cans if beyond a deal.

Another low key no pretense beer from the great state of Pennsylvania.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My frequent local trader, tone77, brought some of this by for me and I have been holding off for an appropriate CANQuest (TM) moment and right now seems to be it. After a full day in the classroom, I just sat through 1.5 hours of training and I am ready for a beer. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier, Est'd 1857".

The Crack & Glug came off as hoped and resulted in a foamy finger of bone-white head that quickly fizzled its way out of existence. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. More truth in advertising, I suppose. Nose had the malty-lager sweetness that one would expect without any of the smells that I am accustomed to with AALs. This was a simple unadulterated lager and I CAN get behind this sort of thing. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, but it had a very pleasant maltiness to it on the tongue. I began to feel better right away. Finish was lightly sweet, not overpowering, definitely not hoppy, but certainly tasty enough to throw into the cooler for a day out.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very smooth and easy to drink. A clean, fairly light pilsner that has won several awards years ago.

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Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stegmaier Gold
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Style: American Pale Lager
ABV: 4.50 %

LOOK: Served in a pounder can, when poured into a glass, the color is clear yellow/gold. Fizzy white head forms and disappears.

SMELL: Cooked corn, malts, a whiff of vegetables, lager yeast. Has the aroma of a cheap lager beer.

TASTE: When ice cold, there is a crisp crackery flavor, mild bitterness, small malt sweetness and an overall crispness. There is just a hint of metallic/mineral notes. As it warms, a bit sweeter flavor from malts and corn comes out. If anything, Gold is mild and inoffensive.

FEEL: Light bodied, upfront crispness soon subsides to a loose, watery feel. The feel is like walking out of a movie an hour early; there is no finish.

OVERALL: A serviceable cheap lager beer with a plus side. Like others have stated, the asking price is low. Supercharge this in the freezer, and drink it fast. For .55 a can it delivers, but really just about average cheap lager beer.

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Photo of curmudgeon236
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After reading some other reviews, it's hard to beleive I'm tasting the same beer- this one is nowhere close to a Pale Ale. This is a German Pilsner or something close to it.

The beer opens with a bright straw color, brilliant clarity, and a dainty foamstand that struggles to hold on. No lacing. Maybe a little light on color.

Aromas are driven by the pilsner malts that take on a sweet, grainy aroma and also bring about a lot of sulfer compounds. Apples, matchsticks, and a noticable yeasty note proves to be a bit distracting. A subtle, floral hop aroma hinges on a nice perfumy, nectar-floral note and offers a bit of reprieve from the sulfers.

Flavors fare much the same. A crisp, pilsner malt taste gives a clean base sweetness and maltiness to the beer, but does hit on some raw grain (cereal grain) taste. The floral hop flavor starts to take precedence over the sulfers, but the harsh flavors of the grains and matches interfere with the delicate malt-hop balance just a bit too much.

Textures are fairly neutral, but crisp and clean with no residual sweetness on the mouth. A bit scrubbing going down with the carbonation rates and sulfery textures. The grains give a mild acidity and astringency in the throat and compromises drinkability a bit. Otherwise, a nice hoppy bitterness to round out the beer.

Not a bad experience, but I certainly would not compare this beer to a Pale Ale either. Farily average stuff all around despite ending up a bit bland.

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Photo of paulhargus
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a gold color with a spotty white head and lots of floaties. The aroma is decent. It has a semi sweet pale malt scent that is a bit grainy and light. The taste is average. It has a light malt core and little hops. It goes down smooth and refreshes on the finish, but it has no malt complexity. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average golden ale at best. The appearance did it for me. I can't get past the floaties. Otherwise, it's not a bad beer.

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Stegmaier Gold from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 56 ratings