Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock
Lion Brewery, Inc.

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German Bock
Ranked #40
Ranked #29,235
3.76 | pDev: 12.77%
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 57
Photo of mikesgroove
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

deep russet brown, with no head anda very minimal lace, decent carbonation was evident. Smell was grainey with a slighlty off fruit aroma in the back anda hint at some bitterness. The taste intresting,albeit not very comple x at all. Sort of a glammed up amber. Lots of malt with a slight bittering hops presence and a hint at maybe something fruity in the back? If its there it is very faint. Overall I cannot say it is horrible as I have had much much worse beer

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Photo of Knapp85
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a pretty nice looking brown color. The head wasn't too bad either. The smell of the beer had a nice malt character to it, the taste followed behind pretty closely with the malts giving off a sweet flavor. The mouthfeel was almost medium. A little light for this style. Overall it's a decent brew but not the best.

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Photo of drizzam
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my BA buddy WJVII for a brew I haven't seen, or yet tried to this point!

A - Poured a cloudy dark amber in color topped by a very slight off white head. The head was really not much more than a cap and it didn't leave much in terms of lacing.

S - HUGE caramel and toffee in the nose. Smells like this is going to be a very sweet brew, I hope not cloyingly so...

T & M - The taste mimics the nose, but the sweetness isn't as overbearing as what I would have expected. Big caramel malt sweetness accented by touches of bread and buttery diacetyl. I wouldn't have guessed the ABV is as high as 6.6%, because there is very little indication of alcohol at all in the taste. Medium bodied and creamy. Carbonation is subdued, which seems to lend to the creaminess.

D - Overall, I think this is a very solid representation of the style. I could easily quaff a sixer of this in a night. I'm very glad I got a chance to try this brew.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear dark mahogany brown with no foam whatsoever

S - very malty sweet aroma with some fruit as well

T - malty, brown sugar with some slight hops presence

M/D - nice carbonation and mild flavor, smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a decent bock but nothing to seek out

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another bock,

Poured from the bottle a nice amber, thin head, feint carbonation.

Smell is a nice mix of slightly sweet roasted malt and mild hint of tangy hops.

Taste is big malt, roasted, slightly biscuit not much hops but a bit of fruity sweetness. good.

Mouthfeel is solid, a bit of light carbonation solid taste throughout.

Very drinkable, solid bock.

Probably steg's second best.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle pour into tulip glass...great value bock from this PA brewery I am getting to know a little better...

A: Nice solid appearance, good foaming head, some lacing, nice brown color

S: decent malt smell, some butter like toasty-ness to it

T: Taste is very good, dominated by the sweet toasted malts, easy on the tongue / palate, light ABV feel (not sure, 6%??), nice balance overall for this style of bock....

MF: also decent, carbonation nice, a bit slick, but goes down well and is feels good in the mouth!

D: very drinkable bock, a nice rep. of the style at an affordable price, I will get this one again for sure.


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Photo of bamadog
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that I picked up on a whim while on a recent trip to Pennsylvania and hit upon a winner. Review is from notes taken on 12/25/2009 (Merry Christmas to me!) and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper/caramel color with great ruby highlights; body is clear and shows very strong carbonation; starts with a one figner white head that fades to a thin, yet uneven skim; no lacing manages to cling to the sides.

Smell: A nice blend of toasty grains and a slight biscuit aspect; a sweet banana-like presence combines with a sweet sugary maltiness.

Taste: Oh so solid! Sweet matliness dominates the flavors and is supported by a mild toasty graininess and sweet/mellow banana; slight bits of alcohol at the very end and it becomes just a tad tart and apple-esque at the very end. Pretty straightforward.

Mouthfeel: About what I would expect in the body of a bock - it's a little thick, yet a tad slick as well; carbonation is very smooth and the finish is clean with only a slight stickiness left on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: Quite high -- nice smells and solid flavors, it feels like a moderate ABV and the price was right, so I would definitely grab this again.

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Photo of fightingwords
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- nearly perfect 'crayon' brown, opaque with a fluffy off white head.

S-- heavy on the grain odors, biscuity, slighty showing some raisin.

T-- great roasted malt flavors, sweet and toasty. Kind of grainy when it warmed, the alcohol flavors started to show as I drank this very slowly.

M-- lighter bodied bock, but stands up well. Nice finish, not a beer that you'd forget what your drinking right after you put it down.

D-- pretty quaffable.

Average to above average lower priced bock. Will satisfy someone looking for an uncomplicated non-hop-centric drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glazed terra cotta with apricot trim. Two fingers of light brown sugar colored creaminess were created on the pour. The finely pocked surface sinks slowly, but isn't interested in decorating the glass as it does so. Correction: a fair amount of lace sticks once the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is a good one. A dollop of buttery caramel is a nice touch and keeps the typical toasted-earthy-nutty aromas of the mid-range malts (Munich, Vienna) from dominating. This might be a pretty good version.

I'm not a bock-o-phile by any means, but I do know what I like. Brewhouse Bock is good stuff because, as the nose suggested, it features more sweet caramel than is typical for the style. There's also a modicum of bitterness to tighten up the back end, which is nice.

The flavor profile includes toasted bread (darker than white bread and lighter than brown bread), caramel-dipped peanuts, an oaky woodiness, a rye-like spiciness, a pat of butter and a sprinkling of tea leaves. Too many bocks are one-dimensional. Not this one.

The mouthfeel easily keeps pace with the 6.6% ABV. It's lagery smooth and maintains its shape and size all the way from beer entry to beer exit. The carbonation is juuust riiight.

After having reviewed three less-than-stellar beers from Lion Brewery, I couldn't be more surprised that Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock is as good as it is. Since bocks are among my least favorite styles, that ought to count for something.

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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 06.22.09. Part of a BOTM Club selection. Poured into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Thick, off-white head - 2 fingers worth. Rich, amber body. Laces better when not too cold.

S: Sweet, malty nose with a bit of butterscotch. Just a bit of hops, not much though.

T: Not too sweet. Taste is mostly dominated by grainy malt. Maybe a little thin in the flavor department, but overall quite a tasty beer.

M: Just the right carb level. Smooth too. Like a lager.

D: Easy drinking and quite good for a session. This is a great beer for washing down a couple slices of pizza. I would order this again in the Philly area...

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Photo of WJVII
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BOM brew May 2009.
Poured into a pint glass this brew has a lighter amber color with a very thin head even with a moderately aggressive pour. There was no lacing and carbonation seemed light for the style. The aroma is of sweet bread, with dry fruit (raisins, plums), and some spice. The taste is dry with the fruitiness in the aroma coming through. Not much to my liking and not that strong for the style. I am not a huge bock fan to begin with but I respect a good brew. This was a little below my expectations.

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Photo of kevman527
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from a beer of the month club. I live an hour from Wilkes-Barre and have never had any of their beers, but have always wanted to try, none the less.

A: Creamy 3-finger head which lasted for a few minutes and left some good lacing. Rich amber color.

S: Very malty and yeasty, fruity smell kind of like a plum, very sweet smelling.

T: Sweet, very butterscotch like kind of coats the mouth, leaves little aftertaste.

M: Very smooth, little carbonation.

D: Goes down easy!

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Photo of MLasoski
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to college right by the Lion Brewery and never had the chance to actually visit it. I wish I did considering this beer was worth my while.

Served: In a bottle, poured into ale glass.

A: Amber colored body with a thin head that dissipated quickly. Lots of carbonation.

S: Roasted and sweet malts with a mild fruitiness.

T: It is a lighter bock than others that I have had. Just because it's lighter, doesn't mean I don't like it. It's a very good bock.

M: The maltiness comes out in the beginning and finishes with a mild fruitiness, yet spicy.

D: A very good brew. I'm upset with myself that I never bought this when I was in college, only about a mile away from the brewery itself. I'll have to make a road trip I think.

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Photo of Amalak
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was too malty for my tastes. It's a thick beer and very sweet, but way too much malt for me and a sour aftertaste that I didn't care for.

I will try this beer again, because I might not have been in the mood for it, but I'm not a big fan of this red beer with a good foamy head.

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Photo of dborginis
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with little head, a thin film on the top. Color is a clear copper color. Smell is a little roasty and sweet. Carbonation makes for a crisp taste. Very refreshing and I imagine would be nice on a hot day. A little bit of banana sweetness, plus a standard bock maltiness. I enjoyed this enough to want to buy a good deal more.

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Photo of meatyard
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, dark, amber/orange with a short tan head that falls quickly to a cover. Steady carbonation with no lacing.

The smell is light, sweet malt.

Taste is more of the same as the smell but with a little extra oomph. I get a bit of dried fruit as well. I don't get any hop character.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium and pretty smooth too.

Drinkability is fine.

There isn't anything noticeably wrong or especially good about this one. A mild hop presence to balance the malt could improve this one in several areas.

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Photo of emsroth
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

App: Bright ruby brown with a small off white head.

Smell: Sweet malt with hints of chocolate and burnt caramel. The slight smell of alcohol his hidden beneath as per the style.

Taste: Very light flavor. Slight roasted taste followed by strong hopping. Bitterness dominates.

Good level of carbonation in line with the style.

Very light in flavor and rather bitter for a bock. Maybe I'm used to doppelbocks. I don't love it, nor do I want more, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Active pour leaving one fingers worth of light tan head which quickly recedes to a fizzy lacing... Dark caramel color...

S - Sweet malt... Caramel... Toffee... A slight nuttiness... Butter... Cake batter...

T - Toasted almond... Caramel... Toffee... Nougat...

M - Smooth... Medium bodied... Fizzy...

D - Respectable Bock offering, but doesn't standout memorable in any particular category...

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

Picked up a single bottle at the Beer Stop for around $1.50. Poured into my shaker glass. Appears a clear chestnut color with about an inch of creamy ecru foam. Minimal lacing sticks to the inside of the glass as I make my way to the bottom. A nice looking pour. Smells and tastes of caramelized malts, lightly toasted grains, sweet biscuits, a touch of molasses, great sweet malty flavor. Creamy and smooth and about a notch above medium in body with medium carbonation. I'm going back for a sixer. This went down way too easy on this chilly early spring evening. A great beer for the money as well.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured a clear brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Medium sweet malty aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Moderate toasted sweet flavor with an medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This beer went well with my spicy pizza.

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Photo of PABeerFan
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep amber into an Imperial pint glass. Nice malty nose reminiscent of an old world bock or märzen style beer. Goes down smooth, and leaves an aftertaste that makes you want to crack open another. Found this for 5.99 a sixer at the Anderson's in Toledo, OH, and at that price, you can't beat it. You can spend a couple bucks more for less flavor from some breweries that do more marketing and distribute more widely. Great quality from a regional brewer that isn't known for its craft beers.

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Photo of AltBock
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz. bottle with a royal blue label that has a red shield in the middle. Inside the shield is a rather crude grainy drawing of a Billy Goat sticking out its tongue. To the far left of the label is the Government warning and to far right is the brewery's home city. Brewhouse Bock is capped with a twist off cap that has a picture riddle on the bottom. Looks like they took a page out of Lone Star's book.

When poured into a Victory pint glass, this Bock appeared to be a murky caramel brown, but a closer inspection lead me to believe that it was actually a murky amber/orange color. Sitting on top was a small skim of foam. I'm not sure what color the head of foam was because it quickly dissipated into a string of rings and one single spot of lace. From the color of the rings, the head of foam was probably an off white color. It wasn't your run of the mill Bock appearance.

The aroma was rich with the sweet scent of caramel. It wasn't a sweet caramel, but more of a regular caramel aroma. Following the rich caramel was some roasted malts, a pinch of sweet roasted chestnuts, a splash of plum, and a subtle whiff of candy sugar. This Bock was more sweet than roasted, but I still liked it.

Instead of starting off with the caramel like the aroma did, the taste started off with some sweet and roasted malts like a good Bock should always start off with. Behind the malts was a hint of roasted chestnuts, a few raisins, a drop of sweet molasses, and a dash of candy sugar.It was at the end of the taste where this beer had a surprise for my taste buds. The end of the taste gave me the gift of alcohol. I wasn't aware of the ABV%, but it tasted like it contained a 8% ABV. In came on strong and it ended strong.

Even though it came on strong and ended strong, I still thought it was a medium bodied beer. Despite it's strong taste, the aftertaste wasn't all that strong. It was mild at best. This mild aftertaste consisted of roasted malts, rich caramel, molasses, a few roasted nuts, and a bite of alcohol. Not too much alcohol, but enough where you could taste it.

In the end, this a great sweet roasted Bock beer. One of the better Bock beers I've had lately. Another plus about this beer is the low price this beer has. I'm not sure what you paid for a case of it, but I only paid $8 a case. If the price was raised, would I buy it again? More than likely I would buy it again.

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Photo of beckje01
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber color with no head or activity

S- Sweet nose a hit of tang in there.

T- Nice a fruity sweetness with a malt flavor quickly behind. Tasty and full flavored yet mild not overly heavy.

M- good thickness and its very smooth which is great.

D- Very drinkable

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Photo of Durge
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bock of a reddish copper color with a thin white head and faint lace. The aroma is malty with citrus hops, a kind of a winelike character. It is thick bodied with candied malt taste notable and a bitter grassy hop kiss. A bit dry and quite sweet with good carbonation throughout. Midland drinkable but overall quite a solid bock that I would like to sample again to get a better grasp of the sharp character here.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy reddish-brown color with very modest off white head.
Smell is notable for distinct tones of caramel, toffee, and a bit of roasted malt.
Taste follows through with strong caramel sensations, but with little or no hops detected.
A bit thin in the finish with little taste retention.
Very easy to drink and bicely refreshing. Good middle-of-the-road beer.

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Stegmaier Brewhouse Bock from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 57 ratings