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Stegmaier Oktoberfest | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier OktoberfestStegmaier Oktoberfest

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 83
Photo of scotorum
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in a mixed six at a Wegmans on my recent trip to western Pennsylvania.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: Clear copper with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to thin surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Mild caramel malt and some ripe light fruit.

t: Follows the nose along with some light hop bite. Sweet to dry finish.

m: Medium with good body, lots of carbonation tingle.

o; A very good Marzen, would like still more caramel maltiness myself, but this one is very drinkable and right for the Fall season.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper color with an off white tan, bold head that has great retention. (note: based on what I observed, amazed that many here said head retention was nil.)
Aroma: I get some sweet malts & to a lesser extent some mild, spicy hops. Taste of same follows.
A bit think in body and in mouthfeel.
Good solid easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice copper/deep amber color with a one finger fizzy just off white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving only a very light foam on the top of the brew and a light persistent foam floating atop the brew.

Smell – The smell is of a roasted malt with a good dose of caramel sweetness. Other sweeter aromas of some apple and a bit of cherry as well as some aromas of a more spicy nature with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg round out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a bit of a roasted malt and a rather strong caramel sweetness. These flavors create a base for the beer lasting, throughout the entire taste. As the flavor advances from the beginning to the end, light flavors of apple and some spice comes to the tongue. In the end, a little bit of a citrus and herbal hop taste comes to the tongue with a slight intensification in the roasted malt flavors, leaving a somewhat sweet but lightly roasted and spiced flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner to average side with a carbonation level that is a bit on the higher side. A little thicker of a body and a slightly lower carbonation may have been better for the roasted malt flavors of the beer, but the combination of the two (thickness and carbonation) did do a nice job for the sweet and fruity flavors of the brew, so overall it was quite acceptable.

Overall – A rather enjoyable and quite easy drinking oktoberfest that comes at a great price. Rather nice overall.

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Photo of garuda
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Amberish copper, mostly clear, off white head has some retention and lacing.

S - Toasted bread, cereal grain sweetness, light herbal hops.

T - Follows the nose, with an added sweetness, nearly wiping out any hop flavor.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, not crisp or dry on the finish with residual sugars left in the mouth.

O - Just doesn't that crisp, clean finish that should be in the style. Overly sweet, but still drinkable to some extent.

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Photo of barczar
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy deep caramel color with copper highlights and a quarter inch khaki grass that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is dominated by caramel, toasted malt, and fruity esters indicative of alcohol content. There's a bit of toffee and diacetyl.

Flavor is fairly sweet, almost cola-like, with a caramel, bready finish. There's a grainy backbone, with a slightly cloying finish. Banana esters surface late.

Body is moderate, with moderate to low carbonation. There's a touch of alcohol warmth.

Overall, a pretty lackluster brew. Malt complexity is lacking for the style, and the flavors are just not jiving well.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A very dark caramel brown, clear with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that turns to a thick lace ring. Lacing is pretty nice too.

S - Smell is a bit skunky but a nice mix of on style bread malts, a touch of hops and a good biscuit presence.

T - The hops and sour dough breads hit you first but is quickly drown out by a very strong caramel malt presence that leads to a bit of dry yet sweet finish. Tasty.

M - Light to medium quite easy to drink.

Overall I had this a touch warm and it only cost me $1.50 for the bottle so not only was it a great price but also a top notch take on the style. Next to the lager it it quite easily the best thing these guys make and the most affordable (must be like 22 bucks a case)

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Photo of paulhargus
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A phenomenal Oktoberfest beer from the Lion! I believe this is the flagship seasonal from Stegmaier, and they seem to be promoting it more than their other products.

A: Dark orange/amberish in color. Small, tan head with little retention.

S: Caramel malts

T: Strong caramel flavors and a bit sweet. Very tasty with hardly any hoppiness present.

M: Very smooth with decent carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a phenomenal seasonal beer. I know it was a big hit at last year's PA Oktoberfest, and aside from the discontinued Amber Lager, this is the Lion/Stegmaier's finest offering. I believe it has been released a bit early this year. It hasn't lasted very long in the last few seasons, it's very hard to find by mid October. My suggestion is to stock up as much as you can, it's a fast mover and it certainly lives up to the hype I gave it!!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a dimpled glass beer mug.

L - clear orange/amber color with a off-white head that thinned to a ring.

S - sweet caramel malt with a earthy undertone.

T - somewhat sweet tasting with minimal bittering that just sneaks in before finishing sweet on the lips.

F - light/medium bodied with easy drinkability.

O - I enjoyed it and I will have it again.

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Photo of Crossmd
4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft from Pizza Paradisio, Old Town Alexandria. Came probably 55-60 degrees fahrenheit.

A lucid dark copper, with no head to speak of and no lacing,

Smelled of cloves, nutmeg and caramel, with a slight hoppy drydown.

Taste is a rich, layered blend of biscuity caramel and butterscotch. Really pretty malty, but well within the confines of the style. Dries down clean despite absolutely being on the sweeter side. Never cloying or overpowering.

Mouthfeel is lightly effervescent to provide some structure, but never distracting. Flavors take center stage here, for sure.

Overall, a clean, well crafted Märzen with a good sense of what it wants to be. Throughly enjoyable. I will return.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light amber color with good clarity and a nice bit of carbonation sneaking up the sides of the glass. A two inch head of white capped off the top of the glass and settled down gently into a smooth crown across the top,

The aroma was loaded down with bready malts as one might expect. Hints of earthy grains and a somewhat vinous hop profile underneath, but a touch light overall. The flavor was clean, crisp and decent. Nice hints of light malts, some cereal grains and a good overall profile of light herbal hops. Crisp finish was smooth

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Photo of Buggies
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love drinking locals, and this is another solid brew from Lion.

I do love the maltier styles, and this is no exception. Nice aromas of caramel and slight toasty aroma too. Right on with the style.

Tastes damn good. Nice malty flavors of caramel. On the sweet side, but not overly sweet.

Perhaps this one doesn't finish as dry as the style suggests. But overall, what a nice flagship seasonal for a brewery like Lion.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's Hula In the Coola Day (T, 01 Feb 2011) and I'm off for the day thanks to yet another skool disrick closure! It seems counterintuitive to start with a bottle of beer, but my local trade partner, tone77, dropped off a ton of beers the other day and I am starting with them before segueing into The CANQuest (TM).

For sheer amusement, it would be hard to beat the rebus puzzles underneath the caps on the Lion/Steg bottles. This beer was "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier" with "Over 150 years of brewing excellence" according to the labels.

My aggro pour resulted in two foamy, tawny fingers of head with decent retention. The color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was pleasantly malty, slightly caramel, very apropos for the style. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full, with a big malty caramel flavor in the mouth. I was reminded of a Sugar Daddy from my youth. Man, I used to really dig those things until I developed four cavities and that really put the kibosh to my sweet tooth. Even today, I am more into bitter and salty than sweet, although I still have yet to develop a taste for sour. No kidding around, this was really sweet. Pleasant, though, not cloying. Finish remained very sweet with a caramel taste that lingered. For me, it would be a one-is-plenty, but for malty types, this would be in your wheelhouse.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stegmaier Oktoberfest has a dark gold colored body and a finger and a half of beige head. OK retention and lacing.

The aroma is malty with a bit of herbal hops in the background and a slight fruitiness.

The malt dominates, with toasted flavors, a bit of graininess and some caramel. A little bit of herbal hops rounds things out. Underneath is a slight tartness with a fruity, green apple flavor to it. This yeasty fruit flavor is something I find in a lot of Lion brews, so no surprise there.

No real problems or comments one way or the other on the mouthfeel.

Not too bad; for the prices that Stegmaier stuff costs, I have no complaints.

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Photo of rlshep
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Strong malt. Firm toastiness. Hint of caramel.

Appearance: Pours small head. Minimal lacing. Deep golden color. Very clear.

Flavor: Tastes like it smells. A lot of malt a lot of toast. Firm bitterness and herbal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium low mouthfeel. Not too sweet, easy drinking.

Overall: A very well made beer. Hop character on high side of style. Would drink again.

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Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stegmaier Oktoberfest pours a vibrant copper to amber color. A white head sits atop and gradually recedes to a healthy rim.

A notable dose of butterscotch, caramel, and alcohol in the nose. Hops pull through to sharpen the tones, as well as a mild graininess as the brew warms up.

In taste, it's hoppy up front, with a sweet/malty middle and finish. Caramel and butterscotch/diacetyl. Some alcohol definitely comes out in the finish.

Feels medium bodied, slightly syrupy, and active from the hops & alcohol. Moderate carbonation in my opinion.

Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means. It took me a few tries over the past month, but after a summer full of pilsners and lighter styles, I'm just now starting to dig the marzens this season...

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Photo of coalcracker
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a copper/gold color with a touch of carbonation and head.
Smell: Aroma is of toasted and bready malts and light hops.
Taste: A nice wave of toasted malts well-balanced by the subtle yet present hops (Saaz?) that lend a small bit of spiciness to the overall taste profile. Taste is a little bit more full-bodied than expected. A bready aftertaste towards the end.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This was a nice surprise- a tasty and very drinkable Oktoberfest- very reasonably priced to boot.

EDIT: 10/1/11
This is the 2011 edition. This year it tastes more sweeter and maltier than la year ago. Hops are bit more muted.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Julian-like date inked on back of bottle. The underside of the bottlecap is entertaining.

Pours a nice deep amber. A white ring of head soon emerges. Smell is sweet and crisp, almost an apple quality to it. Taste is bitter at first, kind of a bit sour, then rounds into a malty and still bitter finish. I detect a bit of mineral too. Feel is a bit odd, and highly carbonated. Drinks OK, but it's just a bit too fruity and bitter for my liking.

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Photo of russpowell
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes, grainyness, some orchard fruit

T: Follows the nose, apple sweetness & a touch of toffee up front. Grainyness & fruittyness dominate once warm. Finishes grainy, fruitty & with a little but not near enough toasted malt

Light/medium bodied, where is the malt back bone here? Alright balance

Drinks easy enough, but all in all I'd say Left Hand of Sam Adams runs circles around this, plus many German examples if fresh... This review is way under, I wonder if once again we Oklahomans are getting mishandled/old beer? Since they can't be bothered with freshness dating, I may never know...

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Photo of cooch69
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very musky copper with a compact head. It has a decent amount of carbonation.
This beer smells very bready, and nutty. Almost like a whole grain biscuit.
The taste is very biscuity, and full of caramel malts. It is nutty and slightly sweet but well rounded. Hops are barely present but do show themselves slightly in the aftertaste. All in all a malty beer that is very easy to drink. It made the wings taste even better than they already were.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange-brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is also mild, malts, a touch of hops, pretty good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its hard to imagine bottling autumn, but this beer somehow seems to pull off this feet. The beer pours an orangeish copper with a peach tan head. It has a smell sweet with hints of metal in there, taste is sweet, almost pumpkin like in some ways with a finish of wheat and other metal. The beer is extremely smooth and is so far one of the most drinkable oktoberfests I've encountered.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich sweet potato orange with a bronze-like glow when backlit with morning sunlight. The golden beige colored cap crested the glass in short order, requiring a quick slurp to avoid overflow. Since there isn't an abundance of visible carbonation, a vigorous pour will be blamed. A short collar of suds is the only glass decoration.

The aroma is good because it delivers a fair amount of caramel in addition to the usual toasted-earthy-nuttiness. The boldness of the nose is impressive and should translate well to the palate.

Stegmaier Oktoberfest is good beer from a brewery that isn't impressive as a general rule. They might be in an 'inexpensive, easy drinking, keep-it-local' sense, but not in the way that most beer geeks prize. Nothing wrong with that. Anyway, back to the review.

Given the varied and interesting flavor profile, Oktoberfest tastes more like an estery ale than a lager. It's malty sweet (pale, Munich, Vienna), with just enough bitterness filtering in at the edges. Specifics include caramel-coated pecans, toasted bread, apricots and sweet tea. A little too much tartness almost brings taste down one notch.

The mouthfeel isn't the biggest in the world, but it's more than fine for an ABV of 5.7%. Besides, things become smooth and lightly creamy once the first six ounces have been drained. Depending on starting temperature and drinking speed, of course.

It takes a little something extra for this IPA, DIPA and RIS lover to be impressed by an Oktoberfest. Lion Brewery's version isn't outstanding, but it's as solid as granite. Along with Brewhouse Bock, this is probably their best beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this chilled and served in a pint glass on New Year's Eve. It had a nice hazy, amber colored appearance with a decent white head and good lacing. The aroma says musty herbal hops and toffe caramel. Relatively mild and pleasant. The flavor offers more caramel toffee with a slight whiskey idea. But overall it's a little weak. Very spritzy, a little less than medium bodied. Drinkable and refreshing but ultimately a bit flat and tinny in the taste buds. Not bad but nothing I would search out.

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Photo of strictly4DK
2.83/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass

A - Light chestnut with amber hues, 1/2 inch white heads, little retention or lacing

S - Deep bready malt, sweet caramel (almost artificial)

T - Bready, sweet malt, caramel, light fruit esters (apple), dose of diacetyl, finishes with an off black pepper flavor

M - Medium body, decent carbonation, finishes dry

D - Both smell and taste start off pleasantly with even some high notes in the taste (hints of apple and light fruits) but finishes poorly. Flaws and off flavors stand out and for this reason this is not a brew I would probably ever reach for again.

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Photo of lflow
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One thing to keep in mind is that for the price this beer is sold at, it is an excellent choice.

This beer is a very clear, light amber color. The head is a creamy color but doesn't last long at all.

Smell is mostly carmel malt. Slightly sweet, slightly fruity.

Flavor is predominately carmel malt. The malt flavor is very pleasant. Also tastes sweet and fruity. Also can taste some bread like flavors. Reminds of a sweet moist bananna nut bread. Although it doesn't exactly taste like bananna. There are some slight spice notes from the hops.

Mouthfeel is nice, kind of bready, but not quite heavy and warm enough. Not heavily carbonated, which works well for this beer. This beer is quite drinkable.

I think that this beer would be better if it had a stronger malt profile with a higher alcohol content; or if it had more spicey hops. It's just a bit too mild, especially for an Oktoberfest beer. But overall, this a good beer to drink for the price you pay.

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Stegmaier Oktoberfest from Lion Brewery, Inc.
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