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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stegmaier Oktoberfest is brewed as a traditional German-style Marzen. It is a deep reddish-brown lager brewed with traditional German malt and hops to give the beer a full toasted character with a touch of sweetness. Aromas of sweet pumpernickel bread make this the ideal beer to welcome in the autumn season.

Added by bmills1608 on 09-05-2006

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 51
Reviews by plazabevinc:
Photo of plazabevinc
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A simple amber colored beer. Nice color, flavor, and taste balance. It is a very nice entry level O-Fest beer. It will not blow you over with taste like a Sam Adams or Victory O-Fest beers. The price make it attractive since it is about $7 less a case than most other O-Fest Beers

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess I’ll give a try and provide some comments on the 2007 vintage. I picked up the case Labor Day weekend from a relatively new distributor on Wells St. in Forty Fort (commemorative mugs were NOT available) who had a decent stack of it. The bottle is pretty much the same as last year. I wasn’t sure at first when I tried it but by the second bottle, I was impressed. This beer is amazingly fresh tasting. No other way to describe it! I was really looking forward to doing this review.

The slightly off-white head settles in and goes away in a few minutes, leaving some lacing behind. The ‘Fest is toffy colored in the glass and looks pretty rich. Clean malt scents are lightly offered up as I dip my nose.

Great first hit of flavor, malts, roasty, with real bottom. These are wonderful malt flavors that lift, rather than dominate. Hops are light but present throughout. Come on a bit at the end.

Great lingering finish.

This bottle just a tad effervescent compared to last night’s bottle; interesting.

I think this is a great effort on the Lion’s part and highly recommend it for the value.

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Photo of Jammyman
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First let me state I picked up four Ofests I was comparing this one with three others from similar backgrounds and it got best of show for me out of Leinenkugel and Flying Dog's versions. Appears an orange caramel tone witha gright off white head leaves a collar of lace with dwindling streaks of lace forming. Aroma a bit heavy on a metallic mineral character with malt having a touch of caramel sweetness and finishes actually with an herbal hop presence. Taste has slightly creamy sweetness more metallic mineral presence with herbal tones leaving their presence fits the typical Ofest category but does it well especially for the Lion Brewery I couldn't definitely get down with this one. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied even carbonation can't really complain. Drinkability smooth and overall decent flavor equals a moderately priced beer a cut above from other swill, quality Ofest from Lion brewery.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

DATE: September 14, 2017... OCCASION: Thursday night relaxation... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... what is immediately noticeable immediately is its thick, pillowed white head that holds a three-finger stance until it laces with robust thickness... reasonable effervescence makes its way through a dark red body--fitting for a fest... the aroma is dank with caramel, dough malts, with some noble hops suggesting spiciness (licorice? pepper?)... some pine too, with vegetable also present... a thin, oily feel with some flourish at the throat... swift in its passage, with little texture to speak of... light bodied, with an apologetic softness that tingles--odd mouthfeel that causes one to wonder why... the caramel is not so heavy as it is lithesome and sweet... the flavor profile is much like its aroma, with the caramel sweetly piquing the taste buds... iced tea, mint (?), grainy woods, and apple/pear sweetness... overall, a flat, sweet approximation of what an Oktoberfest should be... a borderline rinser... serviceable, but not worth seeking out this season...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stegmaier- Oktoberfest

A- Clear golden deep orange with a thick foamy head. Good lacing down the glass.
S- Light sweet buttery malt.
T- Sweet buttery short bread malt. Slight toasty bread crust grain and earthy hops in the end.
M- Sweet and chewy with the malt, a light bitter earthy hop bite in the end. Finishes off dry.

Overall- A nice surprise here. Tasty and sessionable definitely pick this 1 up!

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Photo of MorganMessersmith
5/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best domestic Oktoberfest biet that I have ever tasted.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Meh, it's just a sweet, bland O-fest. The malt has a cheap, almost soured flavor, that I'd associate with a bad import. The aroma is there, but doesn't do much. Overall, the flavor is like a watered down version of a good marzen in that the essential flavors are there, they just aren't doing much.

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Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 russpowell
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
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 hdofu
4.45/5  rDev +27.9%
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 strictly4DK
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
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 klimoja
3.07/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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 MmmIPA
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The last beer of my six pack.I enjoyed this beer.

Pours a orange body with a one finger head that fell really fast.I dont see much carbonation.

I taste a typical marzen beer,spices,sweet malts and not to much hop flavor.

The mouthful is harsh and non appealing.I mean the carbonation.Other then that I could drink a few of these beers but not much more than that.

Sweet notes of malt and spices in the nose also.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 JAB1978
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lupe
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden deep orange with a decent sized foamy white head. Good retention and some lacing left down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is light and malty - caramel, dough, and fresh bread

Pretty basic Oktoberfest flavors - caramel, toasted bread, and doughy malt. Very light floral hops are present for some balance. Finished with some sweetness and floral hop notes. Not as sweet as some other Oktoberfests, which was very welcome.

Medium bodied, smooth, and a little chewy. Goes down real easy, would make a nice session brew. A nice surprise and a solid Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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 mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Phatz
3.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a ruby hued amber brown with a small head and no lacing.

Smell: It is very reserved in the nose but there are hints of caramel malts and dough in the aroma.

Taste: Certainly simple making it a perfect celebratory dinking Fest beer. It has a smooth malt flavor, caramel fruit and bread, with a zing of zippy spices around the edges. Barely a hint of dry.

Mouthfeel: A medium light body moderately carbonated. It is light like a lager but spiced and refreshing.

Drinkability: Absolutely positively a party beer sessionable treat if ever an Oktoberfest was. This is a noble representation of the style at a great price making it well worth the buy.

Hope this is helpful.

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Stegmaier Oktoberfest from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 89 ratings