Stegmaier Holiday Warmer | Lion Brewery, Inc.

Stegmaier Holiday WarmerStegmaier Holiday Warmer
34 Ratings
Stegmaier Holiday WarmerStegmaier Holiday Warmer

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-03-2006

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2/5  rDev -44.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.8/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper color with a lite tan head. Aromas of cinnamon spice and sweet malt. In the taste, dry cinnamon and a sticky-sweet malt. A small bitter mouthfeel and a dry cinnamon aftertaste. They kind of went heavy on the cinnamon, but not bad. Lighter body for a warmer, just kind of OK.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of hosehead83
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle(no freshness date) into a standard pint glass
Cloudy copper in color with a thin, tan head of foam
Aroma-Spices and whiff of alchohol
Taste-Not sure if this was an old bottle of last year's brew-Taste was rather thick and chewy, cinnamon and a big mix of spices-unbalanced and a bit dissapointing-Seems to get thin as it warms

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Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bit weak for a Winter Warmer. Needs a lot more flavor of spices to really get this brew up to par. The color was nice, it was on the darker side. I was getting some hints of roasted spice on the nose. Wasn't anything too crazy going on in this brew but it wasn't the best Winter Warmer I've ever had.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from number1bum recently, thanks pansy.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pretty clear ruby brown with a nice two finger light khaki colored head that stays for quite a while with bits of lacing here and there remaining on the sides of the glass. Not much in the nose, but what's there consists of some caramel malts, roasted nuts, and some spice. Taste is a bit more complex, but not exactly tasty. Chocolate malt, cinnamon, and earthy notes. There's a woody cardboard flavor that seems to linger from start to finish that I'm not really liking too much. Aftertaste is pretty spicy and warm with a molasses sweetness. Medium body with a chewy feel and a steady carbonation. I'd have to say this is a pretty average warme. I'm not a huge fan of the style but it's nice to have one every now and then. Thanks again Josh for the opportunity, and don't even think about givning me another Lancaster Strawberry Wheat.

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Photo of slyde24
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My buddy got a case of it on sale and left it at my house, so I figured why not?
Pours a reddish amber color, with little head.
Has a pretty decent amount of alcohol taste but is not overwhelming.
Has a dark ale flavor, with a sort of sweet finish.
Decent amount of carbonation, not overly strong in that area, but is totally drinkable for 7% alcohol.

I'd recommend it for a night of drinking with some friends, not a party beer, more a sit down and relax kind of beer.

$8 case on sale, not sure how much the regular price is.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Cobblestone's in York. Served cold in a pint
A - A slightly murky tarnished copper color w/ a smallish tan head that doesn't cling to the glass -no lace.

S - A malty sweet smell w/ caramel malt emphasis. The smell is fruity, almost vinous w/ a nice spice hint and a touch of vanilla

M - a lightly carbonated feel w/ slightly dull drop on the palate w/ malt and yeast that seem lackluster feel-wise. The sweetness is overdone with no real spice or pizzazz

T - The flavor has elements of dy and sweet crystal malt w/ subtle chocolate malt presence and a nice tangy yeast note which has an English character - the hops don't give much in the way of flavor, but balance the beer's sweetness w/ a subtle bitterness and the flavor is clean and sweet into the finish

D - An ok seasonal, but I prefer the German styles from this brewery. This is not bad overall drinkability-wise, but generally I would say just worth a try

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Photo of sjohansen
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was able to pick up a bottle of the Steg Holiday Warmer at Capone's in Norristown. It got compared to some pretty stiff holiday competition in a mix and match six pack, and although it wasn't my favorite, it held it's own.

It pours a dark amber in color with a very light head that fades quickly.

The smell was probably what I liked most about this Olde Style Ale. There are notes of cinammon that go along with a strong malt profile.

I do like this beer (and for the price it can't be beat,) but this is a textbook “over-spiced holiday offering.” Too much spice that can't be balanced by the malt and hop profile. There was a very strong hop characteristic, but it gave way to more and more of the spices, especially as the beer warmed a little. Actually, the first couple tastes could have been confused with a spiced up pale ale. The spice that jumped out the most, and was a little overpowering in the aftertaste was the cinammon.

I was surprised to find out it was only 7% abv, it tastes much stiffer than that. The drinkability is solid, and I could definitely have a few to warm up when watching a hockey game in December.

It is a good beer, but lacks the balance to be great. Another solid Steg offering, and imo a good example of an Olde Ale style.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a clear deep crimson brown color with about a finger of creamy, lingering light ecru foam. Aroma and flavor consist of medium toasted grains, biscuits, caramelized malt, light spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit better than medium bodied and amply carbonated for the style. Worth a try next time it rolls around.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another gift-basket beer from brother Bob--nice! Dark orange brown body that is deep enough to appear hearty... head is off-white, single-fingered and swiftly scattered... fresh, malty presence that offers some soft cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices (take note, Harpoon) pleasant but not overstated... live, vivacious, effervescent and much hoppier than expected-- a bit smoother as the glass drains... nicely balanced, a bit roasted and surprisingly hopped to a pleasant flourish-- a bit of "Coke" late... a brewery that's conjured the images of dank coal basements and the smells of Penna. beer stores turns out a solid celebrator for the season. Wouldn't have picked this one up, and shame on me for relying on appearance and association...

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Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle.

A- Poured out the with minimal frothing and only a thin ring of lace is left. Slightly hazed brownish amber color.

S- Caramel over toasted malt in the aroma, sweet with a bit of spice in the back.

T&M- As smooth as it is crisp with a slightly slick medium body. Sweet toasted and caramel maltiness up front, touch of citric hop and nutty husk middle to end. Finishes a tad on the sweet side with a growing hoppiness.

D- Not half bad, could be a bit more robust for the style but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of sadman64
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer because it was on sale for $8 a case, and the 7% abv didn't hurt either.

I poured it from a bottle into a drinking glass.

The appearance is nice, it has a medium red-amber color to it. There is not a very strong smell to this beer. The taste is decent, there's an initial strong taste of alcohol, with maybe a light woody/vanilla after taste. It is a drinkable beer, worth it for the alcohol content if you can get it cheep and want to get drunk.

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Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish copper color, perfectly clear, with a frothy and creamy two plus fingers of light beige head. Head settles slowly and keeps a nice lace, leaving a bit of stick here and there, too.

Smell consists of a bold caramel aroma, with a buttery toffee scent to it as well. Other than the sweet maltiness the only other thing going on is some cinnamon.

Taste is far spicier than the smell - with a lot of cinnamon flavor, in particular. There's also a woody dryness to it and a pretty substantial bitterness for a warmer, as well. I even taste a bit of booze, which is surprising. The caramel malt sweetness is more of a backbone rather than a dominant characteristic like it was in the smell. I think the spicing and the bitterness are actually a bit much, and they really started to wear on me as I neared the end of the bottle.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy but actually gets quite dry - almost bone dry - in the finish from the spicing and bitterness. Still, it's pretty clean, and definitely has a Stegmaier feel to it.

This is a pretty solid winter beer, although the spicing and bitterness form a combo that would prevent me from really drinking too many of these in a sitting. A good beer to sit back, sip and relax with.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours chestnut with 1" of tan head. Good head retention & above average lacing

S: Fruityness, cinnamon & brown sugar, plus leafy hops & tobacco

T: Brown bread, dryness leafy hops, & a touch of figs & cherries up front. More of the same with pronounced oaky dryness. Finishes dry, fruitty with cherries, leafy hops & more brown sugar

MF: Chewy with a touch too much carbonation

Drank okay, although the ABV is well hidden, the flavors don't really meld together as well as i hoped. This would do in a pinch...

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Photo of Pete9094
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours ruby red with full head.

S- Christmas in July. Nice cinnamon spice, nutmeg, and lots of fruit.

T- Nice hoppy bite. Rich,spicy taste. Seems kind of odd to be drinking in July but its pretty good. Almost has a butterscotch taste but it works.

M- Full, creamy, spicy mouthfeel. Hops balance nicely with big malty backbone.

D- Nice change for the summer. Went looking for this stuff last Xmas but it was sold out. Lion never seems to produce enough of their seasonal offerings. Get them while you can.Got a few bottles from a buddy last weekend at a BBQ. Looking forward to this again at the holidays. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of confer
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a six pack in a trade with a co-worker. I've had a few of Steg varieties in the past and been pleased. The Holiday Warmer did not disappoint. No extra spices just good beer taste. Nice amber color, nice firm off-white head which lasted a few minutes and smooth taste. The second bottle was even better than the first.

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Photo of artistsatwork
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another successful seasonal entry from those malt loving folks from Wilks-Barre, PA.

Why some people are so in love with hoppy beers is beyond me.

If you don't think this is worth $20 for a case, you need to be committed.

A hint of spice to get you in the mood to buy my Christmas gifts.

Put on some Tom Waits "Little Drop of Poison" and drink to the dregs.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this beer while perusing my local beer market and it was being sold for $3.99 for a six-pack.

I asked the store manager if he'd ever sampled the beer before, and he said it was 'Pretty decent. He wouldn't pay $8.99 for it, but at $3.99, it was definitely a steal.'

Appearance: Poured a copper color with moderate, creamy head.

Smell: Sweet smell, with hints of cinnamon and spices. Could even smell the alcohol a bit.

Taste: Very pleasant actually. The alcohol was hidden well. Nice citrusy-hop taste.

MF: Decently thick feel, a little bitter, but a good finish.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I'm actually going to probably check and see if I can find some more this week. I consumed them slowly, with dinner and then just by themselves.

Solid beer, especially for $3.99

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Photo of garymuchow
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like to good old fashioned neck label. Nice looking bottle. Twist-off cap. :(
Nice caramelly aroma, that's not powerful but clean and consistent. Hops increase in presence with warmth with a spiciness and non-traditional character.
Pours with a real creamy off-white to tan head that's not that big. Very clear amber of reddish orange.
Interesting flavor. Again a clean quality with a lager-like quality. Starts with a sweet malt of caramel, and in time there is a nutty quality to the malt. This is followed by some spices (sweet fruity spices as well as more traditional ones) and bitterness that blend well. The flavors open up through the drink and increase in intensity from start to finish. Quite a long somewhat dry finish.
Carbonation is full and covers a lighter medium feel. There is a filling quality to the bubbles, and they are on the sharper side before settling into softness.
A winter holiday ale with more subdued spices and greater emphasis on malt. Rather filling carbonation and a cleanness to the taste, makes it seem lager like. The complexity of the flavors increase as approach the bottom and the ale warms. There is a sharpness that I'm wrestling with, but I think I'll lean towards higher drinkability. I wish I had another bottle as I'd like to give this one another try. It's really quite complex and it deserves another crack.
Thanks JB.

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Photo of rednrag
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks interesting. Like a very dark IPA. One taste dispels the IPA rumors. This is a very German tasting bock or dopplebock style beer. and very good, too. Self described as an old world ale, whatever, I like this. Malty, slightly hoppy, full bodied, very tasty.Lion Brewery of Pennsylvania, I salute you.

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Photo of bamadog
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 2/15/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Special thanks to beerman207 for hooking me up with this one.

Appearance: Pours a murky and dark toffee brown; starts with a nice two finger head that is the color of froth on a latte with solid retention and leaves a full web of lacing as it dwindles slowly to a thick and chewy looking full skim; body is cloudy but still shows moderate to light carbonation.

Smell: Nice caramel malts and a certain musty spiciness that is reminiscent of nutmeg and cinnamon; smell is fairly robust. As it warms, there is a slight citrusy/orange presence that starts to sneak in as well.

Taste: Very much like the smell -- nice and sweet chewy caramel malts that are well complimented by the warm spices of nutmeg and cinnamon; there is a slight coppery bite in the back of each sip though and that does hurt the scoring a little bit, but still pretty solid throughout; as it warms, there is an interesting citrusy and orange hoppiness that sneaks in.

Mouthfeel: Body is moderately thick and chewy; carbonation is soft and smooth; a nice stickiness left on the roof of the mouth and the belly is left warm.

Drinkability: Definitely solid enough -- great flavors, warmth and feel from the body and weight; the only real downer is that coppery bite in the taste.

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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 34 ratings
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