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Stegmaier Holiday Warmer | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Holiday WarmerStegmaier Holiday Warmer
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Stegmaier Holiday WarmerStegmaier Holiday Warmer

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by NeroFiddled on 12-03-2006

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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 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 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 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 tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep crystal clear copper color with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is fruity with some nice seasonal spices also present.
Taste is loaded with malt, and the combination of the fruitiness with the spices is very pleasant.
Nice and full in the mouth with great tastebretention.
A nice refreshing easy drinking beer. Great job, and the price is perfect.

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Photo of Phatz
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an "Herbed/Spiced Ale" flavored for the season.

Appearance: Pours a clear ruddy red brown color with a creamy head tha fades fast and negligible lacing.

Smell: Light hints of vanilla and cherry, clean reserved caramel malts.

Taste: This is a pleasant easy drinking spiced ale that nothing explosive but certainly tasty. Caramel and cherry flavors seem a bit artificial but pleasing. It has a juicy center with a hint if ginger and candy cane. The finish is a bit bitter and all around a quaffable winter ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Lively mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It is festively seasonal, cheep and easy to drink so … get some. ;-)

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of memory
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut color 1 1/2 inch settles to a nice presence of lacing.
Has the biscuit nose of other Steg offerings undertone.
Cinnamon at first, followed by some light clove leaving a nice feeling on the tongue.
This is for the money is a very nice winter warmer, which got good reviews from my friends not familiar with the style.
In my mind, I prefer draft, and I wonder how it is on tap.
Nice Leo.

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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 NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Lion's Stegmaier Holiday Warmer pours a clear deep chestnut body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head drops fairly readily, and not much lacing is left behind.

Notes of delicate spice, fruit, and vanilla welcome you in the nose, beckoning you to partake.

In the mouth it's medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.

The flavor offers a velvety blanket of sweetish and fruity caramel-laced malt that sparkles with delicate spice. It's rich but not overpowering, and displays delicate notes of cherry, wood, and spice. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and woody with a splash of alcohol and a swirl of sublime spice.

Overall this is a remarkably tasty, clean, and exciting specialty offering with an intriguing complexity and sparkling balance. It would be perfect with any holiday meal, or even the dessert afterwards (mmmm... I could really see it with some rich, dark chocolate cake); and could even fit in just hanging with the guys during a game or out on the back porch in the cold. I personally enjoyed it in the warmth of my cozy "special" chair while watching the Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass claymation classic version of "Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer", but that's just me! Do what you want with it, but it's certainly worth a try.

PS - I apologize for listing this as a "winter warmer", but the "Herbed/Spiced Ale" category is being removed from the site.

RE-REVIEWED: Tasted on tap, January 2008. Harsh bitterness. Deep acidity. Very fruity - which is OK, but different from what I'd tasted before. Numbers have been adjusted.

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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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