Stegmaier White Ale | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier White AleStegmaier White Ale

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 34
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. No code to be found on bottle..

Pours a clouded, hazed honey color. A white head soon turns into a ring. Sort of a scummy film on top. I can see a few bubbles. Smell is an orangey potpourri. From the taste, I can definitely pick up on the coriander. A decent, syrupy wheat backing in plce. Finshes citrusy and bitter. This beer tastes better than it looks. While not a bad offering, there are just plenty others out there that at least accomplish the same thing.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.07/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured two of the three bottles from my sampler pack into a huge Hoegaarden glass, deep clouded orange golden hue with chunks of yeast susspended in it. Head is bright white, but dwindles rather quickly. Aroma contians up front citrus peel notably orange peel with some piercing coriander. To me witbier is supposed to be something you have to take your next sip of and it should be as refreshing as a glass of lemonade, this one is a bit burdensome almost cloying residual sugars as you take each sip it becomes a job. Weird levels of spice additions and citrus peels make for some crazy flavors, almost seems like orange juice textured. Mouthfeel just isn't working for me here, seems like there has to be a better option out there if you need a wheat beer fix. The other three beers in the sampler weren't bad escpecially their pale ale, but this was pretty unbearable overall. Carbonation level tickles the back of the throat and the acidity of the beer gives you a sour stomach after a few sips, drain pour for my homies.

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Photo of muletrane
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass.

Pours a cloudy apricot colour. Half a finger of white head dissapates quickly to nothing. No lacing at all.

Mild nose with some coriander, citrus and bready notes.

The taste was considerably better than the smell. Coriander up front, some orange peel. Nice crisp tart finish.

Light body, moderate carbonation. Clean.

Not a bad offering from The Lion Brewery, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very little head appeared upon pouring, but this is still a pretty nice-looking ale. The heart of the glass is frosty brown-orange, but fades to a yellowish brown near the edges. Smells sweet and wheaty, citrus and coriander spice are obvious. The flavor is crisp and citrusy with tones of sweet bread and spices. This is a really well-balanced witbier.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty, very drinkable beer. Smell is yeast and citrus, and flavor is very clean Belgian white with overtones of spice and orange. Satisfying but not heavy, and very well-balanced. Fans of Blue Moon will likely enjoy this, but the flavors are more subtle and (perhaps partially based on lack of familiarity) more interesting. A very easy to drink beer.

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Photo of yesthatguy
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Drank from the tap. Had a nice orange glow to the beer. A small, white top that made it very appealing.
S - Smell a lot of orange.
T - Also taste a lot of orange, but can still taste the hops.
M - My beer had a great amount of carbonation that really threw out the flavors of the beer.
D - A good carbonation plus a nice flavor of fruits and hops put this at one of the better beers I've tried.

I might be overrating this beer, but I really liked the amount of carbonation and the power it had on the fruity flavor of this beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

A new summer seasonal to replace last year's Summer Stock Lager--an odd move, being that it was the highest scored beer of the Stegmaier brand on

This has the telltale appearance of a Belgian White Ale: completely cloudy with a yellow-orange color and a beige tinge. White lace from two fingers of head strug- gles to stay afloat. Soft, fluffy floral aroma, with a bit of spicy wheat in the back. Moderate body with a quick crispness and a slick mouthfeel. Spicing is quite evident with orange peel and a soft coriander in the forefront. Very modest hop bitterness and a nearly flat malt flavor are followed by a quick, dry finish.

Some breweries should stick to what they do best. To be blunt, Lion Brewery shouldn't be brewing Belgian-style ales when they already brew good lagers. Pit this one against the many Belgian White Ales out there, and it lands towards the bottom of the list. Bring back the Summer Stock Lager, please!

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Photo of WesWes
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a nice pale and wheat malt scent, but little to no Belgian yeast esters present. The taste is decent. It has a light pale and wheat malt flavor. It goes down quick and easy with little Belgian yeast character. It's pretty basic in composition, but would benefit greatly with yeast fruitiness. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinker, but people expecting true Belgian character will be disappointed.

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Photo of oberon
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a pretty clear orange tinged golden with a thin head atop.Big wheat malt in the nose mixed with some unexpected floral hops,it was quite nice.Flavors of toasted wheat malt are most predomiant with light citrus,kinda ho hum.Outside of the nice aromas its simple and well...ho hum,still I have had worse of the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A special thanks to Corey for sending this bottle my way. I'm apologizing to my BA friends in advance for blowing it on the first pour, I should have rolled the bottle to break up the sediment or, b) left the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

A - As stated previous, I really blew this pour by dumping alot of nasty clumps of sediment in the glass, it really wrecked the appearance. Pours a hazy pale orange color with large amounts of sediment clups and sediment debris. Produces a nice creamy foam ring around the top and produces a moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Smells like a Belgian White Ale should - coriander and spice with a noticeable amount of a wheat back bone. Also picking up some traces of lemon grass in the back ground.

T - Comes through in the form of lemon, spice, and some coriander. The taste is delicate, not overly up front, and pretty light & subdued.

M - A little grainy, light bodied, and leaves a mild lemon wheat aftertaste.

D - Moderate.

Is balanced, but the taste isn't doing much for my palette because there's not enough flavor jumping out to make it interesting or enjoyable enough for my own personal liking. I could maybe quaff this one if it were ice cold but isn't something I would seek out.

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Photo of hdofu
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not an exciting beer, about everything you'd expect in a white beer. That being said it is a pleasant light tasting whitebeer which goes down easy. I had this the other day and I noticed while initially it didn't have alot of flavor besides wheat, there was a bit of a fruity finish. Overall this is a good light beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a head more soda-like than expected (this is supposed to be a Wit) that soon disappears though it leaves some viscous liquid clinging to the glass

Smell: Toasted wheat bread, tropical fruit and a bit of coriander

Taste: Toasted bread and sweet tropical fruit, with a growing lemon/orange character and a strong coriander element developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the fruit and spice linger into a rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with low carbonation and a watery finish

Drinkability: The beer has some potential but the mouthfeel/carbonation is all wrong and the fruit/spice elements could be a bit more nuanced

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a Stegmaier mixed 12 pack.. surprised to see only 2 other reviews on here. Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color, smallish white head to it. Faint wheaty smell to it. Taste is medium bodied, some nice spice and lemony zest to it. Mouthfeel is pretty good, aftertaste has an odd astringent taste to it. Pretty drinkable, but doesn't finish clean for me. Not bad, but I wouldn't consider this a great white ale either.

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Photo of tone77
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, maybe a bit of citrus. Taste is also mild, citrus and spice, less flavorful than other wit's. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a decent beer.

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Photo of beerman717
2.08/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Very disappointed... Tasted like their Lions Head Pilsner (that I do like) with lemon juice concentrate poured in... Way too much lemon....

A - Quickly fading white head, light yellow cloudy color.

S - All I could smell was lemons

T -Too much lemon,very little yeast but overall unimpresive.

D - It was ok for a couple cold ones on a hot summer day, but not as an everyday beer

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I only saw the Knights head White ale here so I added this the correct name.

A - Pours a hazy amber orange with an inch of fluffy head.
S - First I can pick up lemon, then orange, banana peel, and wheat. Very good.
T - Well balanced. The flavors of the lemon zest and banana peel provide a bitter start that finishes with a smooth wheat taste. Pretty nice.
M - Light and refreshing easily succession-able
D - Well I liked it. Not as much as the pale ale but it still made it a pretty decent contribution to a pretty nice variety case.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"The object of art is to give life a shape."

--from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' by William Shakespeare

Fuzzy apricot orange that isn't too far removed from fuzzy lemon yellow. Energetic bubbles have created and are sustaining a two finger cap of manila colored foam that is on the soft and featureless side. Not much lace doesn't help.

Very lightly toasted pale malt is appreciated (unmalted wheat is present too), but orange peel and coriander are on the shy side. Some citrusiness is appreciated... and barely any spiciness. Let's see if SMW can turn things around on the taste buds.

Midsummer White Belgian Style Wheat Ale gives a slightly better accounting of itself where it matters most, although it still isn't a humdinger of a witbier. More of the things that make a wit a wit would weally be wonderful (said in an Elmer Fudd voice). If you like them mildy flavored, you've come to the right beer.

The cereal graininess of the base beer isn't unpleasant at all. Tops notes include a subtle orange juiciness from both sweet and Curacao oranges (can anyone tell the difference in beer?). Coriander adds a faint spiciness that is most apparent on the bitter-sweet-tangy finish, which is probably the best part of the flavor arc.

For a 5.0% wit, the body/mouthfeel is right about where it needs to be. In other words, it's much closer to light than medium, with a decent amount of sparkly carbonation that tries to inject a modicum of creaminess... and almost succeeds.

Stegmaier Midsummer White is pretty much par for the course for Lion Brewery. It's better than average and makes no major missteps. This isn't a bad warm weather beer if you're looking for a little something extra in the flavor department (compared to a pale lager).

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Photo of drcarver
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light yellow cloudy color. Quick fading white head

S - Rather bland aroma, but there was a slight hint of lemon

P - Light bodied. Slightly watery.

T - Stale, watery. Some yeast but overall unimpresive.

D - I struggled to get through the entire beer.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy golden orange with a thin foamy white head that quickly fades to nothing. Very light lacing.

S - Baked fruit pie aroma. Some orange and lemon and very light spice. Clove and corriander.

T - Orange and lemon with a candy sugar taste. Not much of the spice comes through in the taste.

M/D - Medium bodied and rather chewy. Not a fan of the taste but a passable wheat.

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Photo of plazabevinc
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stegmaier Midsummer White pours a cloudy color. It is not a bad beer for the money, and is becoming a local favorite. A must try for a guy who likes small local brews. Midsummer's major problem is that the Summer 2008 price jumped $4.00 a case on it.

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Photo of BgThang
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks hojminbag for this beer!

Pours a cloudy with a 2 finger head. has that belgium spicy yeast smell going on.

This beer is a very easy drinker. I mean really easy to drink.

if this was available in texas it would become a session beer for me.

Thanks again hojaminbag

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little too clean and clear for a witbier; golden colored body. Small white head that doesn't last long, leaving no lacing.

Not a whole lot of odor here, just some wheat.

I'm surprised by the taste of this beer, it's actually pretty good. Smooth and crisp, no strong flavors. Just a touch of citrus and a solid wheat base. A good beer.

Mouthfeel could use a litte more body, but not bad.

Drinkability is good. This beer is crisp and easy to drink. I admit that I upped the score because this stuff is so damn cheap.

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Photo of Schmidts
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this for the first time this fall and at discount yet. Do not most times drink this type but as soon as I opened it I could smell a sweet fruit and wheat smell very pleasant not to much! It poured cloudy and medium yellow. Its appearance was very nice and its taste was rather a delight. In fact I have a couple left and had one last night to revisit before I wrote this as I went back and got more after the first case. Its taste is fresh crisp fruity with lots of nice wheat flavor. In your mouth it is very refreshing kind of sweet but not to much. As far as drinking it you can easy drink two or three in a row, if it would not have been so late I would have had more. Once again the Lion makes another great beer at a great price I recomend if you have not had it to give it a try this summer, it will not disapoint you.

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Photo of Bram7
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flavor hits all the notes you expect. One of the best values all summer. Mouthfeel and flavor are great. Good citrusy flavor is very refreshing. Not the top in the catagory but one of the best values for the money for summer. I'll definitely get more of this for a summer refresher.

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Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy amber orange color with impressive white puffy head. Great retention.
Smell is citrusy with some pepper aspects.
Taste also presents with some citrus notes, combined with a slightly tart pepper aspect.
Extremely refreshing.Very pleasnt to drink. Good example of the style.

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Stegmaier White Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
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