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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by WVbeergeek on 12-01-2010

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33
Ratings:
85
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
22.22%
 
 
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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 85
Photo of babacosmo
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 Winter Warmer is a throwback to 2012 when it was outstanding, you can taste raisins and figs and some spice. Not like past two years. Stock up....

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Photo of badworthing
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Probably my favorite winter warmer. Not overly spiced like a lot of Christmas ales/winter warmers. Beautiful crimson color, not much head, just the right amount of carbonation, nice malt/cherry flavors, decent aromas, perfect mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing. 7.2% ABV, which is just right for a winter warmer. Oh yeah, and it's only $5.99 a six-pack! I've turned alot of people onto this beer who are fans of Great Lakes Christmas Ale, and many of them like this beer just as much (and it's about half the price!) Highly recommended!

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Photo of jchern249
4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the Steg Winter Warmer just the other night at Isabella's in Wilkes-Barre. It pours a deep reddish-amber color with a thick, frothy off-white head. You have to pour it into a glass to truly appreciate the spice and brown sugar aroma. Has a strong malty flavor resembling fresh baked cinnamon rolls with a subtle fruitiness to the finish. Its not over-spiced like many warmers but still gives you that warming sensation as you enjoy it. Has a nice bite up front but a very smooth finish. Have a few of these and the abv will definitely start to catch up with you... in a good way! Great beer for the value!

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Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dark ruby. Thick off-white head fades quickly with small lacing.

S: Some maltiness and caramel with a hint of spice.

T: A light taste of malts followed by a bit of hops and alcohol, maybe a touch of dried fruits. The spice seems there but only very subtly.

M: Light in body but well carbonated, the high alcohol might account for dryness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable especially at this alcohol content.

Extra Notes- This beer aged extremely well, 9 months later the alcohol has faded and the caramel has come on strong making this a different, and even superior, beer to the fresh version.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick, fluffy white head with very good retention, lots of sticky lace throughout the beer.

The scent is of sweet bready malt and lots of spice.

The taste is of toasted bread, caramel, some dark fruits, nutmeg and some cinnamon.

Medium body, smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty nice beer, lots of flavor and well balanced as the alcohol is pretty much undetectable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has been my year for Winter beers and I am unsure as to why this came to pass. It may be that I have finally satiated my desire for IPAs and with no new CANs coming my way, I have been forced to turn to bottles for inspiration. I REALLY want The CANQuest (TM) to achieve #1000, but I need some outside-my-area traders to help me. In the meantime, bottles, it is.

From the bottle: "Over 150 years of brewing excellence": "Brewed in the honorable tradition of Charles Stegmaier".

From the cap (!): Rebus puzzle # 151 - Key+P Y+Oar chInn Up (arrow) = Keep your chin up[.] How fun! On early dismissal Wednesdays, my students are challenged to either/or/both rebuses & Jumble puzzles to keep them thinking.

I think I shall pour some beer. Ooh, I was getting an abundance of head until I backed off, and it became a rocky two fingers of burbling deep-tan head with only moderate retention. Color was a deep coppery-amber with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Nose was very spicy, like a candle at this time of year, with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice wrapped around a caramel sweetness. I was reminded of cookies (and a special shout-out to my male neighbor's mom & dad who brought some to me last week) in a pleasant way. Lacing was spotty at best. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a riotous spicy-caramel flavor that somehow melded itself into an anise-like taste as it floated across my tongue. My, my, my. This was quite tasty and given its (relatively) low price point, I could see having another of these. Admittedly, not back-to-back, but over the course of the winter ... absolutely! This might even make me want to dance on Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually).

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Photo of Stegmaier
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried the 2010 Stegmaier Winter Warmer. I have heard stories of the brewery aging this one until the ABV gets up to 11.5%. This was a solid winter style product. I poured this one into a sniffer to release it. The beer had a carmel + malty aroma. This beer has a smooth lager that had pleanty of kick behind it. Coming in at 7.2% ABV,this one sneaks up on you. I can't wait to see the line up for other seasonals.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Conservative head on a vigorous pour that quickly settled into a dusting of foam. Ruby brown color.

S - Sweet malt, touch of cherry cordial.

T - Warming booze, malt, and some mulling spice, clove, star anise, cardamom. Molasses. Some dried plum in the finish. The flavors are great, but the balance is just a touch off. It's tough to put my finger on it exactly. Overall a surprisingly delicious beer though.

M - Well carbonated. Sweet finish. Medium body.

D - Very pleasant flavor profile and mouthfeel. Touch of booze on the backend.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear and attractive amber brown color here, with a solid head of foam in my ale glass.

I get scents of biscuits, yeasty, and a little fruit maybe.

The taste is bold and malty, with an almost maple syrup followthrough. This heavily sweetened punch seems to hide the relatively high alcohol content (it's 7.2%). Good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a 2011 that got lost in the cellar, so...

Pours a clear deep brown with copper highlights and minimal cream head.

Brown sugar, ginger, treacle, and dark cherries form the aroma. Sweetness dominates.

Flavor reveals deeply caramelized malt, almost toffee-like, contrasted by tart cherries at the base. The finish is fairly bitter. Notes of sharp prunes and candied dates add complexity.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

This beer has held up well. Any spice character is gone, but the malt profile has nice estery complexity. Still a bit hot.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With the brunt of winter weather, the welcome of more malty rich, warmer alcohols, and more fortified ale is a welcome to the winter palate. Stegmaier's Winter Welcome does so with molasses and desert spices on prominent display.

Pouring a bright bronze or deep copper color, the beer shows brilliant clarity while carbonation releases from the bottom of the glass and builds a thick sheet of foam that evenly coats the surface. Ample lace ensures decorative patterns all along the inside of the glass for an overall very handsome beer.

A spicy-sweet aroma hits the nose with the fortified malt flavor of molasess, sweet breads (maybe fruitcake) that balance against spicy notes of cinnamon, spruce and nutmeg. All this seems impregnated with a tawny rum note that tickles the nose.

Flavors follow a similar tract. A malty-rich start takes the shape of molasses, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness. All this is backed by the richer taste of sweet breads, toasted grains, and bread crust. Fruity with the supple taste of cherries, raisons, and apples; but then weave in the complementary spicy notes of the same cinnamon, nutmeg, and spruce tips (might be hops) that were witnessed in the aromas. Strong flavor of alcohol seems to amplify the spicy and fruity taste and makes the beer every bit of the sipper that Winter Warmers should be.

The sweet bit from malt continues in mouthfeel as the barley sugars coat the mouth in somewhat sugary fashion. The penetration of sugar and alcohol resonate with the tengemental sensations against the teeth until deep within the finish. Quite warm and semi-malty, the beer retains its sweetness even in finish and aftertaste, providing much more of a sipping session rather than a highly drinkable one.

Stegmaier's Winter Warmer isn't going to collect any awards based on high levels of complexity. But it provides a full malt flavor with strong spice and strength for a rather enjoyable session.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a burnt orange color with a white head on top. The retention is minimal, very light lacing. The smell of the beer smells a bit like caramel with some subtle spice on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty impressive, caramel and spice upfront with a orange zest finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it's a pretty good beer, I think it was a bit on the dry side but still interesting.

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Photo of melitameister
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 12 oz poured into snifter. Rich mahogany with light crown of foam.

Smell - Some citrus and apple, plenty of bready malt and seasonal spice. Bit of pine and herbs underneath. Interesting, but doesn't promise much. Would have helped if I hadn't recently fooled around with some excellent cognac.

Taste - Starts out a bit plain, but surprises as it keeps on developing over several minutes into a bountiful opulence. Up front sweet dark fruit and caramel with nutmeg and cinnamon. Then, gently comes along a nice balance of hoppy bitterness mixed with a twinge of tart pear, apple, even apricot and more fruit and bread. Goes and goes. Not super rich, but lovely, fun holiday treat.

Mouthfeel - This is a medium body brew for a holiday ale. Finally getting to sip it in cold mid-January entering a recent retirement from 40 years at the desk - pretty darn nice.

Drinkability - These spiced up holiday concoctions are not usually my cup of grog, and one is enough for me. This is one very enjoyable if you like them on the light side, but still full of flavor.

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Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Awesome stuff, has a nice little bite to it. Does its job, you feel the warmth of it. I was actually sick for 8 days, took immune boosters medications loads of vitamin shot nothing helped. Drank three of these babies and I woke up good as new. Its a nice drink you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of biggred1
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear cherry amber with a slight tan head that quickly shrinks to a film. Dark fruit, pumpernickel bread and molasses in the aroma. Sweet mascerated cherry, bready malt and an herbal bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Not bad by any means but Stegmaier Winter Warmer is not something I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this bottle chilled from a pint.

The color is dark amber with translucent clarity with thin tan head and fine bead with sticky lace and visible carbonation rising moderately fast. The smell is somewhat fruity with a sweet caramel malt aroma and slight spice with mild banana-like yeast ester. The feel is semi-spiced with a slight diacetyl smoothness and genetle metallic texture with warmth of alcohol and moderate carbonation with sem-full body.

The taste is okay -semi-spiced up front with buttery taste and mild fruity yeast with slight caramel malt in the flavor and mild amount of alcohol mid-palate with a sem-sweet finish. Overall this is not great, just passable for the style there are some noticeable flaws which are distracting as far as overall enjoyment goes

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Photo of coalcracker
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly-darker-than-amber color with carbonating head that does not last too long.
Smell: Aroma of dark malts with a light touch of spiciness. Definitely can detect some cherry, maybe a touch of bubblegum?
Taste: A quickly ascending wave of dark malts presents first closely followed by some bittering hops. The malts are bready in nature. Other taste profiles include black cherry, caramel, and light spice; a little medicinal. There is a actually some alcohol warmth towards the back end of the tasting that would appear to be a bit out of character for this style. The aftertaste seems to last quite a while.
Mouthfeel: A bit light for what I expected. Smooth throughout the taste. Average in crispness.
Drinkability: Good in regard to the ABV. Not a typical brew for the average drinker.

Overall: Quite interesting taste profiles here, though perhaps a bit mish-mashed. This is a decent brew, unique in the Steggie line-up, though nothing spectacular. A local brew here in northeast PA.

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Photo of larryi86
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear deep red with a small light tan head.

S- Caramel malts, faint cherries, some spices, kind of a little grainy.

T- Follows the nose, for the most part, not grainy in the taste. It has a little more spice. Taste is a little on the lighter side, but not bad.

M- Light to medium body, fairly smooth.

O- Pretty good, would be better if it had a little bigger body and flavor. Not sure if I would pick this up again, but wouldn't pass it up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a strange beer, even in this relatively loose category of beer, its a funny fit. the pour is copper to amber, mostly clear, with a lovely two inches of khaki color head. the nose is where i first get thrown off. i dont smell spices, sugars, or alcohol. nope, i sm. ell czech or german pilsner malts. what?! yeah, i do. there is that unmistakable doughy wheaty dusty golden malt nose above all else, in this winter warmer. may also be some dried fruit smells, but its secondary. i am confused. i taste that malt bill too, which isnt at all unpleasant, it just doesnt fit in my winter warmer. very little spice or sweetness too, just a touch of clove, possibly from the yeast, and a very malty finish, featuring some caramel flavors and a light toast. it isnt a bad brew by any means, it just doesnt meet any of my satisfying conditions for this style of beer. is like a heavy summer wheat beer, lots of body, good texture, and active carbonation. this beer was a little bit lost on my i have to admit, but i didnt dislike it, the price was right, and it had a good abv punch.

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Photo of great7dividers
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As far as the typical winter warmer goes, Stegmaier follows the blueprint pretty well. Its a rich, caramel colored brew with a light brown, thin head. The smell is strong of alcohol and malt, which is a forecast of the smooth, malt heavy mouthfeel and the the distinct flavor accompanying.

There are some subtle spice flavors, hints of nutmeg, and a faint pine-like hops twinge. But the higher alcohol content and heavy use of malts dominates the syrup-like feel as it goes down. Its not the strongest seasonal brew I've had in the winter, but at 7.2% it still warms the blood.

I wouldn't call it easy-drinking, but its certainly not overpowering. Overall, a middle of the road brew that is enjoyable for a few bottles.

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Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a dark copper, reddish-brown, vaguely rusty color, conspicuously translucent for a winter beer. Pours about a quarter inch of tan head that dissipates quickly.

S- Smells of brown sugar, fruit, and sweet malts. Also picked up spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, but not overpowering, you almost have to search for the individual spices. Generally, smells Chirstmasy.

T- Matches the smell nicely, rich and spicy. Very sweet. Notes of caramel and dried fruits with a backbone of sweet ale malts. Subdued hops only detectable on the back.

MF- Nice carbonation, crisp at the begining but definitely syrupy on the finish. Taste lingers for a while.

D- It's not terrible. I could see knocking back one maybe two on a cold winter day, but it's definitely a utilitarian beer, not for every day. I bought a six pack, and it's lasted me well into spring. That said, the taste is bold enough to allow the high ABV to slide completely under the radar.

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

A copper/bronze, clear, with only a finger or two of head that dissipates steadily with no retention or lacing to speak of. Fine for the style. Boozy and sweet with a drying, firm bitterness. Plum and brown sugar, caramel malt and a bit of fruityness backed by noble hop earthy grassyness.

An uninspiring but reasonable stab.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish copper with a thin foam head.
Desent carbonation. Aroma is rich malts but with a medium levels of diaceyl. Taste is not too bad with a good malt base, toffee, and vanilla. Medium levels of diaceyl persists too. Medium mouthfeel thats also spritzy and smooth. Some desent alcohol heat in the finish. All in all thought its pretty lackluster and dull, but there's hope in there too.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: lighter red caramel colors. 1 finger khaki head. Lacing falls fast.

S: caramel, lager yeast, slight bready.

T: spice up front, hop bitterness, spiciness, dunkel style, herbal, sharp alcohol or nutmeg bite finish.

M: medium, balanced of sweet and dry.

O: ok. Its a little too spicy bold for me. Although you can't tell from the smell.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: Poured a dark copper color with a small 1/2 finger head that settled to a small ring with little to no lacing to speak of... Little odd for this style

S: First things I'm getting are a mix of spices.... brown sugar, little cinnamon and nutmeg. Then there is a little dark fruit and sweet malt mixed in there. Pretty standard Winter beer..

T: The taste matches pretty closely to the smells... all the spice, fruit and malt are there with a hint of caramel I was missing in the smell.... Very nice, but pretty normal stuff for a Winter beer.

M: Little weak on the body here, thinner that I was expecting from the smell and taste.... Finish is clean.

D: Not bad but not terribly different from most Winter beers... At 7.8 ABV one or two will do you, but I have to say the higher ABV is well hidden. Nice mix of flavors but the mouthfeel and appearance kind of killed it for me.

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