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Stegmaier Winter Warmer | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Winter

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Added by WVbeergeek on 12-01-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,199
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
86
pDev:
13.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Iamseanwrench23
4.84/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good winter warmer. Not too heavy.

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Photo of Bytor1971
4.42/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of babacosmo
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
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 +25.4%
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 +24.8%
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 chazjeffries
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice winter brew. Not bad, for the price you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Guden
4.08/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +16.1%
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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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Norsican
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of spedprof
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of drt72
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Stegmaier
4/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +13.8%
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 mvanaskie13
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is amber, transparent; head is off white to light tan, fine to small bubbles, presents 1/2 inch thick and then lingers with a thin top, ring on sides, and lacing on the glass.

Smell is bready, biscuity, some toffee and caramel and toast - subtle fig and raisin notes; pleasant aroma which seems to blend a doppelbock and esb.

Taste is similar but finishes a bit harsh - flavor is bready, some biscuit, then caramel and toffee with fig/raisin fruitiness. Subtle butteriness which seems to soften the potential estery flavors from the strength of this brew.

Mouthfeel is crisp, well carbonated, not quite sweet/cloying, but then a dry, tongue biting lingering finish.

Overall this brew was better than i remember - it had been many years since i've had it but the lean to malty winter warmer style works well. Some kinks to work out in the finish but one of Stegmaiers better brews.

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Photo of CraftBeerFanatic_07
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rojada1988
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Stermax
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 86 ratings
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