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
Ratings:
86
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
13.7%
 
 
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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 vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
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 woodychandler
4/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Slatetank
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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 InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby color with a thin off white head dwindles down quickly, fine speckled lacing surrounds my glass. Aroma has dark fruit with hints of cherry and a touch of molasses. Sugary sweetness in the flavor nice backend of fruitiness with hints of brown sugar glazed cherries and mid hints of nutmeg and spice. Mouthfeel is a bit cloying medium bodied the residual sugars overwhelm the palate just a bit, overall does warm you up the alcohol isn't hot but it's more of a warming sensation in your chest. Drinkability overall is pretty good very decent seasonal from the Stegmaier crew out in Wilkes Barre.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of CharlesK
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a off white head that complements the look of the beer nicely. The head diminished with almost no lacing.

Smell - Malty and cherry are the most potent. Some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in at the end of the aroma as well as a potent boozy aroma.

Taste - The taste profile highly matches the aroma. A sweet malty flavor at first with a bit of dried fruit following up and taking the middle of the taste profile, although not as much cherry as would be expected. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon come in but are soon overpowered by some booziness that warms the mouth (as well as the body).

Mouthfeel - A fairly middle of the range body feel with a very nice level of carbonation.

Overall - For the price a quite nice holiday brew. It does as its name implies, warms you up a bit, although maybe showing a little to much of an alcohol taste. One to have around the winter months on occasion.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent ruby with orange tint and a loose bubbled light brown head. The nose has a strong underlying malt component with a fair bit of spice and mint. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a light sweetness. The taste has a deeper dark malt, a bit roasty and nutty. There is the same christmas spice with a fair bit of bitterness in the back with a lingering mint and mouthwash burn. The body is thick and has some graininess from left over sugars. The carbonation is a bit assertive and the finish is rarther bitey. Overall has too much sugar left over and some strong mintiness.

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Photo of Durge
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a stemmed glass, slightly chilled, this winter warmer appears a near red-mahogany color, clear, with a healthy malted milk colored head and solid lacing. I pick up immediate sour mash malt in the nose, almost a wine vinegar idea with maple sugar sweetness in the background. The taste brings a much mellower combination of toffee maple grass and alcohol. A bit medicinal but not in the good way really. But it's alright. There's a hint of horehound/root that's kind of nice but it's overtaken by the harsher elements. I really don't get any typical spice ideas here. It does have a pleasant, smooth feel, with moderate carbonation in a medium bodied brew. All in all, this leaves a pretty acrid taste in my mouth so I'll have to say it doesn't win my favor. Not undrinkable, but nothing I would want to revisit. It does warm, for what it's worth. Not highly drinkable for me.

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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion produces several lines of beer, with the most traditional styles seeming to come under the Stegmaier name. Compared to the pack of winter warmers onthe market, this beer falls sadly short. Moderate, non-descript malt and a likewise moderate, non-descript hopping. No spices or other attributes to provide much interest. Other than a relatively high abv, not much warming going on here.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Furley80
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
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 mdillon86
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of drbenderdo
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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Stegmaier Winter Warmer from Lion Brewery, Inc.
3.43 out of 5 based on 86 ratings.
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