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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
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
85
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
22.22%
 
 
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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 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 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 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 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 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 BarrytheBear
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

08' model into a snifter pours rusty amber with a thin white cover that pools near the edges.

Smells mildly like cherry and biscotti. On the sweeter end with a healthy waft of almonds.

Taste is predominantly half eaten apple that's received a healthy dose of air exposure. Not the first bite: crisp, fresh, and lively. Rather the, oh I was eating this apple, set it on the counter, got lost in my ADD addled brain, and later found this sitting where I must have left it. Decision time: chuck it or finish it? You chose. Damn poor choice cause it tastes kinda gross at this point. Not sure where the holiday spices are hiding. Maybe they're intimidated by the rapidly declining piece of fruit staring back at them. Can't blame them actually. I should have hidden as well.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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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