Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Pumpkin AleStegmaier Pumpkin Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Buggies on 08-31-2011

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1.5/5  rDev -56.3%

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2/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of ZeroSignal
2.01/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with batch code, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Hazy, light burnt-orange color with a cream colored 1/2 inch head. Retention is fleeting with minimal lacing.

S - Nose immediately out of the pour is of the pie spice variety, namely cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg and a hint of a creamy smell. Oddly, as the beer sits it's pumpkin pie aroma fades substantially, and as it warms it takes on the aroma of bottom shelf, plastic bottle whiskey...sort of grainy with a hint of rubbing alcohol.

T&M - This is shaping up to be the tale of two beers; much like many lesser quality beers many off the off flavors show up as the beer warms. Initially this is quite pleasant; it's on the sweeter end of pumpkin ales, and more to the pie end than the pumpkin/squash end of things. Pie spice flavors with a creamy feel...simple, but not at all unpleasant.

Then, as it warms, the creaminess fades to a watery feel, and the pie character almost disappears altogether. It starts to leave a slick, almost oily feel on the tongue, and the flavors are just washed out and weak. The only equivalent I can think of is taking a thin slice of store bought pumpkin pie, and putting it in a blender with a liter of water. Towards the end the low end whiskey characteristics's a struggle to finish.

O - So many better pumpkin ales out there...this one is sub standard at best, and a flawed beer at worst. If you are going to chance it, drink it cold and drink it fast.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.42/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the the aroma, faint cinnamon and nutmeg. In the taste, spicy notes of cinnamon, somewhat watery, and faint notes of pumpkin. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry cinnamon in the aftertaste. Spicy, but quite watery, and faint, nothing that great.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.72/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice amber-orange color. Upon pouring there was a one finger white head. The head faded very fast to leave a thin persistent film and only a tiny amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is big of a nutmeg and cinnamon spice smell. Mixed with the spice, are other spices of some clove and a light amount of allspice (all quite classic pumpkin pie). Along with all the spice is a sweeter pumpkin aroma with some lighter notes of a brown sugar smell.

Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and pumpkin. With these is a very light sweetness up front that fades as the taste goes on. Initially only a lighter spice flavor is present, but it soon comes on strong. In the middle a huge cinnamon and nutmeg flavor comes to the tongue. They are quite potent and grow even stronger more toward the end. With the growing strength of the spice, some more pumpkin comes to the tongue. In the end the spice actually becomes a bit too robust with the cinnamon and nutmeg leaving their mark on the tongue producing, when mixed with the roasted pumpkin, a somewhat off taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.

Overall – The taste is just a bit too spiced and lacks a balance of sweetness with the spice and roast. Nothing too exciting for me here.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Drunkie
2.91/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of DMXLOX22
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single of this at my local spot recently. Liking the recent selection of pumpkin beers lately. Let's see how this one matches up.

Appearance: Pours a light brown, dark orange haze. Then it quickly clears up and leaves behind a nice head. Honestly, this is just another average brew, but I do enjoy the color.

Smell: Lightly roasted malts that reveals a slight hint of cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty light in the overwhelming aroma department, but it's not exactly too bad.

Taste: At first it has some hops, minor malts added and maybe cereal grains? Honestly reminds me something that shocktop threw together and added cinnamon and pumpkin. Pretty disappointed. This seemed to have a lot of expectation from me. I mean there is hope for those that want a beer that seems to have a fair balance and someone who doesn't have a care for what really brings a pumpkin beer its unique brand and quality. Better luck next time I guess

Mouthfeel: Medium to light carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and almost dry. Not to bad to put a few of these down without much complaint.

Overall: Actually besides the overall taste department, its not a bad pumpkin beer. Pretty damn average if you ask me. Hopefully the recipe can improve for next year. Looking forward to see if theres any changes made next year. overall, I would maybe recommend it for a first-timer trying pumpkin beers. I wouldn't try again unless they tweaked the overall taste. Cheers

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Photo of Brenden
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a hazy amber verging on orange. A small orange-tan head forms on a vigorous pour and doesn't stay long. A thin ring remains along the glass and just enough wispy lacing is left in what eventually become some tiny spotting to remind me this is a beer, though the ring of head at the edge of the glass also remains.
At first the aroma offer mainly a light fruity sweetness along with pumpkin flesh, but the spicing is in here and nice pie crust buttery/doughy aroma comes out as well. It's not particularly strong and at first it's completely unimpressive, but it doesn't take long for things to come together.
The pie spices are kept at an even level with the pumpkin flesh, making a good balance. Hops are barely presence but malts add a light caramel edge with a bit of breads as well. It's not perfectly attenuated but it's not too simplistic. Unfortunately it goes light on flavor and is weak and watery. A peppery spice bites in the finish.
Mouthfeel isn't bad, and this is a bit meaty considering. A nice creaminess builds from an initial crispness. It does flatten out, though, and fades off. The finish is also biting.

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: medium brown with a tint of orange

Smell: very spicy smelling, lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.

Taste: tastes like liquid pumpkin pie filling, flavors are very profound

Mouthfeel: very mild carbonation, lacks the crispness expected

Overall: by far not my favorite pumpkin beer, but drinkable nonetheless.


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Photo of turnstile
3.06/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep orange in color with a wispy white head. Great lacing and decent retention. Aroma is spicy and caramel-sweet; nutmeg stands out. Adjunct and alcohol notes faint, but present. Good pumpkin pie flavor; spice and bready malt characters dominate. Full-bodied, slightly syrupy, slick and lightly carbonated. Mouthfeel fits the style, but it's a little strange. An okay stab at a pumpkin beer, but it's safe to pass on this one and check out this year's other offerings.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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

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