Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Stegmaier Pumpkin AleStegmaier Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Buggies on 08-31-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
107
Reviews:
24
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
18.95%
 
 
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Ratings: 107 |  Reviews: 24
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pumpkin pie in a glass is delivered in the taste, texture, and aroma of Stegmaier's fall seasonal- but you gotta like them spicy!

The beer pours with a slightly hazy copper color that may tilt toward a strong golden hue. An initial mix of partly fizzy, partly fluffy foam seems to dissipate in quick fashion and without meaninful lace.

A surprising boquet of spices and sweetness fill the nose with elements of caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices that associate with pumpkin pie. Very spicy, the additions seem to be the focus instead of malt variety.

Flavors also surprise with a mix of caramel, startch, breads, barley malt, and cereal. Low lying hops are surplanted with quite elevated cinnamon, nutmeg, almond, and allspice. Light butterscotch complement the pie pumpkin taste with a resounding desert-like palate.

Medium fullness from the malty combo with carbonation, but as the beer crosses mid palate, the beer desolves into a mildly grainy, starchy, spice-laden bite where hop bitteness and dryness are usually felt. Mild alcohol warmth weaves in and out of the spicy finish in a somewhat minty-cooling kinda way.

Without having much success with the Stegmaier brands in the past, I'm happily taken back by the quality exhibited in this fall seasonal ale. It may not compete directly with Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale, but it's not far off either. I do however prefer it to O'Fallon's Pumpkin Ale.

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Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

Pours clear, orange-copper color with a modest and weak bone-colored head.

Overall, spices are more subtle than in many pumpkin beers, but the cinnamon is more dominant. There is a clear suggestion of pumpkin pie along with a pronounced caramel malt component. Sweet but not cloying.

Feel: Light-medium body seems too thin; Medium, prickly carbonation. Slight heat from the cinnamon.

O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale, but not up with the best of style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have made it my personal mission to review as many pumpkin beers (ales & lagers) as possible this year. I am now beginning to realize the foolhardy nature of this, but it is too late to turn back!

From the bottle: "Over 150 Years of Brewing Excellence"; "Brewed in the Honorable Tradition of Charles Stegmaier". The rebus under the cap was # 345, but I will not give you the answer unless you ask me for it. I HATE spoilers!

My pour brought me two fingers of dense, tawny head with excellent retention. Nose had muted spices and I am coming to realize that too much of a good thing is a bad thing. I would prefer, in this style, that the entire spice rack NOT be dumped into the brew kettle! This was just about right in terms of the scent and its intensity. Color was a medium-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. I am having a beer brunch, followed by watching the Stillers via satellite at a local sports bar. Mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery, but the flavors were just right. I felt like Goldilocks in Baby Bear's chair. I was getting cinnamon with hints of vanilla underlain by cloves and nutmeg. I cannot stress enough how important it is to use a light hand with the spices. Finish was semi-dry with the malt getting a chance to breathe as opposed to being choked off as in some iterations of the style.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rolltide8425
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, some spices. Taste is good, pumpkin forward, some spices, but not overpowering, flavorful and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a fine example of this style.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Liking most of the other offerings Stegmaier makes a decent pumpkin lager. Color is a dark amber brown, clear with a half inch of head that turns to a sweet looking lace ring. Smell is strong nutmeg and cinnamon just how I like it. Taste is kind of lacing on the roasted or vegital pumpkin but makes for a great lager. Spices, sweet and balanced with minimal hop kick. Mouthfeel is light so I took off points since it doesn't make for a good winter brew.

Overall not something I would have again but just like the Oktoberfest nothing to avoid. 10x better than pumpkin head so I have no idea why the reviews are so low...

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

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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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.

Cheers!
The CPJ

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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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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 ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of skaboom420
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Stofko1992
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a "Geordie Schooner".

L - hazed amber color with a small white head that thinned out after a few minutes.

S - good pumpkin spice aroma - cinnamon and nutmeg stand out.

T - the spices are not overpowering nor too sweet, it's just right.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - a fairly decent pumpkin ale.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Damian74
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev +2%

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Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale from Lion Brewery, Inc.
3.43 out of 5 based on 107 ratings.
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