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Lemp St. Louis Lager - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Lemp St. Louis LagerLemp St. Louis Lager

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BA SCORE
68
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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 02-18-2004)
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Reviews by skeetermoses:
Photo of skeetermoses
2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I always wanted to try this beer, I finally got a sample pack of beer with this one in it. I am not impressed with this beer at all. It is not the worst by any means but I think I was correct in not picking up this beer for the longest time. I don't think I will be trying this one again.

skeetermoses, Dec 07, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I was in Wilkes-Barre over the weekend and stopped in to see Lenny at Wyoming Valley Beverage. They purport to have a good selection of imports and micros and I needed a little supplementation in the cellar. I went up and down the aisles until I stopped in front of a massive pile of Lemp cases. I recognized the name and for those not familiar, St. Louis is emblazoned on the case. I flipped it over and around looking for other clues but there were none. At less than $12.00 a case, I figured it was worth a shot. Lenny said he didn't know where it was from but it had just arrived the day before. After paying up front, I ripped the case open a bit and pulled out a bottle. It should have been obvious to me but I finally found the statement it was brewed and bottled for Lemp by the Lion.

Well, this is a slightly different kettle of fish than Lionshead. There's a nice malt nose, decent looking head, and reasonably rich amber color. Flavorwise, I would say way less corn, better balance, ample hops, and decently smooth. I kinda like this beer, despite all the more knowledgeable comments below. Sure, the head doesn't stick around too long but the lacing is real. I think the carbonation is adequate and I'm hoping the freshness has something to do with this. It does have a lingering finish that's pleasant and is overall drinkable. Consider the price! I think this is a real beer at a great value.

BeerIsland, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal-clear bronze with golden highlights beneath a short but creamy head of bright white foam. The head retention is average, and it drops shortly to an average collar but does somehow manage to leave some minor splashes of lace about the glass. The nose offers some sweetish, grainy, and delicately caramelized malt that's laced with lightly spicy and floral hops. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that leaves it nicely crisp. The flavor offers a surprisingly nice amount of floral and spicy hop flavor amidsts its lightly sweet and delicately caramelish malt. A firm bitterness balances it quite well, and it finishes drying with some residual spicy hops that fade to reveals a bit of sticky malt left underneath. Quite clean, and very well made; this is an interesting lager that offers a good balance of character and drinkability. An excellent cross-over beer for persons looking to move forward from basic, lightly hopped macro brands.

NeroFiddled, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of BeerZack
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear amber one-finger fizzy head that quickly fades to spotty thin foam.

Smells like sweet light and carmalts with spicy carbonic whiffs.

Slightly roasted sweet malt with a metallic finish. Watery impression on finish. Small step from your average macro lager.

Aggressive carbonation bites the tip of my tongue. As the beer warms and loses all that fizz it gets a bit sticky, sweet, which makes the drinkability not so good.

BeerZack, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque yellow, thin, well standing white head. Some perfumy, grainy aromas, initially thought to match the macro-adjunct nose, yet these seem to be a little more pleasant, but not by much. Hangs on the fence of a light bodied beer; some spicy hops are quickly detected, then quickly fade away, sweet and a harsh twang bitterness throughout; grassy and some corn notes in the body. Becomes quickly carbonated and lacks any decent qualities, even for a 'standard lager' as the label claims. This is boasted as the 'first American lager'; America has made some great strides! Don't spend time looking for this one.

GeoffRizzo, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt that this was a very good interpretation of the English style. It strongly resembled a lot of the common British name brand ales. It brown body with great creamy tan head and lace. The aroma was very roasty and malty The taste was about the same just a little more bitter than the smell with minimal wood and nut tones. The mouthfeel is creamy and full.

MTNboy, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Cresant
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pils glass. No date. The murky body was a dull golden brown. The head was bright white and persistent.

Smell was slightly vegetal. No hints of hops.

Taste was sweet vegetables, carrots or corn. There was some tart counterbalancing. Fruity, more like an ale than a lager.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a medium body.

Cresant, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of Pegasus
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Clear and deep reddish-golden color, with a massive, coarse white head, which retains rather well. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls. Little carbonation is evident.

Aroma: Rather pronounced aroma of musty, wet grain, with some yeast notes.

Taste: Opens with a wet grain note, rather like a non-alcoholic beer with the addition of harsh medicinal bitterness. The bitterness intensifies as the taste progresses, and lingers on well past the end of the taste. There is also a state bread note late in the taste. As another reviewer astutely noted, even when consumed cold, Lemp has a taste profile similar to over-warm lager.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, soft and pleasant, with just a hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: While Lemp is purported to be a craft-brewed beer, it does not compare well to commonly-available macro lagers. I really wanted to like this beer, with its 19th century-style label and the sobriquet of "America's First Lager Beer". But alas, Lemp did not live up to its promise, or to my modest expectations.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of ch473
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very cold from bottle. Pretty beer, nice deep golden orange with smooth carbonation and light tan foam that sticks to the glass. Very nice appearance.

Grassy, grainy smell. Sweetness.

Strange taste. Tastes old, musty-like. A little fruitiness near the end. Hard to describe. Corn and sour apples and musk, some almond/nutty in there too. Tastes like it came out of one of the Lemp's caves... Interesting.

Feels watery, very light carbonation.

Great with my dinner of pierogies and sausage. With the great bottle design and the fascinating history of the Lemps, it's hard not to like this beer. Overall a good beer, a little odd. Like the family who made it I guess.

ch473, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of assmasterson
3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours pretty clear, full of carbonation with a small head that quickly fades. Basically standard macro fare.

S: Slight amount of hops, a little bit of flower here and there, but not much at all.

T: Stronger than the normal Budweiser taste, with a much more detectable hop note.

M: A little thicker and stickier than I had expected. Still, goes down smoothly.

D: Fairly high, but not quite as high as some other domestic brews, as this one feels a little stronger than the standard fare. Still, not a terrible pick up if you're looking for something simple.

assmasterson, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of ghurux86
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

first off, this is better than the other STL beers, meaning AB products.
pours a dark yellow with a hint of orange, a white head that dissipates kinda fast but not instantly and even after it stays around the edge. laces a little.
smells of corn, yeast, malt, and something sweet maybe caramel or something.
taste is pretty much like the smell, but the malt seems to come through a little more with a slight hoppiness at the rear end.
feels good going down, nice and smooth, medium bodied, and not a lot of carbonation.
very drinkable imo but i like to try new stuff so it will probably be a while before i get it again.

ghurux86, May 03, 2005
Photo of ahentz
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

ahentz, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.89/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Pale Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass Poured a golden orange color, produced an average white head , featured poor retention and left little lacing on the glass. The aroma contained some malted grain and a wee bit of hops. Light in body, there is some sort of a mineral taste that overshadows the malted grain- Im not sure if this is the original recipe for Lemp Lager, (which was the nations first lager beer.) - That said its decent, worth a try but not something I would go back too.

GossageBrewery, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DCon
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bought Beer from Lukas Liquor in a Mix-A-Six. (1st Beer of Night)

Appearance:Has an orange body

Smell: smells like a familiar Belgian I've had lately

Taste: Has a Metallic and dry taste.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation

Drinkability: Has Metallic taste but goes down smooth and a beer I can go back to. Would only be a beer I would enjoy as a first of the night.

DCon, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of jharris0624
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

jharris0624, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with gold highlights. It had little to no head retention and left no lace.

S - Aroma was a little weak. Some grainy, bready aroma. No hop or floral aromas.

T - It was sweet and bready with some nice caramel flavors. A touch of bitter hops - really quite mild.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly smooth. A light lager that is good but lacked the dry finish I expect from a good lager.

D - This is an okay lager. Not something I'd regularly pick up or recommend to anyone.

zeff80, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

ejimhof, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of hwwty4
2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. Poured a highly carbonated orangey-brown, with a big white head that disappeared into nothingness. There is absolutely no head retention at all. Aroma is odd. It almost smells like the water out of a minnow bucket. Not nearly as fishy, but that earthy smell is in there. This beer also has a slightly yeasty aroma with a sharp sourness from the malts. The taste isn't much better. This beer is oddly yeasty, which makes up the majority of the taste profile. There is also a slight sour twang to it. Mouthfeel is surprisingly dry. This beer isn't nearly as crisp as I thought it was going to be. I definitely will not be seeking this one out again.

hwwty4, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
1.58/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very clear light amber. Slight sour maltiness and a bit of yeast in the smell. Taste is earthy malt, dry, sweaty yeast. Sweet, yet drying... Not a very clean or pleasant finish. Bad even by pale lager standards, I thought. Stay away from this beer!!!

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of salukiKMO
2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was looking forward to trying a St. Louis beer that wasn't made by AB. Although I noticed it's actually brewed in PA.

The color was that of most lagers..a darker yellow than say a Bud Light. The head quickly dissapated after the pour. I thought the taste was pretty good. A little too hoppy for my liking but overall not bad. Would recommend as an alternative to the lager macro beers like a Bud or Miller.

Hope this helps..my first review.

salukiKMO, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with no dates.

Poured a clear, dark straw with a small white head that settled into a collar.

Crisp and clean nose, not much of anything going on here, just some faint malt sweetness.

A little thin and watery on the palate, malts are overly sweet and unbalanced in comparison to threshold hopping.

I'm glad this was offered at a friends house, I would have felt robbed if I purchased it. On par with some macro lagers, no way of telling if it just wasn't fresh and the hops had mellowed to a nonexistant state.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Anonymousmark
3.6/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a start-up beer allegedly brewed with the old St. Louis Lemp Beer dynasty recipe. I cannot say for sure why, but I like it. It drinks smooth and crisp and has a nice unusual finish. I suspect you will either love it or hate it. I have not located the beer outside the St. Louis region but when shopping for beer I will almost always pick up a six-pack or two of longnecks. I suspect part of why I enjoy Lemp is because it is not part of the world-wide beer congolmerate. In short, its worth trying. I have spent far more for beers I like far less.

Anonymousmark, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of jimdkc
1.83/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a crystal clear golden color. Fast-fading white head. Little lacing. Nose is grainy and corny. It's been quite a while since I've had a Bud... but that's the memory that stirred while drinking this! Same slightly harsh flavor... same mildly unpleasant bitterness on the swallow. Claims to be America's first lager beer, and makes a big deal of splashing "St. Louis" all over the label... but it's contract brewed in Pennsylvania! Not sure what the point is. I think "historic novelty" is a good description for this!

jimdkc, May 06, 2004
Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

“Americas First Lager Beer” Now brewed by Lion in PA. And yeah, I thought this was just a novelty beer years ago, but it’s still arriving, so time for a try.

Hey! Not to damn bad – clear sunshine yellow / amber pour topped by a decent white head. Do note husked and cooked veggies and corn in the aroma. But a semi-malty brew in the quaff. Well balanced, crisp and dry. Yeah, this was actually refreshing and tasty. I’d have no problem popping a few of these guys.

Vancer, May 15, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
1.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bottle Inspection: Olde school graphics look fairly cool, but no real useful information, including a neck laser code “20407” which tells me they don’t want to tell me the date.

Aroma: Wet grain, corn, and a mild yeast element. Nothing really exciting going on here. Mild musty note.

Appearance: Light amber glass with a solid ¼ finger head that laces nicely.

Flavor: The wet grain is only amplified. Corn element is also pretty strong. It has all the bad elements of an American Marco without the redeeming qualities of a clean profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, low carbonation.

Overall Impression: Tastes like warm Budweiser, but feels cold; I’m confused. Poor execution of a style that has been mastered by others. If you want an American Macro, just drink BMC.

HardTarget, Dec 14, 2007
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Lemp St. Louis Lager from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.