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Lemp St. Louis Lager - Lion Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Lemp St. Louis LagerLemp St. Louis Lager

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BA SCORE
68
poor

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of jharris0624
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ejimhof
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bright tangerine with minimal visible carbonation. The toasted bagel colored cap was about a bagel thick after the pour and doesn't look too shabby. In the end, a respectable amount of lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma is sour and musty and ale yeast fruity. Most all-malt lagers smell like grain with a handful of German hops. It isn't bad, it's just unexpected and isn't consistent with the style (note: since changed to American pale lager). Warming ushers in a hint of nastiness.

The flavor is pretty much a carbon copy of the nose, which means that it isn't any good either. Lemp St. Louis still strikes me as an estery ale, with all manner of strange flavors competing for attention. Clean it is not.

Let's see... lightly toasted sour grain mixed with old peach skins and soaked in mineral water. It isn't nearly that bad, but I'm struggling to come with words that capture the flavor profile accurately. It's both sweet (early) and bitter (late), though neither one dominates at any point along the way. Yep, this is an strange one.

Lemp isn't quite limp, but it's damn close. That's what happens when a light body is coupled with too few bubbles. A better mouthfeel would be nice, but it wouldn't change the scores on either side of it.

Lion Brewery's Lemp St. Louis Standard Lager Beer is supposed to be a recreation of the first lager brewed in America, by Adam Lemp, in St. Louis, in 1840. The brand was brought back to life by a group of investors in 2004. This is either a lousy recreation of the original or the original died for good reason. Some things are best left on the scrapheap of history.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of winomark
1.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a medium gold with a vigorous bone white head that quickly fades. Darker than I expected.

Mild nose with some malt tones and slight hop aroma. Typical macro lager smell.

Almost no flavor. Some sweet malt in the finish. Carbonation dominates an othwewise bland palate. No hops noticable.

Very light and uninspiring. Disappears immediately. Quite disappointing.

As MJR mentioned, possibly a novelty beer, similar to 3 Stooges, and he was right. All this is is a historic novelty. Bills itself as the first American lager beer. Unless you have heard of Lemp Brewery in Saint Louis, no need to try it.

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.

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!

Photo of rocketmotor
1.6/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought this thinking it would be nice to have the first big name beer from St Louis, what a mistake. If you like corn/grain flavored and smelling beer go for it. I was very disapointed, as the smell and and taste reminded me of that corn crap beer Natural Light.

The beer poured with very little head which subsided quickly. The beer appeared a slightly dark straw color, the best feature it had IMO.

The smell of the beer was strongly tainted by corn and grain. I can't get past the smell, just too much for me. I know it may fit the style, but it is too strong. Very little hop scent.

I thought the flavor was too dominated by the corn/grain adjuncts. There was a light, sweet, malt flavor, strong adjunct flavor, and very little hop bitterness. The majority of the bitterness was provided by the carbonation.

I paid $8.00 for a six pack and I expected a premium type beer. This is a cheap adjunct brew for college kids. Don't get suckered into buying this beer for the history of the LEMP brewery. Just read the six pack carrier and set it down, buy a real beer instead, or buy Natural Light and save yourself about $4.00 a six pack.

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!!!

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