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Pocono Lager - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Pocono LagerPocono Lager

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BA SCORE
75
okay

36 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 11.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-08-2002)
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Reviews by Bitzy:
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Bitzy

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What kind of beer is this? A lager, really? The taste was quite watery at first then only towards the end did I taste some tea-like fruit esters, clove, and a faint hop presence. This was my first beer from Pocono/Lion Brewery. I hope its other beers aren't like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 02:12:36 | More by Bitzy
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Pennsylvania

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New Jersey

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Sipchue

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12-29-2012 14:09:42 | More by Sipchue
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durwood64

Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.2%

01-01-2012 16:32:44 | More by durwood64
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ericwilson54

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

12-21-2011 16:59:29 | More by ericwilson54
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-09-2011 00:26:08 | More by JohneHoodlum
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-17-2011 04:18:32 | More by ROGUE16
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber color with a small, wispy head on top that never really became too much of anything. Light side glass lacing and a decent amount of carbonation were the only really redeeming factors in this one.

The aroma was light as well. A nice touch of faint earthy hops started out the show, with a quick hint of grain and a light sweetness that I assume is coming in from the honey. The flavor was more of the same, quick touches of light, sweet honey that were layered on top of the grain base

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 04:41:36 | More by mikesgroove
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gboy515duo

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Copper / Amber colored, nice, short lived, 3 finger head, bubbles constantly coming from the bottom

S: Smells mostly of malts, with a hint of possibly pine in the aromas. Hardly any presence of hops.

T: Tastes like a malt lager with very thickly veiled hops behind a spiced, definitely woody, flavor.

M: Ridiculously smooth beer that sits perfectly on the palate, but possibly also undercarbonated...

D: So easy to drink all night. This beer could easily replace a macro at a party without people getting too bogged down with a heavy, thick beer, but while also being surprised by the wonderful taste.

Overall: This beer is the reason I started delving into other more crafty beers. It will always have a place in my heart, even though Lionshead has stated they have discontinued brewing the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:51:53 | More by gboy515duo
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Durge

Connecticut

3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a frosted mug this one shows a clear and radiant copper color with a fair white cover and very full lacing. The nose detects fair cereal grain with a touch of skunkiness. Clean and decent as lagers go. The flavor offers thin wheat and light citrus. Nothing impressive but it's pretty clean and refreshing. A fine volume brew to accompany your hot dogs and hamburgers at summer events. It's watery but has enough basic cereal flavor to get you by. Not one for the memory banks but it works.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 05:48:56 | More by Durge
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h00dak

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I cracked this screw cap not expecting a whole lot. But then, I always root for the underdog. It smells coppery and a little nutty. It took a while for me to put my finger on it. Smell is pretty good.

The appearance is very nice. Quickly vanishing 1 finger head but the color is amber and yellow and quite nice to look at. Maybe a little light. Totally clear.

Taste is light and so is the mouth feel. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol can be detected at the end. Quite drying.

Just a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 01:27:23 | More by h00dak
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guinness33

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a generic looking lighter amber colour with a mid-sized to smallish frothy head that quickly dissolves, leaving negligible amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is of faint caramel, general malt (maybe a slight, slight hint of toasted malt) and sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinary or inspiring.

Flavour is basically more of the same: sweetness from the caramel still leads the way but gives way a bit to a definite but still tame toasted malt flavour here and there. A bit grainy as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

This is just a straight up average across the board brew. It's got a definite Yuengling influence to it but falls a step below said Yuengling overall. That said, I'd call it a bit better than the likes of a Killians. Don't expect much, but if you are looking for something simple then this might do the job for you.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 03:50:16 | More by guinness33
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This just about fits the bill for the style. Looks pretty appealing in the glass with a clean amber color and rings of lace down the glass.
Smells pretty good, too. Clean, some floral hops, some sweetish malt scents. Reminds me at times of Belgian pale ales along the lines of Leffe Blonde or some wheat beers due to some banana esters.
Tastes are somewhere between that of a watered down amber ale and a watered down hefe weizen. A hint of that banana again with some of that amber ale bitter flavor.
Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat slick. Some more carbonation might be useful to cut through the thin character.
This would make for a decent happy hour special type deal. I'd rather have this than Yuengling or Killians. Pretty successful for what it's trying to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 23:51:39 | More by ommegangpbr
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mass produced lager but above average.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off white headand a few specs of lace.

Smell: The aroma is too small. There is a remote sugestion of caramel malt and it is blanck from there. At least it is clean.

Taste: Grain and sweetness. Surprisingly like Yuengling. Caramel and sweet tea with a twist of lemon hop and grassy light bitterness in back end.

Mouthfeel: Light sweet and dry.

Drinkability: This is a simple no frills drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 08:44:54 | More by Phatz
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice deep brown color with a slight head into a pint glass. The aroma I get is of malts and bit of caramel. The taste is a bit of a let down although I don't think I expected a whole lot in here. The taste is more of the malts with some good caramel flavors but not overly complex. Easy to drink but not worth drinking a ton of.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 03:08:20 | More by ggaughan
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with a slight reddish hue and an inconsequential head. The aroma is mildly hoppy, with a notable toasted and caramel quality. It’s a quiet, unassuming aroma. The taste is a little malty and slightly sweet. Toasted malt is notable throughout the taste. Not much in the way of hops here. Low carbonation, and a lite-ish body. All in all, this is okay…but that’s it. Drinkable but forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 21:41:38 | More by Suds
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle with a twist off cap, looks like the BA Database picture. The neck has an inkjet code (date?) of 31802 1057.

Appearance: Chestnut body with a polished dark brown grain. Dirty white head is thin but resilient and never less than ¼” thick. Medium carbonation and a light smattered lacing.

Nose: Crushed walnut shells, freshly pooped toast from the Toaster, caramel and sweet toffee malts.

Taste: Nutty start with a dry powdery middle. Toasted malts with a light sweetness in the finish. Very simple, and the dry flavors are very quick; bham, bham, bham and it’s gone with nothing to remind you of what you just drank.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery caramels with a toasted malt base assist but do little to get this one anything than an average body.

Drinkability: Middle of the road, not bad at first, but like the earlier Pocono Light it soon gets one-dimensional and starts to bore rather quickly.

Overall: Described on the label as “Amber, Full Bodied”, but after I drank it I don’t see the Amber and I certainly don’t feel the Full Bodied. Not bad, not good, just average.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2005 03:41:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from the Pocono Party Pack. Expiration date clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!). I had this in a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty, clear copper/amber with a one finger head of beige colored foam. Carbonation is evident. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing on the glass.

The first aroma I get is DMS, not bad, but there. Then I can smell a light malt aroma, kind of sweet, a little bready, with a barely detectable spicy hop smell. The DMS smell goes away after a while.

Flavor is kind of thin sweet malt, not real caramel-y for the color. Just enough hop bittering to make this not cloying. There is a slight metallic taste there in the aftertaste; not strong, but there. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Residual sugar is low to medium, as is the carbonation. Hop bitterness is low, and the finish is crisp and malty.

Not a great beer, but it's better than Yuengling Amber Lager, by far. Much more malt and hop character. I guarantee you'll prefer this over YAL if you give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2005 16:35:34 | More by jakester
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TheDeuce

New York

3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pocono Lager....from the Pocono Party Pack

Appearance-pours a deep red with a hint of gold throughout, a one finger head pinches it's way forward, but unlike the Pale Ale it decides to stick around.

Smell-tinges of biscuit malt, mild hop aroma and alchol fumes, not much else.

Taste-slightly malty up front, this slight malt flavoring continues all the way down, not much else.

Mouthfeel-clean enough and light so it's inoffensive, a malty aftertaste on the toungue.

Drinakbility-light and balanced enough, no knowledge of the ABV but should be nothing too different from other lagers.

Overall-a drinkable malty American Lager, nothing too strong or flashy but a simple lager on the malty side which I haven't come across that much, so if you've been dreaming of a malty lager here you go.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 08:30:16 | More by TheDeuce
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager poured a light brown amber with a slight bit of lace. The nose is pretty much absent to me. Taste: a balanced blend of malt and hops that went down easy, but not enough of either to make me want to try it again. The malt was a bit bready, with a slight fruity ester. The bitterness was enough to make it drinkable. I would recommend it as a cross-over beer similar to Honey Brown, but too weak for veteran tasters.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2005 16:32:10 | More by farHillsBrewer
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

2.42/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. twist-off bottle with playing card value underneath bottlecap. This particular bottlecap was the ace of hearts. Pours an amber color with a tan colored head that subsides pretty quickly and laced good. Some maltiness and breadiness in the nose; it smells kind of minerally. No real hop character in the aroma even though the brewery's website says it is kettle hopped with Galena and Mt. Hood hops. Rather bland in taste. Some doughy malt sweetness and faintly bitter in the finish, the rest is a minerally wateriness. The label claims it is full bodied... compared to what? Not very recommended unless you're looking for a Yuengling-type adjuncted amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2005 01:46:53 | More by crookedhalo
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This lager is dark brownish-orange in color with a decent head that came down cleanly.

Smell – The aroma is dark, heavily-toasted grain with some light caramel sweetness.

Taste – The flavor here is a bit bland but, for American grain, bland is good. There’s nothing offensive in this one. It’s almost like a mix of Red Lager and Dunkel Lager.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin in the mouth with some light, tickling carbonation that seems out of place.

Drinkability – Pocono was all over the board with this offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 02:14:00 | More by RoyalT
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pocono Lager is a decent enough all-malt brew (although it's clear that some 6-row barley is in use), and at it's price point it makes a good alternative to macro brew. It pours a clear deep-amber with a slightly reddish cast beneath a quickly fading cap of white. Lacing is minimal at best. The nose is restrained as well. It's very clean; but it gives no indication of anything other than a basic, light malt. The body is medium, and it's crisp in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation. The flavor follows what the nose indicates (it's just a basic, straightforward lager), although the color is quite dark. There's a bit of clean, lightly sweet malt there; but certainly no caramel malt. I'm guessing that like Yuengling's Traditional Lager, this is made with added color rather than kilned malts. And why not, it's probably intended to compete with it. Bitterness is minimal, but it's well balanced, refreshing, and drinkable. A great BBQ or sporting events beer!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 22:58:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This plain brown 12 oz. Pocono Lager bottle without any date imprint was part of a mixed case I purchased for $28. She stands up in a pint with scant sporadic bubbles and a glissening slick of a head that wears away into nothing in a second over a mahagony clear pour. Lace??? We don’t need no stinking lace.

Narrow scents of creamy malty lager aroma that I could not initially detect, but finally popped out when I buried my schnoz deep into my glass. Nothing to write home about, but I haven’t written mom in a dog’s age, so let's see how mom is doing. Big sip has an initially fizzy carbonated aggressive bite, quick to dissipate to a tap-water caramel, at best. A few good burps talkin’ back. This gets cream soda sticky in the back of the mouth. The aftertaste is an added cream-ale ish, with detectable tastey hints of lemony, iced-tea undertones.

Last swigs: Can’t say that this is a great lager, but depending on what your price tag is, a middle of the road decent session lager contender for your summer swiggin’ stash. If this is an offering intended to take a bite out of local loyal Yuengling Lager lads, they need to up the marketing ante. Pocono has a more malty, less patented Yuengling bitter twinge. Overall, equivalent to Brooklyn Lager for much less in the wallet. More like Red Bell Philadelphia Lager than any other brew. Now go mow the lawn, and guzzle a Pocono Lager. Forget about Colorado C**** Light, head for the PA mountains, instead. Maybe I’ll pass ya on the PA turnpike northern extension to pick up another…burp…Pocono Lager.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 06:04:01 | More by blitheringidiot
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Pocono Lager from Lion Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.