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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by gboy515duo:
Photo of gboy515duo
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.

gboy515duo, Jul 09, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Jun 26, 2004
Photo of Todd
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness info.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber beer with a slightly off-white thick, creamy, foam head. Decent head retention and a bit of stick.

Smell: Light esters, grain, soft background hops.

Taste: Smooth, light-bodied and thin overall. Malt character is faintly sweet and mixes to tea-like flavour with a light, bland, lemony, floral hop character -- a bit grassy, too. Crisp. Dry. Touch of hop oil around the edges of the palate. Thin fruity flavour. Some wet paper towards the end of the beer and dry, husky character in the finish.

Notes: A pretty basic amber lager, and a nice alternative to the mainstream macro lagers. However, nothing to get excited about ... but I guess that's the point of making beers that are refreshing and easy suck down. I would have loved to have seen a bit more malt and a more assertive hop character in this brew.

Todd, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good lacing with a few sticky rings of lace. Clarity is fine with a bright reddish copper hue.

Whiff of caramel malt sweetness and hints of clean alcohol in the aroma.

Smooth with a weak crispness that fell of the moderate carbonation. Slight watery maltiness within the medium body, sweetness seems faded and pulls away. Mild prickly hop bitterness cleans up easily showing that the malt is meek. Light twang of hop flavour middle to end as well as some clean graininess. Finishes nearly dry.

A notch or two better than Killian’s but still a lackluster lager though still very drinkable. Something I’d knock back if I was play slop cricket or shooting pool … meaning it’s a beer that won’t distract me.

Jason, Aug 10, 2002
Photo of jakester
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.

jakester, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of ggaughan
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.

ggaughan, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of EBeckett3
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

EBeckett3, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of SixpointJMH
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.

SixpointJMH, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -4.2%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of h00dak
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.

h00dak, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Phatz
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!

Phatz, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of WaltTrombone
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received a bottle of this from the owner of the local beer store as a freebie sample; he said that he was going to be stocking some, and to give it a try.

It poured a dark amber, and the tan head disappeared almost immediately. The aroma was faint, malt and maybe some caramel. The taste was not too complex, a nice lager-y crispness of malt, with a faint citrus note. Mouthfeel was thin, with a crisp carbonation. Finish was almost non-existent.

It reminded me too much of a typical macro. Actually, I thought that Michelob Amber Bock was more flavorful. This brewery has won some awards, but none for this beer. Now I know why...

WaltTrombone, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of TheDeuce
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.

TheDeuce, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of ericwilson54
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

ericwilson54, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of farHillsBrewer
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.

farHillsBrewer, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -4.2%

ROGUE16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pocono Lager poured a clear, amber color with only a very thin head that dissipated quickly. Not a lot of visible carbonation here, and little, if any lacing. A strong malty, grainy scent, with hints of corn mixed in greeted the nose. The taste was of a smooth maltiness, with a rather dry finish. Only the slightest hint of hops near the end countered the malt, though not too aggressively. The mouthfeel was a little on the light side...I would have appreciated a fuller feel with more complexity in the taste, as well. The Pocono Lager isn't a bad beer to have at the end of the day, or to split a case with some friends. But it lacks a certain complexity, and turns out to be rather uneventful.

SchmichaelJ, Mar 03, 2003
Photo of Suds
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.

Suds, Feb 18, 2006
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber, almost brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with pale and crystal malts. It has a nice dry lager yeast scent as well. The taste is decent. It is light and dry with a slight malty sweetness as it goes down. It has more flavor than most lagers, but still seems a bit watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well like most of their beers. What is it with these Penn. breweries and their amber lagers anyway? Whatever it is, maybe they can spread the word to the rest.

WesWes, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
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.

crookedhalo, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of Durge
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.

Durge, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of beernut7
3.55/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty refreshing light brew with a crisp taste and finish. Very much like many of the mass-produced lagers. Very light on flavor. Nice after-work beer.

beernut7, Jun 20, 2002
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Pocono Lager from Lion Brewery, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.