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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: psugrad98 on 11-01-2002

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Ratings: 433 | Reviews: 164
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Photo of StoutHearted
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a born-and-bred Northeast Philly gal, I was raised to respect Yuengling as the beer to drink when there's no beer to drink. However, this beer has all the proper credentials of a decent beer standby. The color and smell won't impress you- you'll think of Pine-Sol with its lemon acidic smell. But it goes down surprisingly well. It maintains a repectable head, but the cynic in me says that even the most sadistic of soldiers can afford a snazzy uniform. Forget the lemon smell and the Coors dressage, this beer was made for chuggage when its cooler older brothers Yuengling and Sam Adams are MIA, hot-rodding with hot chicks in fancy convertibles. This beer may earn its stripes with the college crowd, but I think it's handy to have around for cooking seafood and bragging to your younger brother that you still "got it."

Photo of BeerIsland
2.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems like I’m really gettin’ jiggy wit’ the Lion lately. I recently found a case of this in the cellar that got lost in the shuffle about a year ago. I’m quite surprised at how well it’s held up. The Lionshead Pils is a very inexpensive beer and very popular with the lawnmower and baitcasting crowd. It looks ok in the glass, nice golden color although the head was gone in an eyeblink. It has a nice malt aroma. The flavor is well balanced generally light and the finish has some staying power. It's very drinkable although one would probably want something better for an extended session. For $10 a case, this is a good deal, for sure.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass,not much head quickly diminished into a white ring around the glass. A straw to light to golden color,clear not very tempting.
The aroma was fruity, bisquity,a bit toasty, slightly fruity,not a lot of hop presense.
The taste was fruity, sweet, grainy,slightly metallic.A tart finish.
Mouthfeel was thin,dry,not well carbinated,almost flat.
This beer was lacking in flavor and taste,very dull,with not much character.Left a lot to be desired.

Photo of Soonami
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lionshead on draft was a pretty decent experience. I haven't had this beer before but it was clean, refreshing, and it hit the spot after a full dinner and some heavier beers earlier in the night. The beer was definitely a step up above the BMC crowd, and a really nice affordable option to have late in the night when you've already had 5 beers previously.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No emotional ties to this beer, I've never drank it back in college for insanely cheap prices, but I always like the Stegmaier beers I come across so when jcdiflorio offered me a bottled I jumped on this PA regional staple. Appears a golden clear filtered tone with a bright white decent sized white head, quickly dwindles to leave uneven bands of scattered lacing down my pint. Aroma has a mild sweetness and corn huskiness sort of a grainy character with a touch of metallic mineral quality, shows off a very light hop presence. Taste has dominant sweetness, grainy character light herbal, grassy hops low bitterness finishes with more of that metallic edge, not bad overall. Mouthfeel is light not watery higher carbonation nothing remarkable here to note on the palate this is the type of beer that will make you gaseous. Drinkability...well this is not something I'll search for but if I come across it while looking for a cheap and decent beer outside of the big three this one would entice me, but definitely worth the try just for the rarity.

Photo of chinchill
2.41/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can with what appears to be a 2012 date stamped on the bottom.
Pours a deep golden color with a short-lived white head.
The aroma is poor, actually just plain bad at first, but improved to poor after airing. The taste is more palatable than the aroma suggests, but that is not saying much. This is a weak flavored lager that tastes like the cheap beer it is. Thin body is a bit watery and astringent.

Think light lager, not "Deluxe Pilsner" as per the can, and you'll be much less disappointed.

Photo of Brenden
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is a very pale yellow, quite typical for the style. A fluffy head forms on the pour but very spritzy and bubbly; it's no surprise that it's gone within moments.
The smell is akin to a BMC light with perhaps a slightly stronger presence and a gentle underlying sweetness others don't have.
It's sweeter in the smell than the flavor, heavier on grains than other ingredients but with undertones of hops, very subtle malts, and corn husk.
There's the crispness expected but it's a bit smoother than I'd expect. It's quite thin, but not as watery-thin as a BMC light.
I would put this above a BMC light, but most of this style, the weakest and lamest of all the styles, in my opinion, are slightly more flavorful than this.

Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, a go-to summer yard work brew! let's see how it goes inside in a tulip...

a: bright golden...looks like one of those rare 'micro' brews by a macro...nice head, full of life, not much lacing...settles fast

s: sweet malt with a citrus punch...but that's ghostly. something tangy sour in the second whiff. still, sweetness dominates. corn, too?

t: ya know, since i am focusing on it, i get a really nice malty biscuit. a swirl in the mouth betrays that almost annoying sweetness in the nose. this is light weight for sure, but there is plenty going on. for the price, this is a bargain. and a gentleman. well, lady. whatever...for what it IS ;)

m: actually very silky...not watery as expected. some body is detected. a swirl makes it foam up, but not an overly effervescent bubbliness to cover up any flavor (or lack thereof!).

i enjoyed the slow-go here with lionshead...but it really refreshes best when ice cold after or during yardwork! nothing 'nasty' here at all.

of course, don't drink it warm...

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.66/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This might be the palest beer I've ever seen. Almost looks a bit like carbonated water with some yellow coloring. For me that's not a bad thing though. The overall combination of this look with the active carbonation and heavy white head and foam makes this pretty nice.

Smell: Nothing special here. Basically clean, beery grain. No problems.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More beery grain with a hint of sweetness as well. I actually kind of like this. Mouthfeel comes across a bit like soda, but is definitely an upgrade over cheap macro lagers.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a few of these over an hour or two with zero issues.

Overall: A safe, easy alternative to macro lagers.

Photo of tempest
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jumping on other folk's Blue Ribbon comments, I'd call this beer the PBR of PA. Come on, $10 a case? Well it's not awful. Looking at it from a pilsner perspective (not a macro lager), its like they forgot to add hops. The sweet and bready malt profile is ok for the style, but there's no hops to be found. It's inoffensive and not bad drinking, but hops would go a long ways here.

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If memory serves me, I picked this up at midtown in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of pearl white head. Average head retention 7 lacing

S: Perfumy hops grainyness & a bit of lemon

T: Grainyness, honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt up front. Apricot fruittyness, grainyness & flinty dryness are all there as this warms, some canned pears, plus a touch of cereal sweetness. Finishes crisp with slight metallic twang & some lemons

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks fairly easy, not bad for the style, but after about 3, I'd be wanting more hops or malt or both..I certainly would take this over BMC or even some Michelobs out there

Photo of alleykatking
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a very light watery yellow color. Maybe a shad darker than BMC but I don't think so. Hard pour results in a one and a half finger white head which dies into nothing. No lacing at all on this beer.

S- Light earthy (grassy) smell. Also light alcohol smell to this as well. Sweet malts are what I smell the most of in this beer. Nothing special in the aroma and is like well BMC.

T- Light bready malts in the front of this beer. Toward the middle I pick up some of the grassy hops in the beer along with lemon peel or something. Light alcohol in the backdrop of the beer. Tastes a little more dominate than in other adjunct lagers.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little too much for me but then again good for the style. Some sweet malts hang on the palate for a little after the sip is done. Light grassy and malty taste in the aftertaste. Clean tasting with some crispness.

D- This is a very drinkable adjunct lager that I would buy if given the choice. Very friendly beer to give to non-craft drinkers. This would be my choice if given a adjunct lager.

Photo of tjd112
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased two cases for my bday, also purchased for party in upstate New York

A - Pours a pale yellow color with fast dissipating head with very minimal lacing
S/T - Tastes less corn-like or grain-like than most adjunct lagers, slight honey/butterscotch notes
M - A very smooth beer
D - Very good for an either really hot or cold day

For $14 a case, this is really a good beer for the price. I know a lot of anti-BMC people like it

Photo of EagleTalon
3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a soapy head that fades to a tiny ring around the glass. Strraw-gold in color. Generous carbonation. Weak nose of faint sweet malt reminicent of traditional German-made light lagers, with an anemic whiff of finishing hops. Taste is leaning to caramel (or corn syrup?) sweetness somewhat offset by the hops. Finishes with sweet residue on tongue. For the lower price it is not bad. It tasted like, uh...I dunno...a watered-down Lowenbrau?

Photo of KYGunner
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pilsner poured as a pilsner should with golden coloring and loads of carbonation.

Scents of cereal malts and bready, barley-like tones the smell is full in the nose but a bit "cheap".

The taste is crisp and refreshing with bready, cracker like cereal tastes. Very malty, this pilsner is tasty and blends well with the Cajun food I was eating.

Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a bottle before and was unimpressed. Much better from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of corn is present. Taste is crisp, refreshing, some malts and corn, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, at this price point, makes a good session beer on a hot summer day.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.09/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a slightly cloudy dull lemon color with moderately strong carbonation with no visible head or lacing to be found.

S: neutral and not much of anything to be smelled here. Honestly had a watery aroma.

T: The taste was fairly clean with the very lightest of pale grains and not much hopping at all. Very light, though watery at times.

M: equally watery, light and disappointing.

D: Honestly not much here to go on, a weak lackluster experience with no visible appeal, aroma or flavor and was just plain watery. Not even at $13 a case on college night could I recommend this.

Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I walked into the beer distibutor and they had a case of this in bottles on sale for $11.35. I couldn't pass it up. It's a PA beer so I bought a case. It's a general light pilsner beer. LIttle balance of hops and malt, not too much, though. Pours a nice light straw to slight golden color, good head retention and easy drinking. It's better than Miller or Coors, but not too much better. For a micro I would expect a little more but for under $12 a case it's a good deal. If you can find this stuff for cheap buy it. It sure beats the macro's.

Photo of akorsak
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle.

A: Yellow and fozzy, the pilsener looks like water with a few drops of food coloring added for good measure. As you'd guess, it is transparent. A sizeable head on pour quickly whittled away, no lace no nothin'.

S: The nose is creamy and sweet, more creamed corn than grain.

T: Much like the nose, the body is creamy and sweet, touched up with green apples. The remainder of the body is generally lifeless, save for the fizziness. It fits the bill for an adjunct lager, the kind of beer I'll drink after a warm morning at Hershey Park (oh, just like right now).

M: The mouthfeel is creamy sweet and fizzy. Nothing memorable.

D: There's no reason that you couldn't drink five or six of these at one time, but I'd rather not have to.

Photo of philbe311
2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A little less than one fingers worth of fizzy slightly uneven fizzy white foam... Leaves a very minimal splotchy lacing... Loads of moderate to fast paced large carbonation bubbles rise throughout... A completely translucent very pale golden yellow color...

S - Very basic... Diacytel dominates in the form of sweet butterscotch and butter... Canned corn... Some minor grainy characteristics... By Adjunct Lager standards, this actually is rather pleasant...

T - Cornflakes and corn... A subtle buttery sweetness... Perhaps a touch of honey... Not much going on the palette...

M - Somewhere between light to medium bodied... Fairly smooth... Good carbonation levels... Not watery like many Adjunct Lagers...

D - A slight step up from the traditional BMC product, but not by much... It's local and the price point is right on... Not a bad beer in absence of true craft, but definitely a last resort...

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light golden hue with a pearl white one finger head that slowly settles to an even cap.

Very light, biscuity grain. Very slight hop aroma in the background.

Very crisp and smooth grain flavor, with just a touch of biting hops toward the end. Light bodied.

I see that this one has had some unfavorable reviews, but I think for the style this one is about spot-on. The brewery seems to make three beers, mostly in the less-than-craft category, but they did well with something that's great for a hot summer day. Refreshing right out of the fridge. Recommended.

Photo of Deerslayer210
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ahhhh lions head. What can I say. This might be the best basement bargain beer in a bottle. Oh yes, buy the bottle or give it a " drain poor". In the bottle it is an outstanding cheap drinker, but they must buy the left over cans from steel city, the taste coming out of a can is of licking the aluminum shavings off the brewery floor. And stay away from the light version too, the regular pilsner is light enough. So if you need a cheap bottle that goes down easy and will please most on a hot day. Drink up my friend... Bonus the mind teasers under the caps can keep a group of local drunks amused for hours of cheap fun!

Photo of Bartrash
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not quite sure if this can be called a beer or not. Smells of any fine watered down American pilsner. The taste is odd in that it is sweet with a hint of what I would call grapes. It ends with somewhat of a bitter note but just a little. The appearance (along with price) is about all this has going for it. Cannot complain though it is always there on a hot day when I have no money.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- market Cross Pub

A- 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a crips wheat yellow color. A lot of carbonation it sounds like i just poured a pepsi. A nice 3 finger head hits the top. Hangs around for a lil bit.

S- earthy and and a lemony zest is apart of the smell. a hint of dry malt and very little alcohol.

T- a light hint of wheat and malt. No alcohol flavor whatsoever. I can also get a taste of metallic flavoring for some reason. I dont know if it is me or if it is really the drink.

M- bland but very refreshing. Smooth and goes down easy. Nothing too special.

D- this is more for the miller lite drinker if they arelooking to try different local beers. An ok brew but i have had much better.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thick head, then settle just a bit. Tight, sticky lacing. Transparent. Visible upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Malty sweetness - light caramel, brown sugar notes. Just a touch of fruitiness lingers under the surface.
T) Malty sweet up front. Dry grainyness in the finish. A lingering sweet yet dryness in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth, with just an initial crisp CO2. Just a slight dryness. Light bodied.
D) A well crafted lager. I would definitely have another one of these.

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.