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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 20.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 11-01-2002)
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ksiazewski

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +72.4%

05-19-2012 03:23:17 | More by ksiazewski
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +55.2%

12-31-2011 07:26:28 | More by smithmd4
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 00:18:12 | More by BeerSox
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +46.6%

03-10-2012 16:23:11 | More by StaindProject86
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Dshaw

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lionshead will always be one of my favorite beers. I used to buy a case of bottles of this every Friday for a while from the local Beverage. The taste smooth for sure goes down like water. But it is somewhat filling, i could probly only put down about 12 of these in one night no more than that. But all in all its a good beer im proud to be from PA when I drink this beer. GO STEELERS!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 19:30:19 | More by Dshaw
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ChristopherA


4/5  rDev +37.9%

09-22-2012 21:41:40 | More by ChristopherA
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let8it8grow

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37.9%

02-02-2014 03:24:25 | More by let8it8grow
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 23:29:39 | More by u2carew
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kpr8rh8r

Virginia

4/5  rDev +37.9%

07-17-2014 21:33:36 | More by kpr8rh8r
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micahmye

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37.9%

04-19-2012 02:40:05 | More by micahmye
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iMilky

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +37.9%

01-10-2012 05:13:56 | More by iMilky
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mempath

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  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...

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 23:11:38 | More by mempath
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27Tripping

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Our new economic reality has a silver lining.

Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner. $14.09 a case.

That’s right, $14.09.

This brewery knows how to cheer up a customer. Besides the flavorful brew in the bottle, Lionshead has seen fit to include humor in their packaging.

“Best Head In Town” on the label. “There’s only one king around here, and you’re lookin’ at ‘em” proudly printed on each case.

Pairs especially well with your choice of any $2.99 Quick Check sub sandwich (do try the Italian), or enjoy with leftovers!

My next $50 “Federal Additional Compensation Program-Stimulus Payment” is earmarked.

Three cases of Lionshead, Sir. Gimme the change in Slim Jims.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 00:54:46 | More by 27Tripping
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +34.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 01:09:41 | More by russpowell
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head. It smells like all adjunct lagers; corn, musty, and kind of sweet. The flavor is much like the nose as it is sweet with a hint of corn/malts. No real hop presence. It is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is on par for the style maybe just slightly less carbonated. It is very drinkable given it is not that flavorful or complex. As far as the style goes its one of the best I have ever had. For the price its a steal.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 20:01:02 | More by thegodfather2701
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, inexpensive beer. Good yeasty wheat aroma with hints of grassiness.

Mild but satisfyinly wheaty flavor. Good yeast and carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish with slight hop bite on the sides during the exhale.

Well worth the money, and for the price, not likely to find much better. Good, affordable drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 00:15:39 | More by StaEva
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slvrmon82

Delaware

3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite light beers. Being from central PA I cant find it down here in Delaware.

The appearance is a standard pale yellow. It has a little head that stays with it for a while.

The smell is very smooth and a little sweet.

The taste is by far better than most standard domestic beers. It is sweet and light and still nice and crisp.

The mouthfeel is a little thicker than most pilsners.

The drinkability is unbelievable. Especially at $14 a case of 24 loose bottles. A great summertime beer or a nice lunch beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:06:08 | More by slvrmon82
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losingstreak

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried many craft beers for much more money than Lionshead. As a cheap alternative for a party, or even for myself, it can not get better than this. I did read the reviewed and understand this is a macro-brew, but at $16 a case in Philadelphia, my friends nor I will complain.

It tastes light, yet it is called a pilsner. I do not mind, since many of them are consumed. It is a light beer in my mind, but it still has the affordability and taste that puts it above any of the other adjuncts that I have had.

It is the cheapest beer available in bottles by the case in Philadelphia and while that may detract some, it is a definite plus in my book. Brewed only miles away from relatives it is one of the best cheap beers available in my area. I am disappointed by the dismissive reviews of other drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 10:31:11 | More by losingstreak
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palffyfan

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pale yellow with mild carbonation.

Smell - Sweet grainy smell, average strenght, did not upset me while drinking this brew.

Taste - Very sweet, refreshing taste, no hops or bitterness as the previous posters have mentioned (so this makes for a poor Pilsner?). Has a good deal of flavor altogether, but its hard to distinguish them exactly. This drinks like a macro lager but without any soapy/chemically processed taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, considering the price ($13 for a 24 pack) of this beer is cheaper than any of the other macrobrews out there. This beer is a must try for macro enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 04:53:53 | More by palffyfan
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eagles22

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

ok lionheads best cheap beer you can buy i dont get why people around my area drink bud light ...when you can get lionshead for 10.99 a case or $50 for a 1/2 barrel come on this best is awesome...i can drink massive quanities of this beer ..its the best cheap beer in the world and o yeah you get little riddles on the bottom of the caps..

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 15:32:12 | More by eagles22
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

09-12-2012 14:51:11 | More by wattoclone
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Getinthevan

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this while I spent Christmas vacation in Scranton, PA about a year back and this stuff was cheap as hell...a case of this for only $10! My god!

Appearance was very yellow, albeit almost sunshine gold at points, and it had a pretty nice head from a pilsner.

Smell was good, strong hops and corn throughout the brew.

Taste was very good, especially coming from such a cheap beer. I must've had the entire case in about two-three days tops. This stuff is really addicting and for a cheap beer, you truly can't beat it.

Mouthfeel was good, but not great. As it goes down quick and smooth, theres a nice hint of flavor to savor for a good second or two, but it quickly disappears.

Drinkability as I noted above is pretty top notch. It's a great beer for the holidays and the stuff gets addicting after a while. Good Wilkes-Barre brew! I highly recommend!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 00:22:43 | More by Getinthevan
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Doodamis-Maximus

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

06-14-2014 00:20:41 | More by Doodamis-Maximus
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foghornleghorn22

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%

07-11-2014 15:07:34 | More by foghornleghorn22
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GnomeKing

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If you're in the mood for an American-style light pilsner, then this beer, at $11 a case, will be hard to beat. True, it's a light pilsner, so no surprises are in store. And, yeah, it's light and thin...but those can be virtues if you want something really easy going, which I sometimes do.

So why do I like this beer as much as I do? The malt has a nice, albeit subtle, biscuity flavor. Also, it has a crisp, clean taste that isn't sullied by adjuncts, which I assume it uses. The aftertaste is nice too, which is rare among cheap beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:52:12 | More by GnomeKing
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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.