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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 27 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

djrn2, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of corn and grain in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily but nothing really stands out in the taste that would want me to try another.

metter98, May 29, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard farther than the roar of a lion."


Corn silk yellow with lemonade colored edges. Several energetic streams of bubbles ascend to a pillowy crown of bone colored foam that doesn't appear to be very sticky. A glass that is almost completely clear is the most convincing evidence.

This is one of those offerings that smells more like an adjunct lager than a pale lager, no matter what the ingredients list includes. Since Lion Brewery uses corn, American adjunct lager is the correct call. The beer smells somewhat grainy, with a considerable amount of sweetness that is only slightly corny. Not impressed.

Lionshead Pilsner has more flavor and is quite a bit sweeter than similar lagers from those macro breweries that use corn. Whether that's a positive or a negative depends on how you like your beer. I'd probably pick it over most Miller products (of this style), but that doesn't mean that it's enjoyable or that I'd drink it a second time.

The flavor is akin to lightly sugared (and untoasted) barley and corn, with virtually no hop flavor or bitterness. There may be a hint of grassiness, but the IBUs have to be south of 20. It's clean, but not crisp, and has a shortish finish. Kellogg's Corn Pops is the flavor comparison that I've been searching for since the first sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected for the style and the ABV. It's unequivocally light and the bubbles peter out shortly after making contact with the tongue. Ho-hum.

Lionshead Pilsner is a small step above the better known adjunct lagers (looks like I didn't score strictly to style). If you prefer corn beer over rice beer, give it a go. A single bottle trial is recommended, although the beer itself is not.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth

mikesgroove, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

ygtbsm94, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This takes me back to college... Not that I enjoyed it there but everyone around me loved this stuff. I guess it's because it was affordable and local to us here in PA. This beer is a traditional lager that pours a golden yellow with a decent head the actually has a little lacing down the glass. This beer is light bodied and not overly flavorful.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dull, golden body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Faint, meek, uninspiring nose of humble grains and sweet-scented corn kernels. Simple indeed!

Taste: Taste of steeped grains with a cereal, corn-laced sweetness and an approaching wateriness. Very mild, floral hop presence, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness. Drying, near-empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that wasn't anything to roar about. It's not crisp, it's not complex, and it's not even marginally enjoyable. Pass on this one.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

JAHMUR, Monday at 06:44 PM
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -10%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with a nice balance between the mild hops presence and the decent malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent representation of the style, this is one is your perfect BBQ beer and that’s exactly where I had it. The price makes it that much more appealing. After analyzing the beer for the review, I knocked back quite a few of them over the short afternoon.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
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

russpowell, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from my neighbor for picking up litter in front of his house. Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is dark yellow but clear with moderate carbonation, a big white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is mildly sweet and has that almost malt liquor bite to it.

Beer is medium in body and mildly sweet on the onset. The finish is a little grainy but it's not too bad. Overall it's an easy drinking sessionable pilsner. I sort of enjoyed it. Free beer, right?

drabmuh, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a very clear, transparent yellow-golden color with two inches of fluffy white head that do not last long and hig carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain and bready malts. Not much else to it, and below average. Not horrible, but not very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, wheat, and very light sweet malts. Again, below average.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - A below average pilsner. Not awful, but nothing too enjoyable about it either. Some basic grain and bread in the smell and taste. Wouldn't seek out again, but better than some macros.

mdfb79, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of jwc215
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright golden (a slight shade darker than average) with a large foamy white head that descends very slowly and holds up pretty well. Little lacing sticks.

The smell is of cornbread, a hint of grainy malt and some non-descript hop touch.

The taste is sweet -- corn and a slight touch of husk. A hint of non-descript hops balance sweetness in the abrupt finish.

The feel is oily, rather slick, but smooth. Light-bodied and easy to drink.

Overall, it's you average/typical adjunct lager, on the sweet side. Not bad for what it is, and rated as such. Inoffensive, there are worse "lawn mower" beers out there for sure.

jwc215, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always heard about this beer from my college PA friends, now in Maryland gave it a try at a local store. Purchased a 12 pack for $7... worth a shot.

Pours a light golden color, barely any head to it. Aroma is of light hops and reminiscent of a "BMC beer". Taste is much better though than the usual cheap beer. Little but of fruitiness on the palate and nice mouthfeel and finish. Goes down easy. For what it is, not bad at all... a nice cheap beer to throw back at the end of the night. Priced right and plus, there's cool little puzzles on the back. If you're looking for a cheap beer, I recommend this if you can find it.

oriolesfan4, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder why they decided to begin CANning this beer. I had it about a decade ago when I was coerced into buying a case from a friend who runs a distributorship. I quit taking his advice shortly thereafter. Oh well, The CANQuest (TM) has an obligation to try 'em all, especially (it seems) AALs.

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a finger-and-a-half of rocky, bone-white head with medium retention (it was fading, but not as quickly as its Rheingold brother). Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Yow, but this was brighter than bright! Nose was pretty standard for the style - a lager sweetness overlain by all of the adjuncts that they could throw into the kettle. Move along folks, nothing new here. Mouthfeel was medium with a fairly pleasant sweetness on the tongue. Frankly, this was MUCH better than what I had in a bottle. I have noted this in a number of previous clinkers, reinforcing my preference for CANned beer. Finish was also pleasant, slightly refreshing, not too bad. Now, would I take up cooler space with this? It would really depend on pricing. If it was as competitively priced as it is in bottles, then "Yes!", but if it is comparable to other CANned AALs, I would probably let it sit. Damning with faint praise once again, I suppose.

woodychandler, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light pale gold with a small off white cap that slowly fades. Not too shabby though. Spotty lacing is left behind with huge chunks of carbonation left in pockets of the glass.
Smell is of pilsner malts, with corn syrup.
Taste is of the same aroma but it seems to bring a slight bit more to the table to make it slightly interesting.
Mouthfeel is crisp with a cheapy kind of pilsner and corn syrup feel coming through.
Drinkability really isn't too bad considering this is on the low end of products made in PA. I used to buy this for about $13 a case when I was in college. Cheap beer but it's cheap tasting. It won't hold it's own with the greater pilsners out there but the drinkability is much better than many macros out there.

weeare138, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

akorsak, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev +3.8%

ejimhof, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle into a pilsner glass.

Lionshead had a light golden look to it with a spritzy white head that did not last. No lacing on this. Smells and tastes like straw/hay, corn and light caramel malt in that order. Highly carbonated and crisp. Kind of hard to get down. Drinkability, not really, I did not finish it.

BARFLYB, May 29, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. A frothy head forms and retains decently well. The beer is yellow and very fizzy. Good lacing show, surprise!

S. Hints of malt, a good helping of corn. Smells more like a macro lager than a german pilsner.

T. Not too bad at all. No frills, thats for sure, but nothing offensive either. Hop is minimal and adds a grassy note on the back of a light malt body. Some corn adjuncts in there lurking. I've had worse pilsners and macros. Consider this a good macro pils.

M. Alittle watery around the edges but holds together surprisingly well.

D. Oh yes. Its certain drinkability is the best feature of this one.

Lionshead is the quintessential college brew for the price and the surprising decency for that price. Also in my older years seems to be a good fall back option when the wallet is stretched. 14$ for a case of bottles? Can't beat it.

Stinkypuss, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a soft adjunct malt and some flowery hops.

The taste was grainy with a touch of sweet corn.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side fro the style.

Overall a better than average macro lager. Not a pils however.

plaid75, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.