Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thin white head.

Has a crisp pilsner aroma with mild spiciness. Cereal grain and steel are strong too.

Taste follows nose into grain and very mild, floral hop profile. Metallic aftertaste and light spice.

Almost too easy to drink as the glass is almost empty by the end of the review. Highly carbonated.

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ah, good old Lionshead. I used to party all the time, it was a great beer for the price, and still is. At $14.55 for a 24 pack, 12 oz. bottles, can't beat it.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Average. Pours a piss yellow with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates into nothingness. Zero lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Blah, corn, rice, barely a hint of hops. Little bit of malts.

Taste: A little bit above average, especially considering the smell. Sweet, but not overbearingly so, watery, but also not overbearingly so. Corn adjuncts, light hops, light maltyness. Really no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel: It's a light body with mild carbonation, really easy drinker.

Overall: Average taste and overall beer, but it's great for the price, and is certainly better than Bud, Miller, or Coors.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
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

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.17/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was handed a can during a brewing session.

Poured a little darker than usual, but nothing spectacular. Fizzy head that disappears.

Smelled strongly of corn. Im guessing thats the main grain here. Characteristic sweetness.

Nothing really special here. No hops, sweet adjunct grains (mainly corn). The tastes really just kind of flash on the tongue and disappear quickly.

Easy to drink, but nothing special.

Photo of Dodt
3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

decide to try something different at the ball game , since the majority of the stand was Malternatives. i thought i give a lions head a try. not trying to make it this review like goldielocks but it wasn't to grainy or corny . the smell was just right. for the price it was just right.

Photo of shealoftus14
3.04/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Was a cheap beer but not too bad of a beer either. Pretty smooth and not too light. By no means is it one of my favorites, just a descent beer to get when I have no money. The smell was alright and it gave off a little bit of an aftertaste. I would prefer it over most light beers but definitely no one I would get often. Also it is much better out of the bottle then can.

Photo of PhageLab
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear yellow brew, minimal head which disappeared. No lacing.

S - Crystal malts, some corn, and maybe straw, perhaps. Very light on the nose.

T - Hard to describe. Very watery, with some faint nodes of grass hops and crystal malts.

M - Light body, sharply carbonated, watered down finish.

D - Not offensive by any means, just not much here in terms of flavor.

Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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 Andreji
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found Lionshead on tap while dining in The Double Crown in manhattan's LES.

The pour is the best part of it since it is a very bright golden looking beer with a generous shiny white head, served in an american pint glass. looked rather inviting right off. but it didn't get much better.

Smell wise, it has a rather soft dullish malt sweetness, maybe a slight boozy hint at some point but it is difficult to explore anyway. The taste is not bad, it is soft and oily, tends to the sweetness but balances out with a discrete bitter feel at some point. perhaps a subtle musty feel at some point but nothing beyond the norm.

Overall not too exciting for an american beer but went well with dinner.

Photo of chocosushi
2.24/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 24 of these as well as another cheap lager
from Byron's Liquor in OKC for a gathering of friends and food.

A ~ Looked like a typical "Adjunct" beer, very light.
Actually A shade darker than PBR

S ~ Nothing to it. Water, Corn, and Maybe a touch of barley.

T ~ More to it than a typical swill beer. Some sweetness, not a heavy hop profile, but enough to get down. Easy to pound, I'm sure, because of how nonthreatening it is, with nice malt, but no real lingering flavor.

M ~ The lack of flavor causes the mouth feel to be one of alcohol
and regret for how dry one's mouth will feel after 3-4 beers.

Overall not terrible, a good by for a BBQ or Bonfire. Better to be supporting LBC than supporting the Big 3.
Especially in OK where all Big 3 products are 3.2, and thus
even more pointless/tasteless...


Photo of StaEva
3.84/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev +33.7%
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.

Photo of drxandy
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

my friend richard's parents brought a 6 from PA, yay

12oz to mug, pours a golden shade like bmc, head fades quick, higher carbonation

smells of corn mostly, sweet

taste is similar to miller high life, not a bad thing at all. higher carbonation, crispy sweet with a dry finish. nothing special.

my favorite part about this beer is the design, the 6 pack handle has finger holes like brass knuckles sort of. totally hardcorey looking branding, nice unique half label, looks very nice for a regular bmc-ish beer.

Photo of flexabull
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blind courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!

Pours a really clear yellow color with a faint white. Lots of bubbles making there way to the surface.

Aromas are of corn sweetness, minerals, and maybe a hint of hint of lemon, but not much else. It doesn't smell good or bad... I guess another three.

Taste is very crisp with hints of sweetness and hint of fruity syrup. What is it, maybe blueberry or strawberry... not sure really. Finish is kind of dry, but not much going on. Ehhh...

Mouthfeel is ok, with slight body, and some crispness.

Well, this seems like a fruity macro lager, it's not horrible, but not really good either. I guess it would be a bit refreshing on a warm day, plus it goes down pretty east, but other than that, this has few redeeming qualities.

Photo of hmk22
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like many reviewers, I picked up a case of this based on price, in my case (har) at a Bottle King in NJ...I had never heard of it nor seen it in NY or NJ before. Unfortunately, the no-frills packaging was an accurate signal of the contents -- not horrible, but nothing I'd ever repeat. I'd love to find a great unsung American beer but this one doesn't do it...if you are in the PA vicinity best to go with Yuengling or even the better Penn offerings. Lionshead has an unpleasant alcohol-fortified aftertaste and is very thin on the palate. I'd like to say it's a good go-to budget offering but I can't given the many better options out there.

Photo of drabmuh
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
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?

Photo of Buggies
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Now... I'm a huge fan of Lionhead. With that being said, my ratings are based on that fact.

Lionhead as a Pilsner... fails horribly in my opinion. Why would they even label it as such?

Lets be honest. For me, it's local (contract brewed, but why should that matter). It's cheap (around $13 a case). And it's just drinkable. It's light and refreshing. No frills here. Just cold and good when a dude is at his thirstiest.

Photo of Dshaw
4.07/5  rDev +41.3%
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!

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

$1 throw in at New Beer.

Pint glass pour. Leftovers still bubbling away in my stomach.

Mellow gold, weak whitewash head.

Stuffy grain, surprisingly pungent herbage, saltwater. Mossy earth &... butter?

Taste was steeped grains, Cheerios, sticky spilt lager, & middle of the road herbal hops. Glassy. Seems fresh. Less appealing adjuncts come through with time though. Drying, pale finish.

Feel is frothy, decently carbed(maybe a little rough), no butter, can't complain.

This beer isn't terribly filled of flaws, so why is everything they contract brew seem so awful?

Photo of mdfb79
2.34/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of BBri
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A = Light pale gold color. Lighter than the average US Pilsner.

S = Hoppy sweetness, minimal character.

T = A refreshing light pilsner taste. Sweet with a hint of "old school" beer skunkiness that doesn't overpower or make the taste "bad".

M = Very light and carbonated but not over the top. Prett much what you'd expect.

D = Good choice for a summertime beer. A good choice if you're "lite beer" drinker as it has more character and taste the the average American Lite Pilsner.

This is a beer that your gramps and his pals would sit around and drink while swapping tales about the "big war". And I mean that as a compliment. Very straight forward "regular" pilsner, no muss no fuss.

Photo of assmandugle
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light gold and has a very small head. Very easy beer to drink smells and tastes better than most "big named beers." Drinks like a light beer and tastes better than Bud and Miller. The price makes it worth it. There are also puzzles under the cap.

Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.