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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of kbnooshay
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Haven't sen this in the stores up here but for some reason ACME carries it so i bough a 6 pack home from the bar.

A- The label (which was redesigned a few years ago) is minimal and cool as hell. Poured a super clear golden straw color with lots of layers of carbonation rising to the top. The 1 centimeter high head stuck around for a bout a minute and a half.

S- Aroma is kinda sweet and almost champagne like. Bubbles flowin up ya nose. Corn champagne!

T- Flavor is slightly sweet. It tastes mostly of dull malt but there is a light hop twinge. Slight off taste that i haven't quite been able to put my finger on.

M- Feel is medium to light with a kinda of syrupy slick mouth coating. The carbonation tingles.

D- Im not a big pilsner fan normally but this is a super drinkable thirst quencher of a beer.

Drink this out of the bottle for maximum enjoyment. You can't smell the corn as much.

Photo of losingstreak
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A-Pours a golden color with white head.

S- Sweet corn with maybe a little bit of caramel.

T-Sweet corn is the primary thing going on here with a bit of a bitter hop middle with a dry grain finish.

M-Light bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D-Very easy drinking and, while not all that interesting, it's a good beer to have around to space out the better craft beers I have. Also, the price is nice for my current economic situation.

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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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 BeerSquid
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Lionshead is truly a beer that I have thoroughly enjoyed since the very beginning. Despite the fact that its not a particularly great beer, in any regard what so ever, I still find myself going back to it again and again as the East coast college favorite that i know and love. The fact of the matter, and basis of this whole review, frankly, is that you will not find a better cheap beer for the price. Its an extremely inexpensive beer that actually tastes like something other than piss-water. When I first started drinking this delicious beverage (2006) it was $9.99 a case with delivery. Even at its current price ($13.99), I don't care where you are, I defy you to find a better beer for the price! The Rebus puzzles under the caps are also an added bonus.

A- (poured into pilsner glass) Light golden-straw colour, clear, carbonation bubbles rising, not much head to speak of.

S- sent of carbonation, slight sent of alcohol, and a bit of what i can only describe as oats and bread.

T- Subtle taste of corn, oats and bread, slightly sweet finish, also traces of hops tingles the tongue on the finish.

M- Medium-light body, carbonated, crisp.

D- Drinks very well for a cheap lighter beer. Contains its own unique taste. Refreshing and enjoyable any time of year. As stated above, I will return to this beer continuously.

Lionshead- The best head in town.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear, medium yellow color. The medium-sized white head has a somewhat dense texture. Unfortunately, retention is mostly lacking. There is a decent smattering of lacing left behind before the head fades, however.

S: Grainy malt, with some lemony hop aroma. Faint notes of corn and minerals.

T: Firm, bready malt graininess up front, with mild corn sweetness. A bit of a lemony flavor, with some grassy hop flavor and mild bite. Again, a mild metallic/mineral note.

M: Medium-light body. Crisp and assertively carbonated without having the dreaded club soda feel. Smooth and somewhat dry.

D: While certainly not a stellar beer, this adds up to a good bit more than the sum of its parts. Pleasant, refreshing, and as an affordable macro - worthwhile.

Photo of tjd112
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
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 philbe311
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
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 rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My go to cheap beer of choice when going to a tailgate or bbq... big plus for the puzzles under the caps

A. straw like yellow... fluffy head, actual lacing from a adjunct...

S. minimal malt background, but doesnt have that cheap adjunct beer dank im used to from a case under $15

T. minimal notes of malt, hay and hops... like the scent, doesnt have any huge dank smell like other cheap beer.

M. watery, not overly carbonated

D. if i had under $15 and had to buy one case, this would be it

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

Photo of LarryV
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased for $5.69 a sixer, my expectations were set accordingly. Pours a light yellow color with a wispy head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin lace. Aroma is clean, grainy with a hint of corn. Taste is fairly light and crisp, only a tinge of hoppiness to balance the sweetness. This isn't a bad brew when you feel like something easy and refreshing to drink. After trimming my hedges in 82 degree temps, this hit the spot and was quite enjoyable. Not a demanding, earth shattering brew but a well crafted pilsner that's enjoyable at face value.

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

Photo of 27Tripping
3.93/5  rDev +36%
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.

Photo of mempath
3.98/5  rDev +37.7%
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 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.

Photo of BeerSox
4.33/5  rDev +49.8%
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 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.

Photo of jbertsch
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Somerville Massachusetts.

I was eating BBQ, and wanted a refreshing pilsner because my mouth was overwhelmed with flavors of mesquite, BBQ and hot sauce. I ordered some kind of red (forgot the brand) which was kicked. My 2nd choice was a Brooklyn pilsner, but that was kicked too. So the bartender asked me if I'd had this Lionshead pilsner before. I said "No,is it good?" And he offered me a sample. The sample tasted OK because I needed something refreshing and crsip. So I ordered a pint.

My pint looked like a Coors light. Very light in color, and a cheap-looking white head faded fast. Couldn't smell it at all.

Carbonation was high, and after the first 3 or 4 gulps, each gulp was much less enjoyable.

I noticed flavors of corn and grain. Hops and malts were not very noticeable at all.

Drinkability was high because it was thirst-quenching, but not in a very tasty kind of way. I guess it served its purpose well enough, going along with BBQ ribs.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear yellow color with a short-lived white head that left a little bit of lacing.
The smell is grainy and not much else.
The taste is nowhere near that of a true German Pilsener.
Light bodied with a thin, watery feel.

I was very much un-impressed with this beer and would rather have a Miller Lite if price was a factor.

Photo of CAOMarcos
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer had a yellow color with a slight amber tinge; giving a one inch, frothy head that dissipated as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Grainy with a very mild hops smell. A slight grain alcohol smell was also noted.

Taste: The beer had a mild and smooth taste. Again, it had a mild hops flavor, with a more powerful cereal sweetness, and a malty finish.

Mouthfeel: The beer was light and watery.

Drinkability: Lionshead is a very drinkable beer, especially for the price. Very light and crisp with a mild flavor, allowing you to drink a great deal of this beer.

A great beer for the price.

Photo of DannyS
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a little picture puzzle on the cap.

A - clear orange with no head. That's about it.

S - Not much at all smell-wise. Very faint malt and hops, but mostly an overlying cereal grain smell.

T - I went into it not expecting much, and got a decent beer out of it. Adjunct grain is definitely present, but there is enough malty and just a little bit of hoppy flavor to make it serviceable.

M - watery and fizzy. Are you expecting anything else?

D - I wouldn't feel bad at all about knocking back more than a few of these. I mean, there's little substance to it, but it's certainly far more palatable than BMC adjunct junk. Clean taste and clean finish makes it a great party brew.

Overall - I bought it for my cousin because he remembers it fondly as a cheap, decent-tasting beer to enjoy with friends, and I'm inclined to agree with his reasoning. It's by no means an artisan brew, but it's not made to be that. It's a social, party beer. If I were holding a party, I'd definitely stock up on this instead of BMC standard.

Photo of ABOWMan
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a pale pee water yellow with little to no head. No lacing either. The appearance reminded me of a late night pee after too many beers.

The aroma was that of cereal, perhaps Cheerios.

The mouthfeel was "fizzy" and there was no flavor whatsoever other than a hint of grain.

Not sure there is a valad reason to consume this beverage short of dying from dehydration in the desert.

Photo of ATPete
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a very transparent pale yellow color with a small white head that dissipates to an even smaller white ring around the top of the brew. Corn syrupy sweet malts and malt adjuncts in the nose, corn and rice, cheep sake comes to mind. What youd expect in flavor, light, crisp, not flawless but clean enough. Poundable im sure, not my cup of tea but my girlfriend likes it more than Corona, so its got that going for it...

Photo of selecter70
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer's merits depend on what you expect. Thankfully, I did not elevate any expectations to anything other than retro-style American lager. Any that is what it was, much like the Simpler Times, simple backyard summer lager to be drank cold & plentiful. However, unlike most of the macro-offerings, Lionshead offers a bit more character (although not quite the promise they offer on the label:"the best head in town"). A yellowy gold-pale brown pour with minimal white head & zero lace, the aroma is mild & corn-malt. Sweet malts & corn with a slightly bitter edge dominate, and the light, bright body has a nice crispness. Basic, but preferable to a Bud, &c.

Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.