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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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386 Ratings
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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 20 | 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 palffyfan


3.8/5  rDev +31.5%

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.

11-13-2007 04:53:53 | More by palffyfan
Photo of broth223


2.93/5  rDev +1.4%

How you will approach this beer is really dependent on what you compare it to. Compared to the Buds Coors and the like you will love this beer not only is it cheaper (about $15 a case of bottles including taxes) but it tastes much much better. This is not a high end beer either so don't expect anything amazing. Though if you are strapped for cash and are hosting a party you can go much much worse. Personally I wasn't a fan of how it smelt can't really describe it.

10-05-2007 00:27:05 | More by broth223
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.45/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

08-06-2007 01:24:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of tempest


2.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

07-08-2007 15:48:55 | More by tempest
Photo of garcia2a


2.9/5  rDev +0.3%

The beer poured with slight carbonation and a thin head. The yellow tones of the beer hinted at a macrobrew feel. The nose is very light, kinda like that "beer of your grandfather" feel. At this point I was a bit worried.

The mouthfeel was suprisingly good with just enough taste for the back of the mouth. There is a slight after taste that lingers for a very short time.

I has this beer both slightly chilled and properly chilled. This is a good one to have cold. The body and taste are light enough that the averge macrobeer guy would use this as the gatekeeper to better bres, but for the beer lover, an easy sipper for a hot day. To boot, at under fifteen for a case of 24 bottles, a bargain.

Save this one for a hot day.

06-22-2007 21:41:44 | More by garcia2a
Photo of HugoGrim


2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured from the bottle into a flare pilsner glass. Standard transparent gold, no head, no lace.

Essentially no aroma, although I do pick up something faintly metallic.

Very clean, very light. Not an abundance of flavor to say the least. I can almost taste a bit of bready grain, but no hops.

It goes down deceptively easy. I know that sounds dumb given the review so far, but even compared to similar beers it's just quite drinkable.

This stuff sells for $10 a case, and it's better than the usual suspects of junk beer, plus it's fairly local for me. Factoring the price the stuff is amazing. As an added little bonus the inside of each bottle cap contains a rebus puzzle (they get harder the more you drink).

06-06-2007 00:52:34 | More by HugoGrim
Photo of GnomeKing


3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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.

03-25-2007 00:52:12 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of drinknewbelgium


2.93/5  rDev +1.4%

ok its lionshead what can i say in college the best value beer ive ever had does look like anything special tastes way better than miller lite and ne other macros i support pa beers all the way if u want a session beer and drink all night grab a case of this $12 u cant get anything better tastes of a low grade pilsner not an ellitest beer but if im going to play beer pong or just drink to the face this is it

11-12-2006 02:55:11 | More by drinknewbelgium
Photo of paul0388


3.2/5  rDev +10.7%

Im born and bred Wilkes-Barre. This beer is brewed about 1.5 miles from my house and i am fortunate enough to get the freshest Lionshead at my local beer super. I bought this about a day after it was bottled for 10.99 for a case of bottles. It has the same straw gold appearance of the big three, BMC, and also a generic macro smell. The taste is fairly sweet but has a noticible hoppy touch. In my opionion the carbonation is perfect, not too much, but its not flat. Tastes great all over the pallet and finishes crisp and clean. I am currently attending Kings College in downtown Wilkes-Barre and this is mine, and everyone elses GO-TO beer. I havent tried the lionshead light yet and dont plan on it. This beer isnt a light but is much lighter and easier to drink than others such as Sam Adams, I can only guess the light version is wattery and lacks flavor ( like 99% of other light beers). Easily enjoyable though, especially at the party scene, for a decently good beer at 10.99 for a case of bottles, you cant go wrong!

10-20-2006 03:13:02 | More by paul0388
Photo of StoutHearted


3.05/5  rDev +5.5%

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."

10-12-2006 03:25:51 | More by StoutHearted
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -10%

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.

10-11-2006 17:52:41 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

10-11-2006 02:15:55 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Pinto21


3.3/5  rDev +14.2%

For such a cheap macro, lionshead is great. It has the straw color and corn smell and taste, but it is much better than BMC, even for the price. (10.99 for a case)
The small pure white head leads to lacing that lasts through the entire beer.
The carbonation is a little much and the finish is a little dry, but this is my new go to party beer.

08-27-2006 21:07:28 | More by Pinto21
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +17%

A - Huge three fingers of head sit atop this clear golden-colored brew. The head dissipates in about four minutes leaving a decent share of lacing and still maintaining a surface coating of head. Bubbles of carbonation are intense and clearly visible.

S - Strong light malt smell, a bit of rice and grassy hops.

T - Mild flavor. First taste is a slight light grain flavor followed by a bitter grassy hop flavor. The aftertaste is weak featureless bitterness. Nothing offense, which is quite impressive for the beer's price.

M - Harsh from carbonation and thin, but very refreshing.

D - Fantastic. This is truly not a macro lager in style, but with the price it is in spirit. It is cheap and a wonderful goto for far better flavor than the standard macrolager.

08-16-2006 01:33:15 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of dwarvenspirits


3.15/5  rDev +9%

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.

08-02-2006 18:55:44 | More by dwarvenspirits
Photo of ski271


3.38/5  rDev +17%

Pale golden-straw with a small, white, fizzy head that quickly diminishes to a thin, lasting film. Smell is of moderate corn and grainy malt with just a hint of grassy hops. The taste is corny and macro-like…. but not bad! Wow! I’m actually impressed by something that was 70 cents for a single at the Hooters bottle shop. Has a pleasant, light, inoffensive flavor even if it is quite corn-laden. A little sweet, but balanced out by a light dry finish. It has a light body, smooth texture, and moderate-lively carbonation. As far as German Pilseners go, this is pretty bland and tame, but as far a cheap easy-drinkers go, this might be a new favorite!

07-30-2006 16:45:15 | More by ski271
Photo of DuqTroops


3.43/5  rDev +18.7%

Appearance - cloudyish yellow in color, white head, very heavy head.

Smell - malty smell, wheat efferesence

Taste - fresh beer, great pilsner, but has a wheaty taste to it.

Mouthfeel - some carbonation, easy to drink.

Drinkability - would've loved to have another one, but I only had 1 from my pack.

07-04-2006 01:46:57 | More by DuqTroops
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.58/5  rDev +23.9%

I found this on tap at Maxi’s on the Temple main campus.

This beer came a light golden straw that faded to a faint greenish brown around the edges. The head started quite large but fell to a sustained egg shell film of larger bubbles.

Smells indistinguishable from your run-of-the-mill macro with a dry sour corn to it, but this one seems rather lively and playful. Odd indeed!

Tastes light with a yeasty watermelon rind with a very nice, well blended, pilsneresque bittering hop that invigorates my tongue, but then finishes smooth with a little under-ripe dry melon. I’m detecting the unmistakable glow of quality here even thought the flavor isn’t that aggressive or complicated.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a full mouth of bubbles that doesn’t interfere with the swallow. Feels like I’m actually drinking something.

What we have here is a thoughtfully constructed, easy to drink macro pilsner that I paid $1.95 for. I’ll definitely have this again!

05-10-2006 18:47:13 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of seanmhogan


3.3/5  rDev +14.2%

Wow. I was actually really surprised with this one. My friend told me it was 11 dollars a case so I was expecting another watery natty light. I was wrong. The beer has a golden color. A light aroma that is on the sweeter side. A small recognition of hops in the flavor, but mostly a corn. This is a cheap beer that actually turns out well.

04-03-2006 23:09:26 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of dgherm


3.23/5  rDev +11.8%

Clear light copper in color. Half inch white foamy head which dissapated in a couple minutes. Has a sweet smell to it. Crisp light taste with a good deal of carbanation. Goes down quick and smooth. Easy to drink several at a time. Great beer for the price. 10.99 a case.

02-20-2006 22:27:30 | More by dgherm
Photo of mvanaskie13


3.38/5  rDev +17%

Pleasantly suprised by this affordable pilsner. I grew up driving by the brewery on family trips and it took me several years to finally give it a try. Better drinkability and taste than most nationally produced pilsners. Light aroma and crisp flavor. Easy to put back several in a night and nothing to feel bad about because of the low price.

02-17-2006 23:29:10 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of BeerIsland


2.9/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-12-2006 19:31:21 | More by BeerIsland
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

A well made macro in the Pilsner style. Poured out to a medium orange color with some hints of autumn red. Medium level of carbonation, and a white foam head calmed and left a 1/8 inch head of foam. Aromas of malts and corn, with some cereal adjunct. Taste was a solid step up from many mass produced beers, as this one (GASP) had real flavor. Both malt and hops had a moment on the palate, with hints of grain filling the backbone of the flavor of the beer. A crisp mouthfeel made this beer quite drinkable. Good level of drinkability. Folks, I think we have a decent beer here. Definitly worth a try. Special thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Nope, I couldn't bring myself to share with the dogs. So sue me...

01-07-2006 02:50:43 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.08/5  rDev +6.6%

12oz. bottle

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a fluffy white had that thins, but doesn't completely fade. Some decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma of light malt and corn. Smells rather crisp.

Taste is a mix of malt and corn, a rather light flavor. Quite a bit better than your average macro style pils. Tastes extremely fresh.

Thin body. The zippy carbonation is the only thing holding it up.

Pretty easy to slug these down without much thought or effort. A much better taste than any of the BMC offerings, and at $10/case it's well worth a try.

12-21-2005 02:44:44 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.3/5  rDev +14.2%

Wow! On tap at the Khyber. Cool.

Straw appearance with a settled vanishing ivory head cap.

Appearance was at best, a detectable adjunct scent of good ole corn.

First swigs: Sweet corn & lightly leafy, Approaches a pilsner level at times. Light grain.

Last swigs: Liquid cornsilk. End of story.

Beer is good. Memories of when we used to buy this for $6 a case.

12-09-2005 12:27:42 | More by blitheringidiot
Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.