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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: psugrad98 on 11-01-2002)
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Photo of dwarvenspirits


3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.43/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

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


3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2005 12:27:42 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of weeare138


3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 23:30:49 | More by weeare138
Photo of DevilDogBeer


1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with no incident and came out a straw yellow and very clear. Very much in line with a commercial pilsner. A slight head formed and stayed thin throughout, but did not vanish. Very little lacing with this beer. I was disappointed at the smell of this beer; not much hop aroma and I could detect the corn in this beer before it ever hit my lips. The taste unfortunately followed the smell. This beer tasted like it had more corn in it than malt; the taste was without character and left a slightly bitter aftertaste, the only sign of hops in this beer. An average mouthfeel for a pilsner, crisp and clean. While drinkable, I do not know why you would waste valuable drinking time on this; except for one thing, it is $11 a case in PA.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2005 16:16:54 | More by DevilDogBeer
Photo of tgbljb


3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale perfectly clear amber color with a nice white head that was long-lasting and dissipated to slight lacing. Smell is very light and not unpleasant. Taste is very light with only a moderate crispness and little mouthfeel except wetness. Easy to drink and cheap

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 00:36:07 | More by tgbljb
Photo of maek228


3.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11 dollars for a case of this stuff! eleven bucks! i almost wanna cheat on scoring it and give it all fives just for that. this is the beer my crew always gets when we're going to concerts and sporting events (we're poor). it has a light gold color to it, kinda weak on the head but relatively decent. smell isnt really there at all. crisp taste. great for hot summer days....but its kinda watery. if you want alot of flavor to your beer this one would bore you to tears. no hops to speak....very little in the taste department. but its refreshing nature saves it from a below average score. lionshead is a primetime session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 22:34:42 | More by maek228
Photo of goindownsouth


3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very adequately-pale looking pilsener, this brew poured out a rather pristine golden color. The head was almost nonexistent, despite a vigorous pour on my part. The aroma was every so slightly hoppy, and had faint malt hints to it, yet rather disappointing on that level, while still being above average. The flavor, unfortunately, did not really follow through, it was straw-like, which is a good trait for a German pilsener, but the charachter was just not in the palate. While highly drinkable, this one is a decent, albeit uninspiring Pilsener.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2004 12:30:27 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of ithacabaron


3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up because I was really broke, and this was 8 dollars a case.

Poured (but really, how many people do you think actually use a glass drinking this) into a pint glass. Very light head rises and falls quickly over a just south of golden body. Aroma is somewhat phenolic, alcohol is not overpowering, but not hidden either. Slight sweet cooked veggies (especially carrots, maybe)?

Taste is much better than expected. Very "clean" and "crisp." No frills here, but it avoids the cloying sweetness of many adjunct lagersa nd malt liquors. The noticeably (although noticeably may be stretching it) hopped finish is appropriately dry on the palate, and, combined with a solid mouthfeel, thisis actually quite drinkable. Not much substance, to be sure, but somehow it avoids being thin and watery.

For 8 dollars a case, well, I'll probably return to this when I'm poor again. Still, not a "bad" beer, and certainly better than pretty much anything I've had from BMC. In the end, it's good to drink local, and support local businesses, right? That means Lion too.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 06:59:42 | More by ithacabaron
Photo of theozag


3.58/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must admit, Lionshead pilsner surprised me. As pilsners go (at least in my experience) this is a more flavorful version of the style. The packaging of this brew has improved since it was first reviewed here - today The Lion Brewery has moved up to labels, and bottle caps printed on both sides - but the beer itself has lost none of its redeeming qualities. As I write this I am actually finishing off my first bottle:

Taste is overall quite good, with a pleasant blend of spice and a little hint of sweetness. Both flavors are fairly subtle, and do not detract from the malty smoothness of the beer. It is obvious, however, that the brewers put a lot of thought into their hop blend, because my mind is convinced this beer leaves the slightest taste of cinnamon behind after each swallow.

The best word to describe this brew, in my opinion, is crisp. Its mouthfeel is light and smooth, with an acidic note that is only slightly more sharp than expected. In all respects, this beer tastes as though it was brewed from superb ingredients.

Lionshead is also a very drinkable brew. It does leave a noticable after-taste, but the remainder left on your tongue just makes you want another mouthful of beer. Moreover, it slides down the throat very easily, and it does not sit heavy in the stomach (no suprise for a pilsner).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2003 23:53:46 | More by theozag
Photo of Ianhockey91


3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One day a few fine years ago a couple of friends and i threw a few bucks together the buy a case of beer (and by few bucks i mean ten total). When we got to the beer store we asked for some natural ice, when I cought a glimpse of the case for lions head with a sign that read 8.99. Could this be? a bottled beer for less than ten a case, even the rancid natty ice was 12 bucks for bottles, so we grabbed the lions head. Upon opening the case I noticed the labels on the bottles looked as though they had been made on my computer, and the caps had no printing at all. At first pour it comes out a golden yellow, slightly darker than budweiser, and the aroma leads one to believe that its going to taste the same. The first taste is light with bubbles dancing no real descernable flavors perhaps some corn and a little hops at the end but otherwise nothing. I did notice despite the lack of flavor, it was as good or better than say a miller lite, and very very drinkable. Bottom line with this beer is if your broke its positively the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2003 05:13:12 | More by Ianhockey91
Photo of EagleTalon


3.08/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a soapy head that fades to a tiny ring around the glass. Strraw-gold in color. Generous carbonation. Weak nose of faint sweet malt reminicent of traditional German-made light lagers, with an anemic whiff of finishing hops. Taste is leaning to caramel (or corn syrup?) sweetness somewhat offset by the hops. Finishes with sweet residue on tongue. For the lower price it is not bad. It tasted like, uh...I dunno...a watered-down Lowenbrau?

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 01:40:01 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of Maestro


3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer really suprised me. The case was priced a measily $9.99. These are the same folks that brew Stegmaier Porter, a nice selection, so I thought it worth a shot. The head is pretty thick and foamy but dies down quite a bit. There is a faint hops aroma and a bit of caramel in the nose. The beer has a very clean taste, almost like a blond ale but not a lot of flavor. There is a slight buttery taste that has only a small amount of hops to balance it out. For a pilsner, this is extremely unique. I am not sure what they are going for with this beer, but it a decent choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 18:05:10 | More by Maestro
Photo of psugrad98


3.03/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw, with minimal head.Very light aroma of hops, with trace of malt. Taste is clean and slightly crisp, very light flavor. Hope are present, but not in enough strength. Weak for an ale.

Definately made with quality hops, malt, yeast and water, but not enough of anything to make it taste like anything. Though this beer is very thirst quenching and a good introduction beer to introduce people to new styles.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 06:57:34 | More by psugrad98
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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.