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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 430
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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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Ratings: 430 | Reviews: 164
Photo of rfgetz
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
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
3.89/5  rDev +35.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +38.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +35.4%
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
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
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
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +49.3%
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
2.31/5  rDev -19.8%
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 -16.7%
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 -27.8%
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 +9.4%
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
3.49/5  rDev +21.2%
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
2.32/5  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 +11.1%
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 +9.4%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy who enjoys good beer, regularly picks up a case of Lionshead, just so he can brag that he got a case for $13 and it was not bad. This, is one of those beers...

Pours one of the clearest yellow colors you'll see - 1F head dropping to a film, and actually presents a little lacing.

Smell is faint, but has some sweet corn in it.

Taste is mellow macro - little bit o' grain, touch o' the corn. Nothing offensive, and nothing particularly memorable.

Found the mouthfeel to be pretty crisp - not a top notch for the category, but good nonetheless.

Drinkability is great - a surefire 6 pack during a game, or outing. Good alternative to the mass produced shyte, esp given the price. (Feelin sorry for that dude below who had to drop $7 on one).

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

Not a bad pilsner, it just seems to lack some crispness that I normally appreciate in a Pilsner.

Crisp gold and bubbly. Limited head that dissipates quickly with a slight bitter smell.

Dull, almost sweet taste but lacks that good bitter kick. Easy to drink, even if lacking.

Photo of DefenCorps
1.86/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't know why I thought a pilsener I'd never heard of would be a good idea after some Bourbon County Stout but good god, was it a bad idea?

On tap at a dive in NY, in a frosted glass to boot. Clear, yellow pour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

On the nose, there's a ton of corn and butter. Maybe some malt and some hops but this is just such a bad example of the style. On the palate, it's the same. There's no crispness, no hop bite, tons of corn and butter. Carbonation is OK but the finish is a horrendous mixture of (surprise!) corn and butter. This beer was quite undrinkable, the only reason I choked it down was because I paid 7 fucking dollars for it. Avoid at all costs

Photo of jpaltan
3.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a tiny frothy head that disappears quickly. Smell is malty and sweet with notes of corn and a subtle hop aroma (maybe saaz?). taste is light and crisp with the german hops present. there is an artificial taste present, like corn or a offish malty sweetness. overall, really not a bad beer overall though.

Photo of Walsar
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a nice fresh case of Lionshead bottles in the new packaging ($12.99 a case- although I understand the price is increasing - it represents a solid value) - "The Best Head in Town" on the neck label. It is the beer they are drinking at the bar on the TV show "The Office" --- plus the REBUS puzzles under the labels

All that said it is a decent -drinkable beer - same or better than the macro offerings from their bigger brethren - nothing offensive in the taste or smell - basic beer that is about to break out in new markets - a favorite of the college age kids.

Not a sipper- drink cold to wash down your hot dogs or brats - wings etc with friends watching the football games - no need to pay the extra bucks for the BMC brews - especially when you can get it fresh close to home

Although listed as a german pilsner above - the brewery website - I believe says American Lager style pilsner -- they do use corn as an adjunct in the brewing process.

Photo of bosco7
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden color with no head.

Smell is not bad actually, some honey,sulfur, grassy hops, and a bit of lemon.

Taste is a bit bland but nothing offensive. Honey and light malt flavors upfront. Grassy mild hops in the back. Expecting much worse.

Mouthfeel is crisp. Overall this beer ain't all that bad especially for thirteen bucks for a case. A friend brought a case over and there was a bottle left so I decided to review it. I think using glassware really helped with "airing out" some of the off flavors that I tasted days before. Usually I would not bother with something like this.

Photo of colts9016
2.65/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head effervescent pale straw color. The aroma is corn wheat hint of citrus and floral. The taste is thin and watery got a dry bittery finish with lots of carbonation. You can taste corn, flower lemons, hints of cereal. ragged unbalanced. The only fun about this beer is what is under the bottle cap.

Photo of eagles22
3.66/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

ok lionheads best cheap beer you can buy i dont get why people around my area drink bud light ...when you can get lionshead for 10.99 a case or $50 for a 1/2 barrel come on this best is awesome...i can drink massive quanities of this beer ..its the best cheap beer in the world and o yeah you get little riddles on the bottom of the caps..

Photo of oneeye
3.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lionshead Pilsner is a fine Pilsner for it's style. It's a light bodied beer that's refreshing and easy to drink. Lionshead has a crisp light Pilsner taste with with subtle hops and earthy malts and corn. It has a thin mouthfeel but crisp and clean. The finish is dry and again is refreshing and light. Recommended.

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