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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 20.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 39 | 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 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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. 12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. A frothy head forms and retains decently well. The beer is yellow and very fizzy. Good lacing show, surprise!

S. Hints of malt, a good helping of corn. Smells more like a macro lager than a german pilsner.

T. Not too bad at all. No frills, thats for sure, but nothing offensive either. Hop is minimal and adds a grassy note on the back of a light malt body. Some corn adjuncts in there lurking. I've had worse pilsners and macros. Consider this a good macro pils.

M. Alittle watery around the edges but holds together surprisingly well.

D. Oh yes. Its certain drinkability is the best feature of this one.

Lionshead is the quintessential college brew for the price and the surprising decency for that price. Also in my older years seems to be a good fall back option when the wallet is stretched. 14$ for a case of bottles? Can't beat it.

Photo of
3.17/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an amazing beer but certainly worth the value. The color is pale and clear and the bubbles surface continuously from the bottom. The carbonation is heavy but the head disappeared quickly. Some slight alcohol can be smelled. The beer tasts like a pilsner, light with a carbonated edge and some hops notes but nothing too impressive. This is not a hoppy pilsner. It is a beer that is easy to drink and can be refreshing in the summer but would not be a first choice year round.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.09/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a slightly cloudy dull lemon color with moderately strong carbonation with no visible head or lacing to be found.

S: neutral and not much of anything to be smelled here. Honestly had a watery aroma.

T: The taste was fairly clean with the very lightest of pale grains and not much hopping at all. Very light, though watery at times.

M: equally watery, light and disappointing.

D: Honestly not much here to go on, a weak lackluster experience with no visible appeal, aroma or flavor and was just plain watery. Not even at $13 a case on college night could I recommend this.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When I used to work in the area of Widener University, i'd see empty sixers & cases of this stuff all over the place. It's obviously one of those college-crowd, frat party types of beers. Pours the standard macro golden with a one finger head that fades quickly to a light collar. I see evidence of the usual macro fizziness, lotsa tiny bubbles. Aroma is sweet malt with maybe a slight timge of corn. I actually find the aroma kind of refreshing. 1st sip is mildy malty, with some corn notes. There's just the slightest hint of hops on the swallow, but it's VERY subdued. The hopheads out there aren't gonna like this much. Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, this is pretty good for what it is, a low cost macro. I don't find it offensive at all, and in the right situation ( an order of Buffalo Wings, a football game & a gathering of good friends), it would be quite pleasing. At $12/case (only 50 cents per beer!), it's quite a value!

Photo of Getinthevan
3.72/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this while I spent Christmas vacation in Scranton, PA about a year back and this stuff was cheap as hell...a case of this for only $10! My god!

Appearance was very yellow, albeit almost sunshine gold at points, and it had a pretty nice head from a pilsner.

Smell was good, strong hops and corn throughout the brew.

Taste was very good, especially coming from such a cheap beer. I must've had the entire case in about two-three days tops. This stuff is really addicting and for a cheap beer, you truly can't beat it.

Mouthfeel was good, but not great. As it goes down quick and smooth, theres a nice hint of flavor to savor for a good second or two, but it quickly disappears.

Drinkability as I noted above is pretty top notch. It's a great beer for the holidays and the stuff gets addicting after a while. Good Wilkes-Barre brew! I highly recommend!

Photo of skeetermoses
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall this is not too bad of a beer, this is a pretty good beer considering that it is pretty cheap, I do happen to like this for cheapness and overall being a 6 pt beer, not bad and not the worst. I would not mind buying this one for later down the road

Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.