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Lionshead Pilsner - Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | 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 Drewcifer
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, clear yellow with a bit of white head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is malts and corn.

Taste is slightly sweet malts, grains, corn. Bready, with little aftertaste.

Smooth, nicely carbonated, light body, clean finish.

A fairly unimpressive beer, yet still enjoyable. For the money, it's one of the best bargains out there. It's easily above the BMC offerings, while being a bit cheaper. Not something to drink if you're looking for an intriguing beer, though.

Drewcifer, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You know, for the price, 11 dollars a case in King of Prussia, PA this very much Bud Like Macro Lager is actually a great buy for parties and other times when you are surrounded by macro drinkers. Also a source of pride for some Wilkes-Barre semi Philly areas of PA.

On to the beer, well nothing too much to say, fizzy pale, with a wispy head, very grainy, mine was exceptionally fresh and so along with the grain it made for a nice light taste that really wasn't too bad. Still, nothing remotely great or even that good about this beer, grainy taste but no hops or malt or semblance of body. But a nice cheap alternative to the BMC stuff.

TheDeuce, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of OKCNittany
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a 1 finger white head that fell to a thin layer with little lacing. Clear light yellow body.

S: Nose of grainy malt and a touch of corn. If there are hops here, I didn't pick them up.

T: Taste was a light mix of malt and corn. A bit of hops brings balance, but there are not enough hops to save it from mediocrity.

M: Light body with ample carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Grainy aftertaste.

D: Crisp, clean, easy drinking, but not very tasty. Cheap though - just don't be upset if you get what you pay for.

OKCNittany, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light yellow with almost no head.

Smells sweet, cornlike.

Malty/yeasts taste with slight sweetness detected, thin, light, watery.

Gave this beer a 5 for drinkability just because it is so CHEAP!!! 10-12 dollars for 24 12oz bottles. Better than crap macros, super easy to drink. Still not "good" but for its price it is great.

Hojaminbag, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of brewskitier
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First take in price. At the most you will pay 12 dollars for a case of 24 12oz bottles. Not to shabby for any beer on this website. Its a authentic german style pilsner thats just as good as anyother.
Pours a light brown/hay color with quickly diminishing head and little lacey residue. Smells of yeast, grain,no hops really

If you search another beer by lion brewery, there is a beer called Buttmonkey and it is the more expensive( about 20-22 dollars)and more filtered version of this brew. Same thing just with a monkey on the label.

taste/drinkability- This beer is it for someone who is short on cash but not short on taste, you can drink one and enjoy, or a take a case to a party, it goes down good one after another.

And yes the rumours are true, the glass is not sturdy!!

brewskitier, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This German Pilsener pours a completely translucent and extremely pale gold. The bubbly, effervescent white head recedes quickly and leaves a few short whips of lace .

Sweet and yeasty aroma with light grainy malt and some honey. Some faint floral hops and a hint of unrecognizable fruit and coriander. Not bad at all, especially for the style. I'm not sure whether or not this is an adjunct brew but I am guessing it may be. The cereal sweetness of corn is detectable. It may come from something else but that's what it smells like to me.

Again sweet and grainy with light malt and possibly a corn-oriented sweetness. Yeasty and dim with mild floral hops and a bit of citrus. The finish is dull and somewhat watery. I was pleasantly surprised by a substantial nose but the flavor is very lacking. This brew also tastes very similar to its sister beer; Stoney's (which I may actually prefer to this one).

Watery and dull with a slight butteriness and a yeasty grain character. Mostly dry in the finish and again lacking. if you're looking for a lighter, inexpensive Lager then there are a lot better choices than this one. Not terrible, but nothing special either.

letsgopens, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a run of the mill macro. Beer is a little watery, but crisp and smooth. Lack of any hop character, something a pilsner should know a little about. Quite grainy, definitely some adjunct malt character but not too much. Better than any macro, cheaper, and somewhat exclusive.

This beer is a PA treasure, if I am ever going to visit friends out of Lionshead's range of distribution, I pick up two or three cases and bring them along, I show up with hoards of beer that everybody is happy to swill and I am the hero of the day...Little does anybody know they cost $10 a case.

CAUTION: Entire necks of these bottles have been known to twist off when people try to twist off the cap. I have witnessed it happen three times, only one incident resulted in a minor cut, but still beware the glass is low grade.

Cadyfatcat, Dec 13, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz twist top bottle into a pint glass. Had this before in a pilsner glass and it actually looks pretty good (price considered). It is light gold, crystal clear with a finger of creamy white head that fades into a thin coating and then a ring around the glass--actually left some lacing.

Smell is pilsner malts and corn sweetness, taste is too sweet but better than any macro out there. Mouthfeel is light and almost a bit crisp, carbonation is good, gets a bit much if you are drinking 7+ of these, though. Drinkability is good, very easy to drink 12 or so in a night if you are so inclined. A few years ago this was less than $9 a case for bottles including tax but is a couple bucks more now. Cheap beer of choice, i just wish I could get a hold of it in a can like the picture shows. That would be sweet.

wheelinshirt, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of palffyfan
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

palffyfan, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of broth223
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

broth223, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of garcia2a
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

garcia2a, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

HugoGrim, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of GnomeKing
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

GnomeKing, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of drinknewbelgium
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

drinknewbelgium, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of paul0388
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

paul0388, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of StoutHearted
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

StoutHearted, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jcdiflorio, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Pinto21
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Pinto21, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of dwarvenspirits
3.15/5  rDev +9%
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.

dwarvenspirits, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of ski271
3.38/5  rDev +17%
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!

ski271, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

DuqTroops, Jul 04, 2006
Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
68 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.