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Lion Lager - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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88 Reviews

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 124
Avg: 2.9
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

Undoubtedly the best selling among our mild beers, Lion Lager has a 4.8% alcohol volume and is credited as a great thirst quencher. Golden roasted malt in colour with a hint of fruit and caramel flavouring, it is very slightly sweet with less hop notes. The attractive labeling is in sophisticated black and gold, showcasing our strong but watchful golden lion as the king of the savannah, symbolising visionary leadership and power.
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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 124
Photo of dauss
3.86/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden straw yellow. Tiny white head even with a hard pour, which disappears very quickly. Nose is lightly sweet malt. very light carbonation. Tastes a little watery. Plain simple malt flavor. A light fruitiness at the end of the taste. Very clean, no off flavors. A very drinkable beer, probably very quenching in the hot Indian sun.

I like the fruitiness. Haven't had a lager this good in a while.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber, has a nice malty aroma with fruity and spicy hints. Flavor is very interesting, quite different from most lagers I have tried; it is very fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It is very smooth and has no hop taste or bitterness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of JanM
3.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lion Lager is a functional beer with all the characteristics of a decent lager. It works well when winding down after a hard day in Kandy, especially served chilled on the balcony of The Pub, looking out on the afternoon crowd on Dalada Vidiya. The serious drinker can pick up a a bottle or two at Cargill's supermarket across the street before withdrawing for the night.

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Photo of robertp1024
3.75/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This light sweet lager was poured for me and the head which came out quite thick disappeared quickly. The scent was sweet and very plain light malt. The flavor was the same. Short sweet and refreshing. Not a whole lot to this beer, but if you want a good Sri Lankan beer, give this a try. There is a slight hoppy flavor which gives the lager it's kick.

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Photo of ordybill
3.73/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a clear golden color with a fairly large white head. The aroma has a slight citrus smell with some grass and hops tossed in. The flavor is full of malt with some hops. Overall, a decent beer. I believe this is the first beer I have had from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.66/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy pale golden color with an inch thick white head that lingers for a few minutes. Has very nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet, grains and corn, and pale malts.

Taste - Pale malts, sweet corny flavor, grains, and a very light bitterness. A bit watery.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall - This was better than I expected. Not bad..

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with some redsidual sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight fruitiness. It's clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good lager. It has a solid taste with no off-flavors; a good drinker.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was assured that this bottle had just been ushered off the ship from Sri Lanka, so perhaps freshness will be a factor here...
Clear and yellow color, with a abundance of snow white foam, delicately bubbling, but swiftly shifting down to size.
Aroma: faint, with a faded honey and herbal tone, that's really quite nice, if minor. None of this "skunk" noticed by others.
Taste: not much, but not bad. Very light bodied, smooth, almost textureless, but with a happy, little, sweet honeyish taste right up front, joined by green apples and pears, rolling around the tongue, and resting just a bit before it goes. Finish turns dry and rides just long enough in the mouth.
I have to think I got better bottle than some of these other tasters, for this was actually not a bad beer at all, better than American macros, the whole lot of them. I love their stout, but this pale pleaser must go down ultra-easy in the Asian heat.

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Photo of jackndan
3.62/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lion Lager from Sri Lanka: Definitely not bad. From a 22 oz bomber bottle. Pours a nice amber yellow, with a pure white head with unfortunately large and not long lasting bubbles. The aroma is weak, clean and not remarkable. Nice euro lager taste, fairly malty, imagine a beck’s without skunk, and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and you are getting close. To no one’s surprise, very clean and fresh aftertaste, leaves the palate ready for another go about. Rich malty taste set this one apart from a run of the mill lager. Refreshing when fresh and worth the couple of bucks.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.56/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When in #SriLanka. This is actually pretty tasty while on the beach, swimming in the Indian Ocean. I had a Carlsberg right after, and this crushed it. Clean malt bill and a touch of bittering hops. Looking forward to drinking this all week in the heat of Bentota.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild and malty. Taste is crisp and refreshing but not very flavorfull. Feels good in the mouth and is a great warm weather drinking beer. Overall a pretty good effort.

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Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Approaching any beer from a country not known for a history of beer production is always a bit dicey. Overall, while this is a fairly simple, straightforward brew, it was not all that bad. Pour was a clear gold with thin, short-lived head. Aroma was a bit fruity. A bit sharp and tinny at first, some apple fruityness is prominent, with a bit of corn and adjunct flavor intertwined.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear orange/yellow, with about a half inch of head that dies rather quickly to a thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, toasty, biscuity malt. Not much else going on, but an enticing aroma nonetheless.

T - A muted version of the nose, somewhat bland. More biscuit flavor with some sweetness and a noticable grain note near the end. Finishes almost sour.

M - Normally I wouldn't like this in a lager, but the almost medium body and the relatively low carbonation work well with this flavor.

D - I wouldn't mind having these for an evening. Decent drinkable stuff, but a little pricey.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a frothy white head that lasts a decent amount of time. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain with a touch of lime with typical EPL "skunkiness".

The taste is of sweet grain with Continental-type hops - floral spicing - to balance sweetness. A bit of oxidation/"wet cardboard" is noticeable, but restrained. It remains sweetish in character, but with some balance.

It is light bodied, towards fizzy.

An easy-drinking "thirst-quencher" that is "inoffensive".

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Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is metallic and watery with a little bit of horse blanket as well as sweet malt and floral hops. The appearance is deep gold with haze and some floating particles. The head is small and sudsy. The flavor is in no way funky. Its strait malt and a touch of grass. I like it. The palate is not as watery as the aroma would suggest. It is smooth from carbonation. Overall this is one of the most refreshing and surprising lagers I have had in awhile.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.33/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Attractive clear gold in color with a nice white soapy head. Head dissipated relatively quickly to just a thin layer of lace spreading out to a white ring. Very little lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like a fruity macro lager. It isn't bad, but it's nothing to write home about. That little fruity smell is interesting though.

T&M: Very pale malts are fairly well balanced with light hops but there is a curious fruit flavor that comes through - it's a sort of apple or pear aroma but sweet. The texture is about average with light to moderate carbonation and just a bit of wateriness on the tongue. The brew finishes clean and quick, with a hint of that apple-like flavor fading with the linger.

D: Although a little different, I found this brew to be pretty easy to drink but after a while I realized my preference is probably more toward the malt and hops instead of whatever this other flavor component is. I gave it a 3.5 because it is intriguing and not at all unpleasant, which puts it a notch above average for me.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.32/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Well after a lot of walking around In Colombo I sure felt like a beer. I found this on tap at The Taphouse in the old Dutch hospital

A - pours a clear golden colour with a white frothy head that retains well

S - small grain not much else

T - plenty of grains up front with a slight zesty note on the mid palate. The finish is a little sickly

M - light body with medium to full carbonation

O - on a hot day this beer serves its purpose

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

Presentation: 625ml dark brown bottle. Best Before Aug 2001. Hmm ...

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with active large bubbled carbonation and a quick to die white foam head.

Smell: Metallic, grain, sulfur / skunky aroma.

Taste: A very thin beer, with a soft and smooth light-body. Malt flavours are pretty much non-existant up-front with just a touch of grain in the flavour. Hops are refreshing, lemony, with a touch of lime, some salty flavours and a slightly spicy herbal character. As the beer warms you can taste the cooked corn/veggie flavours of adjuncts and some dextrin sweetness. Finish is clean with light residual hop flavours and a touch of sweet corn.

Notes: An okay lager. Let it warm a bit. It's worth a try, but there are plenty of better ones out there to taste ... and at least Michael Jackson's endorsement isn't all of this one, like their Stout.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lion Lager is sparkling and yellow with a fluffy, bubbly white head that leaves a bubble ring. The aroma is faint and a bit fruity-- maybe apple. It is medium, maybe medium-light bodied and a bit gritty. The flavor is grainy and mellow. It has a nice bitterness that comes off as grass or hay. It's refreshing and it was a great pick to session outside in the heat on a late July day.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gosh darn it, I like it. Keeping in close mind the style, this one isn’t too bad.

I generally drink it at Bandung, a great Indonesian Restaurant in Madison, whenever I eat spicy food there. I find that lagers like this are an essential part of any SE Asian/Indonesian dining experience because they save your mouth from the Thai chilies and robust curries.

I also like Lion at Bandung because they sell enough of it so that it’s not too skunky. This beer has been very skunky and at least a couple of years old when I’ve had it at some other area restaurants.

Lion is very smooth and drinkable. It tastes slightly citrusy with hints of grain and metal spice. Did I just say metal spice? Sounds weird but that’s what it is.

The finish is corny and leaves one thirsty for more.

This is a beer that I would never drink at home but at a Thai or Indonesian restaurant I would pick it over most other available brews because it just goes so darn well with Ristafel or a nice Thai spread.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a lager alright. Clear, light and golden. Head is large initially but fades fast to a thin patchy layer leaving little lace. Nose is very crisp and clean. Just like a lager should be. No big corn aromas like many low quality lagers and as for rice, well you/I can't smell rice easily. A little bit spicy, fruity? and softly earthy somehow as well. Taste is clean and clear with a bit of spice like the nose. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a light prickly carbonation and light easy body.

This is a not bad lager. Not exceptional but it is in the ballpark of where lagers should be. Very drinkable, non-offensive and enjoyable.

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Photo of mentor
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Liquor Mart (Colorado) and consumed later that evening. Pours an eager two finger white fluffy head over a crystal clear straw colored liquid. Smells of Pils malt and tin Saaz hops. Very gentle honey sweet and some metallic hoppy zing. There is also a deep troubling hop floral that I usually attribute to hallertauer. Nice aroma for a lager. Tastes very simple and weak. Corn. Mild malt sweet and some hop floral aroma. The aftertaste holds a very faint flavor remniscent of the inside of nectarine skins. Hop bitter is minimal, but there is some acrid sting on the tongue during the swallow from carbonation. The hop floral is deep dark hops, as hallertauer instills, and is similar to the hops found in Stroh's and in Budweiser. For 'american macro lager', this beer does pretty well. Smell is better than most, but flavor is tame and in line with the rest of the pack.

Now that the beer has warmed, I get almost entirely hallertauer in the aroma. Taste is mostly corn with some hallertauer hop floral. Honey sweet?...not really. Very light body and heavily carbonated. Rated to style, not to my personal preferences.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body with a full and frothy bright-white head that drops shortly but keeps a decent collar. The nose expresses some lightly sweet and grainy malt backed by a touch of grassy hops. The body is thin with a very fine carbonation that's lightly crisp on the tongue, but also smooth, and even watery. The flavor is basically of lightly grainy malt backed by supportive bitterness; although there is some minor fruitiness and a touch of floral and lightly herbal hop flavor. It finishes short and drying with a flash of residual sweet malt and a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Not impressive.

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden/bronze & effervescent with a 4 fingers+ white head. Good lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Slight malty sweetness

T: Slight sweetness, then apple skins. Hints of lemons & cornyness follow. Finishes dry & slightlty lemony

MF: Light bodied, slightlty prickly not a strong point

Drinks okay, but this is begging for more malt. Probably goes down great in a climate like Sri Lanka, maybe try it with some curry or vindaloo

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Photo of migwell
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My feelings about this beer are related to the fact that I've now spent several years in Southern Asia, where the available beers range generally from barely tolerable to dreadful. I suspect that
Lion Lager, compared to the finer international examples of this style, is nothing very special, and yet in this region of the world, it stands above the rest as something both palatable and desirable.

Additionally, Lion Brewery puts out the truly world class Lion Stout, again influencing my judgement of their lesser product. This is a fine enough, European style lager, drinkable and refreshing in a hot climate.

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Lion Lager from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
69 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.