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Lion Lager - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
70
okay

112 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

zestar, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter."

--African proverb

Haystack gold with sunshine colored trim. A few small flakes are present and slowly sink to the bottom of the glass... always a disconcerting sight. Barely two fingers of bone colored foam appeared on the pour. Acceptable persistence and acceptable lace earn the beer an acceptable appearance score.

The nose is more aggressive than the usual Euro pale lager fare... which isn't necessarily a good thing. The hops are musky and not the least bit grassy or lemony. An absence of any real offensiveness helps.

Lion Lager isn't especially good beer. Its biggest problem is that it has more sweetness and less bitterness than is typical for the style. Looks like the lion's roar has been reduced to a hoarse clearing of his throat.

The flavor profile is as simple as simple can be. We have untoasted pale malt that adds a mild-moderate sweetness and a mild graininess. We also have a minimal amount of herbal and earthy hoppiness that is most likely the only thing Euro about this beer. Saaz most likely. Have I used the word 'lackluster' yet?

The body/mouthfeel is okay with respect to size, but there aren't enough bubbles. The result is a rapid collapse as soon as beer hits tongue. Not good.

Lion Stout is excellent beer. Lion Lager is not. Sorry, but there's no glory to be found here, no matter who the historian happens to be.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a golden, yellow color with a small, white head.

S - It smelled of grains and little bit of an apple-sweetness.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet, not like a typical macro lager. There was a hint of hop bite, too.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is an interesting macro lager. It had more complex flavors than most.

zeff80, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a mild hazed deep golden tone with a thin white head dwindling quickly but it leaves specks of lace around my glass. Aroma has sweet fruit esters and some of my buddy's pear bread qualities with mild lemon grass coming off somewhat perfumey for a lager. Flavor is rough with graininess with sharp citrus/tart apple notes and it finishes clean with grassy herbal tones, once again perfumey in nautre with mild ester filled bubblegum notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild mannered carbonation some residual sugar textures not watery in any way though. Drinkability is classified as a session lager just I wasn't too into this Sri Lanken lager looking for a good beer from Asia try their Lion Stout that Michael Jackson is always pushing.

WVbeergeek, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
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

russpowell, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +25%
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.

feloniousmonk, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +25%
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.

WesWes, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
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".

jwc215, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Billolick
2.55/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very light almond amber, minor white head, no lacing. Minor scents picked up by the old schnozolla, perhaps just a wiff of hops. This is tastless, next to lifeless and lacking in any BA interest. I wonder if they consider this decent beer in Sri lanka? Lawn mower/very hot day at best. Pass this one by. A waste of decent water.

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

ejimhof, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of jdhilt
1.38/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a three-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is pitiful - sweetish, watery, occasional hops, slight dry metallic finish. No improvement since I had this in April 2002. Didn't read the label (I know RTFL) thought I was buying Lion Stout which is excellent. $1.35 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

jdhilt, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev +2.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Mebuzzard, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a typical light bodied, translucent golden colour. Head forms then disappears. No bubbles, no lacing. Sweet honey like aroma of pilsner malt. Mouthfeel decent. High carbonation hits upfront but then levels off with a clean pilsner malt finish. No hops, some corn syropyness, but in large part, this stays unoffensive. Would recommend to big pilsner fans.

biegaman, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Tone
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weak golden color with little head and no lacing. Smells of a European lager (clean with a slight funk). Typical flavor, so it does fit the style. Light to average body that is slightly carbonated. Not as good as the original European lagers, but not horrible either.

Tone, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Achieved a perfect pour two finger head pour into my Peter Griffin "Let's drink till we don't feel feelings anymore," mug. But the retention was about 30 seconds tops. Color that of pale, midday sunshine with some normal adjuncty lacing.

Smell- Pretty bland with a little hint of sourness mixed with grass and pale mlats with some light, pellet hopping.

Taste- Starts out a watery, mild, dry malt flavor with some faint bitterness in the back of the tongue. Then some sourness combines with the aforementioned flavors for a quick yet surprisingly crisp and refreshing finish.

This was a very easy beer to drink. After reading my review and the flavors I tasted, its surprising how fast I drank this beer.

scruffwhor, May 02, 2006
Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. Also, a big, long-lasting head. I take points off because there were some really funky looking pieces of sediment floating around in the glass. It was a bit off putting.

S: Not a particularly strong smell, but there were traces of hops and citrus in this beer.

T: An underwhelming taste, to be sure. As with the smell, there were hops and lemon, but little else. Mainly, it was just thin.

M: There was a below average amount of carbonation, but a smooth finish.

D: Lion does some good work (the stout is very good), but this is not a very good beer. It's taste is just way too watery to be interesting.

avalon07, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

tone77, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well, one of the best Foreign Stout has a Lager brother. Could this be a good idea?

A: Pours hazy golden, bit pale. The light white head is massive, but sinks rather quickly. Decent lacings.

S: Clean malt, with some bitter hops. Rather mild in smell. A bit sweet. Rice?

T: There is malt, a bit sweet, there are bitter hops, a bit mild. Even some floral hops way in the back. But everything is kind of mild and boring actually.

M: Aftertaste is short but a bit sour. Body is on the lighter side, while carbonation is strong and offensive.

O: Lion Stout is fantastic, Lion Lager is boring.

Evil_Pidde, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an American tumbler pint. 4.8% ABV, string of numbers on neck, no distinguishable date.

A - Pale straw yellow and totally clear with little in the way of carbonation. A two-finger white head rises up, lowers quickly, and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - To find this Euro pale lager unskunked in aroma is quite a surprise! What I picked up definitely doesn't help it though. Freshly paved asphalt, band aids, some yard mulch, and not a hint of beer ingredients. It's also incredibly low in potency, so I suppose in this situation, that's a good thing.

T - A far cry from the aroma, it actually tastes somewhat like beer! Sweet pale malt, crystal also perhaps, and grains with cooked corn. Not awful but not great at all either.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a mild sweetness and clean, carbonated finish.

D - Plug your nose from this one. Otherwise it goes down decently with slight refreshment but it's a shame this comes from the same place that makes one of my favorite stouts.

BeerFMAndy, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear golden straw yellow, with a good sized lingering white head. It smells like grain, adjuncts, some green apples and malt. The taste is mainly some malty sweetness, a bit of lemon and grain/adjuncts. There's also a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. To me it's pretty much the same as most macro lagers out there, this isn't a beer that I'll likely buy again. It's not awful, but it's not great either.

bluejacket74, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of stcules
2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Full golden color, with white foam, quite scarce, and quickly falling down.
Quite sweet malt in the smell, with something like grape-flavored chewing gum.
The taste is light, quite carbonated. Sweet malt, and again some sweet fruits.
Normal body, not so much to say about the aftertaste.
Hop?

stcules, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.85/5  rDev +31.8%
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.

Cyberkedi, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Brent, Oct 20, 2010
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Lion Lager from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
70 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.