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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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128 Reviews

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 197
Avg: 2.98
pDev: 30.54%
Wants: 7
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited visit their website
Sri Lanka

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DoctorDog on 06-11-2009

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Photo of dar482
3.19/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer offers Corn Puffs, cereal grains, with honey and bready sweetness in the middle. The beer is smooth and creamy, yet deceptive in its ABV. The finish lingers with more sweetness, yet without being cloying.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Not sure is this is a tad old. Seems like it might be. Kind of a sweet aroma that resembles wine and/or mead. There is a base of malt.
Darker gold color and largely clear. Smallish white head that laces some.
Reasonably complex, esp. for a pils. Also a heavier feel for a lager. Still holds both the wine and mead character. More than average drying. Feels big in mouthfeel, taste and alcohol response. Alcohol is not hot in any way. A bit of a perfume character that comes from the wine character.
An interesting lager. Kinda' tough to drink alone as it is quite rich, therefore some food would be helpful.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: rather dark gold, bubbles streaming throughout, persistent ivory cap of fizz, lacings lingered down the glass

S: sweet grain and bitter honey, some floral or fruity aromas

T: the grains were apparent and respectable, with a fruitier and sweeter taste than the nose suggested; got somewhat sweetly medicinal on the finish

F: medium-light density and body - smooth, but with an fuzzy tingle

O: I'm gonna go with the notion that I didn't have this as fresh as it deserved, but nonetheless found it reasonably agreeable.

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Photo of superspak
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy bright orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Mediocre aromas with notes of big fruity/earthy yeast and moderate pale malt sweetness; with poor balance. Way too much fruitiness in the nose. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, honey, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very mediocre flavor profile with poor balance of pale malt sweetness and some significant fruity yeast ester flavors; with some moderate cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is a bit rough. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a really poor strong lager style. Just all around unbalanced and overly fruity in flavor; and pretty difficult to drink with the odd/rough mouthfeel. This tasted really similar to apple cider with all the fruitiness. It was not a drain pour, but it was close.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightly hazy golden body with an orange hue. Foamy white head with good retention. A few lines of lacing, and random spots, if that.

Aroma: Malty and sweet, a subtle touch of dried grass.

Taste: Really malty, sweet, clean. A touch of dried grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth.

Overall: Really impressed. This tastes great and has a great mouthfeel. The ABV is hidden very well!

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it's a hot day here in Colombo, not sure how we will go with this one

A - Pours a clear golden colour with a white head that reduces quickly.

S - small amounts of grains, malts and sweetness

T - up front some decent grains, then the malt kicks in. Up to then it's ok but a severe booze flavour overwhelms the palate.

M - light to medium body with low carbonation

O - this is really just a strong lager. With such a beer it's hard to mask the alcohol and sugar. They have masked the sugar but not the alcohol. Would not seek out again.

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Photo of drpimento
1.33/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Oh my god, this is one of the all time worst beers! I poured it a bit too cold which should have benefitted this, but its quality shown thru. The beer reeked of sweet solvents. One taste and I almost retched; had to dump it and wash my mouth out. If you want somebody to leave your party, give them this beer.

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Photo of Copernicandream
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

I'm a little jaded with this review but I guess my impulsiveness serves me right. Its called Imperial, the bottle is black, and I've had Lion Stout before and enjoyed it. So Lion Imperial to my surprise... is a pilsner.

A: Golden yellow with moderate 2 fingers of head.

S: Grains. Some floral hops but very mild.

T: Cereal grains and sugar, plus extra sugar, with some sugar. A subtle smokiness. Hops are nearly absent.

M: This is a pilsner? It's a little thick, somewhat syrupy. The beer is flat, essentially without carbonation.

O: Meh. As I said, I thought I was buying the Imperial Lion Stout. I won't get the pilsner ever again. I've had so many better and cheaper pilsners...

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Photo of Louis_Toschner
3.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps I'm a little jaded or just spoiled after getting to know the differences of beers. Time was a beer like this would have been pretty high on my list. But now, after having different styles, a pilsner just doesn't seem to do it for me anymore. For what it is, it's acceptable. But then again, it ranks up there with a run of the mill grocery store brand. I probably won't revisit this one.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.56/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Is that light hop haze? Because, this bottle ain't that cold. Honey gold with a towering two inches of bright white head. Looks great.

Sweet, sweet grains and some light flowery hops. Ridiculously on-point from the label description. I doubted any hop aromas and I'm wrong. No booze noted. Just a really sweet and frosted cereal character. Still not a good nose, but I'm riding it out.

Wow. Holy sweet cereal water. Tastes like steeped cereal with sugar and a half-shot of vodka added. Slightly fruity, like a stale apple flavor in the finish. These pale malts are ripe with sweetness. Definitely, barley. No adjuncts noted, really. Just really strange.

One plus is a well-disguised 8.8%. Tastes more like 6%. Really thick for a lager, and the carbonation is way too soft. I'm hurting here.

Might be my first Euro Strong Lager, so I'll make it the bar-setter.

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Photo of BobPuckett
5/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just tried Lion Imperial for the first time and it is the finest Pilsner I have tasted sence leaving Europe in 1993. A fine beer that I would recommend to anyone full taste and body with nice amber color. The minute it hits your mouth it brings back the memories of what fine beer is suppose to taste like.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Pilsner Glass]

The pour was a clear golden yellow with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing with poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was lightly sweet with a light grain malt, floral and grassy hops and a sweaty yeast and had notes of caramel, honey, a slight fruity ester (apple I believe) and a mild medicinal scent.

The taste was lightly sweet and very malty with light hints of caramel and honey from the start, and then had a mild taste of hops slowly work in to the mix with the finish having a mild fruity alcohol presence towards the end. The flavor hung on for an average time proceeding the swallow, with a slight alcohol sweetness and a more pronounced hoppy grain flavor that was left to linger on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a light syrupy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a somewhat sweet fruity brew that had a good hop and grain taste along with a bold alcohol presence. Basically this was a tasty Pilsner with a kick...


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Photo of socon67
3.7/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a color similar to apple juice. Slight white foam does not retain. Minimal lacing.

S - Smell is of light malts, honey, and earthy spices.

T - Flavor has a vibe of spice, sweet honey, and exotic grains. Actually I was a bit surprised about the complextiy of this one.

M - Good drinking beer to pair with food. Light enough to be sessionable.

O - I'd try this again. Who knew Sri Lanka made a decent beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, malty aroma has a sweet, fruity overtone and a hint of honey. It pours a lovely clear amber with a fairly thick white head. Sweet, malty flavor is almost like a cider, but has a good alcohol bite and just a hint of hops. Smooth texture has firm body but lacks fizz. Overall, a nice robust pilsner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not my favorite. pours clear yellow golden color with a short white head. smells a little off, really malty, but extracty and sort of shallow. some floral notes as well. flavor is strange and long lasting. starts with a bit of pale malts, then a one or two second applejuice flavor, sweet/tart/sugary. finish is clean, but the alcohol comes out. feel is thick in te mouth, even though the beer doesnt have a ton of body. kind of syrupy. you can also feel the strength of this beer. im not waild about it because it tastes off a bit and the feel is uncomfortable a little bit. not even close to as good as the stout.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Good 1/2 inch of sticky white head. Clear bright yellow with tints of orange.

S - Smells of pilsner malts and slight apple or pear. No noticeable hops or ABV.

T - Wow like a good malt liquor I get smooth sweet taste of apple like malts with a pear after taste. Just enough hops to be beer. Remember this being better...

M - Light to medium. Easy to get bombed on!

Overall for 10 bucks a sixer it's easy to drink but I seek more body or flavor from my beer. Was nice to find it again to try two years later.

Edit: Man the bottle is hella heavy! A lot of glass for class!

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head which reduces to a ring of bubbles at the edges of the glass quickly. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The aroma is very sweet with hints of apple juice and light amounts of malts.

T: The flavor, like the smell, is also relatively sweet with malts, apple, corn, and grain, There is no detectable bitterness or hops and the beer could really have used that to balance it out.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: The alcohol is somewhat covered up by the sweetness of the beer. This beer is not great and not bad, not something that will become a regular in the fridge for me but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of apple juice and sweet malts in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of apple cider and a bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and a bit viscous on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes strong but the cider-like sweetness helps to cover up the alcohol, although it seems to be a little too sweet.

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Photo of sophisticated
2.8/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - a product of Sri Lanka with 8.8% alcohol by volume. It poured a mighty orange, much like the lion on its label, with a small sudsy white head. The smell was mild - faintly sweet malts and grassy hops. The taste was again mild - a bit of apple, grassy hops, and sweet malts. The alcohol was just slightly noticeable. It was smooth, mellow, light, and crisp. Not offensive, but not super flavorful. Fairly well-balanced. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.49/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass -

A - Pours a murky golden color. The head is 2 fingers, but fades fast. It's thin and white, and generally unappealing. Head retention is excusable considering the high abv.

S - Honey, sweet pilsner malt, alcohol, and candy. The aroma is stronger than I expected, and has renewed my interest.

T - Cereal grain and light malt predominate. Doesn't even approach the sweetness the nose predicted. A bit watery, even. Finishes a bit on the bitter side as the alcohol coats your mouth.

M - Crisp and incredibly dry on the finish. Accentuates the lack of any true, distinguished flavors. Extra light bodied.

D - Not a fan of this one. It's abv is apparent (although this doesn't affect my review), it lacks any distinguished flavors, and it's not sessionable. Not an ideal light lager ( or pilsner, I guess?).

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Photo of rsdaugherty
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 3 finger almost white head, while fizzy still had nice retention, a slightly hazy golden with brown notes, scattered lacing to a pillow layer 3.5
S – Mildly sweet malts and a blend of herbal citrus grassy characteristics, slightly astringent 3
T – An off citric sweetness, mild alcohol, finish becomes a dark sweet bread like menagerie of tastes that leave me hanging, infected bottle crossed by mind, did not enjoy 2.0
M – light moderate body, a bit thicker than I expected, no vote on if the ample carbonation added or detracted 3
O – An odd tasting malt pilsner I will not seek out again, characteristics of cider, unless you seek this style I would not recommend, finished the bottle and won’t be returning 2.5

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Photo of ncsutton
2.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving - Can

A - A bronze/amber color, thin head that disappears quickly

S - Very floral and sweet aroma, some hints of apple

T - Very sweet flavoring, its almost like a hard cider mixed into a bad pilsner, the finish is very strong alcohol

M - Somewhat thick with very light carbonation

O - Not very good, I've had one of their other beers and thought that that was what I was getting, I was wrong and man am I disappointed in this, its overly fruity and just not that good, it was just above a drain pour in my book

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Photo of alexgash
2.64/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can with intimidating lion face.

Clean, clear, deep golden yellow body. Thick, two-finger tuft of cottony white head. Good lacing too. Fruity malt, with strong notes of apple. A bit of powdered sugar and a not unnoticeable dose of ethanol. Hmm.

Dry cider-ish notes up front. Becomes sweeter, with notes of vodka-soaked apples. Some honey malt sweetness too. Faint peppery hop notes get lost among the sweet, boozy malts. Moderate to light body, with a very dry feel in the finish. Warming and not really my favorite beer of all time. For the style, it's not bad, but this is not a style I am crazy about.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.34/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head that quickly disappears leaving no retention, lacing and moderate carbonation. The nose consists of some sweet malts (honey comes to mind), some grains and alcohol. the taste starts out with a strong sweet honey taste and than the alcohol hits hard. I can barely taste the hops in this beer. This beer has too much sweetness to it that leaves a bad aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but semi-dry and overall this beer has no balance and not much to offer in a beer. This is a drain pour beer, not something I would expect from Ceylon/Lion Brewery.

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Photo of nitro0292
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Stella glass. White fluffy head like a pils, but darker than all and cloudy (or just a lot of chill haze).

Smell is about average for a normal pils, would have liked more noble hop presence.

Taste is overly sweet and not crisp. This is an "imperial pilsner" and it is complex, but it has apple-ish qualities that I don't find appealing. Better than BMC, but below average for craft. Would make a good dessert beer though.

Feel is thick, which is expected from the "imperial" label and the ABV. Carbonation is light for a pils, but again, to be expected.

Got this through my beer of the month club. Would not seek out. When I think of what an "imperial" anything should be, to me it should be more of the best parts of the style. This isn't.

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
70 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.