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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BA SCORE
70
okay

186 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 25.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DoctorDog on 06-11-2009)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical of most higher gravity lagers. Opens with a considerably viscous pour that released a loosely knit foamstand, that faltered quickly over the abundant alcohols. Rich, sweet pilsner malt aroma and earthy hop additions rose sharply out of the glass, giving light apple, lemon, and grassy scents. Tastes very sweet with sweet alcohols, thinning the taste somewhat and numbing the palate. Herbal, tea-like flavors combine with lemon grass and noble hop flavors, help to round out the beer but can hardly combat the malt-liquor-like sweetness. Feels weightier than most lagers, with a light oily texture and alcohol dryness. Finishes sweet, dry, and with that earthy lemon grass flavor. Interesting and adventurous. Cannot say that this beer is of hight quality, but not a disapointment either.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks."

--African proverb

Bold marigold with a hint of orange. The bone white cap may be the best looking lid that I've ever seen on a beer of this style. It has a firmly creamy texture, lasts quite a while and is beginning to deposit a good bit of attractive lace. What's not to like?

The nose reminds me of a standard issue Euro pale lager. I didn't say Euro *strong* lager because very little alcohol is appreciated. Other than musky (and musty) hops, there isn't much to recommend it. A lack of any overt nastiness keeps the score from dropping lower than average.

If you've had any of the Eastern European ESLs then you know what Lion Imperial Lager tastes like. It tastes like a noble-hopped version of American malt liquor that is more hoppy and less sweet. Husk-riddled grain rides along beneath a surprising amount of spicy-grassy hoppiness. Either the alcohol or the alpha acids (maybe both) give this Lion a moderate bite.

Although alcohol is much noticeable on the palate than it is in the nose, it doesn't numb the tongue (much). The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a finishing slickness and a lightly stinging amount of carbonation. Other than the appearance, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience.

I was hoping that Lion Imperial Lager would be as good as Lion Stout (a fantastic beer), but a quick glance at the average score led me to expect otherwise. Beer of this sort is hard to like because a high ABV seems to be priority number one. Having said that, considering the style, one could do a whole lot worse.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a faintly hazed, dark yellow body with a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Basal, simple nose smelling of grainy pils malt, transient fruit notes, a small addition of Noble hops, and fermented honey.

Taste: Lightly grainy cereal-minded maltiness coated with no more than a bit of honey sweetness. Floral, mildly spicy hop tones with a modest amount of balancing bitterness. scant hint of fruitiness akin to apple and maybe a few drops of choice melon juice. Small sip of white wine in advance of the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a smooth slickness to the mouthfeel, but the alcohol seems to cut the body down.

Drinkability: Eh. I see and have heard a few comparisons to malt liquor, and while it's not quite that bad, it's not that much better, either.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a fizzy, golden-yellow color with a bubbly, foamy, white, one-finger head. It left some light rings of lace.

S - It smelled of corn and cereal malt.

T - It tasted of alcohol with a spicy heat. Also, a good dose of cereal malt flavor and hints of grain.

M - It was very crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - Even with a high ABV this is a pretty easy drinking lager.

Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -32.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.63/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear, faint haze,yellow, with little head.

Simple aromatics, grainy, light malt, minor fruit...and the onset of alcohol.

Slilght fruitiness,mixed with cereal husk gives this some kind of flavor, but none that really does anything. It's far from clean and easy-drinking, and soon the alcoholrears in, enters the skull, knocks on the door before throwing it wide open. Here come that 8.8% boogeyman. We're in Sri Lankan malt liquor country now...
Gets fruitier ,tastier later in...hey, I could go for another...but,should I?
not really...

Photo of mdfb79
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow golden with a large rocky/frothy head with nice staying power that leaves sticky lacing.

The smell is grassy/grainy with spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain, a touch of fruity alcohol and herbal/earthy/spicy bitterness. It has a crisp, refreshingly dry finish.

It has a creamy, medium body.

The alcohol does show a bit, but is reasonably well-covered. It has a refreshing quality despite the alcohol. A well-done Euro-strong lager, IMO. A well-balanced, "sipping" lager.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bread and lemons. The flavor is grain and bready malt. Fairy bland and not near as hoppy as I was expecting from an Imperial Pilsner. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, just nothing that really stands out.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of superspak
2.43/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.08/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Yuck! Picked this up by mistake, as I meant to grab their fairly decent stout. This is not in the same ballpark. Pours golden with a thick head that very quickly fades to nearly nothing. Smells like rubbing alcohol with some very late graininess. Nothing like a nice whiff of solvent to wake your appetite up for the beer that follows. Tastes similar, which is -bad. Makes my eyes water from what seems to be a shot of cheap vodka more than it is a beer. Not even any hint of the grain this time (not that really helped the aroma). Mouthfeel is harsh and chemical feeling, and to me this whole beer is undrinkable. Drain pour.

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold colored beer with a strong white head that simply can't last against that much ethanol.

Smell is sweetish and a little fruity with a slight citrus edge. Little bit of grain and grass aroma and a slight spicy scent from the Nobel hops.

Taste starts out neutral in sweetness and a little grain flavor, quite light in taste. Perceptible ethanol and a little bitter zing after you sip it a while. Very light flavor this could use more hops.

Mouthfeel seems light possibly from excessive malt conversion and the high alcohol level present.

Drinkability is just OK. I won't pour the other five down the drain but this beer just lacks a hop punch or a Pilsners complexity. Think I will stick to Lions Stout from now on.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks pretty darn good. A golden/brass, shiny clear body topped with a nice white head--somewhat dense and rich.Lacks that soapy quality of some esl's or macro lagers.

Aroma isn't all that great, but not bad. Some grain husk and sweet pear. Alcohol is noticeable.

Flavors follow the nose, husky and wet grain. Musty of sorts. The pear in the nose is more like New Zealand sauv blanc...faintly, more tropical. Hops provide a bit of zip.

Overall, not a bad beer and I've come to respect the Ceylon peeps for putting out good beer

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-bronze with a thin, sudsy white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.

S: a very soft citrusy hopping of oranges and lemons.

T: a sweet buttery-citric maltiness with fresh oranges and lemons. On the finish was a sour malting, dry oranges, lemon grind and a dry floral hop fade. The abv% of 8.0 was fairly well hidden behind the sweet malting upfront. The overall flavor I found to be a little strange and odd yet intriquing with a big hoppy fade with some sour lemons on the finish.

M: medium-full with a nice viscosity and syrupy feel. Some sour malt and dried floral lemony hopping coats the tongue.

D: Definitly not a session lager. Has a big sweet buttery-citric flavor that makes this drink like a macro in the beginning, but the big hoppy nature in the finish gives it some credit. Worth a try, but not a six-pack.

Photo of Tone
3.2/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of hops, pale malt, yeast, and very slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, slight hops, and alcohol. Overall, much too much yeast and grain/adjunct flavor for my taste.

Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
70 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.