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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner
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BA SCORE
70
okay

172 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 25.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

09-10-2012 03:09:40 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 15:33:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:23:15 | More by metter98
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 14:14:04 | More by BEERchitect
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -24%

08-22-2013 02:20:52 | More by ygtbsm94
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 17:21:06 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

12-14-2013 04:37:33 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 21:31:58 | More by zeff80
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 10:37:28 | More by feloniousmonk
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:52:07 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 22:05:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

03-03-2014 16:07:08 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 02:12:45 | More by jwc215
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -32.4%

07-20-2014 22:33:55 | More by XmnwildX12
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 13:28:49 | More by dbrauneis
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:22:15 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:24:26 | More by Georgiabeer
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

03-08-2013 23:22:49 | More by ejimhof
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 03:57:14 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:06:33 | More by beerthulhu
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-15-2013 00:01:18 | More by dmorgan310
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: can

09-03-2009 02:07:23 | More by Tone
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harpus

Alabama

3/5  rDev +1.4%

10-08-2013 17:37:12 | More by harpus
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this one just to try a Sri Lankan beer. Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a dark golden color and fairly thin consistency. Poured a big, foamy head and lots of lacing.

There was a somewhat understated smell, with the malts coming through. Not much else.

The taste did not knock me out. Malts, hops and some other ingredient were evident. It doesn't have a complex flavor at all. Very thin.

The carbonation level was below average. Could've used a little bit more of a bite.

This isn't a particularly drinkable beer. It's thin and a little too straightforward. It does have a decently high ABV, if you're looking to get wasted.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 15:44:57 | More by avalon07
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 04:35:19 | More by DrDemento456
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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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