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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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175 Ratings

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 25.25%
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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Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow with a finger or two of white head that dissipated quickly into nothing. No lace.

S - Subdued spicy hop aromna with a suggestion of toasted malt; like a mild pilsner.

T - Sweetish malt early palate that leads into a grain, slightly spicy hop flavor. Late palate is heavy on bitterness and alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter and a little unpleasant.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Becomes a little sickeningly cloying.

D - Eh. Not bad, but not great. A lot like a hopped malt liquor. Too sweet and cloying with a very one dimensional hop balance, resulting in a severely unbalanced brew.

06-25-2008 08:23:49 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of shadow1961


3.3/5  rDev +11.1%

From the same people who brew up the okey-dokey but
by no means Earth-shattering Lion Stout, come Lion Lager.
A slow pour got me 2 fingers of loose foam over a clear
honey-colored brew. The nose is pretty simple stuff- lager
yeast and a bit of light barley malt. Carbonation is steady,
but a few stops short of being really effervescent. The flavor
is slightly sweet light malt and a surprisingly assertive (for
the style) hop. Other wise it's pretty much like some of the
better all malt lagers coming out of the Indian subcontinent.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Pretty simple stuff here,
but head and shoulders over what American macro brewers
put out 'cause they are too cheap to give up corn and rice.

06-24-2008 07:26:20 | More by shadow1961
Photo of bradybeer


3.28/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a ark straw/gold yellow with a rocky white head. I get some kind of funk in the aroma-I can't put my finger on it, but I am getting some hop aroma through the funk. Tasting the beer I get little hop character and not much more malt-what malt I get is slightly sweet. Carbonation is light to medium-which translates to a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK-I would love to try this on tap-or in Sri Lanka-I could drink a few of these with some Sri Lankan food-but I would go out of my way to try this-I think I will stick with their Stout

05-22-2008 22:55:47 | More by bradybeer
Photo of Taffle


2.95/5  rDev -0.7%

The Imperial Lager poured golden with a quickly receding head. A little haziness gave this lager a real nice look.

Aroma was mild. A little banana-like sweetness to it and a hair of the alcohol to spice it up.

Some mellow, semi-sweetness from the start of tasting the brew, followed by a some more tangy, grassy flavors with a little zest from the booze content. Although, for a bottle labeled 8.8%, I thought it finished rather smooth. The flavor seemed to get old towards the end of the tasting.

The beer had richness and a moderate fill. Good body and mouthfeel.

One was enough for me. Decent brew for the price, but didn't match the greatness of Lion's Stout.

05-20-2008 02:23:39 | More by Taffle
Photo of Zorro


3.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

05-02-2008 02:22:15 | More by Zorro
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
*Note: Bottle states 8.8% Alcohol by Volume*

The brew pours a dark yellow gold in color with about 1/2" of head that dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of. Aromas are average for the most part but light, and there is a whiff of alcohol - not incredibly attractive.

The taste was incredibly average, much like a typical American macro lager, but this isn't all a bad thing. For a brew this strong, it is actually a bit of a feat to pull of this average lager taste. There isn't any real heat from the alcohol and the overall body is still relatively light, though fulfilling.

This is fairly drinkable as far as flavor and enjoyability but the ABV catches up to you pretty quickly. Overall this was interesting but I don't know that I would go out of my way to try it again.

04-24-2008 00:15:22 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of illidurit


2.85/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a frankly pee-colored yellow with an inch of white head. The suds reduces to a blotchy cap leaving some unexpectedly substantial lacing.

Nose is citrusy with a faint metallicness. Also some grainy sweetness.

Flavor is grainy caramel maltiness with a buttery note at the end. Some tart citrus and an almost candy-like sweetness round things out.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly dry for the amount of sweetness, but it's also overcarbonated. The medium-light mouthfeel can't really contend with the alcohol level either.

Drinkability is hampered by the high alcohol and the eventually cloying sweetness.

04-03-2008 08:35:08 | More by illidurit
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2.95/5  rDev -0.7%

Sri Lanka. yayuh! Not much to say. Orangish gold color. like subtle urine on a warm afternoon. impressive white head that lasted a good bit. faint smell of hops and alcohol. taste is little hoppy, sweet light malty, some booty also. medium to light bodied. smoothe as eggs. an alright brew.

03-29-2008 05:33:07 | More by stumac
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

03-28-2008 00:06:33 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +25.6%

330 ML single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this company's Lion Stout, which was wonderful, so I had high hopes for their Imperial Lager, which registered at 8% ABV...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, apple-juice-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded and left a minimal amount of lacing...
Sweet, honey aroma balanced by a nice suggestion malts and hops...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma, with a nice balance of honey, vanilla, caramel, sugars, and florals...
Although not as outstanding as their Stout, this was still a top-notch sample, a vry good Lager, strong, flavorful, and full of character and flavor... I liked this one, and it was easily drinkable without any hint of the ABV and an equally good mouthfeel...

03-21-2008 19:12:41 | More by dsa7783
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

02-28-2008 15:44:57 | More by avalon07
Photo of berserker256


3.78/5  rDev +27.3%

My brother brought a six pack over while we watched the Lions (that's why he bought Lion Lager) kick the hell out of the Denver Broncos. He didn't much care for this beer... Thought it was OK. I disagree. I like strong beers yet among my favorite styles of beer is Lager, which usually isn't even close to 8.0% alcohol. So I was interested in trying this. It's got a decent orangish gold color with a small head. I like the smell. It reminds me of German Marzens. Heavy and rich malt aroma. I detect a hint of cereal-like grain, too. Taste reflects the smell. Alcohol presence is obvious and warm. A good lager beer flavor with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Nice consistency and carbonation. A good slow-drinking 2 or 3 beer, beer. Good Beer.

11-06-2007 17:48:59 | More by berserker256
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South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a clear gold with an orange tint. Has a decent fizzy head, but it soon dissipates completely. Aroma is sweet and malty, with some mixing jelly and citrus fruit smells. Taste is obviously thicker than your normal lager. Sweet corn-syrupy aftertaste is light but a noticeable alcohol presence is there in the aftertaste. Not much of an appearance from the hops, though the aftertaste is a bit dry.

Not a bad brew, but I would still rather just have a good ol' normal pilsner or lager than some super-strong version.

08-25-2007 09:34:40 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.1/5  rDev +4.4%

"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.

08-09-2007 15:33:56 | More by BuckeyeNation
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3.23/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours a clean deep yellow color, with a white head. Aromas of European hops and small amount of alcohol. A dry beer with a big presence of alcohol. It has a bigger body than most lagers, but a very clean end. It seems to hide the alcohol quite well, a tad earthy as well. A nice lager for a chilly fall night.

07-29-2007 16:53:40 | More by OWSLEY069
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

A- looks like a pilsner. Clear, light golden, three fingers of head that drop to a ring.

S- Smells like a cross between bud light and allagash tripel. lol. Slightly skunked, strange nose... but I know it's not lightstruck, because I pulled it from the middle of the box... strange. A bit of spice, some light malt, yeast, metal, boysenberry, and even some charcoal.

T- Light, very pilsner-like, with a bit stronger malt and hops than an average pilsner, and a hint of spice.

M- Light, creamy, medium carbonation, and a honey-like, syrupy finish.

D- It's pretty good. Not my favorite, but It's be an excellent beer for your macro drinking buddies, especially if they were hot members of the opposite sex... it doesn't taste at all like 8%.

07-20-2007 02:28:01 | More by khiasmus
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3.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

07-04-2007 14:14:04 | More by BEERchitect
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3/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Dark gold, fading head.

Smell: Mostly bready, a slight roasty note.

Taste: Mostly malt, bready. A kind of sweet candy-like flavor comes through but is not too strong. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a standard lager, not overly heavy.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but pretty strong. Something different.

This seems to be a little more civilized malt liquor. Quite sweet and pretty strong, but without the nasty notes that come up with the high gravity malt liquors--but maybe that's because this is in a 330ml bottle and not a 40oz.

06-23-2007 22:31:02 | More by Mdog
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4.22/5  rDev +42.1%

This brew poured a beautiful deep golden, almost orange color with a puffy white head. The nose is flowery with notes of vanilla and lemongrass. The moment you drink it your tastebuds begin to dance with sweet malty goodness of vanilla, plum, lemongrass, and cherry flavors. The finish lingers on the malt flavors which is perfectly balanced by the moderate hoppy bitterness. VERY smooth due to its lager style, but watch out with the 8.0%ABV! This beer is a real gem!

06-14-2007 22:38:23 | More by beerkittycat
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Looks golden clear orange with a good white head until it turns to a patchy lace-less layer. Nose is sweet, lightly candy-like, lemongrassy, bready with underlying earthiness perhaps. Its does seem like a big-afied version of the lager, and I don't think they used corn + rice etc. Maybe, but if so, they did a good job making it less obvious. Taste is likewise. As for the imperial factor, you can tell its a strong beer by nose and taste but the alcohol adds a complimentary edge if anything. Dry finish and medium lager-clear body.

An alright 'imperial lager'. Nothing real amazing but better than bad.

04-16-2007 03:52:02 | More by tastybeer
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2.35/5  rDev -20.9%

I didn't realize I had the imperial until I popped the cap (finally saw the label). I was excited to review a beer that not many people have had.

A: an orange gold with light carbonation

S: a foody smell unlike anything i have had before

T: malty with an aftertaste of inexpensive spaghetti sauce? I can't say that I liked the taste all that much.

M: light carbonation with a crisp feel on the tongue.

03-06-2007 01:26:51 | More by joshleo
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2.6/5  rDev -12.5%

The alcohol domination made this beer unpleasent to enjoy. I really think I would of enjoyed what this beer brought to the table, but I could not get beyond the rubbing alcohol taste in my mouth. In the spirit of trying to be fair I must say I think I have a bent away from really high AVB beers. The exception being Chimay beers. I think this is going to one of those love/hate type beers.

02-28-2007 02:57:37 | More by nota
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3.38/5  rDev +13.8%

I think I was expecting some kind of American macro knockoff (think "Kingfisher"), and was pleasantly surprised. I could be wrong, but this seemed like an all-malt lager to me. It had a bit of sweetness (more than, say, a S.A. Boston Lager), but a nice, full mouthfeel. The appearance was robust; almost cloudy. And the head, while rather thin & fizzy, opened up to reveal a somewhat substantial smell; again, perhaps relative to what I was expecting. Fruity, decent bitterness.

02-24-2007 04:14:59 | More by hylton44
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1.8/5  rDev -39.4%

Apperance: Pours a usually lager pale yellow with a 1in head

Smell: Has a light grain smell (like macro lagers), that is sweetened

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is of a usuall lager that is accented by sweetness. After taste is of an awful olive like flavor.

Comments: Would NOT buy it again.

12-23-2006 20:51:07 | More by bostoneo
Photo of nortmand


3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Pours orange-yellow with a moderately sustaining white head.

Smell's of sweetgrass and honey, a bit of an herbal character as well.

Sweet honey flavors throughout most of the palate. Ends with a decent bitterness.

Medium-full bodied. Seems a bit underattenuated, but not a bad offering.

11-02-2006 00:05:04 | More by nortmand
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