Pocono Lager
Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #135
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Ranked #48,184
3.13 | pDev: 10.86%
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle with a twist off cap, looks like the BA Database picture. The neck has an inkjet code (date?) of 31802 1057.

Appearance: Chestnut body with a polished dark brown grain. Dirty white head is thin but resilient and never less than ¼” thick. Medium carbonation and a light smattered lacing.

Nose: Crushed walnut shells, freshly pooped toast from the Toaster, caramel and sweet toffee malts.

Taste: Nutty start with a dry powdery middle. Toasted malts with a light sweetness in the finish. Very simple, and the dry flavors are very quick; bham, bham, bham and it’s gone with nothing to remind you of what you just drank.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery caramels with a toasted malt base assist but do little to get this one anything than an average body.

Drinkability: Middle of the road, not bad at first, but like the earlier Pocono Light it soon gets one-dimensional and starts to bore rather quickly.

Overall: Described on the label as “Amber, Full Bodied”, but after I drank it I don’t see the Amber and I certainly don’t feel the Full Bodied. Not bad, not good, just average.

Dec 11, 2005
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Todd from California

3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle. No freshness info.

Appearance: Clear, bright amber beer with a slightly off-white thick, creamy, foam head. Decent head retention and a bit of stick.

Smell: Light esters, grain, soft background hops.

Taste: Smooth, light-bodied and thin overall. Malt character is faintly sweet and mixes to tea-like flavour with a light, bland, lemony, floral hop character -- a bit grassy, too. Crisp. Dry. Touch of hop oil around the edges of the palate. Thin fruity flavour. Some wet paper towards the end of the beer and dry, husky character in the finish.

Notes: A pretty basic amber lager, and a nice alternative to the mainstream macro lagers. However, nothing to get excited about ... but I guess that's the point of making beers that are refreshing and easy suck down. I would have loved to have seen a bit more malt and a more assertive hop character in this brew.

Aug 10, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good lacing with a few sticky rings of lace. Clarity is fine with a bright reddish copper hue.

Whiff of caramel malt sweetness and hints of clean alcohol in the aroma.

Smooth with a weak crispness that fell of the moderate carbonation. Slight watery maltiness within the medium body, sweetness seems faded and pulls away. Mild prickly hop bitterness cleans up easily showing that the malt is meek. Light twang of hop flavour middle to end as well as some clean graininess. Finishes nearly dry.

A notch or two better than Killian’s but still a lackluster lager though still very drinkable. Something I’d knock back if I was play slop cricket or shooting pool … meaning it’s a beer that won’t distract me.

Aug 10, 2002
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JMH_ from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a generic looking lighter amber colour with a mid-sized to smallish frothy head that quickly dissolves, leaving negligible amounts of residue on the glass.

The aroma is of faint caramel, general malt (maybe a slight, slight hint of toasted malt) and sweetness. Nothing out of the ordinary or inspiring.

Flavour is basically more of the same: sweetness from the caramel still leads the way but gives way a bit to a definite but still tame toasted malt flavour here and there. A bit grainy as well. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery.

This is just a straight up average across the board brew. It's got a definite Yuengling influence to it but falls a step below said Yuengling overall. That said, I'd call it a bit better than the likes of a Killians. Don't expect much, but if you are looking for something simple then this might do the job for you.

Nov 14, 2008
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beernut7 from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty refreshing light brew with a crisp taste and finish. Very much like many of the mass-produced lagers. Very light on flavor. Nice after-work beer.

Jun 20, 2002
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WilliamPhilaPa from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber in color & medium body; fine malt & kettel-hopped w/ magnum & mt.hood which creates a inviting flavor.
This isn't a bad throw down down brew, very clean crisp flavor...actually a very light flavor. Overall it's a brew that is very easy to drink brew. If you want a lager that tastes light, this is better than some.

Feb 08, 2002
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inebrius from Michigan

3.21/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My buddy picked up a six of this brew in PA. Nice amber hue, grainy nose, tiny malt spine with a wee hop finish. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer, yet there's nothing that stands out either. Makes one wonder how they got it so dark. I believe it's a shade darker than SA Boston Lager but has only half the flavor. Hmmm...?

Apr 09, 2002
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Suds from Missouri

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with a slight reddish hue and an inconsequential head. The aroma is mildly hoppy, with a notable toasted and caramel quality. It’s a quiet, unassuming aroma. The taste is a little malty and slightly sweet. Toasted malt is notable throughout the taste. Not much in the way of hops here. Low carbonation, and a lite-ish body. All in all, this is okay…but that’s it. Drinkable but forgettable.

Feb 18, 2006
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PSUDREW from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very nice, dark, amber color, Not so much in the head or lace department, but, it still looks ver nicey.Over all, in the carbonation dept, it is balanced, but, comma, light. It smells, light, and fiant hints of citrus.

While there are some hops flavor to it, the predominalt is a nice malty, smooth finish, It is, light and highly drinkable. While it is by no means the best of the style, it is a nice drinking beer, and, has nice nice shelf life to it.

Mar 07, 2004
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pocono Lager is a decent enough all-malt brew (although it's clear that some 6-row barley is in use), and at it's price point it makes a good alternative to macro brew. It pours a clear deep-amber with a slightly reddish cast beneath a quickly fading cap of white. Lacing is minimal at best. The nose is restrained as well. It's very clean; but it gives no indication of anything other than a basic, light malt. The body is medium, and it's crisp in the mouth with a fine, median carbonation. The flavor follows what the nose indicates (it's just a basic, straightforward lager), although the color is quite dark. There's a bit of clean, lightly sweet malt there; but certainly no caramel malt. I'm guessing that like Yuengling's Traditional Lager, this is made with added color rather than kilned malts. And why not, it's probably intended to compete with it. Bitterness is minimal, but it's well balanced, refreshing, and drinkable. A great BBQ or sporting events beer!

Jun 20, 2004
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SchmichaelJ from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Pocono Lager poured a clear, amber color with only a very thin head that dissipated quickly. Not a lot of visible carbonation here, and little, if any lacing. A strong malty, grainy scent, with hints of corn mixed in greeted the nose. The taste was of a smooth maltiness, with a rather dry finish. Only the slightest hint of hops near the end countered the malt, though not too aggressively. The mouthfeel was a little on the light side...I would have appreciated a fuller feel with more complexity in the taste, as well. The Pocono Lager isn't a bad beer to have at the end of the day, or to split a case with some friends. But it lacks a certain complexity, and turns out to be rather uneventful.

Mar 03, 2003
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francisweizen from Alaska

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pocono Lager. This has a dark amber appearance, like Yuengling. The aromas are malty and not very hoppy, like Yuengling. The taste is subtle and refreshing, like Yuengling. The price is cheap and affordable, but a little more than Yuengling. The mouthfeel and drinkability are good, like Yuengling. If you like this beer, buy Yuengling and save a few bucks!!!

Jul 03, 2003
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purplehops from Maine

2.59/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pocono Lager poured a deep amber with a very light tan head that died a quick death and left no lacing on the glass. The aroma was barley malt with corn odors and a bit of earthy tones. The taste started with some malty flavors blended with some medicine flavors and faint notes of corn sugar. The finish was a bit dry with some grain flavors and then nothing. Aftertaste was MIA (missing in action). Mouthfeel was a bit thin and watery.
Overall a poor example of a lager. I had this in a diner in the Poconos. I should have known better but I was hoping for a surprise. I didn't get it.

Mar 05, 2003
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WaltTrombone from New York

2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I received a bottle of this from the owner of the local beer store as a freebie sample; he said that he was going to be stocking some, and to give it a try.

It poured a dark amber, and the tan head disappeared almost immediately. The aroma was faint, malt and maybe some caramel. The taste was not too complex, a nice lager-y crispness of malt, with a faint citrus note. Mouthfeel was thin, with a crisp carbonation. Finish was almost non-existent.

It reminded me too much of a typical macro. Actually, I thought that Michelob Amber Bock was more flavorful. This brewery has won some awards, but none for this beer. Now I know why...

Jun 04, 2003
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crookedhalo from Pennsylvania

2.41/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. twist-off bottle with playing card value underneath bottlecap. This particular bottlecap was the ace of hearts. Pours an amber color with a tan colored head that subsides pretty quickly and laced good. Some maltiness and breadiness in the nose; it smells kind of minerally. No real hop character in the aroma even though the brewery's website says it is kettle hopped with Galena and Mt. Hood hops. Rather bland in taste. Some doughy malt sweetness and faintly bitter in the finish, the rest is a minerally wateriness. The label claims it is full bodied... compared to what? Not very recommended unless you're looking for a Yuengling-type adjuncted amber lager.

Jan 22, 2005
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jakester from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from the Pocono Party Pack. Expiration date clearly stamped on the bottle. (Yay!). I had this in a pilsner glass.

Pours a pretty, clear copper/amber with a one finger head of beige colored foam. Carbonation is evident. The head drops to islands and a ring, with decent enough lacing on the glass.

The first aroma I get is DMS, not bad, but there. Then I can smell a light malt aroma, kind of sweet, a little bready, with a barely detectable spicy hop smell. The DMS smell goes away after a while.

Flavor is kind of thin sweet malt, not real caramel-y for the color. Just enough hop bittering to make this not cloying. There is a slight metallic taste there in the aftertaste; not strong, but there. Not much in the way of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Residual sugar is low to medium, as is the carbonation. Hop bitterness is low, and the finish is crisp and malty.

Not a great beer, but it's better than Yuengling Amber Lager, by far. Much more malt and hop character. I guarantee you'll prefer this over YAL if you give it a try.

Sep 02, 2005
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WesWes from New York

3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber, almost brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It is sweet with pale and crystal malts. It has a nice dry lager yeast scent as well. The taste is decent. It is light and dry with a slight malty sweetness as it goes down. It has more flavor than most lagers, but still seems a bit watery. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well like most of their beers. What is it with these Penn. breweries and their amber lagers anyway? Whatever it is, maybe they can spread the word to the rest.

Feb 18, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.09/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This lager is dark brownish-orange in color with a decent head that came down cleanly.

Smell – The aroma is dark, heavily-toasted grain with some light caramel sweetness.

Taste – The flavor here is a bit bland but, for American grain, bland is good. There’s nothing offensive in this one. It’s almost like a mix of Red Lager and Dunkel Lager.

Mouthfeel – A bit thin in the mouth with some light, tickling carbonation that seems out of place.

Drinkability – Pocono was all over the board with this offering.

Jun 26, 2004
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farHillsBrewer from Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This lager poured a light brown amber with a slight bit of lace. The nose is pretty much absent to me. Taste: a balanced blend of malt and hops that went down easy, but not enough of either to make me want to try it again. The malt was a bit bready, with a slight fruity ester. The bitterness was enough to make it drinkable. I would recommend it as a cross-over beer similar to Honey Brown, but too weak for veteran tasters.

Feb 04, 2005
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

2.71/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This plain brown 12 oz. Pocono Lager bottle without any date imprint was part of a mixed case I purchased for $28. She stands up in a pint with scant sporadic bubbles and a glissening slick of a head that wears away into nothing in a second over a mahagony clear pour. Lace??? We don’t need no stinking lace.

Narrow scents of creamy malty lager aroma that I could not initially detect, but finally popped out when I buried my schnoz deep into my glass. Nothing to write home about, but I haven’t written mom in a dog’s age, so let's see how mom is doing. Big sip has an initially fizzy carbonated aggressive bite, quick to dissipate to a tap-water caramel, at best. A few good burps talkin’ back. This gets cream soda sticky in the back of the mouth. The aftertaste is an added cream-ale ish, with detectable tastey hints of lemony, iced-tea undertones.

Last swigs: Can’t say that this is a great lager, but depending on what your price tag is, a middle of the road decent session lager contender for your summer swiggin’ stash. If this is an offering intended to take a bite out of local loyal Yuengling Lager lads, they need to up the marketing ante. Pocono has a more malty, less patented Yuengling bitter twinge. Overall, equivalent to Brooklyn Lager for much less in the wallet. More like Red Bell Philadelphia Lager than any other brew. Now go mow the lawn, and guzzle a Pocono Lager. Forget about Colorado C**** Light, head for the PA mountains, instead. Maybe I’ll pass ya on the PA turnpike northern extension to pick up another…burp…Pocono Lager.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Mar 11, 2004
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durwood64 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -4.2%

Jan 01, 2012
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TheDeuce from New York

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pocono Lager....from the Pocono Party Pack

Appearance-pours a deep red with a hint of gold throughout, a one finger head pinches it's way forward, but unlike the Pale Ale it decides to stick around.

Smell-tinges of biscuit malt, mild hop aroma and alchol fumes, not much else.

Taste-slightly malty up front, this slight malt flavoring continues all the way down, not much else.

Mouthfeel-clean enough and light so it's inoffensive, a malty aftertaste on the toungue.

Drinakbility-light and balanced enough, no knowledge of the ABV but should be nothing too different from other lagers.

Overall-a drinkable malty American Lager, nothing too strong or flashy but a simple lager on the malty side which I haven't come across that much, so if you've been dreaming of a malty lager here you go.

Aug 04, 2005
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ommegangpbr from New York

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This just about fits the bill for the style. Looks pretty appealing in the glass with a clean amber color and rings of lace down the glass.
Smells pretty good, too. Clean, some floral hops, some sweetish malt scents. Reminds me at times of Belgian pale ales along the lines of Leffe Blonde or some wheat beers due to some banana esters.
Tastes are somewhere between that of a watered down amber ale and a watered down hefe weizen. A hint of that banana again with some of that amber ale bitter flavor.
Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat slick. Some more carbonation might be useful to cut through the thin character.
This would make for a decent happy hour special type deal. I'd rather have this than Yuengling or Killians. Pretty successful for what it's trying to be.

Aug 10, 2007
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ggaughan from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice deep brown color with a slight head into a pint glass. The aroma I get is of malts and bit of caramel. The taste is a bit of a let down although I don't think I expected a whole lot in here. The taste is more of the malts with some good caramel flavors but not overly complex. Easy to drink but not worth drinking a ton of.

Mar 25, 2006
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Phatz from Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A mass produced lager but above average.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a frothy off white headand a few specs of lace.

Smell: The aroma is too small. There is a remote sugestion of caramel malt and it is blanck from there. At least it is clean.

Taste: Grain and sweetness. Surprisingly like Yuengling. Caramel and sweet tea with a twist of lemon hop and grassy light bitterness in back end.

Mouthfeel: Light sweet and dry.

Drinkability: This is a simple no frills drinking beer.

Hope this is helpful.

Jun 29, 2007
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 38 ratings