Lionshead Pilsner
Lion Brewery, Inc.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #108
Ranked #48,584
2.93 | pDev: 20.14%
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
Lionshead PilsnerLionshead Pilsner
Notes: This deluxe American Pilsner is brewed with premium American malt, and a perfect touch of American grown hops. The Lionshead family of beers is brewed using our state of the art brew kettle and our century old brewhouse. Lionshead has a crisp, dry mouth feel with a subtle touch of sweet overtones.
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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

(12 oz can, L1812 LB.. purchased cold 12 pack... poured into simple 14 oz glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, slightly-pale gold liquid; head sizzles out immediately no collar, no lace... tested out a second can and the foam reacted just the same

S: bland sort of sweet (creamed) corn note, maybe a hint of cereal grain character; average relative intensity

T: muted, sort of malt liquor foundation; soft carbonic bite hums after each sip... finish is rather dry; subtle toasted corn note lingers, krimpet sort of residual cakey note... watery expression of bitterness; a bit watery overall

F: dead-weighted touch with a sharp, acidic prickle stinging the tip of the tongue... dull body, sharp attack; a bit parching as well?

O: have not had this since it first appeared in the Philly area years and years ago... I remember a few times swilling it from the bottle while hanging at a particular dive bar in CC... never thought much of it, other than that it tasted dirty... better to drink this cold out of the container; rather dull; its impression gets worse as it goes, easily one of the lesser-quality AALs I've tried (1419)

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Photo of Kingglenn
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass it develops a rich white head 3/4 inch thick that quickly dissipated leaving little lacing. Crisp mouth feel, light bodied, slightly sweet with a medium bodied maltiness. It drinks as was well as most welll known American lagers at a lesser cost. A good everyday drinking beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.34/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So, as others have mentioned, this is in no real way a pilsner, but I was actually fairly happy with what it is once I sampled a few.

This has nice color and clarity and almost no head retention to speak of. The nose is fresh and sweet and inoffensive and boring. The taste is similar with lots of carbonation and little body to speak of. Sweet and corny but relatively clean in the finish. Actually better straight out of the can than in a glass.

This is decent quality American lager the way you used to be able to get in every small city across America: distinctive, affordable, and with a local flair. Back when Pabst was brewed in Milwaukee and Natty Boh in Baltimore and Rheingold and Ballentine in NYC, Rainier in Seattle and up and down the list. Before AB-Miller Coors-InBev ruled us all with the eye of Sauron etc. Rant done, if in the mood to slum it, get some.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.26/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the can, it pours a clear golden color with a white head that lasts longer than expected. In the nose, it is lightly grainy. In the mouth, it is a lightly but clean flavored American lager. Good for a hot day!

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Photo of AlcoholismIsForQuitters
3.79/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Without a doubt, there are better beers. But at $14/case, it is a great beer to pick up periodically as a party beer or something to enjoy with friends while watching football. It is a bit more filling than the average 4.5% beer, so it’s a comfortable fit to trust my friends to drive home since they won’t drink 12.

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Photo of Tweezerjam
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First of all this is definitely a lager and it tastes like they were trying to duplicate Yuengling (which is nearby). They missed the mark but not by much. And here in PA its $14/case. So it's decent value.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Look - straw/golden color body with white head

Smell - cooked apples, grains, malts

Taste - grains, malts, cooked apples, corn

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, typical slightly sweetness upfront that you get from most AAL's, inoffensive aftertaste

Overall - decent AAL here for the price, inoffensive, on par with the likes of PBR, Hamm's, 'Gansett, etc. Worth a try

price Point - $0.99/16 oz can

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Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is absolutely an excellent American econo Pilsner. Many would say that this is just "cheap" and nothing else. I beg to differ. I'm big on canned beer especially this one. Smells of sweet corn and malt; packs a whopping 4.5% ABV. Taste is smooth, ice cold and served in a styrofoam cup. Here in NJ a 24 pack of these go for $12.99 before taxes. To be honest for the price you are paying it is definitely worth it. I would recommend this to any one on a beer budget. I can't wait to get a kegorator and buy a keg of this! Cheers!

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Photo of JWT3
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Cheap fizzy yellow beer. Sweet, corn and malts, very little hop presence. Crisp at first but loosens up quickly. Flavor of lager yeast, faint butter diacetyl and some sweetness. It is a good cheap option to take to a party or have as a "house" beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; little lacing;

S: grain; grass;

T: follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; low carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: flavor isn't very assertive; carbonation was lacking, as was crispness;

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Photo of kojevergas
1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz can purchased at a bodega in Brooklyn, NY for $6 per 6 pack. Aluminum. Standard pull-tab. Royal red and gold label design.

"Deluxe pilsner beer." No ABV listed.

Clear clean pale copper body colour. White frothy head. ~5 minute head retention.

AROMA: Plain pilsner malts. Baked bread. A blip of buttery aromatics. Clean ester-free lager yeast. Low residual sugar sweetness (though well above average for the style).

Aromatic intensity is low. No metallic off-notes or other faults.

Aroma suggests an inoffensive but imbalanced (overly sweet) lager with corn adjunct lending fermentable sugars. No Saaz/Noble hop aroma; this hardly seems like a proper pilsner.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Overly sweet from utilization of adjunct (seemingly corn/maize). Clean lager yeast leaves no trace of any fruity esters, but there is some buttery flavour potentially indicative of diacetyl off-flavour.

Not balanced well by any means, but it's not metallic or otherwise off in flavour aside from the tolerable diacetyl. Pale malts and pilsner malts dominate, unchecked by any Saaz/Noble hop bitterness. Definitely too sweet, but not quite syrupy in spite of being way too thick and sticky for the intended style. Smooth, wet, unrefreshing. Medium-bodied where it ought to be light-bodied.

OVERALL: A poorly executed attempt at a pilsner, but not an awful beer when judged as an adjunct lager. At this price point in New York City, it's better than many malt liquors and budget macros (think plastic bottle screw-tops in 24+ fl oz format), but I'd sooner go for Ballantine XXX or even a watery macrolager over this. It's not difficult to drink per se, but its low quality and off-putting thickness really hold it back. Poor work regardless of intention, Lionshead is not a beer I'd recommend to anyone. Trader Joe's Simpler Times remains a superior go-to budget beer option.


04/24/17: revisiting this given it was the only affordable option to bring to an event.

Buttery. Too full-bodied for a pilsner. Throws off some corn adjunct.

Far from light-bodied or refreshing. No Noble or Saaz hop character is present here at all. Drinkable but off. At least it's not metallic or watery, but then the slightly syrupy texture of this makes me wonder if going the other way and making it watery would have been the better play.


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Photo of bory7
3.99/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OK, I've read some reviews and people have have not been entirely fair. Keeping in mind that this is a pilsner, aka low fermenting yeast, low temperature fermentation, etc... Plus the alcohol content is a whopping 4.5%. Are people seriously expecting the hops of a double IPA or the flavor profile of a saison??? This is meant to be a light refreshing beer that you drink exile mowing the lawn. Also, as i mentioned before, because the of the low temperature fermentation, you cannot achieve bold flavors because not enough sugar gets burned off (which is what creates the different bold flavors), and since not enough sugar is burned off, less alcohol is produced. However, based on other beers of similar stature, this beer carries a nice light refreshing flavor and smells and looks the part.

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Photo of Bwise73
3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours gold color , thick head that goes away pretty quick. I really like this beer and the price is great! I wish there was just a little more hoppines to it.

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Photo of RJIV
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent dirty orange color.
Little to no head on the pour.
The smell is light with hints of sweetness.
The body of the beer is very thin and watery.
Taste upfront is caramel sweetness that turns into day old water (kind of stale, but still drinkable).
The aftertaste is unoffensive with a slight lingering note of caramel.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale gold small white head no lace. Smell is slightly sweet and grainy. Feel is mildly sweet with moderately high carbonation and mostly dry finish.

Taste is slightly sweet and grainy with mild toasted grain and light spice with hint of floral hops and finish is crisp and dry. Overall not the best but mediocre exceeded my expectations to be honest

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Photo of Trombone69
2.22/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Not too good. Definitely one of the cheapest beers in the store. And I am not opposed to paying less.

Taste is overly sweet. There is something a little nasty on the finish. I'm not sure what.

I won't be choosing this one again.

I like the can design. The carbonation level seems OK.

It's not awful, I guess. It's just not really good.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
2.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I went looking for some cheap beer because money is tight this weekend. I found this, 12.99 for a case of loose cans. At first I thought it was a typo, but it was right. It came out to 13.90 with tax. I saw this beer on an episode of "The Office", so I assumed it wasn't god-awful. and it isn't. It is close, though.
Appearance, I poured some in a glass, just to see for the review. Very light.
Smell- almost non-existent. All I smell is aluminum from the can and a faint Budweiser smell.
taste- Again, almost non-existent. Not bad, not good. Reminiscent of Bud Light or Coors Light, and this isn't a Light Beer. I can't imagine how watery the Light version is.
Mouthfeel- Flat and dull. Swallow fast and keep it cold. Definitely could use more carbonation.
Overall-You get what you pay for. 14 bucks a case, I was expecting worse. If you're in a pinch this is a lot better than Natural Ice, Old Milwaukee, or any of the other cheap and awful beers. If you can afford better, though, then get better.

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Photo of Deerslayer210
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ahhhh lions head. What can I say. This might be the best basement bargain beer in a bottle. Oh yes, buy the bottle or give it a " drain poor". In the bottle it is an outstanding cheap drinker, but they must buy the left over cans from steel city, the taste coming out of a can is of licking the aluminum shavings off the brewery floor. And stay away from the light version too, the regular pilsner is light enough. So if you need a cheap bottle that goes down easy and will please most on a hot day. Drink up my friend... Bonus the mind teasers under the caps can keep a group of local drunks amused for hours of cheap fun!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deeper straw, light amber color with a billowy two finger pure white head. The head fades rather slowly over time, leaving only a very nice level of supper foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is lighter overall, but consists of a slightly bready and corny smell. There is a bit of a caramel aroma mixed with some notes of a light fruit and musty aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of some caramel sweetness, a bit of breadiness mixed with a decent amount of a corny sweet flavor. As the flavor advances some lighter fruit flavors come to the tongue along with a bit of a musty grain and papery taste as well. There flavors take the taste to its end, leaving a somewhat musty grain and sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lighter side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The feel is quite appropriate for the style and makes for an easy drinking brew.

Overall – Nothing fantastic, but for the price and as a session beer it is a good go to on any occasion when drinking is more a background activity.

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Photo of tone77
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this one in a bottle before and was unimpressed. Much better from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a touch of corn is present. Taste is crisp, refreshing, some malts and corn, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall, at this price point, makes a good session beer on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BigDaddyJohn
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Don't want to spend too much time rating a beer like this but here it goes:

Bottle: Couldn't find a born on date. Poured into a Pilsner glass.
Pour: thin white head that dissipated in <1 minute.
Look: Standard golden color you would expect from a Pilsner. Lacing is faint and doesn't hold on glass.
Taste: weak, but better than a BMC.
Finish: not much here either, better if you quaf it!.
Overall: not terrible (but not the "Deluxe Pilsner" the the label trumpets) but I paid $5.89 for a sixer. I expect more beer for my hard earned money. Add $2 and get a really good craft is my suggestion. In it's defense, it wouldn't be bad to pour a couple back on a hot SC summer day. Forget, serve very cold.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The pilsner poured as a pilsner should with golden coloring and loads of carbonation.

Scents of cereal malts and bready, barley-like tones the smell is full in the nose but a bit "cheap".

The taste is crisp and refreshing with bready, cracker like cereal tastes. Very malty, this pilsner is tasty and blends well with the Cajun food I was eating.

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Photo of themind
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I received two bottles of Lionshead from a friend and I must admit I felt as if I was bottom dwelling with the crabs and sea urchin in the deep sea. The simple thought of drinking what I considered an automatic drain pour caused me to become victim of random and uncontrollable convulsions. Since I agreed to contaminate my tastebuds with this rancid formula I defiled my beer glass with this expected pool water. Well I must say to my surprise it was actually a decent brew. Although I would not sit at home to relax and grab a Lionshead, at a soft ball game I could drink this stuff all day long.

Bottom Line: For under $15.00 bucks a case this stuff is a steal and an alcoholics dream!

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Photo of Hendy011
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden, head that quickly fades, leaves some lacing in the glass
S - smells like corn husks
T - tastes like corn, taste lingers for a while
F - little carbonation, goes down easy
O - Supposed to be a pilsner - doesn't really taste like one. It's a great beer for the price - 16 a case, tax included in PA. As a college student, this beer is my go-to for throwing back 10-15 in a night.

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Photo of chinchill
2.41/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can with what appears to be a 2012 date stamped on the bottom.
Pours a deep golden color with a short-lived white head.
The aroma is poor, actually just plain bad at first, but improved to poor after airing. The taste is more palatable than the aroma suggests, but that is not saying much. This is a weak flavored lager that tastes like the cheap beer it is. Thin body is a bit watery and astringent.

Think light lager, not "Deluxe Pilsner" as per the can, and you'll be much less disappointed.

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 68 out of 100 with 495 ratings