Lionshead Pilsner | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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2.91/5
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486 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
lionbrewery.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by psugrad98 on 11-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#47,073
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
486
pDev:
19.93%
 
 
Wants:
9
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Photo of PrideofCleveland
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AlcoholismIsForQuitters
3.79/5  rDev +30.2%
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 22Blue
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tweezerjam
3.14/5  rDev +7.9%
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 +17.5%
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 tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of FilumDee
5/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +37.5%
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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2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JWT3
2.83/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Pbarg
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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 Bengonz91
3.7/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAlyBuckets
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of StevenH
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of PatGreer
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kojevergas
1.98/5  rDev -32%
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.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

***
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.

D / NOT RECOMMENDED

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3.95/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of k47k
3.62/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of heerboth
2.52/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of smithj4
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 486 ratings