Lionshead Pilsner
Lion Brewery, Inc.

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #109
Ranked #48,618
2.93 | pDev: 20.14%
Lion Brewery, Inc.
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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Reviews by Bwise73:
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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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Bwise73 from Pennsylvania, Jan 01, 2016
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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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keithmurray from Connecticut, Jun 28, 2018
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

LehighAce06 from Pennsylvania, Jan 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Amp from Oklahoma, Dec 25, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev +9.2%

BillCheck from Pennsylvania, Sep 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

DrDietz from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

alexkwilhelm from Virginia, Feb 08, 2015
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3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad Pilsner.

Had from the bottle in a case a friend gave me. Really Vague in taste. Much more flavourful than miller light, but less then a craft pilsner. Barley, and grain malts were pretty much the taste through out, with a hop finish, goes down nice and smooth though, a noce light bodied pilsner for sure.

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callmeclemens from New Jersey, Nov 16, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

tdm168 from Pennsylvania, Apr 21, 2018
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2/5  rDev -31.7%

The only reason to drink this is for the puzzles under the cap.

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pasjc2001 from Pennsylvania, Sep 20, 2014
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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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kojevergas from Colorado, Mar 10, 2017
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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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bory7 from New York, Jun 05, 2016
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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Khaack from New York, Oct 31, 2017
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3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm gonna reuse the shit outta that image! No just kidding. This beer is VERY good for it's price. $13 and change for an 18 pack of 16oz cans and it's better than other cheap college kid beers that I'm accustomed to drinking. About $15 for a 24 of 12oz bottles for you glass snobs. It doesn't have that piss water taste like natty (Natural Light for the older folks) and it doesn't have that "I think I'm gonna puke taste" like PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon). Overall a smart purchase if you're looking for an easy to drink beer for social occasions but don't want to spend that much money. Plus you'll also stand out from the Bud Light/ Miller Lite crowd.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

For the cheapest beer at the beer store, still not too good.

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JerseyShoreGuy from New Jersey, Oct 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

beep71 from Pennsylvania, Nov 29, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev +9.2%

stephensdh from Pennsylvania, Oct 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

Pav5069 from Pennsylvania, Nov 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +45.1%

StaindProject86 from Pennsylvania, Mar 10, 2012
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2.7/5  rDev -7.8%

Brewers316 from New York, Nov 13, 2014
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3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tundruth from New Hampshire, Jun 13, 2015
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