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Lionshead Pilsner | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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2.91/5
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488 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:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,850
Reviews:
167
Ratings:
488
pDev:
19.93%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Ratings: 488 |  Reviews: 167
Reviews by Cadyfatcat:
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3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Looks like a run of the mill macro. Beer is a little watery, but crisp and smooth. Lack of any hop character, something a pilsner should know a little about. Quite grainy, definitely some adjunct malt character but not too much. Better than any macro, cheaper, and somewhat exclusive.

This beer is a PA treasure, if I am ever going to visit friends out of Lionshead's range of distribution, I pick up two or three cases and bring them along, I show up with hoards of beer that everybody is happy to swill and I am the hero of the day...Little does anybody know they cost $10 a case.

CAUTION: Entire necks of these bottles have been known to twist off when people try to twist off the cap. I have witnessed it happen three times, only one incident resulted in a minor cut, but still beware the glass is low grade.

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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 LehighAce06
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of Maguire815
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Amp
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%

Photo of BillCheck
3.2/5  rDev +10%

Photo of DrDietz
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of alexkwilhelm
2.5/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of callmeclemens
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of raylpendleton
3.95/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of pasjc2001
2/5  rDev -31.3%

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

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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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Photo of bory7
3.99/5  rDev +37.1%
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 Sachsenfreude
2/5  rDev -31.3%

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

Photo of floodgates289
3.2/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of JerseyShoreGuy
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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

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Photo of beep71
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of stephensdh
3.2/5  rDev +10%

Photo of troegaarden
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Pav5069
3.25/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of StaindProject86
4.25/5  rDev +46%

Photo of Brewers316
2.7/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Tundruth
3.12/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 2.91 out of 5 with 488 ratings