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Lionshead Pilsner | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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2.89/5
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479 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

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Added by psugrad98 on 11-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,291
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
479
pDev:
20.07%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 479 |  Reviews: 164
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5/5  rDev +73%

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5/5  rDev +73%

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4.5/5  rDev +55.7%

Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear light golden hue with a pearl white one finger head that slowly settles to an even cap.

Very light, biscuity grain. Very slight hop aroma in the background.

Very crisp and smooth grain flavor, with just a touch of biting hops toward the end. Light bodied.

I see that this one has had some unfavorable reviews, but I think for the style this one is about spot-on. The brewery seems to make three beers, mostly in the less-than-craft category, but they did well with something that's great for a hot summer day. Refreshing right out of the fridge. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Dshaw
4.07/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lionshead will always be one of my favorite beers. I used to buy a case of bottles of this every Friday for a while from the local Beverage. The taste smooth for sure goes down like water. But it is somewhat filling, i could probly only put down about 12 of these in one night no more than that. But all in all its a good beer im proud to be from PA when I drink this beer. GO STEELERS!

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.05/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Pours with a thick head, then settle just a bit. Tight, sticky lacing. Transparent. Visible upward carbonation. Gold in color.
S) Malty sweetness - light caramel, brown sugar notes. Just a touch of fruitiness lingers under the surface.
T) Malty sweet up front. Dry grainyness in the finish. A lingering sweet yet dryness in the aftertaste.
M) Smooth, with just an initial crisp CO2. Just a slight dryness. Light bodied.
D) A well crafted lager. I would definitely have another one of these.

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of Chilltown4evr
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of bory7
3.99/5  rDev +38.1%
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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3.96/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mempath
3.95/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, a go-to summer yard work brew! let's see how it goes inside in a tulip...

a: bright golden...looks like one of those rare 'micro' brews by a macro...nice head, full of life, not much lacing...settles fast

s: sweet malt with a citrus punch...but that's ghostly. something tangy sour in the second whiff. still, sweetness dominates. corn, too?

t: ya know, since i am focusing on it, i get a really nice malty biscuit. a swirl in the mouth betrays that almost annoying sweetness in the nose. this is light weight for sure, but there is plenty going on. for the price, this is a bargain. and a gentleman. well, lady. whatever...for what it IS ;)

m: actually very silky...not watery as expected. some body is detected. a swirl makes it foam up, but not an overly effervescent bubbliness to cover up any flavor (or lack thereof!).

i enjoyed the slow-go here with lionshead...but it really refreshes best when ice cold after or during yardwork! nothing 'nasty' here at all.

of course, don't drink it warm...

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Photo of raylpendleton
3.95/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bwise73
3.93/5  rDev +36%
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 27Tripping
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Our new economic reality has a silver lining.

Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner. $14.09 a case.

That’s right, $14.09.

This brewery knows how to cheer up a customer. Besides the flavorful brew in the bottle, Lionshead has seen fit to include humor in their packaging.

“Best Head In Town” on the label. “There’s only one king around here, and you’re lookin’ at ‘em” proudly printed on each case.

Pairs especially well with your choice of any $2.99 Quick Check sub sandwich (do try the Italian), or enjoy with leftovers!

My next $50 “Federal Additional Compensation Program-Stimulus Payment” is earmarked.

Three cases of Lionshead, Sir. Gimme the change in Slim Jims.

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3.89/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If memory serves me, I picked this up at midtown in Tulsa

Pours an effervescent gold with one finger of pearl white head. Average head retention 7 lacing

S: Perfumy hops grainyness & a bit of lemon

T: Grainyness, honey malt & a touch of biscuitty malt up front. Apricot fruittyness, grainyness & flinty dryness are all there as this warms, some canned pears, plus a touch of cereal sweetness. Finishes crisp with slight metallic twang & some lemons

MF: Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks fairly easy, not bad for the style, but after about 3, I'd be wanting more hops or malt or both..I certainly would take this over BMC or even some Michelobs out there

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow with a fizzy white head. It smells like all adjunct lagers; corn, musty, and kind of sweet. The flavor is much like the nose as it is sweet with a hint of corn/malts. No real hop presence. It is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is on par for the style maybe just slightly less carbonated. It is very drinkable given it is not that flavorful or complex. As far as the style goes its one of the best I have ever had. For the price its a steal.

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Photo of StaEva
3.84/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good, inexpensive beer. Good yeasty wheat aroma with hints of grassiness.

Mild but satisfyinly wheaty flavor. Good yeast and carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish with slight hop bite on the sides during the exhale.

Well worth the money, and for the price, not likely to find much better. Good, affordable drinking beer.

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Photo of losingstreak
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have tried many craft beers for much more money than Lionshead. As a cheap alternative for a party, or even for myself, it can not get better than this. I did read the reviewed and understand this is a macro-brew, but at $16 a case in Philadelphia, my friends nor I will complain.

It tastes light, yet it is called a pilsner. I do not mind, since many of them are consumed. It is a light beer in my mind, but it still has the affordability and taste that puts it above any of the other adjuncts that I have had.

It is the cheapest beer available in bottles by the case in Philadelphia and while that may detract some, it is a definite plus in my book. Brewed only miles away from relatives it is one of the best cheap beers available in my area. I am disappointed by the dismissive reviews of other drinkers.

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3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite light beers. Being from central PA I cant find it down here in Delaware.

The appearance is a standard pale yellow. It has a little head that stays with it for a while.

The smell is very smooth and a little sweet.

The taste is by far better than most standard domestic beers. It is sweet and light and still nice and crisp.

The mouthfeel is a little thicker than most pilsners.

The drinkability is unbelievable. Especially at $14 a case of 24 loose bottles. A great summertime beer or a nice lunch beer as well.

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 2.89 out of 5 with 479 ratings
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