Lionshead Pilsner | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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Lionshead PilsnerLionshead Pilsner

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by psugrad98 on 11-01-2002

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Reviews: 160 | Ratings: 468
Photo of Seanibus
1.57/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours bright radioactive yellow with a huge, hyperactive head that drops away to nothing (and I mean nothing) in about a minute. Smells like wet cardboard and paint thinner. Tastes almost as good - solvent and honey with a strange sour finish and not a trace of hop character. The finish speaks of latex paint. This isn't even a good mass market beer. Avoid with great vigor.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.73/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a short lived white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is sourdough and hint of hops. Body is light and smooth. Taste is sourdough, some sweet malt and cooked vegetables. Finish is short and sour. I don’t understand why college kids by cases of this crap.

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Photo of DefenCorps
1.86/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't know why I thought a pilsener I'd never heard of would be a good idea after some Bourbon County Stout but good god, was it a bad idea?

On tap at a dive in NY, in a frosted glass to boot. Clear, yellow pour with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

On the nose, there's a ton of corn and butter. Maybe some malt and some hops but this is just such a bad example of the style. On the palate, it's the same. There's no crispness, no hop bite, tons of corn and butter. Carbonation is OK but the finish is a horrendous mixture of (surprise!) corn and butter. This beer was quite undrinkable, the only reason I choked it down was because I paid 7 fucking dollars for it. Avoid at all costs

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Photo of stingrayvr6
1.93/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewing this for the heck of it. Had this straight from the bottle, for a party beer it has the classiest appearance in a bottle with regal label. No perceptible smell, taste was incredibly light, high carbonation, very watery. A beer for someone who has no desire to taste beer. Completely inoffensive and for that reason, very offensive.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured with no incident and came out a straw yellow and very clear. Very much in line with a commercial pilsner. A slight head formed and stayed thin throughout, but did not vanish. Very little lacing with this beer. I was disappointed at the smell of this beer; not much hop aroma and I could detect the corn in this beer before it ever hit my lips. The taste unfortunately followed the smell. This beer tasted like it had more corn in it than malt; the taste was without character and left a slightly bitter aftertaste, the only sign of hops in this beer. An average mouthfeel for a pilsner, crisp and clean. While drinkable, I do not know why you would waste valuable drinking time on this; except for one thing, it is $11 a case in PA.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear yellow color with a short-lived white head that left a little bit of lacing.
The smell is grainy and not much else.
The taste is nowhere near that of a true German Pilsener.
Light bodied with a thin, watery feel.

I was very much un-impressed with this beer and would rather have a Miller Lite if price was a factor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.09/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a slightly cloudy dull lemon color with moderately strong carbonation with no visible head or lacing to be found.

S: neutral and not much of anything to be smelled here. Honestly had a watery aroma.

T: The taste was fairly clean with the very lightest of pale grains and not much hopping at all. Very light, though watery at times.

M: equally watery, light and disappointing.

D: Honestly not much here to go on, a weak lackluster experience with no visible appeal, aroma or flavor and was just plain watery. Not even at $13 a case on college night could I recommend this.

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Photo of psusarahkate
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is my first beer review ever, so I thought I'd start with a simple beer like Lionshead. I was first introduced to Lionshead my sophomore year at Penn State. Being from PA, I often see this beer at parties. It's cheap and decent tasting (considering it's inexpensiveness and sessioning ability). Most importantly, it's a crowd-pleaser! Each cap has a riddle on it with pictures, and you try to decide what phrase the pictures mean. This beer does not smell good (nor do I think it was even meant to be smelled). What does it smell like? Well, the only good descriptor I can give is that it smells like beer. It smells like a frat house the day after they had a big party and spilled a lot of Natty on the floor. It pours an orangeish-gold, very clear, no head. Its taste is very watery with mild carbonation. It has more beer taste than other session beers like Miller lite, Coors lite and Bud lite, but less than a regular Yuengling. Also, its mouthfeel is very light too. This beer is a good choice IF it's used what it's meant for - buying, serving, and drinking in bulk. One of the better session beers out there. People at your party will think "Thank god, not another party with only Bud Light... Oooh a puzzle!"

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Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This takes me back to college... Not that I enjoyed it there but everyone around me loved this stuff. I guess it's because it was affordable and local to us here in PA. This beer is a traditional lager that pours a golden yellow with a decent head the actually has a little lacing down the glass. This beer is light bodied and not overly flavorful.

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Photo of Trombone69
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
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 chocosushi
2.24/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 24 of these as well as another cheap lager
from Byron's Liquor in OKC for a gathering of friends and food.

A ~ Looked like a typical "Adjunct" beer, very light.
Actually A shade darker than PBR

S ~ Nothing to it. Water, Corn, and Maybe a touch of barley.

T ~ More to it than a typical swill beer. Some sweetness, not a heavy hop profile, but enough to get down. Easy to pound, I'm sure, because of how nonthreatening it is, with nice malt, but no real lingering flavor.

M ~ The lack of flavor causes the mouth feel to be one of alcohol
and regret for how dry one's mouth will feel after 3-4 beers.

Overall not terrible, a good by for a BBQ or Bonfire. Better to be supporting LBC than supporting the Big 3.
Especially in OK where all Big 3 products are 3.2, and thus
even more pointless/tasteless...


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Photo of mynie
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Apparently this is a little bit of a big deal on the east coast. This was purchased as a single 12 ouncer, from a place in Indie where all the beers can be bought in singles. It was cheap enough and prominently enough displayed that it shouldn't have been too stale.

It doesn't taste stale, but it does taste off. About consistent with the reviews it's received. It's heavy for an adjunct, with the metal and veggie nodes more pronounced than what's typical (think old school Rolling Rock).

Barley and corn dominate everything. It's like canned hominy. At least part of that is from age, but age is unavoidable when you're dealing with a lowly esteemed regional beer outside of its homestate.

Tonight was a battle between this and Pabst and Pabst won in a landslide.

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Photo of letsgopens
2.29/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This German Pilsener pours a completely translucent and extremely pale gold. The bubbly, effervescent white head recedes quickly and leaves a few short whips of lace .

Sweet and yeasty aroma with light grainy malt and some honey. Some faint floral hops and a hint of unrecognizable fruit and coriander. Not bad at all, especially for the style. I'm not sure whether or not this is an adjunct brew but I am guessing it may be. The cereal sweetness of corn is detectable. It may come from something else but that's what it smells like to me.

Again sweet and grainy with light malt and possibly a corn-oriented sweetness. Yeasty and dim with mild floral hops and a bit of citrus. The finish is dull and somewhat watery. I was pleasantly surprised by a substantial nose but the flavor is very lacking. This brew also tastes very similar to its sister beer; Stoney's (which I may actually prefer to this one).

Watery and dull with a slight butteriness and a yeasty grain character. Mostly dry in the finish and again lacking. if you're looking for a lighter, inexpensive Lager then there are a lot better choices than this one. Not terrible, but nothing special either.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.31/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle into a pilsner glass.

Lionshead had a light golden look to it with a spritzy white head that did not last. No lacing on this. Smells and tastes like straw/hay, corn and light caramel malt in that order. Highly carbonated and crisp. Kind of hard to get down. Drinkability, not really, I did not finish it.

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Photo of ABOWMan
2.32/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a pale pee water yellow with little to no head. No lacing either. The appearance reminded me of a late night pee after too many beers.

The aroma was that of cereal, perhaps Cheerios.

The mouthfeel was "fizzy" and there was no flavor whatsoever other than a hint of grain.

Not sure there is a valad reason to consume this beverage short of dying from dehydration in the desert.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a very clear, transparent yellow-golden color with two inches of fluffy white head that do not last long and hig carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grain and bready malts. Not much else to it, and below average. Not horrible, but not very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of grain, bready malts, wheat, and very light sweet malts. Again, below average.

m - Light body and high carbonation.

d - A below average pilsner. Not awful, but nothing too enjoyable about it either. Some basic grain and bread in the smell and taste. Wouldn't seek out again, but better than some macros.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dull, golden body with a very thin, white head.

Smell: Faint, meek, uninspiring nose of humble grains and sweet-scented corn kernels. Simple indeed!

Taste: Taste of steeped grains with a cereal, corn-laced sweetness and an approaching wateriness. Very mild, floral hop presence, with only the tiniest amount of bitterness. Drying, near-empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Well, that wasn't anything to roar about. It's not crisp, it's not complex, and it's not even marginally enjoyable. Pass on this one.

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Photo of jbertsch
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in Somerville Massachusetts.

I was eating BBQ, and wanted a refreshing pilsner because my mouth was overwhelmed with flavors of mesquite, BBQ and hot sauce. I ordered some kind of red (forgot the brand) which was kicked. My 2nd choice was a Brooklyn pilsner, but that was kicked too. So the bartender asked me if I'd had this Lionshead pilsner before. I said "No,is it good?" And he offered me a sample. The sample tasted OK because I needed something refreshing and crsip. So I ordered a pint.

My pint looked like a Coors light. Very light in color, and a cheap-looking white head faded fast. Couldn't smell it at all.

Carbonation was high, and after the first 3 or 4 gulps, each gulp was much less enjoyable.

I noticed flavors of corn and grain. Hops and malts were not very noticeable at all.

Drinkability was high because it was thirst-quenching, but not in a very tasty kind of way. I guess it served its purpose well enough, going along with BBQ ribs.

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Photo of chinchill
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Photo of xnicknj
2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

Pale yellow with a froth of white head. Bubbly and effervescent with a few spots of lacing.

Grainy and bready in the nose with cereal. Light touch of lemon peel and steely malts.

Faint crisp hops with plenty of graininess. Kind of like cereal with a bit of hop flavor and some underlying notes of bread. Finishes somewhat refreshing and clean.

Lighter medium body, well carbonated, pretty watery and fast on the palate. This isn't bad for an adjunct, but it's not what I'd consider to be a good beer either.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You know, for the price, 11 dollars a case in King of Prussia, PA this very much Bud Like Macro Lager is actually a great buy for parties and other times when you are surrounded by macro drinkers. Also a source of pride for some Wilkes-Barre semi Philly areas of PA.

On to the beer, well nothing too much to say, fizzy pale, with a wispy head, very grainy, mine was exceptionally fresh and so along with the grain it made for a nice light taste that really wasn't too bad. Still, nothing remotely great or even that good about this beer, grainy taste but no hops or malt or semblance of body. But a nice cheap alternative to the BMC stuff.

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Photo of HugoGrim
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a flare pilsner glass. Standard transparent gold, no head, no lace.

Essentially no aroma, although I do pick up something faintly metallic.

Very clean, very light. Not an abundance of flavor to say the least. I can almost taste a bit of bready grain, but no hops.

It goes down deceptively easy. I know that sounds dumb given the review so far, but even compared to similar beers it's just quite drinkable.

This stuff sells for $10 a case, and it's better than the usual suspects of junk beer, plus it's fairly local for me. Factoring the price the stuff is amazing. As an added little bonus the inside of each bottle cap contains a rebus puzzle (they get harder the more you drink).

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light yellow with almost no head.

Smells sweet, cornlike.

Malty/yeasts taste with slight sweetness detected, thin, light, watery.

Gave this beer a 5 for drinkability just because it is so CHEAP!!! 10-12 dollars for 24 12oz bottles. Better than crap macros, super easy to drink. Still not "good" but for its price it is great.

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Photo of donteatpoop
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a short lived thin white head, the only indication that it had any head is a thin rim of white foam.

Smells like an adjunct pilsner, sweet corn and chemical.

The taste is an unbalanced blend of various malts with virtually no hop presence. Bleh.

Never saw the brand so I grabbed a sixer to try; the six pack was $4 so I guess I'm not surprised... Still though I was hoping for an unexpected delight like I found with Buckeye Pilsner.

Oh well.

Not recommended.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No emotional ties to this beer, I've never drank it back in college for insanely cheap prices, but I always like the Stegmaier beers I come across so when jcdiflorio offered me a bottled I jumped on this PA regional staple. Appears a golden clear filtered tone with a bright white decent sized white head, quickly dwindles to leave uneven bands of scattered lacing down my pint. Aroma has a mild sweetness and corn huskiness sort of a grainy character with a touch of metallic mineral quality, shows off a very light hop presence. Taste has dominant sweetness, grainy character light herbal, grassy hops low bitterness finishes with more of that metallic edge, not bad overall. Mouthfeel is light not watery higher carbonation nothing remarkable here to note on the palate this is the type of beer that will make you gaseous. Drinkability...well this is not something I'll search for but if I come across it while looking for a cheap and decent beer outside of the big three this one would entice me, but definitely worth the try just for the rarity.

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