Lionshead Pilsner | Lion Brewery, Inc.

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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

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Ratings:
475
Reviews:
162
Avg:
3
pDev:
19.67%
 
 
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Photo of djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
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 nmann08
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always heard about this beer from my college PA friends, now in Maryland gave it a try at a local store. Purchased a 12 pack for $7... worth a shot.

Pours a light golden color, barely any head to it. Aroma is of light hops and reminiscent of a "BMC beer". Taste is much better though than the usual cheap beer. Little but of fruitiness on the palate and nice mouthfeel and finish. Goes down easy. For what it is, not bad at all... a nice cheap beer to throw back at the end of the night. Priced right and plus, there's cool little puzzles on the back. If you're looking for a cheap beer, I recommend this if you can find it.

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Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of corn and grain in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer goes down easily but nothing really stands out in the taste that would want me to try another.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.98/5  rDev -34%
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 Boone757
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is bready but light with a nice balance between the mild hops presence and the decent malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not very filling, decent representation of the style, this is one is your perfect BBQ beer and that’s exactly where I had it. The price makes it that much more appealing. After analyzing the beer for the review, I knocked back quite a few of them over the short afternoon.

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2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smithj4
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.38/5  rDev -20.7%
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 atrocity
1.75/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +29.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"The whisper of a pretty girl can be heard farther than the roar of a lion."

--proverb

Corn silk yellow with lemonade colored edges. Several energetic streams of bubbles ascend to a pillowy crown of bone colored foam that doesn't appear to be very sticky. A glass that is almost completely clear is the most convincing evidence.

This is one of those offerings that smells more like an adjunct lager than a pale lager, no matter what the ingredients list includes. Since Lion Brewery uses corn, American adjunct lager is the correct call. The beer smells somewhat grainy, with a considerable amount of sweetness that is only slightly corny. Not impressed.

Lionshead Pilsner has more flavor and is quite a bit sweeter than similar lagers from those macro breweries that use corn. Whether that's a positive or a negative depends on how you like your beer. I'd probably pick it over most Miller products (of this style), but that doesn't mean that it's enjoyable or that I'd drink it a second time.

The flavor is akin to lightly sugared (and untoasted) barley and corn, with virtually no hop flavor or bitterness. There may be a hint of grassiness, but the IBUs have to be south of 20. It's clean, but not crisp, and has a shortish finish. Kellogg's Corn Pops is the flavor comparison that I've been searching for since the first sip.

The mouthfeel is pretty much as expected for the style and the ABV. It's unequivocally light and the bubbles peter out shortly after making contact with the tongue. Ho-hum.

Lionshead Pilsner is a small step above the better known adjunct lagers (looks like I didn't score strictly to style). If you prefer corn beer over rice beer, give it a go. A single bottle trial is recommended, although the beer itself is not.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ale yellow with no head to speak of what so ever, really just a clear, over carbonated mess of a look for me. but a trudge on. weak grains, touches of light corn and bready notes abound here, again not that i was expecting a ton of wonderful flavor here, but it could have been more then the wet cardboard that i got. clean and crisp, light feel worked for the style and it went down smooth

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Photo of Slatetank
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale gold small white head no lace. Smell is slightly sweet and grainy. Feel is mildly sweet with moderately high carbonation and mostly dry finish.

Taste is slightly sweet and grainy with mild toasted grain and light spice with hint of floral hops and finish is crisp and dry. Overall not the best but mediocre exceeded my expectations to be honest

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Photo of mdfb79
2.34/5  rDev -22%
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 woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wonder why they decided to begin CANning this beer. I had it about a decade ago when I was coerced into buying a case from a friend who runs a distributorship. I quit taking his advice shortly thereafter. Oh well, The CANQuest (TM) has an obligation to try 'em all, especially (it seems) AALs.

Following the Crack & Glug, I was looking at a finger-and-a-half of rocky, bone-white head with medium retention (it was fading, but not as quickly as its Rheingold brother). Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-plus quality clarity. Yow, but this was brighter than bright! Nose was pretty standard for the style - a lager sweetness overlain by all of the adjuncts that they could throw into the kettle. Move along folks, nothing new here. Mouthfeel was medium with a fairly pleasant sweetness on the tongue. Frankly, this was MUCH better than what I had in a bottle. I have noted this in a number of previous clinkers, reinforcing my preference for CANned beer. Finish was also pleasant, slightly refreshing, not too bad. Now, would I take up cooler space with this? It would really depend on pricing. If it was as competitively priced as it is in bottles, then "Yes!", but if it is comparable to other CANned AALs, I would probably let it sit. Damning with faint praise once again, I suppose.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.6/5  rDev -13.3%
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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3/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
3 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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