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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Ratings: 482 |  Reviews: 164
Photo of metter98
3.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Bartrash
2.68/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not quite sure if this can be called a beer or not. Smells of any fine watered down American pilsner. The taste is odd in that it is sweet with a hint of what I would call grapes. It ends with somewhat of a bitter note but just a little. The appearance (along with price) is about all this has going for it. Cannot complain though it is always there on a hot day when I have no money.

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Photo of Andreji
3.53/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found Lionshead on tap while dining in The Double Crown in manhattan's LES.

The pour is the best part of it since it is a very bright golden looking beer with a generous shiny white head, served in an american pint glass. looked rather inviting right off. but it didn't get much better.

Smell wise, it has a rather soft dullish malt sweetness, maybe a slight boozy hint at some point but it is difficult to explore anyway. The taste is not bad, it is soft and oily, tends to the sweetness but balances out with a discrete bitter feel at some point. perhaps a subtle musty feel at some point but nothing beyond the norm.

Overall not too exciting for an american beer but went well with dinner.

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Photo of chocosushi
2.24/5  rDev -22.8%
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 StaEva
3.84/5  rDev +32.4%
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 oriolesfan4
3.17/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -24.1%
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 thegodfather2701
3.85/5  rDev +32.8%
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 drxandy
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

my friend richard's parents brought a 6 from PA, yay

12oz to mug, pours a golden shade like bmc, head fades quick, higher carbonation

smells of corn mostly, sweet

taste is similar to miller high life, not a bad thing at all. higher carbonation, crispy sweet with a dry finish. nothing special.

my favorite part about this beer is the design, the 6 pack handle has finger holes like brass knuckles sort of. totally hardcorey looking branding, nice unique half label, looks very nice for a regular bmc-ish beer.

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Photo of flexabull
2.8/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted blind courtesy of neorunner, thanks again!

Pours a really clear yellow color with a faint white. Lots of bubbles making there way to the surface.

Aromas are of corn sweetness, minerals, and maybe a hint of hint of lemon, but not much else. It doesn't smell good or bad... I guess another three.

Taste is very crisp with hints of sweetness and hint of fruity syrup. What is it, maybe blueberry or strawberry... not sure really. Finish is kind of dry, but not much going on. Ehhh...

Mouthfeel is ok, with slight body, and some crispness.

Well, this seems like a fruity macro lager, it's not horrible, but not really good either. I guess it would be a bit refreshing on a warm day, plus it goes down pretty east, but other than that, this has few redeeming qualities.

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Photo of hmk22
2.95/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like many reviewers, I picked up a case of this based on price, in my case (har) at a Bottle King in NJ...I had never heard of it nor seen it in NY or NJ before. Unfortunately, the no-frills packaging was an accurate signal of the contents -- not horrible, but nothing I'd ever repeat. I'd love to find a great unsung American beer but this one doesn't do it...if you are in the PA vicinity best to go with Yuengling or even the better Penn offerings. Lionshead has an unpleasant alcohol-fortified aftertaste and is very thin on the palate. I'd like to say it's a good go-to budget offering but I can't given the many better options out there.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.16/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A gift from my neighbor for picking up litter in front of his house. Served in a Russian River wine glass. Beer is dark yellow but clear with moderate carbonation, a big white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Beer's aroma is mildly sweet and has that almost malt liquor bite to it.

Beer is medium in body and mildly sweet on the onset. The finish is a little grainy but it's not too bad. Overall it's an easy drinking sessionable pilsner. I sort of enjoyed it. Free beer, right?

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Photo of Buggies
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Now... I'm a huge fan of Lionhead. With that being said, my ratings are based on that fact.

Lionhead as a Pilsner... fails horribly in my opinion. Why would they even label it as such?

Lets be honest. For me, it's local (contract brewed, but why should that matter). It's cheap (around $13 a case). And it's just drinkable. It's light and refreshing. No frills here. Just cold and good when a dude is at his thirstiest.

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Photo of Dshaw
4.07/5  rDev +40.3%
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 PEBKAC
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1 throw in at New Beer.

Pint glass pour. Leftovers still bubbling away in my stomach.

Mellow gold, weak whitewash head.

Stuffy grain, surprisingly pungent herbage, saltwater. Mossy earth &... butter?

Taste was steeped grains, Cheerios, sticky spilt lager, & middle of the road herbal hops. Glassy. Seems fresh. Less appealing adjuncts come through with time though. Drying, pale finish.

Feel is frothy, decently carbed(maybe a little rough), no butter, can't complain.

This beer isn't terribly filled of flaws, so why is everything they contract brew seem so awful?

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Photo of mdfb79
2.34/5  rDev -19.3%
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 BBri
2.73/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A = Light pale gold color. Lighter than the average US Pilsner.

S = Hoppy sweetness, minimal character.

T = A refreshing light pilsner taste. Sweet with a hint of "old school" beer skunkiness that doesn't overpower or make the taste "bad".

M = Very light and carbonated but not over the top. Prett much what you'd expect.

D = Good choice for a summertime beer. A good choice if you're "lite beer" drinker as it has more character and taste the the average American Lite Pilsner.

This is a beer that your gramps and his pals would sit around and drink while swapping tales about the "big war". And I mean that as a compliment. Very straight forward "regular" pilsner, no muss no fuss.

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Photo of assmandugle
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light gold and has a very small head. Very easy beer to drink smells and tastes better than most "big named beers." Drinks like a light beer and tastes better than Bud and Miller. The price makes it worth it. There are also puzzles under the cap.

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Photo of floodgates289
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
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 callmeclemens
3/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Soonami
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lionshead on draft was a pretty decent experience. I haven't had this beer before but it was clean, refreshing, and it hit the spot after a full dinner and some heavier beers earlier in the night. The beer was definitely a step up above the BMC crowd, and a really nice affordable option to have late in the night when you've already had 5 beers previously.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.13/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours light gold and fairy clear. Lots of carbonation and some light head that fades pretty fast.

S - Pretty light smell of grain and a tiny hint of malt.

T - Malty and grainy for the most part. There is not much to taste outside those elements. A little bit sweeter than expected overall.

M - Fairly light, bordering on watery. Also, fairly carbonated.

D - Very smooth and light overall, so it is very easy to drink, and multiple in a sitting would not be the unreasonable in the least.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.36/5  rDev +15.9%
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 tjsdomer2
3.66/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This might be the palest beer I've ever seen. Almost looks a bit like carbonated water with some yellow coloring. For me that's not a bad thing though. The overall combination of this look with the active carbonation and heavy white head and foam makes this pretty nice.

Smell: Nothing special here. Basically clean, beery grain. No problems.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More beery grain with a hint of sweetness as well. I actually kind of like this. Mouthfeel comes across a bit like soda, but is definitely an upgrade over cheap macro lagers.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink a few of these over an hour or two with zero issues.

Overall: A safe, easy alternative to macro lagers.

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Photo of ellflle
2.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought as part of a sampler case at beer outlet nearby. I found it to have a stable big head, clean appearance, negligible aroma, thin and not entirely pleasant flavor; sharply effervescent with a sweet metallic aftertaste. Not very refreshing. To be avoided. There are plenty of better pilsners.

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Lionshead Pilsner from Lion Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 482 ratings