Lion Grass | Highlander Brew Co.

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Lion GrassLion Grass

Brewed by:
Highlander Brew Co.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GoHabsGo on 04-01-2014

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Electros
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boo-urns
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ikidunot
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Molson2000
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fortyfield
2.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one last night. Very strange offering in my opinion. You can tell it is well made for what the brewers were trying to do, so if it seems appealing to you then go for it. The lemon grass and dandelion tastes are prominent. For myself though, I didn't find this to be a very enjoyable beer based on these flavours.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bland, rather boring by the second half of the bottle and absolutely no originality found within.
This is not something I would ever try again. You won't miss anything if you skip it altogether.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wajohnst
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of andrenaline
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.64/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of DaveBar
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchase at the LCBO for around $4.00 or so for a 650ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in no time.

S- Ok. Not a lot happening here. More malt than anything else

T- Not very grassy. Not very anything other than some basic beer.

M- Not much here at all.

O- Not so good. Nothing special and won't buy again

Food Pairing

This ok beer went well with.... Fried mushroom


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Photo of RedAleMan
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of bisonfort
3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Jotora
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnKenn
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

First sampled at a Beerfest back in June, but this review was posted on Oct 13 2014.

650 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Nov 25 2014 which is surprising for something that just appeared on shelves in the last week or so. Best served ASAP, I guess? Served slightly chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-blonde colour, topped with one finger of soapy white foam, which soon fades into more of a bubbly film. Beautiful lace, though, with a modest collar. The aroma seems sweet, bready and malty, not terribly unlike their Twisted Spruce at first, but with the lemongrass and dandelion providing some very nice spicy, green herbal notes. It smells even better right from the bottle.

Now this, I like. A straightforward blonde ale base - doughy malts, grainy sweetness and maybe some honey. The tail end of the profile has a lovely herbal, somewhat floral feel to it; with lemongrass spice and leafy dandelion astringency. It finishes with a unique herbal bitterness; the interplay between the adjuncts and hops is a little different than I am used to. Fairly light in body, but still on the heftier side of that category. The carbonation is restrained, lightly prickling the tongue and providing for a mostly smooth mouthfeel. Very sessionable.

Final Grade: 3.83, a B+. The people going into this expecting it to be some sort of exotic adjunct-laden, palate-thrilling experience are expecting this beer to be something it just isn't. This is not a complex beer, but it is skilfully-brewed and unbelievably easy to knock back. I could drink a sixer of this in a night no-problem, and that is something I almost never say about fruit/vegetable/herbed beers. For that reason I must give it some serious props - this is a great summer swigging option, with their Scottish Ale filling a somewhat similar niche for me in the cooler months.

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Photo of jjmclell
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of Highlander's Scottish ale. They have another off-centre brew (Twisted Spruce) that's alright and I think I'd place this brew just below that. Found it on tap...looked it up and was very interested to see a beer flavoured with dandelions and lemongrass. However, in my humble opinion, the flavour of those ingredients doesn't shine through. I agree with the previous review that there's a doughy malty taste and nose. Sweet on the palate too with a strained herbal finish. If the finish is brought on by the unique ingredients, it's not enough for me to differentiate from some mild hop flavour. My palate has been adjusted to strong IPAs though so maybe I'm desensitized to the subtle flavours...or I have no taste :)

Nothing special but nothing offensive either.

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Photo of Rlombardi75
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, a heretofore unknown Canadian brewery to me, and a bit of a surprise on the beer store shelves this week. The name is a cross between dandelion and lemongrass, both guest ingredients here.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow hue, with three fingers of puffy, thinly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splattered pockmarked lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of rather doughy pale and caramel malt, somewhat neutered lemongrass, a vegetal, almost floral weediness, and pretty obfuscated earthy, leafy hops. The taste is mostly right in the same line - bready, doughy caramel malt, a more zippy lemongrass bitterness, fresh, floral weeds, a soft stoney flintiness, and musty, earthy hops.

The carbonation is alive and kicking, but gentle enough to not leave a bruise, the body on the light side of medium weight, and a little astringent in its workaday smoothness, which soon turns out to be no biggie. It finishes on the sweet side, that doughy malt hanging tough, with some equally tenacious bitter, musty weediness - just like the real thing!

Tasty and well-made, Lion Grass seems to have a fairly enjoyable blonde ale for a base, and a judicious application of the dandelion and lemongrass adjuncts, which lends itself to thoughts of kicking back on the patio in nigh summer months, after pulling some of their friends out of the ground, with an ironic tilt of a glass of this.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Lion Grass from Highlander Brew Co.
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 25 ratings