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Lion Lager | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka
lionbeer.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Undoubtedly the best selling among our mild beers, Lion Lager has a 4.8% alcohol volume and is credited as a great thirst quencher. Golden roasted malt in colour with a hint of fruit and caramel flavouring, it is very slightly sweet with less hop notes. The attractive labeling is in sophisticated black and gold, showcasing our strong but watchful golden lion as the king of the savannah, symbolising visionary leadership and power.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
130
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
21.8%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving specks of bubbles on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of corn adjuncts and floral hops are present in the nose along with some hints of caramel syrup.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and also has slight hints of sweetness and bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and goes down easily. It's not very flavorful, but could be considered a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: can

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Photo of zeff80
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours out a golden, yellow color with a small, white head.

S - It smelled of grains and little bit of an apple-sweetness.

T - It tasted very malty and sweet, not like a typical macro lager. There was a hint of hop bite, too.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is an interesting macro lager. It had more complex flavors than most.

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Photo of superspak
2.94/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, honey, bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Mediocre aromas of big fruitiness and moderate pale malt and earthy hop notes; with poor balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with a decent malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly bready mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a pretty mediocre pale lager style. Good balance and solid robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink. Not bad, but not all that enjoyable either.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden body with a full and frothy bright-white head that drops shortly but keeps a decent collar. The nose expresses some lightly sweet and grainy malt backed by a touch of grassy hops. The body is thin with a very fine carbonation that's lightly crisp on the tongue, but also smooth, and even watery. The flavor is basically of lightly grainy malt backed by supportive bitterness; although there is some minor fruitiness and a touch of floral and lightly herbal hop flavor. It finishes short and drying with a flash of residual sweet malt and a mild hop flavor and bitterness. Not impressive.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter."

--African proverb

Haystack gold with sunshine colored trim. A few small flakes are present and slowly sink to the bottom of the glass... always a disconcerting sight. Barely two fingers of bone colored foam appeared on the pour. Acceptable persistence and acceptable lace earn the beer an acceptable appearance score.

The nose is more aggressive than the usual Euro pale lager fare... which isn't necessarily a good thing. The hops are musky and not the least bit grassy or lemony. An absence of any real offensiveness helps.

Lion Lager isn't especially good beer. Its biggest problem is that it has more sweetness and less bitterness than is typical for the style. Looks like the lion's roar has been reduced to a hoarse clearing of his throat.

The flavor profile is as simple as simple can be. We have untoasted pale malt that adds a mild-moderate sweetness and a mild graininess. We also have a minimal amount of herbal and earthy hoppiness that is most likely the only thing Euro about this beer. Saaz most likely. Have I used the word 'lackluster' yet?

The body/mouthfeel is okay with respect to size, but there aren't enough bubbles. The result is a rapid collapse as soon as beer hits tongue. Not good.

Lion Stout is excellent beer. Lion Lager is not. Sorry, but there's no glory to be found here, no matter who the historian happens to be.

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden/bronze & effervescent with a 4 fingers+ white head. Good lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Slight malty sweetness

T: Slight sweetness, then apple skins. Hints of lemons & cornyness follow. Finishes dry & slightlty lemony

MF: Light bodied, slightlty prickly not a strong point

Drinks okay, but this is begging for more malt. Probably goes down great in a climate like Sri Lanka, maybe try it with some curry or vindaloo

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears a mild hazed deep golden tone with a thin white head dwindling quickly but it leaves specks of lace around my glass. Aroma has sweet fruit esters and some of my buddy's pear bread qualities with mild lemon grass coming off somewhat perfumey for a lager. Flavor is rough with graininess with sharp citrus/tart apple notes and it finishes clean with grassy herbal tones, once again perfumey in nautre with mild ester filled bubblegum notes. Mouthfeel is light bodied with a mild mannered carbonation some residual sugar textures not watery in any way though. Drinkability is classified as a session lager just I wasn't too into this Sri Lanken lager looking for a good beer from Asia try their Lion Stout that Michael Jackson is always pushing.

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Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a frothy white head that lasts a decent amount of time. Not much lacing sticks.

The smell is of sweet grain with a touch of lime with typical EPL "skunkiness".

The taste is of sweet grain with Continental-type hops - floral spicing - to balance sweetness. A bit of oxidation/"wet cardboard" is noticeable, but restrained. It remains sweetish in character, but with some balance.

It is light bodied, towards fizzy.

An easy-drinking "thirst-quencher" that is "inoffensive".

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was assured that this bottle had just been ushered off the ship from Sri Lanka, so perhaps freshness will be a factor here...
Clear and yellow color, with a abundance of snow white foam, delicately bubbling, but swiftly shifting down to size.
Aroma: faint, with a faded honey and herbal tone, that's really quite nice, if minor. None of this "skunk" noticed by others.
Taste: not much, but not bad. Very light bodied, smooth, almost textureless, but with a happy, little, sweet honeyish taste right up front, joined by green apples and pears, rolling around the tongue, and resting just a bit before it goes. Finish turns dry and rides just long enough in the mouth.
I have to think I got better bottle than some of these other tasters, for this was actually not a bad beer at all, better than American macros, the whole lot of them. I love their stout, but this pale pleaser must go down ultra-easy in the Asian heat.

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Photo of Billolick
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours very light almond amber, minor white head, no lacing. Minor scents picked up by the old schnozolla, perhaps just a wiff of hops. This is tastless, next to lifeless and lacking in any BA interest. I wonder if they consider this decent beer in Sri lanka? Lawn mower/very hot day at best. Pass this one by. A waste of decent water.

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Photo of Tone
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Weak golden color with little head and no lacing. Smells of a European lager (clean with a slight funk). Typical flavor, so it does fit the style. Light to average body that is slightly carbonated. Not as good as the original European lagers, but not horrible either.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pale malt scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pale malt flavor with some redsidual sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes dry with a slight fruitiness. It's clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good lager. It has a solid taste with no off-flavors; a good drinker.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild and malty. Taste is crisp and refreshing but not very flavorfull. Feels good in the mouth and is a great warm weather drinking beer. Overall a pretty good effort.

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Photo of biegaman
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a typical light bodied, translucent golden colour. Head forms then disappears. No bubbles, no lacing. Sweet honey like aroma of pilsner malt. Mouthfeel decent. High carbonation hits upfront but then levels off with a clean pilsner malt finish. No hops, some corn syropyness, but in large part, this stays unoffensive. Would recommend to big pilsner fans.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well, one of the best Foreign Stout has a Lager brother. Could this be a good idea?

A: Pours hazy golden, bit pale. The light white head is massive, but sinks rather quickly. Decent lacings.

S: Clean malt, with some bitter hops. Rather mild in smell. A bit sweet. Rice?

T: There is malt, a bit sweet, there are bitter hops, a bit mild. Even some floral hops way in the back. But everything is kind of mild and boring actually.

M: Aftertaste is short but a bit sour. Body is on the lighter side, while carbonation is strong and offensive.

O: Lion Stout is fantastic, Lion Lager is boring.

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Photo of dar482
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer offers familiar International lager flavors of creamed corn, light fruitiness, cereal like malts, a light bitterness and lingering sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.37/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a three-finger white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is pitiful - sweetish, watery, occasional hops, slight dry metallic finish. No improvement since I had this in April 2002. Didn't read the label (I know RTFL) thought I was buying Lion Stout which is excellent. $1.35 for a 330ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

When in #SriLanka. This is actually pretty tasty while on the beach, swimming in the Indian Ocean. I had a Carlsberg right after, and this crushed it. Clean malt bill and a touch of bittering hops. Looking forward to drinking this all week in the heat of Bentota.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear golden straw yellow, with a good sized lingering white head. It smells like grain, adjuncts, some green apples and malt. The taste is mainly some malty sweetness, a bit of lemon and grain/adjuncts. There's also a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. To me it's pretty much the same as most macro lagers out there, this isn't a beer that I'll likely buy again. It's not awful, but it's not great either.

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Photo of avalon07
2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. Also, a big, long-lasting head. I take points off because there were some really funky looking pieces of sediment floating around in the glass. It was a bit off putting.

S: Not a particularly strong smell, but there were traces of hops and citrus in this beer.

T: An underwhelming taste, to be sure. As with the smell, there were hops and lemon, but little else. Mainly, it was just thin.

M: There was a below average amount of carbonation, but a smooth finish.

D: Lion does some good work (the stout is very good), but this is not a very good beer. It's taste is just way too watery to be interesting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Achieved a perfect pour two finger head pour into my Peter Griffin "Let's drink till we don't feel feelings anymore," mug. But the retention was about 30 seconds tops. Color that of pale, midday sunshine with some normal adjuncty lacing.

Smell- Pretty bland with a little hint of sourness mixed with grass and pale mlats with some light, pellet hopping.

Taste- Starts out a watery, mild, dry malt flavor with some faint bitterness in the back of the tongue. Then some sourness combines with the aforementioned flavors for a quick yet surprisingly crisp and refreshing finish.

This was a very easy beer to drink. After reading my review and the flavors I tasted, its surprising how fast I drank this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle poured into an American tumbler pint. 4.8% ABV, string of numbers on neck, no distinguishable date.

A - Pale straw yellow and totally clear with little in the way of carbonation. A two-finger white head rises up, lowers quickly, and leaves little lace on the glass.

S - To find this Euro pale lager unskunked in aroma is quite a surprise! What I picked up definitely doesn't help it though. Freshly paved asphalt, band aids, some yard mulch, and not a hint of beer ingredients. It's also incredibly low in potency, so I suppose in this situation, that's a good thing.

T - A far cry from the aroma, it actually tastes somewhat like beer! Sweet pale malt, crystal also perhaps, and grains with cooked corn. Not awful but not great at all either.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a mild sweetness and clean, carbonated finish.

D - Plug your nose from this one. Otherwise it goes down decently with slight refreshment but it's a shame this comes from the same place that makes one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of stcules
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Full golden color, with white foam, quite scarce, and quickly falling down.
Quite sweet malt in the smell, with something like grape-flavored chewing gum.
The taste is light, quite carbonated. Sweet malt, and again some sweet fruits.
Normal body, not so much to say about the aftertaste.
Hop?

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark amber, has a nice malty aroma with fruity and spicy hints. Flavor is very interesting, quite different from most lagers I have tried; it is very fruity, more like a cider than a beer. It is very smooth and has no hop taste or bitterness. Very refreshing.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

We're pretty sure that were it not for the popularity of Lion Stout, this beer wouldn't be found in the US.

Very clear and bubbly; pale-golden straw color. More than enough carbonation produces a sizeable head that drops down to a clinging white lace. Grassy herbal hop in the aroma--almost tobacco-like. A bit of cooked cereal in the nose as well. No shortage of smoothness here, which really helps out its light body. Big, gritty cereal flavor comes out swinging; the malt character, on the other hand, seems a bit weak. Hop bitterness comes through, but with bitterness--there isn't much blocking its way or balancing it out. Grain goes a bit husky, but other than that, the palate is quite clean. Finishes dry with a slight yeasty tone.

This is one of those regional Pale Lagers that wouldn't be half bad if you are in Sri Lanka when it's hot and humid. Otherwise, it just doesn't compare to its rivals, and gets tossed easily into the "run of the mill" bin.

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