Lion Lager | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Lion LagerLion Lager

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka

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.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.44/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - I'll wait to thank him 'til after I've tried it though! Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden body, a pretty color, topped by a crown of two-fingers of crystalline, snow white foam. The retention is surprisingly good, above average for the style, I'd bet, though it eventually does fade into a solid dusting, leaving behind - at least initially - some decent lacing, sheet-like at first and then erratic, swirling all over the sides of the glass. Carbonation is infrequent, well-distributed, and reasonably slow. I'm willing to call this this beer's best characteristic.

Aroma: A step down. Green, light, estery notes, a dash of corny sweetness, and zero hop presence is about par for the style, but nothing very impressive.

Taste: Pale, husky sweetness, high up on the register, almost green apple like in places. Only the faintest bit of hop bitterness exists to balance out the sweetness, which manages to not be cloying only on account of its husky unpleasantness.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, uneven, with random shots of effervescence. The sweetness also tends to leave a bit of a cloying, sticky film.

Drinkability: Thanks Dan? But seriously. This beer's not terrible, but it is by no means good, despite the good first impression. It's just a little too artificial, a little too estery, and a little too funky to be enjoyable.

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Photo of Beejay
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very Yellow amber... Clear, bubbly with a white head that disappeared before I sat down.

S: Malty, a little bit of fruit in there.. Yeasty.. Smells a little like bread.

T: Nothing big to write about in this category. No big flavors coming through, light and slightly fruity.. Pretty generic..

M: Light, very carbonated..

D: I am sure you could pound a few down in a night, but why would you want to? There are so many better lagers for less money, and if you're going to spend the money, get Lion Stout. The Stout is superb, and this just does not live up to it's brother.

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Photo of nick76
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is metallic and watery with a little bit of horse blanket as well as sweet malt and floral hops. The appearance is deep gold with haze and some floating particles. The head is small and sudsy. The flavor is in no way funky. Its strait malt and a touch of grass. I like it. The palate is not as watery as the aroma would suggest. It is smooth from carbonation. Overall this is one of the most refreshing and surprising lagers I have had in awhile.

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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 yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lion Lager is sparkling and yellow with a fluffy, bubbly white head that leaves a bubble ring. The aroma is faint and a bit fruity-- maybe apple. It is medium, maybe medium-light bodied and a bit gritty. The flavor is grainy and mellow. It has a nice bitterness that comes off as grass or hay. It's refreshing and it was a great pick to session outside in the heat on a late July day.
(rated Aug 1, 2007)

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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 pmcadamis
1.89/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A one finger foamy head snaps, crackles, and pops it's way down to a very thin cap, leaving very little lace behind. This beer is perfectly clear, and is the color of the world as seen through blu-blocker sunglasses. The head is gone by the time I finished typing these first few lines, and I'm left with what looks like apple juice in a glass.

S - Actually, this smells a little bit like apple juice too. Or Apple Jacks cereal. Grainy, with a hint of apple skin tartness. Not altogether unpleasant, but its pretty mundane.

T - More assertive than the nose, this is still a pretty weak brew. It tastes like watered down apple juice, cereal grains, and tropical fruits that I can't put a finger on. Starfruit and kiwi?

M - Thin, super-carbonated, and very dry on the finish. This would be very thirst quenching on a hot day (today it's hovering just above freezing so I missed the window of opportunity for slaking a mean thirst with this one).

D - An slightly below average lager. Better and more flavorful than American macros, but not quite as good as most Asian or European style pale lagers. I could suck some of this back on a hot day though, so it does have some merit.

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Photo of ryantupy
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well the stout is good so the Lager must be worht a shot, right? Well...

A - Pours a bright clear yellow color with plenty of bubbles racing to the top. Wait there is more than just bubbles floating around, there is some sediment to.

S - Hmmm...a balance of malt and hops with mild citrus. Not much here to write home to mom about.

T - About the same as above.

M - Smooth with a mild carbonation bite.

D - I guess you could drink plenty of these and not really know or feel it.

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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 BeerSox
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle into pint glass.

Crysal clear deep golden hue with a very thin fizzy cap that quickly settles to almost nothing.

Very light and sugary aromas, not hops to speak of. Candy like.

Syrupy flavors again, with a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Light bodied. Only the slightest hint of bitterness from hops, but mostly drowned out by the sugar flavors. The sugar taste lingers for a bit.

So sweet and watery it's almost like soda. Not very enjoyable, and only slightly refreshing.

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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 PatrickJR
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear orange/yellow, with about a half inch of head that dies rather quickly to a thick collar. Minimal lacing.

S - Sweet, toasty, biscuity malt. Not much else going on, but an enticing aroma nonetheless.

T - A muted version of the nose, somewhat bland. More biscuit flavor with some sweetness and a noticable grain note near the end. Finishes almost sour.

M - Normally I wouldn't like this in a lager, but the almost medium body and the relatively low carbonation work well with this flavor.

D - I wouldn't mind having these for an evening. Decent drinkable stuff, but a little pricey.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A: Attractive clear gold in color with a nice white soapy head. Head dissipated relatively quickly to just a thin layer of lace spreading out to a white ring. Very little lacing down the glass.

S: Smells like a fruity macro lager. It isn't bad, but it's nothing to write home about. That little fruity smell is interesting though.

T&M: Very pale malts are fairly well balanced with light hops but there is a curious fruit flavor that comes through - it's a sort of apple or pear aroma but sweet. The texture is about average with light to moderate carbonation and just a bit of wateriness on the tongue. The brew finishes clean and quick, with a hint of that apple-like flavor fading with the linger.

D: Although a little different, I found this brew to be pretty easy to drink but after a while I realized my preference is probably more toward the malt and hops instead of whatever this other flavor component is. I gave it a 3.5 because it is intriguing and not at all unpleasant, which puts it a notch above average for me.

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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 objectivemonkey
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pour a light gold, straw color with little head, a smattering of white lacing. The aroma is almost not there, some vague hops and grains. The taste is about the same, grains, mild hop bittering, pretty much the definition of 'average.' The mouth is a little thin, the finish short, dry. Overall, a stock lager, thats about all I can say about that. So, worth a try, but if this is actually shipped all the way from Sri Lanka, I'm gonna stick to my local non-offensive lager.

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Photo of vancurly
2.82/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours a heavy foam, clear honey, no bubbling
s: pale malt, metallic hop
f: mild, innocuous, mostly malty
m: light, almost like low-alchohol beer in body, crisp, and probably good for hot humid climes such as Sri Lanka.
d: quite bland, nothing to rave about

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.64/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden hue with no head at all, has a nice honey color to it, looks great. unfortunately it goes down hill from here. smell is nonexistant, corn and water are faint. Taste is OK, but thats about it.nothing distinct about it. mouthfeel and drinkability are below average, atleast i only bought one. but atleast i can say i tried it.

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Photo of icemonkey908
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very good looking macro lager. Very light and bubbly like one would expect from this style. The aroma is very light and mostly non offensive, especially when first pulled from the fridge. Once the beer warms a bit you can start to smell some corn and grain aromas.

The first sip was very thin and tasted mainly like carbonated water. After a few sips, though, it started to 'skunk out' like many macro lagers do and leave a foul taste in the mouth. Best to drink very cold if you are going to drink it at all, I guess. Maybe that is the way this style is supposed to be, I don't know. I'm not a very big fan, though.

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Photo of tatterdash
3.07/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin white soapy head that doesn't last long. Aroma of Saaz hops, grass, and a bit of sulphur. Taste was syrupy sweet malt and corn, with some peppery Saaz. Mouthfeel was crisp. This beer isn't terrible, but not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of tastybeer
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a lager alright. Clear, light and golden. Head is large initially but fades fast to a thin patchy layer leaving little lace. Nose is very crisp and clean. Just like a lager should be. No big corn aromas like many low quality lagers and as for rice, well you/I can't smell rice easily. A little bit spicy, fruity? and softly earthy somehow as well. Taste is clean and clear with a bit of spice like the nose. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with a light prickly carbonation and light easy body.

This is a not bad lager. Not exceptional but it is in the ballpark of where lagers should be. Very drinkable, non-offensive and enjoyable.

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Photo of AltBock
1.58/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A big beautiful 625 ml bottle with this funky shaped black with gold and red trim label. It looks like their label cutter went a little haywire and cut their label a very odd shape. Above the big gold letters of the word "Lion," is a very nice head shot of a male lion looking to his right. The lion looks so sad that you just want to jump into the label and pet him. He'll probably chew your arm off, but he just looks so sad. On the neck of the bottle is another label that just has the words "Legendary Lion." I know a lion is a legendary creature, but I didn't know this beer was a legend. On the back black label is just the same lion with his gold letters, a brief little blurb about the beer and brewery, Government warning, barcode, contents, and it's importer. No date anywhere, but they do have one of those "no use to the consumer number and time" printed on the back of the bottle. There's a good reason why Michael Jackson (the beer connoisseur) was on the back label of the Lion Stout and there's a really good reason why he isn't on this one.

Appearance: When poured into an official Lion Brewery tulip/goblet (it was in one of those gift packs), the beers was the same exact color of apple juice. Do a side by side test with apple juice and it will be the same color. It had a small head of white foam that dissipated away into nothing. No white lace or even white rings around the glass. Noting in the glass except for some apple juice colored beer. It's best if you don't blink while you're pouring the beer because you're going to miss it's tiny head of white foam.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of malted corn, a touch of malted rice, sweet malt, and ended with a hint of apple juice. After the aroma and appearance of apple juice, I'm thinking the Lion Brewery made a mistake by bottling apple juice instead of beer. Well, on second thought, maybe they didn't make a mistake because I don't remember apple juice having an essence of malted corn and rice in it. Whatever you do, don't smell the beer because it is not good, unless you really like the smell of corn and rice. I know I don't.

Taste: It tastes like they took all of those crappy aromas you smelled and sweetened them. I don't know why they did it, but they decided to sweeten the malted corn, malted rice, malt, and even the apple juice. The only thing that separated the taste from the aroma other then the Lion Brewery sweetening everything, was that there was a pinch of hops in the background. I couldn't tell what kind of hops because it was gone in a flash, just like it's white head of foam. It tasted like a good 'ol average American macro lager, except that this one was brewed in Sri Lanka.

Mouthfeel: It was very light and with an aftertaste that was really corny. Just when you thought you were through with the taste of corn, it was also in the mouthfeel. You just can't get rid of it. I do have to hand to them though, it really wasn't watery. I guess the flavor of corn conquered the water taste.

Drinkability: Like I said before, there was a really good reason why Michael Jackson didn't put his name and face on the label. That's because it wasn't good and it's nowhere near it's other sibling, the Lion Stout. There's no way I would drink this liquid corn again unless every brewery stop producing macro lagers and I was in the mood for some light liquid corn. It's not a lion of a beer, it's more like a your average house cat kitten of a beer.

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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 crwills
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I find it hard to care about lagers. This beer wasn't bad, but it wasn't good. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but, as usual, it's better than local offerings in the same style. I actually got it as part of a Sinha (Lion) gift pack at Christmas, with a nice glass and a bottle of the much, MUCH better Sinha Stout. Strange that you can buy the stout at the LCBO but not the lager; you'd think it would be the opposite. But I digress...

Poured a surprisingly dark yellow-gold with minimal head. Mild lacing looks promising. Aroma is faintly fruity with a little bit of corn. Taste is... again, just whatever. Fruitiness continues throughout, but green apple is the only flavour I can really pick out. A little bit of graininess in the aftertaste. Decently smooth mouthfeel, and lower carbonation than a lot of other lagers.


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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served into a nonic glass from a 330ml brown bottle with crimped cap and a long slender tapered neck.

Golden color,almost clear with a slight haze. White creamy head dissapating quickly into a coating of foam. A few tiny bubbles rising to the top with some slight spotty lacing.

A mild complex aroma,very fruity,bready,grainy/grassy.Some toffee,tart and sweet aromas.

A bit lackluster in the taste department.Fruity is the main taste,also grassy,nutty.sweet tastes,finishes clean,with a light bitterness.

A light mouthfeel,on the thin side feels watery. Macro feel here.
Good drinkability,a bit more flavor would make it more drinkable for me. Would taste good on a hot summer day served cold.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium gold color with a small head of white foam. Medium to medium low levels of carbonation, and pretty much clear as can be.

S: Mild hints of malt and grain, with a touch of dry hop aroma. Nothing special.

T: Middle of the road flavors of light malts and bread dough, with a slightly drying hop appeal. Not bad, but rather average.

M: Mild carbonation stimulates the tongue and palate, and remains crisp and clean, but fails to make a memorable impression.

D: Fair. I could have it again, but there are better lagers out there. I'm suprised a brewery that kicks out such a wonderful stout makes such a lackluster lager. Go figure.

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