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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of IPA35
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best before 8 Januari 2012 so I got this bottle for free.

A pale lager, not as pale as most of its competitiors though, big rocky head with medium retention.

Has that typical sweetish aroma as with many of the more exotic lagers. Prehaps a bit like Red Stripe? Grassy herbal hops but alot stronger than with most. I can see where tobacco and kiwi come from, people.
It also contains grain obviously.

The taste is rather standard. A little bit more grainy than most similar lagers, some hops. A bit metallic at times.

The mouthfeel is quite watery and carbonated.

Overal a mediocre lager.

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5/5  rDev +73%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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3/5  rDev +3.8%

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

Approaching any beer from a country not known for a history of beer production is always a bit dicey. Overall, while this is a fairly simple, straightforward brew, it was not all that bad. Pour was a clear gold with thin, short-lived head. Aroma was a bit fruity. A bit sharp and tinny at first, some apple fruityness is prominent, with a bit of corn and adjunct flavor intertwined.

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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 JoeyBeerBelly
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330ml bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that faded fast.
S - grainy sweetness, kind of an odd fruit aroma as well, kiwi?
T - grainy taste with a little shot of grassy hops.
F - light bodied with a thin feel.
D - kind of weak on it's own but it works to wash down a salty snack.

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Photo of luchris80
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pilsner glass.

Aroma: Pretty mild really. Maybe a bit of hops (slightly floral).

Appearance: Pale straw to honey color. Tall, slightly off-white head that dissipates with a trail. Crystal clear with tons of bubbles visible.

Flavor: Low hop flavor with very slight bitterness. Slight dryness at finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light body with high carbonation. Slight astringency.

Overall Impressions: Refreshing and easy drinking, but nothing special. Not unlike many domestic lagers out there.

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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 mrmanning
2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lion lager has been on my radar for some time now, so I am happy that I will finally get to try it. Pours deeper yellow to amber, with a white fizy head, with no life. Vegetal aromas punch you in the groin. Freshly cut grass, an ounce of corn, eye of newt. You get the picture. Flavours are malt forward, but with no redeeming hop character, this one fails to hit the mark. Lots of creamed corn, and hay notes. Finishes without notice. C'mon guys, you brew a world class stout, and a corn class lager.

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Photo of Rayek
2.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pokal.

A: Gold, with an ever so slight chill haze and big carbonation bubbles. A dense, two finger thick white head slowly recedes to a thin film. Leaves a good amount of lace.

S: Not much going on here. Cracker like malts are joined by a very slight honey sweetness. There's a bit of a musty aroma in the background.

T: Starts out with the straw like flavor typical for the style. Bitterness has more of a bite to it than most EPL's. Unfortunately, it could stand being a lot more pleasant. The flavor is mostly metallic, with only a touch of pepper. Cooked veggie flavors creep in before the beer mellows out and finishes clean.

M: The light body is under carbonated.

D: It looks decent enough. The low ABV and light body make it go down quickly. Keep it cold, and this is a passable beer.

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2.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden/light amber body. The head is rather nice, white and fluffy, decent retention. Carbonation is a little low.

Smell: Malty and grainy. Not that nice.

Taste: Taste is similar to the smell. Little bit of hop flavor and light bitterness in the finish.

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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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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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Lion Lager from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
2.89 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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