Lion Lager | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Lion LagerLion Lager
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
Ratings:
130
Reviews:
89
Avg:
2.89
pDev:
17.99%
 
 
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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.

Meh.

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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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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 ColoradoBobs
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

625 ml bottle in a gift set with Lion Stout and a tulip chalice. Merry Christmas from my son.

Note that the label on this bottle indicates that the ABV is 4.8%, not 4.2% as listed here. Anomaly? Or change?

Anyway . . .

Overall this is a very average lager. Not special, not bad.

Moderate pour yields a moderate solid white head under a clear golden body. Head lasts moderately long and leaves moderate lacing. Nice.

Smell is mostly not much. A little malt, a little hops, a lot of not much.

Taste follows suit, with the little bit hops sort of dominating the very light biscuit maltiness. Tastes decent enough, but it just doesn't have enough taste.

Mouthfeel is average for a lager: pretty thin and watery

Very drinkable, for what it is. It went by pretty fast. This would probably be much better on a very hot July evening.

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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 bditty187
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear, gold in hue with a smattering of animation that danced to the white head, at the apex the foam was two fingers tall. Head retention was impressive; the bubbles were very slow to collapse to a thin collar. Subsequent lacing started before I even took a sip. Overall, the lacing was unorganized but widespread. I like how this beer looks!

The nose smells awful, lots of green apples, sweet grainy maltiness, lemons, bread, moss, and dying fruit. Moderate potency (sadly). I don’t like what I smell. It is not inviting; I really don’t want to take a sip. I’m scared.

Thankfully the palate is very bland. Hell, it is neutral. All I detect is some graininess, hints of sweetness, and a faint herbal bite at the end. Maybe it’s still cold enough I don’t taste what I smell. I really don’t want to wait around and find out. However, every sip gets a little sweeter with a little more of a green apple note. Dry finish, muddled aftertaste… okay, I’ve had enough. The palate is barely tolerable but not enjoyable.

Medium in body, low carbonation, slick and smooth mouthfeel; I find the mouthfeel to be a tad sluggish but at least it is not watery and thin. Fair.

I could finish a bottle on a hot day. I think I could anyway. Well, it is not a hot day and I’m not dying of thirst. Where did that metal taste come from? Christ. I’m done. I maxed out with this lousy beer. I purchased my bottle in Council Bluffs, IA as part of a mix-pick pack. My curiosity as been fulfilled. Pass.

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

Pours a thin white head over a crystal clear golden body. Aromas of pilsner malt and a faint trace of floral hops. Noticeable adjunct flavor up front and throughout, although a bit of pilsner malt is detectable. A moderate spicy bitterness in the background. Light bodied. Well-carbonated and crisp.

Fairly average for a macro lager. It is omni-present in Lanka and fairly easy to find in N. America too. While I was in Sri Lanka I found McCallum's ‘three-coins malt lager' to be the preferable local lager--- I'm not sure if it is exported, but it is definitely a better ambassador for Lankan brewing.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My bottle says 4.8% ABV.

It pours out a pale gold lager, darker than most macro lagers, with a small ivory head and no lace. The aroma is lightly grainy with some vegetal notes and what might be spicy hops. The taste of cooked vegetables and some sweet malt. There's a soapy almost plasticy feel as well. Hops provide only a coarse bitterness. The mouthfeel is fuller than expected with moderate carbonation. The finish is bland and adjuncty.

Another bland international lager with no redeeming qualities. I can't believe this is from the same people that make Sinha (Lion) stout. Well I guess even Girardin make an insipid lager.

I noticed some grey flecks under the cap that looked kind of like mold.

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Photo of TerryW
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Part of a two bottle gift pack available from the LCBO alongside Sinha Stout and glassware. Labelled "Sinha Lager" rather than "Lion Lager".

Decent enough looking pour. Gold colour, short-lived white head that settles to a ring, no lace.

Generally insipid. Uninteresting aroma, macro flavoured, bland, slightly metallic.

Pretty much an uninspired effort.

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