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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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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 130
Photo of JanM
3.77/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lion Lager is a functional beer with all the characteristics of a decent lager. It works well when winding down after a hard day in Kandy, especially served chilled on the balcony of The Pub, looking out on the afternoon crowd on Dalada Vidiya. The serious drinker can pick up a a bottle or two at Cargill's supermarket across the street before withdrawing for the night.

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Photo of palliko
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Is there an advantage to brewing beer in Sri Lanka? I would think you would have to import all the ingredients except water. And Todd is right on: my first thought before even reading his review was that the initial aroma and taste are skunky! A lightweight beer: nearly non-existent malt, citrusy hops, some spice. Corn sweetner prevails, persisting to the watery, sulphurous finish. Less raspy than Heineken, but far from great.

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Photo of foamyhead
2.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: light with a hint of gold, the foam is quite firm, but doesn’t last too long.

Smell: light, slightly metallic. Fresh and dry, but doesn’t really tempt me…

Taste: Maybe refreshing in the tropical hot climate, but here in Denmark it is too anonymous for me to be excited. Nevertheless, it is a well balanced beer with a dry, malty taste that turns into a *little* caramel sweetness and then is taken over by a mild hoppy finish. Good carbonation too, enough to make it fresh, but it never turns into a soda stream feel.

Mouthfeel: Very light on the palate, but smooth and comfortable.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but I prefer malt and hops with a little more “fireworks”.

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Photo of jackndan
3.62/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lion Lager from Sri Lanka: Definitely not bad. From a 22 oz bomber bottle. Pours a nice amber yellow, with a pure white head with unfortunately large and not long lasting bubbles. The aroma is weak, clean and not remarkable. Nice euro lager taste, fairly malty, imagine a beck’s without skunk, and a smooth and creamy mouthfeel and you are getting close. To no one’s surprise, very clean and fresh aftertaste, leaves the palate ready for another go about. Rich malty taste set this one apart from a run of the mill lager. Refreshing when fresh and worth the couple of bucks.

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Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold appearance, fast rising head of big bubbles. Laces minimally and the head doesn't last. Sweet aroma, some honeyish tones. Very tight beer in mouthfeel and flavor, palest toast to the malt, hops decent but don't have much to balance. Slight grass sense. Doesn't build enough to say the finish is really watery, but this is a thin beer overall. There's just a lot notable going on, but there aren't any offputting vegetal impressions either. Drinkability is probably its best characteristic.

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Photo of abents
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright gold with little white head. Smells of grains and something sweet. Not a whole lot in the nose, but it doesn't smell bad. Tastes of not a whole lot either, very light bodied but holds a certain flavor that sits well in the mouth. It's not a bad tasting beer it's just not all that impressive either. Slight sweetness detected off the bat with some fruity notes as well. Very carbonated brew, has that thirst quenching ability. It's nice outside here today and this is just what you need to cool off.
Not all that great on taste, but on a nice summer day I'm sure this brew would be appreciated.

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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 Foxman
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a crisp clear straw yellow, very macro-esque, with a fast tight white head that swells to a finger then dies off promptly.

The aroma brings a light pale malt sweetness along with a thin berry note. An adjunct grain trace flits with very spotty and distant hops echo.

First sip delivers a thin grassy grain sweetness, which comes through then drops away, letting a flat and vague fruit presence glide into the middle. A rounded mild sourness appears toward the end, then fades to the finish along with a very low octane hops bitterness.

Light bodied, the watery feel leaves little memory of itself after it soon washes away.

Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is a legendary spice island off the coast of India, and that makes me think of flavor. I guess I should not apply that thought process to their beer. Arthur C. Clarke, the noted sci-fi author, lives there, and that fact brings to mind substance. Nope, none of that in this beer either. I have no doubt I could double fist these until the Sri Lankan cows came home, but I really see no reason to bother. Thin, watery, vague, and dull- they come close to summing it up, but not quite. Let's not forget....forgettable.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No Aroma, wait, a sweet, bran smell. Dark yellow color. No head.

Sweet malt flavor, hint of honey. No hops to speak of. The label says this is only made from malts and hops, but I swear I taste corn.

Cola carbonation. Thin. This should be renamed "Thin corn bread lager".

Good only when one is desparate to dull the pain of burnging hot curry.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
1.24/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

i don't know if my bottle came from a bad batch, but there's something horribly wrong going on here. the brew didn't look all that bad. it poured a golden/light copper colour with a minimal head. i can only equate the smell to something along these lines: it seemed like something died in the bottle. this wasn't the standard heineken skunky smell, but much worse. sadly, i pressed on. the initial taste was nothing impresseive. almost completely watery with maybe a hint of grain or citrus (perhaps?), but the aftertaste was an absolute killer. worse than the smell. there was some sort of metal/sulfur/rye/skunk thing going on here that you'd really have to taste to believe. it's quite hard to describe. i couldn't even finish the pint because of it. others have said this brew isn't that bad. i may have to reluctantly give this one another shot down the road in hopes that i was a victim of a bad bottle, but for now, i'd recommend staying away from this brew.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow pour with a bubbly white head that will linger for a bit. Aromas of grains and pale malts with a bit of bitterness.

There is really not too much to this one. It is thin with a very faint bready flavor. It doesn't taste bad at all, but it is really weak. The grains balance nicely with a bitter flavor, and a good touch of hops, but it is really watery. It is crisp and refreshing, which keeps mouthfeel and drinkability decent. Just don't look for anything special in this one.

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

This beer has a clear light golden color with tall bubbly head that dissipated quickly. The aroma was peculiar, metal and sulfur was the first thing that came to mind. Nice hops flavor. Not a whole lot of flavor going on though. Thin body and weak flavor. Metallic aftertaste.

This beer did improve as it warmed. There was more of a sweetness detected and less of the metallic twang.

Not a bad beer but I would hesitate to buy another knowing that there are better to be had.


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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 625ml dark brown bottle. Best Before Aug 2001. Hmm ...

Appearance: Crystal clear golden beer with active large bubbled carbonation and a quick to die white foam head.

Smell: Metallic, grain, sulfur / skunky aroma.

Taste: A very thin beer, with a soft and smooth light-body. Malt flavours are pretty much non-existant up-front with just a touch of grain in the flavour. Hops are refreshing, lemony, with a touch of lime, some salty flavours and a slightly spicy herbal character. As the beer warms you can taste the cooked corn/veggie flavours of adjuncts and some dextrin sweetness. Finish is clean with light residual hop flavours and a touch of sweet corn.

Notes: An okay lager. Let it warm a bit. It's worth a try, but there are plenty of better ones out there to taste ... and at least Michael Jackson's endorsement isn't all of this one, like their Stout.

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Lion Lager from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
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