1. BEER FEST ALERT: Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14-15!

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Lion Imperial Premium Malt PilsnerLion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner
218 Ratings
Lion Imperial Premium Malt PilsnerLion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka

Style: European Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

View: Beers
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 218 |  Reviews: 132
Reviews by Lauthaha:
Photo of Lauthaha
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a champagne glass to be enjoyed frugally.

Appearance: Poured easily at a 45 degree angle. Nothing mind-blowing, but the color was nice (as George Carlin would never say). Looked like an average pilsner; light, highly carbonated and lacking a heavy, foamy head. Absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: At first sniff, I detected a hint of fruitiness, followed quickly by an almost overwhelming scent of alcohol. The high ABV of this beer is a bit surprising for a pilsner, but certainly detectable early-on.

Taste: Sadly, the taste is nothing to write home about. Very similar to other pilsners, except for the higher alcohol content which is (with taste, just as with smell) a bit overwhelming. The hops are overly evident; too much.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Aside from the 8.8% ABV, there are no other factors to negatively impact my review of this beer. I would say the mouthfeel is similar to American pilsners such as Budweiser.

Drinkability: I bought a six-pack to last me the weekend, and I'm fairly certain that it will be more than enough. Though it isn't the worst beer I have ever had, it's certainly nowhere near the best.

I have to say I'm disappointed overall with the Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner. Knowing Lion Brewery Limited's reputation for great beers, I really wanted to give this beer a standing ovation. Perhaps their Stout ruined me (as it's one of the highest rated beers in the world, and for good reason), but I would not recommend the Pils to a friend. You can get just as drunk from "Camo" or "Hurricane" for about 20% of the price while not compromising much on taste. If the purpose of your purchase is to enjoy the beer (as mine was) then don't choose this one.

 1,744 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this one just to try a Sri Lankan beer. Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a dark golden color and fairly thin consistency. Poured a big, foamy head and lots of lacing.

There was a somewhat understated smell, with the malts coming through. Not much else.

The taste did not knock me out. Malts, hops and some other ingredient were evident. It doesn't have a complex flavor at all. Very thin.

The carbonation level was below average. Could've used a little bit more of a bite.

This isn't a particularly drinkable beer. It's thin and a little too straightforward. It does have a decently high ABV, if you're looking to get wasted.

 649 characters

Photo of Goliath
2.31/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden color with a one inch slightly off white head. Decent retention and no lacing.

Aroma is terribly familiar. Smells like a lager! Some pale pils like malt, kind of bready and sweet. Not much going on.

Taste is really quite horrible. Ridiculously boozy, sweet, slightly fruity, some pale pils malts as well. Just horribly constructed.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is low. The flavors in this brew are terrible, and the alcohol is very apparent. Quite a stretch from their stout, which is easy to drink. This is murder!

 580 characters

Photo of MisterClean
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried at brew club's lager tasting

A - Light copper with no head. Pretty meh.

S - Butterscotch, peach, honey and malts. Might be the diacetyl.

T - Pretty much the same as above. May have an off bottle with notes of diacetyl.

M - Acidic, but well balanced and slightly warming.

D - Good, but would like to get my hands on a better batch.

 341 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-bronze with a thin, sudsy white head that quickly dissipated. Visible carbonation was light.

S: a very soft citrusy hopping of oranges and lemons.

T: a sweet buttery-citric maltiness with fresh oranges and lemons. On the finish was a sour malting, dry oranges, lemon grind and a dry floral hop fade. The abv% of 8.0 was fairly well hidden behind the sweet malting upfront. The overall flavor I found to be a little strange and odd yet intriquing with a big hoppy fade with some sour lemons on the finish.

M: medium-full with a nice viscosity and syrupy feel. Some sour malt and dried floral lemony hopping coats the tongue.

D: Definitly not a session lager. Has a big sweet buttery-citric flavor that makes this drink like a macro in the beginning, but the big hoppy nature in the finish gives it some credit. Worth a try, but not a six-pack.

 883 characters

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
*Note: Bottle states 8.8% Alcohol by Volume*

The brew pours a dark yellow gold in color with about 1/2" of head that dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of. Aromas are average for the most part but light, and there is a whiff of alcohol - not incredibly attractive.

The taste was incredibly average, much like a typical American macro lager, but this isn't all a bad thing. For a brew this strong, it is actually a bit of a feat to pull of this average lager taste. There isn't any real heat from the alcohol and the overall body is still relatively light, though fulfilling.

This is fairly drinkable as far as flavor and enjoyability but the ABV catches up to you pretty quickly. Overall this was interesting but I don't know that I would go out of my way to try it again.

 825 characters

Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is dark gold with a big, off-white head slowly shirnking to lave a hint of lace. The aroma is bread, grapes, wine (Riesling, esp.), hint of meat (in a manner common to higher alcohol lagers, malt liquors, and some wee heavies), raisins, fruit candy. It's sweet, fruity, spciey, zesty, with bread and fresh waffles being the main traits, along with grapes. It has a nice, light hop quality to balance the malt body, with grassy apple peel. It's very nice, quite flavourful, and very smooth and easy to drink.

 512 characters

Photo of DmanGTR
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Taffle
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The Imperial Lager poured golden with a quickly receding head. A little haziness gave this lager a real nice look.

Aroma was mild. A little banana-like sweetness to it and a hair of the alcohol to spice it up.

Some mellow, semi-sweetness from the start of tasting the brew, followed by a some more tangy, grassy flavors with a little zest from the booze content. Although, for a bottle labeled 8.8%, I thought it finished rather smooth. The flavor seemed to get old towards the end of the tasting.

The beer had richness and a moderate fill. Good body and mouthfeel.

One was enough for me. Decent brew for the price, but didn't match the greatness of Lion's Stout.

 669 characters

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bronze colored beer with a half inch head and a thin lace.
The aroma of light fruits,light hops and a touch of mild malts.

The taste starts off sweet with a mild tartness and bland malt flavor. Some alcohol and fruit.

The feel is light to medium in body with a medium carbonation and a smooth feel. The alcohol is there in the finish so I did not gulp away.

Notes: A strong Lager as indicated and while it was not top notch it was boozy and still a bit refreshing. I would not have too many but it was decent enough.

 524 characters

Photo of PatrickJR
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear pale yellow with a finger or two of white head that dissipated quickly into nothing. No lace.

S - Subdued spicy hop aromna with a suggestion of toasted malt; like a mild pilsner.

T - Sweetish malt early palate that leads into a grain, slightly spicy hop flavor. Late palate is heavy on bitterness and alcohol. Aftertaste is bitter and a little unpleasant.

M - Highly carbonated and medium bodied. Becomes a little sickeningly cloying.

D - Eh. Not bad, but not great. A lot like a hopped malt liquor. Too sweet and cloying with a very one dimensional hop balance, resulting in a severely unbalanced brew.

 668 characters

Photo of bsp77
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Received in May shipment of Beer of the Month Club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, pale orange-yellow with very active (and loud) bubbles and head, but the head subsides very quickly with no lacing. Looked pretty good for about a minute and a half.

Smell: German noble hops, semi-sweet malt, cheap alcohol. Unfortunately, the hop smell disappeared, leaving mostly the cheap alcohol.

Taste: Wow, that does not taste the same as the somewhat dry, hoppy smell. Very, very sweet, like candy, but very peppery hops counter and are prominent at the finish. Tastes like a Malt Liquor with out of place hops. Cloying.

Feel: Pretty carbonated, light to medium body, feels alcoholic (if that makes sense).

Drinkability: Not very. Adding this note from a short while after I finished: I have an awful aftertaste in my mouth still, and am not sure if I can drink the other two I have.

This was such a great BOTM shipment until I had this.

 975 characters

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been on kind of a can kick lately, as I really enjoy drinking from a can, and I honestly think the beer keeps much better. That said, I was attracted to this one the other day when I was putting together a mixed sixer, and said what the hell. I actually thought it was an imperial stout (black can, big word Imperial, 8.8 abv), so imagine my surprise when it poured out a brilliant yellow color, with a bubbly white head. Kinda like a good malt liqour, a little grainy, somewhat sweet, and really not a whole lot to recommend, although I'd probably drink it again.

 564 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of chaz410
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer at the flying saucer in Charlotte.
Pours a naval orange peel yellow/amber body with a slight head head.
Smells really tart, almost like sour apple and unripe oranges. Some typical lager rounded malt character and some slight malty sweetness.
Taste of caramel and toasted lager rounded malts and still some of that underlying tartness. Not at all what I expected. Very crisp finish for an imperial lager. I don't know if this bottle was tainted or not but it's not what I would want in a strong lager at all. There's a funk to it nearly like a weak belgian beer.
Very drinkable minus the obvious flaws in character for the style and fairly sweet.

 659 characters

Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with a small white head that dissipated very quickly.
Aroma of pale malt and stale bread with some alcohol.
Taste of crispy malt, alcohol and a hint of citrus fruit.
Mouthfeel was a light body with little carbonation. The high alcohol presence surprised me for an 8.8% abv beer.
I'm nt a big pilsner fan, this was a good beer, however, I'm not sure it belongs in the imperial pilsner class.

 410 characters

Photo of JRed
1.63/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Light transparent in body. Terrible aromas in the nose, hops, bad water, and subtle fruit. Flavors are acidic: candied sugar, burnt sugar, alcoholic scorch. Very cloying on the palate. Tastes like a 40 oz. I'd buy in the slums of Sri Lanka. Not an enjoyable experience.

 269 characters

Photo of grayburn
1.16/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I hate to be a killjoy but I have to be with this beer. What exactly is going on? I thought Lion knew what they were doing, their Stout is a very good beer..why is this one so horrible. This tastes budweiser with the water iced out completely. There is a definite strong smell and taste, but not one I could call great. Jet feul is the smell, half rotten corn is the other. I think that there might really be some hops somewhere or other in here, but I certainly am not the man to find them. The appearance is decent, the mouthfeel is decent, neither is anything special, and those two are this beer's only shining points. Way too hot, not blended at all. My least favorite beer of all time.

 691 characters

Photo of BierFan
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330ml can into a branded Lion glass. The can only says Lion Imperial, but the six pack it came from identifies the beer as Lion Imperial Malt Pilsner.

Appearance: Big off-white head, clear light amber body.

Smell: The beer doesn't really have much of a smell to it. Kind of reminds me of a malt liquor.

Taste: Yup, it's just a malt liquor. Very sweet. If I had to sum up this beer I would say it's evocative of a sugary kids cereal soaked with booze.

Would not suggest this beer to others, and will avoid in the future.

 537 characters

Photo of nick76
2.12/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The aroma is alcoholic with flowers and sweet malt. The appearance is golden with a large head. The taste is like the aroma. It is also like fuel from the alcohol. This beer does not try to hid the alcohol in any way. The palate is smooth. Overall bad stuff. This is like a malt liquor only better than OE or Colt 45 because it lacks corn taste and has some flowery hops.

 371 characters

Photo of DoctorDog
4.22/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. "093161732" printed on side of neck. Unable to ascertain actual availability.

A- Slightly hazy light golden. Pours with 2+ fingers of off white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, and eventually almost nothing. No lacing noted.

S- Bready, malty-sweet notes, with hints of lemon zest. Lightly floral hoppiness.

T- Nice grainy sweetness. Light / citrus zestiness. Alcohol presence is superbly mixed. Moderate bitterness.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth; Fairly full feel. Fairly dry. Excellent.

D- Quite outstanding for an 8.8% ABV...could be quite dangerous.

Future outlook: Seems like Lion only does a few beers, but they do them quite well. Moderate price + fantastic taste and feel make repeat purchase and consumption likely.

 808 characters

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color. No Haze with a decent size white foamy head.

Smells like grain, crisp malts. With maybe a hint of sweetness at the very end. Well balanced.

Crisp and cool taste with a bit of funk, just a touch, that lingers. Straw taste.

Little peculiar, quite refreshing.

Best for a summer's day not a cold day in Michigan

 339 characters

Photo of Douglas88
2.59/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from College Liquors in Grand Junction, CO. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small white bubbly head. The aroma is mostly skunky corn and grains. The flavor is pretty much full of sweet corn and other adjuncts, a sour mash, and skunked flavor. I'm not sure how fresh this was, but it was just a OK lager.

 320 characters

Photo of sophisticated
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner - a product of Sri Lanka with 8.8% alcohol by volume. It poured a mighty orange, much like the lion on its label, with a small sudsy white head. The smell was mild - faintly sweet malts and grassy hops. The taste was again mild - a bit of apple, grassy hops, and sweet malts. The alcohol was just slightly noticeable. It was smooth, mellow, light, and crisp. Not offensive, but not super flavorful. Fairly well-balanced. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

 502 characters

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 218 ratings