Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

Lion Imperial Premium Malt PilsnerLion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner
BA SCORE
3.01/5
216 Ratings
Lion Imperial Premium Malt PilsnerLion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka
lionbeer.com

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DoctorDog on 06-11-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,551
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
216
pDev:
24.58%
Bros Score:
3.7
 
 
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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of BobPuckett
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just tried Lion Imperial for the first time and it is the finest Pilsner I have tasted sence leaving Europe in 1993. A fine beer that I would recommend to anyone full taste and body with nice amber color. The minute it hits your mouth it brings back the memories of what fine beer is suppose to taste like.

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Photo of Isaacknows
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Go Buy SomeNow

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Photo of GinsuDave
4.75/5  rDev +57.8%

Photo of _Christina_
4.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of quakeroatmealstout
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

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.

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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.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a beautiful deep golden, almost orange color with a puffy white head. The nose is flowery with notes of vanilla and lemongrass. The moment you drink it your tastebuds begin to dance with sweet malty goodness of vanilla, plum, lemongrass, and cherry flavors. The finish lingers on the malt flavors which is perfectly balanced by the moderate hoppy bitterness. VERY smooth due to its lager style, but watch out with the 8.0%ABV! This beer is a real gem!

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilnser had a clear gold body. A 2-finger white bubbly head was formed. The head held well and shrank to a foamy lacing that clung to the walls of my pilsner glass. The smell was clean, of fresh cut grass, bready with citrus notes. The taste follows the nose with a sweet finish but enough hops to keep the pilsner balanced. The mouth feel is light-medium to medium. crisp and smooth.

Lion's Imperial Malt Pilsner is one easy drinking Euro Strong Lager especially for the abv. Nice job Lion...I am a fan!

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Photo of kpelton
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%

Photo of Hrodebert
4.2/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Crayz
4.19/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a standard pint glass. Immediate full white head that slowly settled down to a thin film with minimal lacing, if any. Deep straw color with a slight cloudy appearance. And I mean slight; it probably about a clear as it can get with an ABV of 8%! Also, incredibly light for such high alcohol.

S - Not a strong smell right off the bat. Had to swirl it around a bit to get a good whiff. Once I did that! Whoa! Bread notes right away, that lead to doughy malts, and a slight citrus zest near the end. The doughy scents reminds me bohemian style lagers, right on par. As the beer warms, the zestiness lends way to a faint alcohol notes.

T - Mirrors what I was smelling. From the smell I was hoping the taste would follow a similar path, and it does! Bread flavors again, followed up by a slight hop citrus and warming alcohol feeling. Leaves the tongue with malts and lemon. Incredible balance with a nice palate journey from start to finish. Even though you know the alcohol is there, its masked and blends well with the malts and hops.

M - Creamy. The malts are so smooth I know its fooling me a bit, but this is as close to a nitro pour I have had from a non-widget bottle. For a pils, it feels a little heavy; but for 8%+, it feels refreshingly light. So for me, its a victory.

D - Read the end of mouthfeel. This is a smooth, drinkable beer. Biggest reason it doesn't get a higher drinkability rating is the alcohol presence. Though mild for a high ABV, it is enough to slow you down and really enjoy this brew!

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cdkrenz
4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three plus inches of perfect, frothy, white head on top of a golden body with a fair amount of carbonation.

S - Pale malts, the subtle presence of alcohol and whole grain bread.

T - Very strong in the malt department. There's certainly a sweet remnant of the barley. The taste of sweet rum makes for a very unique flavered brew.

M - The feel is soft and silky. Which, in my opinion is not consistent with other pilsner style brews. That being said, I think the texture of this brew is done well because the high alcohol content in conjunction with a really abrassive texture would likely not work with such a light malt.

~ Overall I think this is a good beer. It is not something I could sit down and have more than one or two of a time. It's not even really something I would enjoy more than once per month but it is nice to see a high gravity pilsner out there with some unique character to it.

My suggestion to those reviewing this brew in the future is to really think about the characteristics this beer is offering. This beer was not intented to be a Bud or MGD.

I have another one cellared for a few years down the road. I'll be sure to update my review when I crack it open.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Slightly hazy golden body with an orange hue. Foamy white head with good retention. A few lines of lacing, and random spots, if that.

Aroma: Malty and sweet, a subtle touch of dried grass.

Taste: Really malty, sweet, clean. A touch of dried grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth.

Overall: Really impressed. This tastes great and has a great mouthfeel. The ABV is hidden very well!

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Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +32.9%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of DarrellK
3.99/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you didn't read the label and poured the bottle you would think you had a sandard Pilsner.

The color is a yellowish gold with a white tight head that does go a way quite quickly.

The aroma does give away that this is not a standard pilsner. The alcohol nose does come through.

The carbonation is not high so the mouth has the higher viscosity of a higher proof brew.

The finish is obviously high gravity and brings out some tingle.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.99/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz can to pilsner glass...

A: Pours a faded gold color with a fizzy, small head. fades to wisps of white foam and leaves a few tiny spots of lace.

S: tropical fruit, apples, and king's hawaiian bread. toasty and sweet.

T: very fruity and sweet upfront with apple juice and orange flavors, also quite spicey. finishes with sweet honey and grain flavors

M: a hefty medium body that has a smooth entry, noticeable hop tang up front, bubbly like champagne(and i don't mean Miller High Life),finishes off-dry with alcohol-like warmth. interesting...

Overall, a tasty and different take on the pilsner style. The aroma and taste are mainly apples and bread. All the bad reviews are really misleading. While pilsners aren't my favorite style, I find myself enjoying this one. If you like your beers big, then check this one out

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Photo of gordavidson
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear, light orange color with a very creamy white head that has astounding retention and leaves great lacing.

S- Very white wine like with some light fruit, alcohol, a little bit of floral with olive notes. Pretty complex, especially for a lager. Very aromatic and sweet.

T- Some light fruit and that white wine flavor. There is a bit of surprisingly enjoyable alcohol presence. A nice floral presence is also there.

M- Ever so slightly numbing with a modest amount of carbonation. The sweetness offsets any possible dryness.

D- A bit of a sipper. But and imperial lager from Sri Lanka like this blows my mind.

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Photo of jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow golden with a large rocky/frothy head with nice staying power that leaves sticky lacing.

The smell is grassy/grainy with spicing.

The taste is of sweet grain, a touch of fruity alcohol and herbal/earthy/spicy bitterness. It has a crisp, refreshingly dry finish.

It has a creamy, medium body.

The alcohol does show a bit, but is reasonably well-covered. It has a refreshing quality despite the alcohol. A well-done Euro-strong lager, IMO. A well-balanced, "sipping" lager.

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Photo of Penrodeo
3.91/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 216 ratings
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