Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner | Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt PilsnerLion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner

Brewed by:
Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
Sri Lanka

Style: Euro Strong Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of sophisticated
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass -

A - Pours a murky golden color. The head is 2 fingers, but fades fast. It's thin and white, and generally unappealing. Head retention is excusable considering the high abv.

S - Honey, sweet pilsner malt, alcohol, and candy. The aroma is stronger than I expected, and has renewed my interest.

T - Cereal grain and light malt predominate. Doesn't even approach the sweetness the nose predicted. A bit watery, even. Finishes a bit on the bitter side as the alcohol coats your mouth.

M - Crisp and incredibly dry on the finish. Accentuates the lack of any true, distinguished flavors. Extra light bodied.

D - Not a fan of this one. It's abv is apparent (although this doesn't affect my review), it lacks any distinguished flavors, and it's not sessionable. Not an ideal light lager ( or pilsner, I guess?).

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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of doucmehu
2/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of beerme411
1/5  rDev -66.6%

Photo of rsdaugherty
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into pint glass
A – 3 finger almost white head, while fizzy still had nice retention, a slightly hazy golden with brown notes, scattered lacing to a pillow layer 3.5
S – Mildly sweet malts and a blend of herbal citrus grassy characteristics, slightly astringent 3
T – An off citric sweetness, mild alcohol, finish becomes a dark sweet bread like menagerie of tastes that leave me hanging, infected bottle crossed by mind, did not enjoy 2.0
M – light moderate body, a bit thicker than I expected, no vote on if the ample carbonation added or detracted 3
O – An odd tasting malt pilsner I will not seek out again, characteristics of cider, unless you seek this style I would not recommend, finished the bottle and won’t be returning 2.5

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Photo of ncsutton
2.44/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving - Can

A - A bronze/amber color, thin head that disappears quickly

S - Very floral and sweet aroma, some hints of apple

T - Very sweet flavoring, its almost like a hard cider mixed into a bad pilsner, the finish is very strong alcohol

M - Somewhat thick with very light carbonation

O - Not very good, I've had one of their other beers and thought that that was what I was getting, I was wrong and man am I disappointed in this, its overly fruity and just not that good, it was just above a drain pour in my book

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Photo of alexgash
2.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can with intimidating lion face.

Clean, clear, deep golden yellow body. Thick, two-finger tuft of cottony white head. Good lacing too. Fruity malt, with strong notes of apple. A bit of powdered sugar and a not unnoticeable dose of ethanol. Hmm.

Dry cider-ish notes up front. Becomes sweeter, with notes of vodka-soaked apples. Some honey malt sweetness too. Faint peppery hop notes get lost among the sweet, boozy malts. Moderate to light body, with a very dry feel in the finish. Warming and not really my favorite beer of all time. For the style, it's not bad, but this is not a style I am crazy about.

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Photo of DannyDan
2.34/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden yellow with a thin bubbly white head that quickly disappears leaving no retention, lacing and moderate carbonation. The nose consists of some sweet malts (honey comes to mind), some grains and alcohol. the taste starts out with a strong sweet honey taste and than the alcohol hits hard. I can barely taste the hops in this beer. This beer has too much sweetness to it that leaves a bad aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, but semi-dry and overall this beer has no balance and not much to offer in a beer. This is a drain pour beer, not something I would expect from Ceylon/Lion Brewery.

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Photo of nitro0292
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a Stella glass. White fluffy head like a pils, but darker than all and cloudy (or just a lot of chill haze).

Smell is about average for a normal pils, would have liked more noble hop presence.

Taste is overly sweet and not crisp. This is an "imperial pilsner" and it is complex, but it has apple-ish qualities that I don't find appealing. Better than BMC, but below average for craft. Would make a good dessert beer though.

Feel is thick, which is expected from the "imperial" label and the ABV. Carbonation is light for a pils, but again, to be expected.

Got this through my beer of the month club. Would not seek out. When I think of what an "imperial" anything should be, to me it should be more of the best parts of the style. This isn't.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.58/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

11.2oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: The liquid pours a dark golden with a touch of amber beneath a thick, dense, dark tan head that slowly faded into a thick film leaving a great network of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: This just smells awful, cooked vegetables all the way. It’s pungent smelling, with scents of old vegetable soup, corn mash, dirty grains and soggy bread. Whew.
T: Taste follows the nose with strong notes of nasty vegetables, blaring honey sweetness, and a good dose of alcohol. The honey flavor would be pleasant if not for the sharp grain alcohol and vegetables. This tastes like a cheap malt liquor with a ton of honey and a chemical aftertaste.
M: Medium body, gritty mouthfeel with a sharp alcohol presence and tingly carbonation.
O: Pretty darn awful. The vegetable flavor wasn’t as bad after a while, but I ended up pouring more than half of the bottle down the drain. Avoid.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Opening the can and pouring moderately produces a head of about 2cm, which is off-white in color. This fades quickly to leave a few "islands" in the glass. Lacing clings appreciably to sides of glass. Body is transparent golden yellow with some visible carbonation, but nothing overly active.

Aroma mostly of complex sugars from the malt, some diacetyl butteriness. Maybe some floral hops, but I could be stretching this. Nothing particularly stand-out.

Taste dominated by heavy malt sweetness that at times borders a semi-tropical sweet flavor, such as mango (not the flavor, but the sweetness). I mostly picked up flavors of caramel, butterscotch, . If you don't like unbalanced sweetness, this beer won't be to your liking. No real hop presence or bitterness that I could detect. Alcohol is there, but very subdued, especially when this is listed as 8.8% -- I couldn't believe it when I read it!

Body is moderately thick, but not overly heavy. Carbonation is similarly styled, present, but not aggressive. Finish is somewhere between "dry" and not.

Overall this is an ok beer for me, as I can enjoy brews on the sweeter end of the spectrum. Nothing fantastic, and I don't know if I would seek it out again, but I didn't find the experience deplorable, either.

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Photo of guardian55309
1.62/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

this is not the worst beer i have ever had but damn close. had the lion stout which i think i liked but this is awfull. apperence looks like beer everyting else omg could be drinking 100 times better. worst beer ive reviewed so far almost undrinkable but can finish if i try real hard.

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Photo of Mako82
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Light clear golden color
S - Malts, sharp bitter hops, slight pungent smell, hint of floral type aroma
T - Strong malts, sharp bitter hop taste that lasted well into the aftertaste. Found a hint of slight citrus taste in the background of the aftertaste
M - Fairly carbonated

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Photo of meeekyh
3.32/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

SO I figured an Imperial Pils in a can? What the heck. And yes, the package I bought claims this is an Imperial Malt Pils.

The beer has a much deeper tone than most I have been drinking, almost brown and slightly hazy. The head is slightly off-white, full and seems to stick around awhile.

Smell is fruity and a bit sour.

The taste is likewise a bit sour but also very malty and with a nice spicy bite and a sweet lingering.

The body is full and the carbonation is high.

I think this one is not going to get a whole lot of play around my place though it will get the occasional nod.

Drinkability is OK but the strtong flavors and the high ABV make this a beer something to enjoy in moderation only.

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Photo of greybeardloon
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No evident bottling or freshness date.

A: Pale orange with a white head that falls quickly.

S: Pretty muted. Some grassy hops come through.

T: Mostly sweet, sticky malt. Athough there are some hops present, they aren't enough to balance out the sweetness. Someone else mentioned applejuice, and I can see that, although I wouldn't have made the connection myself. Alcohol is definately present.

M: Too thick and heavy, definately not crisp.

O: This beer is dinkable enough if you get past the sweetness, but I'm not really inclinded to try.

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Photo of Fernans
3.58/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An Imperial Pilsner... interesting. Appearance is not your usual high yellow. Leans to the bronze side. Smell's sweet, a bit aromatic. Taste.... not a typical pilsner. Malty and sweet with alcohol finish. Almost like a cider. Mouthfeel, smooth, despite the high alcohol. Fairly easy to drink. Overall, above average.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks pretty darn good. A golden/brass, shiny clear body topped with a nice white head--somewhat dense and rich.Lacks that soapy quality of some esl's or macro lagers.

Aroma isn't all that great, but not bad. Some grain husk and sweet pear. Alcohol is noticeable.

Flavors follow the nose, husky and wet grain. Musty of sorts. The pear in the nose is more like New Zealand sauv blanc...faintly, more tropical. Hops provide a bit of zip.

Overall, not a bad beer and I've come to respect the Ceylon peeps for putting out good beer

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Photo of output01x
3.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. can (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a massive 3-finger off-white head that nearly spills over the brim of the glass. The body is a perfectly clear golden yellow with some small carbonation bubbles creeping slowly toward the surface. The head recedes quickly to a thin, clumpy dusting. Thick lacing clings to the glass in massive clumps.

Sweet, bready malt aromas mix with honey and a faint floral hops smell. Overall the nose has a somewhat musty characteristic and is rather weak.

Light bready malts flavors flow over the tongue while a sharp, peppery spice stings the tip. The flavor is incredibly sweet and honey-like. It actually has an almost apple juice flavor to it.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. The body has an odd syrup texture about it but is not sticky at all.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of bread and lemons. The flavor is grain and bready malt. Fairy bland and not near as hoppy as I was expecting from an Imperial Pilsner. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, just nothing that really stands out.

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Photo of matjack85
3.55/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this single 330ml brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.99. Small blurb about the beer on the back label, but no freshness date to be found.

The beer poured a mostly clear gold color with 2-fingers of white head that dissipated in about a minute. Only minimal lacing.

Mild honey, malt, and grassy smell.

This has an apple juice like flavor to it, sweetened with a touch of honey and malts. Some mild noble hop bitterness is present but not enough to call it balanced. It remains a sweet brew. Alcohol is also present, but not as noticeable as I was expecting from an 8.8% abv. beer.

Thin mouthfeel but not watery. Low carbonation keeps it kind of smooth.

Not a bad effort from Sri Lanka.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.23/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a fairly good-sized off-white head. Drops at a pretty good clip ro just a thick film and does so with a fair amount of noise.
Smell is well balanced with malt, hops, some citrus notes and maybe clove or pepper with a distinct skunky mustiness.
Taste is malt and hops with citrus, pepper and alcohol.
Smooth, fairly full bodied with a lighter effervescence than expected. Warming with a slight green apple note in the finish. A much better brew than I expected or than the nose was told. I'd have another but not breathe it in too much.

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Photo of longbongsilver
1.98/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Two reasons I tried this: 1) Loved their Export Stout, but also 2) seeing the imperial pilsner designation, figured that if the average BMC is loosely based on a pilsner, then getting an import pilsner -- even more so, an imperial one -- would provide opportunity to taste How It's Supposed To Be. Where's my mug...

Pours a fizzy copper tone, white bubbly head of about an inch that melts away pretty quick. Don't smell much, maybe apple & a bit of indistinguishable spice (clove? Kind of...). Take a swig, and get pretty much the same thing, with a slight bit of caramel. Not much though, it's ridiculously subtle to near nonexistent. Goes down like a spritzer or wine cooler.

This is one of those beers where, when getting into another style, you conclude that either it's a bad example of the style or that style is just not for you. I'm hoping the former, because I've had malt liquors that were better than this.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lion Imperial Pilsner is a dense, crystal clear golden lager with a white head that fades to a film and leaves good lacing. It has a very faint aroma of cardboard and grass. It's medium bodied and very lively. The finish is sharp and it leaves the mouth chalky. It's quite sweet and not bitter enough to balance things out. It's tangy with a little noble hop character. There are no off flavors but it's not refined. It's very drinkable for 8.8% ABV. There's no alcohol flavor. It could serve as a session beer, but things could get out of hand if it did.

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Photo of Drew966
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner pours a pale yellow with a white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet and malty. The flavor is also sweet and malty. Alcohol is a bit evident but I didn't find it overpowering. Not bad for what it is, actually a bit better than I expected.

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Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner from Ceylon / Lion Brewery Limited
2.99 out of 5 based on 213 ratings.
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