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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 jwc215
3.93/5  rDev +31.4%
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 Goliath
2.31/5  rDev -22.7%
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!

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Photo of Offa
4.22/5  rDev +41.1%
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 becktone
1.84/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Eye: Looks very nice as it is poured into this pils glass. Very nice head formation and retention. The head is stable at perhaps a bit more than a finger and has a soapy looking texture. Color is crystal clear gold. This is a fizzy yellow beer, but it does a good job at looking nice.

Nose: Strong malt aroma fills the nostrils, pretty potent and easy to smell. During the pour the character of this beers aroma hit the nose. Vinous, especially when it comes to the alcohol in this beer, smells much like a riesling. Some sweet malt character here, but I'm also getting some off aromas. Something medicinal, or plastic.

Tongue: Again, that vinous quality is here. Also the off aroma is here in flavor. Taste is stale, plastic-like, and perhaps a bit medicinal. Really there is nothing redeeming about the flavor of this beer.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light in body, though not as light as a light lager. Carbonation is pretty coarse and is lower than I expected. Finish is dry. There is no reason to come back to this beer, I am glad I didn't pay for this, barter for it, trade for it, waste my time trying to decide if I wanted to drink it, waste my time making a decision to buy/trade/barter/steal this. It was given to me, so I took it. I'll only try this one more time, and that would be because after tasting this I believe that this bottle is quite old.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.29/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the same people who brew up the okey-dokey but
by no means Earth-shattering Lion Stout, come Lion Lager.
A slow pour got me 2 fingers of loose foam over a clear
honey-colored brew. The nose is pretty simple stuff- lager
yeast and a bit of light barley malt. Carbonation is steady,
but a few stops short of being really effervescent. The flavor
is slightly sweet light malt and a surprisingly assertive (for
the style) hop. Other wise it's pretty much like some of the
better all malt lagers coming out of the Indian subcontinent.
Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Pretty simple stuff here,
but head and shoulders over what American macro brewers
put out 'cause they are too cheap to give up corn and rice.

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Photo of bradybeer
3.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ark straw/gold yellow with a rocky white head. I get some kind of funk in the aroma-I can't put my finger on it, but I am getting some hop aroma through the funk. Tasting the beer I get little hop character and not much more malt-what malt I get is slightly sweet. Carbonation is light to medium-which translates to a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability is OK-I would love to try this on tap-or in Sri Lanka-I could drink a few of these with some Sri Lankan food-but I would go out of my way to try this-I think I will stick with their Stout

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Photo of Taffle
2.94/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear gold colored beer with a strong white head that simply can't last against that much ethanol.

Smell is sweetish and a little fruity with a slight citrus edge. Little bit of grain and grass aroma and a slight spicy scent from the Nobel hops.

Taste starts out neutral in sweetness and a little grain flavor, quite light in taste. Perceptible ethanol and a little bitter zing after you sip it a while. Very light flavor this could use more hops.

Mouthfeel seems light possibly from excessive malt conversion and the high alcohol level present.

Drinkability is just OK. I won't pour the other five down the drain but this beer just lacks a hop punch or a Pilsners complexity. Think I will stick to Lions Stout from now on.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
2.93/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a frankly pee-colored yellow with an inch of white head. The suds reduces to a blotchy cap leaving some unexpectedly substantial lacing.

Nose is citrusy with a faint metallicness. Also some grainy sweetness.

Flavor is grainy caramel maltiness with a buttery note at the end. Some tart citrus and an almost candy-like sweetness round things out.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly dry for the amount of sweetness, but it's also overcarbonated. The medium-light mouthfeel can't really contend with the alcohol level either.

Drinkability is hampered by the high alcohol and the eventually cloying sweetness.

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Photo of stumac
2.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sri Lanka. yayuh! Not much to say. Orangish gold color. like subtle urine on a warm afternoon. impressive white head that lasted a good bit. faint smell of hops and alcohol. taste is little hoppy, sweet light malty, some booty also. medium to light bodied. smoothe as eggs. an alright brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.72/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ML single bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Recently sampled this company's Lion Stout, which was wonderful, so I had high hopes for their Imperial Lager, which registered at 8% ABV...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, apple-juice-colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon receded and left a minimal amount of lacing...
Sweet, honey aroma balanced by a nice suggestion malts and hops...
Taste strongly paid homage to the aroma, with a nice balance of honey, vanilla, caramel, sugars, and florals...
Although not as outstanding as their Stout, this was still a top-notch sample, a vry good Lager, strong, flavorful, and full of character and flavor... I liked this one, and it was easily drinkable without any hint of the ABV and an equally good mouthfeel...

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Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of berserker256
3.77/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My brother brought a six pack over while we watched the Lions (that's why he bought Lion Lager) kick the hell out of the Denver Broncos. He didn't much care for this beer... Thought it was OK. I disagree. I like strong beers yet among my favorite styles of beer is Lager, which usually isn't even close to 8.0% alcohol. So I was interested in trying this. It's got a decent orangish gold color with a small head. I like the smell. It reminds me of German Marzens. Heavy and rich malt aroma. I detect a hint of cereal-like grain, too. Taste reflects the smell. Alcohol presence is obvious and warm. A good lager beer flavor with a little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Nice consistency and carbonation. A good slow-drinking 2 or 3 beer, beer. Good Beer.

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

Pours a clear gold with an orange tint. Has a decent fizzy head, but it soon dissipates completely. Aroma is sweet and malty, with some mixing jelly and citrus fruit smells. Taste is obviously thicker than your normal lager. Sweet corn-syrupy aftertaste is light but a noticeable alcohol presence is there in the aftertaste. Not much of an appearance from the hops, though the aftertaste is a bit dry.

Not a bad brew, but I would still rather just have a good ol' normal pilsner or lager than some super-strong version.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.11/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"The lion does not turn around when a small dog barks."

--African proverb

Bold marigold with a hint of orange. The bone white cap may be the best looking lid that I've ever seen on a beer of this style. It has a firmly creamy texture, lasts quite a while and is beginning to deposit a good bit of attractive lace. What's not to like?

The nose reminds me of a standard issue Euro pale lager. I didn't say Euro *strong* lager because very little alcohol is appreciated. Other than musky (and musty) hops, there isn't much to recommend it. A lack of any overt nastiness keeps the score from dropping lower than average.

If you've had any of the Eastern European ESLs then you know what Lion Imperial Lager tastes like. It tastes like a noble-hopped version of American malt liquor that is more hoppy and less sweet. Husk-riddled grain rides along beneath a surprising amount of spicy-grassy hoppiness. Either the alcohol or the alpha acids (maybe both) give this Lion a moderate bite.

Although alcohol is much noticeable on the palate than it is in the nose, it doesn't numb the tongue (much). The mouthfeel is medium for the style with a finishing slickness and a lightly stinging amount of carbonation. Other than the appearance, the mouthfeel is the highlight of this experience.

I was hoping that Lion Imperial Lager would be as good as Lion Stout (a fantastic beer), but a quick glance at the average score led me to expect otherwise. Beer of this sort is hard to like because a high ABV seems to be priority number one. Having said that, considering the style, one could do a whole lot worse.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean deep yellow color, with a white head. Aromas of European hops and small amount of alcohol. A dry beer with a big presence of alcohol. It has a bigger body than most lagers, but a very clean end. It seems to hide the alcohol quite well, a tad earthy as well. A nice lager for a chilly fall night.

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Photo of khiasmus
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- looks like a pilsner. Clear, light golden, three fingers of head that drop to a ring.

S- Smells like a cross between bud light and allagash tripel. lol. Slightly skunked, strange nose... but I know it's not lightstruck, because I pulled it from the middle of the box... strange. A bit of spice, some light malt, yeast, metal, boysenberry, and even some charcoal.

T- Light, very pilsner-like, with a bit stronger malt and hops than an average pilsner, and a hint of spice.

M- Light, creamy, medium carbonation, and a honey-like, syrupy finish.

D- It's pretty good. Not my favorite, but It's be an excellent beer for your macro drinking buddies, especially if they were hot members of the opposite sex... it doesn't taste at all like 8%.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical of most higher gravity lagers. Opens with a considerably viscous pour that released a loosely knit foamstand, that faltered quickly over the abundant alcohols. Rich, sweet pilsner malt aroma and earthy hop additions rose sharply out of the glass, giving light apple, lemon, and grassy scents. Tastes very sweet with sweet alcohols, thinning the taste somewhat and numbing the palate. Herbal, tea-like flavors combine with lemon grass and noble hop flavors, help to round out the beer but can hardly combat the malt-liquor-like sweetness. Feels weightier than most lagers, with a light oily texture and alcohol dryness. Finishes sweet, dry, and with that earthy lemon grass flavor. Interesting and adventurous. Cannot say that this beer is of hight quality, but not a disapointment either.

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

Appearance: Dark gold, fading head.

Smell: Mostly bready, a slight roasty note.

Taste: Mostly malt, bready. A kind of sweet candy-like flavor comes through but is not too strong. Alcohol is hidden.

Mouthfeel: Feels like a standard lager, not overly heavy.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but pretty strong. Something different.

This seems to be a little more civilized malt liquor. Quite sweet and pretty strong, but without the nasty notes that come up with the high gravity malt liquors--but maybe that's because this is in a 330ml bottle and not a 40oz.

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Photo of beerkittycat
4.2/5  rDev +40.5%
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 tastybeer
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden clear orange with a good white head until it turns to a patchy lace-less layer. Nose is sweet, lightly candy-like, lemongrassy, bready with underlying earthiness perhaps. Its does seem like a big-afied version of the lager, and I don't think they used corn + rice etc. Maybe, but if so, they did a good job making it less obvious. Taste is likewise. As for the imperial factor, you can tell its a strong beer by nose and taste but the alcohol adds a complimentary edge if anything. Dry finish and medium lager-clear body.

An alright 'imperial lager'. Nothing real amazing but better than bad.

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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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