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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 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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Photo of heavy216
3.82/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 11.2 oz bottle. 2 finger head, lasted several minutes, heavy lacing, gold in color.

S: heavy strong alocohol aroma, almost like rubbing alcohol

T/M: high carbonation, very smooth going down...strong alcohol taste

D: 8.8% alcohol and you can tell....wow, really strong but very enjoyable

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Photo of great7dividers
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Lion Imperial Premium Malt Pilsner. That's quite a mouthful. Fortunately, a drink of this is not as challenging as saying the entire name three times fast. This is a very drinkable, light and simple brew.

But although it goes down with ease, it is in turn not a very impressive beer. As I've found typical with most asian brands, in the glass it is very pale yellow, completely see through, with a light white head.

The smell is very light, and not particularly flattering. There is a hint of honey in the aroma, possibly a little lemon, but its smell is just as thin as its mouthfeel. Thin, thin, thin. There is virtually no body, and it really doesn't go down like a pilsner at all. There is little to no bitterness (which is more characteristic of the average pilsner). It really just tastes like an (ever so slightly) syrupy lager.

This is no doubt the result of the high alcohol content (8.8%). But I find it a tad disappointing. It actually tastes like old apple juice. Its not as offensive as it sounds, but it really doesn't astonish the senses in any way.

A few of these on a hot summer day may be enjoyable, but I would probably reach first for something with more intriguing flavor.

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Photo of rlshep
1.6/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is light floral hops and hints of Pilsner malt. After it sat a little, picking up a mild funk.

Pours big 3" thick foamy head. Slow to dissipate. Very light golden color. Clarity is high, but seeing a lot of particles floating around. Thin long strands.I don't think this was bottle condition and I'm pretty sure it didn't come from the glass. Big turn off to an otherwise great presentation.

Tastes like apple cider. Don't believe this was the intended flavor.

Alcohol is very evident on this one. Leaves tongue mildly slick.

Obviously an infected bottle. I can't remember where I picked this up but it was in a make your own 6-pack and sat in my fridge for 5 months. So guessing shelf life is well past its prime, still if Lion had better sanitary practices this could have been avoided.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.78/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

11.2oz can, pilsener.

I'm a bit surprised at the very slightly hazed orange, honey colored body, but not at all about the poofy dirty white head.

Grass, honey, and some pils malt in the nose.

Really sweet and honey-filled with no balance. I guess it's better than Malt Liquor, but not by much. If you wish hard enough there's some grassiness. Also present is the white grape I get from many sweet, pale beers, usually lagers. Apple juice concentrate.

Expectedly slurry and syrup-like. This could even do with stronger carbonation. The sweetness is only more oppressive because of the thickness.

How do you like that? All the way from 2.0-4.0 go my ratings. How novel, kind of like this Ceylonian Imperial Lager. Do not mistake this for another Stout from Lion as I did. I'll reiterate; too sweet, not balanced, too still.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Interesting to see an Imperial Lager (and not, say, a malt liquor or an Imperial Pils) coming from Sri Lanka. Our interest is piqued.

Pours a bright, dusty golden color, with a few bub- bles rising to the top. A healthy white lace adorns the brew. Smells of refined honey and mild solvent alcohol and carries a sweet maltiness. At first whiff, it feigns a mead-like aroma. Smooth and crisp with a creamy, full body. The notes of fresh-cut grass and light sugar sweetness comes from the malt, while hop bitterness and flavor comes off faint but brash--enough to bal- ance all of the sweetness. Waves of grain and mild hop bitterness draw closer as the beer dries up. The alcoholic flavor stays clean (more or less) with a rose-like flavor; but it doesn't dry up completely, as the finish is only semi-dry with some residual malt sweetness.

If there is one attribute that sets this one apart from Lion's other lager, it's balance--and you thought we were gonna say the higher alcohol content. This beer has balance and it makes it that much more enjoyable. Pair it with chicken cutlets with linguini in Alfredo sauce.

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Photo of dtivp
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of Brent
2.43/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

You can call this an Imperial Pilsner, but malt liquor is malt liquor - and this belongs in that category. Heavy malt, sweet with pungent, biting alcohol noted at every turn. While better than the convenience store brown bag-worth offerings, this is really not that much of a step up.

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Photo of drizzam
3.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to my BA buddy cdkrenz for the offering! I still owe ya bud!

A - Pours a pale gold in color with just the slightest haze. An aggressive pour yielded a surprising fluffy white two finger head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

S - Pretty mild aroma, grassy and grainy. Not a whole lot to write home about.

T & M - Rather sweet with a touch of buttery diacetyl. Seems like the sweetness has a bit of unidentified citric character to it. Has a drying, almost wine-like finish. The alcohol is fairly well masked (which was surprising to me). Thin mouthfeel but still somewhat creamy.

D - This one surprised me. It has a sort of unexpected complexity to it, even for a simple style. The ABV will sneak up on you, but it's got some flavor and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a must try, if not just for the style.

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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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