Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner

I have had this review in the back of my mind for some time now but have been hesitating to post it. Partially because of fear of the repurcussions but more because I am lazy.

I have a feeling that some might perceive this review as blasphemous. A lot of us around here grew up on Yuengling and as you can see here, we really do hold it in high reverence. What I am going to say is this, I think I have found a close and cheaper alternative to Yuengling Lager.

Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner.

First things first it is a Pennsylvania beer just like Yuengling. Brewed in Wilkes Barre-Scranton, which is famous for,... uh Bingo!. Really didn't make that up. They popularized Bingo. Also some show called The Office, but that show sucked. Oh yeah! The Scranton Penguins too!

I came across Lionshead when I was at the store, just perusing for something different. What struck me first is that Lionshead Pilsner was $4.99 for s six pack. I would imagine you could possibly find it cheaper somewhere else. Then again, it is only $4.99, if you find it cheaper somewhere it is probably because it could be fucking old.

About the beer. When I say that it is comparable to Yuengling, it is mostly because it has no distinctive taste either. You really can't say this beer is bad or good. It's a light, traditional American Lager. Don't get me wrong, I am not knocking on Yeungling, but it's very easy to drink. That is what makes it incredibly easy to like.

Weighing in a 4.5%ABV which is pretty close to the 4.9% you'll get with a Yuengling. It drinks just like it. You can pound these things into oblivion and end up like David Hasslehoff on the floor eating a cheeseburger. Only it will be an impression of him, because you're unlikely to get that drunk, I mean c'mon it is only 4.5%. On the upside, it will never make you end up like this guy.

Taste is altogether different. It has a watered feel to it, but not watered taste at all. It is really hard to describe the taste of this. According to the site, they use two-row, six-row barley, corn and add domestic hops for a touch of bitterness. I taste mostly the corn.

We talked about crap under the caps in another review, but if you get Lionshead one they have pictograph under the caps. I have yet to figure one out. Pictograph might be the most adult word ever used on ILoveTheSauce. If you really care to know what your cap means there is an entire website dedicated to them.

It all comes down to this. I am having a really hard time placing this beer anywhere on an appropriate spectrum. It IS similar to Yuengling, but kind of like the less popular Billy Baldwin little brother of Yuengling. It works, but it just is ultimately missing that certain something to make it special.

Final word. If you are looking for something new and different to bring to a party that you can get down with all night, you have two questions to ask yourself. Do I care enough about what I am gonna drink? If you don't care, toss a coin. You'll be happy no matter what your drinking. If you are a cheapskate, save $2 or $3 and go for Lionshead.

Drinkablility: 10/10
Taste: 7/10
Value: 9/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 5/10 What else could I give it. Not great, but not bad.