hard to believe that breweries other than the major macro conglomerates
still put out adjunct-ridden cheap pale lagers. There’s really no
reason for them anymore – everyone like craft beer now and these type of
beers pretty much all taste the same. What’s the point of a product like
Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner Beer? If it were actually flavorful it’d be a
different story, but this is actually rather foul-tasting.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 11/12/15 and cost only $1.29 ($0.11 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold color with a clear body. Plenty of consistent
carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which retains
and laces remotely well.
Smell: Familiar cheap adjunct lager aroma of corn and stale grain. A slight sweetness, but not enough to save it.
Taste: Knowing what I do about beer, I’ve reached a point where I’m
actually surprised when a beer tastes bad and not from brewing flaws
like diacetyl, dimethyl sulfide or acetaldehyde. A beer like this is
deliberately designed to taste this way – why? It’s just a mildly sweet
malty slurry flavor with a noticeable corn water taste (maybe it is DMS
after all). No metallic character, though I notice a tanginess on the
finish and a bit of a bile-like flavor right as it goes down. To be
fair, there is a faint amount of sweetness here, but it’s not enough to
salvage the rest of the palette. Perhaps if it were fresh (and I’ll
readily admit this bottle is rather old), it might make a difference;
but for now this is just plain bad. Ick.
Drinkability: Despite the name, Lionshead Deluxe Pilsner Beer is most
definitely not a pilsner by any standard definition due to the use (and
overt nature) of corn. At least it has the body and mouthfeel of a
pilsner, though. Thin, light body with a watery texture. Though always
bubbly, it’s not spastic per se. There is a slight starchy flavor that
lingers, but it’s easily overlooked. At only 4.5% ABV this would be a
refreshing, sessionable brew if it actually had any real taste to it.