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  • Brewery: Ceylon Brewery Ltd.
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  • Country: Sri Lanka
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  • Style: European Pale Lager
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  • PHM Grade: F

Lion Lager

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A friend of mine came over the other night and brought me a few beers from around the world since he knew I was reviewing beers for the Perfectly Happy Man. I was intrigued by the Lion Lager because its slogan is “The Legendary Lion.” However, after drinking it, this beer was more like a mangy stray cat.

It poured a light golden color with a small head. The smell was very mild. The only scent that really stood out was yeast. The bland smell set the tone for the beer. It had a mineral taste – perhaps copper. It was difficult to taste anything else because of this metallic presence. It was very boring with a watered down flavor. It was highly carbonated and hit the tongue sharply.

While a beer from Sri Lanka may sound exotic – there is a reason this country isn’t known for its beer. I won’t be drinking this one again unless I’m in the mood for some metallic tasting cat urine, which to be honest, isn’t very often.

ABV: 4.8%

Grade: F

  1. I couldn’t agree more. This stuff is just awful. Their stout, however, is pretty damn good.

    Michael Bergman — September 13th, 2010, 1:33 PM
  2. I second that Bergman, the stout is really good. Sadly the Lion Lager was amazing after spending 5 months on the Indian subcontinent. Although King’s beer (only 12 oz. I think) from Goa isn’t terrible.

    Ryan — May 11th, 2011, 6:35 PM
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