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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

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2,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,179
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 55
Gots: 281 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Ratings: 2,179 | Reviews: 698
Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a clingy 2” frothy white head.
S: Not much aroma – primarily hops with pilsener malt in the background. No fruit.
T: Big malt flavors up front lead to a bitter hop accent on the finish. The bitterness is rounded and not harsh.
F: medium body and above average carbonation.
O: a solid representative of the style that is easy to drink and widely distributed.

Photo of WineGuy3000
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Pours a vibrant clear straw with a 1/2" bone-white head that recedes somewhat slowly & has decent retention. Not much for lacing.

S: Cereal & grains, there's that definite Czech pils-y note & a touch of subtle hoppage. There's just a hint of euro-lager funk present as well.

T: Cereal, graham cracker, a bit of raw hop-bitterness that fits for the style, soap & grain.

M: Solid. Carb is moderate & plays nicely off the slick, malty body.

O: I almost always prefer German-style over Czech-style pils, so there's some bias here. All-in-all this is a solid, drinkable pils that stays comfortably within itself. I like this brew 'cause it doesn't overreach.

Photo of dwmson1
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not great. Not terrible. But ok

Photo of LarryV
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not a contender for a Czech style pilsner. Lacks the refreshing crispness of a good pilsner. Nondescript and a bit too sweet. I'll take a Pilsner Urquell over this any day.

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic example of this style. Amazingly done, has the hop punch that you are looking for in a fine pilsner. If you live near CA you are lucky to get it even fresher. If you love the Czech beers seek this one out, I am a huge fan.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull golden yellow. Awesome clarity. Three fingers of rocky white head display excellent retention. Lacing clings in stubborn foamy globs.

S: Sweet doughy and bready pilsner malt aromas and a whiff of toasty grain. Touch of sulfur. Maybe a bit metallic. Grassy and herbal/peppery hops.

T: Sweet bready, doughy, and grainy pilsner malt lays down a sturdy backbone. Hops start out soft and floral, but soon show a keener edge with grassy and herbal flavors and sharp bitterness. Hint of sulfur within. Alcohol is just barely perceptible as it warms. Trailing grainy flavors and punchy hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-light body, though it has a substantial round, full, and almost chewy feel. Sharp carbonation accentuates the hops a bit more.

O: This beer impresses me more than perhaps any other in the Lagunitas arsenal. It's a complete departure from anything else they brew, and they nailed a solid Czech pilsner recipe. It's maybe a hair bigger than is the norm, but otherwise it's stylistically on point. Not to diminish their great IPAs, but this is a tougher style to execute and bring to market, especially when the focus of the brewery is on American IPA styles.

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great refreshing Czech pilsner. Well balanced bitterness. High ABV for a pilsner but it is not noticeable.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- golden with nice white head thick head
- smell is mellow light yeast light hop crispness
- very clean and crisp beer well rounded around the corners
- very crisp but also a good beer taste
- overall one of the better pilsners i have had and its not a style i particularly go for

Photo of TuffBluff
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Would definitely get this beer again.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes very crisp amd clean.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of Lagunitas pils drank.

Photo of RateDoc
4.39/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite pilsner. I could drink this all the time. Light and still 6% abv. Czech please!

Photo of opieo
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not usually a Pils guy but this one goes down easy and is refreshing.

Photo of whitebrow
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little disappointed in this one - maybe an older bottle?

Photo of tsandler
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not as crisp and refreshing as I would like a Pilsner to be.

Photo of KarlosT
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good reproduction of Czech beers (having visited Prague). Had on draft, as part of a flight.

Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pilsner glass.

a: Poured a crystal clear pale yellow. Finger and a half fluffy head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

s: smells like a water cracker. Faintly like a jar of coins. Both in a good way, though.

t: Slight hops. Grapefruit bite. Crisp clean flavor.

mf: nice grainy carbonation. Smooth finish.

o: nice little pilsner.

Photo of cdrinkwine
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just not my bag. Decent color but terrible head and head retention. A little bit of bitterness in the flavor with a little metallic aftertaste. Drinkable but not something I'd choose again.

Photo of maxson924
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Felt pretty weak to me, but not watery or anything. It's okay.

Photo of classixIII
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured slightly hazy light straw color. 1" head stood for a minute, great carbonation. I get citrus and a bit of hops. Crisp feel, with some alcohol at the finish. I like the style and this is another good one in a field of many good ones.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great brewery, but not my style. Golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little bit of funk - I can never put my nose on middle-European hop varieties. Somewhat malty, which saves it for me. Very clean finish which is also nice.

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Grainy, crackery malt, floral hops, and a lemony/skunky character form the aroma. Minerally, earthy hops counter slight malt sweetness.

A moderately bready, lightly crackery, and slightly sweet malt backbone provides a base for lemony hops upfront, which fades to an earthy bitterness at the finish. A fair amount of astringency creeps in late, accenting the bitterness and driving it deeper.

A bit too harsh, and the skunky/lemony hop character is offputting.

Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear and transparent straw yellow color, nice one finger soapy head that leaves little lacing but hangs around for a few minutes. Packaging is standard Lagunitas fare, I always like it.

Smell - Has a nice mix of grains, yeast, and spices, with a bit of hoppy zip as well. Smells nice

Taste - Subtle, yet balanced. A decent malt and grain backbone is complemented by the hops spices and zest. A touch of lemon in there, the hops bitterness, and the backbone make for a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, refreshing

Overall - This is a good beer. Pilsners aren't really my thing, but this is decent. Condor recommended and approved, give it a shot, especially if this is your style.

Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ideal place for this beer: On a river in the NW, swimming w/ your buddy Vlad. Vlad thinks the body is quite heavy for a pils, but he likes the musk & the crisp finish.

Photo of Rdrumm91
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this Pils. Hard to find in NC but worth it when you do. Crisp and full bodied. Not your basic boring Pilsner .... At 6.2% this pils has it all

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,179 ratings.