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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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82
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2,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 50
Gots: 269 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Ratings: 2,157 | Reviews: 693
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright, clear yellow; one-finger head; good carbonation -- it sparkles!
S: light, sweet aroma; fruity
T: aromatic, herbal flavor that immediately shows what the other industrial-made pilsners should be. Slightly hoppy, to provide the spicing, but the bready malt, with a touch of fruit, offsets this.
M: clean mouthfeel
D: You will likely want another, esp. on a hot day.

This is an ideal pilsner for a beer-drinker who appreciates a hoppy, complex beer. And it may just surprise and educate the pilsner drinker who hasn't explored much further.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a canned shape glass because I don't have a pils glass. Fail.

The body is a beautiful transparent golden color. Trickles of carbonation are visible. The head is foamy, pale white and full of bubbly suds and lace. 4.25

A pungent yet earthy hop aroma hits the nose. There's biscuity malt, cracker, and floralness. 4

Sweet and bread-like initially, then a burst of zesty, floral hops make an entrance. Straightforward and good.
4

Sweet like I mentioned, with a medium-body and average carbonation. It's pleasant to drink. The finish is bitter in a tame and non-offensive way. 3.75

This is a good easy-drinker. Seems pretty true to style. I could drink a sixer of this on a summer day easy. 4.0

Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trust Lagunitas to nail the Pilsner style. Doughy, bready malts with an all to dominate Pilsner malt aroma. The flavor is fuller than most in this style with a grainy, malty texture, and great dry Pilsner malt taste. The feel is very crisp and Light but it has that fullness than you don't find in many lagers. Lagunitas keeps doing right!

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 tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 111/14. Clear golden pour with exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of slightly sweet biscuit over hops that have notes of spice and tropical. Light medium body that manages to be almost slick in texture. While it appears to be well carbonated (bubbles), it fails to effervesce on the finish in a lively fashion, hence it is normal carbonation level. The flavor profile has some complexity and is well balanced, unfortunately it doesn't scream saaz hops. It begins with a slightly sweet spice that flows into mild bitterness. The middle has a tropical rind like citric note. The finish is biscuit with a low level lingering bitterness with notes of spice. Very good, but not quite outstanding.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Lagunitas is right--lagers deserve just as much respect as ales do (see their website).

Bright, shimmering, pale golden color with a perfect clarity, sturdy two fingers of head, and decent head retention. Spicy hop, cracker maltiness, mineral salt and a faint sulfur note in the aroma. Smooth moderate-bodied mouthfeel. A bite from the carbonation and hops brings a spicy, sharp bitterness to start. Grainy with a dried grass, bread crust and metallic or coin flavor. Small nugget of sweetness. Hint of lime rind and more dried grass middle to end. A touch of drying, puckering grain and faint herbal spicy hop in the finish.

Not bad at all, though a little rough around the edges for a lager; without a doubt, still quite tasty.

Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally a Pils that I like! This gem poured a little darker than most pils with a very faint orange tint to it. The head was nice and frothy and settled into a nice pillow of foam for the rest of the session. The smell is actually pretty malty sweet, with a hint of carmel malt and light grassy undertones. The taste blew me away! It had a nice dry saaz and citrus bite in the beginning along with a nice malt sweetnes in the bakground that lends a little bit of thickness to the body, and a nice flavorful finnish that left me wanting another drink. This is the session Pils for me! A must try!

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Golden color, fairly thick white head that retained well, Good lacing.
Outdoorsy aroma: sweet, fresh grass.
Biscuity malt taste, some piney hops.
Not as crisp as expected, but still a nice Czech pils.
Very drinkable; had a few of these while watching college football. Very pleasant afternoon.

Photo of Beaver13
2.99/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that rettains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral and slightly spicy german hops (which always smell kind of corn-ey and skunky to me).

The flavor is sweet grainy malts that lead to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish that is a little metallic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an above average pils (not my favorite style). It's much more bitter than I'd expect.

Photo of shapudding
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and honey golden with tons of carbination seen rising up to the thick cap of heavy egg-shell foam. The rich milkshakey head left a ton of lacing, but reduced down to a good capping. Very nice aroma with surprising strength to it, can catch it from a few feet away, very malty and sweet. Nicely pronounced flavors, good bite of peppery hops and caramelly malts. Good bitterness left in your mouth. Crisp and sharp flavors. The carbination feels good, it is just enough, I thought it would be too much from all I could see going on, but it was just right. Very drinkable pils, great session with good flavors and feel to it.

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

A tad darker color than most Pils and a strong spicy and grassy smell (very earthy).

A very full, lemon flavor and a hint of orange. I'm picking up a lot of spices. Again, I'm picking up a very earthy feel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with very little aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid and falvorful summer beer for ale lovers.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a chillhazed, medium yellow body with a one finger, tightknit, white head. Good retention falls into nice patchy lace.
Aroma has a pleasant, floral hopping balanced by a sweetish, fresh bread malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with even carbonation.
Nice pils taste here, with a pleasant, floral hops biterness, and a solid malt backbone that is somewhat grainy and biscuity. The finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing.
Very well crafted example of a German pilsener by a good, California brewery. Nice balance, and enjoyable drinkability.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprised to find this uncommon one on tap at a BBQ spot in NYC, Blue Smoke. Poured cloudy, medium straw in color, white 1/2 inch tiny bubble head, and displaying well developed fine lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, and bread. This is light to medium bodied hoppy, crisp and refreshing Pilsner. Palate cleansing lager, which went well with the BBQ. Not much of a finish, sort of petered out to wateryness. Servicable sessioner.

Photo of ElSid
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Freshness Date: None

A: Pours pis yellow, mostly transparent, with a finger of effervescent white foam.

S: The nose is of earth along with a significant component of grassy herbalness.

T: Strong elements of earth which is suggested by the nose. The malt is light, consisting of crackers, grain and hints of hay. The hops impart floral, herbal, and grassy flavors to the beer along with hints of orange rind ending with a mild bitter, spicy finish.

M: Crisp and light in the mouth with moderate to high prickling carbonation.

O: A descent take on the pilsner style although overall this brew falls short. A refreshing drink for a warm day.

Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass. Bottled on 105 of the Julian calendar (April 15th).

Appearance: Clear, bright yellow-gold with frothy white head.

Smell: Loads of straw and pepper, with some fruity, grainy malts underneath (apple mostly).

Taste: More malty than the aroma with apple, pear, citrus and light bread. The straw and peppery Saaz come through at the finish, but it remains a little sweet, leaving a funny aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body (little heavy for a Pils), with only a semi-dry finish.

Overall: I think the alcohol may be too high on this one, as it is not as dry or crisp as desired in a great Pils. Still has a nice flavor profile, even if it is a little too malty. I guess this is too far outside of Lagunitas comfort zone of hoppy, strong American ales. It's alright, I still love you.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into an 8oz glass.

Pours a very light and clear yellow Color with a small white head and some light white lacing. Nose is very light, slightly malty but very nondescript.

Taste is lightly sweet and malty, but overall its your standard Czechpils, however it just doesn't stand up to any of the real ones in Prague. Mouthfeel is a bit too light with a, on of carbonation.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a perfect pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a clear golden color with about a 2 fingers of white head that eventually faded to a thin layer. decent retention. bits of sticky lace. and a decent amount of bubbles rushing to the top.

not huge in the aroma. a touch of skunkiness present. bready pilsner grains, some mineral water like qualities. bits of spicy, herbal hop.

just a touch of skunkiness in the taste, but nothing offensive. mineral water, bready pilsner grain, just a bit sweet at times. a little bit of a spicy, herbal, floral hop kick in the finish, with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

light to medium bodied, just a touch to heavy IMHO, decent amount of carbonation.

drinkable, but i could find much better pilsners out there for cheaper. i will most likely avoid this in the future.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Mason Jar glass. Bottling code of 115= April 25.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bready, grainy, and biscuity malt forward aroma with some nice earthy hop hints. Bready malts upfront with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, crackers, caramel, and straw. Fairly earthy and herbal with some hints of grassy hops. Also some light hints of citrus hops with some orange and lemon hints. Leans very much towards the malty side of things. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a very bready malt forward lager taste with some decent earthy hop background. Very bready and malty upfront with a taste of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, yeast, straw, and hay. Light honey like sweet note. Decent earthy and floral hop backing with some damp grassy notes. Subtle citrus notes of lemon and orange. Taste is very malty but not overly light. Solid Pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and a little fuller than expected for the style. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A solid very malt forward take on the Pilsener style. Kind of surprising from Lagunitas but good tasting.

Photo of moundbz
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avg pils taste, moderate bitter, avg. beer

Photo of BranfordBound
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, no best before date, into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger head that dissipates rapidly. Leaves some lacing.

Smells grainy and malty, I'm a bit apprehensive.

Well it certainly feels like a lager, but kind of misses the mark for a pilsner. It's a bit grainy and has minimal hops and feels too heavy.

Medium bodied, not enough carbonation.

After one I'm done. It's a pretty good lager but I wish it was more like a pilsner, give it a touch more hops and less malt and we might be headed somewhere. Good starter beer for people getting into craft.

Photo of ADR
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slighly hazy dark gold color, a shade up from many. Fairly big head but flat on top and greatly diminished at 40 seconds. Simple but complete laces. Hoppy aroma, unmistakable Saaz qualities. The body was quite a bit bigger than I expected with a fleshy melon and caramel malt start and mid mouth impression. Hops bitter well and this brew is solidly balanced, though it swaps personalities and ends with some pine even in the aftertaste. Not a very light and crisp example of a Pils, more guts than style points on this one.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange golden hue with a magnificant sized white head leaving very fine lace behind great looking brew. Aromatics are malty with some Saaz backing the nice malt characater up some grassy notes very nice with some bready yeast tones hanging around as well from the bottle conditioning. Taste, upfront bready with a great finishing zesty peppery hops but a smooth vanilla like malt character ties everything together. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation and one very drinkable beer to boot, tasty and refreshing a winning combonation every time.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts but more like a kolsch than the usual crispness I get from lagers. Also present are good amounts of leafy hops and lighter amounts of citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat muddled light malt flavors that lack a nice crispness kick things off and are joined quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very faint amounts of citrus hops work their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending. The citrus hops are just a bit more intense in the flavor than they are in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer really doesn't have an identity. It's not crisp enough to stand as a traditional pilsner and the hops (while I'm glad it's not completely overhopped) are too much for a traditional pilsner but not enough to turn it into a very drinkable beer. A decent beverage but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: Poured into a pint glass, bottle lists ABV but does not list a DBD.

A: Bright and clear (with a nice glow) lots of carbonation with a half-a-fingernail white head that has good retention.

S: Lemon, floral, and wet bread (weird smell I know).

T: Lemon, grapefruit, bitterness lingers on the tongue, sweet corn, and bread.

M: Medium and dry though creamy in the finish.

O: Refreshing but it could be crisper and needs more carbonation zing. It has a nice creamy finish but the finish can have a slight metallic taste. It does have a pretty color. This beer is great with Ramen.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.