Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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Reviews by sam_bliss:
4.14/5 rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Like Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ishmael, Mao and Confuscious [sic], Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!
Classic PILS Lagunitas bottle. Looks like a nice clear beer. Mmmm I have not smelled a well-made lager for a while. In the US northwest we are ale-crazy and most of the lagers around are shitty macro brews. Since I am personally ale crazy too - I rarely come upon lagers that are not: (1) made by AB InBev; or (2) creative craft lagers that end up tasting unique or like ales. This one holds it's own as a Pilsener yet also displays the signature qualities of Lagunitas Brewing Company. The smell is of sweet golden bready malts. It reminds me of Germany, most likely because I have never been to Czechland. Some sourish pilsener scent overlays light fruitiness and grassy hops. The taste has sharp, slightly roasty malted grains and just a hint of coffee. A bit of salted caramel and some savory umami round out a very complete and clean malt profile. The hops have lemony and resin flavors; they are understated, as is typical of pilseners. On second thought, the hops are even a little soapy. Mouthfeel is fuller and carbonation more mild than most pilseners I have had. It's not perfectly true to the style but it works.
It's hard to know how to score a lager. The label is right: lagers are just so different from the beers I normally drink. It's hard to fathom that they are both beer!
Serving type: bottle
03-17-2013 01:55:38 | More by sam_bliss
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3.25/5 rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Poured into Lagunitas Jar.
A - Golden lager looking.
S - Smells Belgiany?
T - Yep, taste a little like a Belgian Golden Ale to me and not so much a Pilsner. Bready with citrus and I was honestly looking forward to some hop bitterness being a Lagunitas but I didn't get much, although it does have a spicey hit.
M - Punch of carbonation upfront. Smooth down with that spiciness towards the end.
O - It's my least favorite Lagunitas and they're my favorite brewery. It's not horrible but not what I was expecting from them. Not that I'm huge Pilsner fan anyway, but there are definitely better options, even from California.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 07:23:57 | More by samtrillo
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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