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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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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,357
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 413 | 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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Reviews: 710 | Hads: 2,357
Photo of 4000qtrap
1.46/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: Not very intense. Mostly blandly sweet cereal grains with a light wiff of mossy hops and minerals.

T: Fairly sweet and flabby. Quite sweet, bland cereal grain character. Hops are a bit herbal, but have a dank, dark character. Bitterness shows up late to the party and doesn't really balance the sweetness, leaving this pils flabby. When the bitterness does show up its far from crisp, not very intense, yet is still rough and unpleasant. Finish has a hop character that is mossy, dark, and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and drinkability on this is very low.

Note: A dud from a brewer I enjoy very much.

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Photo of kajerm
1.71/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Clear and yellow with a thin head and brisk carbonation. The smell is super-light-- maybe some light malts, but no Saaz (or any other) hops.

Someone put a Michelob in my pilsner bottle.

Tastes like an all-malt pale lager, and not a very good one. There is no Czech pilsner character at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Drinks like a macro.

Not a great style example and not a great beer.

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Photo of pijiu
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Deep amber color, off-white dense, but thin head.

S - Disappointing and thin.

T - Tastes very similar to the little sumptin' sumptin', but without the more overt fruit notes. Shallow taste.

M - Mild carbonation, and very light mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but not unique in terms of mouthfeel.

O - Fitting with lighter beer categories. Not unique in characteristics and aroma. Lacking in complexity.

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Photo of Offa
2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a disappoing and unpleasant pilsner with an almost tasteless, rough bitterness completely dominating most of it after the first sip.

Golden and a bit bubbly, it has a thin white head that dissipates fast to leave a weak ring and practically no lace.

The aroma is somewhat mild yet pretty good, flowery with toasted grain/crackers and fruity hops with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste is decent at first, being both sweet and slightly bitter, with light toasted grain and hops that have mostly a faint pine-lemon pulp taste. Thus far, it's ok, but even so nothing special or particularly interesting and is a bit bland. It gets worse and ends up very bland yuet roughly bitter with little actual flavour or character except a faint hint of old, almost tasteless lemon rind rubbed briefly with pine needles. The feel, at first soft and smooth becomes rough, dry and unpleasant, leaving an unpleasant, vague aftertaste.

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Photo of MrOH
2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep gold with a single finger white head.

Bready, nutty malts dominate, with some lemon and spicy hop notes popping up.

Sweet. Too sweet for a pils. Lots of bready malt, though, with some spicy hops.

Heavy for the style, even with high carbonation.

This is not a good example of a Czech style pils. Far too sweet, and the hops aren't snappy enough for me. Maybe it's an old bottle, I can never tell if it's not a calendar date. So that's on me. Otherwise, the brown bottle can't save this one, may I please have an Urquell?

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.11/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer tastes a lot like Colt45 except with a bunch of hops added. Seriously. Not what I was expecting. It pours a much richer copper hue than you'd find in a Pils, but the look does not suggest Malt Liquor. The nose is heavy with a grainy, husky sweetness; the same can be said of the taste. There is also a good deal of alcohol taste and some black peppery notes on the finish. The feel is not crisp. Overall I dislike this beer quite a bit. After half aglass, I feel like this tastes more like a Euro Strong Lager than Malt Liquor, but still, isn't ESL the AML of Europe?

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - most people have said this was a clear yellow but the one I just poured is a hazy apricot color. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Hopefully this isn't a sign that the beer is old :/

s - apple juice with a little bit of hops

t - alcohol taste with pepper and spice with a very bitter finish. Again, I think this beer has something wrong with it.

m - very smooth, not very carbonated

d - The taste was just terrible. I think I got a bad one. I may review it again, but this was a drain pour :(

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Photo of humuloner22
2.19/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I know I may be in the minority here. But, I have had Czech Style Pilsners in Europe and this was not anything like them. I could have gotten a bad batch, but this beer was just plain awful! It was more malt than hops and had a thickness that does not typify a Czech Pilsner to me. It was not clean and pretty low carbonation. The smell was sweet and did not have that nice sharpness that typify a Pilsner. I had a friend concur just to make sure, neither of us had had this one before but it was not remotely a good tasting beer. I rarely do this but I could not get through this one it tasted so bad. It was like a really cheaply made grain dominant beer with a large amount of malt. If they were trying to make a Czech style Pilsner, this is not one. If I can talk myself into trying this one again I will give it another chance. But, this particular lot was really bad.

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Photo of scott
2.21/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale copper with minimal head of tight, spritzy bubbles.
Smell was yeasty and unimpressive.
Taste was a bitter, yeasty/papery mess. Again, unimpressed.
Mouthfeel was sharp, and the bitterness destroyed my tastebuds for the evening, while only having one bottle. Was this a Stone recipe?
Drink again? Hell no. I look to pilsners for refreshment, but this was so far from hitting the mark it's not even funny.

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Photo of ahking
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't think I would like this beer even if it didn't say czech pilsner on the label. Not only does it not taste like a czech pils, it just doesn't taste good.

Pours nicely enough with a great rich golden color. No head, but this is okay. Aroma is like wet cardboard. I do get a nice saaz hop aroma past the wet cardboard.

A good czech pils to me should be dry and crisp and I find this beer to be overly sweet and the opposite of dry. It's really quite cloying and the flavor follows the aroma.

In essence the beer does have characteristics of a czech pils, bit it is poorly executed.

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Photo of rastaman
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Tinny, rusty flavour, bit of saaz and grainy malts, not much else though, short finish. I really wasn't a fan of Lagunitas, perhaps their beers are better on tap, i don't know, but all the bottled version i had while in the US were a little underwhelming. Dissapointing.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of stale wheat and lager malts. Flavor is wheaty with some light fruits. But mostly this just tastes like stale wheat and I didn't like it at all. I didn't get this one...
5/3/4/3/12 (2.7/5)

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Photo of tittymcj
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Suffered through this with William Pang (Queens, NY).

Pours out with very minimal head and, no lie, absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smells of bready malt but mostly reminds me of the cheap college beers (natural light, miller lite, coors light, etc.) in that there is a strong corn profile.

The taste is, unfortunately, much the same as the smell. Lots of bready malt flavor, but also a lot of similarities with the cheap beers.

Feels very thin and carbonated in the mouth, washes down easily.

If it wasn't for the unpleasant similarities with Coors Light, this would be very drinkable, as it is very thin and refreshing.

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Photo of billybob
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly fades and no lace to speak of. weak spice aromas in the nose. tight bubbled pepper and slightly spice taste not your average tasting pils. light to medium body tight bubbled carbonation. pass on this one.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lagunitas Pils certainly looks the part: a clear, light-bodied straw-colored beer with a thick coarse head that leaves a respectable lacing on the glass. The nose is fine, if deceptively malty, but it falls down as a Czech-style pilsner as soon as it hits the mouth. Other than a bit of lagery hops flavors up front and some alcohol and malt flavor notes on the end, strong hops bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer, burying any sort of hops/malt interplay. This bitterness lingers an indecently long time for a pilsner; not the crisp finish that I want from this style of beer.

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Photo of theopholis
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is a very clear, light amber. Has some old-honey highlights. The head is a rather small, white with little staying power and no lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with just a hint of saaz.

Taste - Pretty spicy and peppery for the style. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was some kind of Belgium brew. Other than that, the malt sweetness and hoppiness meld quite nicely. To bad it's so darn spicy tho.

Mouthfeel - Body is a bit syrupy for the style. Carbonation level is right on tho.

Drinkability - It's okay. The spiciness and heavy body make this very uncharacterisitic of te style. A Czeck Pils should be very crisp clean and refreshing.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Zapps brought this sub par beer to UFC 129. Machida kicked Couture’s tooth out, Aldo gave Homminick a second head, GSP and Sheilds had a war… what a card.

A – Light golden body white head

S – Biscuity malts, smells sweet.

T – Biscuity malts, has a Belgian yeast flavor. Not a big fan.

M – Higher carbonation, crisp dry finish

O – Not really into this one.

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Photo of sethcroisant
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A- weak looking head that clears out quickly. a decent bit of lacing sticks around

S- slightly fruity hops, maybe hallertau? not much malt, but it's a little sugary. boozy for a pilsner.

M- somewhat high carbonation, but it's offset by a full bodied feel.

T- intense hops that are very soapy. the particular flavor of hops is more reminiscent of a pale ale. hops oil lingers on the tongue. not much malt until the end, where it's sweet and caramel-like. slightly dry and crackery in the after taste.

O- very strange and a little off-putting. there are much better choices on the market than this.

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Photo of jt31914
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/3 finger head, very pale (urine color) yellow.

S: Not much aroma, a slight cider smell.

T: In keeping with the aroma this beer had very little taste. It was a little sweet but there was no strong flavor and it almost is like a light beer.

M/D: It's like a light beer almost, so mouth and drinkability were good.

Honestly, this is not that much better that a Labatt's or But; it's a little smoother and nicer flavor, but it hardly taste's like anything.

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Photo of plfahey
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-burnished gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Fine, moderately low off-white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Malt overwhelms the hops in the aroma. Malt smells like crackers, with a background note of biscuits, as well as sweet caramel. The caramel sweetness smells more crystal-malt derived than the complex malt aromas that a decoction mash would lend. Hops are light, and its difficult to pick out a specific aroma amongst the malt. Light mineral character, almost salty.

Flavor-Grainy, cracker like malt takes the forefront here. Light caramel flavor, but quite subdued as compared with the aroma. Hops have a moderate spicy flavor and moderately low bitterness, a bit low for the style in both respects. The most glaring flaw is the mineral character, which I found somewhat overwhelming in the finish. It tastes almost outright salty, and leaves a puckering sensation in the finish, similar to sucking on salt crystals.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Not astringent, but somewhat puckering from the high mineral character.

I love Lagunitas, but this beer did not hit the mark. The mineral character is so overt that I find it somewhat unbearable. I would most liken it to an overly salty saltine cracker.

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Photo of jawaltz
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six of this, at my local purveyor of spirits. Was looking for a promising American pilsner.

Alas, this is a "pilsner" that wants to be an IPA.

Aroma, mouthfeel all ok.

Color a nice golden.

Head was ok, but bubbles a little big.

Taste is clean, but bitter.

Way too hoppy for a pilsner, let alone a Czech-style Pilsner.

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Photo of papaglide
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12ounce bottle poured into a german third liter glass

A- Dark straw with a nice inch thick head

S- Malty nose, not getting much hop

T- Sweet maltiness, buttery, somewhat chewy, diacetyl tones with a metallic finish

M- Oily, somewhat thick for the style

O- This is not what I expected. The beer doesn't seem to fit the dry, hoppy Pils profile. Not a bad beer, just not a Pils. The lack of a hop presence is sorely lacking.

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Photo of bcolflesh
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in a beer trade at work and tried it that evening straight from the bottle.

Smells great when opened, but I personally don't care for the sharp, bitter taste. I made a cheese sandwich to neutralize it a bit - for me, this would be something I'd have to drink with a heavy meal.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass.

Pours with a short white head that fades to a film, but the film sticks around forever. Lots of chill haze in the golden colored body. Some carbonation flowing up.

Herbal/floral and sweet citrus hops in the aroma, with plenty of bready yeasty qualities, and a touch of canned corn.

Flavors seem off... they carry a ton of the herbal hop qualities. Some sour corn yanking on the sides of the tongue. Lots of vegetation on this one.

Mouthfeel is creamy - too much so. Just a touch of carbonation / not crisp.

Will have to pick up some more of this again and re-review, as I may have just had a bad bottle?

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2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An unexpected "extra" from a local beer run.
12oz. bottle into a tasting stange courtesy of the friendly neighborhood bottle purveyor.

A ~Clear, copper color with spirals of tight tiny bubbles. Nothing remarkable about the short lived, mediocre white head. Spotty, perforated patches of thin lace.

S ~ Overwhelmingly hops. Some damp, earthy, smokey background smells with rose petals & citrus rinds.

T ~ Pronounced sharp edges with little support from any malts diffused by the strong carbonation. Astringent & dry. A little grassy...

M ~ Sharp & thin bodied. A lingering, bitter, dry finish with a citrusy aftertaste.

D ~ Not my favorite style to begin with but most certainly worth the time. After all ~ it was FREE!

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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