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: 692
Hads: 2,258
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 63
Gots: 330 | FT: 0
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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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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. (338 characters)

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. (427 characters)

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. (289 characters)

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? (645 characters)

Photo of TATTORSO
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.
FREE BEER!

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! (734 characters)

Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this before and it was much better. Unfortunately for this review, I'm drinking this bottle, which is an exception the usual. Nevertheless, this was served at a good temperature, had a small off white head that shortly disappeard, and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy gold with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bananas, bread dough. Flavor is fairly dry, some carbonic tang, a little hop. Body is ok and carbonation is a little light, which for a pils, for me, is a major hit. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Meh. (548 characters)

Photo of tzieser
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. no bottle date indicated.

a: pours a clear, golden color (maybe a shade darker than golden) with a small thin head that settles into a thin lacing fairly quickly.

s: hmm. sweet, bready malts are there with a hint of piney hops.

t: sweeter than it should be. sweet, bready malts at first quickly followed by a slight hoppy bitterness (saaz). hop character fades quickly, leaving a lingering sweetness in the mouth. for some reason the flavor here ends up tasting sort of like a green apple. not very good.

m: not bubbly enough, doesn't finish dry and crisp as good pilsners do.

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Notes:
i picked this up from the local big liquor store on sale for $8.99. i think this beer might be on the older side since there was no bottled on date and, quite frankly, it is the worst Lagunitas beer i have ever had.

i think it's either one of the following:

A) The bottle is old

OR

B) Much like pizza, you cannot get a decent lager in California.

i'm leaning towards option A, because Sierra Nevada Glissade made me temporarily change my mind on option B (Californian pizza still sucks ass though)....regardless, i think you are thinking getting this if you must be absolutely certain it is fresh...if not, get Victory Prima Pils or Sam Adams Noble Pils. both of those blow this pils out of the water.

i'll probably re-review if i see it on-tap, but at this point i cannot recommend it. (1,426 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Surly pint.

A: Yellow, on the darker end of the spectrum with good carbonation. Good, sparkly head initially, but dies down quick.

S: Really sweet with some fruitiness. A hint of butterscotch. Not what I was expecting from a pilsner. I get some faint spiciness and floral aromas from the hops.

T: More of that sweetness with some background fruity esters. More of that butterscotch as well. Really not a very "to style" pilsner. The hoppiness is strong and spicy, floral, but it doesn't save the beer. It is even a bit heavy tasting in the malt department.

M: Light bodied and crisp like a pilsner should be.

D: I have heard a lot of people saying this beer is great. They must not have had some of the iconic pilsners out there. This isn't a terrible beer, but it isn't a good pilsner. I paid $8.99 for a six pack of this. It is not worth it. Pick up some Prima Pils for that price. You can get a better pilsners cheaper (see Sierra Nevada Summerfest). I'm gonna stick with Lagunita's Ales. (1,012 characters)

Photo of JDM02370
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is a quality beer and there is no indication that it is the result of cost cutting. I discern a heavy malt and bitter hops. It is quite flavorful and many may enjoy it.

However, if you are looking for a pilsner, this does not taste like one. To make an analogy, if a brewer packages an apricot beer as their Summer Ale, how does one rate it?

If Lagunitas's product were offered as a 'Lager based upon a Czech pilsner,' the taste, mouthfeel, and overall ratings could be substantially higher. (496 characters)

Photo of LarryV
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very bright, yellow/straw gold with a thick, hearty white head that clings to the glass as it slowly disappears. Toasty and cereal type aromas on the nose, with a little bit of sweet malt undertones. The beer is slightly sour on the mid-tongue, and there is a toasted grain flavor on top of the malty backbone. The beer is very light and crisp, and has a slightly sour aftertaste. The sour taste lingers quite a bit, and the finish just gets dragged out a bit. The finish seems a little odd compared to the body and aftertaste of the beer. Decent, but definitely not my cup of tea. (635 characters)

Photo of mattbk
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: a good looking color for a pils - golden, slightly cloudy

S: sweet all the way. Not very much hop aroma.

T: this was quite sweet, but hop bitterness gets you at the back end. The hops and the sweet seem to fight each other, as opposed to compliment each other.

M: it is crisp as a pils should be. While it is sweet, it is still fairly dry and drinkable.

O: the hops used in this pils are supposed to be soft, but this is too soft. More aroma hops would better balance the sweetness and bittering hops. I've read this was an all time top 50 beer - and was fairly disappointed. (582 characters)

Photo of Gmann
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden honey color with a one finger head, which went away rather quick, no lacing. There was a noticable hop and light malt smell. The hop bite hits right away followed by a sweet malt flavor, then finishes with a dry hop taste that lingers. This pilsner is a touch maltier than others that I have tried. As a pilsner it has initial drinkability but the bitter dry aftertaste would limit me to only a couple. Not one of my favorite pils. (447 characters)

Photo of tophers
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a: Pale gold in color and fairly clear. Not brilliantly clear. Head is long lasting with some lacing along the glass. Head is white in color and is somewhat chunky.

s: Rich bready malt aroma. Floral smell from the hops without too much spice to it. Some diacetyl is present but it is at the low end. The malt aroma is slightly more powerful than the hops aroma

t: Malt flavor does not seem that complex. Has overall bready tones but not picking up the rich, complex Pils malt. Bitterness comes on hard and overwhelms the malt flavor. The flavor of the hops is mildly spicy. The bitterness is somewhat harsh and lingers into the aftertaste. There is no presence of the malt in the aftertaste. Clean, no fruity esters.

m: Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. No diacetyl detected. Warmth is moderate.

o: The bitterness overwhelms pretty much everything in this beer. I would ease of the hops so the pilsner malt can shine thru. (937 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Highly chill hazed golden orange in appearance. A clingy off-white head that barely skims the surface, but laces effectively. Fresh hop leaf aroma. Floral and spicy in nature. Almost full body. Not quite. Spicy and bitter taste. Doesn't taste like a good pilsner or dortmuder to me. There's actually a lingering bitter aftertaste that is tannin like and not pleasant. This is a below average beer. Along with their Imperial Stout, the only subpar brews I've had from Lagunitas. (477 characters)

Photo of dbalsock
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Pours with a 1 finger white head on a low carbonated light amber body, eventually settling to a thin layer with lots of lacing.

Smell: Crisp hops (american style I'm pretty sure) without any sort of malty backbone... inoffensive, but not appealing.

Taste: The hop presence hits me with a standard california grape-fruitiness. I was expecting more malt sweetness, but I can live with the pale-ale similarities of this pilsner. There is a slight fruitiness in the taste which is nice, but this doesn't strike me as being a good example of the pilsner style.

Mouthfeel: Swift bitterness that pass leaving an odd afterfeeling of bitter alcohol. An odd feeling on the aftertaste that doesn't do much to take away the scratchy texture on the swallow.

Drinkability: Not as easy to drink as most pilsners I've had, but not terrible. (833 characters)

Photo of Liquids
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow, effervescent, creamy one finger head. Smells alive and hoppy, resinous. Taste is maltier than expected, husky, but dead ends quickly into a rather herbal hop flavor with a sourish, odd, and longlasting aftertaste. The more I drank, the less I wanted to. The aftertaste was hard to get rid of, and haunted me for a few hours afterward. I tend to like a good pilsener, but this didn't do it for me, to say the least. (429 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I just can't get into these Bohemian/Czech Pilseners. Pours a hazy light orange color with a medium white head. Thin lacing and the head disappeared rather quickly. Aroma is mostly hops with a tiny bit of fruit. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a little malt backbone and a somewhat sour finish. Also has a very carbonated feel, but manages to not be very crisp at the same time. (412 characters)

Photo of PSUBeerman
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a pale, straw, golden color. The head was initially thick, but settled to a thin covering, some lacing.

Aroma was rather weak to me. It was reminiscent of typical Euro pilseners.

Some citrus notes in the flavor. Definitely grainy and left a bitter aftertaste.

This was a okay light bodied brew, probably best suited for the summer. This would have to be served very cold for me to enjoy. (424 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. The little bit of head dissipated to nothing quick. No lacing. Golden honey color.

Aroma smells like when I fresh crush the grains before I brew a batch of beer.

Taste is very grainy. Tastes like the grains before you actually collect the wort. Like I popped a couple in my mouth to taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing.

Overall an ok pils. There are some others out there that are just as easy to get I would rather have though. (462 characters)

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.94/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead (not the movie, the beer) pint glass.

A: Murky off-yellow/orange with a minimal head. Mild lacing.

S: Overly malty with a floral, doughy and honey hoppy character...is this a pils??? It smells like an APA.

T: Malty and hoppy at once. Tastes good. Again I ask though: why is this called a pils?

D: I'd have a few with no problem, but I think I might have gotten a bottle that sat too long.

Value: Lagunitas brews are worth the dough. (487 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Yellow, little carbonation, good head that broke with no lace. Average.

S: Hops are light, so is malt. Nothing special.

M: Watery, yet ...watery some more. Very little aftertaste,

T: Was this indeed a glass of water? There were some mild hops to speak of, and alcoholic twinges, otherwise, well this was above average in flavor compared to BMC but not much else.

D: Nope. Not enough of that pils flavor to even be passable in my book. (449 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Pils

12 oz bottle. Golden in color. Aroma of flowery hops and somewhat like all Lagunitas brews, sweet malt. In the taste, noble, czech hops with a spicy note and short livid bitterness. Really sweet base beer, lots of malt and alcohol making for a rather big "pilsner". Tastes like most Lagunitas products, sweet malt, alcohol and a good amount of hops. Not the cleanest example of the style, a bit boozy and flimsy. It is a decent brew, however, and worth trying. (476 characters)

Photo of watermelonman
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This sits as a crisp golden color in the glass. It looks decent but unfortunately I think its appearance is its high point.

The smell is a bit hoppy, which isn't bad for a change. The taste is of the same, but a little acidic as well. It doesn't sit very well on my tongue, but it's still reasonably drinkable. (313 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (478 characters)

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