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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: 704
Hads: 2,326
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 66
Gots: 384 | 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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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lagunitas pils
3.5-4 deep golden verging on amber, modest head fades to very faint ring and rare spots of lace.
4 delicate aroma focusing on grain and noble hops. sometimes seems a bit faint, but when it wafts right it's very pleasant.
4-4.5 low on the lemon aspect, which i appreciate. the hops are mainly spicy, and are not in your face at all. i happen to like this ratio of malt to flavor hops in a pils. in the bittering department the hops are a bit stronger, again just right in my book. the lightly toasted grain is cut by the bitterness and a certain tartness in the finish, keeps you coming back for more.
4-4.5 body is light enough and the beer is crisp enough not to be mistaken for another style, and not too filling like i'm finding some pils this year (even sn)
4.5 definitely works for me. maybe not particularly "interesting" but hey this is a pilsner, and this one is beautifully balanced--the sessioning potential is through the roof. will seek out again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, Czech hops and somewhat malty. In the taste, hops stand out, want to be a pils, but this beers' soul is an ale, I can taste it. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop in the aftertaste. Drinks more like an ale, and I dig it!

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Photo of TerjUGA
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a light tangerine pale orange yellow tone, very small head that fades fast with no lacing.

S-sweet, sugary, maybe some honey scents, malty.

T-strong beginning, notes of grass and some citrus here and there, malts throughout. aftertaste lingers.

M- good carbonation, dry finish.

D- good pilsner, can Lagunitas make a bad beer? if so i haven't found it yet.

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Photo of DeepSix
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, large head, that left behind a small lace. A golden clear color

Smell of some citrus with some rather subdued malt tones, the spicy grassy hop was very well present and made me very much look forward to the taste.

Taste is sweet only for but a moment, until replaced by the crisp hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry, but it ultimately finishes very cleanly.

The body is light to medium, with a bit of carbonation in der. Fairly stand pilsener mouthfeel.

This is a beer I could drink all day, a little too high ABV to be session (aren't most these days?), but it certainly feels like one. Especially nice seeing its still summer.

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Photo of oelergud
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear sun golden body with a tint of copper. White creamy head with low retention and little lace.
Bread and grain scent. Just sweet and hoppy enough, good balance.
Sweet malts up front. Good spice and great hop presence. Long delicious hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, abit of coating and a harsh finish.
Very drinkable, an excellent lager.


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Photo of Jimbo87
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.

Not much head when they brought it in a pint glass. Nice clear gold beer. Left almost no lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. I've just gotten into craft beer, and the only pilsner I'm familiar with so far is Victory Prima Pils, and this smells much more toward the sweet side, but then again, this is a Czech, not German Pilsner, and maybe that's the difference.

Tastes as the nose would indicate as far as the malt-hop balance. Definitely sweet but not overly so. There's something about this that reminds me of a taste in milk that's gone sour, but not in a bad way. Hops balance the sweetness in the finish to make this a very good and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is standard for a refreshing pilsner. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Very good beer, and a nice change from Prima Pils for me. This is my second beer from Lagunitas after Imperial Red Ale, and so far so good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in August for $1.59.

Beer poured a golden color with a thin white head. Nose is malty and pleasantly accentuated by floral hops. Taste is very nicely balanced with a nice peppery light hop finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style, very satisfying. Overall drinkability is good. I really appreciate a well made beer in the Czech Pils style and Lagunitas has a put together a very nice representation.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an iced pilsner glass. Typical straw/yellow color with a small white head. Aroma of grass, hay, and faint hops. Taste follows the nose. Good carbonation, Goes down easy and finishes a little dry. I usually prefer my pilsners at under 5%, but I can't detect the higher alcohol in this one. I can easily drink a six pack of this in about an hour on a hot NYC day. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Pils is crystal clear golden lager with a thin white head that fades to film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a very fruity aroma. It also smells spicy and grassy. There is abundant Pilsner malt in the nose. It has a smooth, soft medium body with a crisp finish. It tastes spicy and fruity, but not sweet. There's a thick backbone of pilsner malt and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Wow. This is a really darn good Pilsner. (Good)

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this caught my eye today..never seen a Pils from Lagunitas until now.
came in a brown short neck 12 oz bottle usual simple but pleasing Lagunitas label..intresting script round the label.
nice looking pilsner..nice golden colour with a large crweamy white head..it goers down fast but leaves great lace.
smell is good but not exceptional..lot more maltiness than most pils though.
a good "thick" tasting pils..very nice reminds me of Starobrno..nice strong malt backbone for the hops to ride on.
Great on the tongue very intresting.
A most wonderful beer to drink..best from this brewery I have tasted..unsusal for a west coast brewer to do great lager

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turns our, as expected, to be a nice beer; one for your BMC friends to try. A very nice, clean pilsner malt flavor comes across with low levels of sweetness, graininess, sulfers, and corn. All acceptable, but none high enough in intensity to deter. Refreshingly bitter, and light on the palate makes the beer very sessionable. Light alcohols and hop dryness are followed with a long, bitter linger. Hops are likely American in nature and don't exhibit the floral character of perhaps a Saaz hop. Still quite good and simple.

Rating a beer like this is kinda like the Olympic judges rate a figure skater. They pro-rate the scale based on the complexity of the routine. That's kinda what I do with Pilsners; even a very good score may only come in at a B+ or so, where it may get a solid A if it were a style that exhibited more complexity.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice pour, two-finger head slowly dissipating into heady film, nice lacing, creamy looking, brownish golden orange brew, nice looking pilsner

S - Surprising spiciness, some metallic scents as well, hops, yeast

T-M - Heavier hoppiness then most pilsners I have tasted, nice taste; good carbonation, slight malts to nose, grainy

D - Very drinkable pilsner; enjoying; would like to find this one on tap sometime

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From my notes.

Looks good. Very pale yellow. Head falls almost immediately, but that's not a big deal.

Got floral hops, a bit of biscuity malt in the smell.

Starts sweet with a bit of malt, finishes dry and bitter. Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, but this is still a well-hopped pilsner. Nice bitterness. There's more flavor here than I expected.

High carbonation keeps it feeling dry.

Drinkability is maybe too high? This is a solid pilsner that invites you to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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

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

A classic, solid gold color, fast, rushing bubbles with a 2" very active head, all white top.

A very sweet and sour effect, doughy malt, sour wheat, citric fruit behind, sharp sweetness and green hop aroma.

A rather bold malty, sweet and slick malt upfront with a bit of mild heat, sharp yeast, green earth with golden wheat grassiness. Pretty authentic balance, maybe a bit malt heavy with some high heat.

A very lively, jazzy feel but the malt and heat add a certain depth that takes away from a light, crisp feel. I like my Pils light and jazzy all the way through. This is certainly an American version of this style.

UPDATE: 12/24/11

This brew seemed much more classic in style to me this time around which is interesting to see how things can change.

golden look, jazzy, classic thin white crispy cap.

the nose has a bit too much heat for me, but otherwise a classic in all ways. The heavy malt presence is not there like it was last time...

The flavor is also much more classical here, light, jazzy and crisp vibe, slighlty bready-sweet malt, but not as heavy and cloying as I recall. Well balanced even with the elevated abv %.

The feel remained crisp and refreshing the whole way through with major dry and crispy effects.

A much better experience this time around!

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

12oz bottle poured inot pilsner glass, no fressness date.

A: Pours the traditional clear golden yellow with a bubbly white one inch head, it does not look too much different than macro lagers execpt for the fact that the head stays around longer and the carbonation is a bit more active. The one inch head fades into a cap in about two minutes after the pour.

S: A bit buttery and a bit grassy with a decent fruity hop character.

T/MF: A nice grassy bite accompanies the malt presence with a decent balance and a tiny bit of nuttiness. Very bubbly on the tongue as expected and finishes very clean with little hop oil. There is a bit of a grapefruit/ random fruit from the hops but the grassy malts mostly take chage here.

D: Just you're run of the mill 8-9 dollar pilsner here, solid offerning but nothing that blows my mind. I like the Schell better.

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

A stubby 12 oz bottle courtesy of Zorro, my '07 Secret Santa.

A: The pils is a beautiful pale yellow color, crisp and clear. A two plus finger head came out on pour and, by the looks of it, extensive lacing results.

S: The aroma is a crisp hoppy one, full of grassy herbal aromas, very earthy.

T: A sip reveals a very assertive hop profile, biting with grassy earthen flavors. Orange flavors pair with pepper to create a nice match against the grains. The maltiness is strong but does not overwhelm the hops. The hoppy finish continues long after a sip is gone.

M: The hops are crisp and clean, nice on the palate.

D: The abv strikes me as low. That, combined with the nice hop flavor, makes this a good drink, one of Lagunitas' best.

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear bright straw hue with a two finger pearl white head, which lasts a long time.

Lots of sharp and spicy hops. A little bit of sweet bready grain is in the background.

The malts are very crisp and clean, only adding a little smooth and creamy grain flavor. The hops carry most of the flavor, with both herbal and spicy qualities. Full bodied, high carbonation.

A very good Pilsner, and goes great on a hot day. Recommended.

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

On-tap at David Copperfield's; served in a shaker pint.

A: Soft straw body with a finger of pure white head.

S: Crisp, fresh cut grass and bready malts rise from the glass. There is that "suggestion" of hops that is more common in German pils than Czech ones.

T: Smooth, straw and toasted bread flavours. Hops are present, but a really pulled back, which is surprising for Lagunitas.

D: Its one-note, but its a good note. Easy drinking, refreshing stuff here. Nothing more, Nothing less.

Overall: Its a solid American-made pils. It won't blow your mind, but I certainly wouldn't mind having a case of this during the warmer months.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The color is a nice pure yellow a touch deeper than most Pilsner's and a nice inch of pure white foam.

S - Smells pretty good for a pilsner it's a bit of corn and malt with a nice level of bitter.

T - I really enjoy the sweetness in this one crisp in flavor with a touch of corn and yeast. Better than it sounds with a good finish of bittering hops.

M - Light to medium easy to drink after that sour.

Overall maybe it's me but this company makes a great Pilsner especially after trying a good sour!

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

I have heard some funny stories about this brewery with the words growroom and shutdown. This was a prime example of a classic Czech Pils. Naturally I enjoyed this beer in my favorite grand pilsener glass well chilled. I poured a sunny, rich yellow color with a nice white head. It had the nice spicy hop smell with some sweeter malt undertones. The taste was well balanced as well with spicy bitter hops up front and a mildy sweet malt finish that was easy on the palate. Nice brew.

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

A - Pours a rich gold color that is brilliantly clear. A lot of carbonation bubbles rise up through this beer creating a frothy, rocky head that is initially four fingers thick but dissipates quickly. Fair lacing.

S - Aroma is grassy with hay and butter notes on the side. I get a hint of aromatic lemon & herb scents. Sweet grains are also there.

T - The taste is lightly sweet up front and fairly spritzy throughout from the ample carbonation. Bitterness dances above the sweetness and becomes stronger as the sweetness turns buttery.

M - Medium body with an oily texture. Long bitter finish.

D - This is one of my first pilseners, so it is hard to say how it fares against standards in the style. But I really like it and will drink it again.

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

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hops, and spicy. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, with some nice spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a true to style brew from the L. Always nice to get a L brew, very afforable and tasty.

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

Lagunitas Pils poured straw golden colored with a bright white head. Aroma started with a floral flair followed by a little saaz spiciness and mild esters. A clean bitter start followed by a solid yet mild sweet background and a hint of fruit. Body was medium as well as the carbonation. The finish was clean.

This is a nice refreshing pils.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.