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: 693
Hads: 2,271
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 64
Gots: 331 | 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 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. (739 characters)

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. (473 characters)

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. (636 characters)

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! (506 characters)

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. (483 characters)

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. (749 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (344 characters)

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick spots of lace. Lots of bubbles are rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks very refreshing and inviting.

Smell: Definitely smells like a Czech pils- sweet grains with an apple flavor, along with citric hops.

Taste: Starts with sweet, grainy flavor and some spice, finishing with green apple flavor and bitter citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, fairly strong carbonation and a refreshing, dry finish.

Drinkability: A solid example of the style. Not the best one out there, but this is true to form. (704 characters)

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

It might be sacrilegious to say this, but this Czech-style pilsner is better than actual Czech pilsners. It aromas are light yet bursting with freshness: grassiness, honeycomb. Pours a clear light gold with a small white head. Taste is well balanced. Refreshing; highly sessionable. (282 characters)

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

appearance: golden and little head rentention

smell: sublt hops, slight citrus

taste: typical czech pils. low hops, like a fresh pliser urquel

mouthfeel: light bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. a decent pils. reminded me of my days in prague. (274 characters)

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

Sampling right now on 7/21/14. Bottles chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tall weissber vase glass. Alcohol content is right at 6% (ABV).

Pours a bright pale gold in color with a good 2-finger white foamy head that lasts a good while. Lots of lacing is seen, some in rings even. A good amount of bubbles streaming up from the bottle of the glass. The aroma is mostly of malt and yeast. Much more going on with the taste as it is hard to pin point besides the malt and yeast. Starts out sweet then ends with a slight bitter finish. Not to hoppy though. Crisp and full-bodied. Overall, not a bad brew at all! (637 characters)

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

A beautiful light gold in color, totally clear, with a white head that reduces to a rough ring of foam in my glass.

It has a grainy and grassy smell, exactly what I'd expect for the style.

The taste is also grassy and grainy, with an extra citrus twang from the hops. This has a nice American tweak to the Czech style. The extra hop flavors are not extreme, though. Lagunitas has been very careful with this beer.

Overall this is a very good Pils, and one I would especially recommend to hop fans. It's not a hop bomb or extreme, but just a good example of a well-crafted beer. (580 characters)

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

Pours clear wonderful dark gold with a soapy, rocky head that sticks around for ages.

Smells like weeds, pils grain, and a light hop. Very much an American pils, not a czech, but certainly not an adjunct. Nothing nasty about the flavor whatsoever. Very clean

Tastes like sunlight, a cornfield, light sugar, and very light, dry, European hops. Very nicely balanced, very light and crisp.

An above average example of the style. Not the up and down malt-to-hop explosion of Victory's, but close. (501 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pils I've been passing up for a while...

Poured into a .5L cylinder glass, this brew pours perfectly for a bright white pillowy head, and a crystal clear golden colored body.

Nice aroma from spicy but lemony hops, and a nice cereal grainy huskiness.

Nice cereal grain taste, somewhat in the way of corn flakes with an amped out of a lemony hops presence.

Very soft on the palate. Almost too comfortable. Doesn't share the clean crispness typical in most pils. I'm pretty used to the German style, but if I remember correctly this is typical with the Czech style.

Overall a nice interpretation of the style. A little stronger in ABV than most Czech pils, but it is masked nicely. (686 characters)

Photo of LemZeppelin
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd have to say...this beer was exactly what I imagined it to be. Not spectacular as it is a tough style to master, but Lagunitas always puts out a quality product. I am using Pilsner Urquell on-tap as a basis of comparison...I spent several weeks in Prague and drank it with almost every meal.

Appearance: 5/5. Crisp, golden color and clarity were on point. Small head that didn't dissipate and held its own until the bottom third of the beer, but also not too thick and didn't lace the glass. Can't say too much about a 5/5...they nailed it.

Smell: 4/5. Great floral and (can I say) "herbal" scents, but not exceptional as it didn't bring me back overseas. There weren't any off-scents or anything "bad" about the smell...I just remember Pilsner Urquell's having much more of a nose than this one.

Taste/Mothfeel: 5/5 + 2.5/5. Same as with scent (afterall taste is nearly 90% smell anyway) I found this to be on point but just a little too weak for my taste. Pilsner Urquell is a very pleasant kick to the palate and while this was certainly enjoyable with no off-flavors, it didn't fully stimulate my tastebuds the way a true Pilsner can.

Clean and crisp malts up front with a dry and refreshing (but not too bitter) hop finish. Gentle carbonation makes for a very smooth beer and enhances some spicy characters. I took off a lot of points on Mouthfeel due to the finish. Typically dry, almost pulling your tongue down your throat, this one didn't have that pleasant bite I was expecting/hoping for. It's one thing to brew a great tasting's another thing entirely to brew one that will stick to the palate for minutes after a sip. Pilsner Urquell has it...Lagunitas Pils doesn't.

Drinkability: 4.5/5. This beer can be anything you want it to be. Dinner beer, session beer, summer day/winter night...just make sure you like the taste of pilsners!

Summary: 4.5/5. I was very impressed with this beer and its ability to live up to my horribly biased pilsner standards! I may have focused on it's shortcomings, but that is only because they are fewer than its accolades and this is a review, not a novel. Simply put...Lagunitas nailed the Pilsner style but it doesn't create the same "POW...right in the kisser!" effect that the 5/5 Pilsner Urquell does. (2,269 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light gold in color - SRM 4-5; 1 finger white head that receded to an uneven thin cap; light lacing;

S: well balanced; toast; a surprising bit of molasses for such a light beer; earthy, musty hops; no diacetyl;

T: soft; well balanced; the breadiness of the yeast is more pronounced; hop spiciness is most noticeable at the finish; malt influence is lighter that in the aroma; no diacetyl;

M; light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry;

O: very smooth; (487 characters)

Photo of trbergman
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden yellow with ample carbonation and one finger of soft white head.

S - Aromatic, with biscuity malt and fruity, floral hops.

T - Perfect level of bready malt with partial sweetness. Slightly spicy hop flavor and bracing hop bitterness from beginning to end. Long, dry finish.

M - Light body, spritzy.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. I could easily drink a few of these with brats or burgers or just on their own. (467 characters)

Photo of Gish
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice straw color with a small head, nothing out of the ordinary. Leaves a little lacing.

S - A bit of honey sweetness with just a touch of grassy hops coming through

T - A nice crisp flavor with just a touch of sweetness and hops coming through. Very refreshing.

M - A bit underwhelming, the carbonation is right but the beer seems a little thin.

D - Very drinkable, would go with just about anything and is just a very refreshing tasty beer in general. (463 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a tall pilsner glass was a nice golden orange color with a thick creamy white head that subsided into a nice light creamy coating and left decent lacing. Visually a fantastic pils.

The smell was pretty good, a mix of lemon, light hops, and a touch of semi sweet malt.

There is a nice semi sweet strong malt structure upon tasting this pils, which is quickly evened out by the nice grassy and lemony hops with just a touch of coppery twang. One of the more flavorful Pils I have come accross.

Mouthfeel is light and a bit sticky.

Overall a very easy to drink and tasty Pils, maybe the best I have ever had. (639 characters)

Photo of nickthetick
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear amber into a DFH signature glass with a frothy white finger and a half of head that is there for the whole tasting experience and leaves moderate lacing.

S: light malt, biscuits and a lot of wheat. Tart apricots and lemon.

T: a lot of wheat, biscuits right up front. Some nice fruity notes, green apples and apricots. There is a light lemon tartness/sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

MF: heavy on the carbonation, crisp and a bit astringent. Smooth flavors.

O: good beer, I would buy it again but it doesn't out shine any of the local czech pils. (575 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A couple of 12-oz bottles, poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Straw gold see-thru body capped with a fluffy 2+ finger bright white head. The vigorous carbonation level is manifested in constant upward streams of bubbles a la champagne. Plenty of these bubbles stick to the sides of the glass as well. Pretty nice lacing.

The nose is boldy spicy and floral, and it tastes pretty damned good. A lemony and grassy bitterness tango with a light honeyish sweetness for a moment before it finishes crisply with a spicy hop and pepper bite. Medium-light bodied, but the carbonation is so vigorous as to make it feel a bit more substantial (and accent the spiciness).

Overall impression: A refreshing and enjoyable pilsner. (720 characters)

Photo of sevenarts
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange, slightly cloudy, very strongly carbonated with lots of bubbles throughout. Fluffy but small white head, crystalline lacing.

S: A nice clean wheat aroma, a little bit of citrus, very sweet and grainy.

T/M: Like the smell, this is a typical wheaty, grainy pilsner, really crisp and refreshing. Hints of citrus and spices. Just a really tasty, direct example of its style.

O: Pilsners aren't known for complexity but this is a great example of the style, very delicious and refreshing. (503 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sturdy and strong head with great retention. Lots of fast moving amid fast bubbles. A pretty amber color for a czexh pils, I like it. It's different. The most hoppy smelling czech pils I've smelled yet. I like. Still leaves room for the grass of the pils. The taste is still hoppy. But mixed very well with the crystal malts required fro a true pils. I really like the lack of skunk like flavors. A great Cali take on a Bohemian classic. (445 characters)

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