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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

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1,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 1540
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of lochef81


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really loved this beer a year ago when I was first embarking on my journey of love of craft beers. I'm very curious to see if I like it as much now that I have experienced so many other great offerings. The pour is quite handsome and classic to the style, a pale golden color with a thick and lasting white head and nice lacing. The aroma is sweet and spicy with Belgian yeast and biscuit malts with hints of pepper and vanilla. There is also a slightly hoppy aroma but not the west coast hops I've come to expect from Lagunitas but instead the classic noble hops of the Olde World. It sips very light and clean, quite refreshing on the palate. This could definitely be enjoyed after a long days work or on a hot summer's day. The flavor screams Europe with a bit more hop bite than one expects from a Czech style pilsner. There is a lot of sweet, funky Belgian yeast as well as biscuit malts and hints of spice and hops. It is definitely light and refreshing on the palate. This isn't as good as I remember it being from before I got into craft beer but still a very nice offering and spin on a classic style. That being said, it is one of my least favorite offerings from one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 01:38:46 | More by lochef81
Photo of samtrillo


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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
Photo of kaplunk02


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A medium golden color with a sizable and sticky head which takes some time to disappear.

S: Some serious bread and cornflake smells right up front with citrus (lemon) and something sweet underneath.

T: Very biscuity almost like a ginger snap with a little lemon flavor tucked in there. The taste really took me by surprise as something unique as least among my beer-drinking experiences.

M: Not too carbonated almost watery on the palate which makes it sort of thirst-quenching.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The 6.2 ABV goes seemingly unaccounted for as it is very smooth and lacks any strong hops or otherwise alcohol-masking flavors. The flavors that are present are not subtle but still balanced and approachable. I would certainly have this again and again.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 04:56:20 | More by kaplunk02
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Clear light golden. Lots of rising bubbles. Decent swath of off white head and lacing.
smell: Slightly pungent, spicy floral and slightly malty sweet. Not terribly impressive nose but pleasant enough.
taste: Not as rich as the nose. Fairly clean and dry. Again, not terribly impressive but pleasant enough.
overall: Back in the day before tasting the explosion of rich brews, this woulda been a primo. dug it but unlikely to seek this out too often.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 00:10:48 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of bmwats


3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving dry residue behind as it does. Dry sticky lacing, and lots of it.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and tree bark.

T: White bread with a slight hop bite. Not much else.

M: Light and crisp. Full flavored. Filling bready aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Tons of effervescence, great head, and pervasive lacing. Nose is bready with citrus and woody notes. Bread, accentuated with a light hop bite. Overall, this is a fair quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 08:43:33 | More by bmwats
Photo of slusk


3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a golden yellow with a tall 3 finger head white head. It's clear and bright. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: The aroma has a nice malt background but is overshadowed by a spicy floral hop profile. It's a nice balance of slight fruitiness tones with the pilsner malt holding it together.

T: The taste is much as it smells with a spicy nose and a slight peppery aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A moderate amount of carbonation gives helps back up the hop spice. It's a bit more towards the dry end with a detectable acidic bite that I would expect from a pale beer.

M: A moderate mouthfeel, not slick. I detect an ever so slight chalky feel on the tongue but not enough to overpower the palate.

O: Overall this is a nice beer, certainly emblematic of the style. It's a nice palate cleansing brew that refreshes.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 02:30:35 | More by slusk
Photo of vkv822


3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden with a foamy white head. Active rising carbonation.

Delicate grassy, spicey, floral hop notes. Light crackery, toasty malt base.

Medium body, foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A very well done Czech pilsner. Delicate flavors that can either be enjoyed slowly and appreciated, or drank without having to put a lot of thought in it.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 09:07:59 | More by vkv822
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed the cute little blurb about ales vs. lagers on the label. Lagunitas strays away from ale territory and does a classic lager style here and like damn near everything they do the result is top tier ... The essential elements of the style are there but so are some unique touches, including assertive hopping as per the brewer's trademark and ample fruity, yeasty character that is often missing from many mainstream commercial pilseners. Pours a classic pils yellow honey amber hue with ample white foam ... Phenomenal head retention and left a boatload of lacing all the way down my Oktoberfest glass. Aroma is noble hops forward, classic Czech hop herb and spice notes, along with some dried fruit like currants or raisins, a slight caramel sweetness, sulfur like a struck match but not overpowering or unpleasant. Good old lager yeast. All of these elements carry over into the flavor, which is fortunate. Cracker and bread crust serve as the backbone with some grassy green fruitiness that recalls lime rind and lemon grass, a hint of red grape, honey sweetness, and creamy tea. Starts sweetish but finish is dry and I get minerals and copper. Pleasing aftertaste and smooth body with moderate carbonation that does not mask the subtle top notes but instead carries them forward. A grain husk sort of astringency reveals itself but does not become dominant. Strictly speaking the flavors should be better integrated but at the end of the day this is a great beer. You could do much worse than call me a Lagunitas fanboy ... When they do something poorly I will call them on it. Till then, prost! (or the Czech equivalent)

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 01:20:05 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of JeanDuteau

Alberta (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Normal Pilsner colour of golden wheat. Good foam and good lacing. The smell is very bready/yeasty. You could taste the yeast and there was some hops as well. The hops overpowered the rest of the taste. It was not bad, but I've tasted better Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 06:50:45 | More by JeanDuteau
Photo of TheBullsHorn


3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours nicely with the sweet notes of grains on the nose. This carries through to the taste, where the malt shines through and the undertones of hops manage to balance the beer. Even though it's a Czech Pilsner, I would like to see the beer balanced in the way of the European hops over the malty sweetness. Overall it's a nice balanced sessional beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 02:47:56 | More by TheBullsHorn
Photo of tmm313


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden straw color with barely any head whatsoever. Slight ring leaves ok lacing. The smell is bready and yeasty with light hints of sweet light fruits, maybe grape or pear. Taste is a good mix of bread, roasted malts, yeast and sweet fruits. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation and a slight drying effect. This was ok to me. I doubt I'll ever have it again, but it wasn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 01:43:28 | More by tmm313
Photo of artoolemomo


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which also seems to have good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a clear pale straw which appears a bit golden in the light. Some lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Fairly typical pilsner smell- lots of grain, some cornflakes. I get stronger notes of cornflakes and grain (with a light hint of bubblegum) from the bottle. There is a slight breadiness from the glass. The aroma from the glass also seems a bit cleaner. Hint of white grape?

Taste- An intriguing (and somewhat confusing) sweetness comes out on the front. Muted raisins, some white grape with a little bit of raisin? Moves quickly into grain and cornflakes which move into traditional German hop flavors which seem a little dull. There's a definite earthiness but the vibrant spice seems to be missing. A little bit of chalkiness leads to a finish that is partially dry. There's even a light touch of caramel in the sweetness that pervades the first half of each taste. Grain and cornflakes are at the base at first but begin to take over with some chalkiness and grass bringing up the finish. The hops seem a little bit degraded- they definitely are not as strong as what I've found with many other pilsners. Not a bad beer but it is just a bit above average.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good zip of carbonation which doesn't interfere.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it lacks a lot of presence. Not exactly the bargain you usually get from Lagunitas.

Overall- Just a little more than the mediocre. Doesn't deviate from the style but seems a little thin. Worth a try if you prefer “lighter” beers that have a bit of alcohol in them.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 02:10:55 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of USAF77


3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour with an initial lovely creamy head. A nice aroma of summer fields, " a little light on the grain for me". Taste is good but you have to search for the grain. A little light on the after taste for me.

Pours very nicely. Its not in a rush to get out of the bottle like some Pilsners are.

Suitably refreshing for a Pilsner. Lovely to look at thru the light. Less cloudy then most.

OK, the after taste is coming now. Its subtle but present. Im getting the Hops now and its nice. A little earthy but pleasant. A nice Pilsner, and Lagunitas gets marks for trying something just a little different. I'd bet i could pick this one out of many Pilsners if I had them lined up.

Ive had two of their brews and am suitably impressed with Lagunitas to never forget the name when shopping.

Ive raised this review. Ive had a few more 6 packs since my first and this really is a superior Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 20:19:28 | More by USAF77
Photo of andrewjraab


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a transparent gold with 3 fingers of white head the maintains at 1/2 an inch all the way through. Nice lacing and spotting.

S - Bread and yeasty, honey.

T - Big german yeast, malts, honey. Light body - and easy to drink.

O - Solid Pilz - easy to drink. Fits the style well.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 02:27:41 | More by andrewjraab
Photo of jawaltz


2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 00:28:50 | More by jawaltz
Photo of Lukewarring


3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance 4.5
smell 3.25
taste 2.75
mouthfeel 3.0
overall 3.0
pour: beautiful pour, clear, bubbly upon pour, head starts in pilsner glass where the glass narrows
smell: Luke: good, fresh draft pilsner smell; Lauryn: slight pine smell, slightly sharp
flavor: sipping beer, classic pilsner

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:35:36 | More by Lukewarring
Photo of writerLJBerg


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Pleasing pale gold color with a foamy white head. Strings of bubbles rising through the body.

N: Straw, mild earthy hops, and the distinct smell of pilsner malt. A touch of flowers. Very simple but inviting.

T: Hops and malt act in accordance with each other - as the malt gives the hop bitterness a boost without the alpha acids becoming overbearing.

M: Light and crisp. On point for the style.

O: A worthy kick back and relax beer. Doesn’t extend the boundary of the style, but it’s a great football sipper.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 17:25:01 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

appearance; light blonde, thin layer of head that quickly dies. thin carbonation.

smell; slightly bread like, bit of hops.

taste; nice flavor. crisp, good balance of hops and maltiness, bit of dryness too the finish and some fruit in there.

mouthfeel. mouthfeel is somewhat lacking. a little creamy but yearned for bubbles to compliment.

overall. good. doesn't wow but its always nice to find a quality lager/ pilsner even if it isn't the most memorable of beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 04:41:40 | More by SteveB24
Photo of clayrock81


3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark pale gold with two finger head that died quick and left some lace patches. Beer has a slightly sweet aroma but mostly some pils/cracker like malts and faint citric hops. Smooth, light bodied, mild sweetness and a good pils malt base that has a crisp, dry edge to it. This crispness is noticeable in the mild bite of the aftertaste. Good balance. Overall, just a simple yet enjoyable pils.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 20:52:28 | More by clayrock81
Photo of GPHarris


3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger eggshell-colored head into a shaker. the body was bright golden.
s - floral and honey sweetness.
t - bready with a hint of citrus. german lager yeast flavors as well.
m - crisp and bubbly with a dry finish.
o - solid czech pils and one i would go to again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 13:26:32 | More by GPHarris
Photo of jacob_dowden


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-A: Pale orange, golden. Active pour results in a delicate white head, about 1-1/2 fingers, but the head retention is surprisingly lengthy. Small tight lacing remains when the head recedes. I'm using the Trappist Rochefort glass, and it makes this beer look absolutely fantastic!

-N: cereal, orange, floral, piney, slight white pepper. Not a strong aroma, but it's very inviting.

-T: Front end is sweet orange followed by pine. Resting on the palate and inhaling opens up more pine and floral, the sweetness fades, and then the bite from carbonation kicks in. The finish is clean, citrus remains but becomes more lemony, bitterness is slightly sour (a good thing), and the cereal is prominent in the aftertaste. The finish is refreshing and beckons the next sip.

-M: Light body, yet silky. Medium carbonation, but manages to bite after a second. Highly drinkable.

-Overall: This is a fine pilsner. It's true to the style, but it's uniquely balanced unlike many that are too malty and fizzy. Lagunitas makes exceptional products, and I am becoming a returning customer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:34:33 | More by jacob_dowden
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear afternoon sunlight color with white frothy head that stays around. Smells of spicy hops, thick brush, wood chips, mint, and evergreen. Tastes of spicy hop varietal, cereal, vague mint leaves, dry with a smooth bitterness towards the finish and a lingering cereal note. Light in body with medium carbonation. Refreshingly dry and a laudable take of the Czech Pilsener style.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 22:13:27 | More by JRed
Photo of philbe311


3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A fairly active pour yields slightly more than two fingers worth of crisp airy bone white colored froth with a rocky cloud like top... Rock solid retention... Once receded there is a full layer of rich creamy lacing... Loaded with moderate sized quick moving carbonation that rises every which way... The color is an exceedingly pale amber... There is a slight bit of haziness... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Orange zest... An array of mild yet enticing noble hops... Bread crust... A very light floral character as well... Simple and a bit understated, but rather enticing and effective...

T - Orange zest... Light airy bready... Some faint cereal grains... A kiss of sweet citrus... Mild European noble hops... Some floral notes as well... Even and well balanced... Slight nuance adds lots of depth and complexity...

M - Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... Smooth... Light bodied... Exceedingly quaffable, almost dangerously so... A slight carbonated bite...

D - This is much more than the sum of its parts... This is a terrific all around beer that doesn't really wow you in a particular facet... I could easily keep this stocked in the beer fridge at all times without hesitation... An excellent offering from Lagunitas and something that I will surely (don't call me Shirley) will return to time and time again... This isn't a seasonal offering, but this is perfect for the spring and summer seasons...

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:16:39 | More by philbe311
Photo of DeFaz


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Flavors of bread, grain, and some citrus from the hops, with the nose offering much of the same. This is a pretty basic pilsner, with good hop flavor but not much balance or much going on that makes this one interesting and memorable. It's a bit on the heavy side, and the dryness gets away from it on the finish. Carbonation is fairly low. Overall, this a well respected beer that is pretty solid but seems to be somewhat overrated.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:51:56 | More by DeFaz
Photo of stella77artois

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Looks like a pilsener. Golden yellow, a good thick head after a somewhat aggressive pour. Fair amount of carbonation visible.

S - Not a whole lot going on. A bit of hops, and a hint of dankness. Not offensive, not wonderful.

T - Kind of bland, but the taste itself is good. A good pilsener flavor, a bit of hops, a touch of malt, and also a bit of the dankness noticed in the aroma. Perhaps it wasn't the freshest of 6'ers.

F - Crisp and refreshing, as a lager/pilsener should be. Could definitely drink a few of these on the golf course.

O - A decent pils. The taste itself is good, it's just a bit on the light side. A refreshing beer with decent flavor. Might buy again, but won't neccessarily look for it. Again, decent pilsener, but there are better examples of this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 13:14:53 | More by stella77artois
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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.