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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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Reviews: 704 | Hads: 2,326
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Pils "Czech Style Pilsner" pours a light amber with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce twist off bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. There is a very light body and active carbonation. There is a touch of malt and what seems like a nice bitter hop finish, but not much else. Not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Straw yellow, with a white head, good clarity and carbonation, above average pilsner feel.

S: Good floral aromatics from the Saaz hops, and some sweet malt, fragrant, it hits you right when you open the bottle.

T: Dry and bracing hop bitterness hits you, the malt character opens up after the initial hop blast, and is more vibrant and evident as the beer warms up.

M: Dry and crisp, though a little too bubbly for my tastes, overall, average.

D: A slightly above average pils for me, easy to drink, but nothing really special about it to make me crave another one.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that quickly turns into a thin white lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma is faint grassy malt. The taste is sweet malt with a nice little bite from the saaz hops. Overall, this is a pretty good pils that is recommended for a nice brew on a hot day.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Czeck pils poured a clear straw yellow with a touch of amber, with a good pile of white head floating on top. The ol’ Sammy glass kept a steady stream of circular effervescence going the whole quaff, quite nice.

Got a initial whiff of sweet malts mixed in with the veggies, which died a bit after a few minutes. Quaff was very nice, the more malt makes for a well rounded brew. Even a twang of orangy hops to finish it out.

Good cut stab at a lager, but the $9 a sixer may limit its appeal – however a beer to sit down for a sixer session.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A micro-pils? Well, this is a nice change of pace. On to the beer:

Nice bold blonde color in the body with a foamy head that sits on top. This is more Pilsner Urquell-like than Summerfest-like among beers for its style. The hops are more raw, spicy, and pungent in this one, which is balanced by grassy-sweet flavors. Nice and smooth feeling in the mouth.

You can't drink strong ales all the time, so why don't more breweries come up with more of these?

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Photo of kdoc8
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired at The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. It pours out a golden-orange color with a thick bubbly white head. It's very effervescent and clear. The smell is distinctly yeasty with some fruity hops; the taste is surprisingly nice and refreshing, with a complex blend of fruity hops to the palate and isn't dominated by a yeast taste that's prevalent in the smell. I'm not normally a pilsner drinker, but this would be great one to have cold on a hot summer day.

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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 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 Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden. approaching amber- a little darker than most czech style pilsners. Good hhead that sticks around as a cap and leaves very good lacing. The nose is mostly malty and with quite tangy yeast more than it exhibits any real hop presence. It's there at the end as some earthy hops, but not predominant. Taste is hoppier, but still dominated by a tangy yeastiness. Sharp floral and earthy hops, then the tanginess and a finish of a decent bitterness. Malt is more subdued here, but it doesn't seem greatly balanced and seems a little tangy for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for a pisner, and the finish is more tannic than crisp. A decent pilsner, but not anything to write home about. There are better out there, and this one just doesn't refresh as I like a pilsner to do. Bigger and bolder than most pilsners is okay, but balance that with some more crispness and cut the yeastiness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Hooray! Its the Fourth of July! Everyone out and about having a fine time? Yeah, that's... that's really great.

Party! Woohoo!

Appearance: Pours a clear, sunny light copper-colored body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: The aroma is spirit-dampeningly light, with only a fair amount of sweet-smelling malt and yeast showing.

Taste: A light butter toffee and sour lemon flavor amongst the spicy, floral Saaz hop character. The finish is reminiscent of eating (1) sour lemon jelly bean, (1) lemon drop jelly bean, and (1) toasted marshmallow jelly bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, drinkable lil' pils. Czech it out!

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Photo of Durge
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice yellow-gold color with a thick head. Very active carbonation. Aroma was not real strong, a little lemon sweetness. First taste was pretty light and crisp but there is a spice quality that builds and you sense more of the alcohol after a couple of mouthfuls. Finish is not quite so clean as I would like in this style, a slight hoppiness here. A more bitter finish. But it is decent. Would be a good mix-in with some of the more classic pils.

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Photo of malcontent
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huh, didn't realize that I'd reviewed this before. Oh, well, let's see if my opinion has changed:

Poured into a pilsner glass, two thick fingers of foamy head crown a deep golden body. Lacing is sticky and adds to what I think is a model for the way a pilsner should look.

Mildly spicy, flowery, softly metallic (Saaz?) scent. Nice.

A bit too much of a grainy flavor instead of the metal/musty Euro bitterness that marks many pilsners. Almost vaguely sweet at the mid-way point. Finish is a bit mash-like.

Fairly crisp although the finish has a slight resin-like quality. Still, smooth with a good body and a nice enough taste. Overall it's a pretty darn drinkable brew even if it's not the first thing I reach for at my local.

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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 Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been brainwashed into believing that the only true pils comes from the Czech Republic itself, where their water lead to a unique and suitable product. Having said that, this interpretation of the style is interesting if not surprising heavy. Heavy in carbonation and bloatedness mostly. Saaz hops, malt aroma, enoz saltz composition. Light colour with some cloudiness.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pretty clear gold, hay color. Good sized head able to form but doesn't stay too long. Some lacing left towards the top of the glass. The smell is just light malt, I was expecting some hops to be showcased but nothing really. The taste is of mainly bready, cracker type malt, the hops are very subtle. Sweet, slightly tart, and the mouthfeel is definitely light and smooth. Not harshly overcarbonated like I've come to expect from some lagers or pilsners in the past. It doesn't pack the most flavor but it goes down really well.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my 300th review on this site! 400 here I come.

A - Slightly hazy rusty-gold brew with a 2 finger white head. Some decent lace sticks to the glass.

S - Spicy saaz nose with a tight malty backdrop. White pepper, clove, and salty sea air. Spicy and refreshing scent.

T - Really spicy and peppery on my tongue. Clean crisp hop profile with mandarin orange, orange rind, and floral notes. Tasty and assertive, but it's a bit too spicy for my taste...that's good for the style though, so no points taken off.

M - Full bodied, nice sedate carbonation pairs well with the citrus and pepper.

D - This is, admittedly, not my cup of tea. That said, this is a really good example of the style that leans towards the spicy saaz hop side of the fence. A damn good brew.

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Photo of Shadman
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber, almost copper color, slightly hazy. 1 inch head quickly receded to a white ring leaving gobs of sticky lacing behind.

Some caramel malt and a hint of spicy and almost pine-like hop noted in the aroma…

Quite malty in it’s initial flavouring. Hop comes on quickly afterward and I found it to be a bit too citrus-like for my liking. Almost more like a typical APa in it’s colour and hop than a pils IMO.

Quite smooth, almost creamy considering the bitterness of the hop used.

An OK beer…I’m sure it has it’s boosters stateside…I’m probably going to pass on purchasing another.

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Photo of pacond
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Served really cold, almost too cold, but had a nice thin head that slowly dissolved. Poured a golden color.

Smells citrisy, and some floral aromas. I can tell there is going to be some hops coming along.

Tastes nice and crisp upfront, a slight hop kick and an extremely bitter finish. Very understated upfront but the bitterness at the end makes this one a little difficult to finish. Needless to say I had a second one. Still a very good beer with a kick, not boring at all.

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

Bottle. This was a surprise for me. I am not sure what I expected but the beautiful color (sort of a gold with a hint of orange), big white head, and gentle hop and malt odors get you off to a good start. Easy going down, with no bad tastes at any point. Very easy to drink. This is a very good pilsner in my opinion.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Warsteiner glass.

Nice thick white head about 2 fingers worth.Golden body with TONS of carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the glass.Body is very clear and looks very inviting.Something you would see on a Macro beer commercial.Sporatic lacing on the glass.

Some hop smell and bready malts.Smells very clean.

Sorda strong for a pils in my opinion.Bitter hops coat the sides of my tongue.The taste is sorda funky.Some sweet malts also in there.Some lemon in there also.

The carbonation isnt really that attacking like some pilsners and the mouthful is a bit thin.

This beer aint bad but nothing I would buy again.Im glad I only have a 6 pack of it and not a full case.I would recommend it but I wouldnt have it any time soon.

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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 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.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew poured a very clear straw honey color with a medium head. Lacing was a medium to minimal, while carbonation was very high throughout. Smell is very weak of citrus and a bit of banana. Nothing very powerful at all in terms of odor. Taste is very bready with a bit of lemon and butter. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Would love to have this on a warm summer day. Balance is a bit off because of the extreme carbonation, but drinkability is definitely there because it's so light and refreshing. For sure a session brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly chilled hazed deep golden with a thin head that becomes a lasting thin cover.

Smell is of sweet grain, slightly biscuity. Faint, light hops.

Caramelish/honeyish sweetness upfront. A touch of spiced hops - not the expected Saaz or Saaz-like grassiness. Leans more sweet than dry, though in-between. Clean, but lacks the crispness that I look for in the style. Hops can hardly keep up with the malt sweetness.

Light to medium bodied - some flavor hangs on.

Drinkable? Sure. Forgettable? Sure. Not too bad, but misses too much of what I look for in a pils.

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