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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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Photo of mntlover


3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear golden yellow color. Lots of bubbles rising to nice off whte two finger head some light lace.

Aroma is light malts, some sweetness, honey hints decent light hops grassy and clover notes.Nice light crisp brew.

Taste is not quite as good as the nose. Light bready malts some light citrus mostly lemon. Hops are mostly grassy in nature with a little minty kick. Light crisp brew makes a good lawnmower brew, but there are better pils out there.

Mouthfeel is light crisp with good crisp carbonation.

Overall worth a try not bad but wouldn't be my go to pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 22:59:43 | More by mntlover
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a two finger pure white head. The head is on the slightly thicker side and has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a grainy and bready nature with a little bit of caramel and light fruit as well as a light hop smell. The hop is of a grassy and lemony nature creating a dry and more crisp smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier bready flavor mixed with a bit of grassiness and some light fruity sweetness which creates a base for the brew. As the flavors advance more lemon hop bitterness and some light grassiness comes to the tongue. This mix of flavors, with the dwindling of a bit of the sweetness and some increase in the lemon and some grassy hop, together leave a crisp and more dry grainy and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to more average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – Fairly easy drinking and rather refreshing, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a pils.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:53:24 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BWED


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

12 oz. bottle poured into a trumpeted pils glass.

A- Crystal clear, dark straw-golden color. White dense head retains at one finger. Trace amounts of lacing.

S- Sweet malt character with a nit of grassy/spicy hop.

T- Toasty malt. Slight bitter and spicy hop taste.

M- Medium light body, semi-dry finish.

O- Like the toast in this one. Gives a little depth with the spice of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 19:20:00 | More by BWED
Photo of papaglide

New York

2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:17:25 | More by papaglide
Photo of scotorum


3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Self-served at 40 degrees fahrenheit. Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A clear gold with a foamy inch high head which gradually faded to a nice foam film surrounded by a ring and substantial lacing. Clearer with a darker hue than the Shorts of Michigan Czech style pilsener I had yesterday.

s: Mild malt.

t: A nice blend of malt and hops produces a quality beer taste.

m: Moderate, more heft than most pilsners but appropriately smooth.

o: A fine representative of the style and an excellent summer brew.

Lagunitas has yet to disappoint. Love their distinctive old timey stubby bottles too. I have another fine Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale to review soon. When I had one in May I was not yet writing reviews on BA. I am also looking forward to Maximus and Censored. Oh and Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale is another lovely one I want to review here which I also had before BA, and which suddenly seems to be hard to find on local shelves

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 06:11:48 | More by scotorum
Photo of xmorgan


4.79/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice Czech style Pilsner.
Apperance: golden with nice white head but no lacing
Smell: Czech hop smell and straw like sent
Taste: crisp clean and bitter character expected from a Pilsner, hop prescience is ago adequate and a sulphur quality
Overall a nice Pilsner

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:27:51 | More by xmorgan
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Julian date 088....

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before decomposing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random tiny specs of surface foam. Nearly no lacing as just a thin ring is left behind on the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of Czech hops with a cracker-like malt aroma.

T- Taste isn't as enjoyable as the hops leave a dirty taste in my mouth. It's drinkable, but just barely so as there isn't much flavor other than that and some papery malt.

M- Has a bit of snap but is just too watery to be very enjoyable. Medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- I've had trouble getting into Czech pilsners, but there have been some takes on the style that I've liked...this not being one of them. Certainly the weakest beer in Lagunitas's lineup.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:10:59 | More by Immortale25
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,540 ratings.