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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)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp and Easy to Slam, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for.

Added by beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Photo of Davidstan
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great go to lager type for me. Abv close to IPA range for me a little high.
Taste is slightly hoppy with good solid malt backbone lagered well. Always buy when on sale at Publix.

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

Overall a great beer.

Bought a bomber a few weeks ago and decided to chill it this afternoon. Enjoying the second glass of it and will buy another. This is a beer I could drink on July fourth (all day).

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you dream about beer like I do, you probably envision a beer that looks like this one. It has a good foamy head and a classic golden color. The beer has a yeasty smell and I get a bit of a copper penny smell. It has a crisp taste and has a little bite to it, getting a little copper flavor. The carbonation hits the front of the tongue when sipping. I think this would make a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden/straw color, creamy head and good lace retention. Malty sweet aroma as well as some tangy fruit. A slight sulphur aroma towards the end. Sweet toasted malts, spicy hops and a tangy feel in the taste. Spicy hop and dry finish. Light and crisp. Overall a tasty Czech style pilsner.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on June 29th, 2015 (Julian Code printed on the bottleneck)
Reviewed on September 14th, 2015
Served in a Pilsner Flute

Poured a rich yellow body capped off by a massive bright white foam head. Globs of soapy white lacing clung to the side of the glass as the head collapsed. Bubbles were visible, circulating throughout the body.

Sweet bready malts stood out. Surprised to get a whiff of tropical hops... mango, lemon, etc. Not overly hopped but more than I was expecting.

Bready malts hit the tongue first. Citric hops quickly flared up. Bit of an earthy bite... lemongrass, herbal hops, and the slightest hint of spice. Light/Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Enjoyable beer all-around. Certainly not a traditional Czech Pilsner but a solid offering nonetheless.

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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 DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Single twelve ounce bottle - was surprised after all the hype that this was not that great of a pilsner. Finished hoppier than I prefer for a Pils. Ok, but won't repeat if other options are available.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas PILS has a very thick, white head, heavy lacing left behind, and a mostly clear, gold appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and a few lazy, ascending bubbles. Aroma is of yeasty biscuit, and the flavor is of those two elements, riding alongside fairly bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lagunitas PILS finishes crisp and refreshing.


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

Nice golden color with white head and not much lacing to speak of. Smell doesn't match taste, a little sweet. Hoppy flavor and smooth finish. Good beer sneaky ABV at 6.2%

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It does have a slight buttery feel and slightly noticeable yeast like some Czech versions are said to. However, the overall carbonation seems off a little. It has a very frothy head. Not nearly as fizzy/sparkly as I expect. The hop profile seemed a little weak too, which was odd, so I checked the date and found it was a March bottle. That could be most of it. This is good, but it doesnt scream Pilsner to me. Actually one of my 2 least favorite beers from them

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Photo of Pocker
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured with a minimal head, color was a honeyish. The feel was pretty decent. Smell was pretty much non-existent for me and the taste was a little bit too bitter for a pilsner as far as I'm concerned. Not horrible but wouldn't buy again. Was surprised at how highly rated this beer was. I like writing down my scores before clicking on the beer :)

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Photo of ZBowden
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear straw honey gold with a thick white head moderately retained, smells of biscuity crackery malts slight wheat with spicy yeast and lemongrassy hops, tastes spicely hopped with cool biscuit malts on the end, rich mouthfeel moderate to high carbonation with dry finish.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean yellow, with a prodigious head of white sudsiness. Lovely and ornate lacing.

Aroma: Delicious malts — toasty grains and hint of citrus hops underneath. Really appealing.

Taste: Crisp and delicious, and very faithful to the style. Tons of flavor here, with sharp malts and hops playing on the palate, none truly dominating the mix. Lagunitas can do no wrong as this is a top-shelf American pilsner.

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Photo of pagriley
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Very light golden straw. Cascading carb
Slight bready yeast and grain
Refreshing with a light citrus hops
Good crisp mouth feel with clean finish
Overall a decent pils. Nothing special but decent

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Photo of Nickholland
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to the Firestone Walker Pivo Pils just not as good. There is the floral hop flavor/smell, just not as pronounced. Don't expect a malty smooth lager, this one's got some hop bite. Better than adjuncts by a long shot (no grainy sweetness) but not as unique as the Pivo.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of white head that fell rapidly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Bread and malts... a bit sweet. Mild hops.

T/F: Malty at the front... very doughy with grass and hay. Amazing to say for a Lagunitas beer but not quite bitter enough on the hops. Lacks the bite that the Czech pilseners are famous for. It has a twinge of the Lagunitas brand but more of a citrus flavor than a bite. Nice mouthfeel.

O: Not a bad beer but not a great pilsner if that makes any sense. A little too malty and lacking the crisp hop bite at the end. Tasty though and I had no problem drinking it. If it's from Lagunitas you know it's going to be above average at a minimum.

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange yellow with a thick frothy head. Darker than i would want a pilsner. The nose is ok. Apricot, yeast, floral hops, strong may presence. Too yeasty and not enough hop presence for my liking. The flavor is too heavy. It's sweeter than i like, and the mouthfeel is much thicker than i look for in this style.

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Photo of voduh
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing wrong with the look here. Has that bright gold color and perfect white head when poured correctly from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Kind of reminds me of how a beer would look in a cartoon. Nice clarity. 2 finger head will hang around until you decide to have your first drink.
Smell is really sweet. Definitely has a really sweet bready smell. In my opinion, this is where this beer falls short. Though this is a characteristic, the bready type malt seems overdone to me. Doesn't make it a bad beer... Just too bready.
Taste is fine. A little bland if anything. Again, bready-sweet. A little bite, but that doesn't make it unique. I've had beautiful pilsners in the Czech republic with more bite. Not bad.
Feel is where something is left to be desired. It just doesn't finish crisp enough... I think again, too much bready malt or not balanced in the right way. Because it lacks that crispness, the bitterness also hangs around a bit too long for a pilsner.
I enjoyed this one enough to kill a six pack easily in one day. Its high on the drinkability scale. I'm just picky about my Pilsners...

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only Lagunitas that really needs to be served cold. Full-bodied Pilsner, great for a hot summer's afternoon. Filtered sunshine yellow color, old fashioned "beer" nose, crisp taste. A really nice change of pace after many strong ales and porters.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle purchased from local deli and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Pretty refreshing and would probably pair well with most foods. Currently my favorite Czech or Czech style pilsner.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Libbey pilsner glass.

Look - Golden, light honey in color. Head has lots of bubbles. It eventually settles into the beer leaving some hefty lacing on top and on the sides.
Smell - Lots of malts, hint of hops. Hoppier than what I expected a pilsner to be.
Taste - Buttered crackers, hops that are reminiscent of putting a piece of lemongrass in your mouth. Surprised by some bitterness.
Overall - A good pilsner that has reinvigorated my interest in the style.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Beer forms a 1 finger frothy white head. The head covers a beer that is a light straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (6%) and the born on code (03/26/15)

S: [3.75] Grass, straw, slight banana.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose but slightly elevated in the banana flavorings. There is a bit of spiciness on the finish nothing overwhelming but a note of it.

M: [3.50] Crisp. Medium to high carbonation feel. No lingering after taste.

O: [3.75] This beer looks pretty in the glass. It forms a nice head that is inviting. The nose seems right for the style and the taste is also in line. This is not my chosen style - but this is a better offering in the category. It is really refreshing and would be better on a dock somewhere. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle at home from Brewdog Online Shop (£3.50):
Another good Lagunitas beer, it's hard to find a good craft pilsner that truly stands out & while I'm not entirely sure this one does, it's a very nice & highly drinkable beer that goes down easy with a good balance helping it along the way.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

In my search to diversify and expand my palette to appreciate more than the beloved IPA/IIPA, I began sampling craft pilsners. I found Lagunitas PILS to be very enjoyable. A little kick added to the traditional pilsner. And while I consider the pilsner to not be a "complex" style, this has a little bite to it. You do not have to feel guilty drinking before 5PM anymore. Cheers.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lagunitas Pils certainly looks the part: a clear, light-bodied straw-colored beer with a thick coarse head that leaves a respectable lacing on the glass. The nose is fine, if deceptively malty, but it falls down as a Czech-style pilsner as soon as it hits the mouth. Other than a bit of lagery hops flavors up front and some alcohol and malt flavor notes on the end, strong hops bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer, burying any sort of hops/malt interplay. This bitterness lingers an indecently long time for a pilsner; not the crisp finish that I want from this style of beer.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.