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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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82
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2,119 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 48
Gots: 246 | 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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Ratings: 2,119 | Reviews: 688
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange-yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots and blotches of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain/malt and honey. Taste is of grain/malt and honey with the beginning and end of each sip with a bitter hop flavor coming through in the middle. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good czech pilsner and another great value and beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.04/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A: Fairly pale in color with a decent amount of carbonation after an initial rush. Small, white head.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet--the malt really comes through. Hints of darker malt. Tiny hop presence.

T: Nothing sharp. The hops are there but don't jump out at me. Ever-so-mildly sweet, and a decent amount of malt. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not terribly crisp and a little low on carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel for a pilsner.

D: Could be good on a summer day, but is only average for the style.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color with a creamy white head that didn't last that long. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and noble hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between bready malts (with a bit of sweetness) and a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which is more prevalent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and smooth without much carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden. Quarter finger head which leaves a peripheral thin head.

S: sour, malty and barely. Not a whole lot on the nose.

T: Grassy and floral malt/hop taste with a bitter/sour finish. Honey notes mixed in.

M: light body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice pilsner. Average overall. Fairly high alcohol content.

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a bubbly head that leaves a few dots on my pilsner glass

Smell: Biscuity, and somewhat sweet; not picking up any noble hop elements

Taste: Biscuity, up front, and after the entrance of the grassy hops, the malt builds to a balanced level; after the swallow, the fruity and sweet malts dominate the hops somewhat and leave a rather sweet finishing taste on the tongue although there is an underlying bitter character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not really to style, but enjoyable enough to drink, if you don't mind a "sweet" pilsner

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turns our, as expected, to be a nice beer; one for your BMC friends to try. A very nice, clean pilsner malt flavor comes across with low levels of sweetness, graininess, sulfers, and corn. All acceptable, but none high enough in intensity to deter. Refreshingly bitter, and light on the palate makes the beer very sessionable. Light alcohols and hop dryness are followed with a long, bitter linger. Hops are likely American in nature and don't exhibit the floral character of perhaps a Saaz hop. Still quite good and simple.

Rating a beer like this is kinda like the Olympic judges rate a figure skater. They pro-rate the scale based on the complexity of the routine. That's kinda what I do with Pilsners; even a very good score may only come in at a B+ or so, where it may get a solid A if it were a style that exhibited more complexity.

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color pils with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with dry notes and a lightly sweet malt base. Taste is a mix between some dry hoppy notes with sweet malt base with light cereal notes. Body is quite with a somewhat oily texture and some good carbonation. Interesting though a bit too sweet for my taste and maybe even drier hoppy notes would have been preferable. I also don’t’ get the high ABV on such a sessionable beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brightest amber with the merest suggestion of orange. Fine, lazy carbonation rises to a large cotton white head that isn't overly dense, but is as sticky as all get out. It's impressively rocky as it deflates and ends up laying down thick streamers of lace over the majority of the glass currently available to it. Well done.

The nose is dominated by hops, but it isn't nearly as aromatic as expected. There's a wee bit of lemon zestiness and... not much else. If any of the noble varieties are in use, you couldn't tell it by me. Strictly average.

Czech Style Pilsner doesn't taste like any pilsener that I've ever had. It's too pale malty, too buttery and too sweet with a serious shortage of hop flavor. What bitterness is present is thoroughly divorced from the flavor profile. I'd love to know what hops Lagunitas uses in this beer because I don't believe they chose wisely.

The body is light, edging toward light-medium on the finish due to a modest amount of mouthcoating. I just noticed that there's an odd aftertaste of bitter butter.

Lagunitas Pils is a strange one. It drinks like a cross between an amber and a pils with some off-putting diacetyl thrown in for bad measure. This beer isn't horrible, but it needs a complete overhaul (read: recipe change) before I'll give it another chance.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

more of a sturdy pils than most, which i of course appreciate. this pours clear radiant yellow color, maybe a copper hue to it, but just barely. the head is frothy and rich and lasting, although only about an inch tall. the nose is grassy, distinctly Czech on the hop front, and light pizza dough malt like a good pilsener should have. nice crisp taste, with more body than most and more alcohol than most too, although you cant really taste it. the grains are nice and fresh, slightly toasted maybe, and the noble hops are spot on, summery and only moderately bitter. awesome carbonation, really thirst quenching. the finish is super clean, down easy, especially when ice cold. this is a good springtime drinker, not freakishly interesting, but it is really tasty. my dad would adore this, im impressed by its quality but not particularly moved by it. also, like the wilco tango, this is one of the few lagunitas beers where the yeast strain doesn't detract from the overall effort. hey, that's 2 in a row!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So what the hell, right? I would take down the Pils on its release day in SC, I just had to. The pour was very nice, a light amber color emerged from it with gold interlaced throughout. A very nice three-inch high head of lace then came over the top and settled down slowly into just a thin film that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Virtually no side glass lace was present, though I did not really expect much. Lots of carbonation rippling up toward the surface though, with clinging bubbles throughout. Very nice clarity as well, pretty much exactly, what it should have look liked.

The aroma was surprisingly hoppy. Lots of notes of fresh grass with a very very light hint of grapefruit, which was layered very nicely on top of the grain like base. Really nice light profile though with a clean and clear essence about it. The flavor followed along pretty much perfectly. There was a nice amount of malty bread like grain in the flavor, but it was definitely hopped up in the typical west coast style, especially for a Pils. Nice crisp clean refreshing taste, had a nice lingering dry finish with a decent hint of floral hops on the back end. Really just a very nice light ale. A very light body and huge carbonation only added to its Drinkability and made this one that you really could sink your teeth into and easily have more then one of.

Overall, I thought this was really nice, though I have to be honest, it reminded me more of a pale ale then anything else, but still it was very nicely done and I really enjoyed it. I would be glad to try another one of these any day.

Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light golden/yellow/straw color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: Decent floral hop notes with a touch of spice and some bready malts. What's there is nice, but the nose is not all that robust.

T: A bit more intensity from the flavor, which is nice. A nice bit of malt and bread to this one. The hops are floral and mildly spicy with a very good bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a nice plentiful carbonation. Nice and crisp and refreshing.

D: This is quite easy to drink, just like a good pils should be. I've had this one several times before and it never disappoints.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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