Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
06-06-2007 02:57:32 | More by Sammy
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
07-24-2011 19:44:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.98/5 rDev -17.9%
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.
03-31-2009 01:04:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
07-04-2010 21:32:00 | More by metter98
3.05/5 rDev -16%
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.
04-17-2005 23:31:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.58/5 rDev -1.4%
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
08-30-2009 23:10:35 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
07-09-2012 21:06:23 | More by Phyl21ca
4/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
05-21-2008 15:03:46 | More by BEERchitect
3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
04-03-2008 00:07:02 | More by mikesgroove
3.88/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
07-05-2010 00:00:51 | More by womencantsail
3.5/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
08-26-2011 01:56:05 | More by kylehay2004
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
$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.
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!
07-05-2007 00:29:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.55/5 rDev -2.2%
On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.
10-04-2006 21:03:52 | More by oberon
3.75/5 rDev +3.3%
A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white, soapy head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.
S - Potent floral aromas with grassy notes. There was a mild sweet caramel aroma.
T - It tasted of spicy grassiness with a mild caramel flavor. A sweet brew with a spicy bite.
M - It was crisp, sharp and finished very dry. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.
D - This is a nice Czech Pils and is very sessionable.
12-21-2010 03:09:08 | More by zeff80
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
12oz bottle, nice Yin and Yang label-ringing pop-culture showoffmanship.
This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky white head, which renders some solid honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.
It smells of crisp, bready grain, a sort of candy-floss sugar sweetness, mild juicy citrus, and grassy, peppery hops. The taste is more bready, crackery pale malt, sort of sharp lemon pith, a honeyed sweetness, a certain metallic flintiness, and floral, lightly perfumed hops.
The carbonation is pretty robust, acting up at first, then settling to a dull hum, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, a hay-like crispness contending with that lingering floral honey sweetness, and a touch of warming alcohol.
Not a bad Czech Pils, however, the hops come across as fairly disappointing - the expected fresh grassiness fails to materialize. Not as tight or crisp as something that alludes to the Bohemian style should be.
08-01-2010 04:32:44 | More by biboergosum
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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