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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Ratings: 2,231
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 59
Gots: 310 | FT: 0
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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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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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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.

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of nickfl
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two and a half finger white head on a golden body with excellent clarity.

S - Mild malt aroma with weak hops and a hint of honey.

T - Fruity malt flavors up front, followed by peppery hops. Some citrus character comes out in the middle. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, and moderately high carbonation.

D - Easy drinkability. It is a nice beer overall, but the citrus hop notes and slight fruitiness are a bit off stylistically for a beer that is explicitly labeled a czech style pilsner.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dry & pale hops bitterness followed by a light malt sweetness. There doesn't seem to be a good balance though. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there isn't very much to this beer even considering that this is a style that doesn't get too complex.

Photo of jlindros
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a crazy hot and humid day, my mouth is really dry, I hope this hits the spot.

A: Pours a very fizzy but somewhat aggressive head, that fades pretty quickly, but is quickly subdued by the huge number of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom. The head is a messy bastard with lots of big bubbles, and pieces of head caught on the glass like dead bodies littering a war zone. The beer itself is brilliantly clear, a lot more than my fogged up glasses, and has a light tan straw pilsner like color.

N: Nose starts with a definite pilsner aroma, with some sweet malts, wheat, straw, sounds about right. A little bit of toasty malts, with some sweet crisp lager yeast aroma. However, there is a slight... not skunked aroma, but a weird not so fresh aroma. I can't really describe it better, but whatever it is its very light. The nose in general is very light.

T: My parched mouth starts to rejoice in the liquid that is finally flowing over the dry pustules of what used to be my tongue. It's refreshing, and a definite crisp lager, but not quite as clean and crisp as I expected. A semi sweet malt taste starts to come on, then more toasty malts, and wheat straw like flavors. A slight bitterness comes on, that clashes a bit with the beer. I don't know if it's me, but a lot of these American Czech or Bavarian Pils style beers seem to have this unfortunate bittering hop, or it's a bad side effect of the yeast. Speaking of which, that almost skunked lager taste is starting to take effect now as well, it's not too heavy, but it's there like a friggen thorn in my side of trying to enjoy this.

M: Medium to lighter body, heavier than I think it should be for a Czech pils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with more of that not so good bitterness, a result of the hops or an unhappy lager yeast... I guess we'll never know. A slight sweetness too, not as dry as it should be. A slight lingering bad skunk taste too... wtf! GO away! Also somewhat clean and crisp but now what it should be.

Know what, I think this might be the first Lagunitas beer I wasn't a big fan of. Well, at least they have quite a few other great beers. ANd to think, the dryness of my mouth and thirst should have allowed this to have a much higher quenchable rate and taste, but oh well.

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

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, PA. Poured chilled into a bass glass.

The color is clear golden with an appropriate white cap which settles to a thin ring of beads. The smell is very light with herbal aspects and mild soapy element. The feel is good with slight bitterness and mild sweetness with semi-dry and mineral finish.

The taste is gentle with light malt sweetness and mild spice from the hops with some soapiness in the background and light yeast taste with gently toasted grain flavor and dry finish. Overall a decent pils, but I would probably take or leave it, just an ordinary lager for the most part.

Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours an effervescent straw color with with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grainy notes, faint breadyness, & some lemon notes

T: Grassy & lemony notes, some bready & honey malt notes. Dryness & grassyness dominates as this warms, plus some sweet bread. Finishes with mineral & lemony hop snap & some grassyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style. This will be in the summer rotation to be sure

Had this a few years ago & swore that I reviewed it on BA, I don't remember it being so damn drinkable...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange golden hue with a magnificant sized white head leaving very fine lace behind great looking brew. Aromatics are malty with some Saaz backing the nice malt characater up some grassy notes very nice with some bready yeast tones hanging around as well from the bottle conditioning. Taste, upfront bready with a great finishing zesty peppery hops but a smooth vanilla like malt character ties everything together. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation and one very drinkable beer to boot, tasty and refreshing a winning combonation every time.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, active carbonation, with a thick, fluffy, bone-white head, which softly sizzles down to size.
Nose is dry, wide open and suggestive of absolutely nothing in particular, or at all.
Light and smooth, just right for a lager, but bad for a self-described "Czech-style pilsener." For one thing, very little hops are felt, and additionally, dryness is missing. Instead the flavor is bland, bald, and lagery sweet. I keep waiting for some dry hoppiness to emerge and assert itself through this treacly murk, something that may indicate a true "Czech-style Pilsner" profile, but, alas, it never does.
Again, far too thick and sweet...nice try, but you missed.

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little cloudy, greenish straw color. Nice head and lace.

Crisp and clean smelling, but light on the aromas. Nice pale malt notes, very little hop. Slightly grassy.

More hop on the flavor, but this beer doesn't have the smoothness of the famous ones. Very strong hop aftertaste. Rich body given the style, relatively low carbonation. This seems to be closer to a pale ale than a delicate pilsner.

A bold beer. If you like in your face brews, this will be a nice choice. If your looking for a pilsner that is floral, flavorful but delicate, seek out Pilsner Urquell or Brooklyn's Pilsner.

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 6/18/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, pear, lemon, and light earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of pear, pepper, biscuit, herbal, floral, lemon, cracker, grass, and light earth. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, pepper, herbal, cracker, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors; with no cloying flavors at all. Nicely clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pilsner. Nice amounts of flavor with good balance; and very smooth to drink. Really crisp and enjoyable.

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

The beer pours a gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts along with a slight hoppy aroma. The malt aroma is a bit much for a Czech pils which are usually a bit lighter in character. The taste is decent also. It has a rich, pale malt flavor that goes down easy, but not as easy as it should. It is a full bodied beer, when most are traditionally low bodied and a bit hoppier in the flavor and aroma. This is a good drinking beer, but it's a bit out of style.

Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice golden color pour with a tight bright white head and limited lacing.

Smell- A tad hoppyness in here, but mostly some weird smelling grainy aspects.

Taste- I bit sweet in the flavor and bitter in the hop side. Something just tastes a bit off.

Mouthfeel- Doesn't leave my mouth dry like most pils, which I'm not sure is good or bad. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Ehhh, I've had better pils along the way. No need to try this one again.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich gold color that is brilliantly clear. A cascade of carbonation bubbles rises up through this beer and holds aloft a frothy, rocky head that is initially four fingers thick. As I pour this beer I get a hint of aromatic lemon & herb scents. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get notes of grass, a bit of hay and sweet grain as well as the afore mentioned lemon and herbal notes. The taste is lightly sweet up front and fairly spritzy throughout from the ample carbonation. The hops play a strong role here, they bring a spicy herbal note that blends in a hint of lemon pepper, a dash of hay, and . This is a nice example of a Pils, it is refreshing and simple. There is a bit of malt sweetness here, that keeps this beer from being dry, that balances well with the hops.

Photo of Gavage
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange in color with a fluffy white two inch head. The aroma is of grass and hops. The flavor is grainy malt, floral hops, mild grass, and a hint of lemon. This brew leans a bit towards the sweeter side.

Mildly crisp mouthfeel at the start and finish, where other pils are more crisp than this. This was also a little heavier in body than other pils. Overall a slightly above average brew.

Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a medium gold; thick, white, dense head; with good retention.

S - grassy, lemon, straw, faint biscuit-y malt

T - bread, sweet, straw, bitter

M - crisp, smooth, good carbonation

This is a solid pilsner. It's sessionalbe, drinkable, and smooth. It's worth checking out.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

PILS pours a yellow burnt golden color with just a whisp of white bubbles on top that leads to nothing resulting in dead looking beer, no stick. Smell is of saaz hops and a earthy appeal, fresh cut grass and biscuit bites. A big malt base. This comes off more like a sub standard ESB rather than PILS. The light crispness of a true PILS is not found here. The sazz hops bring out some grassy flavor over baked biscuit from the malt, and by god Im even tasting some corn extract even though I know Lagunitas does not pull that crap. The feel is where this beer loses me. Much more mally with a bigger sweeter body than a light crisp pils. The carb is pretty dead as well. I don't think I will be coming back to this one.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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

Suprised to find this uncommon one on tap at a BBQ spot in NYC, Blue Smoke. Poured cloudy, medium straw in color, white 1/2 inch tiny bubble head, and displaying well developed fine lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, and bread. This is light to medium bodied hoppy, crisp and refreshing Pilsner. Palate cleansing lager, which went well with the BBQ. Not much of a finish, sort of petered out to wateryness. Servicable sessioner.

Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Golden amber in color with a thin head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass.

Aroma is crisp with more of a grainy, bready flavor mixing with a slightly tart apple or pear like flavor. Just a hint of hops to it.

The taste also leans more towards the malty, bready side of the style. I get some of the tart, crisp fruits coming through more towards the finish. Like the aroma just a little hops to it.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer but not an outstanding version of the style.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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