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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Reviews: 692
Hads: 2,260
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 63
Gots: 330 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of jbakajust1
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super clear pale gold with lots of streaming bubbles under 2 fingers of dense white head that holds like mousse. Head lasts all the way down at 1/8" thick. Great lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

First thing to jump out of the glass is grainy malt, dry crackers, followed by mild floral hop notes. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde. Touch of DMS.

Tastes of crackery malt, floral hops, and spicy hops, clean malt. Crisp and medium bitter finish that lingers. Mild vegetal notes, corn, DMS. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde.

Medium light body, lots of carbonation dances on the tongue and tingles on the roof of the mouth. Semi-dry finish with balance towards bitterness.

Clean, crisp, wet, crackery malts, Noble hops, to the bitter and dry side, but not overly. Aside from the DMS, very close to style. Diacetyl is not evident, but low levels are part of the style. Easy drinking, and thirst quenching. (915 characters)

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. (319 characters)

Photo of LazyL
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A heavy carbonated pale orange with an average white head. The nose is spicy and a little skunky. The taste is true to style. The mouthfeel is dry but very drinkable. Over 6%, on tap, beach in the background. This is not my favorite style, but I'm thirsty and this goes down pretty well. (287 characters)

Photo of ElSid
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Pours pis yellow, mostly transparent, with a finger of effervescent white foam.

S: The nose is of earth along with a significant component of grassy herbalness.

T: Strong elements of earth which is suggested by the nose. The malt is light, consisting of crackers, grain and hints of hay. The hops impart floral, herbal, and grassy flavors to the beer along with hints of orange rind ending with a mild bitter, spicy finish.

M: Crisp and light in the mouth with moderate to high prickling carbonation.

O: A descent take on the pilsner style although overall this brew falls short. A refreshing drink for a warm day. (674 characters)

Photo of velkyal
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sight - darker gold, large, tight, white head

Smell - very yeasty, baked bread

Taste - very fruity, almost like jam, heavy butter

Sweet - 3/5
Bitter - 1.5

Reminded me in many ways of the lagers from Chyně, which while being well made and popular with many back in Prague, simply aren't my thing because of the hefty dose of diacetyl. (342 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caveat: this is only my second Czech Pilsener, so I am not anything resembling an expert on the style. Verdict so, far: just not a pilsener guy.

12oz into fluted wine glass that looks not unlike a cross between a snifter and a pilsener glass. A bright yellow, straw color with a white head that retained very well. I expected a very subtle aroma, but it wasn't. A combination of crackers and lemon is the best I can describe it. Many others here and the lit I've read on pilseners speak of biscuits, but I got more Saltine than Bisquik.

The flavor added a bittering hops profile that was indeed quite nice. Together with the crackers-lemon combo, in which the cracker flavor dominated in the finish, made for what I would certainly regard as refreshing. I can see why many are inclined to the pilsener, especially on a warm afternoon. This one at 6%, though, might be an issue since two of these are ABV-worth three of the others (again, based on what I've read about typical ABV's).

I don't know if my palate has been permanently soured by the excess of B-M-C youth, but this really just tasted like a macro in which the brewer paid attention to flavor instead of marketing. This would not be my first alcohol injury: I cannot appreciate fine and very expensive tequilas either, for reasons you can pretty well figure out. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp; perhaps that’s the best way to describe this pils. Nice gold color suitably carbonated but it produces a poor head. Excellent grainy malt flavor but balanced very well for an American pilsner. Kudos for Laguntas for making a solid pils in California! (258 characters)

Photo of Finn
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale gold with very minimal head retention. smell is classic euro-lager smell, with a touch of lemony zest and some graininess. flavor has a good bit of sweet backbone, and a tiny alcohol bite of some sort. medium body. overall fairly drinkable, but not as easy to put away as many other craft pils. (307 characters)

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful 2" white head aloaft a classic yellow colored beer

S - um... smells like a lager

T - Crisp caramel malt flavor transitioning to a slight hop finish. Some hints or citrus/orange

M - Slight carbonation, allowing the malty flavors to take center stage

Goes down easily. My summer lager of choice. (311 characters)

Photo of MerkinMan
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with nice head retention. Immediate fruity / hoppy aroma, and then the grain becomes gently apparent. Great hoppy fruitiness in the taste. Spicy like Czech counterparts, but more fruity -- a great rendition of a classic style with subtle creative accents.

Beer has great body, and is damn drinkable. (320 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12oz bottle into pils

A - dark straw with an egg-shell head that fades to a thin lacing; little lacing on the glass

S - very appealing herbal hop notes backed with a moderately firm set of malt notes; then there is the sweet corn note which makes it seem a little flabby

T - like the nose, it starts off really well, then there just seems to be too much body; the corn is still present, but seems better integrated into the beer; there are some nice pils-notes on the finish, but these, too, seem to turn a little sour corn

M - good weight and CO2 - though it could be firmer and a little more lively; feels a little too big for a pils

O - I like the beer quite a bit, but it misses the mark in a few places; perhaps I am being too harsh (747 characters)

Photo of appenzeller
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a beautiful thick white head. Aroma is clean and slightly hoppy, sweet. Taste is a superb example of the style, a clean and technically excellent brew with just slightly more malt than a traditional pils and more hops, but hops are mildly aromatic--as fits a true Czech style pils. Moutfeel is well-balanced, just slightly on the heavier side for a pilsner. The drinkability of this is through the roof and exactly the riff on pilsner that I would expect from Lagunitas. In summary, this is one of my absolute favorite domestic pilsners and I am a pilsner nut--frankly this is one of my favorite everyday beers. Thank God for Lagunitas. (659 characters)

Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Pours a clear pale yellow with a big white head. The head lasts well. Has some subtle aromas of sweet malts mixed with light hops and some corn. Has a decent carbination and a fairly decent mouthfeel. Has a light body. The flavor is okay. Has a slick texture and is fairly easy drinking. (294 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas PILS - Czech Style Pilsner

12 oz glass, 6pack sampler

Pours light amber/transulent gold. Bold head that vanished to a minimal lace. Tastes good. Lots of malts and barley. Goes down very smooth. Taste lasts at least at a small degree. Overall, decent representation of a Czech Pilsner. I'm a fan of the style and have always enjoyed Golden Pheasant, especially with a hearty Eastern European serving of duck or breaded pork with dumplings from Czech Plaza in Berwyn, IL.

Overall, decent bear. Prefer other Czech Pilsners.

Chicago (546 characters)

Photo of tedsox31
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle, which I poured into a German pilsner glass. The color is brilliantly gold with a white head of foam.

The aroma is of malt and some hops, but more sweet malt than anything. Also a bit of citrus, which I would guess comes from the hops.

The taste is very good. It is sturdily malty and hops in the finish. It finishes dry. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good for a pilsner. The carbonation and dry finish will combine to make this on the thinner side, which is not inappropriate for the style.

Overall a very good beer. It is meant to be a multiple beer, good with food or on its own, and sessionable. I think that Lagunitas achieves this, and would recommend it. (727 characters)

Photo of zerofear13
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After having so many imperial stouts and dark-strong flavors, I decided to try out a nice light style. I found Lagunitas Pilsener as one of my only options at a local beer store (odd, I know).

Almost no head. Very airy. No lacing. Smell is of wheats and a yeasty-bread smell, which is a bit unpleasant. Flavor, to be honest, tastes like Miller Lite. It's that sort of muted-hop flavor. Kind of smells of canned fish, honestly. And that's just not a great scent to be breathing in as you're drinking.

When I say it taste like Miller Lite, I don't say that to be a huge insult. I like Miller Lite. I really do. It's a wonderful light beer. But if Lagunitas Pils was going to try to taste like Miller Lite, I'm not sure if I agree with the strategy.

I'd easily pass on this brew every time. (791 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color. Fluffy white head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

Smells of hops and grass, with hints of citrus. Some faint hints of sweetness in the end.

Some sweet malt up front, hay and grass notes in the middle, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Some hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with some creamy hints. Some carbonation in the finish.

A nice example of this style. I would gladly drink another. (445 characters)

Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- sparkling clear little to no head, no lacing

Aroma- Hay, Honey, grass, popcorn, sweet butter

taste- more of a hop forward pils. full resin hop hit at the front that drops off sharply and the carbonation cleans up the palette. It doesn't linger long. Different from corny pils

Mouthfeel- high fizz a little more bitterness than I have tasted in the style. I like the alcohol in this its a little higher than I am used to in this style.

Overall- i think this pils will please a lot of modern beer drinkers its hop forward is a little more boozy than most, its pretty in the glass. Traditionalists beware. I think I could have put a lot of this away in my college days when my drinking priorities were different. Bravo (735 characters)

Photo of hops4me
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - gold-yellow in color. Fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass as it gets consumed.

S - little bit of malt and hop spiciness in the nose.

T - malt sweetness up front. Bready in the middle followed quickly with the spicy hop flavor you would expect.

M - Light body and prickliness from the CO2.

D - good drinkability and representation of the style. A nice lager with good refreshing qualities. (406 characters)

Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - most people have said this was a clear yellow but the one I just poured is a hazy apricot color. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Hopefully this isn't a sign that the beer is old :/

s - apple juice with a little bit of hops

t - alcohol taste with pepper and spice with a very bitter finish. Again, I think this beer has something wrong with it.

m - very smooth, not very carbonated

d - The taste was just terrible. I think I got a bad one. I may review it again, but this was a drain pour :( (524 characters)

Photo of bristol2120
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium deep golden with a smaller head than expected. Foam quickly subsides, leavibg a rather thin layer, but also a pleasing amount of lacing. Smell is a bit of a departure from what one normally expexts of a pils. Hops are present, but they are quite subdued, and definitely take a back seat to a significant maltiness. Taste is also dominated by a buttery / vanilla maltiness. While not unpleasant. I certainly wouldn't call it characteristic of a classic pils. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, with a fair amount of carbonation, but again, less than should be expected of the style. Overall, this is a fairly pleasant beer, but points are deducted for significant wandering from the basics of a pils. (709 characters)

Photo of sam_bliss
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Like Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ishmael, Mao and Confuscious [sic], Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!

Classic PILS Lagunitas bottle. Looks like a nice clear beer. Mmmm I have not smelled a well-made lager for a while. In the US northwest we are ale-crazy and most of the lagers around are shitty macro brews. Since I am personally ale crazy too - I rarely come upon lagers that are not: (1) made by AB InBev; or (2) creative craft lagers that end up tasting unique or like ales. This one holds it's own as a Pilsener yet also displays the signature qualities of Lagunitas Brewing Company. The smell is of sweet golden bready malts. It reminds me of Germany, most likely because I have never been to Czechland. Some sourish pilsener scent overlays light fruitiness and grassy hops. The taste has sharp, slightly roasty malted grains and just a hint of coffee. A bit of salted caramel and some savory umami round out a very complete and clean malt profile. The hops have lemony and resin flavors; they are understated, as is typical of pilseners. On second thought, the hops are even a little soapy. Mouthfeel is fuller and carbonation more mild than most pilseners I have had. It's not perfectly true to the style but it works.

It's hard to know how to score a lager. The label is right: lagers are just so different from the beers I normally drink. It's hard to fathom that they are both beer! (1,605 characters)

Photo of mikechance
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tad darker color than most Pils and a strong spicy and grassy smell (very earthy).

A very full, lemon flavor and a hint of orange. I'm picking up a lot of spices. Again, I'm picking up a very earthy feel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with very little aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid and falvorful summer beer for ale lovers. (332 characters)

Photo of MobBarley
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks about like average beer-remarkably unremarkable . Smells nice and understated-refreshing in the nose. Good balance in this one with a clean bitterness that lingers. Nice effervescent mouthfeel. A good, solid session pils...good with spicy foods. (251 characters)

Photo of thartman
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass, yellowish-gold with a slight haze, foamy white head that disapates to consistent thin topping. Lots of bubbles and a little lacing left on the glass. Smells of grain, corn, muffins. Taste of corn, biscuits, straw, and grains, some hop bitterness on the finish. Decent body! Clean a crisp with a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable. (365 characters)

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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