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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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BA SCORE
82
good

1,859 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 42
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Ratings: 1,859 | Reviews: 655 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Beer21
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Beer21, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed the cute little blurb about ales vs. lagers on the label. Lagunitas strays away from ale territory and does a classic lager style here and like damn near everything they do the result is top tier ... The essential elements of the style are there but so are some unique touches, including assertive hopping as per the brewer's trademark and ample fruity, yeasty character that is often missing from many mainstream commercial pilseners. Pours a classic pils yellow honey amber hue with ample white foam ... Phenomenal head retention and left a boatload of lacing all the way down my Oktoberfest glass. Aroma is noble hops forward, classic Czech hop herb and spice notes, along with some dried fruit like currants or raisins, a slight caramel sweetness, sulfur like a struck match but not overpowering or unpleasant. Good old lager yeast. All of these elements carry over into the flavor, which is fortunate. Cracker and bread crust serve as the backbone with some grassy green fruitiness that recalls lime rind and lemon grass, a hint of red grape, honey sweetness, and creamy tea. Starts sweetish but finish is dry and I get minerals and copper. Pleasing aftertaste and smooth body with moderate carbonation that does not mask the subtle top notes but instead carries them forward. A grain husk sort of astringency reveals itself but does not become dominant. Strictly speaking the flavors should be better integrated but at the end of the day this is a great beer. You could do much worse than call me a Lagunitas fanboy ... When they do something poorly I will call them on it. Till then, prost! (or the Czech equivalent)

CalgaryFMC, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of CHADMC3
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with lively carbonation bubbles developing a thin, foamy white head giving way to nearly no lacing.

Citrus, pale floral hops, a little bit of funky yeasts, and grass.

Very pleasant taste with floral hops, lemon zest and even something resembling a juniper berry with just a touch of spice such as coriander.

Light in body, medium in carbonation and very wet on the palate.

Excellent summer brew and a great example of the style featuring some great characteristics.

CHADMC3, May 22, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes on this beer:

*Dark gold, much darker then the average pils.
*Clear and thick
*Hoppier smell than most pilsners
*Has a woody hop scent with a "wet" malt smell
*Taste is bitter and hoppy. Some bitter malt and yeast as well
*Feels wet but with a bitter kick; a thick pilsner.
*Mild sour apple taste, not a bad thing
*Bready yeast sweetens as it warms.
*Feels fizzy and bubbly, like a saison
*Both sweet and sour tastes come out with more warmth
*Feels "spiky" and harsh, not smooth
*It's hard drinking for a pils, and quite strong considering
*Lots of flavor, but just too fizzy

williamherbert, Oct 05, 2007
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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Clear light golden. Lots of rising bubbles. Decent swath of off white head and lacing.
smell: Slightly pungent, spicy floral and slightly malty sweet. Not terribly impressive nose but pleasant enough.
taste: Not as rich as the nose. Fairly clean and dry. Again, not terribly impressive but pleasant enough.
overall: Back in the day before tasting the explosion of rich brews, this woulda been a primo. dug it but unlikely to seek this out too often.

cindyjeffsmith, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jan 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

EB1, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +10.2%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MonkeyBread
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MonkeyBread, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Giantspace, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of jk3
4/5  rDev +10.2%

jk3, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of TubaDan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

TubaDan, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of gleemonger
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma was very slight on this one...there was a small grain and vegetal type smell to it. Really, just a very clean aroma.

Taste is a little sweet at first with a bit of grain and even some caramel in there. This goes through the body, going into a fairly decent Noble hop bitterness that defines the style. It's certainly of average bitterness, if not a little above. Again, a little sweet on the finish....but it didn't have that toasty or really grainy quality that many of these beers do.

All in all, pretty average. Not offensive, but not top of style by any means.

NODAK, Sep 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

user785335, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Bnoise11, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JakeDebus, Feb 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

comfortablynirm, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

rxthree, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of briandaube
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

briandaube, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright, clear yellow; one-finger head; good carbonation -- it sparkles!
S: light, sweet aroma; fruity
T: aromatic, herbal flavor that immediately shows what the other industrial-made pilsners should be. Slightly hoppy, to provide the spicing, but the bready malt, with a touch of fruit, offsets this.
M: clean mouthfeel
D: You will likely want another, esp. on a hot day.

This is an ideal pilsner for a beer-drinker who appreciates a hoppy, complex beer. And it may just surprise and educate the pilsner drinker who hasn't explored much further.

Arithmeticus, Jul 19, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Irrationalist, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of scotorum
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Self-served at 40 degrees fahrenheit. Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: A clear gold with a foamy inch high head which gradually faded to a nice foam film surrounded by a ring and substantial lacing. Clearer with a darker hue than the Shorts of Michigan Czech style pilsener I had yesterday.

s: Mild malt.

t: A nice blend of malt and hops produces a quality beer taste.

m: Moderate, more heft than most pilsners but appropriately smooth.

o: A fine representative of the style and an excellent summer brew.

Lagunitas has yet to disappoint. Love their distinctive old timey stubby bottles too. I have another fine Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale to review soon. When I had one in May I was not yet writing reviews on BA. I am also looking forward to Maximus and Censored. Oh and Undercover Investigation Shutdown Ale is another lovely one I want to review here which I also had before BA, and which suddenly seems to be hard to find on local shelves

scotorum, Jul 03, 2013
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.