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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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1,926 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,926
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 147 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jan 21, 2013
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 BeerImmediately
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass.

Pours with a short white head that fades to a film, but the film sticks around forever. Lots of chill haze in the golden colored body. Some carbonation flowing up.

Herbal/floral and sweet citrus hops in the aroma, with plenty of bready yeasty qualities, and a touch of canned corn.

Flavors seem off... they carry a ton of the herbal hop qualities. Some sour corn yanking on the sides of the tongue. Lots of vegetation on this one.

Mouthfeel is creamy - too much so. Just a touch of carbonation / not crisp.

Will have to pick up some more of this again and re-review, as I may have just had a bad bottle?

BeerImmediately, Aug 21, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Horbar, Apr 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

sparx1100, Feb 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Tschnab, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of DNICE555
2.48/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Zapps brought this sub par beer to UFC 129. Machida kicked Couture’s tooth out, Aldo gave Homminick a second head, GSP and Sheilds had a war… what a card.

A – Light golden body white head

S – Biscuity malts, smells sweet.

T – Biscuity malts, has a Belgian yeast flavor. Not a big fan.

M – Higher carbonation, crisp dry finish

O – Not really into this one.

DNICE555, May 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

fox227, May 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

eulerthegrape, May 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

nygannon, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ChrisKayler
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ChrisKayler, Jan 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

TubaDan, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue, faint chill haze, with a slim fizzy white head.

Smell -- Very clean overall: pale pilsner malt, grassy hops, faint floral character, and some fruity esters.

Taste -- Again, very clean flavors: pilsner malt, crusty bread, grassy hop bitterness, and a very mild fruity ester character puffed up by the modicum of malt sweetness. A tinge of spicy hops toward the finish. Lingering flavors of crusty bread and grass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Just on the right side of fizzy.

Drinkability -- Not bad at all. Clean, quenching. Solid, but doesn't stand out at all.

yeahnatenelson, Mar 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Beer21, Dec 28, 2012
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lots of white foam. Golden color.

Smell: Lemongrass. And lemon. And grass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grass and lemon. Very sweet background. Almost too sweet. Crisp initially, then a bit cloying in the finish.

Overall Drinkibality: Too sweet for me.

tjsdomer2, Nov 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Knoxrb12, Mar 03, 2014
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

newbeeraday, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of riversider76
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Not much retention and no laceing.Aroma is of bready malts. Body is light and very carbonated. Taste is of biscut,sweet malts, and maybe a bit of honey. Touch of hops in the finish. Worth a try,but I liked the Sierra Nevada Summerfest better.

riversider76, May 08, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This darkish yellow pilsner pour with a nice, white head. The aroma is redolent of grasses and wildflowers. The taste is clean and refreshing, with some sweet malt notes coming out on the tip of the tongue and Saaz bitterness on the back. Overall, the taste was clean but not terribly interesting. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, but I've had a few that manage to be true to the style, clean and refreshing, but also interesting. Sadly, this beer isn't in that mold. Outside of a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, there's not a heck of a lot to recommend this. There's nothing at all to NOT recommend it either; it's a fine beer. Just not terribly interesting.

geexploitation, Feb 11, 2006
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3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from a competition.

A - Pours golden with 3 fingers of clear white head. Dissipates slow and has light carbonation.

S - Pilsner, honey, and spicy hops.

T - spicy hops, some pilsener, and a lack of malt complexity.

M - Thin-moderate bodied, light carbonated, and hop dominated. Slightly minerally too.

D - It's drinkable, but there are better examples of styles.

MisterClean, Oct 21, 2009
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

BigMike, Sep 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ristaccia, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

stealth, Sep 01, 2013
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,926 ratings.