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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

1,880 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,880
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 43
Gots: 134 | 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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Photo of eclaycamp
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce short bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. With the pilsner style, which is typically light in color, it's easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And I'm a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesn't pass the test. That's my fault, not the brewer's. The beer pours a nearly brilliant light gold, with wave upon wave of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Most Pilsner style beers are really light in color but this one is darker than those that I’m used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I don't get an real sort of head. I do however, manage to over-pour and spill down the sides of my glass. Bummer. I like a nice frothy head (one you can float a bottle cap on as Jim Koch is fond of saying) with my pilsner beer. Initial aroma is of … well hold on a sec as I’ve managed to give my nose a bath. This review is just going swimmingly. I primarily get some light candy corn malt sweetness, with some flowery hibiscus like hop character in the background. On the aroma side of things the hop character is really muted, especially for a beer that’s done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. There’s a nice bitterness but it’s very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but it’s not unpleasant, and not surprising given the carbonation levels. The carbonation sweeps in quickly, ridding your mouth of the beer before you have a chance to ponder what else it may hold. I think that’s a good thing, as the beer has quite a bit of residual sweetness, and without the carbonation levels this could end up cloying. Sweetness may also be coming from the alcohol, as at 6.2% this is bordering on a 1.5x Pilsner … that may be also why I’m getting some sweetness out of it. Kudos for keeping the phenolics out of this one. Instead it goes down quick and easy. Lawnmower beer seems like too lazy a descriptor, so I’m left searching for something else. Lavender hops yield to candy corn sweetness, before both are quickly evaporated in a wave of carbonation that leaves a lingering, slightly sulfuric, afterfinish. I’d like a bit more hops in this one, especially in the nose, as they are there but they play a supporting role to the sweet malt profile. Not a badly done beer, but there are other pilsners out there that I prefer.

eclaycamp, May 12, 2012
Photo of BeeGinner
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BeeGinner, May 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

bumchilly25, May 09, 2012
Photo of Dcincotta
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Dcincotta, May 08, 2012
Photo of yankeefan287
4/5  rDev +10.2%

yankeefan287, May 06, 2012
Photo of Jerone
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden and slightly hazy with some bubbles coming to the top where there lies a pillowy off-white head that sticks around and leaves fair lacing.

S - Hops and malt with a surprising yeasty smell that I like.

T - A good floral hop spice is supported by a biscuit malt along with a yeast flavor that gives a touch of banana or bubble gum flavor, just enough to make it different.

M - Verging on medium body with fairly high carbonation but very drinkable.

O - A great beer that is maybe my new favorite pils, or perhaps tied with noble pils.

Jerone, May 05, 2012
Photo of jtingue
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance. Golden yellow in color. Crystal clear, with effervescent bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Pours with a soda-like head that very quickly dissipates to a very thin grouping of bubbles on top.

Smell. Very thin smell, with grassy hops and some sugary sweetness. Some floral notes as well.

Taste. Starts out with some bready sweetness. Some grassy bitterness starts to balance it out, but not before another intermittent burst of sweetness. Bitterness and herbal hop flavor take over for good. A slight medicinal note is detected right before a semi-dry finish, with a lingering grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with a moderate to high level of bitterness.

Overall this one is quite enjoyable, especially here in the warming late spring months. The taste was a bit too sweet for me, though it seems pretty accurate to style.

jtingue, May 05, 2012
Photo of dorf
3/5  rDev -17.4%

dorf, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

olympicgatorade, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Chrixsus, May 02, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dejrrma, May 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

bcsbeer, May 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JimGlonke, May 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Stevie_Janowski, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jtd335, Apr 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

sanitysessions, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

pentasyllabic, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Cramerican, Apr 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

WritersBlock, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting patiently for this one to hit the shelves at my local store for at least 3 years now, glad it finally did! 12 oz bottle pours a brilliantly clear medium yellow color. Head is stark white and leaves little lacing.

Nose is grassy, herbal hops with a freshly crushed grain aroma. Mild alcohol and cooked corn notes blend in as it warms. It does not smell like it is fully Saaz, a blend perhaps?

For a 6+% pilsner, it is pretty smooth. Grains are about as light as possible and the hops take on a bitter, refreshing tone. Little touch of lager yeast plays nicely with the hop flavors. On the dry side, it is one of those beers that is bold on a fresh palate, but gets lost after a couple flavorful ales. It's different, thats for sure...and well worth a try. I will buy another sixer as this one disappeared from my fridge with the quickness...especially knowing I might have to wait another 3 years before it shows up around here again.

twiggamortis420, Apr 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Jendy, Apr 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bike2work, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of dac0152
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dac0152, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- Crystal clear straw yellow with a quick fizzing finger of head that has left some light dust over the brew, as well as a few random bubble points and craters. Bubbly brew. Simple.

Smell: (3.0)

- Quite the roasty grain. There is a bready sugary all-grain sweetness along with some crisp yeast aromas. Almost some esters and fruit. Light grassy hop, and a touch floral. Overall not too bad.

Taste: (3.5)

- Certainly some crisp and sweet malts going on. Unique, grainy, husky, and somewhat fruity. More so there is a nice earthy and grassy bitterness and flavor. Sweet grainy sugars, bread, spice, and zest all together to make a nice bitter pilsner.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is mostly a light bodied brew, but does pack the carbonation and sweetness of a medium bodied brew. It's certainly drying and a touch chewy. Lip smacking bitterness is kind of nice.

Overall: (3.5)

- It is nice to have a relatively 'normal' beer from Lagunitas. This is certainly a tad more bitter than most pilsners, and also has a steeper ABV. But they did it well by getting the bitterness up there to not make such a sweet beer (which I feel they are guilty of often). Solid offering.

Docer, Apr 18, 2012
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,880 ratings.