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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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1,700 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,700
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 31
Gots: 88 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of donovanneb


3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting review, because someone earlier wrote or Freudian slipped, they mentioned it was a good lager, which is funny, because it's a pilsner, but in my head I felt like i was drinking a lager. Reviewing this as a pilsner, it comes across as not quite hitting the mark as a “true” pilsner. Is it a good beer, yes, actually it’s really good, excellent flavors, creamy, taste lingers in your mouth, but again, because of the maltiness, it comes across for me as more lagerish than pilsner.

Would I drink this again, yes, I drink it a lot, but I'm conflicted to review this as a standalone beer, I would probably give it a B+, but reviewing as a pilsner, like I said it didn’t quite hit that crisp part of a pilsner I'm used to looking for.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 14:47:13 | More by donovanneb
Photo of tony223366


3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my beer journal, reviewd in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: Light white head that didn't last for me. Clear with a pale golden color.

S: More malty of a smell than I was expecting.

T: This didn't have a huge flavor for me actually. Felt a little subdued until the biting hop finish. In all honesty this didn't feel all that balanced.

M: Moderate to light body

O: Not bad but didn't wow me in any way. Worth a try, especially if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:11:14 | More by tony223366
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Pils

12 oz bottle. Golden in color. Aroma of flowery hops and somewhat like all Lagunitas brews, sweet malt. In the taste, noble, czech hops with a spicy note and short livid bitterness. Really sweet base beer, lots of malt and alcohol making for a rather big "pilsner". Tastes like most Lagunitas products, sweet malt, alcohol and a good amount of hops. Not the cleanest example of the style, a bit boozy and flimsy. It is a decent brew, however, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 14:39:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of JDM02370


2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is a quality beer and there is no indication that it is the result of cost cutting. I discern a heavy malt and bitter hops. It is quite flavorful and many may enjoy it.

However, if you are looking for a pilsner, this does not taste like one. To make an analogy, if a brewer packages an apricot beer as their Summer Ale, how does one rate it?

If Lagunitas's product were offered as a 'Lager based upon a Czech pilsner,' the taste, mouthfeel, and overall ratings could be substantially higher.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 23:47:19 | More by JDM02370
Photo of dudelove7485

New York

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

The beer is a clear yellow with a 1-finger, tiny-bubbled white head. Minimal spider-webby lacing. Nose is extremely bready up front, followed by apricot, citrus, earthy hops and a bit of malt. The aroma gets a bit grassy as the beer drinks down. A crisp, caramel sweetness transitions to hops, crackery malt and then back to sweet. It seemsto be a little too much on the sweet side, but is a fairly well-balanced nonetheless. Medium body with light carbonation, a little oily on the tongue. I thought the finish would be crisper, but it is slightly wet. It doesn’t seem terribly indicative of a Pils, though a decent drink. I would have it again, but wouldn’t rave about it.

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Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:15:33 | More by dudelove7485
Photo of syrupjoe


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light toffee color with an almost purely white head.

Nose is fruity, bready, and slightly citrusy with a hint of apricot.

Taste is sweet and fruity (apricot is really standing out for me) with a caramel presence and a lot of hop bitterness. Hops are slightly grassy and leave a very bitter aftertaste. Beer is smooth and slightly flabby with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall an okay beer (and quite flavorful for a pils), but the hops leave too much bitterness in my mouth for this to be a truly sessionable drink. Would drink again, but won't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:07:48 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of bnes09


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow colored lager. Thin white head forms. Leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Sweet aroma of fresh baked rolls, honey and earthy hops.

Big, bready malt forms the base. Hint of honey sweetness. Earthy and leafy hop bitterness provide just the right amount to balance.

Light to medium bodied. Perfect amount of carbonation. Crisp finish. Semi-oily mid-drink.

A great pilsner. Good flavor, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:56:31 | More by bnes09
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, Czech hops and somewhat malty. In the taste, hops stand out, want to be a pils, but this beers' soul is an ale, I can taste it. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop in the aftertaste. Drinks more like an ale, and I dig it!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 12:49:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of WoodBrew


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TGIF....starting the weekend off with a Lagunitas Czech Pils....and it is goood! The appearnace is a clear golden brilliance with good carbonation and white froathy head. The smell includes malt and grain common of this style....for me pils dont blow me away re smell. The taste is very well balanced with good noble hops, malt, and grain. Even thought the ABV is higher than normal the beer is quite smooth. Definitely a session beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 23:42:11 | More by WoodBrew
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 01:46:31 | More by NODAK
Photo of KomodoDragon


4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 03:09:23 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of tzieser


2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. no bottle date indicated.

a: pours a clear, golden color (maybe a shade darker than golden) with a small thin head that settles into a thin lacing fairly quickly.

s: hmm. sweet, bready malts are there with a hint of piney hops.

t: sweeter than it should be. sweet, bready malts at first quickly followed by a slight hoppy bitterness (saaz). hop character fades quickly, leaving a lingering sweetness in the mouth. for some reason the flavor here ends up tasting sort of like a green apple. not very good.

m: not bubbly enough, doesn't finish dry and crisp as good pilsners do.

i picked this up from the local big liquor store on sale for $8.99. i think this beer might be on the older side since there was no bottled on date and, quite frankly, it is the worst Lagunitas beer i have ever had.

i think it's either one of the following:

A) The bottle is old


B) Much like pizza, you cannot get a decent lager in California.

i'm leaning towards option A, because Sierra Nevada Glissade made me temporarily change my mind on option B (Californian pizza still sucks ass though)....regardless, i think you are thinking getting this if you must be absolutely certain it is fresh...if not, get Victory Prima Pils or Sam Adams Noble Pils. both of those blow this pils out of the water.

i'll probably re-review if i see it on-tap, but at this point i cannot recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 20:42:38 | More by tzieser
Photo of pijiu


2.03/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Deep amber color, off-white dense, but thin head.

S - Disappointing and thin.

T - Tastes very similar to the little sumptin' sumptin', but without the more overt fruit notes. Shallow taste.

M - Mild carbonation, and very light mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but not unique in terms of mouthfeel.

O - Fitting with lighter beer categories. Not unique in characteristics and aroma. Lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:01:46 | More by pijiu
Photo of jsprain1


4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, white frothy head is one finger thick and lasts pretty well. A few wisps of of lacing.
S- Light crackery malt, a bit of earthy hops, and a bit of light citrus.
T- A really balanced pleasant pilsner. Crackery, with some bread dough notes. There are more herbal notes in it than the nose indicated. A good bit of a orange character.
M- Medium body for style, medium, maybe a little higher, carbonation.
O- A good balanced pilsner. At 6.2% it might not be a the session beer it tastes like, but a really pleasing pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2011 22:44:39 | More by jsprain1
Photo of MrKennedy


3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via a Beermasons subscription and poured into a Blue Betty Brewery tulip style pint glass.

Pure golden pour, see through appearance which a large, three finger head of white fluffy foam. Laces quite well.

I get plenty of grain and malt on the nose with some bush honey.

A quite bready taste, plenty of malt presence. A little bit of grassy hop flavour at the end to break it up.

Not a lot of bitterness in this one...not often you can say that about Lagunitas! If anything a little cloying at the end, particularly when compared to what i expected.

Overall a decent beer, not overly true to style in any way, but ok nonetheless. Not something i'd get all excited about if Lagunitas had regular Australian distribution though.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 06:23:17 | More by MrKennedy
Photo of nezelrac

New York

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:42:02 | More by nezelrac
Photo of dgilks


4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark straw colour with a creamy white head. Great head retention. Nice lacing.

Mild straw-like pilsner malt aroma with some light fruity touches. A hint of sulphur.

Crisp, clean malt with some light floral hops. Clean moderate bitterness. Very good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Nice and crisp.

A well balanced and tasty pilsner packed full of flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2011 06:18:15 | More by dgilks
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden. Quarter finger head which leaves a peripheral thin head.

S: sour, malty and barely. Not a whole lot on the nose.

T: Grassy and floral malt/hop taste with a bitter/sour finish. Honey notes mixed in.

M: light body, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice pilsner. Average overall. Fairly high alcohol content.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 01:56:05 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GarrettB


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsners tasted here and there all sort of taste the same - clean, crisp, refreshing, and maybe even a bite of hard water. Drink them parallel, though, and you’ll find a world of difference where there used to be uniformity. Stacked up against other pilsners, the Lagunitas Pils stands apart, rocking the competition and expertly representing the style. Lagunitas’ Pils distinguishes itself right away with its darker color, amber leeching into the golden color other pilsners donned. Freshly ground corn and pilsner malt fill the aroma, with the notable absence of sulfur or any kind of spoiling from sun or microbe. Carbonation bumps and dances along the tongue, while slight touches of corn sweetness and a mellow and light maltiness provide some real depth of flavor. This is an excellent pils, and my new go-to West Coast summer drinking lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 20:44:24 | More by GarrettB
Photo of scottfrie


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewery.

A: Served a darkish golden with a fuzzy white head that quickly faded into a thin scum that left wisps of lacing.
S: Light smelling with notes of sweet citrus, lemon and pale malts.
T: Sweet with a good dose of citrus, bread crust, minerals and pale malt. The aftertaste is that of crackers.
M: Medium body, clean mouthfeel, light tingly carbonation.
O: Refreshing enough and really easy to drink. Pretty standard all around.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 03:07:25 | More by scottfrie
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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?

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 20:47:09 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of BeerHiker


3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Picked this out because all I have been drinking lately are IPA's and Stouts.. I tend to stay away from lagers.

Immediately taken by the golden-straw color of this Pilsner. Some pilsners tend to have a "dead" color. This one looks like it wants to jump out of the glass at me. ITS ALIVE!

The head is a nice white-fluffy one. Lots of little bubbles.

Smells biscuit y, a little herbal y, with some nice malt characteristics coming through. Surprisingly full smell.

MMM. first sip, and I am amazed at how much I like this Pils. very impressive when it first hits your tongue, then mellows out into a nice hoppy finish. Very full mouth feel for a Piils, yet very drinkable. Herbal and bready, with not as much malty flavor as the smell implies. Slight hoppy bitterness at the end of the sip compliments the overall flavor of this beer perfectly.

A very well thought out and and put together beer. Another great beer from the folks at Lagunitas. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 18:20:11 | More by BeerHiker
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A classic, solid gold color, fast, rushing bubbles with a 2" very active head, all white top.

A very sweet and sour effect, doughy malt, sour wheat, citric fruit behind, sharp sweetness and green hop aroma.

A rather bold malty, sweet and slick malt upfront with a bit of mild heat, sharp yeast, green earth with golden wheat grassiness. Pretty authentic balance, maybe a bit malt heavy with some high heat.

A very lively, jazzy feel but the malt and heat add a certain depth that takes away from a light, crisp feel. I like my Pils light and jazzy all the way through. This is certainly an American version of this style.

UPDATE: 12/24/11

This brew seemed much more classic in style to me this time around which is interesting to see how things can change.

golden look, jazzy, classic thin white crispy cap.

the nose has a bit too much heat for me, but otherwise a classic in all ways. The heavy malt presence is not there like it was last time...

The flavor is also much more classical here, light, jazzy and crisp vibe, slighlty bready-sweet malt, but not as heavy and cloying as I recall. Well balanced even with the elevated abv %.

The feel remained crisp and refreshing the whole way through with major dry and crispy effects.

A much better experience this time around!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 21:11:28 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 06:20:37 | More by BARFLYB
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2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer tastes a lot like Colt45 except with a bunch of hops added. Seriously. Not what I was expecting. It pours a much richer copper hue than you'd find in a Pils, but the look does not suggest Malt Liquor. The nose is heavy with a grainy, husky sweetness; the same can be said of the taste. There is also a good deal of alcohol taste and some black peppery notes on the finish. The feel is not crisp. Overall I dislike this beer quite a bit. After half aglass, I feel like this tastes more like a Euro Strong Lager than Malt Liquor, but still, isn't ESL the AML of Europe?

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 22:32:15 | More by ktrillionaire
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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