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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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1,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 38
Gots: 119 | 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 chickenflea
4/5  rDev +10.2%

A - Pours a rich gold color that is brilliantly clear. A lot of carbonation bubbles rise up through this beer creating a frothy, rocky head that is initially four fingers thick but dissipates quickly. Fair lacing.

S - Aroma is grassy with hay and butter notes on the side. I get a hint of aromatic lemon & herb scents. Sweet grains are also there.

T - The taste is lightly sweet up front and fairly spritzy throughout from the ample carbonation. Bitterness dances above the sweetness and becomes stronger as the sweetness turns buttery.

M - Medium body with an oily texture. Long bitter finish.

D - This is one of my first pilseners, so it is hard to say how it fares against standards in the style. But I really like it and will drink it again.

chickenflea, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Lagunitas showed up in Casper...yeah!

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with close to a 1 finger head of foam and there's some nice sheets of lacing.

The smell is nice with a good nose of some sweet malt and bit of grain and light note of bitterness.

The taste is delicious. There's plenty of malty sweetness along with grain and a a dryish bitterness that smacks of grass and orange zest. The flavours are nice and pretty bold for the style. I like.

On the edge of medium bodied...er..I'll say it is and it has medium carbonation.

Drinkability? A good drinking brew for me and one I'll enjoy when the warmer temps come my way.

Bitterbill, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

A- Straw golden color that appears to be a very fizzy brew. About a one finger head that subdues with bubbling.

S- Slight hop aroma, smells a bit like yeast. Nothing out of the ordinary here, a very generic pilsner smell.

T- Malty with slight hop flavor and tiny bitterness towards end of taste, other than that, not much.

M- Quite a bit of carbonation. Very light bodied and refreshing to the mouth.

D- Very easy to drink, very drinkable. Typical pilsner style...

Overall, quite a nice pilsner, but lacked any quality that made it special. Very enjoyable and perfect for a summer day, but would have liked a bit more hop flavor and bitterness.

TheGordianKnot, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

Poured from a bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead (not the movie, the beer) pint glass.

A: Murky off-yellow/orange with a minimal head. Mild lacing.

S: Overly malty with a floral, doughy and honey hoppy character...is this a pils??? It smells like an APA.

T: Malty and hoppy at once. Tastes good. Again I ask though: why is this called a pils?

D: I'd have a few with no problem, but I think I might have gotten a bottle that sat too long.

Value: Lagunitas brews are worth the dough.

WeezyBoPeep, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours medium gold with a good foamy white head, good lacing.

Somewhat muted grassiness, some green leafiness in the aroma, light malt.

Light malt, light bitter grain husk, some grassiness, and a long bitter dry finish. Very clean, distinct flavors. The bitterness is just that -- no pine, no citric rind, just bitter. Ok, but makes this one a bit harder to drink. Lighter mouthfeel and good carbonation, but not enough to get past the overwhelming bitterness. Overall, not something that I could knock back, beer after beer. One, yes; two, probably. Three? No chance. A very decent beer, but not quite my cup of tea/beer.

OtherShoe2, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

Pours a brilliant light amber with a minimal off-white head which leaves little lacing.

Malty floral and citrus aroma.

Light honeyed grain flavor with a clean, light bitterness to finish.

Light mouthfeel and cleansing carbonation make it a very refreshing beer.

maltlikker, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

On-tap poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that slowly dissipated leaving slight lacing around the glass.

S - Grains predominate with a hint of citrus, honey and hops.

T - Hoppy bitter with a dry finish. Unexpected for Czech Pilsener.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Easy going and enjoyable beer.

taigor, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Bottle from Whole Foods Los Altos.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden color with a one-finger white head that fades fairly slowly.

Aroma is not too pronounced, but good, with grassy and floral hops and sweet honey malt.

Very good flavor for the style. Sweet pale malt and grassy hops that really last. Has all the right elements in good balance. Aftertaste is a little grainy, but besides that it's good stuff.

Medium-light body with a clean and crisp mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. Pretty solid pilsner overall. I've had better, but this is a good one.

nickd717, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

tedsox31, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of MNJR
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

The color is a darkish gold, nice aroma, lacing and carbonation are good. Rich pilsener flavor, grain taste and a bit of fruit (raisin?) and the crisp, dry finish associated with the style. Hops are clean and crisp, and very well done. This is medium-light, thoroughly decent thirst quencher. Would be good on a hot day, at the beach, tossing a frisbee, etc.

MNJR, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner-type glass.

Nice golden-straw colored, clear lager with a bone-white head that is fluffy, three-fingers and leaves nice lacing. A fine looking beer.

The beer smells of bread and lemon. Not a ton of nose here but for a pils that's not a big deal. What nose there is is clean and inviting.

Taste is clean, tart, grainy with a bit of sweetness. The overall impression is citrusy. I like the crispness and find the taste refreshing. And its devoid of the fruit-loops taste that both the Noble Pils and the Prima Pils have.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with light carbonation and a dry finish. Great drinkability and though I would prefer a ABV closer to four than five the 5.3% this beer carries is within the range of a sessionable beer.

meeekyh, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

I got a bottle of this at Isaac Newton's. Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a clear golden color with a thin whimsy white heading that flatened to nothing in just a second or two. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is kind of sweet at first. Then a grainy and mostly what seems to be corn husk aroma. Slight hop aroma but doesn't seem to hold up to the grainy -sweetness.

Taste is decent. Again very sweet and grainy I am really not getting anything with this beer. A subtle bitterness towards the end.

Mouth is light bodied and has decent carbonation. A little watery and thin in the mouth.

Drink is decent. I don't know maybe I am a little spoiled with Pilsners from PA but this left me a little disappointed

TheFightfan1, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of TonyReaves
4/5  rDev +10.2%

From my notes.

Looks good. Very pale yellow. Head falls almost immediately, but that's not a big deal.

Got floral hops, a bit of biscuity malt in the smell.

Starts sweet with a bit of malt, finishes dry and bitter. Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, but this is still a well-hopped pilsner. Nice bitterness. There's more flavor here than I expected.

High carbonation keeps it feeling dry.

Drinkability is maybe too high? This is a solid pilsner that invites you to drink a lot of it.

TonyReaves, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

On tap at Kennedys in SF
Poured a clear golden yellow with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is mainly just biscuity malts and grains. Taste was crisp, bready, grains and a slight sweetness. It had a slight twang or bite on the end. Very mild beer all around. Body was about medium and well carbonated. Decent brew overall but nothing special.

barleywinefiend, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of vintajuess
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a glass stein.

A - Gold with an orange hue; a little more opaque than expected

S - Raspberry, hoppy, a little wheaty, citrusy

T - Quite bitter for what I expected; also a little sweetness lingering behind

M - A bit thin, leaves a dryness behind

D - It drinks a little too quick for the amount of bitterness but overall all pretty easy to drink

vintajuess, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%

appearance: golden and little head rentention

smell: sublt hops, slight citrus

taste: typical czech pils. low hops, like a fresh pliser urquel

mouthfeel: light bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. a decent pils. reminded me of my days in prague.

CampusCrew, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, rich gold color that is quite clear. Had a nice head of about 1.5 fingers.

Smell: Nice malt aroma that was sweet on the nose. Not much hop presence in the smell, but it smelled good.

Taste: Nice malt backbone with just the right amount of a mild hop kick in the aftertaste. Smooth and rich. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Felt kind of like carbonated water with a bit more body. Nothing terribly special here.

Drinkability: Quite good. This is a nice, light beer that goes with the great comfort foods while providing more flavor to compliment them. It's also quite good on its own. Worth getting.

civilizedpsycho, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of RJUGA03
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

A-70's movie type transparency that was slightly off golden color with a minimally frothy head.
S-High yeast and malt notes.
T-Hearty much like a lager. It had a fufilling malty beginning with a flat simple yet slightly dry finish.
M-Somewhat heavy on the draw with a hopped dry finish.
D-Very drinkable but,not at it's price point for me. I believe that the best pilsners remain European.

RJUGA03, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected clear, clean, slightly golden yellow of the style. The beer had a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was the expected grainy scent with a gentle kiss of hops. There was, unfortunately, a slight skunkiness to the aroma. The flavors also were what is expected for the style. A nice combo of grain, grass and hop.

Body and drinkabilty were both where you would expect them to be. Overall, I'd say this beer meets expectations. It's a nice, clean, refreshing beer that's certainly worth your time.

beertunes, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of Naugled
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

pale yellow color, crystal clear with a quick white head

hoppy nose with malt and grain in background

sweet earthiness, much like I find in pilsner urquell, has a strong hop flavor for a pils but pleasant.

medium body wtih some aftertaste

very drinkable, I would have another of these

Naugled, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of gilman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Got this in a growler and shared with a friend. Was very smooth and easy to drink. Poured a light yellow with only a one finger head that did not last. Taste was like a belgin pilsner not much hop taste but good never the less. Have had better pilsners but have had worse. not a bad choice if you like pilsners.

gilman, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of NicholasSchell
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

A- Pours clear light golden honey color with half finger of head which slowly dissipates. Nice carbonation.

S- Malty sweetness, hint of pears and honey. Hops are very subtle.

T- Same as smell.

M- Feels a bit thicker than I imagined but it doesn't negatively affect the experience. Carbonation is on point for the style.

Drinking this to have mix things up a bit (been drinking the higher abv 'Winter Warmers' as of late). It's very drinkable and would make an amazing Summer Session beer. I recommend this over Pilsner Urquell anyday. I know, I know that is probably blasphemy to some, but it's my opinion.


NicholasSchell, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%

Color: pours a light, golden straw. sits a brilliantly clear, burnished gold.

Smell: good malt character with a grainy sweetness and almost unnoticable diacetyl presence. low spicy, Saaz hop aroma

Taste: rich malty sweetness with just enough bitterness to lightly support. very low spiciness from Saaz. diacetyl is almost non-existent. finish is slightly balanced towards bitter and does not linger very long.

Mouthfeel: rich, low-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: refreshing, easy-drinking, well rounded brew. makes one wonder why our american versions had to be made even lighter. could drink this all night.

Frosty80, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
4.03/5  rDev +11%

A couple of 12-oz bottles, poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Straw gold see-thru body capped with a fluffy 2+ finger bright white head. The vigorous carbonation level is manifested in constant upward streams of bubbles a la champagne. Plenty of these bubbles stick to the sides of the glass as well. Pretty nice lacing.

The nose is boldy spicy and floral, and it tastes pretty damned good. A lemony and grassy bitterness tango with a light honeyish sweetness for a moment before it finishes crisply with a spicy hop and pepper bite. Medium-light bodied, but the carbonation is so vigorous as to make it feel a bit more substantial (and accent the spiciness).

Overall impression: A refreshing and enjoyable pilsner.

PDXHops, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Looks great, clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a thick spongy head.

not much in the smell department, some earthy fruit scents.

Taste's like a pils with earthy almost apple flavor. with spicy bitter hops on the tongue. It feels clean and refreshing on the tongue.

it's a good beer but not worth the lagunita's price.
Drinkable and refreshing but you can get that in a cheaper lager beer.

Ezone024, Nov 17, 2009
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.