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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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1,919 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 44
Gots: 145 | 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 rudzud
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at KJ Baarons, something cheap to round off a mixed 6. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - With a nice heavy pour I was able to get a one and a half finger head to form atop the crystal clear golden/straw brew.

S - Run of the mill biscuity malt larger notes here. Nothing special.

T - Same as the nose with the biscuity malts upfront, but with a slight hop bitterness at the very end. Helps keep this from tasting like well, biscuit malts.

M - Nice mouthfeel here. Higher than normal carbonation for me makes this super crisp with a nic dry finish.

O - Not a bad representation of the style, but, nothing out of the ordinary unfortunately.

rudzud, May 03, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Noble Pils glass. No dating indicated on the bottle. Pours a translucent orange-gold with a bubbly, 1.5 inch bright white head. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch cap. Some lacing, but weak legs. Nose starts out quite malty sweet for the style with a light, noble hops presence coming out somewhere in the mix. Taste consistent with nose - there's definitely some sweetness in the flavor reminiscent of corn or adjuncts. The finish suggests a kiss of Hallertauer hops and a faint metallic quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium, perhaps a little heavy for the style, but not unpleasantly so. Carbonation is lively and pleasant. Consistency is slightly oily. A decent brew, albeit a bit more full-bodied than I anticipated and not as clean finishing. That being said, it's still quite quaffable.

Jwale73, May 02, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i didn't know that the abv was so high. its pours gold clear with some very very light carbonation coming up. after about 2 minutes no head what so ever. nose is pilsner apple notes. taste is some what mineral hops dry with a hint of sweet. hint of saaz and straw. tastes better with salty meat. it doesn't have a husky quality which gives it some subtle characteristics. this is a really hard style and its just beginning of something fantastic. i can't figure if this is really made with lager yeast judging by the abv. seems like a pilsner hop ale almost.

rtepiak, May 01, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Crystal clear, deep golden color with a white head. Couple fingers worth, disappears after a short while along with the lacing.

Biscuity malt is the primary aroma - straightforward as many lagers are.

Grainy, lager flavor. Hops are present, but provide mostly balance. Slight sweetness, grassy hints as the beer settles in your mouth. A mix of hoppy bitterness and grainy dryness lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is moderate-bodied, medium carbonation - fairly smooth.

Not a particularly complex beer, but a rich enough lager with bold enough flavors that cooperate well and keep things engaging. This is a nice beer when I want to "take an evening off" from blasting my palate with big, bold beers. Sometimes you just want something simple and straightforward, but not crappy. This is a good choice, although there are others.

ghetto90007, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfectly clear, golden in color with a crisp off-white, almost eggshell head.

S: I get a little apple, but mostly grain and malt. Faint grassy hop scent.

T: This beer has a nice grainy taste backed by a small, distinct hop presence. A bit of a lingering sweetness on the finish.

M: Good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a light body.

D: Pretty high for me, I would enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day.

tlazaroff, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounces bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a white head which recedes very quickly. Little to no lacing. Golden pilsner hue.

Smell: Muted metallic hop aroma.

Taste: Buttery pilsner flavor. More malty than expected. Was hoping for a hoppier pils.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, slightly biting, carbonation. Extremely refreshing beer (especially after 1.5 hours of pickup soccer).

Overall: A good Czech pilsner, especially in a limited domestic pilsner landscape.

JednoPivoProsim, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of atlason
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale gold, fairly quickly dissipating head leaving little lacing.

S: Sweet malts dominate, quite simple nose.

T: Pretty close to a flavorful, meaty Check Pilsener but a bit less freshness on this one --- it is slightly cloying in its full sweetness.

M: Creamy, low carbonation

atlason, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with one finger of off-white head. Settles to just a thin lace, then mostly vanishes, leaving just a rimjob and no stick around it.

Smell has a grassy and lemony quality to it but the dominant aroma is a pale malt sweetness. Nothing bad about it really, but it's awfully simple and I'd like some more noble hoppiness.

Taste is even sweeter than the nose, with a pale and almost honey-like sweetness. It's even a bit buttery. Somewhat odd. Like the nose there is not an abundance of hop character here; a touch of grass and some lemon, with very little bitterness. I can't say it's unpleasant; quite sweet for a pils but has some nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is the most lacking part for me. It's medium bodied but feels too heavy; carbonation is on the low end and that plus the sweetness give me the opposite of what I'm looking for out of a pils - instead of being crisp and refreshing, it's almost heavy and cloying.

This is a strange pils. It's awfully sweet and the mouthfeel is just plain off. Still, I don't hate it. I just don't particularly like it. An odd beer, and frankly not one that I'd be likely to come back to.

number1bum, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Genuine
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my clean pint glass.

Poured a yellow see through body, with a bright white, soapy like head.

Smell - Malts, grains, apples. Smells light, hardly notice the hops, if any.

Taste - bright, clean and crisp with some spicyness upfront that leads to a nice little hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium to light with soda like carbonation.

Not a bad representation of the style. Not sure if it's something that I'd go back to, but it was nice to try.

Genuine, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of FattyJLE
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Poured a brilliant golden hue with a quarter inch bright white head with good lacing. Perfectly clear with streams of carbonation.

S - Spicy aroma with a malty backbone and a hint of pepper. Although not bad, not as impressed by the aroma.

T - Immediately spicy and bitter upfront. Very crisp but with a malty sweet taste and lingering bitterness. No booze at all.

M - Medium body with a dry finish and comfortably carbonated.

O - A solid pilsner with a bight. Nothing spectacular, but nothing wrong with this beer at all. A good representation from the USA. Would definitely have again.

FattyJLE, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy yellow beer, with nice white lacing throughout the session.

Bready biscuity roasted malts on nose. Hint of fruit as well.

Taste is crisp and clean. More bready malts, a hint of fruit (possibly esters, this is slightly high in alcohol for a czech pils).

Crisp, great carbonation. Body is a little heavy for the style I feel.

Overall this is a tasty czech pils. Don't know if I'd ever go back for more of this, but nice to see americans attempting the style.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the appearance is pretty standard for a pilsner, super see through, yellow, and LOTS of carbonation, man oh man there is a lot. The head is totally white in color and is about a finger and a half in width, it looks pretty creamy and frothy which is nice, and it is hanging around for a decent amount of time. Nothing special, average look for a pilsner. Not much to talk about on the smell, smells like a pretty generic lager, has a malt smell and a malt sweetness on the smell, some light hop notes, not much else. Smells pretty standard, but by no means too impressive, it smells a little refreshing and probably tasty though (the head is still here though, impressed with that). Wow, well the taste is a lot more than I was expecting from the smell. I mean all the flavors are what I thought they would be, but just a lot more of them. I wasn't getting too much of an aroma really from this beer, so I didn't think the taste would be all that much, but it actually has quite a bit of flavor. The hops are more noticeable than I thought they would be, and the overall flavor, complexity and mouthfeel are better than I thought they would be. The mouthfeel is bigger than I was expecting, not a huge mouthfeel by any means, but not wimpy either, and the drinkability is pretty good as well. I don't know if I can give this a 4 for taste, just because it isn't that great, but let it be know that I am very close to giving it a 4, let's say like 3.9, haha. Overall, it's a lot more than I expected, still not the best beer ever, and not the best pilsner ever, but not a bad offering, good beer!

MaltsOfGlory, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear yellow beverage, a white head, little lacing.

Smelling of fresh fruits, green apples and lemons. Some fresh cut grass.

Upfront a dextrose sweetnes, then aplles and pears, hay and nettles.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, soft and a bit sticky.

Clean and nice, possibly borderline too sweet - for me.

rarbring, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of wolfeus
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this. Poured into a pint glass. Had a nice golden hue to the appearance with a slight head that dissipated quickly. Along with the malt smelled slightly floral. The taste was clean, crisp and I picked up a bit of the floral note that I got from the smell. Overall it's pretty solid. I've been on a pilsner kick and this hit the spot.

wolfeus, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ant5431
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Very plain looking label but something about it drew me to it.
was a nice golden straw color with about a 3/4" head which went away kinda quickly as most Pils do.
Smelled grassy kind of nutty hint.
Tasted a crisp hoppy, slight slight bitter taste but overall a nice beer.
was what Id expect in a nice Pils. Not a great beer but a good one!

ant5431, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of LazyL
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A heavy carbonated pale orange with an average white head. The nose is spicy and a little skunky. The taste is true to style. The mouthfeel is dry but very drinkable. Over 6%, on tap, beach in the background. This is not my favorite style, but I'm thirsty and this goes down pretty well.

LazyL, Mar 23, 2011
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
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours with good body. White, frothy head that dissipates at an expected rate. Leaves a med-low amt of lace with a white foam top.

Golden color that is straw like and vivid. Clear; bubbly.

S - pilsener malt aroma; small noble hops. No DMS or diacetyl.

T - malty and rich. Low hop taste. Smooth. Some fruitiness but near negligible. Sweet and medi crispness.

M & D - great aftertaste of a czech pils. Malt sweetness that is pleasant. Definitely going to have this one again.

MinnesotaRIS, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a nice large fluffy white head. Head falls to a full blanket. Smells bready maybe a touch of banana and light hop note. Sweet light malt up front, Some grassiness and light crisp hops on the back end. Body is light/medium and rather creamy. Pretty smooth, nice carbonation. Overall a nice easy drinking pils, not as crisp as an actual Czech pilsner but approachable for sure.

ThirstyBird, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

286th review on BA
bottle to Pilsner glass

App- A very dark yellow with minimal bubble activity and a one finger quick dissapating head.

Smell- Faint malts and smells a bit sugary to me.

Taste- A bit similar to a euro lager for me. A big bigger though with more bolder flavors. Malty and a bit sweet.

Mouth- This was a soft medium body with a medium carb level and a euro lager after taste.

Drink- It was balanced but a bit malty and to close to a euro lager for me.

FosterJM, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ephemere pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours with two full fingers of soft cloudy head. Color is pale yellow and very transparent. Not a very interesting looking beer. Sort of bland, boring and just yellow. Poor lacing. Looks sort of like champagne.

Smell - Light floral notes are noticeable at first, followed by light hops and malts as well. Slight hints of grass and wheat.

Taste - Floral and banana notes make themselves apparent right away. Quite a flavorful pilsner, filled with many different types of floral notes. Crisp and clear.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Smooth and crisp. Easily drinkable and I enjoyed tasting all the different floral notes. Refreshing and easily drinkable.

Jesse13713, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly golden yellow with a fat pillow two finger head. Smells sweet, tangy and grassy. Nice subtle hop balanced with a sweet pale malt

Taste is similar to the nose being sweet from the pale malt but also with a lemon tang. A mellow crisp taste with a fruity semi-dry finish. There is a light hoppy sweetness for the aftertaste.

Light body and mildly drinkable. The tangy sweetness cloys slightly bringing down the drinkability.

DrinkingDrake, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grassiness, subtle saltine cracker note
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, nice hop bite,very clean and crisp. Certainly much more flavor and character than a "macro" pilsner. A nice match with spicy appetizers.

hosehead83, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date found.

A: hazy golden color, fluffy yellowish-white head, lacing is very good. I took off a full point for the haze, which is not to style.

S: bread-like malt, light fruitiness, floral notes, no sulfurous aroma detected.

T: a woodsy hop character emerges alongside the bread-like malt, the middle highlights a soft floral/fruity hop flavor and a bit of spiciness, the gentle hop finish starts on the floral end of the spectrum, and finishes grassy.

M: light body, silky to watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

D: a nice, refreshing pilsner. I would get this again.

Erish, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Beernf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bar Food in Santa Monica, CA.

Lagunitas Pils is a standby beer if you are too drunk to really taste another beer for real. It has some basic characteristics that make it easy to drink, like other pilsners. Its not offensive, unless it warms up and then there is some funk to it that I am not a fan of. However, out of a tap when its nice and cold, i like drinking it. Goes well with most food, not sweets though. I guess if you are going to go for a Pilsner, its better to support a small indie brewery than to just order from the corporate beer makers eh?

Beernf, Feb 13, 2011
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