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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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1,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 34
Gots: 107 | 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 brewdoc75


2.73/5  rDev -24.8%

Poured into a Surly pint.

A: Yellow, on the darker end of the spectrum with good carbonation. Good, sparkly head initially, but dies down quick.

S: Really sweet with some fruitiness. A hint of butterscotch. Not what I was expecting from a pilsner. I get some faint spiciness and floral aromas from the hops.

T: More of that sweetness with some background fruity esters. More of that butterscotch as well. Really not a very "to style" pilsner. The hoppiness is strong and spicy, floral, but it doesn't save the beer. It is even a bit heavy tasting in the malt department.

M: Light bodied and crisp like a pilsner should be.

D: I have heard a lot of people saying this beer is great. They must not have had some of the iconic pilsners out there. This isn't a terrible beer, but it isn't a good pilsner. I paid $8.99 for a six pack of this. It is not worth it. Pick up some Prima Pils for that price. You can get a better pilsners cheaper (see Sierra Nevada Summerfest). I'm gonna stick with Lagunita's Ales.

08-09-2009 22:33:46 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.63/5  rDev 0%

A small frothy white head settled on a relatively clear golden. Not much retention and almost no lacing. Aromas are honey and bready malt up front with grassy hops and earthiness to boot. A crisp, light-bodied brew introduces grassy hops that I expect from the style, the bitterness of which Lingers in the back. The malts are really in your face, and a little too buttery for me. Refreshing, but a bit unbalanced for my tastes and not what I want from a Czech pils.

08-05-2009 18:13:02 | More by washburnkid
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Poured into my pilsner glass a murky gold with a big bubbly white head on top. Decent retention and it leaves some lacing. Smells like Cheerios, lemon zest, bread, and grassy hops.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Very refreshing. Flavor is very bready finishing slightly tart. Fair amount of bitterness in this one. I like it alot. Recommend.

08-04-2009 21:22:53 | More by Onenote81
Photo of berserker256


3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Clear golden bronze color with good head retention. A constant stream of bubbles rush to the top of the glass. Earthy barley aroma. Mildly sweet smell. A little more sour grassy flavor followed by a bitter aftertaste that I didn't expect from this style of beer. Good carbonation and body. Decent beer but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell if I were to choose this style of beer.

07-30-2009 19:51:29 | More by berserker256
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Had at the Mellow Mushronn on tap.
Brassy and clear with a nice white head leaving behind drapes of lacing.
Husky graininess in the nose, maltiness with the ever so slight hint of hops present.
Taste is smooth, very well rounded. Nice feel on the palate with a good malt presence.

07-24-2009 01:31:25 | More by dmamiano
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev 0%

Snagged a growler at Consumer Beverage on a visit to Buffalo. I even used a gift card so it was free!

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice fluffy white head. A nice balanced aroma of earthy malt and spicy hops. Some Euro skunk in the aroma as well. Taste is a nice round malt with hints of spice from the hops and a bit of a biter finish that fades semi quickly and allows for a rather clean after taste.

Nice body, nice carbonation. Not my style, but a nice easy drinker that seems fairly legit.

07-07-2009 22:03:20 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of rugerj


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Beer pours a golden color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly, not much lacing left in glass. Smell is of sweet malt and a piney hop nose. Taste is of sweet malt with some graininess; grassy/piney hop presence is noticed. Carbonation was good and beer was light in body. Beer finishes fairly dry.

A decent Pilsner but falls short of others I have had form overseas.

07-07-2009 15:19:51 | More by rugerj
Photo of Tballz420


4.08/5  rDev +12.4%

small creamy white hide rides on top of a nice clear bubbly golden body. Sweet malt with a hint of floral hop on the nose. Slight acidic twang leads on the nice malt taste, nice little bitter hop back bone on top of that. Somewhat creamy but overall wet mouthfeel. Would be a very nice beer to sit outside on a hot day with.

07-02-2009 03:12:27 | More by Tballz420
Photo of theghost3


3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a mostly clear deep golden with a 2-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

It smells of yeast, floral hops & a little of toasted malts. The taste is mainly bitter floral hops with yeast; not as grassy or buttery as expected. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated.

This is a fairly drinkable Czech Pils, but nothing really stands out.

06-29-2009 03:45:14 | More by theghost3
Photo of MikeBrandman


3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

A - Poured into a wheat beer glass. Results: Huge head. White, fluffy, 3 or 4 fingers that quickly disapate. Decent lacing. Body is a golden amber with not much depth to the color, looks a little watered down.

S - Took a couple wafts to get the delicate mix of hops and malts. Noble hops, very aromatic.

T - Malts are huge in this beer. Good attempt to balance, but matls still pull through. Alcohol taste comes through too. However, the malts are very tasty. The hops keep the malts from getting out of control, but provide little to the overall taste.

MF - Very smooth. Refreshingly easy on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation has very little effect on the tongue.

D - A good level of drinkability. Character is complex enough to keep me interested and alcohol is low enough to keep me from getting sick.

06-26-2009 04:09:45 | More by MikeBrandman
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

lagunitas pils
3.5-4 deep golden verging on amber, modest head fades to very faint ring and rare spots of lace.
4 delicate aroma focusing on grain and noble hops. sometimes seems a bit faint, but when it wafts right it's very pleasant.
4-4.5 low on the lemon aspect, which i appreciate. the hops are mainly spicy, and are not in your face at all. i happen to like this ratio of malt to flavor hops in a pils. in the bittering department the hops are a bit stronger, again just right in my book. the lightly toasted grain is cut by the bitterness and a certain tartness in the finish, keeps you coming back for more.
4-4.5 body is light enough and the beer is crisp enough not to be mistaken for another style, and not too filling like i'm finding some pils this year (even sn)
4.5 definitely works for me. maybe not particularly "interesting" but hey this is a pilsner, and this one is beautifully balanced--the sessioning potential is through the roof. will seek out again.

06-18-2009 00:29:13 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of jeffjeff1


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This was a pretty good beer. It is from Petaluma which is pretty local so that's good.

Appearance- gold color, transparent, thin head

Smell- malt, grassy hops

Taste- bready, malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, I enjoyed it. I would definitely drink it again.

06-12-2009 06:37:00 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of rajendra82


3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

Pale golden colored clear body, lively carbonation, and small but stable head; a classic look that's replicated a million times over, but there is a reason why it is considered a classic look. The smell was maltier than others with some sweet corn, and only a vague hint of the hops. The taste was good and mild, but not as clean as I would have preferred. A tiny bit vegetal and a touch of sourness evident. Hops were lightly utilized. On the other hand much more substantial on the palette than the norm with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Well made and enjoyable, but not fully style compliant.

06-10-2009 03:29:54 | More by rajendra82
Photo of BDLbrewster


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Pours a clean clear yellow with a slight golden hue and very little head. A few tiny bubbles surface around the edge of the glass.
All I really smell is a light, spicy malty character and bread maybe.
The taste follows the scent, dry and bready with a spiced twang of bitterness in the finish. No generic metallic taste, nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is surprisingly more weighted than I expected and there is a perfect amount of carbonation .
Drinkability is very good, not my favorite style but this one ain't too bad.

06-05-2009 00:30:34 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of jsh420


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

pours clear golden with a 2 finger white pillowy head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of malt and light grassy hops

taste - this beer has a much more malty taste then other czech pils i have had the hops try to balance but can not

mouthfeel - beer has a full body with good carbonation

drinkability is so so since the body is heavy but i want something light crisp refreshing

06-04-2009 04:19:11 | More by jsh420
Photo of supercolter


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance is fizzy yellow, almost no head or lacing to note.
Smell is better, nice clean smell with a bit of hop bite at the back end.
Taste is even better, very well put together, a bit of spice comes through and the hops complement them very well.
Mouthfeel is decent very fizzy, almost too much.
Drinkability is very good.

06-01-2009 03:13:48 | More by supercolter
Photo of KI9A


3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

A: Yellow an fizzy. Nothing worth noting here.

S: Bisquits, malt. Some sweet skunk.

T: Bready, some malts. Off-putting funky bitterness at the back. Not like a dry-hopped bitterness, but, strange.

M: Bitter finish kinda ruins the feel.

D: Rather dull beer. Not near as crisp as many Pils around.

05-31-2009 03:00:08 | More by KI9A
Photo of gatornation


3.63/5  rDev 0%

pours a crisp clear yellow color with a clean white head that leaves a nice ring til finish.. the smell is crisp with faint pine and faint hops aromas a wet grass smell is present..the taste is crisp and carbonated its clean and has small malt grain and hop taste to it.. this is a refreshing crisp pils/lager that is great for the summer your quintessential lawnmower beer its quite drinkable..ill recommend it but wouldn't go out of my way to find it

05-31-2009 01:55:15 | More by gatornation
Photo of pinotboy007


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Clear golden pils with vigorous carbonation that helps produce a bright white, fluffy cap that melts into a ring with tracings of lace.

S - Modest hints of wet wheat and grains with some hops and a bit of citrus. No much here.

T - Nice. Has a grain and citrus thing happening along with a trace amount of hops on the clean finish.

M - Soft and caressing. Splendid feel that provides a nice density and silkiness and is easily the best component of this offering.

D - All summer long! Great for picnics, casual gatherings, etc. Incredibly refreshing.

05-26-2009 22:49:14 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

A-Clear yellow-gold w/fluffy white head.

S-Sweet Pilzen malt, corn, grassy hops.

T-Sweet malt upfront w/light corn, and faint hops in aftertaste.

M-Creamy and highly carbonated, but too sweet w/out enough hops to balance it out.

D-Good and easy to drink, but characteristics don't quite match style guidelines. There is very little bitterness to speak of, and this brew would benefit from a bit more hops.

05-22-2009 05:10:55 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of Tone


3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a clear, golden/yellow color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and a slight bread aroma. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness, pale malt, and a slight breadiness. Overall, a smooth brew with a decent body. I could definitely drink a few of these on a hot summer day.

05-22-2009 01:55:25 | More by Tone
Photo of CHADMC3


3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a pale golden yellow with lively carbonation bubbles developing a thin, foamy white head giving way to nearly no lacing.

Citrus, pale floral hops, a little bit of funky yeasts, and grass.

Very pleasant taste with floral hops, lemon zest and even something resembling a juniper berry with just a touch of spice such as coriander.

Light in body, medium in carbonation and very wet on the palate.

Excellent summer brew and a great example of the style featuring some great characteristics.

05-22-2009 01:49:35 | More by CHADMC3
Photo of adamette


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle typical of Lagunitas purchased for "150 cents" at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A One cm off white head that lasts for 30 seconds over a straw yellow body with a dozen or so lines of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Very typical of the style but unispiring to me.

S Light barley and maybe some sweet malt in the distance.

T Barley and grains predominate with a bit of distant syrupy sweetness in this well crafted Pilsener.

M Light despite the taste of grains. The body of this beer is thin, like the style calls for.

D Great, like any pilsener.

Notes: Pilseners are likely my least favorite style (I find them kind of boring) but this one is nicely done with a bit of that sweetness to it while keeping the typical pilsener.

05-18-2009 02:15:11 | More by adamette
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.63/5  rDev +27.5%

Well, I've been searching for a pilsner close to those I had in Prague (check my avatar...that's one of them). This is very close, and very good. The hops present this lager with a nice crisp feel and spicey taste, one thing that keeps me on ales. I'm not a malt head, and don't like the lingering effects of most lagers.
A bright, clear persimmon color with a moderate head. Could look better, but it's just fine.
Clove, coriander, and lemon zest hint in the nose. Fresh. Green grass, possibly.
Taste is great, I almost give it a 5...but rarely do that with any beer. Hops balance this beer well, maybe too much for a true pilsner, but I like it. Feels great, tingly, crisp.
Gonna have to have more of this. A step shy of the Prague beers, but very good nonetheless

05-11-2009 20:45:00 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of sevopie


3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Bright clear yellow in color with a mild white head. Touch of lacing.

A bit of hops, a bit of grain, and a bit of sweet bread.

Some spicy hops jump out initially with the grainy malt right behind.

Medium on the mouth (heavier than I'd expect) with a great amount of carbonation.

One of the better pilsners I've had, I may revisit this one in the future.

05-03-2009 07:30:49 | More by sevopie
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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