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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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Ratings: 2,032
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 47
Gots: 194 | FT: 0
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Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Photo of GarrettB
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.61/5  rDev -28.1%
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?

Photo of BeerHiker
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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!

Photo of BARFLYB
3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.11/5  rDev -41.9%
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?

Photo of billab914
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier pint glass. Golden amber in color with a thin head sticking mostly to the edges of the glass.

Aroma is crisp with more of a grainy, bready flavor mixing with a slightly tart apple or pear like flavor. Just a hint of hops to it.

The taste also leans more towards the malty, bready side of the style. I get some of the tart, crisp fruits coming through more towards the finish. Like the aroma just a little hops to it.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy for the style and carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a decent beer but not an outstanding version of the style.

Photo of morimech
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Different malt bill then what I think of when Czech style pils is being envisioned. Seems like a pale ale that is lagered rather than a light, crisp, dry pils. This is just too sweet and cloying. The hop flavor and bitterness is present but that is not enough to overcome the malt.

A- Pale golden color with a long lasting head. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

S- Bready malt, honey, lemon, and some herbs.

T- Sweet malt, honey, grassy/herbal hops. Bitterness is high for a pils.

M- This is a posiitive result of the malt, a fuller, richer body. Nicely carbonated.

O- I should not have been surprised by the outcome of this beer. Seems typical Lagunitas. High ABV, high hops, and sweet malt.

Photo of zoso1967
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Pils pours a nice, clear golden color that is not quite as pale as many of this style. It carries a wonderfully fluffy head of foam that is not quite white. The head has excellent retention and leaves plenty of sticky lace on the glass.

The aroma has pilsner written all over it, but I am not sure about Czech pilsner. It carries plenty of floral, grassy and slightly lemony hop aromas that meld easily with a pleasant pale malt sweetness. Clean and crisp, but a bit low on the hop aromas.

The flavor follows the nose quite well with the same blend of floral, lemony grassy hops and crisp and clean pale lager character. This beer is very well balanced with the flavors being quite well integrated, but it is perhaps too balanced. Bitterness is significant, but kept in check by the malt.

The body of this brew is light to medium, though probably much closer to the medium side. It has a refreshing amount of carbonation and has a very light presentation on the palate. The finish is dry with some nice hop flavors.

Overall this is a decent pilsner, but I am not super impressed. Perhaps I have drank way too many of the PA pilsners and all others have a hard time living up to that benchmark, but I find that while there is nothing wrong with this beer, there was nothing that would make me reach for it instead of one of my go to examples of the style.

Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Grassy hops, bit of pale wheat and apple juice, with a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - A unique take on the traditional Czech Pilz, a bit sweeter than your traditional pilz, with the apple juice notes taking a dominating presence. The grassy hops come through on the finish alongside a touch of caramel. A touch of bitter leafy hops linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet... Just the way I like my pilseners.

O - Overall, a slightly sweeter take on the style, offering up some unique flavours. The higher ABV is nicely hidden on this one and makes it a bit more rich than a traditional pilsener. I prefer the Euro offerings over this one, but certainly worth a try.

Photo of Belekinbeer
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this pilsner.
I poured it into a mug, poured with a light amber color with a nice head (about an inch thick ).
Had a sweet grainy smell, again light.
Taste was sweet and malty finish with a beautiful bitterness. Mouth feel was light and refreshing.
Great hot day beer. I would continue to have this beer around.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light orange-yellow with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots and blotches of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain/malt and honey. Taste is of grain/malt and honey with the beginning and end of each sip with a bitter hop flavor coming through in the middle. Mild hop bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good czech pilsner and another great value and beer from Lagunitas.

Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head. Aroma does a decent impersonation of the Bohemian style, with a grainy, crackery malt profile and some grassy, almost metallic hops. Flavor is a little sweet for a pilsener. Hoppy on the front of the tongue but then it's got this honey/caramel note midpalate before a seltzery finish. It tastes pretty good but it's too sweet to be a refreshing beer. Nice mild bitterness tinged with grass. Not a bad beer but it's not going to supplant Trumer or Reality Czeck for my pils fix.

Photo of jkrich
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. undated bottle: poured a clear and bright, deep golden with very little head and no lacing.
The aroma was sweet cracker like malt and home perfumy, noble hops.
The flavor falls a little short for a pilsner but is very tasty. The initial flavor is nicely bitter and refreshing and then evolves to a sweet and slightly sour aftertaste. There is a very faint metallic flavor that detracts a little from the overall experience.
The body was heavier than your typical pilsner style and the carbonation seemed lower than expected.
Overall, this is a flavorful, refreshing lager that is not quite a true pilsner from the flavor profile to the higher ABV.

Photo of avaldivia
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at lagunitas.

A: Light golden color with a huge head for a lager. The head fades very quickly however.

S: Light with just a bit of hop character.

T: Damn. That is a delicious, refreshing pilsner. Nice malty flavor with just a hint of hops. Absolutely enjoyable.

M: Light and crisp. This is a great summertime beer. Incredibly refreshing.

O: This is my go to lager. Affordable, easily obtainable, and wonderful. Great beer to have when warm outside.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Portside in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: light gold body, thin white head, decent retention and lacing. Looks like a pils.

Smell: hoppy citrus zest, fresh grass, and pilsner malt.

Taste: a little too sweet for a pilsner. Malty body with some grassy, citrusy hops. Its not as dry as I would've liked and the malt is too forward.

Feel: light bodied, easy drinking, crisp carbonation, refreshing on a hot day and could be something you'd session if it wasn't 6.2% ABV, which seems high for a pils.

Overall: this is okay but calling it a Czech Pilsener seems misleading. It tastes like an American pale lager, so don't buy this thinking you're getting an authentic Czech Pils. Cheers!

Photo of dfitch81
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a bad lager, but a pilsner? Initial pour revealed a very pretty deep golden hue, but head was disappointing and faded to nothing double-quick. Pleasing but faint smell of sweet grains with a whiff of alcohol is the first clue that the pilsner moniker is a stretch - where are the hops? Tastes like a good, hearty all-malt American lager, but again the aggressive hop spiciness of a classic pilsner is conspicuous by its absence. Like I said - this is a perfectly fine lager, perhaps a bit unexciting but solid and satisfying nonetheless. Just forget that it's called a pilsner and you'll find it far easier to appreciate.

Photo of GilGarp
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden yellow color with good clarity. The thin white head is quick to settle with no lacing left behind.

Aroma is that of a good solid pilsner. I can already tell what it's going to taste like - crisp, clean and spicy.

Flavor doesn't disappoint. It has a very mild and light pilsner malt base with ample spicy saaz-style hops. Lagunitas could never do a beer without hopping it up and this is no exception.

Mouthfeel is light in body and well balanced. Clean dry finish.

Overall a very good American version of the style. A perfect beer for a hot summer night.

Photo of works4beer
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rich amber color that is topped off with a nice foam head that quickly disperses after a few sips. The aroma is full of citrus notes that are sutle but noticeable right before you take a sip. The beer hits your tongue with a creamy texture that comes on sweet and leaves your taste buds with a slight tart that punctuates the toffee notes infused. This beer is especially comforting on a warm summer evening right before the sun goes down.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - crystal clear golden, short white head dissipated to a thin covering with minimal lacing
S - spicy and grassy, grainy, with a light astringent aroma
T - spicy and with grassy and floral hop notes, crisp clean metallic hint, light biscuit malt, hint of sweetness
M - clean, crisp, and tart just like a pils should be
O - started slow but finished strong, this hints all the notes of a classic czech pilsner, well worth a purchase

Photo of Stretch270
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from a 12 fl oz bottle.

Appearance - crystal clear light gold color with thin whit head.

Smell - nice hoppy spiciness dominates the aroma.

Taste - hops add a nice crisp taste that combines well with the malt. On top of this basic flavors there is a decent spice that builds on the main flavors.

Mouthfeel - a nice light feel that gives a crisp and well carbonated feel on the tongue.

Overall - a very pleasant and crisp beer that brings a solid all around flavor.

Photo of MrOH
2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Deep gold with a single finger white head.

Bready, nutty malts dominate, with some lemon and spicy hop notes popping up.

Sweet. Too sweet for a pils. Lots of bready malt, though, with some spicy hops.

Heavy for the style, even with high carbonation.

This is not a good example of a Czech style pils. Far too sweet, and the hops aren't snappy enough for me. Maybe it's an old bottle, I can never tell if it's not a calendar date. So that's on me. Otherwise, the brown bottle can't save this one, may I please have an Urquell?

Photo of bubseymour
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden, light brown color. A little darker than other pilsners. Small fizzy head that disappears quickly
Smell - sorto of a funky yeasty smell with some spice. Not really a hoppy pilsner smell at all.

Taste - Again, tastes more like a style of lager than Pils. Only the crisp bitter finish is noticably a pils. Bitterness isn't bad through middle/finish but it lingers too long afterwards.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - a good one and done sampling. Tolerable, slightly refreshing but nothing worthy of return buys if other Pilsner options are available.

Photo of mikechance
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tad darker color than most Pils and a strong spicy and grassy smell (very earthy).

A very full, lemon flavor and a hint of orange. I'm picking up a lot of spices. Again, I'm picking up a very earthy feel.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with very little aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid and falvorful summer beer for ale lovers.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,032 ratings.