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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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BA SCORE
82
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1,812 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 37
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 RunDWP
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Here's proof great craft beer doesn't have to be some heavy, malty, hoppy stuff.

Poured it into my tulip with a nice golden yellow color and nice foamy white head. I have a weak nose, but not picking up anything in the aroma department at all except for the slightest floral character. The taste is where this guy shines with a crisp, biscuity malt and a great floral, herbal hop bit. Really great sipping beer even with all that complexity. I'd have another right now.

RunDWP, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of mattcrill
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

Aroma: Slight sulfury nose with a crackery Pils background. A slight spicy hop aroma. This is what I imagine a Pils would smell like if I was in Germany and didn't have to drink it from a green bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden appearnce with moderate effervescence noted. Soft, pillowy white head.

Flavor: More of the same from the aroma. A nice floral, spicy hop note. Backed up with solid crackery and pilsner malt flavors. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, and a slight carbonic bite. No alcohol heat or astringency detected.

Overall impression: Wow! A fantastic American interpretation. I'm not a big fan of Lagunitas but this pretty much knocks the cover off the ball. What a treat to have a Pilsner like this that isn't imported. Well done.

mattcrill, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of b3barron
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a golden staw color with a head the dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and lots of rising bubbles.

Great bisuity malt smell...one of the things I love about lagers like this one. Upon tasting I get some earthy/herbal hops up from which quickly gives way to a bready maltiness and some corn. This is a little more hopped up than most I have had in this style - not necessarily a bad thing but different to be sure.

Drinkability is a strong point and will probably have me coming back for a few more six packs throughout the summer. A solid offering from Lagunitas.

b3barron, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of Birdiebeagle
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%

Bottle Pours a clear pale yellow with a big white head. The head lasts well. Has some subtle aromas of sweet malts mixed with light hops and some corn. Has a decent carbination and a fairly decent mouthfeel. Has a light body. The flavor is okay. Has a slick texture and is fairly easy drinking.

Birdiebeagle, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of kaseydad
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a golden color with a nice lingering head throughout the beer. Major lacing on the glass as well. Nice carbonation.

Smells malty and grainy.

Has a definite European flair with a lingering (kind of bothering) aftertaste. Tastes malty but would accompany spicy food nicely.

Definitely a hot weather beer and the lower alcohol makes it easier to drink...though the taste may put off some drinkers.

Ok for what it is, but I prefer almost any other Lagunitas beer to this style.

kaseydad, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of PSUBeerman
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a pale, straw, golden color. The head was initially thick, but settled to a thin covering, some lacing.

Aroma was rather weak to me. It was reminiscent of typical Euro pilseners.

Some citrus notes in the flavor. Definitely grainy and left a bitter aftertaste.

This was a okay light bodied brew, probably best suited for the summer. This would have to be served very cold for me to enjoy.

PSUBeerman, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%

G: Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A: Fairly pale in color with a decent amount of carbonation after an initial rush. Small, white head.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet--the malt really comes through. Hints of darker malt. Tiny hop presence.

T: Nothing sharp. The hops are there but don't jump out at me. Ever-so-mildly sweet, and a decent amount of malt. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not terribly crisp and a little low on carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel for a pilsner.

D: Could be good on a summer day, but is only average for the style.

Thorpe429, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Thin cream white head which dissipates relatively rapidly, no lacing. More of an orange glow to it, yellows out around the rims, not deeply hued, light enough to see the sluggish bubbles rising within the glass. Bready nose of sourdough and baguette, mixed sour white citrus, tea leaves and meadow grassiness, doesn't push itself on you. Medium-bodied with a hefty does of carbonation to keep it churning around the mouth, active palate presence. More sour than bitter with rye, sourdough bread notes and lemony bite. Pine and dried flower petals there, it takes awhile for the malts to smooth things out. Still, a fairly herbaceous beer which has a refreshing, cleansing side but, at the same time, leaves that sourness as its final impression, along with a scratchy tingle on the tongue.

farrago, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Pours a golden orange hue with a small white head.

Aromas of pear, apple, floral hops, herbal hops, grass, pale malt, and bread.

Taste is lean and refreshing with a moderate bitterness. Most of the aromas came through on the taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, clean, and easy drinking.

Overall a good pils.

gonzo46and2, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Jedimaster1
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured into a 12oz Sam Adams glass.

A: Clear golden yellow. Very carbonated as well. Looks almost like a Steam beer because of the carbonation.

S: Smell of malt and a tad bit of hops.

T: Here is where the beer shines. Great smooth taste and balance between the hops and malt. A definite example of the style perfected.

M: Carbonated, but not too much

D: Way too easy. I can see myself returning to this one when the summer gets here. Good stuff for that Saturday BBQ

Overall: Highly Recommended.

Jedimaster1, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of treehugger02010
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

I had this on-tap at Cantina Dos Segundos in Philadelphia, PA. It was served in a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear gold color. The head is one and a half fingers tall, light, small bubbles, good retention and good lacing.
Smell: The aroma is kind of plain, notes of citrus hops.
Taste: The flavors are dominated by grapefruit with no malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oddly smooth.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: Lucid, clear, apricot-hue pour... Little carbonation that fizzled away quickly...
Smell: Not much going on in this department... Light, non-assertive
Taste: Very crisp and refreshing yet still lacking that true-to-the-style pepperish bite evident in some great pilsners
Easily drinkable...
Refereshing and thirst-quenching...

dsa7783, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

I had this one on tap at the Illinois Bar & Grill in Lemont, IL on 3/18/2009.

A= This beer poured a hazy yellow gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped fairly quickly to almost zero and left very little lace on the glass.

S= I found biscuity sweet malts, with just a hint of grassy fresh hops.

T= Like the smell, bakery malt sweetness up front with a green/grassy hop quality soon after. A mild lemon flavor in there too. Dry finish, though not as dry as some pils I have had.

MF= Light bodied and crisp all the way.

D= Very drinkable and enjoyable pilsner here. I could have a few of these in a sitting for sure.

spointon, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: yellowy-gold, great clarity, thin cap of off-white loose foam

Aroma: bready maltiness with hints of jasmine honey and grass

Flavor: chewy malt sweetness with a candy-like quality; herbal hop flavor and a tart bitterness; finishes semisweet with an aftertaste of grass and unflavored hard candy (like a Jolly Rancher that they forgot to put flavoring in)

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, crisp, and silky soft

Other comments: A pretty tasty lager/pilsner, but I personally prefer a bit more balancing bitterness in a pils.

GreenCard, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

This beer poured a dark cloudy yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last long and plenty of visible carbonation. The smell is
biscuity malt with a tiny bit of floral hops. The taste starts off with a mix of sweet malt and well-balanced hops that quickly fades away to just a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but very crisp thanks to the carbonation. This is a nice little beer that I could drink for hours at a time, not the best version of the style but certainly one worth grabbing occasionally.

TheTrevor, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Poured a pure gold color with minimal white head. Dissapates quickly. Crystal clear. No lacing.

Smell: Strong bready malts, with some floral hops deep down.

Taste: Sweet and bready, again with hops deep down. Lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Easy to drink pilsner, goes down smooth. The "hidden" hops make it more enjoyable than your standard pilsner.

jonziefle, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. bottle. Gold pour, ample white head. Pine, citrus aromas. Expected pine citrus flavors with a little biscuit and surprising sweetness. Sweetness lingers a little bit. Could use some more hop presence, but not a bad pilsener at all. One of the few I don't mind from Lagunitas.

Bung, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

A: 12 oz. stubby brown bottle. Lagunitas Pils pours a beautiful 3/8" frothy white head on top of a very clean, golden body. Very active carbonation is present, but it doesn't look out of place at all. The foam leaves heavy lace stickage along the glass as it fades.

S: Bready in the nose; Munich and pale malt I'm guessing. A floral hop aroma is deeply hidden by the malts.

T: Floral, again, and very sweet and bready. Almost too sweet, really. I expected a much cleaner finish as opposed to the stickiness I got.

M: Light-Medium

D: It went down the pipe fairly easily, but I just can't get over the sweet, sticky finish.

Notes: After reading what I just wrote, one would think I didn't like this beer. I actually thought it was pretty decent, just not what I was hoping for. I guess I've come to expect a home run every time out of my favorite breweries, however unrealistic.

GruvisHops, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

On tap at Canal Street, Reading, PA on 1/31/09.

A - Clear golden/amber body with very minimal carbonation and half a finger of bubbly white head that receded to a patchy film and left some decorative lacing around the glass.

S - Fruity nose with citrus, grape and apple notes as well as a sprinkling of mild grass and spices. Malt seems buried beneath the sweetness, but there is a hint of doughy, biscuity malt.

T - Opens with a good bit of caramely, biscuity malt with subtle alcohol notes. However, the spicy Czech hops soon kick in, offering a grassy, herbal flair. Finish is spicy and fruity bitterness with a subtle sweet grape character.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. Finishes with an even bitterness and lingers on the palate for a while.

D - Solid Czech Pils that is classic and true to style. I find that pils drink much better on tap, and this one is no exception.

ffejherb, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of zerofear13
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

After having so many imperial stouts and dark-strong flavors, I decided to try out a nice light style. I found Lagunitas Pilsener as one of my only options at a local beer store (odd, I know).

Almost no head. Very airy. No lacing. Smell is of wheats and a yeasty-bread smell, which is a bit unpleasant. Flavor, to be honest, tastes like Miller Lite. It's that sort of muted-hop flavor. Kind of smells of canned fish, honestly. And that's just not a great scent to be breathing in as you're drinking.

When I say it taste like Miller Lite, I don't say that to be a huge insult. I like Miller Lite. I really do. It's a wonderful light beer. But if Lagunitas Pils was going to try to taste like Miller Lite, I'm not sure if I agree with the strategy.

I'd easily pass on this brew every time.

zerofear13, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%

Suffered through this with William Pang (Queens, NY).

Pours out with very minimal head and, no lie, absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smells of bready malt but mostly reminds me of the cheap college beers (natural light, miller lite, coors light, etc.) in that there is a strong corn profile.

The taste is, unfortunately, much the same as the smell. Lots of bready malt flavor, but also a lot of similarities with the cheap beers.

Feels very thin and carbonated in the mouth, washes down easily.

If it wasn't for the unpleasant similarities with Coors Light, this would be very drinkable, as it is very thin and refreshing.

tittymcj, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

One of my favorite session beers, this is one of the few lagers that I keep in my fridge. Keep in mind that as we score lagers, we must score it as if it fits the type perfectly. In this case the look, the hops, the malt, the balance, the buttery feel, almost perfect for the style. So it's not a Stout, so what! It's a really good beer for the style, one I will defend.

Appears a bit light pale orange/yellow look, slight head dissipates nicely.

Nose has a nice sweetness, bit of soft hops.

Taste is balanced, slightly sweet malt with nice dryness at the end. Good flavor and finish for this style, not great but good.

Round and filling in the mouth. The best thing is the drinkability, very refreshing and balanced, could have it all day. Best I've had, other than New Glarus' try which is great too.

robbyc1, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of GRPunk
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of white head that quickly dropped to a full lace. The body was a nice, slightly hazy, golden color with medium carbonation.

S- Initially I was met with a mix of doughy malts, some soft fruit esters, and slightly spicy hops. On further inspection, I picked up a bit of toast-like qualities.

T- Similar to the aroma. There was a doughy taste mixed with a nice portion of spicy hops. Later, I seemed to pick up some possible yeasty traits.

M- Pretty full for the style, which is nice. Otherwise, it's moderately carbonated.

D- It's a pretty decent drinker, slightly heartier than some other examples of the style. Pilseners can be a difficult style to "woo" somebody with. This one was nice, but didn't do anything to separate itself from the pack.

GRPunk, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Jimbo87
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.

Not much head when they brought it in a pint glass. Nice clear gold beer. Left almost no lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. I've just gotten into craft beer, and the only pilsner I'm familiar with so far is Victory Prima Pils, and this smells much more toward the sweet side, but then again, this is a Czech, not German Pilsner, and maybe that's the difference.

Tastes as the nose would indicate as far as the malt-hop balance. Definitely sweet but not overly so. There's something about this that reminds me of a taste in milk that's gone sour, but not in a bad way. Hops balance the sweetness in the finish to make this a very good and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is standard for a refreshing pilsner. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Very good beer, and a nice change from Prima Pils for me. This is my second beer from Lagunitas after Imperial Red Ale, and so far so good.

Jimbo87, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of biggmike
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured a crisp, clear, golden color with small white head that stayed around, but did not leave much lacing around the glass. Aroma was a bit floral, but I also detected a scent of grass, the aroma was, however, dominated by the Saaz hops. Flavor was good and a bit hoppier than I had anticipated. Mouthfeel was great and drinkability was sky high. I really enjoyed this and I typically dont get that excited about pilseners.

biggmike, Jan 07, 2009
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.