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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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2,032 Ratings

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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 TheSarge
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pils I've been passing up for a while...

Poured into a .5L cylinder glass, this brew pours perfectly for a bright white pillowy head, and a crystal clear golden colored body.

Nice aroma from spicy but lemony hops, and a nice cereal grainy huskiness.

Nice cereal grain taste, somewhat in the way of corn flakes with an amped out of a lemony hops presence.

Very soft on the palate. Almost too comfortable. Doesn't share the clean crispness typical in most pils. I'm pretty used to the German style, but if I remember correctly this is typical with the Czech style.

Overall a nice interpretation of the style. A little stronger in ABV than most Czech pils, but it is masked nicely.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, no best before date, into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden color with a one finger head that dissipates rapidly. Leaves some lacing.

Smells grainy and malty, I'm a bit apprehensive.

Well it certainly feels like a lager, but kind of misses the mark for a pilsner. It's a bit grainy and has minimal hops and feels too heavy.

Medium bodied, not enough carbonation.

After one I'm done. It's a pretty good lager but I wish it was more like a pilsner, give it a touch more hops and less malt and we might be headed somewhere. Good starter beer for people getting into craft.

Photo of bsp77
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass. Bottled on 105 of the Julian calendar (April 15th).

Appearance: Clear, bright yellow-gold with frothy white head.

Smell: Loads of straw and pepper, with some fruity, grainy malts underneath (apple mostly).

Taste: More malty than the aroma with apple, pear, citrus and light bread. The straw and peppery Saaz come through at the finish, but it remains a little sweet, leaving a funny aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium body (little heavy for a Pils), with only a semi-dry finish.

Overall: I think the alcohol may be too high on this one, as it is not as dry or crisp as desired in a great Pils. Still has a nice flavor profile, even if it is a little too malty. I guess this is too far outside of Lagunitas comfort zone of hoppy, strong American ales. It's alright, I still love you.

Photo of lstokes
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright amber with fine carbonation and a large head, but the rest of the beer isn't nearly as impressive. Some citrus in the nose, the taste has floral hops, a bit of grass, and too much sweetness in the malt profile overall. The mouthfeel is dry, but lacks the "crispness" I associate with the style. Nothing about this beer really stood out and I think there's better pilsners around.

Photo of Snow81
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow

Head: Very small white head

Smell: Sweet malts with a hint of grassiness

Taste: Big grass up front with hints of hops in the back

Weight: Medium to light body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Hops and notes of grass

Over all if you ask me four another I would say no thank you and most lagunitas are great but from me not into a lager style I normally not into but still one of the better of the pilsners

Photo of nickthetick
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear amber into a DFH signature glass with a frothy white finger and a half of head that is there for the whole tasting experience and leaves moderate lacing.

S: light malt, biscuits and a lot of wheat. Tart apricots and lemon.

T: a lot of wheat, biscuits right up front. Some nice fruity notes, green apples and apricots. There is a light lemon tartness/sweetness that lingers on the tongue.

MF: heavy on the carbonation, crisp and a bit astringent. Smooth flavors.

O: good beer, I would buy it again but it doesn't out shine any of the local czech pils.

Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was served to me on tap with a golden yellow tone and a decent enough head that fizzles in short order. The aroma is malty up fronmt with a biscuit-like and grainy scent as well. It came in with a moderate body and the taste also had a nice, pleasing malty pils attitude with a thin hop bitterness. Overall fairly well balanced.

Photo of chilidog
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've bought thisone twice and both times took the last bottles two differant stores had. Oh well, that being said.

Pours golden pale with a fairly thin white head. Not much for lace but carbonation was ok.

Aromas of bready malts and raw grain.

Taste of biscuit, bready malts with a citric hop follow-up.

Thoughs hops add a dryness to the beers finish.

An overall good crisp drinker. At 6.2% abv. a worthy try for warmer weather, that is if I don't grab the last bottle.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.94/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. The little bit of head dissipated to nothing quick. No lacing. Golden honey color.

Aroma smells like when I fresh crush the grains before I brew a batch of beer.

Taste is very grainy. Tastes like the grains before you actually collect the wort. Like I popped a couple in my mouth to taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing.

Overall an ok pils. There are some others out there that are just as easy to get I would rather have though.

Photo of trappistlover
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle). Pours clear golden color with thin white head. Decent carbonation but no lacing. Aroma has florals, grass, and some light fruit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with some hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a slicky/sticky texture and fizzy on the tongue. Finish is lightly bitter. Not a bad beer at all!

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear golden color - lightly bubbly with a bright pearly white head formation. Breaks down to a film quickly.

S - Solid pilsner malt backbone comes through with a fruity hop background. Very smooth.

T - Starts off with a smooth pilsner malt flavor, likely grainy with the tell tale sweetness. A stronger than normal hop base builds up, some smooth floral notes and then gets more bitter and biting. Finishes with a sweet finish that brings it all back into balance.

M - Moderate body, a carbonation profile that aims a little bit low for the style. Finishes with a sugar and sticky mouthfeel.

O/D - Solid drinking pilsner. A little bit potent to call this one traditional, especially by its hefty lean towards the hops. ABV is solid, but manageable.

A good West Coast Czech Pils.

Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Not much retention and no laceing.Aroma is of bready malts. Body is light and very carbonated. Taste is of biscut,sweet malts, and maybe a bit of honey. Touch of hops in the finish. Worth a try,but I liked the Sierra Nevada Summerfest better.

Photo of DNICE555
2.51/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Zapps brought this sub par beer to UFC 129. Machida kicked Couture’s tooth out, Aldo gave Homminick a second head, GSP and Sheilds had a war… what a card.

A – Light golden body white head

S – Biscuity malts, smells sweet.

T – Biscuity malts, has a Belgian yeast flavor. Not a big fan.

M – Higher carbonation, crisp dry finish

O – Not really into this one.

Photo of rudzud
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of atlason
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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

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.

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.

Photo of FattyJLE
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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!

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