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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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1,984 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 166 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of fsimcox
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden straw color. Fluffy white head dissipates quickly. Very little lacing.

Smells of hops and grass, with hints of citrus. Some faint hints of sweetness in the end.

Some sweet malt up front, hay and grass notes in the middle, and a mild hop bitterness in the finish. Some hop after taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, with some creamy hints. Some carbonation in the finish.

A nice example of this style. I would gladly drink another.

Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass resembeling a much darker color than I am use to for Pilsner but a briliant solid 24k gold/orange and clear color. Lots of carbonation with elevator music and a good solid 1-2 finger white head.

Smell is a very closed nose though, with some faint hops and really weak Weak grass smell.

Taste starts off promising with a quick bread biscuit body but quickly turns to sharp bitter. Mouthfeel and finish is about average but and exremely bitter finish but improves after a couple of sips.

I'd put the drinkability at average but would rather have something else or try something new before having this.

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

Very off-kilter interpretation of this style. The beer was very good looking, poured into a Blue Moon glass. Incredibly sweet, the aroma and taste is very malty and has a strong honey-like quality to it. Not a bad beer by any means but it certainly is different for a Czech pils. Strong on all fronts.

Photo of kagent777
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at a Total Wine in Tampa, Florida served into a goblet.

Appearance: A very light golden crystal clear drink that leaves little islands of fizz and no lacing.

Smell: Metallic or mineralish along with some honey like sweetness.

Taste: Light almost hay like taste with some honey like sweetness present. A nice bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: A pleasant dry finish with prickly carbonation. The body is on the lighter side appropriate to the style.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. The ABV is not too high so multiple pint could be downed and it is one that could be used to introduce BMC drinkers to craft beer.

Photo of TheKtulu7
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An attractive and slightly pale golden color with a head that disappears so fast it almost doesn't exist.

S: I detected hay and a dirty earth scent.

T: Grassy, bready, and simple.

M: Bubbly, tingly, thin elsewhere.

D: Crisp, refreshing, and pretty good.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden yellow, white 1 finger head that escapes and almost no lacing to speak of.

A: sweet light honey, citrus, with loads of grain. this is pretty muted on the aroma scene.

T: sweet grainy, with bitter finish.

M: med/light body. big carbonation feel.

D: very sessionable, but not my favorite Lagunitas, nor my favorite pilsner. You could do much worse, but this is not my standard pilsner.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, darker than I was actually expecting. Small amount of head, almost no lacing to speak of .

A: Grains, a small amount of honey and not much else. Smells light and sweet. Pretty unexciting aroma.

T: Hit of sweet malts up front that give way to a nice mellow hoppiness. A well balanced beer, light and summery.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: A drinkable but unremarkable beer. Light, crisp and easy to drink, but not a pilsner worth seeking out.

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, mildly opaque, honey. Pours a thick 3 finger head with about average retention.

S - Golden honey and malt. Touches of orange rind, mulling spice, and yeast.

T - On the sweeter side, but in a pleasant malty way. Opens with honey and a round malt flavor that coats your palate. Booze says hello for a moment in the aftertaste and then steps aside for sweeter flavors of bread.

M - Great body with a smooth character.

D - Great drinkability. Great flavor, session-level booze, and free of harsh flavors beating up on your palate.

Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white, soapy head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - Potent floral aromas with grassy notes. There was a mild sweet caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of spicy grassiness with a mild caramel flavor. A sweet brew with a spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished very dry. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a nice Czech Pils and is very sessionable.

Photo of fostachild
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, pours a very clear light golden colour. decent amount of white bubbly head, with a little bit of lace remaining throughout.

nice smell - quite malty, oranges/citrus also present.

a nice spicy and bitter aftertaste on the tongue. medium carbonation. overall good pilsner.

Photo of augustgarage
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from multiple 12oz bottles into my Moonlight shaped pint glass.

Clear gold body with a fluffy whipped ivory head which recedes slowly to a half finger and a ridge of battlements. Sticky thick lacing, no legs.

Crackery, grainy, pale malty, lager aromas with a hint of floral noble hops maybe in the nose.

Sweet at first, then mildly bitter and grassy with a touch of mint and eucalyptus. Crisp finish, with maybe the vaguest whisper of diacetyl (though it is more likely a quality of one of the malts utilized).

Well carbonated, light bodied, and refreshing.

Slightly sweet for the style maybe...and lacking the purity of the best examples (such as Moonlight's), this is still a decent lager when you are in the mood for one.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty, like a light beer but with character and crystal clear. I can really taste some hops which I found unusual for a pilsner, but I also really appreciate. Has a light fruity quality in there somewhere too. Solid beer with character. Feels like a lot of care was put into this beer.

Photo of OnThenIn
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a finger of weight head on top of incredibly clear straw-gold body.

S: Smells a bit of malt and has a slight spicy hop aroma. There is a little bit of citrus, like the smell of orange zest.

T: Slight hop spicy flavor that evolves into a bitterness, which finishes out the taste. There is a touch of a grassy character as well. There is some bready malt hiding under the hop flavors.

M: The carbonation is a little lower than I would like and the beer is thin to medium body (closer to medium).

D: The slightly lower carbonation really hurts the drinkability. The flavor didn't really blow me away. The abv is also slightly higher than I was hoping for, due to the lack of complex flavors and given the style I was hoping for something really consumable.

Photo of plfahey
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-burnished gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Fine, moderately low off-white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Malt overwhelms the hops in the aroma. Malt smells like crackers, with a background note of biscuits, as well as sweet caramel. The caramel sweetness smells more crystal-malt derived than the complex malt aromas that a decoction mash would lend. Hops are light, and its difficult to pick out a specific aroma amongst the malt. Light mineral character, almost salty.

Flavor-Grainy, cracker like malt takes the forefront here. Light caramel flavor, but quite subdued as compared with the aroma. Hops have a moderate spicy flavor and moderately low bitterness, a bit low for the style in both respects. The most glaring flaw is the mineral character, which I found somewhat overwhelming in the finish. It tastes almost outright salty, and leaves a puckering sensation in the finish, similar to sucking on salt crystals.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Not astringent, but somewhat puckering from the high mineral character.

I love Lagunitas, but this beer did not hit the mark. The mineral character is so overt that I find it somewhat unbearable. I would most liken it to an overly salty saltine cracker.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Good clarity from a honey orange pour is topped off by a weakly retaining spongey, off white head. Light-medium effervesce is seen with a rapid rate of rise. The glass sees a moderate soapy band for a lacing.

S: For aroma we have a bit of spicy hops upfront, a golden spiciness, followed by a soft instances of moist orange peels and wet hay. Some hop spiciness but the clean malt essence doesn't come through as much as finer examples where the malt should get equal if not a bigger billing.

T: For flavor we have sweet grains of dried syrup followed by a soft dryness. Some grassiness from the hops is met by a finish of soft peppery nature and dry grains. Nice level of hoppiness comes on the close of lemon grass and dry celery. Different, my only minor complaint is that the hops overshadow the malt and they strayed to far off style hop wise with no regard for traditional graininess.

M: Nice tingle sensation on the tip of the tongue. A bit heavy for a pils with an almost syrupy body but loosens up over time. Buttery slick finish off the tongue but missing that sharpness and crispness that I come to expect.

D: Decent drinkability, but certainly wouldn't grab one with the expectations of drinking it per style. Good for 2 or 3 but seems like it will fill you up much quckier and wouldn't be as sharp and neat on a hot summer day like finer examples for an all day quencher.

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

A 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Golden color, fairly thick white head that retained well, Good lacing.
Outdoorsy aroma: sweet, fresh grass.
Biscuity malt taste, some piney hops.
Not as crisp as expected, but still a nice Czech pils.
Very drinkable; had a few of these while watching college football. Very pleasant afternoon.

Photo of bristol2120
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium deep golden with a smaller head than expected. Foam quickly subsides, leavibg a rather thin layer, but also a pleasing amount of lacing. Smell is a bit of a departure from what one normally expexts of a pils. Hops are present, but they are quite subdued, and definitely take a back seat to a significant maltiness. Taste is also dominated by a buttery / vanilla maltiness. While not unpleasant. I certainly wouldn't call it characteristic of a classic pils. Mouthfeel is pleasantly full, with a fair amount of carbonation, but again, less than should be expected of the style. Overall, this is a fairly pleasant beer, but points are deducted for significant wandering from the basics of a pils.

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

A - Pours into a dark golden color

S - smells malty

T - the smell is exactly what you're in for when tasting it; a malt taste to it plus a dominate flavor of hops

M - as it sits, there is still carbonation and you feel it when you drink it as well

D - id say its very drinkable, very smooth and doesnt leave an overwhelming aftertaste.

This pilsner was recommended to me from my roommate and I can see why he was praising it. Very smooth and light. Im currently drinking this after dinner and this is the perfect scenario. This beer isnt too bitter nor too fruity/sweet which is perfect. I recommend this to anyone wanting a good pilsner.

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

A - Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head. The head fell and left nice lacing on the glass. There were some carbonation bubbles present.

S - This one smells of grainy malt. It has a sweetness to it, and there are also notes of honey and lemon zest.

T - Bready yeast up front with some sweetness. There are also notes of spice, lemon zest, and a little bit of hops present. The finish it critrusy and bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty good. It has a medium body with lots of carbonation. You can feel the tingling of the carbonation with each sip. It also goes down pretty smooth.

D - This is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth. It's not my favorite Lagunitas beer, but I would probably pick this one up again.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Young Augustine's in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts but more like a kolsch than the usual crispness I get from lagers. Also present are good amounts of leafy hops and lighter amounts of citrus aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat muddled light malt flavors that lack a nice crispness kick things off and are joined quickly by leafy hop flavors. Midway through the sip very faint amounts of citrus hops work their way into things before fading out into a mildly bitter ending. The citrus hops are just a bit more intense in the flavor than they are in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I feel as though this beer really doesn't have an identity. It's not crisp enough to stand as a traditional pilsner and the hops (while I'm glad it's not completely overhopped) are too much for a traditional pilsner but not enough to turn it into a very drinkable beer. A decent beverage but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of Pballa4lyfe
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- golden, clear, little head

S- can smell hints of malt and hops

T- wow, great beer, good pilsner with hints of hoppiness

M- great, little carbonation

D- very drinkable, could def have a few of these a night

this beer was preferred from an employee at one of my routine beer stores, it was great, highly recommended

Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with orange highlights and a 1/2 finger foamy white head. Tons of carbonation bubbles. Nice lacing.

Smell: Light grainy malt with floral hops and light hints of honey, spice and lemon zest.

Taste: Bread flavor up front followed by florals and spices in the middle and ending with bitter lemon zest at the finish. Aftertaste is bitter with just a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could drink several of these without any trouble.

Overall: Solid beer overall. Not the best in style, but it's worth a try. Another solid offering from Lagunitas.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Ommegang Goblet. Very fluffy off-white 3 fingers of head. Good retention, GREAT lacing. Great lookin beer. Smells like Pilsner. What can I say? A little like skunk weed and lemon rind. A smell I love. Tastes a bit funky tho. The malt is a little overpowering for the style. A little too sweet. Good Crispness and bitterness on the finish. VERY drinkable. Could probably knock out a 6 pack if I cared to. Solid effort.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from the fridge poured into a perfect pint glass. no freshness date.

pours out a clear golden color with about a 2 fingers of white head that eventually faded to a thin layer. decent retention. bits of sticky lace. and a decent amount of bubbles rushing to the top.

not huge in the aroma. a touch of skunkiness present. bready pilsner grains, some mineral water like qualities. bits of spicy, herbal hop.

just a touch of skunkiness in the taste, but nothing offensive. mineral water, bready pilsner grain, just a bit sweet at times. a little bit of a spicy, herbal, floral hop kick in the finish, with a little bit of lingering bitterness.

light to medium bodied, just a touch to heavy IMHO, decent amount of carbonation.

drinkable, but i could find much better pilsners out there for cheaper. i will most likely avoid this in the future.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rather dark golden colour, with a firm but filmy head of tight white bubbles. Lots of streaming carbonation, and good lacing. A more voluminous head would be nice, but otherwise, they've cracked the appearance stylistically.

I could smell a good sharp Saaz character when I popped open the bottle, but it seems to have disappeared by the time it reaches my glass, more sweet bread on the nose, maybe a hint of cut grass. Ah, actually, as it warms, there's a light pepper fragrance with a slight metallic zing. Much more classic. Still, pretty tempered, but nice, and the style is right now.

Taste is good and clean, with a clear crisp entry, and a lingering fresh back palate that evokes green apple skin. Bitterness is present, but subdued on the back, giving a cleansing finish without being too aggressive. Feel is light and crisp, perhaps a touch overcarbonated for my tastes, but stylistically spot on.

A cracking American example of a Czech style. If breweries can hit the button so well stylistically, that's when I can genuinely believe they know precisely what they're doing. As great as it is to produce a 12% Double Dry Hopped Oak Aged Imperial Wild Ale, it's the subtle styles where brewers can really show their craft and finesse. Good job on this one.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.