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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
good

1,771 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,771
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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gabeerfanswife

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

Husband loves Pilsners in the summer and I prefer Wheats. I had a Unibroue Don De Dieu before this. Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass.

A: Only about a quarter inch head. Straw colored. Bubbles continue to flow to top of beer well after its poured.

S: Very straw like. Not overly hoppy. As it warms up a bit I smell cinnamon!

T: My immediate impression is "this is what BMC should taste like but never will." Though many might say that about craft Pilsners. Very well balanced. This beer comes from a brewery that is part of the hopbomb crew from NoCal. (Incidentally one of my favorite CA breweries.)They did a great job of holding back on the hops. Would be great with a Hebrew National hot dog. Has a tart/bready finish.

M: Keeps its fizz but is not overwhelming.

D: Very very drinkable in the hot summers of Atlanta. (Actual residents do not call it "Hotlanta.") Appears to be no ABV but I think by American standards this could be a session beer. Do not send me beer mail about it being too high in alcohol to be a session beer. I cannot help it if you cannot hold your liquor.

06-14-2008 01:55:29 | More by gabeerfanswife
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16%

Lagunitas- Czech Pilsner

On tap at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA.

A- Bright clear golden orange with little to no head.
S- Very light wheat and bread grains. This had no aroma until almost the last sip.
T- Light crisp grains, wheat, sunflower, & a touch of pepper.
M- Light, crisp, and bubbly with a bone dry finish.

Overall- A good light summer beer. Easy to drink but the flavor is too subdued.

06-02-2008 20:27:28 | More by NJpadreFan
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.2%

Turns our, as expected, to be a nice beer; one for your BMC friends to try. A very nice, clean pilsner malt flavor comes across with low levels of sweetness, graininess, sulfers, and corn. All acceptable, but none high enough in intensity to deter. Refreshingly bitter, and light on the palate makes the beer very sessionable. Light alcohols and hop dryness are followed with a long, bitter linger. Hops are likely American in nature and don't exhibit the floral character of perhaps a Saaz hop. Still quite good and simple.

Rating a beer like this is kinda like the Olympic judges rate a figure skater. They pro-rate the scale based on the complexity of the routine. That's kinda what I do with Pilsners; even a very good score may only come in at a B+ or so, where it may get a solid A if it were a style that exhibited more complexity.

05-21-2008 15:03:46 | More by BEERchitect
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watkins

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

This is my first BA review, and while only just turned 22, I feel I have started to come to know what to look for in a quality beer. Here we go.

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow with hardly any head to speak of after settling for 30 seconds or so. Nice color but large carbonation bubbles with no head.

S: Slight grapefruit-tinged buiscuity malt, some hops.

T: Nice maltiness turns sligktly bready with a pleasant hoppy bite at the finish.

M: Nice fizzy, prickly carbonation gives way to its hop character.

D: Not much of a pilsner fan, but i could drink this almost anytime, especially in the Charleston heat. Probably my favorite pilsner I've had so far.

Overall, a great anytime beer, especially in the summer. I feel I am more partial to this pilsner than others is because of the intensity of the hops which i didn't quite expect, especially from a pilsner style.

05-21-2008 04:38:10 | More by watkins
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

A- Clear billiant yellow, one finger head.

S- Spicy hops with hints of biscuity malt.

T- The toasted malt flavor which shows early stays strong and keeps the hops from stealing the show. Don't worry the hops do show up and leave a suprisingly soft finish.

M- Very smooth, nice carbonation.

D- I won't go out of my way, but I certainly won't pass either.

Not what I expected out of a pilsner, but still a good beer nevertheless. I gotta give em' props for getting that much toastiness into a pale beer.

05-19-2008 19:59:30 | More by Pauly2X
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animal69

Louisiana

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

pours a clear, pale golden-yellow w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving a decent lacing down my pilsn glass ; not a strong smell, steely grain and some floral/"skunk" notes ; rich malty palate well balanced w/ a decent hop flavor, a bit metallic and fruitish in the finish ; a light bodied yet creamy brew, a bit on the sweet side for a pils, tho, good co2 may play a part in that ; a very drinkable beer, i'm glad i got a six of this one...

05-04-2008 04:56:11 | More by animal69
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QuentinCompson

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice pour, two-finger head slowly dissipating into heady film, nice lacing, creamy looking, brownish golden orange brew, nice looking pilsner

S - Surprising spiciness, some metallic scents as well, hops, yeast

T-M - Heavier hoppiness then most pilsners I have tasted, nice taste; good carbonation, slight malts to nose, grainy

D - Very drinkable pilsner; enjoying; would like to find this one on tap sometime

05-03-2008 02:42:13 | More by QuentinCompson
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giblet

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

my second sampling from this brewer. a good lager beer. poured a medium to light pale yellow. about a half inch of head with steady carbonation. good smell. hops tingle me nose. the taste was quite good. malts then hops. with the full taste and yet a lighter lager body this is very drinkable. if it were less money i would have a fridge of it!

suckem up and movem out!

giblet

05-02-2008 09:10:09 | More by giblet
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Slynger

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

Bright, clear, golden color with an orange tinge and a fuzzy lemon-tinted lid.

Light lemony and pale malt smell with some earthy-spicy noblesque hops.

Light-medium body with a nice mouthfeel. Lightly dry, crisp, and bitter. Lightly sweet pale malts and lemons along with lightly toasted grains and grassy hops.

Pleasant enough but this brewery could do much better.

05-02-2008 04:02:37 | More by Slynger
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cactusjuggalo

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +22%

This is what a lager should be. A smooth pour with little head. That classic none watered down lager smell. In my opinion one of the best tasting and fully drinkable lagers around. The Carbination is just right as well IMO hard to find a fault with this one...

04-29-2008 17:28:48 | More by cactusjuggalo
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Portertime

Florida

4/5  rDev +10.2%

I have heard some funny stories about this brewery with the words growroom and shutdown. This was a prime example of a classic Czech Pils. Naturally I enjoyed this beer in my favorite grand pilsener glass well chilled. I poured a sunny, rich yellow color with a nice white head. It had the nice spicy hop smell with some sweeter malt undertones. The taste was well balanced as well with spicy bitter hops up front and a mildy sweet malt finish that was easy on the palate. Nice brew.

04-28-2008 20:41:45 | More by Portertime
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hops4me

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

A - gold-yellow in color. Fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass as it gets consumed.

S - little bit of malt and hop spiciness in the nose.

T - malt sweetness up front. Bready in the middle followed quickly with the spicy hop flavor you would expect.

M - Light body and prickliness from the CO2.

D - good drinkability and representation of the style. A nice lager with good refreshing qualities.

04-16-2008 02:48:51 | More by hops4me
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ccrida

Oregon

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into my Lagunitas shaker, the Lagunitas Pils is clear bubbly cold with a white head that quickly fades to a thick collar leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet cereal grains and grassy hops

Taste is good, classic Czech pils, on the sweeter side, some spicy noble hops, but incredibly balanced and clean. Just enough graininess to provide texture.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, lighter body, with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is very good, this is a very well made Pils, super smooth and refreshing, with a satisfyingly full flavor that doesn't tire or overwhelm. Really impressed to see Lagunitas exercised some restraint here .

04-07-2008 02:46:32 | More by ccrida
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, light straw yellow with a bubbly, white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy film.

The aroma was hoppy yet smooth. Grassy and earthy hops dominated. Toasty malts were noticeable as well.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Crisp, hoppy and spicy. Sharp as a tack yet still subtle and refined. Saaz hops were the noticeable hop variety. Smooth, soft and buttery with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malts. This beer was quite well balanced. The finish was bone dry and powdery with lots of hop bitterness. Remarkably crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel was medium/light and fluffy on the palate with an aggressive carbonation.

This pilsner was quite flavorful yet not overwhelming. Frankly, I was surprised at how true to the style Lagunitas kept this beer. My recommendation would be to serve it as a refreshing apertif or pair it with oysters, crab cakes or other lighter seafare.

04-05-2008 07:23:58 | More by Damian
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

So what the hell, right? I would take down the Pils on its release day in SC, I just had to. The pour was very nice, a light amber color emerged from it with gold interlaced throughout. A very nice three-inch high head of lace then came over the top and settled down slowly into just a thin film that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Virtually no side glass lace was present, though I did not really expect much. Lots of carbonation rippling up toward the surface though, with clinging bubbles throughout. Very nice clarity as well, pretty much exactly, what it should have look liked.

The aroma was surprisingly hoppy. Lots of notes of fresh grass with a very very light hint of grapefruit, which was layered very nicely on top of the grain like base. Really nice light profile though with a clean and clear essence about it. The flavor followed along pretty much perfectly. There was a nice amount of malty bread like grain in the flavor, but it was definitely hopped up in the typical west coast style, especially for a Pils. Nice crisp clean refreshing taste, had a nice lingering dry finish with a decent hint of floral hops on the back end. Really just a very nice light ale. A very light body and huge carbonation only added to its Drinkability and made this one that you really could sink your teeth into and easily have more then one of.

Overall, I thought this was really nice, though I have to be honest, it reminded me more of a pale ale then anything else, but still it was very nicely done and I really enjoyed it. I would be glad to try another one of these any day.

04-03-2008 00:07:02 | More by mikesgroove
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nickfl

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Two and a half finger white head on a golden body with excellent clarity.

S - Mild malt aroma with weak hops and a hint of honey.

T - Fruity malt flavors up front, followed by peppery hops. Some citrus character comes out in the middle. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, and moderately high carbonation.

D - Easy drinkability. It is a nice beer overall, but the citrus hop notes and slight fruitiness are a bit off stylistically for a beer that is explicitly labeled a czech style pilsner.

04-01-2008 07:01:44 | More by nickfl
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billybob

Massachusetts

2.45/5  rDev -32.5%

pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly fades and no lace to speak of. weak spice aromas in the nose. tight bubbled pepper and slightly spice taste not your average tasting pils. light to medium body tight bubbled carbonation. pass on this one.

03-24-2008 18:52:49 | More by billybob
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

2.05/5  rDev -43.5%

a - most people have said this was a clear yellow but the one I just poured is a hazy apricot color. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Hopefully this isn't a sign that the beer is old :/

s - apple juice with a little bit of hops

t - alcohol taste with pepper and spice with a very bitter finish. Again, I think this beer has something wrong with it.

m - very smooth, not very carbonated

d - The taste was just terrible. I think I got a bad one. I may review it again, but this was a drain pour :(

03-20-2008 05:43:57 | More by thirtysixbelow
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JDV

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours light golden and bubbly with a smallish white head. Smell is apple juice sweetened malt with some light yeastiness. Very nice nose for a pilsner. Taste is bubbly, crisp, and nicely tart malt. Nice bitter and carbonated crispness in the finish, and just what I want in the mouthfeel for a pilsner. As pilsners go, this is very nice, and a solid beer all around.

03-15-2008 19:04:20 | More by JDV
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riboflavin88

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Although others have rated this Pilsner rather low, I find it to be a rather unique Pils. It pours a deep golden color with a big white head that sticks around for most of the drink. Its nose is mild, but notes of floral hops poke through. Its taste is crisp, dry, and sweet. Different than other pilsners, which is great, but mild in flavor and featuring undertones of bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is great, crisp and carbonated. Try this pilsner, it's different than most, and a nice change from the usual lager.

03-14-2008 04:13:22 | More by riboflavin88
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deciding39

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

A: Pours a bright and effervescent amber-gold. A small head forms and quickly dissipates in under a minute.

S: Sweet pilsner malt and spicy, grassy hops. Smells like saaz, but less aggressive than expected.

T: Immediate pilsner malt sweetness that gives way to a lingering noble hop bitterness. Although the bitterness seems appropriate, the hop flavor is much lower than I had anticipated given the style. Finishes dry and almost metallic.

M & D: Medium-bodied and quite carbonated. Very drinkable in that it is rather dry, crisp, and refreshing. Unfortunately, there is just not enough flavor to warrant drinking a few.

As a self-professed pilsner nut, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. The lifeless appearance, subdued aroma and mild flavor pull the score of this one down.

03-10-2008 00:13:44 | More by deciding39
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argock

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -6.9%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness labelling.

A: Noble appearing clear yellow with orange tints at the edge. Ample white head with plenty of lace ringing the glass.

S: The hops aromas are Saaz-like, but very muted. I smelled this beer right after pouring with a big head on it and throughout the drink, but I could not catch much in the way of malt or other hops aromas.

T: Husky grains are first taste with some sweet malts followed by a long-onset Saaz and grassier hops profile. Slightly astringent and metallic aftertaste.

M: Clean and dry like a pilsner should be. Active carbonation but not hampering drinkability.

D: A good pilsner, but not overly flavorful. Understated, which is not usually the route Lagunitas beers tend to go. A better aroma would have helped this beer all the way through.

03-05-2008 05:14:48 | More by argock
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pershan

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +17.9%

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear amber with a thin, white head into a pint glass. A slight whiff of hops in the aroma. The taste was that classic pilsner profile: Vienna and pilsner malt flavor, lightly hopped, with a crisp, pleasant finish. Good carbonation and lacing. Not really a beer for this time of year, but still an excellent example of a classic Czech pilsner (i.e. Pilsner Urquell).

02-28-2008 18:58:38 | More by pershan
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance: Gold, nice bubbles rising through the beer, fast fading head.

Smell: Sweet grain, slight grassy note.

Taste: Kind of disappointing. Some sweet grain, a little tea-like bitterness, maybe some black pepper. Odd for a pilsner.

Drinkability: A step up from macros, but not something I'll be coming back for.

I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what, but this beer disappointed me. I read the reviews before I bought it and thought it would be a good one to try, but didn't hit the mark with me.

02-26-2008 00:45:11 | More by Mdog
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cichief

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful straw yellow, with a nice thick white head.

S- Mostly hoppy in the nose, somewhat floral.

T- Nice hoppy flavor, somewhat citrusy, without being over the top.

M- Very bubbly, right on the mark for the style.

D- This would make a great session beer. It isn't my favorite American pilsener, but it ranks pretty well.

02-23-2008 16:45:52 | More by cichief
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,771 ratings.