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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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1,752 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,752
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 33
Gots: 103 | 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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Brad007

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a very pale color with a thin one-finger head. Aroma is very nice and light. Malty like a typical pilsener. There's a lot of sweetness in the nose. Taste is nice and malty with a decent biscuity malt taste in the back of the throat. Light and drinkable here. Very crisp taste overall. I could knock back a few of these on a warm day.

What's not to like here? There's no skunkiness like macro pilseners. There's no dingy aroma of "cooked corn" here. It's just a Czech Pils, much like the folks of the Czech Republic would have intended.

10-24-2007 01:28:45 | More by Brad007
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a bottle a hazy lemon yellow with a thin white head and not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts.

This has so much more body and depth than the more traditional Czech Pilsners. Some sweet malts with just a smidgen of bitterness. No sulfurs at all.

Mouthfeel is light yet rich with a fizzy carbonation.

I love this interpretation of a Czech Pilsner from Lagunitas. So easy to drink and enjoy. Time for another six.

10-18-2007 21:06:45 | More by Monkeyknife
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mt5000

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Bright gold color. Aromas not pronounced but mostly malty fruits. Flavor is good but in my opinion not very well balanced. It leans too much to the bitter hops, which is fine for an American pilsner but this claims to be a Czech style pilsner. The malts should be more pronounced. Still, a pretty good beer and quite drinkable.

10-12-2007 18:00:52 | More by mt5000
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BMoney575

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Sampled on 10-6-07

Pours a brilliant gold color, with a craggy white head that absolutely coats the glass as it descends.

Smell is subtle and surprisingly fruity. No real standard pilsner skunkiness either.

Taste is very good, a nice malty quality balanced by a sizable dose of grassy hops. Smooth and spicy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy but with a nice carbonation kick.

Drinkability is very good, I wish macros tasted like this.

Overall an outstanding example of the style. The very balanced malt and hops make it a pleasure to drink. Glad to finally see Lagunitas is Michigan.

10-06-2007 23:36:40 | More by BMoney575
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williamherbert

New York

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Quick notes on this beer:

*Dark gold, much darker then the average pils.
*Clear and thick
*Hoppier smell than most pilsners
*Has a woody hop scent with a "wet" malt smell
*Taste is bitter and hoppy. Some bitter malt and yeast as well
*Feels wet but with a bitter kick; a thick pilsner.
*Mild sour apple taste, not a bad thing
*Bready yeast sweetens as it warms.
*Feels fizzy and bubbly, like a saison
*Both sweet and sour tastes come out with more warmth
*Feels "spiky" and harsh, not smooth
*It's hard drinking for a pils, and quite strong considering
*Lots of flavor, but just too fizzy

10-05-2007 03:29:17 | More by williamherbert
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -11%

Czech it out. The pour is a lemony golden color with a decent creamy head with a decent pour. Retention is limited but stays for some time before having limited lacing on the glass.

The nose is quite fruity for a pilsner. Noticeable hop presence with some floral scents. Some lighter rose-like qualities that is a little off base. The nose is limited in the malt with more of a grainy base instead of a classic pilsner aromas that you should see. A nice crisp aroma overall.

The taste is more distinct then what the aroma was indicating. A nice malt presence with more of a distinction with the pilsner malt, but still has some base malt characteristics. Little DMS and sulfar notes but ok for style. The hops are balanced well with the sweet malt flavor having that more distinctive Saaz flavor.

The body is light but the sweetness of the beer limits the crisp and dryness of the beer. Very easy to drink and enjoyable but more of an American style pilsner then Czech I would say.

10-02-2007 22:00:41 | More by Oxymoron
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Lagunitas version of a Pilsener, another good call.

This poured a bright orange with a puffy head that didn't last too long, left a bit of lacing and a slight ring around the glass. Smell is hoppy and malty, definitely a fuller body than a traditional Pils. It's like they took a Pils and kicked it up a bit, very full flavored, solid malt and hop flavor throughout. Very easy drinking, would make a good crossover beer for the non-BA types.

Another good Lagunitas offering. Keep them coming.

10-02-2007 21:18:03 | More by funkengruven
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deanhead

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

Appearance- Light straw like in color with a rich, dense creamy head. Very inviting beer.

Smell- Flowery, almost perfumy smell, hints of lavender?

Taste- Crisp, and dry with a distinctive hop presence, that is not overpowering but really drives the hop flavor to the forefront.

Mothfeel- Nice carbonation, with medium body. smooth and a subtle almost breadlike quality.

Drinkability- This is a delicious beer, Appropriate on a hot summer day, or anytime you need your thirst quenched. Makes me want to brew up 10 gallons of the stuff right now.

10-01-2007 17:11:16 | More by deanhead
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

App: Pours with a 1 finger white head on a low carbonated light amber body, eventually settling to a thin layer with lots of lacing.

Smell: Crisp hops (american style I'm pretty sure) without any sort of malty backbone... inoffensive, but not appealing.

Taste: The hop presence hits me with a standard california grape-fruitiness. I was expecting more malt sweetness, but I can live with the pale-ale similarities of this pilsner. There is a slight fruitiness in the taste which is nice, but this doesn't strike me as being a good example of the pilsner style.

Mouthfeel: Swift bitterness that pass leaving an odd afterfeeling of bitter alcohol. An odd feeling on the aftertaste that doesn't do much to take away the scratchy texture on the swallow.

Drinkability: Not as easy to drink as most pilsners I've had, but not terrible.

09-29-2007 19:21:27 | More by dbalsock
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Drew966

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

Lagunitas Pils "Czech Style Pilsner" pours a light amber with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce twist off bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. There is a very light body and active carbonation. There is a touch of malt and what seems like a nice bitter hop finish, but not much else. Not bad, worth a try.

09-16-2007 23:43:22 | More by Drew966
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Halcyondays

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

12 oz. bottle, bought at the Hi-Times Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA,

A: Straw yellow, with a white head, good clarity and carbonation, above average pilsner feel.

S: Good floral aromatics from the Saaz hops, and some sweet malt, fragrant, it hits you right when you open the bottle.

T: Dry and bracing hop bitterness hits you, the malt character opens up after the initial hop blast, and is more vibrant and evident as the beer warms up.

M: Dry and crisp, though a little too bubbly for my tastes, overall, average.

D: A slightly above average pils for me, easy to drink, but nothing really special about it to make me crave another one.

08-27-2007 20:02:23 | More by Halcyondays
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cjgator3

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that quickly turns into a thin white lace around the edge of the glass. The aroma is faint grassy malt. The taste is sweet malt with a nice little bite from the saaz hops. Overall, this is a pretty good pils that is recommended for a nice brew on a hot day.

08-19-2007 03:53:25 | More by cjgator3
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Vancer

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

This Czeck pils poured a clear straw yellow with a touch of amber, with a good pile of white head floating on top. The ol’ Sammy glass kept a steady stream of circular effervescence going the whole quaff, quite nice.

Got a initial whiff of sweet malts mixed in with the veggies, which died a bit after a few minutes. Quaff was very nice, the more malt makes for a well rounded brew. Even a twang of orangy hops to finish it out.

Good cut stab at a lager, but the $9 a sixer may limit its appeal – however a beer to sit down for a sixer session.

08-17-2007 12:37:42 | More by Vancer
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DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

A micro-pils? Well, this is a nice change of pace. On to the beer:

Nice bold blonde color in the body with a foamy head that sits on top. This is more Pilsner Urquell-like than Summerfest-like among beers for its style. The hops are more raw, spicy, and pungent in this one, which is balanced by grassy-sweet flavors. Nice and smooth feeling in the mouth.

You can't drink strong ales all the time, so why don't more breweries come up with more of these?

08-08-2007 03:51:45 | More by DoubleJ
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kdoc8

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Acquired at The Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. It pours out a golden-orange color with a thick bubbly white head. It's very effervescent and clear. The smell is distinctly yeasty with some fruity hops; the taste is surprisingly nice and refreshing, with a complex blend of fruity hops to the palate and isn't dominated by a yeast taste that's prevalent in the smell. I'm not normally a pilsner drinker, but this would be great one to have cold on a hot summer day.

08-06-2007 00:51:29 | More by kdoc8
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12oz bottle poured inot pilsner glass, no fressness date.

A: Pours the traditional clear golden yellow with a bubbly white one inch head, it does not look too much different than macro lagers execpt for the fact that the head stays around longer and the carbonation is a bit more active. The one inch head fades into a cap in about two minutes after the pour.

S: A bit buttery and a bit grassy with a decent fruity hop character.

T/MF: A nice grassy bite accompanies the malt presence with a decent balance and a tiny bit of nuttiness. Very bubbly on the tongue as expected and finishes very clean with little hop oil. There is a bit of a grapefruit/ random fruit from the hops but the grassy malts mostly take chage here.

D: Just you're run of the mill 8-9 dollar pilsner here, solid offerning but nothing that blows my mind. I like the Schell better.

08-05-2007 06:42:34 | More by bluemoonswoon
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oelergud

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

Crystal clear sun golden body with a tint of copper. White creamy head with low retention and little lace.
Bread and grain scent. Just sweet and hoppy enough, good balance.
Sweet malts up front. Good spice and great hop presence. Long delicious hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, abit of coating and a harsh finish.
Very drinkable, an excellent lager.

-Oelergud

07-28-2007 23:34:14 | More by oelergud
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a dark golden. approaching amber- a little darker than most czech style pilsners. Good hhead that sticks around as a cap and leaves very good lacing. The nose is mostly malty and with quite tangy yeast more than it exhibits any real hop presence. It's there at the end as some earthy hops, but not predominant. Taste is hoppier, but still dominated by a tangy yeastiness. Sharp floral and earthy hops, then the tanginess and a finish of a decent bitterness. Malt is more subdued here, but it doesn't seem greatly balanced and seems a little tangy for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for a pisner, and the finish is more tannic than crisp. A decent pilsner, but not anything to write home about. There are better out there, and this one just doesn't refresh as I like a pilsner to do. Bigger and bolder than most pilsners is okay, but balance that with some more crispness and cut the yeastiness.

07-18-2007 17:03:07 | More by Georgiabeer
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

$1.99 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Hooray! Its the Fourth of July! Everyone out and about having a fine time? Yeah, that's... that's really great.

Party! Woohoo!

Appearance: Pours a clear, sunny light copper-colored body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: The aroma is spirit-dampeningly light, with only a fair amount of sweet-smelling malt and yeast showing.

Taste: A light butter toffee and sour lemon flavor amongst the spicy, floral Saaz hop character. The finish is reminiscent of eating (1) sour lemon jelly bean, (1) lemon drop jelly bean, and (1) toasted marshmallow jelly bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, drinkable lil' pils. Czech it out!

07-05-2007 00:29:51 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Durge

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -11%

A nice yellow-gold color with a thick head. Very active carbonation. Aroma was not real strong, a little lemon sweetness. First taste was pretty light and crisp but there is a spice quality that builds and you sense more of the alcohol after a couple of mouthfuls. Finish is not quite so clean as I would like in this style, a slight hoppiness here. A more bitter finish. But it is decent. Would be a good mix-in with some of the more classic pils.

06-16-2007 03:53:47 | More by Durge
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malcontent

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Huh, didn't realize that I'd reviewed this before. Oh, well, let's see if my opinion has changed:

Poured into a pilsner glass, two thick fingers of foamy head crown a deep golden body. Lacing is sticky and adds to what I think is a model for the way a pilsner should look.

Mildly spicy, flowery, softly metallic (Saaz?) scent. Nice.

A bit too much of a grainy flavor instead of the metal/musty Euro bitterness that marks many pilsners. Almost vaguely sweet at the mid-way point. Finish is a bit mash-like.

Fairly crisp although the finish has a slight resin-like quality. Still, smooth with a good body and a nice enough taste. Overall it's a pretty darn drinkable brew even if it's not the first thing I reach for at my local.

06-12-2007 20:26:26 | More by malcontent
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theopholis

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Appearance- Body is a very clear, light amber. Has some old-honey highlights. The head is a rather small, white with little staying power and no lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with just a hint of saaz.

Taste - Pretty spicy and peppery for the style. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was some kind of Belgium brew. Other than that, the malt sweetness and hoppiness meld quite nicely. To bad it's so darn spicy tho.

Mouthfeel - Body is a bit syrupy for the style. Carbonation level is right on tho.

Drinkability - It's okay. The spiciness and heavy body make this very uncharacterisitic of te style. A Czeck Pils should be very crisp clean and refreshing.

06-09-2007 02:28:22 | More by theopholis
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

I have been brainwashed into believing that the only true pils comes from the Czech Republic itself, where their water lead to a unique and suitable product. Having said that, this interpretation of the style is interesting if not surprising heavy. Heavy in carbonation and bloatedness mostly. Saaz hops, malt aroma, enoz saltz composition. Light colour with some cloudiness.

06-06-2007 02:57:32 | More by Sammy
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MiScusi

California

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pretty clear gold, hay color. Good sized head able to form but doesn't stay too long. Some lacing left towards the top of the glass. The smell is just light malt, I was expecting some hops to be showcased but nothing really. The taste is of mainly bready, cracker type malt, the hops are very subtle. Sweet, slightly tart, and the mouthfeel is definitely light and smooth. Not harshly overcarbonated like I've come to expect from some lagers or pilsners in the past. It doesn't pack the most flavor but it goes down really well.

06-04-2007 21:27:12 | More by MiScusi
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This is my 300th review on this site! 400 here I come.

A - Slightly hazy rusty-gold brew with a 2 finger white head. Some decent lace sticks to the glass.

S - Spicy saaz nose with a tight malty backdrop. White pepper, clove, and salty sea air. Spicy and refreshing scent.

T - Really spicy and peppery on my tongue. Clean crisp hop profile with mandarin orange, orange rind, and floral notes. Tasty and assertive, but it's a bit too spicy for my taste...that's good for the style though, so no points taken off.

M - Full bodied, nice sedate carbonation pairs well with the citrus and pepper.

D - This is, admittedly, not my cup of tea. That said, this is a really good example of the style that leans towards the spicy saaz hop side of the fence. A damn good brew.

06-03-2007 00:11:03 | More by pmcadamis
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,752 ratings.