1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

1,812 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 38
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,812 | Reviews: 650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of changeup45
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a golden, yellow color with a real nice thick white head head. Nice nice lacing too. Aroma is pleasant: citrus fruits, grainy and grassy. I get a nice little lemon zing in the flavor followed by grassy bitter hops. Clean and refreshing. Solid brew.

changeup45, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of TATTORSO
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%

An unexpected "extra" from a local beer run.
12oz. bottle into a tasting stange courtesy of the friendly neighborhood bottle purveyor.
FREE BEER!

A ~Clear, copper color with spirals of tight tiny bubbles. Nothing remarkable about the short lived, mediocre white head. Spotty, perforated patches of thin lace.

S ~ Overwhelmingly hops. Some damp, earthy, smokey background smells with rose petals & citrus rinds.

T ~ Pronounced sharp edges with little support from any malts diffused by the strong carbonation. Astringent & dry. A little grassy...

M ~ Sharp & thin bodied. A lingering, bitter, dry finish with a citrusy aftertaste.

D ~ Not my favorite style to begin with but most certainly worth the time. After all ~ it was FREE!

TATTORSO, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of thartman
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Poured into a tall Pilsner glass, yellowish-gold with a slight haze, foamy white head that disapates to consistent thin topping. Lots of bubbles and a little lacing left on the glass. Smells of grain, corn, muffins. Taste of corn, biscuits, straw, and grains, some hop bitterness on the finish. Decent body! Clean a crisp with a slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

thartman, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of bcolflesh
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

I got this in a beer trade at work and tried it that evening straight from the bottle.

Smells great when opened, but I personally don't care for the sharp, bitter taste. I made a cheese sandwich to neutralize it a bit - for me, this would be something I'd have to drink with a heavy meal.

bcolflesh, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Pours a pale gold with thick, retaining head.
Smells quite strongly for a pilsner; grassy, grainy, and with the yeast/barley/hop elements all coming through.
Hearty grain and hops come through in the initial flavor; light malts bring out sweetness and an overall earthy note gives it body. Nice breaded/biscuit character as well.
Crisp, refreshing & smooth in the mouth. A very subtle hop bite.
Very good example of the pilsner style...refreshing coming from the land of ho-bomb ales. This one is full of character and a must for those who are fans of a good pils.

Natural510, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of gatorguy813
4.9/5  rDev +35%

This is probably one of my top five non-german brews, and certainly top ten overall. I would give a detailed description, but it would be a waste of time, this beer hits the mark in all catagories:Smell,drinkability,taste,mouthfeel, everything! My recommendation, buy it, you wont regret it.

gatorguy813, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Poured a dark golden yellow with a creamy, nice head that developed a nice laciness. Aroma was good, a nice floral aroma of hops with a hint of malts. The first taste was offensive, very bitter and metallic. I am glad I tried to finish because it actually was good, nice balance of hops. The texture was good, on the light side. This beer is very smooth, and could be a session beer.

tbeck, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer was extremely clear, pale yellow colored, adequate head. The smell is sort of malty but not too strong, no Czech hops aromas come through. The taste is nice, slightly sweet, mostly malty and a little grassy, again no major impact from any hops that I can tell. Very drinkable as a lager but I guess I expected more hops out of the flavor, as it's called a Czech pilsner.

TurdFurgison, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

Appearance:
The beer is a very nice golden color - not too light or too dark. Head formation is at first great, but it fades quickly as carbonation slowly rises. There isn't really any lacing, but you can see bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell:
This is a very "hoppy" beer - the scent is quite strong. It's not really pungent, but I can't detect too many scents other than the hops. There might be a tinge of pumpkin, but this might be misleading.

Taste:
Again, it's very "hoppy" but quite crisp. It's also quite bitter. There's a bit of an aftertaste that's - you guessed it - "hoppy." Overall, it's quite strong at the "suggested" temperature. There's kind of a lack of flavor balance, since I really can't taste anything other than the hops.

Mouthfeel:
Not watery, but definately not thick at all. The carbonation "stings" the tongue a bit, but in a good way. The bitterness really lingers.

Drinkability:
Goes down well, but not too smoothly - again it's that bitterness. It's not too bad once you get over that. However, I suppose it depends on whether or not you perfer this in your beer.

Summary:
Not too bad. It's a little more bitter than I usually like, but I typically don't have the pilsner styles too often. Relative to other pilsners I've had, this is one of the more bitter ones. It's not a bad beer, but I typically perfer more flavor variation; it seems to lack balance with anything else.

diabecktic, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

Pours a clear straw color, smallish white head leaves behind patchy lacing. Nice sweet, earthy/grainy aroma, cut with some pretty pungent floral hops. More sweet graininess in the taste, some crisp bitter hops, slight butter taste. Mouthfeel is crisp, maybe a little on the thin side, but pretty damn snappy and refreshing. I like this. An easy-drinker for sure, great compliment to lots of different meals, and really tasty.

corey0212, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

Had on tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had some patchy lacing with a generally dark amber appearance. A thin but balanced aroma of malts and hops. Just wish it was stronger. The taste was a medium-level bitterness that was really dry. Carbonation was crisp, giving it that dry aftertaste. Overall, not bad.

fitzy84, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dry & pale hops bitterness followed by a light malt sweetness. There doesn't seem to be a good balance though. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there isn't very much to this beer even considering that this is a style that doesn't get too complex.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a golden-amber body capped with a finger of sudsy white foam that shrinks to a thin sheet and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little malty with a note of peppery spice.

Taste is sweet and pale malty with gingery hops and a note of white bread toast with butter.

Somewhat sticky finish; okay drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Consumed 07/01/08.

Pours a golden yellow into a pilsener glass, creating a two finger white head that slowly reduces to sticky lacing aroudn the edges. Massive amounts of tiny bubbles rise continuously throughout the drinking.

Softly spicy aroma with a hint of "Belgianness" in the form of a very slight yeast character.

Properly thin body with clean flavor. Well carbonated on the tongue. A little grainy with soft spices and a restrained but notable bitterness on the finish. Flavor is very mild and agreeable. This is a thirst quencher.

As a well-executed craft/microbrew lager, this is head and shoulders above most of what's out there. While I'll have no trouble finishing this one, though, I'm in no hurry for another as Pilsener is just not a style I grok. However, there's just no comparison between this and a mass produced lager (BMC, Heineken, PBR, etc...): Lagunitas wins the flavor derby by a mile.

charlzm, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A: Gold color with above average clarity and a small amount of carbonation. Big foamy white head has good retention and leaves a nice lace.

S: Floral with aromas of grass, biscuits and pine.

T: Dry husky malt up front. Bitterness is spicy with coriander, clove and a touch of lemon. Very well balanced. Finishes slightly dry with a lingering spice.

M: Body feels substantial. Too thick for a Pils in my mind. Carbonation level is right.

D: Very good beer. Quite worthy of a revisit.

Rayek, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Fizzy head that dissapates quickly to a very thin ring. No lacing.
Light aroma, had to let it warm a bit to pick up the aromas. Some toasted bread, honey and subdued hops.
Flavors are light too. Sweet toasted bread hits the sides of the tongue with the subtle hops coming in at the end.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes clean and dry. Good carbonation.
Very drinkable. Light flavors, but it's not watery.
A great summer time beer. The flavors are quite subdued, but in a good way. This would be perfect for the cookout in the back yard.

gabeerfan, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of gabeerfanswife
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.

gabeerfanswife, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
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.

NJpadreFan, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, May 21, 2008
Photo of watkins
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.

watkins, May 21, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
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.

Pauly2X, May 19, 2008
Photo of animal69
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...

animal69, May 04, 2008
Photo of QuentinCompson
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

QuentinCompson, May 03, 2008
Photo of giblet
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

giblet, May 02, 2008
Photo of Slynger
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.

Slynger, May 02, 2008
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.