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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Ratings: 1,988
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 168 | 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 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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head. The beer looks like a gem, quite beautiful.

Some grainy malt with mild hop; in short, smells like "beer".

Similarly, tastes like a pilsner, if not a little sweet. Malty taste up front, some spiced hops in the middle and in the gut, creany aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thicker than you'd expect for a pilsner; creamier, fuller, still refreshing.

Rather drinkable, but more like a cream ale than a pilsner. Would grab a six of it the next time I play cards.

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

pours a pale gold with very minimal head retention. smell is classic euro-lager smell, with a touch of lemony zest and some graininess. flavor has a good bit of sweet backbone, and a tiny alcohol bite of some sort. medium body. overall fairly drinkable, but not as easy to put away as many other craft pils.

Photo of chumba526
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears medium bodied gold
Smells a little sweet, there is a little bit of a grassy hop smell as well.

It tastes initially of malty sweetness then sweetness goes away leading to a mild hoppy flavor. There is a nice malty body to the beer. It has more body then most lagers.

The carbonation is average for the style.

The drinkability is pretty good I could easily drink a few of these.

Overall this is a unique and flavorful lager with a nice mild hoppy flavor. It is worth getting.

Photo of yesyouam
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Pils is crystal clear golden lager with a thin white head that fades to film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a very fruity aroma. It also smells spicy and grassy. There is abundant Pilsner malt in the nose. It has a smooth, soft medium body with a crisp finish. It tastes spicy and fruity, but not sweet. There's a thick backbone of pilsner malt and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Wow. This is a really darn good Pilsner. (Good)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden color with a big white head. A very slight haze. Head fades quickly to a wispy veil on top. A good swirl brings out another round of foam. Good lacing all the way down.
Classic lager aroma, not over powering, of noble hops and a hint of malty character.
Taste is dry and spicy with a nice dry finish.
Sprite and lemony in the mouth.
Refreshing. I could down a couple of these babes, coming off the beach down in Cape May.
Drink well my friends

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

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Lagunitas is right--lagers deserve just as much respect as ales do (see their website).

Bright, shimmering, pale golden color with a perfect clarity, sturdy two fingers of head, and decent head retention. Spicy hop, cracker maltiness, mineral salt and a faint sulfur note in the aroma. Smooth moderate-bodied mouthfeel. A bite from the carbonation and hops brings a spicy, sharp bitterness to start. Grainy with a dried grass, bread crust and metallic or coin flavor. Small nugget of sweetness. Hint of lime rind and more dried grass middle to end. A touch of drying, puckering grain and faint herbal spicy hop in the finish.

Not bad at all, though a little rough around the edges for a lager; without a doubt, still quite tasty.

Photo of esv
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A) Very Light copper. Darker than I would expect. Perfectly clear. 1/8" head. Fell away quickly. Look carbonated with streams of bubbles. Hint of alcohol. Mineraly?

S) Bready Malt smell. Light, spicy hops.

T) Bread. Bitterness lingers, not quite as crisp as you might expect but certainly not cloying. Sweeter maltiness as the beer warms. Noble hop flavor. I don't know what hops to attribute it to.

M) Light to medium mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

D) Very drinkable. Not as refreshing as a Urquell, but a good beer.

Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a thin diminishing head. Aroma was mild sweet malts and Earthy hops. The taste is a mild balance of sweet hops and mildly bitter lingering hops. The beer is quite smooth, crisp and refreshing. This is certainly an enjoyable pilsner, one I could surely see ordering again.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours clear and a light golden. Nice, creamy white head with great retention and massive amounts of lacing, a very nice looking beer. Smell was of grass, some dry malt, a just a little tiny bit of lemon. Taste was maltier than expected. A biscuity malt with a slight sweetness to it led to some straw and grassy hops. It wasnt bad but something just seemed a little off and not like many other pilsners. Slightly oily feeling left behind with a light mouthfeel, but again a little fuller than others of this style. Overall a good beer, maybe just a little malty than I was hoping for but no serious complaints.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice healthy straw color with a head that recedes quicker than the Flash. Lacing? what lacing?

S: Smells like a Czech pilsner, like an imported Czech pilzner. Soggy cardboard malts. Seriously, did they ship this one halfway across the Atlantic and turn it around? Maybe 2/3 of the way, to make up for the brown glass bottles rather than the green.

T: Soggy wet cardboard malts with very little hops. What happened? I did not buy Stella Artois, why is it tasting like Stella Artois?

M/D: This beer is alright, I really expected more. It goes down decent, but the taste is really bad. Buy Pilsner Urquell instead. At least you pay for the rubbish import flavor.

Photo of JMD
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light auburn straw color with slight hints of orange. Very small head that fades quickly.

S: Light grainy aroma. More prominant malt character than I was expecting. Some light hops as well.

T: Grainy and malty up front. Light sweetness followed by herbal notes. Light hop bite as it finnishes.

M: Light to medium bodied, appropriately carbonated for the style.

D: This is a decent pilsner, but nothing exceptional. Certainly an easy drinker and refreshing, but nothing I would seek out again.

Photo of appenzeller
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a beautiful thick white head. Aroma is clean and slightly hoppy, sweet. Taste is a superb example of the style, a clean and technically excellent brew with just slightly more malt than a traditional pils and more hops, but hops are mildly aromatic--as fits a true Czech style pils. Moutfeel is well-balanced, just slightly on the heavier side for a pilsner. The drinkability of this is through the roof and exactly the riff on pilsner that I would expect from Lagunitas. In summary, this is one of my absolute favorite domestic pilsners and I am a pilsner nut--frankly this is one of my favorite everyday beers. Thank God for Lagunitas.

Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a crazy hot and humid day, my mouth is really dry, I hope this hits the spot.

A: Pours a very fizzy but somewhat aggressive head, that fades pretty quickly, but is quickly subdued by the huge number of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom. The head is a messy bastard with lots of big bubbles, and pieces of head caught on the glass like dead bodies littering a war zone. The beer itself is brilliantly clear, a lot more than my fogged up glasses, and has a light tan straw pilsner like color.

N: Nose starts with a definite pilsner aroma, with some sweet malts, wheat, straw, sounds about right. A little bit of toasty malts, with some sweet crisp lager yeast aroma. However, there is a slight... not skunked aroma, but a weird not so fresh aroma. I can't really describe it better, but whatever it is its very light. The nose in general is very light.

T: My parched mouth starts to rejoice in the liquid that is finally flowing over the dry pustules of what used to be my tongue. It's refreshing, and a definite crisp lager, but not quite as clean and crisp as I expected. A semi sweet malt taste starts to come on, then more toasty malts, and wheat straw like flavors. A slight bitterness comes on, that clashes a bit with the beer. I don't know if it's me, but a lot of these American Czech or Bavarian Pils style beers seem to have this unfortunate bittering hop, or it's a bad side effect of the yeast. Speaking of which, that almost skunked lager taste is starting to take effect now as well, it's not too heavy, but it's there like a friggen thorn in my side of trying to enjoy this.

M: Medium to lighter body, heavier than I think it should be for a Czech pils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with more of that not so good bitterness, a result of the hops or an unhappy lager yeast... I guess we'll never know. A slight sweetness too, not as dry as it should be. A slight lingering bad skunk taste too... wtf! GO away! Also somewhat clean and crisp but now what it should be.

Know what, I think this might be the first Lagunitas beer I wasn't a big fan of. Well, at least they have quite a few other great beers. ANd to think, the dryness of my mouth and thirst should have allowed this to have a much higher quenchable rate and taste, but oh well.

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

12oz bottle, nice Yin and Yang label-ringing pop-culture showoffmanship.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky white head, which renders some solid honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of crisp, bready grain, a sort of candy-floss sugar sweetness, mild juicy citrus, and grassy, peppery hops. The taste is more bready, crackery pale malt, sort of sharp lemon pith, a honeyed sweetness, a certain metallic flintiness, and floral, lightly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty robust, acting up at first, then settling to a dull hum, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, a hay-like crispness contending with that lingering floral honey sweetness, and a touch of warming alcohol.

Not a bad Czech Pils, however, the hops come across as fairly disappointing - the expected fresh grassiness fails to materialize. Not as tight or crisp as something that alludes to the Bohemian style should be.

Photo of Amalak
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle from the distrbutor.
A- It's completely clear and very bubbly. It has a big foamy head and leaves a good deal of lace.
S- It has a nice bite of citrus hops.
T- Some caramel in there. It's malty. Kind of like a lager. It really doesn't come close to being a Czech style Pils, in my opinion.

Photo of mash4077
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear yellow/gold looks a little like applejuice of cider. One finger of white head, good retention.

S- Sourness to the smell, but not in a bad way. A little lemon and apricot. Pretty simple.

T- Spicyness is definitey present. Low hop level to be expected. Not getting the smells in the taste. A little of a leathery taste to it. Decent for the style.

M- Good carbonation, but a little too watery.

D- Great, could knock back quite a few of these.

Photo of jbertsch
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, light copper. A good-sized head generated when I initially poured this into a pilsner glass. Lots of bubbling action. Looks attractive.

Smells like a traditional pils. A grainy hop aroma is what's primarily present. It has a classic malt presence of a pilsner that balances the grainy hops well. I think it has a slight marzen characteristic, as well as being a little bready.

Taste matches the aroma. It's dry, with an ever-so slight sweetness to it.The hops have more presence on the back end. Everything is balanced well. Imagine the flavor you find in a St. Pauli Girl or Becks, but then imagine it smoother and a bit more robust.

Mouthfeel is typical pils. Carbonation is just right, and it feels lively.

Without surprise, drinkability is great.

I enjoy this one. It's not as bitter and robust as say, the Victor Pilsner. However, I think I like this one better.

Photo of sonata2008
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a thin lacy foam. Aroma has a lot of maltiness with hint of hops. Has a sweet bread taste with a bitter hop finish. Not as balanced as I would have liked. For my tastes, it could have used a little more hop spice or perhaps a little less sweetness. But overall, very enjoyable and very quaffable. The malty sweetness pairs well with fruits and dishes prepared with tomato sauce.

Photo of gfreed
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All summer I've avoided this thing because I don't think much of Lagunitas' heavy-handed, over-heated, over-hopped approach to beer. And yet I also like pilsners and am always searching for a good American version that won't make my face collapse from bitterness. And so I finally bought a single bottle, fully prepared to hate it because it was as bitter as a pine cone.


Instead, I'd rate this as one of the better American Czech-style pilsners I've had this year. The color is darker than most, bordering on amber. Tons of bubbles float lazily to form a puffy head that is about as loose as any I've seen. There's a good malty tone to the aroma but also a competing team of lemons and dried fruity things running just slightly to the rear. Very smooth body despite all those bubbles, and a clean, malty taste with just enough bitterness at the back to do the job in the hot weather, but nothing more. Unlike other Lagunitas brews, I did not feel like my mouth had been etched by acid after the first sip, nor did I feel like I was having menopausal hot flashes after finishing the bottle. Well worth a six.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours an effervescent straw color with with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grainy notes, faint breadyness, & some lemon notes

T: Grassy & lemony notes, some bready & honey malt notes. Dryness & grassyness dominates as this warms, plus some sweet bread. Finishes with mineral & lemony hop snap & some grassyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style. This will be in the summer rotation to be sure

Had this a few years ago & swore that I reviewed it on BA, I don't remember it being so damn drinkable...

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

A: bright, clear yellow; one-finger head; good carbonation -- it sparkles!
S: light, sweet aroma; fruity
T: aromatic, herbal flavor that immediately shows what the other industrial-made pilsners should be. Slightly hoppy, to provide the spicing, but the bready malt, with a touch of fruit, offsets this.
M: clean mouthfeel
D: You will likely want another, esp. on a hot day.

This is an ideal pilsner for a beer-drinker who appreciates a hoppy, complex beer. And it may just surprise and educate the pilsner drinker who hasn't explored much further.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,988 ratings.