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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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2,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 47
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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

Fizzy yellow beer, with nice white lacing throughout the session.

Bready biscuity roasted malts on nose. Hint of fruit as well.

Taste is crisp and clean. More bready malts, a hint of fruit (possibly esters, this is slightly high in alcohol for a czech pils).

Crisp, great carbonation. Body is a little heavy for the style I feel.

Overall this is a tasty czech pils. Don't know if I'd ever go back for more of this, but nice to see americans attempting the style.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the appearance is pretty standard for a pilsner, super see through, yellow, and LOTS of carbonation, man oh man there is a lot. The head is totally white in color and is about a finger and a half in width, it looks pretty creamy and frothy which is nice, and it is hanging around for a decent amount of time. Nothing special, average look for a pilsner. Not much to talk about on the smell, smells like a pretty generic lager, has a malt smell and a malt sweetness on the smell, some light hop notes, not much else. Smells pretty standard, but by no means too impressive, it smells a little refreshing and probably tasty though (the head is still here though, impressed with that). Wow, well the taste is a lot more than I was expecting from the smell. I mean all the flavors are what I thought they would be, but just a lot more of them. I wasn't getting too much of an aroma really from this beer, so I didn't think the taste would be all that much, but it actually has quite a bit of flavor. The hops are more noticeable than I thought they would be, and the overall flavor, complexity and mouthfeel are better than I thought they would be. The mouthfeel is bigger than I was expecting, not a huge mouthfeel by any means, but not wimpy either, and the drinkability is pretty good as well. I don't know if I can give this a 4 for taste, just because it isn't that great, but let it be know that I am very close to giving it a 4, let's say like 3.9, haha. Overall, it's a lot more than I expected, still not the best beer ever, and not the best pilsner ever, but not a bad offering, good beer!

Photo of rarbring
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear yellow beverage, a white head, little lacing.

Smelling of fresh fruits, green apples and lemons. Some fresh cut grass.

Upfront a dextrose sweetnes, then aplles and pears, hay and nettles.

Medium high carbonation, small bubbles, soft and a bit sticky.

Clean and nice, possibly borderline too sweet - for me.

Photo of wolfeus
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this. Poured into a pint glass. Had a nice golden hue to the appearance with a slight head that dissipated quickly. Along with the malt smelled slightly floral. The taste was clean, crisp and I picked up a bit of the floral note that I got from the smell. Overall it's pretty solid. I've been on a pilsner kick and this hit the spot.

Photo of ant5431
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.
Very plain looking label but something about it drew me to it.
was a nice golden straw color with about a 3/4" head which went away kinda quickly as most Pils do.
Smelled grassy kind of nutty hint.
Tasted a crisp hoppy, slight slight bitter taste but overall a nice beer.
was what Id expect in a nice Pils. Not a great beer but a good one!

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

A heavy carbonated pale orange with an average white head. The nose is spicy and a little skunky. The taste is true to style. The mouthfeel is dry but very drinkable. Over 6%, on tap, beach in the background. This is not my favorite style, but I'm thirsty and this goes down pretty well.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue, faint chill haze, with a slim fizzy white head.

Smell -- Very clean overall: pale pilsner malt, grassy hops, faint floral character, and some fruity esters.

Taste -- Again, very clean flavors: pilsner malt, crusty bread, grassy hop bitterness, and a very mild fruity ester character puffed up by the modicum of malt sweetness. A tinge of spicy hops toward the finish. Lingering flavors of crusty bread and grass.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Just on the right side of fizzy.

Drinkability -- Not bad at all. Clean, quenching. Solid, but doesn't stand out at all.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours with good body. White, frothy head that dissipates at an expected rate. Leaves a med-low amt of lace with a white foam top.

Golden color that is straw like and vivid. Clear; bubbly.

S - pilsener malt aroma; small noble hops. No DMS or diacetyl.

T - malty and rich. Low hop taste. Smooth. Some fruitiness but near negligible. Sweet and medi crispness.

M & D - great aftertaste of a czech pils. Malt sweetness that is pleasant. Definitely going to have this one again.

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a nice large fluffy white head. Head falls to a full blanket. Smells bready maybe a touch of banana and light hop note. Sweet light malt up front, Some grassiness and light crisp hops on the back end. Body is light/medium and rather creamy. Pretty smooth, nice carbonation. Overall a nice easy drinking pils, not as crisp as an actual Czech pilsner but approachable for sure.

Photo of FosterJM
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

286th review on BA
bottle to Pilsner glass

App- A very dark yellow with minimal bubble activity and a one finger quick dissapating head.

Smell- Faint malts and smells a bit sugary to me.

Taste- A bit similar to a euro lager for me. A big bigger though with more bolder flavors. Malty and a bit sweet.

Mouth- This was a soft medium body with a medium carb level and a euro lager after taste.

Drink- It was balanced but a bit malty and to close to a euro lager for me.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ephemere pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours with two full fingers of soft cloudy head. Color is pale yellow and very transparent. Not a very interesting looking beer. Sort of bland, boring and just yellow. Poor lacing. Looks sort of like champagne.

Smell - Light floral notes are noticeable at first, followed by light hops and malts as well. Slight hints of grass and wheat.

Taste - Floral and banana notes make themselves apparent right away. Quite a flavorful pilsner, filled with many different types of floral notes. Crisp and clear.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Smooth and crisp. Easily drinkable and I enjoyed tasting all the different floral notes. Refreshing and easily drinkable.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly golden yellow with a fat pillow two finger head. Smells sweet, tangy and grassy. Nice subtle hop balanced with a sweet pale malt

Taste is similar to the nose being sweet from the pale malt but also with a lemon tang. A mellow crisp taste with a fruity semi-dry finish. There is a light hoppy sweetness for the aftertaste.

Light body and mildly drinkable. The tangy sweetness cloys slightly bringing down the drinkability.

Photo of hosehead83
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grassiness, subtle saltine cracker note
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, nice hop bite,very clean and crisp. Certainly much more flavor and character than a "macro" pilsner. A nice match with spicy appetizers.

Photo of Erish
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date found.

A: hazy golden color, fluffy yellowish-white head, lacing is very good. I took off a full point for the haze, which is not to style.

S: bread-like malt, light fruitiness, floral notes, no sulfurous aroma detected.

T: a woodsy hop character emerges alongside the bread-like malt, the middle highlights a soft floral/fruity hop flavor and a bit of spiciness, the gentle hop finish starts on the floral end of the spectrum, and finishes grassy.

M: light body, silky to watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

D: a nice, refreshing pilsner. I would get this again.

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

On tap at Bar Food in Santa Monica, CA.

Lagunitas Pils is a standby beer if you are too drunk to really taste another beer for real. It has some basic characteristics that make it easy to drink, like other pilsners. Its not offensive, unless it warms up and then there is some funk to it that I am not a fan of. However, out of a tap when its nice and cold, i like drinking it. Goes well with most food, not sweets though. I guess if you are going to go for a Pilsner, its better to support a small indie brewery than to just order from the corporate beer makers eh?

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very bright, yellow/straw gold with a thick, hearty white head that clings to the glass as it slowly disappears. Toasty and cereal type aromas on the nose, with a little bit of sweet malt undertones. The beer is slightly sour on the mid-tongue, and there is a toasted grain flavor on top of the malty backbone. The beer is very light and crisp, and has a slightly sour aftertaste. The sour taste lingers quite a bit, and the finish just gets dragged out a bit. The finish seems a little odd compared to the body and aftertaste of the beer. Decent, but definitely not my cup of tea.

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

12oz bottle poured into an odd hybrid of a pilsener glass and a nonic pint. If I'm reading the bottle dating correctly, this beer was bottled on April 12th of last year... but it's still quite tasty/seems crisp and fresh, and I bought it because it recently showed up on shelves... so I could be doing it wrong.

A: Somewhat pale, slightly hazy pale golden yellow. One finger or so of fine white head, with lots of carb bubbles.

S: Grassy hops with touches of yeast and malty sweetness, with an even smaller touch of an herbal aroma.

T/M: Light bodied with lively carbonation, dry and crisp on the finish leaving a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and traditionally pils finish on the palate. Taste is mostly along the same lines as smell- grassy with a touch of sweetness.

D: It's decent, but there are other pilseners I prefer more, even if this one did go down easily. I'll definitely pick this one up again when I'm looking for something light and refreshing... maybe then I will be more confident in my ability to identify a fresh bottle.

Photo of dbmernin83
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pale golden pour with good head.
malty for a pilsner. lacking that crisp hop ting that pilsners have. slightly bread and a little boozey as well.
good crisp carbonated mouthfeel.
not as light and crisp as most. not my favorite pilsner, but drinkable nonetheless

Photo of Avagadro
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey colored, with amazing head retention, active lacing, and impressive clarity.

S: Bouquet is mostly composed of honey and caramel malt tones, with little in the way of hops. The smell is well presented overall, but is lacking strength in the spicy hops, a crucial element in any pils.

T: Dry, with toast, caramel and honey composing the majority of the flavor. The hops are more present here than in the bouquet, but are still underwhelming.

M: The body is full, round, and appetizing. Carbonation is up to par, and the finish is clean.

D: This definitely takes more inspiration from the Czechs than the Germans, with a more malt forward taste, fuller body, and emphasis on caramel via decoction mashing. This is a very good beer overall, but pales in comparison to the greats in the pils arena

Photo of Pahn
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1/3 inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Pours a clear light gold with lots of visible rising bubbles, and leaves some bubbly streaks of lacing.

Smell: Orange-y, herbal, earthy, with some toasted notes in the background. Smells like hay. Gets breadier with warmth, which matches well with the noble hops.

Taste: Lots of flavor; herbal, mildly spicy Saaz (I think) hops, some rustic white bread in the middle, hay in the finish (though I haven't tasted hay). Light grain and bread flavors go great with the smooth hops... there's sort of an orange zest character to it that I have trouble describing, like a smoothness produced by the hops along with the healthy carbonation.

I like this flavor a lot, but it has one pretty big flaw: there's a noticeable solvent taste underlying everything else from the start of each sip all the way through to the aftertaste. A few fusel notes would be okay, but this note is constant, insistent, and ultimately unpleasant. The score approaches a 4.0 for taste anyway, but I think it would need more interesting (and numerous) things going on to justify the heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bright carbonation, a bit creamy, clean finish. Could stand to be a bit lighter bodied I think, and less hot.

Drinkability: The booziness detracts, but in all it's an enjoyable beer. I wouldn't have said no to a second, and had I bought this in a straight 6pack instead of a mixed 6, I wouldn't feel bad about it.

I was skeptical when I saw "6.2% ABV" next to "Czech Pilsner", and it turns out I was right to be. While I enjoyed the beer very much, I would rather it be lighter. I've had lighter bodied, lower ABV beers with just as much (and similar) noble hop and pale malt flavor. Lagunitas PILS is a good beer, and a good price for a 6 pack of quality craft beer, but it could definitely be better.

Photo of veinless
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally time to review the beer that got me into the whole craft beer world.

Poured a glassy yellow with a tinge of orange, and about a half-finger of white head that was gone quickly and left a bit of lacing.

It's a simple malty aroma as expected, with scents of hops and grain not too strong or overpowering. Very crisp smell.

Taste cuts to the chase, with a nicely bitter start that remains steady throughout. Malty sweetness and a sort of fruit-punch come through at different times, with the bitterness holding the fort the whole time. Ends with that bitterness coming to an end in a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is really good, as this one is very crisp, clean, and refreshing, without being too thin. Drinkability gets high marks for the same reason. Held up to my initial thoughts of it back in the day, which were that this was a very tasty brew. Thanks PILS!

Photo of damndirtyape
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kennedy's pub in San Fran. served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Golden to darker straw yellow with a white head that dies down to eventually nothing. Very mild lacing here and there initially, but eventually that goes away as well.

Smell: Crisp earthy hops blended with some malt. Smells like a pilsner should, but a bit richer in smell. There is a hint of citrus to those hops, but it's still very Germanic....what is it? It's not quite floral, it's not herbal. It screams pilsner and that's the best I can describe it.

Taste: What this beer does not have in appearance it makes up for in taste. Very balanced crisp Czech/German style hops and biscuity malts together. The hop bitterness comes out just enough ahead but in a very satisfying way. The hop flavor is like the smell, some hints of west coast citrus, but that earthy and classic Czech/German flavor is there. I wish I could describe it better but I cannot. Equally good when first poured and towards the end of the glass. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Right balance of carbonation and smoothness. Coats the throat nicely and leaves - making me ready for the next sip or swallow. Nice.

Drinkability: Oh ho - this is a dangerous one. Despite the slightly higher ABV, I'm not noticing it until the entire glass is done. I think I've found a new favorite pilsner. While it's nothing pretty too look at, it is interesting enough as a pilsner I keep wanting another sip, and when it's gone, I really want another one. I could see this going very well with a lot of different foods. A very good beer.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, bright, golden color with lots of carbonation bubbles visible. Has large, rocky head that dissipates slowly and leaves considerable lacing.

Smell: Smells of grainy, grassy hops with a hint of maltiness. Has a clean nose like most pilsners.

Taste: Now this is a pilsner! Strong hoppy and biscuity flavors permeate throughout this beer. The hops tend towards the grassy/grainy variety but there are hints of citric hops in here as well. Perfectly balanced with a pleasant aftertaste, this is really quite fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing, yet surprisingly full-bodied.

Drinkability: A superior pilsner and one I'd certainly have again without hesitation. Czech-style pilsners have a special place in my heart and this one is definitely the best American interpretation of the style I've had. It also makes me more interested in trying some of Lagunitas' other offerings. Way to go Lagunitas on this one!

Photo of Brunite
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pilsener glass. Nice clarity. Nice medium bright yellow. A very spongy white head that lasted forever and sticks to the glass and hangs there.

S: Pretty subdued. I expected more hop character to come through.

T: Taste more pronounced than the smell. Nice bitterness. Some malt. Crisp.

M: Nicely carbonated. Very clean & crisp. Decent body.

D: Decent drinkability. A nice thirst quencher and a great summer beer. A little less hoppy than some but heads and shoulders above the Sam Adams product IMHO. I would drink this regularly at the right price.

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

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a bright clear gold with a wispy white head that quickly settles to fine film of white. Deposits no lace other than a few short lived dots. Carbonation is massive.

Nose: crackery, pale malt, some funk

Quick sharp mouth. Bread like cracker and sweet caramel syrup malts are thicker than expected and make the beer feel slightly heavier than I'd expect. A slightly subdued spicy hop bite and crisp balancing bitterness.

Easy to drink pils that drinks heavier than most pils I've encountered.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.