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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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2,119 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 688
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 48
Gots: 246 | 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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Ratings: 2,119 | Reviews: 688
Photo of mash4077
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind thick spots of lace. Lots of bubbles are rising from the bottom of the glass. This beer looks very refreshing and inviting.

Smell: Definitely smells like a Czech pils- sweet grains with an apple flavor, along with citric hops.

Taste: Starts with sweet, grainy flavor and some spice, finishing with green apple flavor and bitter citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp, fairly strong carbonation and a refreshing, dry finish.

Drinkability: A solid example of the style. Not the best one out there, but this is true to form.

Photo of horshack7
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The beer is golden a little clear with a fluffy white head on top. Bubbles continuously rise from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: A dryness in the nose. Little bit of grassiness, floral hop. As for the malts well they produce a little sweetness in the tail end.

Taste: Quite a crispy bite lots of carbonation the way a Czech pilsner should be. A little bit of a lingering spice note. The floral hops have a pleasant dryness.

Notes: A solid Czech pilsner all the way around to be enjoyed anytime of year. Cheers.

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

Pours from the bottle a nice dark golden color, with a nice rocky white head. Very crisp on the nose, with some grassy notes, a little cereal and a kiss of hop. On the palate, more of the same with some sweetness competing with the grassy hops. A nice refreshing summer pils, one I'd been away from far too long.

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

A: The pour is a light golden/yellow/straw color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: Decent floral hop notes with a touch of spice and some bready malts. What's there is nice, but the nose is not all that robust.

T: A bit more intensity from the flavor, which is nice. A nice bit of malt and bread to this one. The hops are floral and mildly spicy with a very good bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a nice plentiful carbonation. Nice and crisp and refreshing.

D: This is quite easy to drink, just like a good pils should be. I've had this one several times before and it never disappoints.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color with a creamy white head that didn't last that long. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and noble hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between bready malts (with a bit of sweetness) and a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which is more prevalent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and smooth without much carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: straw yellow, 1" head with decent retention, slighht lace

S: grass and flower

T: light malt quickly entinguished with over the top bitterness, grass. Spot on for the style.

M&D: light to medoum mouth, drying. Can do about 5 or 6 and not skip a bit. Does have a slightly more abv than a session. Otherwise it would be perfect for a summer weekend bbq.

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

12 oz bottle into Wisconsin Micro Brewer's Beer Fest Mug.

A: Thin white head, with good retention. A clear pale golden body.

S: Slightly weak aroma, grassy, straw notes.

T: A bold and tangy start, with a dry and strong lingering finish. Subtle sweetness is also found.

M: Crisp and dry. Good lingering tastes.

D: Great taste, a solid brew that does the style justice. Another great one from Lagunitas.

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had my doubts about anyone making a czech pils and I think this doesn't have the softness you get from actual pilsners from the Czech republic. It didn't have it but it was very good. Light color but a bit more bitter, more like a German pilsner.

Photo of Long813
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated: NA
From: Premier Wine & Spirits

A: Pours a clear golden body with two fingers of white fluffy head. Head dissipates rather quickly and leaves the smallest lacing.

S: Grains, straw aromas, with some floral and malt at the end. Weak aromas over all.

T: Very faint taste of malts and grains. Very slight bitterness.

M: Light bodied and medium-high carbonation. Water like texture and leaves a grainy bitterness.

D: This doesn't do it for me. Over all it's pretty weak and bland.

Photo of TommyW
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with a sticky white head.

S- Faint grass and mild floral hops; a little faint overall.

T- Bready malt with hay and grass. Clean floral hop presence, but it's a little on the weak side.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation.

D- Not a badly balanced beer, but the hop presence just didn't remind me of what a good Czech Pils should be.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice gold color, with a thin crown of head. Visible carbonation. Minor lacing on the glass.

Some minor sweet malt scent, as well as some grain. Fairly typical pilsner aroma, though a bit subdued.

Some sweet taste up front, but followed by some rough bitterness. Eventually smooths out a bit as the beer warms up. Some hops and grain near the end. Bitterness lasts a bit after the swallow.

Once the bitterness mellows out, it is a fairly decent pils. However, it isn't really much better than the regular pils imports, and unfortunately costs me more. Probably won't be picking this up again locally.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden color with a thick finger of foamy white head and plenty of effervescence. A thin lace is left on the glass as I drink. Looks pretty refreshing!

Smell: very nice sweet malt aroma with just a hint of graininess. Hops are only just noticeable in the smell, but overall I think it presents a pretty good Pilsner aroma.

Taste: again, a nice sweet malt flavor (not cloying or anything, but not dry either). There's a bit of a grassy noble hop flavor, and the bitterness towards the end is quite nice. This is a highly enjoyable Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. It certainly works.

Drinkability: highly drinkable and refreshing in my book. I'm tired of the phrase "lawnmower beer", but this is definitely a good washing-my-car beer, or perhaps reading-on-the-patio beer.

Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a nice 2 finger head.. Tiny bubbles in the head.. Stuck around for a bit.

Smell: mild hops, little malty, bready, kind of metallic, yeast, kind of floral with spice notes

Taste: spicy, good malt backbone, hints of yeast.. Finishes smooth with a bite of hop, but nothing sharp.

Creamy mouth with decent carbonation..
Easy easy to drink.. Very sessionable..

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

Sight - darker gold, large, tight, white head

Smell - very yeasty, baked bread

Taste - very fruity, almost like jam, heavy butter

Sweet - 3/5
Bitter - 1.5

Reminded me in many ways of the lagers from Chyně, which while being well made and popular with many back in Prague, simply aren't my thing because of the hefty dose of diacetyl.

Photo of belgaridub
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light golden color with a good amount of carbonation bubbling up and a light white head that dissipates quickly

not a big smell coming from it--light bready character when i stick my nose right up next to it

balanced flavor with, again bread flavors come forward along with floral hops - aftertaste is most reminiscent of typical budjevar yeast flavors with that slightly funky stale bread flavors at the back of the mouth

very dry finish - light - medium bodied - goes down easy

tasty example of the style - could drink this all night

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

Appearance: Very clear. Like an American pilsner. A nice, medium blonde.

Smell: Smells like a homebrew. Slightly floral. Not powerful or pungent.

Taste: First and middle taste has a nice hop body. Some good substance for a pils. Does European pils justice.

Drinkability: A little strong -- wouldn't want more than about 2 in a night.

Photo of boss302
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Pils, draft, 5.3%Abv. This beer was newly tapped and quite fresh.

A Big thick white head. Deep golden color and crystal clear. Head receeded, but continued to cover the beer all the way to the end of the glass.

S Nice fresh flowery noble hop Aroma. Just as a Czech pils should be.

T Malty, with sufficient hop bitterness to tip the balance toward the hops. Hops dominate, but are not harsh and are true to style.

M This a pale beer, with full flavor and medium body due to quality malt. Carbonation is a little high, but doesn't detract.

O Light colored beers are very difficult to make well because there is nowhere to hide errors. If you get a chance to try a good one, don't miss the opportunity. This is one of those beers. Highly recommend.

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

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, light straw color reminiscent of almost a macro. Half a finger of head that quickly dissipates leaving light lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Hops, yeast, malt, and a generic pilsner smell.

Taste - An odd honey flavor up front followed by a slight bitter hoppy taste. Slight grass, malt, and caramel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation, slightly bitter and dry finish.

Drinkability - Not a bad pilsner. Relatively easy to drink.

Photo of cratez
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from ABC Fine Wines & Spirits in Daytona Beach, FL.

A: golden yellow body, amber tinge, quite dark for the style, two fingers of frothy, bright white head, stringy lace on the shaker.
S & T: bright and spicy Saaz hops, fresh cut grass, clean maltiness, moderately sweet, bold bitterness to end.
M: soft, prickly, thirst quenching, long herbal finish with strong, lasting IBU on the palate.
D: crushed a bottle in no time. Excellent example of a pilsner, lots of bitter hopping (rivals their IPA), drinkable session lager.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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