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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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2,075 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,075
Reviews: 681
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 48
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
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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 TonyReaves
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From my notes.

Looks good. Very pale yellow. Head falls almost immediately, but that's not a big deal.

Got floral hops, a bit of biscuity malt in the smell.

Starts sweet with a bit of malt, finishes dry and bitter. Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, but this is still a well-hopped pilsner. Nice bitterness. There's more flavor here than I expected.

High carbonation keeps it feeling dry.

Drinkability is maybe too high? This is a solid pilsner that invites you to drink a lot of it.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Kennedys in SF
Poured a clear golden yellow with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is mainly just biscuity malts and grains. Taste was crisp, bready, grains and a slight sweetness. It had a slight twang or bite on the end. Very mild beer all around. Body was about medium and well carbonated. Decent brew overall but nothing special.

Photo of vintajuess
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass stein.

A - Gold with an orange hue; a little more opaque than expected

S - Raspberry, hoppy, a little wheaty, citrusy

T - Quite bitter for what I expected; also a little sweetness lingering behind

M - A bit thin, leaves a dryness behind

D - It drinks a little too quick for the amount of bitterness but overall all pretty easy to drink

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

appearance: golden and little head rentention

smell: sublt hops, slight citrus

taste: typical czech pils. low hops, like a fresh pliser urquel

mouthfeel: light bodied, very carbonated

drinkability: it was an alright beer. a decent pils. reminded me of my days in prague.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice, rich gold color that is quite clear. Had a nice head of about 1.5 fingers.

Smell: Nice malt aroma that was sweet on the nose. Not much hop presence in the smell, but it smelled good.

Taste: Nice malt backbone with just the right amount of a mild hop kick in the aftertaste. Smooth and rich. Very good.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Felt kind of like carbonated water with a bit more body. Nothing terribly special here.

Drinkability: Quite good. This is a nice, light beer that goes with the great comfort foods while providing more flavor to compliment them. It's also quite good on its own. Worth getting.

Photo of RJUGA03
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-70's movie type transparency that was slightly off golden color with a minimally frothy head.
S-High yeast and malt notes.
T-Hearty much like a lager. It had a fufilling malty beginning with a flat simple yet slightly dry finish.
M-Somewhat heavy on the draw with a hopped dry finish.
D-Very drinkable but,not at it's price point for me. I believe that the best pilsners remain European.

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected clear, clean, slightly golden yellow of the style. The beer had a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was the expected grainy scent with a gentle kiss of hops. There was, unfortunately, a slight skunkiness to the aroma. The flavors also were what is expected for the style. A nice combo of grain, grass and hop.

Body and drinkabilty were both where you would expect them to be. Overall, I'd say this beer meets expectations. It's a nice, clean, refreshing beer that's certainly worth your time.

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

pale yellow color, crystal clear with a quick white head

hoppy nose with malt and grain in background

sweet earthiness, much like I find in pilsner urquell, has a strong hop flavor for a pils but pleasant.

medium body wtih some aftertaste

very drinkable, I would have another of these

Photo of gilman
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a growler and shared with a friend. Was very smooth and easy to drink. Poured a light yellow with only a one finger head that did not last. Taste was like a belgin pilsner not much hop taste but good never the less. Have had better pilsners but have had worse. not a bad choice if you like pilsners.

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

A- Pours clear light golden honey color with half finger of head which slowly dissipates. Nice carbonation.

S- Malty sweetness, hint of pears and honey. Hops are very subtle.

T- Same as smell.

M- Feels a bit thicker than I imagined but it doesn't negatively affect the experience. Carbonation is on point for the style.

Drinking this to have mix things up a bit (been drinking the higher abv 'Winter Warmers' as of late). It's very drinkable and would make an amazing Summer Session beer. I recommend this over Pilsner Urquell anyday. I know, I know that is probably blasphemy to some, but it's my opinion.


Photo of Frosty80
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color: pours a light, golden straw. sits a brilliantly clear, burnished gold.

Smell: good malt character with a grainy sweetness and almost unnoticable diacetyl presence. low spicy, Saaz hop aroma

Taste: rich malty sweetness with just enough bitterness to lightly support. very low spiciness from Saaz. diacetyl is almost non-existent. finish is slightly balanced towards bitter and does not linger very long.

Mouthfeel: rich, low-medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: refreshing, easy-drinking, well rounded brew. makes one wonder why our american versions had to be made even lighter. could drink this all night.

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

A couple of 12-oz bottles, poured into a Pilsner Urquell glass.

Straw gold see-thru body capped with a fluffy 2+ finger bright white head. The vigorous carbonation level is manifested in constant upward streams of bubbles a la champagne. Plenty of these bubbles stick to the sides of the glass as well. Pretty nice lacing.

The nose is boldy spicy and floral, and it tastes pretty damned good. A lemony and grassy bitterness tango with a light honeyish sweetness for a moment before it finishes crisply with a spicy hop and pepper bite. Medium-light bodied, but the carbonation is so vigorous as to make it feel a bit more substantial (and accent the spiciness).

Overall impression: A refreshing and enjoyable pilsner.

Photo of Ezone024
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great, clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a thick spongy head.

not much in the smell department, some earthy fruit scents.

Taste's like a pils with earthy almost apple flavor. with spicy bitter hops on the tongue. It feels clean and refreshing on the tongue.

it's a good beer but not worth the lagunita's price.
Drinkable and refreshing but you can get that in a cheaper lager beer.

Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a 1 finger eggshell head.

S- Light grainy malts, sweet light fruits.

T- Bready, light fruits, slightly nutty leading into a small wave of light hops.

M- Thin to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Definitely an easy drinker. Nothing special here but a good, sessionable pilsner.

Photo of steveh
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After heavier Oktos and Winter beers, I wanted something lighter and thought I'd give this long-time favorite a try.

A -- Clear golden color with a dense white head that settles looking, literally, like an ice cream cone -- settling on the sides, leaving a cone down the center -- very nice and Pils-like.

S -- Spicy noble hops up front, a shade earthy so I imagine these are fresh Saaz.

T -- Spicy hops up front that linger throughout, but the malt backbone is rather thin. Bitter hops in finish.

M -- Smooth body with a light-medium mouthfeel.

D -- Drinkability is good, I just wish there was a little more Pils malt character pushing through the hoppiness.

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

It might be sacrilegious to say this, but this Czech-style pilsner is better than actual Czech pilsners. It aromas are light yet bursting with freshness: grassiness, honeycomb. Pours a clear light gold with a small white head. Taste is well balanced. Refreshing; highly sessionable.

Photo of MisterClean
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from a competition.

A - Pours golden with 3 fingers of clear white head. Dissipates slow and has light carbonation.

S - Pilsner, honey, and spicy hops.

T - spicy hops, some pilsener, and a lack of malt complexity.

M - Thin-moderate bodied, light carbonated, and hop dominated. Slightly minerally too.

D - It's drinkable, but there are better examples of styles.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap as a part of a beer flight at Argaria, Georgetown -

A : Straw coloured with a loose head. No lacing evident

S : Muddy and citrusy

T : Citrusy, sweet malt and finally the bitterness. Nice balance

M : Good carbonation compliments the light body

D : Of course, its pretty decent

Photo of trbergman
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Golden yellow with ample carbonation and one finger of soft white head.

S - Aromatic, with biscuity malt and fruity, floral hops.

T - Perfect level of bready malt with partial sweetness. Slightly spicy hop flavor and bracing hop bitterness from beginning to end. Long, dry finish.

M - Light body, spritzy.

D - Refreshing and easy to drink. I could easily drink a few of these with brats or burgers or just on their own.

Photo of jt31914
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/3 finger head, very pale (urine color) yellow.

S: Not much aroma, a slight cider smell.

T: In keeping with the aroma this beer had very little taste. It was a little sweet but there was no strong flavor and it almost is like a light beer.

M/D: It's like a light beer almost, so mouth and drinkability were good.

Honestly, this is not that much better that a Labatt's or But; it's a little smoother and nicer flavor, but it hardly taste's like anything.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a one finger head. A steady stream of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass and continues for a few minutes. Scents of malt and biscuit are noticeable.

Taste of bread followed up by some slight bitterness, which eventually fades into a slight sour note that idles on the tongue. Overall, a pretty straight forward brew that is both highly drinkable and refreshingly crisp.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Color is a very pale yellow

Nose is bready, with some slight citrus notes mixed in

Taste - very crisp with little to no aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. To echo another reviewer's comments, if this was around when I was in college, it would definitely be my go-to beer.

I've been hitting the hop bombs lately, so this was a refreshing change. I've only had the macro pilsners and was never a fan, but this has made me appreciate what a nicely crafted pilsner can be like.

Photo of HalfFull
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw into a pils glass. An inch of soapy white head sits atop and shows a perky carbonation level. Offers strong retention and some light lacing.

Bready malts on the nose with some sweet spicy hop notes. Though not as clean as expected. Hop notes are subdued and muddled in the malts yet offer some fruit notes.

Moderate body for Pils, rather rich and chewy and grainy on the tongue. Touch of fruit and notable cereal grains. Nice full feel for the style, though notably fuller than typical and with a nose that lacks the typical European hop notes.

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

First non-macro Pilsener. Poured this one into a pint glass. Nice, one and a half fingers of white head, good retention. Straw to golden in color, very active carbonation and lots of clarity. I smell a lot of biscuit and some citrus, and it evokes sourdough bread. A bit of hoppy sharpness is present, but it's struggling to get around all that bread!

Starts crisp. Pretty complex hop profile--certainly more than I expected!--with a kind of herbal effect followed by bittering. Balances out the malts well. Smooth, even a little creamy, with a dry finish. Sort of like Asahi Super Dry's bigger, tougher brother, and he's got a wrench.

This is not my style, by any stretch of the imagination. However, if this is what was on tap in my college days, I'd have been more reluctant to branch out, because this is *good.*

If I was running a 10K sponsored by a beer company, I'd want a beer like this. I could see it going over well as a beer to 'convert' die-hard Miller/Coors/Bud drinkers who like the style, as well.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one off bottle. twelve ounce poured into an imperial pint glass. clear straw color. one finger white head. not much lacing.

mild spicy hop aroma. some fruitiness. no off odors.

good balance noticed initially. sweetness blended with spicy hops. dry clove aftertaste.

mid body. adequate carbonation. good beer. i like the spicyness. i may try this again in warm weather grilling up some brats.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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