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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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1,812 Ratings

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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:
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(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a cold hazed deep golden Pilsner with an off white head.

Smell is a little sweet and malty with a faint honey odor. Lesser scents are a good aroma of grain and faintly spicy noble hops and a bit of flower nectar.

Taste is a little sweet with a fairly stout herbal hop punch in the finish. Hops bitterness has a fairly long lingering aftertaste. Good basic Pils taste clean mildly malty and a good strong hops bite.

Mouthfeel is good.

Extremely drinkable beer. Tasty and mild mannered with a go shot of hop bitterness, recommended.

Zorro, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3/5  rDev -17.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that rettains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral and slightly spicy german hops (which always smell kind of corn-ey and skunky to me).

The flavor is sweet grainy malts that lead to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish that is a little metallic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an above average pils (not my favorite style). It's much more bitter than I'd expect.

Beaver13, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%

I've been happy with this brewery so I couldn't pass up the czech pils. 6 pack of 12oz bottles.

Poured into a pounder glass it is golden color with a meaty ivory head that laces all the way down with a thin layer of goodness.

I picked up hoppy/saaz, even slightly floral, right off the bat. malts were subdued and more of a filler. light fruitiness mostly orange. perfect carbonation. tasted the yeast I've come to expect in this style but this was lighter in that department and more of a hopped up spicyness that was enjoyable and easy on the palate. Crisp mouthfeel that finishes moderately dry. Not the thirst quencher nor the session beer that one might expect this has some characteristics that make it more compatible with a meal than a session. A very respectable offering from Lagunitas.

DogFood11, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours from a 12 oz'er with a thick frothy pillowy ivory head cap loaded with golden hay and rising bubbly carbonation. Impressive drippy lace improves the appearance.

Scents of some delicate red apple and grainy pilnser-esque honey grass.

First swigs: Soda cracker grain with a delicate honey touch and hops are drying in the finish. Medium sweetness and clean finish towards the finish.

Feel is well carbonated with a pinch of tongue coating.

Last swigs: Grounded pilsner that does not stray far from the mark.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%

I've really been digging this style recently. I've definately come to appreciate the refreshing crispness of a nice zesty pilsner, and this one didn't disappoint. Pours a clear and bubbly blonde with some straw coloring and a pinky of white head floating atop. Smells of nice mellow Czech malts and a dusty hop smell. Taste is more pronounced than in the smell and does not let you down. I love the way pilsners are hopped - spicy, dusty, floral, herbal... just downright zesty. This one also had a nice pine characteristic which I think must be a west coast twist on the style. Very interesting, but not overdone. Very subtle. Lightly sweet grainy malts back up the hops perfectly, excellent balance. Smooth, crisp, mouthfeel. Again, excellent. And I find pilsners to be super drinkable, especially in hot weather, so drink em while you can!

twelvsies, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of kgotcher
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

A bottle of american micro brew made in the traditions of Chechvar and Pilner Urquell. Pours nice clear golden like a good pils should, smell is light with that distinctive Czech fragrance. I always have loved the flavor of a Czech style lager and this one is no different. If anything it seems bit crisper than the traditional pils but maybe it is just a fresher beer since California is not as far as the Czech Republic is from Portland. Overall a very good, drinkable beer, a "real" alternative from american pilsners while watching a hockey game or hanging out with friends on a summer day. This is a beer I could drink any time.

By the way I reviewed this beer as a particular style, It seems that pilsners tend to get rated lower due to their lack of complexity or their closeness in relation to macros. Even in the world of Pilsners Czech style is a bit different from everything else out there.

kgotcher, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Bcant
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

Crisp; perhaps that’s the best way to describe this pils. Nice gold color suitably carbonated but it produces a poor head. Excellent grainy malt flavor but balanced very well for an American pilsner. Kudos for Laguntas for making a solid pils in California!

Bcant, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

This pils didn't really strike me as anything special, but that doesn't mean it was bad. It was mild but good. Poured a golden color with white frothy head. Smell is faint, but from what I could get, lemon, grassy, and slightly hoppy in the background.

Taste was malty and hoppy again, a bit bitter. Tastier than expected after the smell. A little bit of breadyness in there, and orange, which sort of fits, and sort of doesn't. Good, but not extraordinary. Mouthfeel is okay, and pretty darned drinkable. Light, refreshing, goes down easy. I'll have to try this guy again in the bottle, see what it's like there.

scooter231, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

I'm not sure what sort of hops are used in this beer but it struck me as.. hoppy. Very much like an IPA in flavor and mouthfeel. Hardly any aroma to speak of, though it was on the cold side when served; never seemed to perk up as it warmed.
Still very tasty and very drinkable. Quite the lively pilsner was this; a bit of a variant on the style as I don't think the traditional saaz hops played a role in this... it stabs your palate and backs off.
Remind me to pick up a six pack.

ommegangpbr, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.63/5  rDev 0%

12 oz bottle, capped.

This pils poured a clear, golden color with creamy, white foam that persisted a while and left some lace. There was a good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was bready malty with light noble hops. The taste was bready malty with moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. This was a decent pils, but on the mild side.

UncleJimbo, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of studentofbeer
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

gorgeously clear "Los Angeles sunset orange" color, with a good white head. Very inviting.

lightly floral aroma, good dose of vanilla and a touch of sweet citrus. not sure it's quite to style but very nice and enjoyable.

very crisp and clean body, dry with a smack of bready sweetness that gives way to a surprisingly bitter finish. Just a hint of orange in there. Great, powerful but straightforward taste.

this is delightful, an absolutely brilliant pilsner. maybe it's not perfect to style but it's damn close. no off flavors or roughness you find in lesser lagers, and it's hopped to the brink. this would make a great apperatif (sp), session beer, or spicy food beer, among other things.

put this up there near dortmunder gold as one of the best lagers kicked out by craft brewers.

studentofbeer, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%

poured a hazed light gold with a puffy white cap. Delicate aroma ; gainy, light sweetness but without the floral skunk of the CZ pilsens. Wow, peppery-bittering blast with subtantial malts and tangy citrus hops...malty bitter but not what I would call dry. Nice twist on the style...this is a pilsner for ale heads that live for hop alpha oils..actually it has more ale traits than Pilsner but who cares..it works.

pootz, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.63/5  rDev 0%

Golden color clouded with chill haze. Thin white head that is maintained by the vigorous carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass for the full beer. Smell is grassy with mild citrus note. The most noticable tastes were the malt sweetness up front and the hops bitterness on the backend. Light body and smooth finish. An easy drinking summer brew. Nothing stands out but no noticable flaws either.

beermanbrian, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
3.63/5  rDev 0%

This one pours out pretty increduously, making that fizzy pouring sound you always hear in the commercials. A nice fluffy head forms atop the golden straw colored body. The smell is clean, with a touch of grain and a buttery character. Good, crisp aroma. Taste starts sweet, with that grain taste that was noted in the nose. A bit of hops kicks in, imparting a spiciness to this one that is reminiscent of thyme or oregano. Buttery flavor underlies all this, giving it a sweetness that is pleasurable but seems out of place, but I've read it's not uncommon. The carbonation is pretty low after the initial pour. Light bodied and smooth, very clean and refreshing.

Litterbean, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

This is a good full bodied pils that is crisp clean and very easy to drink. The one thing it lacks is the real saaz hops off the nose. I must say that I prefer their ales but after tasting so many lagers locally that are only a better alternative to a macro lager, the fact that this beer has taste is appreciated.

canucklehead, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a rich gold color that is brilliantly clear. A cascade of carbonation bubbles rises up through this beer and holds aloft a frothy, rocky head that is initially four fingers thick. As I pour this beer I get a hint of aromatic lemon & herb scents. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get notes of grass, a bit of hay and sweet grain as well as the afore mentioned lemon and herbal notes. The taste is lightly sweet up front and fairly spritzy throughout from the ample carbonation. The hops play a strong role here, they bring a spicy herbal note that blends in a hint of lemon pepper, a dash of hay, and . This is a nice example of a Pils, it is refreshing and simple. There is a bit of malt sweetness here, that keeps this beer from being dry, that balances well with the hops.

Gueuzedude, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice golden color pour with a tight bright white head and limited lacing.

Smell- A tad hoppyness in here, but mostly some weird smelling grainy aspects.

Taste- I bit sweet in the flavor and bitter in the hop side. Something just tastes a bit off.

Mouthfeel- Doesn't leave my mouth dry like most pils, which I'm not sure is good or bad. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Ehhh, I've had better pils along the way. No need to try this one again.

GClarkage, May 31, 2005
Photo of Hhawk06
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

This pils poured a golden yellow in color with a lovely beady peach-tinted head. I found the nose quite invigorating, a smell of fresh malt. Immediately I notice a very good balance in the mouthfeel and it is certainly juicy. There are some corn flavors there but they are subtle. Mostly the purposeful floral accent serves as a welcome dulling effect. The finish keeps balanced and quenching. It leaves a little bit of a peachy and a kind of light rosey essence. Really wonderful. This is a great social brew and very well done for the style. Cheers!

Hhawk06, May 27, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight bitter finish. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, May 18, 2005
Photo of pjwilson
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance: Big foam when poured.. Almost too much. not too many bubbles though. nice golden pilsner color.

Smell: There really isn't much of a smell. What there is in the smell is just malts. and a hair of skunk. just a hair

Taste: nice bitterness. Too bad the malt is too strong. The first beer i had thought was great. Now as i drink the six pack i realize how strong the malt is in the beer. Too sweet. You can taste the bitterness, which is nice....but the the sweetness doesn't woek with it. The aftertaste is sweet.

Mouthfeel: a bit too thick

I was more excitied about this beer at first than i am now..

Edit: 3 days later try again...and it's tastes really good. I dunno this is more of a drink at a bbq out of the bottle than think about too hard type of beer. Also i'm pretty sure these are skunked bottles.

pjwilson, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Dmann
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

Finally a Pils that I like! This gem poured a little darker than most pils with a very faint orange tint to it. The head was nice and frothy and settled into a nice pillow of foam for the rest of the session. The smell is actually pretty malty sweet, with a hint of carmel malt and light grassy undertones. The taste blew me away! It had a nice dry saaz and citrus bite in the beginning along with a nice malt sweetnes in the bakground that lends a little bit of thickness to the body, and a nice flavorful finnish that left me wanting another drink. This is the session Pils for me! A must try!

Dmann, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of donnebaby
3.05/5  rDev -16%

Clear but viscous looking rich gold body and a tall creamy top with lots of extra cling on the rim. Smells wet and musty, lightly sour.

Taste is funky for a pilsener, like a pilsener injected with a little extra body and very sweet honey malts, somehow off-keel. Creamy body in the mouth. Way too sweet for my liking, going beyond malty sweetness to corn syrup (I know "czech" pilsners are a little sweeter but..). After is sharp with good characteristic gently bitter hops, lighty lemony and sour.

Not my choice for a pils!

donnebaby, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.05/5  rDev -16%

Brightest amber with the merest suggestion of orange. Fine, lazy carbonation rises to a large cotton white head that isn't overly dense, but is as sticky as all get out. It's impressively rocky as it deflates and ends up laying down thick streamers of lace over the majority of the glass currently available to it. Well done.

The nose is dominated by hops, but it isn't nearly as aromatic as expected. There's a wee bit of lemon zestiness and... not much else. If any of the noble varieties are in use, you couldn't tell it by me. Strictly average.

Czech Style Pilsner doesn't taste like any pilsener that I've ever had. It's too pale malty, too buttery and too sweet with a serious shortage of hop flavor. What bitterness is present is thoroughly divorced from the flavor profile. I'd love to know what hops Lagunitas uses in this beer because I don't believe they chose wisely.

The body is light, edging toward light-medium on the finish due to a modest amount of mouthcoating. I just noticed that there's an odd aftertaste of bitter butter.

Lagunitas Pils is a strange one. It drinks like a cross between an amber and a pils with some off-putting diacetyl thrown in for bad measure. This beer isn't horrible, but it needs a complete overhaul (read: recipe change) before I'll give it another chance.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of PatandDavid
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%

Had three of these the other night at 'bones. I thought it was very good, especially for an American take on the style. Pour when served was the color of golden yellow sunshine, I enjoyed the snow white head on top. It left many, many rings in my glass as I drank it down. The low aroma was a bit appley/citrusy. Clean, crisp initially, it had some grainyness in the finish, but only a touch. Very smooth, great session beer.

PatandDavid, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

A fine pilsner is the palette cleanser of the beer world. You can drink one after almost any other beer, and uncover all of the subtleties it has to offer, and move on to the next style to do the same. The Lagunitas offering pours a bright gold, clear with a thick white head refilled by champagne bubbles. The nose is a crisp hop citrus backed by a mild caramel from the malt. The taste is a refreshing hop citrus. Hints of grapefruit accented nicely by subtle hop flower. There is just a hint of malt on the finish. Smooth mouth feel, very drinkable.

carln26, Apr 10, 2005
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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