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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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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 jeffjeff1
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. It is from Petaluma which is pretty local so that's good.

Appearance- gold color, transparent, thin head

Smell- malt, grassy hops

Taste- bready, malt

Mouthfeel- light to medium body

Drinkability- pretty drinkable, I enjoyed it. I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of rajendra82
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden colored clear body, lively carbonation, and small but stable head; a classic look that's replicated a million times over, but there is a reason why it is considered a classic look. The smell was maltier than others with some sweet corn, and only a vague hint of the hops. The taste was good and mild, but not as clean as I would have preferred. A tiny bit vegetal and a touch of sourness evident. Hops were lightly utilized. On the other hand much more substantial on the palette than the norm with a lingering sweet aftertaste. Well made and enjoyable, but not fully style compliant.

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean clear yellow with a slight golden hue and very little head. A few tiny bubbles surface around the edge of the glass.
All I really smell is a light, spicy malty character and bread maybe.
The taste follows the scent, dry and bready with a spiced twang of bitterness in the finish. No generic metallic taste, nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is surprisingly more weighted than I expected and there is a perfect amount of carbonation .
Drinkability is very good, not my favorite style but this one ain't too bad.

Photo of jsh420
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours clear golden with a 2 finger white pillowy head that leaves spotted lacing

smells of malt and light grassy hops

taste - this beer has a much more malty taste then other czech pils i have had the hops try to balance but can not

mouthfeel - beer has a full body with good carbonation

drinkability is so so since the body is heavy but i want something light crisp refreshing

Photo of supercolter
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is fizzy yellow, almost no head or lacing to note.
Smell is better, nice clean smell with a bit of hop bite at the back end.
Taste is even better, very well put together, a bit of spice comes through and the hops complement them very well.
Mouthfeel is decent very fizzy, almost too much.
Drinkability is very good.

Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow an fizzy. Nothing worth noting here.

S: Bisquits, malt. Some sweet skunk.

T: Bready, some malts. Off-putting funky bitterness at the back. Not like a dry-hopped bitterness, but, strange.

M: Bitter finish kinda ruins the feel.

D: Rather dull beer. Not near as crisp as many Pils around.

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

pours a crisp clear yellow color with a clean white head that leaves a nice ring til finish.. the smell is crisp with faint pine and faint hops aromas a wet grass smell is present..the taste is crisp and carbonated its clean and has small malt grain and hop taste to it.. this is a refreshing crisp pils/lager that is great for the summer your quintessential lawnmower beer its quite drinkable..ill recommend it but wouldn't go out of my way to find it

Photo of pinotboy007
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden pils with vigorous carbonation that helps produce a bright white, fluffy cap that melts into a ring with tracings of lace.

S - Modest hints of wet wheat and grains with some hops and a bit of citrus. No much here.

T - Nice. Has a grain and citrus thing happening along with a trace amount of hops on the clean finish.

M - Soft and caressing. Splendid feel that provides a nice density and silkiness and is easily the best component of this offering.

D - All summer long! Great for picnics, casual gatherings, etc. Incredibly refreshing.

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

A-Clear yellow-gold w/fluffy white head.

S-Sweet Pilzen malt, corn, grassy hops.

T-Sweet malt upfront w/light corn, and faint hops in aftertaste.

M-Creamy and highly carbonated, but too sweet w/out enough hops to balance it out.

D-Good and easy to drink, but characteristics don't quite match style guidelines. There is very little bitterness to speak of, and this brew would benefit from a bit more hops.

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

Pours a clear, golden/yellow color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and a slight bread aroma. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness, pale malt, and a slight breadiness. Overall, a smooth brew with a decent body. I could definitely drink a few of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with lively carbonation bubbles developing a thin, foamy white head giving way to nearly no lacing.

Citrus, pale floral hops, a little bit of funky yeasts, and grass.

Very pleasant taste with floral hops, lemon zest and even something resembling a juniper berry with just a touch of spice such as coriander.

Light in body, medium in carbonation and very wet on the palate.

Excellent summer brew and a great example of the style featuring some great characteristics.

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

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. stubby bottle typical of Lagunitas purchased for "150 cents" at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

A One cm off white head that lasts for 30 seconds over a straw yellow body with a dozen or so lines of carbonation rising up from the bottom. Very typical of the style but unispiring to me.

S Light barley and maybe some sweet malt in the distance.

T Barley and grains predominate with a bit of distant syrupy sweetness in this well crafted Pilsener.

M Light despite the taste of grains. The body of this beer is thin, like the style calls for.

D Great, like any pilsener.

Notes: Pilseners are likely my least favorite style (I find them kind of boring) but this one is nicely done with a bit of that sweetness to it while keeping the typical pilsener.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.62/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well, I've been searching for a pilsner close to those I had in Prague (check my avatar...that's one of them). This is very close, and very good. The hops present this lager with a nice crisp feel and spicey taste, one thing that keeps me on ales. I'm not a malt head, and don't like the lingering effects of most lagers.
A bright, clear persimmon color with a moderate head. Could look better, but it's just fine.
Clove, coriander, and lemon zest hint in the nose. Fresh. Green grass, possibly.
Taste is great, I almost give it a 5...but rarely do that with any beer. Hops balance this beer well, maybe too much for a true pilsner, but I like it. Feels great, tingly, crisp.
Gonna have to have more of this. A step shy of the Prague beers, but very good nonetheless

Photo of sevopie
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear yellow in color with a mild white head. Touch of lacing.

A bit of hops, a bit of grain, and a bit of sweet bread.

Some spicy hops jump out initially with the grainy malt right behind.

Medium on the mouth (heavier than I'd expect) with a great amount of carbonation.

One of the better pilsners I've had, I may revisit this one in the future.

Photo of xhcadamx
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - golden straw with a airy white head. no lacing but none is to be expected.

S - earthy grain and a hint of citrus hops

T - sweet grain mixed with a nice amount of bitterness. as the beer warms the citrus flavors become more pronounced

M - moderate carbonation leaves an otherwise thin beer more full bodied

D - what decent pilsner isn't highly drinkable?

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

The beer pours a solid gold color with decent head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, consisting of honey and bread dough. The beer actually tastes better then it smells, consistig of a faintly sweet package of hoppy bitterness and honey. The beer has a nice crispness on the palate that is attractive, and gives the beer something of thirst quenching mouthfeel. Otherwise, this beer is medium bodied at most, and actually comes across as fairly light (which is pretty much expected with this beers abv.). Drinkability is pretty good, though I wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Still, this is a nice enough pilsner style beer, and is especially good on a warm day.

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

pours a peachy straw with stunning clarity and fierce carbonation. a two-finger head has impressive retention, eventually fading to a foamy collar that leaves nice splotchy lacing.

aroma is subdued and relatively bland... light caramel, green apples, a bit of lemon zest, and some light malt and just a hint of cereal grain.

sweet and spicy hops with some light fruit estery notes. cracker and doughy malts, hints of hay and a bit of grass. touches of herbal notes... basil and cucumber, with a smidgen of honey.

some lingering sweetness with a subtle spicy hop bitterness. medium body with some nice creaminess from the carbonation. almost a touch thick for the style.

enjoyable, although a touch on the sweet side to be overly sessionable. a bit full and thick for a czech pils. not necessarily a downfall, but it certainly hampers drinkability a touch. If in the mood for a pisner and this one was around, I wouldn't turn it down. not outstanding, but certainly enjoyable.

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

Appearance: Bright golden body, high carbonation, good pillowy white head developed in a pilsner glass. Lacing is decent for a Pilsner.

Smell: Bready malt aroma, mellow saaz hops aroma or something similar. Not really much else here.

Taste: More mild hops and malt. Excellent clean and refreshing Pilsner taste for the most part but something slightly bitter in the aftertaste. I don't mean to compare the two beers (this is much better) but the aftertaste vaguely reminds me of Stella Artois. Light creamy Pilsner mouthfeel.

Drinkabilty: This style is obviously all about drinkability. Would work great on a hot day as a session beer. Loses points for the aftertaste though, even though it's fairly faint.

Photo of gobias
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a big fan of Pilsner beers, especially Czech style Pilsners.
Whenever I see a new one I like to try it. When I saw Lagunitas, I was excited to try a California style. It has a nice dark golden color and is refreshingly crisp. I find this to be a nice overall beer, to be enjoyed as a session beer.

Photo of almightyme3
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HAd this beer out of a bottle, poured into a pilsner glass.

a - golden yellow, maybe a tad bit darker than the usual pils. Big bluffy head and some lacing. Good head retention.

s - average, little notes of hops.

t - a bit on the sweet side, and a little hoppy for a pils, but not bad.

m - ok, not great, carbonation seemed to have disappeared rather quickly.

d - drinkability is good on a summer day, but I wouldnt drink more than 2 of these in a single session, too sweet and hoppy when you expect crisp, bitter and refreshing.

Overall, not bad - an american take on a pils..

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

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It has a bright gold body, with medium carbonation, and two fingers of semi-fluffy, white head that leaves light lacing. In the nose, it's sweetish with a touch of hops. Fairly clean flavor, with light toasted malts, perhaps some caramel, a light citrus note, and spicy/earthy, fairly bitter Saaz on top of a lightish, dry body. Simple, but a tasty American interpretation that makes for a nice session beer.

Photo of SickBrew
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I would say more "American" style than Czech. This brew does have the general looks of a pils but lack a couple of key characteristics elsewhere. Most notable is the lack of noble hops in the nose and in the taste...give me some prominent sazz damn it. Malt character is also more in line with an MGD than with one of the finer Czech pils. Overall this is relatively good beer that's very drinkable but just not up snuff. Perhaps it's the water in California.

Photo of RunDWP
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's proof great craft beer doesn't have to be some heavy, malty, hoppy stuff.

Poured it into my tulip with a nice golden yellow color and nice foamy white head. I have a weak nose, but not picking up anything in the aroma department at all except for the slightest floral character. The taste is where this guy shines with a crisp, biscuity malt and a great floral, herbal hop bit. Really great sipping beer even with all that complexity. I'd have another right now.

Photo of mattcrill
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slight sulfury nose with a crackery Pils background. A slight spicy hop aroma. This is what I imagine a Pils would smell like if I was in Germany and didn't have to drink it from a green bottle.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden appearnce with moderate effervescence noted. Soft, pillowy white head.

Flavor: More of the same from the aroma. A nice floral, spicy hop note. Backed up with solid crackery and pilsner malt flavors. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, and a slight carbonic bite. No alcohol heat or astringency detected.

Overall impression: Wow! A fantastic American interpretation. I'm not a big fan of Lagunitas but this pretty much knocks the cover off the ball. What a treat to have a Pilsner like this that isn't imported. Well done.

Photo of b3barron
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden staw color with a head the dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and lots of rising bubbles.

Great bisuity malt smell...one of the things I love about lagers like this one. Upon tasting I get some earthy/herbal hops up from which quickly gives way to a bready maltiness and some corn. This is a little more hopped up than most I have had in this style - not necessarily a bad thing but different to be sure.

Drinkability is a strong point and will probably have me coming back for a few more six packs throughout the summer. A solid offering from Lagunitas.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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