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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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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,357
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 413 | 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:
Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Reviews: 710 | Hads: 2,357
Photo of fscottkey
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Beer forms a 1 finger frothy white head. The head covers a beer that is a light straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (6%) and the born on code (03/26/15)

S: [3.75] Grass, straw, slight banana.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose but slightly elevated in the banana flavorings. There is a bit of spiciness on the finish nothing overwhelming but a note of it.

M: [3.50] Crisp. Medium to high carbonation feel. No lingering after taste.

O: [3.75] This beer looks pretty in the glass. It forms a nice head that is inviting. The nose seems right for the style and the taste is also in line. This is not my chosen style - but this is a better offering in the category. It is really refreshing and would be better on a dock somewhere. I wouldn't turn this down in the future.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle at home from Brewdog Online Shop (£3.50):
Another good Lagunitas beer, it's hard to find a good craft pilsner that truly stands out & while I'm not entirely sure this one does, it's a very nice & highly drinkable beer that goes down easy with a good balance helping it along the way.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

In my search to diversify and expand my palette to appreciate more than the beloved IPA/IIPA, I began sampling craft pilsners. I found Lagunitas PILS to be very enjoyable. A little kick added to the traditional pilsner. And while I consider the pilsner to not be a "complex" style, this has a little bite to it. You do not have to feel guilty drinking before 5PM anymore. Cheers.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lagunitas Pils certainly looks the part: a clear, light-bodied straw-colored beer with a thick coarse head that leaves a respectable lacing on the glass. The nose is fine, if deceptively malty, but it falls down as a Czech-style pilsner as soon as it hits the mouth. Other than a bit of lagery hops flavors up front and some alcohol and malt flavor notes on the end, strong hops bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer, burying any sort of hops/malt interplay. This bitterness lingers an indecently long time for a pilsner; not the crisp finish that I want from this style of beer.

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Photo of dwren89
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden yellow, big fizzy head, great clarity

Aroma: very bready and even a little yeasty on the nose, soft aromas

Taste: very well rounded, soft bready flavors and are complemented by a nice bitterness to curb the sweetness. Very bready flavor overall though.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium high carbonation, short finish

Overall: A very fine Czech Pilsner. Very soft on the palate, very bready, almost like biting into a fresh, soft loaf of ciabatta bread. Hop bitterness keeps it from being too sweet, and a short finish will keep you coming back for more. This is my favorite American made Czech style Pilsner.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with crowds of bubbles rising through and a smooth white head.

Smell: Slightly fruity hops, a little yeast.

Taste: Straight into barley, red grapes (I don’t know what that’s from), and well balanced hops. Back end is more yeasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and fairly thin. Gives this a very crisp feel.

Overall: I really like it. Subtle (compared to what I normally drink) but still very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Lagunitas mason jar

A: Pours pale golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer that hangs around and laces well.

S: Grassy, slightly floral, light malt, and a little skunk.

T: Grassy, maybe a little lemon, peppery, light malt, sweetness and a little alcohol come out as it warms.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm not much of a pilsner person to begin with, but this one really doesn't do it for me. If I'm gonna drink something that's 6% I'm gonna go for something with a little more going on.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a clingy 2” frothy white head.
S: Not much aroma – primarily hops with pilsener malt in the background. No fruit.
T: Big malt flavors up front lead to a bitter hop accent on the finish. The bitterness is rounded and not harsh.
F: medium body and above average carbonation.
O: a solid representative of the style that is easy to drink and widely distributed.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Pours a vibrant clear straw with a 1/2" bone-white head that recedes somewhat slowly & has decent retention. Not much for lacing.

S: Cereal & grains, there's that definite Czech pils-y note & a touch of subtle hoppage. There's just a hint of euro-lager funk present as well.

T: Cereal, graham cracker, a bit of raw hop-bitterness that fits for the style, soap & grain.

M: Solid. Carb is moderate & plays nicely off the slick, malty body.

O: I almost always prefer German-style over Czech-style pils, so there's some bias here. All-in-all this is a solid, drinkable pils that stays comfortably within itself. I like this brew 'cause it doesn't overreach.

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Photo of LarryV
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not a contender for a Czech style pilsner. Lacks the refreshing crispness of a good pilsner. Nondescript and a bit too sweet. I'll take a Pilsner Urquell over this any day.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic example of this style. Amazingly done, has the hop punch that you are looking for in a fine pilsner. If you live near CA you are lucky to get it even fresher. If you love the Czech beers seek this one out, I am a huge fan.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Dull golden yellow. Awesome clarity. Three fingers of rocky white head display excellent retention. Lacing clings in stubborn foamy globs.

S: Sweet doughy and bready pilsner malt aromas and a whiff of toasty grain. Touch of sulfur. Maybe a bit metallic. Grassy and herbal/peppery hops.

T: Sweet bready, doughy, and grainy pilsner malt lays down a sturdy backbone. Hops start out soft and floral, but soon show a keener edge with grassy and herbal flavors and sharp bitterness. Hint of sulfur within. Alcohol is just barely perceptible as it warms. Trailing grainy flavors and punchy hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium-light body, though it has a substantial round, full, and almost chewy feel. Sharp carbonation accentuates the hops a bit more.

O: This beer impresses me more than perhaps any other in the Lagunitas arsenal. It's a complete departure from anything else they brew, and they nailed a solid Czech pilsner recipe. It's maybe a hair bigger than is the norm, but otherwise it's stylistically on point. Not to diminish their great IPAs, but this is a tougher style to execute and bring to market, especially when the focus of the brewery is on American IPA styles.

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Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Generally it is fairly rare to find a good Czech pilsner from a craft-brewery. This is one is an exception and is a great refreshing Czech pilsner. Well balanced bitterness. High ABV for a pilsner but it is not noticeable.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- golden with nice white head thick head
- smell is mellow light yeast light hop crispness
- very clean and crisp beer well rounded around the corners
- very crisp but also a good beer taste
- overall one of the better pilsners i have had and its not a style i particularly go for

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finishes very crisp amd clean.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pilsner glass.

a: Poured a crystal clear pale yellow. Finger and a half fluffy head. Good retention. Nice lacing.

s: smells like a water cracker. Faintly like a jar of coins. Both in a good way, though.

t: Slight hops. Grapefruit bite. Crisp clean flavor.

mf: nice grainy carbonation. Smooth finish.

o: nice little pilsner.

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Photo of cdrinkwine
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just not my bag. Decent color but terrible head and head retention. A little bit of bitterness in the flavor with a little metallic aftertaste. Drinkable but not something I'd choose again.

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Photo of classixIII
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured slightly hazy light straw color. 1" head stood for a minute, great carbonation. I get citrus and a bit of hops. Crisp feel, with some alcohol at the finish. I like the style and this is another good one in a field of many good ones.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great brewery, but not my style. Golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little bit of funk - I can never put my nose on middle-European hop varieties. Somewhat malty, which saves it for me. Very clean finish which is also nice.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Grainy, crackery malt, floral hops, and a lemony/skunky character form the aroma. Minerally, earthy hops counter slight malt sweetness.

A moderately bready, lightly crackery, and slightly sweet malt backbone provides a base for lemony hops upfront, which fades to an earthy bitterness at the finish. A fair amount of astringency creeps in late, accenting the bitterness and driving it deeper.

A bit too harsh, and the skunky/lemony hop character is offputting.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Side poured from the bottle into a Boulevard glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear and transparent straw yellow color, nice one finger soapy head that leaves little lacing but hangs around for a few minutes. Packaging is standard Lagunitas fare, I always like it.

Smell - Has a nice mix of grains, yeast, and spices, with a bit of hoppy zip as well. Smells nice

Taste - Subtle, yet balanced. A decent malt and grain backbone is complemented by the hops spices and zest. A touch of lemon in there, the hops bitterness, and the backbone make for a well-balanced beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean, refreshing

Overall - This is a good beer. Pilsners aren't really my thing, but this is decent. Condor recommended and approved, give it a shot, especially if this is your style.

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Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ideal place for this beer: On a river in the NW, swimming w/ your buddy Vlad. Vlad thinks the body is quite heavy for a pils, but he likes the musk & the crisp finish.

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Photo of Roser
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- big foamy bone white head that lasted a long time. Minimal to no lacing. Lots of bubbles. Very pale golden yellow. Looked like lemon meringue pie in a glass. A great looker!

S- crisp and clean. Sweet spicy malts. Feint hops.

T- malty up front, sweet on the back end. Biscuity. Slight hop bitterness.

M- silky smooth. Light body.

O- very good. Love all things Lagunitas, but I'm not a Pils guy (love me some IPA's!!!); however, I know a good Pilsner when I drink one. Has officially dethroned the Scrimshaw as my favorite Pilsner. This is a great offering from one of the best breweries. Would have again and definitely recommend.


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Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium light gold with a nice cap of foamy white head that has solid retention and leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The aroma is good as well, with nice biscuit and noble hops. The taste, unfortunately, doesn't match the robust aroma, with same the qualities but a lacking in volume. The body isn't too heavy and has a nice little bit of carbonation on the finish. If the flavor were dialed up a little more this would be a knock-out, easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caveat: this is only my second Czech Pilsener, so I am not anything resembling an expert on the style. Verdict so, far: just not a pilsener guy.

12oz into fluted wine glass that looks not unlike a cross between a snifter and a pilsener glass. A bright yellow, straw color with a white head that retained very well. I expected a very subtle aroma, but it wasn't. A combination of crackers and lemon is the best I can describe it. Many others here and the lit I've read on pilseners speak of biscuits, but I got more Saltine than Bisquik.

The flavor added a bittering hops profile that was indeed quite nice. Together with the crackers-lemon combo, in which the cracker flavor dominated in the finish, made for what I would certainly regard as refreshing. I can see why many are inclined to the pilsener, especially on a warm afternoon. This one at 6%, though, might be an issue since two of these are ABV-worth three of the others (again, based on what I've read about typical ABV's).

I don't know if my palate has been permanently soured by the excess of B-M-C youth, but this really just tasted like a macro in which the brewer paid attention to flavor instead of marketing. This would not be my first alcohol injury: I cannot appreciate fine and very expensive tequilas either, for reasons you can pretty well figure out.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.