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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2,232 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 711
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 59
Gots: 310 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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: 2,232 | Reviews: 711
Photo of opieo
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not usually a Pils guy but this one goes down easy and is refreshing.

Photo of whitebrow
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little disappointed in this one - maybe an older bottle?

Photo of tsandler
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Not as crisp and refreshing as I would like a Pilsner to be.

Photo of KarlosT
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good reproduction of Czech beers (having visited Prague). Had on draft, as part of a flight.

Photo of PatrickCT
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of cdrinkwine
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of maxson924
2.72/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Felt pretty weak to me, but not watery or anything. It's okay.

Photo of classixIII
3.34/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of Rdrumm91
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this Pils. Hard to find in NC but worth it when you do. Crisp and full bodied. Not your basic boring Pilsner .... At 6.2% this pils has it all

Photo of Roser
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of delta490
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite Pils. Lots of spicy hop zest with a biscuit malt flavors which works well. Crisp and refreshing.

Photo of tb4475
2.67/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My least favorite beer from Lagunitas

Photo of MisterGone
3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of beerrat
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good pils had better.

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear golden straw colour with lots of light fluffy head.

Nose is subtle. Malt, biscuit, and a tiny bit of citrus hops.

Taste follows nose very closely. Quite smooth. The hops at the end distinguish this Pilsner from others I've had.

A good refreshing beer.

Photo of moundbz
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avg pils taste, moderate bitter, avg. beer

Photo of Yaffeboy
1.57/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

It's yucky And really gross

Photo of RyanChristenson
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very refreshing! This is one of my favorite session beers.

Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Crystal clear pale golden pour out of the stubby 12oz bottle. A white head fills the glass at about two fingers high with a thick, frothy texture. Good head retention as a large pillow and ring result. Spotty lacing at the top but not much else.

S- Pale cracked grains and a bit of zesty, spicy hops but not all that much of anything overall. General lager yeast hints but that is fairly clean too.

T- A fair amount of malt flavors open up for me with a profile of biscuit, cracked Pilsen grains and cereal. Hops lend herbal, spicy and slightly zesty character but fail to really shine.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a crispy and foamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is close to high and contributes to the foaminess. Finishes lightly bitter.

Nothing bad going on really but also not much going on at all, somewhat impressive for 6.2%. Neither the malts or the hops are intriguing enough to bring the beer from decent to good.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; light gold in color - SRM 4-5; 1 finger white head that receded to an uneven thin cap; light lacing;

S: well balanced; toast; a surprising bit of molasses for such a light beer; earthy, musty hops; no diacetyl;

T: soft; well balanced; the breadiness of the yeast is more pronounced; hop spiciness is most noticeable at the finish; malt influence is lighter that in the aroma; no diacetyl;

M; light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; medium dry;

O: very smooth;

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.