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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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82
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698 Reviews
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Reviews: 698
Hads: 2,298
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 66
Gots: 359 | 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: 698 | Hads: 2,298
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. (222 characters)

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 (280 characters)

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. (164 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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. (189 characters)

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. (239 characters)

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. (233 characters)

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. (462 characters)

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. (770 characters)

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. (167 characters)

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.

Cheers! (651 characters)

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. (481 characters)

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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Mlkluther
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (933 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
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; (487 characters)

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Golden carbination poured into right glassware leaving fluff of foam. Soggy cereal scent seems too overpowering. Tastes of malt hoppy pilsner was not too appealing at first. Temerature was not low enough. Overall not my favorite choice for pilsner. (248 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden color under a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma has a quality warm Pils malt character topped with spicy hops, floral, grass, and crackers. Flavor is similar, leaning towards the malty side, though there is a nice leafy Saaz hoppiness and a bit of lager yeast. Medium-light bodied and crisp. This is always a pretty good bet for a solid drinkin' beer. They nail the malt character pretty well, though I wish the spicy hop was a little more potent. (462 characters)

Photo of Darkstar1911
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Very decent Pils. A tiny bit on the malty side but good bitterness and nice smooth finish. Not as aggresive as some of the other offerings from this brewer but still well made and will not disappoint. Seems to me it would make a good hot weather beer. (251 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is dry grain. Nice.
The taste has a good lemon, slightly metallic, bitterness throughout.
The texture is crisp.
It's a solid pils. (187 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Appearance
Large foamy head with good retention and lacing. Pale golden body. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma
Clean piney hops. Mild bready malt.

Taste
Well done! Clean and refreshing. Mildly sweet. Hops are clean and not overly bitter. Hops taste of pine and citrus. Malt body is mild and sweet. This beer is balanced. The flavor is good and it is easy to drink. Good quality.

Mouthfeel
Lots of carbonation. The body is borderline between light and medium. Goes down smooth.

Overall
An excellent beer. The price is high but so is the quality. One of the best Pilsner lagers. Pairs well with steak or chicken. (625 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PILS pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is a very balcned but bold hoppy and malty aroma. The taste is same, strong big crisp malts, a strong hoppy flavor. Nice strong flavor, good body. Overall its a very good strong pils. (243 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Pils
10/19/14
12oz, code unclear

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow. Small foamy head, average lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is spot-on for the style. Earthy Saaz hops, pleasantly sulfury yeast note. A bit muted and oxidized/old, limiting high marks. (4)

A lot of pilsner malt on the flavor. Cracker, hay, blonde biscuit. Not overly sweet, but not enough hops either. Some spice, earth and grass from the hops. Clean overall, no hints of the pils-killer diacetyl or its cousin acetaldehyde. Mouthfeel is spritzy, medium-high carb. (3, 3.5)

Good stab at the style, just needs a hair more bitterness and hop flavor, maybe a bit more attenuation. ABV is a bit high at 6%. (3) (676 characters)

Photo of sourd
3.75/5  rDev +3%

beach club

pours a nice bright golden with substantial head

smells herbal and slightly sweet

sweet and soft initially followed by a pleasant herbally clean bitterness nice dry finish

easy on the tongue, perfectly malty on the way down

right now, second only to mamas lil yella in the craft pilsner scene. thoroughly ejoyed! (328 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear light yellow. Big lasting head. Great lacing

Aroma/Flavor: Pils malt and a slightly above average spicy/grassy hop aroma. A touch more malt sweetness that I'm used to in the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fairly crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Does well to convert the BMC crowd. Not overly grassy and astringent with the Saaz as to turn them off. (380 characters)

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.