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: 692
Hads: 2,258
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 63
Gots: 330 | FT: 0
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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 tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 111/14. Clear golden pour with exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of slightly sweet biscuit over hops that have notes of spice and tropical. Light medium body that manages to be almost slick in texture. While it appears to be well carbonated (bubbles), it fails to effervesce on the finish in a lively fashion, hence it is normal carbonation level. The flavor profile has some complexity and is well balanced, unfortunately it doesn't scream saaz hops. It begins with a slightly sweet spice that flows into mild bitterness. The middle has a tropical rind like citric note. The finish is biscuit with a low level lingering bitterness with notes of spice. Very good, but not quite outstanding. (710 characters)

Photo of Beric
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 23 July 2014

Appearance: Pours a marvelous, crystal clear yellow color with a nice deep golden quality to it. Carbonation coming up from the bottom makes this one look great. Pours with a one finger, bright white head and leaves appreciable lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and some spicy noble hops.

Taste: Too sweet! This is not a half bad beer by any means, and is indeed one of the better exemplars of craft lagers that I've had, but I find this brew to be far to sweet for a pils. The hop profile is very similar to SN Summerfest, which also has an appreciable amount of spicy noble hops, but unlike SN, this one has next to no appreciable bitterness. Since bitterness is one of the main facets of the pilsner style, I reluctantly must decrease my taste rating. Should Lagunitas someday address this and use more bittering hops, this would be one of the finer craft lagers available. Beyond sweetness, the beer has a slight bready flavor and the noble hops add some good flavor. Unfortunately the sweetness of the malts tend to overpower both.

Mouthfeel: Good body and perfect carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer that should be rated higher than it is, if it wasn't for the overwhelming sweetness of the malt. Aside from that, the beer is pretty good. And is something I'd recommend for those looking to get into craft lagers. (1,365 characters)

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

Sampling right now on 7/21/14. Bottles chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tall weissber vase glass. Alcohol content is right at 6% (ABV).

Pours a bright pale gold in color with a good 2-finger white foamy head that lasts a good while. Lots of lacing is seen, some in rings even. A good amount of bubbles streaming up from the bottle of the glass. The aroma is mostly of malt and yeast. Much more going on with the taste as it is hard to pin point besides the malt and yeast. Starts out sweet then ends with a slight bitter finish. Not to hoppy though. Crisp and full-bodied. Overall, not a bad brew at all! (637 characters)

Photo of fank2788
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright pale gold in the glass with a frothy head of large bubbles. The smell is very malty and a bit yeasty for not at all the bright clean aromas that I'd expect from a pils. Giving it another sniff reveals a bit of grassy hop but nothing all that distinct or punchy. I have no idea what's going on in the taste of this one. Very malty with a lot of caramels and biscuit flavors overall a bit sweet with only a touch of bitterness from a bland hoppiness that barely serves. I find that I'm having a hard time getting over how sweet this beer is, however, the sweetness does fade in the finish which is rounded out by some bitterness that lingers for a few seconds. Generally this beer is a little slick and probably not carbonated enough for the style although it could just be weighed down by everything else going on in there. Overall its ok, but I can't say that I'd recommend it. (920 characters)

Photo of jakdracula
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good pilsner!
If you can get one, I would very much recommend it. It's wonderful.

There's a mostly naked, hot, thin red head female next to me and I can tell you that she likes this beer too, so that's saying something. It's not always that you can really say that about too many beers, ya know? I mean, really, how often have you read a review of a beer here on this fine web site that said a mostly naked, hot, thin red head gal is diggin' the beer?

I can't find any reviews talking about mostly naked girls here anyway - let alone red heads. (562 characters)

Photo of kingmaxwell
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Lagunitas Pils is a friendly afternoon beer. It has a similar hoppy profile true of many Lagunitas beers, but has it's own frothy flavor.

Color and appearance are top-notch. Great smell upon opening the bottle.

The taste is hop-driven with a lot of balance. It's more traditionally american-style beer with a lot of west-coast indications. Obtuse label, low-price, piney hops, and not much malt flavor. It is not a beer that sticks in your craw -- the taste quickly dissipates and requires more beer application.

Good solid beer. Worth investigating.

Recommended with disc golf, bocce, gardening, rock-skipping, softball, outdoor concerts, beaches, open windows, loud stereos (suggest at least a six-pack for any of the above). (738 characters)

Photo of fannypakit
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Beautiful crisp light yellow color with a thick head about two fingers length and dissipates slowly. Head retention is strong and sticky lacing coat the glass. Pours absolutely beautifully.

Aroma was hard for me to pick up. Grass notes prevalent, but really couldn't get anything else. It does smell fresh though, which is good. Taste is crisp and clean. Light and smooth. Easy to drink and all around enjoyable. Had this after a long hot day and it just hit the spot. This is a simple, straightforward, and well-executed pilsner. (558 characters)

Photo of jbakajust1
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super clear pale gold with lots of streaming bubbles under 2 fingers of dense white head that holds like mousse. Head lasts all the way down at 1/8" thick. Great lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

First thing to jump out of the glass is grainy malt, dry crackers, followed by mild floral hop notes. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde. Touch of DMS.

Tastes of crackery malt, floral hops, and spicy hops, clean malt. Crisp and medium bitter finish that lingers. Mild vegetal notes, corn, DMS. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde.

Medium light body, lots of carbonation dances on the tongue and tingles on the roof of the mouth. Semi-dry finish with balance towards bitterness.

Clean, crisp, wet, crackery malts, Noble hops, to the bitter and dry side, but not overly. Aside from the DMS, very close to style. Diacetyl is not evident, but low levels are part of the style. Easy drinking, and thirst quenching. (915 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden wiht a 1-finger creamy white head. Good retention, sticky on the glass. Not much carbonation rising.

Aroma is light. Some graininess. Sweet. Grass comes through.

Taste is of sweet bread malts. Light hops. Some citrus comes through in the middle. Dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Sessionable, even with the ABV. (388 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(April 22, 2014 bottling date -- six weeks "old")

L: perfect. not even a question. the 100% clear yellow brew is a factory churning up bubbles -- the effervescence is off the charts, so much so the beer looks like it's kicking off a CO2 nucleation point, but it's not. well over 1-inch head off standard to slightly hard pour, and the sticking and lacing is a work of art. Photos of this glass should hang in a museum.

S: grain, lemon, more lemon (but a flavor smell more than bitter/sour/tart smell -- candied lemon), saltine crackers, sour grain, alcohol ... frankly, it smells a lot like an adjunct lager

T: a harsh dirt-bitter/antiseptic alcohol taste ruins what is otherwise a standard pils roster of sweeter light malt and some earthy/spicy hops. it's hard to say what exactly that harsh bitter taste is because it's not like any other hop flavor I've had -- which is to say, if it IS hops, it sucks. at times it disappears and lets some great grainy, cracker flavors come through with some light sweetness and very earthy/black pepper hops ... there's no grass in this, nothing real "green" in the good hop flavor, just a solid bitter bite.

F: very sturdy and strong and despite the appearance of being over-carbonated, it's carbonation level is very nice ... needless to say, super drinkable

O: disappointing but not an overall disappointment. i'd hoped for better from Lagunitas, but the beer tastes cleaned out -- I don't know if it's the relatively higher ABV (6% -- high for a pilsener) or a filteration process or what, but it's quite antiseptic, very much like our Saint Arnolds brews in Texas. the taste suggests the brewer wanted to woo macro-brew drinkers, but I don't buy that with Lagunitas, so it's possible I'm missing something.

Props to them for brewing us a decent lager, but I can think of 10 pilseners I like better. (1,884 characters)

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

Poured from a bottle dated 337 (Dec. 3 I'm guessing) on May 31 on my front porch.

Bright, clear straw gold with white head that persists as a thin rim with some lacing.

Aroma is malt sweetness with mild Saaz hops, clean lager. Taste is Pils malt with some sweetness and moderate hops. Clean, moderately dry finish with mild lingering bitterness.

Medium body with no ethanol warmth. Medium carbonation.

Very smooth but with plenty of flavor. Nice. (452 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz b ottle poured into a pils glass
A: Clear, light yellow with a lingering two-finger head and light carbonation
S: Light wheat, corn, biscuit and floral notes
T: Biscuit up front then fresh corn, wheat and light florals
M: Light-bodied, smooth
O: Fairly well made as far as pils go. Very clean flavors. I always prefer a bit more oopmh but for the style this is enjoyable (375 characters)

Photo of IronLover
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, fizzy white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Floral hop and grassy aromas with biscuity malt notes beneath. Delicate lager feel up front with a tangy, incredibly, crisp, dry feel through the middle. Floral hop and bready malt flavors with a tangy, crisp, earthy herbal hop bite. Finished cleanly, crisply and desert dry with bready malt and herbal hop notes. Easy drinking, refreshing, and crisp with a super dry finish. (496 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and some cooked vegetables fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. OK brew. (266 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really loved this beer a year ago when I was first embarking on my journey of love of craft beers. I'm very curious to see if I like it as much now that I have experienced so many other great offerings. The pour is quite handsome and classic to the style, a pale golden color with a thick and lasting white head and nice lacing. The aroma is sweet and spicy with Belgian yeast and biscuit malts with hints of pepper and vanilla. There is also a slightly hoppy aroma but not the west coast hops I've come to expect from Lagunitas but instead the classic noble hops of the Olde World. It sips very light and clean, quite refreshing on the palate. This could definitely be enjoyed after a long days work or on a hot summer's day. The flavor screams Europe with a bit more hop bite than one expects from a Czech style pilsner. There is a lot of sweet, funky Belgian yeast as well as biscuit malts and hints of spice and hops. It is definitely light and refreshing on the palate. This isn't as good as I remember it being from before I got into craft beer but still a very nice offering and spin on a classic style. That being said, it is one of my least favorite offerings from one of my favorite breweries. (1,205 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Lagunitas Jar.

A - Golden lager looking.

S - Smells Belgiany?

T - Yep, taste a little like a Belgian Golden Ale to me and not so much a Pilsner. Bready with citrus and I was honestly looking forward to some hop bitterness being a Lagunitas but I didn't get much, although it does have a spicey hit.

M - Punch of carbonation upfront. Smooth down with that spiciness towards the end.

O - It's my least favorite Lagunitas and they're my favorite brewery. It's not horrible but not what I was expecting from them. Not that I'm huge Pilsner fan anyway, but there are definitely better options, even from California. (627 characters)

Photo of kaplunk02
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A medium golden color with a sizable and sticky head which takes some time to disappear.

S: Some serious bread and cornflake smells right up front with citrus (lemon) and something sweet underneath.

T: Very biscuity almost like a ginger snap with a little lemon flavor tucked in there. The taste really took me by surprise as something unique as least among my beer-drinking experiences.

M: Not too carbonated almost watery on the palate which makes it sort of thirst-quenching.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The 6.2 ABV goes seemingly unaccounted for as it is very smooth and lacks any strong hops or otherwise alcohol-masking flavors. The flavors that are present are not subtle but still balanced and approachable. I would certainly have this again and again. (821 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Clear light golden. Lots of rising bubbles. Decent swath of off white head and lacing.
smell: Slightly pungent, spicy floral and slightly malty sweet. Not terribly impressive nose but pleasant enough.
taste: Not as rich as the nose. Fairly clean and dry. Again, not terribly impressive but pleasant enough.
overall: Back in the day before tasting the explosion of rich brews, this woulda been a primo. dug it but unlikely to seek this out too often. (461 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving dry residue behind as it does. Dry sticky lacing, and lots of it.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and tree bark.

T: White bread with a slight hop bite. Not much else.

M: Light and crisp. Full flavored. Filling bready aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Tons of effervescence, great head, and pervasive lacing. Nose is bready with citrus and woody notes. Bread, accentuated with a light hop bite. Overall, this is a fair quaff. (620 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A - Arrived in a mason jar with a small, bubble head. The beer is a golden straw color, and quite clear. Visible bubble carbonation.

S - Minimal aroma, but it is as expected.

T - Mix of floral hops and very mild doughy malt. Bitterness is pretty strong here and the other flavors are rather indistinct.

M - Bone dry and astringent carbonation. Not pleasant.

O - The flavors aren't bad, but don't stand out in any way. The mouthfeel is incredibly uncomfortable, to the point where I'm beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with the keg? I checked other reviews to see of others had the same experience, and hopefully this was a limited problem. Would try again, but I'd take most any pilsner over this regardless of carbonation issues. (749 characters)

Photo of slusk
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: This brew pours a golden yellow with a tall 3 finger head white head. It's clear and bright. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: The aroma has a nice malt background but is overshadowed by a spicy floral hop profile. It's a nice balance of slight fruitiness tones with the pilsner malt holding it together.

T: The taste is much as it smells with a spicy nose and a slight peppery aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A moderate amount of carbonation gives helps back up the hop spice. It's a bit more towards the dry end with a detectable acidic bite that I would expect from a pale beer.

M: A moderate mouthfeel, not slick. I detect an ever so slight chalky feel on the tongue but not enough to overpower the palate.

O: Overall this is a nice beer, certainly emblematic of the style. It's a nice palate cleansing brew that refreshes. (854 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Clear, golden with a foamy white head. Active rising carbonation.

Delicate grassy, spicey, floral hop notes. Light crackery, toasty malt base.

Medium body, foamy, fizzy carbonation.

A very well done Czech pilsner. Delicate flavors that can either be enjoyed slowly and appreciated, or drank without having to put a lot of thought in it. (353 characters)

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

Light golden color with a thick two finger head with decent retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma for a Pils, notes of sweet biscuit malt, vanilla, herbs, floral hops and white grapes.
Very balanced flavor of grassy and floral hops, sweet malt, yeast and white wine bridging to a dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with natural carbonation.
Well executed Pilsner, super clean, crisp and refreshing. Flawless. (413 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed the cute little blurb about ales vs. lagers on the label. Lagunitas strays away from ale territory and does a classic lager style here and like damn near everything they do the result is top tier ... The essential elements of the style are there but so are some unique touches, including assertive hopping as per the brewer's trademark and ample fruity, yeasty character that is often missing from many mainstream commercial pilseners. Pours a classic pils yellow honey amber hue with ample white foam ... Phenomenal head retention and left a boatload of lacing all the way down my Oktoberfest glass. Aroma is noble hops forward, classic Czech hop herb and spice notes, along with some dried fruit like currants or raisins, a slight caramel sweetness, sulfur like a struck match but not overpowering or unpleasant. Good old lager yeast. All of these elements carry over into the flavor, which is fortunate. Cracker and bread crust serve as the backbone with some grassy green fruitiness that recalls lime rind and lemon grass, a hint of red grape, honey sweetness, and creamy tea. Starts sweetish but finish is dry and I get minerals and copper. Pleasing aftertaste and smooth body with moderate carbonation that does not mask the subtle top notes but instead carries them forward. A grain husk sort of astringency reveals itself but does not become dominant. Strictly speaking the flavors should be better integrated but at the end of the day this is a great beer. You could do much worse than call me a Lagunitas fanboy ... When they do something poorly I will call them on it. Till then, prost! (or the Czech equivalent) (1,633 characters)

Photo of JeanDuteau
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Normal Pilsner colour of golden wheat. Good foam and good lacing. The smell is very bready/yeasty. You could taste the yeast and there was some hops as well. The hops overpowered the rest of the taste. It was not bad, but I've tasted better Pilsners. (250 characters)

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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