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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

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1,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 1540
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

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 UnionMade


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pils pours a pale gold, slightly chill hazed, a large plume of white head erupting with a vigorous pour. Good head retention, keeping a realtively thick coating for quite a while, leaving rings of brussels lace encrusting the interior of the glass. Gorgeous lacing, but could be clearer. Closer examination reveals a loose sediment of tiny particles suspended within the golden clarity.
The aroma shows a touch of age, perhaps. This is the first time I've had this beer, so maybe that's what it's like. Honeyed, soft pils malt without much in the way of hops. A slight peppery saaz note, with a soapy squeakiness. Very similar to some polish pilsners I've had. Not bad, but could be bolder.
The flavor opens with a burst of carbonation, a sweetish flair of sugary malt coming through immediately. Rather lively, with a honeyed sweetness and a slight lemony tint. The hops are odd. A pervasive soapy flavor ekes through the finish, balancing the malt just enough, but still retaining some sweetness in the aftertaste. Some peppery, woody notes, as well as coarser hints of north american floral and citric hopping. The honeyed malt lingers into the aftertaste, the hops clipping off neatly until the next sip. Medium bodied, with active, lively carbonation and a soft water, smoothened mouthfeel.
A bit on the sweetish side, for my taste in pilsner beer. I'd prefer something a bit hoppier, but the softness of the mouthfeel is spot on for a czech version. I'm guessing this is hopped with something besides saaz, because I'm picking up some strong floral notes, perhaps a bit of citrus. Perhaps one of the north american saaz crosses? Who knows. Either way, it's nice stuff. I'd like to try this on tap sometime. I imagine it would be a good session.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 23:22:07 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow orange in color with a fluffy white two inch head. The aroma is of grass and hops. The flavor is grainy malt, floral hops, mild grass, and a hint of lemon. This brew leans a bit towards the sweeter side.

Mildly crisp mouthfeel at the start and finish, where other pils are more crisp than this. This was also a little heavier in body than other pils. Overall a slightly above average brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2005 22:22:08 | More by Gavage
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure if I've ever had a non-macro pils, but I do remember not liking macro pils. But this is pretty good and may alter my thoughts on pils. The beer poured into the glass a tawny yellow in color, with mild carbonation. A head formed on top about to finger-widths deep, that quickly dissipated. After each sip a thin lace would form, but the disappear before the next sip. The aroma is bitter, which comes thorugh with a nice bitter and sour hoppy flavor. There was not much else with the beer's flavor. Really it would make a great thirst quenching drink. The only negative was that the hops were pungent enough that when I burped I was kind of taken back by own breath.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2004 20:18:26 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of meathookjones


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out a hazy golden yellow with about a half-inch of white foam head floating on top. Some lace was left around the glass as this was consumed. Aroma was mainly just biscuity malts. Taste was crisp with bready type malts and a slight sweetness. Very mild beer all around. Body was about medium and well carbonated. Decent brew overall but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2004 19:21:00 | More by meathookjones
Photo of HochFliegen


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice crisp very clear copper color. Miniamal head and lacing. Nothing more than a thin film on top of the brew.
The smell was sweet like honey with a citrus scent as well. Not overpowering at all very mellow and clean.
The taste was much like the smell sweet with a very clean taste. Crisp in the end with a bite of bitterness. Very impressed for a pils!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 02:02:29 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of merlin48


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a chillhazed, medium yellow body with a one finger, tightknit, white head. Good retention falls into nice patchy lace.
Aroma has a pleasant, floral hopping balanced by a sweetish, fresh bread malt backbone.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with even carbonation.
Nice pils taste here, with a pleasant, floral hops biterness, and a solid malt backbone that is somewhat grainy and biscuity. The finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing.
Very well crafted example of a German pilsener by a good, California brewery. Nice balance, and enjoyable drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2004 22:35:04 | More by merlin48
Photo of beertaster13


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine pilsner. Pours a golden yellow with orangish hue. Head is very impressive, coats of lacing cover the glass. The smell is strong of thick malts, slight grain detected, a refreshing cascade pine hops detected as well. So unlike the pilsners that most are used to, this one uses a great blend of hops that really stand out, the smooth crisp sweet caramel malt is impressive, hints of grain. Medium bodied and very good. A great beer for sessions or those football games.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2004 06:55:03 | More by beertaster13
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North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear pale golden with a very low white head that barely made it to lace the glass.

The aroma was malty but with a distinct DMS (cooked corn) aroma.

The flavor fared much better with a crisp maltiness and decent hop backbone to balance. The beer is actually very well bittered and refreshing.

The finish is dry and with slight crisp bittering well into the aftertaste. The body is medium.

12 ounce bottle. A tasty beverage, but the corn aroma detracts.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2004 00:01:35 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of silenius


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow and has decent size chunks of yeast bits suspended in it. The head filled the regulation American pint glass up to the rim then it slid back down to coat the surface of the beer with what looks like ice (but is not).

Not too much of a smell here. Some floral hops is all I get, and this isn't much.

Taste is very refreshing and light. A nice bitter aftertaste lets you know that this beer is hopped enough to hold some interest.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Which goes really well with the super high humidity we have here in Chicago right now.

This is a very drinkable session beer at 5.5% alcohol. I emailed the company and asked. They said they didn't like advertising the ABV because they "don't want it to be seen as a strength claim." Whatever that means.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 22:51:09 | More by silenius
Photo of watermelonman


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This sits as a crisp golden color in the glass. It looks decent but unfortunately I think its appearance is its high point.

The smell is a bit hoppy, which isn't bad for a change. The taste is of the same, but a little acidic as well. It doesn't sit very well on my tongue, but it's still reasonably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 21:40:09 | More by watermelonman
Photo of gnaussea


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden orange. Medium, off-white head, a bit dirty looking and weakly carbonated for a pilsener. Stong wheatiness to the nose, with some brad notes and floral hints. Flavor starts a bit acidic and becomes very dry in the aftertaste. wheat takes a step back in the flavor, allowing the hoppiness to come right out. Bold hops, but overall thin taste, and not very traditional for a pilsener. I know Lagunitas likes to go off the beaten path, but this time I think they just went askew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2004 06:28:11 | More by gnaussea
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle which had no freshness date or %ABV listed. This brew had a slightly hazed golden color and a rocky 1½" bright white head which left large portions of sheet lace gracing the glass walls.
The nose was of sweet malt and floral hops. The taste was largely possessing a sweet grainy maltiness with some fruit notes reminescent of apple or pear. There was some spicy hops present toward the finish but not near the amount detected in other Czech pilsners. The feel was light, crisp and clean.
I found this to be a pretty tasty pilsner that went down fine. It just didn't quite hit the mark in terms of the style. It's taste profile seemed to be leaning too much in favor of malty sweetness, sacrificing the hoppy notes I've come to associate with the style. It also wasn't as dry and crisp as most other pilsners I've sampled. While it's a good beer, I'm not sure it fits the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 19:03:59 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of WVbeergeek


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange golden hue with a magnificant sized white head leaving very fine lace behind great looking brew. Aromatics are malty with some Saaz backing the nice malt characater up some grassy notes very nice with some bready yeast tones hanging around as well from the bottle conditioning. Taste, upfront bready with a great finishing zesty peppery hops but a smooth vanilla like malt character ties everything together. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation and one very drinkable beer to boot, tasty and refreshing a winning combonation every time.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2003 21:23:42 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of beerguy101


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color, medium foamy head. Aroma is malty and a little hoppy. A full-bodied pilsner. Malty and somewhat hoppy. Touch of sweetness at the start that gives way to a fairly strong hop bitterness. Good flavor throughout. Well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2003 03:53:35 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Mustard

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased as a stray single for $1.29 from the Whole Foods on National and Barrington in West LA.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with a slight, orange tinge; fine, two-fingered, cream-colored head; intricate sheet lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Predominantly of grass, citrus and sweet caramel.

Taste: Considerably less sweet than its nose; good, sturdy biscuity malts upfront and thoughout; piney, grassy hop flavors; suitably bittered; secondary notes of grain and oranges; faintly spicy. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel.

Comments: Rather enjoyed this and would happily have it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2003 08:25:49 | More by Mustard
Photo of Rumrunner


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

I real nice clean pilsner. It pours a clean golden color. Decent head with nice lacing. The head stayed thoughout the drink of the beer. The scent is not too strong but has a nice estery feel to the nose. Some rind and grass to the scent as well. Decent malt balance to the nose.

There is little sweetness to this pilsner. It has a deep malt flavor. A crisp pine taste that has a bitter bite to it. A citrus flavor comes through but it is taken away quickly by the malt. The hops are there but irrelevant.

It drinks easy and smooth. A very fine pilsner. I am enjoying Lagunitas more and more. I first tried their IPA a year ago at a Raider game and I was impressed. I have to buy that one again and review it soon.

Lagunitas may be coming in to its own. I do not regularily drink pilsners but this one is very good. If only the macros could understand this beer we would not bash them so much. I will definately try more of thier beers soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 06:56:49 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, active carbonation, with a thick, fluffy, bone-white head, which softly sizzles down to size.
Nose is dry, wide open and suggestive of absolutely nothing in particular, or at all.
Light and smooth, just right for a lager, but bad for a self-described "Czech-style pilsener." For one thing, very little hops are felt, and additionally, dryness is missing. Instead the flavor is bland, bald, and lagery sweet. I keep waiting for some dry hoppiness to emerge and assert itself through this treacly murk, something that may indicate a true "Czech-style Pilsner" profile, but, alas, it never does.
Again, far too thick and sweet...nice try, but you missed.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2003 19:41:47 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Reidrover


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this caught my eye today..never seen a Pils from Lagunitas until now.
came in a brown short neck 12 oz bottle usual simple but pleasing Lagunitas label..intresting script round the label.
nice looking pilsner..nice golden colour with a large crweamy white head..it goers down fast but leaves great lace.
smell is good but not exceptional..lot more maltiness than most pils though.
a good "thick" tasting pils..very nice reminds me of Starobrno..nice strong malt backbone for the hops to ride on.
Great on the tongue very intresting.
A most wonderful beer to drink..best from this brewery I have tasted..unsusal for a west coast brewer to do great lager

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 23:37:02 | More by Reidrover
Photo of mickeymac


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it a crystal clear yellowish gold with a big foamy white head. The head dimishes but leaves a thin layer on top of the glass all the way down. The Saaz hops are immediately noticeable, along with slight grainy aroma. The taste is nice, with a bit of hop bite and grassy flavors mixing well. The mouthfeel is what I'd expect in a Pilsener. As for drinkability, it's 100 damn degrees today, and this stuff goes down like water. This would be a good beer to lure macro drinkers to something better.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 17:38:16 | More by mickeymac
Photo of drewbage


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at Beer Appreciation Night at BJ's Woodland Hills

Beer pours pales gold with a sticky white head.

Nose is sweet and corny with a large blazing hop aroma. The flavor of the beer is honey malty with a hop bitterness accentuated by a mineral character to the water.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 01:14:14 | More by drewbage
Photo of ADR


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slighly hazy dark gold color, a shade up from many. Fairly big head but flat on top and greatly diminished at 40 seconds. Simple but complete laces. Hoppy aroma, unmistakable Saaz qualities. The body was quite a bit bigger than I expected with a fleshy melon and caramel malt start and mid mouth impression. Hops bitter well and this brew is solidly balanced, though it swaps personalities and ends with some pine even in the aftertaste. Not a very light and crisp example of a Pils, more guts than style points on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2003 09:26:24 | More by ADR
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Pilsener. This is a very crisp, clean tasting brew with a nicely balanced level of hops. The presentation is what's expected from a regional with clever naming and descriptions of the bottle contents. Poured a very golden color with a thick white head that had good retention. This is a robust Czech style with the emphasis on body rather than heavy hopping. A very enjoyable beer all round.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2003 07:22:27 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of Dogbrick


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I just can't get into these Bohemian/Czech Pilseners. Pours a hazy light orange color with a medium white head. Thin lacing and the head disappeared rather quickly. Aroma is mostly hops with a tiny bit of fruit. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a little malt backbone and a somewhat sour finish. Also has a very carbonated feel, but manages to not be very crisp at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2003 07:11:30 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of freed


4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Giving American Pilsner's a good name...

By volume, most American Pilsner's suck. Its good that real brewers are giving us drinkers options during those warm summer months. Cause you can't drink Stout when the suns beaming down.

This pours a bright golden, like you'd expect a pilsner, with a nice amount of head and decent retension. The smell is definately pilsner, with a hint of skunk (you know, the saaz through light glass smell). The malt profile is sweet and subtle. I'll have to remember this come summertime.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2003 21:01:18 | More by freed
Photo of Mark


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent brew from Lagunitas. Poured a medium straw, head retention was decent and lacing was above average. Malty smell highlighted by Saaz hops. Good smooth taste with decent hop bite.I really like the flavor of the Saaz. A very refreshing and drinkable beer. Could become a warm weather staple.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2003 19:46:52 | More by Mark
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