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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: 2,360
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 12.36%
Wants: 70
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: 2,360
Photo of Franchise
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold hazey and inviting leaving a spotchy white head that quickly disappears but one swirl quickly brings it back. The aroma is fruity, hop spiciness, that is very clean and brisk. The taste starts crisp with a hop bitter twang that finishes with a honey malt backbone for balance. This is a refreshing brew...I will def visit this offering again.

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Photo of rowew
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Typical wordy Lagunitas label. Date code on the bottle, but I'm not sure how to decipher it.

Appearance: Yellow/orange pour with a medium sized head that fades to just a bit of lacing. Some small bubbling continues.

Smell: Clean grain, slight malt sweetness, and just a bit of noble hops and sulphur.

Taste: Starts off with a bit of a grassy taste, then the sweet malt takes over. Finally the noble hops balance everything out.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced, very drinkable - I wish more American brewers put out Pilsners of this caliber.

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Photo of LeeMarvin
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thought I'd gotten my fill of the Pilsner style back when I stopped competitively drinking Budweiser and switched to craft styles. But another member here turned me onto Lagunitas's take on the style and I do believe I like Pilsner again.

What I like best about Lagunitas's Pils is it's drinkability. This has been a hot summer in the Northeast, and this is a beer that you can drink in the heat. It's got a crisp, refreshing taste with just a hint of something exotic at the edge of your olfactory perephery.

This is a great transitional beer for Bud/Miller drinkers. I've got people who don't even like beer drinking this stuff!

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

(Served in a pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a pale golden yellow body that is crystal clear. A dense sea of tiny bubbles rises to the surface to support a smooth white head of perfect foam that last and last.

S- The faint pale malt smell is nice and dry with a smooth noble hop hint and a slight sulfur note to it. There is a faint dry fresh grain note in the background.

T- The taste of dry bitter hops with a faint green herbal hop note finishes with a bity bitter flavor and a sulfur hint. The hop bitterness hangs on the taste buds after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a faint creaminess to it and a dry carbonic finish.

D- This beer is mostly about the big bitter flavor with little depth in the hops and not much malt flavor to balance it out.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first pilsner I have had from Lagunitas. The appearance was a bright amber color with a white head that did not last long at all. Very little lacing. The smell was a slightly floral, citrus aroma that was not very strong.

The taste was a dry, crisp, hoppy flavor. I was suprised by the amount of hops in this beer. It was almost like a weak IPA. The mouthfeel was an extremely this viscosity and the CO2 was very strong.

All in all a pretty good beer and a very nice pilsner. Another good beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of idResponse
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definately an above average pilsner but nothing really special. I love lagunitas but they should stick to their specialty - hops!
It's golden. It smells like a very tasty pilsner, not a regular pilsner. It tastes like a very hoppy malty pilsner, which isn't really what a pilsner shoots for but it's pretty decent. It feels great in the mouth and is pretty easy to drink and enjoyable to imbibe. Overall this is a pilsner worth a try but isn't really all that special compared to some others out there.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mucho Gracias to BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF for the pleasure of imbibing this brew.
Pours a golden orange color with a 1/2" white head that fizzes away rather fast. Little lacing and lot's of carbonation.
Smell is of faint fruity hops and a cloying sweetness
Taste is briefly sweet up front but the hops steal the show. Herbal spicy and tangerine come to mind. Maybe some clove.
Mouthfeel is heavier than some other pils I've had. Can feel the carbonation on the tongue.
Drinkability is good. Has a bitter buttery aftertaste that kept this score from being higher.
Overall a good pils and a decent beer.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours clear golden if you leave the last quarter inch in the bottle. okay, knowing what it looks like, pour the rest in the glass. A nice white head provides some okay lace.
Malty aroma with a barely noticable hop aroma.
Tastes much like the aroma suggests, but a bit of hop bitterness comes through as well as some flavor.
Light bodied with a smooth finish.
Drink up. This is one of a few non-macro Pilsners I've had, and I now I'm really starting to see what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of rousee
4.6/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold color with a slight amber or ruby hue. Nice aroma of those Saaz hops I believe it is that are so prevalent in the Czech style. These guys have it down pat though as this beer is so much smoother and more drinkable than a Budvar, Pilsener Urquel, Staropramen or any of the others I have tried. I'm sure if I were in Prague, there would be plenty of competition. It is still an impressive example of the style from an American brewery. Lagunitas seems to put out quality in almost all their styles.

Tasting notes --breaddy and biscuitty --nice malt upfront very pleasant hop finish -pleasantly carbonated --good mouthfeel--this is an excellent pilsner.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with a nice full finger white head that melts to a ring of lacing which stays with the whole drink.
Aroma is faintly biscuits and saaz hops...mild and pleasing.
Taste is initially lightly citrus hops....a little biscuit malt...then back to the light bite from the citrus hops....again, very pleasant.
Aftertaste is drying citrus....a little lemony...mostly just citrus...nice bite with a surprising slight sweetness yet still a nice drying.
Very, VERY drinkable....this one goes as nice as SNPA for drinking all day long.

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Photo of DrJay
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a bronze hue topped by a fluffy white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing. Crackery, fresh grain aroma with spicy saaz and a bit of fruity hops. Medium bodied, malty flavour with moderate bitterness and quite a lot of spicy hop character. Light dryness with a bit of spicy tingle in the finish. Crisp and refreshing, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, about what I expect from Lagunitas. It's got a nice hop depth to it as well.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a solid little bright white head that lingers.

S - Smells of wheat and peas.

T - Quite hoppy. Too sour for my tongue. Srong carbonation keeps it lively though.

M - Pretty strong mouthfeel for the style. Seems to pack more flavor than other pilsners I've tried.

D - Good "hot day" drinker if you don't mind the over the top hops.

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

Lagunitas Pils
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light golden color with a really nice looking head. Thick, frothy, rocky head on top. Nice patterns of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Whiffs of freshly baked bread, yeast and hops.

Grainy, bready flavor with a juicy malt profile. Bitter, snappy hop finish. Strange buttery mouthfeel somewhere in the middle.

I can't tell exactly what it is about this beer that doesn't sit well with me. It might be the yeast or the water used? It reminds me more for of a German style pilsner than a Czech pils.

Enjoyable, but there are many other domestic pilsners that I prefer over the Lagunitas Pilsner.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I'm finnicky about my Pils; I was skeptical about this one, but I just had to add it to my sampler 6 pack at Hi-Time.

The bright yellow body pours crystal clear, with an explosive head that mellows to somewhat more than a rim after a couple minutes. Smells crisp and floral, with hints of lemon and a slight metallic tinge. The taste is solidly malty, crisp yet full, and the Saaz hoppage is right on the money. Slight floral taste with a clean, stiff bitterness to round out the sip. There's something about the malt character, though, that's just a touch off -- a bit of toasty, New Belgium character that I wouldn't expect in a pils. Still, that's very slight and aside from that this is a great, drinkable beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice hazy golden yellow coloration. The head was a frothy off white coloration. The head was very short lived. No lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a predominately citrus hop smell. There is a strong caramel malty smell to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a upfront earthy citrus bitterness. There is a pleasing caramel sweetness to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has ample carbonation. The beer is a very easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright,somewhat hazy with a solid, fluffy white head on top. Low aroma-more or less says "beer". Very non descript. Mellow, sweet malt flavor. Nice slight touch of bitterness. Has the delicate softness in the flavor you will find in a classic pils. Decent enough mouthfeel. Good beer-I would try again.

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

Pours a clear gold color, thin off-white head, lots of active carbonation bubbles, no lacing. Nose is a nice simple bready malt with some slight grassiness. Taste starts out with a fruity malt,mainly apple, and then rather abrubtly ends with a strong grassy bitterness. Medium bodied with a moderate/high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent pils, but nothing special.

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Photo of Liquids
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow, effervescent, creamy one finger head. Smells alive and hoppy, resinous. Taste is maltier than expected, husky, but dead ends quickly into a rather herbal hop flavor with a sourish, odd, and longlasting aftertaste. The more I drank, the less I wanted to. The aftertaste was hard to get rid of, and haunted me for a few hours afterward. I tend to like a good pilsener, but this didn't do it for me, to say the least.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This darkish yellow pilsner pour with a nice, white head. The aroma is redolent of grasses and wildflowers. The taste is clean and refreshing, with some sweet malt notes coming out on the tip of the tongue and Saaz bitterness on the back. Overall, the taste was clean but not terribly interesting. I'm not a huge fan of pilsners, but I've had a few that manage to be true to the style, clean and refreshing, but also interesting. Sadly, this beer isn't in that mold. Outside of a smooth and crisp mouthfeel, there's not a heck of a lot to recommend this. There's nothing at all to NOT recommend it either; it's a fine beer. Just not terribly interesting.

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

Hazy dark orange, I might have let some of the sediment make it through, with a medium head, ultimately leaving a ring and some broken islands of bubbles. Smell is bready malt, bakery sweet, but no hop presence. Mild, clean malt hit at the beginning turning soon to a crispy bitterness. A little rough in the finish, but nothing overpowering. Light bodied, but not crispy enough to be memorable. Easy to drink, nothing to refuse. Try it if you like the style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little cloudy, greenish straw color. Nice head and lace.

Crisp and clean smelling, but light on the aromas. Nice pale malt notes, very little hop. Slightly grassy.

More hop on the flavor, but this beer doesn't have the smoothness of the famous ones. Very strong hop aftertaste. Rich body given the style, relatively low carbonation. This seems to be closer to a pale ale than a delicate pilsner.

A bold beer. If you like in your face brews, this will be a nice choice. If your looking for a pilsner that is floral, flavorful but delicate, seek out Pilsner Urquell or Brooklyn's Pilsner.

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

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Pilsner glass.

Pours a murky golden straw color. The head is quite thick, even with a gentle pour, and lasts a good long time. The head is an off-white color. As it dissipates, it tended to clump in the middle of the glass, making small islands of bubbles. Very attractive for a pilsner.

Smell is strong on the fruity esters, with a little sweet malt rising up. Clean and fresh, and more interesting that some others I've had.

Tastes good. Fruits are heavy up front, again with the sweet malts sitting in the background waiting. The bitterness make its presence known in the aftertaste, but isn't very strong. A nice balance. As the brew warms a little, it actually smoothes out some, the hops becoming less bitter and the fruitiness becoming more subtle. I sipped at this one slowly so by the end it had reached nearly 75 degrees (room temp here) and by then the fruitiness was overwhelmed by a spicy alcohol taste. Mouthfeel had far more body than most other Pilsners I’ve tried.

A really nice Pilsner, and another great introductory brew. I would personally serve it at ten or so degrees above fridge temp, where the flavors seem to be more subtle, which ups the drinkability pretty darn high.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good football beer - I've been drinking this every Sunday while watching the Niners play.

The pour is very inviting - a deep golden bordering on orange with a thick pure white head. The meringue like foam dies down in time but leaves a sheet of lace along the glass.

The nose is pretty light with a hint of fresh citrus and some noble hops almost as if someone had handed you a glass of hopped up lemonade. The taste is rather full for a Czech style Pilsner - lots of grain notes like lightly toasted bread and an almost corn-like (I said "almost"!) cereal note. The hops have a somewhat floral note and while they don't add a whole lot to the flavoring it certainly adds to the bittering.

Mouthfeel is good for a light ale but not what I'd hope for in a Pilsner. It's a medium bodied brew with a somewhat oily feel. The carbonation isn't enough to clear the palate between sips but the bittering does dry out the drink nicely.

A nice drinkable lager but not quite the light refreshing Pils I'd hoped for.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cold hazed deep golden Pilsner with an off white head.

Smell is a little sweet and malty with a faint honey odor. Lesser scents are a good aroma of grain and faintly spicy noble hops and a bit of flower nectar.

Taste is a little sweet with a fairly stout herbal hop punch in the finish. Hops bitterness has a fairly long lingering aftertaste. Good basic Pils taste clean mildly malty and a good strong hops bite.

Mouthfeel is good.

Extremely drinkable beer. Tasty and mild mannered with a go shot of hop bitterness, recommended.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that rettains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral and slightly spicy german hops (which always smell kind of corn-ey and skunky to me).

The flavor is sweet grainy malts that lead to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish that is a little metallic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an above average pils (not my favorite style). It's much more bitter than I'd expect.

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