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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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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp and Easy to Slam, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for.

Added by beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong gold body, good clarity, plenty of carbonation streams, topped by by a fist worth of white micro bubbly foam with rocked above the rim.. Good lacing. Inviting.

Pleasant, clean, fresh grass/hay nose.

Nice light sweet malt beginning. And still sweet until the swallow. Not enough hops to really balance it and give it a nice saaz hop snap that a Czech Style Pils calls for. Mild hop tingle in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel might be just a tad too full. Flows but doesn't dance.

Drinkability is ok. Nothing offensive, but some more hop complexity would be welcome.

Not bad, but not classic. Not a must have, but not one to turn down either.

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Photo of Gmann
2.82/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden honey color with a one finger head, which went away rather quick, no lacing. There was a noticable hop and light malt smell. The hop bite hits right away followed by a sweet malt flavor, then finishes with a dry hop taste that lingers. This pilsner is a touch maltier than others that I have tried. As a pilsner it has initial drinkability but the bitter dry aftertaste would limit me to only a couple. Not one of my favorite pils.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with an orange tint. Big fluffy, bright white head that fades away pretty quickly.
Aroma of soft bread, some grassy hay and just a hint of citrus hops.
Flavor was a lot of malt and wheat it seemed with very little crisp floral hop notes.
Mouthfeel was disappointing for style, no real crispness or pop on the back side. Actually way too sweet for this style.
Drinkability was decent because the beer tastes good but this in no way represents anything close to a Pilsner.

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Photo of vanrassel
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has been observed that BAs skew their preferences toward "big" flavourful ales — and I have also developed a predilection for those beers — but this quality brew serves as a reminder how enjoyable a good lager can be.

It poured a deep gold colour into my pilsener glass with a bubbly, one-finger head that had good retention. Its aroma is the best and nicely complex I've experienced in a pilsener: hops both spicy and grassy in perfect harmony with bready malt.

The taste started malty but it's abruptly kicked aside by a bitter blast of spicy hops. It finished dry and crisp — though the mouthfeel was a little sticky for my preference and I would have liked the carbonation a bit more pronounced.

The one drawback — and it's hardly the brewer's fault — is that $18.99 CDN is lot to pay for a six-pack. Otherwise, I could see drinking this often.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sturdy and strong head with great retention. Lots of fast moving amid fast bubbles. A pretty amber color for a czexh pils, I like it. It's different. The most hoppy smelling czech pils I've smelled yet. I like. Still leaves room for the grass of the pils. The taste is still hoppy. But mixed very well with the crystal malts required fro a true pils. I really like the lack of skunk like flavors. A great Cali take on a Bohemian classic.

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured a straw color with about an inch of white head. A ring of white foam endured as the beer made its way down my glass. Spotty lace.

The smell was mildly sweet malts and floral hops. Smelled good without being particularly dominant.

The taste started out as typical for a pilsener, crisp and refreshing without being too terribly demanding on the tastebuds. Where this one differs is that at the end of the taste there is a more pronounced hop blast than most pilseners. However, it's not a huge blast, just more promounced than normal. Personally, I'm a friend of the hop so it's no problem for me, but some traditionalists may find it irksome.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but with just slightly more body that the typical pils. It's a pretty tiny difference, however, and didn't detract from my enjoyment of this beer.

Not a bad U.S. pils, and would make an ideal warm weather beer. Maybe drinking it will make me forget it's below freezing outside.

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Photo of biegaman
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice apple juice golden in colour, no head forms. A little musty in appearence. Aroma offers a fair (not distasteful but certianly far from favourable) malty character, with some biscuity dimension. Body is dense as result of good amount of malt used. Fairly good presence, carbonation on the high side. After my lager tour in Eastern Europe (through Poland and the Czech Republic) I'm fairly fine with saying this is one of the better North American drafts at this pilsner style. Tastefull enough. Lack of hops but with a small snap of bitterness on the finish. Stays clean, makes for good drinking. Fine enough. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of gonzo138
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a pale gold color with a white head that doesn't retain too well, but has decent lacing

S- light sweet smell with a hint of floral hoppy aroma as it was being poured

T- smooth and sweet for the first few seconds followed by a moderately strong hop bitterness

M- very carbonated, light body, dry clean mouthfeel

D- a very drinkable beer, nice, light, refreshing, a good session beer

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

Gold color , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and slight cat urine , very clean - taste of grainy , grassy , sweet ???? , hint of coco , hops , and malts – dry slight bitter mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet red fruit aftertaste

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

On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.

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Photo of spaced
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no discernable freshness date) into a pint glass. It's a nice golden yellow, with a 1/2 in. head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Aroma is of spicy hops and some bready malt, pretty much what you'd expect. The first taste on the tongue is of those distinctive spicy Saaz hops helped along by a decent amount of carbonation, followed by a (small) twinge of sweetness. This is all rounded out by a good bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this one was a bit more hoppy than what I was expecting, although it's been a while since I've had a Czech Pilsner, so who knows. Anyway, besides that, there's not much that stands out about this one, to me at least. Solid, but nothing spectacular - it's just a normal Pils, and sometimes there's nothing wrong with that.

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

Lagunitas Pils poured straw golden colored with a bright white head. Aroma started with a floral flair followed by a little saaz spiciness and mild esters. A clean bitter start followed by a solid yet mild sweet background and a hint of fruit. Body was medium as well as the carbonation. The finish was clean.

This is a nice refreshing pils.

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

It pours a crystal clear and carbonated golden yellow. A finger of frothy white head passes quickly to a foamy film. Flares of lacing atch the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a grassy, peppery, tinny hop spiciness that overlays a yeasty dough note as well as a measure of light malt sweetness.

Upon sipping, there's berry sweet light maltiness, joined by a hint of vanilla. A bready yeatiness hooks up with a very muted hoppy presence, rather indistinct in nature. A slight peppery touch salvages the hop contingent before a noble hop bitterness lingers appropriately. It's thin in spots, though overall not bad.

Light bodied, it flows quickly after a pretense at coating.

It's fairly flavorful and fairly enjoyable, but it's nothing special. While it has a couple of bright spots, it's also think like an old sock too. Thankfully it does taste better than an old sock, however. Simply, the sparseness weighs against it. So when all is said and done, I guess I'd have to say...it's fair.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not necessarily pretty, it almost looks unfiltered. Beautiful orange-bronze color defies the style. Head pours thick, but spotty, and leaves a thin layer of lace on top.

Smell: Rich malt, and big hops.

Taste: This is a big-ass pils. Huge honey malt flavor and a wonderful sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hold on a sec, my mouth wants another feel... glug glug... Here goes... this beer manages to simultaneously provide profound refreshment and an almost supernaturally creamy smoothness. I'd say it feels damn good.

Drinkability: See previous two categories. If you're like me, you probably became disassociated with pilsners when you discovered the quality and complexity of most microbrewed beers. Me too. Problem is it's about 4,500 degrees in the shade in Southern California right now, and the hearty ales I cling to during the fall and winter months just ain't cuttin' it. Hefeweizens taste great, but are too filling & gaseous. If you feel what I'm talking about here, than I think this beer will get to you. I'm going to get another...

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

A: Poured golden with a big, foamy white head. Lots of slow-rising bubbles gave this one the look of champagne in my pilsner flute.

S: Smelled malty and hoppy at the same time, but more malty.

T: Sweet malty flavor is dominant, becoming almost fruity sweet as it warms. Bitterness coats the tongue for a nice crisp aftertaste, however. Nice Czech-style pilsner.

M: Appropriate to style. Medium carbonation, fairly light, but again, appropriate for this style.

D: Hell yeah -- very drinkable. Nice flavors all around.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The aroma was grainy and husky and mildy sweet. Mild spicy hop aroma.

The taste featured a solid biscuity malt body with some lingering sweetness. A decent peppery hop flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a decent drinkable pils. Glad I tried it, but there are many better versions out there.

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Photo of jmz62565
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a reddish gold color with a large white head. A nice looking "hardy" beer for a pilsner. The smell is a nice mixture of floral, malt and "bisquity" yeast. The taste is a little thin with malt and floral flavors. The m/f is light with the malt and hop bitterness not mixing well at all. There is a very metalic taste to this beer that's not pleasing. A beer that started out well finishes poorly. I don't think I'd buy this again.

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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, golden straw in color. 1" white head with decent retent, settles to a little white ring for remainder of the brew.

S- clean & crisp, sweet malts with aromas of grassy hops.

T- floral hop flavor, sweetness from malts, and taste of honey. bit buttery too.

M- flows smooth, bit coarse, very nice body, sticky finish

D- very tasty with a gorgeous mouthfeel, highly enjoyable. I'll be looking forward to this again.

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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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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.