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: 2,257
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 63
Gots: 328 | 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 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. (654 characters)

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. (459 characters)

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. (597 characters)

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. (1,260 characters)

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. (1,017 characters)

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. (548 characters)

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. (478 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been happy with this brewery so I couldn't pass up the czech pils. 6 pack of 12oz bottles.

Poured into a pounder glass it is golden color with a meaty ivory head that laces all the way down with a thin layer of goodness.

I picked up hoppy/saaz, even slightly floral, right off the bat. malts were subdued and more of a filler. light fruitiness mostly orange. perfect carbonation. tasted the yeast I've come to expect in this style but this was lighter in that department and more of a hopped up spicyness that was enjoyable and easy on the palate. Crisp mouthfeel that finishes moderately dry. Not the thirst quencher nor the session beer that one might expect this has some characteristics that make it more compatible with a meal than a session. A very respectable offering from Lagunitas. (803 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12 oz'er with a thick frothy pillowy ivory head cap loaded with golden hay and rising bubbly carbonation. Impressive drippy lace improves the appearance.

Scents of some delicate red apple and grainy pilnser-esque honey grass.

First swigs: Soda cracker grain with a delicate honey touch and hops are drying in the finish. Medium sweetness and clean finish towards the finish.

Feel is well carbonated with a pinch of tongue coating.

Last swigs: Grounded pilsner that does not stray far from the mark.

Beer is good. Happy beering. (557 characters)

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

I've really been digging this style recently. I've definately come to appreciate the refreshing crispness of a nice zesty pilsner, and this one didn't disappoint. Pours a clear and bubbly blonde with some straw coloring and a pinky of white head floating atop. Smells of nice mellow Czech malts and a dusty hop smell. Taste is more pronounced than in the smell and does not let you down. I love the way pilsners are hopped - spicy, dusty, floral, herbal... just downright zesty. This one also had a nice pine characteristic which I think must be a west coast twist on the style. Very interesting, but not overdone. Very subtle. Lightly sweet grainy malts back up the hops perfectly, excellent balance. Smooth, crisp, mouthfeel. Again, excellent. And I find pilsners to be super drinkable, especially in hot weather, so drink em while you can! (842 characters)

Photo of kgotcher
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle of american micro brew made in the traditions of Chechvar and Pilner Urquell. Pours nice clear golden like a good pils should, smell is light with that distinctive Czech fragrance. I always have loved the flavor of a Czech style lager and this one is no different. If anything it seems bit crisper than the traditional pils but maybe it is just a fresher beer since California is not as far as the Czech Republic is from Portland. Overall a very good, drinkable beer, a "real" alternative from american pilsners while watching a hockey game or hanging out with friends on a summer day. This is a beer I could drink any time.

By the way I reviewed this beer as a particular style, It seems that pilsners tend to get rated lower due to their lack of complexity or their closeness in relation to macros. Even in the world of Pilsners Czech style is a bit different from everything else out there. (905 characters)

Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp; perhaps that’s the best way to describe this pils. Nice gold color suitably carbonated but it produces a poor head. Excellent grainy malt flavor but balanced very well for an American pilsner. Kudos for Laguntas for making a solid pils in California! (258 characters)

Photo of scooter231
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pils didn't really strike me as anything special, but that doesn't mean it was bad. It was mild but good. Poured a golden color with white frothy head. Smell is faint, but from what I could get, lemon, grassy, and slightly hoppy in the background.

Taste was malty and hoppy again, a bit bitter. Tastier than expected after the smell. A little bit of breadyness in there, and orange, which sort of fits, and sort of doesn't. Good, but not extraordinary. Mouthfeel is okay, and pretty darned drinkable. Light, refreshing, goes down easy. I'll have to try this guy again in the bottle, see what it's like there. (617 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure what sort of hops are used in this beer but it struck me as.. hoppy. Very much like an IPA in flavor and mouthfeel. Hardly any aroma to speak of, though it was on the cold side when served; never seemed to perk up as it warmed.
Still very tasty and very drinkable. Quite the lively pilsner was this; a bit of a variant on the style as I don't think the traditional saaz hops played a role in this... it stabs your palate and backs off.
Remind me to pick up a six pack. (483 characters)

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

12 oz bottle, capped.

This pils poured a clear, golden color with creamy, white foam that persisted a while and left some lace. There was a good carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was bready malty with light noble hops. The taste was bready malty with moderate hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and dry and crisp with medium body and good carbonation. This was a decent pils, but on the mild side. (419 characters)

Photo of studentofbeer
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

gorgeously clear "Los Angeles sunset orange" color, with a good white head. Very inviting.

lightly floral aroma, good dose of vanilla and a touch of sweet citrus. not sure it's quite to style but very nice and enjoyable.

very crisp and clean body, dry with a smack of bready sweetness that gives way to a surprisingly bitter finish. Just a hint of orange in there. Great, powerful but straightforward taste.

this is delightful, an absolutely brilliant pilsner. maybe it's not perfect to style but it's damn close. no off flavors or roughness you find in lesser lagers, and it's hopped to the brink. this would make a great apperatif (sp), session beer, or spicy food beer, among other things.

put this up there near dortmunder gold as one of the best lagers kicked out by craft brewers. (801 characters)

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

poured a hazed light gold with a puffy white cap. Delicate aroma ; gainy, light sweetness but without the floral skunk of the CZ pilsens. Wow, peppery-bittering blast with subtantial malts and tangy citrus hops...malty bitter but not what I would call dry. Nice twist on the style...this is a pilsner for ale heads that live for hop alpha oils..actually it has more ale traits than Pilsner but who works. (414 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color clouded with chill haze. Thin white head that is maintained by the vigorous carbonation. Nice lacing on the glass for the full beer. Smell is grassy with mild citrus note. The most noticable tastes were the malt sweetness up front and the hops bitterness on the backend. Light body and smooth finish. An easy drinking summer brew. Nothing stands out but no noticable flaws either. (393 characters)

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

This one pours out pretty increduously, making that fizzy pouring sound you always hear in the commercials. A nice fluffy head forms atop the golden straw colored body. The smell is clean, with a touch of grain and a buttery character. Good, crisp aroma. Taste starts sweet, with that grain taste that was noted in the nose. A bit of hops kicks in, imparting a spiciness to this one that is reminiscent of thyme or oregano. Buttery flavor underlies all this, giving it a sweetness that is pleasurable but seems out of place, but I've read it's not uncommon. The carbonation is pretty low after the initial pour. Light bodied and smooth, very clean and refreshing. (663 characters)

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

This is a good full bodied pils that is crisp clean and very easy to drink. The one thing it lacks is the real saaz hops off the nose. I must say that I prefer their ales but after tasting so many lagers locally that are only a better alternative to a macro lager, the fact that this beer has taste is appreciated. (314 characters)

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

Pours a rich gold color that is brilliantly clear. A cascade of carbonation bubbles rises up through this beer and holds aloft a frothy, rocky head that is initially four fingers thick. As I pour this beer I get a hint of aromatic lemon & herb scents. As I go in for a deeper sniff I get notes of grass, a bit of hay and sweet grain as well as the afore mentioned lemon and herbal notes. The taste is lightly sweet up front and fairly spritzy throughout from the ample carbonation. The hops play a strong role here, they bring a spicy herbal note that blends in a hint of lemon pepper, a dash of hay, and . This is a nice example of a Pils, it is refreshing and simple. There is a bit of malt sweetness here, that keeps this beer from being dry, that balances well with the hops. (779 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice golden color pour with a tight bright white head and limited lacing.

Smell- A tad hoppyness in here, but mostly some weird smelling grainy aspects.

Taste- I bit sweet in the flavor and bitter in the hop side. Something just tastes a bit off.

Mouthfeel- Doesn't leave my mouth dry like most pils, which I'm not sure is good or bad. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Ehhh, I've had better pils along the way. No need to try this one again. (599 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pils poured a golden yellow in color with a lovely beady peach-tinted head. I found the nose quite invigorating, a smell of fresh malt. Immediately I notice a very good balance in the mouthfeel and it is certainly juicy. There are some corn flavors there but they are subtle. Mostly the purposeful floral accent serves as a welcome dulling effect. The finish keeps balanced and quenching. It leaves a little bit of a peachy and a kind of light rosey essence. Really wonderful. This is a great social brew and very well done for the style. Cheers! (551 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight bitter finish. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (287 characters)

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

Appearance: Big foam when poured.. Almost too much. not too many bubbles though. nice golden pilsner color.

Smell: There really isn't much of a smell. What there is in the smell is just malts. and a hair of skunk. just a hair

Taste: nice bitterness. Too bad the malt is too strong. The first beer i had thought was great. Now as i drink the six pack i realize how strong the malt is in the beer. Too sweet. You can taste the bitterness, which is nice....but the the sweetness doesn't woek with it. The aftertaste is sweet.

Mouthfeel: a bit too thick

I was more excitied about this beer at first than i am now..

Edit: 3 days later try again...and it's tastes really good. I dunno this is more of a drink at a bbq out of the bottle than think about too hard type of beer. Also i'm pretty sure these are skunked bottles. (833 characters)

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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