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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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1,980 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 664
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 163 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jacob_dowden
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-A: Pale orange, golden. Active pour results in a delicate white head, about 1-1/2 fingers, but the head retention is surprisingly lengthy. Small tight lacing remains when the head recedes. I'm using the Trappist Rochefort glass, and it makes this beer look absolutely fantastic!

-N: cereal, orange, floral, piney, slight white pepper. Not a strong aroma, but it's very inviting.

-T: Front end is sweet orange followed by pine. Resting on the palate and inhaling opens up more pine and floral, the sweetness fades, and then the bite from carbonation kicks in. The finish is clean, citrus remains but becomes more lemony, bitterness is slightly sour (a good thing), and the cereal is prominent in the aftertaste. The finish is refreshing and beckons the next sip.

-M: Light body, yet silky. Medium carbonation, but manages to bite after a second. Highly drinkable.

-Overall: This is a fine pilsner. It's true to the style, but it's uniquely balanced unlike many that are too malty and fizzy. Lagunitas makes exceptional products, and I am becoming a returning customer.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of ralree
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, gold, fizzy, 2-finger head goes away fast, not much lacing. Looks like it should, really.

S: Wonderful light fruit with a nice strong dose of hops, grainy malt, not toasted or smoky.

T: Bready and has lots of great tangy light fruit behind it. Hops are out front and unashamed to make an appearance. Nice sweet flavor lasts through swallowing, leaving a great aftertaste. Well-done!

M: Rather astringent, makes you pucker. Nice carbonation. A bit creamier than I expected, with a medium body.

D: Goes down really smoothly. Astringence hinders the drinkability a little - even after several swigs I'm puckering after every one. Not bad at all for the style though.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: bright, clear yellow; one-finger head; good carbonation -- it sparkles!
S: light, sweet aroma; fruity
T: aromatic, herbal flavor that immediately shows what the other industrial-made pilsners should be. Slightly hoppy, to provide the spicing, but the bready malt, with a touch of fruit, offsets this.
M: clean mouthfeel
D: You will likely want another, esp. on a hot day.

This is an ideal pilsner for a beer-drinker who appreciates a hoppy, complex beer. And it may just surprise and educate the pilsner drinker who hasn't explored much further.

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from brown 12oz bottle to a pilsner glass. No dates found.

A - Impressive 2 finger white bubbly head. Beer pours a golden yellow clear color. Good retention and lacing.

S - I was less impressed with the aroma as the yeast character was a bit too prevelant for the style though the light floral hop tones are nice as well as a nice toasted pilsner grain character.

T - Better than the nose. The beer is crisp from the get go. Nice. A nice toasted and pilsner malt character with a mild bitterness. More pleasant flavor than I anticipated. Floral and crisp and clean.

M - Crisp and light bodied with good carbonation.

O - Overall, a very good pilsner. I liked the flavor and crisp flavor that wasn't dominated by too much malt. Well balanced.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-01-2011 02:18:34

Photo of grannaniwa
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color, nice head, lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma smells like ‘beer’ to me, ‘hops’ to my wife. It’s the smell I associate with a domestic lager. Taste is tart on arrival, and leaves a little malty. Sweet aftertaste. Definitely reminds me of Sam Adams Noble Pils. I could drink a six pack of this in a night!

Overall: A-

Photo of McStagger
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First beer in my fancy new tulip tasting glass.

A: Aggressive pour leads to two fingers khaki white carbonation. Head retention is moderately high, with nice lacing. Beer itself is a brilliant jaundiced straw. Fairly moderate carbonation.

S: Smacks of honey, caramel, husked grain and a bit of tart fruit. Mild herbal notes detected as well. The grain really dominates the nose.

T: Husked, milled grain are immediately enveloped by grassy, herbaceous notes the translate into a floral, spicy back with a long, bittering finish.

M: A bit fuller in the body than many Bohemian style Pilseners, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. The added alcohol and malts definitely help to balance the increase in hops that this beer gets.

O: Nice Americanized version of the style. Easy drinking, but still packing a good punch of flavor and bitterness.

Photo of tillmac62
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with a nice 2 finger head.. Tiny bubbles in the head.. Stuck around for a bit.

Smell: mild hops, little malty, bready, kind of metallic, yeast, kind of floral with spice notes

Taste: spicy, good malt backbone, hints of yeast.. Finishes smooth with a bite of hop, but nothing sharp.

Creamy mouth with decent carbonation..
Easy easy to drink.. Very sessionable..

Photo of wolfeus
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this. Poured into a pint glass. Had a nice golden hue to the appearance with a slight head that dissipated quickly. Along with the malt smelled slightly floral. The taste was clean, crisp and I picked up a bit of the floral note that I got from the smell. Overall it's pretty solid. I've been on a pilsner kick and this hit the spot.

Photo of PeatReek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light golden/yellow/straw color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: Decent floral hop notes with a touch of spice and some bready malts. What's there is nice, but the nose is not all that robust.

T: A bit more intensity from the flavor, which is nice. A nice bit of malt and bread to this one. The hops are floral and mildly spicy with a very good bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a nice plentiful carbonation. Nice and crisp and refreshing.

D: This is quite easy to drink, just like a good pils should be. I've had this one several times before and it never disappoints.

Photo of BMoney575
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 10-6-07

Pours a brilliant gold color, with a craggy white head that absolutely coats the glass as it descends.

Smell is subtle and surprisingly fruity. No real standard pilsner skunkiness either.

Taste is very good, a nice malty quality balanced by a sizable dose of grassy hops. Smooth and spicy on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy but with a nice carbonation kick.

Drinkability is very good, I wish macros tasted like this.

Overall an outstanding example of the style. The very balanced malt and hops make it a pleasure to drink. Glad to finally see Lagunitas is Michigan.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a pint glass

A: straw yellow, 1" head with decent retention, slighht lace

S: grass and flower

T: light malt quickly entinguished with over the top bitterness, grass. Spot on for the style.

M&D: light to medoum mouth, drying. Can do about 5 or 6 and not skip a bit. Does have a slightly more abv than a session. Otherwise it would be perfect for a summer weekend bbq.

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pale color with a thin one-finger head. Aroma is very nice and light. Malty like a typical pilsener. There's a lot of sweetness in the nose. Taste is nice and malty with a decent biscuity malt taste in the back of the throat. Light and drinkable here. Very crisp taste overall. I could knock back a few of these on a warm day.

What's not to like here? There's no skunkiness like macro pilseners. There's no dingy aroma of "cooked corn" here. It's just a Czech Pils, much like the folks of the Czech Republic would have intended.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Bottled about 3 weeks ago.

A: Pours a clear, golden body with 1.5 fingers of off-white head. Retains well, leaving a few dribbles of lace as it collapses into a collar.

S: Floral and crackery; mild spice and a touch of fresh-baked bread.

T: This has a nice malt presence; bread and cracker come through, and the hops produce both a light bitterness as well as abundant flavor on the back end. Finish is clean with no lingering oils. I expected some DMS per the style (see Reality Czech), but this is quite a bit cleaner and I'm happy to have that.

M: Light-bodied; it's not quite crisp (the finish lingers a few seconds too long), but it's still quite clean.

O: Good value; I almost wish it were a bit lower in ABV so I could throw back a couple a night, but I'm fine with it. This is a great post-workout beer.

Photo of spointon
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Illinois Bar & Grill in Lemont, IL on 3/18/2009.

A= This beer poured a hazy yellow gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped fairly quickly to almost zero and left very little lace on the glass.

S= I found biscuity sweet malts, with just a hint of grassy fresh hops.

T= Like the smell, bakery malt sweetness up front with a green/grassy hop quality soon after. A mild lemon flavor in there too. Dry finish, though not as dry as some pils I have had.

MF= Light bodied and crisp all the way.

D= Very drinkable and enjoyable pilsner here. I could have a few of these in a sitting for sure.

Photo of MinnesotaRIS
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle. Pours with good body. White, frothy head that dissipates at an expected rate. Leaves a med-low amt of lace with a white foam top.

Golden color that is straw like and vivid. Clear; bubbly.

S - pilsener malt aroma; small noble hops. No DMS or diacetyl.

T - malty and rich. Low hop taste. Smooth. Some fruitiness but near negligible. Sweet and medi crispness.

M & D - great aftertaste of a czech pils. Malt sweetness that is pleasant. Definitely going to have this one again.

Photo of ScottyC
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear. Like an American pilsner. A nice, medium blonde.

Smell: Smells like a homebrew. Slightly floral. Not powerful or pungent.

Taste: First and middle taste has a nice hop body. Some good substance for a pils. Does European pils justice.

Drinkability: A little strong -- wouldn't want more than about 2 in a night.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of rgirl
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of malcontent
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huh, didn't realize that I'd reviewed this before. Oh, well, let's see if my opinion has changed:

Poured into a pilsner glass, two thick fingers of foamy head crown a deep golden body. Lacing is sticky and adds to what I think is a model for the way a pilsner should look.

Mildly spicy, flowery, softly metallic (Saaz?) scent. Nice.

A bit too much of a grainy flavor instead of the metal/musty Euro bitterness that marks many pilsners. Almost vaguely sweet at the mid-way point. Finish is a bit mash-like.

Fairly crisp although the finish has a slight resin-like quality. Still, smooth with a good body and a nice enough taste. Overall it's a pretty darn drinkable brew even if it's not the first thing I reach for at my local.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.