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: 2,264
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 63
Gots: 330 | FT: 0
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 Andrew041180
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

A - Arrived in a mason jar with a small, bubble head. The beer is a golden straw color, and quite clear. Visible bubble carbonation.

S - Minimal aroma, but it is as expected.

T - Mix of floral hops and very mild doughy malt. Bitterness is pretty strong here and the other flavors are rather indistinct.

M - Bone dry and astringent carbonation. Not pleasant.

O - The flavors aren't bad, but don't stand out in any way. The mouthfeel is incredibly uncomfortable, to the point where I'm beginning to wonder if there was something wrong with the keg? I checked other reviews to see of others had the same experience, and hopefully this was a limited problem. Would try again, but I'd take most any pilsner over this regardless of carbonation issues. (749 characters)

Photo of number1bum
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with one finger of off-white head. Settles to just a thin lace, then mostly vanishes, leaving just a rimjob and no stick around it.

Smell has a grassy and lemony quality to it but the dominant aroma is a pale malt sweetness. Nothing bad about it really, but it's awfully simple and I'd like some more noble hoppiness.

Taste is even sweeter than the nose, with a pale and almost honey-like sweetness. It's even a bit buttery. Somewhat odd. Like the nose there is not an abundance of hop character here; a touch of grass and some lemon, with very little bitterness. I can't say it's unpleasant; quite sweet for a pils but has some nice flavor.

Mouthfeel is the most lacking part for me. It's medium bodied but feels too heavy; carbonation is on the low end and that plus the sweetness give me the opposite of what I'm looking for out of a pils - instead of being crisp and refreshing, it's almost heavy and cloying.

This is a strange pils. It's awfully sweet and the mouthfeel is just plain off. Still, I don't hate it. I just don't particularly like it. An odd beer, and frankly not one that I'd be likely to come back to. (1,160 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a small white head. Aroma does a decent impersonation of the Bohemian style, with a grainy, crackery malt profile and some grassy, almost metallic hops. Flavor is a little sweet for a pilsener. Hoppy on the front of the tongue but then it's got this honey/caramel note midpalate before a seltzery finish. It tastes pretty good but it's too sweet to be a refreshing beer. Nice mild bitterness tinged with grass. Not a bad beer but it's not going to supplant Trumer or Reality Czeck for my pils fix. (535 characters)

Photo of KI9A
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow an fizzy. Nothing worth noting here.

S: Bisquits, malt. Some sweet skunk.

T: Bready, some malts. Off-putting funky bitterness at the back. Not like a dry-hopped bitterness, but, strange.

M: Bitter finish kinda ruins the feel.

D: Rather dull beer. Not near as crisp as many Pils around. (299 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Pils "Czech Style Pilsner" pours a light amber with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce twist off bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. There is a very light body and active carbonation. There is a touch of malt and what seems like a nice bitter hop finish, but not much else. Not bad, worth a try. (315 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden color, darker than I was actually expecting. Small amount of head, almost no lacing to speak of .

A: Grains, a small amount of honey and not much else. Smells light and sweet. Pretty unexciting aroma.

T: Hit of sweet malts up front that give way to a nice mellow hoppiness. A well balanced beer, light and summery.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

D: A drinkable but unremarkable beer. Light, crisp and easy to drink, but not a pilsner worth seeking out. (494 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Portside in Port Jefferson, NY. Served in a pint glass.

Look: light gold body, thin white head, decent retention and lacing. Looks like a pils.

Smell: hoppy citrus zest, fresh grass, and pilsner malt.

Taste: a little too sweet for a pilsner. Malty body with some grassy, citrusy hops. Its not as dry as I would've liked and the malt is too forward.

Feel: light bodied, easy drinking, crisp carbonation, refreshing on a hot day and could be something you'd session if it wasn't 6.2% ABV, which seems high for a pils.

Overall: this is okay but calling it a Czech Pilsener seems misleading. It tastes like an American pale lager, so don't buy this thinking you're getting an authentic Czech Pils. Cheers! (719 characters)

Photo of BDLbrewster
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean clear yellow with a slight golden hue and very little head. A few tiny bubbles surface around the edge of the glass.
All I really smell is a light, spicy malty character and bread maybe.
The taste follows the scent, dry and bready with a spiced twang of bitterness in the finish. No generic metallic taste, nice and crisp. Mouthfeel is surprisingly more weighted than I expected and there is a perfect amount of carbonation .
Drinkability is very good, not my favorite style but this one ain't too bad. (517 characters)

Photo of berserker256
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden bronze color with good head retention. A constant stream of bubbles rush to the top of the glass. Earthy barley aroma. Mildly sweet smell. A little more sour grassy flavor followed by a bitter aftertaste that I didn't expect from this style of beer. Good carbonation and body. Decent beer but I think I'd rather have a Pilsner Urquell if I were to choose this style of beer. (387 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that leaves enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of light citrus notes from hops.

Tastes of some honey, malty sweetness and citrus hops. Notes of lemon zest and the sweetness to cut it. Not much bitterness. Some butter notes also come through.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an airy amount of carbonation. (356 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into an odd hybrid of a pilsener glass and a nonic pint. If I'm reading the bottle dating correctly, this beer was bottled on April 12th of last year... but it's still quite tasty/seems crisp and fresh, and I bought it because it recently showed up on shelves... so I could be doing it wrong.

A: Somewhat pale, slightly hazy pale golden yellow. One finger or so of fine white head, with lots of carb bubbles.

S: Grassy hops with touches of yeast and malty sweetness, with an even smaller touch of an herbal aroma.

T/M: Light bodied with lively carbonation, dry and crisp on the finish leaving a lightly sweet, lightly bitter, and traditionally pils finish on the palate. Taste is mostly along the same lines as smell- grassy with a touch of sweetness.

D: It's decent, but there are other pilseners I prefer more, even if this one did go down easily. I'll definitely pick this one up again when I'm looking for something light and refreshing... maybe then I will be more confident in my ability to identify a fresh bottle. (1,044 characters)

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! (627 characters)

Photo of ksbrainard
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow color, sort of golden hued. The tiniest bit cloudy. Has a small-to-moderate head with good retention.

Smell: Very light grainy taste. I can barely detect a lemony scent. Hops aroma in the faintest sense. This sort of smells like nothing... I can'r really believe it. But I have taken notes two days in a row now, and still nothing really strong in the aroma for me.

Taste: Now the taste is strong and good. I find the flavor to be beautifully balanced noble hops and a moderate malt backbone. Actually the balance is a bit towards the hops, which I like. This is tangy and hoppy. There is a little appley sweetness right in the beginning, and a little harshness of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Perky. It has a pretty dry finish that mellows out to something a bit more moderate after the hops bite fades.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinker for most people. I think that some might find the upfront hop presence to be a bit much. (964 characters)

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

Pours a nice gold color, with a thin crown of head. Visible carbonation. Minor lacing on the glass.

Some minor sweet malt scent, as well as some grain. Fairly typical pilsner aroma, though a bit subdued.

Some sweet taste up front, but followed by some rough bitterness. Eventually smooths out a bit as the beer warms up. Some hops and grain near the end. Bitterness lasts a bit after the swallow.

Once the bitterness mellows out, it is a fairly decent pils. However, it isn't really much better than the regular pils imports, and unfortunately costs me more. Probably won't be picking this up again locally. (611 characters)

Photo of berliner07
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas delivers again. This pils is perfect in color. straw, but just enough color to be interesting. nose is very nice, with faint spice of hop. mouthfeel is typical of the style. a bit thin, but good. crisp, dry. i'll have another. excited to see more of their offerings pop up around me. (293 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Julian date 088....

A- Pours a clean medium golden color with a 1/4 inch white head that doesn't retain long before decomposing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random tiny specs of surface foam. Nearly no lacing as just a thin ring is left behind on the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of Czech hops with a cracker-like malt aroma.

T- Taste isn't as enjoyable as the hops leave a dirty taste in my mouth. It's drinkable, but just barely so as there isn't much flavor other than that and some papery malt.

M- Has a bit of snap but is just too watery to be very enjoyable. Medium-low carbonation and a light body.

O- I've had trouble getting into Czech pilsners, but there have been some takes on the style that I've liked...this not being one of them. Certainly the weakest beer in Lagunitas's lineup. (855 characters)

Photo of deciding39
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and effervescent amber-gold. A small head forms and quickly dissipates in under a minute.

S: Sweet pilsner malt and spicy, grassy hops. Smells like saaz, but less aggressive than expected.

T: Immediate pilsner malt sweetness that gives way to a lingering noble hop bitterness. Although the bitterness seems appropriate, the hop flavor is much lower than I had anticipated given the style. Finishes dry and almost metallic.

M & D: Medium-bodied and quite carbonated. Very drinkable in that it is rather dry, crisp, and refreshing. Unfortunately, there is just not enough flavor to warrant drinking a few.

As a self-professed pilsner nut, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. The lifeless appearance, subdued aroma and mild flavor pull the score of this one down. (783 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no apparent bottled on date present. The label on my bottle says this beer is packing a 6.0% abv as opposed to the 6.2% suggested on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a standard amber / gold looking pilsner / lager looking color with tons of bubbles rushing around and leaving us with about one finger's worth of fluffy doughy draft looking head. Nice fluffy lacing on the sides as the beer goes down.

S - Clean, pale malts, faint citrus, and some very vague note of smoked oak wood perhaps. Not too much happening on the nose.

T - Smooth, light, roasted malt flavor. Slight hint of sweet piney hops are present in the back end, but not overwhelming by any means. Noticeably spicy and peppery in the finish, but again it is faint and not distracting. A pleasant sipping beer. Again, a slight oaked wood character creeps out as the beer warms a bit.

M - Smooth and clean feel, no real lingering flavors. Nicely bodied, nicely balanced, and a nice beer to sip on.

Overall, a modest pilsner from Lagunitas, the first I have tried from them, as opposed to being partial to their more hoppy endeavors, and I can definitely say this is a beer worth trying if you are into pilsners and lagers.

Lagunitas Pils Czech Style Pilsner ---3.5/5 (1,289 characters)

Photo of Omnium
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Winter Lager glass
A - Pours a light and very clear golden color, minimal head thin lacing, but looks nice.
S - Yeast and biscuity malt, some interesting spices as well.
T - Tastes like your average pilsner with a belgian touch. Nothing too crazy goin on.
M - Thin, a little watery, and a slightly metallic feeling on your palate.
O - Not bad, but I'm not a fan of Pilsner's in general, so not going to seek this out anytime soon. It really doesnt have any hop presence at all either, kinda disappointing on that end. (529 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Lagunitas Jar.

A - Golden lager looking.

S - Smells Belgiany?

T - Yep, taste a little like a Belgian Golden Ale to me and not so much a Pilsner. Bready with citrus and I was honestly looking forward to some hop bitterness being a Lagunitas but I didn't get much, although it does have a spicey hit.

M - Punch of carbonation upfront. Smooth down with that spiciness towards the end.

O - It's my least favorite Lagunitas and they're my favorite brewery. It's not horrible but not what I was expecting from them. Not that I'm huge Pilsner fan anyway, but there are definitely better options, even from California. (627 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Lots of white foam. Golden color.

Smell: Lemongrass. And lemon. And grass.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grass and lemon. Very sweet background. Almost too sweet. Crisp initially, then a bit cloying in the finish.

Overall Drinkibality: Too sweet for me. (255 characters)

Photo of Snow81
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow

Head: Very small white head

Smell: Sweet malts with a hint of grassiness

Taste: Big grass up front with hints of hops in the back

Weight: Medium to light body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Hops and notes of grass

Over all if you ask me four another I would say no thank you and most lagunitas are great but from me not into a lager style I normally not into but still one of the better of the pilsners (445 characters)

Photo of OCSA_1978
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Golden carbination poured into right glassware leaving fluff of foam. Soggy cereal scent seems too overpowering. Tastes of malt hoppy pilsner was not too appealing at first. Temerature was not low enough. Overall not my favorite choice for pilsner. (248 characters)

Photo of mscott1975
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice creamy 2 finger head that leaves nice lacing around the glass. Color of the beer is your standard lager yellow. Carbonation bubbles continue to float towards the top throughout the entire 'session'.

Smell: Not much to speak of. A faint metallic smell is all I can muster and maybe a little hay like smell. Although, I don't really think the style lends itself to strong aromas.

Taste: I really wish I could be more descriptive but it's pretty standard pilsner taste. Sweet, bready malt.

Mouthfeel: A little thicker and more robust than I would have expected for the style. Nice and creamy on the palate and is pretty easy to drink. This beer clings to the back of the tongue like a stronger lager which makes sense at 6.0%.

Overall: I like my pilsner's and lagers in general to be a little more crisp and refreshing than this one. If I'm going the lager rout I'm choosing Victory Prima Pils or Stoudt's Munich Gold. It's a well crafted beer but I probably won't be buying this again. (1,048 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving dry residue behind as it does. Dry sticky lacing, and lots of it.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and tree bark.

T: White bread with a slight hop bite. Not much else.

M: Light and crisp. Full flavored. Filling bready aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Tons of effervescence, great head, and pervasive lacing. Nose is bready with citrus and woody notes. Bread, accentuated with a light hop bite. Overall, this is a fair quaff. (620 characters)

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 692 ratings.