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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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1,921 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,921
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 146 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002)
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Photo of ajmoody76
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one off bottle. twelve ounce poured into an imperial pint glass. clear straw color. one finger white head. not much lacing.

mild spicy hop aroma. some fruitiness. no off odors.

good balance noticed initially. sweetness blended with spicy hops. dry clove aftertaste.

mid body. adequate carbonation. good beer. i like the spicyness. i may try this again in warm weather grilling up some brats.

ajmoody76, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear gold in color, with a short, bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Faint grassiness, subtle saltine cracker note
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, nice hop bite,very clean and crisp. Certainly much more flavor and character than a "macro" pilsner. A nice match with spicy appetizers.

hosehead83, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Giesch
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Giesch, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of barryjg
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

barryjg, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of IronLover
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw yellow in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short, fizzy white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Floral hop and grassy aromas with biscuity malt notes beneath. Delicate lager feel up front with a tangy, incredibly, crisp, dry feel through the middle. Floral hop and bready malt flavors with a tangy, crisp, earthy herbal hop bite. Finished cleanly, crisply and desert dry with bready malt and herbal hop notes. Easy drinking, refreshing, and crisp with a super dry finish.

IronLover, May 23, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

more of a sturdy pils than most, which i of course appreciate. this pours clear radiant yellow color, maybe a copper hue to it, but just barely. the head is frothy and rich and lasting, although only about an inch tall. the nose is grassy, distinctly Czech on the hop front, and light pizza dough malt like a good pilsener should have. nice crisp taste, with more body than most and more alcohol than most too, although you cant really taste it. the grains are nice and fresh, slightly toasted maybe, and the noble hops are spot on, summery and only moderately bitter. awesome carbonation, really thirst quenching. the finish is super clean, down easy, especially when ice cold. this is a good springtime drinker, not freakishly interesting, but it is really tasty. my dad would adore this, im impressed by its quality but not particularly moved by it. also, like the wilco tango, this is one of the few lagunitas beers where the yeast strain doesn't detract from the overall effort. hey, that's 2 in a row!

StonedTrippin, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of jharmon
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

jharmon, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy glowing gold with a dense white head that settles to a thick have, leaving lots of sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Crisp aromas of toasted cereal grains, bread dough, black pepper, Noble hops, and a slightly buttery yeast profile. Very clean and bright.
T - More toasted grain and floral Noble hops, with a moderately sweet malt character and a lingering bitterness.
M - Smooth and quenching, with a medium-thin body and good carbonation.
O - Really solid Pilsner, no surprise considering Lagunitas' track record.

jsanford, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting patiently for this one to hit the shelves at my local store for at least 3 years now, glad it finally did! 12 oz bottle pours a brilliantly clear medium yellow color. Head is stark white and leaves little lacing.

Nose is grassy, herbal hops with a freshly crushed grain aroma. Mild alcohol and cooked corn notes blend in as it warms. It does not smell like it is fully Saaz, a blend perhaps?

For a 6+% pilsner, it is pretty smooth. Grains are about as light as possible and the hops take on a bitter, refreshing tone. Little touch of lager yeast plays nicely with the hop flavors. On the dry side, it is one of those beers that is bold on a fresh palate, but gets lost after a couple flavorful ales. It's different, thats for sure...and well worth a try. I will buy another sixer as this one disappeared from my fridge with the quickness...especially knowing I might have to wait another 3 years before it shows up around here again.

twiggamortis420, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of RunDWP
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's proof great craft beer doesn't have to be some heavy, malty, hoppy stuff.

Poured it into my tulip with a nice golden yellow color and nice foamy white head. I have a weak nose, but not picking up anything in the aroma department at all except for the slightest floral character. The taste is where this guy shines with a crisp, biscuity malt and a great floral, herbal hop bit. Really great sipping beer even with all that complexity. I'd have another right now.

RunDWP, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Quick notes on this beer:

*Dark gold, much darker then the average pils.
*Clear and thick
*Hoppier smell than most pilsners
*Has a woody hop scent with a "wet" malt smell
*Taste is bitter and hoppy. Some bitter malt and yeast as well
*Feels wet but with a bitter kick; a thick pilsner.
*Mild sour apple taste, not a bad thing
*Bready yeast sweetens as it warms.
*Feels fizzy and bubbly, like a saison
*Both sweet and sour tastes come out with more warmth
*Feels "spiky" and harsh, not smooth
*It's hard drinking for a pils, and quite strong considering
*Lots of flavor, but just too fizzy

williamherbert, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of Damian
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, light straw yellow with a bubbly, white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy film.

The aroma was hoppy yet smooth. Grassy and earthy hops dominated. Toasty malts were noticeable as well.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Crisp, hoppy and spicy. Sharp as a tack yet still subtle and refined. Saaz hops were the noticeable hop variety. Smooth, soft and buttery with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malts. This beer was quite well balanced. The finish was bone dry and powdery with lots of hop bitterness. Remarkably crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel was medium/light and fluffy on the palate with an aggressive carbonation.

This pilsner was quite flavorful yet not overwhelming. Frankly, I was surprised at how true to the style Lagunitas kept this beer. My recommendation would be to serve it as a refreshing apertif or pair it with oysters, crab cakes or other lighter seafare.

Damian, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of chodinheaven
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty, like a light beer but with character and crystal clear. I can really taste some hops which I found unusual for a pilsner, but I also really appreciate. Has a light fruity quality in there somewhere too. Solid beer with character. Feels like a lot of care was put into this beer.

chodinheaven, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of jimmah120
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz on tap

pale light gold, no head or lacing to speak of. smell is sweet roasted grain, light wheat, peanut butter. light grainy pils taste, "balanced" by very bitter hops.

tasty hoppy pils from lagunitas. their trademark intense hop bitterness is here unsurprisingly

jimmah120, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of changeup45
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, yellow color with a real nice thick white head head. Nice nice lacing too. Aroma is pleasant: citrus fruits, grainy and grassy. I get a nice little lemon zing in the flavor followed by grassy bitter hops. Clean and refreshing. Solid brew.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of TheJollyHop
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hue with a one finger head. A steady stream of bubbles ascend from the bottom of the glass and continues for a few minutes. Scents of malt and biscuit are noticeable.

Taste of bread followed up by some slight bitterness, which eventually fades into a slight sour note that idles on the tongue. Overall, a pretty straight forward brew that is both highly drinkable and refreshingly crisp.

TheJollyHop, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a dark cloudy yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last long and plenty of visible carbonation. The smell is
biscuity malt with a tiny bit of floral hops. The taste starts off with a mix of sweet malt and well-balanced hops that quickly fades away to just a bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but very crisp thanks to the carbonation. This is a nice little beer that I could drink for hours at a time, not the best version of the style but certainly one worth grabbing occasionally.

TheTrevor, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of mithrascruor
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with lots of visible bubbles. Nice airy white head has great retention.

Smell: I'm really not getting much aroma off this. Perhaps a hint of grasses, but barely.

Taste: Nice malt taste with a light bit of citrus (lemon) and grasses. Lacks that "fresh-cut" grass taste, but still good. Some hops and bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied (has some decent viscosity) and quite smooth. Noticeable but fairly light carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty, moderate ABV. Easy to drink.

A nice pis from the west coast. Not the best, but the only craft one I can find here and it is pretty good. A bit too much bitterness in the aftertatste, but, nevertheless, a good beer.

mithrascruor, May 21, 2010
Photo of pentathlete
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

pentathlete, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of mickeymac
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a short 12 ounce bottle, it a crystal clear yellowish gold with a big foamy white head. The head dimishes but leaves a thin layer on top of the glass all the way down. The Saaz hops are immediately noticeable, along with slight grainy aroma. The taste is nice, with a bit of hop bite and grassy flavors mixing well. The mouthfeel is what I'd expect in a Pilsener. As for drinkability, it's 100 damn degrees today, and this stuff goes down like water. This would be a good beer to lure macro drinkers to something better.

mickeymac, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of BeerHiker
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Picked this out because all I have been drinking lately are IPA's and Stouts.. I tend to stay away from lagers.

Immediately taken by the golden-straw color of this Pilsner. Some pilsners tend to have a "dead" color. This one looks like it wants to jump out of the glass at me. ITS ALIVE!

The head is a nice white-fluffy one. Lots of little bubbles.

Smells biscuit y, a little herbal y, with some nice malt characteristics coming through. Surprisingly full smell.

MMM. first sip, and I am amazed at how much I like this Pils. very impressive when it first hits your tongue, then mellows out into a nice hoppy finish. Very full mouth feel for a Piils, yet very drinkable. Herbal and bready, with not as much malty flavor as the smell implies. Slight hoppy bitterness at the end of the sip compliments the overall flavor of this beer perfectly.

A very well thought out and and put together beer. Another great beer from the folks at Lagunitas. These guys are quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

BeerHiker, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark pale gold with two finger head that died quick and left some lace patches. Beer has a slightly sweet aroma but mostly some pils/cracker like malts and faint citric hops. Smooth, light bodied, mild sweetness and a good pils malt base that has a crisp, dry edge to it. This crispness is noticeable in the mild bite of the aftertaste. Good balance. Overall, just a simple yet enjoyable pils.

clayrock81, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold liquid hits the glass and friction muscles up an inch or less of coarse, audibly-receding white foam. Cascades of rising bubbles play to a steady metronome.

Dry and crackery with a slight citrusy hop element. Crisp and inviting with some background grassiness and hay aromas.

Drinks with a familiar hop backing. Slanted citrus, grass, herbal bitterness, and faint bitter orange. Grapefruit rinds and husky grain play supporting roles, as well. Tailend has a nice bitterness that doesn't dispel the sweet notes, but layers on top of them. Distinctly Lagunitas, somehow, and that's a plus in its own right.

Has a formed medium body with good balance for a gruff carb presence. Bubbles are pushy, but escape naturally and diffusely. Very integrated in the way it supports the sequential sip.

Great Czech Pils and a lager to stock the fridge with, for sure. It took waiting this long and enjoying this lone bottle from a mix-six to finally realize that.

thecheapies, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TGIF....starting the weekend off with a Lagunitas Czech Pils....and it is goood! The appearnace is a clear golden brilliance with good carbonation and white froathy head. The smell includes malt and grain common of this style....for me pils dont blow me away re smell. The taste is very well balanced with good noble hops, malt, and grain. Even thought the ABV is higher than normal the beer is quite smooth. Definitely a session beer!

WoodBrew, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of kaplunk02
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: A medium golden color with a sizable and sticky head which takes some time to disappear.

S: Some serious bread and cornflake smells right up front with citrus (lemon) and something sweet underneath.

T: Very biscuity almost like a ginger snap with a little lemon flavor tucked in there. The taste really took me by surprise as something unique as least among my beer-drinking experiences.

M: Not too carbonated almost watery on the palate which makes it sort of thirst-quenching.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The 6.2 ABV goes seemingly unaccounted for as it is very smooth and lacks any strong hops or otherwise alcohol-masking flavors. The flavors that are present are not subtle but still balanced and approachable. I would certainly have this again and again.

kaplunk02, Jan 10, 2014
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,921 ratings.