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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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1,984 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,984
Reviews: 666
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.22%
Wants: 45
Gots: 166 | 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 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.

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

12oz into a pint

A - Pours a very clear golden color - lightly bubbly with a bright pearly white head formation. Breaks down to a film quickly.

S - Solid pilsner malt backbone comes through with a fruity hop background. Very smooth.

T - Starts off with a smooth pilsner malt flavor, likely grainy with the tell tale sweetness. A stronger than normal hop base builds up, some smooth floral notes and then gets more bitter and biting. Finishes with a sweet finish that brings it all back into balance.

M - Moderate body, a carbonation profile that aims a little bit low for the style. Finishes with a sugar and sticky mouthfeel.

O/D - Solid drinking pilsner. A little bit potent to call this one traditional, especially by its hefty lean towards the hops. ABV is solid, but manageable.

A good West Coast Czech Pils.

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

A - Poured into a wheat beer glass. Results: Huge head. White, fluffy, 3 or 4 fingers that quickly disapate. Decent lacing. Body is a golden amber with not much depth to the color, looks a little watered down.

S - Took a couple wafts to get the delicate mix of hops and malts. Noble hops, very aromatic.

T - Malts are huge in this beer. Good attempt to balance, but matls still pull through. Alcohol taste comes through too. However, the malts are very tasty. The hops keep the malts from getting out of control, but provide little to the overall taste.

MF - Very smooth. Refreshingly easy on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation has very little effect on the tongue.

D - A good level of drinkability. Character is complex enough to keep me interested and alcohol is low enough to keep me from getting sick.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - A fairly active pour yields slightly more than two fingers worth of crisp airy bone white colored froth with a rocky cloud like top... Rock solid retention... Once receded there is a full layer of rich creamy lacing... Loaded with moderate sized quick moving carbonation that rises every which way... The color is an exceedingly pale amber... There is a slight bit of haziness... A bit of lacing clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Orange zest... An array of mild yet enticing noble hops... Bread crust... A very light floral character as well... Simple and a bit understated, but rather enticing and effective...

T - Orange zest... Light airy bready... Some faint cereal grains... A kiss of sweet citrus... Mild European noble hops... Some floral notes as well... Even and well balanced... Slight nuance adds lots of depth and complexity...

M - Clean... Crisp... Refreshing... Smooth... Light bodied... Exceedingly quaffable, almost dangerously so... A slight carbonated bite...

D - This is much more than the sum of its parts... This is a terrific all around beer that doesn't really wow you in a particular facet... I could easily keep this stocked in the beer fridge at all times without hesitation... An excellent offering from Lagunitas and something that I will surely (don't call me Shirley) will return to time and time again... This isn't a seasonal offering, but this is perfect for the spring and summer seasons...

Photo of GPHarris
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a one finger eggshell-colored head into a shaker. the body was bright golden.
s - floral and honey sweetness.
t - bready with a hint of citrus. german lager yeast flavors as well.
m - crisp and bubbly with a dry finish.
o - solid czech pils and one i would go to again.

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprised to find this uncommon one on tap at a BBQ spot in NYC, Blue Smoke. Poured cloudy, medium straw in color, white 1/2 inch tiny bubble head, and displaying well developed fine lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, and bread. This is light to medium bodied hoppy, crisp and refreshing Pilsner. Palate cleansing lager, which went well with the BBQ. Not much of a finish, sort of petered out to wateryness. Servicable sessioner.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden yellow with a white, finger width head which dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Typical pilsner aromas here - sweet malt, and a dry grain aroma.

Taste - Moderately sweet malt, with a bit of dry, slightly bitter hop character.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, crisp and dry. I feel it would benefit from a bit more carbonation.

Overall - Not a big pilsner fan, but this one is solid all-around.

Photo of works4beer
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a rich amber color that is topped off with a nice foam head that quickly disperses after a few sips. The aroma is full of citrus notes that are sutle but noticeable right before you take a sip. The beer hits your tongue with a creamy texture that comes on sweet and leaves your taste buds with a slight tart that punctuates the toffee notes infused. This beer is especially comforting on a warm summer evening right before the sun goes down.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So what the hell, right? I would take down the Pils on its release day in SC, I just had to. The pour was very nice, a light amber color emerged from it with gold interlaced throughout. A very nice three-inch high head of lace then came over the top and settled down slowly into just a thin film that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Virtually no side glass lace was present, though I did not really expect much. Lots of carbonation rippling up toward the surface though, with clinging bubbles throughout. Very nice clarity as well, pretty much exactly, what it should have look liked.

The aroma was surprisingly hoppy. Lots of notes of fresh grass with a very very light hint of grapefruit, which was layered very nicely on top of the grain like base. Really nice light profile though with a clean and clear essence about it. The flavor followed along pretty much perfectly. There was a nice amount of malty bread like grain in the flavor, but it was definitely hopped up in the typical west coast style, especially for a Pils. Nice crisp clean refreshing taste, had a nice lingering dry finish with a decent hint of floral hops on the back end. Really just a very nice light ale. A very light body and huge carbonation only added to its Drinkability and made this one that you really could sink your teeth into and easily have more then one of.

Overall, I thought this was really nice, though I have to be honest, it reminded me more of a pale ale then anything else, but still it was very nicely done and I really enjoyed it. I would be glad to try another one of these any day.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ephemere pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours with two full fingers of soft cloudy head. Color is pale yellow and very transparent. Not a very interesting looking beer. Sort of bland, boring and just yellow. Poor lacing. Looks sort of like champagne.

Smell - Light floral notes are noticeable at first, followed by light hops and malts as well. Slight hints of grass and wheat.

Taste - Floral and banana notes make themselves apparent right away. Quite a flavorful pilsner, filled with many different types of floral notes. Crisp and clear.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Smooth and crisp. Easily drinkable and I enjoyed tasting all the different floral notes. Refreshing and easily drinkable.

Photo of Mark
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty decent brew from Lagunitas. Poured a medium straw, head retention was decent and lacing was above average. Malty smell highlighted by Saaz hops. Good smooth taste with decent hop bite.I really like the flavor of the Saaz. A very refreshing and drinkable beer. Could become a warm weather staple.

Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a solid gold color with decent head retention and lacing. The nose is fairly attractive, consisting of honey and bread dough. The beer actually tastes better then it smells, consistig of a faintly sweet package of hoppy bitterness and honey. The beer has a nice crispness on the palate that is attractive, and gives the beer something of thirst quenching mouthfeel. Otherwise, this beer is medium bodied at most, and actually comes across as fairly light (which is pretty much expected with this beers abv.). Drinkability is pretty good, though I wish this beer had a bit more flavor. Still, this is a nice enough pilsner style beer, and is especially good on a warm day.

Photo of gabeerfanswife
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Husband loves Pilsners in the summer and I prefer Wheats. I had a Unibroue Don De Dieu before this. Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass.

A: Only about a quarter inch head. Straw colored. Bubbles continue to flow to top of beer well after its poured.

S: Very straw like. Not overly hoppy. As it warms up a bit I smell cinnamon!

T: My immediate impression is "this is what BMC should taste like but never will." Though many might say that about craft Pilsners. Very well balanced. This beer comes from a brewery that is part of the hopbomb crew from NoCal. (Incidentally one of my favorite CA breweries.)They did a great job of holding back on the hops. Would be great with a Hebrew National hot dog. Has a tart/bready finish.

M: Keeps its fizz but is not overwhelming.

D: Very very drinkable in the hot summers of Atlanta. (Actual residents do not call it "Hotlanta.") Appears to be no ABV but I think by American standards this could be a session beer. Do not send me beer mail about it being too high in alcohol to be a session beer. I cannot help it if you cannot hold your liquor.

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear and very slightly golden yellow color with a fingers worth of head

S: Get a good dose of hops along with a hint of lager yeast and a nice little fruitiness (probably due to the hops as well). No sign of alcohol. Very clean

T: Follows the nose, with some light malts and a punch of hops at first that mellows out nicely to some fruitiness and a slight graininess. Again, very clean

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy going down

O: A very good American-styled pils that adds a nice hoppiness to the classic style. I recently had the Vunderbar from Smutty and these are very similar, except this one has a little more hop presence. Very enjoyable

Photo of nezelrac
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from 12oz bottle into pils

A - dark straw with an egg-shell head that fades to a thin lacing; little lacing on the glass

S - very appealing herbal hop notes backed with a moderately firm set of malt notes; then there is the sweet corn note which makes it seem a little flabby

T - like the nose, it starts off really well, then there just seems to be too much body; the corn is still present, but seems better integrated into the beer; there are some nice pils-notes on the finish, but these, too, seem to turn a little sour corn

M - good weight and CO2 - though it could be firmer and a little more lively; feels a little too big for a pils

O - I like the beer quite a bit, but it misses the mark in a few places; perhaps I am being too harsh

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Czech-style pilsner pours a solid clear golden color with thin foam. There’s a crisp hop aroma with a pleasing biscuit toasted malt aroma undertone. It’s crisp and refreshing with hints of sweetness rounding it out while still remaining decidedly light and (especially surprisingly for Lagunitas) toned down. I’ve had hoppier, grassier pilsners. Pleasing, smooth, and overall well-rounded.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lagunitas showed up in Casper...yeah!

It pours a slightly hazy golden yellow colour with close to a 1 finger head of foam and there's some nice sheets of lacing.

The smell is nice with a good nose of some sweet malt and bit of grain and light note of bitterness.

The taste is delicious. There's plenty of malty sweetness along with grain and a a dryish bitterness that smacks of grass and orange zest. The flavours are nice and pretty bold for the style. I like.

On the edge of medium bodied...er..I'll say it is and it has medium carbonation.

Drinkability? A good drinking brew for me and one I'll enjoy when the warmer temps come my way.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PILS pours a golden color with a big lacing head. There is a very balcned but bold hoppy and malty aroma. The taste is same, strong big crisp malts, a strong hoppy flavor. Nice strong flavor, good body. Overall its a very good strong pils.

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.

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.

Photo of Giesch
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of barryjg
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

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!

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,984 ratings.