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: 704
Hads: 2,324
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 66
Gots: 382 | 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 tlazaroff
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Perfectly clear, golden in color with a crisp off-white, almost eggshell head.

S: I get a little apple, but mostly grain and malt. Faint grassy hop scent.

T: This beer has a nice grainy taste backed by a small, distinct hop presence. A bit of a lingering sweetness on the finish.

M: Good mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a light body.

D: Pretty high for me, I would enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear light toffee color with an almost purely white head.

Nose is fruity, bready, and slightly citrusy with a hint of apricot.

Taste is sweet and fruity (apricot is really standing out for me) with a caramel presence and a lot of hop bitterness. Hops are slightly grassy and leave a very bitter aftertaste. Beer is smooth and slightly flabby with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall an okay beer (and quite flavorful for a pils), but the hops leave too much bitterness in my mouth for this to be a truly sessionable drink. Would drink again, but won't seek it out.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which also seems to have good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton white while the body is a clear pale straw which appears a bit golden in the light. Some lacing has already been left behind.

Nose- Fairly typical pilsner smell- lots of grain, some cornflakes. I get stronger notes of cornflakes and grain (with a light hint of bubblegum) from the bottle. There is a slight breadiness from the glass. The aroma from the glass also seems a bit cleaner. Hint of white grape?

Taste- An intriguing (and somewhat confusing) sweetness comes out on the front. Muted raisins, some white grape with a little bit of raisin? Moves quickly into grain and cornflakes which move into traditional German hop flavors which seem a little dull. There's a definite earthiness but the vibrant spice seems to be missing. A little bit of chalkiness leads to a finish that is partially dry. There's even a light touch of caramel in the sweetness that pervades the first half of each taste. Grain and cornflakes are at the base at first but begin to take over with some chalkiness and grass bringing up the finish. The hops seem a little bit degraded- they definitely are not as strong as what I've found with many other pilsners. Not a bad beer but it is just a bit above average.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a good zip of carbonation which doesn't interfere.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing as it lacks a lot of presence. Not exactly the bargain you usually get from Lagunitas.

Overall- Just a little more than the mediocre. Doesn't deviate from the style but seems a little thin. Worth a try if you prefer “lighter” beers that have a bit of alcohol in them.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I would say more "American" style than Czech. This brew does have the general looks of a pils but lack a couple of key characteristics elsewhere. Most notable is the lack of noble hops in the nose and in the taste...give me some prominent sazz damn it. Malt character is also more in line with an MGD than with one of the finer Czech pils. Overall this is relatively good beer that's very drinkable but just not up snuff. Perhaps it's the water in California.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer was extremely clear, pale yellow colored, adequate head. The smell is sort of malty but not too strong, no Czech hops aromas come through. The taste is nice, slightly sweet, mostly malty and a little grassy, again no major impact from any hops that I can tell. Very drinkable as a lager but I guess I expected more hops out of the flavor, as it's called a Czech pilsner.

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Photo of lstokes
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright amber with fine carbonation and a large head, but the rest of the beer isn't nearly as impressive. Some citrus in the nose, the taste has floral hops, a bit of grass, and too much sweetness in the malt profile overall. The mouthfeel is dry, but lacks the "crispness" I associate with the style. Nothing about this beer really stood out and I think there's better pilsners around.

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

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Pours pis yellow, mostly transparent, with a finger of effervescent white foam.

S: The nose is of earth along with a significant component of grassy herbalness.

T: Strong elements of earth which is suggested by the nose. The malt is light, consisting of crackers, grain and hints of hay. The hops impart floral, herbal, and grassy flavors to the beer along with hints of orange rind ending with a mild bitter, spicy finish.

M: Crisp and light in the mouth with moderate to high prickling carbonation.

O: A descent take on the pilsner style although overall this brew falls short. A refreshing drink for a warm day.

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle from the distrbutor.
A- It's completely clear and very bubbly. It has a big foamy head and leaves a good deal of lace.
S- It has a nice bite of citrus hops.
T- Some caramel in there. It's malty. Kind of like a lager. It really doesn't come close to being a Czech style Pils, in my opinion.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this at Isaac Newton's. Poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a clear golden color with a thin whimsy white heading that flatened to nothing in just a second or two. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is kind of sweet at first. Then a grainy and mostly what seems to be corn husk aroma. Slight hop aroma but doesn't seem to hold up to the grainy -sweetness.

Taste is decent. Again very sweet and grainy I am really not getting anything with this beer. A subtle bitterness towards the end.

Mouth is light bodied and has decent carbonation. A little watery and thin in the mouth.

Drink is decent. I don't know maybe I am a little spoiled with Pilsners from PA but this left me a little disappointed

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

Yellow orange in color with a fluffy white two inch head. The aroma is of grass and hops. The flavor is grainy malt, floral hops, mild grass, and a hint of lemon. This brew leans a bit towards the sweeter side.

Mildly crisp mouthfeel at the start and finish, where other pils are more crisp than this. This was also a little heavier in body than other pils. Overall a slightly above average brew.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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