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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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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 193 | 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 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.

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

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 PaulSlazinger
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eman17
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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