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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) - Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

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1,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 1540
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

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 EwaldEichstaett


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice healthy straw color with a head that recedes quicker than the Flash. Lacing? what lacing?

S: Smells like a Czech pilsner, like an imported Czech pilzner. Soggy cardboard malts. Seriously, did they ship this one halfway across the Atlantic and turn it around? Maybe 2/3 of the way, to make up for the brown glass bottles rather than the green.

T: Soggy wet cardboard malts with very little hops. What happened? I did not buy Stella Artois, why is it tasting like Stella Artois?

M/D: This beer is alright, I really expected more. It goes down decent, but the taste is really bad. Buy Pilsner Urquell instead. At least you pay for the rubbish import flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 22:23:02 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of smakawhat


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass resembeling a much darker color than I am use to for Pilsner but a briliant solid 24k gold/orange and clear color. Lots of carbonation with elevator music and a good solid 1-2 finger white head.

Smell is a very closed nose though, with some faint hops and really weak Weak grass smell.

Taste starts off promising with a quick bread biscuit body but quickly turns to sharp bitter. Mouthfeel and finish is about average but and exremely bitter finish but improves after a couple of sips.

I'd put the drinkability at average but would rather have something else or try something new before having this.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 19:26:08 | More by smakawhat
Photo of AL3C


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a several month old 12oz bottle.

Not brilliantly clear. Some haze. Goes from yellow, to gold, to orange at its thickest point. Constant small bubbles rise from the center and leave a slight foam that holds throughout the drink.

Slightly sweet. Smells grassy. Very small fruitiness? I also detect a bit of mustiness. Different than other pilsners to me.

It’s an interesting flavor, and I do like it… But its not a pilsner to my tongue, just as it wasn’t one to the nose.
Sort of sweet and tastes of malt. Not really crisp at all… Malty lager?
Something though in the aftertaste bothers me greatly… Another rater says its tannins. I’m not sure what it is, but to me it throws off the entire brew.
I can’t say though I’ve had anything else claiming to be a Czech style pilsner.

Just fine. Good medium feel.

Fairly drinkable, but I’d probably choose something else.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 11:12:08 | More by AL3C
Photo of jwc215


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly chilled hazed deep golden with a thin head that becomes a lasting thin cover.

Smell is of sweet grain, slightly biscuity. Faint, light hops.

Caramelish/honeyish sweetness upfront. A touch of spiced hops - not the expected Saaz or Saaz-like grassiness. Leans more sweet than dry, though in-between. Clean, but lacks the crispness that I look for in the style. Hops can hardly keep up with the malt sweetness.

Light to medium bodied - some flavor hangs on.

Drinkable? Sure. Forgettable? Sure. Not too bad, but misses too much of what I look for in a pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2007 04:26:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of rmcnealy


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas PILS - Czech Style Pilsner

12 oz glass, 6pack sampler

Pours light amber/transulent gold. Bold head that vanished to a minimal lace. Tastes good. Lots of malts and barley. Goes down very smooth. Taste lasts at least at a small degree. Overall, decent representation of a Czech Pilsner. I'm a fan of the style and have always enjoyed Golden Pheasant, especially with a hearty Eastern European serving of duck or breaded pork with dumplings from Czech Plaza in Berwyn, IL.

Overall, decent bear. Prefer other Czech Pilsners.


Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 06:53:13 | More by rmcnealy
Photo of LBHops62


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a good pils, but it wasn't anything too spectacular to me. It has a pretty good body aroma, but nothing out of the ordinary. The mouthfeel was kinda empty to me. It could probably use a tiny bit more base malt. It was just kinda bland. Other than that, it would make for a great hot day beer. Looking forward to trying it again this summer!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 13:06:42 | More by LBHops62
Photo of Lukewarring


3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance 4.5
smell 3.25
taste 2.75
mouthfeel 3.0
overall 3.0
pour: beautiful pour, clear, bubbly upon pour, head starts in pilsner glass where the glass narrows
smell: Luke: good, fresh draft pilsner smell; Lauryn: slight pine smell, slightly sharp
flavor: sipping beer, classic pilsner

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 19:35:36 | More by Lukewarring
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes slowly leaving a decent lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is slightly hoppy. Starts with more malts than hops but sweetness fades to a slight bitter finish. $1.60 for a 12oz from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2005 22:54:37 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Beaver13


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a fluffy white head that rettains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is floral and slightly spicy german hops (which always smell kind of corn-ey and skunky to me).

The flavor is sweet grainy malts that lead to a sharp hoppy, bitter finish that is a little metallic. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, an above average pils (not my favorite style). It's much more bitter than I'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2005 05:19:20 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jmz62565


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a reddish gold color with a large white head. A nice looking "hardy" beer for a pilsner. The smell is a nice mixture of floral, malt and "bisquity" yeast. The taste is a little thin with malt and floral flavors. The m/f is light with the malt and hop bitterness not mixing well at all. There is a very metalic taste to this beer that's not pleasing. A beer that started out well finishes poorly. I don't think I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 05:32:52 | More by jmz62565
Photo of tony223366


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my beer journal, reviewd in Early May 2011 from my Deschutes Pilsener glass.

A: Light white head that didn't last for me. Clear with a pale golden color.

S: More malty of a smell than I was expecting.

T: This didn't have a huge flavor for me actually. Felt a little subdued until the biting hop finish. In all honesty this didn't feel all that balanced.

M: Moderate to light body

O: Not bad but didn't wow me in any way. Worth a try, especially if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 06:11:14 | More by tony223366
Photo of Moose90


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle into Pint Glass
Can't decipher freshness date

A - Pale straw, bright gold. Pours aggressively with a big head that slowly subdues, lacing left behind is evidence of the higher ABV.

S - Typical pilsner. But I also get some fresh sweet malts, almost like a fresh fried donut, strange. Some hops coming out, but not much.

T - Smooth and subdued, grass, hay and some hop character here.

M - Clean, may be over carbed a tad, but still very refreshing and smooth, the ABV is not apparent, though there is a lingering sticky-sweetness on the finish.

O - Not a big fan of the style, but I love Lagunitas so figured I'd give it a go. Its a good beer, relatively solid representation of a Pils.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 01:13:49 | More by Moose90
Photo of watermelonman


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This sits as a crisp golden color in the glass. It looks decent but unfortunately I think its appearance is its high point.

The smell is a bit hoppy, which isn't bad for a change. The taste is of the same, but a little acidic as well. It doesn't sit very well on my tongue, but it's still reasonably drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2004 21:40:09 | More by watermelonman
Photo of Ricochet


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Yellow, little carbonation, good head that broke with no lace. Average.

S: Hops are light, so is malt. Nothing special.

M: Watery, yet ...watery some more. Very little aftertaste,

T: Was this indeed a glass of water? There were some mild hops to speak of, and alcoholic twinges, otherwise, well this was above average in flavor compared to BMC but not much else.

D: Nope. Not enough of that pils flavor to even be passable in my book.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 08:21:25 | More by Ricochet
Photo of Thorpe429


2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A: Fairly pale in color with a decent amount of carbonation after an initial rush. Small, white head.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet--the malt really comes through. Hints of darker malt. Tiny hop presence.

T: Nothing sharp. The hops are there but don't jump out at me. Ever-so-mildly sweet, and a decent amount of malt. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not terribly crisp and a little low on carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel for a pilsner.

D: Could be good on a summer day, but is only average for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:04:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of PSUBeerman


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, nonic glass

Pours a pale, straw, golden color. The head was initially thick, but settled to a thin covering, some lacing.

Aroma was rather weak to me. It was reminiscent of typical Euro pilseners.

Some citrus notes in the flavor. Definitely grainy and left a bitter aftertaste.

This was a okay light bodied brew, probably best suited for the summer. This would have to be served very cold for me to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:25:17 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Shipyard Pumpkinhead (not the movie, the beer) pint glass.

A: Murky off-yellow/orange with a minimal head. Mild lacing.

S: Overly malty with a floral, doughy and honey hoppy character...is this a pils??? It smells like an APA.

T: Malty and hoppy at once. Tastes good. Again I ask though: why is this called a pils?

D: I'd have a few with no problem, but I think I might have gotten a bottle that sat too long.

Value: Lagunitas brews are worth the dough.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:19:58 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of PeprSprYoFace


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint. The little bit of head dissipated to nothing quick. No lacing. Golden honey color.

Aroma smells like when I fresh crush the grains before I brew a batch of beer.

Taste is very grainy. Tastes like the grains before you actually collect the wort. Like I popped a couple in my mouth to taste.

Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing.

Overall an ok pils. There are some others out there that are just as easy to get I would rather have though.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 04:50:34 | More by PeprSprYoFace
Photo of Dogbrick


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. I just can't get into these Bohemian/Czech Pilseners. Pours a hazy light orange color with a medium white head. Thin lacing and the head disappeared rather quickly. Aroma is mostly hops with a tiny bit of fruit. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a little malt backbone and a somewhat sour finish. Also has a very carbonated feel, but manages to not be very crisp at the same time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2003 07:11:30 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Pils

12 oz bottle. Golden in color. Aroma of flowery hops and somewhat like all Lagunitas brews, sweet malt. In the taste, noble, czech hops with a spicy note and short livid bitterness. Really sweet base beer, lots of malt and alcohol making for a rather big "pilsner". Tastes like most Lagunitas products, sweet malt, alcohol and a good amount of hops. Not the cleanest example of the style, a bit boozy and flimsy. It is a decent brew, however, and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 14:39:09 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of dbalsock


2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: Pours with a 1 finger white head on a low carbonated light amber body, eventually settling to a thin layer with lots of lacing.

Smell: Crisp hops (american style I'm pretty sure) without any sort of malty backbone... inoffensive, but not appealing.

Taste: The hop presence hits me with a standard california grape-fruitiness. I was expecting more malt sweetness, but I can live with the pale-ale similarities of this pilsner. There is a slight fruitiness in the taste which is nice, but this doesn't strike me as being a good example of the pilsner style.

Mouthfeel: Swift bitterness that pass leaving an odd afterfeeling of bitter alcohol. An odd feeling on the aftertaste that doesn't do much to take away the scratchy texture on the swallow.

Drinkability: Not as easy to drink as most pilsners I've had, but not terrible.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 19:21:27 | More by dbalsock
Photo of Bighuge


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Highly chill hazed golden orange in appearance. A clingy off-white head that barely skims the surface, but laces effectively. Fresh hop leaf aroma. Floral and spicy in nature. Almost full body. Not quite. Spicy and bitter taste. Doesn't taste like a good pilsner or dortmuder to me. There's actually a lingering bitter aftertaste that is tannin like and not pleasant. This is a below average beer. Along with their Imperial Stout, the only subpar brews I've had from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 20:53:10 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Liquids


2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow, effervescent, creamy one finger head. Smells alive and hoppy, resinous. Taste is maltier than expected, husky, but dead ends quickly into a rather herbal hop flavor with a sourish, odd, and longlasting aftertaste. The more I drank, the less I wanted to. The aftertaste was hard to get rid of, and haunted me for a few hours afterward. I tend to like a good pilsener, but this didn't do it for me, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 15:40:01 | More by Liquids
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a golden honey color with a one finger head, which went away rather quick, no lacing. There was a noticable hop and light malt smell. The hop bite hits right away followed by a sweet malt flavor, then finishes with a dry hop taste that lingers. This pilsner is a touch maltier than others that I have tried. As a pilsner it has initial drinkability but the bitter dry aftertaste would limit me to only a couple. Not one of my favorite pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 02:53:28 | More by Gmann
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very bright, yellow/straw gold with a thick, hearty white head that clings to the glass as it slowly disappears. Toasty and cereal type aromas on the nose, with a little bit of sweet malt undertones. The beer is slightly sour on the mid-tongue, and there is a toasted grain flavor on top of the malty backbone. The beer is very light and crisp, and has a slightly sour aftertaste. The sour taste lingers quite a bit, and the finish just gets dragged out a bit. The finish seems a little odd compared to the body and aftertaste of the beer. Decent, but definitely not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 01:45:22 | More by GarthDanielson
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