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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our only Lager, brewed with loads of imported Saaz hops and a bottom-fermenting yeast strain that leaves it Light and Crisp and Easy to Slam, yet full of real flavor and all the things you yearn for.

Added by beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A firm draft pour into a tall pilsner glass has virtually no head.

Slight lacing a reminder of a pale yellow colored beer.

Odor is sweet and hoppy with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

It has flavor! This is not surprise, but rather a declaration. Well balanced hop and malt in a smooth, light, easy drinking pilsner.

This is a great 'local' goto beer to replace any/all big domestics.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm expecting something of a hop bomb (by my palate's shy standard.)
But we have here another American interpretation of a style that is suited well.
While I prefer the Bavarian Pilsners (More malt) to the Czech Pils (more hops), Lagunitas struck a nice balance between the styles.
Listed in the "1001 Beers To taste Before You Die."
Try it if you have not.

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Photo of NoZeFace
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite discoveries of 2015: a light-ish beer that didn't suck. Lovely straw color, beautiful smell, bit of spice and body. Crisp as hell...certainly a nice drink to have during the summer.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft and in a pint glass

L - a lovely yellow straw color. a very clear beer. little lacing on the sides of the glass. no head retention.

S - the malts and the lager yeast are very prominent. slight Saaz hop aroma. has a pleasant smell

T - light carbonation. tastes much lighter then 6.5%. spiciness from the hops floods my taste buds from the beginning.

F - medium body. the Saaz hops dont overwhelm the malt. very balanced and very clean

O - a pretty simple, clean pilsner. i really enjoy pilsner lagers. easy to drink and looks really nice in a shaker pint or nonick glass. recommended if you are looking for a nice easy brew to put back

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color with about a half finger of head. The nose has the light essence of pilsner malt. The flavor profile is light and finishes dry.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Extremely lively with a massive billowy head and excellent head retention for the style. Pours a clear slightly golden straw color.

S: Incredible blast of fresh noble hops. Very spicy and floral, with some grassiness and a touch of bread. A bit more malty than other examples of the style, but pretty clean overall.

T: Great showcase of European hop varieties with soft, bready pilsner malt. Spicy grassy hop presence, with quite a bit of grain. Definitely has a stronger taste than most other pilsners, owing to the relatively high strength. Finish is dry, moderately bitter with the slightest hint of lingering caramel and grain.

F: Medium-light body, closer to light, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Lively yet soft carbonation. My only fault here is that the carbonation is pretty fleeting; active at first but dies down considerably within a few minutes.

O: One of the better pilsners I’ve had to date. With each sip it’s like the noble hops hit you over the head, then beg your pardon.

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Photo of stevoj
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Neurolux. A bit disappointing, and not very "pilsnerish". I was missing the crisp hops bite on the tap. This came across more lagerish, is both aroma and taste, more like a Dortmunder. I'd need to resample under better conditions (i.e. not at a concert)

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was by far the most interesting experience I have had with a beer in quite some time. Lagunitas Pils looks like a lager, smells like one too, but it tastes like a mild ale (a smoother Boston Lager, IMHO.) This alone puts it in my very short list of favorites or beers I would enjoy sharing with friends, to impress.

Out of the glass it has the normal lager appearance, but it does sport a thick head and had some lacing down the glass. The beer smells like your garden variety lager, but there are some spicy notes if you take the time to search for them. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing, the kind of feel that is sessionable, at least to me. And though, like I already mentioned, the darn thing looked and smelled like a lager, it was nowhere near lager-city when it came to taste. In the end, I enjoyed this brew immensely and look forward to the remainder I have on hand.

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Photo of fx20736
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World Summer 2015. Poured cold into a Duvel Tulip.

Look: Gold, thick white head, nice lacing.

Smell: Slightly sour smell and fresh cut hay-exactly like a Pils should smell

Taste: smooth, balanced with the perfect Noble hopiness

Feel: great

Overall: this is an excellent beer

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear light yellow. One inch head. Leaves bubbles to the side off the glass. Smell is salty bread. Taste is a typical pilsner with a hint of hops. Light refreshing and great for right after work. I really wish lagunitas would put dates on their beers though!! Cheers!

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Photo of Davidstan
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great go to lager type for me. Abv close to IPA range for me a little high.
Taste is slightly hoppy with good solid malt backbone lagered well. Always buy when on sale at Publix.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a great beer.

Bought a bomber a few weeks ago and decided to chill it this afternoon. Enjoying the second glass of it and will buy another. This is a beer I could drink on July fourth (all day).

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Photo of cheer4beer_
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you dream about beer like I do, you probably envision a beer that looks like this one. It has a good foamy head and a classic golden color. The beer has a yeasty smell and I get a bit of a copper penny smell. It has a crisp taste and has a little bite to it, getting a little copper flavor. The carbonation hits the front of the tongue when sipping. I think this would make a refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light golden/straw color, creamy head and good lace retention. Malty sweet aroma as well as some tangy fruit. A slight sulphur aroma towards the end. Sweet toasted malts, spicy hops and a tangy feel in the taste. Spicy hop and dry finish. Light and crisp. Overall a tasty Czech style pilsner.

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Photo of Chiefy770
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 Fluid Ounce Bottle
Bottled on June 29th, 2015 (Julian Code printed on the bottleneck)
Reviewed on September 14th, 2015
Served in a Pilsner Flute

Poured a rich yellow body capped off by a massive bright white foam head. Globs of soapy white lacing clung to the side of the glass as the head collapsed. Bubbles were visible, circulating throughout the body.

Sweet bready malts stood out. Surprised to get a whiff of tropical hops... mango, lemon, etc. Not overly hopped but more than I was expecting.

Bready malts hit the tongue first. Citric hops quickly flared up. Bit of an earthy bite... lemongrass, herbal hops, and the slightest hint of spice. Light/Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Enjoyable beer all-around. Certainly not a traditional Czech Pilsner but a solid offering nonetheless.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an iced pilsner glass. Typical straw/yellow color with a small white head. Aroma of grass, hay, and faint hops. Taste follows the nose. Good carbonation, Goes down easy and finishes a little dry. I usually prefer my pilsners at under 5%, but I can't detect the higher alcohol in this one. I can easily drink a six pack of this in about an hour on a hot NYC day. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Single twelve ounce bottle - was surprised after all the hype that this was not that great of a pilsner. Finished hoppier than I prefer for a Pils. Ok, but won't repeat if other options are available.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas PILS has a very thick, white head, heavy lacing left behind, and a mostly clear, gold appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and a few lazy, ascending bubbles. Aroma is of yeasty biscuit, and the flavor is of those two elements, riding alongside fairly bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lagunitas PILS finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of Ike_Potter
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color with white head and not much lacing to speak of. Smell doesn't match taste, a little sweet. Hoppy flavor and smooth finish. Good beer sneaky ABV at 6.2%

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It does have a slight buttery feel and slightly noticeable yeast like some Czech versions are said to. However, the overall carbonation seems off a little. It has a very frothy head. Not nearly as fizzy/sparkly as I expect. The hop profile seemed a little weak too, which was odd, so I checked the date and found it was a March bottle. That could be most of it. This is good, but it doesnt scream Pilsner to me. Actually one of my 2 least favorite beers from them

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Photo of Pocker
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured with a minimal head, color was a honeyish. The feel was pretty decent. Smell was pretty much non-existent for me and the taste was a little bit too bitter for a pilsner as far as I'm concerned. Not horrible but wouldn't buy again. Was surprised at how highly rated this beer was. I like writing down my scores before clicking on the beer :)

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Photo of ZBowden
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear straw honey gold with a thick white head moderately retained, smells of biscuity crackery malts slight wheat with spicy yeast and lemongrassy hops, tastes spicely hopped with cool biscuit malts on the end, rich mouthfeel moderate to high carbonation with dry finish.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clean yellow, with a prodigious head of white sudsiness. Lovely and ornate lacing.

Aroma: Delicious malts — toasty grains and hint of citrus hops underneath. Really appealing.

Taste: Crisp and delicious, and very faithful to the style. Tons of flavor here, with sharp malts and hops playing on the palate, none truly dominating the mix. Lagunitas can do no wrong as this is a top-shelf American pilsner.

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Photo of pagriley
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Very light golden straw. Cascading carb
Slight bready yeast and grain
Refreshing with a light citrus hops
Good crisp mouth feel with clean finish
Overall a decent pils. Nothing special but decent

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Photo of Nickholland
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Similar to the Firestone Walker Pivo Pils just not as good. There is the floral hop flavor/smell, just not as pronounced. Don't expect a malty smooth lager, this one's got some hop bite. Better than adjuncts by a long shot (no grainy sweetness) but not as unique as the Pivo.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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