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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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Reviews: 710
Hads: 2,357
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 71
Gots: 413 | 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:
Beer added by: beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

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Reviews: 710 | Hads: 2,357
Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness labelling.

A: Noble appearing clear yellow with orange tints at the edge. Ample white head with plenty of lace ringing the glass.

S: The hops aromas are Saaz-like, but very muted. I smelled this beer right after pouring with a big head on it and throughout the drink, but I could not catch much in the way of malt or other hops aromas.

T: Husky grains are first taste with some sweet malts followed by a long-onset Saaz and grassier hops profile. Slightly astringent and metallic aftertaste.

M: Clean and dry like a pilsner should be. Active carbonation but not hampering drinkability.

D: A good pilsner, but not overly flavorful. Understated, which is not usually the route Lagunitas beers tend to go. A better aroma would have helped this beer all the way through.

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Photo of pershan
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear amber with a thin, white head into a pint glass. A slight whiff of hops in the aroma. The taste was that classic pilsner profile: Vienna and pilsner malt flavor, lightly hopped, with a crisp, pleasant finish. Good carbonation and lacing. Not really a beer for this time of year, but still an excellent example of a classic Czech pilsner (i.e. Pilsner Urquell).

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Photo of Mdog
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, nice bubbles rising through the beer, fast fading head.

Smell: Sweet grain, slight grassy note.

Taste: Kind of disappointing. Some sweet grain, a little tea-like bitterness, maybe some black pepper. Odd for a pilsner.

Drinkability: A step up from macros, but not something I'll be coming back for.

I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what, but this beer disappointed me. I read the reviews before I bought it and thought it would be a good one to try, but didn't hit the mark with me.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful straw yellow, with a nice thick white head.

S- Mostly hoppy in the nose, somewhat floral.

T- Nice hoppy flavor, somewhat citrusy, without being over the top.

M- Very bubbly, right on the mark for the style.

D- This would make a great session beer. It isn't my favorite American pilsener, but it ranks pretty well.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. I'm normally not a big fan of pilsners but this one was rather nice. It poured a nice golden, straw color with a nice white head and had great lacing. The aroma was floral hops and a nice malty sweetness. The taste was fresh and clean. Had a nice dry bitterness balanced with a sweetness as well. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall drinkablity was great. I felt like I could drink these all day. Too bad this brewery isn't available in LA.

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Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as clear as a lager can be. High noon sun golden orange with a loose fluffy 2" with an (almost) white head. The visible uprising carbonation seems so defined in this brilliantly clear liquid. Fluffy and puffy rings of thick lace all the way down.

Crisp, zesty, clean pilsner malts with a grassy prickly hop underpinning. FRESH scents for sure.

The crisp sweet & somewhat dry flavors of the malt make a solid platform for the dry, chalky and zesty hops to show their true colors. Sweet, dry, sweet, dry, sweet, dry seems to be the theme here. The overall dryness impresses me and the subtle sweetness really works nice.

Mouthfeel is brilliant. Just between light & med. bodied, this lager has a lively prickly amount of dispersed carbonation, but not at all effervescent or fizzy. Clean bone-dry finish lingers.

Drinkability is awesome. The mouthfeel and clean dry flavors are hard to argue against. I can't see many lagers drinkers (including macros) not digging the brew.

Overall a great pils I'm happy to have come across. Dry, snappy, clean and crisp with a body that carries everything along in an orderly fashion. I'd be happy to find this on tap and drink many pints on a regular basis. Good stuff!

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Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow. Has some head to it.

Very interesting pilsener. Not quite like any I've had before. It has the nicely carbonated, dry crisp mouthfeel and texture, but with grapefruit hops and a strange interesting after-taste. Not quite hoppy, but definitely bitter. Smells faintly of hops.


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Photo of MerkinMan
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with nice head retention. Immediate fruity / hoppy aroma, and then the grain becomes gently apparent. Great hoppy fruitiness in the taste. Spicy like Czech counterparts, but more fruity -- a great rendition of a classic style with subtle creative accents.

Beer has great body, and is damn drinkable.

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Photo of peck95
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good looking fizzy yellow water maybe dark fizzy yellow water but thats the style
a nice faint grassy hop smell followed with a biscuit malt smell

the taste fairly bland lower on hops than expected and higher on malt(suger) than wanted for pils style
a regular smooth beer fairly thin
its about a slightly above average fizzy yellow water drink would be easily drinkable, but for the price and comparability i would rather have something else

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a straight up unassuming brew. Classic golden yellow with a nice creamy, crisp white head. A good bead from below, the beer looks stately in a pils glass, really. Ribbons and patches of lacy residue.

Aroma - rather light aroma. Faint but robust grain with good persistence.

Taste - flavorful grain, a touch of metal early on, and a healthy dose of moderately bitter hops. Right on for the style. The swallow clears the palate of any remaining sweetness, and the finish grows dry and bitter, prompting another taste. A big pilsner for taste.

Mouthfeel - ramped up carbonation, average body and smoothness.

Drinkability - towards the end the bitterness has almost a cumulative effect and is wearing on me a little. I like a little cleaner finish on a pils, though this is a fine brew.

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

A beautiful light gold in color, totally clear, with a white head that reduces to a rough ring of foam in my glass.

It has a grainy and grassy smell, exactly what I'd expect for the style.

The taste is also grassy and grainy, with an extra citrus twang from the hops. This has a nice American tweak to the Czech style. The extra hop flavors are not extreme, though. Lagunitas has been very careful with this beer.

Overall this is a very good Pils, and one I would especially recommend to hop fans. It's not a hop bomb or extreme, but just a good example of a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.


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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... served in a smaller weizen glass.

Nice 2" head with long lacing and crusty rings... crystal clear dark straw color.

Aroma is clean pale malts and spicy hops... smells very good.

Flavor is the same.. a touch of earthiness from the hops... no yeasty fruitiness.. pretty carbonated and maybe a touch heavy viscosity for the style.

I don't know where the low ratings are coming from on this brew, it is everything expected from a West Coast "Czech style" pilsner... very balanced and a perfect summer session. I will try this again sometime up against the benchmark pilsner, while it may not be perfect... it is still pretty damned good given how hard it is to brew a good pils.

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

A stubby 12 oz bottle courtesy of Zorro, my '07 Secret Santa.

A: The pils is a beautiful pale yellow color, crisp and clear. A two plus finger head came out on pour and, by the looks of it, extensive lacing results.

S: The aroma is a crisp hoppy one, full of grassy herbal aromas, very earthy.

T: A sip reveals a very assertive hop profile, biting with grassy earthen flavors. Orange flavors pair with pepper to create a nice match against the grains. The maltiness is strong but does not overwhelm the hops. The hoppy finish continues long after a sip is gone.

M: The hops are crisp and clean, nice on the palate.

D: The abv strikes me as low. That, combined with the nice hop flavor, makes this a good drink, one of Lagunitas' best.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in August for $1.59.

Beer poured a golden color with a thin white head. Nose is malty and pleasantly accentuated by floral hops. Taste is very nicely balanced with a nice peppery light hop finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style, very satisfying. Overall drinkability is good. I really appreciate a well made beer in the Czech Pils style and Lagunitas has a put together a very nice representation.

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Photo of blakesell
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard curved pilsner glass.

Appearance- Light and clear with a 2-finger head, lacing lingering thru to the end.

Smell- Saaz thru and thru. A bit over hopped as Lagunitas tends to do, but not overly so. Not terrible.

Taste- Saaz, 2-row, 6-row? This has a touch of complexity. Something that many pilsners rarely typify.

Mouthfeel- Sweet and malty. High carbonation. A little too high on carbonation. Light bodied.

Drinkability- Very, but would NOT buy again. This beer is too costly and not near as drinkable as a Pilsner should be.

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Photo of salvadorwill
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is a bit tough to review pilsner, becuase the profile for a good pilsner has a lot of very light flavors, but certain things need to be there. As in a lot of their beers Lagunitas Pils does a pretty good job, but not a perfect one, of getting it right.

The thing that stands out most to be is that this beer could be more carbonated. That would help it smell a little more crisp, give it a little more bite on the tounge and lighten it up a bit.

Good color, just about perfect.

Super drinkable, excellent with lots of diffrent foods or just by itself.

A nice west coast made version of Urquell. Not quite as good as fresh pilser in Prague though.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. No dating found on bottle.

Appearance: deep golden color body with a creamy white small bubbled head that dissipates to leave sticky lacing. Very clean and clear with gentle carbonation.

Smell: honey sweetness and floral hops to balance along with mild alcohol.

Taste: at first, the sweetness of honey and grains is upset by a very flowery hop presence. Definite taste of alcohol is not well hidden.

Mouthfeel: creamy and slick on the tongue with medium body. Not crisp like I would expect of a pils. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: could put two or three away rather easily for a middle of the road pilsner, but would appreciate more crispness at finish.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks about like average beer-remarkably unremarkable . Smells nice and understated-refreshing in the nose. Good balance in this one with a clean bitterness that lingers. Nice effervescent mouthfeel. A good, solid session pils...good with spicy foods.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$1.80 for a single at Jacks. Filtered. Pours out to a brilliantly clear straw golden...perfect pils color. Forms a rocky white head with average retention and sparse lacing. The aroma is crisp, fresh, clean pale malts and a subtle Saaz floral hopiness. Mouthfeel is crisp with a nice acidity and smooth finish. Medium-light body. The taste is great...lots of nice Euro malts up front with pleasant grassiness, a floral and citric nice hop bite, an expertly balanced bitterness and ends in a subtle grain husk sweetness. Wow. No off-flavors.

This is a world-class pils. Defining for the style and full of flavor, yet oh-so-easy to drink. I love this brew. Highly recommended. I will be buying much more!

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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 Minkybut
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer had a very nice white head with very nice lacing qualities. It was nicly displayed. The smell was bready and yeasty. The beer was nice and refreshing tasting with a pretty golden color. It was a tad sweet but overbering, a really good summer brew. I will buy again.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with perfect clarity and fluffy soapy white head. Nose is spicy hops. Taste is medium carbonation with some hop flavour. Malts are are nicy done. Finishes clean initially, but an aftertaste shows up that is metaillic aspirin like. That really hurts drinkability. Not a bad thirst quencher.

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Photo of Brad007
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy lemon yellow with a thin white head and not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts.

This has so much more body and depth than the more traditional Czech Pilsners. Some sweet malts with just a smidgen of bitterness. No sulfurs at all.

Mouthfeel is light yet rich with a fizzy carbonation.

I love this interpretation of a Czech Pilsner from Lagunitas. So easy to drink and enjoy. Time for another six.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.