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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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1,545 Ratings

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Ratings: 1545
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 stephendr


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and slight cat urine , very clean - taste of grainy , grassy , sweet ???? , hint of coco , hops , and malts – dry slight bitter mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet red fruit aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 06:03:54 | More by stephendr
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2006 21:03:52 | More by oberon
Photo of spaced


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no discernable freshness date) into a pint glass. It's a nice golden yellow, with a 1/2 in. head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Aroma is of spicy hops and some bready malt, pretty much what you'd expect. The first taste on the tongue is of those distinctive spicy Saaz hops helped along by a decent amount of carbonation, followed by a (small) twinge of sweetness. This is all rounded out by a good bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this one was a bit more hoppy than what I was expecting, although it's been a while since I've had a Czech Pilsner, so who knows. Anyway, besides that, there's not much that stands out about this one, to me at least. Solid, but nothing spectacular - it's just a normal Pils, and sometimes there's nothing wrong with that.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 06:16:17 | More by spaced
Photo of frazbri


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lagunitas Pils poured straw golden colored with a bright white head. Aroma started with a floral flair followed by a little saaz spiciness and mild esters. A clean bitter start followed by a solid yet mild sweet background and a hint of fruit. Body was medium as well as the carbonation. The finish was clean.

This is a nice refreshing pils.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 02:38:49 | More by frazbri
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crystal clear and carbonated golden yellow. A finger of frothy white head passes quickly to a foamy film. Flares of lacing atch the inside of the glass.

The aroma carries a grassy, peppery, tinny hop spiciness that overlays a yeasty dough note as well as a measure of light malt sweetness.

Upon sipping, there's berry sweet light maltiness, joined by a hint of vanilla. A bready yeatiness hooks up with a very muted hoppy presence, rather indistinct in nature. A slight peppery touch salvages the hop contingent before a noble hop bitterness lingers appropriately. It's thin in spots, though overall not bad.

Light bodied, it flows quickly after a pretense at coating.

It's fairly flavorful and fairly enjoyable, but it's nothing special. While it has a couple of bright spots, it's also think like an old sock too. Thankfully it does taste better than an old sock, however. Simply, the sparseness weighs against it. So when all is said and done, I guess I'd have to say...it's fair.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 18:14:41 | More by Foxman
Photo of jeffjfindley


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Not necessarily pretty, it almost looks unfiltered. Beautiful orange-bronze color defies the style. Head pours thick, but spotty, and leaves a thin layer of lace on top.

Smell: Rich malt, and big hops.

Taste: This is a big-ass pils. Huge honey malt flavor and a wonderful sticky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hold on a sec, my mouth wants another feel... glug glug... Here goes... this beer manages to simultaneously provide profound refreshment and an almost supernaturally creamy smoothness. I'd say it feels damn good.

Drinkability: See previous two categories. If you're like me, you probably became disassociated with pilsners when you discovered the quality and complexity of most microbrewed beers. Me too. Problem is it's about 4,500 degrees in the shade in Southern California right now, and the hearty ales I cling to during the fall and winter months just ain't cuttin' it. Hefeweizens taste great, but are too filling & gaseous. If you feel what I'm talking about here, than I think this beer will get to you. I'm going to get another...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 00:05:14 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured golden with a big, foamy white head. Lots of slow-rising bubbles gave this one the look of champagne in my pilsner flute.

S: Smelled malty and hoppy at the same time, but more malty.

T: Sweet malty flavor is dominant, becoming almost fruity sweet as it warms. Bitterness coats the tongue for a nice crisp aftertaste, however. Nice Czech-style pilsner.

M: Appropriate to style. Medium carbonation, fairly light, but again, appropriate for this style.

D: Hell yeah -- very drinkable. Nice flavors all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 21:57:19 | More by Kendo
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger creamy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The aroma was grainy and husky and mildy sweet. Mild spicy hop aroma.

The taste featured a solid biscuity malt body with some lingering sweetness. A decent peppery hop flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was average.

Overall a decent drinkable pils. Glad I tried it, but there are many better versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 01:46:07 | More by plaid75
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 tonistruth


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear, golden straw in color. 1" white head with decent retent, settles to a little white ring for remainder of the brew.

S- clean & crisp, sweet malts with aromas of grassy hops.

T- floral hop flavor, sweetness from malts, and taste of honey. bit buttery too.

M- flows smooth, bit coarse, very nice body, sticky finish

D- very tasty with a gorgeous mouthfeel, highly enjoyable. I'll be looking forward to this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 18:24:47 | More by tonistruth
Photo of Franchise


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold hazey and inviting leaving a spotchy white head that quickly disappears but one swirl quickly brings it back. The aroma is fruity, hop spiciness, that is very clean and brisk. The taste starts crisp with a hop bitter twang that finishes with a honey malt backbone for balance. This is a refreshing brew...I will def visit this offering again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 18:04:33 | More by Franchise
Photo of rowew


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle. Typical wordy Lagunitas label. Date code on the bottle, but I'm not sure how to decipher it.

Appearance: Yellow/orange pour with a medium sized head that fades to just a bit of lacing. Some small bubbling continues.

Smell: Clean grain, slight malt sweetness, and just a bit of noble hops and sulphur.

Taste: Starts off with a bit of a grassy taste, then the sweet malt takes over. Finally the noble hops balance everything out.

Overall impression: Nicely balanced, very drinkable - I wish more American brewers put out Pilsners of this caliber.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 20:44:40 | More by rowew
Photo of LeeMarvin


4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I thought I'd gotten my fill of the Pilsner style back when I stopped competitively drinking Budweiser and switched to craft styles. But another member here turned me onto Lagunitas's take on the style and I do believe I like Pilsner again.

What I like best about Lagunitas's Pils is it's drinkability. This has been a hot summer in the Northeast, and this is a beer that you can drink in the heat. It's got a crisp, refreshing taste with just a hint of something exotic at the edge of your olfactory perephery.

This is a great transitional beer for Bud/Miller drinkers. I've got people who don't even like beer drinking this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 17:16:59 | More by LeeMarvin
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a pale golden yellow body that is crystal clear. A dense sea of tiny bubbles rises to the surface to support a smooth white head of perfect foam that last and last.

S- The faint pale malt smell is nice and dry with a smooth noble hop hint and a slight sulfur note to it. There is a faint dry fresh grain note in the background.

T- The taste of dry bitter hops with a faint green herbal hop note finishes with a bity bitter flavor and a sulfur hint. The hop bitterness hangs on the taste buds after each sip.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a faint creaminess to it and a dry carbonic finish.

D- This beer is mostly about the big bitter flavor with little depth in the hops and not much malt flavor to balance it out.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 21:40:48 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of BradBLR


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first pilsner I have had from Lagunitas. The appearance was a bright amber color with a white head that did not last long at all. Very little lacing. The smell was a slightly floral, citrus aroma that was not very strong.

The taste was a dry, crisp, hoppy flavor. I was suprised by the amount of hops in this beer. It was almost like a weak IPA. The mouthfeel was an extremely this viscosity and the CO2 was very strong.

All in all a pretty good beer and a very nice pilsner. Another good beer from Lagunitas.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 19:05:37 | More by BradBLR
Photo of idResponse

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definately an above average pilsner but nothing really special. I love lagunitas but they should stick to their specialty - hops!
It's golden. It smells like a very tasty pilsner, not a regular pilsner. It tastes like a very hoppy malty pilsner, which isn't really what a pilsner shoots for but it's pretty decent. It feels great in the mouth and is pretty easy to drink and enjoyable to imbibe. Overall this is a pilsner worth a try but isn't really all that special compared to some others out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 18:52:22 | More by idResponse
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mucho Gracias to BeerRun13 and NC Lotto BIF for the pleasure of imbibing this brew.
Pours a golden orange color with a 1/2" white head that fizzes away rather fast. Little lacing and lot's of carbonation.
Smell is of faint fruity hops and a cloying sweetness
Taste is briefly sweet up front but the hops steal the show. Herbal spicy and tangerine come to mind. Maybe some clove.
Mouthfeel is heavier than some other pils I've had. Can feel the carbonation on the tongue.
Drinkability is good. Has a bitter buttery aftertaste that kept this score from being higher.
Overall a good pils and a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 16:23:20 | More by wcudwight
Photo of BeerRun13


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours clear golden if you leave the last quarter inch in the bottle. okay, knowing what it looks like, pour the rest in the glass. A nice white head provides some okay lace.
Malty aroma with a barely noticable hop aroma.
Tastes much like the aroma suggests, but a bit of hop bitterness comes through as well as some flavor.
Light bodied with a smooth finish.
Drink up. This is one of a few non-macro Pilsners I've had, and I now I'm really starting to see what it's supposed to be.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 20:05:30 | More by BeerRun13
Photo of rousee


4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold color with a slight amber or ruby hue. Nice aroma of those Saaz hops I believe it is that are so prevalent in the Czech style. These guys have it down pat though as this beer is so much smoother and more drinkable than a Budvar, Pilsener Urquel, Staropramen or any of the others I have tried. I'm sure if I were in Prague, there would be plenty of competition. It is still an impressive example of the style from an American brewery. Lagunitas seems to put out quality in almost all their styles.

Tasting notes --breaddy and biscuitty --nice malt upfront very pleasant hop finish -pleasantly carbonated --good mouthfeel--this is an excellent pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 01:27:08 | More by rousee
Photo of IntriqKen


4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours golden yellow with a nice full finger white head that melts to a ring of lacing which stays with the whole drink.
Aroma is faintly biscuits and saaz hops...mild and pleasing.
Taste is initially lightly citrus hops....a little biscuit malt...then back to the light bite from the citrus hops....again, very pleasant.
Aftertaste is drying citrus....a little lemony...mostly just citrus...nice bite with a surprising slight sweetness yet still a nice drying.
Very, VERY drinkable....this one goes as nice as SNPA for drinking all day long.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 03:27:21 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of DrJay


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold with a bronze hue topped by a fluffy white head. Decent retention, a bit of lacing. Crackery, fresh grain aroma with spicy saaz and a bit of fruity hops. Medium bodied, malty flavour with moderate bitterness and quite a lot of spicy hop character. Light dryness with a bit of spicy tingle in the finish. Crisp and refreshing, with moderate carbonation. Pretty good, about what I expect from Lagunitas. It's got a nice hop depth to it as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 01:13:45 | More by DrJay
Photo of JayTheFinn


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a solid little bright white head that lingers.

S - Smells of wheat and peas.

T - Quite hoppy. Too sour for my tongue. Srong carbonation keeps it lively though.

M - Pretty strong mouthfeel for the style. Seems to pack more flavor than other pilsners I've tried.

D - Good "hot day" drinker if you don't mind the over the top hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 00:41:24 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of Hibernator


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Pils
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a light golden color with a really nice looking head. Thick, frothy, rocky head on top. Nice patterns of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Whiffs of freshly baked bread, yeast and hops.

Grainy, bready flavor with a juicy malt profile. Bitter, snappy hop finish. Strange buttery mouthfeel somewhere in the middle.

I can't tell exactly what it is about this beer that doesn't sit well with me. It might be the yeast or the water used? It reminds me more for of a German style pilsner than a Czech pils.

Enjoyable, but there are many other domestic pilsners that I prefer over the Lagunitas Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 22:52:28 | More by Hibernator
Photo of PeatReek


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 02:19:01 | More by PeatReek
Photo of nlmartin


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a nice hazy golden yellow coloration. The head was a frothy off white coloration. The head was very short lived. No lacing remained on the glass.

Smell: The beer has a predominately citrus hop smell. There is a strong caramel malty smell to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a upfront earthy citrus bitterness. There is a pleasing caramel sweetness to the beer.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer has ample carbonation. The beer is a very easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 05:11:35 | More by nlmartin
Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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