Lagunitas Imperial PILS | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas Imperial PILSLagunitas Imperial PILS

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 341 |  Reviews: 102
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas does it again. Super clean, tasty IMP Pils that is a pleasure to drink. Wish they would offer this year round.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appeareance- Poured into a tall, Firestone-Walker Pilsner glass that resulted in a slightly off-white 3-finger head. The brew itself is slightly hazy and golden straw in color. Great retention, but we're talking a thin, tall glass here, eventually breaking down to a thin, solid layer of suds. A chunky and fine sediment of lace finds it's way along the glass as the experience goes on, never giving up until the final taste.

Smell - Aroma hints at subtle white grape character with a touch of bread. More fruity notes underneath, hinting at red apple, and then a punch of citrus that carries through in the finish.

Taste - Somewhat follows the nose. All character is fairly subtle, but evenly rounded. Bready, fruity, and even a touch of stale trading card bubblegum. The aforementioned white grape is there, again subtly, along with a tame breadiness, and then there's a drying alcohol bite that comes through in the finish. Overall not a very exciting flavor, but well-balanced all the same.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied with a lightly syrupy feel. Fair carbonation lends a decent crispness before the dry, boozy finish.

Overall - Hard to judge this one. I can appreciate the flavor, but as a Pilsner I think it completely overwhelms; as an imperial pils I still think it's a bit thick. Almost drinks like a DIPA without the super heavy hops. For the style, as new as it is, it's simply too heavy.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Smells like malt liquor. Tastes like malt liquor. Previous reviewer said it best: I can buy a Steel Reserve or Olde English for 1/4 the price. Way to heavy for a pils...even too heavy for an Imperial PIls. The body doesn't match the taste. It's the "Lagunitas hop profile" misused on a pilsner. I feel like Lagunitas shot a dud with this Seasonal. They get a pass of course as their bombers are always nicely priced. I'm not pissed I dropped $6 but this is sub-par.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived head. It smelled of floral, fresh picked hops. It really had a grassy/floral hop bite with a sweet booziness in the background.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This was pretty good last night washed away the previous horrible HF Dorothy. Big heavy lager real nice mouthfeel. Smells and taste like an strong lager, notes of apples and pears, floral hops. Good value $5 bomber, Lagunitas well known for value. And their High West still (by far) this years best and in my top 5 all time.

My only issue is that while good, really not that much better than a macro malt liquor, example Steel Reserve 211 8% ABV that I occasionally enjoy for $1.35 16 oz can. So that price vs $5.00 22 oz you tell me ...

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Photo of Kennethzelljr
2.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Every single style has the same hop characteristics,I'm really tired of the lack of hop variety lagunitas chooses in their ipas.which being even though this style is an imperial Pilsner,it taste just like every other lagunitas hop forward beer.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeSJbeers
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ledouge
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of juicebox
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Mason Jar.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A bready, fruity, and floral aroma with a good combination of bready malt and juicy hops. Pale malt with bready hints of biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Spicy scent of Noble hops along with some floral and grassy hints. Citrus hints of orange and lemon. A very solid Pils aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, floral, and fruity Pilsner taste with notes of biscuit malt along with floral and citrus hops. Pale malt with notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and lager yeast. Good hop presence with floral, grassy, and spicy notes of Noble hops. Also some citrus notes of lemon and orange peel. Taste is balanced but big. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp and pretty drying. Alcohol heat is pretty mild.

Overall: A very good Imperial take on a Pilsner. Good mix of bready malt notes and hops. It’s like a traditional Pilsner on steroids.

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Photo of moundbz
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber bottle.

A very fruity pils, way more so than any European version I know of.

Excellent clarity with a decent head.

O: a refreshing favorite at a bottle share event with unlimited samples of 16 beers.

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Photo of Beer21
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, always a nice surprise to see a new Lagunitas brew on the local bottleshop shelves.

This beer pours a clear, very bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and faintly chunky off-white head, which leaves some eroding limestone cliff lace around the glass as it gently bleeds away.

It smells of musty, dank pine resin, muddled, yet prominent tropical fruit, grainy, gritty pale malt, a further biscuity breadiness, faint table-top pepper spice, and more leafy, herbal, and well-perfumed floral hops. The taste is bready, doughy pale malt, a free-range caramel sweetness, still mixed-up tropical fruit, a bit more discernible domestic citrus rind acridity, fuzzy black and white pepper dust, and a rather perky grassy, leafy, herbal, and consistently boozy floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key in their plainly-rendered, and hard to nail down at times frothiness, the body a solid middleweight (with aspirations of punching higher), and generally smooth, the hops and booze sniffing around, sure, but they've all read the company circular, and keep their hands to themselves. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered by a barely reduced and still rather robust hop contingent, not to mention the slavering and 'up for whatever' alcohol measure.

Fairly often, typical offerings of this hard to justify style turn out to be nothing but apologist examples of 'crafty' malt liquors. And nothing is different here, except that it's Lagunitas, and their predilection for all things hoppy saves the day, as it were. Not overly easy to drink, but enough so that I shan't be needing to procure a paper bag to cart my leftovers outside and down the street.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GilGarp
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber served chilled into a Pilsner glass.

Imperial Pils has the look of a traditional Pilsner with very pale color, great clarity, and thick white foamy head. Good retention and lacing too.

Aroma also has traditional Pilsner qualities but amplified. Pilsner malts, spicy peppery hop profile, and clean unobtrusive yeast.

Flavor is bold but starts out slightly sweet. The hops kick in giving a strong spicy bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry and leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. High alcohol content is well integrated and never seems overbearing.

Overall another excellent Lagunitas beer. All the things you like about a Czech pils turned up to 11.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dertyd
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of McMatt7
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Lagunitas Imperial PILS from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 341 ratings