PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
Lagunitas Brewing Company

PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #189
Ranked #41,754
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
Notes: 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.

Like Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ishmael, Mao and Confucius, Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty and justice for all. Cheers!
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Direct upside down pour into pilsner urquell .5l mug. Smell of noble hops. Great lacing, big giant head. Taste confirms my suspicion, the 6er i purchased has a little too much age on it. The taste the brewer intended is compromised. Nontheless, decent beer not to be confused with real czech pilsners. Another knock off, not to repeated. And a 6% czech pilsner? Whos idea was that?

Dec 16, 2020
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I expected more based on recommendations for best common pilsners on Reddit. Eh. At least it wasn't a big investment. I appreciate some of Lagunitas' beers (A LOT), but this was not one of them, unfortunately. Not really my style, so can't say my opinion is worth much here. I'm reviewing in any case because this is my account and my opinion.

Sep 30, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler.

It pours vibrant and gold, very clear and shows plenty of fast rising bubbles. It is topped with one inch of white soapy foam that remains for several minutes. The nose is moderate in strength with spicy lemon zest and bread that is a touch doughy. Taste is good and in my novice opinion, within the guidelines for style. Offering mild bitterness all the way through, starting lemon grass and finishing with more of lemon peel flavor. The malt is cleaner and less sweet than the nose led me to believe tasting of light toast and only a hint of corn towards the end of the glass after warming. A medium weight soft body crisps at the finish. Enjoyable.

This is one of a couple out of a handful of Czech/Bohemians that I have tried so far that I really liked and will probably buy and drink again.

May 30, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a clear golden color with a decent white foamy head that doesn't seem to last very long, light grassy and flowery aroma, balanced malt and hop flavors, light to medium body with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes clean and dry, all in all a pretty good pils.

May 05, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle coded 351 9 2 (about 3 months old-Chicago) poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 6% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is mild with lemon, honey and grass. The taste is lightly sweet malt with earthy, slight lemon hops and slight bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good. Drinks more like an IPL or hoppy Helles to me. Not quite to the Czech style so it loses some numbers there, but good beer nonetheless.

Mar 22, 2020
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StevieQ from California

2.47/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer would be more appropriately called an "American craft beer style pilsner" rather than a "Czech style Pilsner. It has none of the traditional acidity/sweetness/bitterness balance of true Czech style pilsners. Instead, the beer's balance is dry and bitter (more along the lines of an IPA) and has no hint of sweetness. The balance is totally towards the bitter end. It may please those who cater to the silly IPA craze, but it would disappoint a true Czech style pilsner drinker. The beer also has insufficient hop aroma. All in all, a true disappointment.

Aug 14, 2019
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fumobici from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a straight-sided water glass.

L- Straw/pale gold clear with lush pillow of tight head in no hurry to go away. Abundant and persistent lacing.

S- Bready malt, earthy and spice in the hop. I'm getting hints of apple and moss.

T- Floral hop, then malt, then moderately bitter hop finish with a bit of yeast in the background.

F- Round and viscous for the type, but not by any means thick, moderate and pleasing carbonation in the mouth.

O- Greater than the sum of its parts, an interesting, balanced and successful take on the classic type.

Aug 10, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a crisp, mostly clear golden color with a moderate head that fades, but the end of it lasts a while.
Aroma: Aromas of lemongrass, citrus, corn husk, and honey. Nice Saaz notes. A mild buttery aroma, but not as much as Urquell. A hint of skunk too.
Flavor: Some spicy and citrus hops upfront that turns into an earth grass flavor. Evolves into a honey, cream corn, and pale malt sweetness that is light. A slight bitterness on the backend.
Feel: Medium to heavy bodied for the style. Decent carbonation. A slight bitter astringency on the palate. Zero warming alcohol.

Overall: This is a okay Czech style Pilsner. I expected more diacetyl. This one drinks slightly heavier than most as expected with the higher alcohol. They balanced the heavier body with more spicy and citrus hops too. The heavier body makes it lean towards an American pale or blonde ale.

Idk, for me the great aspect of a pilsner is how smooth and rounded the flavors are for such a light and lower alcohol beer. If I am going to drink a beer upwards of 6%, I might as well be getting some flavor as in a pale ale or IPA. It fits the style well, but lower marks from me due to the higher ABV.

Jun 18, 2019
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, lightly hazy, great head retention. There's some czech yeast aroma on the nose. It is very assertively noble hopped. Very floral, actually quite refreshing and delicious. Not a whole lot of depth or weight behind it, but it's a good pilsner.

May 22, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium carbonation with a medium light body
Aroma is malt,grain,cracker,floral, and earthy.
Taste is very similar to aroma,slightly sweet.
Unlike some here I thought it would be a hop bomb but I thought the taste was nicely balanced

May 02, 2019
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Feuerball from Hawaii

1.72/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a Pilsner style beer. Compared to the Cassic Czech and German styles, it is too sweet and fruity. Mouthfeel is unimpressive and over carbonated. Too much sweet malt overwhelms what should be a dry, hoppy bitterness evidenced in Czech and German Pilsners. I haven’t yet tasted a true to the style pilsner made by a US brewery, commercial or craft.

Jan 20, 2019
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davidperez from Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Munique glass, it pours a crystal clear pale straw color. It forms a two-finger head, frothy, with very good retention and nice lacing. Beautiful carbonation making its way to the surface.

The bouquet is assertive. Mainly citric and fruity hops, but with a clear malty and dough presence as well. Malty sweetness.

The flavor follows the nose. Overpowering are the hop bitterness with its citric, resinous, floral and herbal notes. The malts and doughy character serve as an undertone. The intensity is exemplary and the finish is long, mantains the same initial flavor profile, and is dry.

The feeling is great, smooth, lively carbonation, and prone to chugging with its freshening watery mouthfeel.

This is a great beer indeed. Unfortunately, it feels as if this is a pilsner intended for hopheads, and so it departs greatly from a true example of the style, IMHO.

Jan 04, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/31/11: Pours a medium gold with a rapidly diminishing white head that leaves no lacing. Well balanced hop/malt aroma but a more heavily hopped taste than I find desirable. The finish is dry but develops into a sweet aftertaste.

Dec 30, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid little lager pours a
standard pale hay color with a nice thick head of white foam
that settles to a thick ring, thin wispy pool, and displays some
decent lacing. Nose of light breaded malts, spicy hops, and subtle
sweet malts with light grain notes. Flavors present a fine lager
with subtle citrus and spicy hops with a honey malt over a bed
of breaded grain malts with some lager funk. Nice mouth feel;
medium light body, medium carbonation that is effervescent
and lively, and a lemon zest and spicy hop finish that is pleasing.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a solid brewery!


Dec 04, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, code 232 8 2 3001 1812... poured into a straight-sided glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, yellow-gold colored liquid; egregiously-tall sudsy white foam stand, which slowly collapses into a gorgeous rocky mess, crusty boogers of lace

S: very lovely intense aromas, lead by floral hops, with spicy grapefruit zest, underlying peppery spice, starched linen, perfumy(?) yeast

T: surprising sharp shift to a malt-dominant foundation up front, with the grassy, spicy hops slowly pooling up into view, but with dramatically reduced zip and/or bitterness - curious indeed... aftertaste has dry cereal grain lingering and the zesty, grassy, vaguely green-tea-like hop, hint of lemon zest... bold, balanced yet restrained expression; wonderfully dry, but little depth

F: body is near perfect - light-medium build, awash in foamy resins, soft and dry finish... it doesn't weigh you down, but it still has substance; fulfilling yet moreish

O: considering my familiarity with Lagunitas's hop approach, I should've guessed this would be good... possible it would've been better had I got to it more fresh, but I was still impressed enough to now be open to getting a sixer - well done!

Oct 21, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a clear straw color. The head is fairly dense with phenomenal retention. Seeing a little lacing.

The nose is very floral with a touch of grains. If I had to pin point a fruit that was coming through I would say orange. More of the rind though. Smells superb.

Its got a sharp floral bitterness upfront but almost immediately transitions into a soft honey sweetness. It then finishes with a lingering floral bitterness. Its simple yest so flavorful. One of the better American brew Czech Style Pilseners I've tried.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with crisp carbonation. Thirst quenching to say the least.

Oct 20, 2018
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice pilsner tried on tap at local steakhouse. Nice golden color with a little lingering head and spotty lacing. Smells faintly of grain, hops and some malt. Tastes similarly, along with some caramel, corn and bread. Mild thin mouthfeel, good carbonation. Not my favorite in this style but definitely very enjoyable. I did expect a little more, however, from such a strong brewery.

Oct 19, 2018
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SB2017 from Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great, clean, simple flavor to this beer. A supple, satisfying yet light mouthfeel makes this beer easy to drink to the max. All around a great go-to for a pils.

Sep 30, 2018
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew has a floral aroma and light, crip body. Up front is a resinous, peppery hop feel. Balancing the bitterness is a sweet and creamy malt finish. This is a very tasteful pilsner with a broad palate. Very enjoyable and with a well masked 6% abv., bravo.

Sep 13, 2018
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puck1225 from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is a somewhat underrated pils.

Beautiful clear yellow pour into a tall pilsner glass. Great head and lacing. Pleasant sweet grassy smell and taste. Good feel and nice overall.

I know I have had it before, and was surprised I had not reviewed before.

Sep 04, 2018
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GTC138 from North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

PILS – Pilsner – Lagunitas Brewing Company, Chicago, IL
Guess what! I found more Lagunitas beer! This Pilsner is the first non-hoppy brew that I have ever had from Lagunitas. If you were to ask, Lagunitas is probably my favorite brewery (never been in person) and a Pilsner is my favorite style of yellow beer, so what the heck. Lagunitas understands completely how to improve the quality of a pilsner, which one way would be to add more alcohol. This Pilsner sits at 6% abv and is extremely smooth. This brew is their only lager, still contains some Saaz hops that contribute to 35 IBUs, but this still is not a hoppy beer. Yellow beer contains a particular flavor that I often refer to as the skunk, and this brew has little to none of the skunk.

Aug 25, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass.
Clear, pale gold colored body. One finger white head, settles to interrupted cap and ring. Some generous spots of lacing left behind.
Subtle aroma of light malts, grassiness, and spicy hops.
Taste is more assertive than the aroma, with biscuit malts and slightly bittering hops, along with spice and a little lemon citrus. Lager yeast in the after taste.
Lighter mouth feel. Higher carbonation level.
More hop bitterness than other Pilsners but still enjoyable and totally quaffable.

Aug 05, 2018
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singletary from Mississippi

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a deep yellow with a foamy head. The smell is good balance with malts first then some hop to it. The taste is much the same, good malt to start with a mild hop at the end. Overall a good drink that is very enjoyable.

Jun 28, 2018
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Stephenparker from North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ill be honest this is my favorite beer i honestly believe it is well balanced between malt and hop its nothing crazy but to me when i think of a beer this is the taste i always crave the hops are present like any laginitas beer but the malt they use pairs so well with it that you mainly taste a little at the begining and some at the end with the aftertaste giving a good cut through some of the malty bready taste of the beer that makes you go take more and more sips perfect with food and tastes more amazing if you poor it out in a nice frosted glass if you get this beer it wont disappoint

Jun 23, 2018
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Blind_Melon_Scaife from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I tried this because I like trying different beers. I’m into the lagers and pilsners now both as a break from the IPA thing and because of the lower abv, although at 6.2% it

I got about a half inch of bubbly head which quickly went away. It’s a pale straw color. The beer is crisp and light bodied with a nice dry bitterness that’s not overwhelming. You can easily discern the hoppy quality—nice without venturing into IPA territory. The bitterness stays on the tongue for a while.

I’d quickly dispatch a couple of these after a 40 mile bike ride—I'd be thirsty enough to put away three pretty quickly and it goes down light and smooth so the first one would be gone in under a minute All in all a pretty good beer. I’ll definitely buy it again.

Jun 08, 2018
PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2745 ratings