PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
Lagunitas Brewing Company

PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
Bohemian / Czech Pilsner
Ranked #190
Ranked #26,142
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
Jan 26, 2022
Feb 17, 2002
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.

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Rated: 3.66 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 17, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -26%
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
Rated: 4 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Nov 15, 2020
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Reviewed by AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
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
Rated: 3.55 by lebrisa from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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
Rated: 4 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by maxpower from Missouri

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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
Rated: 3.27 by thedifferencemaker from Ohio

Apr 30, 2020
Rated: 3.71 by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Apr 29, 2020
Rated: 4.77 by fflopps from Iowa

Mar 29, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Mar 26, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Rated: 3.82 by loganburgh from Michigan

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 3.92 by monorailred from Texas

Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 2.69 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4.45 by DaveAhl from New Jersey

Dec 24, 2019
Rated: 3.7 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Oct 09, 2019
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Rated by ERSMart1 from Texas

2.27/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5
Doesn’t come close to tasting like a Pilsner. This a super hoppy IPA. Pretty disappointed!
Oct 06, 2019
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Reviewed by StevieQ from California

2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
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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Reviewed by fumobici from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
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
Rated: 3.94 by heymikew from California

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 3.53 by Eychung from New York

Aug 02, 2019
Rated: 4.17 by ben741 from Canada (ON)

Aug 01, 2019
Rated: 3.77 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 26, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by MercInc from Wisconsin

Jul 23, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Jul 15, 2019
Rated: 2.97 by sentrytec from Pennsylvania

Jul 11, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by QuakeAttack from California

Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by socon67 from New York

Jul 09, 2019
Rated: 3.65 by DFred from California

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 3.74 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by RitzCarling from Illinois

Jun 29, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.34/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Rated: 3.99 by Juno106 from Florida

Jun 15, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by tp1962 from Illinois

Jun 09, 2019
PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 2748 ratings