PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
Lagunitas Brewing Company

PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #138
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,821
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Reviews:
791
Ratings:
2,742
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Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
83
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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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Photo of BJB13
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.

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Photo of maxpower
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.

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maxpower from Missouri, May 05, 2020
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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.

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jkblr from Indiana, Mar 22, 2020
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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.

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StevieQ from California, Aug 14, 2019
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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.

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fumobici from Washington, Aug 10, 2019
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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.

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defunksta from Illinois, Jun 18, 2019
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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.

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Sheppard from Virginia, May 22, 2019
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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

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, May 02, 2019
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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.

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Feuerball from Hawaii, Jan 20, 2019
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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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
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!

Cheers

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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!

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 21, 2018
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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.

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Photo of beersampler6
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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Oct 19, 2018
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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.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Sep 30, 2018
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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.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of GTC138
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.

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GTC138 from North Carolina, Aug 25, 2018
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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.

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Photo of singletary
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.

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singletary from Mississippi, Jun 28, 2018
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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

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Stephenparker from North Carolina, Jun 23, 2018
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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.

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Blind_Melon_Scaife from Pennsylvania, Jun 08, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a Pilsner glass at a very cold temp-40-44°.. Semi-cloudy golden color carbonation,bubbles from the bottom of the glass.

Deep Pilsner malt aroma, light fruit.

Malty MF with a fruity taste. Excellent bitter finish.

My favorite Pilsner style. Well done. Rivals the imports.

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brureview from Massachusetts, May 30, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a little strong on the front end with a bite and not as crisp as a finish as I would like. It's a stronger ABV but it's what you would expect from Lagunitas.

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JohnBoy43 from South Carolina, May 22, 2018
PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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