PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
Lagunitas Brewing Company

PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #168
Ranked #40,777
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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OldManMetal from North Carolina

2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lagunitas Pils certainly looks the part: a clear, light-bodied straw-colored beer with a thick coarse head that leaves a respectable lacing on the glass. The nose is fine, if deceptively malty, but it falls down as a Czech-style pilsner as soon as it hits the mouth. Other than a bit of lagery hops flavors up front and some alcohol and malt flavor notes on the end, strong hops bitterness dominates the flavor of this beer, burying any sort of hops/malt interplay. This bitterness lingers an indecently long time for a pilsner; not the crisp finish that I want from this style of beer.

Jun 06, 2015
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RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and crispy, Raul is pleased like Humphrey Bogart sippin’ a rum punch. Smooth pilsner flavor like Raul’s grandpapa - who fought in the battle of Midway - would have liked.

Like watching Cinemax after midnight, I think this one is a little better than the ratings give it.

May 07, 2018
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trust Lagunitas to nail the Pilsner style. Doughy, bready malts with an all to dominate Pilsner malt aroma. The flavor is fuller than most in this style with a grainy, malty texture, and great dry Pilsner malt taste. The feel is very crisp and Light but it has that fullness than you don't find in many lagers. Lagunitas keeps doing right!

Aug 04, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas PILS has a very thick, white head, heavy lacing left behind, and a mostly clear, gold appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and a few lazy, ascending bubbles. Aroma is of yeasty biscuit, and the flavor is of those two elements, riding alongside fairly bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lagunitas PILS finishes crisp and refreshing.


Sep 02, 2015
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a canned shape glass because I don't have a pils glass. Fail.

The body is a beautiful transparent golden color. Trickles of carbonation are visible. The head is foamy, pale white and full of bubbly suds and lace. 4.25

A pungent yet earthy hop aroma hits the nose. There's biscuity malt, cracker, and floralness. 4

Sweet and bread-like initially, then a burst of zesty, floral hops make an entrance. Straightforward and good.

Sweet like I mentioned, with a medium-body and average carbonation. It's pleasant to drink. The finish is bitter in a tame and non-offensive way. 3.75

This is a good easy-drinker. Seems pretty true to style. I could drink a sixer of this on a summer day easy. 4.0

Aug 15, 2014
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

BOD 111/14. Clear golden pour with exceptional head, lacing and retention. Nice nose of slightly sweet biscuit over hops that have notes of spice and tropical. Light medium body that manages to be almost slick in texture. While it appears to be well carbonated (bubbles), it fails to effervesce on the finish in a lively fashion, hence it is normal carbonation level. The flavor profile has some complexity and is well balanced, unfortunately it doesn't scream saaz hops. It begins with a slightly sweet spice that flows into mild bitterness. The middle has a tropical rind like citric note. The finish is biscuit with a low level lingering bitterness with notes of spice. Very good, but not quite outstanding.

Jul 30, 2014
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RateDoc from Michigan

4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite pilsner. I could drink this all the time. Light and still 6% abv. Czech please!

Mar 26, 2015
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4000qtrap from Missouri

1.46/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: Not very intense. Mostly blandly sweet cereal grains with a light wiff of mossy hops and minerals.

T: Fairly sweet and flabby. Quite sweet, bland cereal grain character. Hops are a bit herbal, but have a dank, dark character. Bitterness shows up late to the party and doesn't really balance the sweetness, leaving this pils flabby. When the bitterness does show up its far from crisp, not very intense, yet is still rough and unpleasant. Finish has a hop character that is mossy, dark, and unpleasant. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and drinkability on this is very low.

Note: A dud from a brewer I enjoy very much.

Feb 17, 2012
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one I should have reviewed a good decade ago. Pours a big bubbled, slow receding white head. Plenty of visible carbonation atop a straw golden hue. Nose is bright golden malt and spicy hops.

Flavor fits the style well, with light but flavorful hops following light malts. Not complex, but interesting enough. Nice for the solid, although the texture is overly tight due to carbonation. Not among the very best of the style but nothing to sneeze at, especially in warm weather.

Apr 01, 2017
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is, you know... beer. Beer the way you remember it if you haven't had beer in quite a while. As in, decently refreshing, but nothing memorable. Maybe it tastes better than Bud, etc. I'm not sure. If it does, it's not saying much.

There's nothing bad about this beer. Nothing off-putting. It's perfectly acceptable. And perfectly boring.

For people who really do relish lagers, this might be a real find. For most everyone else, this will rate somewhere around "meh" on the scale.

Jun 23, 2017
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shaneerickson from Texas

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On draft and in a pint glass

L - a lovely yellow straw color. a very clear beer. little lacing on the sides of the glass. no head retention.

S - the malts and the lager yeast are very prominent. slight Saaz hop aroma. has a pleasant smell

T - light carbonation. tastes much lighter then 6.5%. spiciness from the hops floods my taste buds from the beginning.

F - medium body. the Saaz hops dont overwhelm the malt. very balanced and very clean

O - a pretty simple, clean pilsner. i really enjoy pilsner lagers. easy to drink and looks really nice in a shaker pint or nonick glass. recommended if you are looking for a nice easy brew to put back

Jan 21, 2016
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kajerm from Illinois

1.71/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at the Mundelein beer tasting. Clear and yellow with a thin head and brisk carbonation. The smell is super-light-- maybe some light malts, but no Saaz (or any other) hops.

Someone put a Michelob in my pilsner bottle.

Tastes like an all-malt pale lager, and not a very good one. There is no Czech pilsner character at all.

Mouthfeel is thin and highly carbonated. Drinks like a macro.

Not a great style example and not a great beer.

Apr 09, 2007
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monorailred from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 28, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 263 7 (20 SEP 17?) Pilsner glass.

A: pours a crystal clear brassy yellow with streams of bubbles and an epically frothy 2-finger bright white head. Prettiest beer I have had in, well, I've had some pretty ones lately but this is gorgeous. Epic lacing and outstanding retention. This gets a 5 for appearance.

S: flowery, borderline soapy noble hops. I love it, smell is traditional Czech pils, and then CRANK the volume. Usually it's the German Pilsners that are hoppier, but this has that traditional Czech malt background too. Superb.

T: as smell would indicate, kind of hoppy for the style. Arrives slightly sweet, slightly floral, and fully malty on the palate. Mid-palate you get breadiness and something typically Pilsner -what is that taste? Then hops turn grassy first, then floral. That floral and slightly soapy note lingers.

M: midweight, for sure. Full-bodied as pilsners go. Some lingering slickness, which is not super for the style.

O: this is a memorable Pilsner, for sure. In true Lagunitas style it is inappropriately hoppy, but not so much so to make it unpleasant. Definitely would drink again, but would hesitate to make this a go-to with food; it's kind of potent for that. A little too thick for summertime pounder, too. A good clean winter lager, perhaps.

Jan 06, 2018
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BayAreaJoe from California

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

Looked amazing, crystal clear gold with a big head and just tons of lacing.

Aroma was pleasant, taste was even better - fuller-flavor, hoppy pilsner. Feel was light-medium, super easy considering the ABV.

Will absolutely be getting more of this.

Mar 30, 2018
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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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Mebuzzard from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well, I've been searching for a pilsner close to those I had in Prague. The hops present this lager with a nice crisp feel and spicy taste, one thing that keeps me on ales. I'm not a malt head, and don't like the lingering effects of most lagers.
A bright, clear persimmon color with a moderate head. Could look better, but it's just fine.
Clove, coriander, and lemon zest hint in the nose. Fresh. Green grass, possibly.
Taste is great. Hops balance this beer well, maybe too much for a true pilsner, but I like it. Feels great, tingly, crisp.
Gonna have to have more of this. A step shy of the Prague beers, but very good nonetheless

May 11, 2009
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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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tbeer40 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Mar 21, 2014
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tbeq00 from California

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 12, 2011
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bylerteck from Canada

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

Sep 23, 2015
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javahead71 from District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jan 06, 2014
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YoItsBeerTym from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 16, 2011
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EdelweissDad from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jun 10, 2013
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seavercm from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Aug 22, 2013
PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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