Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 2,697 |  Reviews: 782
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Giving American Pilsner's a good name...

By volume, most American Pilsner's suck. Its good that real brewers are giving us drinkers options during those warm summer months. Cause you can't drink Stout when the suns beaming down.

This pours a bright golden, like you'd expect a pilsner, with a nice amount of head and decent retension. The smell is definately pilsner, with a hint of skunk (you know, the saaz through light glass smell). The malt profile is sweet and subtle. I'll have to remember this come summertime.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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

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Photo of KYGunner
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
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.


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Photo of Shade1951
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of RateDoc
4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

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Photo of daliandragon
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
1.46/5  rDev -60%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Photo of kajerm
1.71/5  rDev -53.2%
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.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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 along with Pivo Pils and Scrimshaw, really love pilsners for meal beers.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

Photo of DanGeo
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of npala86
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Lagunitas is right--lagers deserve just as much respect as ales do (see their website).

Bright, shimmering, pale golden color with a perfect clarity, sturdy two fingers of head, and decent head retention. Spicy hop, cracker maltiness, mineral salt and a faint sulfur note in the aroma. Smooth moderate-bodied mouthfeel. A bite from the carbonation and hops brings a spicy, sharp bitterness to start. Grainy with a dried grass, bread crust and metallic or coin flavor. Small nugget of sweetness. Hint of lime rind and more dried grass middle to end. A touch of drying, puckering grain and faint herbal spicy hop in the finish.

Not bad at all, though a little rough around the edges for a lager; without a doubt, still quite tasty.

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Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally a Pils that I like! This gem poured a little darker than most pils with a very faint orange tint to it. The head was nice and frothy and settled into a nice pillow of foam for the rest of the session. The smell is actually pretty malty sweet, with a hint of carmel malt and light grassy undertones. The taste blew me away! It had a nice dry saaz and citrus bite in the beginning along with a nice malt sweetnes in the bakground that lends a little bit of thickness to the body, and a nice flavorful finnish that left me wanting another drink. This is the session Pils for me! A must try!

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Drunkenass
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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