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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States
lagunitas.com

Style: Czech 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.

Added by beertaster13 on 02-17-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
734
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2,532
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
23.08%
 
 
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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly golden yellow with a fat pillow two finger head. Smells sweet, tangy and grassy. Nice subtle hop balanced with a sweet pale malt

Taste is similar to the nose being sweet from the pale malt but also with a lemon tang. A mellow crisp taste with a fruity semi-dry finish. There is a light hoppy sweetness for the aftertaste.

Light body and mildly drinkable. The tangy sweetness cloys slightly bringing down the drinkability.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden. approaching amber- a little darker than most czech style pilsners. Good hhead that sticks around as a cap and leaves very good lacing. The nose is mostly malty and with quite tangy yeast more than it exhibits any real hop presence. It's there at the end as some earthy hops, but not predominant. Taste is hoppier, but still dominated by a tangy yeastiness. Sharp floral and earthy hops, then the tanginess and a finish of a decent bitterness. Malt is more subdued here, but it doesn't seem greatly balanced and seems a little tangy for the style. Mouthfeel is pretty substantial for a pisner, and the finish is more tannic than crisp. A decent pilsner, but not anything to write home about. There are better out there, and this one just doesn't refresh as I like a pilsner to do. Bigger and bolder than most pilsners is okay, but balance that with some more crispness and cut the yeastiness.

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Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden with a thin white head. Not much retention and no laceing.Aroma is of bready malts. Body is light and very carbonated. Taste is of biscut,sweet malts, and maybe a bit of honey. Touch of hops in the finish. Worth a try,but I liked the Sierra Nevada Summerfest better.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours from a 12 oz'er with a thick frothy pillowy ivory head cap loaded with golden hay and rising bubbly carbonation. Impressive drippy lace improves the appearance.

Scents of some delicate red apple and grainy pilnser-esque honey grass.

First swigs: Soda cracker grain with a delicate honey touch and hops are drying in the finish. Medium sweetness and clean finish towards the finish.

Feel is well carbonated with a pinch of tongue coating.

Last swigs: Grounded pilsner that does not stray far from the mark.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of JMD
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light auburn straw color with slight hints of orange. Very small head that fades quickly.

S: Light grainy aroma. More prominant malt character than I was expecting. Some light hops as well.

T: Grainy and malty up front. Light sweetness followed by herbal notes. Light hop bite as it finnishes.

M: Light to medium bodied, appropriately carbonated for the style.

D: This is a decent pilsner, but nothing exceptional. Certainly an easy drinker and refreshing, but nothing I would seek out again.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce short bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. With the pilsner style, which is typically light in color, it's easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And I'm a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesn't pass the test. That's my fault, not the brewer's. The beer pours a nearly brilliant light gold, with wave upon wave of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Most Pilsner style beers are really light in color but this one is darker than those that I’m used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I don't get an real sort of head. I do however, manage to over-pour and spill down the sides of my glass. Bummer. I like a nice frothy head (one you can float a bottle cap on as Jim Koch is fond of saying) with my pilsner beer. Initial aroma is of … well hold on a sec as I’ve managed to give my nose a bath. This review is just going swimmingly. I primarily get some light candy corn malt sweetness, with some flowery hibiscus like hop character in the background. On the aroma side of things the hop character is really muted, especially for a beer that’s done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. There’s a nice bitterness but it’s very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but it’s not unpleasant, and not surprising given the carbonation levels. The carbonation sweeps in quickly, ridding your mouth of the beer before you have a chance to ponder what else it may hold. I think that’s a good thing, as the beer has quite a bit of residual sweetness, and without the carbonation levels this could end up cloying. Sweetness may also be coming from the alcohol, as at 6.2% this is bordering on a 1.5x Pilsner … that may be also why I’m getting some sweetness out of it. Kudos for keeping the phenolics out of this one. Instead it goes down quick and easy. Lawnmower beer seems like too lazy a descriptor, so I’m left searching for something else. Lavender hops yield to candy corn sweetness, before both are quickly evaporated in a wave of carbonation that leaves a lingering, slightly sulfuric, afterfinish. I’d like a bit more hops in this one, especially in the nose, as they are there but they play a supporting role to the sweet malt profile. Not a badly done beer, but there are other pilsners out there that I prefer.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and some cooked vegetables fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

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Photo of stephendr
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold color , clear – frothy thick white head –nose is grains, grassy , cereal, hopps , malts , and slight cat urine , very clean - taste of grainy , grassy , sweet ???? , hint of coco , hops , and malts – dry slight bitter mouth feel – skunky , cereal , bitter , grass , sweet red fruit aftertaste

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Photo of MisterClean
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snagged from a competition.

A - Pours golden with 3 fingers of clear white head. Dissipates slow and has light carbonation.

S - Pilsner, honey, and spicy hops.

T - spicy hops, some pilsener, and a lack of malt complexity.

M - Thin-moderate bodied, light carbonated, and hop dominated. Slightly minerally too.

D - It's drinkable, but there are better examples of styles.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention or lacing.

S - Grassy hops, bit of pale wheat and apple juice, with a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - A unique take on the traditional Czech Pilz, a bit sweeter than your traditional pilz, with the apple juice notes taking a dominating presence. The grassy hops come through on the finish alongside a touch of caramel. A touch of bitter leafy hops linger on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet... Just the way I like my pilseners.

O - Overall, a slightly sweeter take on the style, offering up some unique flavours. The higher ABV is nicely hidden on this one and makes it a bit more rich than a traditional pilsener. I prefer the Euro offerings over this one, but certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a two finger pure white head. The head is on the slightly thicker side and has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a grainy and bready nature with a little bit of caramel and light fruit as well as a light hop smell. The hop is of a grassy and lemony nature creating a dry and more crisp smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier bready flavor mixed with a bit of grassiness and some light fruity sweetness which creates a base for the brew. As the flavors advance more lemon hop bitterness and some light grassiness comes to the tongue. This mix of flavors, with the dwindling of a bit of the sweetness and some increase in the lemon and some grassy hop, together leave a crisp and more dry grainy and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to more average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – Fairly easy drinking and rather refreshing, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a pils.

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Photo of mklmcgrew
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear yellow gold color with a 1 finger head and decent lacing. Aroma had more hops than is usual for a Pilsner. Taste is definitely matches the smell, with a hop presence.

Overall, a decent beer, but a little too heavy in both hoppiness and alcohol for my taste in a Pilsner. I like my Pilsners to be more on the light and crisp side for summer drinking.

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Photo of JeanDuteau
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Normal Pilsner colour of golden wheat. Good foam and good lacing. The smell is very bready/yeasty. You could taste the yeast and there was some hops as well. The hops overpowered the rest of the taste. It was not bad, but I've tasted better Pilsners.

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Photo of shaneerickson
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Avagadro
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey colored, with amazing head retention, active lacing, and impressive clarity.

S: Bouquet is mostly composed of honey and caramel malt tones, with little in the way of hops. The smell is well presented overall, but is lacking strength in the spicy hops, a crucial element in any pils.

T: Dry, with toast, caramel and honey composing the majority of the flavor. The hops are more present here than in the bouquet, but are still underwhelming.

M: The body is full, round, and appetizing. Carbonation is up to par, and the finish is clean.

D: This definitely takes more inspiration from the Czechs than the Germans, with a more malt forward taste, fuller body, and emphasis on caramel via decoction mashing. This is a very good beer overall, but pales in comparison to the greats in the pils arena

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. No dating found on bottle.

Appearance: deep golden color body with a creamy white small bubbled head that dissipates to leave sticky lacing. Very clean and clear with gentle carbonation.

Smell: honey sweetness and floral hops to balance along with mild alcohol.

Taste: at first, the sweetness of honey and grains is upset by a very flowery hop presence. Definite taste of alcohol is not well hidden.

Mouthfeel: creamy and slick on the tongue with medium body. Not crisp like I would expect of a pils. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: could put two or three away rather easily for a middle of the road pilsner, but would appreciate more crispness at finish.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Pilsner glass and it was just a beautiful looking beer. A thick whipped cream head floated above the beer. The head did fade rather quickly into the beer and a spider web of foam/lacing was left behind. The beer was a deep golden color and was very clear. Moderate carbonation was visible.

The aroma seemed to focus on the grains and had a subtle sweetness and yeasty tone.

The taste was interesting in that there was certainly a big hop presence, but it almost seemed dull to me. There are lively hop bites and dull ones. I wish I had a better way to describe it. Behind this was some sweetness, perhaps a little too much for a pilsner. Got some nice grain tastes as well. Not much depth to the flavor. Also got a bit of a yeasty taste near the end.

Mouthfeel was sharp due to the hop bitterness that I mentioned above. Mouth feel was fairly light, but has a sense of being syrupy.

Pretty good drinkability.

Not among my favorite pilsners. But pretty good.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Pours a finger of head on a clear golden body.
The aroma is dry grain. Nice.
The taste has a good lemon, slightly metallic, bitterness throughout.
The texture is crisp.
It's a solid pils.

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Photo of NODAK
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma was very slight on this one...there was a small grain and vegetal type smell to it. Really, just a very clean aroma.

Taste is a little sweet at first with a bit of grain and even some caramel in there. This goes through the body, going into a fairly decent Noble hop bitterness that defines the style. It's certainly of average bitterness, if not a little above. Again, a little sweet on the finish....but it didn't have that toasty or really grainy quality that many of these beers do.

All in all, pretty average. Not offensive, but not top of style by any means.

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Photo of velkyal
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sight - darker gold, large, tight, white head

Smell - very yeasty, baked bread

Taste - very fruity, almost like jam, heavy butter

Sweet - 3/5
Bitter - 1.5

Reminded me in many ways of the lagers from Chyně, which while being well made and popular with many back in Prague, simply aren't my thing because of the hefty dose of diacetyl.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hopping is very aggressive. Once my palate adjusted however it was pretty good. In my opinion if they stepped down the hops this would be excellent as the malt profile is very nice.

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Photo of dar482
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A pretty honest Czech pilsner. It comes in a light clear yellow with a heavy head that dissipates quickly. The flavor has good hops and bitterness. It's quite light and finishes decently. It leaves some bitterness on the tongue.
It's not an incredible beer, but it's a good example of Laguntias trying to do a Czech pilsner. Quite drinkable, but it does lack some rounded flavors and leaves a taste that isn't exactly right. Recommended for casual drinking.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into an 8oz glass.

Pours a very light and clear yellow Color with a small white head and some light white lacing. Nose is very light, slightly malty but very nondescript.

Taste is lightly sweet and malty, but overall its your standard Czechpils, however it just doesn't stand up to any of the real ones in Prague. Mouthfeel is a bit too light with a, on of carbonation.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color with an orange tint. Big fluffy, bright white head that fades away pretty quickly.
Aroma of soft bread, some grassy hay and just a hint of citrus hops.
Flavor was a lot of malt and wheat it seemed with very little crisp floral hop notes.
Mouthfeel was disappointing for style, no real crispness or pop on the back side. Actually way too sweet for this style.
Drinkability was decent because the beer tastes good but this in no way represents anything close to a Pilsner.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well the appearance is pretty standard for a pilsner, super see through, yellow, and LOTS of carbonation, man oh man there is a lot. The head is totally white in color and is about a finger and a half in width, it looks pretty creamy and frothy which is nice, and it is hanging around for a decent amount of time. Nothing special, average look for a pilsner. Not much to talk about on the smell, smells like a pretty generic lager, has a malt smell and a malt sweetness on the smell, some light hop notes, not much else. Smells pretty standard, but by no means too impressive, it smells a little refreshing and probably tasty though (the head is still here though, impressed with that). Wow, well the taste is a lot more than I was expecting from the smell. I mean all the flavors are what I thought they would be, but just a lot more of them. I wasn't getting too much of an aroma really from this beer, so I didn't think the taste would be all that much, but it actually has quite a bit of flavor. The hops are more noticeable than I thought they would be, and the overall flavor, complexity and mouthfeel are better than I thought they would be. The mouthfeel is bigger than I was expecting, not a huge mouthfeel by any means, but not wimpy either, and the drinkability is pretty good as well. I don't know if I can give this a 4 for taste, just because it isn't that great, but let it be know that I am very close to giving it a 4, let's say like 3.9, haha. Overall, it's a lot more than I expected, still not the best beer ever, and not the best pilsner ever, but not a bad offering, good beer!

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,532 ratings.
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