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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)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no discernable freshness date) into a pint glass. It's a nice golden yellow, with a 1/2 in. head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Aroma is of spicy hops and some bready malt, pretty much what you'd expect. The first taste on the tongue is of those distinctive spicy Saaz hops helped along by a decent amount of carbonation, followed by a (small) twinge of sweetness. This is all rounded out by a good bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this one was a bit more hoppy than what I was expecting, although it's been a while since I've had a Czech Pilsner, so who knows. Anyway, besides that, there's not much that stands out about this one, to me at least. Solid, but nothing spectacular - it's just a normal Pils, and sometimes there's nothing wrong with that.

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

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a golden-amber body capped with a finger of sudsy white foam that shrinks to a thin sheet and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little malty with a note of peppery spice.

Taste is sweet and pale malty with gingery hops and a note of white bread toast with butter.

Somewhat sticky finish; okay drinkability.

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

pours a pale gold with very minimal head retention. smell is classic euro-lager smell, with a touch of lemony zest and some graininess. flavor has a good bit of sweet backbone, and a tiny alcohol bite of some sort. medium body. overall fairly drinkable, but not as easy to put away as many other craft pils.

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

First 4 numbers are 0052, Definitely the 5th day of the year, can't figure out whether the 2 means the year was 2012, If someone reads this review and knows the answer I would appreciate a beer mail, enjoyed on Feb. 15, 2012.
A: Crystal clear straw-colored, white head dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Sharp, crackery malt steals the show. A hint of oxidation, and a little sulfur but both of these are in the background. Pretty light on the hops with a light noble hop aroma, and a light citrus but malt is the main player.
T: Malt flavors opens up, not overly sweet. The malt is still mainly crackery, but with a grainy edge to it. Nice drying bitter finish. Malt lingers a little but the hops over power it. A little more estery than most lagers but still refreshing.
M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. High carb and very crisp.
O: Nice solid pils. I enjoyed it, but it doesn't stand out above others for me. I didn't love the fermentation. It didn't seem quite as pure lagery to me. I thought I got more esters than normal for a lager.

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

A - Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head. The head fell and left nice lacing on the glass. There were some carbonation bubbles present.

S - This one smells of grainy malt. It has a sweetness to it, and there are also notes of honey and lemon zest.

T - Bready yeast up front with some sweetness. There are also notes of spice, lemon zest, and a little bit of hops present. The finish it critrusy and bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty good. It has a medium body with lots of carbonation. You can feel the tingling of the carbonation with each sip. It also goes down pretty smooth.

D - This is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth. It's not my favorite Lagunitas beer, but I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great brewery, but not my style. Golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little bit of funk - I can never put my nose on middle-European hop varieties. Somewhat malty, which saves it for me. Very clean finish which is also nice.

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Photo of myelo
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle dated 337 (Dec. 3 I'm guessing) on May 31 on my front porch.

Bright, clear straw gold with white head that persists as a thin rim with some lacing.

Aroma is malt sweetness with mild Saaz hops, clean lager. Taste is Pils malt with some sweetness and moderate hops. Clean, moderately dry finish with mild lingering bitterness.

Medium body with no ethanol warmth. Medium carbonation.

Very smooth but with plenty of flavor. Nice.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i didn't know that the abv was so high. its pours gold clear with some very very light carbonation coming up. after about 2 minutes no head what so ever. nose is pilsner apple notes. taste is some what mineral hops dry with a hint of sweet. hint of saaz and straw. tastes better with salty meat. it doesn't have a husky quality which gives it some subtle characteristics. this is a really hard style and its just beginning of something fantastic. i can't figure if this is really made with lager yeast judging by the abv. seems like a pilsner hop ale almost.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping for a nice crisp pils as I have respect for Lagunitas and while this beer was good, it wasn't nice a crisp. The malt profile was bland sweetness at first that warmed up to bready pilsner malt. There was also just a hint of grassy hops. Sure its inoffensive and tastier than your average macro pils, but this is nothing to rejoice over.

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Photo of Mumbly
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a very nice golden/coppery color. Has a small head when poured.
Has a slight sweet fruity aroma, with a hint of malt.
Taste is very similar to smell. Definite malt over hop flavor. Very clean taste, almost no after-taste.
Carbonation is minimal. A little heavier in mouth feel than water, but not much.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

286th review on BA
bottle to Pilsner glass

App- A very dark yellow with minimal bubble activity and a one finger quick dissapating head.

Smell- Faint malts and smells a bit sugary to me.

Taste- A bit similar to a euro lager for me. A big bigger though with more bolder flavors. Malty and a bit sweet.

Mouth- This was a soft medium body with a medium carb level and a euro lager after taste.

Drink- It was balanced but a bit malty and to close to a euro lager for me.

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3.64 out of 5 based on 2,524 ratings.
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