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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
Ratings:
2,531
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
523
For Trade:
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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 2,531
Photo of rastaman
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Tinny, rusty flavour, bit of saaz and grainy malts, not much else though, short finish. I really wasn't a fan of Lagunitas, perhaps their beers are better on tap, i don't know, but all the bottled version i had while in the US were a little underwhelming. Dissapointing.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of stale wheat and lager malts. Flavor is wheaty with some light fruits. But mostly this just tastes like stale wheat and I didn't like it at all. I didn't get this one...
5/3/4/3/12 (2.7/5)

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Photo of tittymcj
2.34/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Suffered through this with William Pang (Queens, NY).

Pours out with very minimal head and, no lie, absolutely no lacing whatsoever.

Smells of bready malt but mostly reminds me of the cheap college beers (natural light, miller lite, coors light, etc.) in that there is a strong corn profile.

The taste is, unfortunately, much the same as the smell. Lots of bready malt flavor, but also a lot of similarities with the cheap beers.

Feels very thin and carbonated in the mouth, washes down easily.

If it wasn't for the unpleasant similarities with Coors Light, this would be very drinkable, as it is very thin and refreshing.

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Photo of billybob
2.45/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a clear golden color with a small white head that quickly fades and no lace to speak of. weak spice aromas in the nose. tight bubbled pepper and slightly spice taste not your average tasting pils. light to medium body tight bubbled carbonation. pass on this one.

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Photo of AlexandEf
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Czech style pils can not afford to be as malty as this concoction.

Almost an IPA, though lacking in IPA's characteristic bitterness. To get my point, pour yourself a glass of Pilsner Urquell and try alternating with Lagunitas Pils. Miles away.

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Photo of OldManMetal
2.48/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Body is a very clear, light amber. Has some old-honey highlights. The head is a rather small, white with little staying power and no lacing.

Aroma- Lots of malt sweetness with just a hint of saaz.

Taste - Pretty spicy and peppery for the style. If I didn't know better, I'd think this was some kind of Belgium brew. Other than that, the malt sweetness and hoppiness meld quite nicely. To bad it's so darn spicy tho.

Mouthfeel - Body is a bit syrupy for the style. Carbonation level is right on tho.

Drinkability - It's okay. The spiciness and heavy body make this very uncharacterisitic of te style. A Czeck Pils should be very crisp clean and refreshing.

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Photo of DNICE555
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Zapps brought this sub par beer to UFC 129. Machida kicked Couture’s tooth out, Aldo gave Homminick a second head, GSP and Sheilds had a war… what a card.

A – Light golden body white head

S – Biscuity malts, smells sweet.

T – Biscuity malts, has a Belgian yeast flavor. Not a big fan.

M – Higher carbonation, crisp dry finish

O – Not really into this one.

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Photo of sethcroisant
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A- weak looking head that clears out quickly. a decent bit of lacing sticks around

S- slightly fruity hops, maybe hallertau? not much malt, but it's a little sugary. boozy for a pilsner.

M- somewhat high carbonation, but it's offset by a full bodied feel.

T- intense hops that are very soapy. the particular flavor of hops is more reminiscent of a pale ale. hops oil lingers on the tongue. not much malt until the end, where it's sweet and caramel-like. slightly dry and crackery in the after taste.

O- very strange and a little off-putting. there are much better choices on the market than this.

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Photo of jt31914
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: 1/3 finger head, very pale (urine color) yellow.

S: Not much aroma, a slight cider smell.

T: In keeping with the aroma this beer had very little taste. It was a little sweet but there was no strong flavor and it almost is like a light beer.

M/D: It's like a light beer almost, so mouth and drinkability were good.

Honestly, this is not that much better that a Labatt's or But; it's a little smoother and nicer flavor, but it hardly taste's like anything.

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Photo of plfahey
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-burnished gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Fine, moderately low off-white head with moderate retention.

Aroma-Malt overwhelms the hops in the aroma. Malt smells like crackers, with a background note of biscuits, as well as sweet caramel. The caramel sweetness smells more crystal-malt derived than the complex malt aromas that a decoction mash would lend. Hops are light, and its difficult to pick out a specific aroma amongst the malt. Light mineral character, almost salty.

Flavor-Grainy, cracker like malt takes the forefront here. Light caramel flavor, but quite subdued as compared with the aroma. Hops have a moderate spicy flavor and moderately low bitterness, a bit low for the style in both respects. The most glaring flaw is the mineral character, which I found somewhat overwhelming in the finish. It tastes almost outright salty, and leaves a puckering sensation in the finish, similar to sucking on salt crystals.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Not astringent, but somewhat puckering from the high mineral character.

I love Lagunitas, but this beer did not hit the mark. The mineral character is so overt that I find it somewhat unbearable. I would most liken it to an overly salty saltine cracker.

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Photo of jawaltz
2.56/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a six of this, at my local purveyor of spirits. Was looking for a promising American pilsner.

Alas, this is a "pilsner" that wants to be an IPA.

Aroma, mouthfeel all ok.

Color a nice golden.

Head was ok, but bubbles a little big.

Taste is clean, but bitter.

Way too hoppy for a pilsner, let alone a Czech-style Pilsner.

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Photo of papaglide
2.58/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12ounce bottle poured into a german third liter glass

A- Dark straw with a nice inch thick head

S- Malty nose, not getting much hop

T- Sweet maltiness, buttery, somewhat chewy, diacetyl tones with a metallic finish

M- Oily, somewhat thick for the style

O- This is not what I expected. The beer doesn't seem to fit the dry, hoppy Pils profile. Not a bad beer, just not a Pils. The lack of a hop presence is sorely lacking.

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Photo of bcolflesh
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in a beer trade at work and tried it that evening straight from the bottle.

Smells great when opened, but I personally don't care for the sharp, bitter taste. I made a cheese sandwich to neutralize it a bit - for me, this would be something I'd have to drink with a heavy meal.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.61/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Stone IPA glass.

Pours with a short white head that fades to a film, but the film sticks around forever. Lots of chill haze in the golden colored body. Some carbonation flowing up.

Herbal/floral and sweet citrus hops in the aroma, with plenty of bready yeasty qualities, and a touch of canned corn.

Flavors seem off... they carry a ton of the herbal hop qualities. Some sour corn yanking on the sides of the tongue. Lots of vegetation on this one.

Mouthfeel is creamy - too much so. Just a touch of carbonation / not crisp.

Will have to pick up some more of this again and re-review, as I may have just had a bad bottle?

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Photo of TATTORSO
2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An unexpected "extra" from a local beer run.
12oz. bottle into a tasting stange courtesy of the friendly neighborhood bottle purveyor.
FREE BEER!

A ~Clear, copper color with spirals of tight tiny bubbles. Nothing remarkable about the short lived, mediocre white head. Spotty, perforated patches of thin lace.

S ~ Overwhelmingly hops. Some damp, earthy, smokey background smells with rose petals & citrus rinds.

T ~ Pronounced sharp edges with little support from any malts diffused by the strong carbonation. Astringent & dry. A little grassy...

M ~ Sharp & thin bodied. A lingering, bitter, dry finish with a citrusy aftertaste.

D ~ Not my favorite style to begin with but most certainly worth the time. After all ~ it was FREE!

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Photo of CJanders
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer that shouldn't exist. They basically took a lager beer and brewed it to have all the attributes of their other beers, extinguishing the point of brewing a lager. If you want a cool refreshing lager, pick up Anchor's California Lager, or even a Schlitz or Miller High Life, or if you want a hoppy flavor bomb drink a Sierra Nevada or other Lagunitas product, but who ever thought "I really want a lager, but i want it to be thick, heavy and full of hops!". I like IPAs and blatant flavor as much as anyone, and this beer is not terrible or offensive, but you can tell a brewery that fully subscribes to the 'more hops the better' is brewing a style that they don't really understand.

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Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've had this before and it was much better. Unfortunately for this review, I'm drinking this bottle, which is an exception the usual. Nevertheless, this was served at a good temperature, had a small off white head that shortly disappeard, and no lace. Color is a very slightly hazy gold with some tiny bubble trails. Aroma is malt, bananas, bread dough. Flavor is fairly dry, some carbonic tang, a little hop. Body is ok and carbonation is a little light, which for a pils, for me, is a major hit. Finish is like flavor and of average length. Meh.

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Photo of tzieser
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass. no bottle date indicated.

a: pours a clear, golden color (maybe a shade darker than golden) with a small thin head that settles into a thin lacing fairly quickly.

s: hmm. sweet, bready malts are there with a hint of piney hops.

t: sweeter than it should be. sweet, bready malts at first quickly followed by a slight hoppy bitterness (saaz). hop character fades quickly, leaving a lingering sweetness in the mouth. for some reason the flavor here ends up tasting sort of like a green apple. not very good.

m: not bubbly enough, doesn't finish dry and crisp as good pilsners do.

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Notes:
i picked this up from the local big liquor store on sale for $8.99. i think this beer might be on the older side since there was no bottled on date and, quite frankly, it is the worst Lagunitas beer i have ever had.

i think it's either one of the following:

A) The bottle is old

OR

B) Much like pizza, you cannot get a decent lager in California.

i'm leaning towards option A, because Sierra Nevada Glissade made me temporarily change my mind on option B (Californian pizza still sucks ass though)....regardless, i think you are thinking getting this if you must be absolutely certain it is fresh...if not, get Victory Prima Pils or Sam Adams Noble Pils. both of those blow this pils out of the water.

i'll probably re-review if i see it on-tap, but at this point i cannot recommend it.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.74/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Surly pint.

A: Yellow, on the darker end of the spectrum with good carbonation. Good, sparkly head initially, but dies down quick.

S: Really sweet with some fruitiness. A hint of butterscotch. Not what I was expecting from a pilsner. I get some faint spiciness and floral aromas from the hops.

T: More of that sweetness with some background fruity esters. More of that butterscotch as well. Really not a very "to style" pilsner. The hoppiness is strong and spicy, floral, but it doesn't save the beer. It is even a bit heavy tasting in the malt department.

M: Light bodied and crisp like a pilsner should be.

D: I have heard a lot of people saying this beer is great. They must not have had some of the iconic pilsners out there. This isn't a terrible beer, but it isn't a good pilsner. I paid $8.99 for a six pack of this. It is not worth it. Pick up some Prima Pils for that price. You can get a better pilsners cheaper (see Sierra Nevada Summerfest). I'm gonna stick with Lagunita's Ales.

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Photo of JDM02370
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is a quality beer and there is no indication that it is the result of cost cutting. I discern a heavy malt and bitter hops. It is quite flavorful and many may enjoy it.

However, if you are looking for a pilsner, this does not taste like one. To make an analogy, if a brewer packages an apricot beer as their Summer Ale, how does one rate it?

If Lagunitas's product were offered as a 'Lager based upon a Czech pilsner,' the taste, mouthfeel, and overall ratings could be substantially higher.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Single twelve ounce bottle - was surprised after all the hype that this was not that great of a pilsner. Finished hoppier than I prefer for a Pils. Ok, but won't repeat if other options are available.

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Photo of LarryV
2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Definitely not a contender for a Czech style pilsner. Lacks the refreshing crispness of a good pilsner. Nondescript and a bit too sweet. I'll take a Pilsner Urquell over this any day.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very bright, yellow/straw gold with a thick, hearty white head that clings to the glass as it slowly disappears. Toasty and cereal type aromas on the nose, with a little bit of sweet malt undertones. The beer is slightly sour on the mid-tongue, and there is a toasted grain flavor on top of the malty backbone. The beer is very light and crisp, and has a slightly sour aftertaste. The sour taste lingers quite a bit, and the finish just gets dragged out a bit. The finish seems a little odd compared to the body and aftertaste of the beer. Decent, but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of mattbk
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: a good looking color for a pils - golden, slightly cloudy

S: sweet all the way. Not very much hop aroma.

T: this was quite sweet, but hop bitterness gets you at the back end. The hops and the sweet seem to fight each other, as opposed to compliment each other.

M: it is crisp as a pils should be. While it is sweet, it is still fairly dry and drinkable.

O: the hops used in this pils are supposed to be soft, but this is too soft. More aroma hops would better balance the sweetness and bittering hops. I've read this was an all time top 50 beer - and was fairly disappointed.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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