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:
739
Ratings:
2,556
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
88
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536
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Photo of tedsox31
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of a bottle, which I poured into a German pilsner glass. The color is brilliantly gold with a white head of foam.

The aroma is of malt and some hops, but more sweet malt than anything. Also a bit of citrus, which I would guess comes from the hops.

The taste is very good. It is sturdily malty and hops in the finish. It finishes dry. There is a slight amount of bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is good for a pilsner. The carbonation and dry finish will combine to make this on the thinner side, which is not inappropriate for the style.

Overall a very good beer. It is meant to be a multiple beer, good with food or on its own, and sessionable. I think that Lagunitas achieves this, and would recommend it.

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Photo of jacob_dowden
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-A: Pale orange, golden. Active pour results in a delicate white head, about 1-1/2 fingers, but the head retention is surprisingly lengthy. Small tight lacing remains when the head recedes. I'm using the Trappist Rochefort glass, and it makes this beer look absolutely fantastic!

-N: cereal, orange, floral, piney, slight white pepper. Not a strong aroma, but it's very inviting.

-T: Front end is sweet orange followed by pine. Resting on the palate and inhaling opens up more pine and floral, the sweetness fades, and then the bite from carbonation kicks in. The finish is clean, citrus remains but becomes more lemony, bitterness is slightly sour (a good thing), and the cereal is prominent in the aftertaste. The finish is refreshing and beckons the next sip.

-M: Light body, yet silky. Medium carbonation, but manages to bite after a second. Highly drinkable.

-Overall: This is a fine pilsner. It's true to the style, but it's uniquely balanced unlike many that are too malty and fizzy. Lagunitas makes exceptional products, and I am becoming a returning customer.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 malcontent
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huh, didn't realize that I'd reviewed this before. Oh, well, let's see if my opinion has changed:

Poured into a pilsner glass, two thick fingers of foamy head crown a deep golden body. Lacing is sticky and adds to what I think is a model for the way a pilsner should look.

Mildly spicy, flowery, softly metallic (Saaz?) scent. Nice.

A bit too much of a grainy flavor instead of the metal/musty Euro bitterness that marks many pilsners. Almost vaguely sweet at the mid-way point. Finish is a bit mash-like.

Fairly crisp although the finish has a slight resin-like quality. Still, smooth with a good body and a nice enough taste. Overall it's a pretty darn drinkable brew even if it's not the first thing I reach for at my local.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a thin lacy foam. Aroma has a lot of maltiness with hint of hops. Has a sweet bread taste with a bitter hop finish. Not as balanced as I would have liked. For my tastes, it could have used a little more hop spice or perhaps a little less sweetness. But overall, very enjoyable and very quaffable. The malty sweetness pairs well with fruits and dishes prepared with tomato sauce.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with decent carbonation and a very small, creamy white head that diminishes quickly. Nice, crisp aroma of spicy saaz hops, light pilsner malt, and a touch of Euro yeast. Palate is a little heavier on the malt than most pilsners, indicating maybe a heavy use of carapils malt. Assertive, spicy hop profile smacks of saaz and other noble hops. Body is somewhere between creamy and foamy, depending on how careful you are with your sipping. A nice, easy-drinking pilsner.

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Photo of BeerSingh
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap as a part of a beer flight at Argaria, Georgetown -

A : Straw coloured with a loose head. No lacing evident

S : Muddy and citrusy

T : Citrusy, sweet malt and finally the bitterness. Nice balance

M : Good carbonation compliments the light body

D : Of course, its pretty decent

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Photo of JDV
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours light golden and bubbly with a smallish white head. Smell is apple juice sweetened malt with some light yeastiness. Very nice nose for a pilsner. Taste is bubbly, crisp, and nicely tart malt. Nice bitter and carbonated crispness in the finish, and just what I want in the mouthfeel for a pilsner. As pilsners go, this is very nice, and a solid beer all around.

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Photo of watkins
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first BA review, and while only just turned 22, I feel I have started to come to know what to look for in a quality beer. Here we go.

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow with hardly any head to speak of after settling for 30 seconds or so. Nice color but large carbonation bubbles with no head.

S: Slight grapefruit-tinged buiscuity malt, some hops.

T: Nice maltiness turns sligktly bready with a pleasant hoppy bite at the finish.

M: Nice fizzy, prickly carbonation gives way to its hop character.

D: Not much of a pilsner fan, but i could drink this almost anytime, especially in the Charleston heat. Probably my favorite pilsner I've had so far.

Overall, a great anytime beer, especially in the summer. I feel I am more partial to this pilsner than others is because of the intensity of the hops which i didn't quite expect, especially from a pilsner style.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

I real nice clean pilsner. It pours a clean golden color. Decent head with nice lacing. The head stayed thoughout the drink of the beer. The scent is not too strong but has a nice estery feel to the nose. Some rind and grass to the scent as well. Decent malt balance to the nose.

There is little sweetness to this pilsner. It has a deep malt flavor. A crisp pine taste that has a bitter bite to it. A citrus flavor comes through but it is taken away quickly by the malt. The hops are there but irrelevant.

It drinks easy and smooth. A very fine pilsner. I am enjoying Lagunitas more and more. I first tried their IPA a year ago at a Raider game and I was impressed. I have to buy that one again and review it soon.

Lagunitas may be coming in to its own. I do not regularily drink pilsners but this one is very good. If only the macros could understand this beer we would not bash them so much. I will definately try more of thier beers soon.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

In my search to diversify and expand my palette to appreciate more than the beloved IPA/IIPA, I began sampling craft pilsners. I found Lagunitas PILS to be very enjoyable. A little kick added to the traditional pilsner. And while I consider the pilsner to not be a "complex" style, this has a little bite to it. You do not have to feel guilty drinking before 5PM anymore. Cheers.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks about like average beer-remarkably unremarkable . Smells nice and understated-refreshing in the nose. Good balance in this one with a clean bitterness that lingers. Nice effervescent mouthfeel. A good, solid session pils...good with spicy foods.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rather dark golden colour, with a firm but filmy head of tight white bubbles. Lots of streaming carbonation, and good lacing. A more voluminous head would be nice, but otherwise, they've cracked the appearance stylistically.

I could smell a good sharp Saaz character when I popped open the bottle, but it seems to have disappeared by the time it reaches my glass, more sweet bread on the nose, maybe a hint of cut grass. Ah, actually, as it warms, there's a light pepper fragrance with a slight metallic zing. Much more classic. Still, pretty tempered, but nice, and the style is right now.

Taste is good and clean, with a clear crisp entry, and a lingering fresh back palate that evokes green apple skin. Bitterness is present, but subdued on the back, giving a cleansing finish without being too aggressive. Feel is light and crisp, perhaps a touch overcarbonated for my tastes, but stylistically spot on.

A cracking American example of a Czech style. If breweries can hit the button so well stylistically, that's when I can genuinely believe they know precisely what they're doing. As great as it is to produce a 12% Double Dry Hopped Oak Aged Imperial Wild Ale, it's the subtle styles where brewers can really show their craft and finesse. Good job on this one.

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Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, slight hazy. Tons of small bubbles rising. Fairly nice bright white head.

Aroma is light. I get sweet pale malts, spicy nobel hops, pear.

Flavor starts off sweet pale malts, grassy and spicy hops, a little hint of fruitiness, crisp-bitter finish. Body is light-medium, well carbonated.

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Photo of gilman
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a growler and shared with a friend. Was very smooth and easy to drink. Poured a light yellow with only a one finger head that did not last. Taste was like a belgin pilsner not much hop taste but good never the less. Have had better pilsners but have had worse. not a bad choice if you like pilsners.

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Photo of wspscott
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in water glass (xmas in ft myers)
no date

A: Golden color with a thin white head that lingers.
S: Sweet grains and some hops, I wish there were a little more obvious hops in the nose.
T: Sweetness immediately followed by sharp hops, hints of spice and flowers. I would guess that this is not straight Saaz hops but it seems like at least some of the hops are Saaz.
M: Slightly drying on the tongue, very round, yet crisp at the same time. The hops really linger. High level of carbonation helps balance out all of the malt sweetness.
O: A great pils, not sure that you would find this in the Czech Republic, but it is true to the style. Easy to drink with a lot going on. Definitely worth trying. I wish I could get this in KY.

***
old review
3/17/2008
12oz bottle in pint glass (spring break)

A: White creamy head that disappears quickly. Gold color and perfectly clear.
S: Hints of sweetness with a little bit of hops
T&M: Crisp, nice bitter flavor. Slightly dry on the tongue.
D: A very nice pilsner, perfect for a hot summer day. Worth trying.
old scores: 3.5, 3.5,4,4,4

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Photo of TheKtulu7
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: An attractive and slightly pale golden color with a head that disappears so fast it almost doesn't exist.

S: I detected hay and a dirty earth scent.

T: Grassy, bready, and simple.

M: Bubbly, tingly, thin elsewhere.

D: Crisp, refreshing, and pretty good.

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Photo of rosmhuire
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Color is a very pale yellow

Nose is bready, with some slight citrus notes mixed in

Taste - very crisp with little to no aftertaste. Extremely drinkable. To echo another reviewer's comments, if this was around when I was in college, it would definitely be my go-to beer.

I've been hitting the hop bombs lately, so this was a refreshing change. I've only had the macro pilsners and was never a fan, but this has made me appreciate what a nicely crafted pilsner can be like.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden orange, with brilliant clarity. Fizzy two finger head settles to a cap of rocky foam showing good retention, and leaves weak spotty lacing. The malt owns the aroma of Pilsener malt and dextrin; some German hop tones in the background. Flash of sweet lager malt followed by a sharp Pilsener mate bite, and finally a very faint toasted nut/buiscuity flavor. Semi-drying aftertaste, the spicy and floral Saaz hop is in effect here, both in flavor and bitterness. It balances the malt, but falls short of grabbing your attention the way a true Czech/Bohemian Pils should. Light-ish mouthfeel with high-medium carbonation, seems to draw some depth and texture from the full malt profile. Finishes clean, with only mild residual malt and fading noble hop character. A great drinker, but could be disapointing if you were looking for a classic Pils. This would be outstanding if the hops were as rich as the malt.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy yellow beer, with nice white lacing throughout the session.

Bready biscuity roasted malts on nose. Hint of fruit as well.

Taste is crisp and clean. More bready malts, a hint of fruit (possibly esters, this is slightly high in alcohol for a czech pils).

Crisp, great carbonation. Body is a little heavy for the style I feel.

Overall this is a tasty czech pils. Don't know if I'd ever go back for more of this, but nice to see americans attempting the style.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pilsner glass a murky gold with a big bubbly white head on top. Decent retention and it leaves some lacing. Smells like Cheerios, lemon zest, bread, and grassy hops.

The mouth is crisp and bubbly. Very refreshing. Flavor is very bready finishing slightly tart. Fair amount of bitterness in this one. I like it alot. Recommend.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours clear golden if you leave the last quarter inch in the bottle. okay, knowing what it looks like, pour the rest in the glass. A nice white head provides some okay lace.
Malty aroma with a barely noticable hop aroma.
Tastes much like the aroma suggests, but a bit of hop bitterness comes through as well as some flavor.
Light bodied with a smooth finish.
Drink up. This is one of a few non-macro Pilsners I've had, and I now I'm really starting to see what it's supposed to be.

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured a straw color with about an inch of white head. A ring of white foam endured as the beer made its way down my glass. Spotty lace.

The smell was mildly sweet malts and floral hops. Smelled good without being particularly dominant.

The taste started out as typical for a pilsener, crisp and refreshing without being too terribly demanding on the tastebuds. Where this one differs is that at the end of the taste there is a more pronounced hop blast than most pilseners. However, it's not a huge blast, just more promounced than normal. Personally, I'm a friend of the hop so it's no problem for me, but some traditionalists may find it irksome.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean but with just slightly more body that the typical pils. It's a pretty tiny difference, however, and didn't detract from my enjoyment of this beer.

Not a bad U.S. pils, and would make an ideal warm weather beer. Maybe drinking it will make me forget it's below freezing outside.

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Photo of USAF77
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice pour with an initial lovely creamy head. A nice aroma of summer fields, " a little light on the grain for me". Taste is good but you have to search for the grain. A little light on the after taste for me.

Pours very nicely. Its not in a rush to get out of the bottle like some Pilsners are.

Suitably refreshing for a Pilsner. Lovely to look at thru the light. Less cloudy then most.

OK, the after taste is coming now. Its subtle but present. Im getting the Hops now and its nice. A little earthy but pleasant. A nice Pilsner, and Lagunitas gets marks for trying something just a little different. I'd bet i could pick this one out of many Pilsners if I had them lined up.

Ive had two of their brews and am suitably impressed with Lagunitas to never forget the name when shopping.

Ive raised this review. Ive had a few more 6 packs since my first and this really is a superior Pils.

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Photo of Erish
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness date found.

A: hazy golden color, fluffy yellowish-white head, lacing is very good. I took off a full point for the haze, which is not to style.

S: bread-like malt, light fruitiness, floral notes, no sulfurous aroma detected.

T: a woodsy hop character emerges alongside the bread-like malt, the middle highlights a soft floral/fruity hop flavor and a bit of spiciness, the gentle hop finish starts on the floral end of the spectrum, and finishes grassy.

M: light body, silky to watery texture, plentiful carbonation.

D: a nice, refreshing pilsner. I would get this again.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,556 ratings.
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