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

lagunitas pils
3.5-4 deep golden verging on amber, modest head fades to very faint ring and rare spots of lace.
4 delicate aroma focusing on grain and noble hops. sometimes seems a bit faint, but when it wafts right it's very pleasant.
4-4.5 low on the lemon aspect, which i appreciate. the hops are mainly spicy, and are not in your face at all. i happen to like this ratio of malt to flavor hops in a pils. in the bittering department the hops are a bit stronger, again just right in my book. the lightly toasted grain is cut by the bitterness and a certain tartness in the finish, keeps you coming back for more.
4-4.5 body is light enough and the beer is crisp enough not to be mistaken for another style, and not too filling like i'm finding some pils this year (even sn)
4.5 definitely works for me. maybe not particularly "interesting" but hey this is a pilsner, and this one is beautifully balanced--the sessioning potential is through the roof. will seek out again.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, Czech hops and somewhat malty. In the taste, hops stand out, want to be a pils, but this beers' soul is an ale, I can taste it. A hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop in the aftertaste. Drinks more like an ale, and I dig it!

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

A- pours a light tangerine pale orange yellow tone, very small head that fades fast with no lacing.

S-sweet, sugary, maybe some honey scents, malty.

T-strong beginning, notes of grass and some citrus here and there, malts throughout. aftertaste lingers.

M- good carbonation, dry finish.

D- good pilsner, can Lagunitas make a bad beer? if so i haven't found it yet.

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

Poured into a mug, large head, that left behind a small lace. A golden clear color

Smell of some citrus with some rather subdued malt tones, the spicy grassy hop was very well present and made me very much look forward to the taste.

Taste is sweet only for but a moment, until replaced by the crisp hops. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry, but it ultimately finishes very cleanly.

The body is light to medium, with a bit of carbonation in der. Fairly stand pilsener mouthfeel.

This is a beer I could drink all day, a little too high ABV to be session (aren't most these days?), but it certainly feels like one. Especially nice seeing its still summer.

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

Crystal clear sun golden body with a tint of copper. White creamy head with low retention and little lace.
Bread and grain scent. Just sweet and hoppy enough, good balance.
Sweet malts up front. Good spice and great hop presence. Long delicious hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, abit of coating and a harsh finish.
Very drinkable, an excellent lager.


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Photo of Jimbo87
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.

Not much head when they brought it in a pint glass. Nice clear gold beer. Left almost no lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. I've just gotten into craft beer, and the only pilsner I'm familiar with so far is Victory Prima Pils, and this smells much more toward the sweet side, but then again, this is a Czech, not German Pilsner, and maybe that's the difference.

Tastes as the nose would indicate as far as the malt-hop balance. Definitely sweet but not overly so. There's something about this that reminds me of a taste in milk that's gone sour, but not in a bad way. Hops balance the sweetness in the finish to make this a very good and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is standard for a refreshing pilsner. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Very good beer, and a nice change from Prima Pils for me. This is my second beer from Lagunitas after Imperial Red Ale, and so far so good.

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

Picked up a bottle at AJ's in August for $1.59.

Beer poured a golden color with a thin white head. Nose is malty and pleasantly accentuated by floral hops. Taste is very nicely balanced with a nice peppery light hop finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied for the style, very satisfying. Overall drinkability is good. I really appreciate a well made beer in the Czech Pils style and Lagunitas has a put together a very nice representation.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an iced pilsner glass. Typical straw/yellow color with a small white head. Aroma of grass, hay, and faint hops. Taste follows the nose. Good carbonation, Goes down easy and finishes a little dry. I usually prefer my pilsners at under 5%, but I can't detect the higher alcohol in this one. I can easily drink a six pack of this in about an hour on a hot NYC day. Very tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lagunitas Pils is crystal clear golden lager with a thin white head that fades to film and leaves decent lacing on the glass. It has a very fruity aroma. It also smells spicy and grassy. There is abundant Pilsner malt in the nose. It has a smooth, soft medium body with a crisp finish. It tastes spicy and fruity, but not sweet. There's a thick backbone of pilsner malt and a lightly bitter aftertaste. Wow. This is a really darn good Pilsner. (Good)

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok this caught my eye today..never seen a Pils from Lagunitas until now.
came in a brown short neck 12 oz bottle usual simple but pleasing Lagunitas label..intresting script round the label.
nice looking pilsner..nice golden colour with a large crweamy white head..it goers down fast but leaves great lace.
smell is good but not exceptional..lot more maltiness than most pils though.
a good "thick" tasting pils..very nice reminds me of Starobrno..nice strong malt backbone for the hops to ride on.
Great on the tongue very intresting.
A most wonderful beer to drink..best from this brewery I have tasted..unsusal for a west coast brewer to do great lager

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turns our, as expected, to be a nice beer; one for your BMC friends to try. A very nice, clean pilsner malt flavor comes across with low levels of sweetness, graininess, sulfers, and corn. All acceptable, but none high enough in intensity to deter. Refreshingly bitter, and light on the palate makes the beer very sessionable. Light alcohols and hop dryness are followed with a long, bitter linger. Hops are likely American in nature and don't exhibit the floral character of perhaps a Saaz hop. Still quite good and simple.

Rating a beer like this is kinda like the Olympic judges rate a figure skater. They pro-rate the scale based on the complexity of the routine. That's kinda what I do with Pilsners; even a very good score may only come in at a B+ or so, where it may get a solid A if it were a style that exhibited more complexity.

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Photo of QuentinCompson
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Nice pour, two-finger head slowly dissipating into heady film, nice lacing, creamy looking, brownish golden orange brew, nice looking pilsner

S - Surprising spiciness, some metallic scents as well, hops, yeast

T-M - Heavier hoppiness then most pilsners I have tasted, nice taste; good carbonation, slight malts to nose, grainy

D - Very drinkable pilsner; enjoying; would like to find this one on tap sometime

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Photo of TonyReaves
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

From my notes.

Looks good. Very pale yellow. Head falls almost immediately, but that's not a big deal.

Got floral hops, a bit of biscuity malt in the smell.

Starts sweet with a bit of malt, finishes dry and bitter. Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, but this is still a well-hopped pilsner. Nice bitterness. There's more flavor here than I expected.

High carbonation keeps it feeling dry.

Drinkability is maybe too high? This is a solid pilsner that invites you to drink a lot of it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas Mason Jar glass. Bottling code of 115= April 25.

Appearance: Pours a bright copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About two fingers of off white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bready, grainy, and biscuity malt forward aroma with some nice earthy hop hints. Bready malts upfront with hints of grains, biscuit, yeast, crackers, caramel, and straw. Fairly earthy and herbal with some hints of grassy hops. Also some light hints of citrus hops with some orange and lemon hints. Leans very much towards the malty side of things. Solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a very bready malt forward lager taste with some decent earthy hop background. Very bready and malty upfront with a taste of biscuit, grains, caramel, crackers, yeast, straw, and hay. Light honey like sweet note. Decent earthy and floral hop backing with some damp grassy notes. Subtle citrus notes of lemon and orange. Taste is very malty but not overly light. Solid Pils taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and a little fuller than expected for the style. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A solid very malt forward take on the Pilsener style. Kind of surprising from Lagunitas but good tasting.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,524 ratings.
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