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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Reviews: 746 | Ratings: 2,569
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light straw blonde with excellent clarity and almost a full 1" of white head on the top. Looks every bit a professional pilsner. Aroma a plenty of Midwestern barley grain feels and a robust and lively Saaz hopping.

The cereal grains are a poppin' right away, mild lemon hop notes. Bitterness is pronounced for style but not a problem if you're a usual hoppy Lagunitas drinker. Its pretty clean and certainly a good beer for warm weather or when you don't want a Chicago adjunct syrup pour. Good beer all around, convenient format and great price.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The 12oz bottle poured into a teku glass...

Lagunitas is rare in Europe, thanks ! a refreshing pils that has nothing extraordinary to her but still feels good on a spring afternoon, if you dig the style.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with pillowing white head that remains well throughout the drink, this pilsner is pretty. Smells grassy with faint hops. Tastes crisp and clean, peppery saaz hops shining through. A strong pilsner offering. Light bodied with bitter, dry aftertaste.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Definitely one I should have reviewed a good decade ago. Pours a big bubbled, slow receding white head. Plenty of visible carbonation atop a straw golden hue. Nose is bright golden malt and spicy hops.

Flavor fits the style well, with light but flavorful hops following light malts. Not complex, but interesting enough. Nice for the solid, although the texture is overly tight due to carbonation. Not among the very best of the style but nothing to sneeze at, especially in warm weather.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear and golden with a good finger and a half of head
S: Sweetness, maltiness, some citrus, and hops
T: Grassy, bready, sweet, and some hops
F: Med-hi carbonation, with a light body
O: Great refreshing beer overall. My first czech pilsener so I don't have much to compare it to, but I really like it. Could see it being a great session beer.

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Photo of jeffdr123
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good beer to have on hand for my non-crafty friends. Enough hops to make it interesting. Light and crisp enough for a Coors Light fan. Floral notes also make it interesting.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Apple juice color with a thin creamy layer of head. Clear yet still opaque.

Aroma of fresh maris otter, some bread crust, apple and pear. Surprisingly fruity.

Flavor falls flat a bit, tasting a bit like mashed Maris Otter and chewing on dry grain. The fruit is not really there, only hints of skin. Just overall pretty dusty and odd.

Feel is decent - it's crisp and slightly creamy, with a nice carbonation to it.

Overall, one of the worst tasting pilsners I've had. I'll probably dump the rest.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright golden hue. Bubbly head with solid retention and solid lacing. Aroma is grass, cracker malt, and light floral notes. The flavor is similar, with some hops spice and herbal qualities. A slight metallic taste to it in the finish. Not bad tho.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is my second review of a pilsener, first being PIVO from Firestone Walker. This one smells a little nicer, granted it's a little younger.

L: Pours a crystal clear straw-yellow, with two fingers of fine white head that dies down quickly, but lingers as a film. Nice little bit of lacing. Looks a little thin.

S: Smells yeasty of the bat, like sourdough bread. Little bit of spicy hop character in there, tangy notes of apricot and cumquat, but the soft sweet bread smell takes over the finish. Smells farm-y and inviting.

T: Notes of sourdough, white pepper, pear, and lime peel, before a smooth doughy finish that is mostly French bread, but it has a distinctive edge of zucchini (awesome!). Tastes reminiscent of a Belgian ale, but the yeast notes aren't quite so strong and funky. I much prefer this to Stone's Cali-Belgique.

F: Definitely thinner than I prefer. Not very filling, but on the plus side, extremely drinkable.

O: A good starter to help friends learn to appreciate craft beer. Comforting, fresh, unique but not super flavorful. Also great for a go-to, if you prefer malt-forward beers.

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Photo of Thehills804
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very much like like a pilsner urquell. Good feel in the mouth but finished somewhat skunky and sweet. Not as dry as I'd like it so be, not a crisp finish either. Still 3X better than Stella Artois though.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poors a nice Golden color with a small head that sustains and more lacing than I was expecting. I bought this specifically because I was looking forward to a refreshing Czech pilsner, but that is not what I got.... This smells of Saaz hops right off the start...And in fact, unlike other "Czech" pilsners, this one is heavy on the hop flavor. I'd say this beer is distinctly American, not Czech at all, and may not even qualify as a pilsner.... But okay......This has a light sweet start from the malts but definitely finishes all Saaz funky is still potable, but isn't what it advertises itself to be....

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Photo of Biggtriksta
3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Poured a pale straw color with a good amount of light coming through the glass. It is mostly clear, but there is some minute sediment floating around. About a finger of nice, white head.

S: Crispy, biscuity nose. The pilsner malts come through nicely. Presence of some bready/pizza crust notes towards the back end. Mild bitterness.

T: Lackluster in this department. I would have liked some more biscuit flavors to come through, but there's just not much there. Most of the flavor lies in the aftertaste.

F: This beer spent some time travelling in a car, which might account for the extra head. It tastes very carbonated. Decent body otherwise, maybe leaning a bit on the light side.

O: I was impressed before trying the beer. It lost some appeal after that. It's okay for a pilsner, but I've certainly had better. I am thinking the time that this spent travelling might have altered it a bit.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very malty and sweet - for the style this is a about right - most Czech Pilsners don't have a ton of aromantic hops. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and thick for a pilsner - there is some sweet malt/biscuit on the middle tongue that is not quite right for the style but if you consider this an Americanized/West Coast version of this style then you might let this slide. I think overall this is a very tasty beer. I like the hoppy bite on the finish and the lager yeast make this a nice break from a pale ale or even an IPA. A great beer despite it not being inline with a true pilsner style.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly dark golden yellow with a fluffy finger of white foam.

Fresh grains and toasted malt are accompanied by a noticeable heavy hopping of hops lending notes of spiciness, herbal, earthy, and slightly citric aromas.

Leans on the sweet side with notes of sweet toasted biscuits but the hop addition gives it balance.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, easy drinking.

Overall, not the best lager out there, but highly crushable and another fantastic beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of diemilio
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not much going on here. Had it on tap on a pint glass. Muted aroma, typical pils malt taste with bitter finish, but it lacks some of the grassy and earthy notes you would expect from the hoppy-lager profile of a pils. Also, it has lots of carbonation, to the point were it can be a little bit unpleasant. I have nothing against good pilsners, but this is just a very mediocre representation of the style.

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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 98green
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster on the Chicago brewery tour. Nice crisp pils, a little hoppier than many. Very drinkable for sure. Not a style I tend to seek out, but certainly better than a macro

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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 ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pils glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The appearance is a clear gold color with a large white head. The aroma is mostly hops and some malt. The taste is fairly sweet malt with some hops. Another excellent beer from Lagunitas.

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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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a crystal clear, bubbly straw color with a big, creamy, pure white head that leaves rings of lacing plentifully.

The aroma is pungently floral, crushed honeysuckle and tulips, fresh herbs like basil and cilantro, tartly lemony with faint cracker and honey sweetness. There's also a nice dose of banana and clove evocative of a hefeweizen.

Upfront, it's more sweet than a typical American pilsner, but it's also nicely balanced. There's crackers, white bread, and honey. There's sharp lemon zest and lemon candy. The finishes balanced the initial sweetness up front, with fresh cut grass, honeysuckle, clover, clove, and lemon pith. Finishes clean and mostly crisp, save for a taste of lingering honey sweetness and fresh grass.

The mouthfeel is medium, well-carbonated, well-balanced, and extremely drinkable Goes down like seltzer water.

This one caught me off guard. This is one of the best American pilsners I've had so far. It's both both balanced and complex, ridiculously drinkable, the alcohol is non-existent, and it's cheap and available everywhere.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a clear medium golden yellow body, two finger white head, good retention, thick fluffy head with fine lacing. Particularly good retention. Smells of slight caramel sweetness, biscuit, breadiness, mild grassiness and touch of earthy noble hop aromas. A bit of minerality as well. Flavour is biscuit, grass, fresh white bread, earth, more grass. A bit of mild non-descript bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, refreshing, a bit more bitter than the typical czech pils.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Lagunitas Tasting Room. I am not huge Pilsner guy so I tend to have a hard time digging them. I just tend to feel the flavors are just not there for me. Although this Pilsner is very standard with that token Lagunitas taste. All in all this is a hopped out Pilsner and fits the description from Lagunitas.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this poured into a pilsner glass. Definitely a unique spin on a pilsner with the hoppiness, nothing surprising with that coming from these guys. Color was nice, transparent yellow color with two fingers of white sticky head. Flavor and aroma were hops and cereal, with a lingering spice bite that I wasnt a huge fan of. Mouthfeel was a little rockier than Id expect for a pils. Not bad but I'll probably stick to their ales.

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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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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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