Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

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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 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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Photo of WatertowerIV
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A- pale golden color, finger-and-a-half head that persisted through the first few sips before dissipating. Bubbles everywhere throughout the glass. S- grassy hops, some sweetness from the malt. No real citrus presence here, which would have been nice. T- cereal grains up front, noble hops in the middle, with a lingering malt aftertaste. It's no palate wrecker, but it definitely feels dry. M- effervescent to a fault, with a medium-light body, this one would be great on a warm day if you were looking for an upgrade on your go-to AAL. The happiness doesn't kill your tongue either. O- definitely not an all-day affair, due to the 6% alcohol. But it feels like it could be. That being said, I've had better European Pilsners before (e.g. Never, Urquell), so this wouldn't be my first choice.

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Photo of Squire123
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light gold leaning toward the yellow part of the spectrum. Very clear, light white head and good lacing.

Aroma: Very clean light malt with a sense of honeyed sweetness. Some hop spiciness.

Taste: Fuller flavored malt carries through, hops ride on top like icing on a cake. Malt, hops, that's it but there's a fair amount of both in there.

Texture: Fuller and heavier than Euro pilsners. Sort of a New World beefier version of the original Czech model.

Overall: Pilsner, heavyweight class. For those (like me) who like the Lagunitas approach.

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Photo of matcris
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A nice clear golden, lots of medium sized carbonation rising. Two fingers of white foamy head that lingers and then settles to a thick layer on top. Nice lacing down the pils glass.
AROMA: Mild. Some lemon, almost a honey like sweetness. Twirl the glass and that brings out some fresh cut grass.
TASTE: Lots of sweetness right up front, again, honey like. Then a sort of generic bitterness starts to build.
FEEL: The carbonation is medium, the body is medium light. The beer is a little slick overall, slightly drier on the finish.
OVERALL: Decent beer, a little less descript in terms of tasting the hops than I want. The bitterness and general flavors seem a little disjointed, to me.

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Photo of bwood06
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a head that is 1 1/2 fingers in height and white in color. Head is a thick foam and dissipates rather slowly. The beer itself is clear and straw colored with moderate carbonation rising moderately quickly towards the surface. 4/5

S - The aroma is fairly subdued but does contain notes of light cereal malt, floral hops, and noble hops. There is almost a soapiness to the aroma that reminds me of the soap I use in the shower. Not the best aroma that I have ever smelled in a beer. 3/5

T - Light caramel and buttered white bread are the initial flavors that stand out quite nicely. A bit of pear comes out in the middle before transitioning to the second half of the flavor profile which is very clean and noble hop driven with just a hint of floral hops. No lingering bitterness on the palate. 3.5/5

M - Light carbonation tickle up front but that quickly diminishes to a light creaminess that persists throughout the sip. Light to medium bodied in nature. Coats the tongue from front to back and does not dry out the palate in the slightest. 4/5

O - Not entirely sweet but not really bitter either. Well balanced between the two while maintaining a lightness that allows for good drinkability. This pilsner is very enjoyable and takes me back to when I traveled to Prague but the aroma just isn't strong enough to evoke a stronger score. 3.5/5

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Photo of jasadewi
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a very clear and golden color. Average size head that leaves a lacy white lining on the glass as you drink. Smells considerably hoppy. Medium body feel in the mouth with moderate carbonation that dances on your tongue. Goes down smoothly and feels pretty light. It definitely doesn't seem to be a 6% ABV beer. Tastes hoppy and bitter. For what I know, it seems to be a good American take on the Czech Pilsner style. I think it would be a perfect light and hoppy beer to be paired with some salty popcorn and a mild night.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear as a bell gold color with streaming bubbles and a thick soapy white head. Looks good. Cheers!

Smell is hops barley and some sweet malts. There is a bit of dankness to the smell as well.

Taste that was smacking in the face was a strong skunk punch. This I did not like at all! It was really overpowering all else in my beer. As the beer was warming it reminded me of that old original shit flavor of listerine.

Mouth feel was skunk sticky and had a long lingering finish on the back side.

Here is the skinny on this beer - I had this on tap at a local bar and loved it! It was such a nice pairing with the spicy pizza me and the wife were sharing. Now I go to the local grocery store and am doing one of those build your own six packs and I see this bottle. Excited I take this home and pour out a very disappointing beer. The really strange thing is there is no damn date any where on the damn bottle! I am sure I am the victim of an old crap stick beer but cannot say this for certain since this brewery has failed to place a date of any damn kind on the bottle. Well I guess I will choke this one down and only purchase on tap.

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Photo of moodenba
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

laguniitas pils (bottle purchased in NY, tasted 2/29. Cooled to about 55F.

Pale beer with moderate thin head, a whiff of hoppy aroma. Label say Saaz hops, and the taste emphasizes the hops. Nice long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

The alcohol is 6% and doesn't feature in the light bodied taste. Nice beer, but I'd like a lower alcohol content, so that I could drink it on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A firm draft pour into a tall pilsner glass has virtually no head.

Slight lacing a reminder of a pale yellow colored beer.

Odor is sweet and hoppy with no bitterness.

Mouthfeel is clean and light.

It has flavor! This is not surprise, but rather a declaration. Well balanced hop and malt in a smooth, light, easy drinking pilsner.

This is a great 'local' goto beer to replace any/all big domestics.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm expecting something of a hop bomb (by my palate's shy standard.)
But we have here another American interpretation of a style that is suited well.
While I prefer the Bavarian Pilsners (More malt) to the Czech Pils (more hops), Lagunitas struck a nice balance between the styles.
Listed in the "1001 Beers To taste Before You Die."
Try it if you have not.

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Photo of NoZeFace
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite discoveries of 2015: a light-ish beer that didn't suck. Lovely straw color, beautiful smell, bit of spice and body. Crisp as hell...certainly a nice drink to have during the summer.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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