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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:
23.08%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
524
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 2,531
Photo of ccrida
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Lagunitas shaker, the Lagunitas Pils is clear bubbly cold with a white head that quickly fades to a thick collar leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet cereal grains and grassy hops

Taste is good, classic Czech pils, on the sweeter side, some spicy noble hops, but incredibly balanced and clean. Just enough graininess to provide texture.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, lighter body, with a drier, crisp finish.

Drinkability is very good, this is a very well made Pils, super smooth and refreshing, with a satisfyingly full flavor that doesn't tire or overwhelm. Really impressed to see Lagunitas exercised some restraint here .

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Photo of Damian
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wines & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a clear, light straw yellow with a bubbly, white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy film.

The aroma was hoppy yet smooth. Grassy and earthy hops dominated. Toasty malts were noticeable as well.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Crisp, hoppy and spicy. Sharp as a tack yet still subtle and refined. Saaz hops were the noticeable hop variety. Smooth, soft and buttery with underlying notes of bready, biscuity malts. This beer was quite well balanced. The finish was bone dry and powdery with lots of hop bitterness. Remarkably crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel was medium/light and fluffy on the palate with an aggressive carbonation.

This pilsner was quite flavorful yet not overwhelming. Frankly, I was surprised at how true to the style Lagunitas kept this beer. My recommendation would be to serve it as a refreshing apertif or pair it with oysters, crab cakes or other lighter seafare.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So what the hell, right? I would take down the Pils on its release day in SC, I just had to. The pour was very nice, a light amber color emerged from it with gold interlaced throughout. A very nice three-inch high head of lace then came over the top and settled down slowly into just a thin film that lasted throughout the rest of the session. Virtually no side glass lace was present, though I did not really expect much. Lots of carbonation rippling up toward the surface though, with clinging bubbles throughout. Very nice clarity as well, pretty much exactly, what it should have look liked.

The aroma was surprisingly hoppy. Lots of notes of fresh grass with a very very light hint of grapefruit, which was layered very nicely on top of the grain like base. Really nice light profile though with a clean and clear essence about it. The flavor followed along pretty much perfectly. There was a nice amount of malty bread like grain in the flavor, but it was definitely hopped up in the typical west coast style, especially for a Pils. Nice crisp clean refreshing taste, had a nice lingering dry finish with a decent hint of floral hops on the back end. Really just a very nice light ale. A very light body and huge carbonation only added to its Drinkability and made this one that you really could sink your teeth into and easily have more then one of.

Overall, I thought this was really nice, though I have to be honest, it reminded me more of a pale ale then anything else, but still it was very nicely done and I really enjoyed it. I would be glad to try another one of these any day.

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Photo of nickfl
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two and a half finger white head on a golden body with excellent clarity.

S - Mild malt aroma with weak hops and a hint of honey.

T - Fruity malt flavors up front, followed by peppery hops. Some citrus character comes out in the middle. Lots of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body, and moderately high carbonation.

D - Easy drinkability. It is a nice beer overall, but the citrus hop notes and slight fruitiness are a bit off stylistically for a beer that is explicitly labeled a czech style pilsner.

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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 thirtysixbelow
2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

a - most people have said this was a clear yellow but the one I just poured is a hazy apricot color. 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly. Good lacing. Hopefully this isn't a sign that the beer is old :/

s - apple juice with a little bit of hops

t - alcohol taste with pepper and spice with a very bitter finish. Again, I think this beer has something wrong with it.

m - very smooth, not very carbonated

d - The taste was just terrible. I think I got a bad one. I may review it again, but this was a drain pour :(

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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 riboflavin88
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although others have rated this Pilsner rather low, I find it to be a rather unique Pils. It pours a deep golden color with a big white head that sticks around for most of the drink. Its nose is mild, but notes of floral hops poke through. Its taste is crisp, dry, and sweet. Different than other pilsners, which is great, but mild in flavor and featuring undertones of bitter citrus. Mouthfeel is great, crisp and carbonated. Try this pilsner, it's different than most, and a nice change from the usual lager.

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Photo of deciding39
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright and effervescent amber-gold. A small head forms and quickly dissipates in under a minute.

S: Sweet pilsner malt and spicy, grassy hops. Smells like saaz, but less aggressive than expected.

T: Immediate pilsner malt sweetness that gives way to a lingering noble hop bitterness. Although the bitterness seems appropriate, the hop flavor is much lower than I had anticipated given the style. Finishes dry and almost metallic.

M & D: Medium-bodied and quite carbonated. Very drinkable in that it is rather dry, crisp, and refreshing. Unfortunately, there is just not enough flavor to warrant drinking a few.

As a self-professed pilsner nut, I'm a bit disappointed by this one. The lifeless appearance, subdued aroma and mild flavor pull the score of this one down.

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Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness labelling.

A: Noble appearing clear yellow with orange tints at the edge. Ample white head with plenty of lace ringing the glass.

S: The hops aromas are Saaz-like, but very muted. I smelled this beer right after pouring with a big head on it and throughout the drink, but I could not catch much in the way of malt or other hops aromas.

T: Husky grains are first taste with some sweet malts followed by a long-onset Saaz and grassier hops profile. Slightly astringent and metallic aftertaste.

M: Clean and dry like a pilsner should be. Active carbonation but not hampering drinkability.

D: A good pilsner, but not overly flavorful. Understated, which is not usually the route Lagunitas beers tend to go. A better aroma would have helped this beer all the way through.

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Photo of pershan
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear amber with a thin, white head into a pint glass. A slight whiff of hops in the aroma. The taste was that classic pilsner profile: Vienna and pilsner malt flavor, lightly hopped, with a crisp, pleasant finish. Good carbonation and lacing. Not really a beer for this time of year, but still an excellent example of a classic Czech pilsner (i.e. Pilsner Urquell).

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

Appearance: Gold, nice bubbles rising through the beer, fast fading head.

Smell: Sweet grain, slight grassy note.

Taste: Kind of disappointing. Some sweet grain, a little tea-like bitterness, maybe some black pepper. Odd for a pilsner.

Drinkability: A step up from macros, but not something I'll be coming back for.

I'm not sure if I got an old bottle or what, but this beer disappointed me. I read the reviews before I bought it and thought it would be a good one to try, but didn't hit the mark with me.

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Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a beautiful straw yellow, with a nice thick white head.

S- Mostly hoppy in the nose, somewhat floral.

T- Nice hoppy flavor, somewhat citrusy, without being over the top.

M- Very bubbly, right on the mark for the style.

D- This would make a great session beer. It isn't my favorite American pilsener, but it ranks pretty well.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great beer. I'm normally not a big fan of pilsners but this one was rather nice. It poured a nice golden, straw color with a nice white head and had great lacing. The aroma was floral hops and a nice malty sweetness. The taste was fresh and clean. Had a nice dry bitterness balanced with a sweetness as well. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall drinkablity was great. I felt like I could drink these all day. Too bad this brewery isn't available in LA.

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Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as clear as a lager can be. High noon sun golden orange with a loose fluffy 2" with an (almost) white head. The visible uprising carbonation seems so defined in this brilliantly clear liquid. Fluffy and puffy rings of thick lace all the way down.

Crisp, zesty, clean pilsner malts with a grassy prickly hop underpinning. FRESH scents for sure.

The crisp sweet & somewhat dry flavors of the malt make a solid platform for the dry, chalky and zesty hops to show their true colors. Sweet, dry, sweet, dry, sweet, dry seems to be the theme here. The overall dryness impresses me and the subtle sweetness really works nice.

Mouthfeel is brilliant. Just between light & med. bodied, this lager has a lively prickly amount of dispersed carbonation, but not at all effervescent or fizzy. Clean bone-dry finish lingers.

Drinkability is awesome. The mouthfeel and clean dry flavors are hard to argue against. I can't see many lagers drinkers (including macros) not digging the brew.

Overall a great pils I'm happy to have come across. Dry, snappy, clean and crisp with a body that carries everything along in an orderly fashion. I'd be happy to find this on tap and drink many pints on a regular basis. Good stuff!

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

Pours a clear golden yellow. Has some head to it.

Very interesting pilsener. Not quite like any I've had before. It has the nicely carbonated, dry crisp mouthfeel and texture, but with grapefruit hops and a strange interesting after-taste. Not quite hoppy, but definitely bitter. Smells faintly of hops.

Interesting.

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Photo of MerkinMan
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear with nice head retention. Immediate fruity / hoppy aroma, and then the grain becomes gently apparent. Great hoppy fruitiness in the taste. Spicy like Czech counterparts, but more fruity -- a great rendition of a classic style with subtle creative accents.

Beer has great body, and is damn drinkable.

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Photo of peck95
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

good looking fizzy yellow water maybe dark fizzy yellow water but thats the style
a nice faint grassy hop smell followed with a biscuit malt smell

the taste fairly bland lower on hops than expected and higher on malt(suger) than wanted for pils style
a regular smooth beer fairly thin
its about a slightly above average fizzy yellow water drink would be easily drinkable, but for the price and comparability i would rather have something else

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a straight up unassuming brew. Classic golden yellow with a nice creamy, crisp white head. A good bead from below, the beer looks stately in a pils glass, really. Ribbons and patches of lacy residue.

Aroma - rather light aroma. Faint but robust grain with good persistence.

Taste - flavorful grain, a touch of metal early on, and a healthy dose of moderately bitter hops. Right on for the style. The swallow clears the palate of any remaining sweetness, and the finish grows dry and bitter, prompting another taste. A big pilsner for taste.

Mouthfeel - ramped up carbonation, average body and smoothness.

Drinkability - towards the end the bitterness has almost a cumulative effect and is wearing on me a little. I like a little cleaner finish on a pils, though this is a fine brew.

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

A beautiful light gold in color, totally clear, with a white head that reduces to a rough ring of foam in my glass.

It has a grainy and grassy smell, exactly what I'd expect for the style.

The taste is also grassy and grainy, with an extra citrus twang from the hops. This has a nice American tweak to the Czech style. The extra hop flavors are not extreme, though. Lagunitas has been very careful with this beer.

Overall this is a very good Pils, and one I would especially recommend to hop fans. It's not a hop bomb or extreme, but just a good example of a well-crafted beer.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lagunitas PILS - Czech Style Pilsner

12 oz glass, 6pack sampler

Pours light amber/transulent gold. Bold head that vanished to a minimal lace. Tastes good. Lots of malts and barley. Goes down very smooth. Taste lasts at least at a small degree. Overall, decent representation of a Czech Pilsner. I'm a fan of the style and have always enjoyed Golden Pheasant, especially with a hearty Eastern European serving of duck or breaded pork with dumplings from Czech Plaza in Berwyn, IL.

Overall, decent bear. Prefer other Czech Pilsners.

Rob
Chicago

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... served in a smaller weizen glass.

Nice 2" head with long lacing and crusty rings... crystal clear dark straw color.

Aroma is clean pale malts and spicy hops... smells very good.

Flavor is the same.. a touch of earthiness from the hops... no yeasty fruitiness.. pretty carbonated and maybe a touch heavy viscosity for the style.

I don't know where the low ratings are coming from on this brew, it is everything expected from a West Coast "Czech style" pilsner... very balanced and a perfect summer session. I will try this again sometime up against the benchmark pilsner, while it may not be perfect... it is still pretty damned good given how hard it is to brew a good pils.

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

A stubby 12 oz bottle courtesy of Zorro, my '07 Secret Santa.

A: The pils is a beautiful pale yellow color, crisp and clear. A two plus finger head came out on pour and, by the looks of it, extensive lacing results.

S: The aroma is a crisp hoppy one, full of grassy herbal aromas, very earthy.

T: A sip reveals a very assertive hop profile, biting with grassy earthen flavors. Orange flavors pair with pepper to create a nice match against the grains. The maltiness is strong but does not overwhelm the hops. The hoppy finish continues long after a sip is gone.

M: The hops are crisp and clean, nice on the palate.

D: The abv strikes me as low. That, combined with the nice hop flavor, makes this a good drink, one of Lagunitas' best.

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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 blakesell
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard curved pilsner glass.

Appearance- Light and clear with a 2-finger head, lacing lingering thru to the end.

Smell- Saaz thru and thru. A bit over hopped as Lagunitas tends to do, but not overly so. Not terrible.

Taste- Saaz, 2-row, 6-row? This has a touch of complexity. Something that many pilsners rarely typify.

Mouthfeel- Sweet and malty. High carbonation. A little too high on carbonation. Light bodied.

Drinkability- Very, but would NOT buy again. This beer is too costly and not near as drinkable as a Pilsner should be.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,531 ratings.
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