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
Ratings:
2,599
Reviews:
753
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
89
Gots:
556
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured crystal clear yellow in color with a creamy white head that didn't last that long. A very light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of bready malts and noble hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a good balance between bready malts (with a bit of sweetness) and a light amount of bitterness from the hops, which is more prevalent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and smooth without much carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

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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 biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, nice Yin and Yang label-ringing pop-culture showoffmanship.

This beer pours a clear, somewhat glassy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy, rocky white head, which renders some solid honeycomb lace around the glass as it slowly melts away.

It smells of crisp, bready grain, a sort of candy-floss sugar sweetness, mild juicy citrus, and grassy, peppery hops. The taste is more bready, crackery pale malt, sort of sharp lemon pith, a honeyed sweetness, a certain metallic flintiness, and floral, lightly perfumed hops.

The carbonation is pretty robust, acting up at first, then settling to a dull hum, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, a hay-like crispness contending with that lingering floral honey sweetness, and a touch of warming alcohol.

Not a bad Czech Pils, however, the hops come across as fairly disappointing - the expected fresh grassiness fails to materialize. Not as tight or crisp as something that alludes to the Bohemian style should be.

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3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a bubbly head that leaves a few dots on my pilsner glass

Smell: Biscuity, and somewhat sweet; not picking up any noble hop elements

Taste: Biscuity, up front, and after the entrance of the grassy hops, the malt builds to a balanced level; after the swallow, the fruity and sweet malts dominate the hops somewhat and leave a rather sweet finishing taste on the tongue although there is an underlying bitter character

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Not really to style, but enjoyable enough to drink, if you don't mind a "sweet" pilsner

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, white, soapy head of foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - Potent floral aromas with grassy notes. There was a mild sweet caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of spicy grassiness with a mild caramel flavor. A sweet brew with a spicy bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and finished very dry. A light bodied lager that is very easy drinking.

D - This is a nice Czech Pils and is very sessionable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color pils with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of light floral hops with dry notes and a lightly sweet malt base. Taste is a mix between some dry hoppy notes with sweet malt base with light cereal notes. Body is quite with a somewhat oily texture and some good carbonation. Interesting though a bit too sweet for my taste and maybe even drier hoppy notes would have been preferable. I also don’t’ get the high ABV on such a sessionable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 6/18/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of honey, biscuit, herbal, floral, pepper, pear, lemon, and light earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of pear, pepper, biscuit, herbal, floral, lemon, cracker, grass, and light earth. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, biscuit, pepper, herbal, cracker, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors; with no cloying flavors at all. Nicely clean finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pilsner. Nice amounts of flavor with good balance; and very smooth to drink. Really crisp and enjoyable.

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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint

A: Fairly pale in color with a decent amount of carbonation after an initial rush. Small, white head.

S: Grainy and slightly sweet--the malt really comes through. Hints of darker malt. Tiny hop presence.

T: Nothing sharp. The hops are there but don't jump out at me. Ever-so-mildly sweet, and a decent amount of malt. Slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Not terribly crisp and a little low on carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel for a pilsner.

D: Could be good on a summer day, but is only average for the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a crazy hot and humid day, my mouth is really dry, I hope this hits the spot.

A: Pours a very fizzy but somewhat aggressive head, that fades pretty quickly, but is quickly subdued by the huge number of bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom. The head is a messy bastard with lots of big bubbles, and pieces of head caught on the glass like dead bodies littering a war zone. The beer itself is brilliantly clear, a lot more than my fogged up glasses, and has a light tan straw pilsner like color.

N: Nose starts with a definite pilsner aroma, with some sweet malts, wheat, straw, sounds about right. A little bit of toasty malts, with some sweet crisp lager yeast aroma. However, there is a slight... not skunked aroma, but a weird not so fresh aroma. I can't really describe it better, but whatever it is its very light. The nose in general is very light.

T: My parched mouth starts to rejoice in the liquid that is finally flowing over the dry pustules of what used to be my tongue. It's refreshing, and a definite crisp lager, but not quite as clean and crisp as I expected. A semi sweet malt taste starts to come on, then more toasty malts, and wheat straw like flavors. A slight bitterness comes on, that clashes a bit with the beer. I don't know if it's me, but a lot of these American Czech or Bavarian Pils style beers seem to have this unfortunate bittering hop, or it's a bad side effect of the yeast. Speaking of which, that almost skunked lager taste is starting to take effect now as well, it's not too heavy, but it's there like a friggen thorn in my side of trying to enjoy this.

M: Medium to lighter body, heavier than I think it should be for a Czech pils, with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with more of that not so good bitterness, a result of the hops or an unhappy lager yeast... I guess we'll never know. A slight sweetness too, not as dry as it should be. A slight lingering bad skunk taste too... wtf! GO away! Also somewhat clean and crisp but now what it should be.

Know what, I think this might be the first Lagunitas beer I wasn't a big fan of. Well, at least they have quite a few other great beers. ANd to think, the dryness of my mouth and thirst should have allowed this to have a much higher quenchable rate and taste, but oh well.

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

On atap at the Pizza Plant on Main,poureda ligh sprtizy golden with a thinner white head seemed pretty heavily carbonated from the pour,muted aromas I picked up some toasty grain with some light residual sweetness.Decent sturdy flavors leaning on the malty side lightly sweet and grainy a light herbal sharpness in the finish but it doesnt really stand out.A nice quaffing pils pretty basic the light herbal finish makes it better than the standard lager beer but I wouldnt say its a premium Czech style by any means.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,599 ratings.
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