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 | website

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:
733
Ratings:
2,508
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
23.08%
 
 
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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 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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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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brightest amber with the merest suggestion of orange. Fine, lazy carbonation rises to a large cotton white head that isn't overly dense, but is as sticky as all get out. It's impressively rocky as it deflates and ends up laying down thick streamers of lace over the majority of the glass currently available to it. Well done.

The nose is dominated by hops, but it isn't nearly as aromatic as expected. There's a wee bit of lemon zestiness and... not much else. If any of the noble varieties are in use, you couldn't tell it by me. Strictly average.

Czech Style Pilsner doesn't taste like any pilsener that I've ever had. It's too pale malty, too buttery and too sweet with a serious shortage of hop flavor. What bitterness is present is thoroughly divorced from the flavor profile. I'd love to know what hops Lagunitas uses in this beer because I don't believe they chose wisely.

The body is light, edging toward light-medium on the finish due to a modest amount of mouthcoating. I just noticed that there's an odd aftertaste of bitter butter.

Lagunitas Pils is a strange one. It drinks like a cross between an amber and a pils with some off-putting diacetyl thrown in for bad measure. This beer isn't horrible, but it needs a complete overhaul (read: recipe change) before I'll give it another chance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.99 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Hooray! Its the Fourth of July! Everyone out and about having a fine time? Yeah, that's... that's really great.

Party! Woohoo!

Appearance: Pours a clear, sunny light copper-colored body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: The aroma is spirit-dampeningly light, with only a fair amount of sweet-smelling malt and yeast showing.

Taste: A light butter toffee and sour lemon flavor amongst the spicy, floral Saaz hop character. The finish is reminiscent of eating (1) sour lemon jelly bean, (1) lemon drop jelly bean, and (1) toasted marshmallow jelly bean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, drinkable lil' pils. Czech it out!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grain, light malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a dry & pale hops bitterness followed by a light malt sweetness. There doesn't seem to be a good balance though. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there isn't very much to this beer even considering that this is a style that doesn't get too complex.

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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 womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light golden/yellow/straw color with a fluffy white head on it.

S: Decent floral hop notes with a touch of spice and some bready malts. What's there is nice, but the nose is not all that robust.

T: A bit more intensity from the flavor, which is nice. A nice bit of malt and bread to this one. The hops are floral and mildly spicy with a very good bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium in body with a nice plentiful carbonation. Nice and crisp and refreshing.

D: This is quite easy to drink, just like a good pils should be. I've had this one several times before and it never disappoints.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up as part of a mix-a-six at Giant in Linglestown, PA. Poured chilled into a bass glass.

The color is clear golden with an appropriate white cap which settles to a thin ring of beads. The smell is very light with herbal aspects and mild soapy element. The feel is good with slight bitterness and mild sweetness with semi-dry and mineral finish.

The taste is gentle with light malt sweetness and mild spice from the hops with some soapiness in the background and light yeast taste with gently toasted grain flavor and dry finish. Overall a decent pils, but I would probably take or leave it, just an ordinary lager for the most part.

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours an effervescent straw color with with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Grainy notes, faint breadyness, & some lemon notes

T: Grassy & lemony notes, some bready & honey malt notes. Dryness & grassyness dominates as this warms, plus some sweet bread. Finishes with mineral & lemony hop snap & some grassyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & great balance

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style. This will be in the summer rotation to be sure

Had this a few years ago & swore that I reviewed it on BA, I don't remember it being so damn drinkable...

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A little cloudy, greenish straw color. Nice head and lace.

Crisp and clean smelling, but light on the aromas. Nice pale malt notes, very little hop. Slightly grassy.

More hop on the flavor, but this beer doesn't have the smoothness of the famous ones. Very strong hop aftertaste. Rich body given the style, relatively low carbonation. This seems to be closer to a pale ale than a delicate pilsner.

A bold beer. If you like in your face brews, this will be a nice choice. If your looking for a pilsner that is floral, flavorful but delicate, seek out Pilsner Urquell or Brooklyn's Pilsner.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing orange golden hue with a magnificant sized white head leaving very fine lace behind great looking brew. Aromatics are malty with some Saaz backing the nice malt characater up some grassy notes very nice with some bready yeast tones hanging around as well from the bottle conditioning. Taste, upfront bready with a great finishing zesty peppery hops but a smooth vanilla like malt character ties everything together. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body decent carbonation and one very drinkable beer to boot, tasty and refreshing a winning combonation every time.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours slightly chilled hazed deep golden with a thin head that becomes a lasting thin cover.

Smell is of sweet grain, slightly biscuity. Faint, light hops.

Caramelish/honeyish sweetness upfront. A touch of spiced hops - not the expected Saaz or Saaz-like grassiness. Leans more sweet than dry, though in-between. Clean, but lacks the crispness that I look for in the style. Hops can hardly keep up with the malt sweetness.

Light to medium bodied - some flavor hangs on.

Drinkable? Sure. Forgettable? Sure. Not too bad, but misses too much of what I look for in a pils.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, active carbonation, with a thick, fluffy, bone-white head, which softly sizzles down to size.
Nose is dry, wide open and suggestive of absolutely nothing in particular, or at all.
Light and smooth, just right for a lager, but bad for a self-described "Czech-style pilsener." For one thing, very little hops are felt, and additionally, dryness is missing. Instead the flavor is bland, bald, and lagery sweet. I keep waiting for some dry hoppiness to emerge and assert itself through this treacly murk, something that may indicate a true "Czech-style Pilsner" profile, but, alas, it never does.
Again, far too thick and sweet...nice try, but you missed.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with a decent sized bone white head that exudes remarkable staying power. Smells of spicy grassy hops with a honey and pilsener maltiness to balance it out. Sweet grainy and honey with just enough spice and grass flavor to provide some balance. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a spicy almost tart mouthfeel. Decent pilsner, but its not up there with the hallmarks of the style. I'd like to see a richer maltiness to play against the aggressive (for the style) use of hops in this brew.

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Photo of tdm168
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a medium gold; thick, white, dense head; with good retention.

S - grassy, lemon, straw, faint biscuit-y malt

T - bread, sweet, straw, bitter

M - crisp, smooth, good carbonation

This is a solid pilsner. It's sessionalbe, drinkable, and smooth. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass resembeling a much darker color than I am use to for Pilsner but a briliant solid 24k gold/orange and clear color. Lots of carbonation with elevator music and a good solid 1-2 finger white head.

Smell is a very closed nose though, with some faint hops and really weak Weak grass smell.

Taste starts off promising with a quick bread biscuit body but quickly turns to sharp bitter. Mouthfeel and finish is about average but and exremely bitter finish but improves after a couple of sips.

I'd put the drinkability at average but would rather have something else or try something new before having this.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a very bright, yellow/straw gold with a thick, hearty white head that clings to the glass as it slowly disappears. Toasty and cereal type aromas on the nose, with a little bit of sweet malt undertones. The beer is slightly sour on the mid-tongue, and there is a toasted grain flavor on top of the malty backbone. The beer is very light and crisp, and has a slightly sour aftertaste. The sour taste lingers quite a bit, and the finish just gets dragged out a bit. The finish seems a little odd compared to the body and aftertaste of the beer. Decent, but definitely not my cup of tea.

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Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprised to find this uncommon one on tap at a BBQ spot in NYC, Blue Smoke. Poured cloudy, medium straw in color, white 1/2 inch tiny bubble head, and displaying well developed fine lacing. Nose of powdered sugar, and bread. This is light to medium bodied hoppy, crisp and refreshing Pilsner. Palate cleansing lager, which went well with the BBQ. Not much of a finish, sort of petered out to wateryness. Servicable sessioner.

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

TGIF....starting the weekend off with a Lagunitas Czech Pils....and it is goood! The appearnace is a clear golden brilliance with good carbonation and white froathy head. The smell includes malt and grain common of this style....for me pils dont blow me away re smell. The taste is very well balanced with good noble hops, malt, and grain. Even thought the ABV is higher than normal the beer is quite smooth. Definitely a session beer!

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Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light, mildly opaque, honey. Pours a thick 3 finger head with about average retention.

S - Golden honey and malt. Touches of orange rind, mulling spice, and yeast.

T - On the sweeter side, but in a pleasant malty way. Opens with honey and a round malt flavor that coats your palate. Booze says hello for a moment in the aftertaste and then steps aside for sweeter flavors of bread.

M - Great body with a smooth character.

D - Great drinkability. Great flavor, session-level booze, and free of harsh flavors beating up on your palate.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

05/29/05- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice golden color pour with a tight bright white head and limited lacing.

Smell- A tad hoppyness in here, but mostly some weird smelling grainy aspects.

Taste- I bit sweet in the flavor and bitter in the hop side. Something just tastes a bit off.

Mouthfeel- Doesn't leave my mouth dry like most pils, which I'm not sure is good or bad. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Ehhh, I've had better pils along the way. No need to try this one again.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping for a nice crisp pils as I have respect for Lagunitas and while this beer was good, it wasn't nice a crisp. The malt profile was bland sweetness at first that warmed up to bready pilsner malt. There was also just a hint of grassy hops. Sure its inoffensive and tastier than your average macro pils, but this is nothing to rejoice over.

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