Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)
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47.7%
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3.64 w/ 2,604 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#34,163
Reviews:
754
Ratings:
2,604
Liked:
1,242
Avg:
3.64/5
pDev:
12.36%
Alströms:
3.7
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
559
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,604 |  Reviews: 754
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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Photo of SocalKicks
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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of zestar
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas Brewing Co. "PILS"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "181 7 2 2066 1021" and sampled on 8 SEPT 2017

Notes via stream of consciousness: I could have sworn I reviewed this beer before, but I guess I'm losing it in my old age. Perhaps it was one of those beers that I've tried and then just decided to enjoy it and not bother with the distraction of a review. Anyway, it pours an almost fingerprint-through-the-glass golden body beneath a creamy head of off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves impressive lacing about the glass. I haven't seen such a good looking glass of pilsner since I was in Germany a few years ago - no lie. The aroma offers grainy and lightly sweetish malt, and spicy and herbal hops. I can't say for sure that it's Pilsner malt but it smells like it. And although I don't get the strong Saaz nose that I like, I'm getting enough that I'm sure they're in there. And really, that's all you need for a Czech Pilsner except to get the balance right. So, moving on to the flavor, it follows the aroma with a grainy, sweetish malt base that's balanced by spicy, floral, and herbal hops. I feel like I'm repeating myself here, but that's what it should be - the aroma and the flavor should be basically the same. It's a slight bit sweetish to me, and I could use a little more bitterness personally, but it's balanced, and probably around 30 IBUs - right on for the style. The spicy hops helps to dry it as well. It's medium-bodied leaning towards medium-light and gently crisp. The malt is rich and flavorful, and you really can't do much better for an American brewed Czech-style Pilsner.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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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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 dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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 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 wethorseblanket
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
Beer rating: 47.7% out of 100 with 2,604 ratings
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