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%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
505
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Photo of gabeerfan
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey gold. Fizzy head that dissapates quickly to a very thin ring. No lacing.
Light aroma, had to let it warm a bit to pick up the aromas. Some toasted bread, honey and subdued hops.
Flavors are light too. Sweet toasted bread hits the sides of the tongue with the subtle hops coming in at the end.
Light mouthfeel. Finishes clean and dry. Good carbonation.
Very drinkable. Light flavors, but it's not watery.
A great summer time beer. The flavors are quite subdued, but in a good way. This would be perfect for the cookout in the back yard.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Ommegang Goblet. Very fluffy off-white 3 fingers of head. Good retention, GREAT lacing. Great lookin beer. Smells like Pilsner. What can I say? A little like skunk weed and lemon rind. A smell I love. Tastes a bit funky tho. The malt is a little overpowering for the style. A little too sweet. Good Crispness and bitterness on the finish. VERY drinkable. Could probably knock out a 6 pack if I cared to. Solid effort.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear straw honey gold with a thick white head moderately retained, smells of biscuity crackery malts slight wheat with spicy yeast and lemongrassy hops, tastes spicely hopped with cool biscuit malts on the end, rich mouthfeel moderate to high carbonation with dry finish.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pils poured a golden yellow in color with a lovely beady peach-tinted head. I found the nose quite invigorating, a smell of fresh malt. Immediately I notice a very good balance in the mouthfeel and it is certainly juicy. There are some corn flavors there but they are subtle. Mostly the purposeful floral accent serves as a welcome dulling effect. The finish keeps balanced and quenching. It leaves a little bit of a peachy and a kind of light rosey essence. Really wonderful. This is a great social brew and very well done for the style. Cheers!

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Photo of BenwayPHD
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange yellow with a thick frothy head. Darker than i would want a pilsner. The nose is ok. Apricot, yeast, floral hops, strong may presence. Too yeasty and not enough hop presence for my liking. The flavor is too heavy. It's sweeter than i like, and the mouthfeel is much thicker than i look for in this style.

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Photo of TheWolf
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Pilsner glass.

In my search to diversify and expand my palette to appreciate more than the beloved IPA/IIPA, I began sampling craft pilsners. I found Lagunitas PILS to be very enjoyable. A little kick added to the traditional pilsner. And while I consider the pilsner to not be a "complex" style, this has a little bite to it. You do not have to feel guilty drinking before 5PM anymore. Cheers.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: With an average pour not much head is produced, and lacing is basically nil. color is a dark amber/gold.

Smell: Grain, biscuit, grass, some caramel maltiness and ripe fruit mainly apples and pears.

Taste: Very much like smell, big surprise, but with a pleasant hoppiness. Taste is much lighter then smell and color would perceive you. The first two characteristics lead you to believe this a drab beer similar to a euro pale lager, but then the crisp hoppiness surprises you.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a dry and not bitter finish. Pleanty of carbonation and a lighter body.

Drinkability: Not a beauty or aroma queen, but the flavor grows on you and turns out to be highly drinkable. Crisp and nice when served cold with a hoppy flavor and low ABV makes it sessionable. Not perfect and a bit flawed, but a solid beer none the less. I need to get a better grasp on this style before I can make too many judgements. Still on the american craft brew front, Sierra nevadas summer fest may be slightly less flavorful but a better all rounder making it more enjoyable.

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Photo of dbmernin83
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pale golden pour with good head.
malty for a pilsner. lacking that crisp hop ting that pilsners have. slightly bread and a little boozey as well.
good crisp carbonated mouthfeel.
not as light and crisp as most. not my favorite pilsner, but drinkable nonetheless

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Photo of KomodoDragon
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful 2" white head aloaft a classic yellow colored beer

S - um... smells like a lager

T - Crisp caramel malt flavor transitioning to a slight hop finish. Some hints or citrus/orange

M - Slight carbonation, allowing the malty flavors to take center stage

Goes down easily. My summer lager of choice.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.79/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is a nice Czech style Pilsner.
Apperance: golden with nice white head but no lacing
Smell: Czech hop smell and straw like sent
Taste: crisp clean and bitter character expected from a Pilsner, hop prescience is ago adequate and a sulphur quality
Overall a nice Pilsner

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Photo of jbonapar
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only Pilsner I've ever really liked has been Steamwhistle from Canada. But I keep looking to find an other great one. Well, for me i found it. Wonderfull pour with a thick head. Smell is floral and very malty, almost biscuity.

A very full body mouthfeel for such a light beer. The taste is as the smell, malty, slightly piney and floral. A tough of creamy vanilla.

My new favorite pislner. Wonderfull.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass. No dating found on bottle.

Appearance: deep golden color body with a creamy white small bubbled head that dissipates to leave sticky lacing. Very clean and clear with gentle carbonation.

Smell: honey sweetness and floral hops to balance along with mild alcohol.

Taste: at first, the sweetness of honey and grains is upset by a very flowery hop presence. Definite taste of alcohol is not well hidden.

Mouthfeel: creamy and slick on the tongue with medium body. Not crisp like I would expect of a pils. Decent carbonation.

Drinkability: could put two or three away rather easily for a middle of the road pilsner, but would appreciate more crispness at finish.

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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 SwillinBrew
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brassy orange color with a solid finger of ivory head that was quite crisp. Aromas were sweet breads and toast with a hint of herbaceous bitterness.

I got a biscuity taste with a leaning more towards the sweet malt side of ripened fruit. Not overpoweing, but present.This one was crisp on the tongue and nevertheless refreshing.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, I'm finnicky about my Pils; I was skeptical about this one, but I just had to add it to my sampler 6 pack at Hi-Time.

The bright yellow body pours crystal clear, with an explosive head that mellows to somewhat more than a rim after a couple minutes. Smells crisp and floral, with hints of lemon and a slight metallic tinge. The taste is solidly malty, crisp yet full, and the Saaz hoppage is right on the money. Slight floral taste with a clean, stiff bitterness to round out the sip. There's something about the malt character, though, that's just a touch off -- a bit of toasty, New Belgium character that I wouldn't expect in a pils. Still, that's very slight and aside from that this is a great, drinkable beer.

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

A - Poured into a wheat beer glass. Results: Huge head. White, fluffy, 3 or 4 fingers that quickly disapate. Decent lacing. Body is a golden amber with not much depth to the color, looks a little watered down.

S - Took a couple wafts to get the delicate mix of hops and malts. Noble hops, very aromatic.

T - Malts are huge in this beer. Good attempt to balance, but matls still pull through. Alcohol taste comes through too. However, the malts are very tasty. The hops keep the malts from getting out of control, but provide little to the overall taste.

MF - Very smooth. Refreshingly easy on the tongue. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation has very little effect on the tongue.

D - A good level of drinkability. Character is complex enough to keep me interested and alcohol is low enough to keep me from getting sick.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's proof great craft beer doesn't have to be some heavy, malty, hoppy stuff.

Poured it into my tulip with a nice golden yellow color and nice foamy white head. I have a weak nose, but not picking up anything in the aroma department at all except for the slightest floral character. The taste is where this guy shines with a crisp, biscuity malt and a great floral, herbal hop bit. Really great sipping beer even with all that complexity. I'd have another right now.

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

A - Golden and slightly hazy with some bubbles coming to the top where there lies a pillowy off-white head that sticks around and leaves fair lacing.

S - Hops and malt with a surprising yeasty smell that I like.

T - A good floral hop spice is supported by a biscuit malt along with a yeast flavor that gives a touch of banana or bubble gum flavor, just enough to make it different.

M - Verging on medium body with fairly high carbonation but very drinkable.

O - A great beer that is maybe my new favorite pils, or perhaps tied with noble pils.

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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 diabecktic
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
The beer is a very nice golden color - not too light or too dark. Head formation is at first great, but it fades quickly as carbonation slowly rises. There isn't really any lacing, but you can see bubbles stick to the side of the glass.

Smell:
This is a very "hoppy" beer - the scent is quite strong. It's not really pungent, but I can't detect too many scents other than the hops. There might be a tinge of pumpkin, but this might be misleading.

Taste:
Again, it's very "hoppy" but quite crisp. It's also quite bitter. There's a bit of an aftertaste that's - you guessed it - "hoppy." Overall, it's quite strong at the "suggested" temperature. There's kind of a lack of flavor balance, since I really can't taste anything other than the hops.

Mouthfeel:
Not watery, but definately not thick at all. The carbonation "stings" the tongue a bit, but in a good way. The bitterness really lingers.

Drinkability:
Goes down well, but not too smoothly - again it's that bitterness. It's not too bad once you get over that. However, I suppose it depends on whether or not you perfer this in your beer.

Summary:
Not too bad. It's a little more bitter than I usually like, but I typically don't have the pilsner styles too often. Relative to other pilsners I've had, this is one of the more bitter ones. It's not a bad beer, but I typically perfer more flavor variation; it seems to lack balance with anything else.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

- golden with nice white head thick head
- smell is mellow light yeast light hop crispness
- very clean and crisp beer well rounded around the corners
- very crisp but also a good beer taste
- overall one of the better pilsners i have had and its not a style i particularly go for

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Photo of gonzo138
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a pale gold color with a white head that doesn't retain too well, but has decent lacing

S- light sweet smell with a hint of floral hoppy aroma as it was being poured

T- smooth and sweet for the first few seconds followed by a moderately strong hop bitterness

M- very carbonated, light body, dry clean mouthfeel

D- a very drinkable beer, nice, light, refreshing, a good session beer

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

A - golden straw with a airy white head. no lacing but none is to be expected.

S - earthy grain and a hint of citrus hops

T - sweet grain mixed with a nice amount of bitterness. as the beer warms the citrus flavors become more pronounced

M - moderate carbonation leaves an otherwise thin beer more full bodied

D - what decent pilsner isn't highly drinkable?

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Photo of GarrettB
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsners tasted here and there all sort of taste the same - clean, crisp, refreshing, and maybe even a bite of hard water. Drink them parallel, though, and you’ll find a world of difference where there used to be uniformity. Stacked up against other pilsners, the Lagunitas Pils stands apart, rocking the competition and expertly representing the style. Lagunitas’ Pils distinguishes itself right away with its darker color, amber leeching into the golden color other pilsners donned. Freshly ground corn and pilsner malt fill the aroma, with the notable absence of sulfur or any kind of spoiling from sun or microbe. Carbonation bumps and dances along the tongue, while slight touches of corn sweetness and a mellow and light maltiness provide some real depth of flavor. This is an excellent pils, and my new go-to West Coast summer drinking lager.

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Photo of BradBLR
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the first pilsner I have had from Lagunitas. The appearance was a bright amber color with a white head that did not last long at all. Very little lacing. The smell was a slightly floral, citrus aroma that was not very strong.

The taste was a dry, crisp, hoppy flavor. I was suprised by the amount of hops in this beer. It was almost like a weak IPA. The mouthfeel was an extremely this viscosity and the CO2 was very strong.

All in all a pretty good beer and a very nice pilsner. Another good beer from Lagunitas.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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