Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner)

Brewed by:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
California, United States

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bump8628
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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

Sampling right now on 7/21/14. Bottles chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tall weissber vase glass. Alcohol content is right at 6% (ABV).

Pours a bright pale gold in color with a good 2-finger white foamy head that lasts a good while. Lots of lacing is seen, some in rings even. A good amount of bubbles streaming up from the bottle of the glass. The aroma is mostly of malt and yeast. Much more going on with the taste as it is hard to pin point besides the malt and yeast. Starts out sweet then ends with a slight bitter finish. Not to hoppy though. Crisp and full-bodied. Overall, not a bad brew at all!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of utopiajane
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and gold with two fingers of heavy foam that fell off quickly to some soapy lacing. Good clarity and has traditional pilsner bubbles up bombing from the bottom of the glass. The nose is dank hay, grassy hops a little sour and earthy and some cracker malt. The malt stands up in the glass robust but a little heavy with the clean taste of grain alongside the hops bitterness. Body is thin like a traditional pils and it leaves dry, bitter and herbal. It wasn’t tremendous or unique but it is a nice fat pils.

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Photo of Chris-1911
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jbertsch
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, light copper. A good-sized head generated when I initially poured this into a pilsner glass. Lots of bubbling action. Looks attractive.

Smells like a traditional pils. A grainy hop aroma is what's primarily present. It has a classic malt presence of a pilsner that balances the grainy hops well. I think it has a slight marzen characteristic, as well as being a little bready.

Taste matches the aroma. It's dry, with an ever-so slight sweetness to it.The hops have more presence on the back end. Everything is balanced well. Imagine the flavor you find in a St. Pauli Girl or Becks, but then imagine it smoother and a bit more robust.

Mouthfeel is typical pils. Carbonation is just right, and it feels lively.

Without surprise, drinkability is great.

I enjoy this one. It's not as bitter and robust as say, the Victor Pilsner. However, I think I like this one better.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear bright straw hue with a two finger pearl white head, which lasts a long time.

Lots of sharp and spicy hops. A little bit of sweet bready grain is in the background.

The malts are very crisp and clean, only adding a little smooth and creamy grain flavor. The hops carry most of the flavor, with both herbal and spicy qualities. Full bodied, high carbonation.

A very good Pilsner, and goes great on a hot day. Recommended.

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Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lagunitas Pils "Czech Style Pilsner" pours a light amber with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce twist off bottle. The aroma is mild and malty. There is a very light body and active carbonation. There is a touch of malt and what seems like a nice bitter hop finish, but not much else. Not bad, worth a try.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikeg67
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy, piney hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops, pale malt and some cooked vegetables fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.

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3.24/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Light golden hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Craters slowly and unevenly leaving dry residue behind as it does. Dry sticky lacing, and lots of it.

S: White bread, lemon citrus, and tree bark.

T: White bread with a slight hop bite. Not much else.

M: Light and crisp. Full flavored. Filling bready aftertaste.

D: Sessionable.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Tons of effervescence, great head, and pervasive lacing. Nose is bready with citrus and woody notes. Bread, accentuated with a light hop bite. Overall, this is a fair quaff.

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3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased from Sam's in Durham, NC.

A - Golden and clear with a moderate white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Toasted malt with a slight sweetness.

T - Clean and crisp but sweeter than I expected. A mildly bitter finish but not a lot of hop flavor. Fairly mild as compared to what I expected.

M - A bit thin and well carbonated.

D - I was using a Pilsner Urquel as my baseline and with that, I was a bit disappointed. This is a good beer and easy enough to drink but it's no threat to the Czechs.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly dark golden yellow with a fluffy finger of white foam.

Fresh grains and toasted malt are accompanied by a noticeable heavy hopping of hops lending notes of spiciness, herbal, earthy, and slightly citric aromas.

Leans on the sweet side with notes of sweet toasted biscuits but the hop addition gives it balance.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, easy drinking.

Overall, not the best lager out there, but highly crushable and another fantastic beer from Lagunitas.

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Photo of Squire123
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light gold leaning toward the yellow part of the spectrum. Very clear, light white head and good lacing.

Very clean light malt aroma with a sense of honeyed sweetness. Floral, spicy hops sing out.

I get a fuller flavored sweet malt with hops ride on top like icing on a cake. Rich malt on entry the flavor being more prominent but not by much. Noble hops with their spicy floralness are along for the full ride. Finish is clean with a charming hop presence in the aftertaste.

A bit fuller and heavier than Euro pilsners. Sort of a New World beefier version of the original Czech model.

Overall this is Pilsner, heavyweight class. For those (like me) who like the Lagunitas approach.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,585 ratings.
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