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
Reviews:
739
Ratings:
2,556
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
12.36%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
536
For Trade:
0
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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 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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Liquids
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Golden yellow, effervescent, creamy one finger head. Smells alive and hoppy, resinous. Taste is maltier than expected, husky, but dead ends quickly into a rather herbal hop flavor with a sourish, odd, and longlasting aftertaste. The more I drank, the less I wanted to. The aftertaste was hard to get rid of, and haunted me for a few hours afterward. I tend to like a good pilsener, but this didn't do it for me, to say the least.

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Photo of Chinon01
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a fan of Pilsners in general I was disappointed by this beer. I found that the taste was sweet almost like a macro rather than rich like say Staroprahmen. The complexity too was missing like spiciness and a muskiness and there was relatively low hop bitterness as well. The mouthfeel and drinkability were fine. Overall not interesting or compelling.

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Photo of jbakajust1
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super clear pale gold with lots of streaming bubbles under 2 fingers of dense white head that holds like mousse. Head lasts all the way down at 1/8" thick. Great lacing clings to the glass all the way down.

First thing to jump out of the glass is grainy malt, dry crackers, followed by mild floral hop notes. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde. Touch of DMS.

Tastes of crackery malt, floral hops, and spicy hops, clean malt. Crisp and medium bitter finish that lingers. Mild vegetal notes, corn, DMS. No diacetyl, no acetaldehyde.

Medium light body, lots of carbonation dances on the tongue and tingles on the roof of the mouth. Semi-dry finish with balance towards bitterness.

Clean, crisp, wet, crackery malts, Noble hops, to the bitter and dry side, but not overly. Aside from the DMS, very close to style. Diacetyl is not evident, but low levels are part of the style. Easy drinking, and thirst quenching.

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

A: This brew pours a golden yellow with a tall 3 finger head white head. It's clear and bright. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: The aroma has a nice malt background but is overshadowed by a spicy floral hop profile. It's a nice balance of slight fruitiness tones with the pilsner malt holding it together.

T: The taste is much as it smells with a spicy nose and a slight peppery aftertaste. Not too sweet, not too bitter. A moderate amount of carbonation gives helps back up the hop spice. It's a bit more towards the dry end with a detectable acidic bite that I would expect from a pale beer.

M: A moderate mouthfeel, not slick. I detect an ever so slight chalky feel on the tongue but not enough to overpower the palate.

O: Overall this is a nice beer, certainly emblematic of the style. It's a nice palate cleansing brew that refreshes.

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Photo of Ezone024
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great, clear golden yellow with lots of carbonation and a thick spongy head.

not much in the smell department, some earthy fruit scents.

Taste's like a pils with earthy almost apple flavor. with spicy bitter hops on the tongue. It feels clean and refreshing on the tongue.

it's a good beer but not worth the lagunita's price.
Drinkable and refreshing but you can get that in a cheaper lager beer.

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Photo of MeanMotaScootah
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is very malty and sweet - for the style this is a about right - most Czech Pilsners don't have a ton of aromantic hops. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy and thick for a pilsner - there is some sweet malt/biscuit on the middle tongue that is not quite right for the style but if you consider this an Americanized/West Coast version of this style then you might let this slide. I think overall this is a very tasty beer. I like the hoppy bite on the finish and the lager yeast make this a nice break from a pale ale or even an IPA. A great beer despite it not being inline with a true pilsner style.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has a very clear and golden color. Average size head that leaves a lacy white lining on the glass as you drink. Smells considerably hoppy. Medium body feel in the mouth with moderate carbonation that dances on your tongue. Goes down smoothly and feels pretty light. It definitely doesn't seem to be a 6% ABV beer. Tastes hoppy and bitter. For what I know, it seems to be a good American take on the Czech Pilsner style. I think it would be a perfect light and hoppy beer to be paired with some salty popcorn and a mild night.

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

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A: Pours pis yellow, mostly transparent, with a finger of effervescent white foam.

S: The nose is of earth along with a significant component of grassy herbalness.

T: Strong elements of earth which is suggested by the nose. The malt is light, consisting of crackers, grain and hints of hay. The hops impart floral, herbal, and grassy flavors to the beer along with hints of orange rind ending with a mild bitter, spicy finish.

M: Crisp and light in the mouth with moderate to high prickling carbonation.

O: A descent take on the pilsner style although overall this brew falls short. A refreshing drink for a warm day.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,556 ratings.
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