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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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 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 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 BerkeleyBeerMan
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true lager by Lagunita's. Czech style pils hits all the right notes while maintaining Lagunita's trademark attitude. This is no weak beer. Anybody that thinks Lagers and Pil's are just pale yellow fizzy stuff. Cave!

This beer pours clear yellowish gold with amazing clarity. Huge carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the thin foamy head. There isn't so much lacing here but so what this beer is meant for drinking. The aromas are pleasant enough to not need muting.

This in your face Pils jumps right at me with a grainy Saaz hop aroma. Spicy and grassy. The malts are pretty sweet. I think there is almost a British style malt base to this, caramel and apple. Then come the stronger aromas, lemon zest, salty mineral water and light sulfur. Maybe there could be some finesse added to the finish but overall this beer rules.

My tongue is tickled by fruity cracker malts and grapefruit then sharp grassy hops that come sharp and bitter and linger for a bit. Very good.

The mouthfeel is light and grainy. Full flavored with a nice balance.

I would recommend this underrated beer by Lagunita's. It isn't the greatest Pils ever but it doesn't hit any off-notes. A tad rough but so what. It didn't eat my tongue up like the extremely dry "Jever". I will definitely be buying it this Spring to add to my rotation of Pil's.

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Photo of KingRascal
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pale clear gold with a thin white head

Aroma: Heavy wheat aroma without an overbearing smell

Taste: Smooth pilsner taste with a crisp wheat finish

Feel: Crisp and well carbonated with a smooth finish

Overall: One of the best pilsners I've had so far

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Crystal clear gold color with crowds of bubbles rising through and a smooth white head.

Smell: Slightly fruity hops, a little yeast.

Taste: Straight into barley, red grapes (I don’t know what that’s from), and well balanced hops. Back end is more yeasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and fairly thin. Gives this a very crisp feel.

Overall: I really like it. Subtle (compared to what I normally drink) but still very flavorful and complex.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.21/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Extremely lively with a massive billowy head and excellent head retention for the style. Pours a clear slightly golden straw color.

S: Incredible blast of fresh noble hops. Very spicy and floral, with some grassiness and a touch of bread. A bit more malty than other examples of the style, but pretty clean overall.

T: Great showcase of European hop varieties with soft, bready pilsner malt. Spicy grassy hop presence, with quite a bit of grain. Definitely has a stronger taste than most other pilsners, owing to the relatively high strength. Finish is dry, moderately bitter with the slightest hint of lingering caramel and grain.

F: Medium-light body, closer to light, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Lively yet soft carbonation. My only fault here is that the carbonation is pretty fleeting; active at first but dies down considerably within a few minutes.

O: One of the better pilsners I’ve had to date. With each sip it’s like the noble hops hit you over the head, then beg your pardon.

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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 MTNboy
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a nice hazy brass colored body. It had a great two and a half fingers of white head but there was not much for lace. It smells of crisp hops and there are some fruity esters with a mild aroma of grass. It is fruitier than most pilsners but it is refreshing. The aftertaste is crisp and herbal. It has a very thin but slick mouthfeel. It is a great beer one of the better American pils I have had.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy lemon yellow with a thin white head and not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly sweet malts.

This has so much more body and depth than the more traditional Czech Pilsners. Some sweet malts with just a smidgen of bitterness. No sulfurs at all.

Mouthfeel is light yet rich with a fizzy carbonation.

I love this interpretation of a Czech Pilsner from Lagunitas. So easy to drink and enjoy. Time for another six.

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Photo of breweradams
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Brilliantly clear, thick white head lingers well after 60 seconds to a thin white ring

smell: Slight sulfur smell with a very light malty and hop aroma

taste: Slightly malty followed by a hoppy bitterness well balanced. Bitterness lingers with no off flavors .

mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a light body and slight creaminess

overall: very drinkable well balanced beer

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Photo of jsprain1
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden, white frothy head is one finger thick and lasts pretty well. A few wisps of of lacing.
S- Light crackery malt, a bit of earthy hops, and a bit of light citrus.
T- A really balanced pleasant pilsner. Crackery, with some bread dough notes. There are more herbal notes in it than the nose indicated. A good bit of a orange character.
M- Medium body for style, medium, maybe a little higher, carbonation.
O- A good balanced pilsner. At 6.2% it might not be a the session beer it tastes like, but a really pleasing pilsner.

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Photo of hops4me
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - gold-yellow in color. Fluffy white head. Lacing clings to the glass as it gets consumed.

S - little bit of malt and hop spiciness in the nose.

T - malt sweetness up front. Bready in the middle followed quickly with the spicy hop flavor you would expect.

M - Light body and prickliness from the CO2.

D - good drinkability and representation of the style. A nice lager with good refreshing qualities.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner-type glass.

Nice golden-straw colored, clear lager with a bone-white head that is fluffy, three-fingers and leaves nice lacing. A fine looking beer.

The beer smells of bread and lemon. Not a ton of nose here but for a pils that's not a big deal. What nose there is is clean and inviting.

Taste is clean, tart, grainy with a bit of sweetness. The overall impression is citrusy. I like the crispness and find the taste refreshing. And its devoid of the fruit-loops taste that both the Noble Pils and the Prima Pils have.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with light carbonation and a dry finish. Great drinkability and though I would prefer a ABV closer to four than five the 5.3% this beer carries is within the range of a sessionable beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant amber gold under a clingy 2” frothy white head.
S: Not much aroma – primarily hops with pilsener malt in the background. No fruit.
T: Big malt flavors up front lead to a bitter hop accent on the finish. The bitterness is rounded and not harsh.
F: medium body and above average carbonation.
O: a solid representative of the style that is easy to drink and widely distributed.

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Photo of Bcant
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp; perhaps that’s the best way to describe this pils. Nice gold color suitably carbonated but it produces a poor head. Excellent grainy malt flavor but balanced very well for an American pilsner. Kudos for Laguntas for making a solid pils in California!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lagunitas PILS has a very thick, white head, heavy lacing left behind, and a mostly clear, gold appearance, with powdery sediment, throughout, and a few lazy, ascending bubbles. Aroma is of yeasty biscuit, and the flavor is of those two elements, riding alongside fairly bitter, grassy hops. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lagunitas PILS finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of malty
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as clear as a lager can be. High noon sun golden orange with a loose fluffy 2" with an (almost) white head. The visible uprising carbonation seems so defined in this brilliantly clear liquid. Fluffy and puffy rings of thick lace all the way down.

Crisp, zesty, clean pilsner malts with a grassy prickly hop underpinning. FRESH scents for sure.

The crisp sweet & somewhat dry flavors of the malt make a solid platform for the dry, chalky and zesty hops to show their true colors. Sweet, dry, sweet, dry, sweet, dry seems to be the theme here. The overall dryness impresses me and the subtle sweetness really works nice.

Mouthfeel is brilliant. Just between light & med. bodied, this lager has a lively prickly amount of dispersed carbonation, but not at all effervescent or fizzy. Clean bone-dry finish lingers.

Drinkability is awesome. The mouthfeel and clean dry flavors are hard to argue against. I can't see many lagers drinkers (including macros) not digging the brew.

Overall a great pils I'm happy to have come across. Dry, snappy, clean and crisp with a body that carries everything along in an orderly fashion. I'd be happy to find this on tap and drink many pints on a regular basis. Good stuff!

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Photo of Roser
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- big foamy bone white head that lasted a long time. Minimal to no lacing. Lots of bubbles. Very pale golden yellow. Looked like lemon meringue pie in a glass. A great looker!

S- crisp and clean. Sweet spicy malts. Feint hops.

T- malty up front, sweet on the back end. Biscuity. Slight hop bitterness.

M- silky smooth. Light body.

O- very good. Love all things Lagunitas, but I'm not a Pils guy (love me some IPA's!!!); however, I know a good Pilsner when I drink one. Has officially dethroned the Scrimshaw as my favorite Pilsner. This is a great offering from one of the best breweries. Would have again and definitely recommend.


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Photo of EPICAC
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, clear golden. A thin, bright white head bubbles up on the pour, but quickly fizzes away to a thin film. The aroma, like most pilsners in my experience, is light. Though there are nice malty caramel aromas and a bit of herbal hops.

Sweet and bready flavors greet the tongue, moving into a more defined malty sweetness. The finish is a pretty spot on. There's a nice citrus-tinged, spicy hop finish with a good lingering bitterness. Crisp, nicely carbonated and light-bodied.

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Photo of dwren89
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: golden yellow, big fizzy head, great clarity

Aroma: very bready and even a little yeasty on the nose, soft aromas

Taste: very well rounded, soft bready flavors and are complemented by a nice bitterness to curb the sweetness. Very bready flavor overall though.

Mouthfeel: medium body, medium high carbonation, short finish

Overall: A very fine Czech Pilsner. Very soft on the palate, very bready, almost like biting into a fresh, soft loaf of ciabatta bread. Hop bitterness keeps it from being too sweet, and a short finish will keep you coming back for more. This is my favorite American made Czech style Pilsner.

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Photo of LittleMurphyDog
4.16/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The only Lagunitas that really needs to be served cold. Full-bodied Pilsner, great for a hot summer's afternoon. Filtered sunshine yellow color, old fashioned "beer" nose, crisp taste. A really nice change of pace after many strong ales and porters.

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Photo of shapudding
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear and honey golden with tons of carbination seen rising up to the thick cap of heavy egg-shell foam. The rich milkshakey head left a ton of lacing, but reduced down to a good capping. Very nice aroma with surprising strength to it, can catch it from a few feet away, very malty and sweet. Nicely pronounced flavors, good bite of peppery hops and caramelly malts. Good bitterness left in your mouth. Crisp and sharp flavors. The carbination feels good, it is just enough, I thought it would be too much from all I could see going on, but it was just right. Very drinkable pils, great session with good flavors and feel to it.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 12oz Sam Adams glass.

A: Clear golden yellow. Very carbonated as well. Looks almost like a Steam beer because of the carbonation.

S: Smell of malt and a tad bit of hops.

T: Here is where the beer shines. Great smooth taste and balance between the hops and malt. A definite example of the style perfected.

M: Carbonated, but not too much

D: Way too easy. I can see myself returning to this one when the summer gets here. Good stuff for that Saturday BBQ

Overall: Highly Recommended.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
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