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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 spaced
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (no discernable freshness date) into a pint glass. It's a nice golden yellow, with a 1/2 in. head that dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing. Aroma is of spicy hops and some bready malt, pretty much what you'd expect. The first taste on the tongue is of those distinctive spicy Saaz hops helped along by a decent amount of carbonation, followed by a (small) twinge of sweetness. This is all rounded out by a good bit of hop bitterness on the finish.

Overall, this one was a bit more hoppy than what I was expecting, although it's been a while since I've had a Czech Pilsner, so who knows. Anyway, besides that, there's not much that stands out about this one, to me at least. Solid, but nothing spectacular - it's just a normal Pils, and sometimes there's nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a golden-amber body capped with a finger of sudsy white foam that shrinks to a thin sheet and leaves very little lacing on the glass.

Smell is a little malty with a note of peppery spice.

Taste is sweet and pale malty with gingery hops and a note of white bread toast with butter.

Somewhat sticky finish; okay drinkability.

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Photo of Finn
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a pale gold with very minimal head retention. smell is classic euro-lager smell, with a touch of lemony zest and some graininess. flavor has a good bit of sweet backbone, and a tiny alcohol bite of some sort. medium body. overall fairly drinkable, but not as easy to put away as many other craft pils.

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Photo of loftisCT
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First 4 numbers are 0052, Definitely the 5th day of the year, can't figure out whether the 2 means the year was 2012, If someone reads this review and knows the answer I would appreciate a beer mail, enjoyed on Feb. 15, 2012.
A: Crystal clear straw-colored, white head dissipates pretty quickly.
S: Sharp, crackery malt steals the show. A hint of oxidation, and a little sulfur but both of these are in the background. Pretty light on the hops with a light noble hop aroma, and a light citrus but malt is the main player.
T: Malt flavors opens up, not overly sweet. The malt is still mainly crackery, but with a grainy edge to it. Nice drying bitter finish. Malt lingers a little but the hops over power it. A little more estery than most lagers but still refreshing.
M: Lighter side of medium-bodied. High carb and very crisp.
O: Nice solid pils. I enjoyed it, but it doesn't stand out above others for me. I didn't love the fermentation. It didn't seem quite as pure lagery to me. I thought I got more esters than normal for a lager.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice clear golden color with a small white head. The head fell and left nice lacing on the glass. There were some carbonation bubbles present.

S - This one smells of grainy malt. It has a sweetness to it, and there are also notes of honey and lemon zest.

T - Bready yeast up front with some sweetness. There are also notes of spice, lemon zest, and a little bit of hops present. The finish it critrusy and bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is pretty good. It has a medium body with lots of carbonation. You can feel the tingling of the carbonation with each sip. It also goes down pretty smooth.

D - This is a pretty drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth. It's not my favorite Lagunitas beer, but I would probably pick this one up again.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great brewery, but not my style. Golden pour with thin white head. Aroma is a little bit of funk - I can never put my nose on middle-European hop varieties. Somewhat malty, which saves it for me. Very clean finish which is also nice.

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Photo of myelo
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle dated 337 (Dec. 3 I'm guessing) on May 31 on my front porch.

Bright, clear straw gold with white head that persists as a thin rim with some lacing.

Aroma is malt sweetness with mild Saaz hops, clean lager. Taste is Pils malt with some sweetness and moderate hops. Clean, moderately dry finish with mild lingering bitterness.

Medium body with no ethanol warmth. Medium carbonation.

Very smooth but with plenty of flavor. Nice.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i didn't know that the abv was so high. its pours gold clear with some very very light carbonation coming up. after about 2 minutes no head what so ever. nose is pilsner apple notes. taste is some what mineral hops dry with a hint of sweet. hint of saaz and straw. tastes better with salty meat. it doesn't have a husky quality which gives it some subtle characteristics. this is a really hard style and its just beginning of something fantastic. i can't figure if this is really made with lager yeast judging by the abv. seems like a pilsner hop ale almost.

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Photo of tempest
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was hoping for a nice crisp pils as I have respect for Lagunitas and while this beer was good, it wasn't nice a crisp. The malt profile was bland sweetness at first that warmed up to bready pilsner malt. There was also just a hint of grassy hops. Sure its inoffensive and tastier than your average macro pils, but this is nothing to rejoice over.

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Photo of Mumbly
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It has a very nice golden/coppery color. Has a small head when poured.
Has a slight sweet fruity aroma, with a hint of malt.
Taste is very similar to smell. Definite malt over hop flavor. Very clean taste, almost no after-taste.
Carbonation is minimal. A little heavier in mouth feel than water, but not much.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

286th review on BA
bottle to Pilsner glass

App- A very dark yellow with minimal bubble activity and a one finger quick dissapating head.

Smell- Faint malts and smells a bit sugary to me.

Taste- A bit similar to a euro lager for me. A big bigger though with more bolder flavors. Malty and a bit sweet.

Mouth- This was a soft medium body with a medium carb level and a euro lager after taste.

Drink- It was balanced but a bit malty and to close to a euro lager for me.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours with a finger of weight head on top of incredibly clear straw-gold body.

S: Smells a bit of malt and has a slight spicy hop aroma. There is a little bit of citrus, like the smell of orange zest.

T: Slight hop spicy flavor that evolves into a bitterness, which finishes out the taste. There is a touch of a grassy character as well. There is some bready malt hiding under the hop flavors.

M: The carbonation is a little lower than I would like and the beer is thin to medium body (closer to medium).

D: The slightly lower carbonation really hurts the drinkability. The flavor didn't really blow me away. The abv is also slightly higher than I was hoping for, due to the lack of complex flavors and given the style I was hoping for something really consumable.

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Photo of TommyW
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with a sticky white head.

S- Faint grass and mild floral hops; a little faint overall.

T- Bready malt with hay and grass. Clean floral hop presence, but it's a little on the weak side.

M- Medium body with a light carbonation.

D- Not a badly balanced beer, but the hop presence just didn't remind me of what a good Czech Pils should be.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear golden with a solid little bright white head that lingers.

S - Smells of wheat and peas.

T - Quite hoppy. Too sour for my tongue. Srong carbonation keeps it lively though.

M - Pretty strong mouthfeel for the style. Seems to pack more flavor than other pilsners I've tried.

D - Good "hot day" drinker if you don't mind the over the top hops.

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Photo of necoadam
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a medium shade of gold with a nice head that left a bit of lacing.

Smell consisted of a nice dose of hops, spicy hops, with a good malt underlying to it. It really doesn't have that pils aroma to it.

Taste was decent. Sweet malts start off and then gives away to some floral/spicy hops. Seemed to be a bit more fuller than the nose suggested it to be.

Mouthfeel was medium with a creamy texture, if anything, it might of been too creamy. I would of liked to see the hops really stand out in this brew, but just didn't come through. Decent, but not worthy of being in regular rotation.

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Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a hazed light gold with a puffy white cap. Delicate aroma ; gainy, light sweetness but without the floral skunk of the CZ pilsens. Wow, peppery-bittering blast with subtantial malts and tangy citrus hops...malty bitter but not what I would call dry. Nice twist on the style...this is a pilsner for ale heads that live for hop alpha oils..actually it has more ale traits than Pilsner but who cares..it works.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew poured a very clear straw honey color with a medium head. Lacing was a medium to minimal, while carbonation was very high throughout. Smell is very weak of citrus and a bit of banana. Nothing very powerful at all in terms of odor. Taste is very bready with a bit of lemon and butter. Mouthfeel is very clean and crisp. Would love to have this on a warm summer day. Balance is a bit off because of the extreme carbonation, but drinkability is definitely there because it's so light and refreshing. For sure a session brew.

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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 classixIII
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured slightly hazy light straw color. 1" head stood for a minute, great carbonation. I get citrus and a bit of hops. Crisp feel, with some alcohol at the finish. I like the style and this is another good one in a field of many good ones.

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Photo of argock
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness labelling.

A: Noble appearing clear yellow with orange tints at the edge. Ample white head with plenty of lace ringing the glass.

S: The hops aromas are Saaz-like, but very muted. I smelled this beer right after pouring with a big head on it and throughout the drink, but I could not catch much in the way of malt or other hops aromas.

T: Husky grains are first taste with some sweet malts followed by a long-onset Saaz and grassier hops profile. Slightly astringent and metallic aftertaste.

M: Clean and dry like a pilsner should be. Active carbonation but not hampering drinkability.

D: A good pilsner, but not overly flavorful. Understated, which is not usually the route Lagunitas beers tend to go. A better aroma would have helped this beer all the way through.

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Photo of theghost3
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a mostly clear deep golden with a 2-finger white head. Minimal lacing.

It smells of yeast, floral hops & a little of toasted malts. The taste is mainly bitter floral hops with yeast; not as grassy or buttery as expected. Mouthfeel is dry, carbonated.

This is a fairly drinkable Czech Pils, but nothing really stands out.

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Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured the expected clear, clean, slightly golden yellow of the style. The beer had a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was the expected grainy scent with a gentle kiss of hops. There was, unfortunately, a slight skunkiness to the aroma. The flavors also were what is expected for the style. A nice combo of grain, grass and hop.

Body and drinkabilty were both where you would expect them to be. Overall, I'd say this beer meets expectations. It's a nice, clean, refreshing beer that's certainly worth your time.

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Photo of misinformed
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Clear, pale golden. Pours with a fluffy, white 2 finger head that settles down to less than a quarter of an inch. Very cool tornado of medium bubbled carbonation that stuck around for a bit after I first poured it.

S- Slightly sour. Grassy/floral hops. Very light.

T- Similar to the smell. Mild bitterness from the hops. Crisp with a light bitter finish. Very faint tangy apple at times.

M- Smooth. Light bodied leaning towards medium. Some light prickly carbonation. Refreshing, not dry.

D- Great after a hot day working in the yard. Smooth and refreshing. Well balanced, but underwhelming. I actually do like this beer, but I will probably try some other similar beers before picking this up again because it lacks anything very distinctive about it (other than being made by a great company).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, bright golden color, active carbonation, with a thick, fluffy, bone-white head, which softly sizzles down to size.
Nose is dry, wide open and suggestive of absolutely nothing in particular, or at all.
Light and smooth, just right for a lager, but bad for a self-described "Czech-style pilsener." For one thing, very little hops are felt, and additionally, dryness is missing. Instead the flavor is bland, bald, and lagery sweet. I keep waiting for some dry hoppiness to emerge and assert itself through this treacly murk, something that may indicate a true "Czech-style Pilsner" profile, but, alas, it never does.
Again, far too thick and sweet...nice try, but you missed.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lagunitas Pils
12oz, code unclear

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow. Small foamy head, average lacing. (3.5)

Aroma is spot-on for the style. Earthy Saaz hops, pleasantly sulfury yeast note. A bit muted and oxidized/old, limiting high marks. (4)

A lot of pilsner malt on the flavor. Cracker, hay, blonde biscuit. Not overly sweet, but not enough hops either. Some spice, earth and grass from the hops. Clean overall, no hints of the pils-killer diacetyl or its cousin acetaldehyde. Mouthfeel is spritzy, medium-high carb. (3, 3.5)

Good stab at the style, just needs a hair more bitterness and hop flavor, maybe a bit more attenuation. ABV is a bit high at 6%. (3)

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,531 ratings.
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