Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) | Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

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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 robbyc1
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite session beers, this is one of the few lagers that I keep in my fridge. Keep in mind that as we score lagers, we must score it as if it fits the type perfectly. In this case the look, the hops, the malt, the balance, the buttery feel, almost perfect for the style. So it's not a Stout, so what! It's a really good beer for the style, one I will defend.

Appears a bit light pale orange/yellow look, slight head dissipates nicely.

Nose has a nice sweetness, bit of soft hops.

Taste is balanced, slightly sweet malt with nice dryness at the end. Good flavor and finish for this style, not great but good.

Round and filling in the mouth. The best thing is the drinkability, very refreshing and balanced, could have it all day. Best I've had, other than New Glarus' try which is great too.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A regular pour left about a finger's worth of white head that quickly dropped to a full lace. The body was a nice, slightly hazy, golden color with medium carbonation.

S- Initially I was met with a mix of doughy malts, some soft fruit esters, and slightly spicy hops. On further inspection, I picked up a bit of toast-like qualities.

T- Similar to the aroma. There was a doughy taste mixed with a nice portion of spicy hops. Later, I seemed to pick up some possible yeasty traits.

M- Pretty full for the style, which is nice. Otherwise, it's moderately carbonated.

D- It's a pretty decent drinker, slightly heartier than some other examples of the style. Pilseners can be a difficult style to "woo" somebody with. This one was nice, but didn't do anything to separate itself from the pack.

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lost Dog Cafe in Arlington.

Not much head when they brought it in a pint glass. Nice clear gold beer. Left almost no lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt and slightly grassy hops. I've just gotten into craft beer, and the only pilsner I'm familiar with so far is Victory Prima Pils, and this smells much more toward the sweet side, but then again, this is a Czech, not German Pilsner, and maybe that's the difference.

Tastes as the nose would indicate as far as the malt-hop balance. Definitely sweet but not overly so. There's something about this that reminds me of a taste in milk that's gone sour, but not in a bad way. Hops balance the sweetness in the finish to make this a very good and refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel is standard for a refreshing pilsner. Nice carbonation.

Drinkability is great. Very good beer, and a nice change from Prima Pils for me. This is my second beer from Lagunitas after Imperial Red Ale, and so far so good.

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Photo of biggmike
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a crisp, clear, golden color with small white head that stayed around, but did not leave much lacing around the glass. Aroma was a bit floral, but I also detected a scent of grass, the aroma was, however, dominated by the Saaz hops. Flavor was good and a bit hoppier than I had anticipated. Mouthfeel was great and drinkability was sky high. I really enjoyed this and I typically dont get that excited about pilseners.

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

Deep yellow, crystal clear body, nice finger of head but it fades pretty quickly. Thumbs up.

Hops dominate in this beer. They spared no Saaz. Honey sweet malt backbone makes this a great example.

The hops take over a bit too much in the flavor. You can see how I've ranked this beer, though, It's second only to Victory's Prima Pils.

Spot on. Nothing but perfect here.

I am a hophead, but this is a bit heavy on hops for a pils. That being said, I would drink the hell out of this beer.

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Photo of LemZeppelin
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd have to say...this beer was exactly what I imagined it to be. Not spectacular as it is a tough style to master, but Lagunitas always puts out a quality product. I am using Pilsner Urquell on-tap as a basis of comparison...I spent several weeks in Prague and drank it with almost every meal.

Appearance: 5/5. Crisp, golden color and clarity were on point. Small head that didn't dissipate and held its own until the bottom third of the beer, but also not too thick and didn't lace the glass. Can't say too much about a 5/5...they nailed it.

Smell: 4/5. Great floral and (can I say) "herbal" scents, but not exceptional as it didn't bring me back overseas. There weren't any off-scents or anything "bad" about the smell...I just remember Pilsner Urquell's having much more of a nose than this one.

Taste/Mothfeel: 5/5 + 2.5/5. Same as with scent (afterall taste is nearly 90% smell anyway) I found this to be on point but just a little too weak for my taste. Pilsner Urquell is a very pleasant kick to the palate and while this was certainly enjoyable with no off-flavors, it didn't fully stimulate my tastebuds the way a true Pilsner can.

Clean and crisp malts up front with a dry and refreshing (but not too bitter) hop finish. Gentle carbonation makes for a very smooth beer and enhances some spicy characters. I took off a lot of points on Mouthfeel due to the finish. Typically dry, almost pulling your tongue down your throat, this one didn't have that pleasant bite I was expecting/hoping for. It's one thing to brew a great tasting's another thing entirely to brew one that will stick to the palate for minutes after a sip. Pilsner Urquell has it...Lagunitas Pils doesn't.

Drinkability: 4.5/5. This beer can be anything you want it to be. Dinner beer, session beer, summer day/winter night...just make sure you like the taste of pilsners!

Summary: 4.5/5. I was very impressed with this beer and its ability to live up to my horribly biased pilsner standards! I may have focused on it's shortcomings, but that is only because they are fewer than its accolades and this is a review, not a novel. Simply put...Lagunitas nailed the Pilsner style but it doesn't create the same "POW...right in the kisser!" effect that the 5/5 Pilsner Urquell does.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.28/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed on 8/24/08. Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a small white head. Aroma of stale wheat and lager malts. Flavor is wheaty with some light fruits. But mostly this just tastes like stale wheat and I didn't like it at all. I didn't get this one...
5/3/4/3/12 (2.7/5)

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Photo of GJ40
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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Photo of lynx1245
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a white fluffy head and some lacing. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smell: I smell apple along with a nice floral aroma. Kind of surprised how much the apple stands out.

Taste: Starts off with some sweet malty notes followed by a nice hop bite. A little bit more emphasis on the hops but I like that.

Mouthfeel: I like the carbonation and the creaminess. It doesn't have any grainy texture like most pilsners I've tried.

Drinkability: I could definitely sip on this one a lot. The extra hops really brings it over the top for me as far as a drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of Spikester
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden color with an enormous white fluffy head. Fully one-third of the 16 ounce glass was head! Modest floral hop aroma. Foamy lacing. More hops than most Pilsners which is good IMO. Flavor is mild as expected with a nice bitter dry finish. Truly an awsome Pilsner or Lager. Cost $1.49 US for a 12 ounce single. Might be an impressive beer for your Bud swilling friends.
Great session beer for those seeking respite from hop bombs.

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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 cokes
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden hued with reeling streams of bubbles under a modest fluff of white.
Grain cracker aroma, lightly honeyed, and backed with dried herbs and flowers.
A bit sweeter in the malt department through the mouth. It still starts crackery and grainy, but the honey takes a larger hold, almost flirting with caramel, as apple blossom notes arrive. Hops are brisk, bitter, and herbal, and balancing, even though I would like them to carry a better part of the weight.
It's taut, light-medium. The carbonation dies relatively quickly. It's not lazy or rotund, but it lacks the peppiness and perkiness of some.
All told, this is a solid pils from a brewery that makes their cake on ales. Not great, but absolutely respectable.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light gold color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated slowly. Uneven lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Wet grains, light malts. Fairly prominent bittering hops.

T: Crips and dry followed by hops bitterness and light malt sweetness. The balance doesn't seem quite right with the lingering sweetness AFTER the hops.

M: Light-to-medium body. Nicely balanced carbonation. Crisp and smooth. Dry.

D: Not a lot of flavor and balance isn't quitte right. That said. goes down smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a pilsner glass.

pours a carbonated golden color with a fluffy white head

smell is somewhat fruity, more than most pilsners.

sweet tangy taste followed by some mellow hops then mellow malt base.

decent mouthfeel, any more would make it less drinkable.

this is better and more drinkable than most pilsners I have had lately. surprising beer from lagunitas, I didn't expect a whole lot considering how similar a lot of their beers taste (not bad just similar).

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever since having the New Glarus Unplugged Bohemian Pils last week, I have craving some thirst quenching lagers. This one held its own and satisfies my urge for a clean and flavorful session beer. Brilliant golden and clear body with heavy carbonation and thin, but slightly sticky, layer of head. The aroma is filled with a doughy maltiness that is paired with oak and noble hops. Nice and resinous, but controlled hop presence. The taste is sharp and malty on the front and dried out substantially on the swallow. The touch a crystal malt seems to add great depth to this medium bodied lager. Not sure if they put this beer on oak, but it surely has wonderful barrel qualities. This is so easy to drink and a great example of a lager done right. It is so easy to get lost in the hype and trends of big beers (guilty myself), but somethings, nothing is better than a cold, clean pils. This one is definitely suiting for crowd pleasing.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Pilsner glass and it was just a beautiful looking beer. A thick whipped cream head floated above the beer. The head did fade rather quickly into the beer and a spider web of foam/lacing was left behind. The beer was a deep golden color and was very clear. Moderate carbonation was visible.

The aroma seemed to focus on the grains and had a subtle sweetness and yeasty tone.

The taste was interesting in that there was certainly a big hop presence, but it almost seemed dull to me. There are lively hop bites and dull ones. I wish I had a better way to describe it. Behind this was some sweetness, perhaps a little too much for a pilsner. Got some nice grain tastes as well. Not much depth to the flavor. Also got a bit of a yeasty taste near the end.

Mouthfeel was sharp due to the hop bitterness that I mentioned above. Mouth feel was fairly light, but has a sense of being syrupy.

Pretty good drinkability.

Not among my favorite pilsners. But pretty good.

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Photo of ahking
2.24/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I don't think I would like this beer even if it didn't say czech pilsner on the label. Not only does it not taste like a czech pils, it just doesn't taste good.

Pours nicely enough with a great rich golden color. No head, but this is okay. Aroma is like wet cardboard. I do get a nice saaz hop aroma past the wet cardboard.

A good czech pils to me should be dry and crisp and I find this beer to be overly sweet and the opposite of dry. It's really quite cloying and the flavor follows the aroma.

In essence the beer does have characteristics of a czech pils, bit it is poorly executed.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw-gold color with a soda-like head that disappeared as soon as it formed. Aroma is somewhat grainy, with a mild fruitiness and even milder citrus character. The flavor is unambitious, to say the least. It's a bit sweet on the front, but that's soon replaced by a malty center. The finish is quite bitter, with bit of the grainy malts hanging on. That bitterness sure lasts.
The carbonation is a bit heavy for my taste. This isn't the sort of thing I'll be partaking much of.

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Photo of Offa
2.09/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is a disappoing and unpleasant pilsner with an almost tasteless, rough bitterness completely dominating most of it after the first sip.

Golden and a bit bubbly, it has a thin white head that dissipates fast to leave a weak ring and practically no lace.

The aroma is somewhat mild yet pretty good, flowery with toasted grain/crackers and fruity hops with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste is decent at first, being both sweet and slightly bitter, with light toasted grain and hops that have mostly a faint pine-lemon pulp taste. Thus far, it's ok, but even so nothing special or particularly interesting and is a bit bland. It gets worse and ends up very bland yuet roughly bitter with little actual flavour or character except a faint hint of old, almost tasteless lemon rind rubbed briefly with pine needles. The feel, at first soft and smooth becomes rough, dry and unpleasant, leaving an unpleasant, vague aftertaste.

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Photo of blackie
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into a pils glass, big fluffy off white head fed by tons of bubbles rising from the bottom, slow recession and good lacing, golden hay in color

s: smells nice, pilsner malt gives a light-moderate sweetness, grassy hops, a little metal

m: carbonation just over medium, light-medium body

t: clean pilsner grains, clean barley sweetness, grassy hops, a slight metal flavor lingers, well bittered

d: no problem...nothing extraordinary and it could stand to be crisped up a touch, but a very solid and drinkable pilsner

single from Whole Foods Reston...been sitting there almost since I moved up, figured it was time

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

Thanks goes out to jctribe25 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some hops, and spicy. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, with some nice spice notes. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a true to style brew from the L. Always nice to get a L brew, very afforable and tasty.

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Photo of Gish
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice straw color with a small head, nothing out of the ordinary. Leaves a little lacing.

S - A bit of honey sweetness with just a touch of grassy hops coming through

T - A nice crisp flavor with just a touch of sweetness and hops coming through. Very refreshing.

M - A bit underwhelming, the carbonation is right but the beer seems a little thin.

D - Very drinkable, would go with just about anything and is just a very refreshing tasty beer in general.

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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 Murchmac
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice foamy head, crystal clear pilzen yellow. Lots of carbonation. This looks like a golden carbonated twinkie

Smells of fresh grass, pale malts, not too hoppy. Like a hostess grass pie.

Full malt body, sweetness, not as hoppy as expected but nice hop finish. Kinda like a ding dong but instead of cream in the middle, hops.

Beautiful "beer" aftertaste, lingering hops. HoHo's are good.

Worth a try, good california shot at ze pilsener. Drink this with the hostess snowballs that come out around st. patricks day, they're green.

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Lagunitas PILS (Czech Style Pilsner) from Lagunitas Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 2,562 ratings.
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