LAG Lagunator Lager
Lagunitas Brewing Company

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Style:
Bock - Traditional
Ranked #16
ABV:
7.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #21,963
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
132
From:
Lagunitas Brewing Company
 
California, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  25
SCORE
87
Very Good
LAG Lagunator LagerLAG Lagunator Lager
Notes: It’s a dry-hopped California Common with a massive malt character, rounded out by a bitter balance from some experimental hops from the Yakima Valley, this beer will leave you saying ‘I’ll be bock!’
Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 132 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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stevoj from Idaho

3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Winco. Beautiful pour, deep amber with a lasting thick, creamy head. Nice malty aroma, grainy. Taste has a gentle sweetness, malty,caramel, toffee, butterscotch. Smooth and silky. Creamy lager goes down smooth.

Nov 29, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap41. Great lacing and color, semi-hazy. Nose is just tons of hop - Citra, Cascade, Mosaic. Orange and grapefruit and floral notes everywhere. Flavor starts out like a sharp hoppy session IPA but tapers off immediately to a quaffable easy drinking floral and sweet malt treat. Nicely done. Recommended.

Apr 17, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Original rating 2017-06-22] Bomber from the government Alcohol Control store. Pours clear copper with a medium off white head. Aroma of pine, earth, leather, flowers. Taste of sweet caramel and malt, very well balanced with bitter hops. Slight booze in the finish. I find a lot of Lagunitas beers tend to remind me of other Lagunitas beers, but not this one. I need to get me some more.

Oct 26, 2018
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scottfrie from California

3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16oz pint at THG.

A: Served a clear nutty copper color with a greasy cap of off-white foam that faded into a lasting film. Sheets of wispy lace were left down the glass.
S: Fresh hoppy spicy/resinous/herbal quality with a bready, slightly sweet, malty backbone. Earthy and peppery.
T: Surprisingly hoppy flavors follow the nose with spicy/herbal hops mixed with toasted malt, mild smokyish quality and a kind of savory umami quality. I get a kiss of overripe fruit, and a hint of that slightly burnt plastic flavor reminiscent of a bad Fantome bottle.
M: medium full body, thick and chewy mouthfeel, solid bitterness. Thick, soft, creamy carbonation.
O: Decent overall but there was something weird going on that was off-putting. Might have to revisit again and re-review.

Nov 16, 2017
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mijreed from Minnesota

4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Unbelievable lager. The nose is very malty and a bit of hops. You don't find many beers (Rogue Nut Brown) with that true malt smell.

Great head...the flavor is unreal for the high ABV. Malty, mildly hopped, well balanced, but with that clean lager taste.

Very good. Highest score.

Oct 31, 2017
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sokol_1993 from California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely an American's understanding of a bock. The malt back is there, but I'm more aware of the American hop in the beer, with its piney and some citrusy taste.
An okay brew, I'd prefer a German one.

Oct 11, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In my pint glass it is a dark amber color. There is a modest size off-white head and a smattering of lace.
Malty aroma: molasses and brown sugar. There are some faint piney hops in the aroma.
Taste follows the nose. Molasses and brown sugar, with a hint of pine at the end.
Medium-bodied and sweet.

Oct 08, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper to amber in color with an inch of creamy and dense brown head. Moderate lacing. Lots of caramel and marzipan in the nose. I'm tasting a lot of marzipan and dark sourdough bready malt. The mouth is lightly sticky and very crisp.

Oct 08, 2017
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany color. Off white head
Smell is molasses. Brown sugar. Slight pine. Taste is molasses, brown sugar, dark toast. Slight pine. Slight general citrus/orange. That lagunitas hop profile. Feel is medium. Sweet. Almost cloying. Alcohol makes an appearance but not intense.

Overall i feel this has some age unless this sweetness was purposeful. But a bock from lagunitas? Its a bock in which the characteristics are exaggerated and amplified.

Oct 05, 2017
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an odd one. There was a little too much sugary sweetness getting in the way of the malty toffee and light cocoa. The herbal, floral hop notes were kind of jarring at first, but they did grow on towards the end.

Oct 03, 2017
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice that they played the first three letters of their brewery with Lager. Too bad they don't brew more lagers.
Poured from a bomber to a Pilz glass. No date found, FU Lagunitas, how can you avoid this for all your success?
For me, best looking beer of the month. Amber color, gorgeous head, fine lacing, tiny bubbles for the whole glass. Beutiful lacing to the bottom also. If it wasn't for the color I would swear this was a German Pilz.
Minimal aroma. Kind of sweet, but not in a malty sense.
Taste is clean with strong hop character, mild malt. Alcohol makes itself known. That's a good thing because you could slam this thing if it wasn't there as a reminder.
Pretty good beer all and all.

Sep 24, 2017
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber copper color with a little head and lacing.

A bready grassy splendor.

Hops grassy pleasant bitternessness with a slight sweetness.

A hearty solid body with some carbonation.

Another solid beer by Lagunitas.

Sep 10, 2017
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am not abit surprised, but this bock is pretty inaccurate to the style and instantly recognizable as a Lagunitas brew. Why is that with nearly all their products?

It pours kind of golden (darker would be more accurate). It smells like Lagunitas.

The taste is malty, for sure, but mostly signature Lagunitas hops and water. The aftertaste lingers nice and bitter and malty on the tongue.

When I bought this I figured it would be a big Lag styled brew, and it neither surprised or disappointed.

Recommended, if you want a Lag styled beer that may be something like a bock.

Sep 08, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a lager glass from a 22 oz bottle.
Pours with a clear copper colored body topped by a creamy beige head. Very good retention and lacing.
Malty and boozy aroma typical of style. The flavor is true to style as well. Mildly bitter. Moderately strong.

Sep 04, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 Fluid ounce poured to wine glass
Sight: dark amber, slightly hazy, small light tan foam, some lacing
Aroma: hoppy aromal, malty
Taste: Slightly bitter, then sweet,
Mouth feel: nice follow through, long finish, sticky, bitter aftertaste
Overall: very good beer, specially with the price. Definitely something to look forward to.

Aug 28, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber on 7-2-17 from TW Arrowhead for $4.99. Quick check reveals no bottle date.

Beer poured amber brown with a very nice off white head with the initial pour.

Nose is interesting with a piney and light citrus hop profile that dominates as the beer warms.

Taste is caramel laagered malts forward blending nicely with the pine and citrus hops that keep this nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is definitely an unconventional lager. If you are looking for traditional avoid. Tasty smooth brew for hop loving palettes.

Aug 19, 2017
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oberon from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Came a caramel colored body with a rather fluffy off white head atop.Aromas upfront of caramel and dough with a assertive floral and citric hop shot,a little different but not bad.Caramel dominates the palate early with pine and and citrus-like hops hitting home in the finish.I liked the beer but the big hops might not be the best thing in the bock style,just my opinion.

Aug 17, 2017
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

$3.99 USD per bomber at a Trader Joe's in Chicago, IL.

BOTTLE: Branded green pry-off crown cap. Iconic Lagunitas label design. 1 pint 6 fl oz format. Brown glass.

I.B.U. 42.0.
O.G. 1.075.
7.9% ABV.
Bock.
Limited Release.

Served cold into a tulip and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: White-khaki colour. ~3cm in height. Frothy. Somewhat creamy. Thick consistency for a bock. ~5 minute retention. No lacing adheres to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Auburn colour of average to above average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within, but it's not fully transparent. Translucent.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking for a bock, though the body colour is a bit paler than most bocks I've seen in Germany.

AROMA: True to style, it's bready and malt-emphatic, hitting on notes of toasted amber malt, caramel, and chewy dark malt sweetness. Lagunitas has certainly overhopped it by traditional standards judging by the aroma, though, with overt bubblegum and floral notes emerging from the hops...it's forgivable though, and plays well with the malty aromatics.

Phenols from the (German) lager yeast. No esters.

Bubblegum dominates. Aromatic intensity is above average, but its high ABV is well-concealed.

No off-notes are detectable.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Bubblegum phenol is evident, as is some ice-cream like creaminess and fruity sweetness...odd.

Malt backbone is robust, with toasted amber malt, 2-row, and pale (or more probably, Munich) malt lending this beer plenty of hearty almost bready sweetness and heft on the palate. Caramel comes to mind, but also fruit - and a bock oughtn't be fruity. Medium to full-bodied yet smooth and wet enough to be approachable (though short of refreshing). The "liquid bread" moniker doesn't quite apply here; one can imagine it heavier, breadier, and thicker on the palate, but it's certainly got oomph.

Hops are downplayed but it's still overhopped for a traditional bock, with evident floral and fruity hop flavours coming through.

I think I find some crystal malt? It's unusually sweet...

Overcarbonated.

Perceived ABV matches the actual ABV.

No off-flavours are present.

Depth, duration, and intensity of flavour are all average. It's a bit unbalanced, but not egregiously so. Not dialed-in, nor is it a harmonious gestalt whole of a beer, but no flavours clash. Attenuation seems poor, which I guess is this beer's biggest issue; there seems to be far too much residual sugar present.

OVERALL: Lagunitas rarely does well outside of hoppy or sour styles, often overhopping European styles and delivering shallow attempts at robust stouts. Lagunator is closer to the intended style than Lagunitas' Scottish ales, but the presence of perceived fruitiness, a higher-than-traditional ABV, obvious hop flavour, and poor attenuation are all factors that make this attempt at a German bock difficult to fully appreciate - even if it is surprisingly drinkable for a 7.90% ABV brew. Style purists may turn their noses up at it, but even the most discerning drinker would have to contend it's enjoyable if nontraditional. Far from the first Lagunitas beer I'd lift off the shelf even at its relatively reasonable price, and I doubt I'll ever knowingly buy it again, but it's good to see more American breweries at least attempting the bock style and I'll enjoy finishing my bomber.

C+ (3.08) / ABOVE AVERAGE

Aug 02, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Amber. Thick, medium, off-white head that lasts a while with good lacing.

Smells toasted malt, caramel, earthy and herbal hops.

Tastes caramel malt and toasted malt. Followed by Citrus and earthy hops. Finishes dry with an earthy bitterness and light toasted malt. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.

Jul 30, 2017
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Barnoloid from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty solid bock, big thick and syrupy type body on this one. Unique tasting hop profile - I wasn't expecting this to be quite so layered. Caramel and molasses with a slight piney feel to it. Enjoyable stuff.

Jul 30, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always a sucker for the Lagunitas big bottles they are such a good deal! Pour looks like a old ale very deep amber brown clear with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Smells Caramel, biscuit malts and a generous amount of dry hop zest. Sweet malty with some toasted grain and a smooth bit of hoppy bitterness. Body is quite nice pretty smooth for almost 8%

Overall a very easy going amped up California common worth picking up since they bombers are between 4-5 bucks.

Jul 26, 2017
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
A - deep caramel color with a creamy tan colored head
S - fruity and caramely nose, mostly sweet malt with some faint earthy hops
T - toasty grain, caramel, toffee, some cherry-like fruitiness especially as it warms, earthy hops
M - full body, lower carbonation, alcohol is warming but not overly present, finishes more sweet than bitter
O - fun to try for a great price. I'd buy it again based on value.

Jul 25, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance; amber in color with a big bubbly head.

Smell: mild malt and earthy tones rise from the glass.

Taste: big malt profile with some dark fruits, some grass, and an earthy bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish.

Overall: this was a good beer with a nice flavor profile. Slower sipping for me.

Jul 21, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fades down to a nice cap that leaves some good lacing

S: Caramel malt and fruitiness up front along with some earthy and herbal tones in there as well. Very interesting

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some caramel malt sweetness and a light bitterness that accompanies fruity, earthy, and herbal hop notes. Goes into a bit of grainy undertones. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly on the "rougher" side

O: A very interesting hybrid beer that isn't really a bock and isn't really a Cali Common. Some interesting aspects from both styles do show up, but aren't the easiest to distinguish. Easy to drink for a tick under 8%, though

Jul 20, 2017
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a large, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and roasted malt. A nice sweet, malty beer with just enough hop bitterness for balance.

Jul 19, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 132 ratings