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RATINGS: 1001   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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In The beginning, there were ales. As far as anyone knows, the first beers made were ’top-fermented’, which is longhand for ’Ale’. Sometime long before the 1860’s, beers became popular that were made in Northern Europe with a bottom fermenting yeast strain that liked the colder temperatures. Because they had to spend weeks aging before they tasted their best, they were known as ’Lager’ beer. Lager is the German word for ’storage’. Since they had to sit a while, they took up more time and space and as such were harder and more expensive to make. Where ales are meaty, lagers are sinewy. Where ales are street, lagers are ’haute couture’. Where an ale might hit you over the head and take your wallet, lagers donate to charity and adopt stray cats. While an ale might steal your car or try to date your daughter and keep her out all night for who-knows-what purpose, a well bred lager would offer to clean your house while you’re on vacation and leave fresh scones and coffee for you when you return. Now, don’t get us wrong, ales can be a lot of fun to hang out with when you’re in the right mood, and if you have bail money on you. But what’s wrong with livin’ uptown from time to time, on a nice street, where the doormen all wear those little uniforms, the air smells of flowers, and lagers rule the Earth. Cheers!

Note: Formerly at 5.3%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thebullshornbar (63) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2014
This beer pours nicely with the sweet notes of grains on the nose. This carries through to the taste, where the malt shines through and the undertones of hops manage to balance the beer. Even though it’s a Czech Pilsner, I would like to see the beer balanced in the way of the European hops over the malty sweetness. Overall it’s a well balanced sessional beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hickboyg8 (9) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014 does not count
Beer: Lagunitas Pils Type: Czech Style Pilsner Taste: soft, slightly sweet, serious golden malts, did they use any hops?, just delightful Comments: Oh my that was good. When you take a sip and the next sound is ohhh mmm, you know something is being done right. I think they just might make my favorite pilsner. I prefer pilsners that focus on the malts vs overbearing hops. Lagunitas got this one right, for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
John25 (202) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear gold with a two finger white head, and a lot of carbonation dancing around. The aroma has grains, bread, and is sweet. The taste is very crisp, refreshing, and a little sweet with nice hop notes for a pilsner. The palate is very clean and bubbly. This is an excellent pilsner that hits the spot at the right time. A perfect alternative to standard awful pilsners.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sigh_borg (80) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Pours crystal-clear orangey gold with a big, white, soapy head. Aroma is straightforward grain with a tiny bit of hops. Taste is a bit sweet, nicely balanced with a very slight bitterness on the finish. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Solid, but I’ve had more exciting lagers. I don’t dig the description they gave this either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
coreyvan (15) - Fridley, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Strong pilsner flavor Well balanced with the hops Perfect visual: clear, bubbly Not a very strong aroma

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Nsanders (427) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Tap at pizza luce. Clear yellow with a white foamy cap, leaving thick lacing down the glass. Hay, grainy, light lemon, and light malts. Taste is lightly sweet and dry. Medium body with a soapy feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1430) - Idaho, USA - JAN 8, 2014
12 oz bottle- Pours mostly clear golden with a thin soapy white head. Aroma is kind of sweet, grainy, sweetarts. The taste is similar, sweet, grains, light and crisp. Body is medium light and carbonation is medium high. This is okay, I do wish It was fresher, It just expired.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (301) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Gotta love Lagunitas. They put humorous notes on their bottles and they make phenomenal beer. Their Pils is one such example. True to Czech tradition this pils is hoppy and crisp, yet a little sweeter than its German counterparts. The graininess is smooth and flavorful. Of course, it’s very refreshing, too. In short, this lager doesn’t offer anything new to the style or have a lot of complexity, but it’s a great example of a great beer from a great company. Also, this is probably one the better examples of an American-made Czech Pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cards04 (1459) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
A solid pils. Aromas of corn and wheat with a nice sweet similar flavor profile. Crisp and good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (1948) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
A nice pilsener. Abut in the sweet side for the style but still nice. Good with spicy food.

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