Hopsclation (89) - Chicago, - OCT 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong, flavorful pilsner. Has a bit of a rotting cheese smell, but once you get past that its got a nice full strawberry lemon grass feel. Funky finish, but it works.
bavarian81 (42) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a solid gold color. Aroma is rich of sweet bready malts. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but also has a tint of tartness. Finish is dry and hoppy.
beer4briguy (5) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a lovely example of a Pilsner by Lagunitas. The beer pours a beautifully pale golden color with a small white head. Aromas include fresh-baked bread, yeast and even a slight lemony edge. A lot of the bread/biscuit flavors shine through once again on the palate with a nice, rounded hop backdrop as well. The beer finishes slightly dry and very crisp and mouth-watering, making for a beer that you could definitely drink loads of. A great example of the style....and more impressively, a great example of Lagunitas and the effort that they put into each and every one of their beers as well.
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear light straw color with nice head that fades quickly leaving some lacing. Aroma is grain and cereal. Taste is pale malts, some hops, a bit of earthy apple bitterness. Nothing exciting. Would compete as a pale lager, but overall this is not my favorite from Lagunitas.
DCLawyer (1298) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle->footed pilsner. Light gold with big frothy white head. A: sweet grains, mild hops, citrus. Taste is sweet, with yeast, apples, grains. Bitter aftertaste is a tad unpleasant, and lacks the crispness of the better examples of the style. Not a fan.
Chad9976 (1066) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on June 22, 2013 and cost $2.70 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Dark gold hue, crystal clear with plenty of effervescence visible. Forms an average size, white, fluffy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Surprisingly sweet aroma of honey and lemon.
Taste: I don’t tend to associate pale lagers and pilsners with being sweet brews, but in the case of Lagunitas Pils, it’s one of the sweetest of the style I can recall (not counting extreme/imperial lagers). Much like the nose, the palette is inundated with honey and lemon flavors. Rather sweet initially, with a caramel or corn sugar-like taste. The spicy Saaz hops appear at the peak of the swig, imparting some dry bitterness, before starting the whole thing over only with stronger sweetness and stronger bitterness on the finish. Considering the age of the bottle and its storage conditions, it’s possible what I’m tasting is actually off-flavors, though it’s nothing off-putting. A little sweeter than I’d prefer, though, and actually lacks a bit of an overt lager character, though it definitely has more flavor than your average pale lager.
Drinkability: Since Lagunitas Pils is 6% ABV, its heavy body probably accounts for its strong taste. Though the drinking process is standard for the style. Slightly thicker than most, but still crisp with fizziness across the tongue. It leaves an aftertaste of dry, spicy hops and slight lollipop-like sweetness, though only momentarily since it eventually fades away clean. There’s really no reason for this beer to be as big as it is since most drinkers prefer a lighter, more sessionable body.
Smurf2055 (1251) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours bright blond
Smell is crisp hoppy lager yeast.
Taste sweet straw and honey, hoppy finish.
Crisp, clean, easy drinking.
commonshawn (233) - - SEP 21, 2013
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap. Light gold and clear. Grainy smell. Light flavor throughout. Some subtle hop hit. Thought maybe these guys would figure out a cool way to do pilsner, but that might be too much to ask.
Cousin_Larry (215) - - SEP 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is sweet and very muted. Pours with a small white head the dissipates. Very little lacing. Flavor has a fruity apricot-like quality. Finish is very hoppy and bitter. Put it all together and you get a pretty average brew.
writerljberg (468) - Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: Pleasing pale gold color with a foamy white head. Strings of bubbles rising through the body.
N: Straw, mild earthy hops, and the distinct smell of pilsner malt. A touch of flowers. Very simple but inviting.
T: Hops and malt act in accordance with each other - as the malt gives the hop bitterness a boost without the alpha acids becoming overbearing.
M: Light and crisp. On point for the style.
O: A worthy kick back and relax beer. Doesn’t extend the boundary of the style, but it’s a great football beer.