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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%.

jason1970's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
A good version of a pilsener. A nice bouquet on the nose. Some malt mixed with a fruity aroma. Light and very little hops. Pours a somewhat yellowish orange and very clear. Pours with a thin white head and very little lacing. Taste is full of fruit such as apple and some pear perhaps. Lots of malt and very light on the hops. It’s a very drinkable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1268) - - SEP 19, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-31-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a two finger pure white head. The head is on the slightly thicker side and has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is of a grainy and bready nature with a little bit of caramel and light fruit as well as a light hop smell. The hop is of a grassy and lemony nature creating a dry and more crisp smell overall. Taste – The taste begins with a drier bready flavor mixed with a bit of grassiness and some light fruity sweetness which creates a base for the brew. As the flavors advance more lemon hop bitterness and some light grassiness comes to the tongue. This mix of flavors, with the dwindling of a bit of the sweetness and some increase in the lemon and some grassy hop, together leave a crisp and more dry grainy and lightly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner to more average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the style and make for a rather easy drinking brew. Overall – Fairly easy drinking and rather refreshing, but nothing too out of the ordinary for a pils.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1075) - Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Yellow. Some lemon floral,dankish grassy, light sweet malt, bready. Sweet malt,bitter. Equally strong bitter and malt more than a normal pils. Grassy citrus finish. Not one of my favorate pils but I don’t know technicalities of different types of pils character exactly either. Like Czech vs. bohemian. But think I like the other types of pils more at least more than this Czech pils.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
574deadzone (1040) - North Central, Indiana, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pours a clear pure gold with a decent eggshell head that leaves some soapy, foamy lace. Nose involves dusty hay, toasted malt, and noble spice. Actually does remind of Pilsner Urquell, though not quite as intense and malty. Lightly sweet flavor, somewhat bitter. Medium to light bodied, somewhat oily, crisp, with a lingering toasty, dusty, and nearly tart bitter finish. Tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3993) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Clean yellow pour. Taste is pretty refreshing and clean with a light hop profile. Some floral flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 11, 2014
clear, pale golden color, white lightly frothy head. light carbonation. aroma is floral with a light grassiness. flavor has a bit of a spice (assuming Saaz are used here), but i’d a like a bit more "Saazy" character to mine. still nice and refreshing beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
TattooJack (94) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2014
On tap at Lagunitas Chicago Tap room, served in a pilsner glass which gives a very good appearance. Before craft beer I usually drank pilsner beer and not the one’s from the U.S. This beer holds it’s own with all of them. It’s crisp, tasty, with a little bite and stronger than most. I was impressed with this beer and the tap room.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfearnley (969) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle to plastic cup Aroma of grains, bread, orange, lemon, and a little yeast. Clear light yellowish amber with a 1 cm creamy white head. Taste is grain, toast, with light acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hype (19) - - AUG 22, 2014
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (11867) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draught at Bar Pilar. Bright yellow color, thin white head, massive lacing. Aroma of white pepper. Taste is only slightly bitter, medium body, medicinal finish. Not bad, but pales in comparison to the Czech original.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
target242 (9) - USA - AUG 18, 2014 does not count
As Pilsners go, Lagunitas Pils is very light and flavorful; perfect for sunny weather poolside or backyard BBQ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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