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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gmanbeer (43) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 31, 2013
My new favorite beer. Clean and crisp with a good amount of hops, especially for a pilsner. Great on a hot day, Also enough alcohol content to give you a good buzz.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
uwaga (1) - Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012 does not count
Great pills with a lot of taste and full body. I will be looking for this again. Almost as good a Blue Paddle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 16, 2002
Very good Pils. Great hoopy flavor crisp and refreshing. This should on the list of every Beerlover

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bludwig (31) - USA - APR 29, 2010
Aroma: This lager has a bright and lively nose on it. There’s a fruitiness which is delicate and faintly citrus in nature. The more I swirl and dive back in, the more it develops. The slight biscuit/ bread-like aroma shines through to compliment and round out the fruit and most notably there is none of the skunk a poorly made pils would revel immediately. Appearance: A delightfully strong golden straw color, not yellow or even amber, but right at that nice balance of just dark enough for a good pilsner. The head was robust when the beer was first poured and has maintained itself very well in the glass which is also complimented by a steady flow of little bubbles making the beer feel almost alive and breathing. Taste/Palate: This pils states that it is Czech in style and the taste has lived up to that claim. There is an immediate richness and almost sweet feeling to the beer with absolutely no off flavors! The beer then quickly shows it’s assertive, although balanced, hopping and finishes nice and dry. The saliva glands squirt and it’s time for another sip. What more could you ask from a quality lager! Overall: It is easy to see how the lager/pilsner became the most popular style of beer worldwide when you try and outstanding example like this one. When asking a craft brewer why he/she might not brew a beer like this, the immediate response is that the beer is time consuming and extremely difficult to do correctly. With that said, when a craft brewer actually puts the time in and skillfully crafts a pilsner like this one, it becomes a true testament to their skill as a brewer and the glory of the small brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dbingham (69) - - DEC 23, 2012
A good Czech style pils - very subdued hop bitterness with some good malt flavor. My favorite us pils. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 1, 2001
Extremely full-bodied and flavorful, as one would expect from Lagunitas. Another demonstration of how the best American beers can rival, even surpass, the best European examples of the same style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rbowers83 (14) - Old Hickory, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2013
I think it has a great taste form beginning to finish. 12 oz bottle from fridge. Bitter but satisfied lasting taste. Very good by my taste...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAR 27, 2004
Hazy golden straw colour. Fluffy white head. Fantastic lacing. I hate to say it but this beer is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Truely! All the things that Bud thinks they are, or wants to dub people into thinking they are. But this beer is those, things and more. Perfect malt, hop balance. The perfect lawnmower beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Pours a dark gold hazey and inviting leaving a spotchy white head that quickly disappears but one swirl quickly brings it back. The aroma is fruity, hop spiciness, that is very clean and brisk. The taste starts crisp with a hop bitter twang that finishes with a honey malt backbone for balance. This is a refreshing brew...I will def visit this offering again.

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