Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Experienced on tap in a shaker glass. The beer pours a lightish amber color, with a low white head. The nose shows a touch of traditional bready malt character, but lacks the floral hop aroma found in classic examples of the style. Instead, the aroma almost resembles a macro-brew, rather than a traditional Czech pilsner. The palate is malt-forward up front, showing a slight, if noticeable, residual character of pilsner malt. Hops come in to balance, but again seem somewhat short. Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation is perhaps a touch low, but suitable to this drinkerís preferences. The finish is quite clean, leaving a very slight lingering bitterness on the palate. Overall, perhaps a sample that had gone through more age than intended, as it falls somewhat short of expectations.
fishonmyplane (276) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Itís alright, but the hop level should be higher, and there is a bit too much sweetness. It has a fuller mouthfeel than it should - almost like the palate of a hefeweizen, and there are hints of caramel, bread, and even butterscotch. It feels like they added extra malt to get it up to 6% ABV, but there is too much unfermented sugar left in the final product. Mediocre.
JeanDuteau (9) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Normal Pilsner colour of golden wheat. Good foam and good lacing. The smell is very bready/yeasty. You could taste the yeast and there was some hops as well. The hops overpowered the rest of the taste. It was not bad, but Iíve tasted better Pilsners.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured by Ryan on a tour of the Lagunitas Brewery. From notes, July 30, 2012.
A: Very light, slightly malty but very nondescript.
A: Clear golden color with a finger of white head that sits strong. Lots of carbonation bubbles.
T: Better than the nose, very crisp from the start. A nice toasted and pilsner malt character with a mild bitterness. Floral and crisp and clean.
P: Crisp and light bodied with good carbonation.
O: Overall, a pretty decent Pils, but certainly not a world-class of the style. It is quite easy drinking, though.
ironprog (41) - - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours pale gold and clear. Has minimal head that is a frothy off-white and diminishes quickly. Aroma is sweet, bready, and has some citrus (orange??) undertones. Taste is a good balance between lightly bitter and lightly sweet. Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Overall, I really like this beer and donít really have much to complain about, other than I find it to be a little expensive, for the quality level it is.
Hopsclation (77) - 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 (38) - 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 (375) - 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 (1155) - 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 (1017) - 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 donít tend to associate pale lagers and pilsners with being sweet brews, but in the case of Lagunitas Pils, itís 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, itís possible what Iím tasting is actually off-flavors, though itís nothing off-putting. A little sweeter than Iíd 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. Thereís really no reason for this beer to be as big as it is since most drinkers prefer a lighter, more sessionable body.