RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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%.

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3.5
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2012
12 ounce short bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. With the pilsner style, which is typically light in color, it’s easy to see if the glass you are using has been properly cleaned. And I’m a bit ashamed to admit that my glass doesn’t pass the test. That’s my fault, not the brewer’s. The beer pours a nearly brilliant light gold, with wave upon wave of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Most Pilsner style beers are really light in color but this one is darker than those that I’m used. I got sort of aggro with my pour but alas I don’t get an real sort of head. I do however, manage to over-pour and spill down the sides of my glass. Bummer. I like a nice frothy head (one you can float a bottle cap on as Jim Koch is fond of saying) with my pilsner beer. Initial aroma is of … well hold on a sec as I’ve managed to give my nose a bath. This review is just going swimmingly. I primarily get some light candy corn malt sweetness, with some flowery hibiscus like hop character in the background. On the aroma side of things the hop character is really muted, especially for a beer that’s done in the Czech Pilsner style. The hops in the first taste are both in the front and rear; malt flows through the middle. There’s a nice bitterness but it’s very mild and low key. Not surprisingly, mouthfeel is light and refreshing, with ample carbonation. Body is medium to full; certainly there’s more there than most of this style. I get a little bit of carbonic bite with this beer, but it’s not unpleasant, and not surprising given the carbonation levels. The carbonation sweeps in quickly, ridding your mouth of the beer before you have a chance to ponder what else it may hold. I think that’s a good thing, as the beer has quite a bit of residual sweetness, and without the carbonation levels this could end up cloying. Sweetness may also be coming from the alcohol, as at 6.2% this is bordering on a 1.5x Pilsner … that may be also why I’m getting some sweetness out of it. Kudos for keeping the phenolics out of this one. Instead it goes down quick and easy. Lawnmower beer seems like too lazy a descriptor, so I’m left searching for something else. Lavender hops yield to candy corn sweetness, before both are quickly evaporated in a wave of carbonation that leaves a lingering, slightly sulfuric, afterfinish. I’d like a bit more hops in this one, especially in the nose, as they are there but they play a supporting role to the sweet malt profile. Not a badly done beer, but there are other pilsners out there that I prefer.


3.5
nazzty (1376) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2017
Don’t expect a German or Czech pils. This brew takes an extra step and uses the pils base adding hops to create an interesting hoppy lager.

3.5
balloonbuffoon (263) - - MAY 18, 2017
12floz bottle purchased as a single for $1.50, freshness is uncertain, but it goes into my pint glass anyway. Appears a translucent pale yellow with some head. Smells like a haystack and tastes like one that is growing some grass too. Medium in body and moderate in carbonation. It’s good, fairly sessionable, and definitely as close as Lagunitas gets to anything traditional in style.

3.5
Wichmann (1) - Fredericia, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2017 does not count
Flot gylden farve, dejlig aroma og lidt bitter i smagen. Alt i alt en meget god pilsner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
DanielBrown (4499) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2017
Bottle from the Parcelyard, Leicester. Clean,flavoursome Pils, but slightly too sweet for me. Goodbye Champions League - it was a great adventure.

3.9
ichmachebier (16) - - APR 11, 2017
Aroma: Very lite aroma. No off aromas noted. Appearance: Clear yellow with no cloudiness. Very nice. Taste: Very good pilsner. What I would expect from Lagunitas. Palate: Lite body with lively carbonation at start, maintained through pint. Overall: Very good beer all the way through, and Im not a fan of pilsners.

3.2
Niko100 (2889) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Nice amber/gold color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, hops, & some grain; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, grain, and some citrus; Finish is slightly bitter; Good pils brew.

3
mzaar (3380) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 23, 2017
Flaska. Gul med ett generöst vitt skum. Dofter av säd, blomster och gräs. Smakinslag av malt, blomster och säd. En lätt sötma i avslutningen.

3.3
islay (2645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2017
4 oz. pour, on tap at Nutmeg Arden Hills. Consumed on 3-10-17. Clear, pale gold with a small amount of beige head. Nice, floral aroma. Green grape and champagne scents. Pleasant, pungent hops in the smell. Good, refreshing, dry flavor. Wood chips. A bit of cardboard, which isn’t ideal. Dry finish, which I like. Lively and smooth in the palate. Reasonably crisp but not as crisp as it should be. Fizzy. Pretty good pilsner but just a touch off.

3.6
Cavie (4654) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2017
Bottle. Light yellow color, very clear. White head, bubbly. Grassy nose, floral. Bready grain and malt. Malty, bready flavor. Semi-sweet. Grassy hop character. Medium-light body. Fairly smooth finish. Nice flavor, good balance.

3.5
rougeau13 (2955) - Richmond, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2017 Bottle. Clear and straw colored with a resilient white foamy head with lots of lacing. Aroma of flowers, citrus, and fresh bread with a touch of honey. Tastes bready and moderately bitter. Light medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Solid pils.


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