Reviewed on 02-28-2017
Rating A-
Style Pilsner
Produced In United States
ABV 6%
Availability Year Round

Perfect For

All-Day Sipping, Asian Food, Boozy Beach Trips, Indian Food

The Full Review

Pilsners aren’t what they used to be. There once was a day when you could shout out an order for a pils and you’d get something that was definitely clean and palate cleansing, and almost always German or Czech. Nothing too complicated, but it was refreshing. Those type of orders are harder to come by thanks to the American craft beer movement, but a new order of American pilsners is changing that with Lagunitas Pils in the forefront. Lagunitas Pils is a Czech-style pilsner made with Chechen Saaz hops and lager yeast. It’s crisp, chuggable, and interesting enough to drink on its own while simple enough to slam a couple bottles down with nachos or hot wings. The heavy load of hops adds a bit of an earthy flavor as well as some floral notes (but not nearly what you’d get from a beer using American hops). There’s also some lingering sweetness that doesn’t knock the beer out of balance. Certain beers are made to be enjoyed by taking a sip, analyzing every nuance and taste, and thinking long and hard about it. There's nothing wrong with those beers and they have their place. But they can also be taxing when all you want is to sit down and have a tasty beer or three. Lagunitas Pils is just that.