Brewery: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: Czech Pilsner
Serving Style: Bottle
Glassware: Imperial glass
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Hazy straw body with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly to a small brim of bubbles.
Smell: It smells like…a pretzel. A very salty pretzel. It also smells like warm beer on a beach. Apparently I’m smelling memories today. Slightly metallic, slightly bready, a light citrus.
Flavor: Ummmmm where’s the flavor? It tastes like air. Then it feels bitter, without much of a discernible hop taste. As it sits, the malt profile that develops is quite nice–subtle, and not as sweet as other Pils. The hops leave a slight sour and spice aftertaste, which could’ve absolutely been amped up.
Feel: Thin, a little oily, with nice carbonation.
Concluding Remark: Drinking Lagunitas’ PILS makes me regret giving the Staropramen only a 2.5. But, this is a 6.2% ABV Pils (unheard of), so I’m pretty darned impressed. It is balanced, although the malt/hop choreography I appreciate in a Pils is a little lackluster. But at 6.2%, it’s ever so drinkable and complex enough to keep your palate asking questions with each sip. PILS is not the best Pilsner to be found in our fine world, but a very solid American interpretation of the style nevertheless (finally).