Pils 6% ABV
Czech Style Pilsner
Lagunitas Brewing Company
“Another day, another review…another Pilsner? Who are you and what have you done with Fischer?” – hypothetical quote from a loyal reader
It’s odd I know. Generally I’m a devoted fan of the dark beers – the stouts, the barley-wines, the porters. If not those, I tend to review IPA’s especially of the Imperial kind. What can I say, the weather has started to warm up and I can’t seem to get enough of the lighter brews. Sometimes you want to be able to drink a few and be able to stand up afterwards. I still enjoy my sipping beers and look forward to cracking open a KBS next week, for now I’ll enjoy this style. Don’t worry this palate phase will probably only last a few days.
Before I continue with my own words, I’m going to hand it off to the founder of Lagunitas.
“In the beginning; There were ales. As far as anyone knows, the very first beers made were ‘top fermented’, which is longhand for ‘Ale’. Sometime before the 1860’s, beers became popular that were made in Northern Europe with a bottom fermenting yeast strain that liked the colder local temperatures. Because they had to spend weeks aging before they tasted their best, they were known as ‘Lager’ beer. Lager is a German word for ‘storage’. Since they had to sit a while, they took up more time and space and as such were tougher and more expensive to make. But they were crisp and light and you could slam them down if you wanted to.
While ales are meaty, lagers are sinewy. 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 doing who-knows-what, 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’ve got 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!”
The above quote is on the bottom of the 6 pack holders of Lagunitas Pils. Below is what’s on the outer edge of the bottle label of this beer.
“Like Adam and Eve, Isaac and Ishmael, Mao and Confuscious[sic], Good and Evil, Day and Night, Hittites and Visigoths, John and Lorena, or Groucho and Moe, Ales and Lagers are as different as can be. Still, we must love each for who they are, separately but equally, with liberty, and justice, for all. Cheers!”
This is the only “lager” that Lagunitas makes. While it is far from their normal style they do a solid job with this beer. Though It is not my favorite pilsner, it’s going to be really hard to top the Stammtisch, it is much, much better than the vast majority of the pilsners out there. I’d say it’s on par with the Scrimshaw, maybe just a touch below it. My favorite part of this beer is the nice malt finish. It’s provides the beer with a fuller substance of flavor that I’m used to from a Pilsner.
In typical Lagunitas fashion this beer is no lightweight, having a higher end octane, for the style, of 6% ABV. I’d highly recommend adding a bottle of this beer next time you purchase a “Mix a 6 pack” or “Make your own 6 pack.” Better yet grab a full 6 pack of this brew, like I did, and you can introduce some friends to Craft Beer. Though it’s the same style as a Miller Lite, they will be blown away by how much more flavor this beer packs.