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
Smell: Surprisingly sweet aroma of honey and lemon.
Taste: I don’t tend to associate pale lagers and pilsners with being
sweet brews, but in the case of Lagunitas Pils, it’s 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, it’s possible what I’m tasting is
actually off-flavors, though it’s nothing off-putting. A little sweeter
than I’d prefer, though, and actually lacks a bit of an overt lager
character, though it definitely has more flavor than your average pale
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. There’s really no reason for this beer to
be as big as it is since most drinkers prefer a lighter, more