Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Lagunitas Pils

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (980) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2013
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 laces well.

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 lager.

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 sessionable body. 
Grade: 7/10

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