I’d Tap That: PILS is a flavorful pilsner for craft and non-craft drinkers
Glassware: The pilsner has long been relegated to the standard shaker pint glass, a glass that serves as no help for any beer style. However, to truly experience any beer great, proper glassware is a must. A standard tubular pilsner glass is the best choice for this beer, but a Willi Becher pub glass or Lagunitas mason jar will also work well. This is a beer that should be enjoyed on the colder side so glassware that allows the beer to warm slowly is a must.
Description: PILS pours a clear golden yellow with a pillowy white head that leaves behind a thick lacing on the glass. The aroma is full with wet grain and cracker light malts with backing hints of fresh spicy and floral hops of the noble variety. There is a slight hint of sulfur present, a very desirable aroma in world class pilsners.
The taste is extremely crisp and refreshing and offers everything you could want from a great pilsner. The light cracker malts cascade over the palate first with subtle hints of hops behind offering a slight bite that adds to the refreshing characteristic of this beer. The light body and moderate carbonation are textbook for a pilsner but also impart a creamier mouthfeel than many standard pilsners.
The pilsner style is one that has long been written off by many craft brewers since macro breweries have seemingly destroyed it for many beer lovers. However this is far from a macro-brewed pilsner and instead is full of flavor. PILS is a beer to get for any macro-beer loving friend who claims to not like craft beer. This is a beer that will most definitely win over skeptics!
Food pairing: Pilsners are the perfect style of beer to have for cookouts or Friday pizza nights. The light crisp taste of PILS makes it a true workhorse beer for a variety of pairings. Be sure to have this stocked in your cooler for the next backyard barbecue. The beer goes exceptionally well with burgers, barbecue chicken, hot dogs and even salmon. The lightly sweetened malts will gravitate towards the natural sweetness in any meats and the hops will sink their teeth into any spices.
This is also a beer that goes perfectly with pizza. Do not hold back on the toppings; it can handle them all. Pilsners pair naturally with pizza; maybe its a remnant from our college days before we developed better palates. However, unlike many other pilsners, PILS also goes well with “higher end” meals such as lobster, steak and even duck. No matter what you choose, this is a beer that will offer something without getting lost in the mix, which is a true feat for a pilsner.
The Final Word: Lagunitas Brewing has built a strong reputation over the years with their incredible IPAs. They have also built a reputation as a brewery that bucks trends and beer styles. They have never truly stuck to any guidelines for beers and are far from a traditional brewery. PILS, though, is as close to a “traditional” beer as the brewery gets. It is their only year-round lager and is most certainly a true lager. PILS is a straight forward Czech pilsner with perfect balance and a very high drinkability factor. While it is a year-round offering from the brewery, it is a very enjoyable summer beer. It is a beer that goes well with all occasions and is perfect to have on hand for any get together. Craft lovers and non craft drinkers alike will love this beer and that is no easy feat to accomplish!
Derek Warren is a beer fanatic, avid homebrewer and beer historian. Derek can be heard weekly on the Beer Geeks Radio Hour at noon on Sundays on WILK 103.1 FM with past episodes available on iTunes.
Brewer: Lagunitas Brewing Company
Style: Czech pilsner
ABV: 6.00 percent