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Thursday, 12 October 2017 00:53

Lagunitas Pils Picmonkey



Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma, CA

Style: Czech-style Pilsner

Alcohol: 6%

IBUs: 35

Serving style: 12 oz bottles & kegs

Availability: Year-round, nationwide

Appearance:   “Typical light golden color for this style of beer, I’d say. Curiously, there’s not much head and I see few, if any bubbles. Where’s the carbonation?” (Editor’s note: While Stefan says the beer tasted o.k., we suspect a washing +/or detergent problem may have tamped down the expected carbonation)

Aroma:   “I was expecting more of a typical maltiness in the nose. However, I think I picked up some hops right from the beginning. Maybe this aspect isn’t typical of Czech beers, but likely will appeal to the American hop-centric palate.”

Taste:   “It’s pleasant, but more on the subtle side. Not bad, but maybe lacking some ‘oomph’ due to that lack of carbonation. Seems well-balanced in general.”

Food Affinity:   “Well, if I knew any exotic Czech dishes, I’d try to impress you by bringing them up. All I remember about Czech food is that I think they cook a lot of pork and duck. How about a nice roasted (domestic, not wild) duck? Actually, this style of beer would probably go with most foods. It wouldn’t require something special.”


            --Guest reviewer Stefan Mueller is an American, but has traveled in Europe and has actually drunk a couple of beers in Prague.


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