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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo Pils
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Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 73
Gots: 196 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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Ratings: 1,323 | Reviews: 191
Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good clarity and lacing. Floral, grassy, citrus aroma. Very fresh with bright hop tones. Mildly sweet. Crisp and refreshing. Could drink this all summer long.

Photo of Trombone69
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a can. I like that I can now get Firestone's beer in cans. Poured into a pint glass.

Fizzy and Yellow. Looks like Rolling Rock, or Bud. No Lacing, head dissipates quickly.

A bit of a hoppy smell upon opening the can. But the smell is lost halfway through the beer.

The taste has that nasty part of the cheap European Pilsners that I've come to dislike. The hoppy flavors have that nasty bite that not-so-good IPAs sometimes present.

Sticky feel, like some of the Octoberfests, that I don't care for.

Overall. Not my thing at all.

I have loved everything else that i have ever had from Firestone. This is disappointing.

Photo of Bruderhip
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light and yet with a hint of bitterness. Very good pilsner

Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw-yellow with abundant, fluffy white head that sees some nice lacing.

A fresher, brighter, crisper nose than I'm used to with most pilsners. None of that euro skunk. Grassy, almost minty, with faint whiffs of lemon/lemongrass and corn.

Tastes earthy and herbal up front, then a little slick with cereal grains in the middle, but finishes cool and piney, with hints of lemon, lime and orange blossom honey. A good, clean finish, but maybe not quite as dry as I would like. Nice hop presence - sturdy, but not overdone.

Photo of MKuryllo
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Might be an old keg, but I'm not thrilled.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/8/15

A: Pours crystal clear, as any self-respecting pils should - bright golden yellow with some straw - medium sized, frothy head that fades to a mostly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: A hoppy pils, as advertised - nicely grassy and spicy - earthy in a clean, crisp way - pilsner malts, with some pale grain, some light bread, and some bread dough

T: Refreshing bread - clean, crisp pilsner malt - some light spice to the grain, but mostly just fresh-baked white bread and bread dough - light to medium level of bitterness from the hops, but it's mostly about the lightly spicy, lightly grassy flavor - very dry, slightly herbal, definitely clean

M: Light to medium, crisp and clean, nice carbonation, easy drinking

O: A canned pilsner? What a novel idea

While hoppier than the average German pilsner, this actually sticks quite close to the style. And this is not a bad thing. While Pivo Pils may not be the most exciting beer, it's not supposed to be. It's just an easy to drink beer that would pair quite well with a cookout. Or snow shoveling. It's a drinkin' beer.

Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 3/18/15, into a slim pint glass

A- Crystle clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Hoppy but not too hoppy, spicey, earthy, slightly grassy, great slightly sweet grainy pilsner malts.

T- Slightly sweet grainy malts, slightly grassy, just enough citrus, earthy spices, nice balance.

M- Smooth, light, crisp.

O- A very nice pilsner, worth picking up it you enjoy a good pils.

Photo of groogas
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this one. Great pils. Tasty and hoppy but not overpowering. Nice beer taste

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. The texture isn't impressive, but it has a good duration. Tiny specks of lacing are left on my glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well...uh...it smells like a pilsner should. Lots of grass, and a nice backing of crackery malt. It's a good nose - a very good one, to be sure - but this style is more about how it drinks... (3.75)

Taste: ...and the way it drinks...wow. I get plenty of grassiness typical of a good pilsner, but those Saphir hops give it a subtle floral characteristic that sends it over the top. Despite the prevalent hoppiness, the malt comes through in the finish, bringing subtle notes of sugar cookie and white bread. This is spectacularly balanced and utterly effortless. Stunning. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Nearly perfect for the style: respectably substantial, dry on the finish, crisp, and endlessly quaffable. Carbonation is extremely well measured (read: powerful, but remaining soft). I just want to chug the hell out of this one, enough said. (4.5)

Overall: When I drink a beer for the first time, I'm interested in reviewing so that people can see how against the grain I am. But this? It's so damn good, I don't give a crap about writing a review, I just want to drink this. I'll still review it, because that's how I roll, but still. Seriously, this is the best pilsner I've had yet - I expected something good from Firestone Walker, but not this good. This is one of the best beers I've had this year - not just pilsners, but BEERS. (4.5)

4.28/5: It's like Matt Brynildson picked my brain for everything I like in a good pilsner, and amplified those qualities 200%!

Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale golden body with crystal clear transparency. Foamy bone white head sits on top and stays for the duration. Aroma is herbal and grassy noble hops with a dash of toasted malt. Flavor brings the noble hops to the forefront with lots of grassy and herbal flavors. A dash of lemony citrus and some sweet toasted malt come through. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing with some creaminess. Overall a very nice hoppy Pilsner.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear bright yellow body and a fluffy white head. Lots of visible carb.

Has that floral/soapy hop thing I don't really dig that dominates but still allows for some pilsner malt flavor to come in. Good light and crisp mouthfeel.

Photo of rkat32
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated February 24, 2015 poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. Reviewed on March 30, 2015.

L: Color is straw, pale gold. Sudsy, two-finger head slowly recedes. Great clarity and very inviting.

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops on the nose. Fresh-cut grass, musty, hay, mild pepper spice; a touch of bready malts are present, too.

T: Spicy noble hop presence, pepper, grass, lemon; bready pilsner malts, slight grains. Crisp, clean and very refreshing with a dry finish.

F: Smooth, medium body with mid-level carbonation. Extremely quaffable.

O: While slightly hoppier than Sierra Nevada Nooner but not as lupulin-intense as Victory Prima, Pivo hits the sweet spot as far as hop-forward, U.S.-made pilsners go. The can format is a plus in my book as well. Well done (as usual), Firestone Walker!

Photo of KariD
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great interpretation of a pils. I would say more Bohemian than German

Photo of American_Hawk
4.69/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bastardized version of the classic style, for sure. But, nonetheless, a personal favorite of my favorite style.

Photo of Bali_hi
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of pivo pils drank.

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (dated February 5, 2015) into a pokal.

A-The beer is very light yellow-ish in color. It is crystal clear with active, chunky carbonation. The rocky head is white and starts out at almost two fingers tall. Retention is quite good.

S-The aroma offers a little bit of the traditional pils malts with cracker scents and a light honey sweetness. But the new-world influence is strong with fragrant floral hops quickly taking over. The hops suggest perfume with a bit of tropical fruit.

T-The taste is similar. The traditional pils flavors are represented by a little bit of dry bread and biscuit, some grain, and just a hint of sweetness. The American influence is represented by hops that are mostly floral. The finish gives just a bit of grassy, pepper kick.

M-The body is light, crisp and crushable. This stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O-This beer is obviously not traditional or true to a pils style, but it is not a hop-bomb india pale lager disguised as a pilsner, either. Rather, it is a hoppy pilsner, just like the label says. I'm normally not one to endorse style bending, but this beer is just so damn good and easy to drink. I like IPAs, but I would drink this all day (from the can) instead of many of the IPAs out there.

Photo of Garet
4.94/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As good as any Pilsner and better than most. The hop profile makes this a fantastic year round beer that pairs well fish, tacos, pasta, pizza, etc.

Photo of arvidkoval
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pale yellow. Good carbonation. Has a good bready nose, some hop spice. Smooth, clean malt flavor with a touch of those hops. Feels light and easy drankin'. Overall a decent pilsner.

Photo of Griep
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Phew. This is good. Pilsy feel. Floral flavor. Am I tasting opium/poppy flowers? and I can note some honey in the background.

Photo of Kraj30
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Top Flight Pils right here... so great... a favorite of mine in the summer

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite pilsner. Rich straw color with light white foam, some lacing. Smell is straw and grassy, with the slightest hint of banana. Taste is round, and slightly fruity so the clean, crisp finish is a nice ending. Love the hops throughout. An especially nice pilsner for the winter months.

Photo of hickmancase
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit boring but tasty

Photo of CJNAPS
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Pils I ever had.

Photo of crowsnest
4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Beer ...great nose ... smooth and hoppy mouth

Photo of jackheart
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing with a hint of grapefruit.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.