Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,407 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,407
Reviews: 208
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 81
Gots: 227 | FT: 5
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: 1,407 | Reviews: 208
Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pale straw yellow, great clarity, big fizzy and thick head

Aroma: very grainy, biscuit, and Pilsner malt aromas, a little trace of hop earthiness

Taste: light, very refreshing, very much a German Pilsner with the sharp and hard water flavor, biscuity and light malty flavor, and a stern hop earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: light on the palate, medium light bodied, not as carbonated as I had envisioned though. Less tingle that pilsners are known for.

Overall: a good example of the German Pilsner, but with a sharp and snappy earthy hop finish. Exceedingly light and refreshing, this is a great session beer for any occasion.

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, solid, all around good beer from FW. The beer is very smooth and full on the palate, with a nice kiss of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Got plenty of cookie dough, grassy hops and biscuit on the palate. Very enjoyable.

Photo of ECV1846
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light, tasty, good ice cold

Photo of BEERWOLF1951
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent beer, wish I could get this at home. Beautiful balance of malt and hops.

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light and crisp, but with little pilsner spice and none of the promised hops.

Photo of Vabrewer88
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not my go to style by any means but I enjoyed this one. It's pretty close to style but hopped up a bit which I like.

Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and effervescent straw gold with a nice thinner cap of fizzier white head. The aroma has a good bready malt tone with a little bit of earthy hops. The taste is a light biscuit with stronger earthy hops bitterness. The body is nice and light, with a little carbonation on the finish.

Photo of kerry4porters
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp beer nice hops that blend well with the overall pills flavor going on nice summer beer will be buying again

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well done Pils, not one of my favorite styles, but this one meets the style criteria and adds a bit more hops to make it interesting. Aroma is milder than the flavor, mostly grassy hops with a slightly sweet, dry biscuity malt. Flavor is more robust and you can appreciate the balance between malt and hops better, The bitterness is pretty good for a Pils. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice touch of bitterness that is not overdone. A pretty decent Pils.

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice yellow color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Hoppy with nice crisp light malts, floral and citrusy, not powerful or overwhelming

Taste: Light biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops, very refreshing

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: This certainly is a nice take on a classic style (who doesn't love a good pilsner?) and unlike a lot of Americanized versions of classic styles, it isn't overly hopped. Hoppier than is traditional, but in a good balanced delicious way. Honestly like it better than Firestone's other IPAs, so this is a major plus for me. Plan on getting it again as a nice refreshing summer brew.

Photo of HopBomb515
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with big fluffy white head and a little stick to the glass. Soft aroma of doughy bread, hay, and floral hints. Taste is not as happy as expected but nice bread notes, hay, floral, light spice on the finish and some mild citric quality buried underneath. Pop of carbonation stays crisp throughout and finishes a bit dryer than I'd like. Good pilsner here with classic flavor profile and a hoppy kick.

Photo of ProstMasterson
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really well put together pils

Photo of Lukebell15
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my least favorite beer by this company. I might of got a bad bottle considering all the other reviews.

Photo of Mineo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

solid and drinkable, though quite malty for something that is advertised as a "hoppy pils." less than a month old, so doubt it has to do with that. still, smooth mouthfeel and easy to crush.

Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this with dinner at a restraunt in Phoenix, AZ where my dada and I are currently on vacation. Served to me in a standard pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that is anout2/3 of an inch when first served to me. Sets to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice cluster swirls of foam. Decent lacing. Crisp malty aromas and a nice hint of hops as well. Has a good crisp, malty flavor with some sweetness along with a hint of peppery spice that gives way to a hint of hops. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, smooth medium to full bodies mouthfeel an moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and is easy to drink the way a beer like this ought to be. A very enjoyable beer all around.

Eric

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. can into a pint glass. CANNED ON 04/01/15.

Look: Pours a pale yellow pilsner body with a decent bright white head. A lot of carbonation - attractive beer!

Smell: Grassy, lemony Euro hops. Metallic aroma.

Taste: Bready, biscuity pilsner malt with just a hint of bitter Euro hop flavor.

Feel: Very crisp and very light. Almost watery body.

Overall: A delicious beer that hits all of the classic German Pilsner notes. Very light, very refreshing, but for the cost, I'll stick with SN Nooner pilsner.

Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 -25.8%
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 +12.2%
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 -2%
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 -10.4%
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 +3.8%
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 +5.8%
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 +12.4%
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 +8.4%
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%!

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,407 ratings.