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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,002 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,002
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 47
Gots: 96 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012)
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Reviews by Maxwell:
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)
Style: Hoppy Pilsner
5.3% ABV
40 IBU’s
4 SRM
Hops: Magnum, Spalter, Saphir
Brewer’s Note: “Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.”

The beer’s label is classy and sophisticated. I love the class of Firestone Walker labels; even their six-pack beer has an awesome label. Its text heavy, but not cluttered at all. Great simple fonts, great color scheme, great label. This one could sit on a shelf or be scrapbooked.

The beer pours a beautiful, pale yellow/gold with a nice head of perfectly sized, egg-shell white bubbles that settle to a quarter’s finger-width above the glass and demonstrate a nice retention. In body, the beer is nearly as clear as water with no particles and a steady stream of bubbles dancing through it. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt with a solid bitter, herbal scent with a touch of mint and fresh grass. On the very edges of the nose stone fruit can be sensed alongside fresh pine needles. On the tongue, the beer tastes superbly bitter upfront with wonderful balancing bready sweetness. Soft acidity from the hops wets the sides of the mouth and provides a very, very light pucker. There is even a soft touch of earthy salinity in the beer. In flavor the beer tastes of bitter grass and herbal hops, mellowing into a smooth butter cracker malt. The finish is blend of smooth white bread and grassy bitters with just a touch of gooseberry, salt, and a mineral-earthy flavor. This is a grassy bitter beer at heart, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet malt and mineral-like flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body with a creamy carbonation and a definite prickly-crisp mouthfeel that leaves the mouth refreshed and tingling with saliva in the cheek pouches and a slight neutrality throughout the rest of the beer. Overall, this is a superbly hoppy pilsner with awesome subtle complexity. The beer is refreshing and perfect to nearly session.

Maxwell, Mar 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

This brew pours a light golden/straw color which is mostly clear with heavy carbonation and a white, fluffy three finger head which lasts for several minuets. There is moderate lacing on the glass, good for a Pilsner. Some of the head remains until the end.

The smell is musty, straw and wet hay, just like a good Pils should be. There is also a grassy, grainy smell along with the smell of light peppery hops and lemon.

The taste follows the nose with a clean slightly dry taste of straw and lemon along with light peppery hops scattered throughout from beginning to end. There is a crisp, cracker like taste with ending in the cleanest finish I have ever had in a lager. There is also a very slight grassy, gritty taste on the back end, just like a Pils should have, which does not interfere with the clean finish in any way.

Overall, this just might be the perfect example of what a Pilsner should be. It is the best Pils I have had to date.

microbrewlover, Sep 04, 2014
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3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a big frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet bready malts and noble hops with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet toasted malts with a good size grassy noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid hoppy pils.

Beaver13, Oct 04, 2013
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3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/11/13.

Clear medium straw. Near white moderate head. Ample low sheeting and strands of lace.

Brisk and clean hopped up nose.

Crisp, clean and hoppy. Almost puckering. I get some more then moderate lime and pine soaked hops.Enjoyable and worth a try.

I'm definitely more of a fruity IPA kinda guy. But I could see drinking a few more of these.

Billolick, Feb 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: juicy and citrusy, light pine, grass, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: Nice and juicy pils. Really well crafted and a pleasant surprise. Had a pint and would definitely go back for more.

tigg924, Feb 28, 2014
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Thin, prickly body that wasn't satisfying to drink. Simple pils flavor but lacks the drinkability of a classic example. Also lacks the complexity and full body of a Prima. Overall forgettable, like a generic brewpub blonde. It isn't badly made, but there are a number of other pale lagers I'd go with first.

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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.