Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,467 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 252 | 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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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 American_Hawk
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bastardized version of the style, but, nonetheless, a personal favorite of my favorite style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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 spoony
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 microbrewlover
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.11/5  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.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of JupiterJesus
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Libationguy
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light straw/yellow brilliant color. Bright white fluffy head with long retention. Fine lacing in the glass.

The nose has a very crisp feel to it. Bright citrus, white flowers, acacia and crackers with soft resin notes in the background.

Very clean on the palate with the resin quality in the beer getting even softer. The cracker, light citrus and white flowers are back. The pilsner feel is strong with the hops taking an interesting counterpoint.

Medium- body with a slightly watery feel. The hops do adds a significant amount of backbone on the back end, boosting the overall feel of the beer.

Really an interesting approach to the style. Not sure that the classic pilsner drinker would appreciate this beer, but a great twist. If you are a hop head and are looking for a great summer alternative that is at the upper end of sessionable, you should give this beer a try.

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 SvenHayden
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a delightful surprise! Ive been doing research on pilsners. Reaearching what makes an authentic pilsner, tasting many breweries take on the pilsner, both traditional & not. And ive been forming my opinion of what appeals to me about well-done pilsners. This beer is a great interpretation on a pilsner! Its a very successful ode to the dry, crisp, slightly bready, slightly spicy & hoppy taste of Plzen that the world cant seem to get over. On top of that, its deviations from a traditional recipe only accent it all the better.

A: the appearance is actually my least favorite part. It is unsettlingly light in color. We are talking the palest of straw. Although i know that coincides with the style. Its an alarming reaction i was taught from american craft beer, in all of its extreme recipes & robust products. The head of foam on this beer was delightful, however. At least a finger's worth.
S:The smell was the most surprising part. A nice, pungent hop kick, yet not the kind of hop aroma you expect from a beer described as hoppy in aroma. No doubt this is the dry-hopped Saphir, as the bottle's neck informed. Its dank, but not quite piney. Best described as a ballsy saaz hop, or an extra potent noble hop.
T: the magic of this beer is it's czech pilsner taste without any czech pilsner sulphery quality, at least to me. I can't stand that sour mineral flavor so rampant in European lagers. This does not have that. I was delighted. A little bit of cracker, biscuit flavor. A little spicy bitterness (most likely saaz hops). And a surprising, subtle fruitiness near the end, like that of a stella artois. Its a sweet, barely tart, fruit flavor i can only describe as that of fake grape flavoring, but in a good way. Everyone always thinks me crazy with that flavor note that i find in european lagers. Finally this pilsner ends with a refreshing linger of crisp hops. Bitter, but too much so. A hint at the end, like a wet kiss goodbye.
M: delightfully carbonated, which compliments the hop profile nicely.

Overall this is the best, creative Pilsner interpretation i have ever tasted. Maybe this isn't loyal to the purity of the original pilsner recipes, but this might be my favorite pilsner thus far.

Photo of samtrillo
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale yellow gold with small head that quickly dissipates.

S - Bready. Can't find the hops.

T - Malty graininess and bitter, but not in the hoppy way I was expecting Was expecting more on the hop side of things in terms of flavour. Very smooth and clean.

M - Smooth and crisp and clean. Lots of bubblies.

O - Not what I was expecting, wanted a more of a IPA hop taste mixed with a pilsner feel. Instead, got mostly a pilsner.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

I've always liked the look of a pilsner and this beer is no exception. It's exceptionally clear, has robust carbonation, and an attractive pale golden/straw color. There's a finger thick head that dissipates into a layer of lace that persists well. This beer could win on looks alone.

As advertised, there's a big hop profile on this. Big in the sense that the beer is exceptionally floral and almost dank. Still, it's also very sweet and biscuit-like, maybe even giving off some granola aroma.

Some new traits make their presence felt on the palate: zest and lemon. There's a light mouthfeel that is refreshing and makes me want to drink more. I don't detect as much sweetness on the tongue, as the beer is dryer and slightly bitter. There's still something biscuity or even cracker-like, and this flavor lingers on the tongue.

I really like this beer. Forget session IPAs, this will do the trick if you want an easy-sipping, yet full-flavored beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Crystal clear and straw yellow, this brew was served to me in a tall, 14oz pilsner glass with a white finger width head. Good retention. Leaves solid lacing around the glass, sip after sip.

Smell - Grainy aroma. Slight grassy bitterness.

Taste - Clean grain malt bill. Touches on honey. Moderate grass hop bitterness near the finish. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Easy, clean finish.

Overall - Really good pilsner. Maybe not as hoppy as advertized? Still, clean and flavorful. I'd definitely drink it again, and again, and again.

Photo of augustgarage
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass. Brilliantly clear pale straw liquid with three fingers of pearling dove-white cream up top. Dense lacing, superior retention.

Sweet floral aroma suggests honey, wildflowers, graham crackers, and a touch of citrus - dry-hopping with Saphir brings out their best qualities, though I don't find them as grassy/herbal as more traditional noble hop varieties.

Very pale but clean malt base is a gentle foil to support the delicate intricacies of the hop - rosewater, kumquat, and a moderate drying bitterness lead into a slightly crackery, almost salty finish. Super crisp and fresh - a simple but well crafted lager here.

Light, soft, yet zippy mouth-feel.

Very good, if slightly bland German pils here...could use a bit more malt character or tweaking of the water to bring forward qualities other than a perception of cleanliness maybe, but I'm nit-picking now.

Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled on 04/16/14. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, not quite transparent, with a medium white head. Super pilsner hop aroma reaches across the room to smack you in the face, as if to say, "hey, there's a pilsner here, why aren't you drinking it?" (Note: benefits from being served in a glass.) This is apparently thanks to dry hopping with Saphir, a relative of German Hallertauer. Flavor is in line with expecations: super crisp, sharp bite of hops, though not overall particularly bitter. Finishes really dry. A great example of the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Pivo
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "07/24/14 17:25" - 119 days old
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA (purchased 14 days ago)

Excellent! I can still smell the hops as I open the bottle, spicy and grassy, despite the fact that it's 4 months old. It pours a very slightly hazy straw gold body beneath a finger thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head steadily dwindles to a whisky surface covering, but it leaves a complete surround of lacing up to where the head had originally been. I raise the glass to my nose and note that nothings changed, the aroma remains the same: spicy, grassy, floral noble hops. It's clean and bright and inviting.

The flavor delivers everything that you might expect of a hoppy pils. It's clearly a pilsner, and it's got added hops for flavor and aroma - it's not an "Imperial pils" or anything like that. The malt is straightforward pilsner malt, and the hops are straightforward Czech and German noble hops (I'm guessing heavily Saaz backed by Hallertauer). It's clean, crisp, and balanced. It reminds me of fresh Budweiser Budvar on tap, but slightly hoppier.

For fans of Czech Pilsner this is a must try! The combination of malt and hop - without being over-the-top - is unbeatable for both satisfaction and drinkability. The delicate cracker-like and slightly grassy malt may not seem that inspiring, but when you slather it in floral, spicy/peppery, and grassy hops and you get that wet-hay and lemon characteristic going on as well, it's actually fairly complex! At the very least it's not quite the same beer from sip to sip; and it's almost compellingly drinkable. Well worth seeking out!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two and a half fingers of head on a clear, light straw colored body. The head was short-lived though.
Nice aroma with the characteristic dry grain but with the added spicy pine.
The taste nails the pilsener. A big dry bitterness with a touch of honey and pine.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Excellent all around pils.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear pale yellow body. Nice white head. Lacing clings inside and the pillow of foam never dissipates.

Smell - Earthy and spicy hops. Sharp cracker malt. Some pilsner malt, but it's drowned out.

Taste - The pilsner malt comes out more here, but there's a substantial hop presence. Immediately grassy and spicy. Spiciness never lets up and lingers into the back end. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and nicely bittered. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This didn't last long in my glass. Very tasty and the flavors weren't drowned out by my spicy dinner.

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 Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsener glass, bottled on 2/10/14

A- pours a crystal clear pale straw color with bubbles shooting to the top, creating a small fizzy white head that has good retention

S- classic pilsener malt aroma with notes of toasted grains, yeasty bread, very clean bill. Floral and grassy hops with a hint of lemon peel on the back end

T- clean malt is complimented by floral hops, lemon grass, and a hint of earthy yeast. Slightly sweet mid-palate leads to a toasted malt linger with more floral hop on a clean finish

M- light body with moderate carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth & crisp dry finish. Drinkability is through the roof

O- I'm usually not a big pils fan, but this was so clean and drinkable with the perfect amount of hops. I wish this was available in my area as this would quickly become my go-to warm weather beer. This bottle went down way too fast

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 goochpunch
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale straw with lots of bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass. Nose is clean yeast, light, cracker malts, and heaps of floral and citrus noble hops. Tastes of bready malts, honey, and, again, loads of hops. Earthy, herbal, floral, citrus. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. A perfect example of a balanced (albeit on the hoppy side), delicious pilsner.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.