1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pivo Hoppy PilsPivo Hoppy Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

1,000 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 47
Gots: 95 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pivo Hoppy Pils Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 1,000 | Reviews: 145 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EchoParker
5/5  rDev +26.9%

EchoParker, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
5/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

goochpunch, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +26.9%

WritersBlock, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Jackz29
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Jackz29, May 01, 2014
Photo of J_Dub
5/5  rDev +26.9%

J_Dub, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOK: Quite a pale draft, with a faint hint of gold to the liquid. White head forms properly, is long lasting, and provides rings of lace at every sip.

SMELL: Biscuity, bready like malt and yeast combo almost coming off like saltine crackers. After all the pilsner benchmarks are met, there is a helping of noble hops that is very strong.

TASTE: Bready and biscuity once again but with high alpha hops adding a nice tang. Leaf, slight citrus and plenty of bitterness coming from a solid dose of hops. Pine, lemon citrus and herbal noble hop. Definitely hitting on the traditional hop flavors but something is afoot that leads me to believe some American hops also are used. Whatever the case, it is delicious.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that is crisp and refreshing like a good pils should be. Goes down easy and if you don't think about it, it's gone without a thought. I recommend keeping this in mind while tasting, stop and enjoy this one.

OVERALL: Firestone Walker has crafted the perfect pilsner. It seriously does not get any better than this.

Stinkypuss, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of mquinn919
5/5  rDev +26.9%

mquinn919, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of revo
5/5  rDev +26.9%

revo, May 07, 2014
Photo of BlackHoleBrew42
5/5  rDev +26.9%

BlackHoleBrew42, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of ktenneydenver
5/5  rDev +26.9%

ktenneydenver, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of silverevo9
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. This beer is really well done. Head is created almost instantly with pour. First sip nails you with a slight bitterness to a great hoppy sticky taste. The nose in glass with the gulp that follows is incredible. The lacing on glass is sticky and remaining with each pour. Could easily drink 8 to 12 of these while enjoying each pour and sniff. As you continue with your existing glass, at about the 3rd glass a dark tinge appears on the head. Showing maybe the purity of the ingredients or sediment from the vat. Outstanding presentation through and through.

This remains one of my top pilsners, awesome beer!

silverevo9, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of MDTurk
5/5  rDev +26.9%

MDTurk, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of cjohal85
5/5  rDev +26.9%

cjohal85, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of microbrewlover
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
Photo of moneyball16
5/5  rDev +26.9%

moneyball16, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of MaddDogg84
5/5  rDev +26.9%

MaddDogg84, May 08, 2014
Photo of Amberlj
4.92/5  rDev +24.9%

Amberlj, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of Pete_Orr
4.84/5  rDev +22.8%

Pete_Orr, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of eclaycamp
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries on the planet, and I absolutely love a great pilsner. I have high expectations for this one.

Pouring the 12 ounce bottle poured into my neo-classical pilsen glass the first thing I noticed was that this is the definition of brilliantly clear, with a frothy small head. You can literally read through this beer. Bubble formation is small and tight. Color is extremely light – 2 to 3 SRM – think light straw and you’re on the right track.

The first thing you’ll notice when drinking this beer is that there is a pronounced Noble hop presence up front. The hop profile seems somewhat flowery, herbal, and spicy in nature. That’s backed up with malt sweetness. If you take the time to rouse the beer a bit brings out a light sulfur lager characteristic that isn’t unpleasant or unwelcome.

You don’t care about any of that though. What’s important is how the beer tastes. I’m pleased to report that this beer is just as delicious as I had hoped that it would be. The flavor is amped up all over the place. Typical pilsners have some hops; this beer has more. Typical pilsners emphasize malt sweetness, this one is sweeter. Some folks are going to complain about the fact that this is “too hoppy” – something I think is a little bit ridiculous, given the beer’s name and all. I personally really like the amped-up hop profile, as it’s something that could easily be overdone but here it’s restrained and works beautifully. The hops are difficult to discern – I get some lemon characteristics, for sure, but also earth and herbal, like fresh tarragon. The malt backing this up reminds me a bit of a lavosh bread – cracker-like but substantive.

As you finish taking a drink, you’ll notice that there is a slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue a little bit, though not as much as an IPA. I find that the beer can easily be described as “clean, crisp, and super dry”, which to me would indicate a deft touch in regards to fermentation and appropriate lagering time. There’s very little in terms of alcohol presence, and the light body of the beer seems to encourage volume drinking.

An unparalleled home run from the folks at Paso Robles, this is a beer that crosses off all the boxes for me. Pretty much a flawless beverage in my opinion. The hop profile may chase some folks away, but that just means there’s more for me. Awesome.

eclaycamp, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

TTripp725, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Prospero
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Prospero, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of t_rich94
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

t_rich94, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of beerman999999
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

beerman999999, May 05, 2014
Photo of jpd026
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

jpd026, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of ACB
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

ACB, Mar 20, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.