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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,592
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 28.32%
Wants: 95
Gots: 311 | FT: 4
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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 goochpunch
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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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Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful pale yellow-gold with tons of bubbles. This is what a pilsner should look like.
Smell: Slight citrusy aroma from the hops, smells like a great pilsner.
Taste: Delicate flavors that really unfold. Slight bready malts. Floral hop bitterness to balance. This one walks the balancing tightrope better than most. The sign of a true craftsman.
Feel: Crisp, slightly dry, light mouthfeel that isn't too thin or watery.
Overall: My favorite american pilsner, and one of Firestone Walker's best beers. This one sets the bar. Great pairing with so many foods, great for a hot day, and the perfect beer for floating around a pool.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Mistalava
5/5  rDev +25.3%

This is the closest in every way to Tipo Pils, which I consider to be the seminal Hoppy Pils. No, not that "seminal". Firestone has hit a hone run IMO. As an aside, I wonder if Biracifico Italiano will ever have distribution in the USA.

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Photo of silverevo9
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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!

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Photo of microbrewlover
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw color with 1.5 fingers of quickly dissolving foam.

Aroma is subtle. Some lemon, straw, hay, and a floral hop aroma.

Taste yields a breadiness, hay, wheat, mild iron, tons of hops for a pilsner. A beautiful lemon flavor punches through with a mild bitterness at the end. This reminds me of a light version of a pale ale but with less malt. Super refreshing! Mouthfeel is light, clean, and crisp.

For a pilsner (a style I don't care for), this is a winner! I could see this pairing well with almost anything. I'm eating spicy Chinese leftovers and it's perfect! It gets a 96.5/100.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer, right now.

I think it's totally mislabeled, calling it 'hoppy pils' really suggest something more flagrant, and loud, to me. This is a smooth, articulate and deft take on a traditional pils - great, soft sweetness moving in and around crisp bitterness; some zest, some flowers, some bread, great balance. I'm sure this will be good in the winter, but it is spectacular in the summer.

Also has a bit of a 'hop high' - it's only 5.3, but consistently seems to leave me a little more dazzled than that should. So lovely, drink it.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle:

This just hit SF.

This pours a golden crystal clear color with light foaming and stunning clarity.
There’s a light, grassy aroma that just pops. Stunning flavor, with a great grassy hop character and a light toasted malt. There’s a light bittering with a touch of piney grass on the end. I stand by my earlier statements!

Previously, from the tap:

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is the best pils I’ve had from the state of California. (New second best? Trumer Pils at the source, two or three years ago.)

This poured with an amazing clarity as true to form. Golden straw in color it has a light grassy hop aroma which I love in a fresh pils and flavor just about everywhere. Crisp, clear, and with a bright, clean finish. It’s everything I want in a pils. Until I get back to Texas.

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Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the best Pilsner beer ever made. I'm not being overly dramatic either. Here goes:

A: Perfect. Clear gold, well-carbonated, a massive fluffy white head. Leaves a ton of lacing as well. If a Pilsner were made in Heaven, it would look like this.

S: Perfectly balanced scents of hay, grass, herbs, and white pepper on a biscuit malt background. Nearly perfect.

T: Splendid. Best-tasting Pilsner ever. I typically prefer European Pilsners to American ones; this beer is the exception. Grassy hops interspersed with biscuit.

F: Perfectly light and carbonated. Great.

O: Will get this again and again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful looking beer. It has a very light straw color with brilliant clarity. A tall frothy, loose head formed when I poured into my Pivo glass which lasted a good while before fading.
Well attenuated, the beer is quite pleasing too look at. It's quite busy.

In the nose it smells fresh and clean. There is a hefty dose of hops which have a floral smell.
Malts are sweet and have maybe graham smell.

The taste is clean and balanced and not overly hop driven. Slightly dry and bitter. The malts have a sweet almost toasted aspect.
As it flows over the palate it feels soft and smooth.

I was expecting something along the lines of a prima pils but it's not. It hits the mark perfectly in all catagories. To me this is very much world class.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up at Whole foods in Fremont, CA, poured chilled from the 12oz into a pils glass chilled

The color is clear straw golden with thick white cap with ultra fine bead with no real lace, retention is good with fast tiny bubbles of carbonation rising upward. The smell is fantastic - lots of sweet toasted honey-like aroma from the malt with big floral and herbal hop nose, it is great to just inhale. The feel is great, very high carbonation with moderate bitterness lighter medium feel with resins of hops and bitter dry finish.

The flavor is great - bitter yet not harsh hops with a slight herbal and peppery flavor with light malt edge and mineral yeast with some floral hops and dry pilsner malt qualities with a light grassiness in the background. The overall pleasure received from this pilsner is high...very fresh hop flavor with enough bitterness to be a 'hoppy pilsner' and still have great drinkability at the same time -an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First time having this was on tap at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin. This has been a regular in my fridge since it hit the Texas market in bottles.

A: Pours a perfectly clear Yellow in color. A two finger egg white head forms, with excellent retention. Plenty of lace left all the way down. I love the clarity here.
S: Very clean lager yeast. Spicy, peppery, bready malts. Toasted cereal grains. A light grassy bitterness lingers. Simple, and excellent.
T: A great, clean lager yeast with simple flavors. Spicy, peppery, bread and biscuit. Toasted grains. A light and subtle floral, lemony, grassy bitterness. I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

An excellent example of the style. Amazing in its simplicity, and incredibly enjoyable. One of the best lagers made in the US, and I am glad I can now get a six pack pretty much whenever I want.

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Photo of SavvyStudent
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours light a normal light-yellow pils with some lacing. Some visible carbonation

S: A little more fresh hop than a normal pils but the traditional yeast that makes sure you know it is not a pale ale or IPA. It has a pleasant bread with some sweet floral and lemon on the back.

T: This is the shining quality for me personally. The freshest Pils I have enjoyed but it stayed true to the style. Some grass and minimal pine as far as hop character. Same yeast profile as the nose.

M: Light and refreshing as a pils should be. not too dry as some similar brews.

Overall: Firestone hit it out of the park again with this perfect crisp summer beer. It has hop profile for some IPA and Pale lovers like but approachable to new beer drinkers. Definitely recommend getting a 6-pack of this deliciousness.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Cord out of a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass
Beautiful Rocky head and a brilliant clear light gold body
Floral front in the nose...saaz hops for sure
Hop bite is very much in there in the front with a doughy malty middle and nice balance at the end
Nice beer
I would have it again

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Photo of DuaneL
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deceivingly light color, looking weak, like ginger ale, but as good, if not better than Prima from victory. A bit hoppier than the Prima. This is a keeper! 8/14/15 pils tasting on the front deck.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12pz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull golden color with perfect clarity. Lively carbonation streams up to the persistent, large-bubbled white head. Lacing is impressively sticky.

S: Dry bready nose. Lightly grainy. Lemony, oily, and subtly peppery hop aromas. Slight traces of musty yeast.

T: Clean grainy tastes open. Crackery malt. Bone dry throughout. Hops have a dry herbal bite with a fairly aggressive bitterness. Hop flavors build in intensity. Coarsely leafy and peppery. Lemony flash, lavender too. Quick dry finish leaves an oily bitterness lingering.

M: appropriately light-bodied. Aggressive scrubbing carbonation cuts like a knife and emphasizes the oily hop bitterness. Bold crispness. Clamping hop astringency. So dry it evaporates off the tongue.

O: This is about as good as it gets in the world of pilsners. Hop bitterness pushes the envelope but stays within the style. I'd love to explore some cheese pairing options, as this should be able to tackle bolder cheeses than the average pils. Maybe an aged provolone?

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear, straw yellow with a large bubbled white head. Great lacing. Bright hoppy aroma, notes of lemon zest, dill, and grass. Nice clean malt in the aroma as well. Taste starts with a firm bitterness up front, moves into a spicy and juicy hop flavor, surprising for a pilsner. Light bready and candy malt flavors move in as well, slight acidity to the finish, gives the malt a nice 'twang'. Mouthfeel is light, beer is well carbonated, gives it a nice bite. Overall, this is a spectacular beer, I am not to sure about this being a very authentic german pilsner, but it is certainly delicious.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rated awhile ago but time to re-review: excellent aroma very pilsener like, nice crisp taste with a nice hoppy edge. very well done, will definitely seek out again soon

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(bottled 07/09/14 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: wow! what a beaut!... perfectly clear, pale moonlight yellow.... pleasant tuft of spongy white foam atop, keeping an attractive pad atop till the end... pretty dead on with remarkable lightness to the color... lacking a little lace, but oh well

S: herby-spicy (thyme?), dried grass-y, faintly lemon-lime peel hops... bit of a fresh peppercorn overtone... garden green freshness... mildly soft rose pedal like undertone... whisper of pilsner malt once the other aromatics fade off... overall, quite German

T: light bitter-spicy zip that simmers through to the finish, taking on some of that pepper tone and lemon oil from the aromas... the age has perhaps sanded off a bit of edge and depth in the bitterness, but the core taste is still deliciously intact... nice showing of cereal/semi-sweet granola sitting at the bottom under the hop static above in the aftertaste

F: elegant... miniature tickle of small bubbles up front... silky-soft, smooth, creamy middle and finish... oil resins leaving a lip-smacky film all over... polished smoothness, which suggests more weight, but a large portion of it disappears... could be a touch snappier in the finish, but at this point so what?

O: yet another superb offering from FW... very much on point with the style... I could six this all night

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful golden yellow in appearance with a thick 3 finger head.
aroma is of pepper, grains of paradise and fresh cut grass and slight sulphur.
taste is complex with subtle flavors but each one standing on its own. Pepper and grassy and mid level bitterness but still maintains a slight malty pils sweetness towards the end to remind you that its still a pislner.
mouthfeel is dry and crisp and can tell its attenuated nicely leaving a just a touch of bitterness behind.
this beer is fantastic and if your craving a solid stateside pilsner this is it. so glad it has made its way to the east coast. i hope it stays fresh

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Photo of dubinsky
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I heard that FW was producing a Pilsner I was first ecstatic and later a bit hesitant. I’m not a huge fan of Solace and find their lower body and abv offerings a bit of a letdown. Lets see how this does. Bottle dated 5/9/13 consumed 6/18/13 into a snifter glass

A – Pours a clear straw yellow color with a light, frothy finger high head which crept down the sides of the glass very quickly after the pour, leaving behind some light lacing. Decent retention as the remaining head clings to the side of the glass

S – Very clean and grassy, like I have come to expect from a top-notch pilsner. The initial aroma really reminds me of Prima Pils, which is my current baseline for great Pilsners. Slight breadiness is evident from the yeast, but overall this is dominated by grassy, citrusy, and slightly tropical notes. The fact that this is dry hopped is not very evident as I have come to expect with Pale Ales and IPA’s which are fermented in similar fashion. Overall though, this is a great smelling beer that my mouth started to water as soon as I smelled it.

T – Wow, this is super crisp, clean and refreshing. What a well-orchestrated malt bill with a perfect dosage of hops. There taste profile begins very dry, with lemonade like citrus, followed by a slight breadiness, and finished with a nice dryness again. This variety of hops is very unusual to me, but I’m finding them way more appealing than the usual Czech or German varietals. Clean malt bill, touches of cracker grains and a drizzle of honey.

M – Very fine, but nicely spiky carbonation with a rather thick mouth feel for the style of this beer. The hops provide for a nice, light bitterness that feels crisp and clean.

O – Overall, this is a huge surprise for me from an excellent brewery who is known for bold and heavy flavors. The fact that they took a beer that is so tough to brew and made an excellent example of this only speaks to how good a brewery FW really is. This is now officially replacing Prima as my go to pils. I plan on keeping an ongoing rotation of this in my fridge all year round.

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Photo of Premo88
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: crystal clear light yellow, very little color; bit 1 1/2-inch head of white foam that sticks like all-get-out and appears to be lacing; a full blast of bubbles cascading up throughout the column, creating a floury white skin and thick collar of foam ... perfection

S: skunk, grain, biscuit/bread malt, and some grassy hops ... call me sadistic, but that bit of skunk isn't off-putting to me.

T: follows the nose for the most part but has a fantastic grain/bread finish that tastes like you just ate a cracker, just a plain white saltine; VERY hoppy, with the bite being green and grassy while holding onto some classic spicy/black pepper.

F: full but drinkable ... not as dry as some pilseners, but it leans toward a drying effect; tons of carbonation; ah-hah! as I get into it, about 1/3 in, it's starting to dry out in a super cool way

O: another great pilsener, a beer so good I continue to be shocked more people don't rate these higher ... it has all you could want: a great hop bite, some good bread malt sweetness, a smell that makes me keep shoving my nose in it and a feel that makes me reach and reach and reach for it over and over. the skunk smell will put some people off, but it shouldn't -- this is a damn good pilsener.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.