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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Pivo Hoppy PilsPivo Hoppy Pils

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BA SCORE
88
very good

573 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 573
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%


Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech 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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silverevo9

California

5/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:24:54 | More by silverevo9
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goochpunch

Texas

5/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 06:26:07 | More by goochpunch
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eclaycamp

Kansas

4.81/5  rDev +23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 23:06:21 | More by eclaycamp
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elNopalero

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2013 06:48:15 | More by elNopalero
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 12:06:10 | More by micromaniac129
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SavvyStudent

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 18:06:41 | More by SavvyStudent
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 22:51:12 | More by Slatetank
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champ103

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 15:29:35 | More by champ103
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dubinsky

California

4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:21:47 | More by dubinsky
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:06:20 | More by MRsojourner
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plaid75

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured pale pilsner malts and a vibrant herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a delicate pilsner malt and a clean super spicy, herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was dictate with a prickly carbonation and residual hop spice.

Overall a beautifully crafted delicate pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 02:28:04 | More by plaid75
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 16:29:15 | More by ONovoMexicano
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tzieser

Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

it's clear to me that firestone-walker has perfected the ale. i have yet to try one of their lagers, the most difficult style to brew, in my opinion. can firestone-walker perfect the lager as well?

A: crystal clear, bright golden in color with a whispy white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing. strong carbonation.

S: lots of lemon and pine hop aroma with notes of grass. subtle malt sweetness is there. saphir dry hopping helps. one of the best smelling pilsners ever.

T: crisp and flavorful. lots of pine and a bit of lemon hop flavor with a cracker like malt sweetness. beer is light, crisp and dry throughout. finishes clean and dry with a light mineral aftertaste. pretty sure i could drink these all day every day until the end of time. what a beer.

M: nails the crispy mouthfeel. not many brewers can do that right.

hats off to Firestone-Walker again. this might have dethroned Victory Prima Pils as my favorite US made pilsner. glad to see a good lager come from the west. well done!!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 00:49:37 | More by tzieser
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SvenHayden

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:12:39 | More by SvenHayden
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light golden-straw color with a small amount of bubbles atop, some spotty lacing on this one. I wanted and needed a bigger head and more retention for this style.

S: A little whiff of lemon zest, some grains and a bit grassy

T: Immediate light bitterness which ushers in some light citrus followed by some very light grains and a nice but subtle bitterness. A wee bit of grass is found and the finish is rather dry and clean, very clean

M: Well carbonated with a lighter body, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: Probably my next summertime keg. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:46:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was a time not long ago where Firestone had a bottled dunkel lager as part of their year round lineup. Pivo is the first bottled lager that I've seen out of the brewery since that time, however my expectations of Firestone are higher now than they were then. Here comes 12 ounces of hoppy lager. On to the beer:

Strings of visible bubbles race from bottom to top of this pale yellow colored beer. Topping it is a head of ½ inch, holding some of its retention. Lots of little strings of lace cling around the glass. The aroma does justice for the beer's name. It's clean and crisp with a zippy hoppiness, honeysuckle, and grass.

Just a few sips in and I'm already experiencing one heck of a pilsner experience. The hops are bright and clean with their flavor. Bitterness registers as moderate and appealing. Just a clean and crisp experience that's very easy to drink.

One of the better American-made pilsners to come across my palate. At three months old, there's still a lot of life in this beer. Not only a quality beer, but one of the biggest surprises of 2013.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 05:45:52 | More by DoubleJ
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MrBoz21

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured very bright and clear straw yellow. White foam settled into a skiff and a ring rather quickly. Moderate carbonation

Aroma: Delicate floral, light citrus and pilsner malt. A hint of burnt match lager aroma.

Taste: Straw-like malt, perception of citrus, but not really tasting it. Light grassy-resin noble hops and lager notes. Crisp and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry-ish and moderately thick ... substantive without being malty-sweet. No carb tingle, no bitter hop coating on the tongue, no astringency. Very refreshing.

Overall: Yum ... simple, straightforward, crisp and refreshing. Delicious - this is a go to for this style and one I will pursue anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:29:09 | More by MrBoz21
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Libationguy

Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 23:05:01 | More by Libationguy
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 5/9/13.

A- Poured a very clear light golden color with tons of streaming carbonation, big bright white fluffy head that left chunky lace

S- Huge fruity and floral aroma, lots of lemon, citrus, fragrant floral hops, and pilsner malt character

T- Very clean and fragrant hop notes. Big floral notes, lemon, orange citrus, and sweet bready pilsner malt backbone.

M- Very crisp and clean, dry, medium to high carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

O- A really great hopped up pilsner that is refreshing and flavorful. Definitely a beer I would get again on hot summer day like today. Right out there with Prima Pils for hoppy pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:58:01 | More by Hoptometrist
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a very white and clean head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a very clear and yellow gold. The has a strong hoppy smell that is balanced out by the sweet pale malt smell that balances the beer very well. The hop smell is earthy and certainly dry-hopped. The taste is similar to the smell but with a stronger hop taste than malt taste. The hop is as bitter as the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation. The feel is very crisp from the beginning to the end. Overall, a very good pilsner and better than some of the others that are available.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 20:48:04 | More by HattedClassic
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale straw, excellent clarity, tiny bubbles, great head.

S: Cereal grains in the background, predominant and beautiful herbal hop character - not grassy. Refined. Some citrus peel. This beer demands to be drunk.

T: Fresh, wonderfully nuanced and clean hop character - herbal, fruity, earthy - but somehow bright. Very refreshing. Easy to crush a lot of this beer. Great crackery malt flavor finishes it off.

M: Extremely refreshing, dry enough to crush with ferocity.

A delightful pils. Is there anything Firestone doesn't do perfectly?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:07:31 | More by mattsander
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mactrail

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden in the Ommegang chalice with a modest foam. Spritzy mouthfeel. The effusive perfumey aroma sends clouds of glory from the first snootful. This is such a simple yet distinctive flavor and aroma, but it's so nice when well done. I think it's worth noting the hops, which are more complex than typical. They say Magnum provides the bittering with Spalter Select hops for the aromatics, and dry hopped with German Saphir.

Clear and crisp. You wouldn't call the body "thin," since there's a surprising malty foundation, but it's appropriately light and tangy as you sip (or gulp). Lovely flowery nose with a more resiny tang than typical for the style. Just bitter enough, and doesn't call attention to that aspect. The right balance, overall.

Another excellent brew from Firestone Walker. With all the interesting competition from crazy new breweries in southern California, I'm glad to see these guys continuing to set standards for quality. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:03:38 | More by mactrail
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blindtiger24

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Completely clear golden hue. Incredibly active carbonation with small, champagne sized bubbles. Decent head on the pour that thins out but is sticky on the side of the glass.

S: Citrus and floral scents like lemon verbena jump out. Sweetness of honey and doughy biscuits come through on the nose as well.

T: Great earthy, piney bitterness right off the bat that mellows out. The malt backbone arrives later in the after taste, providing some sweetness. Refreshing and tasty.

M: Interplay between hop smack and pils clean flavor is nice. Carbonation is noticeable, alive, and adds to the flavors jumping off the tongue. Finishes very clean.

O: It's cool to see a hybrid style displaying some of the best qualities of each. Good in it's flavor and extremely good in its drinkability. I think this is a solid choice no matter warm or cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 02:58:08 | More by blindtiger24
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popery

California

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice little pils from FW. Pours a bright, clear pale gold. No haze. Good head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma has grassy hops with some fresh grain notes. Hay, lemons, earth round things out. Taste is mildly bitter but there's a bit of light malt sugariness to it. The malt flavor is a touch grainy but not bad. A little too much sweetness. Finish is fairly clean. Mouthfeel could be lightened further but it's pretty good. I'd just prefer pils to be ultra crisp. This is a nice beer and it's always good to see American breweries take on lager styles.

Edit: Tried from the bottle and enjoyed it more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2013 22:04:13 | More by popery
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Treyliff

West Virginia

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 573 ratings.