Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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89
very good

1,455 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,455
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 85
Gots: 250 | 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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Ratings: 1,455 | Reviews: 217
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.

Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

Photo of Mistalava
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

Photo of ProstMasterson
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Really well put together pils

Photo of silverevo9
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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!

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 Garet
4.94/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As good as any Pilsner and better than most. The hop profile makes this a fantastic year round beer that pairs well fish, tacos, pasta, pizza, etc.

Photo of eclaycamp
4.82/5  rDev +22%
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.

Photo of jackb112
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smells like a bouquet of flowers and tastes like Friday afternoon

Photo of Tapper69
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

My favorite pils for the past year, although it is not traditional. Finally starting to see it on tap here in L.A.

Photo of Winston3737
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pilsners I've had

Photo of Jintsman
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Awesome!

Photo of crowsnest
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Beer ...great nose ... smooth and hoppy mouth

Photo of elNopalero
4.74/5  rDev +20%
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.

Photo of American_Hawk
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A bastardized version of the classic style, for sure. But, nonetheless, a personal favorite of my favorite style.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Pils I ever had.

Photo of Vabrewer88
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not my go to style by any means but I enjoyed this one. It's pretty close to style but hopped up a bit which I like.

Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Photo of ECV1846
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

light, tasty, good ice cold

Photo of Gilbert1956
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At half the price of my Duvel, this is a great alternative. It has an extremely clean hoppy taste and is very refreshing at only 168 calories.

Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,455 ratings.