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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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569 Ratings

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%

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

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012)
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Photo of steveh


3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The BAers are raving about this beer, so I think I know what to expect...

Bottled on 7/26/13, so not terribly old.

A -- Good clear straw yellow with a good-looking white head that settles pretty quickly to a thin cap.

S -- Spicy, piny hops with mild DMS.

T -- Fleeting malt sweetness up front that is quickly overwhelmed by hops with a spicy, resiny character and near astringent bitterness. The sweet maltiness tries to make a comeback in the finish, but the resiny bitterness holds tight into the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light body.

O -- While drinkable enough, clearly not what I'd call a Pilsner -- of either German or Bohemain variety. The lack of any real malt character and the resiny hop bitterness make this beer more akin to an IPA (big draw there, no?) than a Pilsner. I'm sure this is Firestone's answer to the IPL, and thus the excitement from BA members, but I'd sooner know that "Pilsner" on the label is giving me that style.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 22:09:22 | More by steveh
Photo of hrbuchanan


3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The label is sharp-looking, definitely stands out in a store. The beer's color once poured into the glass is slightly darker than your average pilsner, in my opinion (maybe a slight green tinge?) The head stuck around for a little while as well.

Smell: As a brewer, I like that this beer smells hoppy, at least compared to something like Scrimshaw. Reminds me of a summer brew day. Very light aroma, but you've gotta give a golden lager credit when nothing smells "off".

Taste: Disappointing, as far as I'm concerned. Starts with a tiny malty flavor near the middle of the tongue, but fades into straight-up grass near the back of the mouth. 80% or so of what I taste comes from bittering hop. Unbalanced, as far as I'm concerned. Tastes better half-way through the glass then at the beginning, though. Maybe my palate is just different from the average reviewer?

Feel: Definitely saves this beer a bit. Fuller than I expected; if it was any less, I wouldn't be inclined to finish the glass.

Overall: I think Firestone will get its loyal fans hooked on the design and the hoppiness, but not me, sadly. And I'm not a Firestone hater, by any means! I just bought two bottles of their new Double DBA release and LOVED it (the first bottle, I mean; the second is for aging). I just don't feel the need to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:55:21 | More by hrbuchanan
Photo of Beaver13


3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:31:19 | More by Beaver13
Photo of JupiterJesus


3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2013 07:57:04 | More by JupiterJesus
Photo of kojevergas


3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Pivo Hoppy Pils." Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at South in Santa Monica. Cost was $3.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, okay cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Standard fare for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts. Surprisingly hoppy character for the style; prominent floral hop character. Crisp clean barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp clean pale malt base. Floral hop character. Decent balance. Complex for a pilsner, but not shockingly so. Enjoyable. Not very subtle.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and crisp. Slight overcarbonation. Good thickness. Good body. Suits the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. A surprisingly tasty pilsner from Firestone Walker.

High C+

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2013 20:36:56 | More by kojevergas
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers when he was out in the area. Supposedly, FW is going to start sending their full core lineup out to NJ in October, so I've been told, though right now we can't get Union Jack, so we'll see. Poured into a Weizen glass because I don't have any Pilsner glasses, so this is my best improv.

AP: Like coloured water with a light gold/yellow tinge. Can see right through this. Constant stream of bubbles flowing from bottom to top with a 1" foamy white head that settles down a 1/4" with a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
AR: Very bready and yeasty with cereal grains and dry grass. Very light floral/herbal notes in the background. Honestly thought I'd get more hops in the aroma, but mostly this smells like a typical Pilsner.
T: Much like the aroma, but a bit more doughy. A faint bitterness on the aftertaste, again only with very light floral/herbal notes and maybe a trace of some spice like coriander and white pepper. This is decent, but I was hoping for more in the taste in the way of the Saphir hops. I've had German beers with Saphir hops in them before that were more assertive than this.
M: The visual would make you think this would be very carbonated, but it's only moderately so, though enough to make for a creamy mouthfeel and a dry cleansing finish.
OV: A bit underwhelming, TBH. A decent Pilsner, but not as hoppy as advertised, IMO. I just didn't get enough of the Saphir hop flavour nor much spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:32:24 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/17/2013 printed on the label. Got a single of this in a mixed six pack from the local Binny's. My second review of a Firestone Walker beer on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a brilliant clear lager golden yellow with two fingers of soft fluffy bubbly bone white head. Some scattered lacing, but not much.

S - Smell is bland: dusty malt, grain, corn, earth, some light citrus, and a bitter type of smell that I can only describe as oily and "fishy".

T - Taste is a bit more impressive than the nose. Crisp carbonation, bready malt, grains, some pine, and the very apparent presence of earthy German hops. Has some of that same crisp bitter German hop presence that I tasted in the Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA.

M - Feel ends quick, clean, and dry.

Overall, a smooth, clean, easy drinking beer, but it was less than memorable. It suits the style, but I guess it just wasn't for me. There was something here I didn't enjoy very much. A simple classic pilsner, worth trying at least once.

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:47:26 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Dave2010


3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok, average beer when compared to other types of beers, such as IPA's, but in the Pilsner category this is probably the best pilsner I've had, but I don't like Pilsners. Take that into account when reading this. No mistaking it, this is a Pilsner, it tastes like a Pilsner, and looks like a Pilsner, but the taste has something most Pilsners miss, and that's some flavor. Set this beer down next to a Budweiser and just by looking at it, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but after tasting it there would be no doubt. I would say people who prefer IPA's over Pilsners and Lagers will still not really like this beer, or find it average at best. However, Pilsner drinkers (Czech and German beer drinkers) will find it refreshingly better than most Pilsners that come out of the US.

Serving type: on-tap

12-25-2013 18:19:24 | More by Dave2010
Photo of kemoarps


3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

So... I suppose I should give a little disclaimer at the beginning here. I will admit I do not really like Pilsners. The malts and yeasts combine to create what I can only feel is a stale flavour. That being said, I can still recognize well crafted content.

This pours as you would imagine a pilsner to look. Pale straw yellow, minimal white head.

The nose presents pilsner malts and yeast. Not much else. Smells fresh.

The aroma gives way to the palate pretty straightforward-ly. Malts, yeast, a bit of bitter on the back end. As mentioned above, I'm no expert on pilsners. This seems like a talented presentation of the style: generally crisp and clean. My main complaint is that there is a weird... afterfeeltastething... reminscent of baking soda/alum on the tongue. A texture that is difficult to put into words.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 00:41:35 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Smarty_Pints


3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a nice straw colors with a small head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S- sweet malts and grass lead the way with hints of lemon and hops.

T- follows the nose sweet malts are the brunt of the taste but the hops and some spiciness come through also.

M- very thin with a decent amount of carbonation too it with a nice slightly dry finish.

O- while better then your run of the mill pilsner it still leave a good amount to be desired in my opinion, then again I am not a huge pilsner fan. I was hoping that this would be the pilsner to change my mind about the style, maybe I'll try the Victory Prima Pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:46:50 | More by Smarty_Pints
Photo of vkv822


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz: tulip
bottled on: 5-9-13

Clear, birght yellow with a foamy, white head. Dissipates to leave a thin foam across the surface.

Earthy, floral, herbal hops blend with a toasty, cracker malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

Hop-forward, but still balanced, this is a nice take on a German pilsner without straying too far from the classic style. Very easy drinking, but with a complex flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 08:11:11 | More by vkv822
Photo of denver10


3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish sandy golden with a white head. Aroma is cereal graininess, lemongrass, and actual grass. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A thinner, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. Not really a style I am usually into, but did enjoy this one all things considered.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 02:02:44 | More by denver10
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the much hyped new beer drinkers pilsener from firestone, it didn't blow me away, ill say that. on tap at the new renegade publik house, it pours a perfectly clear, watery golden color, with an inch of white head that slowly dies. the nose is not nearly as hoppy as the press release declared, but I do get a bit more than the standard. American barley malt, on the light side, balanced. it is refreshing, but the hops don't quite take away the sweetness of the malt. very little bitterness to this, only a mild hop flavor, maybe leaning on the floral side, but this certainly does not redefine the genre as it was supposed to do. its plenty drinkable through, these go back like water after a jog. the body is ultra light, and the carbonation is robust. it just tastes like very other craft pilsener, there is nothing new or special about this one. too simple for me to get off on, but its well made like all firestone beers, but ill stick to their solace for summer time, assuming that one comes back around...

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 14:38:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up tonight at the COOP.. Pours a very light straw golden with a short lasting white head that leaves only spotty lacing.. could use a lot more retention.

The nose is pretty standard American take on German pilsners... big grainy notes with a bitterness that doesn't translate well into hoppiness... Some minor grassy hops come through.

Flavor is again big and bitter.. something sorta "too minerally" for my liking.. nice maltiness and again a pretty present cut grass hoppiness.

Body and carbonation are about spot on... but the flavors/aromas come across as a bit forced.


Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 05:26:00 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer


3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle with bottling date of 12/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible. Two fingers of eggshell white head forms at the top. Lacing from the head sticks to the top of the glass but no more lacing after that.

Smell: Cake, lemon, grassy and herbal.

Taste: Got your base pilsener here with that kind of corn flavor i associate with the style and hope bitterness in the finish. Hops are grassy/herbal. As the beer warms, the beer seems to balance out better and there is more of a sweetness mixing with the hops. A solid pilsner for sure.

Mouthfeel: slick and a little thing. Lots of carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers.

More exciting than most pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 01:04:23 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
Photo of DefenCorps


3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this.

A crystal clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is great looking pilsner. The nose is pretty solid. Bright, pungent, earthy, lemony hops this is mildly fruity as well (melon?). The malt character is dry, but lacks snap that the my favorites have. A touch of DMS is perceived as well, as is some soap.

The palate opes quite crisp, with a pleasant, modest hoppy bitterness that's a blend of earth and lemon. Mineral character is low, accentuating the soft malt character, the mild DMS and unfortunately, the soap. Medium-light in body, moderately slick on the palate, this beer lacks the bitterness it needs to fully tie it together. Carbonation is high but quite creamy and pleasant. A touch watery on the finish, along with a little citrus, this beer is quite decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 06:17:17 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of buzzardman


3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pilsner malt, earthy, corn, slight hops.

Appearance: One finger creamy white head, clear light yellow body.

Flavor: Sweet malt, background hops, a little diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, dry finish, good carbonation.

Overall: A decent pilsner with a very slight bit of noticeable hops. For being named a hoppy pilsner I would expect to smell and taste a little more hops. Very much like Stella Artois, but honestly not made as well with the noticeable diacetyl. $8.49 for 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:25:22 | More by buzzardman
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into an imperial pint glass (20 oz.) at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.50. One finger of head when I got it that was white and frothy. Lots of bubbles coming up underneath in the middle. Beer color was honey golden pale clear. Lots of foamy retention throughout on the sides and the top.

Smelled honey, spices (couldn’t put my finger on it), hops, cloves, Circus Peanuts, Christmas pine and lemon grass.

Tasted similar to the nose, but had to work for it. Got corn, slight lemon grass, honey, hay and wheat. Maybe a gracious 3.5.

Light body. Creamy texture. Above average-to-average carbonation. Abrupt clean finish. Crisp, watery and refreshing.

Very good for a pilsner and a great start for my first Firestone experience (in Paso Robles).

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2012 09:02:01 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of McStagger


3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Re review. I originally hated on this beer, but have drank it a few times since my original review and decided to try it again. Bottled on 9/26/13

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Light straw, two fingers of bleached white head. Lively carbonation. Large bubbles appear at the edge of the foam. Crystal clear. Head retention is fairly high, as is carbonation.

S: Light straw, grassiness, a bit of toasted biscuit in this. Hops are of the noble variety. Floral and herbal, with a bit of sulfur peaking through.

T: Front is a bit of baked goods. Toasted cracker malt that carries through to the finish. Light fruitiness, some stone, but mainly apple and a bit of lemon. Aftertaste is saltine cracker with a bit of bitter lemon peel peaking through. The finish is fairly dry and crisp, but lacks the "clean" feeling.

M: Light bodied without being thin. The carbonation, while vigorous, only adds to the refreshment and doesn't distract like it so easily can.

O: A nice American take on a German pils. Dry finish, but not very clean. There is a big, toasted biscuit aftertaste that is a bit distracting.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 06:27:08 | More by McStagger
Photo of homebrew311


3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearance is extremely light with a yellow tint. White head forms and leaves considerable amount of lacing. The smell presents a heavy presence of bready grain paired with earthy and piney hops. The hops provide a significant pine and lemon quality towards the end. The taste starts with a smooth light malt profile and then followed by a heavy wave of citrusy hops which present lemon zest, grass, and toast. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is exactly as advertised: a hoppy pils. The bite at the end is strong which detracts from the refreshing qualities of this brew, but a nice pilsner nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:32:39 | More by homebrew311
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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 - A crystal clear, 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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 21:44:30 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of artoolemomo


3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that looks as if it will have some retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a clear and very pale straw that glows a weak lemon yellow when held up to the light. A bit of lacing with some sheeting hanging around the top of the head. Tons of lacing shows up after I drink more from the glass.

Nose- Pretty subdued- very typical pilsner aroma. Sweet malt, grain, and a whiff of spiciness from what I assume are noble hops. Though subtle, it's very well balanced and quite nice. When I swirl it around in the bottle, I get some mineral or earthy notes in addition to the spice. I don't get as much from the glass.

Taste- The hops come through much clearer than they do on the nose. Spice, earth, grassiness, and a mineral character which gives it an overall herbal character. Biscuit and grain provide a light foundation for all the hops which are the stars of the flavor profile. I get this slight bubblegum note that usually would annoy me but somehow works. There's some light citrus (lemon) in the flavor profile as well. There are also some floral notes (maybe fusel) but the malt bill isn't as strong as you would expect from a German Pilsner. It's also hoppier than a German Pilsner but this is addressed on the label. Very dry finish. Pilsners aren't my favorite but this is a solid beer. You can definitely count on Firestone Walker to deliver a good beer even when deviating from style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. As I mentioned, it has a very dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly smooth and borders on crisp and refreshing though the dryness dominates. This could prevent it from being sessionable but still very drinkable.

Overall- Solid beer that definitely mocks the post-Prohibition American “pilsner”. Definitely worth at try- or just grab a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:50:57 | More by artoolemomo
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have not had a pilsner in a while so this was a nice treat. It pours a very pale yellow into the glass. Crisp from start to finish with hints of green apple. Called a hoppy pilsner but the hops are uber subtle.

Mouthfeel is that it lingers. On the. Palette. But finishes
. Very clean.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:10:58 | More by Dmbphoenix
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3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in Davis.

Light yellow golden body with a one-inch foamy white head that faded into a faint collar. Complex spotty lace was left down the glass. The nose is light with hints of cracked grains and earthy hops. Clean overall. The taste follows the nose with earth hops, a touch of sweet fruit citrus, faint bubblegum yeast, and crisp minerals. Crispy clean medium body with even carbonation. A solid pilsner. Could be dryer but its got a great flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2013 16:26:40 | More by scottfrie
Photo of ocelot2500


3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a big, frothy head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of lemony hops with some grass.

Tastes of the citrus hops with a light malt background. Hops lead off with a citric note leading into some grassy notes. Grainy malts come through with a little sweetness. Ends with a spicy hop note.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but I would like more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:53:40 | More by ocelot2500
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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 569 ratings.