Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 200
Hads: 1,515
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 92
Gots: 267 | 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 hopphead31415
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've been testing out Firestone this past week and came across a rather unique type of brew called a Hoppy Pils. This one by Firestone has 5.3% ABV and promises to be unique so let's see what we got here.

Look-It pours a crystal clear yellow golden color that is typical of a full pilsner. The head is frothy and delicate and diminishes down to a thin layer after only a couple sips. The carbonation is plentiful and complements the clarity.

Smell-I smell bread, yeast, and subtle malts. So far it's definitely a pilsner.

Taste-This is where the hoppiness shines through although it is slightly muted. The hops come through after the malt and yeast foundation fades away into the citrus based hops that go nicely with the pilsner qualities.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and crisp with only a minor coating on the tongue.

Overall-I'd say that this beer was nice and definitely was a hopped pilsner, but it could have been a bit more, well, bitter. (945 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer, which has joined with Duvel, and is getting bigger. Difficult for me to give a Pils a 4 but this is close.

A: Behold a pale straw colored draft. White head is long lasting, but only a bit of lace.

S: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity, like salted crackers. Spicey, grassy hops in background.

T: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity like the aroma with hops adding a refreshing tingle. Lemon, slight citrus and modest bitterness. Grassy, lemon citrus and herbal hop. A great pils.

F: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that is crisp and refreshing. Must try in summer. A great beer.

O: Is this best summer pils? (639 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice blend of a couple styles, providing clean crisp flavor of a pilsner along with some additional hop nose and flavor from an American pale ale. All-round enjoyable in both ways. Good balance of soft/light malt notes and certainly more floral and grassy hops than a typical pilsner, but doesn't throw it off too much either way. Nice. (336 characters)

Photo of Nickholland
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A unique take on the Pilsner. Floral/herbal hops, almost grassy in the smell. A little lager sweetness to balance in the taste. Don't expect your avg German equivalent, this showcases the hops and has some bitterness. Overall a well done beer and definitely worth a try, or 2...or 3. (283 characters)

Photo of BbyDigital
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite pilsners. Easily my favorite of of the beers that Firestone cans. This coming from a hop head that usually prefers an IPA. (151 characters)

Photo of HankSingle
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of tuka
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not what I'm looking for in a pilsener. I expect the classic noble hop, crisp, grassy, foamy, quenching vibe. Seemed more like a lager version of an APA. A fine beer though, being crafted by the reputable FW, just not in my wheelhouse. (235 characters)

Photo of Sandalwood
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow straw color with a huge foamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation and good lacing. The odor is malty, spicy, lemon, citrus, bread like, hay, slightly grassy. The taste is crisp, light, refreshing, citrus lemon, spices, slight clove, dry, malty, slight bitterness throughout. (305 characters)

Photo of willic
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this is not my typical type of beer, but wow... Firestone Walker always does it right, and this beer is no exception. What a GREAT SUMMER BEER! Nice light hoppiness in a Pils. Fun beer! (196 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell. I had a feeling that this would be similar to the Southern Tier Hop Sun (which is one of my favorite summer seasonals) and since it was on the current PhD list, it was fitting that this was also a solid selection for these warmer weather months. While not totally familiar with the hops and malt that was used in this beer, the end result was a Pils that had enough body and bite to it while still remaining true to form from start to finish.

Of course, the pour to this was golden with a moderately fluffy head and one big ring of lacing left at the top of my pint glass. Nice grassy and light European hops in the nose with even more in taste, along with the lemon zest and lemongrass in the taste. Crisp, moderately hoppy, and slightly sour in the aftertaste. Nice juicy feel for a beer of this style and there was even a hint of earl grey tea underneath all of this, as there was some spice to liven things up.

The alcohol was great too in terms of how balanced it was compared to the flavors of this beer. Easily a great choice for the summer as I could have enjoyed a few more during my session without getting bowled over. One of the better German Pilseners that I've had as this beer proved that there can be some depth and balance to something with this light of a hue. Worth seeking out as an alternative to the weaker offerings that come along during the warmer months. (1,449 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger pearl colored head. Very nice lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Grassy & floral. a little bit of perfumy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, light lemon & bready notes as well up front. Dryness, grassyness, a slight citric hop presence as this warms

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, nicely balanced

Great drinkability, would love to see this in cans down SW MO way This bottle is a month old, so I would love to find fresher, but this is pretty good as it is. Finishes crisp, dry & hoppy with some lemongrass (573 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Can

Poured into a Surly glass a very nice clean/clear pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice fizzy two-finger white head, and leaves a big island in the middle of the glass, very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, nice citrusy/grapefruit note. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice thirst quencher, and true to style. Definitely would recommend, and buy again. (520 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can pour into a Firestone Walker imperial half pint glass

A: Clear, golden yellow color, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, creamy bright white head, lots of lacing.

A: Malts, lemon, grass, herbs, grains, very grainy and herbal aromas, the lemon aromas underly the other aromas, some floral aromas, no alcohol on the nose.

A: Lemon zest bitterness up front, getting grassy, grainy, herbal flavors, finishes bitter, malts, some biscuit and bread notes, really good flavor.

M: Light body

O: Definitely more bitterness than I've tried in other lagers, more lemon zest, not as grassy and grainy as other lagers, it's good and another great beer from Firestone Walker. (689 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale brass with towering craggy snow cap. Embroidery of lacing. Noble hops with bright lemon zest. Taste is a cornucopia of hoppiness which stays in glove and sits atop crackery malt. Mouthfeel is unmemorable. Overall this is an interesting twist on the style. (261 characters)

Photo of mjohnd
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

I had a pint at the FW brewpub in Paso Robles. Pivo being Czech for 'beer', I was expecting a traditional European Pilsner. Although this is a good beer, it violates my sense of what a Pilsner should be. I've had many, many Pilseners from Germany. This is too hoppy. And its the wrong type of hops. (301 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour was very light and straw colored. I noticed a nice bit of hop and earthy aromas off of the pour. The taste was very crisp, very carbonated, and light bodied. The taste of floral hops, citrus, grass and pine notes were present. I think this a winner in the Pilsner style. The hops were stingy but subtle enough not to be overly bitter. The Firestone Walker Brewing Company had yet to make a beer I don't like. They pretty much nail every style they put out there. This is a great beer! (501 characters)

Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pale straw yellow, great clarity, big fizzy and thick head

Aroma: very grainy, biscuit, and Pilsner malt aromas, a little trace of hop earthiness

Taste: light, very refreshing, very much a German Pilsner with the sharp and hard water flavor, biscuity and light malty flavor, and a stern hop earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: light on the palate, medium light bodied, not as carbonated as I had envisioned though. Less tingle that pilsners are known for.

Overall: a good example of the German Pilsner, but with a sharp and snappy earthy hop finish. Exceedingly light and refreshing, this is a great session beer for any occasion. (633 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, solid, all around good beer from FW. The beer is very smooth and full on the palate, with a nice kiss of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Got plenty of cookie dough, grassy hops and biscuit on the palate. Very enjoyable. (228 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and effervescent straw gold with a nice thinner cap of fizzier white head. The aroma has a good bready malt tone with a little bit of earthy hops. The taste is a light biscuit with stronger earthy hops bitterness. The body is nice and light, with a little carbonation on the finish. (296 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A well done Pils, not one of my favorite styles, but this one meets the style criteria and adds a bit more hops to make it interesting. Aroma is milder than the flavor, mostly grassy hops with a slightly sweet, dry biscuity malt. Flavor is more robust and you can appreciate the balance between malt and hops better, The bitterness is pretty good for a Pils. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice touch of bitterness that is not overdone. A pretty decent Pils. (460 characters)

Photo of MadCat
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice yellow color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Hoppy with nice crisp light malts, floral and citrusy, not powerful or overwhelming

Taste: Light biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops, very refreshing

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: This certainly is a nice take on a classic style (who doesn't love a good pilsner?) and unlike a lot of Americanized versions of classic styles, it isn't overly hopped. Hoppier than is traditional, but in a good balanced delicious way. Honestly like it better than Firestone's other IPAs, so this is a major plus for me. Plan on getting it again as a nice refreshing summer brew. (668 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, straw colored, bubbly head and visible spritzy carbonation. Lace retains well.
Green apple aroma, grassy, and herbal.
Crisp and smooth feel. Although the carbonation is slow, it tingles the tongue. Light in body but the flavor in the mouthful feels full. Lots of flavors; sweet lightly toasted malt, grassy, herbal and spicy hops. The hops add an extra bite in the finish, which is dry and slightly bitter, and leaves you wanting more.
An excellent example of a Pilsner! (485 characters)

Photo of HopBomb515
3.51/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with big fluffy white head and a little stick to the glass. Soft aroma of doughy bread, hay, and floral hints. Taste is not as happy as expected but nice bread notes, hay, floral, light spice on the finish and some mild citric quality buried underneath. Pop of carbonation stays crisp throughout and finishes a bit dryer than I'd like. Good pilsner here with classic flavor profile and a hoppy kick. (416 characters)

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.