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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

995 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 93 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Sammy, Mar 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

zestar, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

nmann08, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with some notes of bready malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has added hints of spicy hops. The hops contribute a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is somewhat clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the hop aromas and flavors of this beer; it wasn't overly bitter so you could still taste the underlying bready malts.

metter98, May 14, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: The golden liquid is topped impressively and leaves a fair amount of stringy lacing down the side of the pint glass

Smell: Doughy and slightly grassy

Taste: Bready, up front, with a slight grassy taste developing, in the middle; crisp and clean through the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Honestly, I was expecting a bit more, perhaps something on the lines of Prima Pils and I found this to be closer to a Euro Lager than I was expecting; refreshing, with a great mouthfeel, but not exceptional

brentk56, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Texasfan549, Feb 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

kjkinsey, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

GRG1313, Apr 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

spycow, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaped pint glass at Firkin.

I've wanted to pick this up for a while now, but never pulled the trigger. Today, that has changed. It pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly dirty foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, strong flowers, grass, and a touch of minerals. The taste brings in more of the same, those flowers and grasses really rocking things, though without singing the tongue. Nice. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather crisp finish. Overall, a solid pils, one I could easily see having more of in the future.

TMoney2591, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

largadeer, Apr 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SocalKicks, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

TheManiacalOne, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had to see Todd tweet about 15 pictures of this beer and gush about it over and over again. If it doesn't put at least a 3.2 on my beer Richter scale, I shall not be pleased.

Pours beautifully. Clear straw with a white head. Flavor has an accent of hops, not the burst I was expecting with the label "hoppy pilsner" on it. But it does have a nice slightly spicy edge to it. Also a bit of an earthy tone as well. I like it. This is the best damned pilsner I have had that was made in the U.S. I can see why Todd is obsessed with this one.

RblWthACoz, Apr 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

nickfl, Apr 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kegatron, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.58/5  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.

Slatetank, Feb 09, 2014
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3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
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...

StonedTrippin, May 17, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at dark Horse Tavern in Southbridge.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with decent spotty lacing, eventually becomes soapy lacing all over, crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose toasty straw malt, grainy, doughy, mild grassy hops, hint leafy

Taste lots of straw, doughy, grassy, toasty pilsner malts, hint creamy like too. Mild grassy hops again, little grassy and just a hint spicy, mild to fair bitterness, crisp and drinkable. Nice soft lager notes with hint of mineral and fruity lager note. Finish is dry and crisp, soft lager note, mild grassy hops, little leafy and just a hint spicy, touch of straw malt.

Mouth is lighter bod, crisp clean, soft lager, nice carb.

Overall a great pilsner, somewhat Americanized but also a little noble pilsner like, just all around well done.

jlindros, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

mactrail, Nov 02, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/03/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright yellow-gold color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, pilsner malts, floral hops, earthy notes, bread, and grains. Nice floral notes, not as hoppy as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of pale malts, wheat, grains, pils malts, floral hops, earthy notes, light spice, bread, and yeast. More spice than the nose.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Body is lightly watery.

o - Overall a decent pilsner but a bit disappointed after hearing it was great. Also was expecitng it to be hoppier based on the name but oh well, a good pilsner none the less. Easy to drink for sure.

mdfb79, Feb 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 19, 2014
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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.