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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
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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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 02:13:28 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2014 03:17:51 | More by jlindros
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4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear with a straw color. Good starting head for a bar pour. Leaves chunky spots of lace.

Nice, fresh noble hop aroma. A bit of spruce as well.

Clean taste with a slightly elevated hop level. There's a good, round pale malt base with just a touch of grain. The swallow is lightly peppery but gives a moderate aftertaste. Appropriate body with an above average carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 21:09:50 | More by smcolw
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4.25/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:03:38 | More by mactrail
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
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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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
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New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 20:40:11 | More by mdfb79
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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
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New York

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/11/13.

Clear medium straw. Near white moderate head. Ample low sheeting and strands of lace.

Brisk and clean hopped up nose.

Crisp, clean and hoppy. Almost puckering. I get some more then moderate lime and pine soaked hops.Enjoyable and worth a try.

I'm definitely more of a fruity IPA kinda guy. But I could see drinking a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 15:27:24 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zorro


3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale yellow colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells hoppy and malty with a good toasted grain aroma. Biscuit malt aroma with a soft yeasty aroma. Smells a little like a fresh baked biscuit in a good way. Hop aroma is mostly grassy dry hay.

Starts out dry with a sharp hop bite and a mineral water flavor. Biscuit malt flavor is there from the smell. Slight lemon flavor from the hops and a hay taste. Hop bitterness is medium.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a good domestic Pils. Mild with a nice hop zing that lets you know this is from Firestone and not Anheuser Busch.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:05:37 | More by Zorro
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4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
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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New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
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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4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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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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
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3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a beautifully clean, clear, bright golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of white head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly nice earthy grains, with a an even, balanced dose of hops in the background. The taste profile was pretty much the same, with the grains having the lead and the hops supplying a nice counter-point.

The body was crisp, clean, light and refreshing. Drinkability was excellent, several would go down easily. Overall, an excellent brew. This could be the craft beer with the reach to truly start getting mainstream AAL drinkers into better beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2013 20:26:02 | More by beertunes
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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
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4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
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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3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1536th Review on BA
Draft to 6oz Snifter

@Firestone Walker, Paso Robles

App- It was more of a buttery looking yellow with a bit of a golden center. A small amount of bubbles on the top but did have some coming up from the center. A bit of a nice looking cling line as well.

Smell- Im not normally a pils fan but this one was more of a pils/ipa combo. The lemon notes were very subtle but the addition of the malt/hop combo made this a fresh and clean aromatic beer.

Taste- This was one very good pils. Had the standard pils notes but also added a layer with the hops and malt I wasnt expecting. The beer was a little spicy from the dry hopping. Very clean and crisp.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation to it. A little dry and a little crisp. Clean malt with a bit of spicy hops and a pilsner malt balance.

Drink- This was good. I really enjoyed this one. Hopefully the bottle version will be as good next year.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2012 02:12:23 | More by FosterJM
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Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a huge size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, noble hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some hay/straw, lemons, and it ends with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall – Seems like a pretty bang on representation of the style. Quite drinkable and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:18:21 | More by spinrsx
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ehhh...not sure why this is listed as a German Pilsener since pivo is Czech. Yet the Saphir hops are German, but not noble, although they replace a noble. Confusing, but I'm rating it as a Pivo

Looks great. Light straw golden, good white head. Settles to a thin film

Aroma is hop forward, and more than just a little. The light biscuit malt is present in the background.

A good tasting beer, a bit too much hops for a pivo pils. Still, it isn't overpowering. Spice and grassiness are at low levels. Malt is very thin. Nothing bad with this beer and would rate it higher if hops were tamer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:54:00 | More by Mebuzzard
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: juicy and citrusy, light pine, grass, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: Nice and juicy pils. Really well crafted and a pleasant surprise. Had a pint and would definitely go back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 18:29:46 | More by tigg924
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear yellow-straw color with a big fizzy white head. The head has a decent level of retention but fades over time as large bubbles pop within, eventually disappearing and leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy smell mixed with some citrus lemon aromas. Along with these smells are some grassy and floral aromas as well as a bit of a biscuit and cracker like smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty cracker like taste with a moderately strong showing of some lemon flavors and a bit of floral hops. Some lighter sweetness is present upfront which when mixed with the lemon give an almost lemonade like flavor. The light sweetness fades as the flavor advances with the taste becoming more dry toward the end. Along with the drying out of the taste, so too comes other hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature. Furthermore a grainy taste comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the tongue with it getting more and more potent to the end of the flavor. With a little bit of the lemonade sweetness returning to the flavor once again at the very end, one is left with a nice lightly sweetened and hopped grainy flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly heavier side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The thicker body of the brew helps accentuate the grainy and hop flavors quite well, really allowing these nice flavors to stand out on the tongue

Overall – A rather pleasant and easy drinking pils. With a slightly higher hop profile then the typical pilsner this is a nice switch up from the standard.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 11:40:25 | More by Darkmagus82
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally the other day. Enjoyed from a Firestone walker snifter. brew pours a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzled away kind of quickly leaving some fizzy patches on the surface. Smells of crisp hop. Taste is classic pilsner with some subtle bitterness on the finish and soft fruit notes on the top. toasted german malts. Easy drinker and nice pilsner. Not my favorite style but a great representation if the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 03:25:23 | More by cosmicevan
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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
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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
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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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