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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,178 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,178
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 55
Gots: 131 | 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 -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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...

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4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Pivo
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "07/24/14 17:25" - 119 days old
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA (purchased 14 days ago)

Excellent! I can still smell the hops as I open the bottle, spicy and grassy, despite the fact that it's 4 months old. It pours a very slightly hazy straw gold body beneath a finger thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head steadily dwindles to a whisky surface covering, but it leaves a complete surround of lacing up to where the head had originally been. I raise the glass to my nose and note that nothings changed, the aroma remains the same: spicy, grassy, floral noble hops. It's clean and bright and inviting.

The flavor delivers everything that you might expect of a hoppy pils. It's clearly a pilsner, and it's got added hops for flavor and aroma - it's not an "Imperial pils" or anything like that. The malt is straightforward pilsner malt, and the hops are straightforward Czech and German noble hops (I'm guessing heavily Saaz backed by Hallertauer). It's clean, crisp, and balanced. It reminds me of fresh Budweiser Budvar on tap, but slightly hoppier.

For fans of Czech Pilsner this is a must try! The combination of malt and hop - without being over-the-top - is unbeatable for both satisfaction and drinkability. The delicate cracker-like and slightly grassy malt may not seem that inspiring, but when you slather it in floral, spicy/peppery, and grassy hops and you get that wet-hay and lemon characteristic going on as well, it's actually fairly complex! At the very least it's not quite the same beer from sip to sip; and it's almost compellingly drinkable. Well worth seeking out!

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3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 4/29/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains hops, light caramelized malts and lager yeast.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hops bitterness for the style. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a light malt character. There’s some mild sweetness from flavors of citrus and caramel to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a long time.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.34/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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