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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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240 Reviews
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Reviews: 240
Hads: 1,646
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 27.82%
Wants: 103
Gots: 331 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of mactrail
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | 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+

10/04/2015: brief impressions from a can.

Clean drinking, with crisp overcarbonation, a grassy hop profile, and a clean pilsner malt body.

After quadruple decoction Czech pilsners, this drinks like a competent offering in the style at best. Not world class, but well worth trying - and a nice break from the overbearing big bold beers so often prioritized by American craft breweries (including Firestone Walker).


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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dry hopped with saphire bottled on 6/4/14

Pours a pillow topped off white head. Color is a clear straw yellow with active carbonation in the glass. Lots of lace left.

Flavor profile: Dry, grassy hops. Kind of herbal. Bready like a pils should be. Has a light lemon zest citrus flavor. Light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Clean. Light bodied. Ends dry.

Overall, a pretty decent pils. Seemed to lack on flavor a little bit. I did enjoy it, however.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12ozer poured into a can glass. The brew appears a polished clear yellow color with 2 fingers white cap that fades back leaving spotty lace.

The aroma is floral and herbal with that grassy noble hop feel, slight minerals and sulfur. Some fresh sweet graininess that is quite inviting fills out the rest of the nose. Overall a solid and typical smelling pils.

The taste imparts a sort of grassy bitterness and herbal component with a floral touch of hops. Contrasting the hoppiness is a fresh, sweet bready grain aspect that has hints of sulfur and minerals.

This is light bodied with a modest amount of carbonation. Super crisp and enjoyable. It starts off solid and gets sulfuric as it warms and loses that clean edge. Overall its still very enjoyable. Thank you Heath.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +0.3%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the bottle: Naught but a great graphic of a rampant lion and an upright bear facing off, about to do battle over a hop cone. On the underneath of the cap: “We are Living Beer”.

I was anxious to get started one the cap was popped, so I nearly inverted the bottle until I had to back off. A brief pseudo-cascade created three fingers of dense, puffy, bone-white head with great retention. It later created some great lacing as it finally fell. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 – 2) with NE-plus quality clarity and I thought about my last stream which was darker than this! Nose was intensely grassy with just a hint of biscuit malt. This had better be identified as a Czech Pilsner! (Nope, I was offline at the time, but I now see that it is a GER Pils.) Mouthfeel was medium, but soft, as though they had tried to rein it in a little, so as not to overpower the casual drinker. The taste was definitely Saaz hops, very grassy, with just enough malt to keep the dastardly lion and his hops in Czech, I mean check. Finish was semi-dry, perfectly balanced and quite refreshing. I CAN assure you that if they were to begin CANning this beer, I would happily fill a Summer cooler with it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a tall pokal glass.

A great golden and bright butter yellow body color, with a matching two finger evenly creamy ivory white head. Fluffy top. Cascades in sheets of ring like lacing. while drinking Very little carbonation, but noticeable and very slow rising.

Very interesting nose for a pilsner. Hop is almost juiced tropical sensing, with some small herbality to it. Extremely dry sensing and crisp, hints of big orange cantaloupe and melon like aromas. Really wild for a pilsner.

Palate really shines uniquely. Big juiced hop and malt like flavors. Intense drying aired hop of pine and resin like finish. Good toast bread aromas and bakery bread and crackery dried white dough and malts on the finish. Mouthfeel is perfectly solid with a good match of carbonation and malt density. Some classic bright hop herbality to match, with toasty dry flavor

Overall a really unique pilsner that hints at American engineered and classic style in the Czech realm. Excellent beer, and the adjective bright just keeps jumping out at me. A very wonderful, and unique hybrid. Lovely.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear pale yellow body. Nice white head. Lacing clings inside and the pillow of foam never dissipates.

Smell - Earthy and spicy hops. Sharp cracker malt. Some pilsner malt, but it's drowned out.

Taste - The pilsner malt comes out more here, but there's a substantial hop presence. Immediately grassy and spicy. Spiciness never lets up and lingers into the back end. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and nicely bittered. Medium carbonation.

Overall - This didn't last long in my glass. Very tasty and the flavors weren't drowned out by my spicy dinner.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOK: Quite a pale draft, with a faint hint of gold to the liquid. White head forms properly, is long lasting, and provides rings of lace at every sip.

SMELL: Biscuity, bready like malt and yeast combo almost coming off like saltine crackers. After all the pilsner benchmarks are met, there is a helping of noble hops that is very strong.

TASTE: Bready and biscuity once again but with high alpha hops adding a nice tang. Leaf, slight citrus and plenty of bitterness coming from a solid dose of hops. Pine, lemon citrus and herbal noble hop. Definitely hitting on the traditional hop flavors but something is afoot that leads me to believe some American hops also are used. Whatever the case, it is delicious.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that is crisp and refreshing like a good pils should be. Goes down easy and if you don't think about it, it's gone without a thought. I recommend keeping this in mind while tasting, stop and enjoy this one.

OVERALL: Firestone Walker has crafted the perfect pilsner. It seriously does not get any better than this.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.