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Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo PilsPivo Pils
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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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Reviews: 271 | Ratings: 1,819
Photo of Trombone69
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a can. I like that I can now get Firestone's beer in cans. Poured into a pint glass.

Fizzy and Yellow. Looks like Rolling Rock, or Bud. No Lacing, head dissipates quickly.

A bit of a hoppy smell upon opening the can. But the smell is lost halfway through the beer.

The taste has that nasty part of the cheap European Pilsners that I've come to dislike. The hoppy flavors have that nasty bite that not-so-good IPAs sometimes present.

Sticky feel, like some of the Octoberfests, that I don't care for.

Overall. Not my thing at all.

I have loved everything else that i have ever had from Firestone. This is disappointing.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had rated this previously but wanted to give some details. While not a good looking beer it has a real good aroma. The hop citrus is there to give this one a much better aroma than most pils. But the taste really misses, it has all the bad of hops (bitter) without the great flavor enhancements. This is basically a bitter bomb pils, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw-yellow with abundant, fluffy white head that sees some nice lacing.

A fresher, brighter, crisper nose than I'm used to with most pilsners. None of that euro skunk. Grassy, almost minty, with faint whiffs of lemon/lemongrass and corn.

Tastes earthy and herbal up front, then a little slick with cereal grains in the middle, but finishes cool and piney, with hints of lemon, lime and orange blossom honey. A good, clean finish, but maybe not quite as dry as I would like. Nice hop presence - sturdy, but not overdone.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/8/15

A: Pours crystal clear, as any self-respecting pils should - bright golden yellow with some straw - medium sized, frothy head that fades to a mostly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: A hoppy pils, as advertised - nicely grassy and spicy - earthy in a clean, crisp way - pilsner malts, with some pale grain, some light bread, and some bread dough

T: Refreshing bread - clean, crisp pilsner malt - some light spice to the grain, but mostly just fresh-baked white bread and bread dough - light to medium level of bitterness from the hops, but it's mostly about the lightly spicy, lightly grassy flavor - very dry, slightly herbal, definitely clean

M: Light to medium, crisp and clean, nice carbonation, easy drinking

O: A canned pilsner? What a novel idea

While hoppier than the average German pilsner, this actually sticks quite close to the style. And this is not a bad thing. While Pivo Pils may not be the most exciting beer, it's not supposed to be. It's just an easy to drink beer that would pair quite well with a cookout. Or snow shoveling. It's a drinkin' beer.

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Photo of larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 3/18/15, into a slim pint glass

A- Crystle clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Hoppy but not too hoppy, spicey, earthy, slightly grassy, great slightly sweet grainy pilsner malts.

T- Slightly sweet grainy malts, slightly grassy, just enough citrus, earthy spices, nice balance.

M- Smooth, light, crisp.

O- A very nice pilsner, worth picking up it you enjoy a good pils.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. The texture isn't impressive, but it has a good duration. Tiny specks of lacing are left on my glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well...uh...it smells like a pilsner should. Lots of grass, and a nice backing of crackery malt. It's a good nose - a very good one, to be sure - but this style is more about how it drinks... (3.75)

Taste: ...and the way it drinks...wow. I get plenty of grassiness typical of a good pilsner, but those Saphir hops give it a subtle floral characteristic that sends it over the top. Despite the prevalent hoppiness, the malt comes through in the finish, bringing subtle notes of sugar cookie and white bread. This is spectacularly balanced and utterly effortless. Stunning. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Nearly perfect for the style: respectably substantial, dry on the finish, crisp, and endlessly quaffable. Carbonation is extremely well measured (read: powerful, but remaining soft). I just want to chug the hell out of this one, enough said. (4.5)

Overall: When I drink a beer for the first time, I'm interested in reviewing so that people can see how against the grain I am. But this? It's so damn good, I don't give a crap about writing a review, I just want to drink this. I'll still review it, because that's how I roll, but still. Seriously, this is the best pilsner I've had yet - I expected something good from Firestone Walker, but not this good. This is one of the best beers I've had this year - not just pilsners, but BEERS. (4.5)

4.28/5: It's like Matt Brynildson picked my brain for everything I like in a good pilsner, and amplified those qualities 200%!

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale golden body with crystal clear transparency. Foamy bone white head sits on top and stays for the duration. Aroma is herbal and grassy noble hops with a dash of toasted malt. Flavor brings the noble hops to the forefront with lots of grassy and herbal flavors. A dash of lemony citrus and some sweet toasted malt come through. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing with some creaminess. Overall a very nice hoppy Pilsner.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear bright yellow body and a fluffy white head. Lots of visible carb.

Has that floral/soapy hop thing I don't really dig that dominates but still allows for some pilsner malt flavor to come in. Good light and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of rkat32
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated February 24, 2015 poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. Reviewed on March 30, 2015.

L: Color is straw, pale gold. Sudsy, two-finger head slowly recedes. Great clarity and very inviting.

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops on the nose. Fresh-cut grass, musty, hay, mild pepper spice; a touch of bready malts are present, too.

T: Spicy noble hop presence, pepper, grass, lemon; bready pilsner malts, slight grains. Crisp, clean and very refreshing with a dry finish.

F: Smooth, medium body with mid-level carbonation. Extremely quaffable.

O: While slightly hoppier than Sierra Nevada Nooner but not as lupulin-intense as Victory Prima, Pivo hits the sweet spot as far as hop-forward, U.S.-made pilsners go. The can format is a plus in my book as well. Well done (as usual), Firestone Walker!

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Photo of breadwinner
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jury is still out a bit for me on this one, but generally it's not my favorite take on the style. I think the hops are just too amped up and screechy for me, giving this pils too sharp an edge. The pils malt is there, but man does it struggle to wriggle free from from the tethers of dry hopping. I can see why American craft palates might enjoy this, though, as it really is a hop lover's dream.

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (dated February 5, 2015) into a pokal.

A-The beer is very light yellow-ish in color. It is crystal clear with active, chunky carbonation. The rocky head is white and starts out at almost two fingers tall. Retention is quite good.

S-The aroma offers a little bit of the traditional pils malts with cracker scents and a light honey sweetness. But the new-world influence is strong with fragrant floral hops quickly taking over. The hops suggest perfume with a bit of tropical fruit.

T-The taste is similar. The traditional pils flavors are represented by a little bit of dry bread and biscuit, some grain, and just a hint of sweetness. The American influence is represented by hops that are mostly floral. The finish gives just a bit of grassy, pepper kick.

M-The body is light, crisp and crushable. This stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O-This beer is obviously not traditional or true to a pils style, but it is not a hop-bomb india pale lager disguised as a pilsner, either. Rather, it is a hoppy pilsner, just like the label says. I'm normally not one to endorse style bending, but this beer is just so damn good and easy to drink. I like IPAs, but I would drink this all day (from the can) instead of many of the IPAs out there.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pale yellow. Good carbonation. Has a good bready nose, some hop spice. Smooth, clean malt flavor with a touch of those hops. Feels light and easy drankin'. Overall a decent pilsner.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite pilsner. Rich straw color with light white foam, some lacing. Smell is straw and grassy, with the slightest hint of banana. Taste is round, and slightly fruity so the clean, crisp finish is a nice ending. Love the hops throughout. An especially nice pilsner for the winter months.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear gold with tiny bubbles rising through and a fluffy white head.

Smell: Faint noble hops, a bit of yeast.

Taste: Good blend of yeast, malt, and hops up front, into a bit of sweetness and finally some residual bitterness. Very well blended together.

Mouthfeel: Not very thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Nice balanced beer, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hard to get super excited about it, but easy to enjoy the subtle complexities.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 14, 2014

12 oz bottle, pilsner glass

A – Very light straw, as in SRM = 1, and extremely clear. A couple centimeters of bright white head, fairly low retention. Medium bubbles cascade up towards the foam, picking up the light.

S – Very fresh, kneaded raw white bread dough, the Pils malt in all its glory. Some hop aroma, floral and herbal. A touch of sulfur, then bitter hops.

T – A lot of noble hops, both bittering and flavor. Very much floral, with a touch of herbal/medicinal flavor. Dough or very light water cracker.

M – Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, low dryness in the finish but enough to help cleanse the palate. Primary component, though, is the hop bitterness.

O – A lot to like here, and it’s a pilsner made using obviously high quality ingredients. Would be very enjoyable on a late spring day in the beer garden. A bit overbalanced toward the bitter hops, but still well made.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Cord out of a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass
Beautiful Rocky head and a brilliant clear light gold body
Floral front in the nose...saaz hops for sure
Hop bite is very much in there in the front with a doughy malty middle and nice balance at the end
Light
Nice beer
I would have it again

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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 Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(bottled 07/09/14 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: wow! what a beaut!... perfectly clear, pale moonlight yellow.... pleasant tuft of spongy white foam atop, keeping an attractive pad atop till the end... pretty dead on with remarkable lightness to the color... lacking a little lace, but oh well

S: herby-spicy (thyme?), dried grass-y, faintly lemon-lime peel hops... bit of a fresh peppercorn overtone... garden green freshness... mildly soft rose pedal like undertone... whisper of pilsner malt once the other aromatics fade off... overall, quite German

T: light bitter-spicy zip that simmers through to the finish, taking on some of that pepper tone and lemon oil from the aromas... the age has perhaps sanded off a bit of edge and depth in the bitterness, but the core taste is still deliciously intact... nice showing of cereal/semi-sweet granola sitting at the bottom under the hop static above in the aftertaste

F: elegant... miniature tickle of small bubbles up front... silky-soft, smooth, creamy middle and finish... oil resins leaving a lip-smacky film all over... polished smoothness, which suggests more weight, but a large portion of it disappears... could be a touch snappier in the finish, but at this point so what?

O: yet another superb offering from FW... very much on point with the style... I could six this all night

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Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Rattle “N” Hum. Pours Golden with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Piney, herbal hops and biscuit malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice Pilsener.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Notes from 10/15/14

A - One finger of fluffy white head. Nice, visible carbonation. Straw colored body. Good retention and lacing.

S - Grass and straw. Citrus (lemon) underlying.

T - Mild citrus notes followed by crackery malt and dried grass/straw. Finishes slightly bitter with lemon oil notes.

M - Medium caronbation. Very drinkable and clean.

O - Great pilsener though I would have prefer more citrus notes.

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Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap into branded pilsner glass
Served: 16 Oct

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow with some nice golden yellow notes to bring out some depth. Pours with a marvelous 2.5 finger white soapy head that slowly dissipates and leaves great lacing. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells crisp and 'beery', which distinct notes of citrus, lemongrass, and slight breadiness.

Taste: Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, which I like, which means it's slightly more to style in terms of traditional German pilsners. The beer has a malt backbone made up of some of the bready notes characteristic of the style, and is complemented by a decent assertion of spicy and citrus hops, which, as in the nose, add slight notes of lemongrass and green citrusiness. Finishes dry.

Feel: Crisp and somewhat sharp on the tongue. Excellent for a pilsner.

Overall: A beer that is closer to some of the great south German pilsners I had when studying abroad, but still with just a pinch too many hops. This one is definitely closer in style to the traditional examples than Prima Pils, as this one preserves are more assertive bready malt and slightly sharper lager edge. Really a fine beer, and one that perfectly fit on this Indian Summer day here in Eastern MA. Would buy again and would highly recommend for craft lager lovers.

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Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Duvel glass a light bright golden color with a snow white 1/2" head that soon recedes to a ring and a nice foam cover for the liquid. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass and the continuous flow of small bubbles from the carbonation keeps the head alive.

The aroma nice and grassy with a touch of earthiness in the background.

The flavors are mild and well blended with earthy, grassy hops, some nice bitterness as well as some light sweet malt in the background.

The mouth feel in the light side with persistent fine carbonation and the finish is dry with a fade to light bitterness.

A nice well made pils that’s worth having again and one that would make a nice addition to the rotation of Pils beers in the fridge.

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Photo of Mistalava
5/5  rDev +25.3%

This is the closest in every way to Tipo Pils, which I consider to be the seminal Hoppy Pils. No, not that "seminal". Firestone has hit a hone run IMO. As an aside, I wonder if Biracifico Italiano will ever have distribution in the USA.

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Photo of ppvora
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a lager (unfortunately) glass.

Light golden color, lighter than hay, two fingers of head and some aeration, but not much.
Aroma: Some hops but definite hints of citrus in there.
Taste: Gorgeous hoppy taste but no bitterness. Lots of citrus notes: orange and lime. Lovely complex hoppy aromas combined with plenty of orange and lime after notes. Just a super pilsner.
Mouthfeel: No bitterness or any unpleasantness -- just a good flavor.

This pilsner is way up there in taste, sophistication, complexity and just reeks quality. If I didn't live in Downingtown PA (home of Victory Brewing Company) I might have rated this my favorite pilsner.

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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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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.