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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 247
Hads: 1,695
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 28.07%
Wants: 105
Gots: 352 | FT: 4
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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 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 DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +9%

I'd love to see more of these on the market, as hoppy lagers are what I seem to crave more than anything else lately.

This one's very very crisp, almost no viscosity. Dry, a touch bitter, almost no grains to speak of except for a crisp, light pils malt midway through the sip.

Lacks the fruity/pineyness of Victory Prima - think more of a slight peppery, herbal hop accent - but not a bad lager by any stretch.

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Photo of microbrewlover
5/5  rDev +25.3%

This brew pours a light golden/straw color which is mostly clear with heavy carbonation and a white, fluffy three finger head which lasts for several minuets. There is moderate lacing on the glass, good for a Pilsner. Some of the head remains until the end.

The smell is musty, straw and wet hay, just like a good Pils should be. There is also a grassy, grainy smell along with the smell of light peppery hops and lemon.

The taste follows the nose with a clean slightly dry taste of straw and lemon along with light peppery hops scattered throughout from beginning to end. There is a crisp, cracker like taste with ending in the cleanest finish I have ever had in a lager. There is also a very slight grassy, gritty taste on the back end, just like a Pils should have, which does not interfere with the clean finish in any way.

Overall, this just might be the perfect example of what a Pilsner should be. It is the best Pils I have had to date.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -1%

Bot. 3.21.14 Consumed 8.14.14 - Sampled in Spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.65) A: Palest of straw pour is lemony in the vessel with an easy clarity and moderate rise of macro-effervesce. Atop sits a cornsilk white head, slight in size, short in retention, lapsing to a minimal lace coverage.

(3.75) A: Aroma was soft wheat and lemon slices. Dried grains light level.

(3.95) T: Flavor was wheaty, hay and lightly dry citrus. Flowery hops are of good levels here, much above standard expectations. Lemon grass, freshly squeezed lemon, good bite of spicy herbal hops on the finish and swallow.

(4.0) M: Crisp mouthful, very sharp and tight providing a good tingle on the tip of the tongue.

(3.95) O: Overall a very hoppy pilsner, good drinking with near pale/ipa hop levels. Sharp palate and carbonation, great flavor.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and bottled on 04/10/2014 poured into a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw yellow

Smell: The aroma is light with floral hop character and a faint biscuit

Taste: The bitterness is up front, with the typical pilsner malt profile coming in the middle with some grassy undertones and finishes clean with some floral hop notes

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and very crisp

Overall: I really enjoy pilsners and I like mine more on the bitter side. This is a solid pilsner. This isn't hoppy like I might of expected from the name. I can see where they were going by focusing on a cleaner, more floral hop character but that might get lost in other peoples minds with how common "dry-hopped" is being thrown around these days. A very solid pilsner nonetheless.

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Photo of Radome
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%

A -4.25 - Extra light straw color. Very clear. Thin but persistent white head made of exceptionally small white bubbles. Minute bubbles can be seen rising continuously in the glass.

S - 2.75 - Wet, grassy hops dominate the aroma with a low, unappetizing vegetal note that reminds me of sauerkraut. I don't get any malt aromas.

T - 3.75 - The flavors are cleaner than the aromas. Grassy, noble hops hit first, then there's a slightly sweet, pilsner grain note. The wet vegetal aroma is echoed by the aftertaste.

M - 3.75 - Light to medium body. Soft carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - 3.5 - This is billed as a hoppy pils, but I don't find it overly hoppy for the style. I do find the wet vegetal flavor and aromas distracting. I am a big fan of Firestone Walker, but I think they missed the mark with this one. Personally, I'd rather have a traditional Czech pilsner.

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Photo of curasowa
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, straw yellow color with one finger of white head

Aroma: Grainy, cooked veggies, wet hop leaves; has a definite euro-pils vibe going on.

Taste: Crisp, a little dry up front with a decent amount of biscuty malt, then some nice, building earthy bitterness all the way through the finish. which is fairly lingering.

The Rest: Except for a somewhat weak aroma, this is a real solid, tasty pilsner. Much enjoyed.

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Photo of seedyone
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

03/31/14 On tap (this time) at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Definitely much more body & flavor than others Pilsners.

March 2014. From bottle at home. Reminds me of a Czech/Spatan type beer. Slightly lighter in texture but just as robust in flavor. Aroma is more insistent than the actual flavor. Leaves one with a pleasant dryness & vague aftertaste that begs for more. Refreshing to say the least. Firestone Walker never ceases to impress me.

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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 FFreak
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into Willy glass. This is a beautiful clear light-straw colored beer with a tight pure white head. The aroma is of bread and light malt - very little hop aroma at all. Taste follows with a clean light bready flavor and no hops or bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is great - a perfectly refreshing beer for a hot afternoon. Overall, this is a super clean and well done pilsner.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very bright, straw colored golden beer with good clarity and a thin white cap head. Smell is bready malt and faint floral and citrus notes. Taste is a smooth creamy pilsner with a slightly bitter hop profile with a sharp bite that doesn't linger too long, floral dry hopping notes and some black pepper spice. Crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Overall a wonderful session lager for a beer nerds pallet.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light golden color with a nice white head and a little lacing

S-bread, light lemon, light pine, little earthy

T-lemon, fresh bread, light pine, hint of herbal, mild bitter finish

F-light body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-enjoyable pils, easy drinking with nice hoppy flavor

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Photo of hreb
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottled on 04/16/14. Served in a pint glass. Beer pours pale yellow in color, not quite transparent, with a medium white head. Super pilsner hop aroma reaches across the room to smack you in the face, as if to say, "hey, there's a pilsner here, why aren't you drinking it?" (Note: benefits from being served in a glass.) This is apparently thanks to dry hopping with Saphir, a relative of German Hallertauer. Flavor is in line with expecations: super crisp, sharp bite of hops, though not overall particularly bitter. Finishes really dry. A great example of the style.

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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 jngrizzaffi
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden color with very small head and mild lacing. Strong tropical fruit aroma. Malty tropical fruit taste, especially at the end. Mild hops, but cannot discern any bitterness. Aftertaste is fruity. Now this rating is based on a small sample taste at a bar. I would be willing to try a full glass to see if my rating changes. As of now, it is not really what I look for in a beer. I can see the potential for high ratings, though.

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Photo of mattbk
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful, pale color, well carbonated, nice fluffy head as it pours, nice clarity.
S: A bit more mild than I expected, mild earthiness, lemony, floral, light cracker maltiness.
T: Very nice, a lot like the aroma, a bit more malt character, very floral, exceptionally clean, slightly spicy. This is how I like my pilsners, although I would have been okay with even more hops. Bitterness is present, but back seat to hops. No skunk or off flavors. Nice grainy malt character. Very refreshing. Nice beer.
M: Light, crisp, dry mouthfeel. Fairly perfect.
O: Very nice beer, nearly flawless, would have preferred even a bit more hops, but really no complaints here.

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Photo of CHickman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours crystal clear light yellow color with a 2-3 finger foamy white head that was full of bubbles and the brew has tons of carbonation bubbles racing up the beer like champagne; the head faded on the slow side, leaving minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of biscuit, grains, floral hops, light lemon zest, herbs, husky vegetables, faint citrus hops and bread/malt. I thought that the nose would be hoppier since the bottle states “Dry Hopped With Saphir”, but it still smelled like a good pils.

Tastes like it smells but with more floral hops and herbs, including bready malt, biscuit, roasted grains, flowers, light lemon zest, watered down caramel, a mild yeast funk, dry citrus hops and dry grass or hay. Like the nose it was not as hoppy as I expected, but much more flavorful than most basic pils with a slight bitterness that showed how the hops and malts were nearly perfectly balanced in this brew.

Mouthfeel is very light, crisp and thin, with a medium body, average carbonation and a slightly bitter finish that that trails off with some bready or grainy notes. I drank 4 of these tonight, so it's a definite session beer to me as I found it very easy to drink.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours light hay yellow, light body, clear, effervescent, decent white head.
Smells bready and hoppy in a spicy / herbal way.
Very refreshing pilsner here. Plenty of Pilsner malt taste but then a bitter flavor ending due to the hops..peppery, but nice fresh grass leads up to it.
Creamy feel and great carbonation for this style makes it a pleasure to sip.
I'd visit this anytime, and will look for it this summer as I could easily see a session with this for the camping weekends.

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Photo of jjh19
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great pale yellow color for a pilsener.

Smell: A nice hint of hops in the nose.

Taste: Crisp and sharp as a pilsener should be, with the added bonus of some hop bite. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light body and clean.

Drinkability: A very easy drinking beer. Solid recommendation. Order me another.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle served in two snifters. thanks Max Millions for brininging it down from NY.

color is perfect straw. little head and lacing.
nose is pilsner hops and malt.
taste is awesome for a pilsner.
finish is dry and refreshing with light hops and malt that is very well balanced.
light mouth-fell. very crisp.
a very satisfactory beer for the still. wish I had a bigger lawn to mow (not really!)
highly recommend.

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Photo of NODAK
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Has a strong pils aroma to it...barley, hay and noble hops. Straight forward, very good for style.

Taste has that barley, hay-like nutty, grain profile so prevalent in many beers of this style. Pretty strong. Finishes hoppy for style, as the name indicated it would. The noble hops provide a pretty clean finish, that lasts a little into the finish. Actually, this beer is just flavorful all around for the style...both from the initial grainy, barley malt bill to the hops at the end. Very solid pils here. I was worried it would be over the top hoppy for style, but that was luckily not the case.

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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 Nugganooch
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 03/31/14 into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 05/30/2014

A: Light straw blonde body with fine clarity and lots of streaming bubble action. Thick and craggy mass of soapy suds breaks down to a few splotches pretty rapidly. Some light window dressing noted.

S: Smells of wet grass and danky grains mostly with lots of spice hops. Firm bready Pils malt cracker likeness with some more herbal spice and a touch of citrusy lemon grass. Super fresh and vibrantly hopped.

T: More dank wet grass with some dirty orange peel, mild peppery spice, and lemon grass. Grainy malts hold down some saltine cracker flavors and the beer has a fairly sharp bitter bite to it which I really enjoy. Pops with a very crisp dry finish. Alcohol is totally masked and all together this is just really smooth and balanced while maintaining a nice healthy hop kick. This is a really nice brew I must say.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a lush and spritzy feel from a higher amount of carbonation. Nice sharp bitter bite with a big drying crisp finish. Slightly resinous but mostly clean and dry.

D: I havent sampled too many American Pilsners I must admit but this is just delicious. Really puts Pilsners back on my radar and is starting to grow on me as a FW favorite. The body is light and crisp and it has a great hop forward flavor profile while keeping good balance. Tasting very fresh and green while satisfying on many levels. I will enjoy having this delicious and easily accessible Hoppy Pils here in California.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hops, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance with a decent body and aroma for a Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of boddhitree
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus, a little plus malt, smells like a C-hop.

Up front: A little bitterness, tartness also a little, then a tad citrus, but mostly, bland.

Mid: Some bitterness again, more citrus, and on the side a little bitterness, too.

Back, Again, the predominant flavor is citrus and a little bitterness of a Noble hop, then finally a strong dose of Pils malt sweetness.

Aftertaste: mostly bitterness and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, crisp, but still decent mouthfeel for thickness.

Overall: Not bad, really. However, there’s not enough Pilsner in this beer, really. It probably has Pils malt in it, but it’s really not easy to taste any. It’s got lots of citrus flavors, which as you read above predominate, some bitterness which are quite reminiscent of Noble hops. It feels like a Saphir hop beer with a touch of Pils flavor. If you want to make a hoppy Pilsner, the problem is, you need to start with a good Pils. It reminds me of an IPA that’s all hops and not much else. It’s basically not very balanced, and for me, I like strong flavors, even extreme flavors, but balanced means there’s more than one note being played. I’ve used Saphir, a relatively newly developed German hop that has some, and it’s got some citrus flavor to it, but not this much. Basically, you’ve got a semi-bitter, citrus infused beer with only enough Pils malt sweetness to nominally call this a good Pils. I love that they used Saphir and tried some new hops, but I’d rather a Schönramer, Mahrs, Faust or Kneitinger try it with their normal Pils. Now that would be a wow beer. I get the feeling FW should try making an outstanding Pils first, then make it “hoppy." It's hard to score this... maybe a 3.7 of 5.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.