Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,512
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.7%
Wants: 93
Gots: 265 | FT: 4
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Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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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 Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On 2014-04-13 I did another tasting of the Pivo Hoppy Pils after a 16.75 mile hike in 78 degree sunny weather. OMG did this beer taste fantastic after the hike! Unlike last week, on a colder day, this less malty, more sophisticated pils completely hit the spot; so much so that I had another one to relax, sip, and update this review. The first one was so refreshing, it went down pretty quickly, but I can confirm that the aroma, flavors and feel of this second one warrant raising my overall rating. Wow. Today, this is a fantastic brew.

On 2014-04-07, I did a side-by-side with Troegs Sunshine Pils, Pilsner-Urquell and Firestone Walker's Pivo Hoppy Pils.

The Sunshine Pils has a more robust bread flavor than the Pivo Pils, which is dryer, a bit herbal and equally bitter. The Pilsner-Urquell is more like the Sunshine Pils but with even more of a bready taste, a bit less bitterness than the other two, and more of that famous mineral/sulfur presence. The Pivo Pils is the most refined but I miss the more forward bread flavor of the other two. For today's tasting, I'll put Sunshine Pils first, Pilsner Urquell second and Pivo Pils third but this is really just splitting hairs. They're all really good and suit me well.

A - Very clear yellow (lighter than Pilsner Urquell) with a 1.5-finger white head, lots of small bubbles, mild-moderate lace.

S - Bread, some yeast, flowery, lemon. Fresh and light.

T - White bread (much less bready than Pilsner Urquell or Troeg's Sunshine Pils). Lemon, light grass,, light herbal tea and white pepper. Finishes with a nice touch of bitterness. Nowhere near the bready flavors in the other two beers, or the mineral/sulphur taste in the Pilsner Urquell.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp, clean.

O - A very fine brew. Subtle and balanced. Very refreshing. (1,826 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of SvenHayden
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a delightful surprise! Ive been doing research on pilsners. Reaearching what makes an authentic pilsner, tasting many breweries take on the pilsner, both traditional & not. And ive been forming my opinion of what appeals to me about well-done pilsners. This beer is a great interpretation on a pilsner! Its a very successful ode to the dry, crisp, slightly bready, slightly spicy & hoppy taste of Plzen that the world cant seem to get over. On top of that, its deviations from a traditional recipe only accent it all the better.

A: the appearance is actually my least favorite part. It is unsettlingly light in color. We are talking the palest of straw. Although i know that coincides with the style. Its an alarming reaction i was taught from american craft beer, in all of its extreme recipes & robust products. The head of foam on this beer was delightful, however. At least a finger's worth.
S:The smell was the most surprising part. A nice, pungent hop kick, yet not the kind of hop aroma you expect from a beer described as hoppy in aroma. No doubt this is the dry-hopped Saphir, as the bottle's neck informed. Its dank, but not quite piney. Best described as a ballsy saaz hop, or an extra potent noble hop.
T: the magic of this beer is it's czech pilsner taste without any czech pilsner sulphery quality, at least to me. I can't stand that sour mineral flavor so rampant in European lagers. This does not have that. I was delighted. A little bit of cracker, biscuit flavor. A little spicy bitterness (most likely saaz hops). And a surprising, subtle fruitiness near the end, like that of a stella artois. Its a sweet, barely tart, fruit flavor i can only describe as that of fake grape flavoring, but in a good way. Everyone always thinks me crazy with that flavor note that i find in european lagers. Finally this pilsner ends with a refreshing linger of crisp hops. Bitter, but too much so. A hint at the end, like a wet kiss goodbye.
M: delightfully carbonated, which compliments the hop profile nicely.

Overall this is the best, creative Pilsner interpretation i have ever tasted. Maybe this isn't loyal to the purity of the original pilsner recipes, but this might be my favorite pilsner thus far. (2,227 characters)

Photo of mattsander
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very pale straw, excellent clarity, tiny bubbles, great head.

S: Cereal grains in the background, predominant and beautiful herbal hop character - not grassy. Refined. Some citrus peel. This beer demands to be drunk.

T: Fresh, wonderfully nuanced and clean hop character - herbal, fruity, earthy - but somehow bright. Very refreshing. Easy to crush a lot of this beer. Great crackery malt flavor finishes it off.

M: Extremely refreshing, dry enough to crush with ferocity.

A delightful pils. Is there anything Firestone doesn't do perfectly? (549 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/31/14, consumed on 4/3/14.

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is clear, pale straw-yellow with a small (half-finger) white head. Prodigious amount of rising bubbles. Some splotchy lacing left behind.

S: Cereal grains, grassy, floral and perfumey hops. And a surprising fruitiness.

T: Again, I'm surprised by the fruitiness. It's light, but there's definitely a more fruity aspect to this than expected. Modest light grains, lemony citrus and a touch of grassiness that lingers in the aftertaste along with a bit of lemon zest-type bitterness.

M: Active carbonation; body is on the lighter side of medium. Finishes with a modest crispness. This would be a good, refreshing quaffer on a hot summer day.

O: Solid. A nice clean pilsner with some slightly different flavor profiles. (815 characters)

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pub glass.

I've always liked the look of a pilsner and this beer is no exception. It's exceptionally clear, has robust carbonation, and an attractive pale golden/straw color. There's a finger thick head that dissipates into a layer of lace that persists well. This beer could win on looks alone.

As advertised, there's a big hop profile on this. Big in the sense that the beer is exceptionally floral and almost dank. Still, it's also very sweet and biscuit-like, maybe even giving off some granola aroma.

Some new traits make their presence felt on the palate: zest and lemon. There's a light mouthfeel that is refreshing and makes me want to drink more. I don't detect as much sweetness on the tongue, as the beer is dryer and slightly bitter. There's still something biscuity or even cracker-like, and this flavor lingers on the tongue.

I really like this beer. Forget session IPAs, this will do the trick if you want an easy-sipping, yet full-flavored beer. (1,005 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsener glass, bottled on 2/10/14

A- pours a crystal clear pale straw color with bubbles shooting to the top, creating a small fizzy white head that has good retention

S- classic pilsener malt aroma with notes of toasted grains, yeasty bread, very clean bill. Floral and grassy hops with a hint of lemon peel on the back end

T- clean malt is complimented by floral hops, lemon grass, and a hint of earthy yeast. Slightly sweet mid-palate leads to a toasted malt linger with more floral hop on a clean finish

M- light body with moderate carbonation produces a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth & crisp dry finish. Drinkability is through the roof

O- I'm usually not a big pils fan, but this was so clean and drinkable with the perfect amount of hops. I wish this was available in my area as this would quickly become my go-to warm weather beer. This bottle went down way too fast (894 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Into a slim pint glass from the 12oz stubby bottle comes a clear, seems filtered, pale golden body. A cap of white foam builds atop this to about two fingers high and a creamy, frothy texture. Head retention is good but it eventually dies down to a thick ring and pillow on the brew. Lacing starts with some impressive thick webs and some big sheets form below that.

S- Aroma has a nice balance of malts and hops with a bit of yeast influence but the strain is relatively clean overall. Notes of pilsner malts, pale cracked grains, earthy/spicy hops and yeast bread.

T- Hops bring a bit more to the table here with spicy, earthy, grassy and herbal tones as well as a slight fruity feel. Something reminds me the tiniest bit of stone and citrus fruits but this is behind the cracked pale grains, pilsner malts, straw, yeast bread notes and aforementioned hops. A bit floral overall.

MF- Light end body with a frothy and slightly creamy texture. Carbonation at a high level which supports the flavors presented. Slight bitterness in the finish as hops seem to linger after the malts fade.

I only got a single of this in a mixed six but I might have to go back to get a six pack when I see it again. The date is 12/17/13 but it still drinks very nicely and the hops still seem fresh. Subtle complexities between the malts and hops create a well crafted brew. (1,362 characters)

Photo of SavvyStudent
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours light a normal light-yellow pils with some lacing. Some visible carbonation

S: A little more fresh hop than a normal pils but the traditional yeast that makes sure you know it is not a pale ale or IPA. It has a pleasant bread with some sweet floral and lemon on the back.

T: This is the shining quality for me personally. The freshest Pils I have enjoyed but it stayed true to the style. Some grass and minimal pine as far as hop character. Same yeast profile as the nose.

M: Light and refreshing as a pils should be. not too dry as some similar brews.

Overall: Firestone hit it out of the park again with this perfect crisp summer beer. It has hop profile for some IPA and Pale lovers like but approachable to new beer drinkers. Definitely recommend getting a 6-pack of this deliciousness. (806 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils pours a clear straw yellow with a moderate sized, fizzy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving some lines and spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma is grainy with notes of bread, grass and flowers. An earthy funk is in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is creamy with a firm carbonated fizz. The flavor is a balance between crisp light grain, bread and yeast along with grass, some citrus and light fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering floral and grassy notes when gone.

A good beer for a hot day. Very easy to drink and nicely balanced. (590 characters)

Photo of Taste-Acquired
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Ca.

Review based on notes.

A tap room employee mentioned that this was a unique beer so I had to give it a try.

Pours a transparent golden yellow. No real head to speak of.

Smelled different...sorta floral, sorta malty and sorta hoppy? Strange.

First taste of this beer is the taste of grandma's scented cellophane-wrapped soap. It was really off putting. Second sip everything changes. The palate opens up. Floral notes, hoppiness...a pilsner?!

I took home a growlette not knowing if this was commercially available. Glad to see it is because it will become a staple in my fridge. I fully concur with The Bros rating of 100. This beer is solid and I encourage everyone to try it. (746 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Bright yellow and bubbly with a white head. Pretty clear in the glass.

S: Floral smell, yeast, and lager malt.

T: Floral hops (a nice touch, I might add), yeast, sourdough, lager malt, lemon grass, and pine.

M: Medium, but on the lighter side. A bit buttery.

O: Not a bad beer at all. Not a huge pilsener fan, but Firestone created a good one and added those nice and plentiful hops. (394 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured very bright and clear straw yellow. White foam settled into a skiff and a ring rather quickly. Moderate carbonation

Aroma: Delicate floral, light citrus and pilsner malt. A hint of burnt match lager aroma.

Taste: Straw-like malt, perception of citrus, but not really tasting it. Light grassy-resin noble hops and lager notes. Crisp and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Dry-ish and moderately thick ... substantive without being malty-sweet. No carb tingle, no bitter hop coating on the tongue, no astringency. Very refreshing.

Overall: Yum ... simple, straightforward, crisp and refreshing. Delicious - this is a go to for this style and one I will pursue anytime. (663 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden color with a thin head with short retention, but keeping a constant plate and leaving laces.
A true pilsner aroma, mild pale malt sweetness and grassy hops. Faint lemon and flowers. Good, but still nothing outstanding here.
Now got interesting, not only conserves the crispness and cleanness of the style, but also brings a more robust hop profile. Crisp notes of controlled sweet pale malt, herbal and some floral hops, tea leaves and spicy yeast. Subtle lemon citrusy, pine, salt and lemongrass. Very dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with perfect carbonation.
Definitely one of the best true Pilsner I tasted, if not the best. Balanced with a bold, not stupid, amount of hops and an elegant complexity. Huge drinkability and utterly crisp and clean taste. (776 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale straw with lots of bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass. Nose is clean yeast, light, cracker malts, and heaps of floral and citrus noble hops. Tastes of bready malts, honey, and, again, loads of hops. Earthy, herbal, floral, citrus. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. A perfect example of a balanced (albeit on the hoppy side), delicious pilsner. (399 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +3%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle with bottling date of 12/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible. Two fingers of eggshell white head forms at the top. Lacing from the head sticks to the top of the glass but no more lacing after that.

Smell: Cake, lemon, grassy and herbal.

Taste: Got your base pilsener here with that kind of corn flavor i associate with the style and hope bitterness in the finish. Hops are grassy/herbal. As the beer warms, the beer seems to balance out better and there is more of a sweetness mixing with the hops. A solid pilsner for sure.

Mouthfeel: slick and a little thing. Lots of carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers.

More exciting than most pilsners. (719 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)
Style: Hoppy Pilsner
5.3% ABV
40 IBU’s
Hops: Magnum, Spalter, Saphir
Brewer’s Note: “Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.”

The beer’s label is classy and sophisticated. I love the class of Firestone Walker labels; even their six-pack beer has an awesome label. Its text heavy, but not cluttered at all. Great simple fonts, great color scheme, great label. This one could sit on a shelf or be scrapbooked.

The beer pours a beautiful, pale yellow/gold with a nice head of perfectly sized, egg-shell white bubbles that settle to a quarter’s finger-width above the glass and demonstrate a nice retention. In body, the beer is nearly as clear as water with no particles and a steady stream of bubbles dancing through it. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt with a solid bitter, herbal scent with a touch of mint and fresh grass. On the very edges of the nose stone fruit can be sensed alongside fresh pine needles. On the tongue, the beer tastes superbly bitter upfront with wonderful balancing bready sweetness. Soft acidity from the hops wets the sides of the mouth and provides a very, very light pucker. There is even a soft touch of earthy salinity in the beer. In flavor the beer tastes of bitter grass and herbal hops, mellowing into a smooth butter cracker malt. The finish is blend of smooth white bread and grassy bitters with just a touch of gooseberry, salt, and a mineral-earthy flavor. This is a grassy bitter beer at heart, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet malt and mineral-like flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body with a creamy carbonation and a definite prickly-crisp mouthfeel that leaves the mouth refreshed and tingling with saliva in the cheek pouches and a slight neutrality throughout the rest of the beer. Overall, this is a superbly hoppy pilsner with awesome subtle complexity. The beer is refreshing and perfect to nearly session. (2,511 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts with some spicy, floral, lemon, lime, grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty much same as above with balance to the beer and tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, light bodied, a little dry, tingly bitterness, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pilsner. I dig it. Classic and nice hop characteristics. (602 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of MRsojourner
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful golden yellow in appearance with a thick 3 finger head.
aroma is of pepper, grains of paradise and fresh cut grass and slight sulphur.
taste is complex with subtle flavors but each one standing on its own. Pepper and grassy and mid level bitterness but still maintains a slight malty pils sweetness towards the end to remind you that its still a pislner.
mouthfeel is dry and crisp and can tell its attenuated nicely leaving a just a touch of bitterness behind.
this beer is fantastic and if your craving a solid stateside pilsner this is it. so glad it has made its way to the east coast. i hope it stays fresh (621 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear straw gold. Lively carbonation helps keep a small tight bright-white head for the duration. Some splotches of sticky lacing.

Smell: Nice push of leafy earthy hops right up front. Crisp clean yeast profile. Light bready sweetness as well. Slightly sweet pale malts. A touch grassy with some lingering earthy notes. A hint of bitter wood. A touch of citrus and pine needle, but it's minimal. Warming let's the hop presence shineba bit more.

Taste: Super clean on the initial sip. Burst of earthy grassy hops and pale malts. Slightly sweet with a minor bready push. A touch dirty with some grapefruit rind a punch of bitter pine needle. Crisp clean yeast. A touch of powdery bread crust.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. A touch crisp and slightly dry. Relatively clean.

Overall: A new challenger approaches.

A solid choice. This will be a killer summer beer. Assertively hoppy which is a good and bad thing. Loses a little bit at the end, but it's well-crafted and delicious. (1,047 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. This beer is really well done. Head is created almost instantly with pour. First sip nails you with a slight bitterness to a great hoppy sticky taste. The nose in glass with the gulp that follows is incredible. The lacing on glass is sticky and remaining with each pour. Could easily drink 8 to 12 of these while enjoying each pour and sniff. As you continue with your existing glass, at about the 3rd glass a dark tinge appears on the head. Showing maybe the purity of the ingredients or sediment from the vat. Outstanding presentation through and through.

This remains one of my top pilsners, awesome beer! (648 characters)

Photo of buzzardman
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pilsner malt, earthy, corn, slight hops.

Appearance: One finger creamy white head, clear light yellow body.

Flavor: Sweet malt, background hops, a little diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, dry finish, good carbonation.

Overall: A decent pilsner with a very slight bit of noticeable hops. For being named a hoppy pilsner I would expect to smell and taste a little more hops. Very much like Stella Artois, but honestly not made as well with the noticeable diacetyl. $8.49 for 6 pack (491 characters)

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.