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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 226
Hads: 1,593
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 28.32%
Wants: 97
Gots: 313 | 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 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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Photo of allengarvin
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a very bright, very pale gold, with a small head. The nose ... well, not nearly the hops I was expecting. It's faint, lightly floral, together with the scent of grainy malt. Flavor is better. There's a nice bitterness, but hop flavor is just not there. It's bitterness together with a somewhat grainy, a little sweet malt.

Disappointing beer from Firestone Walker.

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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 DIM
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

a: Bright, shiny golden color; pours with a thick, fluffy head.

s: Minerals, biscuits, and lots of fresh, grassy pine.

t: Mirrors the smell. Dry overall, flavorful with medium bitterness.

m: A tad heavy for a pils, but now I'm picking knits.

o: I hope I run into this again.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 3/21/2014.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a flute glass.

Light straw body with fairly active carbonation. A short-lived white foam head collapses and left a good amount of sticky white lacing throughout.

Floral notes dominated the nose. Subtle notes of lemon peel and grains were also present.

The tongue picked up impressive floral and herbal notes up front. Very subtle presence from the grains. There were minor notes of toasted grain but this brew is not focused on the malts. Lemon peel came through pretty well in the finish.

The carbonation was medium/heavy. Light body. Crisp and clean.

Overall this is a killer Pilsener. Great complexities in the hops. It may be hop-heavy but it should not scare away those anti-hop beer-lovers.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent pale yellow color with almost no head. Virtually no head. The aroma is spicy and grassy hops with some bready malts. The taste is a good amount of hops up front. Grassy and spicy hops with and nice blend of the malts and funk . Toasted malts and cut grass at the finish. A hint of lemon. Insanely drinkable. Medium amount of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very little alcohol presence. This makes for one hell of a summer beer. Overall, this is a hoppy pilsner worth seeking out.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance; color is a light, bright, clear gold. pours two fingers of sticky, white foam that settles into a medium level of head that tightly clings the glass.

smell; subtle lager yeast, with a punch of hop oil, pine, and some caramel as well in the finish.

taste; identical to smell, which is always a plus in my book.

mouthfeel; very unique texture. crisp but finishes slightly creamy, very moist, medium carbonation.

overall; like victory's prima pils and six point's the crisp, this beer elevates the classic pilsner to new heights by balancing classic pilsner flavors with appropriate hop notes.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

rated awhile ago but time to re-review: excellent aroma very pilsener like, nice crisp taste with a nice hoppy edge. very well done, will definitely seek out again soon

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a golden yellow/orange, with a huge foamy 3 inch head. The beer leaves ample lacing down the glass.

Smells like hay, grass, pine, and some light citrus zest.

This beer is so refreshing on this hot day. Big hop presence, quite grassy, slight black pepper, a little bit earthy. A tiny bit of citrus. Mild to medium bitterness that lingers with you, begging you to drink more.

Light bodied, unbelievably crisp mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable.

A knockout hoppy pilsner, this really hit the fuckin' spot.

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Photo of Premo88
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: crystal clear light yellow, very little color; bit 1 1/2-inch head of white foam that sticks like all-get-out and appears to be lacing; a full blast of bubbles cascading up throughout the column, creating a floury white skin and thick collar of foam ... perfection

S: skunk, grain, biscuit/bread malt, and some grassy hops ... call me sadistic, but that bit of skunk isn't off-putting to me.

T: follows the nose for the most part but has a fantastic grain/bread finish that tastes like you just ate a cracker, just a plain white saltine; VERY hoppy, with the bite being green and grassy while holding onto some classic spicy/black pepper.

F: full but drinkable ... not as dry as some pilseners, but it leans toward a drying effect; tons of carbonation; ah-hah! as I get into it, about 1/3 in, it's starting to dry out in a super cool way

O: another great pilsener, a beer so good I continue to be shocked more people don't rate these higher ... it has all you could want: a great hop bite, some good bread malt sweetness, a smell that makes me keep shoving my nose in it and a feel that makes me reach and reach and reach for it over and over. the skunk smell will put some people off, but it shouldn't -- this is a damn good pilsener.

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Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Jewel-Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL., making them $1.67 per bottle. 12oz brown bottles that have a space for a bottled on date on the front label, only mine is blank for some reason. It says "bottled on" ___, but then someone forgot to stamp it with a date, so I have no idea how old this bottle is.

The beer poured a perfectly clear straw yellow color with a 2-finger white head. The head lasted about 2 minutes and left some nice lacing on the glass.

Light grassy and aromatic hop aroma.

This is a nicely hopped pilsener. Bitter hops dominate the flavor, but they are not overpowering. The malt is cracker-like and dry. A slight bitterness reappears in the aftertaste.

Light bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

This is a very good pilsener.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped 03/05/14. Sampled on May 3, 2014.

Pale yellow, heady pour with constant carbonation bubbling up to the very end. It looks exactly how a pilsener should look as far as I am concerned.

Great grainy and toasted biscuit malt nose with a nice sweetness, a little yeast, and a simple hop character that balances it all out.

Light and refreshing body.

The taste says Welcome to Germany or the Czech Republic because the grainy, sweet malty characters of those traditional pilseners come on strong with a modest and clean hop bite that is not floral or earthy but just there to balance it out. Yet it does not take away from the traditional German purity recipes.

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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 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 ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12pz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull golden color with perfect clarity. Lively carbonation streams up to the persistent, large-bubbled white head. Lacing is impressively sticky.

S: Dry bready nose. Lightly grainy. Lemony, oily, and subtly peppery hop aromas. Slight traces of musty yeast.

T: Clean grainy tastes open. Crackery malt. Bone dry throughout. Hops have a dry herbal bite with a fairly aggressive bitterness. Hop flavors build in intensity. Coarsely leafy and peppery. Lemony flash, lavender too. Quick dry finish leaves an oily bitterness lingering.

M: appropriately light-bodied. Aggressive scrubbing carbonation cuts like a knife and emphasizes the oily hop bitterness. Bold crispness. Clamping hop astringency. So dry it evaporates off the tongue.

O: This is about as good as it gets in the world of pilsners. Hop bitterness pushes the envelope but stays within the style. I'd love to explore some cheese pairing options, as this should be able to tackle bolder cheeses than the average pils. Maybe an aged provolone?

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pretty and pure. Pivo Pils looks like the perfect Pilsner. Crystal clear, pale yellow, huge, frothy head. Loads of lace. Good start.

S-Doesn't really tread into the India Pale Lager category; this is a true Pilsner in the nose. Whenever I sees newer Pils that stresses it's hoppiness on the label, I think India Pale Lager. It's well hopped but it still smells very Pilsner like. Noble, grassy hops and some lemon with a well balanced pale, sweet cracker malt.

T-The flavor is pretty balanced but the hops sneak back around and slap you in the finish. It's pretty straightforward; it's a tasty Pils. Grassy, grainy, doughy. Pleasant.

M-Light bodied, peppy and sessionable. I love the ease of drinking here. Tickling bubbles. Aftertaste doesn't linger much.

O-I enjoyed this. I would offer this beer to friends who aren't super entrenched in the beer world and I bet they'd like it. I could see this in my fridge again at some point.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Bottled on 04/03/14 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent golden-yellow with a fluffy, three-fingered bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in-solution and adhering to the walls of the glass. Some residual textured spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is grassy and expresses light, pale, biscuity malts and a hint if lemon. Taste is crisp and clean - consistent with nose with a kiss of fruity esters and a light, residual noble hops earthy bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a crisp, nearly clean finish. Just an all around excellent Czech Pilsner. So glad to have had the chance to try this one fresh.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Very pale yellow gold with small head that quickly dissipates.

S - Bready. Can't find the hops.

T - Malty graininess and bitter, but not in the hoppy way I was expecting Was expecting more on the hop side of things in terms of flavour. Very smooth and clean.

M - Smooth and crisp and clean. Lots of bubblies.

O - Not what I was expecting, wanted a more of a IPA hop taste mixed with a pilsner feel. Instead, got mostly a pilsner.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.