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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 1,553
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 94
Gots: 297 | FT: 4
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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 monkeybeerbelly
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 (168 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.45/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,279 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (623 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (828 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (550 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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? (1,049 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (721 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
3.45/5  rDev -14%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle, bottled on 3.21.14.

A very pale yellow color in the glass, aroma is citrusy mixed with minerals. A nice hoppy edge to a pils as the flavor really stands out with the traditional graininess but with loads of hops. Very easy to drink, perfect summer ale! (280 characters)

Photo of charlzm
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Consumed March 27th, 2014 at Blue Palms Brewhouse, Hollywood CA.

Appearance: beer is an extremely pale light gold. One finger white head quickly becomes splotchy lacing.

Aroma is grassy and grainy.

Flavor is malt forward: cereal (corn and rice?). Slight amount of citrus, then a thin bitterness. Very simple flavor profile.

Moderately dry.

Lacking in floral or spicy hop notes, this beer did not satisfy. Have had from a bottle as well and did not enjoy then, either. Will not have this one again. (502 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
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 +2%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.5%
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 +0.2%
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 +9.7%
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 +4%
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 +4%
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)

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.