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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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239 Reviews
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Reviews: 239
Hads: 1,642
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 27.82%
Wants: 103
Gots: 330 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"Pivo Hoppy Pils." Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at South in Santa Monica. Cost was $3.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, okay cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Standard fare for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts. Surprisingly hoppy character for the style; prominent floral hop character. Crisp clean barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp clean pale malt base. Floral hop character. Decent balance. Complex for a pilsner, but not shockingly so. Enjoyable. Not very subtle.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and crisp. Slight overcarbonation. Good thickness. Good body. Suits the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. A surprisingly tasty pilsner from Firestone Walker.

High C+

10/04/2015: brief impressions from a can.

Clean drinking, with crisp overcarbonation, a grassy hop profile, and a clean pilsner malt body.

After quadruple decoction Czech pilsners, this drinks like a competent offering in the style at best. Not world class, but well worth trying - and a nice break from the overbearing big bold beers so often prioritized by American craft breweries (including Firestone Walker).


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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear pale yellow colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells hoppy and malty with a good toasted grain aroma. Biscuit malt aroma with a soft yeasty aroma. Smells a little like a fresh baked biscuit in a good way. Hop aroma is mostly grassy dry hay.

Starts out dry with a sharp hop bite and a mineral water flavor. Biscuit malt flavor is there from the smell. Slight lemon flavor from the hops and a hay taste. Hop bitterness is medium.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall a good domestic Pils. Mild with a nice hop zing that lets you know this is from Firestone and not Anheuser Busch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

the much hyped new beer drinkers pilsener from firestone, it didn't blow me away, ill say that. on tap at the new renegade publik house, it pours a perfectly clear, watery golden color, with an inch of white head that slowly dies. the nose is not nearly as hoppy as the press release declared, but I do get a bit more than the standard. American barley malt, on the light side, balanced. it is refreshing, but the hops don't quite take away the sweetness of the malt. very little bitterness to this, only a mild hop flavor, maybe leaning on the floral side, but this certainly does not redefine the genre as it was supposed to do. its plenty drinkable through, these go back like water after a jog. the body is ultra light, and the carbonation is robust. it just tastes like very other craft pilsener, there is nothing new or special about this one. too simple for me to get off on, but its well made like all firestone beers, but ill stick to their solace for summer time, assuming that one comes back around...

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crispy like a triscuit.

Raul's just chilling on the lay low, so he kept it cool with a Pils. As far as a Pilsner goes, this is exactly what Raul was looking for. Like Natalie Portman after a ballet recital, this thang is glistening goodness. Clean and crisp. Clean and crisp...

Sign Raul up, yep!

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Photo of scottfrie
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap in Davis.

Light yellow golden body with a one-inch foamy white head that faded into a faint collar. Complex spotty lace was left down the glass. The nose is light with hints of cracked grains and earthy hops. Clean overall. The taste follows the nose with earth hops, a touch of sweet fruit citrus, faint bubblegum yeast, and crisp minerals. Crispy clean medium body with even carbonation. A solid pilsner. Could be dryer but its got a great flavor.

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

Rerated with a full review on July 30, 2015

Bottled on 5/7/15. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

Refreshing. Certainly hoppier than many German pilsners. A favorite.

A - Pours very pale yellow with an off-white two-finger semi-rocky head that lingers to the end of the glass. Well carbonated. Average lacing. 4

S - Classic german pilsner hop profile, grassy with some faint citrusy lemon. 4

T - Crackers, woody and grassy hops, some pepperiness, just a little honey sweetness in the start, a very faint tinch of lemon, bitter. 4.25

MF - Medium light body, dry lasting on the palate. 4.25

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Photo of champ103
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

First time having this was on tap at Pinthouse Pizza in Austin. This has been a regular in my fridge since it hit the Texas market in bottles.

A: Pours a perfectly clear Yellow in color. A two finger egg white head forms, with excellent retention. Plenty of lace left all the way down. I love the clarity here.
S: Very clean lager yeast. Spicy, peppery, bready malts. Toasted cereal grains. A light grassy bitterness lingers. Simple, and excellent.
T: A great, clean lager yeast with simple flavors. Spicy, peppery, bread and biscuit. Toasted grains. A light and subtle floral, lemony, grassy bitterness. I love it.
M/D: A light to medium body. Perfectly crisp, clean, and dry. Easy and enjoyable to drink. All day with this.

An excellent example of the style. Amazing in its simplicity, and incredibly enjoyable. One of the best lagers made in the US, and I am glad I can now get a six pack pretty much whenever I want.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - Crystal clear and straw yellow, this brew was served to me in a tall, 14oz pilsner glass with a white finger width head. Good retention. Leaves solid lacing around the glass, sip after sip.

Smell - Grainy aroma. Slight grassy bitterness.

Taste - Clean grain malt bill. Touches on honey. Moderate grass hop bitterness near the finish. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation. Easy, clean finish.

Overall - Really good pilsner. Maybe not as hoppy as advertized? Still, clean and flavorful. I'd definitely drink it again, and again, and again.

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

Nice little pils from FW. Pours a bright, clear pale gold. No haze. Good head. Lots of fine bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma has grassy hops with some fresh grain notes. Hay, lemons, earth round things out. Taste is mildly bitter but there's a bit of light malt sugariness to it. The malt flavor is a touch grainy but not bad. A little too much sweetness. Finish is fairly clean. Mouthfeel could be lightened further but it's pretty good. I'd just prefer pils to be ultra crisp. This is a nice beer and it's always good to see American breweries take on lager styles.

Edit: Tried from the bottle and enjoyed it more.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Thin, prickly body that wasn't satisfying to drink. Simple pils flavor but lacks the drinkability of a classic example. Also lacks the complexity and full body of a Prima. Overall forgettable, like a generic brewpub blonde. It isn't badly made, but there are a number of other pale lagers I'd go with first.

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Photo of crob3888
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful pale yellow-gold with tons of bubbles. This is what a pilsner should look like.
Smell: Slight citrusy aroma from the hops, smells like a great pilsner.
Taste: Delicate flavors that really unfold. Slight bready malts. Floral hop bitterness to balance. This one walks the balancing tightrope better than most. The sign of a true craftsman.
Feel: Crisp, slightly dry, light mouthfeel that isn't too thin or watery.
Overall: My favorite american pilsner, and one of Firestone Walker's best beers. This one sets the bar. Great pairing with so many foods, great for a hot day, and the perfect beer for floating around a pool.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1536th Review on BA
Draft to 6oz Snifter

@Firestone Walker, Paso Robles

App- It was more of a buttery looking yellow with a bit of a golden center. A small amount of bubbles on the top but did have some coming up from the center. A bit of a nice looking cling line as well.

Smell- Im not normally a pils fan but this one was more of a pils/ipa combo. The lemon notes were very subtle but the addition of the malt/hop combo made this a fresh and clean aromatic beer.

Taste- This was one very good pils. Had the standard pils notes but also added a layer with the hops and malt I wasnt expecting. The beer was a little spicy from the dry hopping. Very clean and crisp.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a lighter carbonation to it. A little dry and a little crisp. Clean malt with a bit of spicy hops and a pilsner malt balance.

Drink- This was good. I really enjoyed this one. Hopefully the bottle version will be as good next year.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into an imperial pint glass (20 oz.) at Firestone Walker Brewery in Paso Robles, Calif., on Aug. 9, 2012 for $5.50. One finger of head when I got it that was white and frothy. Lots of bubbles coming up underneath in the middle. Beer color was honey golden pale clear. Lots of foamy retention throughout on the sides and the top.

Smelled honey, spices (couldn’t put my finger on it), hops, cloves, Circus Peanuts, Christmas pine and lemon grass.

Tasted similar to the nose, but had to work for it. Got corn, slight lemon grass, honey, hay and wheat. Maybe a gracious 3.5.

Light body. Creamy texture. Above average-to-average carbonation. Abrupt clean finish. Crisp, watery and refreshing.

Very good for a pilsner and a great start for my first Firestone experience (in Paso Robles).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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