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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

805 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 805
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 31
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012)
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-15-2014 16:16:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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Lovely85

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-15-2014 05:19:02 | More by Lovely85
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-15-2014 05:11:45 | More by nickfl
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Denzo

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-14-2014 23:54:52 | More by Denzo
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utopiajane

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-14-2014 15:34:53 | More by utopiajane
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Mikeb8

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-14-2014 15:24:45 | More by Mikeb8
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 21:14:29 | More by Tucquan
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brianv26

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

04-13-2014 18:09:22 | More by brianv26
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electtodefer

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-13-2014 08:14:42 | More by electtodefer
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-13-2014 01:29:03 | More by CaptDavyJones
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nyyfanatic213

New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-12-2014 22:14:25 | More by nyyfanatic213
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mc4z

California

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-12-2014 04:59:35 | More by mc4z
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chris657


3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-11-2014 22:51:18 | More by chris657
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2014 21:09:50 | More by smcolw
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

04-11-2014 19:34:02 | More by waddellc2
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-10-2014 00:54:11 | More by Lehighace06
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-09-2014 01:57:09 | More by johnnnniee
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

04-09-2014 00:10:11 | More by GRG1313
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SvenHayden

Texas

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 05:12:39 | More by SvenHayden
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BrewSTL

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-07-2014 16:23:09 | More by BrewSTL
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

04-07-2014 15:49:36 | More by Rekrule
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-07-2014 00:33:27 | More by RyanTheLion13
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-06-2014 21:05:57 | More by scruffwhor
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EnthusedAboutBeer

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

04-06-2014 20:15:47 | More by EnthusedAboutBeer
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mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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?

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 19:07:31 | More by mattsander
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.