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Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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Reviews: 264 | Ratings: 1,783
Photo of BuccoFan
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice gold color combined with perfect head and lacing. Refreshing taste, too. Missing a little something in finish that puts it solidly behind Victory's.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Pours a light golden, almost yellow. The head was decent sized with this pour, nothing great but it does last. Bubbles steaming to sustain it are visible in the clear liquid.

Smell is absent for the most part early, lightly grainy with maybe just a hint of grass or metal when I search. Standard for a style that to me doesn't rely on the nose.

Opening actually seems a tad heavy due to the punch of bitterness that comes up front- grassy and peppery. It's not overpowering as the cereal sweetness does balance it, but it is sort of a reverse of what I was expecting.

A nice offering, with an almost Czech feel. It's a hoppy-leaning Pilsner, the hops playing a big role but not being overpowering.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a bunch of carbonation. Pours a thick white bubbly head. Leaves a great amount of lacing. A brilliant hoppy smell with light fruit and biscuit smell. An extremely crisp taste and hoppiness for a pilsner. A lemony smell and taste makes it very interesting. The biscuit taste is also very good. A very good pilsner.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with steady rimming snow carpet. 4
Crackery grain and lots of old school American grassy hops with a hint of mint. 4
Saltines, then big hay, herb, and samphire hop bite. 4
Rosemary and grain sack finish and supertight linger.
Light, snappy, dry. 4

Magnum, Spalter Select, and Saphir.

Pils, and then some. Even allowing for not much malty sweetness, it still hits harder than 40 IBUs, and without Prima’s lemon. A hophead’s pils, and one that could suit food and sun as well as pub. 4

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Photo of sweemzander
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear brilliant yellow color. Produced a good head of creamy white froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice combo of piney lemon meets a mid grainy honey biscuit. Very nice aroma.

(T)- Again, a nice honeyed biscuit aspect, but quickly flows into a mountain of piney lemon.

(M)- A hefty bitterness with all that pine, but has a nice carbonation level.

(O)- It is successful, but maybe a little too much pine/bitterness for me to put a few away at a time

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

Deceivingly light color, looking weak, like ginger ale, but as good, if not better than Prima from victory. A bit hoppier than the Prima. This is a keeper! 8/14/15 pils tasting on the front deck.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Finger and a half of slightly off white head has pretty okay retention. This beer is hazy pale straw in color. Average lacing. An occasional bubble rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Aluminum metallic hops. Slight biscuit malt and an underlying fruit. Lemon and... Green apple?

Taste: More of the same. Biscuit is a bit more pronounced. A little bit to sweet for a pils, in my opinion.

Feel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit understated. A little coarse.

Overall: Kind of reminds me of a dry hopped cider. Really interesting. Not really indicative of the style. Decent beer though. Good beer for passing out on the back of a riding mower but I don't think I will be revisiting this very soon.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat light nose, pours almost nice and bright. What a nice and crisp beer. Has a great clean and crisp finish, almost like a sweet bubble gum flavor to boot.

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Photo of Beermanic
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white as snow head.

S:Classic German hop aroma, a bit to heavy for a German style Pils

T: The flavor is all hops. Overwhelming hop profile, covers up the pilsner malty flavor, dry finish.

M: Nice carbonation, with a dryish lager finish and a hop kick.

O:Not to style, easy drinking and enjoyable..... Once you get use to the hop avalanche that comes at you with out warning. Hence the low score.

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Photo of Miller138
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of the Bottle
Very nice straw/gold color. Proper carbonation and a nice white head that left a healthy lace after dissipating. Flavor is dominated by the hops. Though a spicy hop character is appropriate for a pils, I think this one was too much for the style. The bitterness had an astringent quality that lingers on the tongue for quite awhile. There is little to no contribution from the malt side to balance the bitterness and the yeast was neutral.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a transparent yellow golden color. The head is frothy thick with a slow dissipation that allows some nice lacing weaving its way around the glass and sticking nicely as well.
The smell starts off with a delicate bready/yeastiness sliding into light grassy sweet hops.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a thorough grassy sweet to semi-bitter hoppiness. There's no aftertaste nor finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a good carbonation to it.
Overall, this was a wonderful German Pilsener that would definitely go with its respected food.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on draft at the Oregon Brewer's Festival (finally getting my handwritten notes in BA!). This brew pours a deep straw color with a billowy head, loads of carbonation and sticky lacing. The nose is complex and bready, with loads of malt, some citrus and slightly grassy. The taste is light and refreshing, with a bitter finish. Nice brew. Cheers!

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've been testing out Firestone this past week and came across a rather unique type of brew called a Hoppy Pils. This one by Firestone has 5.3% ABV and promises to be unique so let's see what we got here.

Look-It pours a crystal clear yellow golden color that is typical of a full pilsner. The head is frothy and delicate and diminishes down to a thin layer after only a couple sips. The carbonation is plentiful and complements the clarity.

Smell-I smell bread, yeast, and subtle malts. So far it's definitely a pilsner.

Taste-This is where the hoppiness shines through although it is slightly muted. The hops come through after the malt and yeast foundation fades away into the citrus based hops that go nicely with the pilsner qualities.

Mouthfeel-It is smooth and crisp with only a minor coating on the tongue.

Overall-I'd say that this beer was nice and definitely was a hopped pilsner, but it could have been a bit more, well, bitter.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer, which has joined with Duvel, and is getting bigger. Difficult for me to give a Pils a 4 but this is close.

A: Behold a pale straw colored draft. White head is long lasting, but only a bit of lace.

S: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity, like salted crackers. Spicey, grassy hops in background.

T: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity like the aroma with hops adding a refreshing tingle. Lemon, slight citrus and modest bitterness. Grassy, lemon citrus and herbal hop. A great pils.

F: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that is crisp and refreshing. Must try in summer. A great beer.

O: Is this best summer pils?

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Photo of captaincoffee
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice blend of a couple styles, providing clean crisp flavor of a pilsner along with some additional hop nose and flavor from an American pale ale. All-round enjoyable in both ways. Good balance of soft/light malt notes and certainly more floral and grassy hops than a typical pilsner, but doesn't throw it off too much either way. Nice.

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Photo of Nickholland
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A unique take on the Pilsner. Floral/herbal hops, almost grassy in the smell. A little lager sweetness to balance in the taste. Don't expect your avg German equivalent, this showcases the hops and has some bitterness. Overall a well done beer and definitely worth a try, or 2...or 3.

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Photo of BbyDigital
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is one of my favorite pilsners. Easily my favorite of of the beers that Firestone cans. This coming from a hop head that usually prefers an IPA.

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Photo of HankSingle
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer, right now.

I think it's totally mislabeled, calling it 'hoppy pils' really suggest something more flagrant, and loud, to me. This is a smooth, articulate and deft take on a traditional pils - great, soft sweetness moving in and around crisp bitterness; some zest, some flowers, some bread, great balance. I'm sure this will be good in the winter, but it is spectacular in the summer.

Also has a bit of a 'hop high' - it's only 5.3, but consistently seems to leave me a little more dazzled than that should. So lovely, drink it.

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Photo of tuka
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not what I'm looking for in a pilsener. I expect the classic noble hop, crisp, grassy, foamy, quenching vibe. Seemed more like a lager version of an APA. A fine beer though, being crafted by the reputable FW, just not in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of Sandalwood
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow straw color with a huge foamy white head. There is a lot of carbonation and good lacing. The odor is malty, spicy, lemon, citrus, bread like, hay, slightly grassy. The taste is crisp, light, refreshing, citrus lemon, spices, slight clove, dry, malty, slight bitterness throughout.

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Photo of willic
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off, this is not my typical type of beer, but wow... Firestone Walker always does it right, and this beer is no exception. What a GREAT SUMMER BEER! Nice light hoppiness in a Pils. Fun beer!

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap earlier tonight up at the Cloverleaf in Caldwell. I had a feeling that this would be similar to the Southern Tier Hop Sun (which is one of my favorite summer seasonals) and since it was on the current PhD list, it was fitting that this was also a solid selection for these warmer weather months. While not totally familiar with the hops and malt that was used in this beer, the end result was a Pils that had enough body and bite to it while still remaining true to form from start to finish.

Of course, the pour to this was golden with a moderately fluffy head and one big ring of lacing left at the top of my pint glass. Nice grassy and light European hops in the nose with even more in taste, along with the lemon zest and lemongrass in the taste. Crisp, moderately hoppy, and slightly sour in the aftertaste. Nice juicy feel for a beer of this style and there was even a hint of earl grey tea underneath all of this, as there was some spice to liven things up.

The alcohol was great too in terms of how balanced it was compared to the flavors of this beer. Easily a great choice for the summer as I could have enjoyed a few more during my session without getting bowled over. One of the better German Pilseners that I've had as this beer proved that there can be some depth and balance to something with this light of a hue. Worth seeking out as an alternative to the weaker offerings that come along during the warmer months.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours very light straw color with 1.5 fingers of quickly dissolving foam.

Aroma is subtle. Some lemon, straw, hay, and a floral hop aroma.

Taste yields a breadiness, hay, wheat, mild iron, tons of hops for a pilsner. A beautiful lemon flavor punches through with a mild bitterness at the end. This reminds me of a light version of a pale ale but with less malt. Super refreshing! Mouthfeel is light, clean, and crisp.

For a pilsner (a style I don't care for), this is a winner! I could see this pairing well with almost anything. I'm eating spicy Chinese leftovers and it's perfect! It gets a 96.5/100.

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Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger pearl colored head. Very nice lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Grassy & floral. a little bit of perfumy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, light lemon & bready notes as well up front. Dryness, grassyness, a slight citric hop presence as this warms

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, nicely balanced

Great drinkability, would love to see this in cans down SW MO way This bottle is a month old, so I would love to find fresher, but this is pretty good as it is. Finishes crisp, dry & hoppy with some lemongrass

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Can

Poured into a Surly glass a very nice clean/clear pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice fizzy two-finger white head, and leaves a big island in the middle of the glass, very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, nice citrusy/grapefruit note. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice thirst quencher, and true to style. Definitely would recommend, and buy again.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.