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Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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215 Reviews
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Reviews: 215
Hads: 1,551
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.73%
Wants: 95
Gots: 292 | 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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Photo of stephenjmoore
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale golden body with crystal clear transparency. Foamy bone white head sits on top and stays for the duration. Aroma is herbal and grassy noble hops with a dash of toasted malt. Flavor brings the noble hops to the forefront with lots of grassy and herbal flavors. A dash of lemony citrus and some sweet toasted malt come through. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing with some creaminess. Overall a very nice hoppy Pilsner. (433 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear bright yellow body and a fluffy white head. Lots of visible carb.

Has that floral/soapy hop thing I don't really dig that dominates but still allows for some pilsner malt flavor to come in. Good light and crisp mouthfeel. (228 characters)

Photo of rkat32
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated February 24, 2015 poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. Reviewed on March 30, 2015.

L: Color is straw, pale gold. Sudsy, two-finger head slowly recedes. Great clarity and very inviting.

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops on the nose. Fresh-cut grass, musty, hay, mild pepper spice; a touch of bready malts are present, too.

T: Spicy noble hop presence, pepper, grass, lemon; bready pilsner malts, slight grains. Crisp, clean and very refreshing with a dry finish.

F: Smooth, medium body with mid-level carbonation. Extremely quaffable.

O: While slightly hoppier than Sierra Nevada Nooner but not as lupulin-intense as Victory Prima, Pivo hits the sweet spot as far as hop-forward, U.S.-made pilsners go. The can format is a plus in my book as well. Well done (as usual), Firestone Walker! (815 characters)

Photo of breadwinner
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jury is still out a bit for me on this one, but generally it's not my favorite take on the style. I think the hops are just too amped up and screechy for me, giving this pils too sharp an edge. The pils malt is there, but man does it struggle to wriggle free from from the tethers of dry hopping. I can see why American craft palates might enjoy this, though, as it really is a hop lover's dream. (396 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (dated February 5, 2015) into a pokal.

A-The beer is very light yellow-ish in color. It is crystal clear with active, chunky carbonation. The rocky head is white and starts out at almost two fingers tall. Retention is quite good.

S-The aroma offers a little bit of the traditional pils malts with cracker scents and a light honey sweetness. But the new-world influence is strong with fragrant floral hops quickly taking over. The hops suggest perfume with a bit of tropical fruit.

T-The taste is similar. The traditional pils flavors are represented by a little bit of dry bread and biscuit, some grain, and just a hint of sweetness. The American influence is represented by hops that are mostly floral. The finish gives just a bit of grassy, pepper kick.

M-The body is light, crisp and crushable. This stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O-This beer is obviously not traditional or true to a pils style, but it is not a hop-bomb india pale lager disguised as a pilsner, either. Rather, it is a hoppy pilsner, just like the label says. I'm normally not one to endorse style bending, but this beer is just so damn good and easy to drink. I like IPAs, but I would drink this all day (from the can) instead of many of the IPAs out there. (1,255 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pale yellow. Good carbonation. Has a good bready nose, some hop spice. Smooth, clean malt flavor with a touch of those hops. Feels light and easy drankin'. Overall a decent pilsner. (196 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite pilsner. Rich straw color with light white foam, some lacing. Smell is straw and grassy, with the slightest hint of banana. Taste is round, and slightly fruity so the clean, crisp finish is a nice ending. Love the hops throughout. An especially nice pilsner for the winter months. (306 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear gold with tiny bubbles rising through and a fluffy white head.

Smell: Faint noble hops, a bit of yeast.

Taste: Good blend of yeast, malt, and hops up front, into a bit of sweetness and finally some residual bitterness. Very well blended together.

Mouthfeel: Not very thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Nice balanced beer, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hard to get super excited about it, but easy to enjoy the subtle complexities. (458 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

December 14, 2014

12 oz bottle, pilsner glass

A – Very light straw, as in SRM = 1, and extremely clear. A couple centimeters of bright white head, fairly low retention. Medium bubbles cascade up towards the foam, picking up the light.

S – Very fresh, kneaded raw white bread dough, the Pils malt in all its glory. Some hop aroma, floral and herbal. A touch of sulfur, then bitter hops.

T – A lot of noble hops, both bittering and flavor. Very much floral, with a touch of herbal/medicinal flavor. Dough or very light water cracker.

M – Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, low dryness in the finish but enough to help cleanse the palate. Primary component, though, is the hop bitterness.

O – A lot to like here, and it’s a pilsner made using obviously high quality ingredients. Would be very enjoyable on a late spring day in the beer garden. A bit overbalanced toward the bitter hops, but still well made. (936 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Cord out of a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass
Beautiful Rocky head and a brilliant clear light gold body
Floral front in the nose...saaz hops for sure
Hop bite is very much in there in the front with a doughy malty middle and nice balance at the end
Light
Nice beer
I would have it again (293 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Firestone Walker Pivo
12 oz. brown glass bottle, dated "07/24/14 17:25" - 119 days old
$1.83 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA (purchased 14 days ago)

Excellent! I can still smell the hops as I open the bottle, spicy and grassy, despite the fact that it's 4 months old. It pours a very slightly hazy straw gold body beneath a finger thick head of frothy bright white foam. The head steadily dwindles to a whisky surface covering, but it leaves a complete surround of lacing up to where the head had originally been. I raise the glass to my nose and note that nothings changed, the aroma remains the same: spicy, grassy, floral noble hops. It's clean and bright and inviting.

The flavor delivers everything that you might expect of a hoppy pils. It's clearly a pilsner, and it's got added hops for flavor and aroma - it's not an "Imperial pils" or anything like that. The malt is straightforward pilsner malt, and the hops are straightforward Czech and German noble hops (I'm guessing heavily Saaz backed by Hallertauer). It's clean, crisp, and balanced. It reminds me of fresh Budweiser Budvar on tap, but slightly hoppier.

For fans of Czech Pilsner this is a must try! The combination of malt and hop - without being over-the-top - is unbeatable for both satisfaction and drinkability. The delicate cracker-like and slightly grassy malt may not seem that inspiring, but when you slather it in floral, spicy/peppery, and grassy hops and you get that wet-hay and lemon characteristic going on as well, it's actually fairly complex! At the very least it's not quite the same beer from sip to sip; and it's almost compellingly drinkable. Well worth seeking out! (1,660 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

(bottled 07/09/14 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: wow! what a beaut!... perfectly clear, pale moonlight yellow.... pleasant tuft of spongy white foam atop, keeping an attractive pad atop till the end... pretty dead on with remarkable lightness to the color... lacking a little lace, but oh well

S: herby-spicy (thyme?), dried grass-y, faintly lemon-lime peel hops... bit of a fresh peppercorn overtone... garden green freshness... mildly soft rose pedal like undertone... whisper of pilsner malt once the other aromatics fade off... overall, quite German

T: light bitter-spicy zip that simmers through to the finish, taking on some of that pepper tone and lemon oil from the aromas... the age has perhaps sanded off a bit of edge and depth in the bitterness, but the core taste is still deliciously intact... nice showing of cereal/semi-sweet granola sitting at the bottom under the hop static above in the aftertaste

F: elegant... miniature tickle of small bubbles up front... silky-soft, smooth, creamy middle and finish... oil resins leaving a lip-smacky film all over... polished smoothness, which suggests more weight, but a large portion of it disappears... could be a touch snappier in the finish, but at this point so what?

O: yet another superb offering from FW... very much on point with the style... I could six this all night (1,358 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Rattle “N” Hum. Pours Golden with white head. Aroma is of citrusy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Piney, herbal hops and biscuit malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and bitter. Very nice Pilsener. (243 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Notes from 10/15/14

A - One finger of fluffy white head. Nice, visible carbonation. Straw colored body. Good retention and lacing.

S - Grass and straw. Citrus (lemon) underlying.

T - Mild citrus notes followed by crackery malt and dried grass/straw. Finishes slightly bitter with lemon oil notes.

M - Medium caronbation. Very drinkable and clean.

O - Great pilsener though I would have prefer more citrus notes. (420 characters)

Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap into branded pilsner glass
Served: 16 Oct

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear yellow with some nice golden yellow notes to bring out some depth. Pours with a marvelous 2.5 finger white soapy head that slowly dissipates and leaves great lacing. Huge carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Smells crisp and 'beery', which distinct notes of citrus, lemongrass, and slight breadiness.

Taste: Not as hoppy as Prima Pils, which I like, which means it's slightly more to style in terms of traditional German pilsners. The beer has a malt backbone made up of some of the bready notes characteristic of the style, and is complemented by a decent assertion of spicy and citrus hops, which, as in the nose, add slight notes of lemongrass and green citrusiness. Finishes dry.

Feel: Crisp and somewhat sharp on the tongue. Excellent for a pilsner.

Overall: A beer that is closer to some of the great south German pilsners I had when studying abroad, but still with just a pinch too many hops. This one is definitely closer in style to the traditional examples than Prima Pils, as this one preserves are more assertive bready malt and slightly sharper lager edge. Really a fine beer, and one that perfectly fit on this Indian Summer day here in Eastern MA. Would buy again and would highly recommend for craft lager lovers. (1,348 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a Duvel glass a light bright golden color with a snow white 1/2" head that soon recedes to a ring and a nice foam cover for the liquid. Sipping leaves patches and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass and the continuous flow of small bubbles from the carbonation keeps the head alive.

The aroma nice and grassy with a touch of earthiness in the background.

The flavors are mild and well blended with earthy, grassy hops and some light sweet malt in the background.

The mouth feel in the light side with persistent fine carbonation and the finish is dry with a fade to light bitterness.

A nice well made pils that’s worth having again and one that would make a nice addition to the rotation of Pils beers in the fridge. (745 characters)

Photo of Mistalava
5/5  rDev +24.7%

This is the closest in every way to Tipo Pils, which I consider to be the seminal Hoppy Pils. No, not that "seminal". Firestone has hit a hone run IMO. As an aside, I wonder if Biracifico Italiano will ever have distribution in the USA. (239 characters)

Photo of ppvora
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. bottle into a lager (unfortunately) glass.

Light golden color, lighter than hay, two fingers of head and some aeration, but not much.
Aroma: Some hops but definite hints of citrus in there.
Taste: Gorgeous hoppy taste but no bitterness. Lots of citrus notes: orange and lime. Lovely complex hoppy aromas combined with plenty of orange and lime after notes. Just a super pilsner.
Mouthfeel: No bitterness or any unpleasantness -- just a good flavor.

This pilsner is way up there in taste, sophistication, complexity and just reeks quality. If I didn't live in Downingtown PA (home of Victory Brewing Company) I might have rated this my favorite pilsner. (686 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev -0.2%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the bottle: Naught but a great graphic of a rampant lion and an upright bear facing off, about to do battle over a hop cone. On the underneath of the cap: “We are Living Beer”.

I was anxious to get started one the cap was popped, so I nearly inverted the bottle until I had to back off. A brief pseudo-cascade created three fingers of dense, puffy, bone-white head with great retention. It later created some great lacing as it finally fell. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 – 2) with NE-plus quality clarity and I thought about my last stream which was darker than this! Nose was intensely grassy with just a hint of biscuit malt. This had better be identified as a Czech Pilsner! (Nope, I was offline at the time, but I now see that it is a GER Pils.) Mouthfeel was medium, but soft, as though they had tried to rein it in a little, so as not to overpower the casual drinker. The taste was definitely Saaz hops, very grassy, with just enough malt to keep the dastardly lion and his hops in Czech, I mean check. Finish was semi-dry, perfectly balanced and quite refreshing. I CAN assure you that if they were to begin CANning this beer, I would happily fill a Summer cooler with it. (1,402 characters)

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%

I'd love to see more of these on the market, as hoppy lagers are what I seem to crave more than anything else lately.

This one's very very crisp, almost no viscosity. Dry, a touch bitter, almost no grains to speak of except for a crisp, light pils malt midway through the sip.

Lacks the fruity/pineyness of Victory Prima - think more of a slight peppery, herbal hop accent - but not a bad lager by any stretch. (413 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
5/5  rDev +24.7%

This brew pours a light golden/straw color which is mostly clear with heavy carbonation and a white, fluffy three finger head which lasts for several minuets. There is moderate lacing on the glass, good for a Pilsner. Some of the head remains until the end.

The smell is musty, straw and wet hay, just like a good Pils should be. There is also a grassy, grainy smell along with the smell of light peppery hops and lemon.

The taste follows the nose with a clean slightly dry taste of straw and lemon along with light peppery hops scattered throughout from beginning to end. There is a crisp, cracker like taste with ending in the cleanest finish I have ever had in a lager. There is also a very slight grassy, gritty taste on the back end, just like a Pils should have, which does not interfere with the clean finish in any way.

Overall, this just might be the perfect example of what a Pilsner should be. It is the best Pils I have had to date. (951 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

Bot. 3.21.14 Consumed 8.14.14 - Sampled in Spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.65) A: Palest of straw pour is lemony in the vessel with an easy clarity and moderate rise of macro-effervesce. Atop sits a cornsilk white head, slight in size, short in retention, lapsing to a minimal lace coverage.

(3.75) A: Aroma was soft wheat and lemon slices. Dried grains light level.

(3.95) T: Flavor was wheaty, hay and lightly dry citrus. Flowery hops are of good levels here, much above standard expectations. Lemon grass, freshly squeezed lemon, good bite of spicy herbal hops on the finish and swallow.

(4.0) M: Crisp mouthful, very sharp and tight providing a good tingle on the tip of the tongue.

(3.95) O: Overall a very hoppy pilsner, good drinking with near pale/ipa hop levels. Sharp palate and carbonation, great flavor. (822 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev -0.2%

12oz Brown bottle with pry-off cap and bottled on 04/10/2014 poured into a stange glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw yellow

Smell: The aroma is light with floral hop character and a faint biscuit

Taste: The bitterness is up front, with the typical pilsner malt profile coming in the middle with some grassy undertones and finishes clean with some floral hop notes

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and very crisp

Overall: I really enjoy pilsners and I like mine more on the bitter side. This is a solid pilsner. This isn't hoppy like I might of expected from the name. I can see where they were going by focusing on a cleaner, more floral hop character but that might get lost in other peoples minds with how common "dry-hopped" is being thrown around these days. A very solid pilsner nonetheless. (807 characters)

Photo of Radome
3.53/5  rDev -12%

A -4.25 - Extra light straw color. Very clear. Thin but persistent white head made of exceptionally small white bubbles. Minute bubbles can be seen rising continuously in the glass.

S - 2.75 - Wet, grassy hops dominate the aroma with a low, unappetizing vegetal note that reminds me of sauerkraut. I don't get any malt aromas.

T - 3.75 - The flavors are cleaner than the aromas. Grassy, noble hops hit first, then there's a slightly sweet, pilsner grain note. The wet vegetal aroma is echoed by the aftertaste.

M - 3.75 - Light to medium body. Soft carbonation. Moderate hops bitterness. No alcohol presence.

O - 3.5 - This is billed as a hoppy pils, but I don't find it overly hoppy for the style. I do find the wet vegetal flavor and aromas distracting. I am a big fan of Firestone Walker, but I think they missed the mark with this one. Personally, I'd rather have a traditional Czech pilsner. (912 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, straw yellow color with one finger of white head

Aroma: Grainy, cooked veggies, wet hop leaves; has a definite euro-pils vibe going on.

Taste: Crisp, a little dry up front with a decent amount of biscuty malt, then some nice, building earthy bitterness all the way through the finish. which is fairly lingering.

The Rest: Except for a somewhat weak aroma, this is a real solid, tasty pilsner. Much enjoyed. (428 characters)

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.