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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

562 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 562
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%


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

Style | ABV
Czech 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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DoubleJ

California

4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

There was a time not long ago where Firestone had a bottled dunkel lager as part of their year round lineup. Pivo is the first bottled lager that I've seen out of the brewery since that time, however my expectations of Firestone are higher now than they were then. Here comes 12 ounces of hoppy lager. On to the beer:

Strings of visible bubbles race from bottom to top of this pale yellow colored beer. Topping it is a head of ½ inch, holding some of its retention. Lots of little strings of lace cling around the glass. The aroma does justice for the beer's name. It's clean and crisp with a zippy hoppiness, honeysuckle, and grass.

Just a few sips in and I'm already experiencing one heck of a pilsner experience. The hops are bright and clean with their flavor. Bitterness registers as moderate and appealing. Just a clean and crisp experience that's very easy to drink.

One of the better American-made pilsners to come across my palate. At three months old, there's still a lot of life in this beer. Not only a quality beer, but one of the biggest surprises of 2013.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 05:45:52 | More by DoubleJ
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a bright yellow/gold color with a nice, frothy white head and tons of great pilsner carbonation.

S - Lemon, lemon peel, grass, lightly musty, and some citrus.

T - Assertive bitterness from start to finish, a little malt sweetness up front before being buried with a wall of citrus, grassy pine bitterness. Coats the mouth with bitter lemon peel and lingers for a long while after.

M - Medium body.

O - A nicely brewed pils and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:06:12 | More by jzeilinger
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle given to me by one of my good beer customers when he was out in the area. Supposedly, FW is going to start sending their full core lineup out to NJ in October, so I've been told, though right now we can't get Union Jack, so we'll see. Poured into a Weizen glass because I don't have any Pilsner glasses, so this is my best improv.

AP: Like coloured water with a light gold/yellow tinge. Can see right through this. Constant stream of bubbles flowing from bottom to top with a 1" foamy white head that settles down a 1/4" with a good amount of lacing on the side of the glass.
AR: Very bready and yeasty with cereal grains and dry grass. Very light floral/herbal notes in the background. Honestly thought I'd get more hops in the aroma, but mostly this smells like a typical Pilsner.
T: Much like the aroma, but a bit more doughy. A faint bitterness on the aftertaste, again only with very light floral/herbal notes and maybe a trace of some spice like coriander and white pepper. This is decent, but I was hoping for more in the taste in the way of the Saphir hops. I've had German beers with Saphir hops in them before that were more assertive than this.
M: The visual would make you think this would be very carbonated, but it's only moderately so, though enough to make for a creamy mouthfeel and a dry cleansing finish.
OV: A bit underwhelming, TBH. A decent Pilsner, but not as hoppy as advertised, IMO. I just didn't get enough of the Saphir hop flavour nor much spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 03:32:24 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 07/17/2013 printed on the label. Got a single of this in a mixed six pack from the local Binny's. My second review of a Firestone Walker beer on BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a brilliant clear lager golden yellow with two fingers of soft fluffy bubbly bone white head. Some scattered lacing, but not much.

S - Smell is bland: dusty malt, grain, corn, earth, some light citrus, and a bitter type of smell that I can only describe as oily and "fishy".

T - Taste is a bit more impressive than the nose. Crisp carbonation, bready malt, grains, some pine, and the very apparent presence of earthy German hops. Has some of that same crisp bitter German hop presence that I tasted in the Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA.

M - Feel ends quick, clean, and dry.

Overall, a smooth, clean, easy drinking beer, but it was less than memorable. It suits the style, but I guess it just wasn't for me. There was something here I didn't enjoy very much. A simple classic pilsner, worth trying at least once.

Firestone Walker Pivo Hoppy Pils ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 23:47:26 | More by mfnmbvp
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schleprock

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden straw color with a nice thick head. The head quickly escapes but as you drink it, the lacing on the glass is perfect.

The carbonation is subtle on the palate and noticeable in the glass. There is a good amount of hop bitterness to this, but not overpowering.

The aroma has grassy and citrus notes with a little bit of pils malt coming through.

This beer has a light body to it and is very easy to drink. It has a dry slightly bitter finish remaining on the palate.

This beer is worth a try and worthy of purchasing over and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 00:10:55 | More by schleprock
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint. Appearance is extremely light with a yellow tint. White head forms and leaves considerable amount of lacing. The smell presents a heavy presence of bready grain paired with earthy and piney hops. The hops provide a significant pine and lemon quality towards the end. The taste starts with a smooth light malt profile and then followed by a heavy wave of citrusy hops which present lemon zest, grass, and toast. Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Overall, this is exactly as advertised: a hoppy pils. The bite at the end is strong which detracts from the refreshing qualities of this brew, but a nice pilsner nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 04:32:39 | More by homebrew311
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beergoot

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on date: 07/17/13 11:37

Pale gold body; thick, creamy white head. Resinous, grassy hop aroma. Light, bready malt body with a nicely complementary hop bitterness. Light bodied, crisp, clean, dry finish.

A smooth tasting, clean and refreshing classic pilsner. This one will definitely have a spot in my go-to lager/pilsner purchases.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 22:38:41 | More by beergoot
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two and a half fingers of head on a clear, light straw colored body. The head was short-lived though.
Nice aroma with the characteristic dry grain but with the added spicy pine.
The taste nails the pilsener. A big dry bitterness with a touch of honey and pine.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Excellent all around pils.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 19:52:17 | More by Fatehunter
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: Bottled 2013-06-26
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Taking a page from others' books, Firestone Walker brews a hop-forward pilsner that rivals Victory's Prima Pils for German-style hop forwardness. The result is a solid, hoppy pilsner with accents on herbs, lemon citrus, biscuit, and grain, ultimately being one that I could see myself enjoying with some regularity if it were regularly available in my area.

Pours a 1.25cm head of white foam, with average retention time of slightly over one minute. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a very thin residual lace covering the rest of the body. Lacing is fairly good, a strong collection of dots clinging to the inside of the glass. Body is a golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number but fairly active.

Aroma of spicy herbal (oregano, thyme) and light floral hops with a bit of grassiness and lemon citrus. The malt backbone is surprisingly present as well, despite the intense hoppiness and dry-hopping of this beer, the pilsner sweetness discernible, along with a slight white grape character I find in most pilsners and hints of biscuits.

Front of palate experiences general pilsner malt sweetness, bringing some white bread and biscuit flavors in line with gentle floral, herbal, and lemon oil notes from hops. Mid-palate of spicy herbal notes from German hops along with some lemon citrus, and bitterness of medium to medium-high intensity, paired well with pilsner malt sweetness, a bit of graininess, and biscuit-like characters (probably from some biscuit malt). Back of palate picks up mild sweetness from pilsner malt with slightly white grape flavors, biscuit notes, strong and clean bitterness from hops, as well as notable characters of herbs and lemon citrus. Aftertaste primarily of potent German hops that contribute fairly strong bitterness as well as mild grassy and herbal flavors; there is also a pleasant graininess from pilsner and (probably) biscuit malt.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, which results in this foaming up modestly on the palate quite quickly, yielding a soft, smooth mouthfeel that fits the beer and style well. Closes quite dry, with little stickiness remaining on the palate or lips.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 17:22:15 | More by falloutsnow
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hrbuchanan

California

3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The label is sharp-looking, definitely stands out in a store. The beer's color once poured into the glass is slightly darker than your average pilsner, in my opinion (maybe a slight green tinge?) The head stuck around for a little while as well.

Smell: As a brewer, I like that this beer smells hoppy, at least compared to something like Scrimshaw. Reminds me of a summer brew day. Very light aroma, but you've gotta give a golden lager credit when nothing smells "off".

Taste: Disappointing, as far as I'm concerned. Starts with a tiny malty flavor near the middle of the tongue, but fades into straight-up grass near the back of the mouth. 80% or so of what I taste comes from bittering hop. Unbalanced, as far as I'm concerned. Tastes better half-way through the glass then at the beginning, though. Maybe my palate is just different from the average reviewer?

Feel: Definitely saves this beer a bit. Fuller than I expected; if it was any less, I wouldn't be inclined to finish the glass.

Overall: I think Firestone will get its loyal fans hooked on the design and the hoppiness, but not me, sadly. And I'm not a Firestone hater, by any means! I just bought two bottles of their new Double DBA release and LOVED it (the first bottle, I mean; the second is for aging). I just don't feel the need to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 01:55:21 | More by hrbuchanan
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Smarty_Pints

California

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A- pours a nice straw colors with a small head that leaves behind nice lacing.

S- sweet malts and grass lead the way with hints of lemon and hops.

T- follows the nose sweet malts are the brunt of the taste but the hops and some spiciness come through also.

M- very thin with a decent amount of carbonation too it with a nice slightly dry finish.

O- while better then your run of the mill pilsner it still leave a good amount to be desired in my opinion, then again I am not a huge pilsner fan. I was hoping that this would be the pilsner to change my mind about the style, maybe I'll try the Victory Prima Pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 03:46:50 | More by Smarty_Pints
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Libationguy

Nevada

4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Light straw/yellow brilliant color. Bright white fluffy head with long retention. Fine lacing in the glass.

The nose has a very crisp feel to it. Bright citrus, white flowers, acacia and crackers with soft resin notes in the background.

Very clean on the palate with the resin quality in the beer getting even softer. The cracker, light citrus and white flowers are back. The pilsner feel is strong with the hops taking an interesting counterpoint.

Medium- body with a slightly watery feel. The hops do adds a significant amount of backbone on the back end, boosting the overall feel of the beer.

Really an interesting approach to the style. Not sure that the classic pilsner drinker would appreciate this beer, but a great twist. If you are a hop head and are looking for a great summer alternative that is at the upper end of sessionable, you should give this beer a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 23:05:01 | More by Libationguy
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arizcards

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from BevMo at the end of June for $7.99. Bottled on 05/09/13.

Beer poured a straw yellow with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is a nice fresh toasted malt with hints of lemon.

Taste is toasted malts with a nice hop bite that finishes lemony.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Overall a very smackable beer, light and refreshing, perfect for summer. Glad FW came out with a lager that is world class!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 23:23:41 | More by arizcards
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a light golden-straw color with a small amount of bubbles atop, some spotty lacing on this one. I wanted and needed a bigger head and more retention for this style.

S: A little whiff of lemon zest, some grains and a bit grassy

T: Immediate light bitterness which ushers in some light citrus followed by some very light grains and a nice but subtle bitterness. A wee bit of grass is found and the finish is rather dry and clean, very clean

M: Well carbonated with a lighter body, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: Probably my next summertime keg. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 14:46:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on 5/9/13.

A- Poured a very clear light golden color with tons of streaming carbonation, big bright white fluffy head that left chunky lace

S- Huge fruity and floral aroma, lots of lemon, citrus, fragrant floral hops, and pilsner malt character

T- Very clean and fragrant hop notes. Big floral notes, lemon, orange citrus, and sweet bready pilsner malt backbone.

M- Very crisp and clean, dry, medium to high carbonation, very refreshing and drinkable.

O- A really great hopped up pilsner that is refreshing and flavorful. Definitely a beer I would get again on hot summer day like today. Right out there with Prima Pils for hoppy pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 22:58:01 | More by Hoptometrist
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ehhh...not sure why this is listed as a German Pilsener since pivo is Czech. Yet the Saphir hops are German, but not noble, although they replace a noble. Confusing, but I'm rating it as a Pivo

Looks great. Light straw golden, good white head. Settles to a thin film

Aroma is hop forward, and more than just a little. The light biscuit malt is present in the background.

A good tasting beer, a bit too much hops for a pivo pils. Still, it isn't overpowering. Spice and grassiness are at low levels. Malt is very thin. Nothing bad with this beer and would rate it higher if hops were tamer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 04:54:00 | More by Mebuzzard
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denver10

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellowish sandy golden with a white head. Aroma is cereal graininess, lemongrass, and actual grass. Flavor pretty much followed suit. A thinner, active mouthfeel. Overall, a solid beer. Not really a style I am usually into, but did enjoy this one all things considered.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2013 02:02:44 | More by denver10
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head that looks as if it will have some retention. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a clear and very pale straw that glows a weak lemon yellow when held up to the light. A bit of lacing with some sheeting hanging around the top of the head. Tons of lacing shows up after I drink more from the glass.

Nose- Pretty subdued- very typical pilsner aroma. Sweet malt, grain, and a whiff of spiciness from what I assume are noble hops. Though subtle, it's very well balanced and quite nice. When I swirl it around in the bottle, I get some mineral or earthy notes in addition to the spice. I don't get as much from the glass.

Taste- The hops come through much clearer than they do on the nose. Spice, earth, grassiness, and a mineral character which gives it an overall herbal character. Biscuit and grain provide a light foundation for all the hops which are the stars of the flavor profile. I get this slight bubblegum note that usually would annoy me but somehow works. There's some light citrus (lemon) in the flavor profile as well. There are also some floral notes (maybe fusel) but the malt bill isn't as strong as you would expect from a German Pilsner. It's also hoppier than a German Pilsner but this is addressed on the label. Very dry finish. Pilsners aren't my favorite but this is a solid beer. You can definitely count on Firestone Walker to deliver a good beer even when deviating from style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. As I mentioned, it has a very dry finish.

Drinkability- Fairly smooth and borders on crisp and refreshing though the dryness dominates. This could prevent it from being sessionable but still very drinkable.

Overall- Solid beer that definitely mocks the post-Prohibition American “pilsner”. Definitely worth at try- or just grab a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 01:50:57 | More by artoolemomo
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 6/10/13, pale golden color with a fizzy, white head that fades to a foam atop the lager beer. Aromas are pilsener malt, grassy noble hop, spicy, slight fruitiness, faint chardonnay. Tastes are bold with a nice toasty grain flavor initially along with biscuit, grassy hop, pilsener malt, finishing pungently semi-bitter (if that makes sense) & it lingers. Light-to-medium body, abundant carbonation. Hoppier than the usual German Pilsener, but it is acceptable since they do announce it on the label. I like it!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 11:59:48 | More by barnzy78
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hopsputin

California

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

a: very clear golden straw color. 4 finger white head, slightly marshmellowy (what a word!) on top.

s: bready and biscuty. grassy, hay, lemongrass, slight citrus, something kind of tangy. smells clean

t: smooottthhhh. sweet lemongrass, grainy, fresh biscuits, slight tangy citrus, sweet malt. very mild and smooth hop bitterness. tastes clean and refreshing.

m: light. nice carbonation.

o: thumbs up. ale drinkers should not fear when drinking this beer. nice session beer - this beer combines nice flavors with a good drinkability. the sweet flavor is balanced bit a slight tang and mild bitterness. nothing over the top, yet flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 22:53:31 | More by hopsputin
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle.

A: Beautiful golden color with carbonation flowing freely through the body. Residual head from a white top.

N: Bready and slightly hoppy. Grass, straw, and some pine. Slightly sharp as a good pilsner ought to be, IMO. Some grapefruit and lemon rind.

T: Mostly bitter with some biscuity malt elements. Has a minor tang.

M: Light and carbonated. Perfect for sipping and then gulping.

O: Polished off a 6 pack off this right damn quick. There are some tremendous pilsners being brewed in the USA at this point and this is another of them. Drink fresh and soon.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 19:01:54 | More by writerLJBerg
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear straw yellow color with a big, frothy head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of lemony hops with some grass.

Tastes of the citrus hops with a light malt background. Hops lead off with a citric note leading into some grassy notes. Grainy malts come through with a little sweetness. Ends with a spicy hop note.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is pretty good, but I would like more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 00:53:40 | More by ocelot2500
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TheMarkE

California

3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale yellow with a moderate head.

Smell: Biscuit, yeast, straw, spice.

Taste: Toasted grains, biscuit, and spice, muted flowers, honey, and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp, refreshing. A peppery spice aftertaste.

The Verdict: Good beer. Not your average pilsner, this hoppy brew almost ventures into IPA territory. Pils purists may not be happy but hopheads may find a new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 22:39:37 | More by TheMarkE
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dubinsky

California

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

When I heard that FW was producing a Pilsner I was first ecstatic and later a bit hesitant. I’m not a huge fan of Solace and find their lower body and abv offerings a bit of a letdown. Lets see how this does. Bottle dated 5/9/13 consumed 6/18/13 into a snifter glass

A – Pours a clear straw yellow color with a light, frothy finger high head which crept down the sides of the glass very quickly after the pour, leaving behind some light lacing. Decent retention as the remaining head clings to the side of the glass

S – Very clean and grassy, like I have come to expect from a top-notch pilsner. The initial aroma really reminds me of Prima Pils, which is my current baseline for great Pilsners. Slight breadiness is evident from the yeast, but overall this is dominated by grassy, citrusy, and slightly tropical notes. The fact that this is dry hopped is not very evident as I have come to expect with Pale Ales and IPA’s which are fermented in similar fashion. Overall though, this is a great smelling beer that my mouth started to water as soon as I smelled it.

T – Wow, this is super crisp, clean and refreshing. What a well-orchestrated malt bill with a perfect dosage of hops. There taste profile begins very dry, with lemonade like citrus, followed by a slight breadiness, and finished with a nice dryness again. This variety of hops is very unusual to me, but I’m finding them way more appealing than the usual Czech or German varietals. Clean malt bill, touches of cracker grains and a drizzle of honey.

M – Very fine, but nicely spiky carbonation with a rather thick mouth feel for the style of this beer. The hops provide for a nice, light bitterness that feels crisp and clean.

O – Overall, this is a huge surprise for me from an excellent brewery who is known for bold and heavy flavors. The fact that they took a beer that is so tough to brew and made an excellent example of this only speaks to how good a brewery FW really is. This is now officially replacing Prima as my go to pils. I plan on keeping an ongoing rotation of this in my fridge all year round.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:21:47 | More by dubinsky
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magictacosinus

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've already had this 3-4 times before I'm reviewing it here. It's quite good. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Bottling date is "05/09/13."

Pours a bright, golden color with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles rise in a champagne-like manner to the top the glass, which is coated by a thickened, frothy white head. Lacing is fabulous, and the entire effect is very appealing. Head retention is surprisingly good, considering the style and ABV at hand here. Looks as great as any good German pilsner I've ever had.

Definitely not as hoppy as advertised on the aroma, but indeed, it is undeniably a German/Czech pilsner model with a West Coast twist, even here. This is evident by the grassy, slightly zesty texture, although the Saphir hops themselves are fooling my brain somewhat into thinking that this is a good German pils offering. Underneath the initial grassy, dried leafy hoppiness, there's a light tinge of residual sugars, as well as light white grape-y flavors that soon follow. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely above average for the style here.

The flavor definitely brings forward the hops, but they meld really well with the crisp, golden grains to make a very, very satisfying experience. At first there's a rush of grassy, slightly dried hops, then a light cracker flavor mixed with a dash of honey, white faded raisins, and lemons. The barley flavor follows after in a pleasing sensation that adds body and thickness to the beer. Not as delicate as you might think - these FW hops are setting the bar the right way, although it still tastes pretty traditional when rated to style. Clean, creamy, but very full, especially in light of the excellent carbonation at hand. Perhaps the best pilsner that's come out of California.

This is great stuff, and absolutely perfect for the warmer weather. Pilsners are hard to make, especially in this caliber, and it's remarkable that a brewery like FW churned one out, of all breweries. Could be my new favorite American made offering in the style. I will be buying more six packs of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 01:40:35 | More by magictacosinus
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 562 ratings.