Pivo Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,468 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 252 | FT: 5
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 hickmancase
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bit boring but tasty

Photo of CJNAPS
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best Pils I ever had.

Photo of crowsnest
4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic Beer ...great nose ... smooth and hoppy mouth

Photo of jackheart
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very refreshing with a hint of grapefruit.

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of frankrizzo
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super easy drinking five words.

Photo of Winston3737
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best pilsners I've had

Photo of Gilbert1956
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

At half the price of my Duvel, this is a great alternative. It has an extremely clean hoppy taste and is very refreshing at only 168 calories.

Photo of Yaffeboy
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is delicious and light while still hoppy.

Photo of rob99er
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

One of the best pilseners I have had.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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

Photo of MNishCT77
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/kegging date; drank over 30 minutes

Photo of Franck
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Pils yeasts taste too much and i'm searching the "hoppy". Looks like a poor European pils. Maybe a lack of freshness.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of Beric
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of drtth
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Mistalava
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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.

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Refreshing Pils with a smooth hoppy finish.

Photo of ppvora
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.