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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo Hoppy PilsPivo Hoppy Pils

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very good

1,226 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,226
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 65
Gots: 154 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 03/31/14 into my FW Imperial Nonic
Notes from 05/30/2014

A: Light straw blonde body with fine clarity and lots of streaming bubble action. Thick and craggy mass of soapy suds breaks down to a few splotches pretty rapidly. Some light window dressing noted.

S: Smells of wet grass and danky grains mostly with lots of spice hops. Firm bready Pils malt cracker likeness with some more herbal spice and a touch of citrusy lemon grass. Super fresh and vibrantly hopped.

T: More dank wet grass with some dirty orange peel, mild peppery spice, and lemon grass. Grainy malts hold down some saltine cracker flavors and the beer has a fairly sharp bitter bite to it which I really enjoy. Pops with a very crisp dry finish. Alcohol is totally masked and all together this is just really smooth and balanced while maintaining a nice healthy hop kick. This is a really nice brew I must say.

M: Moderate to lighter body with a lush and spritzy feel from a higher amount of carbonation. Nice sharp bitter bite with a big drying crisp finish. Slightly resinous but mostly clean and dry.

D: I havent sampled too many American Pilsners I must admit but this is just delicious. Really puts Pilsners back on my radar and is starting to grow on me as a FW favorite. The body is light and crisp and it has a great hop forward flavor profile while keeping good balance. Tasting very fresh and green while satisfying on many levels. I will enjoy having this delicious and easily accessible Hoppy Pils here in California.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, hint of sweet malt, slight hops, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance with a decent body and aroma for a Czech Pilsener.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Citrus, a little plus malt, smells like a C-hop.

Up front: A little bitterness, tartness also a little, then a tad citrus, but mostly, bland.

Mid: Some bitterness again, more citrus, and on the side a little bitterness, too.

Back, Again, the predominant flavor is citrus and a little bitterness of a Noble hop, then finally a strong dose of Pils malt sweetness.

Aftertaste: mostly bitterness and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Quite dry, crisp, but still decent mouthfeel for thickness.

Overall: Not bad, really. However, there’s not enough Pilsner in this beer, really. It probably has Pils malt in it, but it’s really not easy to taste any. It’s got lots of citrus flavors, which as you read above predominate, some bitterness which are quite reminiscent of Noble hops. It feels like a Saphir hop beer with a touch of Pils flavor. If you want to make a hoppy Pilsner, the problem is, you need to start with a good Pils. It reminds me of an IPA that’s all hops and not much else. It’s basically not very balanced, and for me, I like strong flavors, even extreme flavors, but balanced means there’s more than one note being played. I’ve used Saphir, a relatively newly developed German hop that has some, and it’s got some citrus flavor to it, but not this much. Basically, you’ve got a semi-bitter, citrus infused beer with only enough Pils malt sweetness to nominally call this a good Pils. I love that they used Saphir and tried some new hops, but I’d rather a Schönramer, Mahrs, Faust or Kneitinger try it with their normal Pils. Now that would be a wow beer. I get the feeling FW should try making an outstanding Pils first, then make it “hoppy." It's hard to score this... maybe a 3.7 of 5.

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Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,226 ratings.