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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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very good

998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.66%
Wants: 46
Gots: 94 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Alduya, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a pilsener glass, crystal-clear straw-colored beer with a fat white head; sparse lace down the glass; a slight film atop the beer persistent to the end

S: floral, herbal and grassy hops; suggestions of fresh, pale malty grains, dry flowers, and earthy fields

T: crisp, hoppy; hints of lemon and spice; toasty malt impressions; I found this beer more enjoyable warmed for a bit out of the fridge - it brought out a lot of richer, deeper and earthier herbal flavors - presumably from the hops used (Hallertau-grown Magnum, Spalter Select, and German Saphir) - reminiscent of wet, musky grains

M: light, crisp, clean, sparkling, zesty cold - slight astringence; after warming, it felt more coating, bittering - fuller in body

O: Cold, this is a light, refreshing, highly drinkable brew. Warmed it had even greater character. Either way, a real class beer from a real class brewer. Fans of German pilseners will probably enjoy this tremendously.

Greywulfken, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4/5  rDev +1.5%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally the other day. Enjoyed from a Firestone walker snifter. brew pours a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzled away kind of quickly leaving some fizzy patches on the surface. Smells of crisp hop. Taste is classic pilsner with some subtle bitterness on the finish and soft fruit notes on the top. toasted german malts. Easy drinker and nice pilsner. Not my favorite style but a great representation if the style.

cosmicevan, Jun 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz: tulip
bottled on: 5-9-13

Clear, birght yellow with a foamy, white head. Dissipates to leave a thin foam across the surface.

Earthy, floral, herbal hops blend with a toasty, cracker malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

Hop-forward, but still balanced, this is a nice take on a German pilsner without straying too far from the classic style. Very easy drinking, but with a complex flavor profile.

vkv822, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this.

A crystal clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is great looking pilsner. The nose is pretty solid. Bright, pungent, earthy, lemony hops this is mildly fruity as well (melon?). The malt character is dry, but lacks snap that the my favorites have. A touch of DMS is perceived as well, as is some soap.

The palate opes quite crisp, with a pleasant, modest hoppy bitterness that's a blend of earth and lemon. Mineral character is low, accentuating the soft malt character, the mild DMS and unfortunately, the soap. Medium-light in body, moderately slick on the palate, this beer lacks the bitterness it needs to fully tie it together. Carbonation is high but quite creamy and pleasant. A touch watery on the finish, along with a little citrus, this beer is quite decent.

DefenCorps, Jun 11, 2013
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4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle:

This just hit SF.

This pours a golden crystal clear color with light foaming and stunning clarity.
There’s a light, grassy aroma that just pops. Stunning flavor, with a great grassy hop character and a light toasted malt. There’s a light bittering with a touch of piney grass on the end. I stand by my earlier statements!

Previously, from the tap:

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is the best pils I’ve had from the state of California. (New second best? Trumer Pils at the source, two or three years ago.)

This poured with an amazing clarity as true to form. Golden straw in color it has a light grassy hop aroma which I love in a fresh pils and flavor just about everywhere. Crisp, clear, and with a bright, clean finish. It’s everything I want in a pils. Until I get back to Texas.

elNopalero, Jun 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

justinbrown, Jun 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bnoise11, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

cgentzkow, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

leedorham, Jun 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

PsilohsaiBiN, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Vigilante, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

TheReese, Jun 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Hopmodium, Jun 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kopfschuss, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up tonight at the COOP.. Pours a very light straw golden with a short lasting white head that leaves only spotty lacing.. could use a lot more retention.

The nose is pretty standard American take on German pilsners... big grainy notes with a bitterness that doesn't translate well into hoppiness... Some minor grassy hops come through.

Flavor is again big and bitter.. something sorta "too minerally" for my liking.. nice maltiness and again a pretty present cut grass hoppiness.

Body and carbonation are about spot on... but the flavors/aromas come across as a bit forced.


JohnGalt1, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bird22, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

ralphw56, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

lsummers, Jun 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ambruns1979, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

SageO, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jessenimmo, Jun 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

alucard6679, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

"Pivo Hoppy Pils." Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at South in Santa Monica. Cost was $3.00. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour, okay cream, decent thickness, and pretty good (~3 minute) retention. Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Standard fare for the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Pale malts. Surprisingly hoppy character for the style; prominent floral hop character. Crisp clean barley. An average strength aroma.

T: Crisp clean pale malt base. Floral hop character. Decent balance. Complex for a pilsner, but not shockingly so. Enjoyable. Not very subtle.

Mf: Smooth, wet, clean, and crisp. Slight overcarbonation. Good thickness. Good body. Suits the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd have it again. A surprisingly tasty pilsner from Firestone Walker.

High C+

kojevergas, May 31, 2013
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.