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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 54
Gots: 124 | FT: 1
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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

jzeilinger, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of SB_Brewmaster
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

SB_Brewmaster, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Hopstout, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

GuinnessAtRogerWilco, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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

mfnmbvp, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of StubFaceJoe
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

StubFaceJoe, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of Camjmorton
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Camjmorton, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of schleprock
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

schleprock, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3/5  rDev -23.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Jameswoody
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Jameswoody, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of PKS
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

PKS, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of homebrew311
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

homebrew311, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Foamicron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Foamicron, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

beergoot, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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.

Fatehunter, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ssimpson89
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ssimpson89, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of bpasquini
4/5  rDev +1.5%

bpasquini, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

notchucknorris, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Cynic-ale, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of UncleAddie
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

UncleAddie, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Vlaminck
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Vlaminck, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev +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.

falloutsnow, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of CCInCharge
4/5  rDev +1.5%

CCInCharge, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of RMelyon
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

RMelyon, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of kornkid8600
3/5  rDev -23.9%

kornkid8600, Sep 01, 2013
Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.