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Pivo Hoppy Pils - Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
88
very good

1,215 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,215
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 63
Gots: 152 | 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a crystal clear yellow-straw color with a big fizzy white head. The head has a decent level of retention but fades over time as large bubbles pop within, eventually disappearing and leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a grainy smell mixed with some citrus lemon aromas. Along with these smells are some grassy and floral aromas as well as a bit of a biscuit and cracker like smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a malty cracker like taste with a moderately strong showing of some lemon flavors and a bit of floral hops. Some lighter sweetness is present upfront which when mixed with the lemon give an almost lemonade like flavor. The light sweetness fades as the flavor advances with the taste becoming more dry toward the end. Along with the drying out of the taste, so too comes other hop flavors of a grassy and herbal nature. Furthermore a grainy taste comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the tongue with it getting more and more potent to the end of the flavor. With a little bit of the lemonade sweetness returning to the flavor once again at the very end, one is left with a nice lightly sweetened and hopped grainy flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly heavier side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. The thicker body of the brew helps accentuate the grainy and hop flavors quite well, really allowing these nice flavors to stand out on the tongue

Overall – A rather pleasant and easy drinking pils. With a slightly higher hop profile then the typical pilsner this is a nice switch up from the standard.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color, crystal clear, thin white head, good carbonation, light lacing. This beer has a sweet malty aroma with a lot of hop presence. Taste is malty but the saphir hops really come through nicely in the taste as well. Nice crisp mouthfeel and quite refreshing. Overall a damn tasty beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of eclaycamp
4.81/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries on the planet, and I absolutely love a great pilsner. I have high expectations for this one.

Pouring the 12 ounce bottle poured into my neo-classical pilsen glass the first thing I noticed was that this is the definition of brilliantly clear, with a frothy small head. You can literally read through this beer. Bubble formation is small and tight. Color is extremely light – 2 to 3 SRM – think light straw and you’re on the right track.

The first thing you’ll notice when drinking this beer is that there is a pronounced Noble hop presence up front. The hop profile seems somewhat flowery, herbal, and spicy in nature. That’s backed up with malt sweetness. If you take the time to rouse the beer a bit brings out a light sulfur lager characteristic that isn’t unpleasant or unwelcome.

You don’t care about any of that though. What’s important is how the beer tastes. I’m pleased to report that this beer is just as delicious as I had hoped that it would be. The flavor is amped up all over the place. Typical pilsners have some hops; this beer has more. Typical pilsners emphasize malt sweetness, this one is sweeter. Some folks are going to complain about the fact that this is “too hoppy” – something I think is a little bit ridiculous, given the beer’s name and all. I personally really like the amped-up hop profile, as it’s something that could easily be overdone but here it’s restrained and works beautifully. The hops are difficult to discern – I get some lemon characteristics, for sure, but also earth and herbal, like fresh tarragon. The malt backing this up reminds me a bit of a lavosh bread – cracker-like but substantive.

As you finish taking a drink, you’ll notice that there is a slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue a little bit, though not as much as an IPA. I find that the beer can easily be described as “clean, crisp, and super dry”, which to me would indicate a deft touch in regards to fermentation and appropriate lagering time. There’s very little in terms of alcohol presence, and the light body of the beer seems to encourage volume drinking.

An unparalleled home run from the folks at Paso Robles, this is a beer that crosses off all the boxes for me. Pretty much a flawless beverage in my opinion. The hop profile may chase some folks away, but that just means there’s more for me. Awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of anarchia
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light yellow, lots of bubbles, small and sudsy head. Crystal clear. Aroma is all hops, very flowery with a dash of citrus. Taste is lemon, then pine with a bitter hop finish. Sparkly mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing. Nice left coast interpretation of a German style.

Pivo Hoppy Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 1,215 ratings.