Firestone Lager | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
firestonewalker.com

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
We created our first Firestone Lager in 2000, and it proved to be well ahead of its time. Now it's back, new and improved, for those who finally want a better lager.

In a craft world dominated by hoppy beers, we have gone back to basics with Firestone Lager. this is our hardest beer to make--and our easiest one to drink. Made in the classic all-malt Munich Helles style, Firestone Lager demands technical perfection from our brewing team, with a transparent canvas that would otherwise reveal the smallest flaw. Gambrinus pilsner malt establishes a crisp, dry base with a soft mouthfeel, while noble German hops provide just a whisper of bitterness. The result is an impossibly smooth and immensely drinkable beer that aims to help redefine American Lager.

In the words of Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, "Firestone Lager is made for drinking, not thinking. It's all about enjoying a good, clean beer."

Added by redfox405 on 09-05-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,459
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
188
pDev:
7.36%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 188 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of arizcards
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler on 9-7-18 for $1.49. Canned on 5-16-18; consumed 12-9-18. Cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a very small head that is reduced to a ring after a few minutes.

Nose is crackers and grainy with hints of herbal hopping.

Taste is crackers and bread with a touch of herbal hops to balance the grain sweetness.

Mouthfeel is refreshing,light, and clean.

Overall a pretty solid rendition of the Helles style.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shantzak
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bump8628
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can - always nice to see a straight-up lager from an established craft brewery.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and mildly fizzy off-white head, which leaves some decent spotty lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of bready and crackery cereal malt, clove honey, a hint of gasohol, and some tame earthy, grassy, and floral green hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, a touch of toastiness, honeyed crackers, faded petrol esters, and more understated leafy, herbal, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-satiating frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and generally smooth, with nothing in particular getting in the way of a swell time at this point in the process. It finishes trending dry, and crisp, with the graininess predominating.

Overall - this comes across as a pleasantly rendered version of the style, nice and malty with a subtle hop off-set. As the marketing blurb sez, lagers are made for drinking, as opposed to thinking, and by extension, writing. Maybe that's why I'm having trouble finding more good things to say about this offering, and I mean that in a nice way.

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Photo of SFNC
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of daliandragon
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours handsome and golden in color but the head does not last. Nose is soft with bread doe and noble hops.

Crisp and clean in the finish with a late hop bite that took me a little by surprise. The texture is thin but not watery and not overcarbonated either. The simple balance is nice here.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, clear Amber with a white bubbly head.

Smells of fresh grain backed by citrus and herbal hops.

Fresh clean crisp, malty cereal grain ripped forward into a citric/herbal hop hit. A very lively carbonation keeps it hopping.

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Photo of y2kawakami
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBigBoy
3.15/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lager with some bright citrus notes

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Photo of BeenTired
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Micheal_McCann
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steverx8
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beergoot
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very clear, pale yellow body; lively carbonation leaving a thin, bubbly head. Fine aroma of bread crust. Tasty wheat cracker flavor with a gentle herbal component and a fine underlying hop bitterness. Light body; crisp with a mild warmth.

A rock solid, tasty lager, perhaps a bit thin looking with the head, but otherwise pretty fine in every other department.

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale yellow, with some head that dissipated quickly.
Feel: somewhat bland, with little after taste.

A nice little brother to the European Munich Helles, but that's where it remains, little. Would prefer a Hofbrau or a Weihenstephaner over this.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JRed
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden body with thin white head that fades. Aroma of fresh grains, light lemon skins, apple skins, and some floral. Tastes of fresh grains, apple skins, light grass, a little malt sweetness, and some clean bitterness. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of EN27
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lager pours a pale yellow, not much head. Grainy aroma, but strong. Flavor is full and creamy, nice grain flavor, sweeter finish. Great powerfully feel. Overall, very full and complete flavor, great hells.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint

A- pours clear and golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention after the pour

S- clean pilsner malt gives just a hint of a toasted note, soft floral hop aroma, a touch of honey, very clean

T- slight honey sweetness up front followed by toasted malt, mid-palate gives light floral hop undertones, the finish gives toasted malt and a hint of honey

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a clean, crisp and dry finish, incredibly drinkable

O- pretty much all you could ask for of the style, a superb effort from FW

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Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of rice, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and slight floral hops. Fits the style of a German Helles. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a noticeable dryness. Tastes of rice, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and slight floral hops. Overall, weak appearance and lacking complexity, but average otherwise.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. CANNED ON 05/08/18 stamped on bottom of can.

Appearance - Big sudsy white head with impressively low retention for its size. Poor to nonexistent lacing. 3

Smell - Very dry corny cardboard musk. Wasn't a fan at first but considering how good the rest of the beer is, it made me rethink what I initinally perceived as off. 4

Taste - Very dry, mildly alcoholic. No off characters. 4

Mouthfeel - Despite how dry it is, there's no astringency. You'd totally expect some, but the dryness is completely clean and without negative character. Very impressive and unique in any beer I've had. 5

Overall - At first I wasn't impressed by this beer but the more I had the more I realized just how crazy it is this beer is so clean, dry and drinkable, without any astringency or unfortunate cardboard flavor you'd expect from something of this profile. 4.5

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Firestone Lager from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 188 ratings