Firestone Lager
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
German Helles
Ranked #18
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #12,866
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
261
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  41
SCORE
87
Very Good
Firestone LagerFirestone Lager
Notes: 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."
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Photo of jimmah120
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

12oz can with a date, about 4 months old

Very clear with a white cap of foam, looks like movie beer. Smells very sweet, like powdered sugar. The taste is unfortunately pretty bland, a light hopping over cracker-y malt. Easy to drink, medium carbonation

I hate to say this, but... eh.

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jimmah120 from Minnesota, May 23, 2020
Photo of Pmicdee
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In my humble opinion, not the best helles lager, mind you that helles lager is not my favourite style. The colour is nice but the smell is non-existent. The flavour is Ho-hum and the mouthfeel is thin. A lager isn’t the most exciting beer style there is, and I realize it has made the long road journey to Ontario, but I have tasted a lot better ones. To me there is nothing exciting about this beer.
May 18 2020

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Pmicdee from Ontario (Canada), May 14, 2020
Photo of CTHomer
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger finely pored white head that receded to a skim cap; nice lacing;

S: light malt;

T: light malt with some floral hop character; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: simple and refreshing;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 05, 2020
Photo of SergeantSuckdown
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice darker golden/ orangeish-yellow body. Tastes extremely crisp, medium carbonation in the mouth and slight bitterness in the afteraste. Not too sweet, not too hoppy. Overall, very easy drinker and a fine example of an american lager. Good quality, but not anything spectacular; not sure why it's rated so high, but great beer for it's style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with an August 2019 canning date stamp served in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear, light golden body topped with a decent white head.
This is a clean, crisp lager that resembles a German Pilsner. Spicy and grassy Euro hops are dominant.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Mar 13, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap at a cool industrial spot in East Austin. A really good version of a Helles, one that I could rely on when looking for a 6-pack. Nothing stands out but it’s just consistent and easy to drink. Not surprising from FW.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Mar 09, 2020
Photo of tigg924
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Pours clear, gold in color with half inch head. Taste is wheat with light and crisp citrus hops. Light bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet. What a great sessionable beer. One of the better domestic versions of the style I have had in a long while. Incredibly clean. I will get this again.

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tigg924 from Massachusetts, Mar 02, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a sparkling clean Firestone pub glass, canned date Jan 13, 2020

Very clear light honey color, a fairly aggressive pour yielded a pinkie finger of foam, which disappeared quickly with almost no lacing. Subtle malt on the nose, practically undectable. So far it's underwhelming....

Then, the taste... oh my. This beer is extremely crisp and clean, with just the right balance of malt and hop. Very crushable despite maybe just a tad much carbonated. The taste sends this one into the very good territory, despite the minor flaws. I'd buy again.

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TryThemAllOnce from California, Feb 22, 2020
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4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a creamy white head.

Aroma is fresh, crackery malt with a touch of honey, as well as a pretty pronounced, herbal and spicy hops. A slight hint of DMS, but not too noticeable. Likely would be unnoticed 9 times out of 10.

Damn, that's a clean beer. Nice fresh, crackery malt, but without the implied sweetness. Hop character is pleasantly herbal, and comes in towards the end of the sip. That malt character is to die for. It tastes how fresh barley malt smells. Finishes just a touch sweet. The light bitterness washes most of the sweetness away. Very pleasant.

The mouthfeel is a touch south of medium bodied, with moderate-high carbonation. Alcohol warmth is barely perceptible, appropriate for a 4.5% beer.

Overall, this is a solid beer. I picked up a six pack on a whim, and I've been using it as my after work shower beer. Very much recommended.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve had this from a can, and poured into my glass. It’s light, crisp, and delicious ice cold. And yes, this review doesn't do this justice. Easy drinker, but near perfect.

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Photo of paging12
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 24 oz can into a flute.

Overall, this a really enjoyable beer. Clean, light, crisp, with a lot of flavor. Not overly bitter at the finish, not overly sweet at the start. Straw and hay on the nose and at the start. Sweet and yeasty bread at the start, good balance and finish with a touch of hops bitterness. Good head retention for a bit. Nice and foamy. I appreciate the consistency of this beer. No off flavors. Very clean.

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paging12 from Virginia, Oct 20, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep straw body color, with a hint dark brass and excellent clarity. Ultra fine carbonation rising slowly to meet a simple bleach white head. Head manages about three solid fingers, and leaves a good half finger thick puck while settling.

Very nice dough bread like malts on the nose, with a touch of crisp quality. Clean aroma. Not much of a hop sensing presence. Just fairly solid for a lager.

Palate takes some interesting surprises. Somewhat light bodied even for a helles, but manages a more surprising palate. Mid flavors of a bit of powder grain, and touches almost it seems an American fruit hop angle on the finish just slightly. Subsequent sips bring this out a little more, with hints of a stone fruit almost apricot/peach quality.

Interesting take on a helles, but something seems to be missing. Still enjoyable.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Oct 14, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks, smells, feels and tastes like a lager. Crisp refreshing grainy goodness. Just a solid beer from a solid brewery. Perfect for grilling or watching the game.

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Antg8989 from New Jersey, Oct 09, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden hued with excellent clarity. There’s a fingernail of dishwater white around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of light grains and faint grassy hops. I’m tasting unimposing grassy hops and a touch of light cereal grains. The mouth is easygoing, crisp, and smooth.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Sep 14, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, 18k gold color with a white, fizzy head that disappears quickly. The smell is grassy, with a touch of sulfur and malt. Not much going on in the nose.

The taste is bready, malty with some sweetness. The finish has a subtle, floral hop dryness that lingers in the back of the throat. Medium mouthfeel.

In my experience, lagers don't tend to "wow." And that's okay. This American take on the Helles style is smooth, easy drinking.

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ifnkovhg from California, Aug 21, 2019
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a variety 12-pack $14.88 Foodland
60 days old
Smell of corn
Light clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt flavor, tinge of bitterness
Overall just ok. Not worth a premium price. Taste somewhere between a Bud Light and Budweiser, but a bit better made.

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Photo of gvickery
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I’m drinking this alongside some michelob lager for comparison. Look is mostly clear fairly light pale gold. Smell is almost neutral, maybe a little sulfur. The taste is very light, a little sweet malt but the hops are all wrong. While the hops are not a big part of this beer, what’s there is way too citrusy. It would have been much better if they’d stuck with a more noble variety. Overall I’m not at all impressed, there are much better examples of the style for a lot less money. The michelob original blows it out of the water. I suggest they go back to the drawing board on this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 24 fl. oz. can dated 02/26/2019. Sampled on July 11, 2019.

The appearance is golden-amber with a modest then fading white head and decent clarity.

Nice lager-like aroma of toasted barley grain, cereal malts, and clean floral hop sensations.

It is a light bodied beer that is smooth on the palate and easy to drink.

A sweet toasted bread taste is the main character I pick up with a clean, floral hop dryness to complete it. It looks, acts, and tastes like a pale lager should.

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puboflyons from New Hampshire, Jul 11, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, tulip, canned 5/29/19.

Crystal clear pale yellow with a crackly white head with a short half life.

A little sweet, a little cracked grain, a little grass.

Dry with ghosts of pale malt and floral hop. Slightly sweet with a mineral and lightly bitter finish.

Very light, crisp because of the dryness, and carbonated.

Drink it cold and if you do, you’ll be impressed by the dryness that keeps the pale malt sweetness in check and the overall balance.

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brewerburgundy from California, Jul 07, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 5-29-19 (opened 7-6-19).
Clean, pale, straw gold with a steady stream of carbonation...1" white head with great retention - retains at a full 1/4" for a long period of time.
Clean aroma - sweet malt, light whiff of sulfur and an appealing hint of spicy, grassy hops in the background.
Bready malt flavor followed immediately by a spicy hop hit keeps this well balanced in flavor.
Light bodied and high carbonation. Dry finish.
Simple and definitely crushable. Only nitpicking from me would be wanting a fuller body but then it wouldn't be the beer it is.
Very good.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw filtered with moderate carbonation.

Smells of pilsener malts, and hint of drying hay.

The taste follows the nose with some hints of creme corn.

Light body with moderate carbonation.

I am drinking this at home in Redding, May 25th, 2019.

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patre_tim from Thailand, May 26, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a completely clear golden color that is not too bright nor too dark. A moderate bubbly head.
Aroma: Pale honey sweet biscuit aroma. Pilsner malts.
Taste: Pale biscuit flour and sourdough bread. Some honeysuckle. Not too sweet nor grainy. No wheat or gain, just pale white flour, sugar, and light honeysuckle. No apparent hop bitterness.
Finish: Medium bodied-actually quite heavier than I was expecting for 4.5% ABV. Moderate carbonation. Finishes clean, not too crisp. No apparent hop bitterness or astringency.

Overall: A delicious German Helles lager. Pale biscuit malt focused. Drinks heavier and satisfying, but not sweet. It's like taking a drink of biscuit dough.

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defunksta from Illinois, Apr 05, 2019
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4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Clean, Soft and soooooo smooth. Great beer to drink on a hot summer day. Great for the non ipa drinkers. Who want pure ingredients
And quality crafted lager. Good job Firestone!

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PappaSam21 from California, Mar 31, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured dark amber with a decent head. The aroma is light, with notes of malt and resinous hops. Sweet malt and bitter hops balance in a medium bodied brew. Not super flavorful, but more of a easy drinker.

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Photo of Brewsome
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving can.

Poor lagers such a delicate beer. Needs to be transported and stored cold at all times.

I am going to stop reviewing these beers unless served straight from a keg.

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Brewsome from New Jersey, Feb 15, 2019
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