Firestone Lager
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Helles
Ranked #59
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,750
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
163
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 06, 2022
Added:
Sep 05, 2017
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  41
SCORE
88
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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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
No matter how submersed into the craft culture that we become, sometimes we just want a beer to taste like beer, -a traditional, familiar, crisp, light and grainy sweet beer. Its the type of beer that takes us back to the days when we would sneak a sip before handing it to Dad, those first parties with the pony keg, or a taste that you can just turn off your brain and just drink. Yea, Firestone Walker gets it.

Their Firestone Lager is a German-styled light lager that pours bubbly, fizzy and light chrome. Inviting to the eye, the creamy white foam hosts a grain sweetness and simple floral and spicy hop bouquet. Gentle and sweet, the grain profile is partly of malt and light with cereal in a short and fresh kilned display.

As the crisp and refreshing lager washes the middle palate, the sweetness gives way to hop spice, light apple and pale sulfur spiciness. Herbal with lemongrass, hints of mint and fresh grass clippings, the beer closes with a dry and hoppy bite.

Light, crisp and highly drinkable, the beer threatens to become watery but dryness kicks in first for a light and evaporative cooling effect on the finish for a close to a very refreshing, simple and predictable session.
May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by Beecham from California

Apr 10, 2022
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Reviewed by dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
DATE: February 18, 2022... OCCASION: a three-day weekend with a light schedule--allows for some beer time like now... GLASSWARE: nondescript pilsner... pours a light golden body erupting with bubbles that build a worthy, finger-thick white cloud of a head... its lacing clumps in patches, like impacted snowballs... thick, doughy bread with a slightly spicy aroma initiates the experience, but a good batch of berry, flower patch, and metallic hose come to mind... grassy and sweet, aromatic, wistful and promising... smooth, with a pronounced pitch towards the teeth that makes it more lively than the average "premium" lager... it brings some bitterness late as well, but lives down to its 4.5% ABV... cleansing, with a slight lingering beefiness late... this checks off a lot of boxes, and definitely was a nice compliment to our Super Bowl party...
Feb 19, 2022
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Reviewed by RyanK252 from California

3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle poured into a Firestone Walker Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours straw yellow with a frothy off white head that settles to a light layer and leaves a little thin lacing.

S: Bready, floral, light grassy notes, a touch of citrus, and a little honey sweetness.

T: Floral, a touch of lemony citrus, grassy faintly herbal notes, light doughy bready malt, and a little honey sweetness.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not a style I get super excited about, but this one is well brewed. Very clean and drinkable. Would make a solid picnic crusher.
Jan 21, 2022
 
Rated: 3.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.03 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I bought a 6 pack at the lcbo in Ontario.
poured a 1finger head into glass . nice gold and clear color
very smooth tasting beer and very easy drinking.
its good
cheeers
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.91 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 09, 2021
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear, bright golden color, slim white head, soon gone.

In the nose: Clean, lightly malty, airy....not getting much else.

In the mouth: Light bodied. Lean malt mouthfeel. Slightly cracker-y, biscuit-y, clean and lean. Super drinkable. Yep. It's a lager, and you can drink it.
Jul 05, 2021
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Reviewed by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Draft. Straw with soft head. Nice woody, grassy noble hops with a little, bready honey malt in the background. Hops show through in the flavor too, and it has a decent, and long lingering bitterness for the style. Hint of acetaldehyde.
Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a pale light straw yellow. Slight bread yeast and malt in the nose. It has a crisp, fizzy, sweet, light bodied, clean taste. Finishes fast with a slightly bitter aftertaste. It has a touch of Belgian ale attitude at the top of the mouth, some caramel and a little bit grassy. A pleasant average beer for it's style that drinks easy but it seems to need a bit more work and is a little pricey.
Apr 13, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Jan 26, 2021
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Reviewed by FujimiKaido from California

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I have had this beer from tap and can. It's very strange but I actually prefer the can a little bit more. It seems to be a beer that would be best enjoyed iced out in a cooler rather than pulled from a cold room. The taste is subtle. It truly IS a lager beer. It doesn't pretend that it's something else. Sometimes that's just what you're looking for. Its a no frills lager in the best way possible. Cold, Crisp, Refreshing, Repeat. Good white cap. I was pretty surprised when I saw how it performed out of the can. It held pretty well too. More malt on the front end. Very subtly sweet. The body is thin but this does work well considering its flavor profile. If I were poured this not knowing what it was. It would be a typical macro brew energy I'd get from it. There are people who are saying that it reminded them of a freshly poured PBR. I would agree strongly. No complaints here. If you know what to expect from a standard lager, this should satisfy.
Jan 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 30, 2020
 
Rated: 3.87 by ThinkAgain from Canada (ON)

Dec 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Kubishark from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
This is like the definition of "lager". Had on tap on a restaurant patio, and this just tasted like "beer." And yet it was immensely satisfying. It honestly reminded me of what really extremely fresh PBR tastes like.
Sep 25, 2020
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Canned 1/30/20
Pours a med frothy head with med-lower retention, crystal clear but slight chill hazed straw color

Nose brings grainy-sweet pilsner malt up front, with some corn notes, some straw almost husky character with more toasted corn notes, hint of floral hops

Taste brings more of the malt up front, grainy-sweet pilsner malt with more corn and straw notes, a bit watery though on the malt profile, light floral hops with a little bitterness, soft lager and clean, with a mild crispness on the finish, very dry as well

Mouth is thinner and light, a bit watery, med foamy carb

Overall way too light on the malt bill and even on the hops, I think this was designed for the macro crowd, lacking much for flavor or body, it's good on a hot summer day but otherwise not really something I'd get again
Jul 27, 2020
 
Rated: 3.99 by fflopps from Iowa

Jul 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4.22 by megamick from Iowa

Jul 15, 2020
 
Rated: 3.68 by DOCRW from Washington

Jun 28, 2020
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
355ml can from Beers of Europe (£2.59):
Light golden & clear with some bubbles rising to the surface & a bubbly white head just under 1cm tall that settles to a thin surface lacing. The nose is light, semi-sweet & has a little citrus, faint background hops & grassy notes with some floral touches too. It tastes relatively similar, thankfully without any skunky flavours with the lemon & grassy hops most pronounced. Light malts & a subtle bitterness see things out whilst the beer is light-medium, well-carbonated & balanced with a fresh well throughout.
Jun 03, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
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.
May 23, 2020
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Reviewed by Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
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
May 14, 2020
 
Rated: 3.93 by irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

May 09, 2020
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
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;
May 05, 2020
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Reviewed by SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
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.
Mar 30, 2020
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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.
Mar 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.
Mar 09, 2020
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +21%
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.
Mar 02, 2020
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Reviewed by TryThemAllOnce from California

4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.
Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.98 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Feb 05, 2020
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Reviewed by biiru_ojisan from Japan

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.
Jan 14, 2020
 
Rated: 3.74 by Eman17 from Illinois

Dec 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.83 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Dec 14, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
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.
Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.84 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Nov 22, 2019
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Reviewed by paging12 from Virginia

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
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.
Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.
Oct 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.11 by Atg1095 from New York

Oct 11, 2019
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