Firestone Lager
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #31
Ranked #15,575
3.92 | pDev: 7.91%
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
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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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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Aug 14, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
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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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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
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FujimiKaido from California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
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
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flyingpig from Scotland

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

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.

May 23, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

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

May 14, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

May 05, 2020
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SergeantSuckdown from Virginia

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.

Mar 30, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

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.

Mar 13, 2020
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Gatch from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 09, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

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.

Mar 02, 2020
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TryThemAllOnce from California

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.

Feb 22, 2020
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biiru_ojisan from Japan

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.

Jan 14, 2020
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elNopalero from California

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.

Nov 29, 2019
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paging12 from Virginia

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.

Oct 20, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Oct 14, 2019
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

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.

Oct 09, 2019
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Sep 14, 2019
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ifnkovhg from California

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.

Aug 21, 2019
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Troy-Hawaii from 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.

Jul 28, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

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.

Jul 12, 2019
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