Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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292
Ratings:
1,915
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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Photo of Scotchboy
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap @ the Arrogant Butcher, Phoenix AZ.

The only hop character I could pull out of this was a Noble hop, very earthy and bitter and towards the end of the palate. Nothing special to me.

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Photo of Ahypercube
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I usually don't get this low ABV stuff but after reading some of these reviews I thought I'd give it a shot. Bottled 95 days ago, so it could be fresher. Into a pint glass:

L: Very transparent with a faint golden yellow tint. Looks like carbonated pee. Only one finger of soapy snow-white head, but it persists incredibly well and bubbles excessively. Very attractive lacing and lots of it, for such a thin beer.

S: Doesn't smell very hoppy at all. I get a beery fresh-cut grass aroma mixed with a bit of lemon peel and apricot surrounded by a very mild sweet biscuity malt. Smells a little oxidized. Not bad.

T: This takes me back. I remember a time when I would have said it tastes like a better bud light platinum. I haven't had beer this plain in a while. It has excellent balance. A fresh green bell pepper flavor comes out first (although touched by that slight skunky oxidized lager), stringing along zesty lemon and (underripe) white grape, followed by a flash of cut grass. However, the strength of this beer is really in the clean doughy malt finish, which ends in some melon notes. Mostly honeydew.

F: Very nice texture for the style. The other way in which this beer is exemplary. A little watery for me, but otherwise very nice.

O: This is actually the first Pilsener I've ever had. Tastes like a pretty normal beer, but done right. I like it.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. Ik Teku glass. Playing Forge of Gods. Just slightly hoppy, without losing the pils character like in other hoppy pilsens, providing just some grassy notes. Crushable

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Photo of matcris
4.86/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear yellow/golden, lots of medium sized bubbles rising. A finger of white head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is white bread crust, grain and grass. Flavor is perfect! Nothing overdone, here. Nice blend of sweet bready malt, grassy hay, and spicy. Subtle on the bitterness, and a hint of citrus. Feel is medium full, this one has some body! Perfect lively carbonation, dry, but not too dry. Love it, can't wait to have the other one i got, and then go get more.

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Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You can try to visualize Pivo Pils as a lemon chiffon cake, its creamy white head even doubles for the icing. It has a very fair complexion, even for something already on the pale end of the spectrum; away from the light it looks almost straw-coloured. Its soft haze does little to dim the flashy highlights. The lacing sticks like super glue.

Proper, traditional Pilsners shouldn't have to advertise the word "hoppy" on their label - it'll be apparent right off the bat. Then again, Pivo is not your traditional pilsner. Sure, it may be brewed with three German hops (Spalt, Saphir, Magnum) but this bouquet of lemongrass, bergamot, lychee, lavender and green rooibos doesn't fit the conventional mold by any means.

That West Coast "twang" is evident on the palate too, where all the fruity, herbal and floral notes listed above are allowed to sparkle and shine over a grain bill that is so clean as to be almost neutral. Pilsners often contain bready, biscuity maltiness but this one supplies little other than a faint honeyed quality. It's the hops that do all the talking in this relationship.

But their bark is much greater than their bite; dry-hopping infused tons of flavour but left iso-alpha acids out of the picture. The bitterness at the end is crisp and brief, leaving a fleeting, grassy green aftertaste dominated by pleasant citrus skin notes. As result, its drinkability is best summed up by that prototypical southern Californian surfer/skater term: crushable.

Indeed, something about Pivo Pils exudes that "every day is sunny, the fruit is always fresh, you can drive your convertible to the beach all year long" kind of southern California essence. It'd be hard to find a better everyday beer for the modern craft beer drinker - it's an explosion of hoppiness in a light, bright, chill and utterly chuggable package.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a bright hop aroma that reminds me of lemon and lemon grass. The grainy malt aroma that is usually in pilsners is not there. I get a lot of floral and lemongrass and the bitterness of a lemon from the taste. Not my favorite. Very drying in the mouth. Overall not my favorite from this brewery although I think they did a great job achieving what they set out to do. It is a great beer just not what I like to drink. I think the sapphire hops could go great with a different beer though.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is fairly clear with a light golden tint. There is is a solid hoppy and citrus aroma, but less than others. Then you give it a taste and there is plenty of it as the hops and citrus notes come on strong. The brew is not overally carbonated, but there is a slightly bitter finish. Overall the taste is crisp and enjoyable, but I've had Pils that I have liked better. Overall this is an interesting Pils, good but not great. A respectable Pilsner from a respected brewery.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is straw yellow with minimal head and little to no lacing. Smells of grain, hops, straw, and little soapy. Taste is very nice, full flavor Pils with all the great tastes that should be in a pilsner. Got some hops, malt, citrus, it left you craving more. I really enjoyed this beer. It finished clean and was so well balanced it was just fantastic. Awesome summer beer and anytime for that sake, very enjoyable!

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a bold and refreshing pils. Hopping is well balanced with the bready malts. Carbonation is fairly high and adds to the mouthfeel. Overall excellent

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.1/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a tulip. The look is suprisingly clear with a light golden tinge. I was not a big fan of the smell, it was slightly hoppy with hints of citrus and a bit of signature Pilsner aroma. The taste was much more impressive than the look and smell. It went down very smooth especially for a 5.3%, but the hop taste was still present in just the right amount. Overall this was a good beer, not an instant favorite but definitely a solid Pilsner from a solid brewery

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: Crystal clear straw with a big, fluffy white head. Carbonation is effervescent, retention is excellent, and lacing comes in soapy sheets.

S: Big floral, like crushed white flowers, lemon and grass with faint prickles of white pepper, and lightly sweet cracker and honey.

T: Hoppy, yet nicely balanced. Huge amounts of juicy lemon and pithy orange. Crushed white flowers, sweet green pepper, lemongrass, and lemon zest. The malt balance is subtle yet pleasantly sweet of crackers dipped in honey. Hints of cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Finished crisp, clean, and dry with just a hint of lingering grassy hops.

F: Excellent mouthfeel. LIght, but never watery. The heavy carbonation is like champagne and pushes the beer rapidly across the palate. When the pour is aggressive enough to produce a large head, it feels pillowy and soft in the mouth. Truly a pleasant drinking experience.

O: One of the best American pilsners on the market. It has everything you want in a pilsner in droves. One of my favorite pilsners overall. A phenomenal beer.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoppy but not too hoppy
Good malt bread back
Good head leaving proper lacing
Tasty
It's a cross between a session ipa and a pilsner
Wish it was a bit less hoppy but hey it's well executed

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Photo of CNoj012
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brilliant clear straw golden color with a fluffy 2 finger white head. Retention is moderate and there are some hanging chunks of lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Fresh cut grass, citrus, earthiness and a slight bit doughy, bready malt.

Taste is similar, but more balanced. Kind of bland. Really lacking that peppery spice that I like in my pilsners.

Feel is light, but honestly not very crisp and the finish is not as dry as I would like.

Overall decent. I bought a 6 pack of this bc many people said it was their favorite pils in one of the forums, so it was kind of a let down. I certainly wouldn't turn it down if someone gave this to me, but I definitely would not seek it out again.

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Photo of CO-Bloom
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my favorite Pilsner I have had to date. Hoppy but balanced so it doesn't cover the delicate malt profile. Herbal, grassy, spicy hops on a sweet crackery malt base play together perfectly . Crisp and quenching. Great Pils!

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip.

Pours a clear straw yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head that leaves loops and splashes of solar activity lace as it recedes.

Smells of freshly mowed lawn, rising dough, lemon zest, cut flowers and bright grassy hops. It's a pilsner, all right.

Tastes of more doughy pale malt and lemony citrus, minerals and more flowery, grassy hops.

Feels light and refreshing. Medium-light bodied with fizzy carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Verdict: Recommended. Very solid.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear looking, not much smell whatsoever. It does have a really good taste that i enjoyed a lot, very smooth and easily drinkable.
(bonus points for having a lion fighting a bear on the label, who wouldn't wanna see that fight?)

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour is a brilliantly transparent golden straw, dense white head with good retention and some spots of lace.

nose is grassy and lightly citric hops, complimented by a slightly sweet grainy pilsner note. super clean on the palate, clean bready malts with a subtle hop bite on the finish. mouthfeel seems right for the style. overall this is a really enjoyable pilsner.

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Photo of diemilio
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells beautiful; grassy with some fruitiness and floral notes as it warms up. Also get a little bit of crackery malt and that egg quality (I know, sounds disgusting) that I love! (it is very subtle).

Taste, a lot sweeter than I expected upfront, but with a quite bitter and dry end. Lacks a little bit of body, but for the style I would say is pretty average.

Overall very very enjoyable, would definitely drink it again when I'm looking for a "sessionable" beer with a tiny bit of bite.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] The beer is a transparent straw color. It forms less than 1/2 a finger of sudsy white head. The can lists the ABV (5.3%) and there is a canned date (05/04/2016 - Star Wars day!)

S: [3.50] White wine grapes, corn.

T: [3.75] Very fruity. I sense it as white grapes, apple, then hearty crackers.

M: [3.25] Medium body. Elevated carbonation (works well for the style). The beer has a dry finish.

O: [3.50] This beer has a fruity nose and flavor. It is light and refreshing. I think I had it built up, in my head, a little too much based on reputation. It is still quite good and worth repeating.

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Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured an amber gold with two inch head. Fresh pine hops with some bready malts. Flavor was a finessed bitterness with malt support in middle and beer finished crisp. Reminded me of Prima Pils! Spot on for style,. Very refreshing and satisfying. Grabbed a six when I was on the west coast. Wish I could get this regularly

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Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can from some hoser 17/7/16

A clear light golden yellow, lots of bubbles of all sizes feed a loose soapy finger that leaves a couple patches

S spicy, grassy hops and lots of them, citrus, wet paper, some crackers, about what I look for from the style

T grassy, more sweet grains then the nose, again it’s straightforward but solid

M light, crisp, a little airy, mild bitter bite, no complaints here

O hits the style bang on, a little hopped up but that works well with me

I thought this one was great but I’m not really sure who’s going to buy a 20$+ 6 pack of Pilsner, good beer but very pricy for what it is….

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Photo of Zraly
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brisk and clean, this is a beautiful rendition of a classic European style lager filtered through the lens of American hop spirit. Cracker notes from pilsner malt supported by ample carbonation makes for a light feel on the palate. Lemon zest and grass. The lightness, though, is punctuated with floral, spicy hops, resulting in a crisp finish. Clear straw color with white head. There really is nothing like this on a hot and humid day. Great with dinner salads and seafood. Highly recommended lager. Superbly done.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1L howler from Sherbrooke Liquor Store - nice to finally see this brewery's wares up here in the Great (currently not) White North!

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat fizzy eggshell white head, which leaves some droopy cloud lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, wet cereals, sharp lemon peel, dry matchsticks, a gentle hard water flintiness, and further leafy, weedy, and spicy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a hint of old-school gasohol, muddled lemon notes, a bit of white and black pepper aerosol spice, and more leafy, grassy, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite understated in its wan and hard to get a bead on frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually pretty smooth, with a gentle airy creaminess arising shortly after take-off here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy malt standing tough, while the waning citrus, petrol, and spicy hops linger about.

Overall, this is indeed a fairly well-made version of the style. Although they call it 'pivo' - the Czech word for beer - the influences are typically German (even the lemon notes, which come from an application of a relatively new-fangled German hop, Saphir). Tasty enough, and solid in its 'reclaim the Pils' bearing. Now, if I can just get over my pissy attitude concerning the Germans beating my Italy in freaking penalties earlier today, all would be well.

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Photo of Bulabeers
3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden yellow lots of bubbles streaming up nice head good lacing
S: Pale malts floral and spicy hops
T: Grassy crisp bitter hops
F: Nice carbonation refreshing
O: Good pils but not great

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Photo of keithmurray
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear straw color with white head

Smell - grains, wheat, sulfur, lemon rind

Taste - grains, slight bready sweetness, hop bitterness, lemon rind

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight bready sweetness, hop bitterness in the back end

Overall - decent version of a pilsner that falls into the middle of the pack for the style. Worth a shot

Price Point - $ 1.99 / 12 oz can

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