Pivo Pils
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #47
Ranked #14,091
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Nov 22, 2022
Jul 22, 2012
Very Good
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Notes: Pivo is the beer that helped kick the doors down and liberate American pilsner from the clutches of industrial beer. Inspired by the dry-hopped Tipopils from Birrificio Italiano, Brewmaster Matt Brynildson drew upon multiple European influences to create this one-of-a-kind beer that sparked a legion of new craft pilsners across the U.S. Impeccably balanced. Floral aromatics, spicy herbal nuances and lemongrass notes from German Saphir hops. 5.3% ABV | 40 IBU
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz can into a 2nd shift “you deserve this!” stange. pours a straw gold with a soapy white foam head that quickly fades away leaving very little lacing. earthy hops and bready malts on the nose and taste. a touch of spicy hops on the finish. medium-full mouthfeel with a nice crisp carbonation. very easy drinking and refreshing. hard to believe it’s taken me this long to try this classic lager.
Nov 22, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Had on tap at Park Burger RiNo Denver

On arrival a fine white 1 finger head with nice retention that slowly became rocky, and only after the first sip dissipated to a solid cap and ring woth decent lacing. Body is a solid gold and crystal clear withpleanty of fine lazy carbonation.

Aroma is a light bust biscuity base with a bit of spicy herbal noble hops. Not the biggest aroma but it smells refreshing clean and sweet.

Taste is much bigger than the aroma, but still insanely clean woth a sweet caramel malty note before the spicy herbal pilsner hops come in in full force without being too bitter or over whelping. A slight traditional savory pilsner note comes through but compliments the hops perfectly.

Feel is quite full bodied on the sip immediately but it quickly fades to a drying feeling without completely finishing for a good while. The malts have a long finish and the overall is quite refreshing despite the bigger flavor profile..

Overall I'm impressed. A super tasty pilsner with all the traditional flavor notes, but executed in a super balanced but flavorful way while staying clean and refreshing way. They nailed this one.
Sep 15, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by ClePaul from Ohio

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Beautiful light gold color; crystal clear with soapy white head. No lacing; retention isn’t much it does sustain a nice white opaque film.

The nose is mostly hops; of the earthy and herbal variety with hints of floral. A nice light malt note is present as well.

The taste mirrors the nose but the hops lean into the grassy and have a spice quality to them too. Light soft cracked like malt; the herbalness does present itself again in the form of a very pleasant aftertaste.

Light body; not watery in any way, hops also present themselves with a minor resin like feel on the tongue. Vigorous but smooth carbonation; moderate and noticeable bitterness, very dry on the finish.

This beer is very tasty and drinkable despite its hoppiness. It tastes like a very well made and very hoppy German; Bright, snappy, very dry, and hoppy. Just extra hoppy in this case.
Aug 27, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Aug 25, 2022
Rated: 3.9 by Taenim from New Jersey

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Canned 3/10/22

Man, this is a pretty widely discussed Pilsner, so I’m thrilled FW is starting to expand disto on this one. I think this may actually have been one of the first beers I heard about on BA way back when I joined. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype

Pours a clear pale gold with 3 fingers of soapy off white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves no lacing

This is pretty sweet in the nose, but there’s a slight hop presence to offset it. I’m picking up on aromas of biscuity malt, honey, lemon zest, peppery hops, toasted grain, and light toffee

It’s a little more biting in taste, but it still finds a nice balance. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting lemon zest, crackery malt, peppery hops, pine, and toasted grain. The swallow brings notes of orange zest, white pepper, biscuity malt, herbal hops, and lemon zest

A light medium body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes mostly dry and nicely balanced

This isn’t my favorite Pilsner, but it is nicely done. I’d pick up some more
Jul 02, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I had been looking to pick this up for a while when I found it today randomly at my go to beer store, Downtown Crown in Gaithersburg. It wasn't even overpriced. Pretty golden color with little head retention and a ton of visible carbonation. Nose has a sweet bread note with honey and lemon. Flavor is solid initially but gets a bit grainy later on. Finish is a little disjointed, although the texture is crisp and stiff. Maybe not the standout I was hoping for, this is low floor stuff of a type that is always good to have around. Mildly disappointing, but definitely drinkable.
May 07, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by eluvah from New York

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Clear straw yellow in color with a lovely pure white head that swells up and slowly settles to a pillow, leaving great lacing on the glass
Aroma: Freshly cut grass, pilsner malt, floral hops, and honey-smeared cracker-like pizza crust
Taste: Grass and flowers kick it off with notes of hybrid tea rose, coneflower, and meadowsweet (Spirea). Soon after, layers of pilsner and cracker-driven malt enter the mix and gain depth with a light honey note in tow before grass and floral hops regain control and hold through the finish
Mouthfeel: Full but light, very crisp and clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a lighter but definitely noticeable dryness on the finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. Though I hadn’t had this in years, I remember it always being good, very authentic, and ahead of its time – before lots of craft brewers made year-round pilsners or even lagers. It’s still a winner and a welcome addition to the 25th Anniversary pack from these folks that it was included in. Recommended
Nov 20, 2021
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 4/20/21, so 6 months old.

Looks fantastic in the glass. Crystal clear pale golden yellow body with streams of carbonation. Bright foamy white head retains extremely well, leaving layers of lacing.

Aroma is mostly floral with a light spice note.

On tasting, quite floral, smooth, still a hop prescence after 6 months. Spice notes move in towards the end.

Mouth medium, finish a touch dry with a pleasing spice hit.

Overall, a lot going on, and for all that, still comes over as a smooth, crisp floral pilsner. Glad to have found this on the mix a six shelf.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I really don’t get all the fuss about this one. There really isn’t a lot of flavor. It’s ok and drinkable but if I want a Pilsner it’s not going to be this one.
Oct 17, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, clear, head is bright white with fine to small bubbles, nice lacing and lingering solid top.

Smell is pilsner malt, grassy, herbal hops; i can find the bergamot and lemongrass as well.

Taste is more pilsner malt with grassy, herbal, lightly spiced hops - lemongrass is subtle but there and some light nuanced spice.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness.

Overall a very solid pilsner, nice malt character, just enough spicy hops, solid drinkability.
Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 4.04 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri

Aug 01, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Jul 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

Jul 19, 2021
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Crystal clear, bright golden color, gorgeous snow-white head. Beautiful.

In the nose: floral, hoppy, light and lovely.

In the mouth: Lean, clean, crisp and delicious. Light, refreshing, malty, and delightful. It's a good ol' pilsner, done right.
Jul 05, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by o29 from Texas

Apr 02, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Mar 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours pale yellow with a 1 inch white head. Moderate lacing to the end.

Aroma is quite hoppy, grassy, bready, citrus, floral.

Taste is citrus, spicy, grassy.

Light bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Very good for a pilsner.
Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can. Golden in color with a good sized head and lacing. Smells of bread and a slight fruity hint. Bready and malty with a bigger hop presence than most pilsners. Very good
Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by drewmuni from California

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 3.95 by fflopps from Iowa

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned 9/24/20

Clear gold, with one finger of white head .

Smell is bready malt , with some noble hop spiciness. Some floral & vaguely fruity aromas show up as the head fades.

Taste is slightly-sweet fresh bread, a slight herbal flavor - they say bergamot - that comes across somewhere between wild bergamot & tarragon, a vague cucumber+honeydew melon fruit flavor, plus a spicy (coriander + black pepper?) flavor on finish. Light , sharp bitterness , plus a bitter herbal flavor (dried oregano-ish)linger awhile after finish.

Feel is light, with moderate, semi-soft carbonation tingle. Drying finish.

Overall , enjoyable and easy-drinking. Something that I could drink repeatedly, and not tire of it.
Dec 16, 2020
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Reviewed by laquebrada from California

4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from 12 oz. can.
Excellent clarity, light straw color, white head, dissipated quickly.
Muted aroma, some floral hops, and some momentary sewer-like aroma.
Huge spicy hop flavor, must be Saaz, then works it way into a long dry spicy, bitter finish.
Although there is a perceptions of dryness, there is still a malt background, but it is pretty much overwhelmed by the hops. Body is not too thin.
Overall, very drinkable, and possibly a bit too far on the hoppy side relative to style, but I like it.
Nov 12, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by deereless from Colorado

Sep 21, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Canned 3.20, opened 9.12

Can poured into an ipa glass , three finger fluffy white foam cap over a clear golden liquid with occasional carbonation bubbles, good retention, settles to a. One finger fluffy cap

Aroma is straw, grassy

Taste is a slightly peppery hop, little bit of grassy

Medium sudsing , subtle hop bite, lingers on the front and sides of the tongue

Good beer
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by misteil from Ireland

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
look: one finger white sudsy white head with decent retention and a nice bit of lacing, clear amber coloured beer with a load of frenzying carbonation within.

smell: smells like a nice pilsner, lots of bready malt, fresh baked bread, getting a lot of white grape actually, definitely hoppy, not bad.

taste: pretty good stuff, lots of nice bready malt, white bread, lightly sweet, honey, vanilla, earthy, less of the grape, a nice ping of bitterness on the finish, all round good stuff.

feel: light bodied, medium mouthfeel, super refreshing, crushable, crisp, little bit of lingering bitterness on the finish.

overall: an above average pilsner for sure, could definitely drink a handful of these on a warm summer’s day, would be great with barbecue food too, nice.
Sep 12, 2020
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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Massive off white head with large bubbles hugging the glass as it settles when poured into a tulip glass. Light lace and very thin foam blanket as it subsides over the clear medium straw color beneath.

Yeast, sweet malt notes, along with a tinge of hops hit the nose.

On the palate the sweet smooth malt comes through with a dose of honey which is balanced well by the slightly bitter hops.

body is on the light side of medium but well rounded and silky smooth almost like sweet butter feel and finishes with mild refreshing carbonation.

Overall I can see this as a great beer to introduce a pilsner style to someone who has only experienced big adjunct makers. It is a refreshing break from IPAs and makes it on my "rest of summer and fall" rotation list.
Aug 25, 2020
Rated: 3.74 by biteme398 from Virginia

Aug 13, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by Manfrombelmonty from Massachusetts

Aug 09, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Jul 02, 2020
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright, yellow/gold appearance with a large, fast fading white head and light lacing. Aroma of cut grass and toasted malts. Subtle herbal, spicy hop flavor with a well structured malt backbone. Dry, bitter aftertaste.
Jun 16, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by IKR from California

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Clear light straw-yellow color with a generous-sized foamy white head that slowly faded. A nice looking beer.

Smell: Moderate bready aromas along with some mild fruity aromas.

Taste: I pick up some mild sweet malt notes with some mild bready malt notes also present. The hop bitterness comes toward the tail end allowing the beer to finishes slightly dry as the sweeter notes die out. The hop notes also provide a bit of mild spiciness.

Mouth-feel: The beer is light-bodied with a generous level of carbonation. Nice refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall: A good clean pilsner which has an interesting taste profile. A good beer choice for the times you desire a refreshing easy drinking beer.
Jun 14, 2020
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Reviewed by dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is a solid pilsner, but the can art should bump it up a bit. Should we make that a new category? It was a touch hoppy for me, as the can itself proclaimed it would be, since I like my pilsners a bit less bitter than this one. But I won't downgrade it much because it's pretty subtle and doesn't overpower the mellow malts. I did get a bit of the lemongrass there, which was an odd flavor for a pilsner but one that worked pretty well. Nice beer here.
Jun 09, 2020
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
12oz can with a date

Clear and beautiful, orange with a nice cap of foam that sticks. Smells like Czech pilsner malt and hops. Taste follows, with a pronounced sweet malting accented by butter pine malt.

Easy drinking and very tasty hop-forward pils
May 23, 2020
Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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