Pivo Pils
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #22
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,569
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Reviews:
377
Ratings:
2,146
From:
Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
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Gots
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SCORE
88
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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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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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Peach63 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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mikeinportc from New York

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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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laquebrada from California

4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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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misteil from Ireland

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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
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IKR from California

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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 body 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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dcscientist from Colorado

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz crowler, canned yesterday

Pours three fingers of pillowy, somewhat soapy white head into my Pivo pilsner glass. Retention is pretty good, but this is a very nucleating glass. Initial lacing looks solid. Body is a crystal clear golden yellow, huge amount of bubbles coming up. The soapy head is unattractive, but other than that this looks really nice.

Ahh the nose on this is as remembered. Big hop aroma, first thing that comes to mind is dank cannabis – extremely piney; crossed with grassy noble hops, and a little bit floral, borderline perfumey, which is a nice touch. A hint of grainy sweetness. This is a phenomenal nose.

Flavor is very solid, but not quite to the magnitude of the nose. Ever so slightly dank, with a little grass and maybe a hint of lemon. Small bitterness lingers through the finish. Very clean. Pretty well balanced for the style, a tiny bit of sweetness to keep it approachable, but very dry overall. Very solid flavor, albeit dwarfed by the nose.

Mouthfeel is on point. While decently balanced, I could take this being a hair less dry than it is. Carbonation is high, not too high, and holding up nicely given the glass. Bitterness is appropriate, sitting medium-low. Body is light and easy.

Drinkability is no problem, it’s tasty and light. Though bitterness and dryness slow me down just a touch.

Appearance turned out very nice, the latter half of the head was very resilient, and the lacing was thick all the way down.

Since the Firestone webpage doesn’t specify style, rather lending the inspiration to multiple regions, I would place this somewhere around German/Czech pils territory, with a large American dry hop. It delivers on all accounts. While pretty dry, that is to be expected in any of those styles. Great beer that has stood the test of time.

Apr 07, 2020
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maxpower from Missouri

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can Pours clear golden-straw color with a good fizzy white head that leaves some lacing. Light grassy and flowery aromas. Flavors of grain and lemon, bitter dry in the finish. Light bodied with a soft but crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, very refreshing.

Feb 05, 2020
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cratez from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rating from notes. Consumed June 2014. "A really stellar pils with big flavours and high drinkability. More complex than most examples I've had, with a robust hop bouquet."

Jan 26, 2020
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Spikester from Oregon

4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear pale gold with three fingers of cream color head. Rings of lace appear as the head descends.
Smell is noble hops with some cracker malt.
Taste is noble hop herbal grassy and cracker malts.
Mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation. Finish is dry crisp and lightly bitter.
Overall a really fine Pilsner from the USA.

Sep 30, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with a two finger bright white head that dissipated to a thin film within seconds. Light lacing present. Very little bubbles present, which is a bit unusual to me. This brew has almost no aroma. At this point, after looking at other posts and sampling this beer, I am wondering if Firestone has a consistency issue. Taste is light herbal malt with a bit of lemon and hops on the finish, which lingers a bit. Medium light body. Very light carbonation for a pils. Dry and crisp. This was a very confusing brew. Perhaps I just had an off can.

Jul 26, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a crispy, clear, medium golden yellow color with a strong perfectly white, pillowy and noisy foaming head. SRM of 6-7. (4.25)

Aroma: Light zesty lemon citrus, flowers, and grass atop lots of rather strong honey. A grassy body. Very tame, but allows the hops to show. A little bit of peppercorn aroma. Less aroma than I expected. (3.50)

Flavor: Light flavors of honey wheat, dry grass, yeast, and some lemon spritz. More wheat and yeast than the nose. Some spicy pepper. Not one flavor is overwhelming. They are all relatively well balanced between grass, wheat, lemon, and bergamot flower. The Bergamot flower comes across as a slight peppercorn, but light and not too strong. Nice German hops. A subtle pale malt profile. Finishes dry with a slightly bitter bite. (4.25)

Feel: Well-carbonated. Crispy. Medium to lighter bodied. Pepper and carbonation on the mouth. Finishes dry without any recognizable astringency. (4.25)

Compared to a Czech Lager: Similar color. Much lighter aromas. More dried grass. More hoppy bitterness. Less malts. Overall, far less body and flavor. Just more body, lighter, and much, much, cleaner. This one is so dry and hoppy it nearly dissolves off of the tongue.

Compared to Choice Pils: Pours a slightly lighter color. More spritzy and less sweet lemonMore dry grains and yeast. Less lemon, corn, and honey sweetness. Slightly lighter body and more more carbonated.

Compared to Crew Drive Pils 5/9/20: Pours a slightly darker color. More bread and bergamot flavors. Slightly less citrus. Winner: Pivo

Compared to Surly warp Zone Pils 7/19/20: Pours a similar color. Milder aroma and flavor. Much more tame yeast and bergamot than lemonflower. Dryer and lighter overall.

Overall: A near-perfect impression of a German Pils. More bitter, hoppier with a slight herbal quality. Less aroma, but it nails the style perfectly in all aspects of hops, malts, and body. Dry, crispy, smooth and balanced. Not too fruity or sweet. Nice, dry, with faint herbal notes of Bergamot. It comes across as peppercorn for me. I would say this is indistinguishable from some the best German pilsners. Dry grains, and clean. Brewed to style and could be an American benchmark of the style. (Final Rating: 4.07+)
*Should compare to a dry wheat or Zwickel*

Jul 14, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traditional, checks all the boxes, earthy straw malt, some European hops with slight floral notes, finishes maybe just a little to bitter but otherwise nice summer beer

Jun 30, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The last couple of years I've drunk less pilsner and more APA/IPA. However, the "hoppier" pilsner is definitely an interesting middle ground.

Look: semi-clear with a very thick white head

Aroma: pilsner malts, pine

Taste: It's bread, crackers, malty but unlike some modern lagers or even pilsners it has a significant hop present, a resemblance to an IPA a bit.

Body/Overall: It is light and easy drinking while being flavorful.

Jun 26, 2019
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a-m-lucas from Utah

3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Blind pour for educational purposes (to try and throw me off).

Look: Golden-straw, clear with a head that dissipated rather quickly.

Aroma: Hop-front with a bready, biscuit smell. Initially, I thought it was a pale ale or IPA, but knew that wasn't quite right. That malty, bready, biscuit said something else was going on here.

Taste: Malty with an herbal, hoppy bitterness that lingers. Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Dryer finish.

Overall: Took a shot in the dark and guessed a hoppy pilsner - bingo. Drinks exactly as I'd expect a hoppy pils to taste. Not quite a typical pilsner, but a good option for something hoppier.

Apr 24, 2019
Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2146 ratings