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Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo PilsPivo Pils

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Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 1,884
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)
Style: Hoppy Pilsner
5.3% ABV
40 IBU’s
Hops: Magnum, Spalter, Saphir
Brewer’s Note: “Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.”

The beer’s label is classy and sophisticated. I love the class of Firestone Walker labels; even their six-pack beer has an awesome label. Its text heavy, but not cluttered at all. Great simple fonts, great color scheme, great label. This one could sit on a shelf or be scrapbooked.

The beer pours a beautiful, pale yellow/gold with a nice head of perfectly sized, egg-shell white bubbles that settle to a quarter’s finger-width above the glass and demonstrate a nice retention. In body, the beer is nearly as clear as water with no particles and a steady stream of bubbles dancing through it. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt with a solid bitter, herbal scent with a touch of mint and fresh grass. On the very edges of the nose stone fruit can be sensed alongside fresh pine needles. On the tongue, the beer tastes superbly bitter upfront with wonderful balancing bready sweetness. Soft acidity from the hops wets the sides of the mouth and provides a very, very light pucker. There is even a soft touch of earthy salinity in the beer. In flavor the beer tastes of bitter grass and herbal hops, mellowing into a smooth butter cracker malt. The finish is blend of smooth white bread and grassy bitters with just a touch of gooseberry, salt, and a mineral-earthy flavor. This is a grassy bitter beer at heart, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet malt and mineral-like flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body with a creamy carbonation and a definite prickly-crisp mouthfeel that leaves the mouth refreshed and tingling with saliva in the cheek pouches and a slight neutrality throughout the rest of the beer. Overall, this is a superbly hoppy pilsner with awesome subtle complexity. The beer is refreshing and perfect to nearly session.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Consumed 4/8/15

A: Pours crystal clear, as any self-respecting pils should - bright golden yellow with some straw - medium sized, frothy head that fades to a mostly solid cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: A hoppy pils, as advertised - nicely grassy and spicy - earthy in a clean, crisp way - pilsner malts, with some pale grain, some light bread, and some bread dough

T: Refreshing bread - clean, crisp pilsner malt - some light spice to the grain, but mostly just fresh-baked white bread and bread dough - light to medium level of bitterness from the hops, but it's mostly about the lightly spicy, lightly grassy flavor - very dry, slightly herbal, definitely clean

M: Light to medium, crisp and clean, nice carbonation, easy drinking

O: A canned pilsner? What a novel idea

While hoppier than the average German pilsner, this actually sticks quite close to the style. And this is not a bad thing. While Pivo Pils may not be the most exciting beer, it's not supposed to be. It's just an easy to drink beer that would pair quite well with a cookout. Or snow shoveling. It's a drinkin' beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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 moodenba
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased at supermarket marked 01/08/16. Tasted 2/19/16.

Looks aren't exceptional. Not a long lasting head or much lacing. Aroma is "beery". But the taste really delivers on the hoppy pils brewery description/promise. The hoppy character sends me back 40 years to the "Pilsener Urquell" of the time. Urquell had a deeper amber color and more malt complexity, but Firestone Walker is in the running for the best Pils currenly available, at least for my taste buds (I hope "taste buds" wasn't registered by AB Inbev.)

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Photo of mjohnd
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

I had a pint at the FW brewery in Paso Robles. Pivo being Czech for 'beer', I was expecting a traditional European Pilsner. Although this is a well made beer, it violates my sense of what a Pilsner should be. I've had many, many Pilseners from Germany. This is too hoppy. And it's the wrong kind of hops.

Why do American brewers feel they have to indiscriminately dump tons of cascade hops into everything?

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Photo of American_Hawk
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bastardized version of the style, but, nonetheless, a personal favorite of my favorite style.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and hay. Taste is much the same with a mild herbal bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty, refreshing, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of tuka
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Not what I'm looking for in a pilsener. I expect the classic noble hop, crisp, grassy, foamy, quenching vibe. Seemed more like a lager version of an APA. A fine beer though, being crafted by the reputable FW, just not in my wheelhouse.

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Photo of John1985
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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 mothman
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dry hopped with saphire bottled on 6/4/14

Pours a pillow topped off white head. Color is a clear straw yellow with active carbonation in the glass. Lots of lace left.

Flavor profile: Dry, grassy hops. Kind of herbal. Bready like a pils should be. Has a light lemon zest citrus flavor. Light fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp. Clean. Light bodied. Ends dry.

Overall, a pretty decent pils. Seemed to lack on flavor a little bit. I did enjoy it, however.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.51/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is just a stunning example of a Pils. It has everything you'd expect and then some- especially in the aroma. Not only is there an abundance of grassy hops and biscuity malt, but dried flowers and candied lemon rind weave their way in there beautifully creating a fantastic hybrid take on the style that stays true to its roots. Overall it's vibrant and lively, yet simultaneously easy to drink; the finish is dry and bitter, yet not overwhelmingly so. There are some hoppy pilsners that leave me with an overbearing resiny sensation on the palate, but not so with this one- it's aggressive for sure, but still knows why it was invited to the party in the first place.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this brewer, which has joined with Duvel, and is getting bigger. Difficult for me to give a Pils a 4 but this is close.

A: Behold a pale straw colored draft. White head is long lasting, but only a bit of lace.

S: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity, like salted crackers. Spicey, grassy hops in background.

T: Happy, bright, bready and biscuity like the aroma with hops adding a refreshing tingle. Lemon, slight citrus and modest bitterness. Grassy, lemon citrus and herbal hop. A great pils.

F: Medium bodied, well carbonated brew that is crisp and refreshing. Must try in summer. A great beer.

O: Is this best summer pils?

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This may be my favorite pilsner. Rich straw color with light white foam, some lacing. Smell is straw and grassy, with the slightest hint of banana. Taste is round, and slightly fruity so the clean, crisp finish is a nice ending. Love the hops throughout. An especially nice pilsner for the winter months.

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Photo of spoony
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz can (dated February 5, 2015) into a pokal.

A-The beer is very light yellow-ish in color. It is crystal clear with active, chunky carbonation. The rocky head is white and starts out at almost two fingers tall. Retention is quite good.

S-The aroma offers a little bit of the traditional pils malts with cracker scents and a light honey sweetness. But the new-world influence is strong with fragrant floral hops quickly taking over. The hops suggest perfume with a bit of tropical fruit.

T-The taste is similar. The traditional pils flavors are represented by a little bit of dry bread and biscuit, some grain, and just a hint of sweetness. The American influence is represented by hops that are mostly floral. The finish gives just a bit of grassy, pepper kick.

M-The body is light, crisp and crushable. This stuff goes down incredibly easy.

O-This beer is obviously not traditional or true to a pils style, but it is not a hop-bomb india pale lager disguised as a pilsner, either. Rather, it is a hoppy pilsner, just like the label says. I'm normally not one to endorse style bending, but this beer is just so damn good and easy to drink. I like IPAs, but I would drink this all day (from the can) instead of many of the IPAs out there.

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Photo of microbrewlover
5/5  rDev +25.3%

This brew pours a light golden/straw color which is mostly clear with heavy carbonation and a white, fluffy three finger head which lasts for several minuets. There is moderate lacing on the glass, good for a Pilsner. Some of the head remains until the end.

The smell is musty, straw and wet hay, just like a good Pils should be. There is also a grassy, grainy smell along with the smell of light peppery hops and lemon.

The taste follows the nose with a clean slightly dry taste of straw and lemon along with light peppery hops scattered throughout from beginning to end. There is a crisp, cracker like taste with ending in the cleanest finish I have ever had in a lager. There is also a very slight grassy, gritty taste on the back end, just like a Pils should have, which does not interfere with the clean finish in any way.

Overall, this just might be the perfect example of what a Pilsner should be. It is the best Pils I have had to date.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a pilsner a dull lighter golden with a full one finger bone white head atop that left multiple broken rings of lace behind.Crisp aromas with some fresh cut grass notes along with a tinge of iron,I detect some honeyed sweetness in there as well.Dry and crisp flavors with some cereal notes in the finish,the hop profile is more herbal and slightly peppery.A solid easy drinking pilsner with some substance.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 71ADub
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass, on tap. Suitably cool. 5.3%

A - straw colored. Lots of big bubbles, Teeny white head.
S - it has that lager yeast smell. Some weak hop aroma, kinda earthy.
T - tastes like a right proper pilsner from Deutschland. No noticeable hop flavor, ever so slightly bitter, but that could be the carbonation talking. Maybe a hint of some malt when it first hits your tongue, but it dissappears rapidly.
M - silky smooth, easy to quaff. Highly carbonated.
O - Good lager for a hot summer day. Recommend it.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of lateralundertow
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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