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Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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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287
Ratings:
1,893
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
27.14%
 
 
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Reviews by eclaycamp:
Photo of eclaycamp
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Really excited to try this one. Firestone Walker is one of my favorite breweries on the planet, and I absolutely love a great pilsner. I have high expectations for this one.

Pouring the 12 ounce bottle poured into my neo-classical pilsen glass the first thing I noticed was that this is the definition of brilliantly clear, with a frothy small head. You can literally read through this beer. Bubble formation is small and tight. Color is extremely light – 2 to 3 SRM – think light straw and you’re on the right track.

The first thing you’ll notice when drinking this beer is that there is a pronounced Noble hop presence up front. The hop profile seems somewhat flowery, herbal, and spicy in nature. That’s backed up with malt sweetness. If you take the time to rouse the beer a bit brings out a light sulfur lager characteristic that isn’t unpleasant or unwelcome.

You don’t care about any of that though. What’s important is how the beer tastes. I’m pleased to report that this beer is just as delicious as I had hoped that it would be. The flavor is amped up all over the place. Typical pilsners have some hops; this beer has more. Typical pilsners emphasize malt sweetness, this one is sweeter. Some folks are going to complain about the fact that this is “too hoppy” – something I think is a little bit ridiculous, given the beer’s name and all. I personally really like the amped-up hop profile, as it’s something that could easily be overdone but here it’s restrained and works beautifully. The hops are difficult to discern – I get some lemon characteristics, for sure, but also earth and herbal, like fresh tarragon. The malt backing this up reminds me a bit of a lavosh bread – cracker-like but substantive.

As you finish taking a drink, you’ll notice that there is a slight bitterness that lingers on the tongue a little bit, though not as much as an IPA. I find that the beer can easily be described as “clean, crisp, and super dry”, which to me would indicate a deft touch in regards to fermentation and appropriate lagering time. There’s very little in terms of alcohol presence, and the light body of the beer seems to encourage volume drinking.

An unparalleled home run from the folks at Paso Robles, this is a beer that crosses off all the boxes for me. Pretty much a flawless beverage in my opinion. The hop profile may chase some folks away, but that just means there’s more for me. Awesome.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.1/5  rDev +3%
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%
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 +4%
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 -17.6%
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 +14.1%
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 -3.3%
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 -6.8%
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 +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 mothman
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +13.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +4.5%
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 +25.6%

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 -4.8%
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 +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DanGeo
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 71ADub
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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 -5.8%

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of woodchipper
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SkiBum22
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of lateralundertow
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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