Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo PilsPivo Pils

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

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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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 1,882
Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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 -22.3%
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 +12.5%
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 -7.8%
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
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 -14.3%
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%
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 -2.8%
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 -10.8%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 -10.3%
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 +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 wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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 +19.8%
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 -5.3%
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 Bulabeers
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
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 -10.5%
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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Photo of dbl_delta
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 10/27/15 into pint glass. Pours a clear pale straw color with a brilliant white head. Initial impression is floral hops balanced by malt sweetness. Light, refreshing mouthfeel. Slightly bitter, citrusy finish. Very refreshing and quite flavorful - a great hot-weather choice.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Clear pale yellow with a white head. Smells a bit like a belgian pale ale, flowery perfume, sweet honey and caramel. Tastes the same, with some tropical fruit added to the mix.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a decently chilled can, pours a clear gold with a two finger head. Fully hops and spicy aroma that continues into a hops-forward crispness (perfect for a Summer beverage). I don't usually go for the "light touch" of Pilsners, but this one has a lot of interesting things going on!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin bubbly head

S: Lots of spicy and floral hops up front with a nice backing maltiness. Lightly fruity as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the spicy hops and bready maltiness and slowly picks up some grassy, floral, and fruity notes. Finishes with a light bitterness and lingering spicy hop notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American-brewed German pils with a nice hoppy punch in addition to the usual noble hop and bready malt suspects. Very easy to drink. Recommended

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Photo of dd43
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe the best tasting American made Pilsner? I don't think it's an overstatement. Prima pils is pretty close to this one, though the hopping in that beer is slightly more aggressive than this [already highly hopped] less than pure take on the style. Malts are perfect. Nails the grassy and floral pairing, in addition to an earthy character that makes this beer pair with so many different types of food with ease. Beautifully crisp, carbonation is on point, high clarity, color is right where the bjcp guideline says a German Pilsner belongs. This is an all year long beer, and is my idea of what session drinking is all about.

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3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint glass on tap.
Nice light golden color, prettier than AALs and Trumer. Very faint smell (drank outside on a sunny day), but smells like fine barley. Phenomenal taste; i generally drink hoppier beers than this, however the hops are nice and bright and totally complement the pale malt profile. Slightly grassy in a pleasant way, reminds me of a ripe barley field. Feel is exactly what i want in a pils; just enough bite up front, then smooth down the throat.
Excellent summer beer, for hopheads and lager drinkers alike.

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Photo of lic217
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: light yellow, crystal clear, nice lacing
Aroma: Sweet bready malt, lager, floral hops
Taste sweet in the middle, taste lager yeast, bready malt, and floral hops, finishes dry and bitter
Feel: Nice, but a touch too thin, good carbonation level
Overall: Really good Pilsner.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps rating a refreshing Pilsner after mowing the lawn isn't fair, but this was a very enjoyable beer. Hoppy, crisp, with a good balance between malt sweetness and carbonation to give it a decent feel.

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