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Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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Pivo PilsPivo Pils

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

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: 276 | Ratings: 1,843
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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Photo of 57md
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear straw color with about a finger of head. The nose has that distinct pils smell. The taste is crisp and clean with a dry finish.

This is an above average example of the style.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date 3-24-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, clear and golden color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation,.

SMELL: sweet bread and an earthy metallic smell.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet bread and then a dank and mildly metallic hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a great looking beer but otherwise unremarkable, I enjoyed it but would not seek this one out as there are better options available, the metallic hop profile is not what I'm looking for.

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

Pours a bright straw colored golden hue. Clear and crisp with lots of bubbles coursing through the beer. Two finger white head dissipates leaving sticky lacing along the side of the glass and a white film along the outside of the beer. Very nice looking.

Smell has aromas of straw and German hops with of undertones of floral notes and freshly cut grass.

Taste has notes of sweet straw, honey, German hops, with some floral notes, grass, and some lemon zest. This gives way to a bitter finish. Its not an IPA bitterness, but afresh cut grass-y unpleasant bitterness. I can't find a bottling date on this one, but I wonder if its an older bottle.

Feel is light, thin, crisp. Medium carbonation provides a bit of tingle and zip. Very drinkable.

Overall a nice American interpretation of a German Pilsener. Definitely not a strict Geman style, but in and of itself its a tasty beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 12/30/15

Pours a clear pale straw yellow with a frothy white foam head. Smells like biscuit, honey, spicy citrus, fragrant floral herbs, fresh dank grass, and mild pine. Tastes like zesty citrus, mild honey malt, biscuits, fresh grass, sweet floral herbs, and sharp pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a nice hoppy pilsner.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.27/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Transparent yellow-gold with a large foamy head that dies off to a thin spotty mat.

Light citrus and cracker malt are featured on the nose.

Taste is of weed wacker residue, faint pine and lemon, with a very gentle bite of hop bitterness.

A mouthfeel of very cushioned carbonation, yet not overly bubbly.

This is more like a session IPA or APA. The hops definitely take an American slant for the style, which might be detrimental to an official judgement, but still, for a pilsener, it's tasty.

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

Pale yellow color, bright white head. Smells floral, grassy. Tastes a little thin, but nice light floral and grassy hops with a light citrus note. Dry finish, nice session able pils.

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

12 oz bottle

Clear yellow, nice bright white head that stays to the bottom of the glass. Grassy hop and grain in the aroma. Crisp, clean taste. Thinner body, but coats the tongue.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can into a glass.

Beautifully clear light straw body under a pure white head.

Aroma is unique and unexpected. Lemon, "uncommon" herbs, and distant cleaning solution. The hops are certainly not the usual run of the mill noble variety I would guess.

The flavor is also unique, with lemonade, cucumber, green apple skin, and green grape skin. There is a nice dryness and light bitterness.

Conclusion: Very nice and not what I was expecting. It doesn't hit the notes that I personally love, but that is a matter of taste. This is a well done brew.

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Photo of bwood06
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Moderate pour produces a head that is one finger in height and has the appearance of skim milk froth. The head is white in color and dissipates at a fairly slow rate before leveling off at a thin frothy layer. The beer itself is slightly hazy and is a light golden color, about halfway between full on gold and straw. Moderately high carbonation is visible with small bubbles rising moderately quickly towards the surface but not racing towards the top. 4/5

S - Light cereal grains and a light cracker aroma greet the nose on first whiff along with a noble hop character and a bit of fresh hay and grass. Ever so slight lemony sportiness as well as a very light caramel sweetness back up the cereal and grass. Very clean and light aroma. 4.25/5

T - The lemony spritzness and light caramel hits the tongue first before quickly transitioning to the light cereal malt and cracker notes. A peppery flavor backs up the entire first half of the flavor before the hops really come into focus and when they come in the malt quickly lags behind. The hop bitterness is fairly strong with flavors of grass, fresh hay, and an herbal hop presence as well. A bit of lemon rind comes out with the hops and even more citrus rind comes out as it warms. A bit over-hopped for a pilsner in my opinion with the bitterness lingering but quite a while. 3.5/5

M - Light and crisp through, showcasing a light body with a light carbonation burn up front that quickly disappears. Moderate drying in the last third of the sip which lingers for quite some time. 4/5

O - Well executed pilsner in terms of aroma and mouthfeel but the flavor is quite unbalanced (leaning way too heavily towards bitter). Comes across as much more American than German but it is a good pilsner nonetheless. Not a beer that I would throw back without food due to the bitterness. 3.75/5

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can from real ale.com in Twickenham. Decent, lots of hops, fruity and grassy. Very crisp in the malts and the actual carbonation. Good but wouldn't jump to it again.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
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