Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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281
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1,862
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
27.07%
 
 
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Photo of delta490
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and effervescent straw gold with a nice thinner cap of fizzier white head. The aroma has a good bready malt tone with a little bit of earthy hops. The taste is a light biscuit with stronger earthy hops bitterness. The body is nice and light, with a little carbonation on the finish.

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

A well done Pils, not one of my favorite styles, but this one meets the style criteria and adds a bit more hops to make it interesting. Aroma is milder than the flavor, mostly grassy hops with a slightly sweet, dry biscuity malt. Flavor is more robust and you can appreciate the balance between malt and hops better, The bitterness is pretty good for a Pils. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, nice touch of bitterness that is not overdone. A pretty decent Pils.

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

Look: Pours a nice yellow color with a good white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Hoppy with nice crisp light malts, floral and citrusy, not powerful or overwhelming

Taste: Light biscuity malts, citrus and floral hops, very refreshing

Feel: Light body, good carbonation

Overall: This certainly is a nice take on a classic style (who doesn't love a good pilsner?) and unlike a lot of Americanized versions of classic styles, it isn't overly hopped. Hoppier than is traditional, but in a good balanced delicious way. Honestly like it better than Firestone's other IPAs, so this is a major plus for me. Plan on getting it again as a nice refreshing summer brew.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light golden color with visible spritzy carbonation. Big creamy head that is about a thumbnail and a half in height and a lace that retains throughout and sticks to the glass.
Grassy nose is followed by a sweet malt aroma and even a hint of honey towards the bottom of the glass.
The toasted malt taste is there as well as some lemon like zest. However, this brew is hops forward. The hops are bitter and spicy and are especially evident in the dry finish and aftertaste.
Light bodied, creamy, crisp and smooth. Very drinkable. An excellent Pilsner!

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Admittedly I've had enough pils to know that I'm not a fan of the style, but you can certainly taste all the characteristics in this beer that make people enjoy it - the wheat, hops and malt that combines to create a refined Pilsner taste with a more hop-forward profile.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with big fluffy white head and a little stick to the glass. Soft aroma of doughy bread, hay, and floral hints. Taste is not as happy as expected but nice bread notes, hay, floral, light spice on the finish and some mild citric quality buried underneath. Pop of carbonation stays crisp throughout and finishes a bit dryer than I'd like. Good pilsner here with classic flavor profile and a hoppy kick.

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Photo of Mineo
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

solid and drinkable, though quite malty for something that is advertised as a "hoppy pils." less than a month old, so doubt it has to do with that. still, smooth mouthfeel and easy to crush.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this with dinner at a restraunt in Phoenix, AZ where my dada and I are currently on vacation. Served to me in a standard pint glass, this beer is a clear, medium golden color with a nice, fluffy white head that is anout2/3 of an inch when first served to me. Sets to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with some nice cluster swirls of foam. Decent lacing. Crisp malty aromas and a nice hint of hops as well. Has a good crisp, malty flavor with some sweetness along with a hint of peppery spice that gives way to a hint of hops. Has a crisp, slightly prickly, smooth medium to full bodies mouthfeel an moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and is easy to drink the way a beer like this ought to be. A very enjoyable beer all around.

Eric

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 FL. OZ. can into a pint glass. CANNED ON 04/01/15.

Look: Pours a pale yellow pilsner body with a decent bright white head. A lot of carbonation - attractive beer!

Smell: Grassy, lemony Euro hops. Metallic aroma.

Taste: Bready, biscuity pilsner malt with just a hint of bitter Euro hop flavor.

Feel: Very crisp and very light. Almost watery body.

Overall: A delicious beer that hits all of the classic German Pilsner notes. Very light, very refreshing, but for the cost, I'll stick with SN Nooner pilsner.

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Photo of Moose90
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served On-Tap, and tasted from 12oz can, updating notes.

A — Pours a clear and bright pale yellow. Stark white colored head that leaves really pretty consistent lacing.

S — Smells bitter and piney, as well as some typical Pilsner malts, grains, and yeast, very bright and fresh.

T — Nice clean and crisp notes of pine, bitter and crisp Pislner malts and grains, bit of a mild approach, though there is a nice extra bit of bitterness from the extra hops.

M — Light in body, clean and fresh. Ample carbonation and easy drinking.

O — Great overall, nicely bitter and fresh.

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Photo of bnes09
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good clarity and lacing. Floral, grassy, citrus aroma. Very fresh with bright hop tones. Mildly sweet. Crisp and refreshing. Could drink this all summer long.

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Photo of Trombone69
2.93/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a can. I like that I can now get Firestone's beer in cans. Poured into a pint glass.

Fizzy and Yellow. Looks like Rolling Rock, or Bud. No Lacing, head dissipates quickly.

A bit of a hoppy smell upon opening the can. But the smell is lost halfway through the beer.

The taste has that nasty part of the cheap European Pilsners that I've come to dislike. The hoppy flavors have that nasty bite that not-so-good IPAs sometimes present.

Sticky feel, like some of the Octoberfests, that I don't care for.

Overall. Not my thing at all.

I have loved everything else that i have ever had from Firestone. This is disappointing.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Had rated this previously but wanted to give some details. While not a good looking beer it has a real good aroma. The hop citrus is there to give this one a much better aroma than most pils. But the taste really misses, it has all the bad of hops (bitter) without the great flavor enhancements. This is basically a bitter bomb pils, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale straw-yellow with abundant, fluffy white head that sees some nice lacing.

A fresher, brighter, crisper nose than I'm used to with most pilsners. None of that euro skunk. Grassy, almost minty, with faint whiffs of lemon/lemongrass and corn.

Tastes earthy and herbal up front, then a little slick with cereal grains in the middle, but finishes cool and piney, with hints of lemon, lime and orange blossom honey. A good, clean finish, but maybe not quite as dry as I would like. Nice hop presence - sturdy, but not overdone.

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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 larryi86
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, dated 3/18/15, into a slim pint glass

A- Crystle clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Hoppy but not too hoppy, spicey, earthy, slightly grassy, great slightly sweet grainy pilsner malts.

T- Slightly sweet grainy malts, slightly grassy, just enough citrus, earthy spices, nice balance.

M- Smooth, light, crisp.

O- A very nice pilsner, worth picking up it you enjoy a good pils.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is two fingers high and eggshell in shade. The texture isn't impressive, but it has a good duration. Tiny specks of lacing are left on my glass. (3.75)

Smell: Well...uh...it smells like a pilsner should. Lots of grass, and a nice backing of crackery malt. It's a good nose - a very good one, to be sure - but this style is more about how it drinks... (3.75)

Taste: ...and the way it drinks...wow. I get plenty of grassiness typical of a good pilsner, but those Saphir hops give it a subtle floral characteristic that sends it over the top. Despite the prevalent hoppiness, the malt comes through in the finish, bringing subtle notes of sugar cookie and white bread. This is spectacularly balanced and utterly effortless. Stunning. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Nearly perfect for the style: respectably substantial, dry on the finish, crisp, and endlessly quaffable. Carbonation is extremely well measured (read: powerful, but remaining soft). I just want to chug the hell out of this one, enough said. (4.5)

Overall: When I drink a beer for the first time, I'm interested in reviewing so that people can see how against the grain I am. But this? It's so damn good, I don't give a crap about writing a review, I just want to drink this. I'll still review it, because that's how I roll, but still. Seriously, this is the best pilsner I've had yet - I expected something good from Firestone Walker, but not this good. This is one of the best beers I've had this year - not just pilsners, but BEERS. (4.5)

4.28/5: It's like Matt Brynildson picked my brain for everything I like in a good pilsner, and amplified those qualities 200%!

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

Very pale golden body with crystal clear transparency. Foamy bone white head sits on top and stays for the duration. Aroma is herbal and grassy noble hops with a dash of toasted malt. Flavor brings the noble hops to the forefront with lots of grassy and herbal flavors. A dash of lemony citrus and some sweet toasted malt come through. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing with some creaminess. Overall a very nice hoppy Pilsner.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear bright yellow body and a fluffy white head. Lots of visible carb.

Has that floral/soapy hop thing I don't really dig that dominates but still allows for some pilsner malt flavor to come in. Good light and crisp mouthfeel.

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Photo of rkat32
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. can dated February 24, 2015 poured into a New Glarus nonic pint glass. Reviewed on March 30, 2015.

L: Color is straw, pale gold. Sudsy, two-finger head slowly recedes. Great clarity and very inviting.

S: Spicy, herbal noble hops on the nose. Fresh-cut grass, musty, hay, mild pepper spice; a touch of bready malts are present, too.

T: Spicy noble hop presence, pepper, grass, lemon; bready pilsner malts, slight grains. Crisp, clean and very refreshing with a dry finish.

F: Smooth, medium body with mid-level carbonation. Extremely quaffable.

O: While slightly hoppier than Sierra Nevada Nooner but not as lupulin-intense as Victory Prima, Pivo hits the sweet spot as far as hop-forward, U.S.-made pilsners go. The can format is a plus in my book as well. Well done (as usual), Firestone Walker!

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Photo of breadwinner
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jury is still out a bit for me on this one, but generally it's not my favorite take on the style. I think the hops are just too amped up and screechy for me, giving this pils too sharp an edge. The pils malt is there, but man does it struggle to wriggle free from from the tethers of dry hopping. I can see why American craft palates might enjoy this, though, as it really is a hop lover's dream.

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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 arvidkoval
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks very pale yellow. Good carbonation. Has a good bready nose, some hop spice. Smooth, clean malt flavor with a touch of those hops. Feels light and easy drankin'. Overall a decent pilsner.

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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 SensorySupernova
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear gold with tiny bubbles rising through and a fluffy white head.

Smell: Faint noble hops, a bit of yeast.

Taste: Good blend of yeast, malt, and hops up front, into a bit of sweetness and finally some residual bitterness. Very well blended together.

Mouthfeel: Not very thick and moderately carbonated.

Overall: Nice balanced beer, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Hard to get super excited about it, but easy to enjoy the subtle complexities.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.
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