Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews:
290
Ratings:
1,906
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
10.53%
 
 
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109
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Reviews: 290 | Ratings: 1,906
Photo of russpowell
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent gold with a finger pearl colored head. Very nice lacing & pretty good head retention

S: Grassy & floral. a little bit of perfumy hops as this warms

T: Follows the nose, light lemon & bready notes as well up front. Dryness, grassyness, a slight citric hop presence as this warms

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, nicely balanced

Great drinkability, would love to see this in cans down SW MO way This bottle is a month old, so I would love to find fresher, but this is pretty good as it is. Finishes crisp, dry & hoppy with some lemongrass

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Photo of Wasatch
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Can
6-16-15

Poured into a Surly glass a very nice clean/clear pale yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice fizzy two-finger white head, and leaves a big island in the middle of the glass, very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice hop notes, nice citrusy/grapefruit note. The taste is malty/hoppy, with some nice citrus notes. Medium body, with a slight bitter/dry finish. Overall a very nice thirst quencher, and true to style. Definitely would recommend, and buy again.

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Photo of Catracho5
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce can pour into a Firestone Walker imperial half pint glass

A: Clear, golden yellow color, lots of carbonation streaming off the bottom, creamy bright white head, lots of lacing.

A: Malts, lemon, grass, herbs, grains, very grainy and herbal aromas, the lemon aromas underly the other aromas, some floral aromas, no alcohol on the nose.

A: Lemon zest bitterness up front, getting grassy, grainy, herbal flavors, finishes bitter, malts, some biscuit and bread notes, really good flavor.

M: Light body

O: Definitely more bitterness than I've tried in other lagers, more lemon zest, not as grassy and grainy as other lagers, it's good and another great beer from Firestone Walker.

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Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale brass with towering craggy snow cap. Embroidery of lacing. Noble hops with bright lemon zest. Taste is a cornucopia of hoppiness which stays in glove and sits atop crackery malt. Mouthfeel is unmemorable. Overall this is an interesting twist on the style.

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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 JPowell712
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The pour was very light and straw colored. I noticed a nice bit of hop and earthy aromas off of the pour. The taste was very crisp, very carbonated, and light bodied. The taste of floral hops, citrus, grass and pine notes were present. I think this a winner in the Pilsner style. The hops were stingy but subtle enough not to be overly bitter. The Firestone Walker Brewing Company had yet to make a beer I don't like. They pretty much nail every style they put out there. This is a great beer!

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Photo of leantom
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perhaps the best Pilsner beer ever made. I'm not being overly dramatic either. Here goes:

A: Perfect. Clear gold, well-carbonated, a massive fluffy white head. Leaves a ton of lacing as well. If a Pilsner were made in Heaven, it would look like this.

S: Perfectly balanced scents of hay, grass, herbs, and white pepper on a biscuit malt background. Nearly perfect.

T: Splendid. Best-tasting Pilsner ever. I typically prefer European Pilsners to American ones; this beer is the exception. Grassy hops interspersed with biscuit.

F: Perfectly light and carbonated. Great.

O: Will get this again and again.

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Photo of dwren89
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: pale straw yellow, great clarity, big fizzy and thick head

Aroma: very grainy, biscuit, and Pilsner malt aromas, a little trace of hop earthiness

Taste: light, very refreshing, very much a German Pilsner with the sharp and hard water flavor, biscuity and light malty flavor, and a stern hop earthy finish.

Mouthfeel: light on the palate, medium light bodied, not as carbonated as I had envisioned though. Less tingle that pilsners are known for.

Overall: a good example of the German Pilsner, but with a sharp and snappy earthy hop finish. Exceedingly light and refreshing, this is a great session beer for any occasion.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice, solid, all around good beer from FW. The beer is very smooth and full on the palate, with a nice kiss of hoppy bitterness on the finish. Got plenty of cookie dough, grassy hops and biscuit on the palate. Very enjoyable.

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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 ManapuaMan
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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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,906 ratings.
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