Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pivo Pils is a classically rendered pilsner with a West Coast dry-­‐hopping twist, showcasing stylistic influences from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic. Lighter beer styles like pilsner have been hijacked by industrial lager beer in the United States, and it’s time for craft brewers to take it back. Pivo Pils offers impeccable balance with floral aromatics, spicy herbal nuances, and bergamot zest and lemongrass notes from dry hopping with German Saphir hops.

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've already had this 3-4 times before I'm reviewing it here. It's quite good. Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass. Bottling date is "05/09/13."

Pours a bright, golden color with plenty of carbonation. The bubbles rise in a champagne-like manner to the top the glass, which is coated by a thickened, frothy white head. Lacing is fabulous, and the entire effect is very appealing. Head retention is surprisingly good, considering the style and ABV at hand here. Looks as great as any good German pilsner I've ever had.

Definitely not as hoppy as advertised on the aroma, but indeed, it is undeniably a German/Czech pilsner model with a West Coast twist, even here. This is evident by the grassy, slightly zesty texture, although the Saphir hops themselves are fooling my brain somewhat into thinking that this is a good German pils offering. Underneath the initial grassy, dried leafy hoppiness, there's a light tinge of residual sugars, as well as light white grape-y flavors that soon follow. Very crisp and refreshing. Definitely above average for the style here.

The flavor definitely brings forward the hops, but they meld really well with the crisp, golden grains to make a very, very satisfying experience. At first there's a rush of grassy, slightly dried hops, then a light cracker flavor mixed with a dash of honey, white faded raisins, and lemons. The barley flavor follows after in a pleasing sensation that adds body and thickness to the beer. Not as delicate as you might think - these FW hops are setting the bar the right way, although it still tastes pretty traditional when rated to style. Clean, creamy, but very full, especially in light of the excellent carbonation at hand. Perhaps the best pilsner that's come out of California.

This is great stuff, and absolutely perfect for the warmer weather. Pilsners are hard to make, especially in this caliber, and it's remarkable that a brewery like FW churned one out, of all breweries. Could be my new favorite American made offering in the style. I will be buying more six packs of these for sure.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a beautifully clean, clear, bright golden yellow color with about 1/2 inch of white head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly nice earthy grains, with a an even, balanced dose of hops in the background. The taste profile was pretty much the same, with the grains having the lead and the hops supplying a nice counter-point.

The body was crisp, clean, light and refreshing. Drinkability was excellent, several would go down easily. Overall, an excellent brew. This could be the craft beer with the reach to truly start getting mainstream AAL drinkers into better beer.

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of rawfish
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear straw with a big fluffy finger and a half high head. Leaves alot of messy lacing on the glass with very good retention overall.

Bread dough and yeast beneath a clean grassy and citrus hops. Mild fruit complexity, the grainy malt really comes out as this one warms. Could be a bit more bright and snappy.

Clean malt bill, touches of cracker grains and a drizzle of honey. Hops provide medium bitterness with a grassy and lemon flavor that lays it on lightly. Finishes soapy with lingering bready malt.

Good carbonation that has the ability to leave a crisp feel when cold. Spicy clean hops cleanse the palate with a bit of soap and dryness.

A very good pilsner, crisp and refreshing but it also has some heft to it. Tasty and easy to put down, nice to see Firestone add a lager to the line-up, they did their quality and brand justice here.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhowe
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 5/9/13

A: Pours a light golden color, clear, with 1.5 fingers of fluffy white head that dissipates to a film with some light lacing. Sparse bubbling continues from the base of the glass.

S: Crisp, clean aroma. Lightly spicy and fruity, and sweet as well. Citrusy hop character is abundant, which I can only think must be the Saphir hops touted on the packaging.

T: Starts smooth and sweet with a bit of citrus and a little bit of tangy character, followed by a body of bready malt. Finish is bitter with hops, contrasting the lingering breadiness.

M: Smooth, crisp, and easily drinkable, and well carbonated. A little something lingers from this that isn't as crisp and refreshing as I had hoped, but coats the inside of the mouth. I find that I want it to go away, so I take another sip, which doesn't really fix the problem.

O: A pretty good hoppy pilsner. I've wanted to try this one for a little while and finally got around to picking it up today. I'm a little disappointed, but mostly on the back of very high expectations for FW brews. This is another good one from them, though, if I do my best to decouple my expectations and my actual experience.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: into a pilsener glass, crystal-clear straw-colored beer with a fat white head; sparse lace down the glass; a slight film atop the beer persistent to the end

S: floral, herbal and grassy hops; suggestions of fresh, pale malty grains, dry flowers, and earthy fields

T: crisp, hoppy; hints of lemon and spice; toasty malt impressions; I found this beer more enjoyable warmed for a bit out of the fridge - it brought out a lot of richer, deeper and earthier herbal flavors - presumably from the hops used (Hallertau-grown Magnum, Spalter Select, and German Saphir) - reminiscent of wet, musky grains

M: light, crisp, clean, sparkling, zesty cold - slight astringence; after warming, it felt more coating, bittering - fuller in body

O: Cold, this is a light, refreshing, highly drinkable brew. Warmed it had even greater character. Either way, a real class beer from a real class brewer. Fans of German pilseners will probably enjoy this tremendously.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up locally the other day. Enjoyed from a Firestone walker snifter. brew pours a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzled away kind of quickly leaving some fizzy patches on the surface. Smells of crisp hop. Taste is classic pilsner with some subtle bitterness on the finish and soft fruit notes on the top. toasted german malts. Easy drinker and nice pilsner. Not my favorite style but a great representation if the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz: tulip
bottled on: 5-9-13

Clear, birght yellow with a foamy, white head. Dissipates to leave a thin foam across the surface.

Earthy, floral, herbal hops blend with a toasty, cracker malt backing.

Medium body, foamy fizzy carbonation.

Hop-forward, but still balanced, this is a nice take on a German pilsner without straying too far from the classic style. Very easy drinking, but with a complex flavor profile.

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3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been waiting for this.

A crystal clear straw yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is great looking pilsner. The nose is pretty solid. Bright, pungent, earthy, lemony hops this is mildly fruity as well (melon?). The malt character is dry, but lacks snap that the my favorites have. A touch of DMS is perceived as well, as is some soap.

The palate opes quite crisp, with a pleasant, modest hoppy bitterness that's a blend of earth and lemon. Mineral character is low, accentuating the soft malt character, the mild DMS and unfortunately, the soap. Medium-light in body, moderately slick on the palate, this beer lacks the bitterness it needs to fully tie it together. Carbonation is high but quite creamy and pleasant. A touch watery on the finish, along with a little citrus, this beer is quite decent.

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4.74/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From the bottle:

This just hit SF.

This pours a golden crystal clear color with light foaming and stunning clarity.
There’s a light, grassy aroma that just pops. Stunning flavor, with a great grassy hop character and a light toasted malt. There’s a light bittering with a touch of piney grass on the end. I stand by my earlier statements!

Previously, from the tap:

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that this is the best pils I’ve had from the state of California. (New second best? Trumer Pils at the source, two or three years ago.)

This poured with an amazing clarity as true to form. Golden straw in color it has a light grassy hop aroma which I love in a fresh pils and flavor just about everywhere. Crisp, clear, and with a bright, clean finish. It’s everything I want in a pils. Until I get back to Texas.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 2,059 ratings