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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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 1,882
Photo of goochpunch
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a pale straw with lots of bubbles raising from the bottom of the glass. Nose is clean yeast, light, cracker malts, and heaps of floral and citrus noble hops. Tastes of bready malts, honey, and, again, loads of hops. Earthy, herbal, floral, citrus. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. Mouthfeel is bubbly and light. A perfect example of a balanced (albeit on the hoppy side), delicious pilsner.

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

Tap at dark Horse Tavern in Southbridge.

Nice creamy 1 finger head fades slowly with decent spotty lacing, eventually becomes soapy lacing all over, crystal clear golden pilsner color.

Nose toasty straw malt, grainy, doughy, mild grassy hops, hint leafy

Taste lots of straw, doughy, grassy, toasty pilsner malts, hint creamy like too. Mild grassy hops again, little grassy and just a hint spicy, mild to fair bitterness, crisp and drinkable. Nice soft lager notes with hint of mineral and fruity lager note. Finish is dry and crisp, soft lager note, mild grassy hops, little leafy and just a hint spicy, touch of straw malt.

Mouth is lighter bod, crisp clean, soft lager, nice carb.

Overall a great pilsner, somewhat Americanized but also a little noble pilsner like, just all around well done.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle with bottling date of 12/17/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden yellow. Tons of carbonation bubbles visible. Two fingers of eggshell white head forms at the top. Lacing from the head sticks to the top of the glass but no more lacing after that.

Smell: Cake, lemon, grassy and herbal.

Taste: Got your base pilsener here with that kind of corn flavor i associate with the style and hope bitterness in the finish. Hops are grassy/herbal. As the beer warms, the beer seems to balance out better and there is more of a sweetness mixing with the hops. A solid pilsner for sure.

Mouthfeel: slick and a little thing. Lots of carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers.

More exciting than most pilsners.

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Photo of Maxwell
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils (Firestone Walker Brewing Company)
Style: Hoppy Pilsner
5.3% ABV
40 IBU’s
Hops: Magnum, Spalter, Saphir
Brewer’s Note: “Everything we love about classic German Pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Pils is a bright straw colored lager beer with playful carbonation topped with beautiful white foam lace. Delicate lightly toasted malt flavors underscore noble German hop character. Hallertau-grown Magnum hops deliver the lupulin foundation while generous amounts of Spalter Select hops bring floral aromatic and spicy herbal notes. As a twist on the traditional Pils, we dry hop with German Saphir for a touch of bergamot zest and lemongrass. A refreshing, light-bodied and hop-driven Pils.”

The beer’s label is classy and sophisticated. I love the class of Firestone Walker labels; even their six-pack beer has an awesome label. Its text heavy, but not cluttered at all. Great simple fonts, great color scheme, great label. This one could sit on a shelf or be scrapbooked.

The beer pours a beautiful, pale yellow/gold with a nice head of perfectly sized, egg-shell white bubbles that settle to a quarter’s finger-width above the glass and demonstrate a nice retention. In body, the beer is nearly as clear as water with no particles and a steady stream of bubbles dancing through it. On the nose, the beer smells of buttery cracker malt with a solid bitter, herbal scent with a touch of mint and fresh grass. On the very edges of the nose stone fruit can be sensed alongside fresh pine needles. On the tongue, the beer tastes superbly bitter upfront with wonderful balancing bready sweetness. Soft acidity from the hops wets the sides of the mouth and provides a very, very light pucker. There is even a soft touch of earthy salinity in the beer. In flavor the beer tastes of bitter grass and herbal hops, mellowing into a smooth butter cracker malt. The finish is blend of smooth white bread and grassy bitters with just a touch of gooseberry, salt, and a mineral-earthy flavor. This is a grassy bitter beer at heart, but it has a wonderful balance of sweet malt and mineral-like flavor. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of light in body with a creamy carbonation and a definite prickly-crisp mouthfeel that leaves the mouth refreshed and tingling with saliva in the cheek pouches and a slight neutrality throughout the rest of the beer. Overall, this is a superbly hoppy pilsner with awesome subtle complexity. The beer is refreshing and perfect to nearly session.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready and sweet pilsner malts with some spicy, floral, lemon, lime, grassy hops.

Taste: Pretty much same as above with balance to the beer and tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, chewy, light bodied, a little dry, tingly bitterness, and medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid pilsner. I dig it. Classic and nice hop characteristics.

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Photo of tigg924
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: yellow in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: pine and citrus hops

Taste: juicy and citrusy, light pine, grass, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a slightly bitter end

Overall: Nice and juicy pils. Really well crafted and a pleasant surprise. Had a pint and would definitely go back for more.

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

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Palm Desert for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a huge size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, noble hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some hay/straw, lemons, and it ends with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall – Seems like a pretty bang on representation of the style. Quite drinkable and very refreshing.

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Photo of MRsojourner
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful golden yellow in appearance with a thick 3 finger head.
aroma is of pepper, grains of paradise and fresh cut grass and slight sulphur.
taste is complex with subtle flavors but each one standing on its own. Pepper and grassy and mid level bitterness but still maintains a slight malty pils sweetness towards the end to remind you that its still a pislner.
mouthfeel is dry and crisp and can tell its attenuated nicely leaving a just a touch of bitterness behind.
this beer is fantastic and if your craving a solid stateside pilsner this is it. so glad it has made its way to the east coast. i hope it stays fresh

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear straw gold. Lively carbonation helps keep a small tight bright-white head for the duration. Some splotches of sticky lacing.

Smell: Nice push of leafy earthy hops right up front. Crisp clean yeast profile. Light bready sweetness as well. Slightly sweet pale malts. A touch grassy with some lingering earthy notes. A hint of bitter wood. A touch of citrus and pine needle, but it's minimal. Warming let's the hop presence shineba bit more.

Taste: Super clean on the initial sip. Burst of earthy grassy hops and pale malts. Slightly sweet with a minor bready push. A touch dirty with some grapefruit rind a punch of bitter pine needle. Crisp clean yeast. A touch of powdery bread crust.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate to high carbonation. A touch crisp and slightly dry. Relatively clean.

Overall: A new challenger approaches.

A solid choice. This will be a killer summer beer. Assertively hoppy which is a good and bad thing. Loses a little bit at the end, but it's well-crafted and delicious.

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Photo of silverevo9
4.49/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just poured into a pilsner pint glass. This beer is really well done. Head is created almost instantly with pour. First sip nails you with a slight bitterness to a great hoppy sticky taste. The nose in glass with the gulp that follows is incredible. The lacing on glass is sticky and remaining with each pour. Could easily drink 8 to 12 of these while enjoying each pour and sniff. As you continue with your existing glass, at about the 3rd glass a dark tinge appears on the head. Showing maybe the purity of the ingredients or sediment from the vat. Outstanding presentation through and through.

This remains one of my top pilsners, awesome beer!

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Photo of buzzardman
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: Pilsner malt, earthy, corn, slight hops.

Appearance: One finger creamy white head, clear light yellow body.

Flavor: Sweet malt, background hops, a little diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, dry finish, good carbonation.

Overall: A decent pilsner with a very slight bit of noticeable hops. For being named a hoppy pilsner I would expect to smell and taste a little more hops. Very much like Stella Artois, but honestly not made as well with the noticeable diacetyl. $8.49 for 6 pack

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Photo of Slatetank
4.59/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I picked this up at Whole foods in Fremont, CA, poured chilled from the 12oz into a pils glass chilled

The color is clear straw golden with thick white cap with ultra fine bead with no real lace, retention is good with fast tiny bubbles of carbonation rising upward. The smell is fantastic - lots of sweet toasted honey-like aroma from the malt with big floral and herbal hop nose, it is great to just inhale. The feel is great, very high carbonation with moderate bitterness lighter medium feel with resins of hops and bitter dry finish.

The flavor is great - bitter yet not harsh hops with a slight herbal and peppery flavor with light malt edge and mineral yeast with some floral hops and dry pilsner malt qualities with a light grassiness in the background. The overall pleasure received from this pilsner is high...very fresh hop flavor with enough bitterness to be a 'hoppy pilsner' and still have great drinkability at the same time -an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bottled on 11/11/13.

Clear medium straw. Near white moderate head. Ample low sheeting and strands of lace.

Brisk and clean hopped up nose.

Crisp, clean and hoppy. Almost puckering. I get some more then moderate lime and pine soaked hops.Enjoyable and worth a try.

I'm definitely more of a fruity IPA kinda guy. But I could see drinking a few more of these.

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Photo of plaid75
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured pale pilsner malts and a vibrant herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a delicate pilsner malt and a clean super spicy, herbal noble hop.

The mouthfeel was dictate with a prickly carbonation and residual hop spice.

Overall a beautifully crafted delicate pilsner.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 02/03/13 notes. Had this on tap at Ginger Man in NYC. 16 oz. pour in a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright yellow-gold color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts, pilsner malts, floral hops, earthy notes, bread, and grains. Nice floral notes, not as hoppy as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of pale malts, wheat, grains, pils malts, floral hops, earthy notes, light spice, bread, and yeast. More spice than the nose.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Body is lightly watery.

o - Overall a decent pilsner but a bit disappointed after hearing it was great. Also was expecitng it to be hoppier based on the name but oh well, a good pilsner none the less. Easy to drink for sure.

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Photo of dar482
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a dark yellow/golden clear color with a sticky white head.

The aroma is of citrus peel, kumquats, tangerine, honey sweetness, a bready malt, some grass and floral hops. A very clean smelling beer without very much lager yeast in the aroma.

The flavor hits in the front of hops. It’s very floral and spicy hops. There’s a gentle crackery malt in the middle. Light honey notes. The finish is bitter throughout of green grass and floral. The lager yeast comes throughout and compliments the hops well.

The body is light medium.

This stood up against Pilsner Urquell and actually won out. This beer stacks up very well with its American attempt at a traditional Czech pilsner. Wonderful hoppy notes while still holding true to pilsner notes.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beautiful looking beer. It has a very light straw color with brilliant clarity. A tall frothy, loose head formed when I poured into my Pivo glass which lasted a good while before fading.
Well attenuated, the beer is quite pleasing too look at. It's quite busy.

In the nose it smells fresh and clean. There is a hefty dose of hops which have a floral smell.
Malts are sweet and have maybe graham smell.

The taste is clean and balanced and not overly hop driven. Slightly dry and bitter. The malts have a sweet almost toasted aspect.
As it flows over the palate it feels soft and smooth.

I was expecting something along the lines of a prima pils but it's not. It hits the mark perfectly in all catagories. To me this is very much world class.

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Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have not had a pilsner in a while so this was a nice treat. It pours a very pale yellow into the glass. Crisp from start to finish with hints of green apple. Called a hoppy pilsner but the hops are uber subtle.

Mouthfeel is that it lingers. On the. Palette. But finishes
. Very clean.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautifully clear beer, with a an excellent head.

Smell you would normally associate with lagers. Not sure if I can identify exactly what it is.

Nice hop balance without being too aggressive.

Another home run for Firestone. They now how to brew true to style, and I would gladly drink this over many imports.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 07/07/13. Poured pretty vigorously.

Pours clear yellow with a big fluffy head, which fades pretty fast. Lots of carbonation. Appears to be a lot of lacing accumulating, but in actual lace, rather than in sheets. Smell is spicy and yeasty. Straw. More yeast. Slight pine aroma, which I assume is hops. Not overdone, which is a bit what I was expecting when an American brewery labeled it a hoppy pilsener.

Taste is sweet but crisp, honeysuckle and a slight bitter flavor. Some breadiness.

Mouthfeel is rich, not as crisp as I was expecting, but pleasant. Overall, this is good. I like it.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

So... I suppose I should give a little disclaimer at the beginning here. I will admit I do not really like Pilsners. The malts and yeasts combine to create what I can only feel is a stale flavour. That being said, I can still recognize well crafted content.

This pours as you would imagine a pilsner to look. Pale straw yellow, minimal white head.

The nose presents pilsner malts and yeast. Not much else. Smells fresh.

The aroma gives way to the palate pretty straightforward-ly. Malts, yeast, a bit of bitter on the back end. As mentioned above, I'm no expert on pilsners. This seems like a talented presentation of the style: generally crisp and clean. My main complaint is that there is a weird... afterfeeltastething... reminscent of baking soda/alum on the tongue. A texture that is difficult to put into words.

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Photo of Dave2010
3.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an ok, average beer when compared to other types of beers, such as IPA's, but in the Pilsner category this is probably the best pilsner I've had, but I don't like Pilsners. Take that into account when reading this. No mistaking it, this is a Pilsner, it tastes like a Pilsner, and looks like a Pilsner, but the taste has something most Pilsners miss, and that's some flavor. Set this beer down next to a Budweiser and just by looking at it, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference, but after tasting it there would be no doubt. I would say people who prefer IPA's over Pilsners and Lagers will still not really like this beer, or find it average at best. However, Pilsner drinkers (Czech and German beer drinkers) will find it refreshingly better than most Pilsners that come out of the US.

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Photo of bump8628
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

6 mos out from the bottled on date, but it's been refigerated so should still be in good shape. Hazed straw gold. Big hoppiness and bitterness for a pils, even this far out from bottling. The dry-hopping stands out with an oily grassy flavor. Complex herbal notes are nice. Malt is minimal, simple cereal notes. Dryness is spot on for the style. A solid pils that stands up well to all but the best German examples but with the west coast dry-hop twist that sets it apart.

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

The beer pours a very white and clean head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The beer itself is a very clear and yellow gold. The has a strong hoppy smell that is balanced out by the sweet pale malt smell that balances the beer very well. The hop smell is earthy and certainly dry-hopped. The taste is similar to the smell but with a stronger hop taste than malt taste. The hop is as bitter as the smell. The mouthfeel is very smooth with biting carbonation. The feel is very crisp from the beginning to the end. Overall, a very good pilsner and better than some of the others that are available.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Completely clear golden hue. Incredibly active carbonation with small, champagne sized bubbles. Decent head on the pour that thins out but is sticky on the side of the glass.

S: Citrus and floral scents like lemon verbena jump out. Sweetness of honey and doughy biscuits come through on the nose as well.

T: Great earthy, piney bitterness right off the bat that mellows out. The malt backbone arrives later in the after taste, providing some sweetness. Refreshing and tasty.

M: Interplay between hop smack and pils clean flavor is nice. Carbonation is noticeable, alive, and adds to the flavors jumping off the tongue. Finishes very clean.

O: It's cool to see a hybrid style displaying some of the best qualities of each. Good in it's flavor and extremely good in its drinkability. I think this is a solid choice no matter warm or cold weather.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,882 ratings.
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