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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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.06/5  rDev +2%
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 +0.5%
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 +4.8%
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 +4.5%
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 +6.5%
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 -8.8%
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 +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 +1.5%
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 -4.8%
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%
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 -4.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -17.8%
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 +3%
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 +1.5%
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 -9.8%
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 -4.3%
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 -14.3%
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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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a pilsner a dull lighter golden with a full one finger bone white head atop that left multiple broken rings of lace behind.Crisp aromas with some fresh cut grass notes along with a tinge of iron,I detect some honeyed sweetness in there as well.Dry and crisp flavors with some cereal notes in the finish,the hop profile is more herbal and slightly peppery.A solid easy drinking pilsner with some substance.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken yesterday:

The lightest cloudiness, but consistent throughout. Straw-gold with light, fine, delicate, pillowy head of white. Grains and just a touch of honey on the nose. Grains again on the palate, not so the honey. But also grass and crackers. Despite name, doesn’t seem that much more hoppy than most other German-style Pilsners I’ve encountered. Although, it could just be that the brewers truly mastered the art of balance, masking the IBUs on this one. On the other hand, what hops that are here aren’t necessarily just the flowery German Noble variety. They seem to be here for the most part, but apparently in addition to slightly more lemony, rindy, peppery hops. And yet doesn’t taste to much like a Czech Pilsner. They changed things around a little, for sure. But as far as hoppy lagers go, I’m glad they didn’t try to pass this off as an “IPL.” Highly drinkable, refreshing. Body could be medium, or at least it’s not too thin, especially with how creamy these suds are.

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Photo of moodenba
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Single purchased at supermarket marked 01/08/16. Tasted 2/19/16.

Looks aren't exceptional. Not a long lasting head or much lacing. Aroma is "beery". But the taste really delivers on the hoppy pils brewery description/promise. The hoppy character sends me back 40 years to the "Pilsener Urquell" of the time. Urquell had a deeper amber color and more malt complexity, but Firestone Walker is in the running for the best Pils currenly available, at least for my taste buds (I hope "taste buds" wasn't registered by AB Inbev.)

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pilsner glass. Light golden straw color. Quickly disappearing head with some lace lingering. As many have said before, its very smooth and well balanced. Smells of pilsner malt and some herbs. Nice and light with the perfect amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. bottled on 11/25/15.

A: pours crystal clear. bright white head, white lacing, good retention. looks like a pils.

S: earthy, herbal hops are very present. there is an unfortunate mild note of oxidation which is a bit of a bummer as this is not quite 2 months old. loads of fermentation notes as well. nothing fruity. smells pretty inviting.

T: the bitterness is perfectly fitting and nothing seriously lingering. flavor is similar to the aroma but the hops aren't as much of a focal point as the fermentation flavor.

M: really good light body with a modest carb.

D: overall a really good pilsner from a really good brewery. no complaints and I'm sure this stuff is lights out super fresh.

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Photo of daisyapplegirl
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pils don't get a lot of love since IPA steals the show. I cooked a very delicate tasting dinner and needed something light to compliment it, and this fit the bill very well. It's light, as expected, but very floral in flavor. This is not a boring pils. Good job, Firestone Walker.

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Photo of bonterra69
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Pilsner glass. Appearance is Very light almost clear. Extremely effervescent throughout it life, offering a steady head and nicely defined lacing. Nice head on the pour.
Aroma is very hoppy - Floral, fruity. Hint of apple and grapefruit.
Very balanced and smooth. Enough stability to remind you it's a Pilsner. Something very smooth that's almost caramelly. The hops begin but the malts finish, although slightly bitter.
Feel is smooth and rich.
Overall, the taste is much more complex than the almost weak looking color that pours out of the bottle.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,919 ratings.
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