Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,941
Reviews:
301
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
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108
Gots:
435
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Photo of ShepardCommander
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chcshammonde
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of njbusa
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodnoodle
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SaltofOH
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 10/05/15. 10oz. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pale light gold, crystal clear, with 1 finger solid white foamy head and streaming carbonation. Nice, spotty lacing in a glass that tends to resist lacing. Retains a thin white head the whole time, with a white ring at the edge.

Aroma: Upon popping the top, I can immediately smell a noble hop wafting up from the bottle neck. In the glass, the floral noble hop aroma is strong, backed up by a clean, crackery malt. Lavender/Lilac. This is a really exquisite smell; perfect German pilsner; noble hops and just a touch of light pilsner malt.

Taste: Instantly hoppy, bitter arrival, but light and mild. Mid-palate transitions to a bold, but not overpowering, hoppiness, with a lingering vinous and slightly medicinal hop finish. This is indeed a very hoppy pilsner. It has the perfect light, crisp, crackery malt and bittering, with just a touch too much hops to be balanced. Compared to Prima Pils, which is totally overdone, this is hoppy but not excessive. This is more crisp, in my opinion, than Sierra Nevada's Nooner, and perhaps a hair hoppier, but not by much.

Mouthfeel: This is a really perfect execution - the feel is light, crisp, highly carbonated without becoming excessive or carbonic. Pretty clean finishing, even with all the hops and serving at cellar temp (probably 45 degrees).

Overall: This is my first beer by Firestone-Walker, and despite the fact that I can't get it where I live, this will not be my last. Even in the dead of winter, this is an outstanding pilsner, and I can't wait for my next trip to this town. This is really a perfect execution of an American take on a German pilsner; it does not destroy the texture German Pilsners do well, and it adds copious quantities of hops without crossing the line into unpleasantness (looking at you, Prima). Smell and texture are really exceptional here. Worth a regular spot in the rotation if it were more readily available.

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Photo of DamienI
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheWolf
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, served in a snifter glass. And also drank from the can at separate times.

Pours a clear golden-yellow body, two finger white head, good retention, very nice lacing, solid collar. This is as pils as it gets. Smells of citrus, bread, a bit of pine, minerals, grass, biscuit. Whoa. This is a pilsner through and through, but with an extra heaping of hops. It's hard to mistake the hoppy aroma here. Flavour is similarly hoppy; bread, biscuit, a touch of honey, minerals balances with pine, floral notes, grass, a bit of citrus. Mild-moderate bitterness on the backend reminds you that this is a hopped up pilsner. It just works really well altogether, just enough hops and bitterness to keep it interesting but not too much that it is not approachable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, mildly bitter floral and citrus notes rounds things out with a bit of sweet grain. Overall, this is an awesome hoppy pilsner, certainly a very nice American rendition on a traditional style that I would be happy to be able to return to every now and then.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cjohns73
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keng1343
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Philcassella
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kodt
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DRosen
1.97/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is just a hair better then Miller Lite. Not kidding. looks like water, has a bland dry with just a little bit of hops added. Maybe this is what they were going for. I guess for a beer to introduce non craft beer types, this would be a great start.

This is coming from someone who loves IPA's, (hophead) but I also enjoy/drink miller lite, landshark, etc. This beer is just an overpriced boring beer. If you see it, move your hand over to the miller lite box and save a few dollars.

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Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from Bier:Thirty. Pours light gold with lazy carbonation and towering foamy head. Nice pils aroma with a touch more hops. Taste again has an initial hops bite followed by pure malt essence. Beautiful to look at and even better to drink. Paired with some goulash, rye bread and fresh cheese.

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

Photo of NumberNone
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NilocRellim
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very light, clear, pale golden colour. Light pilsner smell with faint hops. Light, crisp pilsner with slight hops. Basic, but refreshing.

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Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of monorailred
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Antg8989
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good pilsner.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,941 ratings.
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