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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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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

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Reviews: 284 | Ratings: 1,884
Photo of dgmirelli
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a session beer for sure, look was light pale yellow, not much of a smell (out of a plastic cup on the train) taste was even, not a trace of hops to me not very long and light, did not feel the citrus as mentioned by others, feel again was light malty and thinner than other pils. overall a very solid good beer, session all the way.

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Photo of Chaz
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale straw in color, with nearly-brilliant clarity (a touch of chill haze). Nice bone-white head which drops after a minute or two, so good head retention and good lacing in a clean, vintage glass. Decent carbonation (appropriate for the style).

Big blast o' hops on the nose. Noble-esque to be sure, but with a familiar, innovative American twist. Which came first -- this or Prima Pils? Does it matter? This is close enough to what I like with some malt character (even biscuity) and a bit of grassy note.

Sweetish and lightly tangy, but with a big rush of hop right in the middle, and lingering biscuit malt character intermingling with the bitterness. Bitterness is not as sharp as like, but better than most.

Hop character and malt character achieve an excellent balance as it pertains to the classic examples of the style, although I find to be more in the German than the Czech Plz vein.

Very refined, altogether, and much better than the average (over-hopped, too strong... ) American Craft brewery rendition of the style.

Lastly, while I understand what they're going for with this one (I really do) I am an old stick in the mud who prefers a rather traditional take on the various distinct styles of Pils. To that end I'm afraid I won't give it the sort of rave review that I've heard and read from others, but darn it! I'm a grumpy guy tonight. Oh, I'm fooling nobody I'm always this way. ;)

Code on the front label: 07/07/15

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and straw pale. Bubbles quickly rise from the base of the glass to join the big foam on top. A fairly aggressive pour rendered an excellent head that just sat and stayed. It took a solid three minutes for the finger and a half of bubbles to finally collapse into a bumpy, thin cap. The lacing is very complete on the back of the glass, with just a few, small, round windows that open up.

SMELL: Not a ton on the nose, but some light, slightly citrusy hops dance around a fresh sourdough bread aroma.

TASTE: Most of the nose comes through in the flavor as well. The citrus, however, is accentuated and the bread takes a bit of a backseat (although it is still very noticeable). I would not describe this beer as bitter at all, but the very tail end does have a bit of a bitter bite.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied and way too easy to drink. The carbonation provides a solid sparkle, enough to tickle the palate, but not enough to be abrasive. The beer leans towards the dry side, but there is a bit of light malt to balance.

OVERALL: This is absolutely one of my go-to beers. I always notice the hops, but now that I am taking the time to actually sit down with it, focus on it and really get into it, I am noticing that bite on the tail end for the first time. It’s quite nice, and I think it may be the reason I keep coming back to this beer time and again. Easily one of the best Pilsners on the planet.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can dated 4/1/15 poured into a pils glass
A: Pale yellow with a 2-finger head
S: Clean, bready, hops and citrus
T: Matches the nose. Bolder than most pils but that was expected!
M: Light-bodied, clean, bitter
O: Tasty, a nice West-coast take on the style

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Photo of maedhros09
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: clear pale straw gold great head and lacing
Smell: herbal grassy malty, very fresh and inviting
Taste: light floral mild refreshing, crisp, dry, very slightly citrusy
Feel: Light, spritely carbonation

Overall: A very refreshing dry pilsner, very sessionable. I love the aromas and it looks fantastic.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355ml Can from Brewdog's online store:
Light & fresh with a fluffy feel and nice citrus flavours. It's clean with more hops than usual for the style but holds a nice balance with some pleasant bitterness coming through alongside some background sweetness.; great stuff.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a Pivo Pils glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color with thousands of tiny bubbles rising to feed four inches of white head that leaves some nice lacing.

It has a sweet, lemony, floral aroma.

The taste has lemongrass, lime, hints of metal, and a noted hop presence.

Light mouthfeel

This is a fantastic pilsner. I have been disappointed in the few core Firestone Walker beers that I had tried. This one makes up for that lost ground. I could drink this everyday.

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

Canned: 6-25-15 (4 months)

L: light yellow, clear, persistent white head
S: bready, crackerlike, lightly floral
T: clean, dry, light toast
F: medium-light body, light carbonation prickle, lingering bitterness coats the tongue
O: tasty, balanced, very drinkable

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Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear golden body with abundant carbonation bubbles leading to a three finger white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice Pilsner, classic in execution. Scents of floral, jasmine-like noble hop aromas at medium-high levels, leading into moderate aromas of clover honey and bready Pilsner malt with a light spicy noble hop and graham cracker presence. Overall impression of aroma is of a crisp, hop-forward interpretation of a German Pilsner that is quite pleasing. Flavor begins hoppy with moderate bitterness, imparting notes of floral and spicy noble hops at high levels and a light grainy and honey-like Pilsner malt undercurrent. Middle gains in bitterness but continues to have high levels of noble hop-derived flavors. Finish is dry with floral and spicy hop flavors dominating, but with a light honey and grainy malt presence in the background. Aftertaste is floral hops giving way to grainy malt and hop bitterness. Overall impression of flavor is of a crisp, clean, dry, hoppy German Pilsner that reaches a higher level of hop character and bitterness than many examples of the style but still stats within its boundaries. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp, smooth feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a very good German Pilsner. Overall this is a good American-style take on a German Pilsner. The hop character in aroma and flavor have been upped slightly imparting a greater level of the floral and spicy qualities of the style. This is a flavorful yet crisp and clean beer and one of the best lager offerings around.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crisp, clear, and pale yellow, with almost no fizz, but there's plenty of bubbles once you start drinking it - it's like they're hiding, or maybe I poured too gently.

Either way, this is a really nice pilsner, overall. I'm not a fan of the style, but this is about as flavorful and intriguing a representation as I've had - typical for FW. Smell gives the hop flavors away pretty nicely. Not too citrusy, not to resiny, just some nice bready yeast and hint of woody, earthy, flavor that is almost cardboardy, but not offensive.

The taste is relaxed in its hoppy bitterness, with only a hint coming in at the back. Otherwise, it's compulsively drinkable, like the way you wish the big, less flavorful pilsners and lagers would taste. About as fine an example of a "lawnmower beer" as you could ask for - mild, refreshing texture, and enough flavor to hook you but not so much that it betrays its style. Extra overall points to accommodate the fact that I'm generally not a fan of the style, so any pilsner that wows me must be awesome.

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden with a 1/2 inch foamy head. Nose is bready malt with citrus zest. Taste is citrusy on the front with a delightfully bitter finish. Feel is perfectly crisp and light. Overall this is great. A great beer for a summer day. I could drink these all day long.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the idea of a pilsner but rarely find one I would buy again. Enjoyed this one out of a can. Looks as I would expected, pale in color, has a nice bready aroma. Taste follows with more hoppiness than I picked up in the smell. Well done.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Bottled 3/18/15 (6 months old)
Purchased in a $10 mystery bag at the Iron Abbey in Horsham, PA.

Straw with a 1/2 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Cracker, honey, lemon, and some noble hoppiness.

Cracker and honey sweet malts. Lemony hops with some hints of orange citrus. Light grassy noble hoppiness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

For being 6 months old (thanks again, Iron Abbey) this still retains the aspects of a traditional German Pilsner. This one is definitely worth picking up fresh.

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Photo of Shippy
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Very light gold color, with a quickly dissipating white, foamy head. Mild floral hop aromas. Medium mouth feel with quite a bit of carbonation. Nice balanced flavors, with lemongrass and bitterness most prevalent.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Brilliant golden, straw yellow. Very crisp and clear. Head is very light and shrinks down, though it remains throughout.
S: Hops are present, a sort of wet, dank hop smell, maybe a bit of floral. Some sweetness
T: Very crisp, more hop forward than a typical pils. There is some sweet and toasty flavors from the malt. Despite leaning toward hoppiness, it is still quite well balanced.
F: Very smooth. Goes back easy. A touch of bitterness/astringency, and dryness on the finish. But this does not take away from the refreshing qualities of the beer too much.
O: A great beer. Stacks up well with a German import. Not the best pils I've ever had, definately not the worst. It is well balanced but also not remarkable. Will drink again.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pilsener glass. Canned on 04-01-15.

L: Very clear light gold color. White and foamy head poured around 2 fingers, but disappeared. Lacing is ok.

S: Citrusy. Some orange and some lemon. Some very nice aromatic floral hops. This beer smells delicious.

T: Some bready malt and lemon flavors to begin with. Bitter at the end. Pretty tasty.

F: Light feeling, pretty carbonated, crisp dry finish.

O: This is a great tasting beer. I have only had a few beers from Firestone Walker, but I have yet to be let down. I will be picking up more of this one.

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Photo of mabermud
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Great looking can. Darker straw colored body. The head is sea foamy and puffy. Clingy head.
Smell: Aromas of wheat bread, grass, tight citrus, and light hops.
Taste: Tastes like a fine German Pilsener. The taste follows the smell, throw in some sour dough bread.
Feel: Light to medium body. Medium-High carbonation. Crisp. Medium finish. Nice amount of lather in the box.

Overall - Not bad. A nice day time beer/summer beer.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear straw color. Aroma much that of a german pils, with an abundance of hops. Tastes clean and refreshing with that german sweet breadiness, with a pleasant added dose of german hops. A great american take on a classic style! Prost!

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Photo of 71ADub
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In a pint glass, on tap. Suitably cool. 5.3%

A - straw colored. Lots of big bubbles, Teeny white head.
S - it has that lager yeast smell. Some weak hop aroma, kinda earthy.
T - tastes like a right proper pilsner from Deutschland. No noticeable hop flavor, ever so slightly bitter, but that could be the carbonation talking. Maybe a hint of some malt when it first hits your tongue, but it dissappears rapidly.
M - silky smooth, easy to quaff. Highly carbonated.
O - Good lager for a hot summer day. Recommend it.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy light yellow body with two finger head that quickly died and left little lace. The aroma has notes of sweet and cracker like pils malt but grassy, earthy hops seem to be the dominant aroma in nose. A clean, smooth, easy drinking pils that has some breadiness for a fuller body and a touch of sweetness. These aspects are overshadowed, but not overpowered, by a grassy, earthy hoppiness that is stronger than what is usually found in a pils and is a welcome addition.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml can bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a very pale straw yellow colour... slightly off white head poured quite loose and frothy then faded fairly quickly to almost nothing... only the faintest trace of carbonation... some light lacing...

Aroma - Good citrusy and grassy hops to the fore, sweet biscuity and grainy malts, quite peppery, some marzipan notes, light mint, juicy fruits (lemons, grapefruits, pears and light mangoes), floral honey, cut wet grass and hay, faint caramel...

Taste - Lightly sweet biscuit malts followed by good lingering citrusy and peppery hop bitterness, spicy juicy fruits (grapefruits, sour apples, pears), light biscuity malts, some sweet floral honey, grassy, sweet grains, lightly perfumed, quite herbal, some saltiness, light traces of chalk...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry... Light body... An extremely quaffable and sessionable brew...

Overall - An excellent example of a Pilsener and one of the best i've had... recommended...

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Photo of BuccoFan
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice gold color combined with perfect head and lacing. Refreshing taste, too. Missing a little something in finish that puts it solidly behind Victory's.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap:
Revisit 7/2016 from can:
Pours a light golden, almost yellow. The head was decent sized with this pour, nothing great but it does last. Bubbles steaming to sustain it are visible in the clear liquid.
(Revisit: pour is a little soapy versus being tighter of fluffier)

Smell is absent for the most part early, lightly grainy with maybe just a hint of grass or metal when I search. Standard for a style that to me doesn't rely on the nose.
(Revisit: definitely get the grassy/slightly metallic note from the hops - evident but not overpowering)

Opening actually seems a tad heavy due to the punch of bitterness that comes up front- grassy and peppery. It's not overpowering as the cereal sweetness does balance it, but it is sort of a reverse of what I was expecting.
(Revisit: definitely a bit hoppy with a bite more like a Czech Pils than many German Pils I have had)

A nice offering, with an almost Czech feel. It's a hoppy-leaning Pilsner, the hops playing a big role but not being overpowering.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color with a bunch of carbonation. Pours a thick white bubbly head. Leaves a great amount of lacing. A brilliant hoppy smell with light fruit and biscuit smell. An extremely crisp taste and hoppiness for a pilsner. A lemony smell and taste makes it very interesting. The biscuit taste is also very good. A very good pilsner.

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

White gold with steady rimming snow carpet. 4
Crackery grain and lots of old school American grassy hops with a hint of mint. 4
Saltines, then big hay, herb, and samphire hop bite. 4
Rosemary and grain sack finish and supertight linger.
Light, snappy, dry. 4

Magnum, Spalter Select, and Saphir.

Pils, and then some. Even allowing for not much malty sweetness, it still hits harder than 40 IBUs, and without Prima’s lemon. A hophead’s pils, and one that could suit food and sun as well as pub. 4

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 1,884 ratings.
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