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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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 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 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 TongoRad
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is just a stunning example of a Pils. It has everything you'd expect and then some- especially in the aroma. Not only is there an abundance of grassy hops and biscuity malt, but dried flowers and candied lemon rind weave their way in there beautifully creating a fantastic hybrid take on the style that stays true to its roots. Overall it's vibrant and lively, yet simultaneously easy to drink; the finish is dry and bitter, yet not overwhelmingly so. There are some hoppy pilsners that leave me with an overbearing resiny sensation on the palate, but not so with this one- it's aggressive for sure, but still knows why it was invited to the party in the first place.

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Photo of sjones5045
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/27/15 Home Can

Pour straw yellow with a nice three finger white head.

The smell is a sweet and spicy hop nose. IT's pretty good. Not what you'd expect from a pils.

Then taste is good too. Nice hop balance with a few notes of different spice but its very much in the background.

This is pretty smooth and an easy drinker. Not sure if I would reach for it much over an IPA but still a pretty good beer.

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

Pours a pale crystal clear straw with minimal head. Light aroma of Pilsner malt. There is a light spiciness in the flavor but not really much malt presence. It is easy drinking and refreshing.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely dry, with a large bitter hop presence. No flavor from the hops other than the bitterness though. This just did not work for me, mainly because it was so dry with no hint of balancing sweetness to speak of.

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -8.5%
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 +8.8%
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 +1%
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 +3.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +5.5%
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 +6.3%
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 +13.1%
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 +8.8%
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 +10.1%
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%
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 +3%
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 -16.1%
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 +2.8%
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 +2.8%
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 -0.5%
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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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,919 ratings.
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