Pivo Pils | Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

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1,956 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-22-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,956
Reviews:
307
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
10.55%
 
 
Wants:
108
Gots:
441
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Bum4ever
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cbyrd4088
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of josanguapo
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

From Labirratorium. Ik Teku glass. Playing Forge of Gods. Just slightly hoppy, without losing the pils character like in other hoppy pilsens, providing just some grassy notes. Crushable

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Photo of mltobin
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of matcris
4.86/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear yellow/golden, lots of medium sized bubbles rising. A finger of white head that fades to a thin layer and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is white bread crust, grain and grass. Flavor is perfect! Nothing overdone, here. Nice blend of sweet bready malt, grassy hay, and spicy. Subtle on the bitterness, and a hint of citrus. Feel is medium full, this one has some body! Perfect lively carbonation, dry, but not too dry. Love it, can't wait to have the other one i got, and then go get more.

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Photo of GlendonTT
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott_McCool
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeeeerProdigy30
4.51/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

You can try to visualize Pivo Pils as a lemon chiffon cake, its creamy white head even doubles for the icing. It has a very fair complexion, even for something already on the pale end of the spectrum; away from the light it looks almost straw-coloured. Its soft haze does little to dim the flashy highlights. The lacing sticks like super glue.

Proper, traditional Pilsners shouldn't have to advertise the word "hoppy" on their label - it'll be apparent right off the bat. Then again, Pivo is not your traditional pilsner. Sure, it may be brewed with three German hops (Spalt, Saphir, Magnum) but this bouquet of lemongrass, bergamot, lychee, lavender and green rooibos doesn't fit the conventional mold by any means.

That West Coast "twang" is evident on the palate too, where all the fruity, herbal and floral notes listed above are allowed to sparkle and shine over a grain bill that is so clean as to be almost neutral. Pilsners often contain bready, biscuity maltiness but this one supplies little other than a faint honeyed quality. It's the hops that do all the talking in this relationship.

But their bark is much greater than their bite; dry-hopping infused tons of flavour but left iso-alpha acids out of the picture. The bitterness at the end is crisp and brief, leaving a fleeting, grassy green aftertaste dominated by pleasant citrus skin notes. As result, its drinkability is best summed up by that prototypical southern Californian surfer/skater term: crushable.

Indeed, something about Pivo Pils exudes that "every day is sunny, the fruit is always fresh, you can drive your convertible to the beach all year long" kind of southern California essence. It'd be hard to find a better everyday beer for the modern craft beer drinker - it's an explosion of hoppiness in a light, bright, chill and utterly chuggable package.

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Photo of crwrunner
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma has a bright hop aroma that reminds me of lemon and lemon grass. The grainy malt aroma that is usually in pilsners is not there. I get a lot of floral and lemongrass and the bitterness of a lemon from the taste. Not my favorite. Very drying in the mouth. Overall not my favorite from this brewery although I think they did a great job achieving what they set out to do. It is a great beer just not what I like to drink. I think the sapphire hops could go great with a different beer though.

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Photo of Avatar113
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The look is fairly clear with a light golden tint. There is is a solid hoppy and citrus aroma, but less than others. Then you give it a taste and there is plenty of it as the hops and citrus notes come on strong. The brew is not overally carbonated, but there is a slightly bitter finish. Overall the taste is crisp and enjoyable, but I've had Pils that I have liked better. Overall this is an interesting Pils, good but not great. A respectable Pilsner from a respected brewery.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pour is straw yellow with minimal head and little to no lacing. Smells of grain, hops, straw, and little soapy. Taste is very nice, full flavor Pils with all the great tastes that should be in a pilsner. Got some hops, malt, citrus, it left you craving more. I really enjoyed this beer. It finished clean and was so well balanced it was just fantastic. Awesome summer beer and anytime for that sake, very enjoyable!

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

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 1,956 ratings.
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