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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 | website

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: 277 | Ratings: 1,846
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 HorseheadsHopHead
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. Canned on 4/01/15.

LOOK: Clear, extremely pale yellow with steady streams of bubbles rising to the top. An enormous fluffy white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

SMELL: Well, the hops have held up surprisingly well. I can only imagine how hoppy this must be fresh. Pleasant floral and grassy notes meet the nose, backed by a delicate crackery sweetness. Slightly muted, though, perhaps from the age.

Taste: Subtle and light, yet tasty and refreshing. Fresh flower and grass flavors, backed by cracker malt sweetness. Neither too bitter nor too sweet. Perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. A slight hint of pepper on the back end.

FEEL: A nice pillowy soft mouthfeel. Crisply carbonated. Light but not too watery.

OVERALL: A nice, easy-drinking pilsner I would gladly buy again, especially if it were fresher.

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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 rydub
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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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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Photo of sweemzander
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear brilliant yellow color. Produced a good head of creamy white froth. Good retention and lacing.

(S)- A nice combo of piney lemon meets a mid grainy honey biscuit. Very nice aroma.

(T)- Again, a nice honeyed biscuit aspect, but quickly flows into a mountain of piney lemon.

(M)- A hefty bitterness with all that pine, but has a nice carbonation level.

(O)- It is successful, but maybe a little too much pine/bitterness for me to put a few away at a time

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

Deceivingly light color, looking weak, like ginger ale, but as good, if not better than Prima from victory. A bit hoppier than the Prima. This is a keeper! 8/14/15 pils tasting on the front deck.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Finger and a half of slightly off white head has pretty okay retention. This beer is hazy pale straw in color. Average lacing. An occasional bubble rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Aluminum metallic hops. Slight biscuit malt and an underlying fruit. Lemon and... Green apple?

Taste: More of the same. Biscuit is a bit more pronounced. A little bit to sweet for a pils, in my opinion.

Feel: Medium bodied. Carbonation is a bit understated. A little coarse.

Overall: Kind of reminds me of a dry hopped cider. Really interesting. Not really indicative of the style. Decent beer though. Good beer for passing out on the back of a riding mower but I don't think I will be revisiting this very soon.

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Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat light nose, pours almost nice and bright. What a nice and crisp beer. Has a great clean and crisp finish, almost like a sweet bubble gum flavor to boot.

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Photo of Beermanic
2.91/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very light straw colour with a very nice white as snow head.

S:Classic German hop aroma, a bit to heavy for a German style Pils

T: The flavor is all hops. Overwhelming hop profile, covers up the pilsner malty flavor, dry finish.

M: Nice carbonation, with a dryish lager finish and a hop kick.

O:Not to style, easy drinking and enjoyable..... Once you get use to the hop avalanche that comes at you with out warning. Hence the low score.

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Photo of Miller138
2.81/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Out of the Bottle
Very nice straw/gold color. Proper carbonation and a nice white head that left a healthy lace after dissipating. Flavor is dominated by the hops. Though a spicy hop character is appropriate for a pils, I think this one was too much for the style. The bitterness had an astringent quality that lingers on the tongue for quite awhile. There is little to no contribution from the malt side to balance the bitterness and the yeast was neutral.

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

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a transparent yellow golden color. The head is frothy thick with a slow dissipation that allows some nice lacing weaving its way around the glass and sticking nicely as well.
The smell starts off with a delicate bready/yeastiness sliding into light grassy sweet hops.
The taste takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a thorough grassy sweet to semi-bitter hoppiness. There's no aftertaste nor finish.
The mouthfeel sat about a light on the body with a good carbonation to it.
Overall, this was a wonderful German Pilsener that would definitely go with its respected food.

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Pivo Pils from Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.
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