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Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

Rating: 3.95

My seventh Firestone Walker beer now and what will be my fifth from this year alone, Pivo Pils is the brewery’s German pilsner with a hoppy Bohemian twist. Currently rated as the seventh best German style pilsner on the BeerAdvocate website, the beer is one that was introduced at the brewery’s brewpub in late 2011 before being launched to a wider audience in 2012 and has already picked up a couple of awards in a few short years including gold medals at both the 2013 & 2014 Great American Beer Festival’s as well as a bronze at the 2013 California State Fair. This Firestone Walker offering follows on from July’s Double Jack and Wookey Jack offerings and will be my second can from the brewery after I tried there Easy Jack IPA back in June of this year. Pivo Pils will also be my sixty-first beer to hail from California making it by far and away my most visited state when it comes to beer and one that is quite a distance ahead of my second most visited, Colorado from which I’ve tried twenty-two beers thus far.

Firestone Walker Pivo Pils

Appearance (4/5): A very light, lemon yellow tinged amber that it topped with a centimetre tall, foamy white head that manages to hold well over the opening minute before fading ever so slightly but not disappearing completely. It’s not a bad-looking beer but it’s definitely a lot lighter than I’d beer expecting, even for a pilsner.
Aroma (7/10): This one starts with some nice lemon and floral notes before some earthy hops and a few pilsner malts make an appearance. It’s quite a fresh smelling beer with some touches of bitterness and a bread like aroma around the middle. Some background citrus and juices start to come through after that with a faint yeast smell towards the end.
Taste (8/10): Fresh tasting with lots of citrus and lemon flavours coming through alongside some Czech hops and a slightly floral taste. There’s some biscuit malts and grassy flavours in the mix around the middle before some sweetness and a light bitterness sees things out.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a slight tang and a medium body that features crisp, strong carbonation. The beer has a very slightly dry feel to it but seems quite fresh and is certainly an easy one to drink.

Overall (17/20): Quite a light feeling, fresh and almost fluffy tasting beer that was very easy to drink with a great citrus and lemon taste and crisp, clean finish. There was definitely more hops coming through than is usually the case with a pilsner but it wasn’t overloaded in any way, there was a nice balance to the beer and it was one that I enjoyed with just the right amount of bitterness coming through and some touches of sweetness in there too; great stuff.

Brewed In: Paso Robles, California, United States of America
Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co.
First Brewed: 2011
Type: German Pilsner
Abv: 5.3%
Serving: Can (355ml)
Purchased: Brewdog.com
Price: £3.00

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