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Rating: 3.5/5 Pints … use graphic
Even before I started this review, I did the No. 1 "no no" that should never happen in any beer review — spill beer before critiquing it. Thankfully it was only a splash … but that splash could have gone to my belly instead of falling on the floor!
Well, I was overly excited when I saw this week’s beer at the LC, so it has a bit to do with me spilling it anywhere and everywhere.
On Tuesday, I went to the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart and noticed that California’s Firestone Walker Brewing’s Pivo Pilsner was calling my name. Pivo Pils is the first beer to ever be officially available in Manitoba — their beer has been available at Flatlanders’ Beer Festival in the past, but never for the general public.
Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils is described as a classically rendered pilsner with a West Coast dry‐hopping twist, showcasing stylistic influences from Germany, Italy and the Czech Republic.
Pouring the beer, it has your classic European golden straw body with a mild amount of carbonation and a light amount of snow white head on top.
Prior to this review, I’ve had Firestone Walker’s beer only a small handful times in my life … and my entire experience with their beer was that their beers were generally incredibly bitter. Pivo Pilsner was nowhere near as bitter as what I was expected — the beer had a moderate grain malt profile that gave off a bit of a toasted barley presence, notes of caramel, and a hint of bread at the end, the hop presence is mostly a grass-like aroma with a slight scent of pine to it.
Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils tastes quite bitter compared to your typical pilsner — I’m getting a hefty amount of pine and grass notes to it, a bit of lemon, and a fresh-cut Prairie barley presence that has a gritty cereal profile to it. There is a mild aftertaste from the hops to give it a bit of a bitter pine aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a pretty light pilsner, even with it coming from all the way from California.
I’m incredibly giddy to see a Firestone Walker beer available for public consumption in Manitoba as the brewery was considered to be one of the best classic American craft breweries. It turns out they were purchased by Duvel Moortgat Brewery out of Belgium a few years back, Duvel is the maker of, well … the amazing Duvel beer, as well as the owner of Brewery Ommegang, Brasserie Achouffe, Brouwerij De Koninck and Boulevard Brewing — all being breweries that have been available right here in Manitoba at some point in the past decade, amazing beers at that!
Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils is a crisp, light pilsner with a sweet grainy malt profile, notes of lemon, a moderate pine and grassy hop presence and a bit of a floral presence at the end. Pivo has a good deal of a pine aftertaste on the palate, something I didn’t really expect from a typical pilsner, but it pops out anyway.
When I was told about the profile of this beer from Manitoba Liquor Marts’ website, I was expecting it to be very bitter hop forward, when in reality it’s quite light for this day and age. In fact, it was in line with your typical new era North American meets Eastern European pilsner. You can find Firestone Walker’s Pivo Pils at the 10th and Victoria Liquor Mart for $3.99 per 355 mL can.