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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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very good

160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003)
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Reviews by Shultzerdugen:
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.

Clear straw with a small tight bubbled head.

Bubble gum and banana notes from the malts are paired with an assertive grassy hop note.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. The round malt center fades abruptly into a bitter German (Saaz) hop finish. Mild lemony citrus notes come into play for the finish, and the caramel and bubble gum malt flavors grow around mid-pint.

A very solid Pilsner.

06-07-2006 01:00:49 | More by Shultzerdugen
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

04-13-2013 15:01:14 | More by withliterature
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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

10-07-2012 00:56:47 | More by Tiernan
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-19-2013 05:27:50 | More by Todd
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

served on tap into a pint glass

A - a nice golden color with a thin, white head.

S - grainy, yeasty smell.

T - yeasty with a touch of hops at the end.

M - light carbonation with a medium body.

D - this is a highly drinkable beer as most of the Live Oak offerings tend to be.

04-09-2008 02:16:18 | More by dill
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

11-19-2013 01:30:34 | More by Jason
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Sampled on tap at the Whip-In in Austin.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with some spicy hop character. The flavor is more of the pilsner malt as well as grassy and peppery/spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-19-2010 22:34:40 | More by Mora2000
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

07-16-2014 21:43:02 | More by Dello
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

05-14-2013 16:14:15 | More by valkyre65
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with a good bit of floral and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done beverage. Worth a shot if you see it on.

04-21-2010 02:03:29 | More by glid02
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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

07-18-2012 18:31:27 | More by Djenx
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3/5  rDev -23.9%

11-14-2011 15:32:17 | More by azorie
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

12-17-2013 01:18:51 | More by javlin624
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3.83/5  rDev -2.8%

Thanks to gawnphishin for this one! Poured from a 64oz growler into my Radeberger pokal.

Aureolin, cloudy body with a faint bright white collar. Very light but sticky lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a touch of graham cracker, biscuit, and spice. Faintly "pissy" herbal hop notes as well (Saaz?).

Grassy hops with a sweet papery malt flavor that hints at adjunct on the palate. Crisp yet round and faintly buttery tones lead into the gently bitter finish with hints of white pepper.

Silky, creamy, delicate mouthfeel - undercarbonated, but judging from the appearance this is from the serving style.

Would really like to have this on-tap some day, to see if the added carbonation would enliven the flavors further. Trying not to knock too many points just because this example arrived a touch flat and diminished.

A good domestic take on a Bohemian Pilsner, though not in the same league as Moonlight's Reality Czeck, for example.

03-24-2011 01:16:48 | More by augustgarage
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

07-24-2013 00:46:07 | More by pastramionrye7
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4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

08-30-2014 15:36:42 | More by permian-boozer
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4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

On-tap at the Gingerman. The body is just a touch thicker than most of the Czech pilsners but this lager does a great job of amplifying the Nobel hops without going over the top. There's a tasty lemon-herb hop character backed by mellow white bread malt to make this both satisfying.

02-23-2011 05:16:03 | More by tempest
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Disclaimer - I've only had this beer once and it was after I survived 1+ hours trying to give Rahr's beers a fair taste at their Saturday tasting (read mad house with free beer) recently (March 2008).

I happened upon the Gingerman in Fort Worth and after trying about 5 tastes of nothing special, I LOCKED onto Live Oak Pilsener! Whow what a treat! It was my life ring in a day of swarming beer sloshers at Rahr. This beer is a true Bohemian Pilz. Arguably my favorite pilsener of all time behind Tony Gomes' Saxer Pilsener.

I brought in my own pilsener glass and after about the 4th try the bartender poured it in the proper way. Slam it to the bottom from maximum height. Let it sit for 4 or 5 minutes and then nurse more gently down the side. A rocky snow cone head formed and rose about 1.5 inches above the rim.

The color is golden (didn't pay that much attention) but was opalescent as I remember Saxer's legendary product. The taste was clean and refreshing but the aftertaste is the grabber. It didn't lock my jaws as Tony's did but it dig grab me mid pallet and LINGERED! That's what I look for in a Pils and Live Oak delivered! Could it be that this sensation requires a decoction mash, or maybe a double?

I've been searching high and low lo 10+ years to find a replacement for my favorite, and now defunct, Pils and I've found a worthy substitute. And, in all places, Texas! I'd written off anything brewed in Tejas until I had this beer. Here's to hoping my second encounter will equal the first! Truly a World Class Pilsener! Bob SNOB from Washington / Portland

04-28-2009 15:07:45 | More by bobbrew
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

06-14-2012 05:21:14 | More by jheezee
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-12-2012 02:33:02 | More by Leftofthedial
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North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +18.8%

Crisp golden body with nice white head that fades after a few sips.
The aromas coming off this beer are intoxicating themselves. Very "grassy", spicy hops with some citrus, makes your mouth water.

Tastes just like you would expect from the smell- dry and crisp spicyness riding over a soft grainyness that allows the hops to win the tug-o-war just enough to keep you thirsty.

This is my second favorite LO beer and probably one of my favorite Pilseners of all time (better than any bottled import I've tried; not as hoppy as a Victory Prima, but still a real craft beer). Can drink this stuff like it was made from water!

04-15-2007 16:10:55 | More by BeerZack
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

11-22-2011 06:09:29 | More by Beertracker
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

01-17-2014 02:03:07 | More by JamLand
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-27-2011 21:59:10 | More by Diomede
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4.18/5  rDev +6.1%

Got this in a shaker pint at Crown and Anchor. Ate a mushroom swiss burger along with it. I feel lucky to have Live Oak available across the street from work :).

The beer is a rich, clear gold with a thin, white head. Maybe it's the serving glass, but this beer won't look great with this kind of head and retention. The body is solid, however.

The nose is grassy hops followed by a sweet and sazzy bite. Very noble nose.

The beer itself is mostly noble hops, but they're balanced by a creamy sweetness left by the malt backbone. How does Live Oak get their beers to be so smooth and creamy? The main hop flavor is Saaz, which I usually hate. However, the sweetness balances them and keeps everything in check. The lingering flavor is hop bitterness, but it's subdued and welcome. Perfect balance on the hop weight throughout the beer.

This is a great casual drinking beer and another victory for Live Oak.

05-22-2011 21:36:57 | More by UTCengOwl
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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
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