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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak PilzLive Oak Pilz

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very good

56 Reviews
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Reviews: 56
Hads: 187
Avg: 4
pDev: 23.25%
Wants: 36
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 187
Reviews by rowew:
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Slightly cloudy, flavor is a nice combination of malt, hop spice, and the mineral flavors I enjoy from a pilsner. highly drinkable, I could definitely enjoy several of these. Medium bodied, with a smell that reminds me of noble hops.

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Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint on-tap at Doc's in Houston

L: mostly clear yellow, nice white foam, head just 1/2-inch at most, thick collar, no lace. Maybe debris. wasn' t poured into a pilsener, so it's hard to judge the head here, but as it is, not bad.

S: sweet green grass, some grain, super sweet onion (as in, it's almost not onion it's so sweet) ... So good as it warms. So sweet but not bread malt ... It's like sweet green hops. amazing. really opens up.

T: fantastic grain bomb at first with green grass hop bite, but the bitter is very subdued. like the nose has a hop note that's super sweet, the taste here has hop flavor but a very controlled bitterness. very good. VERY good, in fact. I could drink this all the time.

F: light but good carbonation. it's not as dry as I think the Czech pilsener is often touted as, but there's nothing wrong here.

O: very nice. Sharp corners on a true Old World style in that it isn't overly Americanized. the sweetness is not full on bread malt, but the grassy hop bite is also restrained nicely, so it's really solid. Live Oak is becoming world-craftbeer-wide famous for it's hefeweizen, but this pils is no slouch at all. fantastic beer.

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Photo of Tiernan
2.5/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dill
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Djenx
2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of javlin624
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of dankabier1
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of permian-boozer
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bobbrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BeerZack
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.