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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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87
very good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003)
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/19/2008 (draft @ Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX):

Pours a clear yellow colored body, with a white colored head, lastingish. Has some aroma, but not very much. Some grain maybe, it's hard to tell. Bitter taste, with some malt, watery palate.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 15:40:35 | More by jujubeast6000
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kinupanda

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color, almost straw-like; a thin ecru head that dissipates rather rapidly but provides a little bit of lacing. Smells very woodsy, with an adequate balance of malts and hops. The taste is crisp but very bitter in the back, and the alcohol is evident. Overly dense mouthfeel with a strong, dry aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: BELOW AVERAGE. I wasn't quite a fan of this one, but I guess it's because non-IPA bitter beers seem a little off to me. Still a decent, drinkable brew, but too much kick relative to other pilsners.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 08:02:16 | More by kinupanda
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Oak Pilz is a very good beer, but not something that gets me really excited. I'm pretty sure this is my first Czech pilsener, so I can't compare to anything. Appearance is a nice golden color, maybe a little hazy. Head is an average one-finger. Smell is a mix of mild piney hops and citrus. Wasn't quite expecting the pineyness. Taste is much like the smell, starts with mild pine hops and ends with a lemony zing. Fairly complex, but not too exciting. I usually like beers a little more malty. Drinkability is pretty good, this seems like the kind of beer that gets better after you get used to it after a couple pints. By the way, Live Oak beers are only available on-tap in central Texas, and in a few places in Houston.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2004 22:37:56 | More by Gagnonsux
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden pilsner. 1/4" white head that falls quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Typical pils. Crackery malt and spicy hops.

T - Bready pilsner malt backed by a spicy hop bite. Very simple, but very tasty.

M - Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation.

D - Good drinkability, very refreshing and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2007 23:29:31 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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armock

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some grassy hops

T - Decent taste grainy malt with grassy hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Over all this is a pretty good pilsener didn't quite live up to the local hype but its still a good beer for hot Texas days if you like pilseners its worth a try

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 19:29:20 | More by armock
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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing a growler of this; thanks Matthew. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, straw, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bread, and light sweet fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Body is dry and crisp.

o - Overall a pretty nice pils from Live Oak. Worth checking out if you like pilseners.

Serving type: growler

05-26-2011 02:48:16 | More by mdfb79
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illidurit

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours clear light gold with a puffy white head. Pale malts and a light Saaz hoppiness in the nose. Flavor is fresh grains with a crackery finish and a substantial bitterness that lingers in the finish. Dry and refreshing.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2011 08:15:36 | More by illidurit
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JDV

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty nice golden color with a smallish white head on tap. Heavy, doughy, musty yeasty smelling It smells strongly of mushy yeast and dough which isn't my favorite as the style goes, but still okay. As far as the taste, it is a lightly bitter bite, with a smooth finish. I didn't find this refreshing like some pilsners but rather, gooey and thicker from the heavily yeasty smell present in the nose, and also somewhat present in the taste. If you like heavy yeast flavor this is a great pilsner for you. I still prefer Live Oak's other beers to this, I'd say.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 21:38:19 | More by JDV
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jdense

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freetail, San Antonio, $5 pint, 4.20.11.

Clear gold body half finger white head full pour, multiple streams of lazy rising carbonation. Classic pilsener nose, quite floral, some breadiness and noble hops, not much sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, though once again not very sweet. Medium mouthfeel, clean, with little effervescence. Drinkable but hardly memorable. While it has a similar grade, not in the same league of Moonlight or Victory. Worth a try, however.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 23:08:04 | More by jdense
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for getting this growler in from Texas, though he did make me accept delivery, so I can't give him too much credit. Just kidding. Been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold color with a fizzy white head that leaves behind some average spotty lacing. The nose carries a heavy malt presence comprised of straw and grain. Also some light herbal and floral hops. The flavor is quite grainy and straw-like without much hop presence. There's also just a touch of sweetness. Light bitterness on a light body with average carbonation. Somewhat-dry finish. A solid beer, but a bit too grainy and not complex enough for my tastes. Would like to have seen a bit more noble hop character.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2011 00:53:22 | More by Thorpe429
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jamescain

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Draught House.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick, which slowly fades into a thin layer about a centimeter thick and then into a thin lacing over the top, very good head retention.

Aroma: Nice hoppy nose, citrus and slight pine, with a traditional Diacetyl German pils aroma, but not overbearing or
off putting.

Taste: Diacetyl and clean with a nice hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing, moderately high carbonation, very easy to drink with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great interpretation of a German style pils, in fact better than many of the German pils I’ve had in the past in Germany. It’s clean and refreshing and perfect for the summer. Easily in my top two for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:07:22 | More by jamescain
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augustgarage

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2011 01:16:48 | More by augustgarage
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pilsner. It is not great, but a very respectable offering. The Heffe still takes the cake at Live Oak.

A: Golden yellow with a decent head that pulls an impressively disappointing disappearing act. Zilch in the way of lacing.

S: Noble hops with a razor sharp crispness and a pinch of peppery floral aroma.

T: Biscuity beginning with a strong showing by the noble hops. Floral and spicy bitterness after the swallow on the finish.

M: A tad under the medium body mark with a healthy dose of carbonation.

D: Very much so. This, if you are into such a thing, is a beer worth pounding.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2009 00:32:29 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very low with a light caramel and a slight fruitiness. Some hop presence developed that was slightly spicy and a low sulphur was present.

The flavor was malty with a light caramel and a nice bittering component that was almost grassy and was long lasting.

The finish was dry with a crispness and lasting hop flavor long into the aftertaste that almost became menthol in character. The body was medium light and well done. A nice pils with just a hint of diacetyl in the flavor.

Draft at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. They were out of the O'fest so I opted for the Pilz.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2005 16:38:58 | More by GCBrewingCo
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rtepiak

Poland

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was a beer i was actually quite excited to finally experience when down here that turn out to be somwhat of a flop.

pours a good color of golden some thin it looks greenish in the low light. small head though. limp even. nose of yeast and apple. palate is more herbal than expected... and sweet for that matter. not too musky. some apple and some honey. but sweet not floral honey qualities. some chamomile? is this a bad tap?!?! not as crisp. the finish wasn't earth of minty. it was grain... i'm sort of disappointed.

will try again to test.

this was on mishap of the bar i had it at. when fresh this beer is quite nice. crisp with a good refreshing hop... not as hoppy as some americans and not as floral... but quite a nice mint... grass. peppermint crisp and a poor protein starch malt. but absolutely not in the foreground to the malt character. just one dimensional finish... not much fruit. straw bitter. hay.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2009 04:17:53 | More by rtepiak
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aggiearcher13

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

A: Slight head, a little bit of lacing but not much to speak of. Very light golden straw color, slightly hazy, moderate carbonation.

S: Kind of a sweaty doughy aroma, which doesn't sound good but actually is rather pleasant. Grassy with a little bit of floral and peppery spice to it.

T: A lot going on with the flavor, spicy and bready, and some good bitterness from the saaz. Quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body, easy drinking. Fairly dry on the finish.

D: Pretty solid session beer, I really enjoyed it and will have to keep an eye out for it from now on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 23:10:45 | More by aggiearcher13
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bisonkron

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - thick pale colored head, slightly cloudy.

S - Strong grassy hop smell, great.

T - Strong, crisp, similar to an IPA, the hops shine through here.

M - very light and crisp

D - a little strong, and not real easy to drink, I won't be seeking this one out again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 04:40:35 | More by bisonkron
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the "Whip In" in Austin, TX while there on business. Beer came with little to no head and did not leave any lacing to speak of. The beer was a very light gold or straw color with just a few strands of carbonation .

Aroma was of dough with some grains, minerals and slightly of yeast.

Flavor was very. Nice.slight sweetness, bread like, nice spice and hop presence. Yeast flavor does come through. A bit too much yeast for my taste..

Body is thin, the feel is slightly chalky and crisp.

Very drinkable and definitely a session beer. A nice pilsner, but not on par with Victory Prima or Stoudts.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2009 03:31:06 | More by Reagan1984
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of fthomasl, gracias! Pours a very clear, light gold color with a moderate cap of white head. Pretty standard looking pils, nothing stands out.

Nose is biscuity and actually a little earthy with a leafy hop aroma. I am surprised at the balance of the nose, I was expecting a hoppier aroma.

Taste shows plenty of bitterness. Not an abundance of hop flavor and it does have a decent malt backing. Its kind of an earthy pilsner with the malts not just grainy and all two-row. Nice and fresh with a full body. Good brew, one of the best pilsners in Texas.

Serving type: growler

10-23-2011 23:49:16 | More by twiggamortis420
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MJ brought along a of keg of this for his tasting at the 3-22-03 event. Sweet musty nose. Not much of a persistant head.. slight white ring of fine foam in the glass. Gold color to the brew in the glass. Upon first sample you really note the balenced bitterness. The bitterness is there but the malt spine really stands up to it. Smooth mouth with a medium body. Crisp, bitter hop finish to the taste and tongue. Quite drinkable. There is also a very slight smoke (oak?) finish to the beer as well. A nice pilzzzzzzz.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2003 12:36:23 | More by frank4sail
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beerdiablo

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Pilz carries a bit more hops than a regular Pils and in this day and age of American brewing, that’s not a bad thing. There’s a bit more malt presence, which combined with the hops has this beer nearing “big beer” territory.
I wouldn’t classify this as a session lager but is good for when you want to slow things down a bit.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2005 04:49:56 | More by beerdiablo
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on at the Lovejoy Tavern in Austin. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant gold with a lasting head and nice lace.

The aroma is fresh, slightly spicy (pepper & floral tones)with a bit of cracker notes.

Nice brisk taste. The hops add some nice spice notes that are offset by a bit of sweetness. I bet this one would go great with food.

A solid mouth with great carbonation make this one an easy drinker. Nice beer here folks!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2006 16:55:47 | More by Redrover
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pmcgill10

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this pilsner on tap at Live Oak Brewery in East Austin. Served in a plastic pint glass. Has a golden appearance with a frothy white head. Smells like hop heaven with an abundance of floral notes. Made with mostly czech ingredients -- Hops from bohemia, barley from moravia -- this is as czech as you can get in Texas. Hop bitterness up front balances well with the bready finish, a very straightforward lager. This is my idea of a czech pilsner: slightly malty, very bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2008 09:06:12 | More by pmcgill10
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Dig Pub.
Pours a 2 finger head that dissipated slowly.
Color is straw and very clear.
Aroma is floral, grassy, noble hops
Taste is malty, smooth bitterness, bready, spicy, grainy. Very well balanced. Not as bitter as most pilsners.
Mouthfeel is solid. You can feel the graininess, viscosity of the malt. Excellent for a 4.9% beer that it is.
Drinkability: excellent also, One of my favorite pilsners.
A quiet shining star from the live oak brewery...

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2009 03:16:00 | More by JonathanL7890
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2010 22:34:40 | More by Mora2000
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