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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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88
very good

154 Ratings
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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 18
Gots: 4 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003)
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t0rin0

California

3/5  rDev -23.5%

10-21-2012 12:46:27 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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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brentk56

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy golden color and a modest head that didn't leave much lacing

Smell: Crisp and grassy noble hop aroma wih a slightly floral quality

Taste: Bready start with the crisp noble hop flavors emerging by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral element comes on strong and provides a balanced, but distinctly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable - one of the better domestic pilsners I have tasted; not as big and bitter as Victory but easier to drink because of the floral elements

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2007 02:06:55 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

10-15-2013 14:33:07 | More by nmann08
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

04-01-2012 20:25:40 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

3/5  rDev -23.5%

12-21-2011 19:30:19 | More by Texasfan549
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

11-19-2013 01:30:34 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Huhzubendah -- awesome get here. Beer is served in a snifter of sorts. Beer is yellow and clear with mild to moderate carbonation. Beer has a decent head with minimal lacing, looks like beer.

Aroma is weak but there is that faded background of pilsen malt in there. I like the aroma personally.

Beer is thin, bright and wet with an oddly bitter finish. The bitterness tastes like it comes from some noble hop variety but it is hard to pin down. The overall beer is quite good, very refreshing and a great pilsner. I'd have it again.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2011 21:16:20 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%
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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mdfb79

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives with a clear gold color. It is topped by a frothy, half-finger thick, pale off white colored head that leaves some faint lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through. The aroma is herbal, grassy, and has a touch citrus character to it. It is quite dry smelling, with a cracker like maltiness; this has a really nice malt expression to it though this is fairly light and I like the smooth, integrated hop character that is here as well.

As the beer first hits my palate, it is crisp, with a bite of hop bitterness, a lean pale malt character, and is overall quite cool and refreshing. The bitterness has an herbal edge to it, and is definitely a showcase for a clean, noble hop laden spiciness and herbal character. A cracker like malt / grain character lingers on the palate with the hop bitterness, the latter dominates finish just enough that you really want to take another sip.

This is quite easy drinking, before I know it the beer is gone; this is an awesome Pilsener that I would love to drink a lot of. It might even be better than HefeWeizen from the same brewery, though I would need to be in right mood to consume this beer (though I don’t see that of being much of an issue).

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2013 02:33:17 | More by Gueuzedude
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 05:16:03 | More by tempest
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good finger's worth of bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose was pungent with fresh-mown grass (read Saaz hops). Color was a medium-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid Saaz bite on the tongue. Finish was light, dry, satisfying. Pilsner as pilsner should be! 5's!

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 23:37:05 | More by woodychandler
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Screw-top growler received via trade from SSW117. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head recedes gradually, with a solid coating of lace. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is pale sweet upfront, lots of spicy Saaz in the middle, which just keeps on keeping on through the close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, with the biting hops keeping it interesting, and drinkability is great. Go find some, you won't be sorry.

Serving type: growler

08-21-2009 20:40:24 | More by ppoitras
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my good buddy Curtis for sending me this growler. Shared with some hooligans last weekend.

The beer is light orange, with 1/2" head and lasting retention. The aroma is really nice, bringing a healthy dose of pils malt. The flavor is malt forward, and lacks the Noble hop presence of a beer like Prima Pils. I actually prefer less of a hop presence / finish in a pilsener. The carbonation level is spot on. The growler packaging job was superb, and this was fresh tasting and full of zesty carbonation. The finish was quite dry, which I rather liked. Overall, a solid example of the style. I am very glad to have tried this, and I would certainly enjoy having it again.

Serving type: growler

05-27-2011 00:40:27 | More by Huhzubendah
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
Clear gold with a shirt white cap. Nice lacing and good head retention. Intense noble hop aroma, grassy, floral, and spicy, with a little bit of grainy malt in the background. Solid bitterness from start to finish, mild cereal sweetness with plen more floral and spicy hop character. It had more body than I expected for a pils, a little more richness, but the texture was smooth and carbonation was soft, making for a very easy to drink beer. I quite enjoyed this beer and could see it becoming a staple if it was available in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2011 22:26:27 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 02:03:29 | More by glid02
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

01-22-2013 21:19:10 | More by drummermattie02
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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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champ103

Texas

4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger fluffy white head forms and leaves plenty of lace.
S: Bread and biscuit malt. Awesome toasted grains. Followed by grassy, spicy, peppery hops. Then the hops turn very fruity. Citrus and orange rind. Awesome.
T: A great balance between floral and grassy hops that are slightly bitter. Malty bread and biscuit flavors. Citrus and orange like fruity hops and a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body with medium carbonation. A nice snap on the tongue, and very refreshing. So clean, crisp, and dry. Easy and smooth to drink. I can, and often do drink this all day.

Another great beer from Live Oak and an awesome Pilz. A near perfect example of a lager. One of my favorites, not just in Texas, but anywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 04:59:39 | More by champ103
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illidurit

California

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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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mynie

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice pour, dark filtered gold coruscating like champagne with a bright white head.

Smells light. Saaz hops are present, but not all that strong, and the regular pale malt lagered smooth that you expect from a pils, but not really complex or intense.

Tastes great, a lot more lively than the aroma had led me to believe. Big saaz beginning, moving into a middle of dandelions and barley, ending on a less bitter, more spicy saaz node. A wonderful amount of complexity for the style.

Very good. This Live Oak place seems like quite the joint.

Serving type: growler

05-16-2009 03:06:00 | More by mynie
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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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cdwil

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

12-30-2011 17:34:19 | More by cdwil
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
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