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Live Oak Pilz - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 24
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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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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2/5  rDev -49.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

twiggamortis420, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

illidurit, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

jamescain, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 27, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

mdfb79, May 26, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

drabmuh, May 25, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Thorpe429, May 25, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

UTCengOwl, May 22, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

DrJay, May 21, 2011
Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.