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Live Oak Primus Weizenbock - Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak Primus WeizenbockLive Oak Primus Weizenbock

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

169 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 169
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%


Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 11-24-2008)
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goochpunch

Texas

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a murky brown with a thin head. Smells of dark, caramel malts, and a huge punch of hefe yeast: lots of banana, but overwhelmingly clove-y. Flavor is classic weizenbock: banana nut bread, slight booze, yeasty esters and phenols. Clove is the strongest player here. Sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky with some stinging carbonation. Awesome example of a weizenbock. Hard to believe this was made in the US.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 03:00:54 | More by goochpunch
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brurevu

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Primus poured a an opaque deep rich amber brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma was pure bubblegum banana bliss that hit all the perfect hefeweizen notes along with the spicy yeast and slight bits of sweet pear underneath. The taste was sublime and the mouthfeel was rich and creamy and all that I want in a weizenbock. The bubblegum and banana flavors dominated along with the yeast and strong hefeweizen spice notes that were expertly balanced. The Primus has to be on of the best Weizenbocks I have had and second only to Aventinus (although it is a Weizen Doppelbock) and my favorite Live Oak beer. This rich, creamy, satisfying brew was a real treat and something to look forward to every year.

Serving type: growler

02-07-2014 23:48:20 | More by brurevu
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a murky brown with off-white frothy head that left no lacing.

S- Big pear, bubblegum, green apple, and some spicy yeast notes in the aroma.

T- Big pear, bubblegum, green apple, clove, spice notes, bready malt, and banana. Lots of clove and spice notes especially on the finish.

M- Prickly carbonation, smooth, dry, medium to fuller bodied, quite a big alcohol warming.

O- A great weizenbock that at some times reminded me of an awesome apple pie with nice sweet and baking spice notes. A really complex beer that revealed a lot of different layers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2014 16:19:57 | More by Hoptometrist
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Duff27

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Half inch head recedes to thin cap and color. Murky brown color in the body. Sticky splotchy lacing.

Big time banana bubble gum nose. Could snort this forever.

Follows nose with the Laffy Taffy-esque banana flavors. Potpori mishmash. Good clean finish considering the style. Would guess this one at 7%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation for the style- likely due to grumbler package.

What a fun, enjoyable beer! I need more weizenbocks in my life. Thanks for the unexpected grumbler kojevergas!

Serving type: growler

01-30-2014 01:25:03 | More by Duff27
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freetail Brewing in San Antonio, TX.

A - Pours a very cloudy and murky dark amber/brown with a finger of tan head.

S - Lots of banana and dark fruit in the nose along with sweet caramel and clove.

T - Great flavor with banana at the forefront followed by sweet caramel malts, clove, and yeast. There is a slight hint of chocolate as well, though very subtle.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and drinkable, with a surprisingly well hidden alcohol.

O - Yet another great beer from Live Oak. I still prefer the hefe, but this is great nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2013 00:20:03 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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Ranz

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: In my Duvel tulip, this poured a magnificent two-finger head. The color is murky and earthy, like a deep, viscous brown. The lacing is thick and clumped.

S: Banana, clove, and a slight acidity that I can't quite place. The subtlety of the spice here is really nice and complex.

T: Wow, that took me by surprise. Do I detect hints of cinnamon, maybe even all-spice? Bready malt and yeasty strains like a tripel are present, too. This is really pretty solid. Very unusual with the spices playing the largest role. Alcohol-soaked bananas and cream, too.

M: Medium-bodied and just barely effervescent on the tongue, it doesn't linger long, but it does trail with a slight spice quality. This would be a great gateway beer to true Belgian tripels and quadrupels.

O: Live Oak's Big Bark was one of my first craft beer love affairs, and this brings back that fondness for getting me started on good beer. Well done, Live Oak. You do Texas proud.

Serving type: growler

02-19-2013 03:15:52 | More by Ranz
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afluentturtle

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Nobi Public in a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: Poured a muddy brown, with very little thin bubbly head. No lacing down the glass. I really find the color to be off putting, its almost like drinking swamp water.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, maybe some citrus, a little yeast. Very appealing to say the last.

Taste: A very nice sweetness, malts, caramelized bananas and plantains, some figs and apricot and other dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, good body, incredibly drinkable.

Overall: Didn't really know what to expect as I have never had a wizenbock. Other than the appearance this beer was very very good. Another home run by live oak if I say my self.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 20:41:19 | More by afluentturtle
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Ford

Texas

4.9/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a British style pint glass

Wow. What an amazing beer.

I've never had this style before. I wasn't planning on getting it when I walked into Premium Draught in Houston, but after trying it I was sold.

Discussed it with the store owner... it's just a hard beer to describe... it certainly has that Hefe smell and taste in parts... but there are other things going on also.. maybe a bit of a Bock taste... as I've said, it's hard to describe... but all I know is this is a great beer being made in Austin, Texas and since it's seasonal, I'm going to start watching for it around ever December!

On the Ford scale of Deliciousness... this one is at the top...

Magically Delicious!

Serving type: growler

01-05-2013 03:31:19 | More by Ford
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.95/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The degree to which this was amazing took me by surprise. The server told me it wass like a barleywine. That was clearly not true on the first sip. Having never experienced a weizenbock before, I still didn't know what it WAS, all I could tell is that it rocked my world. It was like this beer was made for me. I'm surprised so many people agree because I have such odd preferences.
The key feature of this beer was a surprisingly smooth banana flavour. Banana is often a sign of a malty beer oxidizing, but in this beer, it is a character that goes very well with the rest of the beer, while giving it a raw, primal feel, like you're drinking something that was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Gaul. It just tastes like a primitive, but simultaneously amazing variation on beer. It's also surprisingly thin for how malty it is, not in the least but sticky or cloying.
I have ordered this 3 times now at Alamo Drafthouse even though usually I always try a new "Badass beer" every time I go. I'm disappointed that I can't buy it in bottles and that's the only place I know that sells it. All I can say is, if you know a place to get this, GO. Imbibe. It's well worth it. Good luck.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2012 02:09:07 | More by ElCommodoro
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elNopalero

Texas

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a murky/cloudy dark brown, with low foam. A bubblegummy banana aroma that’s complemented on the palate. It’s tangy, malty, caramelly sweet with a banana flavor. Smooth and sweet with a tangy finish—and deceptive at 8+% abv. Why isn’t this used in bbq sauce? Another good one from the folks at Live Oak.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 16:58:18 | More by elNopalero
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nickhiller

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/brown and cloudy. Very nice foamy head, about a cm thick. Good lacing.

S: Banana, clove, cider, bubblegum. Fruity and toasty.

T: Tastes very Bavarian, almost like a pretzel. Tastes very similar to smell - cider, banana, etc. Roasted malts really shine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, a tiny bit of alcohol burn, but overall dangerously easy and pleasant to drink for an 8%

O: Reminds me of a milder version of Aventinus. Tastes very authentic, delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 21:40:16 | More by nickhiller
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JWNeeley

Texas

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy mahogany, absolutely beautiful when held up to a light.

Smell: Banana, clove and awesome

Taste: Words can't describe how good this beer is. I won't even bother trying.

Mouthfeel: Thick and rich and silky smooth.

Overall: I've been waiting all year for this beer and it absolutely lives up to expectations. Hands down the best brew available on the market until it's retired for the season. I'd give my firstborn child if Live Oak would brew this year round.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 00:57:26 | More by JWNeeley
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jamescain

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at Freetail.

Appearance: Light brown with an off white head about a centimeter high. The head fades to a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Bananas, Clove and a hint or roasted grain and chocolate. The nose is dominated by clove and banana. No noticeable alcohol aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt and light chocolate. A little sweet for my taste, but it is balanced with a little spiciness so is not to be overwhelmingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thicker feeling than a hefeweizen, but not as thick anywhere near a robust porter. The residual sweetness probably accounts for the extra body. Medium carbonation with no noticeable alcohol feel or taste.

Overall: As with all Live Oak beers it is very true to the style and enjoyable. I prefer some of their other offerings to this one, but it’s still very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:05:10 | More by jamescain
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jbphoto88

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the flying saucer. This beer is a dark shoe leather color with a surprisingly white head. The body is hazed and clouded and that white head fades quick to thin collar.

Nose is sweet and fruity with a balance of toasted cereal grains. The smell of banana and cloves mix well with the darker roasted scents. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells. Banana and caramel grains with hints of clove and bubble gum. Darker and richer then expected and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is sharp with a fine carbonation and a medium body. Slightly coating with each sip and a warm clove spice and toast aftertaste. A very fresh brew with a robust flavor and nice layered complexity. A great version of a weizenbock and well worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2011 22:25:19 | More by jbphoto88
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womencantsail

California

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you very much to Michael for sending a growler of this my way. I love me some weizenbock!

A: The beer pours a murky amber color with a large off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells absolutely fantastic. Tons of banana and dark fruits, along with a touch of cola. The yeast is present and there are some of those wonderful clove notes that it contributes. Perhaps just a touch of bubblegum in there, too.

T: Sweet malts, particularly of the caramel variety, and some wheat in there as well. More bubblegum than the aroma lets on along with lots of sweet banana, cola, and dark fruits. A mild spiciness of clove rounds things out.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: An absolutely fantastic beer. One of the better weizenbocks I've had period, but especially from a US brewery.

Serving type: growler

03-07-2011 17:20:48 | More by womencantsail
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an 8oz glass at dinner at Lambert's in Austin. I swear it's very hard to tell this apart from Aventinus, the only obvious difference is there's an odd slightly watery element to the mouthfeel. Otherwise there's a rich blend of sweet, smooth wheat bread with caramel and dried fruits that make for an excellent after-dinner beer. Try this out, there are certainly few American-made weizenbocks that can match this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2011 04:56:55 | More by tempest
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augustgarage

California

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Endless thanks to gawnphishin for the growler fill - this seems a good subject for review #600. Poured into my Aventinus weizen glass.

Dark brown liquid with hints of cordovan - when held to a light, it is revealed as clear with fulvous highlights. Very slight head despite a vigorous pour - more likely a fault of the serving type, though this is still quite fresh.

The second I turned the cap I knew the aroma was a perfect score. Incredible depth of melanoidins, malt, dates and plums along with red banana and a breath of nutmeg-like phenols.

Very bready palate entry, though there is a slight metallic note as well. A fair amount of spice follows, not to mention alcohol. Jammy, bubble-gum, sugar cookie, and prune flavors flicker in and out of view as well. The finish re-iterates all that has come before along with more bread and just a hint of peppercorn. My g/f, detected a touch of vinegar, though I didn't find this...

The ABV seems a little exaggerated; also, this is rather flat, though again, this is more likely the serving type at fault.

Strong, melanoidin-rich, fruity, big wheat beer - perfect to warm you up on a cold night. While imperfect, this is up there with Howling Wolf weizenbock on my list of great domestic examples of the style.

Serving type: growler

02-21-2011 05:20:34 | More by augustgarage
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my favorite Austin beer haunt the Draughthouse. All nice and properly filled the to the rim with a murky brown brew topped by a tan head. Sweet and malty to the nose, and that's about all I gather in that regard. Tastes big and sweet up front with a nice batch of grapes, bananas, some nutmeg, some cardomom and a far off woodiness. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Big and sweet but not cloying with just enough notes of balance to keep you singing a sweet tune in the live music capital of the world.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 00:29:41 | More by stephens101
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in a goblet.

A - moderate tan head that resolves after a few min into a fraction of the size with lots of lacing

S - super wheat odor with some chocolate malt undertone

T - amazing banana blast with a hint caramel malt background

M - very light without much oiliness or carbonation

D - really drinkable - goes down very easy!

Great beer, especially if you like bananas.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2011 00:52:12 | More by DoktorZee
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Wheat, bananas, cloves, light bubblegum, caramel, and chocolate. Fairly sweet. Nice.

Taste: Wheat, bananas, nuts, cloves, cocoa powder. Sweet and roasted. It also has some more bubblegum flavors. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean and roasted.

Overall, this was one of the best of my trip. This is a great bock and very drinkable. I wanted to get more of this beer. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 16:26:34 | More by mothman
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pours a hazy brown color with slightly purple highlights and a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spicy wheat with good amounts of brown-sugar coated fruits - mostly raisins and dates but also with good amounts of banana.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of brown sugar and nutmeg. Midway through the sip banana flavors enter into things, backed by almost equal amounts of raisins, plums, and dates. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to admit I though this beer was a dubbel from the first few sips however as it warms the banana asserts itself a bit more. Worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 02:28:27 | More by glid02
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beersheppard

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished the last keg. Yeah, it hung around awhile. People don't appreciate good beer. Hope they bring it back next year...

Appearance: dark brown with some amber in the light, medium lacing with tan head.

Smell: cloves, banana

Taste: big on banana sweetness, seasoned with clove favor, balanced with high ABC, brown sugar, some tartnesS.

Mouthfeel: wheaty, creamy, good, tingle

Drinkability: I thought this was a great seasonal. How often do you see weizenbocks around? If they were all like this, the answer should be all the time. A beer lovers beer. Thanks, LO.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 04:57:13 | More by beersheppard
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casadebia

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with tiny amber tint. Two fingers of head that lasted a decent time. Medium lacing.

S - Smells of banana and clove throughout. Overall smell of bubble gum comes through.

T - Starts with a clove taste that smooths out into a banana taste. Finishes with a clove pinch. Has a bubble gum taste to it.

M - Medium body with some decent carbonation on finish. A tiny bit of oily feel in middle.

D - At 8% this beer does not have an overpowering alcohol warming to it but it does posses some. Not for every night but a well balanced beer that would be perfect in winter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 18:20:37 | More by casadebia
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained my second growler of this fine beverage in a local-for-local trade with Phoenix2443. Although I still like Live Oak's stellar hefeweizen better, Primus is an outstanding American-brewed weizenbock in the traditional Bavarian style.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep, nearly opaque color somewhere between mahogany and black. Even after a few days in transit, a confident pour yields a quickly receding two-finger khaki head. Primus has the look of a classic dark weizenbock along the lines of Schneider Aventinus.

Smell: Wheaty tang, caramelized bananas, brown sugar, and molasses are all there, backed by a faint alcohol astringency. If that funky wheatiness were scaled back just a little, this stuff would have a near-flawless nose. Still, it smells appetizing and true to style.

Taste: Nice. Toast crust, faint brown-sugary sweetness, dry weizen yeast, and a hint of wheaty tang wash over the tongue and down the throat. My only minor quibble here is that the flavors are somewhat fleeting, and that might be due in part to my not having the beer fresh from the tap. It's still pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the light side, again probably due to my not having the beer fresh from the tap. It's still carbonated enough, even after a trip in a growler from Texas to Georgia. Primus doesn't have the brilliant creaminess of Live Oak hefeweizen, which actually DOES hold up in transit. Again, though, Primus is sufficiently carbonated to carry its flavors. No real complaints here.

Drinkability: At 8.00% abv, Primus won't exactly bowl you over with its strength, but it's discernibly "warmer" than many wheat beers. Served at refrigerator temperature, Primus is very refreshing, and its moderate strength and flavor profile make it an excellent choice on a cold, damp night (of which there are many in early spring in north Texas and Georgia).

Highly recommended to any wheat beer fan who can get his hands on it. In my view, Live Oak is the best wheat beer brewery in the United States (with Weyerbacher, New Glarus, and Penn all nipping at Live Oak's heels). Nice work by the guys in Austin.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2010 00:04:30 | More by UGADawgGuy
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours up acloudy brown with little to no head

S - light banana aroma. Delicious!

T - sweet malts with that nice melanoidin flavor a finishes with a great banana flavor

M - full bodied with medium carbonation

D - nice easy drinking beer. Wish I could find this at home

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 17:18:40 | More by hiikeeba
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Live Oak Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
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