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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
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 11-24-2008)
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Flying Saucer. It's a very hazy, bordering on opaque, brown color with just a thin layer of light tan foam.

Nose is banana laden with a healthy dose of chocolate and cloves.

Lots of chocolate in the flavor with a prevalent wheat tang. Bananas and cloves are still there, but might be a little less prevalent than some of the German versions. It's also a tad thinner and not as creamy as some of the best weizenbocks. Maybe it is not quite fair to expect such greatness from Live Oak as their hefeweizen, but this one is not quite up to that standard. I like it enough and I would definitely buy it again, especially considering the lack of good draft weizenbocks around. Is this the first regularly produced Texas WB? If so, it's a good start.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 04:01:57 | More by twiggamortis420
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mjl21

California

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given.

A-Pours a murky dark brown with a really nice one and a half finger off white head that stays around.

S-Very similiar to their hefeweizen with lots of clove, banana, and coriander. Sweet malt is very detectable and I picked up on some apple notes.

T-Sweet malt is the predominant flavor. Clove and banana definitely are present. This one has a nice level of bitterness at the end.

M-Thick, chewy, and sticky. This one tastes like a big beer.

D-The abv is well hidden but the sweetness limits this one. This is a prefect nightcap beer.

Another winner from Live Oak. Would love to see this one in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 21:02:59 | More by mjl21
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joshuadlight

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Addison Flying Saucer.

Deep dark brown, minimal head, but its a clinger, nice lacing all the way down the pint glass. Roasty wheat and peppery smoke throughout the nose and very strong in the mouth. To me, its not the most pleasant taste, but I do think it fits the Weizenbock style. Goes down relatively smooth, and hides the 8% pretty well. I didn't try to drink more than one as I didn't particularly dig it. But, it is what it is, and I would encourage you to try it if you find yourself in Texas, especially if you are a Weizenbock fan. This doesn't taste all that far off Aventinus.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2009 14:54:18 | More by joshuadlight
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thirdeye11

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served: On tap at the Addison Flying Saucer in what appeared likely to be a 22oz wheat beer glass.

A: Poured a very murky (maybe the murkiest beer I've ever seen) medium to dark brown with a light ivory/brown 2 finger head. This beer retained head for a decent while and had nice lacing on the glass as I drank it.

S: Lots of smells that reminded me of a hefeweizen. Banana and clove seemed apparent, bready yeast in the nose, no alcohol present but also a nice sweet characteristic.

T: This beer tasted absolutely delicious. Nice sweetness balanced with the malt sugars. I have to get to the Saucer to have this one again as it seems once Live Oak beers are gone, they're gone forever.

M: Somewhat thick and viscous I felt it was a little thick for a wheat style beer even though this is a bock as well. It may have benefited from stronger carbonation, but still nice.

D: I really only wanted one of the 22oz of these, even though the taste was off the charts (good) for me. I would definitely drink it again and hope I get the opportunity to do so. It was somewhat heavy which is what prevented me from drinking multiples of this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 22:49:35 | More by thirdeye11
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Gingerman in Houston. The beer was dark brown and hazy, with a thick off-white foam that lasted forever. There was a strong aroma of bananas & cloves, rich and delicious, honestly this smelled like Aventinus. Same with the taste, the essence of Aventinus, right down to the slightly bitter aftertaste and hint of lactose. Live Oak seems on a mission to replicate the best German beers, I've been very pleased with the several I've tried (hefeweizen, Primus, Oaktoberfest).

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2009 12:16:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

REVIEW #600!

On tap at the Whip-In, Austin.
8oz pour into a stemless, over-sized wine glass.

Hands down, Live Oak's Primus Weizenbock is a beauty. The deep mahogany body shows an attractive murkiness and depth to its hue, while up top, the towering ocher head retains effortlessly and leaves speckles of foamy lace. The nose is equally as impressive, with rich aromas of clove, ripened banana, browned apple flesh, caramel malt, and baker's yeast.

The flavor is just as complex as the aroma, starting with sweeter notes of dark bread and banana-nut muffins. Finishes strong, with a smooth, boozy warmth that balances nicely alongside earthen notes of wood and peat. Near-perfect body to this brew, with its creamy, medium-thick consistency and gentle carbonation level. With their phenomenal Hefeweizen, impressive Pilsner, and a newly added Weizenbock to their repertoire, LiveOak seems intent on recreating the German beer experience here in Texas. And for that, I couldn't be happier.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2009 00:29:12 | More by wagenvolks
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Bagman007

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown/reddish appearance with not a whole lot of head.

S- Has a very sweet, somewhat spicy scent to it.

T- Tastes very, very sweet. Probably one of the sweeter beers I have ever tasted. Slightly hoppy.

M- Excellent carbonation and feel. Very sweet. Very smooth.

D- Sweet, but not too sweet to hurt it's drinkability. Very smooth.

Overall a really great beer. Excellent Weizenbock from Live Oak.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 00:40:23 | More by Bagman007
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Fnord

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Dark brown and very cloudy, with a thin white head. Looks delicious.

Smell - Dark fruit, sweet malt, chocolate, banana, and wheat.

Taste - Banana and clove take point, with a lot of wheat providing backup. A touch of alcohol and bubblegum flavors as well.

Mouthfeel - Very thick, almost chewy, leaving sticky residue on my lips.

Drinkability - Good for the high ABV. I wouldn't mind having three or four in one night.

Notes - An excellent Wezendopplebock. I get one whenever I'm somewhere that has it on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 19:05:36 | More by Fnord
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BgThang

Texas

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

Give this one its tenth review.

The appearance is cloudy and murky. Color is hard to describe. sorta like a murky tea maybe.

The nose is that of straight up roasted bananas.

Taste - Imagine taking a hefe beer and cooking it till its done per say. This is what you have a roasty, chocolate-covered banana.

This thing was very easy to drink although I found myself ordering a different brew because I have had alot of bananas lately due to a diet change.

Overall another dang good beer from Live Oak.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 09:15:40 | More by BgThang
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

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

On tap at The Dancing Bear in Waco, TX.

This beer pours a very cloudy brow, and is topped by a thick, beige head that fades to a film leaving sheets of lace. Classic notes of clove and banana in the aroma with undertones of sugary malts, dark fruit, and a hint of acidity.

Sweet, dark malts quickly give way to banana fruitiness and clove spiciness. The sweetness and spice are nicely offset by a mildly roasty backbone with a light alcoholic spice in the finish. Smooth, creamy and medium bodied.

An extremely solid beer. I thought the mild roasty characters added a lot.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 20:34:22 | More by EPICAC
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid. Poured beautifully murky, with lasting lacing throughout. Wheaty aromas. Fruit. Bananas. Delicious banana and clove flavor. Luscious mouthfeel, smooth. I am pretty close to saying this is live oaks best beer. Almost. We will keep the hefeweizen there. Excellent. Highly recommended

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 18:45:25 | More by AChamberlain
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/3/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark red brown color body. Smallish head, creamy and tan. Very strong ripe aroma, some spiciness. Almost all bananas. Creamy softly carbonated palate. A nice fruit cocktail and banana taste.. Strong banana taste, like in the nose.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2009 04:08:10 | More by jujubeast6000
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LonghornBrewer

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Draught at the Dallas Ginger Man.

A: Dark caramel color, with moderate head formation and retention

S: The smell is wonderful. Disclaimer, I'm quite a fan of the Hefe, and this has many of the same characteristics, so I may be biased.

Lots of banana and clove, with a touch of roasted malt letting you know you this isn't, in fact, the hefeweizen, but rather something delicious unto itself.

T: Follows the smell closely- clove, banana, a touch of roasted malt. Honestly, it tastes more like a Hefeweizen than a bock, but when the Hefe it resembles is Live Oak, all is well.

M: Creamy, with slightly above average carbonation.

D: Contrary to some of the other reviews, I found this ale to be extremely drinkable. In fact, I couldn't believe it was over 5% ABV, much less 8%.

Much like the LO Hefe, the flavor of this beer is not one that I grow tired of quickly- you could honestly session it if it wasn't for the higher alcohol content.

I had never heard of this offering prior to last night, but decided to try it based on Live Oak's track record of making great brews- boy am I glad I did! I would highly recommend this offering- especially if you're fond of the Hefeweizen Live Oak makes.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2009 22:29:04 | More by LonghornBrewer
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JonathanL7890

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Draughthouse.
A: slight head, Brownish black, cloudy
S: clovey, Malty - smells like cheerios.
T: clovey, chewey. Similar character to the Hefeweizen but richer, more body.
M: full, rich.
D: very nice beer. The richness kind of makes it less sessionable, though.
One of the best weizenbocks I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 19:12:48 | More by JonathanL7890
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pwsoldier

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Flying Saucer, San Antonio

A - Pours a dark, cloudy mahogony with a weak head that dissipates into a thin layer of foam. Lacing is light.

S - Banana, clove, citrus, and spice, as expected.

T - Tons of banana and citrus flavors complimented by clove and spice. There were some sour lemon notes up front that complimented everything else nicely. Very tasty!

M - Full-bodied and exquisitely rich. Finishes medium-dry with some spice lingering on the palate.

D - A very enjoyable beer and a great representation of the style. However, the richness of it would make it difficult to have more than a couple. Once again, the guys at Live Oak have shown their ability emulate the finest styles of German beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 17:15:31 | More by pwsoldier
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champ103

Texas

3.81/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky brown/ruby color. A one finger beige head forms and leaves light lace.
S: I detect some banana and spicy clove. A touch of roasted malt. Not much else.
T: Follows the nose. Banana and lots of clove. Really, not much else to note. Tastes like the hefe, but with just a touch more roasted flavor.
M/D: This has a full body that is well carbonated for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. I would not have a problem making this a session, even at 8% ABV.

There is nothing wrong with this Weizenbock. It is very enjoyable, and something I look forward to every year. Just not among my favorites of this particularly great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 06:35:22 | More by champ103
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goatgoat

Arizona

2.98/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap from Flying Saucer, Austin.
A: Cloudy mid-brown with orange highlights. A finger head of cream that quickly dissipated to a thin film which persisted for the duration of the pint.
S&T: Dominated by banana. The strong banana smell and aftertaste obliterated the rest of the experience. This was my first Weizenbock and may be par for the style but for me the esters took over the beer.
M: Middling and appropriate.
D: Low for me but I hope some weizenbock or dunkel lovers review for comparison!

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 23:08:36 | More by goatgoat
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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israel

New York

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

Thanks to thickerfreakness for a growler of this, it was enjoyed at Dark lord by many...

A- Cloudy brown with an impressive white head that doesn't ever seem to go away.

S- Smelled so similar to their heffeweizen that I did a double take when I first sipped it. Lots of banana, clove and ripe apple aromas are all very evident in the scent.

T- Wonderfully delicious with more banana, clove and maltiness up front and being followed by some bubble gum flavors that round out this complex flavor profile.

M- Smooth and pleasantly sweet with the perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Really enjoyed this beer and could have drank the whole growler on my own without a problem...

Serving type: growler

05-08-2009 16:35:09 | More by israel
Live Oak Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.