Live Oak Primus Weizenbock - Live Oak Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev -4.4%
Appearance: Arrives with a murky burnt caramel color and a modest head that, while quickly becoming a ringlet, leaves a few strands behind
Smell: Bananas, clove, brown sugar, raisins and bruised apple
Taste: Brown sugar soaked overripe bananas, up front, with bruised apple and clove elements, as well; after the swallow, the sweetness picks it up a notch, though there is a subtle green apple tartness underneath that lingers in the finish
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Another impressive release from the Live Oak folks; really like the subtle elements in this one
03-11-2010 01:25:25 | More by brentk56
4.3/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
03-07-2011 17:20:48 | More by womencantsail
4.03/5 rDev -5.6%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin, though lasting, white head.
Smell: Malted wheat nose with sizable notes of banana slices swimming in clove spiced caramel sauce. Maybe a handful of golden raisins on the side.
Taste: Dark wheat malt with a full taste of caramel and a pinch of brown sugar. Fresh-ground cloves. The bananas are even more prominent in the flavor versus the aroma. Hint of dark fruitiness. Light, spicy hops and bitterness. Final flavors of clove and caramel on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly chewy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Well, that was pretty tasty and a downright joy to drink. Wheat [sic] else could you want from a weizenbock?
01-17-2009 20:01:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.22/5 rDev -1.2%
On tap at Uncle Billy's during a recent trip to Austin.
The beer pours dark brown with a cream colored head. The aroma is strong bananas and wheat. The flavor is bananas, wheat and cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too complicated or fancy, just a very well executed weizenbock that has no flaws. One of the best beers of this style I have tried.
02-15-2010 20:52:41 | More by Mora2000
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
02-23-2011 04:56:55 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.38/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
12-01-2010 16:26:34 | More by mothman
4.05/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
04-21-2010 02:28:27 | More by glid02
4.4/5 rDev +3%
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).
02-25-2009 12:16:22 | More by TurdFurgison
3.93/5 rDev -8%
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.
11-11-2009 04:01:57 | More by twiggamortis420
4.24/5 rDev -0.7%
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!
01-30-2014 01:25:03 | More by Duff27
4.15/5 rDev -2.8%
Big thanks to slimchill for getting me this growler, shared with 50+ of my closest friends at the Brick Store HMoG.
Pours a hazy iced-tea brownish amber with a head that hung around for quite a while leaving good lacing.
The aroma was super sweet and dominated by bananas. It smelled like a hefe with the hints of cloves and chocolate malts, but the bananas were the main player here.
Tastes like a chocolate-covered banana. Very sweet with only the slightest hint of spices.
The mouthfeel is excellent for the style - pretty full-bodied but with lots of carbonation. Really goes down easy.
This is my first Live Oak beer and I was impressed. It was probably a tad sweet for me, but it's still a great example of the style.
01-12-2009 03:57:22 | More by gford217
3.81/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
01-03-2009 06:35:22 | More by champ103
Live Oak Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.