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Live Oak Primus Weizenbock - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

179 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2010 01:25:25 | More by brentk56
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Mora2000

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2010 20:52:41 | More by Mora2000
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of bananas and clove in the nose

T - Has a slightly sweet malt with banana and clove flavor

M - This beer has a fuller body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this beer a lot it has a very good taste making it so I could drink more of these than I should worth getting to try if you see it on tap

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 20:03:13 | More by armock
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jwillcourt

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a tulip glass.

A - Muddy, dark brown. No head or lacing. Swift swirl of the glass causes a small head to appear, consisting of large-sized bubbles, that disappears in seconds.

S - Strong banana smell. Undertones of molasses. Little spice, most notably cloves.

T - Strong banana and bubblegum flavors. There is also a sweet chocolate malt taste. Slightly sour taste in the finish, and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Overall, however, it is banana and bubblegum.

M - Feels thin to medium. It has fizzy carbonation that froths up quickly in the mouth. Feels sweet and sticky on the lips. I feel no trace of 8% ABV.

D - The one glass is surprisingly filling. The flavor is strong. Even though it is a pleasant flavor, one glass is enough for me. It hides the alcohol well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 18:07:43 | More by jwillcourt
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fjordhook

Texas

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap the other night at the Flying Saucer in Ft Worth. It was a real dark beer, dark brownish in color. I really enjoyed the smells it gave off especially for a dark beer, very fruity smell that was mostly banana. It tasted great too, it was very hoppy that was mixed with fruits and wasn't filling like a dark beer normally is. I thought it was an exceptional beer that was very drinkable. I even had a second. My girlfriend also loved this beer and she isn't a fan of beer at all!

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2010 01:46:40 | More by fjordhook
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natelocc787

California

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Several of these scores could have went up actually. Nice ruby purplish color to the body with a very creamy beige head. Lots of bananas, clove and wheat grain in the nose. The flavors come together nicely in this one, score could have been higher but the yeast bite was a little sharp. Great wheat bock, nice and fruity and dark with banana, clove, coriander, cherry juice and candies plums. Mouthfeel is superb as I am finding a pattern here with Live Oaks offerings. Very creamy without being frothy, satisfying, well carbonated but with little bubbles. Very drinkable and refreshing for such a dark beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2009 01:36:22 | More by natelocc787
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psujmatt

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Flying Saucer.

A -- Looks very cloudy and a strange brown color. Had almost no head, though they may have poured it off.

S -- Fruit, almost like bananas and molasses, with a touch of raspberry or something else a little sharp.

T -- Light fruits, sweet with a tiny twang, topped with spices, especially clove. Reminded me a bit of mixing together Juicy Fruit gum with clove. That may not sound great but it tasted great!

M -- nothing out of the ordinary here.

D -- Very easy to drink. It was my first beer of the night and it went down very easily, leaving me wanting more immediately.

Very festive and was great both outside in the cold and inside in the heat.

Note: After having the beer a second time I decided that the look isn't that bad. I just wasn't used to it all, having been unfamiliar with the style. It originally looked like a dirty hefe to me, which was unappealing.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2009 19:26:45 | More by psujmatt
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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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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
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

Serving type: growler

01-17-2009 20:01:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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gford217

Georgia

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

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.

Serving type: growler

01-12-2009 03:57:22 | More by gford217
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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
Live Oak Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.