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Live Oak Schwarzbier - Live Oak Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
30 IBU

(Beer added by: Kornoms on 02-29-2012)
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Photo of Enygma
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A friend brought a growler of this by. Pretty fantastic overall.

Pours very dark brown to black, hints of deep red when held up to the light. Very nice clarity.

Lots of malt on the nose, not much discernible by way of hops, but that's as it should be. A little toasty and biscuity notes cmoe through.

Taste is great. Good malty backbone with a well-balanced amount of hops as well. Roasty flavors come through on the back end and it provides a remarkably clean finish.

Mouthfeel is great all the way down, smooth and well carbonated.

Overall I could drink this beer all day and was disappointed to only have one growler to split.

Enygma, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of Slaw
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Slaw, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Ford
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

Wow. Live Oak does it again. This is the 4th beer of theirs I have tried and all have been great.

Primus is still my favorite, but I believe I like this more than their Hefe.. which is high praise indeed. Their Pilsner is very good, but my least favorite.

I'm new to this style, so I don't have any way to compare it to any other versions..but I look forward to trying some different ones in the future. All in all... I love Live Oak.

Ford, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This pours a roasty tan-brown color, like a dark, fizzy cola. Actually, fizzy is not too far off from the mark here in describing the way the foam bubbled up then quickly died down.
I get a nuanced roasty aroma that’s on the light side, with a wonderful caramel malt profile coming across. The flavor has a nice roast profile to it as well, with a light hop bittering and a delectable body. This lacks the cloyingly sweet flavor and heavy body that I find unwanted in my Schwarzbier —yet there’s just enough sweetness to round it out and a flavor which holds up even as it warms. Wonderful! Perhaps the closest beer to a Death & Taxes I’ve had in Texas. Bravo, Live Oak, bravo.

elNopalero, May 09, 2012
Photo of TheStashRide
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Dajtai007
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has to be the best drinking Black Lager in Texas. I literally pounded back a pint of this the other day. It was like I just got done running a 5K and slammed a gatorade. One of the most session-able beers I've had in a while. Well done, but I'm not surprised, Live Oak makes some of the finest beers in TX.

Dajtai007, Mar 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of ldookmariot
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

ldookmariot, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of omnigrits
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Red's Porch.

A. Black, until you hold it up to the light which reveals a deep ruby red. Thin tan-coloured head.

S. Lots of toasted malt.

T. Sweet at first, then a big hit of roasted malt bitterness and some noble hops. Lingering bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied, smooth, nicely carbonated, crisp.

O. Another delicious beer from Live Oak, possibly the best brewer of German and Czech style beers in the US. Every time LO brews a new beer they do it superbly, and if you can do the simple things to perfection you're doing every bit as well as someone who goes for the weird and esoteric. LO Hefe, LO Pilz, Treehugger, Big Bark, and now this. What a joy to be living in the same town.

omnigrits, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of awalsh
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

awalsh, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Dwtucker90, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mendvicdog, Jan 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

dac0152, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of nicolemon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

nicolemon, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Texasfan549, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beavers in Houston.

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color with some ruby highlights around the edges. A one finger tan head forms with and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Lingering hops and lagerish yeast. Simple but very nice.
T: Again, simple but very nice. Toasted malts, bread and biscuit. Light toffee sweetness, and a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body with excellent carbonation. Very smooth, crisp, and ultra clean. So easy to drink. All day with this one.

Another excellent German interpretation form Live Oak. Maybe the bet non German brewery making German beer in the US. Get some if you see it.

champ103, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

javlin624, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jheezee, May 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

zonker17, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

StevenLaValley, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

blastoderm55, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bundy462, May 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

JohnBender, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

crobinso, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChaseTheAce, Jul 01, 2014
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Live Oak Schwarzbier from Live Oak Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.