Pilz | Live Oak Brewing Company

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3.94/5
Very Good
293 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Styled after the Bohemian classic, Pilz is a crisp golden pilsner with an assertive hop character. With special Moravian heirloom barley malt, a traditional decoction mash creates a firm yet light body and deep golden color. Cold fermentation with a Czech lager yeast and lengthy secondary conditioning produce a brilliant beer that highlights the spicy and grassy Saaz hops. Authenticity in a glass; Pilz is beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,294
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
293
pDev:
11.42%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 293 |  Reviews: 81
Reviews by hollywood_15063:
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3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint on-tap at Doc's in Houston

L: mostly clear yellow, nice white foam, head just 1/2-inch at most, thick collar, no lace. Maybe debris. wasn' t poured into a pilsener, so it's hard to judge the head here, but as it is, not bad.

S: sweet green grass, some grain, super sweet onion (as in, it's almost not onion it's so sweet) ... So good as it warms. So sweet but not bread malt ... It's like sweet green hops. amazing. really opens up.

T: fantastic grain bomb at first with green grass hop bite, but the bitter is very subdued. like the nose has a hop note that's super sweet, the taste here has hop flavor but a very controlled bitterness. very good. VERY good, in fact. I could drink this all the time.

F: light but good carbonation. it's not as dry as I think the Czech pilsener is often touted as, but there's nothing wrong here.

O: very nice. Sharp corners on a true Old World style in that it isn't overly Americanized. the sweetness is not full on bread malt but it's real close; the grassy hop bite is also restrained nicely. fantastic beer.

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Photo of stevepat
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely rich auburn, crystal clear with a pillowy and persistent stark white head.
Smells of straw and bread dough, faint banana candy scent.
Taste is mild lemon zest and ritz crackers.
Mouthfeel is well nigh perfect. So light and so crisp, it dances across your tongue leaving the door open for more. So refreshing after a few hours out in the sun.
Overall this is a wonderful pilsner, crisp and light and refreshing and I would imagine just about the perfect compliment to some ungodly hot texas days.

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Photo of Best_Enjoyed_In_Texas
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I know my score my be a bit heavy-handed compared to other, however IMO - this is a very solid example of exactly what a pilsner should be. Pours a nice golden color. One-finger bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Strong lacing. Taste & smell are spot on.

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Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of dill
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served on tap into a pint glass

A - a nice golden color with a thin, white head.

S - grainy, yeasty smell.

T - yeasty with a touch of hops at the end.

M - light carbonation with a medium body.

D - this is a highly drinkable beer as most of the Live Oak offerings tend to be.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the Whip-In in Austin.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsner malt with some spicy hop character. The flavor is more of the pilsner malt as well as grassy and peppery/spicy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dello
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light pilsner malts with a good bit of floral and slightly citrus hop aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Crisp pilsner malts kick things off and are joined quickly by earthy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a crisp and well done beverage. Worth a shot if you see it on.

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Photo of En29356
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Djenx
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of javlin624
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dankabier1
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for this one! Poured from a 64oz growler into my Radeberger pokal.

Aureolin, cloudy body with a faint bright white collar. Very light but sticky lacing.

Sweet malty aroma with a touch of graham cracker, biscuit, and spice. Faintly "pissy" herbal hop notes as well (Saaz?).

Grassy hops with a sweet papery malt flavor that hints at adjunct on the palate. Crisp yet round and faintly buttery tones lead into the gently bitter finish with hints of white pepper.

Silky, creamy, delicate mouthfeel - undercarbonated, but judging from the appearance this is from the serving style.

Would really like to have this on-tap some day, to see if the added carbonation would enliven the flavors further. Trying not to knock too many points just because this example arrived a touch flat and diminished.

A good domestic take on a Bohemian Pilsner, though not in the same league as Moonlight's Reality Czeck, for example.

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Photo of pastramionrye7
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 293 ratings