Live Oak Pilz | Live Oak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
269
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
11.53%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
31
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is the same exact direction most craft pils is going in these days, much hoppier than what most of us are used to in the import selections that have been around awhile. this one is no different than the trend, spiked with traditional and regionally appropriate hop strains no doubt, but dosed to please the american hop lovers palate. mostly grassy vegetal bitterness in terms of how it tastes, so it can still appeal to the lager drinker too, its not so polarizing as some have been, its still well within range for the style, but its bold enough to be both hearty and interesting, despite this one staying on the lower side of the abv spectrum. this is really drinkable still, despite all its flavor, and doesnt incorporate a whole lot of body. big time carbonation is on point for the style. a really versatile beer with food, from cured meats to funky cheese to fresh seafood and even something spicy, this beer has a lot of culinary applications. perhaps not the most amazing pils out there, and not even close to as good as their hefe, but this is a really tasty and serviceable beer from live oak. well done overall.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a hazy golden color and a modest head that didn't leave much lacing

Smell: Crisp and grassy noble hop aroma wih a slightly floral quality

Taste: Bready start with the crisp noble hop flavors emerging by mid-palate; after the swallow, the floral element comes on strong and provides a balanced, but distinctly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Eminently drinkable - one of the better domestic pilsners I have tasted; not as big and bitter as Victory but easier to drink because of the floral elements

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Huhzubendah for getting this growler in from Texas, though he did make me accept delivery, so I can't give him too much credit. Just kidding. Been waiting to try this one for awhile now. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a clear gold color with a fizzy white head that leaves behind some average spotty lacing. The nose carries a heavy malt presence comprised of straw and grain. Also some light herbal and floral hops. The flavor is quite grainy and straw-like without much hop presence. There's also just a touch of sweetness. Light bitterness on a light body with average carbonation. Somewhat-dry finish. A solid beer, but a bit too grainy and not complex enough for my tastes. Would like to have seen a bit more noble hop character.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed & effervescent gold with 2+ fingers of eggshell colored head. Dissapointing head retention & lacing

S: Bready, grassy, soapy

T: Follows the nose, floral hops as well up front, dry with pear & white grape. Soapy & grassy hops dominate as this warms along with pear notes. Finishes crisp, soapy, grassy & with a slight grainyness

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation, great balance

A well put together Pils, very drinkable would love to try this on draft of as fresh as possible. Great as it is

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Photo of duceswild
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Live Oak Pilz is a very good beer, but not something that gets me really excited. I'm pretty sure this is my first Czech pilsener, so I can't compare to anything. Appearance is a nice golden color, maybe a little hazy. Head is an average one-finger. Smell is a mix of mild piney hops and citrus. Wasn't quite expecting the pineyness. Taste is much like the smell, starts with mild pine hops and ends with a lemony zing. Fairly complex, but not too exciting. I usually like beers a little more malty. Drinkability is pretty good, this seems like the kind of beer that gets better after you get used to it after a couple pints. By the way, Live Oak beers are only available on-tap in central Texas, and in a few places in Houston.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Huhzubendah for sharing a growler of this; thanks Matthew. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, straw, and bready malts.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bread, and light sweet fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Body is dry and crisp.

o - Overall a pretty nice pils from Live Oak. Worth checking out if you like pilseners.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A good finger's worth of bone-white head with excellent retention. Nose was pungent with fresh-mown grass (read Saaz hops). Color was a medium-amber with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid Saaz bite on the tongue. Finish was light, dry, satisfying. Pilsner as pilsner should be! 5's!

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Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to my good buddy Curtis for sending me this growler. Shared with some hooligans last weekend.

The beer is light orange, with 1/2" head and lasting retention. The aroma is really nice, bringing a healthy dose of pils malt. The flavor is malt forward, and lacks the Noble hop presence of a beer like Prima Pils. I actually prefer less of a hop presence / finish in a pilsener. The carbonation level is spot on. The growler packaging job was superb, and this was fresh tasting and full of zesty carbonation. The finish was quite dry, which I rather liked. Overall, a solid example of the style. I am very glad to have tried this, and I would certainly enjoy having it again.

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Photo of stakem
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can into a stange appears clear pale yellow with a rich 3+ finger cap that fades leaving stringy lace.

Aroma is grassy with hops with some sweet/fresh cereal grains and a touch of mineral character.

Taste is grassy with hops and a slight cereal grain flavor that is more husky than sweet. A touch of corn, sulfur and buttery diacetyl.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. Quite crisp and easy drinking. Per style its pretty good.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Live Oak Pilz from Live Oak Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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