Live Oak Pilz | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
238
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
23.06%
 
 
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42
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 238
Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler shared at the July Santa Cruz tasting. Pours clear light gold with a puffy white head. Pale malts and a light Saaz hoppiness in the nose. Flavor is fresh grains with a crackery finish and a substantial bitterness that lingers in the finish. Dry and refreshing.

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Photo of jamescain
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the Draught House.

Appearance: Light straw yellow with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick, which slowly fades into a thin layer about a centimeter thick and then into a thin lacing over the top, very good head retention.

Aroma: Nice hoppy nose, citrus and slight pine, with a traditional Diacetyl German pils aroma, but not overbearing or
off putting.

Taste: Diacetyl and clean with a nice hop bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing, moderately high carbonation, very easy to drink with a dry finish.

Overall: This is a great interpretation of a German style pils, in fact better than many of the German pils I’ve had in the past in Germany. It’s clean and refreshing and perfect for the summer. Easily in my top two for the style.

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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 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 drabmuh
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Huhzubendah -- awesome get here. Beer is served in a snifter of sorts. Beer is yellow and clear with mild to moderate carbonation. Beer has a decent head with minimal lacing, looks like beer.

Aroma is weak but there is that faded background of pilsen malt in there. I like the aroma personally.

Beer is thin, bright and wet with an oddly bitter finish. The bitterness tastes like it comes from some noble hop variety but it is hard to pin down. The overall beer is quite good, very refreshing and a great pilsner. I'd have it again.

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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 UTCengOwl
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a shaker pint at Crown and Anchor. Ate a mushroom swiss burger along with it. I feel lucky to have Live Oak available across the street from work :).

The beer is a rich, clear gold with a thin, white head. Maybe it's the serving glass, but this beer won't look great with this kind of head and retention. The body is solid, however.

The nose is grassy hops followed by a sweet and sazzy bite. Very noble nose.

The beer itself is mostly noble hops, but they're balanced by a creamy sweetness left by the malt backbone. How does Live Oak get their beers to be so smooth and creamy? The main hop flavor is Saaz, which I usually hate. However, the sweetness balances them and keeps everything in check. The lingering flavor is hop bitterness, but it's subdued and welcome. Perfect balance on the hop weight throughout the beer.

This is a great casual drinking beer and another victory for Live Oak.

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Photo of DrJay
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.
Clear gold with a shirt white cap. Nice lacing and good head retention. Intense noble hop aroma, grassy, floral, and spicy, with a little bit of grainy malt in the background. Solid bitterness from start to finish, mild cereal sweetness with plen more floral and spicy hop character. It had more body than I expected for a pils, a little more richness, but the texture was smooth and carbonation was soft, making for a very easy to drink beer. I quite enjoyed this beer and could see it becoming a staple if it was available in my area.

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Photo of jdense
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Freetail, San Antonio, $5 pint, 4.20.11.

Clear gold body half finger white head full pour, multiple streams of lazy rising carbonation. Classic pilsener nose, quite floral, some breadiness and noble hops, not much sweetness. Taste mirrors nose, though once again not very sweet. Medium mouthfeel, clean, with little effervescence. Drinkable but hardly memorable. While it has a similar grade, not in the same league of Moonlight or Victory. Worth a try, however.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap, the beer is a clear darkish golden color with a white sticky head. Pale bready malt and grassy hops emerge from the aroma. A dash of spice is mixed in. The flavors are similar to aroma. The pale malt is nicely balanced by the grassy hops at the end. The beer is smooth as it goes down and very thirst quenching. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Gingerman. The body is just a touch thicker than most of the Czech pilsners but this lager does a great job of amplifying the Nobel hops without going over the top. There's a tasty lemon-herb hop character backed by mellow white bread malt to make this both satisfying.

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Photo of kinupanda
3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color, almost straw-like; a thin ecru head that dissipates rather rapidly but provides a little bit of lacing. Smells very woodsy, with an adequate balance of malts and hops. The taste is crisp but very bitter in the back, and the alcohol is evident. Overly dense mouthfeel with a strong, dry aftertaste.

FourthBeer potential: BELOW AVERAGE. I wasn't quite a fan of this one, but I guess it's because non-IPA bitter beers seem a little off to me. Still a decent, drinkable brew, but too much kick relative to other pilsners.

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Photo of bisonkron
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - thick pale colored head, slightly cloudy.

S - Strong grassy hop smell, great.

T - Strong, crisp, similar to an IPA, the hops shine through here.

M - very light and crisp

D - a little strong, and not real easy to drink, I won't be seeking this one out again in the future.

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Photo of redraider2323
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Draught at Gingerman in Austin:
A - Pale straw, clear
S - Noble hop aroma with just a hint of DMS
T - Dry, hoppy, clean malt. Hop flavor is dominant, clean and tasty.
M/D - medium light body. Exceptionally drinkable and flavorful. Excellent pilsner beer.

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Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Slightly cloudy, flavor is a nice combination of malt, hop spice, and the mineral flavors I enjoy from a pilsner. highly drinkable, I could definitely enjoy several of these. Medium bodied, with a smell that reminds me of noble hops.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 beersheppard
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden, with a slight tinge of cloudiness, nice white head with good lacing. Decent carbonation.

Smell: pale malt, floral, and saazy.

Taste: pale malt, saazy, very hoppy, nice and bitter, bread, full flavored pilsener. A little black tea on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: creamy, substantial, full.

Drinkability: A great example of a Czech Pilz here in the states. If you are ready to graduate to a full-flavored beer from the hum-drum american macro brews, this is a good place to start. I know the Live Oak guys really pride themselves on this brew.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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 armock
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some grassy hops

T - Decent taste grainy malt with grassy hops

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

D - Over all this is a pretty good pilsener didn't quite live up to the local hype but its still a good beer for hot Texas days if you like pilseners its worth a try

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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 rtepiak
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was a beer i was actually quite excited to finally experience when down here that turn out to be somwhat of a flop.

pours a good color of golden some thin it looks greenish in the low light. small head though. limp even. nose of yeast and apple. palate is more herbal than expected... and sweet for that matter. not too musky. some apple and some honey. but sweet not floral honey qualities. some chamomile? is this a bad tap?!?! not as crisp. the finish wasn't earth of minty. it was grain... i'm sort of disappointed.

will try again to test.

this was on mishap of the bar i had it at. when fresh this beer is quite nice. crisp with a good refreshing hop... not as hoppy as some americans and not as floral... but quite a nice mint... grass. peppermint crisp and a poor protein starch malt. but absolutely not in the foreground to the malt character. just one dimensional finish... not much fruit. straw bitter. hay.

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Photo of champ103
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A two finger fluffy white head forms and leaves plenty of lace.
S: Bread and biscuit malt. Awesome toasted grains. Followed by grassy, spicy, peppery hops. Herbal, green and leafy like. Love it.
T: A great balance between floral and grassy hops that are slightly bitter. Beautiful grain, with a malty bread and biscuit flavors. Green leafy and almost herbal hops linger that gives a bit of lingering bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body with medium carbonation. A nice snap on the tongue, and very refreshing. So clean, crisp, and dry. Easy and smooth to drink. I can, and often do drink this all day.

Another great beer from Live Oak and an awesome Pilz. A near perfect example of a lager. One of my favorites, not just in Texas, but anywhere.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin.

A: Slight head, a little bit of lacing but not much to speak of. Very light golden straw color, slightly hazy, moderate carbonation.

S: Kind of a sweaty doughy aroma, which doesn't sound good but actually is rather pleasant. Grassy with a little bit of floral and peppery spice to it.

T: A lot going on with the flavor, spicy and bready, and some good bitterness from the saaz. Quite enjoyable.

M: Medium body, easy drinking. Fairly dry on the finish.

D: Pretty solid session beer, I really enjoyed it and will have to keep an eye out for it from now on.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pilsner. It is not great, but a very respectable offering. The Heffe still takes the cake at Live Oak.

A: Golden yellow with a decent head that pulls an impressively disappointing disappearing act. Zilch in the way of lacing.

S: Noble hops with a razor sharp crispness and a pinch of peppery floral aroma.

T: Biscuity beginning with a strong showing by the noble hops. Floral and spicy bitterness after the swallow on the finish.

M: A tad under the medium body mark with a healthy dose of carbonation.

D: Very much so. This, if you are into such a thing, is a beer worth pounding.

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