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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26
For Trade:
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 238
Photo of MEsquandoles
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at Crown and Anchor in Austin, but have had it all around town many times. $3 pint during happy hour.

Hands down my favorite pilsner. While I am a fan of the "big beers," this is the pilsner with the most taste I've ever had. Has some that green bottle skunky taste like a true Czech pilsner but much more more fresh and tasty (only coming from a few miles away). Grassy, floral, some peppered grain, slightly hoppier than most, authentic ingredients...I could easily drink 2 pitchers of this in a night. Highly recommended to get a keg of. If you're ever in Austin or Texas, definitely try all of the Live Oaks. If only they bottled and had greater marketing and distribution...

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On my previous review of this brew, I think my palate must have been slightly off due to previous tastings.

This beer has an excellent balance of strong grassy somewhat citrusy hops with a slightly sweet malt to balance everything out. The after taste is awesome as the hop bitterness leaves you wanting more.

As I said above, this is a great Czech Pilsner. If you like a highly hopped brew with some good balance, this is your brew. One of my faves brewed right here in Austin!

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Photo of Morris729
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden amber color with a bright white head that has a nice retention. Nose is dominated by floral grassy hops but some fruity malt is detectable in the background. Taste mimics the aroma with spicy citrusy hops being the key players while kept in check by a solid malt backbone. A very hearty and thoroughly enjoyable Pils.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin.

Clear straw with a small tight bubbled head.

Bubble gum and banana notes from the malts are paired with an assertive grassy hop note.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. The round malt center fades abruptly into a bitter German (Saaz) hop finish. Mild lemony citrus notes come into play for the finish, and the caramel and bubble gum malt flavors grow around mid-pint.

A very solid Pilsner.

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

I had this on at the Lovejoy Tavern in Austin. Served in a pint glass, the beer was a vibrant gold with a lasting head and nice lace.

The aroma is fresh, slightly spicy (pepper & floral tones)with a bit of cracker notes.

Nice brisk taste. The hops add some nice spice notes that are offset by a bit of sweetness. I bet this one would go great with food.

A solid mouth with great carbonation make this one an easy drinker. Nice beer here folks!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer arrived on the table crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and low head which lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was very low with a light caramel and a slight fruitiness. Some hop presence developed that was slightly spicy and a low sulphur was present.

The flavor was malty with a light caramel and a nice bittering component that was almost grassy and was long lasting.

The finish was dry with a crispness and lasting hop flavor long into the aftertaste that almost became menthol in character. The body was medium light and well done. A nice pils with just a hint of diacetyl in the flavor.

Draft at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio. They were out of the O'fest so I opted for the Pilz.

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

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Pilz carries a bit more hops than a regular Pils and in this day and age of American brewing, that’s not a bad thing. There’s a bit more malt presence, which combined with the hops has this beer nearing “big beer” territory.
I wouldn’t classify this as a session lager but is good for when you want to slow things down a bit.

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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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Photo of BeerAngel
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with a nice white head. The smell of a hop punch is very apparent along with a mild malt. The taste is as the aroma is, but the hops are even more pronounced. This one might be riding on the fence of an Imperial Pils (don't shoot me over this one Chip). Yes, that's right, an Imperial. The boldness is Imperial-like yet the malty background is the traditional Czech style. This is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes slightly dry.

Notes: This is one tasty brew that will slap you silly (in a good way) when you expect the traditional style. If I had a way to get growlers of this and/or their hefe, it would be a staple in my fridge! Cheers!

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Photo of HardTarget
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Bready, with a spicy (Saaz?) zip
Appearance: Very clear pale yellow, which I caught odd shades of green (could have been the bar lights at Threadgills North). Poured with a good finger of white foam which left impressive lace.
Flavor: Malt base with a peppery hop kick. Classic Pilsner in the style of Urquell.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and a smooth clean feel. Hop bitter set in for a bit, but the finish was fairly dry.
Overall Impression: A very solid brew. If I hadn’t been traveling I could see making a session of it. Very happy to see a Texas brewery putting out such a fine product. If you are in the area, do try a sample.

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Photo of frank4sail
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MJ brought along a of keg of this for his tasting at the 3-22-03 event. Sweet musty nose. Not much of a persistant head.. slight white ring of fine foam in the glass. Gold color to the brew in the glass. Upon first sample you really note the balenced bitterness. The bitterness is there but the malt spine really stands up to it. Smooth mouth with a medium body. Crisp, bitter hop finish to the taste and tongue. Quite drinkable. There is also a very slight smoke (oak?) finish to the beer as well. A nice pilzzzzzzz.

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