Live Oak Brewing Company

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #44
Ranked #14,609
3.97 | pDev: 7.56%
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 49 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Manta200 from Kentucky

4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz can in a teku glass, courtesy of frijoless. Can date 2/25/20 (6 month old)
Big foamy head with good retention, spotty lacing clings to the glass. Straw clear color.
Light in body, crisp and drinkable. I like this pils a lot!

Aug 24, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can from brewery from frijoless.
Look: light Clear straw yellow. Fluffy white head. Soapy lacing.
Smell: French bread, herbal hops.
Taste: Bread, honey, grassy pleasant bitterness.
Feel: Kind of slick and dry.
Overall: an almost flawless Pilsner.

Jul 15, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can - dates 02-25-20 - poured into a flared pint at 38°F.

Pours a very clear unfiltered straw yellow, topped with a finger of foamy white head with good retention. Plentiful visible effervescence.

Nose: Tons of pilsy grains. That signature Texas terror dusty grain silo aroma. Malted barley, little breadiness, some floral hops, and a hint of lemon zest.

Palate: Greets the palate crisp and highly attenuated. Tons of soft water minetality. No sweet great malt. Dry, dusty grain, lemon and lime zest, bright yeast, and some light grassiness. The hops are spicy, earthy, and very Noble-esque. Crisp, bordering on sharp, with very little malt in the way. The flowery hops become drying and slightly bitter, ad the minerality settles down, leaving an ultra clean finish with a lingering Noble bitterness.

Mouthfeel/Body: Light-bodied, ultra crisp, ultra clean, snappy, fluid, and nearly sharp. Drinks likr seltzer with the effervescence to boot. As crisp and refreshing as beer can be.

Overall: It isn't the best pilsner I've had. It isn't even the best Live Oak pils I've had, but man, it's close. Everything is just so well done and refined here. A truly perfect German pils that could quench the Sahara.

Jul 13, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Notes from 4/18/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is clear gold with 1.5 fingers of white head. Retention is average. 4.00
The aroma is slightly less than medium in strength and of doughy bread, malt, some grass, and Noble hops. 4.00
The taste is medium in strength and of bread, grass, spice, malt, and Noble hops. There's a low level of bitterness in the finish. 4.00
The feel is a little less than medium in thickness, somewhat creamy, and has a medium-low astringent finish. 3.75
Overall, it's very good, and easy to drink. 4.00

Apr 25, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can. Clear gold. Duh. Smells of bready malt, floral and spicy hops. Tastes of sweet dough for the briefest moment before spicy hops and a touch of grass. Slightly sharp malt profile. Drops off a touch in the finish. Mild bitterness. Light bodied and as clean as can be. It's a very good pilsner that falls just short of being a great pilsner.

Feb 29, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 1/2" white head, good retention - slowly works down to a sudsy cap and ring. Patchy lace left. Pale gold with good clarity and active carbonation.
Cracker, grass, hay, and a slight floral perfume.
Nice pilsner malt bready flavor and a super spicy noble hop flavor. Very well done.
Crisp entry and mouthfeel...solid hop presence and bitter linger.
Excellent pilsner, this is a seasonal from Live Oak. Worth looking forward to.

Mar 23, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ridiculously refreshing and easy drinking beer, not quite as boldly flavored as their house pilz, but perfect to cut the heavy texas heat and humidity this time of year, and a nice change of pace from some of the other beers in here, which can run a little heavy in terms of feel at times. this is delicate and classic, very german in terms of the grain and the yeast, but its so clean and refined that it drinks like a macro lager, just pour it down! its super clear in appearance, bright and golden as the name suggests, with a frothy white head from the tap that settles down after a minute. i like the flavor of the yeast here, subtle fruitiness to it and crackery drying and quenching even, nice on top of such a light malt base. the texture is low body without being watery, and the high carbonation only adds to the refreshment. clearly meant to be consumed good and cold, but i have to say this does warm up pretty favorably as well. crisp and refreshing, high end crusher of a summer beer, i thought this was great. infinitely drinkable!

Jul 04, 2018
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Pilsner. Nose and palate are a balance of bready, cracker, malty with a nice earthy noble hop character. Clean, and crispy. Dry, lingering lift hops on the finish. Great beer.

Jun 17, 2018
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gvickery from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ever so slightly hazy light gold with a solid moderately receding head. The smell was nearly nonexistent. The taste is slightly grainy, not as pronounced as the imports I’ve had. I suspect there is a blend of 2-row malt with Pilsner leading to the more neutral malt profile. It is definitely true to form as a German Pilsner, it is flavorable but dry and well balanced with a slightly bitter finish. The hops are indistinguishable to me, I would assume a blend of typical German varieties. It’s very well made and a great Pilsner from an American brewer. I wish it was a little less expensive since I can get imports for about 20% less. But I’m all for supporting the local......most of the time

Mar 29, 2018
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champ103 from Texas

4.56/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a beautiful clear golden/straw color. A dense white head rises to over two fingers at first. That gently recedes after a few minutes, but a nice color remains throughout. With some sticky lace left behind.
S: Doughy pilsener malt that I love. Bread crust, light spicy character. Lightly floral. Everything is very subtle, but man just supper clean and enjoyable from the start.
T: I wouldn't say this is aggressive, but more so than the nose anyway. That bread like malty flavor is great. Spicy, floral, lightly grassy. Not hop forward at all, but the hops are great. Even a light lingering bitterness. Fantastic.
M/O: A light to medium body. Beautiful carbonation that is crisp, amazingly clean, and bone dry. This is gone in no time, downed in big gulps. When that is done, I want another and my enjoyment is just enhanced with each new can.

Oh man, this is a fantastic pilsener. Texas certainly has a lot of good ones. Which I love. I find it a little more subtle than the regular Pilz, which is not a bad thing at all. I also have some 5 O'Clock to try next to this. I wish I could come across Gold more often, I think this is the first time I have seen some in Houston. Anyway, I find this ridiculously underrated here.

Mar 28, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Impression from a can nabbed at an H-E-B grocery (this beer runs ~$9 per sixer in Austin, TX).

4.8% ABV. German-style pilsner.

APPEARANCE: Head is white in colour, fills ~80% of my pilsner glass, and lasts a good 6 minutes.

Body is a clear yellow-gold devoid of any visible yeast or lees; obviously filtered.

Looks true to style but lacks vibrance.

AROMA: Fresh pilsner malt. Soft water. Hop profile is fresh and floral, hinting at a subtle spiciness....I'd bet more on Saaz than German Noble hops given that spiciness. What it isn't is grassy, but this hop aroma works well here. Fragrant and inviting.

Aromatic intensity is above average for the style.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Soft and refreshing, emphasizing fresh pilsner malt and a nice floral hop profile with faint wisps of spiciness. Yeast profile is clean and ester-free; this is well-attenuated.

Not too bready or hoppy. I find no off-flavours.

Smooth, wet, assertively carbonated approaching crisp, clean, and approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. Light to medium-bodied. Overall presence on the palate is good.

OVERALL: True to style fare from a brewery well acquainted with delivering good expressions of traditional German styles. Unlike their inferior Pilz, this isn't too bready and captures the essence of the pilsner style rather well. Balanced and enjoyable, and certainly highly drinkable. It isn't quite up there with the best German brewed German pilsners, but it's easily one of the better American attempts at the style I've tried. So many American breweries overhop their attempts at pilsners (I'm looking at you, Victory), but Live Oak sticks to convention to good effect.

Low B- (3.28) / WORTHY

Mar 20, 2018
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Getalegup from Texas

3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A little tart flavor, little to no carbonation. Flavor might have some oak but its hard to tell. Appearance is cloudy yellow like apple juice. Overall, its easy to drink.

Sep 08, 2015
Gold from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 49 ratings