Primus Weizenbock | Live Oak Brewing Company

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

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wagenvolks on 11-24-2008

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Ranking:
#1,630
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
272
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
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Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark golden brown color with small tan cap and lacing.

Deep aroma of toasted malt with overtones of toffee and dark fruit spiced with clove.

Taste is driven by the toasted grain which lends an almost smoky element followed by the toffeeish dark fruit. Don't really notice hops and think the prickle I'm getting in the drink comes from carbonation. Fruit elements are in the background, perhaps some ripe banana now that you mention it, all combined reasonably well.

Full texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it lacks the complexity of the Europeans but is nonetheless well crafted and full of flavor.

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Photo of TheGent
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can. Deep brown body. Smells of dark fruit, brown bread, and some spicy yeast aroma. Tastes quite sweet. Spicy clove and a bit of bubble gum. Medium heavy. Not a style I drink much, but it's very sweet.

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Photo of hh4444
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer.

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Photo of sd123
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a surprisingly dark amber, with a small foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like caramel-covered bananas, with dark breadiness, clove, wheat, and grass.

This is really quite good. It's one of the maltier versions of the style I've ever had, and it really works for me- it's almost like a barleywine crossed with a weizenbock. There's lots of rich bready/caramelly malt character, and just the slightest hint of grassy hop character. The banana character is more restrained than the hefe, but it's still there and adds some depth to the overall flavor profile.

This is medium bodied, rich and delightfully creamy, with a normal level of carbonation.

Knowing how good their Hefe is, I had a good feeling that this would be excellent. It's awesome stuff and very well crafted.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bubseymour
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dreynolds1808
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of needMIbeer
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acbe
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jodio
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can from a sixer nabbed at an Austin beer store for $9.49 USD plus tax. Brief impressions below thereof:

"Bavarian-style weizenbock." 8.0% ABV.

Throws out plenty of esters from what I assume can only be ale yeast (though the style can use either ale or lager yeast). Banana is chief amongst them, and it's worth noting I don't actually find any overt clove. No bubblegum phenol either.

Malt backbone tends darker than some weizenbockbiere, but it's dominated by soft wheat. I'd bet on carapils or even Vienna for the darker malts, but I assume there's some pils and Munich in there too.

Balanced and enjoyable, disguising its high ABV dangerously well. Bready and medium-bodied, making it drinkable but filling in classic (weizen)bock fashion. The "meal in the glass" trope applies aptly here.

Mouthfeel is smooth, wet, remarkably soft, somewhat refreshing, and aptly weighty on the palate. A bit overcarbonated.

Many if not most Germans might turn their noses up at the idea of a weizenbock in a can, but this is true-to-form fare if a bit simplistic for the intended style. It lacks the intricacy and depth of flavour observed in good traditional expressions of the style (e.g. Schneider Weisse), but in a blind taste test I'd be hard pressed to accurately identify this as American. Not the overhopped garbage one is accustomed to encountering amidst American attempts at the weizenbock, and well worth trying especially at its more than fair price. I'll revisit this each Winter unless Live Oak tries to move it to a cash-grab bomber format or attempts something equally egregious therewith.

Low B- (3.30) / WORTHY

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into weizen glass
(packaged on 10/20/2017 printed on 6-pack box)

L: clear copper-amber, dark copper ... almost burnt or with a lot of dark brown in it; pushes up 1-inch head of beige/tan foam that isn't sticky; keeps a full skin that smoothly coats the surface without bunching up much in the collar ... cool look; no lacing; the burnt amber-copper color is amazing

S: banana and clove for days with a "darker" note that's mostly toasted/charred wood to start with; as it warms, the banana overpowers the clove and gets sweet, almost like a banana split ... kind of creamy; maybe some fig or plum ... it's like a toasted Live Oak hefeweizen, very similar but with just a bit of "darkness" to it ... hard for me to call or describe exactly ... molasses, maple syrup ... almost even a pinch of licorice; the banana is always the centerpiece even as these darker notes grow, and the clove is always there in the background

T: molasses-banana, brown sugar, a hint of earth (? is that hops??? some toasted/dark-malt bitterness?); boy, if the nose was hard for me to call, the taste is tenfold ... it comes off like a toasted hefe but the "darker" notes range into a sweet, dark-fruity something that's a little like fig, a little like dates, a little like a toasted piece of fruitcake

F: as often as I keep reaching for the glass, I'm saying it's perfect -- fluffy, light and ale soft at first, then the carbonation hits and tingles and fills it out ... it's combination of soft ale/crisp German lager is a highlight

O: super tasty, way too easy to drink for 8.0% ABV and might possibly be better than the brewery's hefeweizen (if that's possible); it has just a twinge of medicinality in the flavor, but that could be because I didn't let it warm a bit more ... it's too good even *with* that medicinal aftertaste to stop drinking! Live Oak is batting 1.000 for me -- this one easily keeps that streak alive

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Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 272 ratings