Primus Weizenbock
Live Oak Brewing Company

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German Weizenbock
Ranked #3
Ranked #1,516
4.25 | pDev: 9.41%
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Primus WeizenbockPrimus Weizenbock
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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a murky orange-brown color with a thick head of cream/light brown colored foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, holding on for quite some time and leaving tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a sweeter fruity smell of cherry and banana mixed with some other heavy wheaty smells. Along with these aromas comes some rather strong smells of a doughy yeastiness as well as a big hit of clove. Overall the smell is robust and inviting.

Taste – The taste begins with a very wheaty taste mixed with a bit of a toasted grainy flavor. Upfront the sweet is rather big with lots of molasses and banana. Along with these flavors are some tastes of yeast and clove as well as a touch of nutmeg. As the taste advances the bready flavors remain constant while the sweeter tastes get stronger. A big burst of cherry and prune hit the taste at the end, all while a bit more graininess comes to the tongue. At the end a touch of booziness joins the taste and leaves one with a nice fruity and robust, slightly warming, taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness with a carbonation level that is average. A little thicker body and lower carbonation level may have been slightly better for the flavors overall, but all said, the feel was pretty good overall.

Overall – A nice example of a weizenbock. Wheaty, slightly darker, fruity, slightly spiced with a touch of warmth. A rather tasty brew overall.

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Photo of Hooded
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at WhichCraft Tap Room.
Look is reddish brown with some foam with moderate retension. 4.25
Smell is deep and of bananas, taffy, toasted bread, and scents I cannot identify. It smells like banana bread made with banana taffy. 4.5
Taste is banana bread followed by added complexity, some alcohol finishing with mild bitterness. 4.75
Feel is medium, somewhat slippery. 4.25
Overall it's a absolutely delicious beer that well exceeds my expectations. I really wish it was available year round. 4.5
Note 1/19/2020: After this review, I bought Primus in cans and was surprised by how much it lost compared to it being on tap.

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Hooded from Texas, Dec 11, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For me, a hidden gem. Good dark brown flavor with malty and citrus smell that translates to a slightly sweeter flavor. Compares well to Weihestephaner Vitus. Great offering by Live Oak who also makes a fantastic hefeweizen.

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

This one a gift for my good friend Tim Flanders. Thanks brother. Pours a murky brown producing almost 2 fingers of frothy, pale mocha, somewhat lasting head that recedes to a thin surface cap and collar leaving only scattered motes of lace. Aroma is wheat, dark malt and yeast: fresh cut pumpernickel, roast with hints of char, nuts, overripe banana, prune, clove and chocolate pudding in a fruity background. Taste is roast, toasted pumpernickel, wheat, overripe banana, prune, cloves, thin brown sugar/toffee, chocolate and smoke. Starts roasted & sugary, finishes a little flat and bland with little bitterness and a short-lived aftertaste. Very little hop presence evident. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation, mouth coating, clean but peppery in the mouth. Absolutely delicious a pleasant and unique addition to the style. Too bad I can't get this in Georgia.

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Photo of puck1225
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it from a can poured into a chalice. Rich reddish brown color with a brief head and great lacing. Distinct sweet apple smell. Taste of apples, banana, and caramel. I bet this tastes even better on tap. Need to do that sometime.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz canned 11-21-18
3/4" beige head on a mahogany brown opaque Weizenbock. Head falls to a solid cap quickly and stays there.
Yeast driven nose of banana, dark fruit and bubble gum. Faint chocolate and subtle roasted malt.
Clove spice is up front here followed by the dark fruit and roasted malt flavors and a bready flash. Slight heat apparent middle to late - not enough to distract from anything else going on here, and there's a good deal going on here.
Full bodied,, creamy mouthfeel with medium to medium high level of carbonation. Semi dry, spicy finish.
Really, really good. Full of flavor and hearty.

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Photo of Harrison8
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that provides a very still liquid. Head is nearing a finger of height in max, and is khaki in color. Head retention is poor. Aroma is roasty, toasty, chocolately, nutty, earthy malts with biting notes of herbal, floral hops, and chocolate. Flavor profile is beef jerky, chocolate and spice all layered over nutty, toasty, roasty malts and herbal, floral, resiny hops. Yeast esters are present, but play a very light role. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a soft texture broken up by a crispness on the tip of the tongue. Overall, notes are intriguing and seem to lack focus here. It smells big and dark, and then brings in off spices and beef jerky, likewise, the flavor profile does the same.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Dec 08, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a snifter/tulip glass.

Rich mahogany brown body, with a creamy easily forming three finger top with a dissolve. Suds and fizzy collar a bit, with a island thin middle.

Aroma is a mix of nice milk chocolate, hot clove and a bit of jerky like meat spice. Clean and very rich flavors and quite unique.

Palate is quite nice. Mid palate of light milk chocolate and hazelnut, touches a little spicy hit on the clove. Aftertaste is also a touch gaseous, a bit of warm carbon dioxide like quality unfortunately.

Great base flavors for the style, with a minor tweak and more body this could be even better.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 22, 2018
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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Squire from Mississippi, Aug 29, 2018
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 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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GreesyFizeek from New York, Mar 21, 2018
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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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kojevergas from Colorado, Dec 16, 2017
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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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Premo88 from Texas, Dec 10, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy brown on tap. Thin, light khaki head.

Smells of Malta and caramel. Hints of yeast. Thick in the mouth and very sticky. Taste is going nowhere well after the finish.

Overall, great example of the style. Will try again.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a murky brown with a thin head. Smells of dark, caramel malts, and a huge punch of hefe yeast: lots of banana, but overwhelmingly clove-y. Flavor is classic weizenbock: banana nut bread, slight booze, yeasty esters and phenols. Clove is the strongest player here. Sweet finish. Mouthfeel is full and a bit sticky with some stinging carbonation. Awesome example of a weizenbock. Hard to believe this was made in the US.

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

The Primus poured a an opaque deep rich amber brown with a huge fluffy tan head. The aroma was pure bubblegum banana bliss that hit all the perfect hefeweizen notes along with the spicy yeast and slight bits of sweet pear underneath. The taste was sublime and the mouthfeel was rich and creamy and all that I want in a weizenbock. The bubblegum and banana flavors dominated along with the yeast and strong hefeweizen spice notes that were expertly balanced. The Primus has to be on of the best Weizenbocks I have had and second only to Aventinus (although it is a Weizen Doppelbock) and my favorite Live Oak beer. This rich, creamy, satisfying brew was a real treat and something to look forward to every year.

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brurevu from Texas, Feb 07, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a murky brown with off-white frothy head that left no lacing.

S- Big pear, bubblegum, green apple, and some spicy yeast notes in the aroma.

T- Big pear, bubblegum, green apple, clove, spice notes, bready malt, and banana. Lots of clove and spice notes especially on the finish.

M- Prickly carbonation, smooth, dry, medium to fuller bodied, quite a big alcohol warming.

O- A great weizenbock that at some times reminded me of an awesome apple pie with nice sweet and baking spice notes. A really complex beer that revealed a lot of different layers.

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Photo of Duff27
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Half inch head recedes to thin cap and color. Murky brown color in the body. Sticky splotchy lacing.

Big time banana bubble gum nose. Could snort this forever.

Follows nose with the Laffy Taffy-esque banana flavors. Potpori mishmash. Good clean finish considering the style. Would guess this one at 7%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, medium-low carbonation for the style- likely due to grumbler package.

What a fun, enjoyable beer! I need more weizenbocks in my life. Thanks for the unexpected grumbler kojevergas!

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Duff27 from Illinois, Jan 30, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freetail Brewing in San Antonio, TX.

A - Pours a very cloudy and murky dark amber/brown with a finger of tan head.

S - Lots of banana and dark fruit in the nose along with sweet caramel and clove.

T - Great flavor with banana at the forefront followed by sweet caramel malts, clove, and yeast. There is a slight hint of chocolate as well, though very subtle.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and drinkable, with a surprisingly well hidden alcohol.

O - Yet another great beer from Live Oak. I still prefer the hefe, but this is great nonetheless.

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

A: In my Duvel tulip, this poured a magnificent two-finger head. The color is murky and earthy, like a deep, viscous brown. The lacing is thick and clumped.

S: Banana, clove, and a slight acidity that I can't quite place. The subtlety of the spice here is really nice and complex.

T: Wow, that took me by surprise. Do I detect hints of cinnamon, maybe even all-spice? Bready malt and yeasty strains like a tripel are present, too. This is really pretty solid. Very unusual with the spices playing the largest role. Alcohol-soaked bananas and cream, too.

M: Medium-bodied and just barely effervescent on the tongue, it doesn't linger long, but it does trail with a slight spice quality. This would be a great gateway beer to true Belgian tripels and quadrupels.

O: Live Oak's Big Bark was one of my first craft beer love affairs, and this brings back that fondness for getting me started on good beer. Well done, Live Oak. You do Texas proud.

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Ranz from Texas, Feb 19, 2013
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Nobi Public in a Sam Adams glass

Appearance: Poured a muddy brown, with very little thin bubbly head. No lacing down the glass. I really find the color to be off putting, its almost like drinking swamp water.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, maybe some citrus, a little yeast. Very appealing to say the last.

Taste: A very nice sweetness, malts, caramelized bananas and plantains, some figs and apricot and other dark fruits.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation, good body, incredibly drinkable.

Overall: Didn't really know what to expect as I have never had a wizenbock. Other than the appearance this beer was very very good. Another home run by live oak if I say my self.

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Photo of Ford
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler poured into a British style pint glass

Wow. What an amazing beer.

I've never had this style before. I wasn't planning on getting it when I walked into Premium Draught in Houston, but after trying it I was sold.

Discussed it with the store owner... it's just a hard beer to describe... it certainly has that Hefe smell and taste in parts... but there are other things going on also.. maybe a bit of a Bock taste... as I've said, it's hard to describe... but all I know is this is a great beer being made in Austin, Texas and since it's seasonal, I'm going to start watching for it around ever December!

On the Ford scale of Deliciousness... this one is at the top...

Magically Delicious!

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Ford from Texas, Jan 05, 2013
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4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The degree to which this was amazing took me by surprise. The server told me it wass like a barleywine. That was clearly not true on the first sip. Having never experienced a weizenbock before, I still didn't know what it WAS, all I could tell is that it rocked my world. It was like this beer was made for me. I'm surprised so many people agree because I have such odd preferences.
The key feature of this beer was a surprisingly smooth banana flavour. Banana is often a sign of a malty beer oxidizing, but in this beer, it is a character that goes very well with the rest of the beer, while giving it a raw, primal feel, like you're drinking something that was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Gaul. It just tastes like a primitive, but simultaneously amazing variation on beer. It's also surprisingly thin for how malty it is, not in the least but sticky or cloying.
I have ordered this 3 times now at Alamo Drafthouse even though usually I always try a new "Badass beer" every time I go. I'm disappointed that I can't buy it in bottles and that's the only place I know that sells it. All I can say is, if you know a place to get this, GO. Imbibe. It's well worth it. Good luck.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poursa deep brown nice khaki head fades to leave a ring around the glass.
nose is clove, banana, touch of toffee
taste follows. banana, clove, bubblegum, light toffee, caramel
delicious beer

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4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a murky/cloudy dark brown, with low foam. A bubblegummy banana aroma that’s complemented on the palate. It’s tangy, malty, caramelly sweet with a banana flavor. Smooth and sweet with a tangy finish—and deceptive at 8+% abv. Why isn’t this used in bbq sauce? Another good one from the folks at Live Oak.

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Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
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