Primus Weizenbock | Live Oak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: 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:
#1,243
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
270
pDev:
9.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Premo88:
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 Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ryno3031
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Uncle Billy's during a recent trip to Austin.

The beer pours dark brown with a cream colored head. The aroma is strong bananas and wheat. The flavor is bananas, wheat and cloves. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nothing too complicated or fancy, just a very well executed weizenbock that has no flaws. One of the best beers of this style I have tried.

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Photo of awalsh
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Dello
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a hazy brown color with slightly purple highlights and a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spicy wheat with good amounts of brown-sugar coated fruits - mostly raisins and dates but also with good amounts of banana.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Deep wheat flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of brown sugar and nutmeg. Midway through the sip banana flavors enter into things, backed by almost equal amounts of raisins, plums, and dates. The fruit flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I have to admit I though this beer was a dubbel from the first few sips however as it warms the banana asserts itself a bit more. Worth a shot.

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Photo of SvenHayden
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Gbell
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the flying saucer. This beer is a dark shoe leather color with a surprisingly white head. The body is hazed and clouded and that white head fades quick to thin collar.

Nose is sweet and fruity with a balance of toasted cereal grains. The smell of banana and cloves mix well with the darker roasted scents. Very nice.

Tastes just like it smells. Banana and caramel grains with hints of clove and bubble gum. Darker and richer then expected and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is sharp with a fine carbonation and a medium body. Slightly coating with each sip and a warm clove spice and toast aftertaste. A very fresh brew with a robust flavor and nice layered complexity. A great version of a weizenbock and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of LonghornBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on Draught at the Dallas Ginger Man.

A: Dark caramel color, with moderate head formation and retention

S: The smell is wonderful. Disclaimer, I'm quite a fan of the Hefe, and this has many of the same characteristics, so I may be biased.

Lots of banana and clove, with a touch of roasted malt letting you know you this isn't, in fact, the hefeweizen, but rather something delicious unto itself.

T: Follows the smell closely- clove, banana, a touch of roasted malt. Honestly, it tastes more like a Hefeweizen than a bock, but when the Hefe it resembles is Live Oak, all is well.

M: Creamy, with slightly above average carbonation.

D: Contrary to some of the other reviews, I found this ale to be extremely drinkable. In fact, I couldn't believe it was over 5% ABV, much less 8%.

Much like the LO Hefe, the flavor of this beer is not one that I grow tired of quickly- you could honestly session it if it wasn't for the higher alcohol content.

I had never heard of this offering prior to last night, but decided to try it based on Live Oak's track record of making great brews- boy am I glad I did! I would highly recommend this offering- especially if you're fond of the Hefeweizen Live Oak makes.

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Photo of javlin624
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of augustgarage
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Endless thanks to gawnphishin for the growler fill - this seems a good subject for review #600. Poured into my Aventinus weizen glass.

Dark brown liquid with hints of cordovan - when held to a light, it is revealed as clear with fulvous highlights. Very slight head despite a vigorous pour - more likely a fault of the serving type, though this is still quite fresh.

The second I turned the cap I knew the aroma was a perfect score. Incredible depth of melanoidins, malt, dates and plums along with red banana and a breath of nutmeg-like phenols.

Very bready palate entry, though there is a slight metallic note as well. A fair amount of spice follows, not to mention alcohol. Jammy, bubble-gum, sugar cookie, and prune flavors flicker in and out of view as well. The finish re-iterates all that has come before along with more bread and just a hint of peppercorn. My g/f, detected a touch of vinegar, though I didn't find this...

The ABV seems a little exaggerated; also, this is rather flat, though again, this is more likely the serving type at fault.

Strong, melanoidin-rich, fruity, big wheat beer - perfect to warm you up on a cold night. While imperfect, this is up there with Howling Wolf weizenbock on my list of great domestic examples of the style.

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Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Obtained my second growler of this fine beverage in a local-for-local trade with Phoenix2443. Although I still like Live Oak's stellar hefeweizen better, Primus is an outstanding American-brewed weizenbock in the traditional Bavarian style.

Appearance: Pours a rich, deep, nearly opaque color somewhere between mahogany and black. Even after a few days in transit, a confident pour yields a quickly receding two-finger khaki head. Primus has the look of a classic dark weizenbock along the lines of Schneider Aventinus.

Smell: Wheaty tang, caramelized bananas, brown sugar, and molasses are all there, backed by a faint alcohol astringency. If that funky wheatiness were scaled back just a little, this stuff would have a near-flawless nose. Still, it smells appetizing and true to style.

Taste: Nice. Toast crust, faint brown-sugary sweetness, dry weizen yeast, and a hint of wheaty tang wash over the tongue and down the throat. My only minor quibble here is that the flavors are somewhat fleeting, and that might be due in part to my not having the beer fresh from the tap. It's still pretty awesome.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the light side, again probably due to my not having the beer fresh from the tap. It's still carbonated enough, even after a trip in a growler from Texas to Georgia. Primus doesn't have the brilliant creaminess of Live Oak hefeweizen, which actually DOES hold up in transit. Again, though, Primus is sufficiently carbonated to carry its flavors. No real complaints here.

Drinkability: At 8.00% abv, Primus won't exactly bowl you over with its strength, but it's discernibly "warmer" than many wheat beers. Served at refrigerator temperature, Primus is very refreshing, and its moderate strength and flavor profile make it an excellent choice on a cold, damp night (of which there are many in early spring in north Texas and Georgia).

Highly recommended to any wheat beer fan who can get his hands on it. In my view, Live Oak is the best wheat beer brewery in the United States (with Weyerbacher, New Glarus, and Penn all nipping at Live Oak's heels). Nice work by the guys in Austin.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had an 8oz glass at dinner at Lambert's in Austin. I swear it's very hard to tell this apart from Aventinus, the only obvious difference is there's an odd slightly watery element to the mouthfeel. Otherwise there's a rich blend of sweet, smooth wheat bread with caramel and dried fruits that make for an excellent after-dinner beer. Try this out, there are certainly few American-made weizenbocks that can match this.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gjzdaniel
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 beergorrilla
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | 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 nickhiller
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper/brown and cloudy. Very nice foamy head, about a cm thick. Good lacing.

S: Banana, clove, cider, bubblegum. Fruity and toasty.

T: Tastes very Bavarian, almost like a pretzel. Tastes very similar to smell - cider, banana, etc. Roasted malts really shine.

M: Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, a tiny bit of alcohol burn, but overall dangerously easy and pleasant to drink for an 8%

O: Reminds me of a milder version of Aventinus. Tastes very authentic, delicious.

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Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
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