Primus Weizenbock | Live Oak Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Primus WeizenbockPrimus Weizenbock
269 Ratings
Primus WeizenbockPrimus Weizenbock

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 11-24-2008

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 269 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of ATXRyan
2.75/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of goatgoat
2.98/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap from Flying Saucer, Austin.
A: Cloudy mid-brown with orange highlights. A finger head of cream that quickly dissipated to a thin film which persisted for the duration of the pint.
S&T: Dominated by banana. The strong banana smell and aftertaste obliterated the rest of the experience. This was my first Weizenbock and may be par for the style but for me the esters took over the beer.
M: Middling and appropriate.
D: Low for me but I hope some weizenbock or dunkel lovers review for comparison!

 501 characters

Photo of awalsh
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of TheRealDBCooper
3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.16/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/3/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark red brown color body. Smallish head, creamy and tan. Very strong ripe aroma, some spiciness. Almost all bananas. Creamy softly carbonated palate. A nice fruit cocktail and banana taste.. Strong banana taste, like in the nose.

 293 characters

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

 1,625 characters

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 joshuadlight
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Addison Flying Saucer.

Deep dark brown, minimal head, but its a clinger, nice lacing all the way down the pint glass. Roasty wheat and peppery smoke throughout the nose and very strong in the mouth. To me, its not the most pleasant taste, but I do think it fits the Weizenbock style. Goes down relatively smooth, and hides the 8% pretty well. I didn't try to drink more than one as I didn't particularly dig it. But, it is what it is, and I would encourage you to try it if you find yourself in Texas, especially if you are a Weizenbock fan. This doesn't taste all that far off Aventinus.

 599 characters

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.

 209 characters

Photo of SvenHayden
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of chaseabeer
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Kornoms
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of jdhasse
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwillcourt
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a tulip glass.

A - Muddy, dark brown. No head or lacing. Swift swirl of the glass causes a small head to appear, consisting of large-sized bubbles, that disappears in seconds.

S - Strong banana smell. Undertones of molasses. Little spice, most notably cloves.

T - Strong banana and bubblegum flavors. There is also a sweet chocolate malt taste. Slightly sour taste in the finish, and a slight hoppy aftertaste. Overall, however, it is banana and bubblegum.

M - Feels thin to medium. It has fizzy carbonation that froths up quickly in the mouth. Feels sweet and sticky on the lips. I feel no trace of 8% ABV.

D - The one glass is surprisingly filling. The flavor is strong. Even though it is a pleasant flavor, one glass is enough for me. It hides the alcohol well.

 788 characters

Photo of kilopaparomeo
3.69/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of jxc5
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Dicers
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Primus Weizenbock from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 269 ratings