Primus Weizenbock | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Primus WeizenbockPrimus Weizenbock

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Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

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 brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a murky burnt caramel color and a modest head that, while quickly becoming a ringlet, leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Bananas, clove, brown sugar, raisins and bruised apple

Taste: Brown sugar soaked overripe bananas, up front, with bruised apple and clove elements, as well; after the swallow, the sweetness picks it up a notch, though there is a subtle green apple tartness underneath that lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Another impressive release from the Live Oak folks; really like the subtle elements in this one

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

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer

Pours ½ finger of beige head. Color is a murky caramel brown.

Aroma: Wheat, bananas, cloves, light bubblegum, caramel, and chocolate. Fairly sweet. Nice.

Taste: Wheat, bananas, nuts, cloves, cocoa powder. Sweet and roasted. It also has some more bubblegum flavors. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends clean and roasted.

Overall, this was one of the best of my trip. This is a great bock and very drinkable. I wanted to get more of this beer. I really enjoyed this one. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, dark mahogany-hued body with a thin, though lasting, white head.

Smell: Malted wheat nose with sizable notes of banana slices swimming in clove spiced caramel sauce. Maybe a handful of golden raisins on the side.

Taste: Dark wheat malt with a full taste of caramel and a pinch of brown sugar. Fresh-ground cloves. The bananas are even more prominent in the flavor versus the aroma. Hint of dark fruitiness. Light, spicy hops and bitterness. Final flavors of clove and caramel on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Well, that was pretty tasty and a downright joy to drink. Wheat [sic] else could you want from a weizenbock?

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

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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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you very much to Michael for sending a growler of this my way. I love me some weizenbock!

A: The beer pours a murky amber color with a large off-white head to go with it.

S: Smells absolutely fantastic. Tons of banana and dark fruits, along with a touch of cola. The yeast is present and there are some of those wonderful clove notes that it contributes. Perhaps just a touch of bubblegum in there, too.

T: Sweet malts, particularly of the caramel variety, and some wheat in there as well. More bubblegum than the aroma lets on along with lots of sweet banana, cola, and dark fruits. A mild spiciness of clove rounds things out.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: An absolutely fantastic beer. One of the better weizenbocks I've had period, but especially from a US brewery.

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4.36/5  rDev +2.6%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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

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

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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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