Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Ahh, review #600. It's been a long time coming... nearly 6 years. I always get hung up on 'milestone' reviews, and take way too long to put 'em up. Not sure why. In any case, big, big thanks to BA johnsaulrubio for hooking me up with one of my oldest wants. We opened this fine growler at a tasting of immature, yet experienced BAs and it did rather well. I personally love a good Hefe, so perhaps I'm biased...
A. Pretty standard here, hazy semi-filtered gold with a fizzy white head that sadly doesn't stick around like it could. Fades faster than I'd like and leaves only a bit of lacing. Fizzy.
S. Now here we go... this is excellent. Heavy on clove, with sour banana, tight and complementary, nothing wrong here at all. Classic Hefe, characterful, slightly doughy. Just great stuff. Only thing that could help the nose would be more of it.
T. Runs towards the easier, more sessionable side of things... all the classic required flavors (banana, grain, light sweetness, clove-spice) are here and it's extremely clean, but seems lighter than some of the best German examples.... no surprises otherwise here, very quenching, moreish, refreshing.
M / D Excellent carbonation, slightly dry and banana finish, zips along to Total Refreshment. I can see why this would make sense coming from the wicked hot climes of Texas. Still... it's not as good as Weihenstephaner to me. But it is darn good.
Live Oak Hefeweizen is one of the best American versions of the style I've had, second only to Dancing Man, which is less to style than this. An exceptional beer; Live Oak has this classic style nailed. If you live close enough to get this on a regular basis, you are in luck.
Onwards - to review 700 and beyond!
Serving type: growler
06-17-2011 03:49:01 | More by kkipple
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