Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 1,200
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 726
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
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Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Photo of mentor
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a glass only because of the rating on this website. I'm not a fan of Hefe styles. Presented a faded caramel cloudy liquid with a half finger clingy head. Smells ginger zing, banana, clove, yeast, and a touch of lemon.

Tastes reserved malt sweet with smaller players of clove and esters (banana and pear) that were well rounded into each other. Citrusy notes are lemon and oranges, which I think may be from hop flavoring. Hop bitter was not detected, but could be there amid the gentle clove. Malt in the finish, but the beer cleans from the palette quite nicely. Medium smooth body and md-strong carbonation. Immensely drinkable. A truely amazing example of the style. (674 characters)

Photo of BillyB
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden, hazy color with a thick, bright white head.

Spicy vanilla, clove and bananna aroma's.

Tastes of spice, vanilla, bananna and grain.

Mouthfeel is grainy, spicy and slightly crisp.

Very drinkable beer. Not one of my favorite styles but this one had a little something extra. I think the aroma and taste were a bit more complex than a lot of American Heff's that I've tried. (397 characters)

Photo of marksto
4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sought out and sampled at GABF due to its very high overall rating, which is unusual for a hefe.

Pours a pale dark yellow with a good long lasting head. Aroma displays strong vanilla, some spice, and light clove. Bright banana is more evident in the flavor. Body is solidly medium and perhaps a touch full for the style. Phenolics are obviously dominate, but their flavors are not as varied and blended as the greatest weissbeers are. Overall, a very nice hefeweizen, but I think not quite as good as some of the classic german versions like Weihenstephan. (557 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple growlers courtesy of chadspivey. Who would have guessed?

Pale yellow color with a slight haze. The head is about a half-inch thick lasting for a minute or so. Yeasty banana aroma, mildly sweet with a bit of clove-like spice in the mix.

The taste is lightly bready with more yeast and phenolic notes. The sweet banana sugars appear more toward the finish. Very mild but drinkable flavors. The carbonation was moderate, probably due to the growler effect. Light and creamy mouthfeel overall.

This beer was not exceptional but it was highly drinkable. I would love to have this available on draft anytime, especially in the summer. Well done... (660 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks goes out to chadspivey for this exceptional brew.

Poured into a Ayinger glass a nice cloudy golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice three finger creamy white head which lasted a little while, then left some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice touch of yeast, spicey, cloves, and banannas. The taste is fabulous, mostly malts, wheat, yeast, cloves, and some banannas. Nice slightly dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an exceptional Hefe, the best I've had to date, hands down. An excellent thirst quencher for a hot day in Utah. Highly recommended. (585 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No limon, thank you. I had this one live at Ginger Man's.

High sweetness, nice tartness, creamy banana, wheaty goodness, medium-high fruit.

Pale straw / yellow / hint of orange. Nice haze. Mild head, poor retention.

Attack: crisp medium-high fruit, medium-high malt sweetness.
Mid: medium-high tartness and wheaty zest, creamy tart.
Finish: mildy dry and tart.
Low bitterness, mild malt. As it warms, yeasty flavors eminate and it gets sweeter.

High carbonation and medium body. Tart and numbing wheaty coolness.

Nice Hefe, pretty fresh and crisp. (565 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Addison. Quality has been spotty there lately so my review may be hurt by that factor. Received in a pint glass instead of a weizen glass with no lemon. It was a nice solid hazy yellow color. Not sure how long it had sat before being delivered but still had a good head that slowly settled to a thin film. Had a ton of carbonation as well. The aroma was awesome. Tons of overripe banana, cloves and malt. Could smell this one all day. One of the best hefe smells out there. The taste was outstanding as well but had a little bit of an off quality at the end. I think that is due more to the bar quality issues and not the beer itself so didn't ding the score as much. Would love to try this again at another bar to compare. Overall, this would be in my heavy rotation if available in bottles or at a closer bar. Highly recommend. (4.5, HR, T, Y) (872 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade via Chadspivey - arrived slightly leaking but the product turned out just fine!

Poured into my Weihenstephaner Hefe Glass whilst camping on Memorial Day Weekend. A nice pour yields a huge head, just as a Hefe should be. The head recedes slowly down the glass as I eagerly await a sip. Aromas are nicely full of wheat and banana with a touch of the clove.

Tate moves right along with the nose but not so much banana and it gets a slightly tart and citric burst in there mingling with everything else. This is sheer heaven.

Very well done and went very well with a warm summer day. I could drink this all the time if it were available. (649 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a proper weizen glass, pours a hazy pale gold color topped by a generous, chunky 3 fingers worth of head. Looks quite nice.

And smells even better. Good zesty lemon up front, then dominant clove abounds while a mild, powdery bubblegum scent lingers on the back end. Beautiful.

Thank goodness this isn't the banana-bomb I'd feared it may be. Clove-driven all the way with a wonderful wheat-y finish (while totally avoiding the cereal mash tendency many beers have). A gently sweet aftertaste (bubblegum again) lingers.

Mouthfeel is good and chewy although carbonation is a bit subdued (which may have more to do with the method of packaging and shipping). Drinkability is ridiculous and I want more. Oh, look! I have more! Simply outstanding and it is rare that I get this excited about a hefe as they tend to be on the low end of my favorite styles.

Huge thanks to chadspivey for the growler(s), you're a star. (933 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chadspivey for this growler. I appreciate the opportunity to sample a top 25 fresh from the tap!

A: Hazy blonde straw color with a sudsy pure white head. The body itself is very still and pristine.

S: Strong cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, powdered ginger, green banana peels and lemon custard.

T: Begins mineralistic and smooth with under ripe banana and some balanced spices. Little bit of vanilla, dried hay, white pepper and a touch of tropical flavors can be found. Perhaps some white grape lurking under the surface with corn pops, tang of lemon juice, . Finishes grainy and actually slightly cloying, not allowing the sweetness to leave the palate properly.

M: Medium body, low carbonation and full mouthfeel makes it silky.

D: Overall, the flavor wasn’t as strong as I’d hoped for. Seemed watery for the most part. This beer has very good balance going for it and quite drinkable. Killing this growler was no problem what so ever. (958 characters)

Photo of skillerified
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine colored and hazy with about a finger of white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lace.

Strong classic banana and clove mix, but a good maltiness underneath. Think I caught a hint of cinnamon in there too. Other spices anyway. Slightly floral too.

Sweet and caramel malty. The flavor doesn't deviate far from the scent. Slightly acidic. Medium and smooth.

A good brew. Great to see a classic style done so well right here in Texas. I think I'd still take a Paulaner over it, but I've got no complaints with this brew. (541 characters)

Photo of
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX.

Hazy, yellow color. Small, creamy, white head.

Bananas, cloves and citrus. Bread dough.

Sweet more than bitter. Taste very similar to aroma. Bit of grainy wheat. Bubblegum?

Light in body. Carbonation seems low to medium. Very refreshing.

Not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example of how it should be done. A fantastic summer beer. (403 characters)

Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i finally tried this one, on tap.all in all its a good hefe but not quite as great as i was expecting considering its hype. its a bit more subdued that the top hefes with no one flavor really standing out; i guess one could argue that its just blended really well. not much of a smell either. its certainly a good drinkable hefe but not in the class of the weihenstephaner or ayinger hefe imo. (393 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by chadspivey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the totally cloudy but still translucent brew. Head falls slowly, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is wheat and cloves. Taste starts with wheat, clove comes on with a touch of citrus, and then closes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are smooth and easy, wish I could have this one as an everyday option. If you can, please utilize for those of us who can't. (525 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is very cloudy and has an interesting apricot color. The head is medium white with not a ton of lacing (or expected).

The beer has lots of banana and bubble gum aroma. There is also some coriander for balance.

The beer has an amped-up spice taste that I really liked. Coriander and white pepper followed by a big shot of cloves and banana. Just a very nice hefe here folks. I like the bit of sourness that comes in late to balance the spice.

The mouth has a little lower carbonation than I like, but it is more than offset by some nice slickness. This would be a great beer for those hot Texas days, heck it’s a good beer anytime! (724 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy straw color and a creamy head that persists and drapes the pint glass with sheets of lace

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast notes are prevalent

Taste: Starts with a slightly citric banana bread flavor that adds a wallop of clove and yeasty complexity; a hint of bubblegum arrives, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style - outperforms many of the Germans (490 characters)

Photo of halfwaytoheaven
4.85/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To start, I must mention that this is my first beer review, so forgive me if I lack the vocabulary to properly describe the experience, but I felt so inspired to share after tasting this beer.

Served on tap, in a mug, at a Mangia in Austin, accompanying some fries and a deep dish pizza. The wheat crust turned out to be a pretty good pairing with the beer (the pizza was fantastic, by the way). The beer was served with a slice of lemon (!) on the rim of the glass. I gently removed the offending fruit before proceeding.

The beer is yellow in appearance, cloudy, yet sunny, and with a very even appearance throughout. The head was moderate, very white and fluffy. It hung around for a minute or so before settling down a bit, but never quite went away. Lacing was also moderate.

The beer smelled of wheat, of course, but not as much citric as one would expect (particularly considering the lemon). A very distinct herbal aroma as well.

Again, the taste is of wheat, slight citrus, with an herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is incredible - much better than any wheat beer I've ever tried. Not too thin, not too heavy. Fizziness is minimal. It feels like eating bread fresh out of the oven.

The alcohol content wasn't particularly noticeable - I could definitely drink three or four of these in one night, circumstances permitting. A smooth, yet hearty beer.

While my experience with the style is, regrettably, somewhat limited, this is definitely the best Hefe Weizen I've ever had. Highly recommended to anyone who find themselves in Austin or anywhere else they can get this stuff on tap. Not available in bottles, mores the pity, but whatever they need to do to keep producing this quality is well worth it. (1,732 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A growler from a trade with chadspivey filled, as I understand, from a local tavern as Live Oak doesn't fill growlers.

A: The ale is a hazy, cloudy, hazy (did I mention hazy?) yellow color that is a few shades darker than standard yellow. The ale, as it pours from a growler, is thick and unfiltered, loooking almost like a big pulpy orange juice.

S: The aroma is wheat and some orange peel. It is very sweet with a subtle tartness.

T: The beer certainly adheres to the Americanized version of a hefe. The wheat is light and soft, providing a slightly sweet and tart flavor that builds on the malt base. The wheat body is enhanced by some spices and fruits, particularly a slight hint of clove and banana, some sugary bubblegum, a bit of sweet orange peel. The flavors are soft, never overpowering the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is subtle. It lacks the strong estery flavors of, say, Weihenstephaner, but it brings a great deal to the table. The spices and wheat are well-paired together.

D: This growler is not going to survive the night. I recommend that you, the fellow beer drinker, find this beer. Or schedule a trip to Austin. Or beg an Austinian to trade with you. Anything. You won't regret it. (1,215 characters)

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On my first review of this beer, I had it on tap at a local pub that didn't serve it at the correct temperature. Besides reviewing this beer at the correct temperature, I also want to take this opportunity to emphasize how important I learned tonight it is to serve a beer at the correct temperature.
Just like many people drink beers too cold, which of course masks the flavors of a truly good brew, drinking a beer such as a hefeweizen that is supposed to be a good refreshing wheat beer too warm isnot good either.

A: Very cloudy and a nice amount of body can be seen simply by glancing at this brew. Very impressed with the head retention as well.

S: A nice refreshing blend of bananna and wheat flavors along with a touch of vanilla.

T: Much like the smell, an awesome blend of all the flavors mentioned above. It starts off with a crisp, almost lager like crisp wheat flavor that quickly starts to blend with a nice bannana flavor and a touch of sweet vanilla that rounds things out and leaves just a little after taste.

M: From what I remember, this hefeweizen has the most body of any I have ever drank. This actually could take away a little bit from being a thirst quencher, but I think it's an awesome wheat beer as I love the substantial body this brew has.

D: Highly drinkable wheat beer. Best way to describe this brew is a freshly brewed Bavarian wheat beer with a little more body brewed and served fresh here in Austin, Texas. Just a reminder, make sure you tell the bartender you don't want a lemmon in your beer. (1,550 characters)

Photo of chadspivey
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got a pint on draft at the local gingerman.

A: this beer is a murky yellow white. nice one finger head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

S: Always an amazing smell. smells like someone already put a lemon in there. can smell grains

T: definitely got a citrus, lemony kinda thing going on here. This is an especially good hefewiezen, in my opinion. grains, perfect amount of hops to bring balance

M: perfect mouthfeel. medium to full body. fully carbonated.

D: could drink these all night until i pass out.

This beer rocks. (535 characters)

Photo of briman
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy bright straw color. Maybe a quarter inch white head, average retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma has all the things you would expect. Cloves were most evident, with some wheat & banana notes, and even a touch of bubble gum.

Flavor was right on the money as well. Bready wheat, with some mild citrus notes mixed in. Bubble gum flavors start sneaking in towards the middle. Finish is clean, and refreshing.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Near perfect balance, and maybe the best overall delivery of ALL the hefe flavors that I've had. Sometimes you don't get much of this or that, or maybe none at all....but this has a nice dose of everything you expect in a good hefe. Refreshing, great drinkability...easily session material. (791 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.74/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down this is my favorite Heffeweizen. I've drank it for years (since the late 90's when I lived in Austin), but on this visit I thought I would give it an attempt an unbiased review.

Pint served with a slice of lemon (which really makes this beer shine)

Bright heffeweizen color (golden yellowish color, but brighter than say Boulevard's Heffeweizen). I really liked the color if this beer but on the negative there was almost no head.

The flavor is complex and satisfying. Some citrus notes (probably some of this is from the lemon) with faint banana notes (in the past, the banana notes were stronger I think). The wheat malt also definitely stands out. Also there are some faint spices (think a toned down version of the cloves of Aventinus)

The aroma is fantastic. It definitely grabs you from first whiff. Mouthfeel is good with a fair bit of natural carbonation.

An excellent beer for summer drinking. (928 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Served to me in a pint glass with a way too thin head and a cloudy lemonade body. Very pretty, but the head was awful both times I had it. Smell is faintly fruity but with a larger presence of yeasty breadiness and wheaty graininess. Not as much banana or clove as I'd like. Fantastic flavor profile and nearly flawless, but there I can't help but feel as if it could be improved slightly. Needs a little more twang from the wheat, but all the requisite flavors are there and in good balance. Mouthfeel is everything I could want from a hefeweizen. Fluffy, some bite from the carbonation, and an overall smoothness which, in turn, makes this perfect in drinkability.

This Texas beer is definately the best American produced wheat beer I have ever had, and it even poses some challenge to some of the best from Bavaria. (861 characters)

Photo of jwff
4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer. Beautiful beautiful beautiful hefe. Golden, hazy, and swirling. Nice white head that laced on the way down. Smell was yeast and clove with some nice sweetness. Taste is incredible. A balanced mix of yeast, bubblegum, banana, and clove all standing out at different points in the mouth. Bits of lemon and orange edge out this masterpiece, and I got this without the lemon so it's all natural, baby. The wheat in the mouth really rolls over the tongue with a satisfying thickness. I could drink this all day. (544 characters)

Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Hefeweizen is a state treasure and the ne plus ultra of Hefeweizens.
Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability all score the highest marks one can rate a beer.

This is Live Oak’s flagship beer and their dedication to quality keeps paying off, as you can taste the spice and fruit flavors while enjoying the aroma like the best meal you’ve ever had.

Larry McMurtry was quoted as having said that “Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”

I would say that only a rank degenerate would come to Texas and not have a Live Oak Hefeweizen. (801 characters)

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.