Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 1,200
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 727
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 Prospero
4.11/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

Nice hefeweizen appearance as it was a slightly cloudy yellow and had a pure white head with good lacing. The nose was nice and creamy and had some nice clove notes along with a small hint of banana and lemon peel. The taste pretty much was spot on, slightly bitter which I was surprised at, it could have been simply the carbonation, but great taste otherwise. Nice malt base with caramel malts mixed with the banana and clove, I agree it's better balanced than others in this category, but I actually enjoy a nice banana-y hefe. Great overall beer, light-bodied, very drinkable and very well balanced. (648 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in downtown Dallas, one of only three places in the Big D to have it on tap. A fantastic, number 1 Hefe, hands out. Nice banana, clove, lemon zest, and malt goodness. Regardless if you are in love with the style (I'm somewhere in the middle), it's worth seeking out. (285 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler to Hess imperial pint glass on 5/30/12
*From notes

-- A big thanks goes out to siege06nd for saving me a good portion of this growler to take home. I really do appreciate it. Cheers, John! --

A: Cloudy and murky dirty yellow. Gorgeous stuff. A good pour yields a white 2.25 finger head. Tons of lacing and a thick, dense collar rim the glass. Some very minor white floaties swim in the glass. If I didn't know, I might mistake this for a Heady Topper.

S: Banana peel, cream, cool caramel, hints of raw vanilla batter and as it warms, I get a pronounced amount of cinnamon.

T: Very subtle. A bit acidic up front, followed by overly ripe banana and maybe a touch of yeast. Hints of cracked cloves hit next, yet it's not as in your face as some in the style. This is much more balanced. The finish is slightly fruity and quite creamy. As it lingers, it displays a slight tang.

M: Not great, but I'll credit that to the already opened growler loosing some of it's oomph on my way home. It's fairly light bodied for a wheat based ale, though it's also a tad watery, too. I'd like to see a bit more finesse, yet I enjoy how easy this is to quaff.

O: A very well done Hefe. I can't say it's better then Weihenstephaner's, which to me is tops in-style, but for an American interpretation, this is really very good. Easy on the palate, yet complex enough to hold my attention for the long haul. Well done. I can see why this is such a highly regarded brew. Thanks again, John! (1,491 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to atxdelivery for this growler from the great state of Texas!

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. A huge two and a half finger eggshell white head at first, slowly settles to a half finger but lingers very nicely. Lacing and retention are very good.

S. Banana, apple skin, candied sugar, white pepper, and a very faint peach-like quality. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose exactly...banana, apple, peppery notes, grape skin, and yeast. I still detect some peach flavors as well. A touch sweet, but this is really good stuff here.

M. This growler was filled a week and half ago, but I'm guessing this is exactly how it drinks on-tap. This is light-bodied, very crisp, and extremely refreshing.

O. One of the best hefeweizens I have ever had. For an American-produced hefe, it's between this and New Glarus Dancin' Man Wheat for the "Best Damn Hefe in the Land" honor. This is a very hard style with which to make an impression, but Live Oak has certainly made an impression on me with this one. Very enjoyable, I would absolutely crush this were it readily available in my neck of the woods. (1,105 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip pint glass at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio. Beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half of foamy thick white head. Head stuck around for a few minutes before fading, leaving some sticky blotches of lacing. Good carbonation visible, small bubbles floating up gently.

Nose is interesting, lemon peel, floral hops, fruity esters of green apple and pear, biscuit malts, and a light spice of clove and coriander. This tastes more like a Belgian witbier than a hefeweizen, but still very nice smelling.

Tastes like a nice witbier as well. Very clean flavors of lemon and coriander, biscuit malts, and floral hops. Finishes medium with some lingering lemon and biscuit malts.

Light body with great carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Slightly dinged for not have the banana characteristic I'm used to, but a very well made beer. (880 characters)

Photo of Momar42
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Rockwall, TX. Second try at Strangeways in Dallas. Thanks Matt and Eric, MUCH better beer this time.

A - Cloudy, yellowish, straw-colored. Decent head for American Hefe. Looks good.

S - Bananas are immediately present. Had the Banana bread beer, this has more bananas by alot. Mild citrus, but bananas are what this beer brings to the nose.

T - Taste mirrors the nose. You guessed it, bananas but in a good way. Above average American Hefe with a nice dose of bananas and hints of citrus. Finishes clean and delicious. Could easily drink ALOT of this...willingly.

M - Great mouthfeel for an American Hefe. Smooth, coating with a smooth, crisp finish. Lingers where it needs to but in a totally pleasant way.

O - One of the best, if not THE best American hefeweizens I have had. If you have had American Hefe, you owe it yourself to seek this offering out. I still prefer the quality German offerings over their American cousins, but if I am going to drink a hefeweizen from THIS side of the pond...I want it to be from Live Oak. Great job guys, making the home State proud. (1,125 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Daniel for bottling this from Texas and sending it to me as an extra! So much appreciated and I think most aspects of this beer made their way into the bottle! Big Thanks!

A: Very very pretty looking haha. Hazy yellow. two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Clove, yeast, banana, sugar? some sweetness can be detected on the nose.

T: It starts of like your typical German Hef - clove, banana, yeasty, and then finishes off very sweet and maybe... orang-y & lemon-y. Has longer after taste... and it's a bit sugary.

M: Smooth, low carbonation. Medium thickness.

O: Best hef from America. I still prefer Weihenstephaner but this one is quite awesome. (671 characters)

Photo of JimLeff
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way above average American weizen. If you're into banana/cloves, this one pours it on.

My quibble is it leaves a sour, sticky aftertaste. Germans finish way cleaner. This interferes with the more-ishness...

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

this beer pours a slightly hazy golden coor with a nice white head. the smell is yeasty with a nice balance of banana cloves and yeast. the taste follows through with the same balance between the bana and cloves form the yeast and the wheat. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation. overall this is the best hefewiezen i have had. (352 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.99/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jckp64 for the growler share!

A - pours a straw yellow without too much of a head (maybe a little flat)

S - nose is lots of lemons and wheat malt; banana and clove are also in the mix. However, the biggest scent in the aroma is bubble gum.

T - starts off with some soft malts that fade to a really nice bubblegum flavor. Mixed in are some lemon flavors. A spicy clove finish wraps up the flavor profile on this.

M - soft, creamy, and full - nice body!

D - really nice American Hefe. I still think the Germans own this style, but this is the best American take on it that I have tried. (603 characters)

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

Got this from a friend who lives in Austin, thanks man! 22 ounce Fischer swing top bottle into weizen glass, growler fill date of 2/12/2012. Pours super hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a fair amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge lemon, orange, clove, banana, bready wheat, light pepper, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, grainy tart wheat, clove, light pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, light clove, wheat, and light spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Good amount of sweetness with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol presence at all as expected for the style. Very smooth to drink. Overall this is an excellent Hefeweizen with a lot of flavor and nice complexity. I probably got it at lower carbonation than normal due to the packaging option in the trade; but I really enjoyed this offering and would have it again. (1,193 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a winner. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big banana aroma, rounded out with some cloves. Full flavored, with the yeast working overtime giving it a citrusy punch. It’s lemony with lingering banana and clove flavor and a long finish. I can see why this is such a popular brew. (289 characters)

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

Poured from 64 oz growler into Saint Arnold pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with 2 inches of creamy white head. Tons of lacing.

S- Wheat, a little banana and clove but they are well balanced and not overpowering.

T- Light banana and clove flavor that follows the smell. This is the best American-made hefeweizen I've had by far. Every flavor that should be there is there.

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel that really fits the style.

O- Flat out one of the best hefeweizens I've ever had. I would think this brewery was located in Munich before I'd assume it was located in Austin. Well done Live Oak! (608 characters)

Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler as part of a trade...thanks Lady of Much Beer! Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter...Brooklyn meet Austin!

A) Nice cloudy lemon and orange...head quickly dissipates.

S) Bananna and cloves.

T) I fell in love with this style last summer, the combination of the clove, banana and bubble gum is pedominant as it should be. There is a nice bitterness at the end which quickly goes away.

M) Probably a little less carbonated given the travel this guy had to take.

O) I can see the popularity....need to get to Austin! (527 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler (Thanks Josh): Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color weizen with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bubblegum notes with some what notes and some light cloves makes this a very interesting drink. Taste is also a good mix between some bubblegum notes with some light cloves and light banana ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though I usually prefer my weizen with more banana ester but glad to had a chance to try this beer. (495 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
4.16/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler in SA Perfect Pint glass. Long-time want, and huge thanks to raffy313 for filling it with the unsolicited Christmas present!

Appearance: Body is cloudy golden white in color. Head is fluffy white but not terribly long lasting, and the lacing is minimal. From the appearance I'd think this to be a wit instead of a here, but it's a nice color.

Smell: Quite a bit going on in the nose. Banana and clove as expected from a hefeweizen are there, but there's also a powerful sweet (candy?) smell, and some wheat.

Taste: Basically tastes like it smells, with the addition of some nice vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, adequately carbed, and no alcohol taste at all.

Drinkability: All night long. This would be a go-to tap in the summer if it were local.

Overall: I've been wanting to try this guy for a while and I'm glad I had the chance. It's an excellent hefe, and an excellent beer in general. I don't think it's quite on par with the best German hefeweizens, but it's definitely as good as any American version that I've ever had. (1,069 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into Hair of the Dog tulip reviewed on 10/21/11.

A: Pours a pale hazy straw with white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Pale malt and wheat with yeast, banana and clove notes. Aroma is pretty typical to a Bavarian hefeweizen.

T: Very light with wheat, pale malt and similar banana and clove esters as the aroma but not as strong.

M: Thin light body with lots of carbonation and dry finish.

O: One of the best Bavarian style hefeweizens that I have had from the US but still not as good as many of the true ones from Germany. (592 characters)

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Quite delicate. Crisp with some banana and clove. Lots of wheat with some slightly tart citrus.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Banana and some clove. There aren't really any bubble gum notes here. There is still a lemony note from the wheat, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Super easy to drink, it would be a superb summer beer. (631 characters)

Photo of mrandypandy
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery during their tour.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head that sticks to the sides.
S - Subtle hints of bananna, bubble-gum, some cloves. A touch of bready yeastyness as well.
T - Delicious. Bananna and clove, just like the nose, with a fruity/citrus splash on the finish.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, smooth crisp finish.
O - Top notch. Third time I've had this brew and it never disappoints. Tasty, drinkable and refreshing. I wish this was available in Atlanta... (521 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received today tjkinate. Thanks!

Pours a murky yellow with a thin white head.

Good lemon and bubblegum aroma with banana and faint hints of clove.

First taste is heavy in lemon with some bubblegum. Lots of good banana flavor throughout similar to the nose. Finishes crisp with light noble hop bitterness. Just a touch of clove.

Thin mouthfeel and good carbonation level. About right for the style.

Finally get to try this highly rated beer and it doesn't disappoint. Subtle flavors are spot on. Banana and lemon are highly present and clove is low, just how I like my hefes. Oustandingly smooth. I could drink this all day. (628 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first impression of this beer is that it's delicate. It looks soft and impressionable. Somewhat murky golden, bright. Soft pillow of semi-sticky white head. Nice lacing. Great looking

Aroma is a tad subdued. Banana is dominant, but not 'in yo face'. Clove and sticky toast. White pepper here and there. While this beer does not cast its aroma across the room, it is intoxicating while close.

The flavors here are very nice and controlled. The banana is still dominant, but not by much. It's like an un-opened banana, lacks some sweetness. Yet it's not "green" if that makes sense. The white pepper and clove dance around. Biscuit is always there, soft and lying unattended.

What makes the flavors pop is the carbonation. Quite a nice feel to it. A dash of hops invites the bubbles to do their thing. Quenching and addictive.

Very nice hefe (849 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnsaulrubio for sending this growler my way.

A - Pours a pale, hazy yellow with a one and a half finger off-white head that fades slowly. There is on lacing at all.

S - Strong lemon hits me first, followed by some wheat.

T - Lemon and wheat are first, followed by some mild spice, and finishes with a slight banana taste.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrus, well balanced Hef. (419 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Old notes, thanks to Matt (starrdogg) for this beautiful beer.

Pours very hazy yet bubbly with a dry orange straw color with a fizzy head that dies to a ring. Great look.

S: Awesome smell, this is the best part easily. I appreciate the round and balanced aroma here, it's just a nice tight package of smells that hit all the stuff you'd expect very well-whest, hefe yeast, ripe fruit and banana, clove, and more. Also has some undertones of other great savory sweet and almost BBQ-esque stuff. Interesting and appetizing.

T: Nice taste, but certainly falls short of the aroma for me. Pleasant lemon zest, a little clove, banana, wheat, licorice, and other kitchen spices and of course Germanic yeast/malt.

M: Very smooth, but seems pretty thin in terms of the body of the beer. I know its 5.2%, but I've had true German hefe that have had tons of body and less ABV.

Overall super drinkable and refreshing. (915 characters)

Photo of MartinVanBrewin
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In my quest for a better beer in the Hefeweizen category, I had stumbled upon this delectable brew one day on BA.com. Seeing the outstanding reviews, I knew I had to try it come my trip to ACL music festival. I shared a pitcher of it, which was a whopping $16! "Better be worth it, or you're paying for it." my friend said.

The following characteristics soon would shut him up:
Appearance: Dull, cloudy orange. I called it "yeasty heaven". About a 3 inch, cotton-white head which lasted for about 30 minutes in the pitcher and 5 minutes in my glass. Excellent lacing ensued.

Aroma: There was a low and dull aroma of wheat coupled with a sweet smell, not associated with malt.

Taste: A sweet, estery taste with lingering yeast taste. Coupled with an orange slice, it gives the beer a small tinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Light and frothy in the mouth. Almost no cabonation to speak of. My friend described the beer as "dangerously smooth".

Overall, this ended up taking top rank in the Hefe category for myself. This beer is easily one of the best period in my book. (1,074 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to tick this beer for over four years since I joined this site. I have always been apathetic in trying to acquire one, figuring I would be able to try it one day. Well, a work trip to Dallas turned out to be that time. Went to the Dallas Flying Saucer, and among the 130 taps that day was Live Oak Hefe. Here I go...

A: Orange juice. Pours a very bright and immensely cloudy yellow with a touch of orange coloring. A nice, vibrant white head sits atop the beer, and hangs around for a few sips. What I would expect from a hefeweizen.

S: This is definitely an American Hefeweizen, as it is not dominated by sweet banana and/or clove. It is very light with a nice grainy yeast element. Some light fruits and bread as wel.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and drinkable, great usage of the wheat, with some slight banana, orange, and pine hope bitterness.

Overall, one of the best American Hefes I have had. It comes close to East End Monkey Boy, but falls just short I think. A job well done on this. (1,035 characters)

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