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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 373
Hads: 1,224
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 739
Gots: 144 | 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 Fladder
2.03/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured well with the right cloudy color and a good amount of foam. It's smell was okay and fit the style: no strong flavors but with a little lemon.
The beer tasted strongly of bubblegum. It was sweet and artificially fruity. I could taste a bit of lemon, but the candy flavor (and I don't mean candy like the candy sugar flavors you get in Beglian ales) was potent and very unpleasant. It felt too thick to drink as well and wasn't refreshing. For the rest of the evening after this drink, I had no appetite for beer. (527 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.22/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This growler was shared at Alewatcher and Oreo's birthday bash. It poured a hazy, murky vibrant gold in color with a white lacing around the glass. It looked great. The aromas, oh man! It wreaks of sweet creamed corn. I sure as hell didn't expect that to happen. It's awkward and obnoxious. I expected yeast, cloves, bananas but got none of that. The flavors too, of overly sweet creamed corn. I didn't think that was possible. It's like a crazy corn casserole in a glass. It drinks medium in body and leaves the sweet grainy flavor behind. How are people saying that this is on the level of Weihenstephaner? Dear god they aren't even in the same league, let alone comparable. I'm extremely thankful for getting to try this one but man was it a disappointment. (760 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.43/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came with a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Nose was heavy on banana with an undercurrent of clove. Color was a hazy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a LOT of banana esters on the tongue. Stylistically, a great example, especially for an American brewer, but for me, I was shiveringly cold on it. Finish was not a total fruit bomb, but it was too close for my liking. Cloves, people! Fermentation at lager temps, please. (450 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.51/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In the glass it looks like a yeasty effervescent gold color that shows potential. The aroma is lacking the pop or pronounced yeasty banana aromas i look for and desire in a great hefe, there is some faint wheat like aromas but i need more. The flavors are in the same boat with a hole in it, there is that wheat aspect with light bubblegum and a lacking clove/banana background that needs a megaphone. mouthfeel is a bit less then creamy with lacking carbination. weihenstephaner kills it, with violence. (504 characters)

Photo of bisonkron
3.05/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - cloudy, nice thick head, very inviting. golden colored.

S - had an assault of smells going on here, which is something I like, but it was hard to really hammer down the many smells, i picked out a mix of spices, some coriander, a little fruitiness.

T - very flavorful, which i appreciate, however, i felt it was off. perhaps it was the hype that let me down here. strong spices, a some light fruitiness.

M - light and crisp, but unpleasant after taste.

D - not great drink ability.

This beer did not do it for me, others who were with me who tasted it, had mixed feelings as well. (592 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.09/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler courtesy of Hopsleeroy. Thanks!

A - Pours hazy light golden. 1/4 inch head disappates quickly to a thin ring around the glass and small light lacing.

S - Cooked banana and bubble gum is prominent, followed by crispter fruits and spices underneath.

T- Taste similar to smell, but add sour note.

M - Man, I don't know if this is the style or what, but thin, watering, light. Very little carbonation even though it was tightly taped for shipment. Disappointing. Really sour in the finish.

D - Interesting, and glad I tried it, but one glass is all I need of this one. (577 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8/13/2011

Growler shared by Matt. Thanks!

A: Hazy straw color with a mountainous white head. Lacing is scattered.

S: Tons of clove, an overwhelming  amount. Faint banana and wheat. The clove is too powerful, making this sort of one note.

T: Even more clove than in the aroma, sort of dominating. Light banana. Some wheat. Too much clove.

M: Light body with high carbonation. 

Overall: Not as good as remembered. The clove is overwhelming. I liked this a lot more when I had it in 2008. (494 characters)

Photo of Bagman007
3.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap with a lemon poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow coloring with not much head.

S- Had a somewhat lemon, citrus smell to it even before I put the lemon in it.

T- Not the best of this type I have ever had. A little too bitter, just not really a good blend here. Not as overpowering as a lot of hefeweizen's.

M- A little bitter, perhaps too much of a citrus taste.

D- Drinkable than a lot of beers of this time, but I wouldn't have more than 3 in a sitting. (477 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy. Medium white head. Golden body.

Smell - Spicy. Wow. Super phenolic. Clove. Spice. Intense. Some pale malts.

Taste - Wheat. Doughy malts. Spice builds quickly. Intense phenolic spice. More clove than banana.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Well made, but really spicy. (362 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.4/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Birthday! .... Quite tangy 4 a hefeweizen ... very refreshing ... is a peach juice colour .. lacing is over average ... hate to say it but might benefit from a lemon wedge?!?! ... decent but fresh ... i will have this again because I know this is better than my score.. (269 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glad i got the chance to try this without having to trade for it. looks like your typical hefeweizen. aroma was muted, some graininess. taste and mouthfeel were your typical hefeweizen. nice body for the abv. i just don't get why this is rated so much higher than others of the style, it's just a standard hefeweizen, any fresh one of the style would compare.
many thanks to whoever shared this growler at the alewatcher/oreo tasting. (434 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
3.48/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turfy for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Pours very hazy golden straw yellow with virtually no head. Maybe a half fingers worth of a white head which receded very quickly leaving some slight lacing behind.

S - The smell is supper mild, with coriander, cloves and a hint of banana. Some wheat is also present. Pleasant smell, just not very strong so there's not too much to report.

T - Initially the taste was rather subdued as was the aroma, however my second helping to this beer was very different. I'm tasting coriander, ripe banana and some pepperiness which i cant put my finger on. This is reminiscent of Ale industries Orange Shush.

M - Since it was in a growler for several days before it got to me, this beer was not the most carbonated, but it wasn't too bad. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and creamy for the style. Perhaps the wheat gave it some graininess.

D -This beer is very drinkable, both because of the body and because of the low abv.

If i'm being honest, this is not the best hefe i've had. I was very excited to try it, but was a bit let down. If i ever travel to Austin i will get this one fresh and perhaps up my review (1,165 characters)

Photo of AAG
3.52/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this HefeWeizen in downtown Austin....straight from the tap into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful; opaque; yellow/white fluffy look; limited head off the pour but nice, white, lacy clouds on the edge of the glass throughout. A gorgeous looking beer....

S - Banana, citrus, wheat, pleasurable smell.

T - Just like it smells; banana, wheat, oak, citrus. A very nice taste...

M - Slightly carbonated but still very smooth on the palate; a little bit of a bite that fades quickly.

Overall - Really enjoyed this beer; a nice, smooth hefe; would definitely have this one again. (580 characters)

Photo of 7ways
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Hefe poured with a mild white head and had a translucent egg yolk haze. Decent lace.

A sweet and pleasantly yeasty aroma had to be coaxed out of the glass with constant swirling. Pear, peach/nectarine, and wheat round it out nicely. Kind of smells like a Yankee Candle, either Vanilla Cookie or Buttercream.

Classic phenols are roughly where they belong, though what clove aspect it does have is relatively weak, and lemon and apple take precedence over banana. Fermentation temp could probably be dialed down a bit. Nothing spectacular jumps out, but it is very refreshing and very well integrated.

Mouthfeel is thin but creamy. Kind of weird, but I'll blame it on the growler (though carbonation is quite firm, as this growler was filled only three days ago and taped well).

This is the best American made Hefe I've ever had, and an above average Hefe in general. But if a good German were available, I'd go with that instead every time. Quite frankly I find it absurd that at the time of this review, Live Oak has a better rating than Weihenstephaner Hefe. Seriously, what the fuck. (1,094 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a half-gallon growler
Acquired in a trade with thickerfreakness
Served in a weizen glass

Poured an uber-cloudy amber color with bright straw yellow highlights. The creamy, tight, two-finger, bubbly white head faded to a lasting cap of foam. Sticky blocks of thick lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A substantial amount of yeast sediment collected in the bottom of the liquid.

The aroma was quite unusual for the style. Earthy, musty and sour. Lemony and a bit funky (almost brett-like) initially with some candy-like, vanilla sweetness appearing later on. Perhaps some bubblegum as well? An interesting mix of sweet and tart. Smoke was also noticeable. Spicy, with clove being the dominant spice.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Lemony, citrusy and quite sour (once again, almost brett-like). Complex and unusual. Malty sweet up front with a wheat-like tartness and a touch of smoke in the center. The finish was snappy. Semi-bitter, tart and dry with a lingering semi-dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thin and watery with a very mild carbonation. Quite disappointing.

As for drinkability, this was definitely a refreshing offering that can "beat the Texas heat" (as the website claims) or the Massachusetts heat, for that matter.

This was a very unusual hefeweizen and, frankly, a bit of a disappointment. This beer severely lacked many of the key attributes (intense notes of banana, bubblegum and clove as well as a lush, creamy smoothness) typically found in better examples of this style. The flavors in this beer just did not "pop" like I was expecting them to. Also, the sour/funk characteristic, albeit intriguing, was quite odd. An interesting offering but probably not one that I would seek out again. (1,739 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shaun for the growler! Pours a cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with a nice thick white head especially after an aggressive pour. The aroma is of belgian yeast, banana, and wheat. Smooth tasting with a fine balance of banana, clove, and wheat with a slight watered-down after taste along with the yeast. Zero alcohol taste. Very refreshing. This is one overhyped hefe and I've had plenty better ones - so this was a bit disappointing after I traded quite a bit for this growler. But, in any case, sure glad to have tried this one from Austin! (551 characters)

Photo of rizzo
3.74/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The New Amsterdamm in Dallas have this on tap and won't be rotating it out any time soon ordering to the barman. This one stood up to some extending tasting and definitely passes the drinkability test. A light golden colour that has the expected haze of a hefe. Aromas of vanilla and clove dominant. Less of the banana ester is present, there is a slight medicinal aroma but it is not off putting to me. Great flavour, yeast and malt - no hop but present. Quite sweet but not cloying. (484 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my parents fill a growler on their trip to Austin.

A- Body is a light cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a large 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to about one finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very good-and in line for a hefe. Soft cloves and a hint of banana come through as well as a hint of breadiness.

T- The flavor is soft and balanced all around. A presence of clove and the slightest hint of banana with a nice bready yeast backbone. The finish adds just a touch of hops and gets a little biscuty.

M- High tingly carbonation and yeasty body. The carbonation is somewhat seltzer-like. Body is nice but could be fuller and smoother.

D- This is a nice, mellow, balanced hefe. Reminds me a lot of Weihenstephaner-but doesn't do the trick as well for me. A good drinkable, sessionable beer that I would be ordering a lot if I lived in TX...but I don't think I will go out of my way to have it again here. We have local hefes that are just as nice. Still a great opportunity to try! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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 corby112
3.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Several hand bottles received n a past trade.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellowish brown mustard like color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet citrus fruit and bread/yeast notes. There is a peppery clove presence that overpowers the other characteristics but there is still some noticeable banana, citrus peel, wheat and bread in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style with a heavy spice/clove presence that dominates the palate and lingers throughout into a sweet, yet dry finish. There's also a prominent yeast/bread presence that adds complexity and fullness to the body. The wheat and spiciness are countered by a sweet fruit presence. Subtle banana and a good amount of citrus peel.

Overall this beer is pretty good but could stand to be a bit more balanced. I've had this now on draft, hand bottled and in growler form and it seems t be wildly inconsistent. (1,048 characters)

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow color with a white head and little retention. Smell of banana, cooked vegetable, bread, and lemon. Taste has some banana, bread, and clove. Higher end of carbonation, thick, but still medium bodied. Pretty drinkable, and a good beer to drink for the summer. Thanks to pepsican for the sample. (310 characters)

Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Franksnbeans for allowing me to taste this one:

Pours a murky, yellowy orange color with a thick and creamy white fluffy 2 inch plus head. Leaves a little bit of lacing along the sides. Smell is of banana, cloves, spices. Taste is heavy on banana, and some orange peel. Nice crisp carbonation with a little watery texture. (333 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to JonathanL7890 for the chance to try this brew. Amidst the growing extreme beer trend it's not often that a beer like this earns such consistently high marks, which made me very curious about it.

Appearance: Poured into a 1L stein, this beer appears an opaque and turbid yellow with an orange tint. An enormous frothy white head forms and never recedes, quite a feat in one of these massive steins.

Smell: Banana bread, yeast, bubblegum and clove. Mild in aroma but very pleasant.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and yeasty with a spicy kick. This stuff is like liquid banana bread. Phenols are actually pretty tame; this brew has all of the classic hefeweizen flavors but it's ultimately fairly clean (and ridiculously easy to drink). The bready flavor lingers on right through to the finish. Body is light-to-medium, and though it goes down easy it's certainly not lacking in flavor.

While I don't think this tops the better German hefes out there, it's a good American take on the style. (1,003 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a wheaty murky yellow with a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass. The nose was definitely like a traditional hef that consisted of wheat malts and banana aromas with clove, malts, and slight citrus accents. On the palate it was pretty much the same as the nose but the clove and banana were a little bit more dominate. It was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet and grainy finish. The beer was very drinkable and refreshing that I could drink lots of on a hot summer day by the pool. (592 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks to Phoenix2443!

pours murkey yellow and orange, quick fizzy head that quickly disappears. light retention. color is perfect, head could be better (thats what she said)

lots of banana and clove up front. light wheat and hints of lemon.

mostly yeast and malts up front. the cloves and banana kick in and stick out through the finish. light citrus hops here and there.

light to moderate carbonation. body feels a bit thin which brings this down a notch. very smooth though.

pretty easy to drink, nice blend of flavors, nothing too dominant, low ABV, = good. (567 characters)

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.