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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

914 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 609
Gots: 53 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Texasfan549

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-15-2011 03:48:00 | More by Texasfan549
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inflatablechair

Idaho

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 00:53:35 | More by inflatablechair
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -3%

11-14-2011 23:29:23 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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splax23

Michigan

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 21:21:26 | More by splax23
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jl28r1

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 20:58:54 | More by jl28r1
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IpeeA

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-14-2011 20:44:09 | More by IpeeA
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 19:46:49 | More by Adamostella
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ejyoung

Arizona

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 18:21:49 | More by ejyoung
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bentwookie

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-14-2011 16:46:06 | More by bentwookie
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seeswo

Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 13:26:13 | More by seeswo
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -8.7%

11-14-2011 09:25:10 | More by bsuedekum
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Bobbydigi

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-14-2011 07:59:27 | More by Bobbydigi
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: growler

11-13-2011 02:31:40 | More by oline73
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mrandypandy

Georgia

4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 19:31:06 | More by mrandypandy
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-12-2011 22:37:50 | More by jmarsh123
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 19:16:33 | More by Mebuzzard
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2011 01:54:18 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

10-08-2011 15:07:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
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MartinVanBrewin

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-20-2011 00:29:16 | More by MartinVanBrewin
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treyrab

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2011 21:34:56 | More by treyrab
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crossovert

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of ftsgibson. Thanks! Even shipped it in a fancy styrofoam pack to keep it optimal, was still cold when I received it.

Cap opens with a nice pop.

It pours into my Erdinger glass a nice hazy gold with a great fluffy white head that sticks for awhile. Glad to see it is still nicely carbonated, it was filled and sealed well.

The smell is mostly banana with some sweet smelling wheat malt.

The flavor is lighter and more subtle than most American hefeweizens, and I like that. It has again a thick wheat character. The banana returns in the flavor along with a nice dash of clove. Lemon in the finish as you go.

The mouthfeel is the only thing I think could be improved here and it very well may just be that I am having it from a growler.

The wheat in this one give is a unique flavor but it is proabbly the best American Hefeweizen out there and better than a lot of the neutered imported German Weissbiers. However, this doesn't stack up to a fresh weissbier on tap in Bavaria, about as good as a US brewery is gonna get it without importing the exact brewing equipment, hops, malt, and yeast.

only ones better for me:
1 Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
2 Mahrs Bräu Saphir Weiss
3 Schneider Georg Schneiders Wiesen Edel-Weisse
4 Schneider Weisse Original
5 Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb
6 Erdinger Festweiße
7 Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)

That is good company

Serving type: growler

09-15-2011 20:00:51 | More by crossovert
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FUNKPhD

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer/Houston

From Notes:
An opaque banana yellow with a nice head. A sweet, tart aroma which follows through to the taste. Very fruity, cirtusy, and yeasty. Crisp and easy to drink, with slight carbonation.

A very good example of a hefeweizen. We got a keg for a party and it definitely went over well with everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 03:10:21 | More by FUNKPhD
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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy straw yellow with good head surviving the clumsy growler fill from Whole Foods. Thin head seems here to stay.

Pleasant aroma, phenolic with some banana and a bit of sulphur.

Taste is a superb hefe, light banana and strong clove. Amazing flavor, wow.

Mouthfeel is warm and thick with a gentle tingle. Warmth is stands out.

Overall - This beer is a real experience, one that I don't expect in this style. Perhaps the hefe for big beer lovers.

Serving type: growler

08-27-2011 01:02:46 | More by WickedSluggy
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Phelps

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a hand-bottle shared by ottovon into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Dark sunset wheat in color, and topped with a creamy white head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Very cloudy, with thick streaks of horizontal lace.

In the nose: subtle and sweet bananas, tons of clove, fruity wheat. A smooth, soft aroma.

Effortlessly fruity. Lots going on here: banana, clove, wheat bread, honey, toffee, maybe even some apple. Smooth vanilla emerges at the swallow before a clean, drying finish. Just packed with flavors blended creamily into a delicious whole.

Moderate peppery carbonation amidst a medium body. Crisp finish occurs without a hint of alcohol.

Having searched far and wide for a worthy American hef, I can rightly say this one is far and away the best example of the style in this country. It might even hold its own against the best German versions.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:15:01 | More by Phelps
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HopHead84

California

3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2011 17:20:11 | More by HopHead84
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.