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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

933 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 933
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 619
Gots: 56 | 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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tpd975

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A BIG thanks goes out to hopsleeroy for sending a growler of this bad boy to the state of Florida.

A: Pour a bright straw yellow color. This beer is so bright you would think you could see thru it but you can't. There is a tinge of haze murking it up a bit. Even from a growler pour it built a nice two finger head and left no lace.

S: Nice wheaty aromas with hints of light spices like clove. There is some banana hidden beneath along with big league chew bubblegum.

T: Wow fairly light in taste, but in a good way. The wheat really stands out here. It is very wheaty and biscuity. The banana and clove come in in the middle and a hint of bubblegum sweetness rounds this one out. The combination of flavors though light blend together perfectly to make a really nice tasting brew.

M: Light in body with a crisp somewhat dry finish.

D: So enjoyable on a hot summer day, which today just happens to be. I really enjoyed the beer and look forward to landing a couple of the hand bottled bombers going around on the trading forum.

Serving type: growler

06-10-2008 18:09:55 | More by tpd975
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Thanks to brandoneast for sending me two hand-bottles of this hefe from a growler. I hadn't been seeking this brew, but when the opportunity popped up just as I signed on, hey, why not? It's supposed to be pretty decent, right?

Split a 12 oz. bottle with the wife, who's not a big hefe fan (I had to guarantee her half of the bottle). Brew is resoundingly cloudy, with massive amounts of suspended floaties. I wouldn't dare drain-pour this, I'd clog up the drain. Smell is like a hefe Ahnold, flexing banana with a hint of sour underneath.

Now, I had no idea what I was getting into when I took a sip, this has some sour tinge to it! Hefe? What the hell? Fortunately for me, it has just the right bit, I like my sour more subtle, & that's what this has. The banana gets drowned out, almost, by the gentle sour bite that's clearing my sinuses. Sipping this beer is like sitting in the sand, on the sun, waves lapping at your feet, a fishing rod at hand. Ahhh. The wife won't give her half up, either.

Mouthfeel is light & delicious. This is one fine hefe & definitely lives up to the hype. I can now rest easy knowing there's at least one hefe out there that kicks some serious ass. Excellent beer!

Serving type: growler

03-15-2009 01:37:21 | More by maximum12
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Growler shared with knight84 (thanks!).

Pours a glowing hazy orange peach with a small, but sticky, gauzy white head. Nose of sweet wheat bread, mild bananas, some cloves, a hint of bubblegum, and a sprig of spicy herbal noble hops. Very good smelling hefe.

Soft wheat malt of bready sweetness and tangy yeast. Restrained bubblegum and banana flavors. A little clove. Spicy noble hop finish. Medium-bodied with a soft, proteiny feel. Nice. Very drinkable and one of the best U.S.-made hefes I've had.

Serving type: growler

05-12-2008 03:11:25 | More by alexgash
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enelson

Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-16-2011 16:10:13 | More by enelson
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mynie

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gigantically mad ups to xpimptastikx for shipping out a growler of this. There is nothing, NOTHING, more wonderful than having a growler reach you safe and sound. And it's one of them fancy growlers with a special freshness lock cap, too.

Pours as beautifully as any hefe could. Maybe a little better, actually. It's been a while since I've come across a really gorgeous wheat beer, but this one resembles duvel with its cloudy yellow sunshine body and gigantic, foamy white head. It's like frosting, or some kind of delicious soup. Or, actually it's even better than those since it's beer.

Smells just a complex as the very best hefes I've ever had, but maybe a little bit more intense. Cloves, banana, white pepper, the usual suspects, but there's also some wonderful citrus complexities in there.

Tastes even more complex, even more perfectly smooth and balanced. God damn! Wheatmalt dominates, of course, starting off generically beery in a nice way (like Weihenstephaner), moving into a sweeter, spicecake middle of cloves, lemon zest, white pepper, vanilla and orange. This lingers for a while and its ends, amazingly, with a distinct but light hop finish that ties everything together like a cherry on a sundae.

Nothing outrageous, nothing huge, just a perfectly executed example of its style. Believe the hype. I'm honestly upset at myself for not applying to Texas' grad program, now...

Serving type: growler

05-15-2009 00:55:50 | More by mynie
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

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

Was fortunate enough to have this while in Texas recently. Enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in Houston..

Fluffy wispy white head rises above the hazy golden colored beer. Some slight orange tones. A nice color. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is very fresh, very bready and spot on for the style. Ripe banana, spices, yeasty goodness. Some light clove.

Silky smooth is the first thing that comes to mind. Really almost creamy. A good amount of depth and a wonderful banana bread flavor. Excellent depth to the spice. Decent little beer. There is almost a vanilla quality that comes with the creaminess.

Quite drinkable and perfect for a hot Texas day. I can see why this is so popular.

Nice representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2009 20:24:55 | More by Reagan1984
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Brent

Kentucky

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

In Houston on business, I figured this would be my chance to give this a try. Staying on the outskirts of town, so I stopped at a very well stocked store - lots of TX beers, but no Live Oak. Cashier is well versed and tells me the brewery does not bottle. hmmm - Hefe in the too 100 is unusual enough, but one not distributed. I'm wondering if a little home team cheering might be at work. But undaunted I set off for the Flying Saucer to track it down, and glad I am. Perhaps the best hefe I've had, besting the German leaders. Perfect blend of malt and yeast flavors without too much banana or clove.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2010 19:41:04 | More by Brent
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange on the pour. No head once it made it to me unfortunately.

Nice banana citrus, clove and honey aroma.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma which is very good.

Crisp, clean, light, and smooth.

good drinkability. One of the most solid hefes I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2011 01:03:26 | More by EgadBananas
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a glowing golden yellow colored beer with a beautiful unfiltered looking haze. The head is pure white, bubbly, and slightly thin

S-the nose is quite big and brings nice golden fruits and a light funky yeast. Golden pears and banana are most prominent, a light peach as well, with a little clove spiciness balancing out the fruity sweetness. A light touch of yeast keeps this true to the style

T-the taste is slightly spicier than the nose. The spice is present up front, clove and a touch of pepper, the fruits set in towards the middle, pear and banana with hints of soft peach. The spiciness and a light touch of tart funk bring in the finish.

M-the body is a little larger than I thought it would be, medium to light with a certain level of syrup to it. It has some prickly carbonation on top of a very smooth palate finishing on the dry side; but not overly dry by an means

D-this is so easy to drink, big flavors and right on point. So low in alcohol to match a nice level of complexity with a solid mixture of spice and sweet soft fruits. Great Brew!!!

Serving type: growler

03-11-2010 01:15:45 | More by cpetrone84
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -8.7%

01-30-2013 20:06:10 | More by BGsWo22
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got a growler of this beer in a trade with xpimptastikx, Thanks Michael!

Served in a weizen glass.

Hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.
Wheaty and yeasty aroma with spices thrown in.
There is solid malted wheat spices and yeast all the way through.
Medium bodied, very smooth feel and it was very easy to drink.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2009 21:11:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

01-13-2014 14:00:38 | More by tectactoe
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eawolff99

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

11-27-2012 00:51:35 | More by eawolff99
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to xpimptastikx for sending a growler of this for the most recent cycle of GATM. Shared with friends on 1/23/10.

A - Poured a hazy golden body with a finger's width of fluffy, bright white head that settled into a quarter inch of creamy retention and yielded a bit of spotty lace.

S - Dominant wheat malt character with hints of clove and bubblegum. However, both the clove and bubblegum notes are quite subtle for the style. Instead, a lemony citrus quality is apparent, as well as mild floral notes and sweet malt. Very subtle yet pleasant aroma.

T - Obviously, the flavor is quite wheaty and bready, giving the malt the upper hand over the other elements. The yeast character is very apparent, although quite subtle at the same time. The clove spiciness is very subtle, emerging in the middle along with slight peppery notes, and lasts through to the backend. However, the sweet and spicy notes do not dominate at all. Finishes with a touch of banana and faint floral hop notes.

M - Medium bodied with a very silky texture and soft carbonation, providing only a bit of prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite creamy overall. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and spice on the palate.

D - Live Oak has managed to create an extremely drinkable Hefe that goes slightly against the norm. This is my first experience with this brewery, and I was not disappointed. While this isn't an example of a run-of-the-mill Hefe, it does possess everything there is to enjoy with a wheat beer - a pleasant bready maltiness, subtle spicy yeast and a hint of lemony zing. Very nice!

Serving type: growler

01-25-2010 00:51:55 | More by ffejherb
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Holland

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3%

02-04-2013 17:35:36 | More by Holland
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Hazed darker yellow color. Two plus fingers of frothy white head with average retention and not really any lacing.

5.0 S: Wow, really wonderful. Tons of bubblegum and clove with banana oil undertones. Appropriate level of yeastiness and a neutral wheat flavor. Pretty much perfect proportions of the major components with a lot of power behind it. Elegant, bold and robust, this is about as good as it gets.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good, but only about one tenth as powerful as the nose. Bubblegum and clove are once again my most powerful with banana second chair again. Surprisingly dry. Neutral wheat. No-off flavors and well brewed, but the taste could use a good three of four fold amplification.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is a good deal disappointing. Medium body, but lacking the creaminess that the best hefes have to offer. Also, there's plenty of carbonation, but is fails to liven up the mouthfeel. Instead of spritzy, it's a "dead" carbonation.

3.5 D: Absolutely amazing taste, pretty good taste, and otherwise sub-par. Still, I'd have no problem drinking this on a regular basis. A couple glasses today did the trick and a couple more tomorrow.

Serving type: growler

03-04-2011 01:40:26 | More by DavoleBomb
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A growler with two shout outs. First to UncleJedi for securing the growler shipment and to stopbarking for shipping it out to me. Nice tag team guys!

I have been wanting to try this brew for quite sometime....expectations!

A-Slightly hazy, orange kissed, golden yellow. A billowing white head is prduced upon pouring. Head settles down to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Banana and clove like spice that one expects. A bit of lemon citrus comes through in the background. A bit of "heat" comes through upon serious inhaling....what is that? Ginger? It surely can't be alcohol heat right?

T-Very complex. Banana, clove and that mystery spice, what the hell is that? A light lemon-like acidity alongside a bit of woody astringency dances over the palate upon finishing. Very intriguing stuff...unlike any hefe-weizen I have ever had.

M-Medium-light boa smooth, creamy feel. A pleasant bodied summer brew. I am sure it is perfect during a hot Texas day!

D-Really nice, so dynamic. That "mystery" spice keeps bringing me back for more and more sips. After awhile though I get a little weary of it and need a break. Maybe from the mental anguish of trying to figure out what the hell it is exactly! All in all a fine beer that is true to style but not the norm. I am glad to finally have experience with this one!

Serving type: growler

10-10-2008 07:21:54 | More by Deuane
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.7%

02-28-2014 03:33:57 | More by smartassboiler
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of wagenvolks. Thanks so much for the trade!
Poured from 64oz growler into Hefe glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark golden/light orange color with a fluffy white head. The foamy goodness leaves a good amount of lacing behind along the sides of the glass and a half a fingers worth of head sticks around as the cap.

S - Ripe bananas mixed with wheat and yeast notes. Smells very fresh like it was just poured from the tap right in front of me. Maybe a small hint of cloves, but mostly bananas and yeast.

T - This has a more subtle banana flavor to it then I expected, which I like. It seems to me that too often, the sweet banana flavors overtake everything else...not with this one. Some really nice bread notes mixed with a hint of cloves on the finish that has a nice bite.

M - Light and refreshing that goes down so easy and smooth. It does have some body on it for a Hefe, but still sticks right to the style overall.

D - Super-easy to drink...gotta save some for the g/f or else I'd drink the entire growler by myself. Live Oak really killed it with this Hefe and I'm going to hit up wagenvolks again for another one in the very near future.

Serving type: growler

10-18-2009 23:46:11 | More by Sean9689
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

04-18-2012 03:19:37 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ehammond1


4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for opening this long-time want with me, DarthKostrizer!

Slightly hazed golden and yellow with a moderately-sized, big-bubbled off-white head. This isn't as cloudy as some other hefeweizens I've had, but all in all, this is quite pretty and appropriate.

Balanced, expressive aroma of wheat, some juicy citrus flesh, clove, banana, and orange rind. Well balanced and appropriate.

The flavor is very nice as well and incredibly drinkable. Good amounts of wheat, sweet (citrus), low to moderate bitterness, banana, and some clove come together nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Perhaps the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've ever had.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2012 17:43:29 | More by ehammond1
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cdwil

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%

07-19-2013 00:00:45 | More by cdwil
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a proper clouded sunshiny yellow, a creamy white cap of a finger+. Sticky lace swirls around the glass.

Aroma - banana and clovey yeast is pretty much right on the money. Hint of gunpowder with warming.

Taste - sweet, grainy, and yeasty at first. The banana flavors play nicely off the sweetness. The swallow brings in the clove and spices. A fruity finish with a twang of sour as things wind down.

Mouthfeel - smoothness adds to the body while the crispness gives it a little lighter feel.

Drinkability - Austin's lucky to have this awesome session beer as a local tap. I'm pretty fortunate to try this while in town. Thanks to BGThang for this special treat.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 02:45:37 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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prototypic

Ohio

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for sharing the hand bottled bomber.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, light straw color. Cloudiness cannot be understated. There's a few small pieces of sediment swimming around, but they're small and mostly insignificant. Head is about a finger and a half deep and foamy white in color. Retention was definitely on the shorter side and left a spotty coat of lace lining the glass.

Smell: Spicy notes of clove and very light orange peel greet the nose first. The spiciness is apparent, but dialed in just right. Not too strong. Banana scent makes an impression and adds a nice element to it. There's definitely a grainy, earthy fragrance to it. There's a faint sweet smell that emerges. It's indistinct, but perhaps a little fruity. Truly an exceptional smelling Hefe.

Taste: Clove and banana flavors are readily apparent up front. Orange peel and perhaps some other light spicy elements that blend well. It's very grainy and earthy which is typical for the style. It is a little sweet toward the end. I really can't quite put my finger on the sweet flavor. Suffice it to say it's a nice touch. Though it's not overly complex, this is really a fine tasting beer. Easily the best tasting Hefe I've encountered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. It's really well done. Generally, beers with such a light feel don't have a creamy feel quite like this. I'd go so far as to say it's damn near silky. If it were a little thicker, a "5" would be warranted for feel. Drinkability is high given its smooth, light feel. I'm clueless as to what the abv is, but it's not apparent in taste or smell. I'm close to awarding a "5" for drinkability, but Hefes aren't one of my favorite styles. I could tackle a number of these with ease, but I'd probably move on to an IPA after a while. Just my preference. I can only take so much clove.

Live Oak's clearly set the bar for Hefes with this one. I was a little apprehensive about how well it'd hold up being hand bottled, but it seems in great shape. Carbonation seems to have held up really well. But, I haven't tried it fresh so could be wrong there. All in all, fantastic beer. Thanks, Chris.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 16:39:42 | More by prototypic
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Exiled

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2011 04:33:51 | More by Exiled
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 933 ratings.