Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 369
Hads: 1,202
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 727
Gots: 139 | 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 jnn4v
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: cloudy orange color with lots of haze and almost no head

S: orange, caramel, wheat, yeast, pepper, banana, clove, and so much more, all on the first couple smells. Excellent.

T: bubble gum, wheat, orange on first taste. Yeast, clove, lemon zest and banana are more subtle, but definitely there.

M: relatively thick. Moderate carbonation. Very good body.

D: excellent flavors and low abv make this ultimately drinkable. (429 characters)

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

I have had this delicious brew many times around town and take for granted that we have a world class hefeweizen here in Austin. The beer poured an opaque golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head. The aroma was of bananas, cloves and a fruity spice that hit the perfect hefe tones. The taste was classic Hefe with bold bubblegum, banana, clove and spices that floated on a thick and creamy body with zero bitterness. The Live Oak Hefe is so thick, creamy and smooth its like drinking a beer milkshake. The note perfect hefeweizen flavors were bold and dominate while maintaining a very refreshing and drinkable brew. I can easily drink pint after pint of this on a hot day in Texas. It easily stands up to and exceeds its German counterparts and I would take it over just about any classic German Hefe. (810 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hay Merchant (Houston), served in a 20 oz Weizen glass. Hazy, cloudy yellow with a good head of white foam. Citrus, wheat and slight yeast spice on the nose. Well balanced flavor: typical clove and banana are present but only just enough, citrus, bread, spicy yeast and hop bitterness all mingle well. Lively carbonation with a light to medium body. Very drinkable, well balanced; a good representation of the style. (430 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow. A huge frothy lovely head billows up and falls over the course of several minutes. No lace, though there's a bit more when poured from the tap.
Aroma is light and refreshing. Banana, clove, sweetness, a little bready.
Taste is classic hefe, lightly sweet and refreshing. Banana ripeness. A little brilliant tart in the middle with some bready/yeasty near the end.
Medium body, incredibly smooth, and a slight lingering sweetness in the finish.

This is a great beer. Not a favored style by me at all, but even I can taste the quality and craftmanship of this hefe. (593 characters)

Photo of urwithdave
4.19/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tnx to gtreid for sharing this with me at the CCB Hunahpu release!

Poured into a snifter.

A- A murky gold color. Very little head with no lacing.

S- Banannas and wheat. Maybe some pears and honey thrown in the mix.

T- A little of everything that I got from the nose, with the bananna being the most prevelant.

M- very thin with a good level of carbonation.

D- I could drink it all night/day long. Very easy drinking beer FO SHO! (435 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 UTCengOwl
4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this many, many times... figured that I should review it. Had this in a shaker pint during trivia at the Austin Flying Saucer. This was one of the better appearances the beer has had for me, IMO.

The beer is always a cloudy, hazy gold. The cap is a fluffy, pale white. However, the head died down quickly and needed to be roused to stay alive. Dirty Saucer glasses or not a great head? Probably some of both.

The nose is banananananana. It's not artificial or overpowering, but it's definitely dominant and long lasting. There might be some balancing spice in there or something, but let's just focus on the fantastic banana.

The taste is well balanced and complex. The mouthfeel is shockingly thick and creamy... but it still goes down quickly. The taste is somewhat banana, but it slowly melds into a sweet vanilla touch that wonderfully lingers. Dry and sweet at the same time. Viscous, but dry and drinkable. This beer is balance and a wonderful session in my glass. I'm never sad that I've ordered one of these... and I order it quite a bit. The Pride of Austin! (1,074 characters)

Photo of Mauerhan
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks thanks to wagenvolks for sending this out. enjoyed with olieipa.

pours a cloudy golden straw color with a half finger white head that flashes in the pan and is gone. slight lacing.

smell is full of banannas cloves wheat malts and full of estery goodness.

taste is yummy. a bit of banana with some spicy cloves. a subtle sweetness. very tasty.

overall a very tasty hef. would love to drink more of it. drinkble to t. thanks drew. (441 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 dauss
4.79/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Fresh off a new keg. No head formation, which is odd for a wheat beer. On top of that, I could seriously pitch this beer into some wort and it would ferment. There was so much yeast in my beer that it looked like someone shook up a yeast vial and dumped it in.

Smell: Heavy banana with lots of sweet wheat malt. A subtle clove aroma lingers in the background.

Taste: full bodied with very strong and spicy clove phenols. Light banana esters and some yeast nuttiness.

Notes: Its very good. I like how the esters were heavy in the aroma and low in the taste while the phenols were low in the aroma and heavy in the taste. Very interesting and very good. (672 characters)

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

Had this beer and a lunch for FREE @ a SXSW event in Austin. The unfortunate part about the beer being free is that it wasn't poured into glass, but rather plastic.

A: Small 1 cm head, unfiltered hazy banana bread color, with dec lace.

S: Sweet and wheaty, the turd also dropped a lemon wedge on the side, so a lot of lemon zest.

T: Very clean and not extremely overpoweringly sweet. This is great, since a Hefeweizen isn't exactly my style of choice, but seemed perfect for a 80 degree Texas day. A nice slice of clovey bitterness.

M:Medium bodied, with good balance of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these, the number I would want to drink would increase as the temperatures started rising. Great summer beer, too bad it's only available on tap. You would think this precious swill would get bottled? (815 characters)

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

Thanks to my texas BA friend brandon! Cheers!

This beer is so great! The taste is full of refreshing banana taste and even some sour notes! This beer is really refreshing and drinkable! I would love to have this year round! I would say this has a enjoyable sour note to it that I have wonder if it's normal (307 characters)

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

I'd like to second my fellow Texas BAs in their plaudits for this stellar beer.

The Live Oak Hefe Weizen arrives at my table looking as perfect as a hefe can look. It's a shining, yet cloudy, gold...it has a vibrant white head...and it's highly carbonated.

The aromas are, as you could guess, typical of a true hefe weizen...bubblegum, cloves and the famous banana. I would add that the aroma is very strong, which is a little different from some German hefes I've had.

The flavor is just wonderful. The spiciness is not overpowering, which it shouldn't be. Instead it combines with a fruity sweetness. The aromas are also found in the taste. If I could invent such a meter, I'd say the balance found in the aroma is present in the taste as well. It's just great.

This is a wonderful beer, the finest to come from Texas. (832 characters)

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

I've had this on-tap three times since moving to Austin and will review the most recent occasion, at Malagas Tapas and Bar on Saturday night.

Served a hazy, hefe yellow-orange in a pint glass with about a finger of pillowy white head. As others have noted, the color gradually changes from the top of the glass to the bottom. I felt this serving came a little colder than I would've preferred, and the rich aroma of bananas, clove, and citrus took a while to come out.

The pleasant smell of this beer is nothing compared to its taste, however. The banana and citrus--I got more lemon than in the past, and still took in plenty of orange--were up front, and the clove is deliciously spicy. An overall bubble gum flavor is present, particularly when the beer is colder.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, no watered-down domestic hefe here. I'd love to sit down for a few of these, and hope to in the months to come. (914 characters)

Photo of bassmantin
4.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to iconoklazor for leaving this one with me after DLD. Shouldn't have waited so long to drink it!

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with minimal head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Probably drinking it a little too cold, but whatever.

Smell is very tart. Wow didn't expect that. There are some more traditional hefe flavors in there, banana maybe, but the sourness definitely dominates. I like it, and I bet it's better fresh before some of the flavors have faded. It's a lot like a lambic but definitely different.

Great. (534 characters)

Photo of Avryle
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hand bottled from a keg purchased & shipped by JonathanL7890.

A- Rich, slightly hazy golden yellow. Fluffy white head that mellows into a bubbly white cap

S- Heavy on the banana-y esters with a hity of clove-like spiciness.

T- Bubblegum & bananas. Heavy wheat though I'm told it's going a little south. Must be what the sour twang in the finish is along with the banana bread.

M- Thin bodied. pretty good carbonation considering the means by which I'm getting to drink this in NY.

D- Extraordinarily good. Fantastic summer beer. (533 characters)

Photo of Homerbag
4.57/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BgThang for sending this my way.

Has a cloudy, opaque body with a finger thick head. Great looking, however I use to hefes having such a big head that I felt this was lacking, but that is all it was lacking.

Smell and taste is big on yeast, grains, and spices. Benchmark hefe as far as the balance of banana and clove. Not overpowering, not under utilized, just right. A great blend of earthy grains and an almost citric quality round it out. Feel is crisp and smooth at the same time. Great warm weather beer, light enough to drink when hot out, but not thin.

I would drink this over and over again. I feel out of love with hefes for a while, this is starting to bring me back. (695 characters)

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

Light orangish color, with very faint hints of pink. This was a crisp and refreshing beer, with nice carbonation. One of the highlights on a trip to Austin and looking forward to having again! (192 characters)

Photo of punkrkr27
3.97/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the August '10 Metro Detroit tasting. Hazy, yellow pour with a tall, frothy white head. Clean and yeasty with lots of lemon, moderate banana, sweet biscuit, toast, mild clove, some citrusy hops. Very clean and drinkable hefe. Medium-light body that finishes light and clean with moderate carbonation. (311 characters)

Photo of AAG
3.52/5  rDev -19.6%
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 titty_mcbitty
4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow-golden with a clean white head. Very opaque.

S: Lemon, straw, banana, and clove.

T: Similar- straw, banana, clove spice, lemon, some grassy notes, ripe citrus fruits.

M: Medium with that awesome hefe light-heaviness (if that makes sense).

O: A good beer! Not the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but damn near up there. (341 characters)

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

drank this one, bottled from a growler, with barefootbrewer.

the beer po9ured a cloudy hazy yellow, like a hefeweizen.

the smell is banana, wheat & cereal.

the taste is consistant witht the smell. adding lemon notes and an earthiness.

the mouthfeel is excellent. much thicker than i expected.

this is a great hefe i could drink all day long and hefe's aren't my favorite style. (382 characters)

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

I hadn't heard of this beer before it was brought to a recent tasting by drabmuh. Thanks Matt for bringing a true gem and sharing it with 12 other people!

Poured from a growler. Cloudy, yellowy gold color. Nice bits of yeast in suspension which is always great for a Hefe. The gold sheen of the beer was nice in the light. It would have been great to get a full pour into a pint glass to truly admire the appearance, but my mom always told me it was nice to share with others....so I did.

Smell is a great combination of clove, banana, and yeast. There are hints of grass and orange peel or some kind of citrus. Overall the aroma was a fairly strong presence.

The taste brought out the same characteristics as the smell with additions of wheat and a slight tartness. I definitely got more citrus peel character in the flavor.

Mouthfeel was excellent with a healthy amount of carbonation that gave the beer a lively feel on the palate.

Drinkability is truly outstanding and I usually don't give 5s in this category, but I truly think this beer would be sessionable by everyone, including my wife who doesn't like beer. (1,124 characters)

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

A wonderful way to start the weekend courtesy of jefferz5000 poured into a mikasa heff glass. Pours a nice cloudy orange yellow hue with a fluffy head that recedes fairly quickly to a collar and a light patch of bubbles in the middle of the collar. Smell is outstanding, i was smelling this stuff on the pour. Its very aromatic with bubblegum orange a light wheat character and some coriander and pineapple too. Taste is really nice as well, more of the same here but with some lemon thrown in. Mouthfeel is light and airy and fairly dry. I could drink this all day long given the abv, overall lightness and the wonderful taste and smell. (638 characters)

Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnsaulrubio for hooking us up here in wisconsin with a growler. Shared with hu5om in Franziskaner Weizen glasses.

A: gorgeous yellow at bottom with a lazy orange at the top while hazy throughout. a fluffy off-white head tops the pour with incredible retention.

S: yeasty throughout with hints of wheat and bananas interspersed.

T: smooth flavors of wheat, banana, and cloves dance on the tongue ever so briefly before disappearing into a fizzle of yeast. spices leave a lingering aftertaste.

MF/D: an initial sizzle on the tongue that dissipates to a smooth cascade down the throat, a light feeling of foam remains on the lips. the growler went down way too easily between 2 people... (700 characters)

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.