Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
10-08-2011 15:07:48 | More by Dreadnaught33
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
This beer had a helluva lot to live up to, and when all was said and done, I would say it surpassed expectations and lived up to its rarefied status. Had it on tap at the Draughthouse in Austin, which is a very unique place in it's own right. Poured a rich golden orange with two-finger of off white head with excellent retention. Tasted sweet and spicy and big on the bananas, oranges, orange peel and cloves. There was a certain breadiness involved that lead to a mouth-feel that was more on the medium side, which did not in any way detract from it's drinkability. Shared a couple of pitchers with friends, and will definitely head back to the draughthouse for more when I'm able to get back down to Austin. I hear that Live Oak is going to expand and begin bottling their beers in the near future. That is great news, and I seriusly hope they decide to distribute to their northern neighbors some day.
11-25-2008 03:38:47 | More by stephens101
4.48/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-20-2012 00:24:46 | More by rowingbrewer
4.65/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured this from a growler into a weizen glass. Thanks very much to screach for the trade and especially for getting it here so quick.
Appears a cloudy golden color with a one inch white head that is slowly rising above the rim. Ends up leaving some very nice lacing down the side of the glass.
The aroma is the perfect balance of clove and banana. At first the banana seems to dominate but with a deeper inhale the clove is right there with it and they blend together wonderfully. There are also some less noticeable bubble gum and apple esters. All that plus the wheat malt makes this one the tops.
Similar to the aroma there is an initial banana ester character but it quickly blends with the tangy breadiness of the wheat malt and then the clove flavor comes out in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as light as many Hefeweizens. It has a nice creamy consistency to it as well. Extremely drinkable and gets even better as it warms up a little bit. I had no problem finishing the growler in one sitting.
This one was very enjoyable for sure. Almost reminds me of a homebrew that I made but this one is better. This one is actually not overrated.
11-21-2008 05:17:27 | More by roadhouse
District of Columbia
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
Appearance: A soft and nearly opaque honey-pale-straw-yellow pour with almost no head, looks raw, cloudy, unfiltered, and delicious.
Smell: Ample yeast, cloves, grass, banana, wheat
Taste: Grain, yeast, bread, Banana in a big way, citrus, grass, banana, pineapple, touch of sweetness and orange
Mouthfeel: Nice full texture, better than any other hefe.
Drinkability: Perfect in this regard, it disappears. All the elements come together perfectly in this one, particularly outside in the Austin, TX heat.
04-03-2009 15:45:10 | More by craytonic
3.48/5 rDev -20.7%
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.
06-27-2011 15:34:01 | More by MrMcGibblets
4.38/5 rDev -0.2%
My boy from FL, tpd975, hooked me up with this special treat. 4th of July is as good a day as any to crack this baby open. Thanks a bunch Greg.
22 oz. hand bottled bomber poured into a weizen glass. Hefe's have never been my style, but this is the best of the best so let's give it a go.
Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy bright white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. Some legs here and there left on the side, could use more though. Smell is lots of banana, spice, and pepper with a touch of lemongrass. Clove and grains tickle the nose as well with a wheat bread backbone. Ok, I'll admit it...I like the taste of this hefe a lot. The banana flavors are very under control with a sweet citrus hop taste in there as well. Some caramel malt midway followed by a spicy dry wheat aftertaste to wrap it up. Light creamy body with a smooth refreshing feel to it. Carbonation is pretty steady with this one as well. Very easy going down, perfect summer beer to sit outside and grill with. Speaking of which, I'm headed to the back yard with the pup. This hefe has changed my opinion on the style. Do what you can to get your hands on this beer, it made me a believer.
07-04-2008 20:14:55 | More by BeerTruth
4.5/5 rDev +2.5%
On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.
Served to me in a pint glass with a way too thin head and a cloudy lemonade body. Very pretty, but the head was awful both times I had it. Smell is faintly fruity but with a larger presence of yeasty breadiness and wheaty graininess. Not as much banana or clove as I'd like. Fantastic flavor profile and nearly flawless, but there I can't help but feel as if it could be improved slightly. Needs a little more twang from the wheat, but all the requisite flavors are there and in good balance. Mouthfeel is everything I could want from a hefeweizen. Fluffy, some bite from the carbonation, and an overall smoothness which, in turn, makes this perfect in drinkability.
This Texas beer is definately the best American produced wheat beer I have ever had, and it even poses some challenge to some of the best from Bavaria.
06-29-2006 03:38:10 | More by goochpunch
4.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Reviewed from notes. Growler shared.
A: Pours a hazy pale yellow under a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim slowly and leaves spotty lace.
N: Pungent banana esters, wheat grains, yeast, clove, fruity, mild earth.
T: Follows nose with mild citrus overtones.
M: Light body and medium carbonation. Creamy, fruity and wheaty finish.
O: Solid and well balanced. Would definitely have again.
08-15-2014 04:25:15 | More by wethorseblanket
4.85/5 rDev +10.5%
Multiple samples at 2009 GABF.
With all the extreme beer available at the GABF, this was the only hefe I tried. It's reputation as one of the world's best is deserved, this is fantastic beer.
The wheat produces a crackery grain flavor that pairs with the typical banana and a mild clove note. This beer may not wow some people, but anyone that has experienced a selection of top-notch hefes will know right away that this is no ordinary beer.
There is just something about it, those wheat, banana, and clove flavors are simply amazing. Perhaps the flavors are just a bit brighter or deeper, maybe it is the creamy smooth body, but I can't name a better American made Hefeweizen and I would be hard pressed to name a better German take on the style...ok, maybe Weihenstephaner, but its close.
Now they just need to bottle more of it and start shipping cases to Denver!
10-19-2009 14:56:35 | More by BradLikesBrew
4.8/5 rDev +9.3%
thanks to barefootbrewer for a bottle of this fine brew! Ordinarily I don't condone the bottling of growler and on tap only brews but my hats off on to the original bottler of this fine brew. The last time I had a hefe this good it was carried off a plane from germany!
A - Hazy golden yellow color with a solid white head
S - citrus, clove, banana, wheat and bready malts
T - similar to the nose but so lively, so well balanced it's hard to justify in words.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp zesty finish
D - yes sir, may I have another? I really need to get a growler of this shipped to me so I can enjoy this with my friends!
07-07-2008 00:33:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
4.33/5 rDev -1.4%
Cirrus cloud pillowy head - sort of how the clouds would look in an airplane above them; dissipates moderately. Light, cloudy, white grapefruit color
Bountiful banana ester; lots of coriander and orange zest
Indescribably multidimensional for style - where did that slight smoky flavor come from? Carbonation helps tingle out the banana, orange, grapefruit and yeast
Little bit of a carbonation burn - clean and complex
I could drink this all day long - great stuff.
03-26-2008 11:44:47 | More by IBUnit63
4.68/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks JDV for the opportunity to try this one also my first growler ever. Might as well start of with one of the best
Growler poured into my Ayinger Weizen Glass produced a good two fingers worth of head that settled down to a nice layer of lace on top of a cloudy apricot colored body It is a gorgeous looking Hefeweizen I wouldn't believe that a growler would keep this much carbonation
Aromas on this one is striking as well, you get wonderful banana bread in a glass type smell (bananas, cloves, Bread dough) Bubblegum as well
Yes wheat banana bread in a glass flavors as well a nice citrus bite
Mouthfeel is exceptional a little heaver than I expected for a wheat beer, nice crisp carbonation on your tongue.
Great drinking Hefeweizen I'll repeat the statements made before me I cant believe it was this good coming from a growler. Thanks again to JDV on shipping it right. If you have the fortunes to get a growler I say go for it. My new favorite Hefeweizen
02-03-2008 20:23:57 | More by joepais
4.05/5 rDev -7.7%
22 oz glowing, label-less bottle
LO Hefe pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a good bubble show directly after the pour. It sports a 1/2 inch white head with small plumes of rising carbonation. The nose is big and fruity, loads of banana notes, apple, melon and a soft wheat/yeast aroma. The grainy texture that appears immediately while tasting soon turns creamy as the semi-spicy wheat notes balance out with the citrusy hop character. Other tasting notes or orange rind, nuts, yeast, pepper and cloves. This is a good beer, definitely a solid hefe... not for the weak. Good drinkability.
The second pour was much more hazy in appearance , causing a bigger yeast tone throughout the rest of the glass.
08-10-2008 21:51:18 | More by ATPete
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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