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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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971 Ratings

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.25%
Wants: 635
Gots: 68 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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Photo of objectivemonkey


4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Arrived a few hours ago from BeerZach... thanks a bunch dude!

Pours a lovely apricot at center, amber gold around the edges, a nice fluffy off-white head thats subsides to a thin film, a bit of lacing but not too much. The aroma is exquisite. The clover and banana are as obvious as they are lovely, with hints of vanilla and bubblegum. Nothing too powerful or out of its place, just about right. Excellent.

The taste, even better. Whereas I like my hefe aroma to be a little subdued, the taste has to be full, as does the mouth, and this is is a pretty full hefe. The banana comes at you seemingly even before the glass comes to mouth, citric deliciousness spreading, floating, the yeast spiciness, the clove exploring the middle, a grainy wheat husk rounding through the bend as it finishes with a lingering banana and a slight drying mouth. The mostly full body is lightened every so slightly by a shifty carbonation.

I've always wanted to visit Austin, and now I have another reason to check it out some day. As for the Live Oak Hefe, its a great beer, I'd like to give it higher marks, but the mouth didn't quite stand up, and there wasn't much lacing. But still, an excellent beer. Writing wedding thank you notes just got a whole lot more pleasant. :)

12-15-2007 01:31:46 | More by objectivemonkey


4.55/5  rDev +3.6%

A rare and tasty thanks to Deniz(JDV).

Poured from a growler into my Duvel glass. A solid foamy two fingers of off white head forms and has solid retention. Leaves some scattered lace. Body is a honey golden wheat in color. Nose has a complex mix of silky wheat, honeysuckle, orange zest and maybe soft hops. As you take first sip the smooth almost glazing silkyness is amazing. Inner orange skin and anise are up front but signs of fuzzy spice are all oner the middle of the palate. Clean and refreshing while being so unique and complex throughout. An almost flowery mouthfeel is left after the dusty spice profile. The drinkability of this brew couldnt be any better.

06-20-2008 00:03:51 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of drseamus

New York

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to geuzelover for the growler. Served in my 20oz New Glarus Weizen Glass. Gotta love the right glassware for a beer. I read the BJCP style guidelines for this beer right before the review so I'd be on the correct page.

A: Dark straw body. It is very opaque. There was a bit of a white head initially, around a quarter inch, but it fell quickly. I'll blame that on it being a growler. Carbonation is visible.

S: Clove and banana are very dominant in the aroma with some lemon and wheat rounding out the bouquet. The clove is really strong and it almost has a slight smoky character but I think that's just my mind trying to interpret the cloves.

T: The wheat was more subdued in the aroma, but it's right up front in the flavor. Likewise, the powerful clove presence isn't nearly as strong in the flavor but provides a little spice to the beer and comes on a bit stronger in the aftertaste. The banana is there as well but less in the flavor than in the aftertaste which has a strong banana character. All the flavors blend nicely to create a very smooth beer.

M: The amount of carbonation is pretty surprising for a growler. It works great for the style which should be pretty highly carbonated. Tastes pretty full bodied in the beginning and middle of the taste, but as it leads to the aftertaste the body seems lighter and finishes perfectly.

D: Damn fine hefe all around. Especially considering it was from a growler.

12-12-2007 04:39:28 | More by drseamus
Photo of BDeibs


3/5  rDev -31.7%

10-26-2012 16:47:23 | More by BDeibs
Photo of kbub6f

New York

5/5  rDev +13.9%

New keg on tap at The Dog & Duck, Austin. I've had this a few times around Austin, including the green keg at the brewery during the Austin April BA event (see Larry's and Rick's reviews). Brewer Chip McElroy says there are no immediate plans to bottle any of the Live Oak brews.

The beer is an opaque yellow-orange. It sort of looks like a mixture of orange juice and pineapple juice. Some fine natural carbonation snakes up the sides of the glass. With a conservative pour the head is small, white, coarse and dies to a thin ring pretty quickly. (An aggressive pour gives a huge head, but it still settles pretty quickly).

The nose is mostly citrus, with cloves and a banana inhale. Citrus and spice dominate the front. A tangy middle gives way to a somewhat dry finish highlighting corn, spice and a bready yeasty flavor. This beer is always absolutely delicious. Call me "infidel", but this is my all-time favorite Hefe.

07-04-2003 07:04:41 | More by kbub6f
Photo of BillHilly


4/5  rDev -8.9%

02-08-2013 02:28:28 | More by BillHilly
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

No limon, thank you. I had this one live at Ginger Man's.

High sweetness, nice tartness, creamy banana, wheaty goodness, medium-high fruit.

Pale straw / yellow / hint of orange. Nice haze. Mild head, poor retention.

Attack: crisp medium-high fruit, medium-high malt sweetness.
Mid: medium-high tartness and wheaty zest, creamy tart.
Finish: mildy dry and tart.
Low bitterness, mild malt. As it warms, yeasty flavors eminate and it gets sweeter.

High carbonation and medium body. Tart and numbing wheaty coolness.

Nice Hefe, pretty fresh and crisp.

07-11-2007 03:38:01 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Vast creamy and rocky white head lasts forever over the murky, almost muddy golden veil. A tremendous yeast showdown, offering the doughiest flavours that belong on nothing but a pie, yet phenolic enough to be soapy and bandagey, cloves in abundance. On the other side of the spectrum, the malt sweetness is also important, vaguely reminding of honey, cotton candy. Huge bubble gum component, fluffy medium body. Oily texture, enough tartness to keep everyone happy. A splashy hefeweizen that showcases sheer yeast power.

11-08-2005 01:29:32 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of hero27


4.9/5  rDev +11.6%

Growler sent courtesy of BeerZack. Thanks again!

Pours a cloudy, pale orange...modest head of off-white froth clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma of orange peel & cloves explodes from the growler as soon as the screw-cap comes off...I think I'm in for a treat.

Ripe banana, oranges, lemon flavors are just superb. Cloves are abundant & delicious. The wheat just goes perfectly with the fruit & spices used here.
Flavors are all very strong & prominent, certainly the most flavorful hefe I can remember trying. I'm curious as to the abv of this..around 5-6% would be my guess. That being said, it is incredibly easy to drink and I know the bold flavors kept enticing me to take another sip as soon as I put the glass down.

A remarkable beer in many aspects. Very glad I was lucky enough to be able to try it. Who do I have to talk to at the brewery to get this stuff bottled??

11-12-2007 00:11:54 | More by hero27
Photo of TKEbeerman


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

03-11-2013 02:22:29 | More by TKEbeerman
Photo of Rado


4/5  rDev -8.9%

05-15-2014 01:47:16 | More by Rado
Photo of StArnoldFan


4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

01-26-2013 02:54:01 | More by StArnoldFan
Photo of nataku00


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap poured into a tulip pint glass at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio. Beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half of foamy thick white head. Head stuck around for a few minutes before fading, leaving some sticky blotches of lacing. Good carbonation visible, small bubbles floating up gently.

Nose is interesting, lemon peel, floral hops, fruity esters of green apple and pear, biscuit malts, and a light spice of clove and coriander. This tastes more like a Belgian witbier than a hefeweizen, but still very nice smelling.

Tastes like a nice witbier as well. Very clean flavors of lemon and coriander, biscuit malts, and floral hops. Finishes medium with some lingering lemon and biscuit malts.

Light body with great carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Slightly dinged for not have the banana characteristic I'm used to, but a very well made beer.

05-20-2012 02:40:01 | More by nataku00
Photo of scottwurst


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

07-16-2014 21:41:13 | More by scottwurst
Photo of HopDerek


4.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Hand bottled by thickerfreakness, thanks for the hook up!

Pours a hazy yellow with orange tint, big white head has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Smells of straw, clove, banana, lemon, and yeast. Tastes of wheat, spices, and banana up front followed by yeast and lemon with a piney, grass-like dry hop finish. Medium light in body, smooth and spicy with a great crisp finish. Very refreshing and very easy to drink, one of the best Hefes I've ever had.

05-14-2008 22:15:05 | More by HopDerek
Photo of JamesStreet


4.2/5  rDev -4.3%

08-28-2014 00:15:08 | More by JamesStreet
Photo of hwwty4


4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Thanks to jtrockchalk for a chance to try this one.

From a hand bottled bomber. This is my first experience with anything hand bottled out from a (assuming) beer gun. I was slightly afraid that it would have lost a bit but when I popped the crown I heard a big whoosh of gas escaping and all my worries were alleviated. Its held up really well with all the traveling this bomber has done. This beer poured a hazy straw yellow with just a slight white head. I think with a bit more of a vigorous pour a larger head would have erupted. It left just a slight lacing on the glass. The smell is heavy cloves up front, with just a bit of banana and biscuit. The taste is a traditional Hefe profile. Clove and biscuity malts, bananas and vanilla. Really straight forward. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever drunk. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes dry. This is really a great beer. Live Oak did a wonderful job with it.

06-28-2008 02:41:07 | More by hwwty4
Photo of jamie2dope


4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Thanks very much to stopbarking for sending me a growler of this, which I have been wanting to try for a while now. Poured in to a Paulaner glass, the color is a hazed gold, with almost half the glass filled with fluffy white heading. Nose is nice and wheaty, with the usual hints of clove, and citrus. More of the same from the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and thirst quenching. Drinkability is a no brainer on a hot Summer day. For once an American brewery makes a Hef that can stand alongside its German counterparts. Well done

09-11-2010 22:52:19 | More by jamie2dope
Photo of brew3crew


4.05/5  rDev -7.7%

A-hazy yellow and very bubbly. Nice head. White lacing.
S-whear exudes from the gold in the cup
T-very tangy. Not so strong wheat flavor and gives more of a fruity flavor. Not bad
M-light, crisp and smooth
D-very drinkable and I do not like this style

02-09-2011 01:17:00 | More by brew3crew
Photo of 1424IpA


4/5  rDev -8.9%

08-12-2013 03:06:27 | More by 1424IpA
Photo of Vdubb86


4.03/5  rDev -8.2%

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for letting me get my hands on this.

This beer pours a flat cloudy golden color. The aroma is a mixture of wheat, clove and candied sugar, specifically those necco candies that you get on valentines day. So I really enjoy the aroma. The candy continues into comprising the majority of the beer. There is a wheat flavor to the beer, but it is definitely subtle. The problem I have is the beer is flat, this is the best I can say. I wish I could of had it on tap, I'm sure it would be so much better.

11-28-2010 00:18:01 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of videofrog


3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

01-06-2012 17:27:30 | More by videofrog
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

01-24-2013 03:08:02 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of afksports

New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.7%

Last Friday I spent the majority of happy hour knocking back Weinstephaner Hefeweizens. I suppose I was spoiled. I had to set up a trade with Josh in Texas (Thanks jtortorice!) so that I could compare one of the best American hefe's with Europe's top offering.

Well, they just don't compare. Sad.

Live Oak's version is damn tasty though. And has a wonderful looking head. That aside though, it's very straw looking, almost changing in color from one part of the glass to another. Murky and wheaty, it sustains decent head, but seems to not have a lot going on for it. The smell is citric and sweet. Very inviting for a hefeweizen, and worthy for sure. The taste has a tiny hops bite up front, and then is citrus and orange juice, and finishes clean and watery. It's very wet, all the way through.

That makes it an easy drinker, especially at 4.1% alcohol by volume. The mouth feels light, both because of its light body and its lack of carbonation. It helps it in drinking, but I just feel like there's something lacking about this beer.

Like it's one misstep from completely average. For such a highly rated beer as this (#34 on my list!) I was expecting just a bit more.

02-13-2011 02:54:32 | More by afksports
Photo of ilikebeer03


4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

12-03-2012 01:36:17 | More by ilikebeer03
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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