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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 673
Gots: 97 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Photo of TheRealDBCooper
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of drumrboy22
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Gingerman in Dallas, TX. Beer was a cloudy, golden straw color. Thick, one finger, white head. Moderate lacing and carbonation.

Aroma was banana, lemon, clove, spices, lemongrass and light yeast.

Taste goes right along with the aroma, along with bubble gum and light hops. Very tasty beer.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizen's, but this one was fantastic. Glad I was able to track it down. Well worth seeking out.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-It's a hefeweizen. Yellowish/Orange hazy body with a foamy 1 finger head that leaves no lacing. Lots of unfiltered goodness floating.

Smell-Banana and Clove. Some breadiness as well along with some citrus. Pretty standard Hefe aroma with a little more balance and more pronounced.

Taste-Alot more citrus then expected, which I love. I get the Banana, Clove and Wheat but I a very nice lemony citrus note to it as well.

Mouthfeel-Good amount of carbonation, Medium bodied. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall-The ultimate summer session beer in my opnion. Extremely refreshing, extremely smooth, and tastes amazing. Even as it may warm in the hot summer sun it will still taste great...Only problem is you can't get this in bottles/cans. Drink this beer if you have the chance.

Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of hannydawg
3.25/5  rDev -26%

Photo of lightindarkness
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DrDogbeer. This is pure hefe love.

Slightly hazy golden straw color with a white foam on top. Settles down, but hangs around.

Nose is lemony spice and clove, subtle, but firm. Cereal grain and very mild fruitiness. A lot of depth to the nose.

Taste is a great extension of the nose, flowing smoothly into flavor. Lemongrass spices the wheat base with a nice crispness. A little bubblegum clove with some soft fruity ester.

Feel is very smooth, with a nice bright carbonation and interestingly full/clean finish.

I can keep drinking this one for a while. It's incredibly tasty and refreshing.

Photo of frogfan
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Gaisgeil
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Honestly, I thought the Texas boys who reviewed this were skewing their numbers a bit on this one out of Texan pride, but seriously I'll confirm it, this is one serious Hefe! On tap @ the Ginger Man, Austin TX.

It doesn't get much better than this, especially from an upstart American brewer like this one, but this definatly ranks right up there with it's Bavarian counterparts.

Pours a bright gold in color with significant cloudiness. A nice one fingered white head accompanied with great retention. Nose was mouth watering, a wonderful balance of banana and clove, quite spicy, everything you expect from a great Hefe. Taste did not disappoint, following the strong profile in the nose. This is a powerful Hefe, reminds me of a dunkel in the taste department in some respects.

If I could get my hot little hands on this more often I'd sure as hell do it. C'mon Michigan brewers! Top this one!

Slàinte!

Photo of BlackNotesIII
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of cbeer88
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler in SA Perfect Pint glass. Long-time want, and huge thanks to raffy313 for filling it with the unsolicited Christmas present!

Appearance: Body is cloudy golden white in color. Head is fluffy white but not terribly long lasting, and the lacing is minimal. From the appearance I'd think this to be a wit instead of a here, but it's a nice color.

Smell: Quite a bit going on in the nose. Banana and clove as expected from a hefeweizen are there, but there's also a powerful sweet (candy?) smell, and some wheat.

Taste: Basically tastes like it smells, with the addition of some nice vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, adequately carbed, and no alcohol taste at all.

Drinkability: All night long. This would be a go-to tap in the summer if it were local.

Overall: I've been wanting to try this guy for a while and I'm glad I had the chance. It's an excellent hefe, and an excellent beer in general. I don't think it's quite on par with the best German hefeweizens, but it's definitely as good as any American version that I've ever had.

Photo of army01
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of vbiliyar
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of CBodamer
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of neorunner
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of barryjg
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy, cloudy straw colored yellow with a off white 1/2 inch head. slight lacing on the glass

S: notes of banana, grass, wheat, lemon zest, a light spiciness mixed with what I can only describe as a hint of bubblegum

T: banana mixed with a spicy wheat note and earthy hops. slight mix of citrus fruits and lemons

M: light/medium carbonation that tingles the tongue a bit. kind of light for the style but might be due to shipping

D: ridiculously easy to drink. a perfect hot weather, summer beer. at only 4.1% abv is goes down super smooth. could easily be drank all night long.

Overall, very happy to have tried this beer. One of the better hefe's that I've ever had. Normally being a huge hop head this was a pleasure to drink.

Photo of MusicaleMike
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wheat glass from a growler. The pale, cloudy golden body is topped by a thick, three inch white head that crowns over the top of the glass, only slowly diminishing over time. The head is clearly supported by a lot of active carbonation.

The aroma is a spicy, phenolic aroma, filled with notes of clove and banana. Really fresh smelling. Quite perfect and on course for the traditional style. Potent as well, so this gets the highest markings.

This hefe has a gentle, soft medium to light body, with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style. It's almost to the point of being creamy. There are flavors of sweet wheat, and just similar touches of clove and banana in the aftertaste and exhale. But the finish is on the drier side, with little to no residual sweetness. Bitterness is extremely low, and there is almost no hop presence at all in this beer. I can't say enough about the excellent flavor here. So sweet, yet without the sugar. Delicious flavor of the Bavarian Hefe yeast and fresh wheat mixed together.

Fantastic beer all around. So damn drinkable, and so on point with the style that I find it hard to believe that they don't win every GABF year. Very impressed with this, and to be sure, it even exceeds what many German breweries are putting out there. Well worth seeking out!!

Photo of thetomG
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thanks to Monsone for busting out this growler at the BA Meetup @ Goose Island yesterday...

Let me just get this out of the way early: This is EASILY the best HefeWeizen I've ever had.

Now on to the review...

Appearance was outstanding - mysteriously murky & cloudy golden straw color (leaning a bit towards orange). Dense layer of foamy white head that left a spotty ring of lacing around the glass.

Aroma was great - some banana and wheat - just as you'd expect, but with a great deal of nuance.

Flavor was spectacular - more of the banana and smooth wheat, but also a soft, tangy twinge of sweet citrus came through that put this one into another stratosphere for me... gone was the bite you sometimes get from a hefe - this is just extremely well balanced and super smooth.

Carbonation is there (as evidenced by the nice layer of head I got on my pour), but the mouthfeel is amazingly silky. Again - another outstanding quality of this beer.

I could drink this stuff all day and am already dreaming of the next time I'll get to try it, so hopefully I can get my hands on a growler sometime soon here...

Photo of Jpepe08
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of tjkinate
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fiver29
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Dallas. Poured straw colored hazy and with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma was your typical wheat and banana for the style. I didn't get any clove. Tingly mouthfeel from the high carbonation. The flavor of this beer was outstanding. A smooth and refreshing banana wheat taste that finishes dry. Easiest drinking beer for the style I've ever had.

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.