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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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380 Reviews
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Reviews: 380
Hads: 1,254
Avg: 4.38
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 760
Gots: 157 | 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 Fladder
2.03/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer poured well with the right cloudy color and a good amount of foam. It's smell was okay and fit the style: no strong flavors but with a little lemon.
The beer tasted strongly of bubblegum. It was sweet and artificially fruity. I could taste a bit of lemon, but the candy flavor (and I don't mean candy like the candy sugar flavors you get in Beglian ales) was potent and very unpleasant. It felt too thick to drink as well and wasn't refreshing. For the rest of the evening after this drink, I had no appetite for beer.

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Photo of 7ways
3.55/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Hefe poured with a mild white head and had a translucent egg yolk haze. Decent lace.

A sweet and pleasantly yeasty aroma had to be coaxed out of the glass with constant swirling. Pear, peach/nectarine, and wheat round it out nicely. Kind of smells like a Yankee Candle, either Vanilla Cookie or Buttercream.

Classic phenols are roughly where they belong, though what clove aspect it does have is relatively weak, and lemon and apple take precedence over banana. Fermentation temp could probably be dialed down a bit. Nothing spectacular jumps out, but it is very refreshing and very well integrated.

Mouthfeel is thin but creamy. Kind of weird, but I'll blame it on the growler (though carbonation is quite firm, as this growler was filled only three days ago and taped well).

This is the best American made Hefe I've ever had, and an above average Hefe in general. But if a good German were available, I'd go with that instead every time. Quite frankly I find it absurd that at the time of this review, Live Oak has a better rating than Weihenstephaner Hefe. Seriously, what the fuck.

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

A mighty fine hefeweizen- textbook, in fact on the pour. Pours a hazy orange yellow, with a thin but tight, creamy head. The smell is lots of sweet banana with a touch of clove at the end. The taste is not as assertive as I expected- light banana, fresh hay, a little sweet, somewhat prickly from the carbonation, and a tad more hops than one might expect. Dry, and quite carbonated. A little surprising considering this is a growler. Straw notes predominate, very dry. While this is very good, I think I like my hefes a little softer and with a more balanced banana and clove flavor throughout. Not quite world class.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Pours a straw yellow opaque color with a slight wispy head. Very cloudy. The aroma is of belgian yeast, banana, and wheat. The taste is very smooth! A fine balance of banana, clove, and wheat with a slight bitter after taste along with the yeast. Zero alcohol taste. Very refreshing. Aggressive pour yields a nice head.

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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.

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Photo of hu5om
4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

newk340 splits a growler with me. chuch. poured into weizen glass
a- cloudy pale golden yellow. 2 fingers of head white and pillowy. dense bubbles. gorgeous. nice lacing. head retains for the duration of both glasses.
s-yeast, wheat, bananas, smells creamy, cloves
t-banana, cloves, wheat grain, yeast, bready, cloves. exceptional. fresh. delicious.
m-excellent. creamy smoothness. delicately crafted. thick and delicious.
d-is it excellent? of course. all around. i have to give it up to the texans on this one. it is the 3rd mbr of my wheat trinity along with NG Dancing Man and Avenitus. Delic.

thanks again, nick. i owe you half a dark lord.

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Photo of Xul
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the growler, highly appreciated!

A: Pours a hazy yellow/golden with more of a dirty orange near the top of the beer, topped by a fluffy white head measuring between a finger and a finger and a half. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lacing over the top of the beer.

S: Not sure how a hefe can smell much better than this. Rich, ripe bananas followed by moderately strong cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Yeastiness provides a solid backdrop along with wheat, while green apples and lemon zest swirl around in the background.

T: Starts out with a blend of wheat and sweet bananas, but the wheat moves into the background as the banana strengthens and cloves come in strong. The spice notes are less defined than in the nose, with cinnamon and nutmeg not being as perceptible. Yeasty esters come in near the backend with green apple and lemon zest. Bananas come back for a long, slightly sweet finish.

M: A bit past medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit heavy and slightly syrupy on the tongue. Hard to knock it too much since this is a growler, and the carbonation will be a bit different from what the brewer intended.

D: Absolutely perfect beer for a warm Friday afternoon, goes down easy and at 4.1% ABV, I won't be feeling it too much.

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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...

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Crickets on 16 Jul 2010.

Served in a shaker pint. Small beige head quickly dissipates but a ring remains for most of the glass. Medium carbonation. Very cloudy light yellow brown. Lots of clove and banana in aroma. This carries over to the flavor, clove and green banana. Slight astringency in finish. Medium to heavy body. Light ethanol.

Great on a warm summer night.

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

Poured from the tap into a pint glass.

A: Nice cloudy golden straw with a finger-width white head.

S: Super Bubble gum up front with some citrus and banana.

T: Slightly sweet with the bubble gum and banana off the bat, followed by hint of yeasty bread.

M: Light and smooth with the bare hint of creaminess.

D: I'd have to be cut off--could continue drinking this all day and night. This is really the area where it outshines other Hefes.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by womencantsail at woodshop 5.1

Poured a wheaty murky yellow with a half finger of head and left good blotchy lacing on the glass. The nose was definitely like a traditional hef that consisted of wheat malts and banana aromas with clove, malts, and slight citrus accents. On the palate it was pretty much the same as the nose but the clove and banana were a little bit more dominate. It was medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that had a sweet and grainy finish. The beer was very drinkable and refreshing that I could drink lots of on a hot summer day by the pool.

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

Thanks to Michael for sending a growler of this my way.

A: The pour is somewhat light for a hefeweizen, tending toward a pale straw color with plenty of cloudiness and a white head.

S: A bit of the traditional banana and clove esters, but not all that intense. The wheat comes through nicely, as does a hint of citrus.

T: The yeasty esters are not as dominant as I normally like in my hefeweizens. The banana and clove are certainly there, but not they don't steal the show. Orange peel and wheat round things out, with maybe just a bit of lemon.

M: Somewhat light in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: I can see why this beer is so popular, especially for people down in Texas. Quite easy to drink, light, and refreshing.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Mega thanks to jefferz5000 for this tasty treat!

I've heard some pretty gnarly things about this brew, particularly about it being the best hefe on the planet. The time has finally come for me to test these hyperbolic statements. It pours a rather cloudy straw, reminiscent of a carrot-orange-banana juice blend I sampled about a decade ago in Vienna (that's Austria, not Virginia). Nearly two fingers of white suds top it off, subsiding into a fine layer after a short respite. Honestly, this is what it looks like when books show representatations of hefeweizens. Archetypal all the way. So far, the hype has been lived up to. We'll see how the rest goes. The nose comprises banana, red apple, Granny Smith apple (they're both in there...trust me), caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and a slight breadiness. My brain is awash with visions ranging from the sugary apple slices from my old local Bell's Orchard (it is missed) to a haystack standing in a citrus grove. I haven't wanted to drink a beer based on its smell this badly in some time. The taste holds notes of banana, orange zest, cloves, nutmeg, wheat, a light pepper, and pumpkin seeds. I'll say it: Damn, what a tasty hefe! It misses out on perfection by the slimmest of margins...I don't know what it would take to push it over, but I do know a tiny something is indeed missing. Nonetheless, this beer exhibits how every hefeweizen wishes it could taste. The body is a light medium, with low carbonation and a slight grainy feel. People: believe the hype. Best hefe on the planet? I just might have to accede to that, baby! Get some!!

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one!

Poured into mini weizen glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down no lace left (probably because it was a growler). Color is a very hazed straw hued peach yellow.

Aroma: Cloves, bananas, yeast flavors, light wheat. Smells like a very nice hefe.

Taste: A lot more wheat here than the aroma. Orange peel and bananas up front. Cloves as well. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and slightly crisp. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some wheat flavors, a bit dry.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Represents the style very well. Multiple pours of this will be no problem. Very happy to try this one. Reminds me a bit like Schells.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.82/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from jtortorice, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 64oz growler into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, bananas, spices, citrus, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with strong flavors of wheat and yeast. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, spices and citrus come in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild but complementary hops presence that help provide a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent sessionable beer with all of the flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for an entire evening.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.77/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a weizen glass. Huge thanks to xpimptastikx for the opportunity to try this one!

Straw-colored pour. A careful pour still yields a monster three finger head. Nice, thick white foam retains well, but sadly doesn't leave much behind. Still, a very promising pour from the growler.

Very yeasty nose. Lots of banana and bubblegum immediately jump out at me. There's also some wheat-y tartness and a citric fruity scent.

Live Oak HefeWeizen has a great collection of flavors...a flavor that keeps me a little more interested in it than most hefes. Nice wheat-y tartness, lots of bready malt, bananas, bubblegum, citrus (I'm leaning toward orange), and stinging, almost tongue-numbing spice. Really enjoy how this one isn't overly clove-y.

The texture of this beer seems impossible. It's soft and creamy, while being lively and tingly. That shouldn't add up, but it does here. Body is a bit lighter than I expected (I'd guess medium), but without being watery or thin.

The drinkability is off the charts. A lot of hefeweizens (and a lot of other styles, too) have been easy drinkers simply because of a low ABV and a lack of offensive flavors. However, Live Oak's HefeWeizen's great flavor pushes it beyond the rest. If I could give it a 6, I would. This is as good as I've had thus far. Generally, I like to drink a 12oz bottle or two a night, and call it quits. It's usually a chore for me to drink much more than that. Yet this growler was gone in no time. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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

Sort of a hazy lemon juice yellow color with a thick white head that's not afraid to hang out a while.

Slightly musty, phenolic cloves, banana, and a touch of lemon and bubblegum.

The taste is that of a classic German hefe. Fresh ripe banana pudding with a hint of nilla wafer. Light spice and bubblegum as it warms. Not particularly engaging, but without flaws at the same time. It can grow on you though, as it's very smooth and creamy. Making it pretty fun to drink and a solid session beer. Tasted next to the Weihenstephaner they are very similar. For that reason I wouldn't go out of my way to get it, but I am glad I got to try it. There are some random thoughts for ya.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from LukeM23. Thanks!! Poured into a Weizen glass. I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

The Live Oak Hefe pours a cloudy orangish yellow color with a small white head that quickly fades and leaves little lacing. The pour is hazy. Smells of grains and wheat. Some hop and citrus characteristics as well. As the beer warms some banana scents pop out. The smell is subtle but very nice. Taste is dominated with bananas and wheat. Some malts and yeast are also noticed. Taste isn't overpowering in any way but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is pretty solid. Glad I got to finally try this. Thanks again LukeM!

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Very pretty orangish color, quite hazy. No real head on mine, as this came from a growler and seems like a bit of the carbon dioxide escaped since this was poured. Can only imagine what this looks like with a nice head on it.

S - Nice mellow yeasty smell with some great clove and light mellow banana smell. Nicely spiced, but it's not overpowering like too many hefe's, very subtle. Also subtle, is some citrusy rind, possibly orange, smell in this.

T - Citrus and banana, this starts out really very mellow and climbs to a nice spice, clove, and banana taste. It mellows out to a nicely dry finish with a touch of sweetly sour note on the palate. Very nice.

M - Mine pretty undercarbonated, but blaming that on the fact it was a growler that was shipped to me. Quite smooth, light bodied.

D - So smooth, so easy tasting. Could session this all day without anything becoming overpowering. Definately a quality drinking beer.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.24/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Bill for this awesome swingtop from the growler he got. Poured into a Narrangansett pint glass.

A: Cloudy, hazy, off-yellow color. Pours with a great amount of carbonation for having been in transit - twice.

S: Clove, smoked wood, and Belgian yeast. Fresh baked Irish soda bread.

T: Wheat and grain take the front of the pack, followed by sundried dates.

M: Small bubbles and thin-bodied.

D: The best feature of this beer. Goes down like water - but you wouldn't want to do that; it's a beer to savor.

Overall, this is not a style I usually drink but this one was enjoyable.

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Photo of popery
4.67/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious. This is one of those bittersweet trades - very happy for the taste but I'll want more soon (thanks SatansLH via reddit). Live Oak's Hefeweizen is definitely my new favorite American hefeweizen and possibly my favorite overall (sorry, Weihenstephan).

Pours a color right between a banana and an orange. It's quite hazy with a big white head, just right for the style (and a relief to see coming out of a growler).

The aroma is a mouthwatering blend of bananas and clove. It's a sweet smell, chock full of yeast and wheat notes. It tends more toward the banana/bubblegum side of things than the spice, but the spice is definitely present. It smells like the batter of a spiced banana bread. There are some light lemony aromas floating around, as well. Just sublime.

The flavor is moderately sweet, a bit drier than some, though. The yeast did just the right amount of work on this beer. It's a bit lighter than other hefeweizens that I've tried, but it works for the beer. Live Oak should be commended for packing this much flavor into 4.1% abv.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lots of gentle little bubbles, even from a growler. It's incredible drinkable. One of the best session beers that I've ever tried. This is delicious beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz growler (with the most outrageously thorough taping job of a growler cap I've ever seen - a full roll job - well done!) received in trade with brandoneast. Thanks a ton for this one Brandon! Poured into a gold rimmed Los Gatos Brewing weissbeer glass (love this glass).

A - Growler opened with a nice whoosh of carbonation - definitely a good sign. A small finger of white foam forms on top of the beer and fades slowly to a skim coat and a nice collar of foam. As expected the beer is a nice well hazed from wheat and yeast pale yellow orange color. Perfect for a Hefeweizen. Would like to see a bit more head out of a wheat beer, but given its a growler and the travels cross country, definitely still nice.

S - Smell is full of wheat with some nice light spiciness. I'm getting cloves, some hefty bubblegum, a bit of cinnamon, some oranges, nutmeg and a light lemony aroma too. Quite a complex aroma in a Hefe...definitely not disappointed in this at all.

T - Ahhh, this beer says summer to me. I'm drinking this indoors at night, but it feels like I should be on the back deck enjoying a warm summer breeze with this one. A nice full but light feeling wheat background - can really taste the wheat in here - light, cereal-like component. On top of the wheat is a spicy combination of flavors. Cloves are strong in the profile, but these still fall behind the bubblegum base. Light citrusy lemon on the fringes of the flavors and maybe a bit of orange in there too. Also, as in the aroma, I'm getting some light cinnamon in the flavor. Really nice example of a Hefe...as good or better than most German examples (and I've had quite a few in Germany and at home) of the style.

M - Medium bodied overall, maybe a bit chewier than most Hefeweizens out there...but somehow still doesn't feel heavy. Carbonation is fine bubbled, but full and tingly.

D - I'm really impressed with this beer. The wheatiness of this beer is unreal. Never had another Hefe or other wheat based beer that succeeded so well getting across the wheat character. Most of the time it fades totally into the spicy aspects of the flavor. This really has a nice cereal-like wheat flavor that sits firmly at the base. Spicy flavors are not lost here either as expected in a true Hefe. This is complex - grainy, spicy with lively carbonation. A perfect beer for summer...a close second for me for summer beer behind the Bruery Hottenroth, but if I had access, this would be in my fridge constantly.

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Photo of Kaiser81
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Hayesz for sending this over.

Poured from a growler into my tasting glass, multiple times. The growler leaked a bit before arriving to me, but there was still a pop/fizz when I unscrewed the cap.

A - Pours a hazy orangish/yellowish color with a finger width of frothy head when poured vigorously. Noticeable bubbles on the side of the glass, and minimal lacing left.

S - Nice smell. I get wheat, lemon, citrus fruits, beligian yeast, banana, and cloves.

T - Light banana, heavy on the cloves mix nicely with the wheat. Some citrus fruits are mixed in, and there is a nice spice on the finish.

M - Very light body mixed with mild carbonation. Maybe some of the body was lost in shipping? not sure...though it is a hef.

D - I could drink a lot of this. It's very good. The glass went down easy, and I'd love to have this on tap.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 380 ratings.