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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

Live Oak HefeWeizenLive Oak HefeWeizen

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

854 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 854
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 10.27%


Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Casey10

Maine

4.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this had a lot going on in the growler. It had a lots of live action with the hops. Very cloudy beer but a fantatic yellow. Pours a nice beer from the growler provided. This beer tasted as advertised, so nice and not to missed.

Great job from Live Oak a must have !!!!

Serving type: growler

04-04-2010 03:57:44 | More by Casey10
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DrDoitchbig

Michigan

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

Big thanks to icetraxx for splitting this one with me and thanks to stopbarking for shipping this sucker up to Michigan!

Appearance: Poured out of the growler with a big, fluffy three finger head. This stuff was so hazy you couldn't even see through it. The color was a yellowish-orange with some almost tan like hues. The head left some fat globs of lacing towards the top of the glass, but faded to a cap over the duration.

Smell: The dominant smell here is straight up wheat malt. It's backed by the usual Hefeweizen suspects. Bubblegum, clove and a hint of banana. Oddly enough I swear there is a tinge of coriander in here, but it could just be the strong, spicy wheat malt messing with me. There was also a slight kick of sour in the background that was akin to a Berliner Weiss. This is a beer you want to keep smelling, the only negative is that it isn't all that strong.

Taste: This is pretty straight forward stuff, it's not overly complex, but in this case that doesn't bother me in the least. Again the wheat malt presence is strong, stronger than I'm used to from a Hefeweizen. It's reminiscent of an American Pale Wheat. The beer as a whole almost seems like a fusion of the two styles. On most occasions I'd probably knock a beer down for that, but it works here. All the fruity esters are present from the smell. The bubblegum is quite strong with the clove and banana being fairly subdued. This is easily the best American take on the style I've had.

Mouthfeel: The body was a solid medium, perhaps even verging on full. The carbonation was perfect and it was exceptionally creamy.

Drinkability: I had two full half liter Weihenstephaner glasses of this stuff and I could have gone for two more. This beer straddles a line for me. I could either sip on one for an hour enjoying it or knock back a couple without thinking much of it. It's simple, but highly enjoyable at the same time.

Overall it's a very good beer and as I've already mentioned by far the best American made Hefeweizen. If it was bottled and distributed in Michigan it would be a regular in my fridge. I still think the Germans do a better job with the stylel as a whole though.

Serving type: growler

03-31-2010 18:06:16 | More by DrDoitchbig
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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

thanks to Phoenix2443!

pours murkey yellow and orange, quick fizzy head that quickly disappears. light retention. color is perfect, head could be better (thats what she said)

lots of banana and clove up front. light wheat and hints of lemon.

mostly yeast and malts up front. the cloves and banana kick in and stick out through the finish. light citrus hops here and there.

light to moderate carbonation. body feels a bit thin which brings this down a notch. very smooth though.

pretty easy to drink, nice blend of flavors, nothing too dominant, low ABV, = good.

Serving type: growler

03-27-2010 00:03:44 | More by hooliganlife
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - It pours an orangey-peachy hue, pretty straight-up for the style; not so much head but that is likely from jostling the growler too much.

S - Way good aromas. Lots of banana nut bread, and the wild earthiness of a nice Saison, too.

T - The smell is exceptional; it is totally within the range of the traditionl Hefe, but it has an edge. I can't quite ascertain what that edge is, but it has a very dynamic flavor combination going on. Suggestions of banana and and a nutty-bready nuance, per usual, but additionally there is a slightly sour hay funk. Just a phenomenal Hefe, worthy of the hype.

M - Muy Buena. Wait, that's Texican; against BA rules, oui? I've had better mouthfeel from some of the traditional German Hefes, but this one tastes so good. And it could be that the growler-ing hurt the feel.

D - Seek this one out. It is outstanding.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2010 20:41:40 | More by ktrillionaire
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jnn4v

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2010 01:55:56 | More by jnn4v
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this on tap into a pint glass.

The beer pours a deep murky gold with two fingers of white head. Good retention, leaving a soaopy head, ok lacing.

The aroma is strong with clove dominating in a wonderful with a light honey finish, nice sweetness to balance.

The taste is super smooth starting out a little sweet with a great clove finish.

The feel is great, with a nice sweet lasting finish.

Easy drinker.

Overall, this was a great treat. By far the best hefe I've ever had. Search out this treat.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2010 23:06:28 | More by jrallen34
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler, courtesy of Phoenix2443, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fully hazed orange-gold body with a full inch of off-white head, despite over a week (and a couple thousand miles) between now and when the growler was filled. So-so retention and light lace. Not bad at all.

S: This one's a straight-up banana bomb, with the toasty malts underneath leading to a distinct banana bread aroma. Only the lightest hint of clove spice, and not really any bubblegum. Just a little one-sided, but still hugely appealing.

T: Good balance of fruity esters and bready malt here, with the banana from the nose still holding on to its dominant spot. Overall it's really quite delicate for a hefe, but still pretty flavorful for the low ABV. The slightly spicy aftertaste is simply lovely.

M: The body's a little thin and the carbonation is a little sharp, but neither is a real problem for me. Pretty much what I expect for the style. The fact that there still is so much carbonation in a shipped growler earns it an extra half-point.

D: This category is where this beer really shines: I don't care what Ding says, this is a classic American session beer, the extra .10% be damned. I can imagine that this is a definite favorite during hot Texas summers.

Notes: Big thanks to Phoenix2443 for hooking me up with this. It did not disappoint at all, even though I think NG Dancing Man maintains its position as my all-time favorite hefe. This one puts a lot of Germans to shame, though, and is a worthy brew indeed.

Cheers!

Serving type: growler

03-20-2010 23:53:31 | More by woosterbill
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urwithdave

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Serving type: growler

03-17-2010 07:41:29 | More by urwithdave
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Growler courtesy of GregSVT. Thanks again, Greg!

A: Pours a dark lemon slash very pale copper with a very nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: All of the requisite hefeweizen scents are there, although the bubblegum and clove take the front seat. Good balance between everything that's going on, and a bit more intense than the typical hefeweizen.

T: The bubblegum flavor is the most intense, with a bit of clove spice coming through. Not too much banana in this one.

M: Light-medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very, very nice indeed. A good beer to sit around with all day long. I wish I had regular access.

Serving type: growler

03-15-2010 01:23:42 | More by Thorpe429
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Gtreid

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler, thanks to Phoenix2443. Shared at the CCB Hunahpu release. Poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Cloudy, straw, yellow color. The pour drops a small finger of white head that does not retain well. It's just a touch flat, I don't think this was a counter pressure fill.

A: Big banana and fruit esters. Sweet malts, wheat, and an earthy hoppiness lead to a small oak aroma as well.

T: Same as the nose. Earthy, bannana, pear, and a clove finish. I think the bannana could have been toned down a bit, but style wise, it is right on par. Crisp and clean finish.

M: Light to medium body, low levels of carbonation, probably due to the growler fill.

D and overall impression: I could drink quite a lot of this brew. It would be just what I would reach for on a hot summer afternoon. Overall, I really liked this beer. If the bannana was just a little less, I think this could've been close to excellent, but because of that, it's just very good. Would have again, but only through a proper growler fill or on tap. Skal.

Serving type: growler

03-13-2010 15:06:53 | More by Gtreid
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a glowing golden yellow colored beer with a beautiful unfiltered looking haze. The head is pure white, bubbly, and slightly thin

S-the nose is quite big and brings nice golden fruits and a light funky yeast. Golden pears and banana are most prominent, a light peach as well, with a little clove spiciness balancing out the fruity sweetness. A light touch of yeast keeps this true to the style

T-the taste is slightly spicier than the nose. The spice is present up front, clove and a touch of pepper, the fruits set in towards the middle, pear and banana with hints of soft peach. The spiciness and a light touch of tart funk bring in the finish.

M-the body is a little larger than I thought it would be, medium to light with a certain level of syrup to it. It has some prickly carbonation on top of a very smooth palate finishing on the dry side; but not overly dry by an means

D-this is so easy to drink, big flavors and right on point. So low in alcohol to match a nice level of complexity with a solid mixture of spice and sweet soft fruits. Great Brew!!!

Serving type: growler

03-11-2010 01:15:45 | More by cpetrone84
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brystmar

Texas

4.73/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Ginger Man in Austin. Ratings are relative to the style.

A: beautiful, hazy gold with one finger of creamy white head. Moderate amounts of foamy lace on the glass. Gorgeous!

S: citrus, banana, wheat, creamy malt. If each ingredient were a tad more forward this would be a 5.0. The aroma invites you to take a sip...

T: lemon-citrus up front, turns creamy & malty with delicious wheat flavor showing itself strongly by the drink's end. Hints of banana linger after you swallow, temping you to taste again. This is among the best hefs I've ever tasted.

M: nearly full-bodied and unexpectedly creamy! Medium carbonation with a mild sting on your tongue as it lingers. Can't imagine anything better in this dept.

D: far too easy to drink. Goes down easily and is quite refreshing. I can't see myself ever not being in the mood for one of these. The ultimate session hef.

The only other hefeweizen I'd consider on par with this is the Augustiner Hefeweizen. Last I had it was before my days on BA, and unfortunately they don't ship that particular brew to the USA. Would love to compare them in a single sitting someday. But until then, I'm content crowning this brew Best Of Style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2010 04:46:05 | More by brystmar
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.58/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained a growler finally of this beer from xpimptastikx. Thanks man. I have been wanting this beer.

Pours a cloudy deep orange color. Exactly what a good German Weizen should look like. Head dissapated fast though and no lacing but that's probably because of the growler and long trip.

Aroma is awesome. Lots of clove but a little bit of banana. I usually like more banana.

Tastes exactly as it smells With more clove than banana. A little more viscous than a Weheinstephaner (the best IMO) but awesome. Low carb but that's probably because of the growler being a week old. Overall an awesome beer. Glad I got to grab a growler of this.

Serving type: growler

03-08-2010 03:04:57 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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randawakes

Alaska

4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in houston, tx. Poured into tulip.

Hazy golden color, not my preferred beer style, but tasted of yellow banana, with a good head pour. Its light, too light for me, hops are low, mostly wheaty and grainy feel and texture. It made the top 100 list, Im sure I could understand if I had more respect for the wheat beers. Not yet, not yet.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2010 01:33:24 | More by randawakes
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

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

Thanks to Alcstradamus for letting me sample this beer. Poured from growler into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy gold with about a half finger's worth of head. Not much in terms of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty standard for the style, clove, banana, some candy sugar but the banana smell is a little more dominant that other hefe's.

T- Banana is right at the forefront with some yeast in there to go along with the sugar. Also there is the normal clove and really not much else.

M- Medium bodied that is right on par with the style. Good carbonation and an overall smoothness.

D- A good tasting beer that has a low ABV makes this a good candidate for a session beer. I think that the banana is a little more overpowering that in a normal hefe.

Serving type: growler

02-28-2010 03:17:16 | More by Wisconsinality
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Seems pretty dark for a hefe'....pours with a nice two finger head and some effervescent bubbles.

The smell is a tad mustier than I prefer, but everything underneath that layer of must is excellent. Obviously the usual clove/yeast/yadda yadda yadda...a very nice pink bubble gum aroma becomes prominent after some swirling opens it up a bit.

The taste also has a bit of crayon/must in the forefront which is a bit of a turnoff. Underneath is a nice layer of yeast and banana peel, but surprisingly not a lot of other complexities. I know we all talk of "expectations" and how they can be a killer, and I think that may be the case here with me. I am enjoying this beer enough that my glass is disappearing with the speed of a Bud Light, but for some reason it just isn't wowing me.

Mouthfeel is very nice...medium bodied with soft carbonation. Pretty much spot on for how I want the style to feel.

Drinkability is off the charts, as mentioned by the previous Bud Light reference (tongue in cheek). I don't feel like this contends with some of the others at the top of the style, and not even with the best American Hefe' (Dancing Man Wheat), but nonetheless it is a very fine beer that only suffers from one real fault.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:43:09 | More by alcstradamus
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GregSVT

Texas

4.97/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft at the Addison Flying Saucer

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that fades and leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of lots of banana, cloves, and wheat with a slight bubblegum aroma as well.

T: The taste is the best I've had in a hefe. Loads of banana, cloves, and bubblegum. The finish lasts for a while and is slightly spicey but mainly sweet and refreshing.

M: Really creamy and on the lower end of medium bodied.

D: I could drink this all the time if it wasn't available only on draft. World class hefe and highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 07:20:08 | More by GregSVT
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Pecorasc

Oregon

4.78/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler acquired in a trade with stopbarking; been looking forward to this for a while. Split with Rhinos00, my portion being served in an Erdinger Hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a very hazy golden straw with a huge, billowy, white head that recedes to a dense 1/4" to 1/2" foamy white layer. When held up to any light, this beer glows like a lamp. Due to the haze, not much visible carbonation or beading. Splotches of lacing all over the inside of the glass. So true to style, this would be perfect if it had better head retention.

S- Clove, spice, and bubble gum dominate. Wheat and lemon in the background. Prototypical hefeweizen flavors, but more intense in all aspects with more complexity.

T- Again, clove, spice, bubblegum, wheat, and lemon. Some yeasty breadiness with an incredible citrus tang in the finish that really elevates this beer to the upper tier. Everything I love in a hefeweizen, times ten. The volume is turned up full blast on this one.

M- Medium bodied with a snappy finish. Surprisingly tiny bubbles with carbonation that leans toward the lower end of the spectrum. This is least impressive aspect of this beer, but still deserves a good grade.

D- 10 out of 10. Multiple growler session would not be out of the question if I thought my bladder could stand up to the challenge. One of the most sessionable beers I've had the pleasure of trying and the best hefeweizen I have ever had. I would love to have this straight from the source.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2010 19:03:21 | More by Pecorasc
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this growler with me. Multiple pours into a Great Lakes pilsner glass.

A- Pours a pale, straw yellow color. Very cloudy. Produced three fingers width of white, frothy head. Reduced to a ring throughout consumption. Some lacing as consumed with decent head retention.

S- Simple, but all the traditional components were not only there. but well done. Mixture of fresh, spicy cloves, wheat, and yeast. Really hard to point out much else.

T- Holy hell! Much more complex than the aroma led off to believe. A mix of what seemed like weizen and German wheat yeast. Fresh, spicy cloves upfront with a slightly sweet, sour tang in the background. This tang flavor is present throughout, from beginning to end, making this quite a unique hefeweizen. Midway through a wheat profile develops leading the way to bubble gum finish. Tremendous flavors for such a simple beer.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not much to add here other than that it could be improved ever so slightly.

D- There was something in this beer that just hit the glands in the back of the throat and almost forced me to take an even bigger gulp each time. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever come across. Now this should be the definition of a session beer.

Overall, the most flavorful session beer I have had to date. What really set this beer apart from most other great hefeweizens I have had is the subtle, sweet/sour tang in the background...most likely from their house German wheat yeast. So flavorful, yet so simple. I'm really craving another growler of this one.

Serving type: growler

02-16-2010 05:39:02 | More by rhinos00
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

64 oz growler into several glasses. Thanks go to ffejherb for providing this.

Pours a hazy golden orange, with several billowy fingers of foamy bright-white head. Great looking frothy retention to this, which leaves a good amount of robust lacing behind. The aroma is sharp in the nose with crisp bready wheat character, with some bright citric tones of lemon and orange giving this a deep fruity edge. The yeast is just off the charts here for a Hefe, with bubblegum, a bit of ripened banana, and clove being very pronounced. All of the flavors involved meld to form a delicious smelling sharp tang in the nose.

The taste is once again very robust with banana and bubblegum flavors, while sweet bready wheat and lemon zest rolls across the tongue. Clove is a bit more subdued than it was in the aroma, adding some light zest that works well with the tartness of the citrus. The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, with one of thee smoothest, creamiest, quenching, and all around easy drinking feels on a beer that I've ever had. This is one of those beers that I could put down a growler of in record time and not give one damn about sharing any of it. Just so freaking delicious and easy drinking, it should be a crime.

This is the second time I've reviewed this and I don't think that either of them really get across just how full flavored and easy this beer is. One day I'll get to try this on tap and then die a happy man.

Serving type: growler

02-12-2010 17:11:55 | More by Kegatron
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ahalloin

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2010 14:27:19 | More by ahalloin
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fjordhook

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a golden color, nice fluffy head, and had opaque body. Smells of banana, some citrus fruits, and a small hint of vanilla. The taste was a nice change from most hefeweizens I've tasted, the different fruits used in a unique blend. I especially enjoyed the small hint of vanilla. Very drinkable beer, easily sessionable and overall a joy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2010 22:29:59 | More by fjordhook
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.95/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A long time target short list want provided with great speed by a wonderful stand-up BA that I will just randomly send beer to from now on.

Poured from a growler into a wheat beer glass. I was nervous about the growler but when I cranked the top I heard the tell tale "HISS" of carbon escaping and a weight was lifted off my shoulders. Beer is dark yellow and completely opaque, huge haze to it. It forms an aggressive and full head of small to medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and moderate. This beer looks beautiful.

The aroma is in your face with this beer. Its not quite like a wheat wine but it pushes that boundary for sure. Strong banana and cloves. Completely fills my face with this aroma. I could smell it from a couple of feet away. It is SO good.

Wonderful flavor as well. First, this is the most drinkable beer I've ever had. Greater than 5 IMO. Medium body, slightly more body than I was expecting, but its still wonderful. Some good sweetness up front and a lot of good flavor in the back with a nice wheaty feeling to it. Great ester characters throughout the palate and beer. Gets better the more you drink. Just spectacular. The carbonation give the beer a slight sourness that helps connectivitiy. This is seriously one of the best BEERS I have ever had.

This is seriously one of my favorite beers. I should look into getting a keg of this because I would make it my daily drinker. Its a cruel set of circumstances that I am in DC and this beer is in Austin. I have an outstanding ISO Live Oak Hefeweizen out from now on.

Serving type: growler

01-25-2010 18:30:13 | More by drabmuh
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for sending a growler of this for the most recent cycle of GATM. Shared with friends on 1/23/10.

A - Poured a hazy golden body with a finger's width of fluffy, bright white head that settled into a quarter inch of creamy retention and yielded a bit of spotty lace.

S - Dominant wheat malt character with hints of clove and bubblegum. However, both the clove and bubblegum notes are quite subtle for the style. Instead, a lemony citrus quality is apparent, as well as mild floral notes and sweet malt. Very subtle yet pleasant aroma.

T - Obviously, the flavor is quite wheaty and bready, giving the malt the upper hand over the other elements. The yeast character is very apparent, although quite subtle at the same time. The clove spiciness is very subtle, emerging in the middle along with slight peppery notes, and lasts through to the backend. However, the sweet and spicy notes do not dominate at all. Finishes with a touch of banana and faint floral hop notes.

M - Medium bodied with a very silky texture and soft carbonation, providing only a bit of prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is quite creamy overall. Finishes with a hint of sweetness and spice on the palate.

D - Live Oak has managed to create an extremely drinkable Hefe that goes slightly against the norm. This is my first experience with this brewery, and I was not disappointed. While this isn't an example of a run-of-the-mill Hefe, it does possess everything there is to enjoy with a wheat beer - a pleasant bready maltiness, subtle spicy yeast and a hint of lemony zing. Very nice!

Serving type: growler

01-25-2010 00:51:55 | More by ffejherb
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knight84

California

4.65/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV for trading me this growler!

Poured into a conic pint glass, pours a golden peach color, hazy with some particles in suspension. Fluffy yet sticky eggshell white head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. The nose is sweet with bananas, bubble gum, honey, and lots of wheat and yeast giving a bready character. There is a nice bouquet of herbal scents with cloves and nutmeg, a hint of ginger as well.

The taste is lots of banana with some cloves, wheat, yeast, and vanilla. Finishes with a nice hop tang.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation but a little syrupy as well. Very nice and refreshing. Overall a very drinkable beer. Makes me wish that I could drink it all summer. Definitely the best American HefeWeizen I've had yet.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2010 20:07:20 | More by knight84
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.