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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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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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JonathanL7890

Texas

5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap last night. This is my favorite session beer and the best hefeweizen I have had in the US by far. Simply amazing.
Pours light brown very cloudy with a small bit of foam.
Aroma: A bit of clove combined with a delicate floral scent.
Taste: cloves, bready, banana, slight amount of hops.
Mouthfeel: chewy, a little sweet. There's some graininess to this beer. How do they do that? The incredible mouthfeel of this sets this hefe apart from all the others.
drinkability: very refreshing beer. Super drinkable. Good year around.

This is the only beer I have gave a perfect score so far and it deserves it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 17:17:23 | More by JonathanL7890
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big, big thanks to hopsleeroy for sending me a growler of this brew (along with a Texas-sized box of extras). The growler was pitcher-filled (due to Texas law) on January 12th, but it was filled to the brim and taped so much that it took me a good 5 minutes to even get it open. Drank it out of my weizen glass.

A - Pours a milky golden yellow color - the hue lightens towards the bottom of the glass which is kind of unusual. Huge, huge creamy white foam that dissipates very slowly and leaves a nice amount of lacing. Lots of visible carbonation in this one. I'm not really sure what more I can expect here...

S - Really serious breadiness - like fresh cornbread. Some cloves, but not as much banana as you'd expect. This smells heavier and more serious than other hefeweizens I've had. There's a little bit of bubblegum and yeast character too. Yummy, but doesn't leap out of the glass.

T - This is like drinking liquid cornbread - sweet malt character mixed with spices, yeasts, and a touch of citrus. It starts out sweet but has a little bit of bite at the top of the palate. Leaves a sweet bready aftertaste.

M - Smooth, creamy, with some carbonation tingle that complements the spice in the flavor. It's light and refreshing like a hefe should be.

D - The only thing stopping this from being a perfect score is availability. I thought I'd be bringing the rest of this growler to a party tomorrow, but there is no way it's going to last that long! Tastes like low ABV, and crazily sessionable.

This stands up to the best German hefeweizens and probably exceeds them.

Serving type: growler

01-15-2009 21:10:56 | More by MasterSki
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badbeer

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow color with a white head and little retention. Smell of banana, cooked vegetable, bread, and lemon. Taste has some banana, bread, and clove. Higher end of carbonation, thick, but still medium bodied. Pretty drinkable, and a good beer to drink for the summer. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2009 04:14:04 | More by badbeer
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.9/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have been looking forward to trying this beer for a long time, since about the time a joined BA actually and xpimptastikx hooked me up big time with this much wanted brew.

From a growler, poured into a weizen glass

A: Glowing orange and golden staw clouded by the dustiest flakes of yeast I've ever seen, I let this sit in the fridge for a couple of days and it's like the yeast particles have completly integrated themselves into the beer itself. The only knock I have on this beer is the lack of lacing and that huge head, but this color is really something out of this world.

S: The beer has survived the journey from tap to glass and I am greeted with a heavenly fresh aroma of coriander and orange peel, super sweet orange juice and pineapple juice mixed together, super creamy orange but not like that fake orange cream soda aroma that you are probably thinking about, I mean this smells like someone spilled a glass of pineapple orange juice on a freshly baked and buttered biscuit, really. Thick doughy aromas combine

T/MF: Rich and thick, sweet ceral grain mixes with a subtle spicness and mild estery and floral fruit flavors. Feel is smooth and a bit tingly on the tongue but finishes clean and begs to be sipped again. Given some time to warm even more comes out: nutmeg, a pinch of cinnamon and finally that good old fashioned bananna that we always hear so much about. I'm not even done with my first glass and already I'm ready for another. I really don't think I am doing the beer justice here. I mean I can go on and say that the beer has this or that and it might sound like not a BFD, but it is, this beer is amazing, it's like this beer takes the idea of a hefeweizen and notches up everything you have come to expect from the style, everything is just a bit brighter, a bit deeper and richer, the flavors more pronounced and complex. I could go on but then I wouldn't be drinking my beer.

D: Reading a few reviews I was worried that the growler would not have survived the trip across state lines and I would be left with a subpar and possibly flat beer, but my fears were put to rest and my expectations exceeded. this beer deserves more hype than it already has. Thanks again Michael.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2008 02:16:19 | More by bluemoonswoon
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Bagman007

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap with a lemon poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow coloring with not much head.

S- Had a somewhat lemon, citrus smell to it even before I put the lemon in it.

T- Not the best of this type I have ever had. A little too bitter, just not really a good blend here. Not as overpowering as a lot of hefeweizen's.

M- A little bitter, perhaps too much of a citrus taste.

D- Drinkable than a lot of beers of this time, but I wouldn't have more than 3 in a sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2008 08:00:53 | More by Bagman007
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stephens101

Oklahoma

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2008 03:38:47 | More by stephens101
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roadhouse

Florida

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

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.

Serving type: growler

11-21-2008 05:17:27 | More by roadhouse
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

Picked up a pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Austin, TX.

Although the theater was dark, the thick, creamy cap of eggshell foam was impossible not to notice. Sticky lacing draped along the insides of the glass, and after the lights came on when the film was over (Zack & Miri Make a Porno), I was able to fully appreciate the beautifully hazy, golden-yellow brew before me. Although the beer was initially served with a lemon wedge, after its removal the aroma held up well on its own, delivering notes of spicy clove, soft banana, and a pinch of vanilla.

I agree with Ding's review (below); while the flavors are solid for the style, the overall taste is not an eye-opening, nor "palate-opening" experience. Quite a bit of lemon zest, clove, banana, and breaded malts, which meld nicely and adhere to the style well. An invigorating carbonation level persuades the spiciness to ramp up a notch, while the medium body is smooth and finishes crisp and clean. Live Oak HefeWeizen is a fantastic brew that I cannot wait to have at my beckoning call once I move to Austin, but in all honesty, I've had other hefe's that are just as pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2008 06:08:49 | More by wagenvolks
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Growler thanks to JonathanL7890, who responded on a Friday and sent it on a Monday, crossing border and delivered to me for Friday supper. Cheers to my weekend highlight. Very tasty hefe, a style itself which is most pleasing. I haven't a vertical tasting with the Town Hall version, fond memories of blowing me away, rather this stands on its own. Tasty,though a tad dry. Very creamy mouthfeel. The head looked great.

Serving type: growler

11-16-2008 02:47:37 | More by Sammy
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rye726

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one damn fine hefeweizen. Right up there or possibly even better than the best German versions. Pours a cloudy yet glowing straw color with a thick beige head. The nose has wheat malt, cirtus fruits and a collection of herbs and spices. Like the nose the taste has a big profile of herbs and fruits to add to the bready malts. Delicious. Creamy body goes down superbly. Fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 23:49:18 | More by rye726
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

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

A growler with two shout outs. First to UncleJedi for securing the growler shipment and to stopbarking for shipping it out to me. Nice tag team guys!

I have been wanting to try this brew for quite sometime....expectations!

A-Slightly hazy, orange kissed, golden yellow. A billowing white head is prduced upon pouring. Head settles down to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Banana and clove like spice that one expects. A bit of lemon citrus comes through in the background. A bit of "heat" comes through upon serious inhaling....what is that? Ginger? It surely can't be alcohol heat right?

T-Very complex. Banana, clove and that mystery spice, what the hell is that? A light lemon-like acidity alongside a bit of woody astringency dances over the palate upon finishing. Very intriguing stuff...unlike any hefe-weizen I have ever had.

M-Medium-light boa smooth, creamy feel. A pleasant bodied summer brew. I am sure it is perfect during a hot Texas day!

D-Really nice, so dynamic. That "mystery" spice keeps bringing me back for more and more sips. After awhile though I get a little weary of it and need a break. Maybe from the mental anguish of trying to figure out what the hell it is exactly! All in all a fine beer that is true to style but not the norm. I am glad to finally have experience with this one!

Serving type: growler

10-10-2008 07:21:54 | More by Deuane
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techtatu

Texas

4.2/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as cloudy as most Hefeweizens and very little head. Taste is very unique. It has a hint of bananas and bubble gum, very weird but good. As a friend said to me while drinking this, "...it's Austin in a pint glass..."

An interesting drink to have on a Friday night with some friends. I would definitely drink it again. However it's a seasonal beer so it's tough to find.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2008 14:31:51 | More by techtatu
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timmah427

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium creamy head that settles down quickly. Smells of banana, clove, and bubblegum, with a touch of lemon. Taste is the same, with a touch of citrus hops. Great, creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I'm not usually a fan of hefes, and when I do drink them, I usually stick with the German classics. However, this one is exceptional, and could be my favorite domestic version that I've ever had. Either way, it is a must-try if you are visiting Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 00:55:14 | More by timmah427
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armock

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of bananas and some citrus scents

T - Starts off with creamy bananas and finishes with some clove spice

M - This beer is very smooth with light carbonation to it

D - I think this is a very good hefe thats supper easy to drink it has a great taste its a must try while in Texas

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2008 15:02:36 | More by armock
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MiScusi

California

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

Growler courtesy of stopbarking.

A- Dark cloudy gold. Hard for the white head to build up and it doesn't stay long here. The beer has been in transit for a week though, so I'll give it a break.

S- Wheat, bubblegum, and clove. I get no banana out of it, and that's an aspect of hefe's I particularly like.

T- Pretty much follows the smell, again no banana that I can pick out here. The flavors come through really strong though and make for a delicious combination.

M- It's hard to rank the mouthfeel of a growler, especially one that has been in the process of being shipped over the last week. The carbonation seemed pretty good still, and the body was light enough to be refreshing, but had enough to it to carry the big flavors.

D- A really good hefe. Not sure it stands out above Weihenstephaner to me, but it was good.

Thanks again to stopbarking for giving me the chance to try this!

Serving type: growler

08-31-2008 07:25:58 | More by MiScusi
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srandycarter

California

3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler courtesy of Hopsleeroy. Thanks!

A - Pours hazy light golden. 1/4 inch head disappates quickly to a thin ring around the glass and small light lacing.

S - Cooked banana and bubble gum is prominent, followed by crispter fruits and spices underneath.

T- Taste similar to smell, but add sour note.

M - Man, I don't know if this is the style or what, but thin, watering, light. Very little carbonation even though it was tightly taped for shipment. Disappointing. Really sour in the finish.

D - Interesting, and glad I tried it, but one glass is all I need of this one.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2008 04:08:04 | More by srandycarter
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ATPete

New Jersey

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:51:18 | More by ATPete
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drumrboy22

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2008 04:18:38 | More by drumrboy22
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lightindarkness

Florida

4.38/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 22:32:05 | More by lightindarkness
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

Slightly hazy straw color. Lemons, fresh wheats, cloves and some bananas waft to my nose.

Wow! Wheat is prevelent as it should be. I get some spices, watermelon and butter. Awesome rich mouthfeel..so buttery and smooth. It is a damn shame they dont bottle this.

This is one of the best Hefeweizens out there. A must try. Fantastic.

Side note - the owner of the beer bar said that beermakers from Germany and Belgium came to Live Oak to taste this one...dont know if it's true, but I can believe it after tasting this one!

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2008 19:13:29 | More by twiggamortis420
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ncvbc

North Carolina

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

Pours a light golden, somewhat hazy with lively carbonation and a medium creamy white head. Pretty good retention. Great on the nose. Banana, bubblegum, lemon zest, and light clove. Very inviting to say the least. Taste is also wonderful. A nice faint hoppiness that adds another dimension to this brew. Still banana and bubblegum which is more faint here. A very nice wheat flavor, doughy bread. Light clove and spice. Just mouth-watering. Soft and crisp but with a delicate creaminess, hard to explain. It's lovely and goes down far too easy. I need a growler of this stuff some time.

Cheers to tprokop7 for this most excellent treat!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 17:40:10 | More by ncvbc
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deepsouth

Mississippi

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

drank this one, bottled from a growler, with barefootbrewer.

the beer po9ured a cloudy hazy yellow, like a hefeweizen.

the smell is banana, wheat & cereal.

the taste is consistant witht the smell. adding lemon notes and an earthiness.

the mouthfeel is excellent. much thicker than i expected.

this is a great hefe i could drink all day long and hefe's aren't my favorite style.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2008 14:44:51 | More by deepsouth
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a half-gallon growler
Acquired in a trade with thickerfreakness
Served in a weizen glass

Poured an uber-cloudy amber color with bright straw yellow highlights. The creamy, tight, two-finger, bubbly white head faded to a lasting cap of foam. Sticky blocks of thick lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A substantial amount of yeast sediment collected in the bottom of the liquid.

The aroma was quite unusual for the style. Earthy, musty and sour. Lemony and a bit funky (almost brett-like) initially with some candy-like, vanilla sweetness appearing later on. Perhaps some bubblegum as well? An interesting mix of sweet and tart. Smoke was also noticeable. Spicy, with clove being the dominant spice.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Lemony, citrusy and quite sour (once again, almost brett-like). Complex and unusual. Malty sweet up front with a wheat-like tartness and a touch of smoke in the center. The finish was snappy. Semi-bitter, tart and dry with a lingering semi-dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thin and watery with a very mild carbonation. Quite disappointing.

As for drinkability, this was definitely a refreshing offering that can "beat the Texas heat" (as the website claims) or the Massachusetts heat, for that matter.

This was a very unusual hefeweizen and, frankly, a bit of a disappointment. This beer severely lacked many of the key attributes (intense notes of banana, bubblegum and clove as well as a lush, creamy smoothness) typically found in better examples of this style. The flavors in this beer just did not "pop" like I was expecting them to. Also, the sour/funk characteristic, albeit intriguing, was quite odd. An interesting offering but probably not one that I would seek out again.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2008 18:28:45 | More by Damian
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 00:33:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
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csmiley

Ohio

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

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this hand bottled bomber.

A - Pours light gold in color. Borders on straw. Nice cloudiness with a milky nature. Head was average with good retention. The resulting lace left behind was nice.

S - Wheat and banana start things out. A sharp and pleasing spiciness follows with hints of pepper and allspice. After the wheat fades, the banana sticks around for a little while longer. Honey and grain finish out the aroma.

T - Banana and wheat intertwine for a nice initial flavor. Clove chimes in quickly and fades to a peppery spice. Grain is stronger in the flavor than the smell and provides a nice background to the fruit and spice. Pale malt and a dash of hops are on the tail end of the flavor.

M - Medium to light bodied. Carbonation is light but still good for the style. Finish is crisp and clean. VERY crisp and clean.

D - Extremely drinkable. It is smooth, clean, and flavorful...all very good characteristics for a wheat beer. It goes down very quick and easy which places the drinkability very high. I could easily drink a few of these. Live Oak really nailed the style with this brew. I'd like to see this beer bottled with some decent distribution.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 21:14:06 | More by csmiley
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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