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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

985 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 985
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 641
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to tsatem for this growler!

A - body is cloudy yellow/peach colored, loads of bubbles. Not much head to speak of, but what there is is white.

S - Been a while since I've had one of these...bananas, lemon, sweet malt, vanilla, black pepper.

T - Well balanced sweetness and dryness, in line with the nose. Touch of lemon on the back.

M - Very nice and full feeling, but still quite light.

D - Very good to drink, enjoyable all-around.

ColdPoncho, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very murky yellowish orange with a bit of head. The growler may have lost a bit of carbonation. Smells yeasty and wheaty. Lots of heavy yeast on the nose. Tastes very smooth and yeasty. The wheat is complimented very well by the almost pollen/flower and sweetness. Well carbonated and incredibly drinkable. Not a huge fan of hefes and i still quite enjoy this one

Urbancaver, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brew3crew, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at Ruta Maya in a plastic cup.

Exactly like a hefe should look, haze golden, thick head with good retention. Good amount of carbonation. Lots of bananas in the aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Flavor is much the same, bananas, cloves, some maltiness, light on the hops. There is a fair amount of carbonation up front. Not my favorite style, but well done for the style nonetheless.

LittleDon, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of OakedCanuck
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap, came in a shaker

A - A foggy yellow with a nice 1 finger head. Sticky lacing

S/T - The smell and taste I put in the same category as they are basically the exact same. Nice banana and cloves with a semi-sweet backbone.

M - Decent mouthfeel, good and creamy. It was a bit 'biting' on the back palate but nothing major.

D - Best hefeweizen I have ever had. I get this stuff as much as possible. It deserves its high ranking.

OakedCanuck, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange on the pour. No head once it made it to me unfortunately.

Nice banana citrus, clove and honey aroma.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma which is very good.

Crisp, clean, light, and smooth.

good drinkability. One of the most solid hefes I've had.

EgadBananas, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Several hand bottles received n a past trade.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellowish brown mustard like color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet citrus fruit and bread/yeast notes. There is a peppery clove presence that overpowers the other characteristics but there is still some noticeable banana, citrus peel, wheat and bread in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style with a heavy spice/clove presence that dominates the palate and lingers throughout into a sweet, yet dry finish. There's also a prominent yeast/bread presence that adds complexity and fullness to the body. The wheat and spiciness are countered by a sweet fruit presence. Subtle banana and a good amount of citrus peel.

Overall this beer is pretty good but could stand to be a bit more balanced. I've had this now on draft, hand bottled and in growler form and it seems t be wildly inconsistent.

corby112, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of bisonkron
3/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - cloudy, nice thick head, very inviting. golden colored.

S - had an assault of smells going on here, which is something I like, but it was hard to really hammer down the many smells, i picked out a mix of spices, some coriander, a little fruitiness.

T - very flavorful, which i appreciate, however, i felt it was off. perhaps it was the hype that let me down here. strong spices, a some light fruitiness.

M - light and crisp, but unpleasant after taste.

D - not great drink ability.

This beer did not do it for me, others who were with me who tasted it, had mixed feelings as well.

bisonkron, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turfy for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Pours very hazy golden straw yellow with virtually no head. Maybe a half fingers worth of a white head which receded very quickly leaving some slight lacing behind.

S - The smell is supper mild, with coriander, cloves and a hint of banana. Some wheat is also present. Pleasant smell, just not very strong so there's not too much to report.

T - Initially the taste was rather subdued as was the aroma, however my second helping to this beer was very different. I'm tasting coriander, ripe banana and some pepperiness which i cant put my finger on. This is reminiscent of Ale industries Orange Shush.

M - Since it was in a growler for several days before it got to me, this beer was not the most carbonated, but it wasn't too bad. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and creamy for the style. Perhaps the wheat gave it some graininess.

D -This beer is very drinkable, both because of the body and because of the low abv.

If i'm being honest, this is not the best hefe i've had. I was very excited to try it, but was a bit let down. If i ever travel to Austin i will get this one fresh and perhaps up my review

dubinsky, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 12/20/2010.
Many thanks to Jefferz5000 for this wonderful growler of beer. Can't wait for growler #2.

A: typical for a wheat beer, but also has some undertones of citrus fruit. Also noticed a hint of some spice scents, perhaps corriander.

Ap: golden yellow with a 1 finger crisp white head full of small frothy bubbles. The head dissipated quickly.

B/T: mild carbonation, pleasant on the tongue. Not overly carbonated, but just enough to taste like there was carbonation there. A nice crisp, clean beer.

Af: very crisp, typicaly for the wheat style. It has a hint of citrus fruit that pairs nicely with the light wheat flavor. Not much bitterness at all. Sweet, with a crisp finish.

O: Perfect reminder of summer on a cold, snowy, wintery day on the east coast! If only everyday could end with a pint of this on the deck, life would be grand!

Cheers!
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of glazeman
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of jefferz5000, thanks so much! split three ways.

A: The beer pours a hazy light gold in color with a 1.5 finger head white head. The head has moderate retention and lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

S: The dominating smell of this beer is nutmeg and cloves. I wish there was a little more fruit on the nose.

T: The most flavorful hefeweise I have had. As contrasted to other hefes, there is less fruitiness. The dominating taste comes from the spices in this beer. In this beer there's flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a little lemon zest, all perfectly balanced. By far the best tasting hefewisen I have had.

M: A little less carbonation that other beers of this class, but this is not a bad things as the spices in the beer add some zing that carbonation normally would.

D: For a 4.1 % ABV beer this has a ton of flavor. I would have this all day, any day. Too bad it's hard to come by in the Midwest. The people down in Texas are lucky to have this gem.

glazeman, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of redraider2323
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Gingerman in Ausitn:
A - cloudy, creamy yellow with tight foam
S - classic banana, clove with a little bubble gum and green apple
T - more banana, clove
M/D - nice effervescence and a creamy pleasant mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. Great example of the style.

redraider2323, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to glazeman for sharing this one with me and mini-glazeman. Paired with several different unknown, but delicious cheeses.

A - Hazy off yellow/tan in color with a nice frothy, soft, fluffy, pure white two finger head that settles to a quarter finger head and lingers around for the remainder for the drink. The top of the drink appears a bit more tan, and the bottom, more yellow. Awesome lacing.

S - The most aromatic and flavorful low-ABV brew that I have ever sniffed. Just outstanding and perfect for the style. Clove, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mmmmm...good.

T - As someone who has traditionally really disliked hefeweizens, this is a delicious beer. Clove, vanilla, and all-spice up front, followed by a tasty biscuit-pilsner finish. Also, a distinct almond nut in the finish. A hint of lemon and orange throughout.

M - Very carbonated and appropriate for the style.

D - Here's where this one shines. I could easily finish a growler myself to the point of FUBAR. I would love to have this one again, but unfortunately, it might not ever happen. After drinking several beers of this style in Bavarian Austria, this is the best hefeweizen I have ever had.

airohead2001, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Houston on business, I figured this would be my chance to give this a try. Staying on the outskirts of town, so I stopped at a very well stocked store - lots of TX beers, but no Live Oak. Cashier is well versed and tells me the brewery does not bottle. hmmm - Hefe in the too 100 is unusual enough, but one not distributed. I'm wondering if a little home team cheering might be at work. But undaunted I set off for the Flying Saucer to track it down, and glad I am. Perhaps the best hefe I've had, besting the German leaders. Perfect blend of malt and yeast flavors without too much banana or clove.

Brent, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
4.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Vdubb86, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer. I have been wanting to try this one since I have been on BA.

Pours a murky dark golden yellow. Bananas, orange peel, pineapple in the smell. Taste mirrors the smells. One of the most banana flavored hefes I have ever consumed. Nice carbonation.

The best American Hefe I have ever consumed.

mymrnngjckt, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of yourefragile
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler shared by 321Jeff complements of I don't know who.

Pours a hazy straw golden color with a thin white head that has nice retention but little lacing or depth. Aroma is a amazingly well balanced blend of typical hefe aromas of yeast, clove, wheat and banana. Strongest notes are wheat and spice with a little pepper in the background. Medium thick bodied with strong fine carbonation. Wheat and clove dominate the flavor, followed by pepper and a mild tangy citrus. Banana, yeast and lemon flavors are present as well but not quite as pronounced as some other versions of this style. Overall incredibly drinkable and refreshing; one of the most well balanced hefes I've ever had.

yourefragile, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Much thanks to jefferz5000 for hooking me up with this growler.

Pours a hazy golden straw yellow with a couple fingers of white head made up of tiny bubbles. Head slowly fades to a thin layer that lasts the duration.

Aroma is relatively mild, but very pleasant. Banana and clove take a backseat to the yeast. Some wheat also lingers back there as well. Overall very nice, just wish it was a bit stronger.

The mild aroma is even more surprising when I get the first taste! Loads of wheat spiciness with banana and clove and some pepper-like flavors.

The wheat comes through giving it a grainy mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. Above average in body for a Hefe. This one is incredibly drinkable, I may have to fly out to Austin to try this elixir straight from the tap sometime.

321jeff, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this once before years ago from a growler. Being in Texas, I had to give this another go. On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Some really good froth and lacing left behind in the glass.

(S)- Bright and vibrant lemon zest and biscuit - like clove. Bits of bubblegum and a very subtle banana as it warms.

(T)- Just like the smell. A lovely crisp lemon peel with dry biscuit-like yeast. Very mellow bubblegum and clove letting the fruit and yeast do the work.

(M)- Such a crisp and smooth tasting beer. It is perhaps a lighter representation of the style I have had, but not lacking flavor by any means.

(O)- Easily one of the best Hefe's in the world. So light, but crisp and flavorful. A keg of this in my house (if I could) would not last long at all. And from my past experience with this beer, fresh and on tap; there is so substitute.

*Original Review ___

Growler poured into a tulip. Crazy thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing the wealth!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange hue that produced a decent white head that dissipated after awhile. (3.5)

(S)- Lots of ripe banana with a really nice clove aroma. Minimal lemon, but crisp. Some awesome wheat notes. Kind of a rustic character to it. (4.5)

(T)- Crisp, with a mellow banana/lemon profile. Nice dry wheat aspect with a telltale bubblegum finish. (4)

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A nice crispness to it. Smooth & mellow. (4)

(D)- Definitely a solid Hefeweiss for sure. Smooth and easy drinking even for the style.(4.5)

sweemzander, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for acquiring this top 100 to share with the crew!

A - Insanely hazy straw golden yellow with a low off-white head. Can't see a bit through it. Low head, and little lace is a bit disappointing for a hefe.

S - Strong banana and a German yeast aroma, its got a big nose starting off but remains crisp. Hints of bubblegum and coriander give it that classic and inviting appeal.

T - A little thin in with a soft banana and wheat flavor and hints of coriander with a touch of bubblegum. As I remembered for sampling this about a year ago, it tastes good, but not great.

M - Soft and very smooth, it's got a medium-light bodied and soft, clean finish. Great mouthfeel!

D - Fantastic drinkability from this one with a great mouthfeel, it goes down very well. This isn't an out-of-this-world hefe as there's local stuff I find to be better than this (coughraritycough) but it's good.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks goes to jtortorice for sending this growler my way. Shared with my local tasting crew.

A: Cloudy golden yellow. Small white head leaves tiny bits of soapy lace.

S: Modest mix of banana, clove, wheat and yeast. Not super potent but nicley done.

T: The wheat profile is much stronger in the flavor. Clove, bubblegum, banana and nice yeasty finish. Slight citrus bite as well.

M: Medium to light body with soft carbonation. Smooth.

D: Overall a very nice American hefe. Super drinkable. This is my second time trying this and I would have to say that hype may play a small roll in inflating the scores.

beerwolf77, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of Stigs
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

growler pour, thanks to Jason (Exiled) for another quality trade. served in a tall Franzi Weiss glass

A - pours over an inch of loose, bubbly and sudsy bright white foam. the beer is cloudy, pale gold in color.

S - bright and lively yeast: banana, citrus, green apples. lightly spiced with clove and cinnamon, some ginger on a bed of wheat and grains.

T - what sets this apart from just about every other Hefe I've had is the balance, instead of being fruit or spice heavy it starts out with some ripe bananas, apples, and citrus notes before turning to the other side. hints of cloves and spice dance upon wheat malt and biscuits, before a crisp and clean grainy finish.

M - body is on the lighter side of the style, with sharp and prickly yet not overdone carbonation. only missing that bit of creaminess you get from others, due to lack of body. finishes with strong lingering fruit, slightly dry and very clean.

D - without a doubt one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. wonderful, full flavor yet light bodied and a very manageable ABV. this takes some will power to not chug down. great, yet unique example of a classic style. shame its so hard to get.

Stigs, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Austin Ginger man. It was a hazy, light orange/yellow color with a thin and spotty head to it. It left some moderate lacing as I drank it as well. A very nice looking beer for the style.

The aroma had a sweet wheat flavor along with banana, lemony citrus and a moderate clove spiciness. Very flavorful and well rounded Hefewiezen aroma.

I get lots of clove flavor throughout the beer. Lemony citrus and a nice banana flavor come through as well as a sweeter wheat malt flavor. Good but the clove flavor was a bit too overdone. Mine came served with a lemon the side. I drank half and made the notes above and then added the lemon. The lemon really softened the strong clove flavor I got without it and helped some of the bubblegum and citrus flavors stand out more. I'm not sure how the brewer intended it to be served but given where I had it I'll trust the way it was served.

The mouthfeel is Light with above avg carbonation. Drinkability is good, the clove was a little overpowering at first but it mellowed the more I drank. Otherwise it was a nicely flavored and easy drinking beer.

billab914, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a tulip. Big thanks to SSW117 for this one; thanks Sam!

a - Pours a murky orange golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, cloves, and wheat.

t - Tastes of spices, bananas, cloves, wheat, and grain.

m - Light body and light carbonation. Very easy to drink; I feel like I could drink this whole growler by myself.

d - While this isn't my favorite style, this is a very good beer. It smelt and tasted very good and the mouthfeel was great. Very drinkable and something I would love to have again sometime. If I could get this on tap normally I would probably start every session with a glass.

mdfb79, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for knocking this off my wants list and for bringing a growler so I could drink plenty to make an informed review.

This brew comes out looking fantastic and never lets down. A hazy yellow-gold brew that shines even through the haze forms a thick, dense white head about two to three fingers high that really doesn't let up much at all and leaves lots of patchy lacing behind.
My nose doesn't even need to be near the glass for beautiful banana, yeast and clove aromas to make themselves known, backed by a light citrus under a pale, sweet malts and wheat backbone with light citrus hops notes just underneath.
This one's considerably light for being so absolutely flavorful. Plenty of sweetness that isn't cloying balanced by a light lemon zest and gentle hops notes, this is the real deal here as the banana, yeast and cloves remain the prominent flavors and the backbone is wheat with some nice malt presence. This is just exceptional thus far.
The body is nice as well, light to medium with a bit of crispness leading into a moderate smoothness. Carbonation makes this lively without taking anything away after starting off just slightly prickly. There's a touch of dryness in the middle before finishing out nice and sweet.
There's absolutely nothing taking away from the drinkability here, especially with an ABV around 4%. Hypothetically speaking, if I could get a bottle of this and saw it sitting on the shelf next to Weihenstephaner, my only option is to get both. To summarize: this one beats out Weihenstephaner in the sheer beauty and power of the aroma, while giving up half a point (for me) in mouthfeel. Both are absolutely the best examples of the style, making this one the best American hefeweizen I've ever had.

Brenden, Oct 04, 2010
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 985 ratings.