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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,091 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,091
Reviews: 366
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 692
Gots: 105 | FT: 4
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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 sweemzander
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.87/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the August '10 Metro Detroit tasting. Hazy, yellow pour with a tall, frothy white head. Clean and yeasty with lots of lemon, moderate banana, sweet biscuit, toast, mild clove, some citrusy hops. Very clean and drinkable hefe. Medium-light body that finishes light and clean with moderate carbonation.

Photo of stakem
4.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler care of jefferz5000. Thanks so much Jeff for working with me over the course of like 2 months to get this in time to share with my hefeweizen loving friend who was visiting this weekend.

Multiple glasses poured from a growler into a weizen glass. It appears a cloudy yellow color with a finger of white head. The powers of retension are pretty decent and the lacing on the glass is quite interesting. Initially the head sticks in a layer of webbing all around the top as the head fades but as the experience continues it shows faint spots about the glass while sips are taken and it is swirled.

The aroma of live oak's hefeweizen is a perfect balance of light clove spice, banana, citrus and fruit. There are even minor suggestions of bubblegum that come through the back of the nose. This is a mighty fine smelling hefeweizen.

The taste of this offering is exactly what you would expect based off of the aroma's indication: banana, clove, fruitiness, light spicey character and bubblegum. It is lightly sweet upfront with a grainy/wheat flavor. The aftertaste includes spices like clove and mild wheaty grans with light suggestiosn of everything that was mentioned in both the aroma and initial taste.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. A very drinkable offering with no indication of alcohol but is so fully flavored for a wheat beer. It has the perfect blend of flavors with the typical wheat, clove and banana but this offering is balanced perfectly and no single characteristic rises to be more dominant than the other. It just works perfectly together. Once the beer reaches warmer temperatures a slight presence of the alcohol starts to peak out and enhance the spice of the clove.

Heading into this, I was very skeptical about how good it was going to be. I am very picky about the hefeweizen style and this one really lived up to what I was expecting. If you havent had this one yet, you need to.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the meddlesome moth in Dallas. I came to TX to try this beer and it was actually quite difficult to find. First place I saw it on tap was the moth. Poured cloudy golden color and had dominating banana aromas. It tastes like it smells as well. A banana bomb. I can understand why this beer is rated so high. It's a more flavorful hefe than the traditonal german ones. Not a huge hefe fan, but this was up there as the best.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks very much to stopbarking for sending me a growler of this, which I have been wanting to try for a while now. Poured in to a Paulaner glass, the color is a hazed gold, with almost half the glass filled with fluffy white heading. Nose is nice and wheaty, with the usual hints of clove, and citrus. More of the same from the flavor. Mouthfeel is light and thirst quenching. Drinkability is a no brainer on a hot Summer day. For once an American brewery makes a Hef that can stand alongside its German counterparts. Well done

Photo of Fladder
2.03/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Photo of 7ways
3.55/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Anthony1
3.95/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of kbutler1
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of STEG
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of hu5om
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Xul
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of newk340
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
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...

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.52/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of TexasTowHead
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.93/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
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!!

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,091 ratings.