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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,059
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 655
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to have this while in Texas recently. Enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in Houston..

Fluffy wispy white head rises above the hazy golden colored beer. Some slight orange tones. A nice color. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is very fresh, very bready and spot on for the style. Ripe banana, spices, yeasty goodness. Some light clove.

Silky smooth is the first thing that comes to mind. Really almost creamy. A good amount of depth and a wonderful banana bread flavor. Excellent depth to the spice. Decent little beer. There is almost a vanilla quality that comes with the creaminess.

Quite drinkable and perfect for a hot Texas day. I can see why this is so popular.

Nice representation of the style.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a growler of this beer in a trade with xpimptastikx, Thanks Michael!

Served in a weizen glass.

Hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.
Wheaty and yeasty aroma with spices thrown in.
There is solid malted wheat spices and yeast all the way through.
Medium bodied, very smooth feel and it was very easy to drink.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler thanks to goatgoat, meticulously and amazingly sturdily packaged. tasted in early april 2009, within one week of arrival. poured into weizen glass.

pale straw color with yellow tones, very hazy. great foamy head, recedes slowly to thinner but consistent layer. great lacing.

aroma is estery, but not quite banana. more on the side of pear and citrus, but even then not quite. melon? some clove and other spice. (coriander?) touch of grassy hops. mild base of bread with hint of yeastiness. very "fresh" and "citrusy" (but not in an american hopping way). something approaching juicyfruit brand bubblegum, but not exactly.

taste: bready and fruity, with that fresh but undefinable character again, approaching citrus flesh, with only a hint of banana. touch of clove? gentle to mild bitterness from noble hops, giving a crisp balance. touch of citrusy acidity, plus more bread and yeast, into a finish with touch of sulfurous fermentation.

medium body, moments of smoothness, with crisp mild acidity and a spritzy, sometimes creamy carbonation.

despite the hard-to-pin-down characters, and the relative lack of classic german weizen notes (banana and clove), this is very fresh and robustly flavorful. thus while i don't think it is better than weihenstephaner by any means, it definitely ranks up there as one of the better americanized attempts.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on a recent trip to Austin. It was a very light straw color with a very small head. The smell was a sweetness that reminded me of a fruit plate. Banana's, melon, and clove. Very nice! The taste was the same as the nose. Very great balance all the way around. This was a very drinkable beer on a hot Texas day and anywhere else too. I could enjoy alot of these!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to ballewblake for knocking this off my list

A: Hazy light orange with a large white head. Great retention. Plenty of carbonation. Very pretty

S: Excellent. Bready, lemon, orange, mild clove and banana. Great balance and VERY refreshing. As it warms up, the banana grows in prominence.

T: Opens up bready with a pleasing tart twang. Definitely lemony mid palate, very refreshing with a great bread-like flavor. I know "fresh" isn't the best flavor description, but that's what I feel. Dry finish. Uniquely juicy with the combination of bready and lemon flavors lending this beer a unique character

M: A bit bigger than light, this beer is very crisp and the drying, tart finish is very refreshing

D: Insane. I'd have this on tap at home if I lived in the area

Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a growler.... many thanks to Dyan for sharing this beauty with me.

The beer pours a rich hazy, honey gold flavor with huge (initially) pillowy head and very good head lacing. I assume this beer is completely unfiltered, as I see quite a bit of goop (dead yeast?) floating around near the bottom of my glass. What surprises me right off, is just how thick and viscuous this beer looks, something I rarely see in a hefe. On the nose this beer is nearly as impressive, with a huge aroma of clove and allspice, coupled with some light banana and cinnamon. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with just a hint of sour on the finish. The flavor profile includes a good deal of "wheatiness," which is to be expected in this kind of beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but not at all heavy; rich, but never tiring. Somehow this beer is very soooth, but still crisp and light on the finish. Alcohol is very well disguised, and the light sour on the finish enhances drinkability here. This beer is at most moderately sweet, but then finishes with the classic dry, spicey, German hefeweizen finish.

This beer is very impressive and clearly lives up to its reputation and all the hype. Along with the hefeweizen from Block 15, as good a domestic hefe as I've ever had. Very well done.

Photo of israel
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale hazy yellow with a nice white head that seems to fade before the beer reaches the half way point of my pint glass. No real lacing to speak of.

S- Lots of ripe banana smells and full of cloves and yeast and everything nice that goes into an outstanding smelling heffe.

M- Nothing offensive with some nice carbonation and a very smooth delivery.

D- For a style that I'm not always crazy about I absolutely loved this beer and had no problem draining the whole growler into my glass.

Photo of mynie
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gigantically mad ups to xpimptastikx for shipping out a growler of this. There is nothing, NOTHING, more wonderful than having a growler reach you safe and sound. And it's one of them fancy growlers with a special freshness lock cap, too.

Pours as beautifully as any hefe could. Maybe a little better, actually. It's been a while since I've come across a really gorgeous wheat beer, but this one resembles duvel with its cloudy yellow sunshine body and gigantic, foamy white head. It's like frosting, or some kind of delicious soup. Or, actually it's even better than those since it's beer.

Smells just a complex as the very best hefes I've ever had, but maybe a little bit more intense. Cloves, banana, white pepper, the usual suspects, but there's also some wonderful citrus complexities in there.

Tastes even more complex, even more perfectly smooth and balanced. God damn! Wheatmalt dominates, of course, starting off generically beery in a nice way (like Weihenstephaner), moving into a sweeter, spicecake middle of cloves, lemon zest, white pepper, vanilla and orange. This lingers for a while and its ends, amazingly, with a distinct but light hop finish that ties everything together like a cherry on a sundae.

Nothing outrageous, nothing huge, just a perfectly executed example of its style. Believe the hype. I'm honestly upset at myself for not applying to Texas' grad program, now...

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to screach for the chance to try this beer. It was quite the effort on screach's part, the first package broke and never made it. Replaced and sent again, the growler ended up leaking a bit but, fortunately still made it to my hands. And so goes the story...

Pours a hazy bright yellow color, quite cloudy, not much head and lack of carbonation as a result of the leak.

Smell has a crazy amount of banana and clove coming off this thing, don't think I've ever smelled a hefe as strong as this.

Taste is similar to the smell in that the clove and banana is quite prevalent, slight citrus/lemon presence but not nearly as dominating as other hefe's tend to be, some other spiciness ends up hitting the mouth in the far aftertaste, carbonation is almost nil (as a result of the journey) so I'm not entirely sure how much carbonation is usual for this beer.

An interesting hefeweizen since it's not as yeasty or lemony as most hefe's that are available but still has a really strong taste too it, sometimes too much though.

Photo of glid02
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours an opaque yellow-orange color with a foamy one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas - and lots of them - with good amounts of clove and a small amount of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Banana flavors hit right off the bat, but are not as intense as the smell would indicate, leaving plenty of room for the wheat to shine through. Midway through the sip slight grassy flavors accompany cloves and all of these flavors carry on through to a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a creamy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I had absolutely no problem finishing my glass and could probably handle a growler of this.

Overall this lived up to the hype. It's a bit heavier than traditional hefe's, but the level of banana and clove flavor does not suffer because of it. Definitely worth a shot.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the great pleasures of my trip to Austin. On a side note the brewery tour was nice. Only down side was I was with 11 guys for a bachelor party. Review from tap at the Alamo Draft House.

A: The cloudiest heff that I have ever had the pleasure to see. A nice bright golden color with some yeast floating around in the glass. Decent amount of head for the style as well.

S: Spot on. Tons of banana and clove. The wheat is there and is fairly strong as well. A touch of bubblegum in the finish.

T: God damn this is nice. Everything you want in perfect balance. The wheat and the yeast. Not too much banana not too much clove.

M: It was a little thick and stuck to my throat on the way down. While a little bit off for the style I found it enjoyable.

D: I am pleased to say I drank the shit out of the beer while in Austin. Just a great beer. I would session this then stab you to get some more. The BEST example of the style I have ever had. Have not been to Germany yet though....

Photo of jpaltan
4.45/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer / Fort Worht. Cloudy and bubbly. Thick head that sticks to the sides. Straw yellow. Banana in the nose, some cloves too. A bit of peppery spiciness too. Taste is similiar to the smell, but more banana on the tongue then in the nose. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. This beer is absolutely delicious.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I would like to give a big thanks to xpimptastikx for this growler! Thanks, Michael!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is slow to fade, but leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is full of cloves and yeast with some ripe banana in the background. The smell is sweet with a twinge of peppery yeast. I like it.

The flavor runs the same lines as the smell. Cloves, bready yeast, hint of black pepper, and banana is more noticeable in the taste. Nice combination that has the cloves and spices fading into the other flavors. Nice.

Solid medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation and a touch of slickness to it. The drinkability is amazing. Very refreshing brew that I could sip on all day. Nice job, Live Oak!

Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Poured into a pint glass. No abv ino is given.

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that quickly dissolves into a small frothy ring that sticks around.

S-Clove is by far the most dominant smell hitting my nose. The yeast used in the beer is also very prevalent. Banana and coriander are also being picked up.

T-Lots of banana and wheat hit upfront. The other spices hit in the back of the mouth. It has a really nice peppery taste and a nice citrus-like tartness.

M-Medium bodied and smooth. It is very crisp and refrehing.

D-The perfect beer for sipping outside. I could easily knock back a bunch of these.

I was glad I finally got to try this beer and it deserves the praise it gets as the best hefe in the US.

Photo of aschwab
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ill start off by saying that I am happy to live in Austin and have this beer on tap in the area.

A: Looks like any good hefe, cloudy. It looks good.

S: Smells slightly fruity, like most hefes.

T: Really surprisingly good for an American hefe. You usually do not get ones this good out of breweries in Texas, and I was really impressed by it (along with most people on BA).

M: Smooth

D: Easy drinkability - an easy beer to have on any day. Just wish it was sold in bottles as well....

Photo of thirdeye11
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from draft tap to a nonic style pint glass.

A: This beer pours a perfect 2 finger head without the bartender even trying. It is golden, orange, and hazy in appearance. Probably the best I've ever seen a hefeweizen look. Lots of nice carbonation and bubbles pouring from the bottom of this one. The only thing that would have made it any better would have been more lacing on the glass. Good, but not perfect.

S: Lots of lemon zest as well as other citrus in the nose. The clove is very present. Some people have said banana is very forward in this one. While it is there it's certainly not standing out like in Aventinus, Weihenstephaner Hefe, or others which are highly known for that banana signature. I sometimes find that off-putting so for me this one smells exceptional. Clean, crisp, tart, citrusy, clove spiciness, and subdued banana.

T: Wow. That was my impression on first tasting this. I was driving in the car thinking of how to describe this one today and the analogy came to me. It's like listening to a well-recorded piece of music on a VERY good speaker. All of the elements are there, perfectly balanced and none outshining the others. This hefe is tart like a Schneider in the perfect way, spicy and mild notes of banana like a Weihenstephaner, and has the great citrus notes like Julius Echter. For me this is the perfect hefeweizen. It was just kegged yesterday so it was tapped the same day I had it and god it's good. Even the foam on top tasted amazing. Normally I just try to drink through most of the foam, but on this one I wanted to actually ingest it.

M: Perfectly carbonated, meaning there was a lot of it. It's slick and oily (good for me), slightly creamy, nicely carbonated, and awesome. If it was a little creamier in the mouth it would be a 5.0.

D: Absolutely off the charts. I think I could drink more of this particular beer than any beer I've ever sampled. I tend to drink multiple beers in a given evening, but when this is available I will drink it all night and not be upset about it in the least. If I could give this a higher score it would get it.

When people talk about their favorite beers you often don't know what they mean or what their perspective is. Maybe they've only tried 10 different beers in their life. Compared to other BA's I've had a relatively small amount (probably 250 different beers) but this is one that absolutely lives up to the hype. It's tart, citrusy, has a slight wheat backbone so as not to be heavy, banana, clove, spice, perfect carbonation, smells delicious, looks great. There is no one area where this beer falters. Could it be improved? Maybe. For me this is a top 3 beer without question. I will be having more of this while it's available on draft in Dallas.

Photo of gford217
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz handbottle courtesy of a very generous BA, poured 4-5-09

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a short-lived one inch white head that recedes to nothing fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is much citrusy than I expected with a big dose of tart lemon aromas and even a hint of funk. The typical wheat presence of bananas and bubble gum sweetness are definitely present but take a bit of a back seat. Very unique nose for the style.

The taste is even more tart than the aroma with a huge lemon zing up front that hardly allows the sweetness of the wheat to come through at all. The finish is dry and acidic with more than a hint of funk lingering in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a little slick with low carbonation, likely due to this being from a handbottle.

This is one of the more unique hefes I've had and while I do like it, I really think there is a bit too much tartness and funk for this to be a world-class version of the style. Maybe it was the handbottling, but I was a little underwhelmed and it tasted a little off.

EDIT 5-8-09: Poured from a growler and it became very clear that the bottle was, in fact, off. There was none of the off-putting tartness from the hand bottle and the aroma and taste were almost perfect representations of the style - a great balance between light lemony citrus, fresh bananas and spices. A great beer.

Photo of Kromes
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange with no noticeable head. There was a nice bread yeasty, banana, clove aroma. The flavors in this beers are perfectly balanced and delicious. A clove, banana, yeast flavor that mixes very well with a citrusy flavor. The finish is smooth clean and crisp and slightly bitter due to the sweet lemony citrus flavor. Incredible drinkability. I was sitting out in the beergarden, 80 degrees and the sun shining. It was the perfect beer for that occasion.

Photo of craytonic
4.8/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A soft and nearly opaque honey-pale-straw-yellow pour with almost no head, looks raw, cloudy, unfiltered, and delicious.

Smell: Ample yeast, cloves, grass, banana, wheat

Taste: Grain, yeast, bread, Banana in a big way, citrus, grass, banana, pineapple, touch of sweetness and orange

Mouthfeel: Nice full texture, better than any other hefe.

Drinkability: Perfect in this regard, it disappears. All the elements come together perfectly in this one, particularly outside in the Austin, TX heat.

Photo of goatgoat
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow. A huge frothy lovely head billows up and falls over the course of several minutes. No lace, though there's a bit more when poured from the tap.
Aroma is light and refreshing. Banana, clove, sweetness, a little bready.
Taste is classic hefe, lightly sweet and refreshing. Banana ripeness. A little brilliant tart in the middle with some bready/yeasty near the end.
Medium body, incredibly smooth, and a slight lingering sweetness in the finish.

This is a great beer. Not a favored style by me at all, but even I can taste the quality and craftmanship of this hefe.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Strelnikov - many, many thanks!! Great trader. Poured a portion into my Aventinus weizenbock glass, both because it's one of the larger glasses I have, and because the long, tall, slender look always does wonders for hefes.

Appearance: Pours a wonderfully hazy, cloudy pale orange, bright in appearance while still being opaque. The one finger of white, foamy head fades relatively quickly into a persistent, spongy collar and a faint, occasional patch of dust on the surface. The lacing is glittery, white, bubbly, and runny, which is appropriate for the style from my experience. Holding this one up to the really light really allows you to see the literal suspended yeast floating around in this one, huge foamy clouds of them. Intense.

Aroma: Sweet, overripe bananas are the first thing to great the nose on this one, very pungent. Cloves aren't far behind, a very authentic and well-blended spice note. The whole thing is very bready, slightly roasted, almost reminiscent of honey in places (with the help of the spice). The whole thing is very earthy, too, more like the crust of the bread than the bread itself, definitely due to the yeast. Agitation releases a few of the lighter citrus esters that had probably escape before my initial assessment - lemon like, with a few heavier orange zest and peach notes. Very nice.

Taste: About as authentic tasting as they come, I'd imagine. It's similar to the nose, but the differences cost it half a point - it's just a little tarter, earthier, and less robust. The malts are still earthy, like bread crusts, but a little less sweet and honey-like than in the nose. The banana is still strong and upfront, but again, cut more by the tartness here, almost rendering them unripe, as opposed to overly ripe as in the nose. Everything's just a little "greener" and zestier, if that makes sense. Still a great tasting hefe.

Mouthfeel: Soft but expressive carbonation, plentiful and easily noticeable, all in a body of moderate thickness. Pleasant and quenching, given the tastes, with absolutely no cloy.

Drinkability: Well hot damn. A solid, drinkable, low-in-abv% (I'm assuming - couldn't be more than 5.5%) hefeweizen, extremely traditional, extremely true to style, and just solid all around. Not much wrong with this one, really, and my only wish was that I could get it around here. Until then, alas - though it's not much of an alas - Weihenstephaner will the go-to wheat beer of choice, a beer that this one reminded me of very much. This one comes highly recommended, and I completely understand why it's the highest rated hefeweizen on BA. Cheers.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my parents fill a growler on their trip to Austin.

A- Body is a light cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a large 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to about one finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very good-and in line for a hefe. Soft cloves and a hint of banana come through as well as a hint of breadiness.

T- The flavor is soft and balanced all around. A presence of clove and the slightest hint of banana with a nice bready yeast backbone. The finish adds just a touch of hops and gets a little biscuty.

M- High tingly carbonation and yeasty body. The carbonation is somewhat seltzer-like. Body is nice but could be fuller and smoother.

D- This is a nice, mellow, balanced hefe. Reminds me a lot of Weihenstephaner-but doesn't do the trick as well for me. A good drinkable, sessionable beer that I would be ordering a lot if I lived in TX...but I don't think I will go out of my way to have it again here. We have local hefes that are just as nice. Still a great opportunity to try!

Photo of MPLS
4.28/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer and a lunch for FREE @ a SXSW event in Austin. The unfortunate part about the beer being free is that it wasn't poured into glass, but rather plastic.

A: Small 1 cm head, unfiltered hazy banana bread color, with dec lace.

S: Sweet and wheaty, the turd also dropped a lemon wedge on the side, so a lot of lemon zest.

T: Very clean and not extremely overpoweringly sweet. This is great, since a Hefeweizen isn't exactly my style of choice, but seemed perfect for a 80 degree Texas day. A nice slice of clovey bitterness.

M:Medium bodied, with good balance of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these, the number I would want to drink would increase as the temperatures started rising. Great summer beer, too bad it's only available on tap. You would think this precious swill would get bottled?

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 finger head with great retention. cloudy yellow color.

smell is of big banana phenol with some cloveyness underneath. the aroma of the wheat is amazing

light wheat taste with minimal bitterness. citrus wheat flavor underneath with some clovey flavors.

mouthfeel is dry and crisp, yet there is a hint of creaminess.

this hefe doesn't disappoint. try it

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow color with some good carbonation, nice white head. Nose is wheat, clove and little banana. Taste was clove, wheat and light banana but nothing to really grab my attention. Tasted good but not great. Mouthfeel was nice and this beer is easy to pour down.

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
98 out of 100 based on 1,059 ratings.