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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,075
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 675
Gots: 97 | 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 woodychandler
2.43/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came with a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Nose was heavy on banana with an undercurrent of clove. Color was a hazy golden-yellow. Mouthfeel was medium with a LOT of banana esters on the tongue. Stylistically, a great example, especially for an American brewer, but for me, I was shiveringly cold on it. Finish was not a total fruit bomb, but it was too close for my liking. Cloves, people! Fermentation at lager temps, please.

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

Got this in my Secret Santa package from ballewblake. Thanks for everything once again Blake. Never thought I would try this.

A- Pours a very nice golden hazy yellow color. Good size one finger bone white head that dies down after a minute or two. Nice lacing was left on the sides of the glass the entire beer.

S- Very nice wheaty bready smell comes on first. Banana and light clove notes make up a big portion of the nose as a whole. This smells clean...kind of hard to explain what I mean.

T- The tastes in this beer are amazing. Everything is big and long with the tastes. Nice yeasty taste hits perfect with the clove banana. No one flavor takes over the other until the end when the banana seems to be the last flavor that gently fades away.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was perfect for this beer. Kind of a creamy mouthfeel as well. Clove and banana is left on the palate well after the sips are done. This is also true with the aftertaste. Very clean taste and flavors are sharp!

D- This is just wow! I was very glad to have gotten the chance to try this beer. This has to be one of the top 3 Hefeweizen I have ever had. Hands down this is the best American Hefeweizen I have tasted.

Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it in austin...

pour is nice with a lemon yellow cloudy golden color. nose is crisp floral, clove, and a very very delicate banana. boy do i love a fresh well made hef. and this is it. palate is crisp with lavender, chamomile, banana, clove and apple. very refreshing. had two. quite a creamy mouthfeel. minty crisp finish.

the best on this site... and won't argue. its fantastic. but i've had german hefs on tap in source and they were just as great.

when older the floral mild into something of wet chamomile and lavender... banana is a bit more prevalent then. feel doesn't have the clean quality anymore but till not stale.

Photo of natelocc787
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden-yellow body with a creamy alabaster head. Leaves nice, thin, long sheets of lace as the beer is imbibed. The nose is all bubble tape original bubble gum, cloves and banana. The taste shows bubble gum, wheat malt, coriander, banana and freshly juiced pear. The real highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's what makes this example unique. Without a doubt this hefe' has the thickest, heaviest, creamiest, most luxurious feel I've ever experienced for the style. This mouthfeel belongs on an Imperial Stout! Extremely tasty and drinkable, a treat and unique experience. I am lucky to have this available on tap nearby and will have this one frequently from this point on.

Photo of OlieIPA
3.95/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was wondering when I was going to try this highly regarded hefeweizen...and then I found out Mauerhan was so graciously going to share a growler he had just received in a trade. Thanks man!

A: Murky yellow with hints of orange. White fluffy head was immediately evident, but subsided after a minute or two.

S: Subtle banana and clove/spice-like aromas accompanied by wheat malts.

T: The first thing I noticed was the sweet malt character in the beginning and middle of this beer, then the banana and light fruit character thereafter.

M: Nice light body on it with mild carbonation, which was perfect for this style of ale.

D: I found the more I drank this, the more I liked this brew. All the flavors gelled well together, and the 4.10% ABV makes this tremendously drinkable.

Overall: A very good beer and a great hefeweizen. Not sure I would seek out, but would definitely jump at the chance of trying this beer at a bar or buddy's house again. A try it beer. Cheers!

Photo of Mauerhan
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks thanks to wagenvolks for sending this out. enjoyed with olieipa.

pours a cloudy golden straw color with a half finger white head that flashes in the pan and is gone. slight lacing.

smell is full of banannas cloves wheat malts and full of estery goodness.

taste is yummy. a bit of banana with some spicy cloves. a subtle sweetness. very tasty.

overall a very tasty hef. would love to drink more of it. drinkble to t. thanks drew.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Multiple samples at 2009 GABF.

With all the extreme beer available at the GABF, this was the only hefe I tried. It's reputation as one of the world's best is deserved, this is fantastic beer.

The wheat produces a crackery grain flavor that pairs with the typical banana and a mild clove note. This beer may not wow some people, but anyone that has experienced a selection of top-notch hefes will know right away that this is no ordinary beer.

There is just something about it, those wheat, banana, and clove flavors are simply amazing. Perhaps the flavors are just a bit brighter or deeper, maybe it is the creamy smooth body, but I can't name a better American made Hefeweizen and I would be hard pressed to name a better German take on the style...ok, maybe Weihenstephaner, but its close.

Now they just need to bottle more of it and start shipping cases to Denver!

Photo of Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of wagenvolks. Thanks so much for the trade!
Poured from 64oz growler into Hefe glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark golden/light orange color with a fluffy white head. The foamy goodness leaves a good amount of lacing behind along the sides of the glass and a half a fingers worth of head sticks around as the cap.

S - Ripe bananas mixed with wheat and yeast notes. Smells very fresh like it was just poured from the tap right in front of me. Maybe a small hint of cloves, but mostly bananas and yeast.

T - This has a more subtle banana flavor to it then I expected, which I like. It seems to me that too often, the sweet banana flavors overtake everything else...not with this one. Some really nice bread notes mixed with a hint of cloves on the finish that has a nice bite.

M - Light and refreshing that goes down so easy and smooth. It does have some body on it for a Hefe, but still sticks right to the style overall.

D - Super-easy to drink...gotta save some for the g/f or else I'd drink the entire growler by myself. Live Oak really killed it with this Hefe and I'm going to hit up wagenvolks again for another one in the very near future.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ditmier provided a growler of the Live Oak Hefe to get the ball rolling at Friday night's tasting... I had quite a few pours of this over the course of the night... Thanks Eric.

Hazy lite pale golden... nice head.. sorta creamy looking.

Nose is more estery than phenolic with bananas coming in ahead of the cloves... Smell is very fresh.

Flavor is pretty much the same as the aroma... bready with the above noted components.. I think what makes this a standout in the hefe category is that even though we're all getting it in growlers from Texas.... it is still a whole hell of alot more fresh than the bottles from the motherland. medium body with a fair amount of carbonation that somehow still seems pretty creamy.

Really glad I got to try this again... had a few pours at the GABF.. but this was very nice... I would buy it all the time if it was available, but for now.. I will have to just enjoy my SN Kellerwiess.

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Flying Saucer in Garland, TX...

Arrives a cloudy pale yellowish orange with a 3 inch head... This looks stupidly delicious...

The aromas on this are ridiculous... Its the best hefe smell x2... Loaded with wheaty clove-y banana-y goodness.. Its pungent and sweet and delicious smelling...

What a delightful mixture of flavors this brew brings forth...I could drink this one after another on a hot summer night... Its ridiculously tasty...spot on for the hefe style...

Finally got to try this right off the tap and it was worth it... Delicious...

Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two large draft samples at GABF 2009.

A - Pours a great slightly hazy straw color with a medium-sized creamy white head and solid lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and yeast. Perfectly to style.

T - Long-lasting and full flavor of sweet pale malt and wheat, banana, clove, spice, and yeast.

M - Palate is medium-light and fairly crisp. Refreshing.

D - About as high as it gets. This is a great, spot-on example of the hefeweizen style.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.59/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap the Flying Saucer in Austin, courtesy of a very generous ride from MiguelMandingo. Thanks Mike.

A: Pours a cloudy body the color of grapefruit juice. I _love_ cloudy bodies in hefs. A finger of off-white head recedes into a light film on the brew, and leaves some streaks down the glass. I'd love some more suds, but it's hard to complain about the immensely milky body.

S: Straw/grain, cloves, banana, pears, bubblegum, and light yeast. Balanced.

T: Follows the nose very well. A straw-grain flavor, reminding me at times of hay and crackers, with some clove bite up front. Banana and pear are restrained at first, but as the beer warms, they really open up and give the beer a nice roundedness. Bubblegum underneath with light yeast in the finish. A crisp ending that accentuates the tartness, but there is a lightly lingering earthy hop bitterness that I didn't pick up on in the smell or main flavor. What's nice is that the beer is remarkably tasty without having any one flavor dominate; it is balanced and flows over the tongue with ease.

M: Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation. Crisp without being too biting. The finish is slightly dry, which works very well with the crispness.

D: Not the absolute best hef I have ever had -- I still give that honor to New Glarus -- but this is a great example of the style.

Photo of mrkrispy
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a hand bottled umm bottle in a trade after the growler broke in transit. Curse you UPS!

Pours a striking glowing gold, almost fluorescent. Very cool looking. Minimal head that quickly disappeared.

Lots of pear and citrus aromas, some banana. No clove.

Beer is very effervescent, well carbonated. Slightly tart. Loads of banana, only a very faint clove taste. Light bready taste. Green Apples, lemons, citrus all over. Some vanilla notes. Moderate body, surprising with all the carbonation. Bit of an odd aftertaste, not a clean finish.

Heard a lot of hype about this, especially from my friends in Texas. I must say, it lived up to the hype. A fantastic American Hefe, balanced, fruity, and unique. I would dare to say this is the best American style Hefeweizen in the US.
Live Oak would have a surefire hit if they released this in bottles, especially with distribution.

Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to wagenvolks for the opportunity to try and share this with friends. Just as a caveat - this was shipped in some serious August heat and there was a bit of CO2 escaping that occurred due to expansion in the bottle.

Served in my ST tulip. Poured a cloudy orange with an off-white head that quickly dissipated - looked a lot like Tang (the drink of astronauts). Nose was clove, citrus and yeast. Taste consistent with nose, somewhat mellow and muted flavor profile with some citrus astringency lingering at the back. Character changes slightly as it warms with some banana notes coming out as well. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a consistent level of background effervescence - finish was fairly clean and dry. Easy drinking and quite flavorful - perhaps the most drinkable beer I've ever had a 4% abv. I can only assume that this beer is nothing short of outstanding on draught because it was still very respectable considering what it went through to get to me.

Photo of bassmantin
4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to iconoklazor for leaving this one with me after DLD. Shouldn't have waited so long to drink it!

Pours a very cloudy golden yellow with minimal head. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Probably drinking it a little too cold, but whatever.

Smell is very tart. Wow didn't expect that. There are some more traditional hefe flavors in there, banana maybe, but the sourness definitely dominates. I like it, and I bet it's better fresh before some of the flavors have faded. It's a lot like a lambic but definitely different.

Great.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Hefe in Texas!

A: Cloudy dry wheat appearance with a creamy two-finger head that leaves deliciously sticky lace behind as a memory of beer that I have already enjoyed.

S: Banana bread, cloves, and yeast. A lasting tropical tartness rounds out the aroma to bring a smell that is most pleasing.

T: A chorus of sweet banana, clove spice, yeasty goodness, and bitter hop finish create a flavor profile that is flat out amazing. This is an amazing beer.

M: Medium body. Appropriate pop to the carbonation for style.

D: Best damn hefe you will find. End of discussion.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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
4.77/5  rDev +8.7%
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
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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
4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,075 ratings.