Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 653
Gots: 87 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003)
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Photo of ckeegan04
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden yellow in color. Thick white head with excellent retention but very little lacing.

S - Cloves an a hint of lemon. Yeasty smell as well, a little bit of banana.

T - Wheaty flavor with banana and a nice spice. Excellent tasting hefe.

M/D - Incredibly smooth but still full of flavor. The most drinkable hefeweizen I have ever had.

Belive the hype.

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

Served in a proper weizen glass, pours a hazy pale gold color topped by a generous, chunky 3 fingers worth of head. Looks quite nice.

And smells even better. Good zesty lemon up front, then dominant clove abounds while a mild, powdery bubblegum scent lingers on the back end. Beautiful.

Thank goodness this isn't the banana-bomb I'd feared it may be. Clove-driven all the way with a wonderful wheat-y finish (while totally avoiding the cereal mash tendency many beers have). A gently sweet aftertaste (bubblegum again) lingers.

Mouthfeel is good and chewy although carbonation is a bit subdued (which may have more to do with the method of packaging and shipping). Drinkability is ridiculous and I want more. Oh, look! I have more! Simply outstanding and it is rare that I get this excited about a hefe as they tend to be on the low end of my favorite styles.

Huge thanks to chadspivey for the growler(s), you're a star.

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 Matthew607
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance is hazy straw yellow with good head surviving the clumsy growler fill from Whole Foods. Thin head seems here to stay.

Pleasant aroma, phenolic with some banana and a bit of sulphur.

Taste is a superb hefe, light banana and strong clove. Amazing flavor, wow.

Mouthfeel is warm and thick with a gentle tingle. Warmth is stands out.

Overall - This beer is a real experience, one that I don't expect in this style. Perhaps the hefe for big beer lovers.

Photo of AlexFields
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Body is a very cloudy, very yellow wheaty color, almost seems to glow; looks amazing. The head is pretty small for a hefe but sticks around for a while, and the smaller head is probably due to being in a growler a few days anyway. (EDIT: I gave a much more aggressive pour for my second glass and the head was a lot better.)

Smell is intense yeast, lots of sweet banana, cloves and light peppery spice. Got to be the sweetest most intense nose I've smelled on a hefeweizen.

And the taste is just as good or better. So much banana! So much yeast. Just a reall intense and delicious wheat character, mild pepper and clove and mild tartness to provide balance. Truly delicious.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy, very well carbed, very full and rich body. Excellent.

This is definitely the best hefeweizen I've had. I was 't sure what to expect or what was supposed to make this beer exceptional but now I get it; it's really a classic hefe taste but just so intense and perfectly executed. Heavy on the sweetness and banana, light on the spice and tartness. Fantastic beer.

9.4/10

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

Thanks JDV for the opportunity to try this one also my first growler ever. Might as well start of with one of the best

Growler poured into my Ayinger Weizen Glass produced a good two fingers worth of head that settled down to a nice layer of lace on top of a cloudy apricot colored body It is a gorgeous looking Hefeweizen I wouldn't believe that a growler would keep this much carbonation

Aromas on this one is striking as well, you get wonderful banana bread in a glass type smell (bananas, cloves, Bread dough) Bubblegum as well

Yes wheat banana bread in a glass flavors as well a nice citrus bite

Mouthfeel is exceptional a little heaver than I expected for a wheat beer, nice crisp carbonation on your tongue.

Great drinking Hefeweizen I'll repeat the statements made before me I cant believe it was this good coming from a growler. Thanks again to JDV on shipping it right. If you have the fortunes to get a growler I say go for it. My new favorite Hefeweizen

Photo of stephens101
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a helluva lot to live up to, and when all was said and done, I would say it surpassed expectations and lived up to its rarefied status. Had it on tap at the Draughthouse in Austin, which is a very unique place in it's own right. Poured a rich golden orange with two-finger of off white head with excellent retention. Tasted sweet and spicy and big on the bananas, oranges, orange peel and cloves. There was a certain breadiness involved that lead to a mouth-feel that was more on the medium side, which did not in any way detract from it's drinkability. Shared a couple of pitchers with friends, and will definitely head back to the draughthouse for more when I'm able to get back down to Austin. I hear that Live Oak is going to expand and begin bottling their beers in the near future. That is great news, and I seriusly hope they decide to distribute to their northern neighbors some day.

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

Got this from Bgthang in a trade, thanks! I've been looking for this one for awhile.

Slightly cloudy yellow bodyw with a good sized head that dissapates quickly.

Smells great. Bannanas, clove and peppery yeasts, wheat. Definitely the best smelling-wheat beer I have encountered. Balanced aroma, excellent.

Taste follows the aroma, a great heffeweizen. Up front is the bannana and peppery yeast flavor and then the slight clove taste. Finishes with a good wheat bite and just a touch of citrus. Great heffeweizen. Mouthfeel is excellent also, just creamy enough for a heffe.

Exremely drinkable, my first Bomber dissappeared way to quickly. The best heffeweizen I have tried yet.

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

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

Cheers to tprokop7 for this most excellent treat!

Photo of Phoenix2443
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time fav's and I never got to set up a review til now. Pours a nice yellow straw color, cloudy the way a Hefe should be. Aroma is a nice Banana and citrus, some say hints of cloves but I usually don't pick much of that up. Taste is flavorful, thirst quenching and echoes the aroma. Mouthfeel is thin but fits the style quite comfortably. Perfect for enjoying on a hot texas day!

Photo of JayAre46
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden cloud haze, active carbonation 1 finger of fluffy head that receded pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges...it's the color that stands out the most so far brilliant unfiltered awesomeness. This beer can be brought to optimal life with a good swirl. Doesn't have much lacing

A - helpful earthy spices, light floral notes and yes of course the amazing banana notes, it's smells amazing but is very subtle in a appropriate way that doesn't try to overpower to create a false and unnatural presence.

T - light touches of the similar earthy spices, hints of honey and vanilla then moving into a big wheat presence in the middle with a solid yeasty taste and then the banana bread is what I'm getting, a bit more sweet then expected but very refreshing. Ridiculously smooth

M - absolute epitome of creamy, full bodied and a smoothness that a lot of other hefs attempt. The carbonation is low and not prickly
on the palate. Very easy to put these away.

O - amazing hefe and always a must when the opportunity presents itself. From the appearance to the mouthfeel and in between this beer is simply awesome and should be consumed by all.

Photo of rhinos00
4.68/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this growler with me. Multiple pours into a Great Lakes pilsner glass.

A- Pours a pale, straw yellow color. Very cloudy. Produced three fingers width of white, frothy head. Reduced to a ring throughout consumption. Some lacing as consumed with decent head retention.

S- Simple, but all the traditional components were not only there. but well done. Mixture of fresh, spicy cloves, wheat, and yeast. Really hard to point out much else.

T- Holy hell! Much more complex than the aroma led off to believe. A mix of what seemed like weizen and German wheat yeast. Fresh, spicy cloves upfront with a slightly sweet, sour tang in the background. This tang flavor is present throughout, from beginning to end, making this quite a unique hefeweizen. Midway through a wheat profile develops leading the way to bubble gum finish. Tremendous flavors for such a simple beer.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not much to add here other than that it could be improved ever so slightly.

D- There was something in this beer that just hit the glands in the back of the throat and almost forced me to take an even bigger gulp each time. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever come across. Now this should be the definition of a session beer.

Overall, the most flavorful session beer I have had to date. What really set this beer apart from most other great hefeweizens I have had is the subtle, sweet/sour tang in the background...most likely from their house German wheat yeast. So flavorful, yet so simple. I'm really craving another growler of this one.

Photo of Ranch-Hand
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of brandoneast
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in Houston for Monday's Flying Saucer pint night.

Simply stated, this is a beer I dream about. The pour from bar was served with intentionally no head and presented a cloudy lemonade yellow. The nose I can't get out of my head - bubblegum, banana, clove, and lightly shaved lemon zest. The amazing aroma softened the paralleled aroma but added a meddling candi taste which lends an exceptional drinkability and had a nice feel. Chip has not only created a benchmark HefeWeizen but BA's #14 beer on Earth and #10 American Beer!

Photo of knight84
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV for trading me this growler!

Poured into a conic pint glass, pours a golden peach color, hazy with some particles in suspension. Fluffy yet sticky eggshell white head that leaves moderate lacing on the glass. The nose is sweet with bananas, bubble gum, honey, and lots of wheat and yeast giving a bready character. There is a nice bouquet of herbal scents with cloves and nutmeg, a hint of ginger as well.

The taste is lots of banana with some cloves, wheat, yeast, and vanilla. Finishes with a nice hop tang.

Mouthfeel is good, moderate carbonation but a little syrupy as well. Very nice and refreshing. Overall a very drinkable beer. Makes me wish that I could drink it all summer. Definitely the best American HefeWeizen I've had yet.

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

got a pint on draft at the local gingerman.

A: this beer is a murky yellow white. nice one finger head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

S: Always an amazing smell. smells like someone already put a lemon in there. can smell grains

T: definitely got a citrus, lemony kinda thing going on here. This is an especially good hefewiezen, in my opinion. grains, perfect amount of hops to bring balance

M: perfect mouthfeel. medium to full body. fully carbonated.

D: could drink these all night until i pass out.

This beer rocks.

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 stakem
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
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 roadhouse
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this from a growler into a weizen glass. Thanks very much to screach for the trade and especially for getting it here so quick.

Appears a cloudy golden color with a one inch white head that is slowly rising above the rim. Ends up leaving some very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma is the perfect balance of clove and banana. At first the banana seems to dominate but with a deeper inhale the clove is right there with it and they blend together wonderfully. There are also some less noticeable bubble gum and apple esters. All that plus the wheat malt makes this one the tops.

Similar to the aroma there is an initial banana ester character but it quickly blends with the tangy breadiness of the wheat malt and then the clove flavor comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as light as many Hefeweizens. It has a nice creamy consistency to it as well. Extremely drinkable and gets even better as it warms up a little bit. I had no problem finishing the growler in one sitting.

This one was very enjoyable for sure. Almost reminds me of a homebrew that I made but this one is better. This one is actually not overrated.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A softish pour produces an almost one finger thick, pale, tan tinged head that sits on top of a deeply hazy, straw colored beer. When held up directly to the light it picks up some orange tints, but is still completely opaque. The aroma is quite hearty, lots of yeast notes from, surprise - surprise, actual yeast as well as ample clove notes, a hint of banana and lots of wheat / grain aromas. This last supplies some wheat-tartness, aromas of crushed saltine crackers and a rich, chewy, crushed grain aroma. The tartness accentuates a touch of fruitiness reminiscent of something like a cross between a pear and tropical fruit. This is just very hearty smelling for a HefeWeizen & quite enjoyable, the depth of the grain character is quite nice.

Not as thick as I was expecting based on the rich aromas, instead it has a nice light texture & heft to it like a good HefeWeizen should. I was half expecting / dreading that this was going to be overly under-attenuated, I am quite happy it is not. Perceived sweet notes linger on the palate with a mix of clove and banana notes. Soft and creamy, yet with a prickly carbonation, this beer has a certain viscousness to it that coats the palate, but does not keep this from being light and quaffable. Lightly tart, which accentuates a very soft fruitiness, but mostly plays up the chewy wheat flavors. This has lots of grain character to it; chewy, slightly dried-grass like, a bit of hay, a full wheat grain flavor and a crushed cracker note. The finish has a mix of clove flavors, light hop bitterness and a slight, herbal hop flavor.

As the beer warms a bit the banana flavors become a bit more accented & this accentuates an up front, grain sweetness. This is eminently quaffable; there is just enough sweetness to accentuate some soft fruit, clove and grain character. Really it is the fresh grain character that makes this beer so tasty; I can't remember having a HefeWeizen that tasted fresher and the vibrant grain character is what is driving this vibrancy. This only gets tastier and more well balanced as it warms up. I am towards the end of my 22oz serving and am finding myself wishing for more; the banana is definitely much more noticeable than the clove that was more noticed at the cooler temps, but it is still not overly much. This is a damn tasty HefeWeizen, a style that I have forgotten how good it can actually be if done correctly; this is certainly one of the finest examples that I have had, my guess is that they use a Decoction mash; there is almost no better way to get such a vibrant grain character into a beer. Fantastic!

Photo of popery
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious. This is one of those bittersweet trades - very happy for the taste but I'll want more soon (thanks SatansLH via reddit). Live Oak's Hefeweizen is definitely my new favorite American hefeweizen and possibly my favorite overall (sorry, Weihenstephan).

Pours a color right between a banana and an orange. It's quite hazy with a big white head, just right for the style (and a relief to see coming out of a growler).

The aroma is a mouthwatering blend of bananas and clove. It's a sweet smell, chock full of yeast and wheat notes. It tends more toward the banana/bubblegum side of things than the spice, but the spice is definitely present. It smells like the batter of a spiced banana bread. There are some light lemony aromas floating around, as well. Just sublime.

The flavor is moderately sweet, a bit drier than some, though. The yeast did just the right amount of work on this beer. It's a bit lighter than other hefeweizens that I've tried, but it works for the beer. Live Oak should be commended for packing this much flavor into 4.1% abv.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lots of gentle little bubbles, even from a growler. It's incredible drinkable. One of the best session beers that I've ever tried. This is delicious beer.

Photo of kennymule
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Flying Saucer Sugarland, Tx

A – Very hazy straw color with light head that dissipated quickly.
S – Banana and bready nose.
T – Great big banana flavor on the front with a bready middle tongue with nice mild clove aftertaste.
M - Medium Body, Slight to Moderately Carbonation, my friends commented that it was fluffy, and it had a nice crisp finish.
O – Have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of hefe’s, but this one has me re-thinking the style and I appreciate and love this one for sure. I would highly recommend and I will be looking to enjoy this more often.
Serving type: Texas Pint

Photo of ghg
4.64/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Xul
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.