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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 387
Hads: 1,293
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 17.62%
Wants: 775
Gots: 174 | FT: 6
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Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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 sukwonee
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Daniel for bottling this from Texas and sending it to me as an extra! So much appreciated and I think most aspects of this beer made their way into the bottle! Big Thanks!

A: Very very pretty looking haha. Hazy yellow. two finger head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Clove, yeast, banana, sugar? some sweetness can be detected on the nose.

T: It starts of like your typical German Hef - clove, banana, yeasty, and then finishes off very sweet and maybe... orang-y & lemon-y. Has longer after taste... and it's a bit sugary.

M: Smooth, low carbonation. Medium thickness.

O: Best hef from America. I still prefer Weihenstephaner but this one is quite awesome.

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Photo of JimLeff
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way above average American weizen. If you're into banana/cloves, this one pours it on.

My quibble is it leaves a sour, sticky aftertaste. Germans finish way cleaner. This interferes with the more-ishness...

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a slightly hazy golden coor with a nice white head. the smell is yeasty with a nice balance of banana cloves and yeast. the taste follows through with the same balance between the bana and cloves form the yeast and the wheat. the mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with good carbonation. overall this is the best hefewiezen i have had.

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Photo of birchstick
3.99/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jckp64 for the growler share!

A - pours a straw yellow without too much of a head (maybe a little flat)

S - nose is lots of lemons and wheat malt; banana and clove are also in the mix. However, the biggest scent in the aroma is bubble gum.

T - starts off with some soft malts that fade to a really nice bubblegum flavor. Mixed in are some lemon flavors. A spicy clove finish wraps up the flavor profile on this.

M - soft, creamy, and full - nice body!

D - really nice American Hefe. I still think the Germans own this style, but this is the best American take on it that I have tried.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend who lives in Austin, thanks man! 22 ounce Fischer swing top bottle into weizen glass, growler fill date of 2/12/2012. Pours super hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a fair amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge lemon, orange, clove, banana, bready wheat, light pepper, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, grainy tart wheat, clove, light pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, light clove, wheat, and light spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Good amount of sweetness with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol presence at all as expected for the style. Very smooth to drink. Overall this is an excellent Hefeweizen with a lot of flavor and nice complexity. I probably got it at lower carbonation than normal due to the packaging option in the trade; but I really enjoyed this offering and would have it again.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a winner. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big banana aroma, rounded out with some cloves. Full flavored, with the yeast working overtime giving it a citrusy punch. It’s lemony with lingering banana and clove flavor and a long finish. I can see why this is such a popular brew.

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Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 64 oz growler into Saint Arnold pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy straw color with 2 inches of creamy white head. Tons of lacing.

S- Wheat, a little banana and clove but they are well balanced and not overpowering.

T- Light banana and clove flavor that follows the smell. This is the best American-made hefeweizen I've had by far. Every flavor that should be there is there.

M- Nice creamy mouthfeel that really fits the style.

O- Flat out one of the best hefeweizens I've ever had. I would think this brewery was located in Munich before I'd assume it was located in Austin. Well done Live Oak!

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler as part of a trade...thanks Lady of Much Beer! Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter...Brooklyn meet Austin!

A) Nice cloudy lemon and orange...head quickly dissipates.

S) Bananna and cloves.

T) I fell in love with this style last summer, the combination of the clove, banana and bubble gum is pedominant as it should be. There is a nice bitterness at the end which quickly goes away.

M) Probably a little less carbonated given the travel this guy had to take.

O) I can see the popularity....need to get to Austin!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler (Thanks Josh): Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color weizen with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bubblegum notes with some what notes and some light cloves makes this a very interesting drink. Taste is also a good mix between some bubblegum notes with some light cloves and light banana ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though I usually prefer my weizen with more banana ester but glad to had a chance to try this beer.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler in SA Perfect Pint glass. Long-time want, and huge thanks to raffy313 for filling it with the unsolicited Christmas present!

Appearance: Body is cloudy golden white in color. Head is fluffy white but not terribly long lasting, and the lacing is minimal. From the appearance I'd think this to be a wit instead of a here, but it's a nice color.

Smell: Quite a bit going on in the nose. Banana and clove as expected from a hefeweizen are there, but there's also a powerful sweet (candy?) smell, and some wheat.

Taste: Basically tastes like it smells, with the addition of some nice vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, adequately carbed, and no alcohol taste at all.

Drinkability: All night long. This would be a go-to tap in the summer if it were local.

Overall: I've been wanting to try this guy for a while and I'm glad I had the chance. It's an excellent hefe, and an excellent beer in general. I don't think it's quite on par with the best German hefeweizens, but it's definitely as good as any American version that I've ever had.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into Hair of the Dog tulip reviewed on 10/21/11.

A: Pours a pale hazy straw with white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Pale malt and wheat with yeast, banana and clove notes. Aroma is pretty typical to a Bavarian hefeweizen.

T: Very light with wheat, pale malt and similar banana and clove esters as the aroma but not as strong.

M: Thin light body with lots of carbonation and dry finish.

O: One of the best Bavarian style hefeweizens that I have had from the US but still not as good as many of the true ones from Germany.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Quite delicate. Crisp with some banana and clove. Lots of wheat with some slightly tart citrus.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Banana and some clove. There aren't really any bubble gum notes here. There is still a lemony note from the wheat, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Super easy to drink, it would be a superb summer beer.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery during their tour.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head that sticks to the sides.
S - Subtle hints of bananna, bubble-gum, some cloves. A touch of bready yeastyness as well.
T - Delicious. Bananna and clove, just like the nose, with a fruity/citrus splash on the finish.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, smooth crisp finish.
O - Top notch. Third time I've had this brew and it never disappoints. Tasty, drinkable and refreshing. I wish this was available in Atlanta...

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received today tjkinate. Thanks!

Pours a murky yellow with a thin white head.

Good lemon and bubblegum aroma with banana and faint hints of clove.

First taste is heavy in lemon with some bubblegum. Lots of good banana flavor throughout similar to the nose. Finishes crisp with light noble hop bitterness. Just a touch of clove.

Thin mouthfeel and good carbonation level. About right for the style.

Finally get to try this highly rated beer and it doesn't disappoint. Subtle flavors are spot on. Banana and lemon are highly present and clove is low, just how I like my hefes. Oustandingly smooth. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first impression of this beer is that it's delicate. It looks soft and impressionable. Somewhat murky golden, bright. Soft pillow of semi-sticky white head. Nice lacing. Great looking

Aroma is a tad subdued. Banana is dominant, but not 'in yo face'. Clove and sticky toast. White pepper here and there. While this beer does not cast its aroma across the room, it is intoxicating while close.

The flavors here are very nice and controlled. The banana is still dominant, but not by much. It's like an un-opened banana, lacks some sweetness. Yet it's not "green" if that makes sense. The white pepper and clove dance around. Biscuit is always there, soft and lying unattended.

What makes the flavors pop is the carbonation. Quite a nice feel to it. A dash of hops invites the bubbles to do their thing. Quenching and addictive.

Very nice hefe

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to johnsaulrubio for sending this growler my way.

A - Pours a pale, hazy yellow with a one and a half finger off-white head that fades slowly. There is on lacing at all.

S - Strong lemon hits me first, followed by some wheat.

T - Lemon and wheat are first, followed by some mild spice, and finishes with a slight banana taste.

D - Tons of carbonation with a light body.

O - A nice citrus, well balanced Hef.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Old notes, thanks to Matt (starrdogg) for this beautiful beer.

Pours very hazy yet bubbly with a dry orange straw color with a fizzy head that dies to a ring. Great look.

S: Awesome smell, this is the best part easily. I appreciate the round and balanced aroma here, it's just a nice tight package of smells that hit all the stuff you'd expect very well-whest, hefe yeast, ripe fruit and banana, clove, and more. Also has some undertones of other great savory sweet and almost BBQ-esque stuff. Interesting and appetizing.

T: Nice taste, but certainly falls short of the aroma for me. Pleasant lemon zest, a little clove, banana, wheat, licorice, and other kitchen spices and of course Germanic yeast/malt.

M: Very smooth, but seems pretty thin in terms of the body of the beer. I know its 5.2%, but I've had true German hefe that have had tons of body and less ABV.

Overall super drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of MartinVanBrewin
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In my quest for a better beer in the Hefeweizen category, I had stumbled upon this delectable brew one day on BA.com. Seeing the outstanding reviews, I knew I had to try it come my trip to ACL music festival. I shared a pitcher of it, which was a whopping $16! "Better be worth it, or you're paying for it." my friend said.

The following characteristics soon would shut him up:
Appearance: Dull, cloudy orange. I called it "yeasty heaven". About a 3 inch, cotton-white head which lasted for about 30 minutes in the pitcher and 5 minutes in my glass. Excellent lacing ensued.

Aroma: There was a low and dull aroma of wheat coupled with a sweet smell, not associated with malt.

Taste: A sweet, estery taste with lingering yeast taste. Coupled with an orange slice, it gives the beer a small tinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Light and frothy in the mouth. Almost no cabonation to speak of. My friend described the beer as "dangerously smooth".

Overall, this ended up taking top rank in the Hefe category for myself. This beer is easily one of the best period in my book.

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Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to tick this beer for over four years since I joined this site. I have always been apathetic in trying to acquire one, figuring I would be able to try it one day. Well, a work trip to Dallas turned out to be that time. Went to the Dallas Flying Saucer, and among the 130 taps that day was Live Oak Hefe. Here I go...

A: Orange juice. Pours a very bright and immensely cloudy yellow with a touch of orange coloring. A nice, vibrant white head sits atop the beer, and hangs around for a few sips. What I would expect from a hefeweizen.

S: This is definitely an American Hefeweizen, as it is not dominated by sweet banana and/or clove. It is very light with a nice grainy yeast element. Some light fruits and bread as wel.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and drinkable, great usage of the wheat, with some slight banana, orange, and pine hope bitterness.

Overall, one of the best American Hefes I have had. It comes close to East End Monkey Boy, but falls just short I think. A job well done on this.

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Photo of crossovert
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of ftsgibson. Thanks! Even shipped it in a fancy styrofoam pack to keep it optimal, was still cold when I received it.

Cap opens with a nice pop.

It pours into my Erdinger glass a nice hazy gold with a great fluffy white head that sticks for awhile. Glad to see it is still nicely carbonated, it was filled and sealed well.

The smell is mostly banana with some sweet smelling wheat malt.

The flavor is lighter and more subtle than most American hefeweizens, and I like that. It has again a thick wheat character. The banana returns in the flavor along with a nice dash of clove. Lemon in the finish as you go.

The mouthfeel is the only thing I think could be improved here and it very well may just be that I am having it from a growler.

The wheat in this one give is a unique flavor but it is proabbly the best American Hefeweizen out there and better than a lot of the neutered imported German Weissbiers. However, this doesn't stack up to a fresh weissbier on tap in Bavaria, about as good as a US brewery is gonna get it without importing the exact brewing equipment, hops, malt, and yeast.

only ones better for me:
1 Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
2 Mahrs Bräu Saphir Weiss
3 Schneider Georg Schneiders Wiesen Edel-Weisse
4 Schneider Weisse Original
5 Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb
6 Erdinger Festweiße
7 Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)

That is good company

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer/Houston

From Notes:
An opaque banana yellow with a nice head. A sweet, tart aroma which follows through to the taste. Very fruity, cirtusy, and yeasty. Crisp and easy to drink, with slight carbonation.

A very good example of a hefeweizen. We got a keg for a party and it definitely went over well with everyone.

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.61/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a hand-bottle shared by ottovon into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Dark sunset wheat in color, and topped with a creamy white head that fizzles away pretty quickly. Very cloudy, with thick streaks of horizontal lace.

In the nose: subtle and sweet bananas, tons of clove, fruity wheat. A smooth, soft aroma.

Effortlessly fruity. Lots going on here: banana, clove, wheat bread, honey, toffee, maybe even some apple. Smooth vanilla emerges at the swallow before a clean, drying finish. Just packed with flavors blended creamily into a delicious whole.

Moderate peppery carbonation amidst a medium body. Crisp finish occurs without a hint of alcohol.

Having searched far and wide for a worthy American hef, I can rightly say this one is far and away the best example of the style in this country. It might even hold its own against the best German versions.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8/13/2011

Growler shared by Matt. Thanks!

A: Hazy straw color with a mountainous white head. Lacing is scattered.

S: Tons of clove, an overwhelming  amount. Faint banana and wheat. The clove is too powerful, making this sort of one note.

T: Even more clove than in the aroma, sort of dominating. Light banana. Some wheat. Too much clove.

M: Light body with high carbonation. 

Overall: Not as good as remembered. The clove is overwhelming. I liked this a lot more when I had it in 2008.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to atxdelivery for this growler. This beer might have been my very first major want when I joined BA. Poured into a Paulaner Weisbier glass, but I think I'll go for a big mug for my next glass.

Appearance
The beer is a cloudy, lemon yellow. The beer's body looks a little bit strange. It's not as fully clouded as many bottled hefeweizens I've had, and the color is a touch lighter. The head is nice, but ultimately well controlled. Its pure white and faded down to next to nothing after a couple sips. A few rings of lace get washed away.

Aroma
Quite bready, especially at first. Tons of bubblegum pushes through. Spicy clove bursts forth with some swirling. Very little hops but what is there lends a little bit of grassiness. Banana is keyed back, which is a little disappointing to me, but the bubblegum and clove and both very strong and nice.

Taste
There must be a TON of wheat in this one. So much so that it is providing some of that tart edge that some wheat beers can have. It has a dry, spicy, clove flavor with a little bit of bubblegun sweetness on the back end. A flash of grassy and lemony hops and faded banana notes are there as well. Banana waits until the end to halfway peek out.

Mouthfeel
Nice and dry and light bodied. A clean finish lingers with an ever so delicate clove spiciness. Carbonation is effervescent and really goes well with the dryness.

Overall
This is a very good beer; its crazy easy to drink. But is it one of the best Hefeweizens? Naw, I don't think so. I'll still quaff the hell out of this growler though.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.