Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

1,174 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 1,174
Reviews: 376
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.84%
Wants: 727
Gots: 133 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Photo of Sabre311
2.8/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

I can see why people love this beer but to myself the clove and banana is just a strange taste.

Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a hefeweizen glass at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas, Texas. Reviewed from notes dated June 10, 2015.

A-The beer is very cloudy and very light in color, even for a hefe. It almost looks like a white IPA. The head on my beer is too short, about a finger, but that may be the server and not the beer. Retention is good, but not great.

S-The aroma is slightly odd with less wheat and lactic flavors that many beers of this style. There is almost a malted aroma here that I was not anticipating. The typical banana/clove profile is here and is pretty well done, but I am not getting much complexity.

T-The taste is better than the smell with more fruit and interesting flavors. I get some lemon, orange, and the banana/clove flavors you would expect. The lightly tart, lactic flavors build on my palate as the beer warms.

M-The body is nice and light with a bit more crispness than many of the style.

O-This is pretty good American hefeweizen, but I was hoping for GREAT one, and this beer just doesn't compare to German variants. On the one hand, this beer is less spicy and yeasty than I would expect, but on the other hand, it reminds me more of a spiced Belgian wit than a hefeweizen. I dunno, I may have to revisit this one.

Photo of HipCzech
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Hay Merchant (Houston), served in a 20 oz Weizen glass. Hazy, cloudy yellow with a good head of white foam. Citrus, wheat and slight yeast spice on the nose. Well balanced flavor: typical clove and banana are present but only just enough, citrus, bread, spicy yeast and hop bitterness all mingle well. Lively carbonation with a light to medium body. Very drinkable, well balanced; a good representation of the style.

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

Big thanks to Jrh66182 for sending a 32oz growler my way so i can finally try this brew! enjoyed from a block 15 hefe glass. growler filled 4 days ago.

a - brew pours a cloudy but transparent straw yellow. nice frothy hefe head that didn't hang too long but left a thick skin of bubbles on the surface. spotty lace adorned the glass as i sipped.

s - nose is big time bananas and clove. fluffy, vanilla like, candy...sweet but not too sweet. just right sweet.

t/m/o - wow, this exceeded my expectations. i am not wild about hefes but can dig a good one every now and then when i'm in the mood, but this beer i can drink all of the time. what i don't love about the style is that it tends to be too sweet for me after a half a glass, but the balance of sweetness and flavors is really nice. like banana bread in a glass. top hefe for sure. really enjoyed this beer!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.34/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy. Medium white head. Golden body.

Smell - Spicy. Wow. Super phenolic. Clove. Spice. Intense. Some pale malts.

Taste - Wheat. Doughy malts. Spice builds quickly. Intense phenolic spice. More clove than banana.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Well made, but really spicy.

Photo of ruskatherine
3.05/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.75

Sadly disappointed... Excellent foam and cloud, everything else was awful.

Too pungent of a citrus taste.

Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/28...on tap at Green Mesquite in Round Rock, TX. Pours hazy yellow with active fizzy foam and bubbles. Big banana nose, very sweet. Full on wheat taste with a touch of sour. Full fledged carbonation. Really tasty. Solid.

Photo of daking1717
3.2/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice lingering aroma of hefe spice

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the beer Hefes out there. Lots of wheat, clove and banana, rather sweet, nicely balanced.

Photo of Lundste
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth hefeweizen with a hint of banana and lemon.

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

A wonderful representation of the style. Very robust a full-flavored. Would love if this was available to me on a regular basis. Great beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. pour on draft at Craft Pride in Austin, TX; unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into a modified British pint glass; drank over 15 minutes

Photo of Johnlikeshefe
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class! A great Hefe in the Bavarian tradition. My only critique of this beer is it is not available in most locations outside of Texas and it is not bottled and exported. When I visit Austin I drink nothing else...yeah, it's that good.

Photo of Brown8
5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect Hefeweizen. So fresh and tasty. High carbonation. Would dominate the beer world if it were distributed.

Photo of mrhef
5/5  rDev +14.4%

My go-to beer whenever I'm out in Austin.

Photo of hoot3000
5/5  rDev +14.4%

amazing, clove laced hefe

Photo of Aetherbulb
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Great hefe! One of my favs! Has a good orange taste

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

famous for a reason, this is perhaps the best hefeweizen made on american soil, and if it isnt, i want to taste whats better. its so light and flavorful, truly an all day drinker, and quite authentic too. its super light in color, almost watery looking yellow, and with a smaller head than the german ones that froth all down the edges of the glass, but by no means flat. the nose is so much more than banana clove, although thats definitely going on here. the wheat malt is aromatic and flavorful for its real pale cloudy color, and the fruit of the yeast goes well beyond banana to pear and light green apple, even green grape. the spice aspect is lesser, more of a general allspice thing rather than clove, which works well for me, it keeps it light. carbonation is ample, and the finish is clean for how fruity the yeast is. i could drink ten or more of these and like each one just as much. maybe just a bit light in body for me, could use a touch more meat, but its hard to think about changing anything here. who says old world styles dont rank anymore? this is killer!

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Twiggamortis420 for the chance to try this. Split the growler with 64oz growler.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy bright-white head. Drops to a small creamy collar with a vague notion of a cap. Slight hint of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Ripe banana and a soft clove spice. Nice push of wheat over the top with a light bready malt. Some bubblegum. Pale malt sweetness. Fresh bubblegum on the back of the sip as it warms. A touch of mint and some woody elements. Some bread crust with touch of Belgian yeast. Mild fruity esters, some pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. A touch of lime and lemon. Some zest. Fruity with a ton of wheat. Definitely American.

Taste: Banana, clove, and a ton of bubblegum. Wheat adds a bit of a tart edge. Slightly lactic with lemon and lime. Slightly bready with some solid pale malt sweetness. Fresh pear and apple. Loads of pineapple. Some mild earthy elements coupled with a touch of wood. Slight tart edge mixed with a clean light malt profile. Super clean and hits where it should for the American style.

Mouthfeel: Medium almost light body with a moderate carbonation. Super clean. Hits the spot.

Overall: America, we do things right.

This is a solid version of the American take on the style. Slightly tart and wheaty. This is worth drinking again and again.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/27/14

Big cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this - this has lingered for quite some time on my wants

A: Lightly cloudy, a lovely orange-gold color - pours with a medium-sized white head, leaves some lacing but not much - forgivable considering this is a growler pour

S: Seriously charming with a decidedly lovely amount of yeast - some really nice fruity esters - nice amount of banana, clove, and light fruits - some nice pale and wheat malts - ripe and flowery - some sweetness and bubblegum, but not too much, nicely balanced

T: Incredibly balanced with stupid level of drinkability - a lovely combination of big hefeweizen yeast and malts - ripe banana, banana peel, fruity but also dry - pale malts, pale grains, with a big amount of wheat - extremely balanced with some nice dryness

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes with a nice level of carbonation

O: Worth the wait

This beer has quite the reputation, and I think it actually lived up to it. It has a ton of flavors that scream "Hefeweizen," which are really charming, and it's also unexpectedly drinkable. Finishing this growler will not be a challenge.

Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

This beer is one of the best hefeweizen's out there. And it's right up the road in Austin! A real mouthfull of thick sweetness, but not too malty. A great summer beer on a hot day in Texas. It's too bad they don't put this in bottles or I would drink a lot more of it.

Photo of zander4dawin
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%

Hazy golden beer. Light ripe banana notes and bubblegum with heavy clove and spicy tastes. Refreshing mouthfeel and easy drinking brew.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow under a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim slowly and leaves spotty lace.

N: Pungent banana esters, wheat grains, yeast, clove, fruity, mild earth.

T: Follows nose with mild citrus overtones.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Creamy, fruity and wheaty finish.

O: Solid and well balanced. Would definitely have again.

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

I have had this delicious brew many times around town and take for granted that we have a world class hefeweizen here in Austin. The beer poured an opaque golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head. The aroma was of bananas, cloves and a fruity spice that hit the perfect hefe tones. The taste was classic Hefe with bold bubblegum, banana, clove and spices that floated on a thick and creamy body with zero bitterness. The Live Oak Hefe is so thick, creamy and smooth its like drinking a beer milkshake. The note perfect hefeweizen flavors were bold and dominate while maintaining a very refreshing and drinkable brew. I can easily drink pint after pint of this on a hot day in Texas. It easily stands up to and exceeds its German counterparts and I would take it over just about any classic German Hefe.

Photo of MarcWP
4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler driven across three states, in my glass within 48 hrs.

Pours like a wheat. Hazy, pale golden with fluffy white head that lingers quite nicely. Nice carbonation out of the growler.

Aroma is clove, banana, doughy yeast, tropical bubblegum, banana custard, creamy, and wheaty. One of the best smelling hef's or wheat's I've come across. No joke.

Then I taste this bitch. Damn is this creamy. One of the creamiest beers I've had and that's saying a lot given all the milk and oatmeal stouts I've had. But more on that when I get to the mouthfeel. Flavors are accentuated and potent, very much Americanized yet also traditional. Big banana, clove, banana/tropical bubblegum, cream of wheat, papaya, and a touch of nutmeg. I've had hef's that display that bubblegum like character but this takes it to a whole other level.

Mouthfeel is where this shines even more. Super creamy, do I detect oats? Will have to read up and see. Heavier side of light body, slightly above medium carbonation, and clean fruity, spicy finish. But did I mention it's creamy? Wow, floats on the tongue.

I have to give a big thanks to Isaac, I guy I'd never met before, who brought this down as an extra as part of a big trade. This lives up to the hype and in my case exceeds it. This has sparked a new passion in my beer life. Sad that this is not available locally. A masterfully brewed hefeweizen. A beer not to be missed if in Texas.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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