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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 386
Hads: 1,291
Avg: 4.37
pDev: 9.61%
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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 AlexFields
4.66/5  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

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Photo of Johnnyramirez
4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got in a growler thanks to Tofuspeedstar. Been wanting to try this for a while.

A-completely unfiltered. Opaque. Amber with a 2 finger fluffy white head. I've had other unfiltered hefe's but this one looked best from all I've tried. Lots of carbonation which was expected.

S-bananas, cloves, some pepper, citrus notes. Some wheat bread notes. Yeast tartness.

T-just like the smell. But better. More citrus than the smell, tad bit less banana. Nice clove and wheat flavor. Tart yeast balances it all out. Completely refreshing. Perfect beer

M-this is the only time I wish it was 90 degrees outside. The mouthfeel is perfect. So light and refreshing. Perfect carbonation. This in the middle of summer would be perfect.

O-my wallet is thankful this isn't available to me. I'd buy it year round. I drank a 32 oz growler way too quick. Sessionable as hell and just perfect. This may be the best beer to come out of Texas.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a Newport Storm pint. Thanks channels321!

Appearance- Pretty typical unfiltered heffe. Cloudy yellow with thin white head.

Smell- Spicey. Coriander, banana, lemon, wheat bread, grassy floralness. Again fairly typical of the style.

Taste- Lemon, yeasty bread, funky earthyness, green apples. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Smooth, crisp, clean. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Overall- This is a damn fine Heffe. Not a fan of the style normally, but this sets the standards for now on.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DanzBorin was generous enough to send this bad boy up to me! Thanks man!!

Poured out as a beautiful hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention is very good with a minimal lacing. The smell of the beer is very fresh very inviting with some soft banana aromas. The taste is soft also, excellent flavors of wheat and banana, the clove is hidden which is interesting. The mouthfeel is very smooth also, almost creamy. Overall this was a killer beer. Really easy and refreshing. Very glad I got to try it.

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I only got to sample 5oz of this stuff as it came as part of a flight of 5 Texas beers for $10. On tap at the Flyinhg Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston, Texas.

The beer poured a hazy gold color typical for a hefe. Despite the small sample, the beer made a 2-finger fluffdy white head with good retention but little lacing.

The beer smelled like bubble gum.

Nice banana/clove flavor but with some other citrusy flavors as well - orange and lemon. Both sweet and tangy with light wheat malt and yeasy flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high prickly carbonation.

This is a very good hefe. If I see it again, I'll be sure to order a full glass.

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Photo of AAG
3.52/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this HefeWeizen in downtown Austin....straight from the tap into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful; opaque; yellow/white fluffy look; limited head off the pour but nice, white, lacy clouds on the edge of the glass throughout. A gorgeous looking beer....

S - Banana, citrus, wheat, pleasurable smell.

T - Just like it smells; banana, wheat, oak, citrus. A very nice taste...

M - Slightly carbonated but still very smooth on the palate; a little bit of a bite that fades quickly.

Overall - Really enjoyed this beer; a nice, smooth hefe; would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from brewer via my friend Dave. Hazy, pale yellow with a good head and okay retention.

Smells great. Tastes great too. Very good balance of banana and clove flavors along with malt. Not too sweet at all which is a big plus.

Very solid Hefeweizen. Used to drink the hell out of them back in the day so it was nice to take me back down memory lane.
Seek it out!

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

Big thanks to Crusian for this Texas treat, finally get to enjoy it, and with a homebrew partner too. From notes.

Beautiful look, like, take a picture, dark straw in color, rocky 3 finger white foam head, and stupid pillows of lace.

Smell is sweet bready wheat and delicious tart yeast, a hint of lemon, spice, a bit of banana too, Like perfume, man, really tasty here for real.

Man, the taste is somewhat different than the aroma hints. It is less spicy but holds hints of cloves, less banana but it is in there, the grain takes on a dimension of delcious, combined with the tart of the yeast, that is just so yummy I can't exaggerate. Most complex of style? No. Most full flavored of style? No. Could I drink this in preference to all I've tried? Yes, I wish I had a place to get this, it would be in the fridge always.

Mouthfeel is the shining star here, for refreshing, at the end of day, is what this style is about, and this is as refreshing a hefe as I've had. I have a feeling it lost a bit of carb on the road to me, but other wise this is perfect, the archetype, for clean flavors in a perfect viscosity and balance.

It would be nice to think I may yet try a better one than this. "Til then hope to taste this one again. Highest recommend. YOu lucky Tex. folk who can get this regularly. What a great beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in Austin, TX

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of small white yeast particles and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that had great retention properties and slowly reduced to a small half finger tall cap in the center of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with banana, clove, and some lighter amounts of lemon citrus.

T: Moderate flavors of wheat with some lighter amounts of banana, clove, orange peel, and lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and refreshing, quite a thirst quencher. I really enjoyed this beer and it could definitely be a session beer for me as I would have no problem putting down several of these. Also, a great hot weather beer.

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

Huge thanks to Lee for sending this my way!

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow color with a one finger white head on top, nice retention with minimal lacing.

S: Lots of wheat, banana, and cloves in the aroma. Lots of spice on the back end, Belgian spices, a little bit of bubble gum.

T: Lots more banana mixed with bread and wheat. Plenty of yeast which comes through as some cloves, nutmeg, and faint pepper. A bit of bubblegum comes through at the end.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Extremely smooth and easy drinking.

O: One of the best hefeweizens I have had. Great flavor profile and easy drinking. If only it was easier to get outside of Texas!

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Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler served in a Hacker-Pschorr weiss glass. Huge, huge, huge thanks to cfh64 for the growler and hitting a long time top want. Thanks Brad!!

A: Pours a perfect hazy golden color with a little amber mixed into the body. A thick and fluffy pure white head forms on the pour and it recedes slowly to a thin film. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Great hefe smells. Cracked wheat, some banana with clove and other great phenolic yeast sweetness. There is a nice citrus hop profile in the background as well. As it warms a touch of bubblegum starts to come out of the nose.

T: Nice fruity yeast flavors with a little clove. Some minimal citrus hops with a nice strong wheat backbone. There is a stronger flash of bubblegum-like yeast in the taste than the nose. The flavors mesh incredibly well and it just tastes great.

M: Medium to light bodied with a little bit of yeasty heft to it. The carbonation is just a little low, but it didn't lose much in the growler.

O: This is a great American Hefe. I truly enjoyed this and the subtle hops gave this hefe another layer that made it very enjoyable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for opening this long-time want with me, DarthKostrizer!

Slightly hazed golden and yellow with a moderately-sized, big-bubbled off-white head. This isn't as cloudy as some other hefeweizens I've had, but all in all, this is quite pretty and appropriate.

Balanced, expressive aroma of wheat, some juicy citrus flesh, clove, banana, and orange rind. Well balanced and appropriate.

The flavor is very nice as well and incredibly drinkable. Good amounts of wheat, sweet (citrus), low to moderate bitterness, banana, and some clove come together nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Perhaps the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've ever had.

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

Thanks to Cory for popping open the growler, glad I was able to get an ample pour of this. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a really nice golden straw color, slight hazy, nice amount of bubbles zipping around the beer. A light fluffy white head, about a finger high, looser soapy bubbles, fine retention, good lacing. The aroma is really well balanced, good showing of wheat, clove, banana, mild citrus with good sweetness. The flavors are a bit heavier on the wheat and malts, good banana, light citrus, hints of clove. This was wonderfully refreshing and extremely easy to drink, but very full flavored, nothing watery here folks. The body is spot on, light, crisp, great carbonation, very good finish, not too prickly as it goes down.

Verdict: I'm sold! Definitely one of the better American made Hefeweizens, can easily compete with the better German Hefeweizens as well. Refreshing, flavorful, light and effervescent, what else can you ask for in a Hefe?

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Photo of fiver29
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Dallas. Poured straw colored hazy and with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma was your typical wheat and banana for the style. I didn't get any clove. Tingly mouthfeel from the high carbonation. The flavor of this beer was outstanding. A smooth and refreshing banana wheat taste that finishes dry. Easiest drinking beer for the style I've ever had.

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

Pours a light pale straw color with plenty of cloudiness and a fluffy white head.

Aromas begin with the traditional banana and clove esters, but not all that intense compared to the authentic German examples. The sourish wheat comes through nicely, as does a hint of citrus.

The tastes begin with the traditional yeasty esters but once again are not as dominant as you normally get in hefeweizens, which I extremely enjoy. The banana and clove are certainly there, but not they don't steal the show. Orange peel and light wheat sourness round things out, with maybe just a bit of lemon.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Finish is lightly estery and bitter. Probably more hops used than your tradtional styles is the reason for that.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so popular, especially for people down in Texas. Quite easy to drink, light, and refreshing. It is almsot a mix of a Hefeweizen and a Wheat Pale ale which improves the drinkability.

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

Big thanks to JLindros for sharing this beer. Poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy golden hue with a thin sudsy head that faded at typical rate to leave a nice halo.

S - A wonderful hefe aroma explodes upon opening. Tons of banana and clove along with some light orange/tangerine notes.

T - Again, wonderfully done with sweet, ripe banana , bright cloves and Corrianne, nice typical hefe spice profile.

M - Nice lightly creamy, slightly dry finish. Excellent.

O - Overall, this was a delicious hefe. Not sure how easy it is to get these growlers, but I'd love to get some more.

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

Thanks to dcloeren for this interesting beer. I'm not usually a big Hefe fan these days, but if I find a really good one I can really enjoy it.

Nice creamy head fades at med pace light lacing very hazy carrot orange color.

Nose typical well done hefe, banana, citrus, tangerine, blood orange, clove, coriander, light creaminess and effervescent.

Taste very nice, again typical but well done. Spices coriander, clove, light esters, banana, tangerine, light clementine and citrus, juicy, very light bitterness. Finish is dry, clean effervescent, tasty.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, juicy, decent carb.

Overall awesome. A perfect rendition of a Hefe. All the correct flavors and aromas in good portion, effervescent, tasty, juicy, fresh, etc. This reminds me of drinking the fresh Weihenstephan Hefe at the brewery in Freising, and exactly what I meant by really enjoying a well done Hefe in the summer, despite not one of my fav styles.

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Photo of zac16125
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

growler poured into a weizen glass

A big thanks to zadavis for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a light yellow- orange color.  Hazy to the point of being almost completely opaque.  1 fingers width of snow white colored head, which dissipates fairly quickly down to a thin film and outer ring.  Leaves only small subtle patches of lacing.  

S: Really spicy on the nose; tons of clove and cinnamon, with hints of white pepper.  A bit of citrus in the form of orange flesh and rind.  This smells amazing.  

T: Lots of wheat on upfront, some peppery spice on the back end.  A decent amount of clove, touch of bitterness on the finish, a little bit of citrus.  Pretty nice complexity and depth for a style that I generally find rather blasé.

M/D: Well carbonated,on the heavier side of the spectrum, which allows the flavors to hit the whole palate (amazing that the carbonation survived a transit from TX to SC in the summer heat).  Medium bodied, with good drinkability.  

O: This isnt one of my favorite styles, but this is a well done beer.  I love the spice and cinnamon characters but would have appreciated some banana notes.  Id certainly drink this again if I were to ever see it available on tap.  Definitely recommend to those who are fans of the style.  

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Photo of Prospero
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Hay Merchant in Houston.

Nice hefeweizen appearance as it was a slightly cloudy yellow and had a pure white head with good lacing. The nose was nice and creamy and had some nice clove notes along with a small hint of banana and lemon peel. The taste pretty much was spot on, slightly bitter which I was surprised at, it could have been simply the carbonation, but great taste otherwise. Nice malt base with caramel malts mixed with the banana and clove, I agree it's better balanced than others in this category, but I actually enjoy a nice banana-y hefe. Great overall beer, light-bodied, very drinkable and very well balanced.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in downtown Dallas, one of only three places in the Big D to have it on tap. A fantastic, number 1 Hefe, hands out. Nice banana, clove, lemon zest, and malt goodness. Regardless if you are in love with the style (I'm somewhere in the middle), it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 64oz growler to Hess imperial pint glass on 5/30/12
*From notes

-- A big thanks goes out to siege06nd for saving me a good portion of this growler to take home. I really do appreciate it. Cheers, John! --

A: Cloudy and murky dirty yellow. Gorgeous stuff. A good pour yields a white 2.25 finger head. Tons of lacing and a thick, dense collar rim the glass. Some very minor white floaties swim in the glass. If I didn't know, I might mistake this for a Heady Topper.

S: Banana peel, cream, cool caramel, hints of raw vanilla batter and as it warms, I get a pronounced amount of cinnamon.

T: Very subtle. A bit acidic up front, followed by overly ripe banana and maybe a touch of yeast. Hints of cracked cloves hit next, yet it's not as in your face as some in the style. This is much more balanced. The finish is slightly fruity and quite creamy. As it lingers, it displays a slight tang.

M: Not great, but I'll credit that to the already opened growler loosing some of it's oomph on my way home. It's fairly light bodied for a wheat based ale, though it's also a tad watery, too. I'd like to see a bit more finesse, yet I enjoy how easy this is to quaff.

O: A very well done Hefe. I can't say it's better then Weihenstephaner's, which to me is tops in-style, but for an American interpretation, this is really very good. Easy on the palate, yet complex enough to hold my attention for the long haul. Well done. I can see why this is such a highly regarded brew. Thanks again, John!

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Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to atxdelivery for this growler from the great state of Texas!

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. A huge two and a half finger eggshell white head at first, slowly settles to a half finger but lingers very nicely. Lacing and retention are very good.

S. Banana, apple skin, candied sugar, white pepper, and a very faint peach-like quality. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose exactly...banana, apple, peppery notes, grape skin, and yeast. I still detect some peach flavors as well. A touch sweet, but this is really good stuff here.

M. This growler was filled a week and half ago, but I'm guessing this is exactly how it drinks on-tap. This is light-bodied, very crisp, and extremely refreshing.

O. One of the best hefeweizens I have ever had. For an American-produced hefe, it's between this and New Glarus Dancin' Man Wheat for the "Best Damn Hefe in the Land" honor. This is a very hard style with which to make an impression, but Live Oak has certainly made an impression on me with this one. Very enjoyable, I would absolutely crush this were it readily available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip pint glass at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio. Beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half of foamy thick white head. Head stuck around for a few minutes before fading, leaving some sticky blotches of lacing. Good carbonation visible, small bubbles floating up gently.

Nose is interesting, lemon peel, floral hops, fruity esters of green apple and pear, biscuit malts, and a light spice of clove and coriander. This tastes more like a Belgian witbier than a hefeweizen, but still very nice smelling.

Tastes like a nice witbier as well. Very clean flavors of lemon and coriander, biscuit malts, and floral hops. Finishes medium with some lingering lemon and biscuit malts.

Light body with great carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Slightly dinged for not have the banana characteristic I'm used to, but a very well made beer.

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Photo of Momar42
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the Flying Saucer in Rockwall, TX. Second try at Strangeways in Dallas. Thanks Matt and Eric, MUCH better beer this time.

A - Cloudy, yellowish, straw-colored. Decent head for American Hefe. Looks good.

S - Bananas are immediately present. Had the Banana bread beer, this has more bananas by alot. Mild citrus, but bananas are what this beer brings to the nose.

T - Taste mirrors the nose. You guessed it, bananas but in a good way. Above average American Hefe with a nice dose of bananas and hints of citrus. Finishes clean and delicious. Could easily drink ALOT of this...willingly.

M - Great mouthfeel for an American Hefe. Smooth, coating with a smooth, crisp finish. Lingers where it needs to but in a totally pleasant way.

O - One of the best, if not THE best American hefeweizens I have had. If you have had American Hefe, you owe it yourself to seek this offering out. I still prefer the quality German offerings over their American cousins, but if I am going to drink a hefeweizen from THIS side of the pond...I want it to be from Live Oak. Great job guys, making the home State proud.

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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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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.