Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 369
Hads: 1,200
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 727
Gots: 140 | FT: 5
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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 mountsnow1010
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1l Growler from gawnphishin...Thanks Reed!

A - Hazy yellow with a white fluffy head. No/minimal lacing. Evident carbonation.
S - Banana bread is number 1 here. Other slight fruity elements, perhaps some yeastiness. Very clean, pleasant scent.
T - Bananas, very slight hint of clove. Some graininess that I can only assume is from wheat. A bit weaker taste than smell, but it is very clean and very pleasant. Really pleasant yeasty element, with just a slight hint of citrusy hoppiness coming through.
MF - Pretty thin. A slightly creamy/oiliness but not much.
O - Very nice, pleasant beer. Great session beer (well, almost) - I easily drank a 32oz growler of this and wanted more. Super easy drinker, very pleasant beer, especially for someone who doesn't want to get wasted two nights before a race. I really appreciate the ABV of this one, I feel a lot less bad drinking it ;) (880 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.12/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours orange and yellow haze with a white foamy head.

S. Banana, clove, and wheat predominate with nice light citrusy flavors and some bubblegum flavors.

T. Banana, wheat, some slight spiciness, and some nice bubblegum. Some lemon is in there, too.

M. Fairly thin with nice level of carbonation.

D. Very drinkable, but I wish it was a bit more robust. (358 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler received in a trade with atxdelivery. Thanks a lot Josh! Poured into a heavy mug.

Appearance: Live Oak HefeWeizen pours a very hazy straw color with about a finger of egg-shell white head. Lacing and retention are pretty decent. Decent looking beer, nothing great.

Smell: Lots of overripe banana scents show up immediately. After it warms a bit of citrus comes out, as well as some fruity esters.

Taste: A bunch of citrus, overripe banana, and esters all show up pretty predominantly. Also, I get just a touch of floral character on the back end as well, which is a bit surprising for a hefe. Not at all unwelcome though, it really adds another layer onto the flavor. This is a very tasty hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer feels pretty creamy in the mouth, and is just a touch heavier bodied than I expected, actually. Excellent. And as for drinkability, I'm having a hard time keeping this beer in the glass. Seems like every time I look at my mug it's almost empty. I will easily finish off a 64oz growler by myself, and wouldn't mind some more in all honesty. (1,087 characters)

Photo of kevinv
4.64/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to gawnphishin for sending a growler of this elixir my way.

A - The beer pours a beautiful pale golden color with a creamy 2 finger white head with decent retention. This beer is haaaazzzyyy, nearly opaque. A moderate amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S - Wow. These aromas are heavenly. Deep aromas of banana with other hints of light fruitiness. Notes of wheat and grain become present as the beer warms. The smells are VERY inviting.

T - The tastes are akin to the smells. Bananas and cloves are strong up front. Very smooth and well balanced! Mild notes of vanilla seem to come through on the finish. Slight grain sweetness. This beer is undeniably one of the tastiest beers that I've ever had.

M - Light/medium smooth body with a well-balanced carbonation. Very clean feel.

D - I honestly don't see how the drinkability can get anything other than a 5. I love that the ABV in this beer is low. The beer just tastes so good, my glass is empty before I know it.

The only thing that I'd do differently next time is to drink this beer in the warmer months of spring/summer. (1,105 characters)

Photo of thetomG
4.8/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BIG thanks to Monsone for busting out this growler at the BA Meetup @ Goose Island yesterday...

Let me just get this out of the way early: This is EASILY the best HefeWeizen I've ever had.

Now on to the review...

Appearance was outstanding - mysteriously murky & cloudy golden straw color (leaning a bit towards orange). Dense layer of foamy white head that left a spotty ring of lacing around the glass.

Aroma was great - some banana and wheat - just as you'd expect, but with a great deal of nuance.

Flavor was spectacular - more of the banana and smooth wheat, but also a soft, tangy twinge of sweet citrus came through that put this one into another stratosphere for me... gone was the bite you sometimes get from a hefe - this is just extremely well balanced and super smooth.

Carbonation is there (as evidenced by the nice layer of head I got on my pour), but the mouthfeel is amazingly silky. Again - another outstanding quality of this beer.

I could drink this stuff all day and am already dreaming of the next time I'll get to try it, so hopefully I can get my hands on a growler sometime soon here... (1,117 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Monsone for importing and sharing the growler! Whip In ftw :)

Huge banana, bubblebum and lemon notes right off the bat. Very aromatic and fresh. Wheaty in the best way, with a minor spicy clove element in there too.

Hazy orange body, fluffy head with some retention. Attractive color, slightly less foam due to the growler, but it still looks nice.

Flavor is also very wheaty, simple with very estery banana and bubblegum notes again. Slightly sweet with a tangy edge. Sweetness fades quickly into a dry aftertaste. Lingering notes of banana, bubblegum again, and clean wheat flavors. Creamy feel with an ethereal lightness. Simple and classic. Fresher than most any import, and well crafted. Perfect for warmer weather. Nicely done. (749 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Hazed darker yellow color. Two plus fingers of frothy white head with average retention and not really any lacing.

5.0 S: Wow, really wonderful. Tons of bubblegum and clove with banana oil undertones. Appropriate level of yeastiness and a neutral wheat flavor. Pretty much perfect proportions of the major components with a lot of power behind it. Elegant, bold and robust, this is about as good as it gets.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good, but only about one tenth as powerful as the nose. Bubblegum and clove are once again my most powerful with banana second chair again. Surprisingly dry. Neutral wheat. No-off flavors and well brewed, but the taste could use a good three of four fold amplification.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is a good deal disappointing. Medium body, but lacking the creaminess that the best hefes have to offer. Also, there's plenty of carbonation, but is fails to liven up the mouthfeel. Instead of spritzy, it's a "dead" carbonation.

3.5 D: Absolutely amazing taste, pretty good taste, and otherwise sub-par. Still, I'd have no problem drinking this on a regular basis. A couple glasses today did the trick and a couple more tomorrow. (1,239 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eternal gratitude to gawnphishin for sending this wale along.

Poured from a growler into my Ayinger weizenbier glass.

A lovely gradient of golden poppy to golden yellow is cloudy thorughout and capped by a tall fluffy snow white peak which recedes to a lasting slick, fed by slow persistent carbonation. Nice sandy lacing.

Big fresh bready wheat and a hint of lemon zest in the nose - more phenols are present than esters (in the form of clove), though there is a hint of plantain in there as well. Intoxicating.

Light wheat-based tartness initially, followed by banana nut bread mid-palate. An almost floral element comes out as you approach the finish reminding me of chamomile or maybe a delicate white tea. A clean (Pils?) malt note balances out the wheat and leads into a pillowy yet crisp medium-dry finish.

Creamy, lightly effervescent, but a touch light-bodied - the emphasis is on drinkability over body I think (though the structure is still excellent).

Not quite on par with the best of the best German examples (but hey, they've been producing the style for hundreds of years), this is far and away the best domestic version I've sampled - and many will prefer it's balance of phenols in the aroma and esters in the flavor. The perfect warm-weather beer, this. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Fenris244
4.39/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange in color, thin head, retention was ok. Very hazy just reiterate the haziness.

Smells of orange, banana peel and malts. Has a sweet but clean aroma very pleasant.

Light in flavor but quite complex, orange and orange peel flavors abound, good bitter hop character, balances nicely with the sweetness, great wheat sweetness on finish. 

Light in body, crisp and light carbonation is nice, very drinkable and in the summer I'll by buying this by the growler! (469 characters)

Photo of afksports
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Last Friday I spent the majority of happy hour knocking back Weinstephaner Hefeweizens. I suppose I was spoiled. I had to set up a trade with Josh in Texas (Thanks jtortorice!) so that I could compare one of the best American hefe's with Europe's top offering.

Well, they just don't compare. Sad.

Live Oak's version is damn tasty though. And has a wonderful looking head. That aside though, it's very straw looking, almost changing in color from one part of the glass to another. Murky and wheaty, it sustains decent head, but seems to not have a lot going on for it. The smell is citric and sweet. Very inviting for a hefeweizen, and worthy for sure. The taste has a tiny hops bite up front, and then is citrus and orange juice, and finishes clean and watery. It's very wet, all the way through.

That makes it an easy drinker, especially at 4.1% alcohol by volume. The mouth feels light, both because of its light body and its lack of carbonation. It helps it in drinking, but I just feel like there's something lacking about this beer.

Like it's one misstep from completely average. For such a highly rated beer as this (#34 on my list!) I was expecting just a bit more. (1,177 characters)

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to tsatem for this growler!

A - body is cloudy yellow/peach colored, loads of bubbles. Not much head to speak of, but what there is is white.

S - Been a while since I've had one of these...bananas, lemon, sweet malt, vanilla, black pepper.

T - Well balanced sweetness and dryness, in line with the nose. Touch of lemon on the back.

M - Very nice and full feeling, but still quite light.

D - Very good to drink, enjoyable all-around. (452 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours very murky yellowish orange with a bit of head. The growler may have lost a bit of carbonation. Smells yeasty and wheaty. Lots of heavy yeast on the nose. Tastes very smooth and yeasty. The wheat is complimented very well by the almost pollen/flower and sweetness. Well carbonated and incredibly drinkable. Not a huge fan of hefes and i still quite enjoy this one (369 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy yellow and very bubbly. Nice head. White lacing.
S-whear exudes from the gold in the cup
T-very tangy. Not so strong wheat flavor and gives more of a fruity flavor. Not bad
M-light, crisp and smooth
D-very drinkable and I do not like this style (252 characters)

Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at Ruta Maya in a plastic cup.

Exactly like a hefe should look, haze golden, thick head with good retention. Good amount of carbonation. Lots of bananas in the aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Flavor is much the same, bananas, cloves, some maltiness, light on the hops. There is a fair amount of carbonation up front. Not my favorite style, but well done for the style nonetheless. (401 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had it on tap, came in a shaker

A - A foggy yellow with a nice 1 finger head. Sticky lacing

S/T - The smell and taste I put in the same category as they are basically the exact same. Nice banana and cloves with a semi-sweet backbone.

M - Decent mouthfeel, good and creamy. It was a bit 'biting' on the back palate but nothing major.

D - Best hefeweizen I have ever had. I get this stuff as much as possible. It deserves its high ranking. (442 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange on the pour. No head once it made it to me unfortunately.

Nice banana citrus, clove and honey aroma.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma which is very good.

Crisp, clean, light, and smooth.

good drinkability. One of the most solid hefes I've had. (277 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Several hand bottles received n a past trade.

Pours a hazy dark golden yellowish brown mustard like color with golden banana yellow hues when held to a light source and a half finger white head that immediately fades into a thin ring. No lacing to speak of.

Spicy aroma with lots of sweet citrus fruit and bread/yeast notes. There is a peppery clove presence that overpowers the other characteristics but there is still some noticeable banana, citrus peel, wheat and bread in the nose.

Medium bodied but on the fuller end for the style with a heavy spice/clove presence that dominates the palate and lingers throughout into a sweet, yet dry finish. There's also a prominent yeast/bread presence that adds complexity and fullness to the body. The wheat and spiciness are countered by a sweet fruit presence. Subtle banana and a good amount of citrus peel.

Overall this beer is pretty good but could stand to be a bit more balanced. I've had this now on draft, hand bottled and in growler form and it seems t be wildly inconsistent. (1,048 characters)

Photo of bisonkron
3.05/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - cloudy, nice thick head, very inviting. golden colored.

S - had an assault of smells going on here, which is something I like, but it was hard to really hammer down the many smells, i picked out a mix of spices, some coriander, a little fruitiness.

T - very flavorful, which i appreciate, however, i felt it was off. perhaps it was the hype that let me down here. strong spices, a some light fruitiness.

M - light and crisp, but unpleasant after taste.

D - not great drink ability.

This beer did not do it for me, others who were with me who tasted it, had mixed feelings as well. (592 characters)

Photo of dubinsky
3.48/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turfy for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Pours very hazy golden straw yellow with virtually no head. Maybe a half fingers worth of a white head which receded very quickly leaving some slight lacing behind.

S - The smell is supper mild, with coriander, cloves and a hint of banana. Some wheat is also present. Pleasant smell, just not very strong so there's not too much to report.

T - Initially the taste was rather subdued as was the aroma, however my second helping to this beer was very different. I'm tasting coriander, ripe banana and some pepperiness which i cant put my finger on. This is reminiscent of Ale industries Orange Shush.

M - Since it was in a growler for several days before it got to me, this beer was not the most carbonated, but it wasn't too bad. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and creamy for the style. Perhaps the wheat gave it some graininess.

D -This beer is very drinkable, both because of the body and because of the low abv.

If i'm being honest, this is not the best hefe i've had. I was very excited to try it, but was a bit let down. If i ever travel to Austin i will get this one fresh and perhaps up my review (1,165 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
4.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes 12/20/2010.
Many thanks to Jefferz5000 for this wonderful growler of beer. Can't wait for growler #2.

A: typical for a wheat beer, but also has some undertones of citrus fruit. Also noticed a hint of some spice scents, perhaps corriander.

Ap: golden yellow with a 1 finger crisp white head full of small frothy bubbles. The head dissipated quickly.

B/T: mild carbonation, pleasant on the tongue. Not overly carbonated, but just enough to taste like there was carbonation there. A nice crisp, clean beer.

Af: very crisp, typicaly for the wheat style. It has a hint of citrus fruit that pairs nicely with the light wheat flavor. Not much bitterness at all. Sweet, with a crisp finish.

O: Perfect reminder of summer on a cold, snowy, wintery day on the east coast! If only everyday could end with a pint of this on the deck, life would be grand!

Cheers!
The CPJ (885 characters)

Photo of glazeman
4.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler courtesy of jefferz5000, thanks so much! split three ways.

A: The beer pours a hazy light gold in color with a 1.5 finger head white head. The head has moderate retention and lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

S: The dominating smell of this beer is nutmeg and cloves. I wish there was a little more fruit on the nose.

T: The most flavorful hefeweise I have had. As contrasted to other hefes, there is less fruitiness. The dominating taste comes from the spices in this beer. In this beer there's flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and a little lemon zest, all perfectly balanced. By far the best tasting hefewisen I have had.

M: A little less carbonation that other beers of this class, but this is not a bad things as the spices in the beer add some zing that carbonation normally would.

D: For a 4.1 % ABV beer this has a ton of flavor. I would have this all day, any day. Too bad it's hard to come by in the Midwest. The people down in Texas are lucky to have this gem. (987 characters)

Photo of redraider2323
4.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Gingerman in Ausitn:
A - cloudy, creamy yellow with tight foam
S - classic banana, clove with a little bubble gum and green apple
T - more banana, clove
M/D - nice effervescence and a creamy pleasant mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. Great example of the style. (278 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to glazeman for sharing this one with me and mini-glazeman. Paired with several different unknown, but delicious cheeses.

A - Hazy off yellow/tan in color with a nice frothy, soft, fluffy, pure white two finger head that settles to a quarter finger head and lingers around for the remainder for the drink. The top of the drink appears a bit more tan, and the bottom, more yellow. Awesome lacing.

S - The most aromatic and flavorful low-ABV brew that I have ever sniffed. Just outstanding and perfect for the style. Clove, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mmmmm...good.

T - As someone who has traditionally really disliked hefeweizens, this is a delicious beer. Clove, vanilla, and all-spice up front, followed by a tasty biscuit-pilsner finish. Also, a distinct almond nut in the finish. A hint of lemon and orange throughout.

M - Very carbonated and appropriate for the style.

D - Here's where this one shines. I could easily finish a growler myself to the point of FUBAR. I would love to have this one again, but unfortunately, it might not ever happen. After drinking several beers of this style in Bavarian Austria, this is the best hefeweizen I have ever had. (1,192 characters)

Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Houston on business, I figured this would be my chance to give this a try. Staying on the outskirts of town, so I stopped at a very well stocked store - lots of TX beers, but no Live Oak. Cashier is well versed and tells me the brewery does not bottle. hmmm - Hefe in the too 100 is unusual enough, but one not distributed. I'm wondering if a little home team cheering might be at work. But undaunted I set off for the Flying Saucer to track it down, and glad I am. Perhaps the best hefe I've had, besting the German leaders. Perfect blend of malt and yeast flavors without too much banana or clove. (602 characters)

Photo of Vdubb86
4.04/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for letting me get my hands on this.

This beer pours a flat cloudy golden color. The aroma is a mixture of wheat, clove and candied sugar, specifically those necco candies that you get on valentines day. So I really enjoy the aroma. The candy continues into comprising the majority of the beer. There is a wheat flavor to the beer, but it is definitely subtle. The problem I have is the beer is flat, this is the best I can say. I wish I could of had it on tap, I'm sure it would be so much better. (564 characters)

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.