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Live Oak HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak HefeWeizenLive Oak HefeWeizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Reviews: 420 | Ratings: 1,436
Photo of TheBrewSherpa
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having recently returned from Germany and being a lover of hefeweizens, I was absolutely blown away with how great this beer is. I am certain there is no better brewed in the USA. World Class!

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Photo of W_Des
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow from the can. Nice banana and clove nose. The beer itself is slightly sweet with a bit of banana peel bitterness and is light and crisp. Good stuff.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't get much better than this when it comes to a Hefe.

Golden pour with minimal head, lively carbonation. Smells of sweet grain, banana, clove, esters.

Complex taste, layers of sweetness, banana and grape, spicy clove and cinnamon, dry vanilla finish.

Crushable at ~5%, pairs great with a multitude of foods. Hands down the finest American Hefe on the market. Seek this out.

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Photo of ThreeRidges
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hay Merchant.

L - hazy yellow
S - banana
T - really great, citrus followed by banana
F - like beer

This is one of the best hefes I have ever had. Nuff said.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

look - hazy,pale yellow, and little white head.
smell - skunky and wheaty.
taste - skunk, oats, malt - o - meal, and buttery.
feel - fizzy, light bodied, and creamy.
overall - a good summer beer.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau Hefe glass.

Beautiful light golden yellow color with a thin lacy head.

Lot of esters on the nose. Spicy and fruity notes of bananas slightly grassy note.

Taste matches the aroma lots of banana and spice.

Truly excellent hefe.

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

From a can into a small tasting glass (sharing with friends generous enough to bring some back from Austin). Beautiful clear straw color with nice white head. Aroma is exactly as others have said - bananas and cloves. Taste follows the nose and is crisp and refreshing; with a nice bubbly mouth feel. A great Hefeweizen, one that I could enjoy year-round if I lived near Austin.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hi Hat. Aroma brings back memories of Germany. Right on the money with bananas and bubblegum. Body, taste all on target. I get the high ratings. Finally, a true American weizen.

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

One of the nicest beers I had in a while. Really dig the sweet smell (banana and cloves are really charming). The taste is crisp and clean . Bit of spritz to it all. I understand why people are trading like crazy to get these cans now. I'm usually not of lighter beers but this has started to turn me. Worth trying out...perhaps even hunting down

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

Poured on draft, cloudy straw color with nice white head.

Smells very rich of banana and cloves, very much like a Belgian ale. Medium body and pretty carbonated. Refreshing mouthfeel that lingers. No noticeable bitterness, but rather milky.

Overall this is an excellent beer, and I always enjoy it during the summer. It's getting a lot of love here in Texas because they just started canning so I decided to try it (in my opinion) a little early for the season. My wife - who's not much of a beer drinker- loves this beer, and I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn this was good. Had from HEB in a growler. This is the best beer I have ever had from a Texas Brewer. Seems straight from Munich - great hefe. This has the typical look and lacing but the freshness was almost pungent. Great feel and a very fresh beer. I think I want to give HEB 5 stars as well for provision this

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Photo of shaneerickson
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a pint glass

L - Has a nice straw color. very cloudy and hazy,no clarity. little head retention. no lacing on the glass

S - Strong smell of bananas on the nose. a very nice clove aroma as well. no hop aroma presence. has a bready smell. slight pepper aroma

T - Mild floral hops on the finish. still retains the banana and clove in the mouth. and the pepper leaves a nice finish.

F - Medium body that goes down very smooth! has a nice amount of carbonation burn. very drinkable

O - Has a really nice color. didn't have as much head retention that i thought it would. goes down so smoothly. this beer would be awesome with a salmon salad in a warm summer day. didn't come with a lemon and it doesn't need one! i highly recommend!

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Photo of bwood06
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass

A - Head is thin and white without much room to dissipate. Beer is cloudy and has the color of unfiltered orange juice (this could be due to the lighting in the restaurant). Served with a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass, Lord help me... 4/5

S - Banana, lemon and clove come out right off the bat. Sourdough bread and a pepperiness make up the middle of the aroma which is followed by a bit of floral hops. 4.25/5

T - Tart lemon (hence the apparent need for the lemon wedge?) and sweet caramelized banana are the initial flavors. The caramelized banana reminds me of fried plantains. Clove, coriander, and pepper immediately follow the banana with a floral hop finish that adds a touch of bitterness to the flavor profile. 4.25/5

M - Very smooth but with a high carbonation burn. Medium body but still retains a light sitting in the stomach which allows it to become sessionable. 4.5/5

O - Excellent Hef offering with the exception of the lemon wedge (not the brewers fault, it's the restaurant's fault). Reflects the style very nicely. Would gladly drink more of these and it pairs great with food. 4.5/5

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Photo of puck1225
4.66/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, poured draft into a shaker pint with a white head and nice lacing. The smell was pungent and floral. The taste was fresh and crisp. Some citrus and a nice slightly spicy bite. I really enjoyed it but had to leave town to find it! It was a very nice cap on a great day I spent with my daughter! This beer will be associated with a wonderful memory for me. It seems appropriate!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
3.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm a widmer here guy . also love pyramids so i was excited to try this. i'd read lot of good things about this one.
it was pretty good. a little thinner than widmer but overall a great beer

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a frothy, thick white head with a hazy dark golden yellow color to the body
S: banana, bubble gum jump out, pear, clove, lemon, grass
T: bubble gum, stone fruit, lemon, pepper, hay, biscuit, light, earthy/herbal hops
M: light, soft mouthfeel with slight carbonation
O: delicious and refreshing hef. I would love to have this again. Up there with Weihenstephaner for my favorite hefeweizen.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, well carbed, banana/clove flavors integrated well. Not overly yeasty. Finishes clean and delicious. Best Hefe in all the land? I don't know, I'm not qualified to answer that. I would drink the shit out of this everyday if I could though.

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

Perfect example of the style and the best American Hefeweizen. Possibly the best American take on a German style period. Aromatic and perfectly balanced banana and clove notes. I routinely make a 4 hour trek to Texas just to have this on tap.

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Photo of Keystrokegraffiti
4.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had. Everything you want in a solid hefeweizen; smooth, iconic golden haze, great banana and clove taste and smell, and an alcohol content that quickly catches up with you. I assume they don't bottle it to preserve the flavor but it ia absolutely worth going out for. This will always be in my top 3.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cuvee Coffee in Austin.

Served in a nonic pint.

Cloudy golden body with a brown hue. Surging carbonation. Persistent pale white head that becomes a film over the body. 5

Banana and clove dominate the nose with a touch of sweetness. Wheat is apparent too. 4.25

Surprised by how pronounced the clove flavor is here. Banana follows and a nutty, sweet malt flavor emerges. Vanilla on the finish is an excellent contribution. 4.25

Medium-body, some spice from the clove, medium carbonation that bubbles more on the finish, and a lingering dry feel. 4.25

Very good brew. Drinks well at breakfast post coffee.

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

Light orangish color, with very faint hints of pink. This was a crisp and refreshing beer, with nice carbonation. One of the highlights on a trip to Austin and looking forward to having again!

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite American hefeweizen. It is a poster child for the style. It pours a cloudy pale yellow with a fluffy white head. It hit all the right aroma and flavor notes you expect from a hefe. It's not just one of my favorite local beers, it's one of my favorite beers period.

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

Cloudy and yellow with a nice head for a bar-served glass. Banana clove and yeast bring the aroma and flavors around town... very well thank you. A beer that when I finally had it, pretty much lived up to the hype. Definitely a winner here, must try.

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

Don't know what to say really other than this beer is perfect. Trying to describe its perfection would be a futile exercise. Just know that this is the best beer in the world of this style and one that I would drink everyday for the rest of my life. One of my all-time favorites.

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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.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.