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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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Reviews: 373
Hads: 1,224
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 739
Gots: 144 | 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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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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 (849 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (915 characters)

Photo of MartinVanBrewin
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,074 characters)

Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.98/5  rDev -9.3%
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 (1,397 characters)

Photo of FUNKPhD
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of WickedSluggy
4.61/5  rDev +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. (465 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
3.25/5  rDev -26%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (1,569 characters)

Photo of ChadQuest
2.51/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In the glass it looks like a yeasty effervescent gold color that shows potential. The aroma is lacking the pop or pronounced yeasty banana aromas i look for and desire in a great hefe, there is some faint wheat like aromas but i need more. The flavors are in the same boat with a hole in it, there is that wheat aspect with light bubblegum and a lacking clove/banana background that needs a megaphone. mouthfeel is a bit less then creamy with lacking carbination. weihenstephaner kills it, with violence. (504 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shaun for the growler! Pours a cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with a nice thick white head especially after an aggressive pour. The aroma is of belgian yeast, banana, and wheat. Smooth tasting with a fine balance of banana, clove, and wheat with a slight watered-down after taste along with the yeast. Zero alcohol taste. Very refreshing. This is one overhyped hefe and I've had plenty better ones - so this was a bit disappointing after I traded quite a bit for this growler. But, in any case, sure glad to have tried this one from Austin! (551 characters)

Photo of Phoenix2443
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time fav's and I never got to set up a review til now. Pours a nice yellow straw color, cloudy the way a Hefe should be. Aroma is a nice Banana and citrus, some say hints of cloves but I usually don't pick much of that up. Taste is flavorful, thirst quenching and echoes the aroma. Mouthfeel is thin but fits the style quite comfortably. Perfect for enjoying on a hot texas day! (392 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.46/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

glad i got the chance to try this without having to trade for it. looks like your typical hefeweizen. aroma was muted, some graininess. taste and mouthfeel were your typical hefeweizen. nice body for the abv. i just don't get why this is rated so much higher than others of the style, it's just a standard hefeweizen, any fresh one of the style would compare.
many thanks to whoever shared this growler at the alewatcher/oreo tasting. (434 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.22/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This growler was shared at Alewatcher and Oreo's birthday bash. It poured a hazy, murky vibrant gold in color with a white lacing around the glass. It looked great. The aromas, oh man! It wreaks of sweet creamed corn. I sure as hell didn't expect that to happen. It's awkward and obnoxious. I expected yeast, cloves, bananas but got none of that. The flavors too, of overly sweet creamed corn. I didn't think that was possible. It's like a crazy corn casserole in a glass. It drinks medium in body and leaves the sweet grainy flavor behind. How are people saying that this is on the level of Weihenstephaner? Dear god they aren't even in the same league, let alone comparable. I'm extremely thankful for getting to try this one but man was it a disappointment. (760 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahh, review #600. It's been a long time coming... nearly 6 years. I always get hung up on 'milestone' reviews, and take way too long to put 'em up. Not sure why. In any case, big, big thanks to BA johnsaulrubio for hooking me up with one of my oldest wants. We opened this fine growler at a tasting of immature, yet experienced BAs and it did rather well. I personally love a good Hefe, so perhaps I'm biased...

A. Pretty standard here, hazy semi-filtered gold with a fizzy white head that sadly doesn't stick around like it could. Fades faster than I'd like and leaves only a bit of lacing. Fizzy.

S. Now here we go... this is excellent. Heavy on clove, with sour banana, tight and complementary, nothing wrong here at all. Classic Hefe, characterful, slightly doughy. Just great stuff. Only thing that could help the nose would be more of it.

T. Runs towards the easier, more sessionable side of things... all the classic required flavors (banana, grain, light sweetness, clove-spice) are here and it's extremely clean, but seems lighter than some of the best German examples.... no surprises otherwise here, very quenching, moreish, refreshing.

M / D Excellent carbonation, slightly dry and banana finish, zips along to Total Refreshment. I can see why this would make sense coming from the wicked hot climes of Texas. Still... it's not as good as Weihenstephaner to me. But it is darn good.

Live Oak Hefeweizen is one of the best American versions of the style I've had, second only to Dancing Man, which is less to style than this. An exceptional beer; Live Oak has this classic style nailed. If you live close enough to get this on a regular basis, you are in luck.

Onwards - to review 700 and beyond! (1,713 characters)

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to biglobo8971 for sharing this one. Poured from a growler into a snifter.

A- Hazy yellow straw appearance, ½ finger to one finger off white head, well carbonated, nice lacing and retention.
S- Awesome aroma, the smell is amazing, banana, cloves, hints of citrus, lemn zest, very well balanced, hints of breadiness, just smooth and refreshing.
T- Taste as it smells, banana, cloves, lemon and orange aromas, slight citrus, really smooth and delicious taste to this beer, hints of spice, nice balanced sweetness to it, perfect for a hot summer day, slightly dry on the aftertaste.
M- Medium to light mouthfeel, well carbonated, really smooth and crisp.
O- Very impressed by this beer, amazing Hefe, one of the best of its style. Smooth and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer day, really easy drinkability. (822 characters)

Photo of Biermaedchen
4.83/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance
pours a deep golden yellow topped by a fluffy white head measuring between a finger and a finger and a half with strong retention.

smell
smells better than any hefe I’ve ever snuffed. Notes of ripened bananas, sweet vanilla and far from overpowering clove scents with hints of citrus, & nutmeg too. Very complex & inviting, and very pleasant.

taste
Delicate and flavourful- easy to drink a lot of! It tastes like it smells and the head lends a smooth creaminess. Bananas are dominant and other citrus flavors present with a nice almost spicy clove after taste.

mouthfeel
very smooth, medium bodied with perfect carbonation

overall
hands down my favorite hefe

Big fan of Live Oak beers and this one is definitely a favorite. Great to drink anywhere with hot summer temperatures- not to high in ABV but still flavorful and easy to drink. I highly recommend anyone who is in Austin or visiting to go on their Brewery tour (943 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my good buddy Curtis for sending me this growler. Shared with some hooligans last weekend.

The appearance is a hazy, straw yellow color with a thick, white head that leaves ample lacing on the glass. The head hangs out indefinitely. So far, so good.

The aroma brings a good bit of banana and wheat.

This beer is extremely well balanced, and goes down effortlessly. What a perfect warm weather beer. The feel is smooth, light (without seeming thin), and creamy. Without question, this is the best American brewed hefeweizen I have ever had. Superb. (567 characters)

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

64oz. Growler provided by Huhzubendah, thanks babydoll!

I'm not the biggest wheat beer fan, but who the fuck does not enjoy a quality Hefeweizen on a warm day?

Poured into a Stone pairing glass and I can already smell it. Pours a traditional cloudy yellow with a bright white and creamy head. Smells wonderful and it full of banana, citrus, clove, and spice. Really fresh and pungent. Taste is so refreshing and bright. Full of flavor and this is incredibly balanced. Great carbonation with some creaminess.

I'm always a little skeptical of such highly hyped beers, but this truly lives up to the hype. About as good as a Hefeweizen can get. (645 characters)

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

Growler poured into a tall weizen glass. Thanks Rubio for the excellent trade. Unfortunately the first growler sent my way leaked and Rubio promptly replaced it. Thanks again.

Cloudy golden hay colored with a very creamy moderate sized white head. The head retention is average, and lacing just meh. Strange.

Strong banana, clove-spice, light sweetness and some refreshing tartness in the aroma; pretty standard for the style but delightful.

Taste is strong on banana, but with a rather empty middle and finish. Not very bright in my opinion --- feels a little watered down, but still very estery. The finish is clean but I think that the aftertaste could've been longer and richer. The carbonation and the body are dead on, and overall a very good hefeweizen.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 4.5/5 (835 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-It's a hefeweizen. Yellowish/Orange hazy body with a foamy 1 finger head that leaves no lacing. Lots of unfiltered goodness floating.

Smell-Banana and Clove. Some breadiness as well along with some citrus. Pretty standard Hefe aroma with a little more balance and more pronounced.

Taste-Alot more citrus then expected, which I love. I get the Banana, Clove and Wheat but I a very nice lemony citrus note to it as well.

Mouthfeel-Good amount of carbonation, Medium bodied. Pretty smooth and well balanced. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

Overall-The ultimate summer session beer in my opnion. Extremely refreshing, extremely smooth, and tastes amazing. Even as it may warm in the hot summer sun it will still taste great...Only problem is you can't get this in bottles/cans. Drink this beer if you have the chance. (820 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. As a lover of wheat beers, I've wanted to get around to this one for a long time. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Harpoon Weizen glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head with little retention that dissipates into a thin film atop a cloudy, lemon yellow beer. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Average and the cloudiness is forgiven due to the style.

S: Nose is subtle but refreshing. Lemon zest, sweetness from the yeast, some banana, and creamy cane sugar. Not overly rich or impressive but very balanced.

T: Opens lemon zest, various sweet and very mildly tart spiciness. Some banana notes along with a smooth, creamy, yeasty malt backbone. Citrus towards the end with some more sweet spiciness. Finish is yeasty and slightly floral with a grainy and citrus tart aftertaste. Simple but incredibly quenching and refreshing.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and slightly watery, but very quenching and satisfying. Goes down with some bubbles. Finish is accented but with a clean, crisp, quick aftertaste. Perfect.

O: Live Oak Hefeweizen isn't overly impressive in terms of appearance or smell but its spot on taste and incredible mouthfeel make it the perfect session beer on a hot summer day. Incredibly drinkable, this might be the one time I thought a 64oz. growler wasn't enough. (1,386 characters)

Photo of JayAre46
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden cloud haze, active carbonation 1 finger of fluffy head that receded pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges...it's the color that stands out the most so far brilliant unfiltered awesomeness. This beer can be brought to optimal life with a good swirl. Doesn't have much lacing

A - helpful earthy spices, light floral notes and yes of course the amazing banana notes, it's smells amazing but is very subtle in a appropriate way that doesn't try to overpower to create a false and unnatural presence.

T - light touches of the similar earthy spices, hints of honey and vanilla then moving into a big wheat presence in the middle with a solid yeasty taste and then the banana bread is what I'm getting, a bit more sweet then expected but very refreshing. Ridiculously smooth

M - absolute epitome of creamy, full bodied and a smoothness that a lot of other hefs attempt. The carbonation is low and not prickly
on the palate. Very easy to put these away.

O - amazing hefe and always a must when the opportunity presents itself. From the appearance to the mouthfeel and in between this beer is simply awesome and should be consumed by all. (1,159 characters)

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.