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Live Oak HefeWeizen - Live Oak Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

983 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 639
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of skillerified
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%

Tangerine colored and hazy with about a finger of white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lace.

Strong classic banana and clove mix, but a good maltiness underneath. Think I caught a hint of cinnamon in there too. Other spices anyway. Slightly floral too.

Sweet and caramel malty. The flavor doesn't deviate far from the scent. Slightly acidic. Medium and smooth.

A good brew. Great to see a classic style done so well right here in Texas. I think I'd still take a Paulaner over it, but I've got no complaints with this brew.

skillerified, May 14, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

On tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX.

Hazy, yellow color. Small, creamy, white head.

Bananas, cloves and citrus. Bread dough.

Sweet more than bitter. Taste very similar to aroma. Bit of grainy wheat. Bubblegum?

Light in body. Carbonation seems low to medium. Very refreshing.

Not my favorite style, but this is an excellent example of how it should be done. A fantastic summer beer.

, May 09, 2007
Photo of Optimat0r
4/5  rDev -8.9%

i finally tried this one, on tap.all in all its a good hefe but not quite as great as i was expecting considering its hype. its a bit more subdued that the top hefes with no one flavor really standing out; i guess one could argue that its just blended really well. not much of a smell either. its certainly a good drinkable hefe but not in the class of the weihenstephaner or ayinger hefe imo.

Optimat0r, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Screw-cap growler provided via trade by chadspivey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the totally cloudy but still translucent brew. Head falls slowly, with heavy lasting lace. Aroma is wheat and cloves. Taste starts with wheat, clove comes on with a touch of citrus, and then closes with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are smooth and easy, wish I could have this one as an everyday option. If you can, please utilize for those of us who can't.

ppoitras, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of Redrover
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is very cloudy and has an interesting apricot color. The head is medium white with not a ton of lacing (or expected).

The beer has lots of banana and bubble gum aroma. There is also some coriander for balance.

The beer has an amped-up spice taste that I really liked. Coriander and white pepper followed by a big shot of cloves and banana. Just a very nice hefe here folks. I like the bit of sourness that comes in late to balance the spice.

The mouth has a little lower carbonation than I like, but it is more than offset by some nice slickness. This would be a great beer for those hot Texas days, heck it’s a good beer anytime!

Redrover, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy straw color and a creamy head that persists and drapes the pint glass with sheets of lace

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast notes are prevalent

Taste: Starts with a slightly citric banana bread flavor that adds a wallop of clove and yeasty complexity; a hint of bubblegum arrives, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style - outperforms many of the Germans

brentk56, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of halfwaytoheaven
4.88/5  rDev +11.2%

To start, I must mention that this is my first beer review, so forgive me if I lack the vocabulary to properly describe the experience, but I felt so inspired to share after tasting this beer.

Served on tap, in a mug, at a Mangia in Austin, accompanying some fries and a deep dish pizza. The wheat crust turned out to be a pretty good pairing with the beer (the pizza was fantastic, by the way). The beer was served with a slice of lemon (!) on the rim of the glass. I gently removed the offending fruit before proceeding.

The beer is yellow in appearance, cloudy, yet sunny, and with a very even appearance throughout. The head was moderate, very white and fluffy. It hung around for a minute or so before settling down a bit, but never quite went away. Lacing was also moderate.

The beer smelled of wheat, of course, but not as much citric as one would expect (particularly considering the lemon). A very distinct herbal aroma as well.

Again, the taste is of wheat, slight citrus, with an herbal aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is incredible - much better than any wheat beer I've ever tried. Not too thin, not too heavy. Fizziness is minimal. It feels like eating bread fresh out of the oven.

The alcohol content wasn't particularly noticeable - I could definitely drink three or four of these in one night, circumstances permitting. A smooth, yet hearty beer.

While my experience with the style is, regrettably, somewhat limited, this is definitely the best Hefe Weizen I've ever had. Highly recommended to anyone who find themselves in Austin or anywhere else they can get this stuff on tap. Not available in bottles, mores the pity, but whatever they need to do to keep producing this quality is well worth it.

halfwaytoheaven, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

A growler from a trade with chadspivey filled, as I understand, from a local tavern as Live Oak doesn't fill growlers.

A: The ale is a hazy, cloudy, hazy (did I mention hazy?) yellow color that is a few shades darker than standard yellow. The ale, as it pours from a growler, is thick and unfiltered, loooking almost like a big pulpy orange juice.

S: The aroma is wheat and some orange peel. It is very sweet with a subtle tartness.

T: The beer certainly adheres to the Americanized version of a hefe. The wheat is light and soft, providing a slightly sweet and tart flavor that builds on the malt base. The wheat body is enhanced by some spices and fruits, particularly a slight hint of clove and banana, some sugary bubblegum, a bit of sweet orange peel. The flavors are soft, never overpowering the mouth.

M: The mouthfeel is subtle. It lacks the strong estery flavors of, say, Weihenstephaner, but it brings a great deal to the table. The spices and wheat are well-paired together.

D: This growler is not going to survive the night. I recommend that you, the fellow beer drinker, find this beer. Or schedule a trip to Austin. Or beg an Austinian to trade with you. Anything. You won't regret it.

akorsak, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%

On my first review of this beer, I had it on tap at a local pub that didn't serve it at the correct temperature. Besides reviewing this beer at the correct temperature, I also want to take this opportunity to emphasize how important I learned tonight it is to serve a beer at the correct temperature.
Just like many people drink beers too cold, which of course masks the flavors of a truly good brew, drinking a beer such as a hefeweizen that is supposed to be a good refreshing wheat beer too warm isnot good either.

A: Very cloudy and a nice amount of body can be seen simply by glancing at this brew. Very impressed with the head retention as well.

S: A nice refreshing blend of bananna and wheat flavors along with a touch of vanilla.

T: Much like the smell, an awesome blend of all the flavors mentioned above. It starts off with a crisp, almost lager like crisp wheat flavor that quickly starts to blend with a nice bannana flavor and a touch of sweet vanilla that rounds things out and leaves just a little after taste.

M: From what I remember, this hefeweizen has the most body of any I have ever drank. This actually could take away a little bit from being a thirst quencher, but I think it's an awesome wheat beer as I love the substantial body this brew has.

D: Highly drinkable wheat beer. Best way to describe this brew is a freshly brewed Bavarian wheat beer with a little more body brewed and served fresh here in Austin, Texas. Just a reminder, make sure you tell the bartender you don't want a lemmon in your beer.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of chadspivey
4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

got a pint on draft at the local gingerman.

A: this beer is a murky yellow white. nice one finger head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

S: Always an amazing smell. smells like someone already put a lemon in there. can smell grains

T: definitely got a citrus, lemony kinda thing going on here. This is an especially good hefewiezen, in my opinion. grains, perfect amount of hops to bring balance

M: perfect mouthfeel. medium to full body. fully carbonated.

D: could drink these all night until i pass out.

This beer rocks.

chadspivey, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of briman
4.47/5  rDev +1.8%

Served on-tap into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy bright straw color. Maybe a quarter inch white head, average retention. Decent lacing.

Aroma has all the things you would expect. Cloves were most evident, with some wheat & banana notes, and even a touch of bubble gum.

Flavor was right on the money as well. Bready wheat, with some mild citrus notes mixed in. Bubble gum flavors start sneaking in towards the middle. Finish is clean, and refreshing.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Near perfect balance, and maybe the best overall delivery of ALL the hefe flavors that I've had. Sometimes you don't get much of this or that, or maybe none at all....but this has a nice dose of everything you expect in a good hefe. Refreshing, great drinkability...easily session material.

briman, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Hands down this is my favorite Heffeweizen. I've drank it for years (since the late 90's when I lived in Austin), but on this visit I thought I would give it an attempt an unbiased review.

Pint served with a slice of lemon (which really makes this beer shine)

Bright heffeweizen color (golden yellowish color, but brighter than say Boulevard's Heffeweizen). I really liked the color if this beer but on the negative there was almost no head.

The flavor is complex and satisfying. Some citrus notes (probably some of this is from the lemon) with faint banana notes (in the past, the banana notes were stronger I think). The wheat malt also definitely stands out. Also there are some faint spices (think a toned down version of the cloves of Aventinus)

The aroma is fantastic. It definitely grabs you from first whiff. Mouthfeel is good with a fair bit of natural carbonation.

An excellent beer for summer drinking.

jmbranum, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

On tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

Served to me in a pint glass with a way too thin head and a cloudy lemonade body. Very pretty, but the head was awful both times I had it. Smell is faintly fruity but with a larger presence of yeasty breadiness and wheaty graininess. Not as much banana or clove as I'd like. Fantastic flavor profile and nearly flawless, but there I can't help but feel as if it could be improved slightly. Needs a little more twang from the wheat, but all the requisite flavors are there and in good balance. Mouthfeel is everything I could want from a hefeweizen. Fluffy, some bite from the carbonation, and an overall smoothness which, in turn, makes this perfect in drinkability.

This Texas beer is definately the best American produced wheat beer I have ever had, and it even poses some challenge to some of the best from Bavaria.

goochpunch, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of jwff
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer. Beautiful beautiful beautiful hefe. Golden, hazy, and swirling. Nice white head that laced on the way down. Smell was yeast and clove with some nice sweetness. Taste is incredible. A balanced mix of yeast, bubblegum, banana, and clove all standing out at different points in the mouth. Bits of lemon and orange edge out this masterpiece, and I got this without the lemon so it's all natural, baby. The wheat in the mouth really rolls over the tongue with a satisfying thickness. I could drink this all day.

jwff, May 25, 2006
Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +13.9%

“Don’t look for Live Oak at 7-11 anytime soon” remarked brewer Chip McElroy when asked if his draught only offerings were going to be bottled.

Focus is a good thing.

Live Oak’s Hefeweizen is a state treasure and the ne plus ultra of Hefeweizens.
Appearance, Smell, Taste, Mouthfeel, Drinkability all score the highest marks one can rate a beer.

This is Live Oak’s flagship beer and their dedication to quality keeps paying off, as you can taste the spice and fruit flavors while enjoying the aroma like the best meal you’ve ever had.

Larry McMurtry was quoted as having said that “Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”

I would say that only a rank degenerate would come to Texas and not have a Live Oak Hefeweizen.

beerdiablo, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Vast creamy and rocky white head lasts forever over the murky, almost muddy golden veil. A tremendous yeast showdown, offering the doughiest flavours that belong on nothing but a pie, yet phenolic enough to be soapy and bandagey, cloves in abundance. On the other side of the spectrum, the malt sweetness is also important, vaguely reminding of honey, cotton candy. Huge bubble gum component, fluffy medium body. Oily texture, enough tartness to keep everyone happy. A splashy hefeweizen that showcases sheer yeast power.

Rastacouere, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of Morris729
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Pours a cloudy bright golden sunrise color with a tall and frothy white head that slowly dissipates in segments leaving a thick and rocky lace behind that coats the walls of the glass with glistening spider webs. Nose is rich creamy banana, sweet bubblegum, fruity esters, and a bit of spicy clove. It has a very smooth and creamy texture that seems to be just perfect in the mouth. The taste, like the aroma, is rather bold in nature with juicy ripe banana, spicy clove, and vanilla followed by a bit of white pepper. Simply delicious. Drinkability approaches infinity. This is a truly magnificent beer.

Morris729, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of acoatley
4.9/5  rDev +11.6%

On tap crickets Waco


Sweet aroma is that bubble gum I detect mmmm yeasty beasty, tastes of a little clove but more banana. Nice lacy head. Etches out its own nitch and flavour without exitng the style guidlines. Hop flavor is very low to none. Cloudy but just right for the style. Golden straw in colour. excelent body.

acoatley, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of EPICAC
4.93/5  rDev +12.3%

Sampled on-tap at Cricket's in Waco, TX. Once without lemon, once with (though discarded quickly). Normally I'm not a huge fan of American Hefes, but this an exception.

Appearance: Golden, with almost a pearly opaque appearance from the yeast (looks like a mid-log phase culture). While it's not the most dense hefe in terms of yeast that I've ever seen, it's still up there.

Smell: The aroma is very strong. Strong notes of bubblegum, cloves and banana.

Taste: This is very complex, right up there with the German Hefes I've had. Notes of clove, citrus and banana, not too overpowering. My friends have said bubblegum, but I find that to be mostly on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: A great beer to drink on hot summer days, or anytime for that matter. I'll probably have several more of these before I head back to Boston.

Overall: This is the first American Hefe that I've had that really nails the style. Probably one of my favorite hefes. I only wish I could get this in Boston.

EPICAC, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of Bdc
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%

Sampled on draft, Ginger Man, Dallas. I've heard a fair amount of criticism of American-made hefes. Live Oak Hefeweizen will make a skeptic believe that American breweries can nail this style. Cloudy, tarnished gold in appearance with a scattered white head. Aroma is clean with some lemon and notes of banana. Banana, clove, pepper, vanilla/bubblegum are found amid the tart wheat flavor. Very complex, sophisticated & understated. Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated and creamy-smooth. Balanced with a clean finish. A MUST try. I'm not certain what the brewer could do to make this beer any better.

Bdc, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.83/5  rDev +10%

Honestly, I thought the Texas boys who reviewed this were skewing their numbers a bit on this one out of Texan pride, but seriously I'll confirm it, this is one serious Hefe! On tap @ the Ginger Man, Austin TX.

It doesn't get much better than this, especially from an upstart American brewer like this one, but this definatly ranks right up there with it's Bavarian counterparts.

Pours a bright gold in color with significant cloudiness. A nice one fingered white head accompanied with great retention. Nose was mouth watering, a wonderful balance of banana and clove, quite spicy, everything you expect from a great Hefe. Taste did not disappoint, following the strong profile in the nose. This is a powerful Hefe, reminds me of a dunkel in the taste department in some respects.

If I could get my hot little hands on this more often I'd sure as hell do it. C'mon Michigan brewers! Top this one!

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%

On tap at the Addison Saucer. My wife actually ordered this to celebrate the Saucers Texas $2.50 pints sunday special. I tried the Liberation ale for starters.
LOH pours a cloudy pale color with a tight, white head with brown specks in it. Very pungent smell of spices, cloves, and citrus fruits.Big bodied with bubbly carbonation. The strong taste follows the smell with sweet tart wheat malts and a nice mesh of spices and citrus flavors. The finish is crisp and clean.

A very easy drinking, and very tasty beer here. Hefe's don't get much better than this.

beerceller99, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.1/5  rDev -6.6%

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison. Served with a lemon wedge which I discarded. Also, served in a standard American pint glass.

Cloudy golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head and very sticky lace. Nose full of wheat, mild banana, and lemon zest, very appetizing. Yet, the banana flavors were subdued. Things started off with a carbonic yeast and quickly moved to a somewhat wet lemony flavor. It was a bit much, hints of Pledge. Toward the end, the flavors mellowed and blended with some spice added to the mix, still not enough to recover from the lemon kick. Mouthfeel varied from a thin middle to a fine medium-full finish. An easy to drink beer that you should never refuse. If you are in TX, be sure to seek it out.

pentathlete, Jul 25, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%

On tap at the GingerMan in Austin

Aroma: Mild overall aroma, some citric (might have been the lemon they insist on serving it with- I yanked it, but added it late in the glass), banana, and a hint of clove.

Appearance: Murky, completely opaque with a yellow ochre/apricot glass and a frothy white head that gave solid lace and creamy tidemarks. It does look like a yeast culture, but it really works for me visually.

Flavor: Yeasty! Fresh banana flavor (rather than the ‘Belgian banana I’m used to) same hint of clove which is a nice balance between the classic Hefe flavors, fruity with a light tangy almost lime note in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-Heavy body, viscous texture, light chew and firm, almost heavy carbonation.

Overall Impression: Adding the lemon late in the glass really didn’t change much in the beer to me. There are enough fruit flavors naturally occurring. A very tasty glass of beer! It’s a perfect refreshing thirst quencher for a hot Austin day. I’m not sure it’s worth ALL the hype it’s getting (currently #18), but I’m proud this is a Texan beer! Strongly recommended!

HardTarget, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Believe Da Hype. Best HefeWeizen I have ever had. It even puts the German Originals to shame! Seriosuly. On-Tap *MANY* times at the gingerman in Austin, Texas. Light/ruddy golden yellow with a nice frothy head of white that lasts and leaves great German lacing. My glass is adorned with a lemon, wtf!? let's try this one sans lemon first. Aromas are all classic hefe. Banana, spicy yeast, clove, a bit of lemon, etc. Not overly complex nor bland. Just right in the middle and *perfect*. Taste follows through in a big way. Big brash wheaty hefe flavors of banana, cloves, citrus, and other spices just balance each other out into a bready, wheaty, yeasty masterpiece of drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth just the right weight and perfect. Drinkability would be a 6 if I could rate it above 5. Just for the hell of it I drank this one with the lemon too, as it seems that's how all the locals drink it down here in the 100 degree Texas heat. All the lemon did was accentuate the citrus flavors already present in this awe-inspiring beer, and cut some of the grainy wheaty flavors that are awesome. It's amazing either way, you can't hurt this beer. This beer is the man. I don't even want to give it a 5, because I thought I would never, ever, give a hefe a 5! Hefes arent even my favorite style of brew anymore at all and they havent been for a while! It doesn't matter at all though, just like moonlights reality czech garnered a 5 rating from me as well, this beer is just the perfect example of this style. Hefe can not get any better than this and so it gets the big 5 from me. Just drink this whenever you get the chance. Drink it all up, because you will miss it when it is not available to you anymore. Sure the bar I drank a bunch of this in had about 80 other beers on tap. so what! Everytime I walked through the doors, I was pretty much ordereing 1,2,3, or more of these beauties...I was only in Texas for a few days, and by the time I left everyone knew this was "my beer". I wish it could be "my beer" here at home, but it can't be so i'll just be happy I got to quaff a bunch of this in the capital of Texas, and plan my next trip with a two day layover in Austin! Live Oak may not be the best brewery in the world, or even on the continent, or even in the country, or even in the state of Texas!, but as far as I am concerned they brew the best hefe in the world!

francisweizen, Jul 22, 2005
Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.