Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #2
Ranked #890
4.34 | pDev: 9.45%
Apr 16, 2022
Apr 07, 2003
Notes: Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas.
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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by RicTexas from Texas

Literally, this is perfection in a glass. Perfectly balanced. Wheat, banana, and clove flavors in the correct proportions. None of the flavors dominate, they blend in harmony. Not just world class, it's Texas class. Tip: if you fly into Austin, the brewery is just across Highway 71 from the airport. Worth the trip to get this one fresh on tap, and get a 6 pack, or case to go.

Apr 16, 2022
4.25 by not2quick from Missouri on Mar 31, 2022
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4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

12 oz can, poured into a weissglass at ~40 degrees F. Canning date 12/8/21, enjoyed 2/18/22.

L: Pours a cloudy, nigh opaque straw gold, where I can still see the shadows of my fingers on the other side of the glass. Formed almost no head, even with an aggressive pour, though the can did have a mild dent in it.

S: Ripe wheat, bubblegum, pear, and banana waft out of the glass. A rather promising aroma for a hefe.

T: Not unlike the nose, and yet it is. Wheat bread mingles with clove and vanilla, with some bubblegum and pear in the backdrop as support.

F: Opens full and fluffy, but experiences something of a watery breakdown at the finish.

O: Quite a solid hefe, especially for a US-brewed one. I get the hype, though sadly due to said hype, I find myself slightly underwhelmed. This comes in second to Dancing Man for me as legendary US hefes go.

Feb 18, 2022
3.55 by dfillius from Iowa on Jan 26, 2022
4.3 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia on Jan 15, 2022
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by atomicbeer from New Mexico

Draft pint in the Austin airport Saxon Pub. Bright yellow gold with minimal tight bubble white head. Aroma of clove. Soft mouth with a spicy finish. Taste is banana and clove. Very refreshing and highly Bavarian. Lovely beer.

Jan 15, 2022
4.46 by AustinRT from Texas on Dec 17, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a can. Cloudy golden color with an inch of foamy white head. Smells of bread and cloves. Medium body and creamy feel. Bready flavors with the characteristic banana and clove notes. Mild bitterness on the finish. One of the best all-around Hefeweizens I've had. Would probably guess it was German if tasted blind.

Nov 18, 2021
4.72 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Nov 02, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Well its that rare time of review: When you get to write a review for the single beer you think is best in style. Here we are.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with full on 1" of white head. Looks more dense than your typical hefeweizen. The aroma hits nicely, light bubblegum, less vanilla and even less banana, plenty of creamy wheat. All that bullshit spice rack is yeeted back to Europe.

Taste is a flavorful yet easy going brew. Chock full of wheat, a hint of straw and vanilla, man the mouth feel here is ultra smooth. All the best wheat and yeast notes combined at last. Carbonation might be lower than normal, but it suits this beer just right. Huge fan of when a beer is quite light and easy to drink, but then has copious amounts of desired flavors.

You won't believe how quick 12oz of this goes down. Its better than anything hefeweizen I've had from Germany or anywhere else in the world. This is an every time purchase when I come across it.

Sep 03, 2021
4.31 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Jun 29, 2021
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4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1553
I have enjoyed this beer from Live Oak, excellent Heffe. I had 12 cans; this is the last one. I served beer in a wheat glass at 44 degrees. An off-white creamy and foamy head with excellent retention was created from the pour. The slow head dissipation left no lacing on the glass. Pale gold with a straw yellow hue charting around SRM 4. The clarity is somewhat cloudy; I was expecting more cloudiness.

I first detect wheat, cloves, banana, and straw. Nosing further, I recognize crackers, biscuits, a touch of floral, and white pepper.

I taste wheat, cloves, banana, straw, floral esters, white pepper, crackers, and biscuit.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and a touch of hops spiciness.

The body of the beer is medium, medium-low carbonation, and medium finish.

This Heffe is excellent. I have enjoyed consuming this beer and look forward to trying their other products. A must-try for any beer lover.

Jun 27, 2021
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2.14/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5
by 13572468

It could of just been the two pcks I grabbed at the Store but the smell of the lid of the can would make me gag every time I began to drink, I closed my nose and actually wouldn’t have the smell taste on my mouth, I am truly sorry for a Bad review because your Hefeweizen brought me back to times in KITZGEN!!!

Jun 26, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by OompaMentor from Georgia

DLD - 5/18/2019

Jun 25, 2021
4 by Burg from New Hampshire on May 05, 2021
3.71 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Apr 22, 2021
4.59 by Jimmylikesbeer from Michigan on Apr 05, 2021
4.37 by Rothobinide from California on Mar 22, 2021
4.5 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina on Mar 20, 2021
4.5 by o29 from Texas on Mar 18, 2021
4.2 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Feb 28, 2021
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Feb 25, 2021
Photo of bricescott
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by bricescott from Texas

A Hefe done right. This beer makes Texas proud

Feb 23, 2021
3.81 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Jan 03, 2021
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4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 10/5/20; consumed on 12/20/20

Pours a cloudy, pale lemon yellow body topped with multiple fingers of pillowy, white foam; good head retention leaves a chunky half-finger of cap, a large, frothy collar, and webs of soapy lacing circling the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens with bright clove sporting a fervent minerality underneath while bubblegum esters accent; hints of vanillin over the middle guide toward honeyed straw on the back end of the bouquet into stale white bread, fresh moss, resurgent clove, and delicate bubblegum sweetness to close.

Taste features honeyed white bread, clove, and a drying straw character upfront; a crisp, wheaty mid-palate deepens subtly with light bread crusts, grassy tones, and peppery vanillin on the finish; vanillin, clove, and white bread intermingle and linger long past the swallow.

Mouthfeel brings a light-medium body lifted with ample, fluffy carbonation dying down with a generous spritz over the mid-palate, where more drying, light, and flaky characteristics show into the back end; a textured 'snap' highlights the finish.

An almost savory clove overtones a detailed bubblegum and vanilla-laden sweetness, drying to a crispness fully unifying these elements in simplicity; the result is a hefeweizen as deeply flavorful as it is endlessly sessionable.

Dec 21, 2020
4.49 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Dec 06, 2020
4.23 by raust from Texas on Sep 28, 2020
4.29 by Manta200 from Kentucky on Sep 21, 2020
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Icedog from Texas

This lager satisfies the longing for a real toasty wheat with a bite to bark about. The aftertaste doesn’t linger; quickly reverting to a sweet orientation.
Doesn’t float Guiness; my real test for a lager; but makes up for masking itself as a light wheat in the pour. Just one in many of beers lined up for my October Fest Review for 2020.

Sep 17, 2020
4.58 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Aug 12, 2020
4.5 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Aug 02, 2020
4.29 by 10_bathrooms from Texas on Jul 23, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of frijoless.
Little over a month old.
Look: hazy golden yellow, fluffy head, w/lace, dissipated rather quickly.
Smell: bananas, clove, bubblegum
Taste: same. +Vanilla. Not much hop presence, herbal or bitter.
Mouthfeel: kind of slick. Invites more drinking.
Overall: this is a very solid Hefeweizen. I’m far from a style expert but this is tasty for sure. Tastes authentic. Recently had SN Kellerweiss (which I loved), this is kind of in that realm.

Jul 12, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by GeorgeHarlan from Texas

Wonderful aromas of clove and spice. Expected great yeast flavor, but with a clean finish.

Jun 26, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DerMeisterBiertrinker from Texas

So, this is a solid Hefeweizen. One of the best domestic (American) examples I’ve found. While I can not say it is a good comparison to some of the better Bavarian Weissbiere, I do appreciate it for the unique flavor profile it offers.

Appearance-Probably the palest Hefeweizen I’ve had, very light straw color, slight haze, not much yeast sediment to be roused ( 12 oz can ), quite robust carbonation, full, pillowy head. Unfortunately, retention is lacking, and no lacing to speak of.

Aroma-while a fair amount of clove, vanilla, and faint banana/bubblegum is present, the most immediate and apparent aroma that comes to mind is corn. While not necessarily expected, I must say this as an interesting dimension and works well with the clove and vanilla. This is not an off flavor to me. No hop aroma. I am a fan of the more banana-forward weissbiers, such as Franziskaner and Weihenstephaner, but I really appreciate the unique combination found here.

Flavor- much the same as aroma, quite spicy with clove and slight cinnamon. No hops to speak of (appropriate). Again, the corn element comes through.

Mouthfeel- lighter bodied than expected, highly quaffable, with a nice, mild astringency lingering from the clove spice. This really encourages one to continue sipping (or gulping) given the lack of hop bitterness.

Overall- A solid refreshing Weiss beer. Not up there with some of the better German breweries, but I would say second only to Kellerweiss by Sierra Nevada among domestic examples I’ve tried.

Jun 22, 2020
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5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Gerdan from Texas

Poured the hazy yellow creamy goodness into a traditional Hefeweizen glass chilled. The beer is a hazy yellow, smelling of baked bread with clove and banana. The head is bottlecap creamy and thick and dissipates fairly quick with nice lacing. I’ve had many different Hefeweizens and this one for me is tops right there with Weheinstephaner. Only ding I’ll give is Live Oak needs to put it in bottles so I can do a dirty pour. This is a top rated Hefe

Jun 18, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by mushroomcloud from Texas

12oz canned 2-3-20. Opened 3-7-20.
1 finger stark-white and pillowy head with excellent retention. Pale yellow-gold and opaque hefe with some visible carbonation moving rapidly upwards. Early and often on the lacing.
Banana and clove spice with a chalky, yeasty character.
Wheat, banana, clove, taffy, bread dough.
Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation for the style. Clean and dry finish makes this beer for me.
Refreshing, flavorful, and more-ish.
Outstanding - a benchmark for the style.

Mar 08, 2020
HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1819 ratings