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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #2
Ranked #454
4.37 | pDev: 9.38%
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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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Photo of mushroomcloud
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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

Notes from 2/1/2020.
Poured from a 12oz can into a Spiegelau Classics Wheat Beer Glass.
The body is cloudy and golden with 8 fingers of white foam receding at a slow rate to 3.5 fingers of foam. There's a moderate amount of thin lacing. 5.00
The aroma is closer to medium than strong, and of ripe bananas, cloves, and some bubblegum. 5.00
The taste is medium in strength, and of ripe bananas, cloves, a hint of lemon, and malt. 4.75
The mouth feel is almost thick, and extremely creamy and has light carbonation. 5.00
Overall, it's masterfully brewed, and an amazingly comforting beer with a ton of character. This brew gets me to beer euphoria more often than any other beer. 5.00
In comparison with Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, Hefeweisen by Live Oak has a slightly better appearance due to having a massive pillowy white head and a slightly better mouth feel because of a thicker and creamier texture. In comparison with Hefeweisen by Live Oak, Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan has a slightly superior taste due to the over ripe banana and overall earthy flavor.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a hazy orange juice color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades fairly fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is strongest of a corriander, clove, and banana smell mixed with smells of orange and grass. Along with these smells comes a little bit of herb and yeast, creating a sweet and inviting aroma overall.
Taste - The taste begins with a sweet wheat bread flavor mixed with tons of banana and citrus flavors. As the taste advances some flavors of corriander and clove as well as some yeast and grass come to the profile. Toward the end some more flavors of yeast and a bit of herb hit the tongue and leave one with a smooth wheat and sweet fruit taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The boy of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. Overall the feel is good and easy going!
Overall - A very flavorful and easy drinking hefe. Rather well done!!!

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

Memories of drinking this on tap at Flyer Saucer in Houston over a decade ago. Hefeweizen perfection. Unparalleled malt aspect to this hefe...doughy, bready, slightly husky fresh grain, harmonizing with bright candy banana and bubblegum esters, creamy vanilla and lemon tang lingers through the long malty finish. Plenty of depth and perfectly balanced between the wheat/barley/yeast notes. Sweet, smooth, refreshing, dangerously drinkable. Masterpiece.

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Photo of MattDecker
4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: light Amber
Smell: banana, Belgium candy
Taste: banana! Belgium sugar! Candy, light citrus, the banana candy in runts
Feel: pleasant, medium body, fits well
Overall: very well balanced but also a candied banana flavor - not exactly what I expect from a here - but also not bad; quite good. However, if I get a hefe I want orange citrus flavor

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Photo of Harrison8
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a finger of white foam. Aroma is yeast, clove, banana, herbal and spicy hops with bready malts beyond. It smells soft and doughy. Flavor profile is yeast, clove, banana, nuts, bready malts and spicy hops. It has a banana-nut bread quality with heavy yeast. Mouth feel is soft and velvety with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, very flavorful and well balanced. Lovely brew.

Reviewed on phone.

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Photo of justmebro
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is hefeweizen should taste like. Cloudy with solid foamy head. Smell is banana and cloves, taste begins with some bright fruit followed by lingering clove and banana with a touch of spice. Yum

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Photo of CTHomer
4.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: hazy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a splotchy cap; no lacing;

S: clove and banana;

T: bubble gum for a moment, then clove and banana; bubble gum mixes back in at the end; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; dry finish;

O: really nice flavor, carbonation, and dry finish;

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Photo of Anacross
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is possibly the best American made hefeweizen I've had in this pathetic existence of mine. Solid, flavorful and balanced to perfection.
Definitely a world class in this style, and even better, made in America.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip/snifter glass.

Creamy topped and fluffy, bright white with an excellent head, bowled like a saucer. Slightly dull lemon body, but nice glow and opacity.

Chewy rich smell of wheat, estery big notes of dough and lemon for the aroma. Big rich and thick.

Palate brings the goods. Chewy mouthfeel with a big dough ball of fleshy lemon and delicious bread. Touchy amounts of banana more so on the finish with excellent balance of flavors. Mild clove, a touch of nice brown spice.

Heard much about this here, and it really delivers.

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Photo of Buck89
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. A hazy golden color with a large white head. Big clove and banana aroma. Taste followed. Creamy soft feel. Overall an outstanding Hefe.

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Photo of dwiech
4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great aroma reminds you of a true German hefe.

This is probably among the best American versions of this beer. I’ve found most don’t get it right. This is a great beer.

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Photo of JohnDon
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can to Weizen glass. Had a nice thick head of over an inch and a pale straw color, head took 60 secs to dissipate to a thin level. Smell is lovely banana and yeasty. Taste is in line with the smell. Feel is highly carbonated and light. Overall World Class.

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Photo of Squire
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light yellow color with small white cap and lacing.

Aroma of mild grain spiced with clove and flavored with banana/vanilla.

Taste exactly as it smells with a round evenness that speaks of a well brewed product. In order of prominence I get clove, banana and then vanilla. Not too strong, any of them, yet definitely center stage with grain and hops playing backup. There is this ever so slight citric tartness that's just enough to balance things out.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

I've had a lot of hefeweizens over the years, usually from Europe, and this home grown product shows right well in that company.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Mark B thanks for helping me try this elusive bugger.
Lightly hazy straw yellow color with a thin bubbly white head that dissipates quickly. Lots of banana and clove on the nose and flavor with light grainy sweet bready malt underneath and a light tartness in the finish. Very tasty Hefe.

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Photo of H-TownMcBuck
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can down side of glass. Only half inch foam and quickly disappaited. Nice, hazy yellow with tints of gold. I loved the smell - Christmas spice, vanilla, and banana. Taste starts with banana, followed by spiciness, dry and some bitter, graininess to finish. Aftertaste is minimal for a clean mouthfeel. Overall, very nice hefe from Texas.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy cloudy pale orange body, lacks head, appears concoctiony.
Smell is wheatlike clove and banana fruit. Nice nice aroma.
Taste is as flavorful as I could expect after sniffing it: same characteristic notes, but with a slight medicinal aspect to it, but in a tasty way with that outstanding clove note. Refreshing nonetheless. Highly so.
Feel is medium-light, crisp bite/ medium carbonation.
Refreshing from the can, too. There’s something to the quality here. The reputation and high reviews seem justified. Only had it on tap a few years back, and it was memorable. And then I just caught this at a Specs, and the last box at that. The rest will go camping next week, among others, but this is the stuff I’ll break out to beat the heat of the day.

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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright, hazy sunshine with a thick white head of big bubbles that dissipates swiftly.
Nose is a bit funky, yeasty, some banana and summer squash scents.
Tastes of bitter citrus rind, some melon, some hint of holiday spice.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, very effervescent on the tongue, very clean.
Overall a fine beer but it seems a lot sharper and a bit more bitter than the hefeweizen I'm familiar with. Still a great option for a hot summer day, and would probably benefit from an orange slice.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to r0rscach for this splendid example of a Bavarian style here.
It really hits all the marks for style. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is the real deal.

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

The best Hefeweizen I’ve had up to date. I’ve drank it routinely for the past year or so and not grown tired of it. It always has a nice head, wonderful aroma and is a great balance of vanilla, clove and banana.

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Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic Hefeweizen. I left Dallas with 2 extra six packs to bring home and enjoy. THE best American brewed Bavarian style Hefe I’ve ever tasted. Right up there with the big boys of Germany. If you happen to be in Dallas, Austin or Houston TX, make sure to give this brew a try. I also LOVE the fact it’s packaged in 6 twelve oz cans..

A winner!

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Photo of lordcozystark
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a refreshing, unique spin on the great Hefeweizens of Germany, taste this immediately. They do not ship outside of the metro Austin area, however, if you're ever in the Dallas area, hit up Katy Trail Icehouse in the Uptown part of the city to try this and many more incredible beers.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Live Oak Hefeweizen. Currently $6 in the Top Texas beers list, and #2 in the Top Hefeweizens list (below Weihenstephaner). I know I've reviewed this before, but apparently I just haven't typed up my notes yet. Oh well, I'm using this as an excuse to drink more of it.

CAN: A sixer ran me $8.99 at a Whole Paycheck in Austin, TX. That's about as cheap as it gets, with most stores charging $9.99+. 12 fl oz format with a standard pull-tab top. Label design is simple, with a white and orange motif. No canned on date, unfortunately.

"Bavarian style weissbier." "Hefeweizen." 5.3% ABV.

Served cold into a weissbierglas.

APPEARANCE: Pours a frothy off-white head, soft in complexion, lasting a good 10+ minutes. Fills about 40% of my weissbierglas with its 10cm+ head height.

Body is a bit muted and murky, lacking vibrance. Dull yellow-orange in colour. Obviously unfiltered, though no yeast/lees are visible within. The lack of vibrance in the body is a definite issue, but it's certainly style-appropriate in overall appearance.

AROMA: Fresh banana esters and clove indicate Weihenstephaner hefeweizen yeast, keeping this true to tradition. I don't find the vanilla many tend to in hefeweizens, but so much the better. Fresh wheat aromatics are evident. Pilsner malt is in there too. A scintilla of bubblegum phenol, sure.

Lacks any overt hoppy notes, to style. Wheat and German yeast are rightly the stars of the show here, but the aroma could be fresher and more vivid. Definitely nails style conventions, but I've encountered better aromas (Ayinger weissbier in particular comes to mind).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Subtle clove and banana esters play wonderfully against the backdrop of fresh soft wheat malt and clean crisp pilsner malt & 2-row. It's impeccably balanced and showcases Weihenstephaner yeast quite well, but it's lacking in terms of the sheer freshness I associate with a terrific German hefeweizen as well as the vividness and expressiveness of flavour.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully soft, which accents the wheat quite well. Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

Not oily, boozy, astringent, harsh, gushed, rough, or scratchy.

Well-executed but not uniquely so.

OVERALL: It's fair to say this is easily one of the best American-brewed hefeweizens in existence, but that still doesn't put it up there with the great German expressions of the style. This can't hold a candle to the Ayingers of the world, but it's definitely a must-try for any hefeweizen lover and it comes closer to what the style ought to be than almost any other American hefeweizen does. It's one I regularly order when out at Austin bars - a beer to revisit if only because it's so balanced and drinkable. Solid work from one of the best German style breweries in the United States, but still a notch or two below actual German breweries' hefeweizen biere.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

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Photo of california_republic
2.89/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must not be much of a fan of "authentic" German beers because I did not really like this one. It has too much of that funky sweetness that I suppose is from yeast. Bock is probably the most obvious example of this kind of smell and taste, and I absolutely can't stomach bock. This one is okay, at least drinkable, but I would rather have something more light and crisp like Karbach Weisse Versa or even Blue Moon. The yeast sweetness is just so off-putting.

Look: Clear, bright but deep golden with thick foamy head that leaves behind moderate lace.

Smell: Sweet potato yeast, overripe banana and some light crackeryness

Taste: Cloying sweet potato yeast and herbal bitterness. Can't say I know what clove tastes like, but this tastes spicy in a way that is not coriander.

Feel: It doesn't make me gag so it's drinkable but I don't really want the yeast lingering around.

Overall: I guess I can appreciate that this is probably an authentic rendition of whatever it is, but this kind of yeast honestly tastes gross.

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Photo of beertunes
4.06/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sarah and Ryan for grabbing this for me. 12oz can poured into 8oz footed Pilsner glass (closest thing I have to a weizen glass). Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with over two inches of fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, and left light-medium lacing.

The aroma had the bubblegum and clove aspects that were expected, and a real nice grainy wheat scent as well. Very similar on the tongue, the beer hit all the expected notes, but in an exceedingly well done fashion.

The body was light, clean, and crisp, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was great, I could easily picture knocking back a few of these on a summers day. Overall, the rare beer that meets its hype. A Must-Try if given the chance.

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