Live Oak Brewing Company

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #2
Ranked #477
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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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Icedog from Texas

4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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
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bret27 from California

4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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DerMeisterBiertrinker from Texas

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Gerdan from Texas

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

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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mushroomcloud from Texas

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.

Mar 08, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

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.

Feb 15, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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!!!

Aug 12, 2019
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MaltyMagic from California

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.

Apr 25, 2019
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MattDecker from Texas

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

Apr 24, 2019
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Harrison8 from Missouri

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.

Apr 01, 2019
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justmebro from Massachusetts

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

Mar 27, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

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;

Jan 18, 2019
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Anacross from Oregon

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

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.

Nov 21, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

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.

Oct 21, 2018
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dwiech from Texas

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.

Sep 26, 2018
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JohnDon from Texas

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.

Sep 26, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

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.

Sep 05, 2018
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.

Aug 12, 2018
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H-TownMcBuck from Texas

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.

Jul 29, 2018
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TBoneJones from Texas

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.

Jun 24, 2018
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

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.

May 29, 2018
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2beerdogs from California

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.

Apr 15, 2018
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JayHemingway from Texas

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.

Apr 10, 2018
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