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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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4.36
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Photo of bwood06
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a pint glass

A - Head is thin and white without much room to dissipate. Beer is cloudy and has the color of unfiltered orange juice (this could be due to the lighting in the restaurant). Served with a lemon wedge on the rim of the glass, Lord help me... 4/5

S - Banana, lemon and clove come out right off the bat. Sourdough bread and a pepperiness make up the middle of the aroma which is followed by a bit of floral hops. 4.25/5

T - Tart lemon (hence the apparent need for the lemon wedge?) and sweet caramelized banana are the initial flavors. The caramelized banana reminds me of fried plantains. Clove, coriander, and pepper immediately follow the banana with a floral hop finish that adds a touch of bitterness to the flavor profile. 4.25/5

M - Very smooth but with a high carbonation burn. Medium body but still retains a light sitting in the stomach which allows it to become sessionable. 4.5/5

O - Excellent Hef offering with the exception of the lemon wedge (not the brewers fault, it's the restaurant's fault). Reflects the style very nicely. Would gladly drink more of these and it pairs great with food. 4.5/5

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Photo of DrDoitchbig
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to icetraxx for splitting this one with me and thanks to stopbarking for shipping this sucker up to Michigan!

Appearance: Poured out of the growler with a big, fluffy three finger head. This stuff was so hazy you couldn't even see through it. The color was a yellowish-orange with some almost tan like hues. The head left some fat globs of lacing towards the top of the glass, but faded to a cap over the duration.

Smell: The dominant smell here is straight up wheat malt. It's backed by the usual Hefeweizen suspects. Bubblegum, clove and a hint of banana. Oddly enough I swear there is a tinge of coriander in here, but it could just be the strong, spicy wheat malt messing with me. There was also a slight kick of sour in the background that was akin to a Berliner Weiss. This is a beer you want to keep smelling, the only negative is that it isn't all that strong.

Taste: This is pretty straight forward stuff, it's not overly complex, but in this case that doesn't bother me in the least. Again the wheat malt presence is strong, stronger than I'm used to from a Hefeweizen. It's reminiscent of an American Pale Wheat. The beer as a whole almost seems like a fusion of the two styles. On most occasions I'd probably knock a beer down for that, but it works here. All the fruity esters are present from the smell. The bubblegum is quite strong with the clove and banana being fairly subdued. This is easily the best American take on the style I've had.

Mouthfeel: The body was a solid medium, perhaps even verging on full. The carbonation was perfect and it was exceptionally creamy.

Drinkability: I had two full half liter Weihenstephaner glasses of this stuff and I could have gone for two more. This beer straddles a line for me. I could either sip on one for an hour enjoying it or knock back a couple without thinking much of it. It's simple, but highly enjoyable at the same time.

Overall it's a very good beer and as I've already mentioned by far the best American made Hefeweizen. If it was bottled and distributed in Michigan it would be a regular in my fridge. I still think the Germans do a better job with the stylel as a whole though.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy, well carbed, banana/clove flavors integrated well. Not overly yeasty. Finishes clean and delicious. Best Hefe in all the land? I don't know, I'm not qualified to answer that. I would drink the shit out of this everyday if I could though.

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Photo of hayesez
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So I haven't reviewed many hefeweizens on here. Several years ago, I went through a summer trying every different wheat beer I could get my hands on. Tough to beat in those ridiculously hot and humid Hoosier evenings. Rumor on the street is that this guy ranks up there with the best of them. Hadn't had the chance to try it until just recently. Took the wife and kids on a road trip to Corpus Christi to visit my sister-in-law. We were heading through Austin, so figured I had to stop in somewhere to give it a shot. We stopped at a small place just off of I-35 (literally, right off the interstate) called "Whip-In." They had the Live Oak series on tap, and do growler fills as well. So I left the wife and kids in the car as I headed in to have a pint.

Poured by James into a ridged 20 ounce imperial pint glass. Very thick and cloudy tawny yellow; this is a very murky beer. Even held up to the light, little comes through the middle. A thick nearly perfectly white head is perched on top and very slowly diminishes. Quite a bit is left at the bottom of my glass when finished...of course, I put this one away in about five minutes. Thick lacing is left in rings, documenting each drink I took.

I was disappointed with the intensity of the aroma of the Live Oak Hefeweizen. It smells good, but is surprisingly mild. Very wheaty and yeasty with the tell-tale bananas found in the style. Also a prevalent smell of cloves and a bit of sweetness. Great smell, but I had to dig for it.

The taste of this beer certainly trumps the smell. Good, thick, and full-bodied, there is quite a bit of flavor packed into my glass. The graininess is right out front, leading a very well crafted brew. The bananas and sweet clove follow closely behind culminating in a very crisp finish...surprisingly clean compared to many hefeweizens. At first I wasn't sure if this was a good thing or a bad thing. There really was very little lingering taste at the finish. I guess in the end, I'd like there to be a bit more at the finish, but it sure makes for the most drinkable hefeweizen I can think of. I finished my pint in about five minutes and ordered a growler for the road. I finished that off tonight and was just as impressed with the brew as I was last night. On our way back to Indiana I'll certainly Whip In and pick up a couple more growlers.

Overall, I was very impressed with the Live Oak. An outstandingly full hefeweizen that works perfectly for a day at the beach. Extremely easy to drink. I look forward to cracking open the refills!

Consumed: 04/06/10

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.31/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but perhaps the best American example of the style. Pours a hazy gold with a soft foamy head. Smell is bright clove and banana esters, with some grass and hay. Taste is mild, grassy and citrusy. Feel is smooth as silk. Couldn't ask for a better American Hefe.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cuvee Coffee in Austin.

Served in a nonic pint.

Cloudy golden body with a brown hue. Surging carbonation. Persistent pale white head that becomes a film over the body. 5

Banana and clove dominate the nose with a touch of sweetness. Wheat is apparent too. 4.25

Surprised by how pronounced the clove flavor is here. Banana follows and a nutty, sweet malt flavor emerges. Vanilla on the finish is an excellent contribution. 4.25

Medium-body, some spice from the clove, medium carbonation that bubbles more on the finish, and a lingering dry feel. 4.25

Very good brew. Drinks well at breakfast post coffee.

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Photo of jimmy82063
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler as part of a trade...thanks Lady of Much Beer! Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter...Brooklyn meet Austin!

A) Nice cloudy lemon and orange...head quickly dissipates.

S) Bananna and cloves.

T) I fell in love with this style last summer, the combination of the clove, banana and bubble gum is pedominant as it should be. There is a nice bitterness at the end which quickly goes away.

M) Probably a little less carbonated given the travel this guy had to take.

O) I can see the popularity....need to get to Austin!

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow under a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim slowly and leaves spotty lace.

N: Pungent banana esters, wheat grains, yeast, clove, fruity, mild earth.

T: Follows nose with mild citrus overtones.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Creamy, fruity and wheaty finish.

O: Solid and well balanced. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of claspada
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light pale straw color with plenty of cloudiness and a fluffy white head.

Aromas begin with the traditional banana and clove esters, but not all that intense compared to the authentic German examples. The sourish wheat comes through nicely, as does a hint of citrus.

The tastes begin with the traditional yeasty esters but once again are not as dominant as you normally get in hefeweizens, which I extremely enjoy. The banana and clove are certainly there, but not they don't steal the show. Orange peel and light wheat sourness round things out, with maybe just a bit of lemon.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Finish is lightly estery and bitter. Probably more hops used than your tradtional styles is the reason for that.

Overall, I can see why this beer is so popular, especially for people down in Texas. Quite easy to drink, light, and refreshing. It is almsot a mix of a Hefeweizen and a Wheat Pale ale which improves the drinkability.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cirrus cloud pillowy head - sort of how the clouds would look in an airplane above them; dissipates moderately. Light, cloudy, white grapefruit color

Bountiful banana ester; lots of coriander and orange zest

Indescribably multidimensional for style - where did that slight smoky flavor come from? Carbonation helps tingle out the banana, orange, grapefruit and yeast

Little bit of a carbonation burn - clean and complex

I could drink this all day long - great stuff.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a proper clouded sunshiny yellow, a creamy white cap of a finger+. Sticky lace swirls around the glass.

Aroma - banana and clovey yeast is pretty much right on the money. Hint of gunpowder with warming.

Taste - sweet, grainy, and yeasty at first. The banana flavors play nicely off the sweetness. The swallow brings in the clove and spices. A fruity finish with a twang of sour as things wind down.

Mouthfeel - smoothness adds to the body while the crispness gives it a little lighter feel.

Drinkability - Austin's lucky to have this awesome session beer as a local tap. I'm pretty fortunate to try this while in town. Thanks to BGThang for this special treat.

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Photo of Redrover
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of Deuane
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A growler with two shout outs. First to UncleJedi for securing the growler shipment and to stopbarking for shipping it out to me. Nice tag team guys!

I have been wanting to try this brew for quite sometime....expectations!

A-Slightly hazy, orange kissed, golden yellow. A billowing white head is prduced upon pouring. Head settles down to a thin cap that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Banana and clove like spice that one expects. A bit of lemon citrus comes through in the background. A bit of "heat" comes through upon serious inhaling....what is that? Ginger? It surely can't be alcohol heat right?

T-Very complex. Banana, clove and that mystery spice, what the hell is that? A light lemon-like acidity alongside a bit of woody astringency dances over the palate upon finishing. Very intriguing stuff...unlike any hefe-weizen I have ever had.

M-Medium-light boa smooth, creamy feel. A pleasant bodied summer brew. I am sure it is perfect during a hot Texas day!

D-Really nice, so dynamic. That "mystery" spice keeps bringing me back for more and more sips. After awhile though I get a little weary of it and need a break. Maybe from the mental anguish of trying to figure out what the hell it is exactly! All in all a fine beer that is true to style but not the norm. I am glad to finally have experience with this one!

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Photo of Phelps
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a glowing golden yellow colored beer with a beautiful unfiltered looking haze. The head is pure white, bubbly, and slightly thin

S-the nose is quite big and brings nice golden fruits and a light funky yeast. Golden pears and banana are most prominent, a light peach as well, with a little clove spiciness balancing out the fruity sweetness. A light touch of yeast keeps this true to the style

T-the taste is slightly spicier than the nose. The spice is present up front, clove and a touch of pepper, the fruits set in towards the middle, pear and banana with hints of soft peach. The spiciness and a light touch of tart funk bring in the finish.

M-the body is a little larger than I thought it would be, medium to light with a certain level of syrup to it. It has some prickly carbonation on top of a very smooth palate finishing on the dry side; but not overly dry by an means

D-this is so easy to drink, big flavors and right on point. So low in alcohol to match a nice level of complexity with a solid mixture of spice and sweet soft fruits. Great Brew!!!

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Photo of kbutler1
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Pours a straw yellow opaque color with a slight wispy head. Very cloudy. The aroma is of belgian yeast, banana, and wheat. The taste is very smooth! A fine balance of banana, clove, and wheat with a slight bitter after taste along with the yeast. Zero alcohol taste. Very refreshing. Aggressive pour yields a nice head.

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Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Ginger Man in Fort Worth. Poured into a pint glass. No abv ino is given.

A-Pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head that quickly dissolves into a small frothy ring that sticks around.

S-Clove is by far the most dominant smell hitting my nose. The yeast used in the beer is also very prevalent. Banana and coriander are also being picked up.

T-Lots of banana and wheat hit upfront. The other spices hit in the back of the mouth. It has a really nice peppery taste and a nice citrus-like tartness.

M-Medium bodied and smooth. It is very crisp and refrehing.

D-The perfect beer for sipping outside. I could easily knock back a bunch of these.

I was glad I finally got to try this beer and it deserves the praise it gets as the best hefe in the US.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Austin, TX.

Although the theater was dark, the thick, creamy cap of eggshell foam was impossible not to notice. Sticky lacing draped along the insides of the glass, and after the lights came on when the film was over (Zack & Miri Make a Porno), I was able to fully appreciate the beautifully hazy, golden-yellow brew before me. Although the beer was initially served with a lemon wedge, after its removal the aroma held up well on its own, delivering notes of spicy clove, soft banana, and a pinch of vanilla.

I agree with Ding's review (below); while the flavors are solid for the style, the overall taste is not an eye-opening, nor "palate-opening" experience. Quite a bit of lemon zest, clove, banana, and breaded malts, which meld nicely and adhere to the style well. An invigorating carbonation level persuades the spiciness to ramp up a notch, while the medium body is smooth and finishes crisp and clean. Live Oak HefeWeizen is a fantastic brew that I cannot wait to have at my beckoning call once I move to Austin, but in all honesty, I've had other hefe's that are just as pleasing.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow-golden with a clean white head. Very opaque.

S: Lemon, straw, banana, and clove.

T: Similar- straw, banana, clove spice, lemon, some grassy notes, ripe citrus fruits.

M: Medium with that awesome hefe light-heaviness (if that makes sense).

O: A good beer! Not the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but damn near up there.

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Photo of maximum12
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brandoneast for sending me two hand-bottles of this hefe from a growler. I hadn't been seeking this brew, but when the opportunity popped up just as I signed on, hey, why not? It's supposed to be pretty decent, right?

Split a 12 oz. bottle with the wife, who's not a big hefe fan (I had to guarantee her half of the bottle). Brew is resoundingly cloudy, with massive amounts of suspended floaties. I wouldn't dare drain-pour this, I'd clog up the drain. Smell is like a hefe Ahnold, flexing banana with a hint of sour underneath.

Now, I had no idea what I was getting into when I took a sip, this has some sour tinge to it! Hefe? What the hell? Fortunately for me, it has just the right bit, I like my sour more subtle, & that's what this has. The banana gets drowned out, almost, by the gentle sour bite that's clearing my sinuses. Sipping this beer is like sitting in the sand, on the sun, waves lapping at your feet, a fishing rod at hand. Ahhh. The wife won't give her half up, either.

Mouthfeel is light & delicious. This is one fine hefe & definitely lives up to the hype. I can now rest easy knowing there's at least one hefe out there that kicks some serious ass. Excellent beer!

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Photo of nataku00
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip pint glass at The Esquire Tavern in San Antonio. Beer pours a hazy pale yellow with a finger and a half of foamy thick white head. Head stuck around for a few minutes before fading, leaving some sticky blotches of lacing. Good carbonation visible, small bubbles floating up gently.

Nose is interesting, lemon peel, floral hops, fruity esters of green apple and pear, biscuit malts, and a light spice of clove and coriander. This tastes more like a Belgian witbier than a hefeweizen, but still very nice smelling.

Tastes like a nice witbier as well. Very clean flavors of lemon and coriander, biscuit malts, and floral hops. Finishes medium with some lingering lemon and biscuit malts.

Light body with great carbonation. Very easy to drink and enjoyable. Slightly dinged for not have the banana characteristic I'm used to, but a very well made beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 finger head with great retention. cloudy yellow color.

smell is of big banana phenol with some cloveyness underneath. the aroma of the wheat is amazing

light wheat taste with minimal bitterness. citrus wheat flavor underneath with some clovey flavors.

mouthfeel is dry and crisp, yet there is a hint of creaminess.

this hefe doesn't disappoint. try it

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Photo of
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,567 ratings.
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