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Live Oak HefeWeizenLive Oak HefeWeizen

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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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Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 1,545
Photo of -Rick
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but I liked this beer. Some nice aromas of banana and bread on this one. Looks great in the glass, with a nice big white head. For an American Heffe, they nailed it.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler in SA Perfect Pint glass. Long-time want, and huge thanks to raffy313 for filling it with the unsolicited Christmas present!

Appearance: Body is cloudy golden white in color. Head is fluffy white but not terribly long lasting, and the lacing is minimal. From the appearance I'd think this to be a wit instead of a here, but it's a nice color.

Smell: Quite a bit going on in the nose. Banana and clove as expected from a hefeweizen are there, but there's also a powerful sweet (candy?) smell, and some wheat.

Taste: Basically tastes like it smells, with the addition of some nice vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, adequately carbed, and no alcohol taste at all.

Drinkability: All night long. This would be a go-to tap in the summer if it were local.

Overall: I've been wanting to try this guy for a while and I'm glad I had the chance. It's an excellent hefe, and an excellent beer in general. I don't think it's quite on par with the best German hefeweizens, but it's definitely as good as any American version that I've ever had.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange on the pour. No head once it made it to me unfortunately.

Nice banana citrus, clove and honey aroma.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma which is very good.

Crisp, clean, light, and smooth.

good drinkability. One of the most solid hefes I've had.

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Photo of kengetty
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Lagunitas Pint
Growler was shipped from Dallas, Texas...leaked about 1/5 contents during shipping

A - Yellow, Hazy, almost no head when poured, slight white ring persistent. This Growler leaked more than I thought and I attribute the lack of head to the loss of carbonation during shipping.

S - Medium Clove on the front end, moderate lemony grassy notes towards middle and slight banana on the back end.

T - Med-High Banana take over the palate and leaves a slight clove aftertaste, but still dominated by bananas. There is a flash of medium sweet tartness as you swallow that compliment all the flavors present. Yeast is amazing and well-fermented. Complex flavors dance all over the palate and finishes moderately dry, but very clean.

M - Medium Body, Slight to Moderately Carbonation, Slightly creamy, Very Crisp Finish.

O - Not a fan of Hefeweizens at all, but find myself in love with this one. Absolutely the best Hefeweizen I have tasted and needs to be on your must try list if you have yet to partake. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to wagenvolks for the opportunity to try and share this with friends. Just as a caveat - this was shipped in some serious August heat and there was a bit of CO2 escaping that occurred due to expansion in the bottle.

Served in my ST tulip. Poured a cloudy orange with an off-white head that quickly dissipated - looked a lot like Tang (the drink of astronauts). Nose was clove, citrus and yeast. Taste consistent with nose, somewhat mellow and muted flavor profile with some citrus astringency lingering at the back. Character changes slightly as it warms with some banana notes coming out as well. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a consistent level of background effervescence - finish was fairly clean and dry. Easy drinking and quite flavorful - perhaps the most drinkable beer I've ever had a 4% abv. I can only assume that this beer is nothing short of outstanding on draught because it was still very respectable considering what it went through to get to me.

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Photo of fizzgig
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Umami Mia's Pizzeria Austin TX. Menu said 12 IBU. Nice outdoor patio watching the wierdos go by on Barton Springs Road. Excellent pizza.

A: Pint glass, not a lot of head when I got it, ring around the edge persisted. Hazy yellow.

S: Classic hefe sweet banana.

T: Malty banana bread like.

M: Smooth and slightly syrupy in a hefe-like way.

O: 2nd best hefe I've had. Excellent pizza beer. Unless I'm really in the mood for something else I'll get this when I go back. Wondering if it would be even better in the bottle.

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Photo of tewaris
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a tall weizen glass. Thanks Rubio for the excellent trade. Unfortunately the first growler sent my way leaked and Rubio promptly replaced it. Thanks again.

Cloudy golden hay colored with a very creamy moderate sized white head. The head retention is average, and lacing just meh. Strange.

Strong banana, clove-spice, light sweetness and some refreshing tartness in the aroma; pretty standard for the style but delightful.

Taste is strong on banana, but with a rather empty middle and finish. Not very bright in my opinion --- feels a little watered down, but still very estery. The finish is clean but I think that the aftertaste could've been longer and richer. The carbonation and the body are dead on, and overall a very good hefeweizen.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

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Photo of techtatu
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as cloudy as most Hefeweizens and very little head. Taste is very unique. It has a hint of bananas and bubble gum, very weird but good. As a friend said to me while drinking this, "...it's Austin in a pint glass..."

An interesting drink to have on a Friday night with some friends. I would definitely drink it again. However it's a seasonal beer so it's tough to find.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours extremely cloudy gold with a big white rocky white head that dies quick. Smells of big clove, orange peel and banana bread. Taste is ripe banana, a little clove, minor metallic character and minor spice. Refreshing in the mouth and very drinkable. A great hefe for sure.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Very pretty orangish color, quite hazy. No real head on mine, as this came from a growler and seems like a bit of the carbon dioxide escaped since this was poured. Can only imagine what this looks like with a nice head on it.

S - Nice mellow yeasty smell with some great clove and light mellow banana smell. Nicely spiced, but it's not overpowering like too many hefe's, very subtle. Also subtle, is some citrusy rind, possibly orange, smell in this.

T - Citrus and banana, this starts out really very mellow and climbs to a nice spice, clove, and banana taste. It mellows out to a nicely dry finish with a touch of sweetly sour note on the palate. Very nice.

M - Mine pretty undercarbonated, but blaming that on the fact it was a growler that was shipped to me. Quite smooth, light bodied.

D - So smooth, so easy tasting. Could session this all day without anything becoming overpowering. Definately a quality drinking beer.

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Photo of Treebs
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler served in a Hacker-Pschorr weiss glass. Huge, huge, huge thanks to cfh64 for the growler and hitting a long time top want. Thanks Brad!!

A: Pours a perfect hazy golden color with a little amber mixed into the body. A thick and fluffy pure white head forms on the pour and it recedes slowly to a thin film. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Great hefe smells. Cracked wheat, some banana with clove and other great phenolic yeast sweetness. There is a nice citrus hop profile in the background as well. As it warms a touch of bubblegum starts to come out of the nose.

T: Nice fruity yeast flavors with a little clove. Some minimal citrus hops with a nice strong wheat backbone. There is a stronger flash of bubblegum-like yeast in the taste than the nose. The flavors mesh incredibly well and it just tastes great.

M: Medium to light bodied with a little bit of yeasty heft to it. The carbonation is just a little low, but it didn't lose much in the growler.

O: This is a great American Hefe. I truly enjoyed this and the subtle hops gave this hefe another layer that made it very enjoyable.

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Photo of treyrab
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to tick this beer for over four years since I joined this site. I have always been apathetic in trying to acquire one, figuring I would be able to try it one day. Well, a work trip to Dallas turned out to be that time. Went to the Dallas Flying Saucer, and among the 130 taps that day was Live Oak Hefe. Here I go...

A: Orange juice. Pours a very bright and immensely cloudy yellow with a touch of orange coloring. A nice, vibrant white head sits atop the beer, and hangs around for a few sips. What I would expect from a hefeweizen.

S: This is definitely an American Hefeweizen, as it is not dominated by sweet banana and/or clove. It is very light with a nice grainy yeast element. Some light fruits and bread as wel.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Very light and drinkable, great usage of the wheat, with some slight banana, orange, and pine hope bitterness.

Overall, one of the best American Hefes I have had. It comes close to East End Monkey Boy, but falls just short I think. A job well done on this.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at Ruta Maya in a plastic cup.

Exactly like a hefe should look, haze golden, thick head with good retention. Good amount of carbonation. Lots of bananas in the aroma, with a bit of clove spiciness. Flavor is much the same, bananas, cloves, some maltiness, light on the hops. There is a fair amount of carbonation up front. Not my favorite style, but well done for the style nonetheless.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had it in austin...

pour is nice with a lemon yellow cloudy golden color. nose is crisp floral, clove, and a very very delicate banana. boy do i love a fresh well made hef. and this is it. palate is crisp with lavender, chamomile, banana, clove and apple. very refreshing. had two. quite a creamy mouthfeel. minty crisp finish.

the best on this site... and won't argue. its fantastic. but i've had german hefs on tap in source and they were just as great.

when older the floral mild into something of wet chamomile and lavender... banana is a bit more prevalent then. feel doesn't have the clean quality anymore but till not stale.

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Photo of urwithdave
4.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tnx to gtreid for sharing this with me at the CCB Hunahpu release!

Poured into a snifter.

A- A murky gold color. Very little head with no lacing.

S- Banannas and wheat. Maybe some pears and honey thrown in the mix.

T- A little of everything that I got from the nose, with the bananna being the most prevelant.

M- very thin with a good level of carbonation.

D- I could drink it all night/day long. Very easy drinking beer FO SHO!

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/28...on tap at Green Mesquite in Round Rock, TX. Pours hazy yellow with active fizzy foam and bubbles. Big banana nose, very sweet. Full on wheat taste with a touch of sour. Full fledged carbonation. Really tasty. Solid.

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Photo of kevanb
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cory for popping open the growler, glad I was able to get an ample pour of this. Reviewed from notes.

The beer pours a really nice golden straw color, slight hazy, nice amount of bubbles zipping around the beer. A light fluffy white head, about a finger high, looser soapy bubbles, fine retention, good lacing. The aroma is really well balanced, good showing of wheat, clove, banana, mild citrus with good sweetness. The flavors are a bit heavier on the wheat and malts, good banana, light citrus, hints of clove. This was wonderfully refreshing and extremely easy to drink, but very full flavored, nothing watery here folks. The body is spot on, light, crisp, great carbonation, very good finish, not too prickly as it goes down.

Verdict: I'm sold! Definitely one of the better American made Hefeweizens, can easily compete with the better German Hefeweizens as well. Refreshing, flavorful, light and effervescent, what else can you ask for in a Hefe?

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The clove and yeast aroma is standard, but this beer blossoms on your tongue. I'm immediately struck by the balance, starting with toasted and doughy malts and finishing with sweeter banana, vanilla, and more clove. Believe the hype. This sucker has depth.

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Photo of BillyB
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden, hazy color with a thick, bright white head.

Spicy vanilla, clove and bananna aroma's.

Tastes of spice, vanilla, bananna and grain.

Mouthfeel is grainy, spicy and slightly crisp.

Very drinkable beer. Not one of my favorite styles but this one had a little something extra. I think the aroma and taste were a bit more complex than a lot of American Heff's that I've tried.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. it's been forgotten in my fridge for about 7 weeks now, but doesn't seem to have suffered much.

22oz hand-bottled sample. reviewed as a growler. sampled june 14/08.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small very fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. very fresh and vibrant. slightly floral. light clove. banana. light caramel. white bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. light clove and coriander. banana. hint of caramel. cracker and white bread. hint of alcohol. touch of floral character.

mouthfeel is good. very fine well integrated medium-low carbonation level. nice light body.

drinkability is great. nice balance. very enjoyable, perfect for a saturday afternoon on the patio. eric says this doesn't seem quite as fresh as the other bottle he got and drank at the end of april, but it seems damn fine to me. going to leave this one on my wants and revisit it later.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a friend who lives in Austin, thanks man! 22 ounce Fischer swing top bottle into weizen glass, growler fill date of 2/12/2012. Pours super hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger dense white head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing on the glass, and a fair amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of huge lemon, orange, clove, banana, bready wheat, light pepper, and yeast spices. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, banana, grainy tart wheat, clove, light pepper, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, light clove, wheat, and light spiciness on the finish for a bit. Great balance of flavors with good complexity. Good amount of sweetness with no cloying flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol presence at all as expected for the style. Very smooth to drink. Overall this is an excellent Hefeweizen with a lot of flavor and nice complexity. I probably got it at lower carbonation than normal due to the packaging option in the trade; but I really enjoyed this offering and would have it again.

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Photo of mothman
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one!

Poured into mini weizen glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down no lace left (probably because it was a growler). Color is a very hazed straw hued peach yellow.

Aroma: Cloves, bananas, yeast flavors, light wheat. Smells like a very nice hefe.

Taste: A lot more wheat here than the aroma. Orange peel and bananas up front. Cloves as well. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and slightly crisp. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some wheat flavors, a bit dry.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Represents the style very well. Multiple pours of this will be no problem. Very happy to try this one. Reminds me a bit like Schells.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a chalice

Pours a fizzy two finger white foam cap, settles down to a layer of white bubbles, no lacings. Hazy golden yellow with some carbonation.

Aroma of banana, whiff of clove

Get a slight banana taste form the yeast, maybe some apple,

Fizzy mouthfeel, quenching, slight sweetness,

Good beer, but, I prefer the output from Bavaria

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Photo of enrique_m
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

look - hazy,pale yellow, and little white head.
smell - skunky and wheaty.
taste - skunk, oats, malt - o - meal, and buttery.
feel - fizzy, light bodied, and creamy.
overall - a good summer beer.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Bill for this awesome swingtop from the growler he got. Poured into a Narrangansett pint glass.

A: Cloudy, hazy, off-yellow color. Pours with a great amount of carbonation for having been in transit - twice.

S: Clove, smoked wood, and Belgian yeast. Fresh baked Irish soda bread.

T: Wheat and grain take the front of the pack, followed by sundried dates.

M: Small bubbles and thin-bodied.

D: The best feature of this beer. Goes down like water - but you wouldn't want to do that; it's a beer to savor.

Overall, this is not a style I usually drink but this one was enjoyable.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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