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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
1,566
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,566
Photo of Backer2004
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up in downtown Dallas, one of only three places in the Big D to have it on tap. A fantastic, number 1 Hefe, hands out. Nice banana, clove, lemon zest, and malt goodness. Regardless if you are in love with the style (I'm somewhere in the middle), it's worth seeking out.

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am normally not a Hefe fan but this one lived up to the hype! Lots of banana notes on the nose and a refreshing beer all around. This would be a solid summer beer.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, murky yellow color. Smell is clove, banana. Taste is where its at. Not overpowering. Follows the aroma. Really enjoyed this Hefeweizen. Solid.

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Photo of timmah427
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium creamy head that settles down quickly. Smells of banana, clove, and bubblegum, with a touch of lemon. Taste is the same, with a touch of citrus hops. Great, creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation. I'm not usually a fan of hefes, and when I do drink them, I usually stick with the German classics. However, this one is exceptional, and could be my favorite domestic version that I've ever had. Either way, it is a must-try if you are visiting Texas.

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Photo of KatyBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended by specs employee in Katy. Poured into pint glass. Two finger head disappeared quite quick. Cloudy and well carbonated. Looks like something good to chew on. Nose of yeast and spice. Initial taste, ahhhh, this is really good. Definite witbier flavor with spice. Excellent and refreshing.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bubblegum nose yet light and refreshing like a ripe piece of watermelon during a hot summer day. Taste is of huge bubblegum, slight peach and strawberry. Received this beer as an extra, would pound this if it ever made it my way.

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LukeM23 for a grolwer of this beer. I have been wanting to try this one since I have been on BA.

Pours a murky dark golden yellow. Bananas, orange peel, pineapple in the smell. Taste mirrors the smells. One of the most banana flavored hefes I have ever consumed. Nice carbonation.

The best American Hefe I have ever consumed.

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Photo of Skellbop
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orangish color, with very faint hints of pink. This was a crisp and refreshing beer, with nice carbonation. One of the highlights on a trip to Austin and looking forward to having again!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Twiggamortis420 for the chance to try this. Split the growler with 64oz growler.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy bright-white head. Drops to a small creamy collar with a vague notion of a cap. Slight hint of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Ripe banana and a soft clove spice. Nice push of wheat over the top with a light bready malt. Some bubblegum. Pale malt sweetness. Fresh bubblegum on the back of the sip as it warms. A touch of mint and some woody elements. Some bread crust with touch of Belgian yeast. Mild fruity esters, some pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. A touch of lime and lemon. Some zest. Fruity with a ton of wheat. Definitely American.

Taste: Banana, clove, and a ton of bubblegum. Wheat adds a bit of a tart edge. Slightly lactic with lemon and lime. Slightly bready with some solid pale malt sweetness. Fresh pear and apple. Loads of pineapple. Some mild earthy elements coupled with a touch of wood. Slight tart edge mixed with a clean light malt profile. Super clean and hits where it should for the American style.

Mouthfeel: Medium almost light body with a moderate carbonation. Super clean. Hits the spot.

Overall: America, we do things right.

This is a solid version of the American take on the style. Slightly tart and wheaty. This is worth drinking again and again.

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Photo of armock
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a hazy golden color with a white head that leaves lacing

S - Is of bananas and some citrus scents

T - Starts off with creamy bananas and finishes with some clove spice

M - This beer is very smooth with light carbonation to it

D - I think this is a very good hefe thats supper easy to drink it has a great taste its a must try while in Texas

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the premier American Hefeweizen, no one else comes close. The perfect beer for a hot Texas summer day. While the style is down, this is the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz. Growler provided by Huhzubendah, thanks babydoll!

I'm not the biggest wheat beer fan, but who the fuck does not enjoy a quality Hefeweizen on a warm day?

Poured into a Stone pairing glass and I can already smell it. Pours a traditional cloudy yellow with a bright white and creamy head. Smells wonderful and it full of banana, citrus, clove, and spice. Really fresh and pungent. Taste is so refreshing and bright. Full of flavor and this is incredibly balanced. Great carbonation with some creaminess.

I'm always a little skeptical of such highly hyped beers, but this truly lives up to the hype. About as good as a Hefeweizen can get.

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Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade via Chadspivey - arrived slightly leaking but the product turned out just fine!

Poured into my Weihenstephaner Hefe Glass whilst camping on Memorial Day Weekend. A nice pour yields a huge head, just as a Hefe should be. The head recedes slowly down the glass as I eagerly await a sip. Aromas are nicely full of wheat and banana with a touch of the clove.

Tate moves right along with the nose but not so much banana and it gets a slightly tart and citric burst in there mingling with everything else. This is sheer heaven.

Very well done and went very well with a warm summer day. I could drink this all the time if it were available.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hand bottled by thickerfreakness, thanks for the hook up!

Pours a hazy yellow with orange tint, big white head has good retention and leaves nice lacing. Smells of straw, clove, banana, lemon, and yeast. Tastes of wheat, spices, and banana up front followed by yeast and lemon with a piney, grass-like dry hop finish. Medium light in body, smooth and spicy with a great crisp finish. Very refreshing and very easy to drink, one of the best Hefes I've ever had.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler thanks to goatgoat, meticulously and amazingly sturdily packaged. tasted in early april 2009, within one week of arrival. poured into weizen glass.

pale straw color with yellow tones, very hazy. great foamy head, recedes slowly to thinner but consistent layer. great lacing.

aroma is estery, but not quite banana. more on the side of pear and citrus, but even then not quite. melon? some clove and other spice. (coriander?) touch of grassy hops. mild base of bread with hint of yeastiness. very "fresh" and "citrusy" (but not in an american hopping way). something approaching juicyfruit brand bubblegum, but not exactly.

taste: bready and fruity, with that fresh but undefinable character again, approaching citrus flesh, with only a hint of banana. touch of clove? gentle to mild bitterness from noble hops, giving a crisp balance. touch of citrusy acidity, plus more bread and yeast, into a finish with touch of sulfurous fermentation.

medium body, moments of smoothness, with crisp mild acidity and a spritzy, sometimes creamy carbonation.

despite the hard-to-pin-down characters, and the relative lack of classic german weizen notes (banana and clove), this is very fresh and robustly flavorful. thus while i don't think it is better than weihenstephaner by any means, it definitely ranks up there as one of the better americanized attempts.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at The Flying Saucer in Garland, TX...

Arrives a cloudy pale yellowish orange with a 3 inch head... This looks stupidly delicious...

The aromas on this are ridiculous... Its the best hefe smell x2... Loaded with wheaty clove-y banana-y goodness.. Its pungent and sweet and delicious smelling...

What a delightful mixture of flavors this brew brings forth...I could drink this one after another on a hot summer night... Its ridiculously tasty...spot on for the hefe style...

Finally got to try this right off the tap and it was worth it... Delicious...

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Photo of dill
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

served on tap in a pint glass.

A - a great looking golden color with an off-white head

S - some citrus notes, but not overly strong.

T - a bit of a lemon flavor with some spices.

M - not too heavy on the tongue with a light carbonation.

D - this beer is incredibly easy to drink.

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Photo of MarcWP
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler driven across three states, in my glass within 48 hrs.

Pours like a wheat. Hazy, pale golden with fluffy white head that lingers quite nicely. Nice carbonation out of the growler.

Aroma is clove, banana, doughy yeast, tropical bubblegum, banana custard, creamy, and wheaty. One of the best smelling hef's or wheat's I've come across. No joke.

Then I taste this bitch. Damn is this creamy. One of the creamiest beers I've had and that's saying a lot given all the milk and oatmeal stouts I've had. But more on that when I get to the mouthfeel. Flavors are accentuated and potent, very much Americanized yet also traditional. Big banana, clove, banana/tropical bubblegum, cream of wheat, papaya, and a touch of nutmeg. I've had hef's that display that bubblegum like character but this takes it to a whole other level.

Mouthfeel is where this shines even more. Super creamy, do I detect oats? Will have to read up and see. Heavier side of light body, slightly above medium carbonation, and clean fruity, spicy finish. But did I mention it's creamy? Wow, floats on the tongue.

I have to give a big thanks to Isaac, I guy I'd never met before, who brought this down as an extra as part of a big trade. This lives up to the hype and in my case exceeds it. This has sparked a new passion in my beer life. Sad that this is not available locally. A masterfully brewed hefeweizen. A beer not to be missed if in Texas.

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Photo of Stigs
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

growler pour, thanks to Jason (Exiled) for another quality trade. served in a tall Franzi Weiss glass

A - pours over an inch of loose, bubbly and sudsy bright white foam. the beer is cloudy, pale gold in color.

S - bright and lively yeast: banana, citrus, green apples. lightly spiced with clove and cinnamon, some ginger on a bed of wheat and grains.

T - what sets this apart from just about every other Hefe I've had is the balance, instead of being fruit or spice heavy it starts out with some ripe bananas, apples, and citrus notes before turning to the other side. hints of cloves and spice dance upon wheat malt and biscuits, before a crisp and clean grainy finish.

M - body is on the lighter side of the style, with sharp and prickly yet not overdone carbonation. only missing that bit of creaminess you get from others, due to lack of body. finishes with strong lingering fruit, slightly dry and very clean.

D - without a doubt one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. wonderful, full flavor yet light bodied and a very manageable ABV. this takes some will power to not chug down. great, yet unique example of a classic style. shame its so hard to get.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived a few hours ago from BeerZach... thanks a bunch dude!

Pours a lovely apricot at center, amber gold around the edges, a nice fluffy off-white head thats subsides to a thin film, a bit of lacing but not too much. The aroma is exquisite. The clover and banana are as obvious as they are lovely, with hints of vanilla and bubblegum. Nothing too powerful or out of its place, just about right. Excellent.

The taste, even better. Whereas I like my hefe aroma to be a little subdued, the taste has to be full, as does the mouth, and this is is a pretty full hefe. The banana comes at you seemingly even before the glass comes to mouth, citric deliciousness spreading, floating, the yeast spiciness, the clove exploring the middle, a grainy wheat husk rounding through the bend as it finishes with a lingering banana and a slight drying mouth. The mostly full body is lightened every so slightly by a shifty carbonation.

I've always wanted to visit Austin, and now I have another reason to check it out some day. As for the Live Oak Hefe, its a great beer, I'd like to give it higher marks, but the mouth didn't quite stand up, and there wasn't much lacing. But still, an excellent beer. Writing wedding thank you notes just got a whole lot more pleasant. :)

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Photo of sweemzander
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this once before years ago from a growler. Being in Texas, I had to give this another go. On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Some really good froth and lacing left behind in the glass.

(S)- Bright and vibrant lemon zest and biscuit - like clove. Bits of bubblegum and a very subtle banana as it warms.

(T)- Just like the smell. A lovely crisp lemon peel with dry biscuit-like yeast. Very mellow bubblegum and clove letting the fruit and yeast do the work.

(M)- Such a crisp and smooth tasting beer. It is perhaps a lighter representation of the style I have had, but not lacking flavor by any means.

(O)- Easily one of the best Hefe's in the world. So light, but crisp and flavorful. A keg of this in my house (if I could) would not last long at all. And from my past experience with this beer, fresh and on tap; there is so substitute.

*Original Review ___

Growler poured into a tulip. Crazy thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing the wealth!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange hue that produced a decent white head that dissipated after awhile. (3.5)

(S)- Lots of ripe banana with a really nice clove aroma. Minimal lemon, but crisp. Some awesome wheat notes. Kind of a rustic character to it. (4.5)

(T)- Crisp, with a mellow banana/lemon profile. Nice dry wheat aspect with a telltale bubblegum finish. (4)

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A nice crispness to it. Smooth & mellow. (4)

(D)- Definitely a solid Hefeweiss for sure. Smooth and easy drinking even for the style.(4.5)

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I would like to give a big thanks to xpimptastikx for this growler! Thanks, Michael!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is slow to fade, but leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is full of cloves and yeast with some ripe banana in the background. The smell is sweet with a twinge of peppery yeast. I like it.

The flavor runs the same lines as the smell. Cloves, bready yeast, hint of black pepper, and banana is more noticeable in the taste. Nice combination that has the cloves and spices fading into the other flavors. Nice.

Solid medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation and a touch of slickness to it. The drinkability is amazing. Very refreshing brew that I could sip on all day. Nice job, Live Oak!

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Photo of gford217
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz handbottle courtesy of a very generous BA, poured 4-5-09

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a short-lived one inch white head that recedes to nothing fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is much citrusy than I expected with a big dose of tart lemon aromas and even a hint of funk. The typical wheat presence of bananas and bubble gum sweetness are definitely present but take a bit of a back seat. Very unique nose for the style.

The taste is even more tart than the aroma with a huge lemon zing up front that hardly allows the sweetness of the wheat to come through at all. The finish is dry and acidic with more than a hint of funk lingering in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a little slick with low carbonation, likely due to this being from a handbottle.

This is one of the more unique hefes I've had and while I do like it, I really think there is a bit too much tartness and funk for this to be a world-class version of the style. Maybe it was the handbottling, but I was a little underwhelmed and it tasted a little off.

EDIT 5-8-09: Poured from a growler and it became very clear that the bottle was, in fact, off. There was none of the off-putting tartness from the hand bottle and the aroma and taste were almost perfect representations of the style - a great balance between light lemony citrus, fresh bananas and spices. A great beer.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy, cloudy straw colored yellow with a off white 1/2 inch head. slight lacing on the glass

S: notes of banana, grass, wheat, lemon zest, a light spiciness mixed with what I can only describe as a hint of bubblegum

T: banana mixed with a spicy wheat note and earthy hops. slight mix of citrus fruits and lemons

M: light/medium carbonation that tingles the tongue a bit. kind of light for the style but might be due to shipping

D: ridiculously easy to drink. a perfect hot weather, summer beer. at only 4.1% abv is goes down super smooth. could easily be drank all night long.

Overall, very happy to have tried this beer. One of the better hefe's that I've ever had. Normally being a huge hop head this was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of csmiley
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this hand bottled bomber.

A - Pours light gold in color. Borders on straw. Nice cloudiness with a milky nature. Head was average with good retention. The resulting lace left behind was nice.

S - Wheat and banana start things out. A sharp and pleasing spiciness follows with hints of pepper and allspice. After the wheat fades, the banana sticks around for a little while longer. Honey and grain finish out the aroma.

T - Banana and wheat intertwine for a nice initial flavor. Clove chimes in quickly and fades to a peppery spice. Grain is stronger in the flavor than the smell and provides a nice background to the fruit and spice. Pale malt and a dash of hops are on the tail end of the flavor.

M - Medium to light bodied. Carbonation is light but still good for the style. Finish is crisp and clean. VERY crisp and clean.

D - Extremely drinkable. It is smooth, clean, and flavorful...all very good characteristics for a wheat beer. It goes down very quick and easy which places the drinkability very high. I could easily drink a few of these. Live Oak really nailed the style with this brew. I'd like to see this beer bottled with some decent distribution.

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