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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Photo of redraider2323
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at Gingerman in Ausitn:
A - cloudy, creamy yellow with tight foam
S - classic banana, clove with a little bubble gum and green apple
T - more banana, clove
M/D - nice effervescence and a creamy pleasant mouthfeel. Excellent drinkability. Great example of the style.

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Photo of DrJay
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one recently in a trade with JDV. Thanks!
There was a solid pffft when I opened the growler - always a good sign. It poured into an Erdinger Weissbier glass with about an inch of rocky, bright white foam that was pretty sticky and left solid sheets of finer bubbles clinging to the glass. Head retention was good. The beer was cloudy and gold, just as you would expect. Bright, spicy aroma of cloves hit my nose first, with banana a close second. Lighter notes of bread and lemon were present, as well as a hint of bubblegum. Citrus was more prominent in the flavour, lemon zesty, but there was still plenty of banana. Cloves were less aggressive and melded very nicely with the sweet fruity character. A bit of bubblegum and very mild bitterness lying underneath it all. Very creamy body, buttery texture, with solid carbonation that wasn't aggressive. Superb, full mouthfeel for the style. And talk about drinkable... it's no problem putting a few of these away. This is by far the best hefeweizen I've had from a US brewery - it certainly deserves any hype it gets. If this was available in my area, it would definitely be a regular pint for me.

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Photo of kennymule
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Flying Saucer Sugarland, Tx

A – Very hazy straw color with light head that dissipated quickly.
S – Banana and bready nose.
T – Great big banana flavor on the front with a bready middle tongue with nice mild clove aftertaste.
M - Medium Body, Slight to Moderately Carbonation, my friends commented that it was fluffy, and it had a nice crisp finish.
O – Have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of hefe’s, but this one has me re-thinking the style and I appreciate and love this one for sure. I would highly recommend and I will be looking to enjoy this more often.
Serving type: Texas Pint

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Photo of mschuman
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Addison Saucer...

Wow, citursy, spicy, bananay, clovey!

Very impressed with this local offering. It had all the typical Hefe traits in spades! Just amazing how the various flavors balanced. Citrus leads off, then the spicy and fruit esters show. Really good stuff.

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Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one damn fine hefeweizen. Right up there or possibly even better than the best German versions. Pours a cloudy yet glowing straw color with a thick beige head. The nose has wheat malt, cirtus fruits and a collection of herbs and spices. Like the nose the taste has a big profile of herbs and fruits to add to the bready malts. Delicious. Creamy body goes down superbly. Fantastic.

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Photo of Phoenix2443
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my all time fav's and I never got to set up a review til now. Pours a nice yellow straw color, cloudy the way a Hefe should be. Aroma is a nice Banana and citrus, some say hints of cloves but I usually don't pick much of that up. Taste is flavorful, thirst quenching and echoes the aroma. Mouthfeel is thin but fits the style quite comfortably. Perfect for enjoying on a hot texas day!

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Photo of JayAre46
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - golden cloud haze, active carbonation 1 finger of fluffy head that receded pretty quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges...it's the color that stands out the most so far brilliant unfiltered awesomeness. This beer can be brought to optimal life with a good swirl. Doesn't have much lacing

A - helpful earthy spices, light floral notes and yes of course the amazing banana notes, it's smells amazing but is very subtle in a appropriate way that doesn't try to overpower to create a false and unnatural presence.

T - light touches of the similar earthy spices, hints of honey and vanilla then moving into a big wheat presence in the middle with a solid yeasty taste and then the banana bread is what I'm getting, a bit more sweet then expected but very refreshing. Ridiculously smooth

M - absolute epitome of creamy, full bodied and a smoothness that a lot of other hefs attempt. The carbonation is low and not prickly
on the palate. Very easy to put these away.

O - amazing hefe and always a must when the opportunity presents itself. From the appearance to the mouthfeel and in between this beer is simply awesome and should be consumed by all.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.63/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to pecorasc for sharing this growler with me. Multiple pours into a Great Lakes pilsner glass.

A- Pours a pale, straw yellow color. Very cloudy. Produced three fingers width of white, frothy head. Reduced to a ring throughout consumption. Some lacing as consumed with decent head retention.

S- Simple, but all the traditional components were not only there. but well done. Mixture of fresh, spicy cloves, wheat, and yeast. Really hard to point out much else.

T- Holy hell! Much more complex than the aroma led off to believe. A mix of what seemed like weizen and German wheat yeast. Fresh, spicy cloves upfront with a slightly sweet, sour tang in the background. This tang flavor is present throughout, from beginning to end, making this quite a unique hefeweizen. Midway through a wheat profile develops leading the way to bubble gum finish. Tremendous flavors for such a simple beer.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. Not much to add here other than that it could be improved ever so slightly.

D- There was something in this beer that just hit the glands in the back of the throat and almost forced me to take an even bigger gulp each time. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever come across. Now this should be the definition of a session beer.

Overall, the most flavorful session beer I have had to date. What really set this beer apart from most other great hefeweizens I have had is the subtle, sweet/sour tang in the background...most likely from their house German wheat yeast. So flavorful, yet so simple. I'm really craving another growler of this one.

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Photo of Xul
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the growler, highly appreciated!

A: Pours a hazy yellow/golden with more of a dirty orange near the top of the beer, topped by a fluffy white head measuring between a finger and a finger and a half. The head dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving lacing over the top of the beer.

S: Not sure how a hefe can smell much better than this. Rich, ripe bananas followed by moderately strong cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. Yeastiness provides a solid backdrop along with wheat, while green apples and lemon zest swirl around in the background.

T: Starts out with a blend of wheat and sweet bananas, but the wheat moves into the background as the banana strengthens and cloves come in strong. The spice notes are less defined than in the nose, with cinnamon and nutmeg not being as perceptible. Yeasty esters come in near the backend with green apple and lemon zest. Bananas come back for a long, slightly sweet finish.

M: A bit past medium bodied with moderate carbonation, feels a bit heavy and slightly syrupy on the tongue. Hard to knock it too much since this is a growler, and the carbonation will be a bit different from what the brewer intended.

D: Absolutely perfect beer for a warm Friday afternoon, goes down easy and at 4.1% ABV, I won't be feeling it too much.

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Photo of kevinv
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many, many thanks to gawnphishin for sending a growler of this elixir my way.

A - The beer pours a beautiful pale golden color with a creamy 2 finger white head with decent retention. This beer is haaaazzzyyy, nearly opaque. A moderate amount of lacing remains on the glass.

S - Wow. These aromas are heavenly. Deep aromas of banana with other hints of light fruitiness. Notes of wheat and grain become present as the beer warms. The smells are VERY inviting.

T - The tastes are akin to the smells. Bananas and cloves are strong up front. Very smooth and well balanced! Mild notes of vanilla seem to come through on the finish. Slight grain sweetness. This beer is undeniably one of the tastiest beers that I've ever had.

M - Light/medium smooth body with a well-balanced carbonation. Very clean feel.

D - I honestly don't see how the drinkability can get anything other than a 5. I love that the ABV in this beer is low. The beer just tastes so good, my glass is empty before I know it.

The only thing that I'd do differently next time is to drink this beer in the warmer months of spring/summer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A softish pour produces an almost one finger thick, pale, tan tinged head that sits on top of a deeply hazy, straw colored beer. When held up directly to the light it picks up some orange tints, but is still completely opaque. The aroma is quite hearty, lots of yeast notes from, surprise - surprise, actual yeast as well as ample clove notes, a hint of banana and lots of wheat / grain aromas. This last supplies some wheat-tartness, aromas of crushed saltine crackers and a rich, chewy, crushed grain aroma. The tartness accentuates a touch of fruitiness reminiscent of something like a cross between a pear and tropical fruit. This is just very hearty smelling for a HefeWeizen & quite enjoyable, the depth of the grain character is quite nice.

Not as thick as I was expecting based on the rich aromas, instead it has a nice light texture & heft to it like a good HefeWeizen should. I was half expecting / dreading that this was going to be overly under-attenuated, I am quite happy it is not. Perceived sweet notes linger on the palate with a mix of clove and banana notes. Soft and creamy, yet with a prickly carbonation, this beer has a certain viscousness to it that coats the palate, but does not keep this from being light and quaffable. Lightly tart, which accentuates a very soft fruitiness, but mostly plays up the chewy wheat flavors. This has lots of grain character to it; chewy, slightly dried-grass like, a bit of hay, a full wheat grain flavor and a crushed cracker note. The finish has a mix of clove flavors, light hop bitterness and a slight, herbal hop flavor.

As the beer warms a bit the banana flavors become a bit more accented & this accentuates an up front, grain sweetness. This is eminently quaffable; there is just enough sweetness to accentuate some soft fruit, clove and grain character. Really it is the fresh grain character that makes this beer so tasty; I can't remember having a HefeWeizen that tasted fresher and the vibrant grain character is what is driving this vibrancy. This only gets tastier and more well balanced as it warms up. I am towards the end of my 22oz serving and am finding myself wishing for more; the banana is definitely much more noticeable than the clove that was more noticed at the cooler temps, but it is still not overly much. This is a damn tasty HefeWeizen, a style that I have forgotten how good it can actually be if done correctly; this is certainly one of the finest examples that I have had, my guess is that they use a Decoction mash; there is almost no better way to get such a vibrant grain character into a beer. Fantastic!

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received today tjkinate. Thanks!

Pours a murky yellow with a thin white head.

Good lemon and bubblegum aroma with banana and faint hints of clove.

First taste is heavy in lemon with some bubblegum. Lots of good banana flavor throughout similar to the nose. Finishes crisp with light noble hop bitterness. Just a touch of clove.

Thin mouthfeel and good carbonation level. About right for the style.

Finally get to try this highly rated beer and it doesn't disappoint. Subtle flavors are spot on. Banana and lemon are highly present and clove is low, just how I like my hefes. Oustandingly smooth. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of chadspivey
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got a pint on draft at the local gingerman.

A: this beer is a murky yellow white. nice one finger head that lingers for a couple of minutes.

S: Always an amazing smell. smells like someone already put a lemon in there. can smell grains

T: definitely got a citrus, lemony kinda thing going on here. This is an especially good hefewiezen, in my opinion. grains, perfect amount of hops to bring balance

M: perfect mouthfeel. medium to full body. fully carbonated.

D: could drink these all night until i pass out.

This beer rocks.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden-yellow body with a creamy alabaster head. Leaves nice, thin, long sheets of lace as the beer is imbibed. The nose is all bubble tape original bubble gum, cloves and banana. The taste shows bubble gum, wheat malt, coriander, banana and freshly juiced pear. The real highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's what makes this example unique. Without a doubt this hefe' has the thickest, heaviest, creamiest, most luxurious feel I've ever experienced for the style. This mouthfeel belongs on an Imperial Stout! Extremely tasty and drinkable, a treat and unique experience. I am lucky to have this available on tap nearby and will have this one frequently from this point on.

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Photo of stephens101
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a helluva lot to live up to, and when all was said and done, I would say it surpassed expectations and lived up to its rarefied status. Had it on tap at the Draughthouse in Austin, which is a very unique place in it's own right. Poured a rich golden orange with two-finger of off white head with excellent retention. Tasted sweet and spicy and big on the bananas, oranges, orange peel and cloves. There was a certain breadiness involved that lead to a mouth-feel that was more on the medium side, which did not in any way detract from it's drinkability. Shared a couple of pitchers with friends, and will definitely head back to the draughthouse for more when I'm able to get back down to Austin. I hear that Live Oak is going to expand and begin bottling their beers in the near future. That is great news, and I seriusly hope they decide to distribute to their northern neighbors some day.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden yellow in color. Thick white head with excellent retention but very little lacing.

S - Cloves an a hint of lemon. Yeasty smell as well, a little bit of banana.

T - Wheaty flavor with banana and a nice spice. Excellent tasting hefe.

M/D - Incredibly smooth but still full of flavor. The most drinkable hefeweizen I have ever had.

Belive the hype.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite American hefeweizen. It is a poster child for the style. It pours a cloudy pale yellow with a fluffy white head. It hit all the right aroma and flavor notes you expect from a hefe. It's not just one of my favorite local beers, it's one of my favorite beers period.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Body is a very cloudy, very yellow wheaty color, almost seems to glow; looks amazing. The head is pretty small for a hefe but sticks around for a while, and the smaller head is probably due to being in a growler a few days anyway. (EDIT: I gave a much more aggressive pour for my second glass and the head was a lot better.)

Smell is intense yeast, lots of sweet banana, cloves and light peppery spice. Got to be the sweetest most intense nose I've smelled on a hefeweizen.

And the taste is just as good or better. So much banana! So much yeast. Just a reall intense and delicious wheat character, mild pepper and clove and mild tartness to provide balance. Truly delicious.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy, very well carbed, very full and rich body. Excellent.

This is definitely the best hefeweizen I've had. I was 't sure what to expect or what was supposed to make this beer exceptional but now I get it; it's really a classic hefe taste but just so intense and perfectly executed. Heavy on the sweetness and banana, light on the spice and tartness. Fantastic beer.

9.4/10

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Photo of puck1225
4.66/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer, poured draft into a shaker pint with a white head and nice lacing. The smell was pungent and floral. The taste was fresh and crisp. Some citrus and a nice slightly spicy bite. I really enjoyed it but had to leave town to find it! It was a very nice cap on a great day I spent with my daughter! This beer will be associated with a wonderful memory for me. It seems appropriate!

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Photo of brandoneast
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in Houston for Monday's Flying Saucer pint night.

Simply stated, this is a beer I dream about. The pour from bar was served with intentionally no head and presented a cloudy lemonade yellow. The nose I can't get out of my head - bubblegum, banana, clove, and lightly shaved lemon zest. The amazing aroma softened the paralleled aroma but added a meddling candi taste which lends an exceptional drinkability and had a nice feel. Chip has not only created a benchmark HefeWeizen but BA's #14 beer on Earth and #10 American Beer!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this from a growler into a weizen glass. Thanks very much to screach for the trade and especially for getting it here so quick.

Appears a cloudy golden color with a one inch white head that is slowly rising above the rim. Ends up leaving some very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma is the perfect balance of clove and banana. At first the banana seems to dominate but with a deeper inhale the clove is right there with it and they blend together wonderfully. There are also some less noticeable bubble gum and apple esters. All that plus the wheat malt makes this one the tops.

Similar to the aroma there is an initial banana ester character but it quickly blends with the tangy breadiness of the wheat malt and then the clove flavor comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as light as many Hefeweizens. It has a nice creamy consistency to it as well. Extremely drinkable and gets even better as it warms up a little bit. I had no problem finishing the growler in one sitting.

This one was very enjoyable for sure. Almost reminds me of a homebrew that I made but this one is better. This one is actually not overrated.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on a recent trip to Austin. It was a very light straw color with a very small head. The smell was a sweetness that reminded me of a fruit plate. Banana's, melon, and clove. Very nice! The taste was the same as the nose. Very great balance all the way around. This was a very drinkable beer on a hot Texas day and anywhere else too. I could enjoy alot of these!

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Photo of popery
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious. This is one of those bittersweet trades - very happy for the taste but I'll want more soon (thanks SatansLH via reddit). Live Oak's Hefeweizen is definitely my new favorite American hefeweizen and possibly my favorite overall (sorry, Weihenstephan).

Pours a color right between a banana and an orange. It's quite hazy with a big white head, just right for the style (and a relief to see coming out of a growler).

The aroma is a mouthwatering blend of bananas and clove. It's a sweet smell, chock full of yeast and wheat notes. It tends more toward the banana/bubblegum side of things than the spice, but the spice is definitely present. It smells like the batter of a spiced banana bread. There are some light lemony aromas floating around, as well. Just sublime.

The flavor is moderately sweet, a bit drier than some, though. The yeast did just the right amount of work on this beer. It's a bit lighter than other hefeweizens that I've tried, but it works for the beer. Live Oak should be commended for packing this much flavor into 4.1% abv.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lots of gentle little bubbles, even from a growler. It's incredible drinkable. One of the best session beers that I've ever tried. This is delicious beer.

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Photo of mrkrispy
4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a hand bottled umm bottle in a trade after the growler broke in transit. Curse you UPS!

Pours a striking glowing gold, almost fluorescent. Very cool looking. Minimal head that quickly disappeared.

Lots of pear and citrus aromas, some banana. No clove.

Beer is very effervescent, well carbonated. Slightly tart. Loads of banana, only a very faint clove taste. Light bready taste. Green Apples, lemons, citrus all over. Some vanilla notes. Moderate body, surprising with all the carbonation. Bit of an odd aftertaste, not a clean finish.

Heard a lot of hype about this, especially from my friends in Texas. I must say, it lived up to the hype. A fantastic American Hefe, balanced, fruity, and unique. I would dare to say this is the best American style Hefeweizen in the US.
Live Oak would have a surefire hit if they released this in bottles, especially with distribution.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from Bgthang in a trade, thanks! I've been looking for this one for awhile.

Slightly cloudy yellow bodyw with a good sized head that dissapates quickly.

Smells great. Bannanas, clove and peppery yeasts, wheat. Definitely the best smelling-wheat beer I have encountered. Balanced aroma, excellent.

Taste follows the aroma, a great heffeweizen. Up front is the bannana and peppery yeast flavor and then the slight clove taste. Finishes with a good wheat bite and just a touch of citrus. Great heffeweizen. Mouthfeel is excellent also, just creamy enough for a heffe.

Exremely drinkable, my first Bomber dissappeared way to quickly. The best heffeweizen I have tried yet.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 432 ratings.
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