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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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442
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1,566
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to JonathanL7890, who responded on a Friday and sent it on a Monday, crossing border and delivered to me for Friday supper. Cheers to my weekend highlight. Very tasty hefe, a style itself which is most pleasing. I haven't a vertical tasting with the Town Hall version, fond memories of blowing me away, rather this stands on its own. Tasty,though a tad dry. Very creamy mouthfeel. The head looked great.

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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 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 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 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 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 MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of stopbarking.

A- Dark cloudy gold. Hard for the white head to build up and it doesn't stay long here. The beer has been in transit for a week though, so I'll give it a break.

S- Wheat, bubblegum, and clove. I get no banana out of it, and that's an aspect of hefe's I particularly like.

T- Pretty much follows the smell, again no banana that I can pick out here. The flavors come through really strong though and make for a delicious combination.

M- It's hard to rank the mouthfeel of a growler, especially one that has been in the process of being shipped over the last week. The carbonation seemed pretty good still, and the body was light enough to be refreshing, but had enough to it to carry the big flavors.

D- A really good hefe. Not sure it stands out above Weihenstephaner to me, but it was good.

Thanks again to stopbarking for giving me the chance to try this!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.09/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Growler courtesy of Hopsleeroy. Thanks!

A - Pours hazy light golden. 1/4 inch head disappates quickly to a thin ring around the glass and small light lacing.

S - Cooked banana and bubble gum is prominent, followed by crispter fruits and spices underneath.

T- Taste similar to smell, but add sour note.

M - Man, I don't know if this is the style or what, but thin, watering, light. Very little carbonation even though it was tightly taped for shipment. Disappointing. Really sour in the finish.

D - Interesting, and glad I tried it, but one glass is all I need of this one.

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Photo of ATPete
4.05/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz glowing, label-less bottle

LO Hefe pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a good bubble show directly after the pour. It sports a 1/2 inch white head with small plumes of rising carbonation. The nose is big and fruity, loads of banana notes, apple, melon and a soft wheat/yeast aroma. The grainy texture that appears immediately while tasting soon turns creamy as the semi-spicy wheat notes balance out with the citrusy hop character. Other tasting notes or orange rind, nuts, yeast, pepper and cloves. This is a good beer, definitely a solid hefe... not for the weak. Good drinkability.

The second pour was much more hazy in appearance , causing a bigger yeast tone throughout the rest of the glass.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the Gingerman in Dallas, TX. Beer was a cloudy, golden straw color. Thick, one finger, white head. Moderate lacing and carbonation.

Aroma was banana, lemon, clove, spices, lemongrass and light yeast.

Taste goes right along with the aroma, along with bubble gum and light hops. Very tasty beer.

I'm not a huge fan of hefeweizen's, but this one was fantastic. Glad I was able to track it down. Well worth seeking out.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DrDogbeer. This is pure hefe love.

Slightly hazy golden straw color with a white foam on top. Settles down, but hangs around.

Nose is lemony spice and clove, subtle, but firm. Cereal grain and very mild fruitiness. A lot of depth to the nose.

Taste is a great extension of the nose, flowing smoothly into flavor. Lemongrass spices the wheat base with a nice crispness. A little bubblegum clove with some soft fruity ester.

Feel is very smooth, with a nice bright carbonation and interestingly full/clean finish.

I can keep drinking this one for a while. It's incredibly tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy straw color. Lemons, fresh wheats, cloves and some bananas waft to my nose.

Wow! Wheat is prevelent as it should be. I get some spices, watermelon and butter. Awesome rich mouthfeel..so buttery and smooth. It is a damn shame they dont bottle this.

This is one of the best Hefeweizens out there. A must try. Fantastic.

Side note - the owner of the beer bar said that beermakers from Germany and Belgium came to Live Oak to taste this one...dont know if it's true, but I can believe it after tasting this one!

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

Pours a light golden, somewhat hazy with lively carbonation and a medium creamy white head. Pretty good retention. Great on the nose. Banana, bubblegum, lemon zest, and light clove. Very inviting to say the least. Taste is also wonderful. A nice faint hoppiness that adds another dimension to this brew. Still banana and bubblegum which is more faint here. A very nice wheat flavor, doughy bread. Light clove and spice. Just mouth-watering. Soft and crisp but with a delicate creaminess, hard to explain. It's lovely and goes down far too easy. I need a growler of this stuff some time.

Cheers to tprokop7 for this most excellent treat!

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Photo of deepsouth
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drank this one, bottled from a growler, with barefootbrewer.

the beer po9ured a cloudy hazy yellow, like a hefeweizen.

the smell is banana, wheat & cereal.

the taste is consistant witht the smell. adding lemon notes and an earthiness.

the mouthfeel is excellent. much thicker than i expected.

this is a great hefe i could drink all day long and hefe's aren't my favorite style.

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Photo of Damian
3.68/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a half-gallon growler
Acquired in a trade with thickerfreakness
Served in a weizen glass

Poured an uber-cloudy amber color with bright straw yellow highlights. The creamy, tight, two-finger, bubbly white head faded to a lasting cap of foam. Sticky blocks of thick lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A substantial amount of yeast sediment collected in the bottom of the liquid.

The aroma was quite unusual for the style. Earthy, musty and sour. Lemony and a bit funky (almost brett-like) initially with some candy-like, vanilla sweetness appearing later on. Perhaps some bubblegum as well? An interesting mix of sweet and tart. Smoke was also noticeable. Spicy, with clove being the dominant spice.

The taste was similar to the aroma. Lemony, citrusy and quite sour (once again, almost brett-like). Complex and unusual. Malty sweet up front with a wheat-like tartness and a touch of smoke in the center. The finish was snappy. Semi-bitter, tart and dry with a lingering semi-dry aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was thin and watery with a very mild carbonation. Quite disappointing.

As for drinkability, this was definitely a refreshing offering that can "beat the Texas heat" (as the website claims) or the Massachusetts heat, for that matter.

This was a very unusual hefeweizen and, frankly, a bit of a disappointment. This beer severely lacked many of the key attributes (intense notes of banana, bubblegum and clove as well as a lush, creamy smoothness) typically found in better examples of this style. The flavors in this beer just did not "pop" like I was expecting them to. Also, the sour/funk characteristic, albeit intriguing, was quite odd. An interesting offering but probably not one that I would seek out again.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to barefootbrewer for a bottle of this fine brew! Ordinarily I don't condone the bottling of growler and on tap only brews but my hats off on to the original bottler of this fine brew. The last time I had a hefe this good it was carried off a plane from germany!

A - Hazy golden yellow color with a solid white head

S - citrus, clove, banana, wheat and bready malts

T - similar to the nose but so lively, so well balanced it's hard to justify in words.

M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, crisp zesty finish

D - yes sir, may I have another? I really need to get a growler of this shipped to me so I can enjoy this with my friends!

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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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Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for sharing the hand bottled bomber.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, light straw color. Cloudiness cannot be understated. There's a few small pieces of sediment swimming around, but they're small and mostly insignificant. Head is about a finger and a half deep and foamy white in color. Retention was definitely on the shorter side and left a spotty coat of lace lining the glass.

Smell: Spicy notes of clove and very light orange peel greet the nose first. The spiciness is apparent, but dialed in just right. Not too strong. Banana scent makes an impression and adds a nice element to it. There's definitely a grainy, earthy fragrance to it. There's a faint sweet smell that emerges. It's indistinct, but perhaps a little fruity. Truly an exceptional smelling Hefe.

Taste: Clove and banana flavors are readily apparent up front. Orange peel and perhaps some other light spicy elements that blend well. It's very grainy and earthy which is typical for the style. It is a little sweet toward the end. I really can't quite put my finger on the sweet flavor. Suffice it to say it's a nice touch. Though it's not overly complex, this is really a fine tasting beer. Easily the best tasting Hefe I've encountered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. It's really well done. Generally, beers with such a light feel don't have a creamy feel quite like this. I'd go so far as to say it's damn near silky. If it were a little thicker, a "5" would be warranted for feel. Drinkability is high given its smooth, light feel. I'm clueless as to what the abv is, but it's not apparent in taste or smell. I'm close to awarding a "5" for drinkability, but Hefes aren't one of my favorite styles. I could tackle a number of these with ease, but I'd probably move on to an IPA after a while. Just my preference. I can only take so much clove.

Live Oak's clearly set the bar for Hefes with this one. I was a little apprehensive about how well it'd hold up being hand bottled, but it seems in great shape. Carbonation seems to have held up really well. But, I haven't tried it fresh so could be wrong there. All in all, fantastic beer. Thanks, Chris.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My boy from FL, tpd975, hooked me up with this special treat. 4th of July is as good a day as any to crack this baby open. Thanks a bunch Greg.

22 oz. hand bottled bomber poured into a weizen glass. Hefe's have never been my style, but this is the best of the best so let's give it a go.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a fluffy bright white head that dies down to a thin layer of foam. Some legs here and there left on the side, could use more though. Smell is lots of banana, spice, and pepper with a touch of lemongrass. Clove and grains tickle the nose as well with a wheat bread backbone. Ok, I'll admit it...I like the taste of this hefe a lot. The banana flavors are very under control with a sweet citrus hop taste in there as well. Some caramel malt midway followed by a spicy dry wheat aftertaste to wrap it up. Light creamy body with a smooth refreshing feel to it. Carbonation is pretty steady with this one as well. Very easy going down, perfect summer beer to sit outside and grill with. Speaking of which, I'm headed to the back yard with the pup. This hefe has changed my opinion on the style. Do what you can to get your hands on this beer, it made me a believer.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BgThang for sending this my way.

Has a cloudy, opaque body with a finger thick head. Great looking, however I use to hefes having such a big head that I felt this was lacking, but that is all it was lacking.

Smell and taste is big on yeast, grains, and spices. Benchmark hefe as far as the balance of banana and clove. Not overpowering, not under utilized, just right. A great blend of earthy grains and an almost citric quality round it out. Feel is crisp and smooth at the same time. Great warm weather beer, light enough to drink when hot out, but not thin.

I would drink this over and over again. I feel out of love with hefes for a while, this is starting to bring me back.

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Photo of SQNfan
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured cloudy and deep yellow to light golden in color with a moderate white head. The nose was filled with classic aromas of banana and clove, spice and some yeast. In the mouth it was medium-bodied with good weight but also very drinkable. This was really well-balanced and quite drinkable...great start to the long 4th of July weekend!

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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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Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for a chance to try this one.

From a hand bottled bomber. This is my first experience with anything hand bottled out from a (assuming) beer gun. I was slightly afraid that it would have lost a bit but when I popped the crown I heard a big whoosh of gas escaping and all my worries were alleviated. Its held up really well with all the traveling this bomber has done. This beer poured a hazy straw yellow with just a slight white head. I think with a bit more of a vigorous pour a larger head would have erupted. It left just a slight lacing on the glass. The smell is heavy cloves up front, with just a bit of banana and biscuit. The taste is a traditional Hefe profile. Clove and biscuity malts, bananas and vanilla. Really straight forward. This is one of the cleanest beers I have ever drunk. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and finishes dry. This is really a great beer. Live Oak did a wonderful job with it.

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to Hopsleeroy for letting me try this one! Pooured into a hefe glass- fun looking beer- lightly hazed light orange/yellow with a fluffy white head. Like a hefe should look. Smell is good- light aromas of bananas, yeast and clove. Nothing over the top. Taste is clean for a hefe. Light flavors similar to the aromas. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Not too smooth or flat. Great aftertaste. Lots of banana and some hop to finish it. Great beer!

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Photo of EliteDigger
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this beer in an LIF from Hopsleeroy... Thanks again for the great opportunity!!
A-Pours a very nice looking pale golden yellow color with light orange highlights, mildly cloudy and a light white head that disappeared fairly quickly. This was bottled from a keg so I imagine the carbonation and possibly the suspended yeast would be slightly more substantial....
S-Not a whole lot here even though I let it warm up. Some mild yeastiness, grass, lemon, banana and clove.
T-Pretty good taste though fairly mild. More of the same as the smell with some sweet banana and lemony tartness at the forefront with tastes of clove, yeast, grain, and fresh cut grass hiding in the background.
M-Thinner than I expected and I think the carbonation took a hit with the hand bottling, but overall pleasant. Goes down very easy...
D-The taste is good and I'm not sure what the ABV is on this, but I could see sitting having one or four of these at a sitting out on a nice deck in the hot sun.
Overall a solid but not spectacular hefe. But all in all a very nice beer from the folks at Live Oak.
Digs
PS-I'd love to have this fresh on tap some day as I think it would rate slightly higher...

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