Live Oak HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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Reviews: 452 | Ratings: 1,610
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Curran today, thanks man.

This one pours a slightly hazy yellow-ish orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pure banana in beer form, with some light orangey citrus, and spicey and clovey yeast. Basically everything you want in this style.

This is certainly the best American-made hefeweizen. It's the real deal- blind, I probably couldn't tell it apart from the real German thing. It's got a super creamy taste, almost like a banana creamsicle, with a killer spicy yeast character, and some awesome citrus. There's just a little bit of bubblegum, too.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation for a hefeweizen.

This has been a major want of mine for a very long time, and I'm super geeked that I'm able to try it. Awesome stuff, and stands with the best German counterparts.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Real nice take on a weissbier here from Live Oak and awful thankful to be able to try it, its history no doubt preceding it. Most curious part of the beer was its appearance. Reasonably cloudy for a hefe, no problem there, but absolutely zero head, which to me is rather antithetical to hefes. Looked damn near still in the glass. On the palate, there was carb aplenthy, though. Really perplexing. Looks aside, the smell and taste were spot on, deft mix of banana, light spice, wheat malt, a touch of nuttiness. The wife said "banana nut bread". Works for me. Feel was good, again the carb totally there in spite of its appearance, though it maybe perhaps lacked a bit of the fluffiness you find in the best versions. Solid stuff overall, definitely something you'd have in the fridge frequently if it was available in your area. Honestly, though, something like Weihenstephaner or, hell, even Franziskaner feel a cut above.

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Photo of rjp217
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best American Hefeweizen I've ever tried. Crisp and clean, floral with banana and a lot of wheat. So drinkable, only wish I could have this on the regular.

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Photo of Slack
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale Amber in color with about 1/2" head that settles to 1/8". A bit cloudy and minor lacing.

Smell is cloves, floral, and wheat.

Taste is cloves, banana, minor sweetness, and some breadiness and citrus.

Mouthful is medium to light and creamy with high carbonation.

Wow, this is a spot on by the book hefewizen. Well balanced, easily drinkable, and delicious. Seek this 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 Angerhaus
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Perfect summer beer. Light and crisp, but certainly not thin. Great banana and clove flavor to it that just makes we want to sit in the backyard with friends.

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

Having recently returned from Germany and being a lover of hefeweizens, I was absolutely blown away with how great this beer is. I am certain there is no better brewed in the USA. World Class!

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Photo of W_Des
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow from the can. Nice banana and clove nose. The beer itself is slightly sweet with a bit of banana peel bitterness and is light and crisp. Good stuff.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't get much better than this when it comes to a Hefe.

Golden pour with minimal head, lively carbonation. Smells of sweet grain, banana, clove, esters.

Complex taste, layers of sweetness, banana and grape, spicy clove and cinnamon, dry vanilla finish.

Crushable at ~5%, pairs great with a multitude of foods. Hands down the finest American Hefe on the market. Seek this out.

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Photo of ThreeRidges
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hay Merchant.

L - hazy yellow
S - banana
T - really great, citrus followed by banana
F - like beer

This is one of the best hefes I have ever had. Nuff said.

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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 Eamonn-Cummings3
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau Hefe glass.

Beautiful light golden yellow color with a thin lacy head.

Lot of esters on the nose. Spicy and fruity notes of bananas slightly grassy note.

Taste matches the aroma lots of banana and spice.

Truly excellent hefe.

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Photo of vitamin_g
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From a can into a small tasting glass (sharing with friends generous enough to bring some back from Austin). Beautiful clear straw color with nice white head. Aroma is exactly as others have said - bananas and cloves. Taste follows the nose and is crisp and refreshing; with a nice bubbly mouth feel. A great Hefeweizen, one that I could enjoy year-round if I lived near Austin.

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Photo of stevoj
3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hi Hat. Aroma brings back memories of Germany. Right on the money with bananas and bubblegum. Body, taste all on target. I get the high ratings. Finally, a true American weizen.

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Photo of NoZeFace
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the nicest beers I had in a while. Really dig the sweet smell (banana and cloves are really charming). The taste is crisp and clean . Bit of spritz to it all. I understand why people are trading like crazy to get these cans now. I'm usually not of lighter beers but this has started to turn me. Worth trying out...perhaps even hunting down

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on draft, cloudy straw color with nice white head.

Smells very rich of banana and cloves, very much like a Belgian ale. Medium body and pretty carbonated. Refreshing mouthfeel that lingers. No noticeable bitterness, but rather milky.

Overall this is an excellent beer, and I always enjoy it during the summer. It's getting a lot of love here in Texas because they just started canning so I decided to try it (in my opinion) a little early for the season. My wife - who's not much of a beer drinker- loves this beer, and I'm looking forward to more.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Damn this was good. Had from HEB in a growler. This is the best beer I have ever had from a Texas Brewer. Seems straight from Munich - great hefe. This has the typical look and lacing but the freshness was almost pungent. Great feel and a very fresh beer. I think I want to give HEB 5 stars as well for provision this

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Photo of shaneerickson
4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft in a pint glass

L - Has a nice straw color. very cloudy and hazy,no clarity. little head retention. no lacing on the glass

S - Strong smell of bananas on the nose. a very nice clove aroma as well. no hop aroma presence. has a bready smell. slight pepper aroma

T - Mild floral hops on the finish. still retains the banana and clove in the mouth. and the pepper leaves a nice finish.

F - Medium body that goes down very smooth! has a nice amount of carbonation burn. very drinkable

O - Has a really nice color. didn't have as much head retention that i thought it would. goes down so smoothly. this beer would be awesome with a salmon salad in a warm summer day. didn't come with a lemon and it doesn't need one! i highly recommend!

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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 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 BIll_Currie
3.56/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i'm a widmer here guy . also love pyramids so i was excited to try this. i'd read lot of good things about this one.
it was pretty good. a little thinner than widmer but overall a great beer

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Photo of snowmageddon
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a frothy, thick white head with a hazy dark golden yellow color to the body
S: banana, bubble gum jump out, pear, clove, lemon, grass
T: bubble gum, stone fruit, lemon, pepper, hay, biscuit, light, earthy/herbal hops
M: light, soft mouthfeel with slight carbonation
O: delicious and refreshing hef. I would love to have this again. Up there with Weihenstephaner for my favorite hefeweizen.

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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 dorisfunkasaurus
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect example of the style and the best American Hefeweizen. Possibly the best American take on a German style period. Aromatic and perfectly balanced banana and clove notes. I routinely make a 4 hour trek to Texas just to have this on tap.

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Photo of Keystrokegraffiti
4.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had. Everything you want in a solid hefeweizen; smooth, iconic golden haze, great banana and clove taste and smell, and an alcohol content that quickly catches up with you. I assume they don't bottle it to preserve the flavor but it ia absolutely worth going out for. This will always be in my top 3.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,610 ratings.
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