HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
HefeWeizenHefeWeizen
BA SCORE
4.35/5
Outstanding
1,703 Ratings
HefeWeizenHefeWeizen
BEER INFO

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:
Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#386
Reviews:
476
Ratings:
1,703
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
797
Gots:
278
Trade:
8
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,703 |  Reviews: 476
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

 418 characters

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

famous for a reason, this is perhaps the best hefeweizen made on american soil, and if it isnt, i want to taste whats better. its so light and flavorful, truly an all day drinker, and quite authentic too. its super light in color, almost watery looking yellow, and with a smaller head than the german ones that froth all down the edges of the glass, but by no means flat. the nose is so much more than banana clove, although thats definitely going on here. the wheat malt is aromatic and flavorful for its real pale cloudy color, and the fruit of the yeast goes well beyond banana to pear and light green apple, even green grape. the spice aspect is lesser, more of a general allspice thing rather than clove, which works well for me, it keeps it light. carbonation is ample, and the finish is clean for how fruity the yeast is. i could drink ten or more of these and like each one just as much. maybe just a bit light in body for me, could use a touch more meat, but its hard to think about changing anything here. who says old world styles dont rank anymore? this is killer!

edit: just had this in a can for the first time and oh my goodness, even better than the draft experience i had. quite possibly the very best hefe i have ever had. not changing original scores here, but this is flawless. i could (and would very much like to) drink 20 of these...

 1,357 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DanzBorin was generous enough to send this bad boy up to me! Thanks man!!

Poured out as a beautiful hazy golden color with a fluffy white head on top. The retention is very good with a minimal lacing. The smell of the beer is very fresh very inviting with some soft banana aromas. The taste is soft also, excellent flavors of wheat and banana, the clove is hidden which is interesting. The mouthfeel is very smooth also, almost creamy. Overall this was a killer beer. Really easy and refreshing. Very glad I got to try it.

 524 characters

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Live Oak Hefeweizen. Currently $6 in the Top Texas beers list, and #2 in the Top Hefeweizens list (below Weihenstephaner). I know I've reviewed this before, but apparently I just haven't typed up my notes yet. Oh well, I'm using this as an excuse to drink more of it.

CAN: A sixer ran me $8.99 at a Whole Paycheck in Austin, TX. That's about as cheap as it gets, with most stores charging $9.99+. 12 fl oz format with a standard pull-tab top. Label design is simple, with a white and orange motif. No canned on date, unfortunately.

"Bavarian style weissbier." "Hefeweizen." 5.3% ABV.

Served cold into a weissbierglas.

APPEARANCE: Pours a frothy off-white head, soft in complexion, lasting a good 10+ minutes. Fills about 40% of my weissbierglas with its 10cm+ head height.

Body is a bit muted and murky, lacking vibrance. Dull yellow-orange in colour. Obviously unfiltered, though no yeast/lees are visible within. The lack of vibrance in the body is a definite issue, but it's certainly style-appropriate in overall appearance.

AROMA: Fresh banana esters and clove indicate Weihenstephaner hefeweizen yeast, keeping this true to tradition. I don't find the vanilla many tend to in hefeweizens, but so much the better. Fresh wheat aromatics are evident. Pilsner malt is in there too. A scintilla of bubblegum phenol, sure.

Lacks any overt hoppy notes, to style. Wheat and German yeast are rightly the stars of the show here, but the aroma could be fresher and more vivid. Definitely nails style conventions, but I've encountered better aromas (Ayinger weissbier in particular comes to mind).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Subtle clove and banana esters play wonderfully against the backdrop of fresh soft wheat malt and clean crisp pilsner malt & 2-row. It's impeccably balanced and showcases Weihenstephaner yeast quite well, but it's lacking in terms of the sheer freshness I associate with a terrific German hefeweizen as well as the vividness and expressiveness of flavour.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully soft, which accents the wheat quite well. Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

Not oily, boozy, astringent, harsh, gushed, rough, or scratchy.

Well-executed but not uniquely so.

OVERALL: It's fair to say this is easily one of the best American-brewed hefeweizens in existence, but that still doesn't put it up there with the great German expressions of the style. This can't hold a candle to the Ayingers of the world, but it's definitely a must-try for any hefeweizen lover and it comes closer to what the style ought to be than almost any other American hefeweizen does. It's one I regularly order when out at Austin bars - a beer to revisit if only because it's so balanced and drinkable. Solid work from one of the best German style breweries in the United States, but still a notch or two below actual German breweries' hefeweizen biere.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

 2,907 characters

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy bright yellow color with two fingers of white head. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Quite delicate. Crisp with some banana and clove. Lots of wheat with some slightly tart citrus.

Taste: A lot like the smell. Banana and some clove. There aren't really any bubble gum notes here. There is still a lemony note from the wheat, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressively tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really good beer. Super easy to drink, it would be a superb summer beer.

 631 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Monsone for importing and sharing the growler! Whip In ftw :)

Huge banana, bubblebum and lemon notes right off the bat. Very aromatic and fresh. Wheaty in the best way, with a minor spicy clove element in there too.

Hazy orange body, fluffy head with some retention. Attractive color, slightly less foam due to the growler, but it still looks nice.

Flavor is also very wheaty, simple with very estery banana and bubblegum notes again. Slightly sweet with a tangy edge. Sweetness fades quickly into a dry aftertaste. Lingering notes of banana, bubblegum again, and clean wheat flavors. Creamy feel with an ethereal lightness. Simple and classic. Fresher than most any import, and well crafted. Perfect for warmer weather. Nicely done.

 749 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev -3%
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.

 1,193 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cloudy straw color and a creamy head that persists and drapes the pint glass with sheets of lace

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast notes are prevalent

Taste: Starts with a slightly citric banana bread flavor that adds a wallop of clove and yeasty complexity; some vanilla, in the mid-palate; a hint of bubblegum arrives, after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied; creamy, with slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style - outperforms many of the Germans

Thanks to CheChe and Texasfan549,, for the chance to re-visit in the can

 606 characters

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler (Thanks Josh): Poured a hazy lightly dirty beige color weizen with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light bubblegum notes with some what notes and some light cloves makes this a very interesting drink. Taste is also a good mix between some bubblegum notes with some light cloves and light banana ester. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well brewed though I usually prefer my weizen with more banana ester but glad to had a chance to try this beer.

 495 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in Austin, TX

A: Pours a cloudy pale straw yellow in color with some light amounts of small white yeast particles and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy bright white head that had great retention properties and slowly reduced to a small half finger tall cap in the center of the beer. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with banana, clove, and some lighter amounts of lemon citrus.

T: Moderate flavors of wheat with some lighter amounts of banana, clove, orange peel, and lemon citrus.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and refreshing, quite a thirst quencher. I really enjoyed this beer and it could definitely be a session beer for me as I would have no problem putting down several of these. Also, a great hot weather beer.

 908 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,703 ratings