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Live Oak HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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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 Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a wizen glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, with carbonation bubbles shooting to the top, short lasting lace

S- pungent esters of banana mix with clove and light phenolic notes. Toasted wheat with some fruity notes, earthy and musty

T- plenty of banana flavor up front with citrus undertones, along with ripe pear and green apple skin. Spicy yeast and clove in the mid-palate, bready sweetness as it nears the finish, mimicking banana bread. Lingers of musty and earthy least, with light phenolic notes

M- light bodied with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- perhaps the best American made here I've had, would certainly drink several 6 packs in the summer if it were regularly available

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a proper clouded sunshiny yellow, a creamy white cap of a finger+. Sticky lace swirls around the glass.

Aroma - banana and clovey yeast is pretty much right on the money. Hint of gunpowder with warming.

Taste - sweet, grainy, and yeasty at first. The banana flavors play nicely off the sweetness. The swallow brings in the clove and spices. A fruity finish with a twang of sour as things wind down.

Mouthfeel - smoothness adds to the body while the crispness gives it a little lighter feel.

Drinkability - Austin's lucky to have this awesome session beer as a local tap. I'm pretty fortunate to try this while in town. Thanks to BGThang for this special treat.

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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 Sean9689
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of wagenvolks. Thanks so much for the trade!
Poured from 64oz growler into Hefe glass.

A - Pours a cloudy dark golden/light orange color with a fluffy white head. The foamy goodness leaves a good amount of lacing behind along the sides of the glass and a half a fingers worth of head sticks around as the cap.

S - Ripe bananas mixed with wheat and yeast notes. Smells very fresh like it was just poured from the tap right in front of me. Maybe a small hint of cloves, but mostly bananas and yeast.

T - This has a more subtle banana flavor to it then I expected, which I like. It seems to me that too often, the sweet banana flavors overtake everything else...not with this one. Some really nice bread notes mixed with a hint of cloves on the finish that has a nice bite.

M - Light and refreshing that goes down so easy and smooth. It does have some body on it for a Hefe, but still sticks right to the style overall.

D - Super-easy to drink...gotta save some for the g/f or else I'd drink the entire growler by myself. Live Oak really killed it with this Hefe and I'm going to hit up wagenvolks again for another one in the very near future.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.78/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my parents fill a growler on their trip to Austin.

A- Body is a light cloudy pale yellow hue. Pours with a large 2-3 finger foamy white head. Head eventually fades to about one finger and has great retention from there. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is very good-and in line for a hefe. Soft cloves and a hint of banana come through as well as a hint of breadiness.

T- The flavor is soft and balanced all around. A presence of clove and the slightest hint of banana with a nice bready yeast backbone. The finish adds just a touch of hops and gets a little biscuty.

M- High tingly carbonation and yeasty body. The carbonation is somewhat seltzer-like. Body is nice but could be fuller and smoother.

D- This is a nice, mellow, balanced hefe. Reminds me a lot of Weihenstephaner-but doesn't do the trick as well for me. A good drinkable, sessionable beer that I would be ordering a lot if I lived in TX...but I don't think I will go out of my way to have it again here. We have local hefes that are just as nice. Still a great opportunity to try!

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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 ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler

Thanks for opening this long-time want with me, DarthKostrizer!

Slightly hazed golden and yellow with a moderately-sized, big-bubbled off-white head. This isn't as cloudy as some other hefeweizens I've had, but all in all, this is quite pretty and appropriate.

Balanced, expressive aroma of wheat, some juicy citrus flesh, clove, banana, and orange rind. Well balanced and appropriate.

The flavor is very nice as well and incredibly drinkable. Good amounts of wheat, sweet (citrus), low to moderate bitterness, banana, and some clove come together nicely.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation.

Perhaps the best American-brewed hefeweizen I've ever had.

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Photo of koopa
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler received in a trade with BgThang who is one of the nicest traders I've dealt with on BA.

Appearance: Lemon meringue cloudy body with an egg shell white 2+ finger foam head. Classic Belgian Wit / German Hefe look rather than the standard crappy American Wheat beer appearance. Well done!

Smell: Banana, lemon, bubblegum, and clove combine to make a signature Hefe nose. As crazy as it might sound, the smell reminds me of slightly rotten eggs / sulfer at times!

Taste: Oh baby I feel like I'm at a beer garden in Germany! Clove sings when its cold and the banana takes over as it warms. Lots of delicious grain flavor as well.

Mouthfeel: Spot on.

Drinkability: Drink this one all summer long!

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Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to atxdelivery for this growler from the great state of Texas!

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. A huge two and a half finger eggshell white head at first, slowly settles to a half finger but lingers very nicely. Lacing and retention are very good.

S. Banana, apple skin, candied sugar, white pepper, and a very faint peach-like quality. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose exactly...banana, apple, peppery notes, grape skin, and yeast. I still detect some peach flavors as well. A touch sweet, but this is really good stuff here.

M. This growler was filled a week and half ago, but I'm guessing this is exactly how it drinks on-tap. This is light-bodied, very crisp, and extremely refreshing.

O. One of the best hefeweizens I have ever had. For an American-produced hefe, it's between this and New Glarus Dancin' Man Wheat for the "Best Damn Hefe in the Land" honor. This is a very hard style with which to make an impression, but Live Oak has certainly made an impression on me with this one. Very enjoyable, I would absolutely crush this were it readily available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Redrover
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Ginger Man in Austin. Served in a standard pint, the beer is very cloudy and has an interesting apricot color. The head is medium white with not a ton of lacing (or expected).

The beer has lots of banana and bubble gum aroma. There is also some coriander for balance.

The beer has an amped-up spice taste that I really liked. Coriander and white pepper followed by a big shot of cloves and banana. Just a very nice hefe here folks. I like the bit of sourness that comes in late to balance the spice.

The mouth has a little lower carbonation than I like, but it is more than offset by some nice slickness. This would be a great beer for those hot Texas days, heck it’s a good beer anytime!

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

Appearance: Cloudy medium golden color with a large white head, and substantial carbonation;
typical appearance for the style.

Aroma: Sweet aroma of ripe bananas, cloves, and bubble gum. The aroma was absolutely correct for the style, but substantially more pronounced than among most Hefeweizens.

Taste: Begins with sweet and spicy notes, which carry throughout the taste, as well as a strong backbone of wheat malt. Cloves and ripe bananas are most prominent, although there is a hint of bubble gum as well. Finishes as it began, sweet and spicy.

Mouth feel: Smooth and very creamy, just excellent.

Drinkability/notes: A truly superior Hefeweizen, in my opinion, as good or better than any of the many German examples of the style that I have enjoyed.

Sampled at the Texas Craft Brewer’s Festival on June 7th, 2003.

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Photo of Floydster
4.72/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

64 ounce blank brown growler received in a trade a few hours ago from JonathanL7890, glad somebody was nice enough to fill this for you, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this top twenty beer, split with a friend tonight, poured into my large Bell's stein

A-Golden yellow color with tints of orange, murky and cloudy, big one and a half inch foamy white head that stuck around for upwards of five minutes, nice retention and some lacing at the beginning

S-Lots of wheat, nice orange peel aroma, cloves, coriander, ginger, various other spices, tons of banana that never went away, more citrus, apricot, grains, barley, and bready malt scents

T-Started off with a subtle orange taste, some biscuit and bread in the middle, finishes with some lemon juice and other citrus zest, later I began tasting some spices in the finish that had a big clove flavor, wheat provided a nice chewiness along with the bready malt, as it warmed it only became slightly sweeter, I could drink this beer all day, finally tasted some banana towards the end with more spice in the aftertaste, changed over time but never got any worse as far as taste goes, much different when it is cold because of its crispness, prefer it at room temperature to get all the different fruity tastes, incredible balance between grainy flavors and fruitiness, so easy to drink and flavorful at the same time

M-Chewy and creamy mouthfeel, nice crisp level of carbonation, surprisingly medium to thick body, which was a first for a hefeweizen, heavy and aggressive, long lasting taste, not too sweet

D-Could drink two growlers in a sitting, okay that might be an exaggeration but you get the idea of how easy this stuff is to drink, not heavy at all, no alcohol present in the flavor, low ABV from what my body is telling me even though it is not stated here on the site, and would make a fantastic session beer

Drank five days after it was filled and still popped when I opened the lid, tasted as fresh as any other beer would be, amazing it held up so well, best hefeweizen I have ever had, highest drinkability out of any beer I have ever had as well, would love to have again in the future, maybe when I decide to visit Texas soon, highly recommended

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Photo of nrbw23
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pour a nice cloudy golden yellow with a nice think bubbly white head. Leaves a nice white lacing that remained about the entire time.

S- Wonderful smell. Every time a smelled this brew I think I picked up something new. I would say pretty complex with everything from banana, clove, and wheat.

T- Once again this was incredible. Extremely smooth. Again I could taste some many different flavours here also. Amazing balance and just plain wonderful.

M- Maybe a little thick compared to most Hefe's but nothing wrong with it. This brew felt great maybe even a little grainy but was just plain awesome.

D- I was a little upset when I ran out of this brew. Couldn't get enough.

A HUGE thanks to JonathanL7890 for this one!

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Flying Saucer in Houston. This is easily the best American Hefeweizen I have ever had. Comes incredibly close to the great German offerings. Really fantastic.

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Photo of matjack85
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I only got to sample 5oz of this stuff as it came as part of a flight of 5 Texas beers for $10. On tap at the Flyinhg Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston, Texas.

The beer poured a hazy gold color typical for a hefe. Despite the small sample, the beer made a 2-finger fluffdy white head with good retention but little lacing.

The beer smelled like bubble gum.

Nice banana/clove flavor but with some other citrusy flavors as well - orange and lemon. Both sweet and tangy with light wheat malt and yeasy flavor.

Medium bodied with fairly high prickly carbonation.

This is a very good hefe. If I see it again, I'll be sure to order a full glass.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thanks go to Bill for this awesome swingtop from the growler he got. Poured into a Narrangansett pint glass.

A: Cloudy, hazy, off-yellow color. Pours with a great amount of carbonation for having been in transit - twice.

S: Clove, smoked wood, and Belgian yeast. Fresh baked Irish soda bread.

T: Wheat and grain take the front of the pack, followed by sundried dates.

M: Small bubbles and thin-bodied.

D: The best feature of this beer. Goes down like water - but you wouldn't want to do that; it's a beer to savor.

Overall, this is not a style I usually drink but this one was enjoyable.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Shaun for the growler! Pours a cloudy and hazy straw yellow color with a nice thick white head especially after an aggressive pour. The aroma is of belgian yeast, banana, and wheat. Smooth tasting with a fine balance of banana, clove, and wheat with a slight watered-down after taste along with the yeast. Zero alcohol taste. Very refreshing. This is one overhyped hefe and I've had plenty better ones - so this was a bit disappointing after I traded quite a bit for this growler. But, in any case, sure glad to have tried this one from Austin!

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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 SpeedwayJim
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. As a lover of wheat beers, I've wanted to get around to this one for a long time. Poured from a 64oz. growler into a Harpoon Weizen glass.

A: Gentle pour yields a .5 finger foamy white head with little retention that dissipates into a thin film atop a cloudy, lemon yellow beer. Lacing is stringy and spotty with little stick. Average and the cloudiness is forgiven due to the style.

S: Nose is subtle but refreshing. Lemon zest, sweetness from the yeast, some banana, and creamy cane sugar. Not overly rich or impressive but very balanced.

T: Opens lemon zest, various sweet and very mildly tart spiciness. Some banana notes along with a smooth, creamy, yeasty malt backbone. Citrus towards the end with some more sweet spiciness. Finish is yeasty and slightly floral with a grainy and citrus tart aftertaste. Simple but incredibly quenching and refreshing.

M: Light bodied and moderately carbonated. Smooth and slightly watery, but very quenching and satisfying. Goes down with some bubbles. Finish is accented but with a clean, crisp, quick aftertaste. Perfect.

O: Live Oak Hefeweizen isn't overly impressive in terms of appearance or smell but its spot on taste and incredible mouthfeel make it the perfect session beer on a hot summer day. Incredibly drinkable, this might be the one time I thought a 64oz. growler wasn't enough.

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Photo of Overlord
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to JDV for providing a half liter growler of this delicious brew.

Pours a big glowing golden color with a frothy white head. Some lacing. Can't say I've ever seen a brew quite this color before. The smell is a bit underwhelming: mostly yeasty wheat/bread overtones with some lemon zest and coriander.

The taste is more complex, with a big-time lemon/citrus backbone coated with tons of banana and some yeast/bread. There's some spices in here, though I can't name them (too subtle).

What this beer succeeds in, more than almost any other hefeweizen or hefeweizenish beer, is it's drinkability. This is a phenomenally drinkable beer. I could easily give this to just about anyone and expect they'd enjoy it. It really needs a 6 on the drinkability scale. Just absolutely lovely carbonation, enough complexity to chew on but it's not overwhelming in any flavor.

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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick dark creamy unfiltered uncanny looking hefe.

Deep clove aromas, hints of bubblegum and banana, yeast earthy banana leaves and hints of cocoa bean.

Clovey, hints of banana, but yeast n clove dominate only a slight bubblegummy. Good creamy with nice carbonation.

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Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. it's been forgotten in my fridge for about 7 weeks now, but doesn't seem to have suffered much.

22oz hand-bottled sample. reviewed as a growler. sampled june 14/08.

pours hazy golden yellow with a small very fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. very fresh and vibrant. slightly floral. light clove. banana. light caramel. white bread. bit of cracker.

taste is good. light clove and coriander. banana. hint of caramel. cracker and white bread. hint of alcohol. touch of floral character.

mouthfeel is good. very fine well integrated medium-low carbonation level. nice light body.

drinkability is great. nice balance. very enjoyable, perfect for a saturday afternoon on the patio. eric says this doesn't seem quite as fresh as the other bottle he got and drank at the end of april, but it seems damn fine to me. going to leave this one on my wants and revisit it later.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a pint at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in downtown Austin, TX.

Although the theater was dark, the thick, creamy cap of eggshell foam was impossible not to notice. Sticky lacing draped along the insides of the glass, and after the lights came on when the film was over (Zack & Miri Make a Porno), I was able to fully appreciate the beautifully hazy, golden-yellow brew before me. Although the beer was initially served with a lemon wedge, after its removal the aroma held up well on its own, delivering notes of spicy clove, soft banana, and a pinch of vanilla.

I agree with Ding's review (below); while the flavors are solid for the style, the overall taste is not an eye-opening, nor "palate-opening" experience. Quite a bit of lemon zest, clove, banana, and breaded malts, which meld nicely and adhere to the style well. An invigorating carbonation level persuades the spiciness to ramp up a notch, while the medium body is smooth and finishes crisp and clean. Live Oak HefeWeizen is a fantastic brew that I cannot wait to have at my beckoning call once I move to Austin, but in all honesty, I've had other hefe's that are just as pleasing.

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Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Two large draft samples at GABF 2009.

A - Pours a great slightly hazy straw color with a medium-sized creamy white head and solid lacing.

S - Aroma is banana, clove, wheat, and yeast. Perfectly to style.

T - Long-lasting and full flavor of sweet pale malt and wheat, banana, clove, spice, and yeast.

M - Palate is medium-light and fairly crisp. Refreshing.

D - About as high as it gets. This is a great, spot-on example of the hefeweizen style.

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

Big thanks to JDV for this growler

a - pours a bright golden color, very cloudy with lots of suspended sediment, one-finger dense white head with little retention or lacing

s - classic hefe aroma, big banana and cloves scents, lemon accents, wheat malt, no alcohol

t - banana and clove up front overwhelms the palate as it warms (a little hollow when cold), midpalate has more banana with lemon zest, finish has a mixture of clove spiciness and lemon along with a lingering bubblegum flavor, no alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well-balanced finish, not overly sweet or dry

d - incredibly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol is undetectable

Great hefe overall...definitely right there, if not better than my previous favorite, Weihenstephaner. I'd love to try this fresh on tap, but it would be hard to beat this growler. I will note that the beer became much better after warming up a little...it was a bit hollow on the midpalate and finish just out of the fridge.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.
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