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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: 441 | Ratings: 1,542
Photo of assurbanipaul
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damn. I hate giving perfect scores, makes me sound like a rank amateur cheerleading his Friday-night standard. But sorry, I must remain true to my standards and admit that this brew has earned my first ever straight all-fives. Overall, an absolutely flawless product.

Pours cloudy and golden. The aroma comes out to welcome you with esters all over along with faint yeast and bubble gum, a little cream butter as well.

The taste is thick, rich, bready with a buttery sweetness. The flavors are mild with banana, white pepper and cloves present in the background, not overpowering. Subtlety is the watchword and fresh is best. Texture is smooth and velvety with a moderately heavy mouthfeel.

Balance is what earns this brew a perfect score. I've had fresh hefeweizens with strong fruit and clove elements but this beer is so delicately made so as flavors come together in a symphony instead of individual components. Even as it warmed in a plastic cup, the flavors remained nuanced and complementary, never turning or tiring towards the inevitable warmer end. Nothing dominates, thus everything works. The palate never tires and I could drink this all day.

Cheers to BeerAngel for his tip on enjoying this fresh from the source. I owe him a beer for this new favorite of mine.

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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 MNishCT77
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

10 oz. pour on draft at Craft Pride in Austin, TX; unknown brewing/packaging date; poured into a modified British pint glass and drank over 15 minutes

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.77/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler into a weizen glass. Huge thanks to xpimptastikx for the opportunity to try this one!

Straw-colored pour. A careful pour still yields a monster three finger head. Nice, thick white foam retains well, but sadly doesn't leave much behind. Still, a very promising pour from the growler.

Very yeasty nose. Lots of banana and bubblegum immediately jump out at me. There's also some wheat-y tartness and a citric fruity scent.

Live Oak HefeWeizen has a great collection of flavors...a flavor that keeps me a little more interested in it than most hefes. Nice wheat-y tartness, lots of bready malt, bananas, bubblegum, citrus (I'm leaning toward orange), and stinging, almost tongue-numbing spice. Really enjoy how this one isn't overly clove-y.

The texture of this beer seems impossible. It's soft and creamy, while being lively and tingly. That shouldn't add up, but it does here. Body is a bit lighter than I expected (I'd guess medium), but without being watery or thin.

The drinkability is off the charts. A lot of hefeweizens (and a lot of other styles, too) have been easy drinkers simply because of a low ABV and a lack of offensive flavors. However, Live Oak's HefeWeizen's great flavor pushes it beyond the rest. If I could give it a 6, I would. This is as good as I've had thus far. Generally, I like to drink a 12oz bottle or two a night, and call it quits. It's usually a chore for me to drink much more than that. Yet this growler was gone in no time. Can't recommend it highly enough.

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Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow color with a white head and little retention. Smell of banana, cooked vegetable, bread, and lemon. Taste has some banana, bread, and clove. Higher end of carbonation, thick, but still medium bodied. Pretty drinkable, and a good beer to drink for the summer. Thanks to pepsican for the sample.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a growler into a Newport Storm pint. Thanks channels321!

Appearance- Pretty typical unfiltered heffe. Cloudy yellow with thin white head.

Smell- Spicey. Coriander, banana, lemon, wheat bread, grassy floralness. Again fairly typical of the style.

Taste- Lemon, yeasty bread, funky earthyness, green apples. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated. Smooth, crisp, clean. Would be great on a hot summer day.

Overall- This is a damn fine Heffe. Not a fan of the style normally, but this sets the standards for now on.

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

This is my 241st review and only my third perfect five. This is the epitome of the style as it poured a beautifully lightly cloudy caramel color with a massive light off-white head. The aromas of bananas, clove, and light wheat notes bellowed from this beer. The taste was a very creamy repeat of the aroma with a smoothness out of this world. This was a medium bodied beer and it drinks down with way too much ease! We were told that this batch was young, but how can it get any better?!?! Live Oak is a brewery that makes some quality brews! Cheers to this Texas brewery!

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Photo of pentathlete
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison. Served with a lemon wedge which I discarded. Also, served in a standard American pint glass.

Cloudy golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head and very sticky lace. Nose full of wheat, mild banana, and lemon zest, very appetizing. Yet, the banana flavors were subdued. Things started off with a carbonic yeast and quickly moved to a somewhat wet lemony flavor. It was a bit much, hints of Pledge. Toward the end, the flavors mellowed and blended with some spice added to the mix, still not enough to recover from the lemon kick. Mouthfeel varied from a thin middle to a fine medium-full finish. An easy to drink beer that you should never refuse. If you are in TX, be sure to seek it out.

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Photo of Artmcd88
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

At Bangers. Probably pne of the best Hefes I’ve had. I haven’t gone to the motherland yet but I’d imagine this is what they are like. Pours a hazy pale yellow. Big banana aroma. Taste is similar to a banana runt with a big effervescent carbonation. Super refreshing.

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

On tap at The Hay Merchant (Houston), served in a 20 oz Weizen glass. Hazy, cloudy yellow with a good head of white foam. Citrus, wheat and slight yeast spice on the nose. Well balanced flavor: typical clove and banana are present but only just enough, citrus, bread, spicy yeast and hop bitterness all mingle well. Lively carbonation with a light to medium body. Very drinkable, well balanced; a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Cvescalante
4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this one on tap for the first time, and I've been dying to try this for a while.

A- Cloudy yellow color, definitely cloudy. Nice frothy head.

S- Sweet bananas, very little clove, nice lemon and grassy notes.

T- This shit is BANANAS "B-A-N-A-N-A-S" haha! Biggest banana bomb I've ever tasted. So rich and sweet. There's a little clove present, and it finishes with a little lemon tingle.

M- Dang this beer feels so creamy and frothy, it's awesome and so refreshing.

O- If I only had one beer wish, I might just use it by asking for this to be sold in cans at my grocery store. My fridge would be stocked up all year long! I don't think I could get tired of this beer. It's friggin amazing!

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Photo of rorykanderson
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Used to drink this all the time when I lived in Austin in 2010 - pumped to see it in cans. Pours a clear honey gold with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Real quickly. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma on par with the best - banana, clove, light hops, malt, coriander, freshly cut wheat and a hint of pepper and nutmeg. Drinks so easy. Clean, crisp beer that finishes dry. Snappy carbonation slows down the pace, which is a good thing because this is a beer to enjoy.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours orange and yellow haze with a white foamy head.

S. Banana, clove, and wheat predominate with nice light citrusy flavors and some bubblegum flavors.

T. Banana, wheat, some slight spiciness, and some nice bubblegum. Some lemon is in there, too.

M. Fairly thin with nice level of carbonation.

D. Very drinkable, but I wish it was a bit more robust.

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

had it on tap, came in a shaker

A - A foggy yellow with a nice 1 finger head. Sticky lacing

S/T - The smell and taste I put in the same category as they are basically the exact same. Nice banana and cloves with a semi-sweet backbone.

M - Decent mouthfeel, good and creamy. It was a bit 'biting' on the back palate but nothing major.

D - Best hefeweizen I have ever had. I get this stuff as much as possible. It deserves its high ranking.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: a little hazy, but still transparent. Straw yellow.

S: cinnamon, some green apple, some clove. Neat and clean, very yummy.

T: all of the above, nicely dry, a bit of funk, a big league chew bubblegum finish.

F: cushy, but a little bit watery.

O: supremely drinkable, complex enough but mostly yummy.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alcstradamus for letting me sample this beer. Poured from growler into snifter.

A- Pours a hazy gold with about a half finger's worth of head. Not much in terms of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S- Pretty standard for the style, clove, banana, some candy sugar but the banana smell is a little more dominant that other hefe's.

T- Banana is right at the forefront with some yeast in there to go along with the sugar. Also there is the normal clove and really not much else.

M- Medium bodied that is right on par with the style. Good carbonation and an overall smoothness.

D- A good tasting beer that has a low ABV makes this a good candidate for a session beer. I think that the banana is a little more overpowering that in a normal hefe.

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Photo of Onslow
3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Birthday! .... Quite tangy 4 a hefeweizen ... very refreshing ... is a peach juice colour .. lacing is over average ... hate to say it but might benefit from a lemon wedge?!?! ... decent but fresh ... i will have this again because I know this is better than my score..

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Photo of jamescain
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at Draught house in Austin, TX

Appearance: It pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a fingers worth of fluffy white head. I was surprised the head retention was not what I expected, but that could have been because the beer was a little too cold. Never the less this is what I expect a Hefeweissen to look like.

Aroma: Very proportionate amounts of banana, clove, a little bit of bread, and a touch of citrus come wafting out of the glass on my first sniff. Some hefeweissens can be too heavy on these aromas, but this one is not.

Taste: Banana, spicy notes and a tinge of tartness from the wheat. Very balanced, no one taste stands out in an over powering way, they all work with each other, complimenting each other.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing. This is the perfect summer beer. It’s extremely bubbly and it tickles and dances on your tongue.

Overall: This is without a doubt a world class hefeweissen and the best I have ever had. I lived in Germany for 16 weeks and had my fair share of hefeweissens and this is the best one I have ever had, rivaled only be Weihenstephan, but they had a little bit of a head start on Live Oak. It’s a shame they don’t bottle so more people could experience this beer. I'm thankful to live in Texas and can enjoy this beer whenever I want.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.48/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to turfy for hooking this one up in a trade.

A - Pours very hazy golden straw yellow with virtually no head. Maybe a half fingers worth of a white head which receded very quickly leaving some slight lacing behind.

S - The smell is supper mild, with coriander, cloves and a hint of banana. Some wheat is also present. Pleasant smell, just not very strong so there's not too much to report.

T - Initially the taste was rather subdued as was the aroma, however my second helping to this beer was very different. I'm tasting coriander, ripe banana and some pepperiness which i cant put my finger on. This is reminiscent of Ale industries Orange Shush.

M - Since it was in a growler for several days before it got to me, this beer was not the most carbonated, but it wasn't too bad. The mouth-feel was fairly thick and creamy for the style. Perhaps the wheat gave it some graininess.

D -This beer is very drinkable, both because of the body and because of the low abv.

If i'm being honest, this is not the best hefe i've had. I was very excited to try it, but was a bit let down. If i ever travel to Austin i will get this one fresh and perhaps up my review

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Photo of genog
3.88/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Franksnbeans for allowing me to taste this one:

Pours a murky, yellowy orange color with a thick and creamy white fluffy 2 inch plus head. Leaves a little bit of lacing along the sides. Smell is of banana, cloves, spices. Taste is heavy on banana, and some orange peel. Nice crisp carbonation with a little watery texture.

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Photo of mrandypandy
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the brewery during their tour.

A - Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange with a nice white head that sticks to the sides.
S - Subtle hints of bananna, bubble-gum, some cloves. A touch of bready yeastyness as well.
T - Delicious. Bananna and clove, just like the nose, with a fruity/citrus splash on the finish.
M - Good carbonation, medium body, smooth crisp finish.
O - Top notch. Third time I've had this brew and it never disappoints. Tasty, drinkable and refreshing. I wish this was available in Atlanta...

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Photo of fiver29
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Dallas. Poured straw colored hazy and with a thick pillowy white head. Aroma was your typical wheat and banana for the style. I didn't get any clove. Tingly mouthfeel from the high carbonation. The flavor of this beer was outstanding. A smooth and refreshing banana wheat taste that finishes dry. Easiest drinking beer for the style I've ever had.

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Photo of abrand
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from LukeM23. Thanks!! Poured into a Weizen glass. I have been wanting to try this beer for a long time.

The Live Oak Hefe pours a cloudy orangish yellow color with a small white head that quickly fades and leaves little lacing. The pour is hazy. Smells of grains and wheat. Some hop and citrus characteristics as well. As the beer warms some banana scents pop out. The smell is subtle but very nice. Taste is dominated with bananas and wheat. Some malts and yeast are also noticed. Taste isn't overpowering in any way but enjoyable. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with little carbonation. Drinkability is pretty solid. Glad I got to finally try this. Thanks again LukeM!

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,542 ratings.
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