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Live Oak HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#373
Reviews:
462
Ratings:
1,653
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
796
Gots:
260
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,653 |  Reviews: 462
Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 finger head with great retention. cloudy yellow color.

smell is of big banana phenol with some cloveyness underneath. the aroma of the wheat is amazing

light wheat taste with minimal bitterness. citrus wheat flavor underneath with some clovey flavors.

mouthfeel is dry and crisp, yet there is a hint of creaminess.

this hefe doesn't disappoint. try it

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Photo of BeerMeBro720
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breadwinner
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Treebs
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

64 oz. growler served in a Hacker-Pschorr weiss glass. Huge, huge, huge thanks to cfh64 for the growler and hitting a long time top want. Thanks Brad!!

A: Pours a perfect hazy golden color with a little amber mixed into the body. A thick and fluffy pure white head forms on the pour and it recedes slowly to a thin film. Soapy lace is left down the glass.

S: Great hefe smells. Cracked wheat, some banana with clove and other great phenolic yeast sweetness. There is a nice citrus hop profile in the background as well. As it warms a touch of bubblegum starts to come out of the nose.

T: Nice fruity yeast flavors with a little clove. Some minimal citrus hops with a nice strong wheat backbone. There is a stronger flash of bubblegum-like yeast in the taste than the nose. The flavors mesh incredibly well and it just tastes great.

M: Medium to light bodied with a little bit of yeasty heft to it. The carbonation is just a little low, but it didn't lose much in the growler.

O: This is a great American Hefe. I truly enjoyed this and the subtle hops gave this hefe another layer that made it very enjoyable.

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Photo of sliverX
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PretzelCity
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do not like German beer, but this one blew me away. It has the traditional maltiness that is expected from the style, but there is a not little tartness that helps offset the sweet.

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Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of RKing44
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this hand bottled beauty from Thickerfreakness in a trade at Dark Lord Day. This is my first offering from Live Oak and I'm pumped to try it. Drank from my Widmer miniature Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance- Pours a hay colored hazy yellow with a decent half finger fluffy bright white head. The beer maintains a nice white cap and collar that leaves a bit of thick spotty lacing about one inch above the top of the head for the duration of the beer.
Smell- Light and refreshing with loads of banana and that typical spicy yeast you'd expect from a Hef. Light clove/nutmeg like spice that isn't dominant in the least; nicely in check behind the banana. Light wheat and very small citrus float around in the background.
Taste- Big on the banana up front with an almost cotton candy like sweetness. Nice spiciness from the yeast with plenty of clove and lemon zest. There is a lingering sweetness that is slightly citrus and a bit bubblegummy as it warms. Heavy on the wheat with an almost grainy/bready finish (girlfriend said it reminded her of corn lol).
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is light (make sense?) and crisp with medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a very good Hefeweizen and is almost unbelievable that it's made in Texas! I was a little weary about this losing some of it's tastiness since it was hand bottled but Thickerfreakness did a great job. It's very easy drinking and deliciously refreshing. Nice beer from Live Oak and big thanks to Thickerfreakness!

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

growler thanks to goatgoat, meticulously and amazingly sturdily packaged. tasted in early april 2009, within one week of arrival. poured into weizen glass.

pale straw color with yellow tones, very hazy. great foamy head, recedes slowly to thinner but consistent layer. great lacing.

aroma is estery, but not quite banana. more on the side of pear and citrus, but even then not quite. melon? some clove and other spice. (coriander?) touch of grassy hops. mild base of bread with hint of yeastiness. very "fresh" and "citrusy" (but not in an american hopping way). something approaching juicyfruit brand bubblegum, but not exactly.

taste: bready and fruity, with that fresh but undefinable character again, approaching citrus flesh, with only a hint of banana. touch of clove? gentle to mild bitterness from noble hops, giving a crisp balance. touch of citrusy acidity, plus more bread and yeast, into a finish with touch of sulfurous fermentation.

medium body, moments of smoothness, with crisp mild acidity and a spritzy, sometimes creamy carbonation.

despite the hard-to-pin-down characters, and the relative lack of classic german weizen notes (banana and clove), this is very fresh and robustly flavorful. thus while i don't think it is better than weihenstephaner by any means, it definitely ranks up there as one of the better americanized attempts.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brians52
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good HefeWeizen!! I am not a fan of this style of beer whatsoever, but this one is certainly drinkable. I would definitely try it again - perfect for long walks on the beach with that special someone according to @Mpontiakos

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

Not a big Hefe drinker here so excuse the average review.

Pours a hazy straw color with less than a finger head that disappears within 10 seconds. No lacing and a good amount of bubbles rise to the top.

Smell is mostly of banana to me. Some wheat is in there also I suppose. Typical Hefe smell but it does have a certain sharp aroma to it.

Taste is very nice. Crisp banana and breaded malt along with a lovely vanilla-wheat backbone. I can even taste a hint of hops and some citrus in there also. A hint of spice is detectable. Excellent.

Feel is just what I want in a Hefe. Easy drinking with a very light body and a nice amount of carbonation. Incredibly refreshing.

Overall this is a classic example of a well done Hefeweizen. It really reminds me of the Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen which is an enormous complement in my book. Well done Live Oak!

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of n2pux
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.22/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of phishbone23
5/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of thebeers
4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale, clear yellow color with close to three fingers of airy white head that are quick to dissipate into almost nothingness. Big banana aroma. Quite clean and crisp smelling. Mildly soapy, but in a good way. Top notch. Light hefeweizen banana flavors in the taste, again with some soapy notes, a little bubblegum, clove, white pepper. Light bodied with some slight creaminess to it. A great brew. Would love this on a hot summer night.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.67/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this from a growler into a weizen glass. Thanks very much to screach for the trade and especially for getting it here so quick.

Appears a cloudy golden color with a one inch white head that is slowly rising above the rim. Ends up leaving some very nice lacing down the side of the glass.

The aroma is the perfect balance of clove and banana. At first the banana seems to dominate but with a deeper inhale the clove is right there with it and they blend together wonderfully. There are also some less noticeable bubble gum and apple esters. All that plus the wheat malt makes this one the tops.

Similar to the aroma there is an initial banana ester character but it quickly blends with the tangy breadiness of the wheat malt and then the clove flavor comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as light as many Hefeweizens. It has a nice creamy consistency to it as well. Extremely drinkable and gets even better as it warms up a little bit. I had no problem finishing the growler in one sitting.

This one was very enjoyable for sure. Almost reminds me of a homebrew that I made but this one is better. This one is actually not overrated.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of capnamerica
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bcrossan
4.37/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,653 ratings
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