HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: German 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

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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

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Photo of california_republic
2.89/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I must not be much of a fan of "authentic" German beers because I did not really like this one. It has too much of that funky sweetness that I suppose is from yeast. Bock is probably the most obvious example of this kind of smell and taste, and I absolutely can't stomach bock. This one is okay, at least drinkable, but I would rather have something more light and crisp like Karbach Weisse Versa or even Blue Moon. The yeast sweetness is just so off-putting.

Look: Clear, bright but deep golden with thick foamy head that leaves behind moderate lace.

Smell: Sweet potato yeast, overripe banana and some light crackeryness

Taste: Cloying sweet potato yeast and herbal bitterness. Can't say I know what clove tastes like, but this tastes spicy in a way that is not coriander.

Feel: It doesn't make me gag so it's drinkable but I don't really want the yeast lingering around.

Overall: I guess I can appreciate that this is probably an authentic rendition of whatever it is, but this kind of yeast honestly tastes gross.

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

Photo of jorgerod99
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanadianGinge
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottvanbelois
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beertunes
4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sarah and Ryan for grabbing this for me. 12oz can poured into 8oz footed Pilsner glass (closest thing I have to a weizen glass). Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with over two inches of fluffy white head that dissipated quickly, and left light-medium lacing.

The aroma had the bubblegum and clove aspects that were expected, and a real nice grainy wheat scent as well. Very similar on the tongue, the beer hit all the expected notes, but in an exceedingly well done fashion.

The body was light, clean, and crisp, with a semi-sweet finish. Drinkability was great, I could easily picture knocking back a few of these on a summers day. Overall, the rare beer that meets its hype. A Must-Try if given the chance.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.35/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jasonwill20
4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of amitkathrotia
3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jamison85
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bubseymour
4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Strictly for the taste this may give Franz and Weihenstephaner a run for best Hef. on the planet, but the appearance and aroma aren't quite there. Still an amazing and world class Hef. Probably the best in the US or top 5 at least.

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Can

Live Oak Hefe looks like its German brethren, as it should. It's bright golden, glowing in fact, with a minimal haziness. The foam is tight and robust reaching two-plus fingers in height on the pour. Carbonation rushes from every surface of the glass up to the dense foam. The head eventually settles to a thick cap after a handful of minutes and leaves behind sticky lace as it does so.

The nose is full on yeast driven but also shows restraint, subtleties, and balance. Banana and bubblegum are first up and lead the way through the finish. An exceptional floral quality pops up in the middle and adds to the soft, rounded sweetness. The clove is more allspice than clove and simply adds a touch of depth overall which is perfect to me. Clove bombs I can't stomach. There's a large, sturdy freshly cracked wheat character that's comforting overall. The nose on this beer fits my taste for style nearly perfectly.

Each drink perfectly mimics the nose. Banana and baseball card bubblegum are the mainstays. They're exceptionally balanced and even handed. The allspice is soft and fairly warming while staying on the periphery of that dense, fresh wheat base. This beer is clean and all around smooth, not a single edge.

The body shows a welcomed density. There's weight but it's plush and luxurious, not heavy or cloying. The carbonation is active and keeps the body moving at a good pace leaving behind a touch of sweetness that dries up over a few seconds. Each drink leaves me salivating unto the next.

Live Oak's Hefe deserves every ounce of praise that it receives and most likely more. This is an exceptional beer in the style. It's bright and vibrant yet perfectly well balanced in every aspect. It's a lesson in "bigger isn't always better" and more of something can be too much. This coming from a guy that passes on hefeweizen always. Wow, impressive stuff.

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Photo of Anayalator
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Junior
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jondoeworks
3.1/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of dannycohen62
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ccmoods
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really great beer, one of the best Hefeweizens I’ve had

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Photo of Blackop555
3.96/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours gold. Short, foamy, Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells wheat, yeast funk, clove, spice and banana.

Taste Citrus, wheat, clove, banana, yeast Funk and a little sweetness. Finishes semi-dry with yeast and citrus linger. Lighter medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of chamberscreek
4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting Hef with a nice, creamy texture. Unique, almost smoky finish. Moderate, subdued CO2.

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Photo of Trevor_martin
4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jcb7472
4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,719 ratings