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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
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442
Ratings:
1,564
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,564
Photo of zhanson88
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Growler received in a trade with atxdelivery. Thanks a lot Josh! Poured into a heavy mug.

Appearance: Live Oak HefeWeizen pours a very hazy straw color with about a finger of egg-shell white head. Lacing and retention are pretty decent. Decent looking beer, nothing great.

Smell: Lots of overripe banana scents show up immediately. After it warms a bit of citrus comes out, as well as some fruity esters.

Taste: A bunch of citrus, overripe banana, and esters all show up pretty predominantly. Also, I get just a touch of floral character on the back end as well, which is a bit surprising for a hefe. Not at all unwelcome though, it really adds another layer onto the flavor. This is a very tasty hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer feels pretty creamy in the mouth, and is just a touch heavier bodied than I expected, actually. Excellent. And as for drinkability, I'm having a hard time keeping this beer in the glass. Seems like every time I look at my mug it's almost empty. I will easily finish off a 64oz growler by myself, and wouldn't mind some more in all honesty.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Old notes, thanks to Matt (starrdogg) for this beautiful beer.

Pours very hazy yet bubbly with a dry orange straw color with a fizzy head that dies to a ring. Great look.

S: Awesome smell, this is the best part easily. I appreciate the round and balanced aroma here, it's just a nice tight package of smells that hit all the stuff you'd expect very well-whest, hefe yeast, ripe fruit and banana, clove, and more. Also has some undertones of other great savory sweet and almost BBQ-esque stuff. Interesting and appetizing.

T: Nice taste, but certainly falls short of the aroma for me. Pleasant lemon zest, a little clove, banana, wheat, licorice, and other kitchen spices and of course Germanic yeast/malt.

M: Very smooth, but seems pretty thin in terms of the body of the beer. I know its 5.2%, but I've had true German hefe that have had tons of body and less ABV.

Overall super drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with knight84 (thanks!).

Pours a glowing hazy orange peach with a small, but sticky, gauzy white head. Nose of sweet wheat bread, mild bananas, some cloves, a hint of bubblegum, and a sprig of spicy herbal noble hops. Very good smelling hefe.

Soft wheat malt of bready sweetness and tangy yeast. Restrained bubblegum and banana flavors. A little clove. Spicy noble hop finish. Medium-bodied with a soft, proteiny feel. Nice. Very drinkable and one of the best U.S.-made hefes I've had.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a couple growlers courtesy of chadspivey. Who would have guessed?

Pale yellow color with a slight haze. The head is about a half-inch thick lasting for a minute or so. Yeasty banana aroma, mildly sweet with a bit of clove-like spice in the mix.

The taste is lightly bready with more yeast and phenolic notes. The sweet banana sugars appear more toward the finish. Very mild but drinkable flavors. The carbonation was moderate, probably due to the growler effect. Light and creamy mouthfeel overall.

This beer was not exceptional but it was highly drinkable. I would love to have this available on draft anytime, especially in the summer. Well done...

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of Strelnikov - many, many thanks!! Great trader. Poured a portion into my Aventinus weizenbock glass, both because it's one of the larger glasses I have, and because the long, tall, slender look always does wonders for hefes.

Appearance: Pours a wonderfully hazy, cloudy pale orange, bright in appearance while still being opaque. The one finger of white, foamy head fades relatively quickly into a persistent, spongy collar and a faint, occasional patch of dust on the surface. The lacing is glittery, white, bubbly, and runny, which is appropriate for the style from my experience. Holding this one up to the really light really allows you to see the literal suspended yeast floating around in this one, huge foamy clouds of them. Intense.

Aroma: Sweet, overripe bananas are the first thing to great the nose on this one, very pungent. Cloves aren't far behind, a very authentic and well-blended spice note. The whole thing is very bready, slightly roasted, almost reminiscent of honey in places (with the help of the spice). The whole thing is very earthy, too, more like the crust of the bread than the bread itself, definitely due to the yeast. Agitation releases a few of the lighter citrus esters that had probably escape before my initial assessment - lemon like, with a few heavier orange zest and peach notes. Very nice.

Taste: About as authentic tasting as they come, I'd imagine. It's similar to the nose, but the differences cost it half a point - it's just a little tarter, earthier, and less robust. The malts are still earthy, like bread crusts, but a little less sweet and honey-like than in the nose. The banana is still strong and upfront, but again, cut more by the tartness here, almost rendering them unripe, as opposed to overly ripe as in the nose. Everything's just a little "greener" and zestier, if that makes sense. Still a great tasting hefe.

Mouthfeel: Soft but expressive carbonation, plentiful and easily noticeable, all in a body of moderate thickness. Pleasant and quenching, given the tastes, with absolutely no cloy.

Drinkability: Well hot damn. A solid, drinkable, low-in-abv% (I'm assuming - couldn't be more than 5.5%) hefeweizen, extremely traditional, extremely true to style, and just solid all around. Not much wrong with this one, really, and my only wish was that I could get it around here. Until then, alas - though it's not much of an alas - Weihenstephaner will the go-to wheat beer of choice, a beer that this one reminded me of very much. This one comes highly recommended, and I completely understand why it's the highest rated hefeweizen on BA. Cheers.

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Photo of skillerified
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tangerine colored and hazy with about a finger of white head. Great retention and lots of sticky lace.

Strong classic banana and clove mix, but a good maltiness underneath. Think I caught a hint of cinnamon in there too. Other spices anyway. Slightly floral too.

Sweet and caramel malty. The flavor doesn't deviate far from the scent. Slightly acidic. Medium and smooth.

A good brew. Great to see a classic style done so well right here in Texas. I think I'd still take a Paulaner over it, but I've got no complaints with this brew.

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

Maybe the best American hefeweizen, great clove, banana, bubble gum flavors on the aroma and the taste. Wonderful mouth feel and a real refreshing finish that is perfect for a Texas Summer.

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Photo of MPLS
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer and a lunch for FREE @ a SXSW event in Austin. The unfortunate part about the beer being free is that it wasn't poured into glass, but rather plastic.

A: Small 1 cm head, unfiltered hazy banana bread color, with dec lace.

S: Sweet and wheaty, the turd also dropped a lemon wedge on the side, so a lot of lemon zest.

T: Very clean and not extremely overpoweringly sweet. This is great, since a Hefeweizen isn't exactly my style of choice, but seemed perfect for a 80 degree Texas day. A nice slice of clovey bitterness.

M:Medium bodied, with good balance of carbonation.

D: I could drink a few of these, the number I would want to drink would increase as the temperatures started rising. Great summer beer, too bad it's only available on tap. You would think this precious swill would get bottled?

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of GregSVT. Thanks again, Greg!

A: Pours a dark lemon slash very pale copper with a very nice white head and a good amount of lacing as it goes down.

S: All of the requisite hefeweizen scents are there, although the bubblegum and clove take the front seat. Good balance between everything that's going on, and a bit more intense than the typical hefeweizen.

T: The bubblegum flavor is the most intense, with a bit of clove spice coming through. Not too much banana in this one.

M: Light-medium body with good carbonation.

D: Very, very nice indeed. A good beer to sit around with all day long. I wish I had regular access.

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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 Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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

Cloudy and yellow with a nice head for a bar-served glass. Banana clove and yeast bring the aroma and flavors around town... very well thank you. A beer that when I finally had it, pretty much lived up to the hype. Definitely a winner here, must try.

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

No limon, thank you. I had this one live at Ginger Man's.

High sweetness, nice tartness, creamy banana, wheaty goodness, medium-high fruit.

Pale straw / yellow / hint of orange. Nice haze. Mild head, poor retention.

Attack: crisp medium-high fruit, medium-high malt sweetness.
Mid: medium-high tartness and wheaty zest, creamy tart.
Finish: mildy dry and tart.
Low bitterness, mild malt. As it warms, yeasty flavors eminate and it gets sweeter.

High carbonation and medium body. Tart and numbing wheaty coolness.

Nice Hefe, pretty fresh and crisp.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can, served in an hefeweizen glass.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-darker yellow body, two finger white head, good retention, medium collar, not much lacing. Smells of bubble gum, clove, banana esters, wheat, light caramel, grainy sweetness. Smells like a sharp hefeweizen, not as well rounded as some of its best German counterparts, but it's unmistakably an hefe. Flavour is fairly authentic hefeweizen; dominant banana esters, clove, touch of bubble gum, grainy wheat, light grassy bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and almost a tad bit creamy, good carbonation, super easy to drink. Overall, a very good hefeweizen; it's sort of like a more balanced version of most American hefeweizens which tend to be hopped up. This is balanced and seems to taste more authentic although I am not doing this blind with Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner, of course. That may be an experiment to do later on.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can. Pours yellow-gold with a slight haze, two finger white fizzy head lasts a little while, just a few bubbles stick. Candy-like banana aroma. Lots of banana in the flavor as well, but not off putting at all, other flavors are there, apple and wheat, peach maybe. Fruity and flavorful without being sweet or tart, very tasty. Medium soft mouthfeel and finishes dry. No off flavors in the finish. While not my favorite style, I see why this brew is highly rated, ready for another.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into a chalice

Pours a fizzy two finger white foam cap, settles down to a layer of white bubbles, no lacings. Hazy golden yellow with some carbonation.

Aroma of banana, whiff of clove

Get a slight banana taste form the yeast, maybe some apple,

Fizzy mouthfeel, quenching, slight sweetness,

Good beer, but, I prefer the output from Bavaria

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Photo of enrique_m
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

look - hazy,pale yellow, and little white head.
smell - skunky and wheaty.
taste - skunk, oats, malt - o - meal, and buttery.
feel - fizzy, light bodied, and creamy.
overall - a good summer beer.

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

Pours a bright golden, hazy color with a thick, bright white head.

Spicy vanilla, clove and bananna aroma's.

Tastes of spice, vanilla, bananna and grain.

Mouthfeel is grainy, spicy and slightly crisp.

Very drinkable beer. Not one of my favorite styles but this one had a little something extra. I think the aroma and taste were a bit more complex than a lot of American Heff's that I've tried.

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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 superspak
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one!

Poured into mini weizen glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down no lace left (probably because it was a growler). Color is a very hazed straw hued peach yellow.

Aroma: Cloves, bananas, yeast flavors, light wheat. Smells like a very nice hefe.

Taste: A lot more wheat here than the aroma. Orange peel and bananas up front. Cloves as well. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and slightly crisp. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends with some wheat flavors, a bit dry.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Represents the style very well. Multiple pours of this will be no problem. Very happy to try this one. Reminds me a bit like Schells.

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Photo of tempest
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The clove and yeast aroma is standard, but this beer blossoms on your tongue. I'm immediately struck by the balance, starting with toasted and doughy malts and finishing with sweeter banana, vanilla, and more clove. Believe the hype. This sucker has depth.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

3/28...on tap at Green Mesquite in Round Rock, TX. Pours hazy yellow with active fizzy foam and bubbles. Big banana nose, very sweet. Full on wheat taste with a touch of sour. Full fledged carbonation. Really tasty. Solid.

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