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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

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432
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1,502
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
17.66%
 
 
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Photo of kengetty
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Lagunitas Pint
Growler was shipped from Dallas, Texas...leaked about 1/5 contents during shipping

A - Yellow, Hazy, almost no head when poured, slight white ring persistent. This Growler leaked more than I thought and I attribute the lack of head to the loss of carbonation during shipping.

S - Medium Clove on the front end, moderate lemony grassy notes towards middle and slight banana on the back end.

T - Med-High Banana take over the palate and leaves a slight clove aftertaste, but still dominated by bananas. There is a flash of medium sweet tartness as you swallow that compliment all the flavors present. Yeast is amazing and well-fermented. Complex flavors dance all over the palate and finishes moderately dry, but very clean.

M - Medium Body, Slight to Moderately Carbonation, Slightly creamy, Very Crisp Finish.

O - Not a fan of Hefeweizens at all, but find myself in love with this one. Absolutely the best Hefeweizen I have tasted and needs to be on your must try list if you have yet to partake. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks very much to wagenvolks for the opportunity to try and share this with friends. Just as a caveat - this was shipped in some serious August heat and there was a bit of CO2 escaping that occurred due to expansion in the bottle.

Served in my ST tulip. Poured a cloudy orange with an off-white head that quickly dissipated - looked a lot like Tang (the drink of astronauts). Nose was clove, citrus and yeast. Taste consistent with nose, somewhat mellow and muted flavor profile with some citrus astringency lingering at the back. Character changes slightly as it warms with some banana notes coming out as well. Mouthfeel was light bodied with a consistent level of background effervescence - finish was fairly clean and dry. Easy drinking and quite flavorful - perhaps the most drinkable beer I've ever had a 4% abv. I can only assume that this beer is nothing short of outstanding on draught because it was still very respectable considering what it went through to get to me.

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Photo of fizzgig
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Umami Mia's Pizzeria Austin TX. Menu said 12 IBU. Nice outdoor patio watching the wierdos go by on Barton Springs Road. Excellent pizza.

A: Pint glass, not a lot of head when I got it, ring around the edge persisted. Hazy yellow.

S: Classic hefe sweet banana.

T: Malty banana bread like.

M: Smooth and slightly syrupy in a hefe-like way.

O: 2nd best hefe I've had. Excellent pizza beer. Unless I'm really in the mood for something else I'll get this when I go back. Wondering if it would be even better in the bottle.

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Photo of tewaris
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a tall weizen glass. Thanks Rubio for the excellent trade. Unfortunately the first growler sent my way leaked and Rubio promptly replaced it. Thanks again.

Cloudy golden hay colored with a very creamy moderate sized white head. The head retention is average, and lacing just meh. Strange.

Strong banana, clove-spice, light sweetness and some refreshing tartness in the aroma; pretty standard for the style but delightful.

Taste is strong on banana, but with a rather empty middle and finish. Not very bright in my opinion --- feels a little watered down, but still very estery. The finish is clean but I think that the aftertaste could've been longer and richer. The carbonation and the body are dead on, and overall a very good hefeweizen.

Appearance 4/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3.5/5; Overall 4.5/5

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Photo of techtatu
4.17/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as cloudy as most Hefeweizens and very little head. Taste is very unique. It has a hint of bananas and bubble gum, very weird but good. As a friend said to me while drinking this, "...it's Austin in a pint glass..."

An interesting drink to have on a Friday night with some friends. I would definitely drink it again. However it's a seasonal beer so it's tough to find.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Draught House in Austin, TX in a nonic glass and at the Alamo Draft House on Lamar in several pint glasses.

Pours a hazed yellow cake color, on the lighter side of many hefes with a healthy white head that comes in just a touch too light and bubbly for me. I like the head on my Hefes a little more sticky, then again, this could be the result of poor glass choice at both locations I drank this.

Aroma is fresh and clean but lighter than I would like. Banana notes are moderate but spice notes, particularly cloves, are very light. A more generic fruity yeastiness is more pronounce.

Taste is also on the light side flavor wise. Banana and touches of spice mixed with a general breadiness.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean, fresh, crisp (I know that is weird in a Hefe but this one is), and airy.

Drinkability: Out of the ballpark. This beer has absolutely no negative traits, no off-flavors, no adjuncts. It is remarkably clean an refined, especially for an American brewery. Add those qualities to its refreshingly light body and you have a real winner in this category. This is an ideal sometime session beer.

Overall, I am mildly disappointed in Live Oak Hefe for a couple of reasons. Naturally, I have held this beer on a high pedestal, perhaps higher than I ought to have, since I have sought it out for so long. Still, I can't help but find this beer a touch dull . It's a great beer, and certainly an A but it's no A+ in my book and doesn't quite hold water when placed side-by-side a few other American Hefes like Dancing Man Wheat from New Glarus. Excellent but not quite all it's hyped up to be.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a weizen glass

This beer pours pale yellow in color and is slightly hazy. It is topped with two inches of white head that leaves decent lacing.

It smells like a truckload of bananas with some clove.

The banana flavor is huge. The clove is in there too.

Medium to thin mouthfeel

This is about as close to German hefes as your are going to get. It is delicious and refreshing after a warm spring day working outside.

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Photo of -Rick
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my favorite style, but I liked this beer. Some nice aromas of banana and bread on this one. Looks great in the glass, with a nice big white head. For an American Heffe, they nailed it.

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Photo of cbeer88
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler in SA Perfect Pint glass. Long-time want, and huge thanks to raffy313 for filling it with the unsolicited Christmas present!

Appearance: Body is cloudy golden white in color. Head is fluffy white but not terribly long lasting, and the lacing is minimal. From the appearance I'd think this to be a wit instead of a here, but it's a nice color.

Smell: Quite a bit going on in the nose. Banana and clove as expected from a hefeweizen are there, but there's also a powerful sweet (candy?) smell, and some wheat.

Taste: Basically tastes like it smells, with the addition of some nice vanilla notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, adequately carbed, and no alcohol taste at all.

Drinkability: All night long. This would be a go-to tap in the summer if it were local.

Overall: I've been wanting to try this guy for a while and I'm glad I had the chance. It's an excellent hefe, and an excellent beer in general. I don't think it's quite on par with the best German hefeweizens, but it's definitely as good as any American version that I've ever had.

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

Growler thanks to JonathanL7890, who responded on a Friday and sent it on a Monday, crossing border and delivered to me for Friday supper. Cheers to my weekend highlight. Very tasty hefe, a style itself which is most pleasing. I haven't a vertical tasting with the Town Hall version, fond memories of blowing me away, rather this stands on its own. Tasty,though a tad dry. Very creamy mouthfeel. The head looked great.

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

Growler courtesy of stopbarking.

A- Dark cloudy gold. Hard for the white head to build up and it doesn't stay long here. The beer has been in transit for a week though, so I'll give it a break.

S- Wheat, bubblegum, and clove. I get no banana out of it, and that's an aspect of hefe's I particularly like.

T- Pretty much follows the smell, again no banana that I can pick out here. The flavors come through really strong though and make for a delicious combination.

M- It's hard to rank the mouthfeel of a growler, especially one that has been in the process of being shipped over the last week. The carbonation seemed pretty good still, and the body was light enough to be refreshing, but had enough to it to carry the big flavors.

D- A really good hefe. Not sure it stands out above Weihenstephaner to me, but it was good.

Thanks again to stopbarking for giving me the chance to try this!

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

drank this one, bottled from a growler, with barefootbrewer.

the beer po9ured a cloudy hazy yellow, like a hefeweizen.

the smell is banana, wheat & cereal.

the taste is consistant witht the smell. adding lemon notes and an earthiness.

the mouthfeel is excellent. much thicker than i expected.

this is a great hefe i could drink all day long and hefe's aren't my favorite style.

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

Yellowish cloudy gold color and smells very strongly of clove, even more so than most hefeweizens. Taste is big clove, bubble gummy, smooth and refreshing. For the style I can tell this is well done, very flavorful and a good beer all around, but I just don't care for the typical hefeweizen tastes. If you like them though, this is a great one to try.

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

A mighty fine hefeweizen- textbook, in fact on the pour. Pours a hazy orange yellow, with a thin but tight, creamy head. The smell is lots of sweet banana with a touch of clove at the end. The taste is not as assertive as I expected- light banana, fresh hay, a little sweet, somewhat prickly from the carbonation, and a tad more hops than one might expect. Dry, and quite carbonated. A little surprising considering this is a growler. Straw notes predominate, very dry. While this is very good, I think I like my hefes a little softer and with a more balanced banana and clove flavor throughout. Not quite world class.

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Photo of tlema1
4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: honey colored with a thin white head
S: clove, banana, slight bubble gum
T: see Smell, excellent representation of the style
F: good carbonation, lots of Hefeweizen yeast on the finish
O: the best American made Hefeweizen that I've had

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

Thanks a bunch to tsatem for this growler!

A - body is cloudy yellow/peach colored, loads of bubbles. Not much head to speak of, but what there is is white.

S - Been a while since I've had one of these...bananas, lemon, sweet malt, vanilla, black pepper.

T - Well balanced sweetness and dryness, in line with the nose. Touch of lemon on the back.

M - Very nice and full feeling, but still quite light.

D - Very good to drink, enjoyable all-around.

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Photo of Casey10
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this had a lot going on in the growler. It had a lots of live action with the hops. Very cloudy beer but a fantatic yellow. Pours a nice beer from the growler provided. This beer tasted as advertised, so nice and not to missed.

Great job from Live Oak a must have !!!!

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Photo of younger35
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Rimbimhoot
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, pale yellow
S: Sweet, banana, light yogurt, Belgian spice
T: Banana, Belgian sweetness, clove, light wheat
M: Light but fuller from the wheat
O: Great example of an American Hefeweizen

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

64 oz growler split and poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip. No date or info.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for acquiring this top 100 to share with the crew!

A - Insanely hazy straw golden yellow with a low off-white head. Can't see a bit through it. Low head, and little lace is a bit disappointing for a hefe.

S - Strong banana and a German yeast aroma, its got a big nose starting off but remains crisp. Hints of bubblegum and coriander give it that classic and inviting appeal.

T - A little thin in with a soft banana and wheat flavor and hints of coriander with a touch of bubblegum. As I remembered for sampling this about a year ago, it tastes good, but not great.

M - Soft and very smooth, it's got a medium-light bodied and soft, clean finish. Great mouthfeel!

D - Fantastic drinkability from this one with a great mouthfeel, it goes down very well. This isn't an out-of-this-world hefe as there's local stuff I find to be better than this (coughraritycough) but it's good.

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

Had this on tap at the meddlesome moth in Dallas. I came to TX to try this beer and it was actually quite difficult to find. First place I saw it on tap was the moth. Poured cloudy golden color and had dominating banana aromas. It tastes like it smells as well. A banana bomb. I can understand why this beer is rated so high. It's a more flavorful hefe than the traditonal german ones. Not a huge hefe fan, but this was up there as the best.

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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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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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