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Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
liveoakbrewing.com

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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4.36
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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Arrived a few hours ago from BeerZach... thanks a bunch dude!

Pours a lovely apricot at center, amber gold around the edges, a nice fluffy off-white head thats subsides to a thin film, a bit of lacing but not too much. The aroma is exquisite. The clover and banana are as obvious as they are lovely, with hints of vanilla and bubblegum. Nothing too powerful or out of its place, just about right. Excellent.

The taste, even better. Whereas I like my hefe aroma to be a little subdued, the taste has to be full, as does the mouth, and this is is a pretty full hefe. The banana comes at you seemingly even before the glass comes to mouth, citric deliciousness spreading, floating, the yeast spiciness, the clove exploring the middle, a grainy wheat husk rounding through the bend as it finishes with a lingering banana and a slight drying mouth. The mostly full body is lightened every so slightly by a shifty carbonation.

I've always wanted to visit Austin, and now I have another reason to check it out some day. As for the Live Oak Hefe, its a great beer, I'd like to give it higher marks, but the mouth didn't quite stand up, and there wasn't much lacing. But still, an excellent beer. Writing wedding thank you notes just got a whole lot more pleasant. :)

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Photo of sweemzander
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have had this once before years ago from a growler. Being in Texas, I had to give this another go. On tap at the Ginger Man in Dallas.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange color. Some really good froth and lacing left behind in the glass.

(S)- Bright and vibrant lemon zest and biscuit - like clove. Bits of bubblegum and a very subtle banana as it warms.

(T)- Just like the smell. A lovely crisp lemon peel with dry biscuit-like yeast. Very mellow bubblegum and clove letting the fruit and yeast do the work.

(M)- Such a crisp and smooth tasting beer. It is perhaps a lighter representation of the style I have had, but not lacking flavor by any means.

(O)- Easily one of the best Hefe's in the world. So light, but crisp and flavorful. A keg of this in my house (if I could) would not last long at all. And from my past experience with this beer, fresh and on tap; there is so substitute.

*Original Review ___

Growler poured into a tulip. Crazy thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing the wealth!

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange hue that produced a decent white head that dissipated after awhile. (3.5)

(S)- Lots of ripe banana with a really nice clove aroma. Minimal lemon, but crisp. Some awesome wheat notes. Kind of a rustic character to it. (4.5)

(T)- Crisp, with a mellow banana/lemon profile. Nice dry wheat aspect with a telltale bubblegum finish. (4)

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. A nice crispness to it. Smooth & mellow. (4)

(D)- Definitely a solid Hefeweiss for sure. Smooth and easy drinking even for the style.(4.5)

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, I would like to give a big thanks to xpimptastikx for this growler! Thanks, Michael!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a two finger white head. The head is slow to fade, but leaves virtually no lacing.

The aroma is full of cloves and yeast with some ripe banana in the background. The smell is sweet with a twinge of peppery yeast. I like it.

The flavor runs the same lines as the smell. Cloves, bready yeast, hint of black pepper, and banana is more noticeable in the taste. Nice combination that has the cloves and spices fading into the other flavors. Nice.

Solid medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation and a touch of slickness to it. The drinkability is amazing. Very refreshing brew that I could sip on all day. Nice job, Live Oak!

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Photo of gford217
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz handbottle courtesy of a very generous BA, poured 4-5-09

Pours a very hazy golden yellow with a short-lived one inch white head that recedes to nothing fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is much citrusy than I expected with a big dose of tart lemon aromas and even a hint of funk. The typical wheat presence of bananas and bubble gum sweetness are definitely present but take a bit of a back seat. Very unique nose for the style.

The taste is even more tart than the aroma with a huge lemon zing up front that hardly allows the sweetness of the wheat to come through at all. The finish is dry and acidic with more than a hint of funk lingering in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is a little slick with low carbonation, likely due to this being from a handbottle.

This is one of the more unique hefes I've had and while I do like it, I really think there is a bit too much tartness and funk for this to be a world-class version of the style. Maybe it was the handbottling, but I was a little underwhelmed and it tasted a little off.

EDIT 5-8-09: Poured from a growler and it became very clear that the bottle was, in fact, off. There was none of the off-putting tartness from the hand bottle and the aroma and taste were almost perfect representations of the style - a great balance between light lemony citrus, fresh bananas and spices. A great beer.

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a hazy, cloudy straw colored yellow with a off white 1/2 inch head. slight lacing on the glass

S: notes of banana, grass, wheat, lemon zest, a light spiciness mixed with what I can only describe as a hint of bubblegum

T: banana mixed with a spicy wheat note and earthy hops. slight mix of citrus fruits and lemons

M: light/medium carbonation that tingles the tongue a bit. kind of light for the style but might be due to shipping

D: ridiculously easy to drink. a perfect hot weather, summer beer. at only 4.1% abv is goes down super smooth. could easily be drank all night long.

Overall, very happy to have tried this beer. One of the better hefe's that I've ever had. Normally being a huge hop head this was a pleasure to drink.

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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 jnn4v
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: cloudy orange color with lots of haze and almost no head

S: orange, caramel, wheat, yeast, pepper, banana, clove, and so much more, all on the first couple smells. Excellent.

T: bubble gum, wheat, orange on first taste. Yeast, clove, lemon zest and banana are more subtle, but definitely there.

M: relatively thick. Moderate carbonation. Very good body.

D: excellent flavors and low abv make this ultimately drinkable.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.52/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Crickets on 16 Jul 2010.

Served in a shaker pint. Small beige head quickly dissipates but a ring remains for most of the glass. Medium carbonation. Very cloudy light yellow brown. Lots of clove and banana in aroma. This carries over to the flavor, clove and green banana. Slight astringency in finish. Medium to heavy body. Light ethanol.

Great on a warm summer night.

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Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a growler.... many thanks to Dyan for sharing this beauty with me.

The beer pours a rich hazy, honey gold flavor with huge (initially) pillowy head and very good head lacing. I assume this beer is completely unfiltered, as I see quite a bit of goop (dead yeast?) floating around near the bottom of my glass. What surprises me right off, is just how thick and viscuous this beer looks, something I rarely see in a hefe. On the nose this beer is nearly as impressive, with a huge aroma of clove and allspice, coupled with some light banana and cinnamon. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, with just a hint of sour on the finish. The flavor profile includes a good deal of "wheatiness," which is to be expected in this kind of beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but not at all heavy; rich, but never tiring. Somehow this beer is very soooth, but still crisp and light on the finish. Alcohol is very well disguised, and the light sour on the finish enhances drinkability here. This beer is at most moderately sweet, but then finishes with the classic dry, spicey, German hefeweizen finish.

This beer is very impressive and clearly lives up to its reputation and all the hype. Along with the hefeweizen from Block 15, as good a domestic hefe as I've ever had. Very well done.

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Photo of cavedave
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Crusian for this Texas treat, finally get to enjoy it, and with a homebrew partner too. From notes.

Beautiful look, like, take a picture, dark straw in color, rocky 3 finger white foam head, and stupid pillows of lace.

Smell is sweet bready wheat and delicious tart yeast, a hint of lemon, spice, a bit of banana too, Like perfume, man, really tasty here for real.

Man, the taste is somewhat different than the aroma hints. It is less spicy but holds hints of cloves, less banana but it is in there, the grain takes on a dimension of delcious, combined with the tart of the yeast, that is just so yummy I can't exaggerate. Most complex of style? No. Most full flavored of style? No. Could I drink this in preference to all I've tried? Yes, I wish I had a place to get this, it would be in the fridge always.

Mouthfeel is the shining star here, for refreshing, at the end of day, is what this style is about, and this is as refreshing a hefe as I've had. I have a feeling it lost a bit of carb on the road to me, but other wise this is perfect, the archetype, for clean flavors in a perfect viscosity and balance.

It would be nice to think I may yet try a better one than this. "Til then hope to taste this one again. Highest recommend. YOu lucky Tex. folk who can get this regularly. What a great beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a winner. Pours a cloudy golden color with a big banana aroma, rounded out with some cloves. Full flavored, with the yeast working overtime giving it a citrusy punch. It’s lemony with lingering banana and clove flavor and a long finish. I can see why this is such a popular brew.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to atxdelivery for this growler from the great state of Texas!

A. Pours a very cloudy straw gold. A huge two and a half finger eggshell white head at first, slowly settles to a half finger but lingers very nicely. Lacing and retention are very good.

S. Banana, apple skin, candied sugar, white pepper, and a very faint peach-like quality. Outstanding.

T. Follows the nose exactly...banana, apple, peppery notes, grape skin, and yeast. I still detect some peach flavors as well. A touch sweet, but this is really good stuff here.

M. This growler was filled a week and half ago, but I'm guessing this is exactly how it drinks on-tap. This is light-bodied, very crisp, and extremely refreshing.

O. One of the best hefeweizens I have ever had. For an American-produced hefe, it's between this and New Glarus Dancin' Man Wheat for the "Best Damn Hefe in the Land" honor. This is a very hard style with which to make an impression, but Live Oak has certainly made an impression on me with this one. Very enjoyable, I would absolutely crush this were it readily available in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Locapour
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer truly changed my beer drinking life. Prior to my move to Austin I was not a hefe guy. I didn't like wheat beers at all really but the Live Oak Hefe, well that and the 100 degree Texas heat, turned it all around.

One of the first episodes of Locapour features the Live Oak Hefe: http://locapour.tv/austin/liveoakhefeweizen

As you'll see the beer's color is a work of art. The smell is heavenly and the taste is unmistakable. I highly recommend you try it.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A rare and tasty thanks to Deniz(JDV).

Poured from a growler into my Duvel glass. A solid foamy two fingers of off white head forms and has solid retention. Leaves some scattered lace. Body is a honey golden wheat in color. Nose has a complex mix of silky wheat, honeysuckle, orange zest and maybe soft hops. As you take first sip the smooth almost glazing silkyness is amazing. Inner orange skin and anise are up front but signs of fuzzy spice are all oner the middle of the palate. Clean and refreshing while being so unique and complex throughout. An almost flowery mouthfeel is left after the dusty spice profile. The drinkability of this brew couldnt be any better.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can purchased from Spec's in Houston. Selection there is massively improved over Beaumont's or else I would have tried this bad ass beerski earlier. Yellow gold pretty hefe, shaking the last 1/3 of the can gave it an extra unfiltered look when it was added, which is super cool. Smells of spices and yeasty esters, but develops a licorice like character IMO. Taste is refreshing and feels great going down. Little bit of lemon. Seriously light bodied for such a robust smelling and tasting ale. Texas did something right here with the old Bavarian style, mucho respect.

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Photo of rspauldi
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful aroma of banana, cloves, and bubblegum. Taste follows suit adding a touch of hops. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. This is an exceptional hefe. Now that it is canned it is going to be a summer time staple in my fridge.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours to a yellow haze with a white head
S-smell of banana and cloves hits you right away
T-the taste is similar to the smell expect with some wheat
M-light body and a smooth thru and thru
This a great hefeweizen especially for a Austin's summers.

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Photo of ThreeRidges
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hay Merchant.

L - hazy yellow
S - banana
T - really great, citrus followed by banana
F - like beer

This is one of the best hefes I have ever had. Nuff said.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to xpimptastikx.

A: Nice pale golden body. Cloudy as all hell. Large fluffy white head with decent retention. Spotty, but thick lacing left behind.

S: Upon cracking open the growler I got a huge blast of banana. Could smell it from arm's length. Upon pouring wheat, light clove, and crisp lemony zest came through. Very inviting.

T: Like the nose this has four key elements going strong... banana, wheat, lemon, and clove. About half-way through the second glass I started to get a little bubble gum.

M: Simply exceptional. One of my complaints about hefes, is from time to time they don't have as much body as I'd like them to have. Sure they are refreshing, but a little bit more weight can be a great thing. The live oak hefe is a perfect example of this. Nice, solidly medium bodied. Even carbonation throughout. Refreshing finish.

D: A really great beer that I've been looking to try for a while now. So glad to get a growler to share with the lady on a nice warm spring evening. Will be seeking out again.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden beer. Light ripe banana notes and bubblegum with heavy clove and spicy tastes. Refreshing mouthfeel and easy drinking brew. Only found on draft :(

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Photo of Keith_O
4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright golden color, semi filtered. Nice even lace.

S: A soft smooth dose of banana bread, cloves and faint fruitiness, classic hefe without being overwhelming

T: Best hefe I've had, and I spent 3 years in Germany! (Of course, that has been a long time ago...) ... all the classic required flavors (banana, bread, light sweetness, clove-spice) are here and it's extremely clean. Very drinkable and refreshing.

M: Medium body with a crisp clean finish

Overall, an excellent Hefe, Just what you need in 110 degree summers!

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Photo of glid02
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours an opaque yellow-orange color with a foamy one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas - and lots of them - with good amounts of clove and a small amount of herbal hop aromas.

Tastes very good. Banana flavors hit right off the bat, but are not as intense as the smell would indicate, leaving plenty of room for the wheat to shine through. Midway through the sip slight grassy flavors accompany cloves and all of these flavors carry on through to a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a creamy thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is great. I had absolutely no problem finishing my glass and could probably handle a growler of this.

Overall this lived up to the hype. It's a bit heavier than traditional hefe's, but the level of banana and clove flavor does not suffer because of it. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Obtained a growler finally of this beer from xpimptastikx. Thanks man. I have been wanting this beer.

Pours a cloudy deep orange color. Exactly what a good German Weizen should look like. Head dissapated fast though and no lacing but that's probably because of the growler and long trip.

Aroma is awesome. Lots of clove but a little bit of banana. I usually like more banana.

Tastes exactly as it smells With more clove than banana. A little more viscous than a Weheinstephaner (the best IMO) but awesome. Low carb but that's probably because of the growler being a week old. Overall an awesome beer. Glad I got to grab a growler of this.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to JDV for this growler

a - pours a bright golden color, very cloudy with lots of suspended sediment, one-finger dense white head with little retention or lacing

s - classic hefe aroma, big banana and cloves scents, lemon accents, wheat malt, no alcohol

t - banana and clove up front overwhelms the palate as it warms (a little hollow when cold), midpalate has more banana with lemon zest, finish has a mixture of clove spiciness and lemon along with a lingering bubblegum flavor, no alcohol

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, well-balanced finish, not overly sweet or dry

d - incredibly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol is undetectable

Great hefe overall...definitely right there, if not better than my previous favorite, Weihenstephaner. I'd love to try this fresh on tap, but it would be hard to beat this growler. I will note that the beer became much better after warming up a little...it was a bit hollow on the midpalate and finish just out of the fridge.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.57/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to BgThang for sending this my way.

Has a cloudy, opaque body with a finger thick head. Great looking, however I use to hefes having such a big head that I felt this was lacking, but that is all it was lacking.

Smell and taste is big on yeast, grains, and spices. Benchmark hefe as far as the balance of banana and clove. Not overpowering, not under utilized, just right. A great blend of earthy grains and an almost citric quality round it out. Feel is crisp and smooth at the same time. Great warm weather beer, light enough to drink when hot out, but not thin.

I would drink this over and over again. I feel out of love with hefes for a while, this is starting to bring me back.

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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
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