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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
Reviews:
442
Ratings:
1,566
Avg:
4.36
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
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For Trade:
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Reviews: 442 | Ratings: 1,566
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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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 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 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 Johnlikeshefe
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

World class! A great Hefe in the Bavarian tradition. My only critique of this beer is it is not available in most locations outside of Texas and it is not bottled and exported. When I visit Austin I drink nothing else...yeah, it's that good.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first visit to Texas and a keg of this great beer in my friends back yard for a wedding equals pure awesomness! Hazy yellow color with a full two fingers of fluffy white foam. Great aroma of banana with plenty of biscuit character to level it out. Creamy smooth mouthfeel here as well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

famous for a reason, this is perhaps the best hefeweizen made on american soil, and if it isnt, i want to taste whats better. its so light and flavorful, truly an all day drinker, and quite authentic too. its super light in color, almost watery looking yellow, and with a smaller head than the german ones that froth all down the edges of the glass, but by no means flat. the nose is so much more than banana clove, although thats definitely going on here. the wheat malt is aromatic and flavorful for its real pale cloudy color, and the fruit of the yeast goes well beyond banana to pear and light green apple, even green grape. the spice aspect is lesser, more of a general allspice thing rather than clove, which works well for me, it keeps it light. carbonation is ample, and the finish is clean for how fruity the yeast is. i could drink ten or more of these and like each one just as much. maybe just a bit light in body for me, could use a touch more meat, but its hard to think about changing anything here. who says old world styles dont rank anymore? this is killer!

edit: just had this in a can for the first time and oh my goodness, even better than the draft experience i had. quite possibly the very best hefe i have ever had. not changing original scores here, but this is flawless. i could (and would very much like to) drink 20 of these...

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Twiggamortis420 for the chance to try this. Split the growler with 64oz growler.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with a fluffy bright-white head. Drops to a small creamy collar with a vague notion of a cap. Slight hint of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Ripe banana and a soft clove spice. Nice push of wheat over the top with a light bready malt. Some bubblegum. Pale malt sweetness. Fresh bubblegum on the back of the sip as it warms. A touch of mint and some woody elements. Some bread crust with touch of Belgian yeast. Mild fruity esters, some pear and apple with a touch of pineapple. A touch of lime and lemon. Some zest. Fruity with a ton of wheat. Definitely American.

Taste: Banana, clove, and a ton of bubblegum. Wheat adds a bit of a tart edge. Slightly lactic with lemon and lime. Slightly bready with some solid pale malt sweetness. Fresh pear and apple. Loads of pineapple. Some mild earthy elements coupled with a touch of wood. Slight tart edge mixed with a clean light malt profile. Super clean and hits where it should for the American style.

Mouthfeel: Medium almost light body with a moderate carbonation. Super clean. Hits the spot.

Overall: America, we do things right.

This is a solid version of the American take on the style. Slightly tart and wheaty. This is worth drinking again and again.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 9/27/14

Big cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this - this has lingered for quite some time on my wants

A: Lightly cloudy, a lovely orange-gold color - pours with a medium-sized white head, leaves some lacing but not much - forgivable considering this is a growler pour

S: Seriously charming with a decidedly lovely amount of yeast - some really nice fruity esters - nice amount of banana, clove, and light fruits - some nice pale and wheat malts - ripe and flowery - some sweetness and bubblegum, but not too much, nicely balanced

T: Incredibly balanced with stupid level of drinkability - a lovely combination of big hefeweizen yeast and malts - ripe banana, banana peel, fruity but also dry - pale malts, pale grains, with a big amount of wheat - extremely balanced with some nice dryness

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, finishes with a nice level of carbonation

O: Worth the wait

This beer has quite the reputation, and I think it actually lived up to it. It has a ton of flavors that scream "Hefeweizen," which are really charming, and it's also unexpectedly drinkable. Finishing this growler will not be a challenge.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the premier American Hefeweizen, no one else comes close. The perfect beer for a hot Texas summer day. While the style is down, this is the cream of the crop.

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Photo of Drogon
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer is one of the best hefeweizen's out there. And it's right up the road in Austin! A real mouthfull of thick sweetness, but not too malty. A great summer beer on a hot day in Texas. It's too bad they don't put this in bottles or I would drink a lot more of it.

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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 wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%

Reviewed from notes. Growler shared.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow under a half-inch thick white head which fades to the rim slowly and leaves spotty lace.

N: Pungent banana esters, wheat grains, yeast, clove, fruity, mild earth.

T: Follows nose with mild citrus overtones.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Creamy, fruity and wheaty finish.

O: Solid and well balanced. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of brurevu
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have had this delicious brew many times around town and take for granted that we have a world class hefeweizen here in Austin. The beer poured an opaque golden yellow with an enormous fluffy white head. The aroma was of bananas, cloves and a fruity spice that hit the perfect hefe tones. The taste was classic Hefe with bold bubblegum, banana, clove and spices that floated on a thick and creamy body with zero bitterness. The Live Oak Hefe is so thick, creamy and smooth its like drinking a beer milkshake. The note perfect hefeweizen flavors were bold and dominate while maintaining a very refreshing and drinkable brew. I can easily drink pint after pint of this on a hot day in Texas. It easily stands up to and exceeds its German counterparts and I would take it over just about any classic German Hefe.

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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 MarcWP
4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Growler driven across three states, in my glass within 48 hrs.

Pours like a wheat. Hazy, pale golden with fluffy white head that lingers quite nicely. Nice carbonation out of the growler.

Aroma is clove, banana, doughy yeast, tropical bubblegum, banana custard, creamy, and wheaty. One of the best smelling hef's or wheat's I've come across. No joke.

Then I taste this bitch. Damn is this creamy. One of the creamiest beers I've had and that's saying a lot given all the milk and oatmeal stouts I've had. But more on that when I get to the mouthfeel. Flavors are accentuated and potent, very much Americanized yet also traditional. Big banana, clove, banana/tropical bubblegum, cream of wheat, papaya, and a touch of nutmeg. I've had hef's that display that bubblegum like character but this takes it to a whole other level.

Mouthfeel is where this shines even more. Super creamy, do I detect oats? Will have to read up and see. Heavier side of light body, slightly above medium carbonation, and clean fruity, spicy finish. But did I mention it's creamy? Wow, floats on the tongue.

I have to give a big thanks to Isaac, I guy I'd never met before, who brought this down as an extra as part of a big trade. This lives up to the hype and in my case exceeds it. This has sparked a new passion in my beer life. Sad that this is not available locally. A masterfully brewed hefeweizen. A beer not to be missed if in Texas.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/29, so almost a week old. Mini pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color with two fingers of quickly dissipating white head, leaving a thin collar for the remainder of the glass. No lacing, OK retention.

S: Sweetish malt, a subtle undertone of banana frosting, and light spice in the background.

T: Similar, with clove and some more grainy wheat and yeast coming through. A touch of citrus imparts some juicyness. Flavors are well integrated, making this highly drinkable.

M: Creamy texture, medium body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Deservedly a top-rated hefe. Highly drinkable, extremely well balanced flavors.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amazing hazy yellow color with aromas of light banana, clove, light bubble gum, and some light spice. Flavors are a nice mix of all the aromas, light creaminess to it. Enjoyed this beer by the pool, and it was amazing. I have been looking for this beer for a while, and it was well worth the wait.

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Straw yellow-golden with a clean white head. Very opaque.

S: Lemon, straw, banana, and clove.

T: Similar- straw, banana, clove spice, lemon, some grassy notes, ripe citrus fruits.

M: Medium with that awesome hefe light-heaviness (if that makes sense).

O: A good beer! Not the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but damn near up there.

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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 Hoptometrist
4.82/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a hazy and bright golden color with frothy white head that left chunky lace.

S- Big pear, bubblegum, clove, citrusy, and banana notes in the aroma. A big juicy fruitiness and some astringency in the aroma.

T- Big tangy banana, juicy citrusy notes, bubblegum, clove, and light pear notes. Very juicy.

M- Prickly carbonation, very smooth, medium body, dry, and refreshing.

O- This is a world class and full-flavored hefeweizen. I am very impressed and this is among the most complex and flavorful hefeweizens I have ever had as someone who loves the style.

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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 MusicaleMike
4.92/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a wheat glass from a growler. The pale, cloudy golden body is topped by a thick, three inch white head that crowns over the top of the glass, only slowly diminishing over time. The head is clearly supported by a lot of active carbonation.

The aroma is a spicy, phenolic aroma, filled with notes of clove and banana. Really fresh smelling. Quite perfect and on course for the traditional style. Potent as well, so this gets the highest markings.

This hefe has a gentle, soft medium to light body, with a perfect amount of carbonation for the style. It's almost to the point of being creamy. There are flavors of sweet wheat, and just similar touches of clove and banana in the aftertaste and exhale. But the finish is on the drier side, with little to no residual sweetness. Bitterness is extremely low, and there is almost no hop presence at all in this beer. I can't say enough about the excellent flavor here. So sweet, yet without the sugar. Delicious flavor of the Bavarian Hefe yeast and fresh wheat mixed together.

Fantastic beer all around. So damn drinkable, and so on point with the style that I find it hard to believe that they don't win every GABF year. Very impressed with this, and to be sure, it even exceeds what many German breweries are putting out there. Well worth seeking out!!

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Photo of kennymule
4.62/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draught at Flying Saucer Sugarland, Tx

A – Very hazy straw color with light head that dissipated quickly.
S – Banana and bready nose.
T – Great big banana flavor on the front with a bready middle tongue with nice mild clove aftertaste.
M - Medium Body, Slight to Moderately Carbonation, my friends commented that it was fluffy, and it had a nice crisp finish.
O – Have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of hefe’s, but this one has me re-thinking the style and I appreciate and love this one for sure. I would highly recommend and I will be looking to enjoy this more often.
Serving type: Texas Pint

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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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