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Live Oak HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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Live Oak HefeWeizenLive Oak HefeWeizen

Brewed by:
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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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Reviews: 441 | Ratings: 1,541
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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

How is it that I've never rated Live Oak's Hefeweizen? It's just one of those things. The first time I had it I drank so much of it that I was half asleep flat on my back in the back of a pickup truck during the long ride (15 minutes seemed like an hour) back to Austin-central before the sun had gone down. After that it just became a "go to" beer. Perhaps I'd assumed I'd already reviewed it - that's usually the case. Anyway, the overall score shows it, currently 97 with 414 reviews. Good stuff! Don't pass it by.

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Photo of bgold86
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bubblegum nose yet light and refreshing like a ripe piece of watermelon during a hot summer day. Taste is of huge bubblegum, slight peach and strawberry. Received this beer as an extra, would pound this if it ever made it my way.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shimmering bright gold with an initial small fizzy head that instantly dies off to absolutely nothing throughout, looking more like a slightly darker white wine.

Banana and wheat come off nose immediately.

Sweet banana bread, nearing banana candy. Oh my. This is scrumptious. A little tang at the finish. Overall refreshing and crisp.

It's very satisfying that there is no spice, like clove or cinnamon or cardamom you might find thrown into this style. It's just an extremely well done, refined Hefe, without going overboard on ingredients.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a wizen glass

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a one-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, with carbonation bubbles shooting to the top, short lasting lace

S- pungent esters of banana mix with clove and light phenolic notes. Toasted wheat with some fruity notes, earthy and musty

T- plenty of banana flavor up front with citrus undertones, along with ripe pear and green apple skin. Spicy yeast and clove in the mid-palate, bready sweetness as it nears the finish, mimicking banana bread. Lingers of musty and earthy least, with light phenolic notes

M- light bodied with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- perhaps the best American made here I've had, would certainly drink several 6 packs in the summer if it were regularly available

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Photo of Premo88
4.34/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. can poured into weizen glass
(drank April 12, 2016)

L: 1-inch head of thick white/offwhite foam on top of clear gold brew; hundreds and hundreds of bubbles rising throughout column creating a thick skin and big collar ... as much activity as a beer can produce; no stick or lace but otherwise a perfect look, though the clarity suggests more of a kirstalweizen

S: banana, very sweet; a little clove; sour apples, sour grapes/wine, a little sour grain

T: banana, not as sweet as nose but plenty sweet; hint of clove; slight grape, wine

F: ale soft but full, tons of carbonation, light and super easy to drink

O: worthy of its reputation -- I've had this brew many times on tap, and it's a beautiful thing finding the canned version being just as good; classic notes throughout with lots of banana and an off-the-charts drinkability

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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 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 RAlmeida77
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good HefeWeizen...lots of banana and clove in the aroma. Beer really smelled nice. Taste was very similar...more banana, clove and some spice. Easy drinker for sure.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Easily the best American heifeweizen I've had......and I'm not typically a huge fan of the style. Huge banana and spice notes on the nose. Taste has the same banana and spice, but they don't overpower the overall balance. A perfect summer beer.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip. Huge banana on the nose with taste following suit. Creamy mouthfeel not experienced in several other hefeweizens I have tried to date but, overall, this was not a standout IMO.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a straw yellow, hazy hue. Excellent lacing and half finger white head.

Wow, smell is pretty complex for a Hefe. Getting banana initially, with apples, mint, cloves, citrus, orange peel, cinnamon.

At first the taste is a little dry foward, then you start to notice the creaminess with bananas and apples. A little funk, mint, fried plantains. Then a slight hop floral finish.

As someone not very familiar with the style I found this very enjoyable! Highly suggested

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Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, murky yellow color. Smell is clove, banana. Taste is where its at. Not overpowering. Follows the aroma. Really enjoyed this Hefeweizen. Solid.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: a little hazy, but still transparent. Straw yellow.

S: cinnamon, some green apple, some clove. Neat and clean, very yummy.

T: all of the above, nicely dry, a bit of funk, a big league chew bubblegum finish.

F: cushy, but a little bit watery.

O: supremely drinkable, complex enough but mostly yummy.

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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 Nachojon
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Happy to try this beer, long time want as the best American Hefe. Beautiful beer, great head as would be expected in a great Hefe. Nice aroma of banana, citrus and melon. Great job with this beer, would like a little more pepper or depth of flavor but overall its a good Hefe, maybe the best I've had.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Curran today, thanks man.

This one pours a slightly hazy yellow-ish orange, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like pure banana in beer form, with some light orangey citrus, and spicey and clovey yeast. Basically everything you want in this style.

This is certainly the best American-made hefeweizen. It's the real deal- blind, I probably couldn't tell it apart from the real German thing. It's got a super creamy taste, almost like a banana creamsicle, with a killer spicy yeast character, and some awesome citrus. There's just a little bit of bubblegum, too.

This has a very creamy mouthfeel, with a normal level of carbonation for a hefeweizen.

This has been a major want of mine for a very long time, and I'm super geeked that I'm able to try it. Awesome stuff, and stands with the best German counterparts.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Real nice take on a weissbier here from Live Oak and awful thankful to be able to try it, its history no doubt preceding it. Most curious part of the beer was its appearance. Reasonably cloudy for a hefe, no problem there, but absolutely zero head, which to me is rather antithetical to hefes. Looked damn near still in the glass. On the palate, there was carb aplenthy, though. Really perplexing. Looks aside, the smell and taste were spot on, deft mix of banana, light spice, wheat malt, a touch of nuttiness. The wife said "banana nut bread". Works for me. Feel was good, again the carb totally there in spite of its appearance, though it maybe perhaps lacked a bit of the fluffiness you find in the best versions. Solid stuff overall, definitely something you'd have in the fridge frequently if it was available in your area. Honestly, though, something like Weihenstephaner or, hell, even Franziskaner feel a cut above.

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Photo of rjp217
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Easily the best American Hefeweizen I've ever tried. Crisp and clean, floral with banana and a lot of wheat. So drinkable, only wish I could have this on the regular.

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Photo of Slack
4.37/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pale Amber in color with about 1/2" head that settles to 1/8". A bit cloudy and minor lacing.

Smell is cloves, floral, and wheat.

Taste is cloves, banana, minor sweetness, and some breadiness and citrus.

Mouthful is medium to light and creamy with high carbonation.

Wow, this is a spot on by the book hefewizen. Well balanced, easily drinkable, and delicious. Seek this out.

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

I am normally not a Hefe fan but this one lived up to the hype! Lots of banana notes on the nose and a refreshing beer all around. This would be a solid summer beer.

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

Having recently returned from Germany and being a lover of hefeweizens, I was absolutely blown away with how great this beer is. I am certain there is no better brewed in the USA. World Class!

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Photo of W_Des
4.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden yellow from the can. Nice banana and clove nose. The beer itself is slightly sweet with a bit of banana peel bitterness and is light and crisp. Good stuff.

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Photo of DrewZ926
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Doesn't get much better than this when it comes to a Hefe.

Golden pour with minimal head, lively carbonation. Smells of sweet grain, banana, clove, esters.

Complex taste, layers of sweetness, banana and grape, spicy clove and cinnamon, dry vanilla finish.

Crushable at ~5%, pairs great with a multitude of foods. Hands down the finest American Hefe on the market. Seek this out.

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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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Live Oak HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
4.36 out of 5 based on 1,541 ratings.
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