HefeWeizen | Live Oak Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Modeled after the classic wheat beers of Bavaria, Hefeweizen is cloudy and straw-colored with a meringue-like head that lingers to the bottom of the glass. Brewed with an ample volume of wheat malt and few hops, this beer features a unique yeast strain that produces harmonious notes of clove, banana, and vanilla throughout this effervescent brew. A traditional interpretation of a classic style, this idiosyncratic Bavarian beer is perfectly at home here in Texas.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-07-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#624
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
1,718
pDev:
9.43%
 
 
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Photo of cherche
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stevepat
3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice bright, hazy sunshine with a thick white head of big bubbles that dissipates swiftly.
Nose is a bit funky, yeasty, some banana and summer squash scents.
Tastes of bitter citrus rind, some melon, some hint of holiday spice.
Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, very effervescent on the tongue, very clean.
Overall a fine beer but it seems a lot sharper and a bit more bitter than the hefeweizen I'm familiar with. Still a great option for a hot summer day, and would probably benefit from an orange slice.

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Photo of texaspaul
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CodyMyre97
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Knickfan3
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djcira
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vincechan
3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Just-the-sip
4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is actually banana juice, right?

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Photo of stewartea
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kthaye1
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Started drinking this beer 5 years ago when living in Austin. Since they canned it, it's always in my fridge.

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Photo of TheGent
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to r0rscach for this splendid example of a Bavarian style here.
It really hits all the marks for style. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one is the real deal.

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Photo of Alexg30
3.29/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZachMayer14
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JayHemingway
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best Hefeweizen I’ve had up to date. I’ve drank it routinely for the past year or so and not grown tired of it. It always has a nice head, wonderful aroma and is a great balance of vanilla, clove and banana.

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Photo of grapeshops
5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StevenSouza
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaker07
3.67/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MusicBeer_1961
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic Hefeweizen. I left Dallas with 2 extra six packs to bring home and enjoy. THE best American brewed Bavarian style Hefe I’ve ever tasted. Right up there with the big boys of Germany. If you happen to be in Dallas, Austin or Houston TX, make sure to give this brew a try. I also LOVE the fact it’s packaged in 6 twelve oz cans..

A winner!

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Photo of liveoakb
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite hefeweizens ever. I get one everytime I find myself in Austin Texas. If you like this style, this is a must try.

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Photo of vollrath79
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of lordcozystark
4.52/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are looking for a refreshing, unique spin on the great Hefeweizens of Germany, taste this immediately. They do not ship outside of the metro Austin area, however, if you're ever in the Dallas area, hit up Katy Trail Icehouse in the Uptown part of the city to try this and many more incredible beers.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.01/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ah, Live Oak Hefeweizen. Currently $6 in the Top Texas beers list, and #2 in the Top Hefeweizens list (below Weihenstephaner). I know I've reviewed this before, but apparently I just haven't typed up my notes yet. Oh well, I'm using this as an excuse to drink more of it.

CAN: A sixer ran me $8.99 at a Whole Paycheck in Austin, TX. That's about as cheap as it gets, with most stores charging $9.99+. 12 fl oz format with a standard pull-tab top. Label design is simple, with a white and orange motif. No canned on date, unfortunately.

"Bavarian style weissbier." "Hefeweizen." 5.3% ABV.

Served cold into a weissbierglas.

APPEARANCE: Pours a frothy off-white head, soft in complexion, lasting a good 10+ minutes. Fills about 40% of my weissbierglas with its 10cm+ head height.

Body is a bit muted and murky, lacking vibrance. Dull yellow-orange in colour. Obviously unfiltered, though no yeast/lees are visible within. The lack of vibrance in the body is a definite issue, but it's certainly style-appropriate in overall appearance.

AROMA: Fresh banana esters and clove indicate Weihenstephaner hefeweizen yeast, keeping this true to tradition. I don't find the vanilla many tend to in hefeweizens, but so much the better. Fresh wheat aromatics are evident. Pilsner malt is in there too. A scintilla of bubblegum phenol, sure.

Lacks any overt hoppy notes, to style. Wheat and German yeast are rightly the stars of the show here, but the aroma could be fresher and more vivid. Definitely nails style conventions, but I've encountered better aromas (Ayinger weissbier in particular comes to mind).

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Subtle clove and banana esters play wonderfully against the backdrop of fresh soft wheat malt and clean crisp pilsner malt & 2-row. It's impeccably balanced and showcases Weihenstephaner yeast quite well, but it's lacking in terms of the sheer freshness I associate with a terrific German hefeweizen as well as the vividness and expressiveness of flavour.

TEXTURE: Wonderfully soft, which accents the wheat quite well. Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, well-carbonated.

Not oily, boozy, astringent, harsh, gushed, rough, or scratchy.

Well-executed but not uniquely so.

OVERALL: It's fair to say this is easily one of the best American-brewed hefeweizens in existence, but that still doesn't put it up there with the great German expressions of the style. This can't hold a candle to the Ayingers of the world, but it's definitely a must-try for any hefeweizen lover and it comes closer to what the style ought to be than almost any other American hefeweizen does. It's one I regularly order when out at Austin bars - a beer to revisit if only because it's so balanced and drinkable. Solid work from one of the best German style breweries in the United States, but still a notch or two below actual German breweries' hefeweizen biere.

Low B (3.53) / GOOD

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HefeWeizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 1,718 ratings