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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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4.36
pDev:
9.4%
 
 
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Photo of BMMillsy
3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poures at Old School in Austin. Hazy bright yellow with a small head. Wheaty, yeasty, lemony banana aroma. Crisp banana yeast with serious sweetness and lots of body for the style. Very flavorful hefe. Medium mouthfeel with heavy carbonation that lightens up the brew nicely. Refreshing and very good brew. Impressed that they can do a German style so nicely out in Texas.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy straw color. Lemons, fresh wheats, cloves and some bananas waft to my nose.

Wow! Wheat is prevelent as it should be. I get some spices, watermelon and butter. Awesome rich mouthfeel..so buttery and smooth. It is a damn shame they dont bottle this.

This is one of the best Hefeweizens out there. A must try. Fantastic.

Side note - the owner of the beer bar said that beermakers from Germany and Belgium came to Live Oak to taste this one...dont know if it's true, but I can believe it after tasting this one!

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Photo of Brenden
4.87/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Steve (a74gent) for knocking this off my wants list and for bringing a growler so I could drink plenty to make an informed review.

This brew comes out looking fantastic and never lets down. A hazy yellow-gold brew that shines even through the haze forms a thick, dense white head about two to three fingers high that really doesn't let up much at all and leaves lots of patchy lacing behind.
My nose doesn't even need to be near the glass for beautiful banana, yeast and clove aromas to make themselves known, backed by a light citrus under a pale, sweet malts and wheat backbone with light citrus hops notes just underneath.
This one's considerably light for being so absolutely flavorful. Plenty of sweetness that isn't cloying balanced by a light lemon zest and gentle hops notes, this is the real deal here as the banana, yeast and cloves remain the prominent flavors and the backbone is wheat with some nice malt presence. This is just exceptional thus far.
The body is nice as well, light to medium with a bit of crispness leading into a moderate smoothness. Carbonation makes this lively without taking anything away after starting off just slightly prickly. There's a touch of dryness in the middle before finishing out nice and sweet.
There's absolutely nothing taking away from the drinkability here, especially with an ABV around 4%. Hypothetically speaking, if I could get a bottle of this and saw it sitting on the shelf next to Weihenstephaner, my only option is to get both. To summarize: this one beats out Weihenstephaner in the sheer beauty and power of the aroma, while giving up half a point (for me) in mouthfeel. Both are absolutely the best examples of the style, making this one the best American hefeweizen I've ever had.

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

Big thanks to Jrh66182 for sending a 32oz growler my way so i can finally try this brew! enjoyed from a block 15 hefe glass. growler filled 4 days ago.

a - brew pours a cloudy but transparent straw yellow. nice frothy hefe head that didn't hang too long but left a thick skin of bubbles on the surface. spotty lace adorned the glass as i sipped.

s - nose is big time bananas and clove. fluffy, vanilla like, candy...sweet but not too sweet. just right sweet.

t/m/o - wow, this exceeded my expectations. i am not wild about hefes but can dig a good one every now and then when i'm in the mood, but this beer i can drink all of the time. what i don't love about the style is that it tends to be too sweet for me after a half a glass, but the balance of sweetness and flavors is really nice. like banana bread in a glass. top hefe for sure. really enjoyed this beer!

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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 popery
4.67/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crazy delicious. This is one of those bittersweet trades - very happy for the taste but I'll want more soon (thanks SatansLH via reddit). Live Oak's Hefeweizen is definitely my new favorite American hefeweizen and possibly my favorite overall (sorry, Weihenstephan).

Pours a color right between a banana and an orange. It's quite hazy with a big white head, just right for the style (and a relief to see coming out of a growler).

The aroma is a mouthwatering blend of bananas and clove. It's a sweet smell, chock full of yeast and wheat notes. It tends more toward the banana/bubblegum side of things than the spice, but the spice is definitely present. It smells like the batter of a spiced banana bread. There are some light lemony aromas floating around, as well. Just sublime.

The flavor is moderately sweet, a bit drier than some, though. The yeast did just the right amount of work on this beer. It's a bit lighter than other hefeweizens that I've tried, but it works for the beer. Live Oak should be commended for packing this much flavor into 4.1% abv.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy. Lots of gentle little bubbles, even from a growler. It's incredible drinkable. One of the best session beers that I've ever tried. This is delicious beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Very pretty orangish color, quite hazy. No real head on mine, as this came from a growler and seems like a bit of the carbon dioxide escaped since this was poured. Can only imagine what this looks like with a nice head on it.

S - Nice mellow yeasty smell with some great clove and light mellow banana smell. Nicely spiced, but it's not overpowering like too many hefe's, very subtle. Also subtle, is some citrusy rind, possibly orange, smell in this.

T - Citrus and banana, this starts out really very mellow and climbs to a nice spice, clove, and banana taste. It mellows out to a nicely dry finish with a touch of sweetly sour note on the palate. Very nice.

M - Mine pretty undercarbonated, but blaming that on the fact it was a growler that was shipped to me. Quite smooth, light bodied.

D - So smooth, so easy tasting. Could session this all day without anything becoming overpowering. Definately a quality drinking beer.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to xpimptastikx for this one. Poured into a weizen glass.

3.0 A: Hazed darker yellow color. Two plus fingers of frothy white head with average retention and not really any lacing.

5.0 S: Wow, really wonderful. Tons of bubblegum and clove with banana oil undertones. Appropriate level of yeastiness and a neutral wheat flavor. Pretty much perfect proportions of the major components with a lot of power behind it. Elegant, bold and robust, this is about as good as it gets.

4.0 T: The taste is also very good, but only about one tenth as powerful as the nose. Bubblegum and clove are once again my most powerful with banana second chair again. Surprisingly dry. Neutral wheat. No-off flavors and well brewed, but the taste could use a good three of four fold amplification.

3.0 M: The mouthfeel is a good deal disappointing. Medium body, but lacking the creaminess that the best hefes have to offer. Also, there's plenty of carbonation, but is fails to liven up the mouthfeel. Instead of spritzy, it's a "dead" carbonation.

3.5 D: Absolutely amazing taste, pretty good taste, and otherwise sub-par. Still, I'd have no problem drinking this on a regular basis. A couple glasses today did the trick and a couple more tomorrow.

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Photo of francisweizen
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Believe Da Hype. Best HefeWeizen I have ever had. It even puts the German Originals to shame! Seriosuly. On-Tap *MANY* times at the gingerman in Austin, Texas. Light/ruddy golden yellow with a nice frothy head of white that lasts and leaves great German lacing. My glass is adorned with a lemon, wtf!? let's try this one sans lemon first. Aromas are all classic hefe. Banana, spicy yeast, clove, a bit of lemon, etc. Not overly complex nor bland. Just right in the middle and *perfect*. Taste follows through in a big way. Big brash wheaty hefe flavors of banana, cloves, citrus, and other spices just balance each other out into a bready, wheaty, yeasty masterpiece of drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth just the right weight and perfect. Drinkability would be a 6 if I could rate it above 5. Just for the hell of it I drank this one with the lemon too, as it seems that's how all the locals drink it down here in the 100 degree Texas heat. All the lemon did was accentuate the citrus flavors already present in this awe-inspiring beer, and cut some of the grainy wheaty flavors that are awesome. It's amazing either way, you can't hurt this beer. This beer is the man. I don't even want to give it a 5, because I thought I would never, ever, give a hefe a 5! Hefes arent even my favorite style of brew anymore at all and they havent been for a while! It doesn't matter at all though, just like moonlights reality czech garnered a 5 rating from me as well, this beer is just the perfect example of this style. Hefe can not get any better than this and so it gets the big 5 from me. Just drink this whenever you get the chance. Drink it all up, because you will miss it when it is not available to you anymore. Sure the bar I drank a bunch of this in had about 80 other beers on tap. so what! Everytime I walked through the doors, I was pretty much ordereing 1,2,3, or more of these beauties...I was only in Texas for a few days, and by the time I left everyone knew this was "my beer". I wish it could be "my beer" here at home, but it can't be so i'll just be happy I got to quaff a bunch of this in the capital of Texas, and plan my next trip with a two day layover in Austin! Live Oak may not be the best brewery in the world, or even on the continent, or even in the country, or even in the state of Texas!, but as far as I am concerned they brew the best hefe in the world!

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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 woosterbill
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Growler, courtesy of Phoenix2443, into a Duvel tulip.

A: Fully hazed orange-gold body with a full inch of off-white head, despite over a week (and a couple thousand miles) between now and when the growler was filled. So-so retention and light lace. Not bad at all.

S: This one's a straight-up banana bomb, with the toasty malts underneath leading to a distinct banana bread aroma. Only the lightest hint of clove spice, and not really any bubblegum. Just a little one-sided, but still hugely appealing.

T: Good balance of fruity esters and bready malt here, with the banana from the nose still holding on to its dominant spot. Overall it's really quite delicate for a hefe, but still pretty flavorful for the low ABV. The slightly spicy aftertaste is simply lovely.

M: The body's a little thin and the carbonation is a little sharp, but neither is a real problem for me. Pretty much what I expect for the style. The fact that there still is so much carbonation in a shipped growler earns it an extra half-point.

D: This category is where this beer really shines: I don't care what Ding says, this is a classic American session beer, the extra .10% be damned. I can imagine that this is a definite favorite during hot Texas summers.

Notes: Big thanks to Phoenix2443 for hooking me up with this. It did not disappoint at all, even though I think NG Dancing Man maintains its position as my all-time favorite hefe. This one puts a lot of Germans to shame, though, and is a worthy brew indeed.

Cheers!

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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 birchstick
3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to jckp64 for the growler share!

A - pours a straw yellow without too much of a head (maybe a little flat)

S - nose is lots of lemons and wheat malt; banana and clove are also in the mix. However, the biggest scent in the aroma is bubble gum.

T - starts off with some soft malts that fade to a really nice bubblegum flavor. Mixed in are some lemon flavors. A spicy clove finish wraps up the flavor profile on this.

M - soft, creamy, and full - nice body!

D - really nice American Hefe. I still think the Germans own this style, but this is the best American take on it that I have tried.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was fortunate enough to have this while in Texas recently. Enjoyed at the Flying Saucer in Houston..

Fluffy wispy white head rises above the hazy golden colored beer. Some slight orange tones. A nice color. Decent retention and lacing.

Aroma is very fresh, very bready and spot on for the style. Ripe banana, spices, yeasty goodness. Some light clove.

Silky smooth is the first thing that comes to mind. Really almost creamy. A good amount of depth and a wonderful banana bread flavor. Excellent depth to the spice. Decent little beer. There is almost a vanilla quality that comes with the creaminess.

Quite drinkable and perfect for a hot Texas day. I can see why this is so popular.

Nice representation of the style.

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

414th review on BA
Growler to Weizen

HUGE!!! Thanks to Poonamibaxter for this.

App- Soft hazy yellow with a two finger head and not a lot of cling. Faded from dark to light in the glass.

Smell- Typical hefe smell without being overdone or too sweet, well balanced. Bananas, yeast and spice.

Taste- It's one of the most balanced hefe's I have had and I dont like hefs except for the Hefe-Weiss. This was bliss in a glass. Banana, spice and a little bit of grainy/wheat. Didn't over compensate any single flavor or ingredient.

Mouth- Medium bodied but almost a light bodied hefe. High carbed even after being in the growler for so long. Was soft and refreshing.

Drink- Not as spicy and as big as the Hefe-weiss but this was so tasty. Fresh, crisp, refreshing and tasty. I wanted to drink all 64oz of this but that would be bad Advocacy. The BA freinds need to share this.

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Photo of prototypic
4.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to csmiley for sharing the hand bottled bomber.

Appearance: It pours a very hazy, light straw color. Cloudiness cannot be understated. There's a few small pieces of sediment swimming around, but they're small and mostly insignificant. Head is about a finger and a half deep and foamy white in color. Retention was definitely on the shorter side and left a spotty coat of lace lining the glass.

Smell: Spicy notes of clove and very light orange peel greet the nose first. The spiciness is apparent, but dialed in just right. Not too strong. Banana scent makes an impression and adds a nice element to it. There's definitely a grainy, earthy fragrance to it. There's a faint sweet smell that emerges. It's indistinct, but perhaps a little fruity. Truly an exceptional smelling Hefe.

Taste: Clove and banana flavors are readily apparent up front. Orange peel and perhaps some other light spicy elements that blend well. It's very grainy and earthy which is typical for the style. It is a little sweet toward the end. I really can't quite put my finger on the sweet flavor. Suffice it to say it's a nice touch. Though it's not overly complex, this is really a fine tasting beer. Easily the best tasting Hefe I've encountered.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and very smooth. It's really well done. Generally, beers with such a light feel don't have a creamy feel quite like this. I'd go so far as to say it's damn near silky. If it were a little thicker, a "5" would be warranted for feel. Drinkability is high given its smooth, light feel. I'm clueless as to what the abv is, but it's not apparent in taste or smell. I'm close to awarding a "5" for drinkability, but Hefes aren't one of my favorite styles. I could tackle a number of these with ease, but I'd probably move on to an IPA after a while. Just my preference. I can only take so much clove.

Live Oak's clearly set the bar for Hefes with this one. I was a little apprehensive about how well it'd hold up being hand bottled, but it seems in great shape. Carbonation seems to have held up really well. But, I haven't tried it fresh so could be wrong there. All in all, fantastic beer. Thanks, Chris.

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

Hazy golden orange on the pour. No head once it made it to me unfortunately.

Nice banana citrus, clove and honey aroma.

Taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma which is very good.

Crisp, clean, light, and smooth.

good drinkability. One of the most solid hefes I've had.

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Photo of tpd975
4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A BIG thanks goes out to hopsleeroy for sending a growler of this bad boy to the state of Florida.

A: Pour a bright straw yellow color. This beer is so bright you would think you could see thru it but you can't. There is a tinge of haze murking it up a bit. Even from a growler pour it built a nice two finger head and left no lace.

S: Nice wheaty aromas with hints of light spices like clove. There is some banana hidden beneath along with big league chew bubblegum.

T: Wow fairly light in taste, but in a good way. The wheat really stands out here. It is very wheaty and biscuity. The banana and clove come in in the middle and a hint of bubblegum sweetness rounds this one out. The combination of flavors though light blend together perfectly to make a really nice tasting brew.

M: Light in body with a crisp somewhat dry finish.

D: So enjoyable on a hot summer day, which today just happens to be. I really enjoyed the beer and look forward to landing a couple of the hand bottled bombers going around on the trading forum.

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Photo of alexgash
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared with knight84 (thanks!).

Pours a glowing hazy orange peach with a small, but sticky, gauzy white head. Nose of sweet wheat bread, mild bananas, some cloves, a hint of bubblegum, and a sprig of spicy herbal noble hops. Very good smelling hefe.

Soft wheat malt of bready sweetness and tangy yeast. Restrained bubblegum and banana flavors. A little clove. Spicy noble hop finish. Medium-bodied with a soft, proteiny feel. Nice. Very drinkable and one of the best U.S.-made hefes I've had.

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Photo of Brent
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In Houston on business, I figured this would be my chance to give this a try. Staying on the outskirts of town, so I stopped at a very well stocked store - lots of TX beers, but no Live Oak. Cashier is well versed and tells me the brewery does not bottle. hmmm - Hefe in the too 100 is unusual enough, but one not distributed. I'm wondering if a little home team cheering might be at work. But undaunted I set off for the Flying Saucer to track it down, and glad I am. Perhaps the best hefe I've had, besting the German leaders. Perfect blend of malt and yeast flavors without too much banana or clove.

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

I got a growler of this beer in a trade with xpimptastikx, Thanks Michael!

Served in a weizen glass.

Hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a ring.
Wheaty and yeasty aroma with spices thrown in.
There is solid malted wheat spices and yeast all the way through.
Medium bodied, very smooth feel and it was very easy to drink.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cuvee Coffee in Austin.

Served in a nonic pint.

Cloudy golden body with a brown hue. Surging carbonation. Persistent pale white head that becomes a film over the body. 5

Banana and clove dominate the nose with a touch of sweetness. Wheat is apparent too. 4.25

Surprised by how pronounced the clove flavor is here. Banana follows and a nutty, sweet malt flavor emerges. Vanilla on the finish is an excellent contribution. 4.25

Medium-body, some spice from the clove, medium carbonation that bubbles more on the finish, and a lingering dry feel. 4.25

Very good brew. Drinks well at breakfast post coffee.

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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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