Live Oak Brewing Company

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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #29
Ranked #23,451
3.84 | pDev: 9.11%
Live Oak Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 36
Photo of champ103
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

On tap at Wright Bros in Austin.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby red around the edges. A two finger white head forms, and recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: That perfect wheat forward, yeast combination. Banana and fruity ester with some spicy clove for sure. Slightly darker malts and bit of baked bread.
T: This is great. Like a banana and chocolate covered version of the regular Hefe. Toasted malts, baked bread, and finishes on the husky wheaty side.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth and velvety. Something I can drink all day.

On a side note, I can't believe how Live Oak ratings have fallen recently. I guess you need all the hype you can get. They still continue to make some of the best beers in the state. This is one of them.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

64oz brown glass Alpine growler with screw-top filled at The Growler Room in Austin, Texas, a few days ago, and served into a Spaten Stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I enjoyed Live Oak's hefeweizen and I do like a good dunkel. Kept refrigerated since I bought it. Cost was $12.00 USD.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Poured with a bit extra vigor as slight carbonation issues are anticipated given that it's a growler pour. I couldn't side-pour due to the weight of the growler so head width may be exaggerated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a five finger wide head of creamy fluffy texture. Head is white in colour. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; this beer has legs. Good frothiness. Head retention is excellent - 8-9+ minutes.

Body colour is a quasitranslucent nontransparent dark tan. It glows when put in front of a direct light source. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it's a pretty respectable appearance for a dunkel; hey, it's dark. And the head is nice. But I've seen better dunkeln, especially those from traditional German breweries.

Sm: Pleasantly nutty. Banana and clove notes emerge from the yeast. Some orange peel citrus. Wheat. Not too "dark" smelling, with a nice fruity edge. Fairly fresh. Cream. A bit bready. A soft approachable pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No alcohol or hop character is detectable.

T: Bubble gum is the first thing I notice; it's prominent on the climax. A bit too creamy, but it's a nice soft introduction to the beer up front. It just overstays its welcome a bit, dampening the depth of flavour. Wheat provides the soft foundation here. It's certainly cohesive, but I don't know that it's gestalt; well-balanced in any case. Some nutty hints. A biteen of banana. Maybe some clove. It feels like they tried to replicate their hefeweizen as a dunkelweizen, and the lack of committal to the style holds it back. It doesn't hit the key conventions of the best traditional examples of the style (e.g. Erdiner). This nontraditional build is to its detriment. Still, it's a pleasant, approachable beer and I suppose I do like it.

Depth of flavour is suppressed/below average. Intensity and duration of flavour are average. On the sweeter end; no naked bitterness comes through.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Quite lacking in terms of complexity and subtlety, but the balance alone makes it worthy of drinking.

Mf: Creamy, smooth, wet, and above all, soft. I like the comforting soft texture, but a bit more assertiveness would be welcome. Good carbonation (in spite of being served from a growler). Nice presence on the palate. It does seem a bit thin, though by no means is it watery. Decent body. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't ever feel custom-tailored to it. By no means a paragon of the dunkelweizen style.

Not biting, hot, gushed, boozy, or harsh.

Dr: This crowd-pleasing offering from Live Oak feels like a lite version of a true dunkel, mimicking the characteristics of Live Oak's acclaimed hefeweizen without really embracing the dunkelweizen style. I have no doubt it will be loved by the masses, but dunkel purists need look elsewhere. If you put tradition and style expectations aside, it makes for a rather pleasant and drinkable (albeit simple) brew. I'll enjoy killing my growler, but I see no need to ever pick this one up again. Better examples of the style are widely available, and I do think it's worth paying a higher price for them as imports. This beer isn't worth going out of your way to seek out, but it will offend very few. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but I think we'll see locals rating this one highly as more reviews come in.


Best paired with honeybaked pretzels.

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Photo of rdooley
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dig Pub. This has been out for a couple weeks now, so I'm surprised nobody has reviewed it yet. Advertised as a cross between their Primus and their Hefeweizen. I can't find anything on their website about this, so I'm unsure of the ABV.

A: Dark, cloudy, amber color. Not as dark as the Primus. Minimal head, with minimal lacing that fades quickly.

S: The smell is very similiar to their popular Hefeweizen, with hints of banana, clove, citrus, bubble gum. Maybe a little of the malt in there.

T: The taste follows the nose. Lots of banana, clove, yeast. A little citrus, bubble gum, much like the Hefe. I got a little bit of the sweet, caramel, toffee malt character, which is what separates this from the Hefe. This is more similiar to the Hefe, than the Primus in my opinion.

M: Creamy, medium to light mouth feel. Perfect carbonation...refreshing.

O: This special release is another solid brew from the guys at Live Oak. It is brewed to style, and offers a nice mix of two of their best beers. The nose & taste is very similar to what the Hefe offers, but with a little more sweetness from the malts.

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Dunkelweizen from Live Oak Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 36 ratings