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König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel - Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jeffo on 02-09-2009)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and banana presence all around.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the wonderful helgas, the best german food around. poured into a proper 1 liter glass, i could barely lift this hazy amber brew with one hand. classic banana clove yeast complexion on the nose, with the darker wheat malt, sweet and red, not quite roasty and dark like the midnight stuff, its classically german. the taste confirms what the nose hinted at, this is one of the best examples of the style i have ver had, as good as the weihenstephaner stuff for sure, and they have to be the standard by which these beers are measured. the yeast is great, delicate, but heavy on the banana, and all the carbonation makes the darkness of the wheat almost hard to pick up on, but there is a mellow caramel sweetness running through it from the grain, which i really like. its so refreshing, and i had no problem drinking a liter before it warmed up much. i wish this was around on shelves, although i have a feeling the draft drinks a loot nicer than some older bottles might, but id like to see it nevertheless. a perfect pairing for anything on the menu down at helgas, which is a must if you've never been. awesome beer, just a beauty.

StonedTrippin, Jul 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kojevergas, May 27, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%

500ml bottle with a BB date stamp of 15 Feb. 2015.
Pours slightly hazy, dark amber, with an abundance of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable, light but creamy, bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more ripe banana and spices.
Flavor: follows smell, but more malt and less spicy.
Feel: light body; exceptionally smooth and creamy for a light bodied beer.

chinchill, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

rolltide8425, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours all massive beige, compact head which settles after a while as the murky brown liquid rises. Lovely lacings.

S: The ripe bananas are overwhelming. Spices and yeast. Cloves. Bready.

T: A little bit milder than the smell. The bananas are there, still very ripe and very sweet, the breadyness is still there, while the yeast is lighter as well as the spices. Bitter hops are present - I can't find that at all in the smell.

M: Body is medium and very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation is un-offensively rich while the lingering aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.

O: A Dunkelweizen that is kind of mild but yet still quite complex.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dcmchew, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

BeerForMuscle, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of Jeffo
2.2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a super large 3+ finger thinner off-white head. No real carbonation evident. Colour is a lighter brown, perhaps sienna or russet. Actually poured relatively clear for a dunkelweizen, then quickly turned cloudy after a few seconds. Head quickly dissipates into a film cap, which stays the entire time, and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt and bit of sweet caramel and toffee. OK, but there's also something a little foul there that I can't put my finger on. Smelly shoes or something along those lines. Not a fan.

TASTE: Wheat malt and not much else. A sweet caramel malt aftertaste lingers pretty long and is not all that pleasant. Pretty one dimensional and boring.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth going down and finishes very sticky, really coating the mouth completely. A bit too sticky for me, but some might enjoy that kind of extreme.

OVERALL: Looks good and feels alright, but everything else was at least disappointing and maybe even a little off. Not all that enjoyable, which made it not very drinkable either. There are definitely much better examples out there. Pass.

Jeffo, Feb 09, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

CoryR, Dec 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

JohneHoodlum, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

PatGreer, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Keith_R, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gregwa, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jrohrbacher, Oct 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brandon911, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bcsbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, unfiltered orange to light, chocolate-brown colour that forms a large off-white head that is a fluffy foam texture. The retention is quite good and some lacing on the glass is visible.

A nice wheat aroma that is backed up with a strong banana and clove smell plus some mild spices.

Banana & to a lesser extent cloves are here but are not as noticeable as in the smell. They are partially masked by the sweet caramel flavour but this is still an excellent beer to drink, helped by the almost bitterless finish.

Light on the palate for a dark beer, it's on the light side of medium bodied but still very smooth and surprisingly crisp & refreshing.

A well-balanced beer that is great tasting and goes down really well. It is up there with the best of the style I have sampled thus far.

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flyingpig, Jun 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Jason1337, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mikeypnh, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of stevoj
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass, thick sustained fluffy head. Orange copper color with more than ample carbonation. Sharp, fruity taste with no bitterness. Tastes more like a weizen than a dunkel....small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but i "swished" it german style and poured into the glass. A good example of true Bavarian weizen...

stevoj, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

brandonld23, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of beerdrifter
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Hazy amber-brown pour with a two finger foamy off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with lots of banana, clove, caramel, brown bread, molasses, and some subtle mineral notes. The taste follows suit with tons of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana, clove, brown sugar, banana bread, tobacco, and molasses. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and great balance. Overall, this is one of my favorite interpretations of the style.

beerdrifter, Jun 25, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA during Philly beer week. The Warsteiner reps were gracious, paid for my first draft and answered all of my questions. From what I understand this beer will now be available in the U.S. in bottles and kegs (50L).

Appearance is a cloudy brown, with more apparent unfiltered yeast than Franziskaner dunkel. The smell is overwhelmingly caramel with some banana esters. Taste is very smooth with predominant flavors of caramel, clove and banana. This is one of my favorite styles and I would routinely keep kegs of this dunkelweiss in my beer cooler as soon as it is available.

wattoclone, Jun 05, 2013
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König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.