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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) | Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

very good
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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.5 % abv

Appearance- Pours a lemon yellow with large white foamy head. Very hazy/cloudy.

Smell- Freshly baked bread, banana, clove, pepper.

Taste- Sweet doughy character with a fresh crackery malt flavor. Banana notes quite evident, not much unlike fresh banana bread. Some spicy hop flavor in there as well. Finishes sweet and peppery with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An incredible hefe. Excellently brewed with plenty of flavors and the right flavors. One of the best in its style. Hats off.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden yellow. Hazy. A finger of white head which lingers.

S: Banana, bready malts.

T: Follows the nose. Banana not quite as present as some of the great ones.

F: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium bodied. Goes down smooth.

O: Definelty better than any of the u.s hefes I've had.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a cloudy medium honey yellow with three puffy fingers of pillowy white head that leaves bubbling magma lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh white bread, lemon, sliced banana, clove, soft bubblegum and mild leafy hops.

Tastes of doughy wheat malt, banana bread, clove, tart citrus, soft yeast and more gentle hops.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium-light bodied with supple carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Recommended. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a good one, great color, magnificent aroma, all things Bavaria. Beer has great head and flavor screams Deutschland. This is a real winner.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark, pours cloudy yellow color with a 3 finger thick foamy white head that faded very slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of banana, sweet malt, clove, yeast, toasted grains, floral hops, caramel and lemon zest.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a wheatbeer glass.

Look - poured with a big fluffy white head typical of a german wheatbeer. Looks the same as any other. Nothing special.

Nose and palate seemed a bit muddled to me. Not the strong banana/clove combo you get with some or the spicy/bubblegummy you get with others. It tasted a bit weak - didn't really like it.

Mouth seemed a bit watery.

Not sure what was going on with this beer. I had high hopes and love German wheatbeers generally. Perhaps I'm gradually going off the style, not sure. I will revisit some of my old favourites soon to figure it out.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer and wouldn't recommend it.


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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dirty gold heavy white foam. Classic here nose of wheat and coriander. Smooth taste with a citrus burst. Clean. Lemony. OverAll tasty and a straightforward here. Nice.

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Photo of ranger7
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice looking Hefeweizen; cloudy and gold with a great white head. Traditional tasting weizen that reminds me of the ones I sampled in Bavaria. Would have again.

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Photo of wanderingspirit
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Weiss beers. Good retention of Belgian lace, color, and a subtle aftertaste of banana. Not cloying or overly sweet. Very good if you appreciate the style.

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Photo of jw4free
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: big pillowy head that reduces to a thin cover. Cloudy, dark straw. Bottle conditioning yeast or sediment. S: Mild Tart acid smell, yeast, banana, bubble gum in the background, cloves when I'm told it's there. Aromas fade as it warms, acid tartness remains. T: banana and yeast. No tartness. F: slight watery, decent fizz. O: starts out of the bottle strong, then fades as the drink progresses.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This pours a beautiful straw yellow Hefeweizen color, cascading bubbles and slightly hazy, with a 2 inch head.

Smells like citrus, banana, and wheat.

This is one of the more citrusy traditional here's I've had, lots of orange and lemon, with the typical banana wheat and clove. Doesn't blaze much of a trail for the style, but it's still tasty.

This has a juicy and creamy mouthfeel, with a high level of carb.

Nice stuff here.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hefe. I think this one might even be a bit underrated on here. A 90+ plus hefe in my opinion. What really separates this beer from your average Hefeweizen are two things: the slightly more emphasized orange/citric notes and the incredibly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The milky, almost vanilla aspect to the mouthfeel complements the typical hefe flavors (banana, clove, orange peel, lemon, etc.) perfectly. Almost same class as Weihenstephaner. Maybe not quite as sublime. Seems a good deal better on tap having revisited since.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of banana and clove in this one, and some flaked wheat. Colour is almost orange juice-esque, it's so cloudy. A very nice, very authentic hefe. High carbonation, nice body.

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Photo of plaidowl
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my very favorite beer. Not only is it a high quality brew, made with obvious care, but it caters to my every preference. It has just the right amount of head, not too much, but enough to be thick and present. It has a beautiful opaque golden straw color, streaming with a constant, but light, carbonation. It is crisp and clean tasting, with a smooth finish; quite refreshing, and the kind of beer that I can enjoy in any quantity, a fine beverage, not just a good beer. The flavor is mellow, with classic banana notes complimenting the overall malty flavor.
So many beers have a complex, enjoyable flavor, but end up being too rich an experience to drink in too great a quantity; others are highly quaffable, but suffer in the flavor department. This is a beer that never overstays its welcome, with me. Delicious and light, smooth and effervescent, this beautiful brew is German beer at its finest!

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Biergarten in Munich farmers market. Nice balanced Hefeweizen with aromas of a banana - at least that's what I've been told. Just a good beer...simple as that

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's German...from the brewery of Mad King Ludwig himself....what's not to like. Not the best from the Fatherland, but still quite awesome :-) The Swan King is smiling.

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The aroma has a big fruit aroma, very nice. The appearance is a murky straw color with a fairly large white head. Taste is banana and bread with some spices. A very good flavor. Overall this is a really good beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2015 German Bierfest.

Cloudy yellow gold body topped by a lively head.

Moderate banana and light clove for style. Light but not quite watery body.

Lively, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into glass. Sizable frothy white head followed by a thin foam lacing. Light to medium yellow/golden color with visible carbonation. Smells of banana, clove, baked bread, and hints of smokiness. I also detect a distinct earthiness in the aroma. Taste has some citrus fruity notes up front, but not too sweet at all. There is a bit of tart funkiness, kind of like what you might taste in an aged cheese. Finishes very smooth and balanced. Overall, a very solid hefeweizen. I like it because it's balanced and not too sweet.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pours golden Hazy colour, big banana and clove aroma the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. This ones very enjoyable.

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Photo of Zet
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smell is clovy but a bit weak, but the taste is nice with plenty of subtle aromas (cloves, banana, sweet fruit, all the essentials are there). Very smooth as well.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 2” white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big banana nose is detectable from 5 feet away.
T: Banana, bread and clove on the palate with the balance towards the banana. A hint of bubble gum and traces of vanilla arise near the end and the beer finishes with a lingering clove presence on the tongue.
F: Creamy, luscious and full bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Liquid banana bread that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden color, one finger head, little retention and lacing. Nice big aroma of bananas and cloves, followed by a straw smelling wheaty fragrance. The flavor was nice and spicy with a nice tangy slight citrus flavor. Mouthfeel was thinner than I like in a Hefeweizen, but it did have some very nice carbonation, making it very refreshing. Overall, this is not a bad Hefeweizen, would be perfect for a hot summer afternoon refresher.

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Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden body with three fingers of thick fluffy white head that slowly receded. Overall impression of appearance is of a perfect Hefeweizen, nothing wrong at all. Scents of light levels of citrus, strong phenol presence of clove, balanced with a moderate ester aroma of bananas and medium-light grainy wheat malt. Overall impression of aroma is of a classic Hefeweizen, well balanced between phenolic and ester derived aromas. Flavor begins pleasantly sweet and tart with notes of banana and clove mingling with softly sweet Pilsner malt and light citrus flavors. Middle is still lightly sweet with further banana flavor balanced equally with clove along with soft grainy wheat malt and light tartness. Finish is lightly sweet with notes of banana and clove mingling with medium-light grainy wheat malt and light tart citrus and a soft sweet malt presence. Aftertaste is phenolic with clove and light white pepper dominating and a soft grainy wheat malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a classic Hefeweizen, true to style and quite appealing. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied yet creamy, with effervescent carbonation and a light finish. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good, true to style Hefeweizen. Overall this is a very good Hefeweizen with a classic aroma and flavor, aided by a true to style mouthfeel. It is a quite good example of the style, that while not reaching Weihenstephaner in quality, is still quite good.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice Hefeweizen. It pours a straw yellow color with an impressive foamy head. Aroma is earthy, lemon like; a hint sweet malt takes over as the drink warms. Taste consists of lemon, wheat, and a tiny hint of honey. Smooth, crisp and refreshing feel. A good warm weather drink.

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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