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

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very good

664 Ratings

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Ratings: 664
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002)
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Next on my agenda is getting as far away from Brazilian Lagers as possible after my single brief flirtation with their brewing industry (Palma Louca). All I can say to Brazil is: Stick with soccer, carnivals, and F1 drivers - i.e. what you're best at. Let's move on to König Ludwig Weiss (aka 'The Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen'). Royal Bavarian what? Well apparently, according to the Warsteiner (aka 'The Queen of Beers') website: HRH Luitpold*, Prince of Bavaria, pays personal attention to the high quality of this beer and the exclusive resources from southern Germany. There's a lot of royalty going on with this beer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Presents a hazy, not quite naturtrüb, golden body with a creamy 1 inch head that settles to a centimetre in the time it takes for me to confuse my readers with my mixing of imperial and metric measurements.

S: Over-ripe bananas mingle with hints of clove and a broad musty yeast. There's a touch of other spices going on like cardamom and nutmeg, but by the by this is an average Weizen aroma and I'm not expecting it to topple the mighty Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

T: Flavour is a bit more interesting than expected with the above mentioned over-ripe bananas having a toffee dimension as well. The however yeast is as flat and musty as expected and the hints of clove, cardamom and nutmeg all make an appearance. Another sip reveals that the toffee is more of a buttery Diacetyl (well toffee and butter are similar flavours). The finish is dry more than bitter.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy dense carbonation, right on the money here.

D: Overall I quite like this Weizen for the big Diacetyl, however two things struck me about it - the high price and the fact that it didn't come in a 500ml bottle, two things where the Weihenstephaner beats this... but the flavour is close to being as good as Weihenstephaner and I do enjoy an intentionally buttery Weizen, which this is... Dammit Prince Luitpold, make your beers cheaper and you might actually be able to compete with Weihenstephan!

Food match: Grilled pork back-strap with charred potatoes, caramelised onion and
bacon-wrapped asparagus.

*That might be because he owns König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg, the brewery, duh Dok!

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