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

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

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87
very good

763 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 763
Reviews: 406
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 35
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Ratings: 763 | Reviews: 406
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Photo of Todd
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Very cloudy pale golden beer with a white foam head that settles to a creamy lace.

Smell: Lemony citric, light malty aroma and hints of clove and yeast.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with an even, sweet malt character. It broken by a soft lemon bitterness that strikes the palate with some backing carbonation fizz and settles back into the malt. Banana and thin notes of clove and other herbals fold into the sweet malt which makes a second round with a touch of sweet caramel. A little dry, bitty and oily in the finish.

Notes: A very flavourful hefeweizen beer (especially if you leave 1/4 in the bottle, swirl and pour into your glass -- yeast is good). Balanced, complex, traditional and quite the authentic beer. A world class beer in my beer book.

Thanks to Warsteiner for the sample!

Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pored a hazy gold color with big rockyt head,smell was kinda bland for a weisse.A little citrius and smokey hint but nothing that would wake u up.Maybe a little clove in the taste with banana undertones but not anything really coming thrue.Real bland in my opinion there is alot better coming from Bavaria for sure.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin but creamy head with no lacing does not bode well for this hazy pee-colored beer. Nose is old hops, slight yeast, whiffs of banana.

I am pleasantly suprised here. Citrusy hops with faint grassyness and banana, and a good yeasty finish. Clove character shows up with continued quaffing. This is the first German wheat I've ever had and quite frankly I was expecting more, but its still good. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume this is an old bottle. Mouthfeel is creamy and good for the style.

Photo of sponberg
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color of straw, with a snowy white head. The nose promises banana, clove, and a decocted maltiness and the taste delivers. Beautifully balanced - a bit lighter in body than, say, Franziskaner, but soooo quaffable. One of those "what does it taste like when it warms up? The world may never know" beers because it disappears very quickly from the glass. A very, very good hefeweiss that I hope to find in bottle soon.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The body was cloudy and had a cool, golden yellow color with visible carbonation. Its head is thick, creamy and bright white in color. It slowly fades to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip and leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell: There is an inviting aroma of wheat, clove, fruity yeast and banana.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a good wheat malt base with fruity yeast that has notes of banana. Mellow herbal hops, spicy clove and a touch of lemon round out the flavor on a smooth creamy palate with a medium body and lively carbonation. It finishes somewhat dry with some lingering wheat and dry earthy tones.

Notes: This is a great example of a German hefeweizen. The balance is spot on for the style and it is wonderfully refreshing and very easy to drink.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date, a little blurb about the beer on the back label. Decent lace for the style with some sporadic stickage, even cloudiness within the pale golden brew.

Light but sharp twang of wheat, soft spiciness and faint yeast in the aroma.

The mouth feel is structured very well with a deeply textured carbonation that provides a stellar crispness in the moderate body. Big bursting juicy wheat malt flavours, lots of grain in the mouth and so in a dry way. Quick cut into the palate with some clove spiciness, very mild alcohol character other than the light warming. Yeastiness is earthy and mineral like and adds a needed harshness to the palate for balance. Dry finish with a clean lingering grain.

A good solid German wheat beer, give this one a go especially if you are into really dry wheat beers. I’ll be going back to this one on occasion.

Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled up at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light apricot, semi cloudy, skimpy head for a hefe, tiny bubbles, fine and well developed lacing left behind. Strong bananas, vanilla and cloves in the nose. More cloves and banana notes that jump out onto the palate. Easy drinking and tasty enough hefe. Lacks the depth of flavors and complexity of the heavy weights of the style. But I still enjoyed it and suggest you give it a try or two as well

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.72/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

50cL brown bottle with "Königlich Bayerisches Bier" on the front. Is it really? Bearing in mind it's a cold Weizen on a thirsty night...

Appearance: Average cloudy pale orangey-yellow colour, your run-of-the-mill Bavarian Hefeweizen. Head retention is disappointing, and head is snow-white. Even though I poured it imprecisely, without stirring up the Hefe on the bottom of the glass, it didn't leave a brown stain on the head like most Weizens do. Although the bottle looks German, there is something non-genuine about this beer. Still, it's cloudy, it's approximately the right colour, but its authenticity so far is poor.

Smell: Thin, but fairly true to the style. Banana, phenol, wheat malt. Not bursting with flavour, but very German - reserved, polite and unassuming. Pretty average, not a great Weißbier.

Taste is also less than outstanding. Slightly sour, marginally more complex than the smell makes it appear, but not entirely true to the style. Banana is less evident, phenol still around with some tartness in the mouth. Dry, refreshing, but rather bloating - this fills your stomach up in a watery way which is not what you want on a spring eve in a warm house. You don't want that at all, really.

Mouthfeel is way too thin - lacking a lot. There is still something to chew on there though, probably due to the fact it's a cloudy beer - the bottle conditioning adds something. Drinkability - not impressed because of the belly-filling-up-with-water effect. It's refreshing but I hate that bloating sensation.

Overall - not a bad beer, but I am hard on my Hefeweizens because I enjoy them so much. Tough love. If this were rated in terms of any beer style, it would be marginally above average.

Photo of nem2006
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is an extremely hazy yellow/gold. Had a little head which faded fast.

The smell is citrusy with a little spice in there. Smells of almost lemons or oranges. Definitely the product of the wheat.

Taste is light, powerful and refreshing. Catching hints of the citrus flavor. Almost no bitterness from the hops at the end. Extremely smooth.

I am a big fan of this beer. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured a light, cloudy golden hue with a well-rounded, foamy head. Sheets of lacing, great retention.

All the usual suspects are there: wheat malts, coriander, flowers, banana, cloves and spice. Very good nose to it.

A fine, easy to drink hefe. Not the best of the style, but certainly very well done. Starts off like a typical hefe, with robust banana and clove flavours, but it kind of loses momentum near the finish, which is peppery and a bit thin. Maybe dry is the right word.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly creamy.

A solid hefe, and a pretty decent brew to cap off the evening. I'll still probably go Hacker or Weihenstephan, but this is a fine choice as well. Eager to try their dunkel...

Photo of Kraken
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Soft pour yields one finger head that diminishes quickly. Beer pours a golden slightly cloudy amber color. Smell is slightly yeasty, with hints of citrus and light sweetness. Taste is light doughy, yeasty with a very mild sweetness, some citrus. Another very nice summer beer. Light easy to drink but still very flavorfull. Nice crisp finish.

Photo of jsolack
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Clear golden yellow. Head is light. I like this style of beer to be more hazy in the glass. Overall average.

Smell:
Interesting smell... not sure if I like it or not!! A bready and coppery smell comes to nose first. Intersting...

Taste:
A grainy and sweet flavor. Again different than what I'm used to with the style. Flavor has metallic overtones.

Mouthfeel:
Nice feeling in the mouth. Carbonation level is good. Beer coats tounge well.

Drinkability:
Easy drinking beer.. .I like the flavor but it's different than I would expect. Overall pleasant.

Edit: I'm having a second bottle now... I'm thinking the first bottle was bad.. this bottle was much cloudier and has a more expected flavor.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank a lot of this stuff in Milwaukee. Tried to get into the mindset of drinking cloudy yellow wheat beers, but its just not my thing.

The appearance was most impressive of just about anything in this style, save SN Kellerweiss. Just didn't like the taste, too much clove(?) or something. Didn't like the hopping. Just not a beer for me. Cool label, cool appearance, even the smell was good (for some reason, no clove in smell, but taste?).

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love hefe-weizens, and this one after cracking the bottle smelled amazing!!! It poured a hazy unfiltered golden hue, with a bright white color. Very thick lace that is pure eye candy for a true beer lover. This is a style I could drink all day, the aroma is full of spices, banana, and cloves it's so pleasant almost like smelling some ginger or cinnamon. A swee contrasting aroma that fills up my senses, and also contains a bit of a citrus scent to it. Very good the first sip I am greeted with all of the yeast flavors that blend so well together, and the malt gives this beer an amazing level of drinkability if you like wheat beers like I do. Finish is very banana, and complemented with a fair level of carbonation. This is a lighter bodied beer with a fluffy moutfeel to it, and I really am enjoying this one. In fact anybody into wheat beers will like this one, amazingly drinkable and satisfying down to the beer lover's soul.

Photo of timontheroad
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with nice big foam head.

Smell: Banana, clove, and wheat.

Taste: Wheat malt followed by banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish. Nice and crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not my favorite hefe but its a solid beer.

Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bananas with a good amount of twang from the wheat. Also present are mild amounts of clove and coriander, with the former intensifying as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by loads of banana flavors and hints of pears. Midway through the sip good amounts of clove join in and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall the flavor profile and aroma didn't blow me away but the way they worked together came very close. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a tall wiess glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Cloudy gold with ample carbonation, it has a large marshmallow head that sits on top like a dollop of cream; it has wonderful retention. It leaves long lines of lacing.

S: Lemon, banana, clove, and bread.

T: Lemon and banana join with spice and bread on the finish.

M: Light and dry.

O: A refreshing wiess that really shows why this style is one of the best in the world. Nice ripe almost sweet fruit flavors are tempered by a lemon carbonation zing with nice spice. Though unfiltered and cloudy, it is a very light enjoyable beer.

Photo of Auraan
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from Saturday 5/29.

This one is a very cloudy pale golden-yellow color with a creamy, thick, dense and frothy white head that sits atop this one for a short while before fading to a pretty sturdy foam. Light lacing is left in its wake.
I get the sturdy aroma of bananas and cloves as are appropriate to the style. There's a bit of a wheat backbone, though I'd prefer it to be stronger, and a crackery dry malt is just noticeable.
There's a decent sweet malt in this beer that's balanced by a soft lemony zest, but I find the banana most up front with the cloves note coming in and out. There's just a touch of peppery spice to this one and there' are some herbal and earthy that come and go.
The body is light to medium and there's an active carbonation. There's just a bit of a crisp feel in an otherwise extremely creamy smooth swallow.

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A half liter bottle.

Cloudy, color looks like apple cider with a snow white tight head.
The aroma is fruity and yeasty with some underlying spice.

Taste is grainy but balanced ... somewhat restrained compared to the look and smell. Finishes with a whimper.

Imported by Warsteiner of Cincinnati, this is the most interesting brew I have had from them.

After drinking it I discovered the freshness date, printed nearly invisibly in white on yellow at the bottom back of the label.
Not a bad brew given that the "best by" date was Feb 06 04, more than 8 months before I drank it! Maybe the yeast helped.

I'd put it in a Weiss tasting and think it would do well.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, sun streaming in the window of one of my preferred university area beer hangouts, time for something summer-ish, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of bright medium golden yellow hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a thin, undulating wall of streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dry banana esters, cloves, a bit of apple fruitiness, semi-sweet grainy wheat, mildly acrid yeast, and a touch of white pepper. The taste is more of the same - gritty, grainy, and somewhat bready wheat malt, dried banana chips, middling earthy yeast, and a relatively soft coriander/clove and mixed table pepper spice essence.

The carbonation is quite active and frothy at first, but mellows out soon enough, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as the yeast mucks about here and there - it's also a little filmy. It finishes off-dry, the lingering wheaty malt and attendant fruity, yeasty notes more or less in balance.

A pleasantly quaffable, if not particularly memorable Hefe, though it does evoke promises of warm patios and quenching libations to come. A reserved 'Prost', then, to King Ludwig, and his bright wheat beer.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I swirled the yeast on the bottom like a madman before pouring it in, and it sunk slowly and wraithlike nicely to the bottom, getting it cloudier and cloudier. Nice hazy color, per usual in a good Hefe, and nice lacing in clumps and rings around the glass.

Smell: Big wheat, banana, clove, vanilla cream, and mild bubblegum. Nice balance. Nothing overbearing. And I like it a lot.

Taste: A nice balance of the flavors coming out in the aroma. Banana and clove up front, but nothing overpowering. Mild bubblegum and cream on the back end, with a bit of bitterness on the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy with a moderate body and a nice burst of tickling carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: An easy-going, solid, and tasty Hefe, perfect for swigging a few for summer on the porch. A lot of flavor, but one that isn't overbearing, and one I could easily session.

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance

light yellow with an orange tint, cloudy as expected. good head retention, decent lacing

Smell

perfumy, estery, sweet, bananas and a slight detection of cloves comes to mind. also bubble gum and caramel malt in there

Taste

slight caramel malt, hardly any hops detectable, finishes with banana flavor. very pleasant

Mouthfeel

This was the best part about the beer. light, creamy, smooth, bready/biscuity, low carbonation.

Overall

this beer exceeded my expectations. very drinkable, very delicious. I would definitely buy it again.

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