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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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very good

713 Ratings

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Ratings: 713
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 68 | 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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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a wispy bubbly white head that quickly dissipate to a light foam on the top and leaves marginal lace on the way down. Aromas of pepper and clove with hints of bubble gum and a light honey like and spicy maltiness. Bready yeasty aromas and a hint of lemon round out the nose on this one. The flavor is lightly sweet honey, and bready, and spicy malt up front. clove and pepper and bready yeasty flavors counter the malty sweetness well. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. I'm missing the banana, but everything else seems to be there. This would make a nice warm weather brew, light and easy to drink.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with a thick white head. The head is about 1 finger and does not billow up.

Sweet wheat, clove, yeast, some banana in the nose.Nice.

A little thin in intensity. Soft wheat and spicy grain notes, some fruit and some tangy flavors finishing with some bread notes.

A little on the watery side, and not quite enough carbonation.

Overall, ok with some high points.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  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 SaltyLime
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - had a clean white 2 finger thick head that left random lacing on my weizen glass, brew was a hazy honey color

Smell - earthy grass-like aromas, slight hint at citrus and banana

Taste - full flavor, fruity & clove aftertaste

Mouthfeel - medium body, with nice carbonation

Drinnkability - easy to drink, good hefe, refreshing

Photo of TheSarge
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I poured this beer with a vigorous pour, which was a mistake. This beer is so carbonated, my glass was totally full of lightly tan foam. The body is ultra hazy and is butterscotch in color.

Aromas are mostly dominated by banana as well as a sugary spiciness.

The taste is somewhat light. Slightly banana at first and follows up with bubblegum.

This weizen isn't too bad. This is how a standard hefe weizen usually tastes.

Photo of champ103
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow color. It has a good white head with some fair lacing. Typical for a hefe.
S: Citrus, pine, and loads of banana. Again, not bad at all but typical.
T: The same as the nose. The banana/citrus flavor is very strong and enjoyable.
D: I find hefe's a bit hard to drink. They are a bit too carbonated for me.

I enjoyed this beer. That seems to be the name of the game, enjoyable, and that is what I want in a beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but one that I will revisit.

Photo of hwwty4
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz into a Boulevard chalice. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin, dense head that disappeared before I could turn back around. Aroma is like a fruit basket delivered by a guy who smoked clove cigarettes. Lots of oranges, banana and cloves. Taste is overpowering banana, but it has big notes of clove also. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation. It would be hard for me to drink much of this because of the banana.

Photo of OatherS
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a bright yellow label with the Bavarian crest on the top.

A: Two finger head is slow to fade and the beer is almost banana yellow and cloudy with the yeast poured in as it should be.

S: Banana but also asparagus aroma present???

T: Good banana flavor but the asparagus aroma is also present in the in the flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Not bad, but the asparagus flavor is slightly desturbing.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the bar. Pours the typical cloudy yellow with decent bone-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing, though not much. Smell is pretty standard, a nice interplay between the classic clove, banana, and bubblegum flavors, though it favors the clove and bubblegum. Taste is decent, a nice peppery note to it, though primarily clove and banana. Pretty clean, though a bit rough around the edges, not quite as 'polished' as Weihenstephaner. Decent mouthfeel, lively, a bit prickly even. And, as with all hefes, the drinkability is pretty good, a nice beer to finish my session.

Photo of mjacquard
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard weiss glass. It has a golden color and a decent head that dissipates rather quickly to a much smaller one. Bananas and cloves are evident in the aroma, with a trace of malt. The flavor is yeasty with banana and clove tones. Malt is noticeable, followed by a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The hops are perceptible, but very subdued. It has a light body and is highly carbonated.

Overall, it's a very smooth, light and refreshing hefeweizen, very delicious, good example of the style. I purchased this in a mixed 6-pack and I think it's worth buying a larger sample.

Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ever-so-slighlty hazy gold beer capped by a very big, white, dense head. Mmmm... lots of cream in the nose. Plus fruit, spice, banana, a little dust. Bananas and pepper in the front; creamy, sweet malt and butter in the middle; bitter finish with pepper highlights. Very good. I'm a big fan of bananas and butter. But there's also a slight chemical taste that keeps this out of the league of the greats.

Photo of cvfish
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured gold that produced a white head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass

S - Wheat, lemon, and pepper

T - Wheat with lemony bite, some sutle spicy black pepper, and cloves

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, goes down clean and stays around

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Hazy golden-straw color, with some light orange hues near the top. 1.5 inches of creamy-looking head. Slow carbonation up the sides, low in volume. The head settles smoothly with little lacing.
S: Fruity, with a banana scent. Mild lemon whiff, but not too zesty. Possibly some grapefruit too, but on the weaker side.
T: Fruity up front, with a floral bitterness that jumps up in the middle taste. Hint of sweetness in the finish. Later, after warming a bit, I noticed a faint vanilla taste that seemed to replace the mild lemon-bitterness from before. Overall, pretty smooth and subdued.
M: Lightish, but not airy. Tends to creaminess, especially in the finish.
D: Very satisfying and drinkable.
Overall, an interesting hefeweizen. The flavors weren't as intricate as I expected, but they were certainly not unpleasant. Worth checking out as a solid example of the style, something to compare to.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super cloudy blond body with a lot of rising effervescence. A fairly immovable head on top, white and solid.

S - Sweet, light wheat grains and wafts of citrus.

T - Wet, light wheat and sweet bread. Sesame seed/oil prevalent, and a surprise. Hardly any hop bitterness and no malt detectable. Mild citrus notes to balance.

M - Very light on the palate, with wet grains prompting the next sip. Slightly dry in the finish however. Super drinkable.

O - A light, wheat beer with a nice character and different touch with the sesame effect in my opinion. Highly drinkable and easy going.

Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen glass

Appearance -Cloudy straw colored, all kinds of stuff floating around in it. Very bubbly. White pillowy, creamy head that dies down pretty quickly to a 1 finger head that regenerates with every sip. Slight lacing. Wish it came in bigger bottles so I could totally fill my glass.

Smell - Sweet, bready, yeasty. Rather muted.

Taste - Again, sweet bready, bit of banana on the finish. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not as much carbonation as the appearance suggests, I would call it moderate. Blurs the line between light or medium bodied. Dry finish on the tongue.

Overall - My first hefe-weizen so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was a very tasty and refreshing beer. I know it's part of what a hefe-weizen is, but the cloudy yellow look will never score high points on appearance for me. Everything else was very good and satisfying, though..

Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow hue, thick white head, almost two finger’s worth, excellent retention, some lacing. The nose is nicely aromatic, clove/spice, yeasty-wheat/bread. Inviting. The palate lacks in “tastiness,” the flavors are very soft… very light clove/spice, a touch of maltiness, lemon too. A touch of spritziness… for the most part the carbonation is low, smooth mouthfeel. Easy to quaff, medium-light body (thinner in spots)… lacks the depth of a good Bavarian Wheat; it is more similar to a spruced-up American Wheat, nicely done at that. Light and refreshing… a hot weather beer, I’d gladly drink this again (under the correct circumstances). Worth trying.

Photo of evlu1441
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (labeled "Köning Ludwig Weissbier") poured into a weiss glass.

This beer pours a medium golden colour. It is completely clear (not hazy like other hefeweizens), and there is a ton of carbonation rushing up to the top where it settles into a finger of white fluffy head.

The aroma is clean with notes of citrus and yeast. It's slightly perfumy as well.

The flavour is quite nice, but nothing outstanding. Slightly sweet towards the start, and very smooth. Hints of banana come through towards the end, and develop into more aromatic citrus flavours.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing beer with a good amount of flavour without being overwhelming. Would be very nice for summer.

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Schneider Weisse glass mar5 2011

A cloudy pale golden orange with the expected shitload of bubbles feeding a large but not massive hefe head that retains reasonably well but average for the style and leaves no lace

S some bubblegum, faint banana, lemon and dry cereal

T not far from the smell, mellow flavors nothing really stands out, decent but nothing wonderful

M plenty of bubbles, a little creamy and pretty light in the mouth, no issues here

D didn't take long to see the bottom of my glass so that says something, could use a little spice but no reason to complain

I liked it but I'm not in love, there's better versions of the style on the shelves here in Alberta so it's a hard sell. Perhaps I'd like it a little more if it was plus 25 outside opposed too minus 25 but hey what can you do

Photo of Tballz420
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew is a light orange/yellow color, cloudy as expected, with a creamy/bubbly head topping it off. The scent is that citrusy, bananay smell from hefes that i love. The taste of this one is really zesty/acidic, lemony, a different take than most of the american versions ive had. Not a bad beer, i just wish the weather was more suited for it.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle with my pizza at Little Ortino's. As a fan of the style, I'd been meaning to get around to this beer for some time. Having previously seen the B rating, I wasn't too excited. But the Ludwig Weiss turned out to be a fine stab at the style.

Yes, the flavor is a bit simple and dull compared to the giants of the style, like Weihenstephaner. However, I wasn't disappointed. There was a bit of banana under a creamy wheat bread and spicy clove. The flavor had an unfortunate watery edge to it, but the beer was also fairly drinkable. I also found a slight, but odd earthy almost metallic note in the background. Eh.

Overall, not the best hefe, but not a bad option when others are unavailable.

Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 330ml brown bottle a limpid gold and after decanting the beer pours, a beclouded yellow gold with the head is bright, white and creamy in texture, size is modest and after its desiccation, the lace forms a thin coating upon the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast and is backed up by sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is slightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops sparing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste lingers long, a drinkable beer, and one for those days when a heavy beer will not do.

Photo of rec
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal golden yellow with lack-luster soapy white head.

Yeast, citrus, and hoppy farmyard notes are present in the aroma. It smells crisp and refreshing, and builds anticipation for diving in and having one on a hot day.

The taste is grassy and a lot like the aroma, with bursting lemon and some honey tucked away back there somewhere too.

The mouthfeel is somewhat furry and smooth with just mild carbonation.

It's not stand out, but rather pleasant. I can imagine being able to drink many of these very happily.

Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lisa W. for this one...
Appears a hazy cloud of light gold with a huge, frothy off-white cap that slowly mellows out into a a pillow-like cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, citrus, bananas, and spicy cloves.
Taste echoes the mentioned aromas with a flavor that is tangy, mildly spiced, and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, viscuous, chewy, with spiced banana daquiri flavors lingering along the palate after the swallow.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 713 ratings.