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

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 28
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website

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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Photo of mcallister
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale goldend color with a 4 inch head of white highly carbonated.

Smells of banana bread, yeast, and slight malt.

Banana is the main flavor component with a refreshing somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Non an overly complex Hefe but overly drinkable. Highly carbonated. Yeasty dough flavors on the short diminishing finish. An average Hefe.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly pale yellow with a very nice white head indicated the nature of this beer. An interesting fruity aroma was quite noticeable and impressed of the brewing formula. The flavor had the lightest sense of cloves but I believe it was outdone by the fruity sense that was more prevalent. The feel was of a spritzy and noticeably fizzy lightness that did not seem out of place given the warm season. Good drinkability and one that you would seem to be able to stay with for a session.

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light honey color with a foamy head that persists well but leaves less lacing than expected

Smell: Banana and clove are present but not as strong as in other hefes

Taste: Spiced banana bread up front, with a lemon and green apple element showing up by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor fades rather than builds, although the clove and tart elements persist

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; lacks the fuller creaminess of the better examples of the style

Drinkability: Despite its flaws, this is hefe that is focused more on drinkability than strong flavor and, to that end, it succeeds; very easy to knock back a few of these on a hot day

Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like dark beers, but this isn't it. However, for what it is, it's a nice looking beer. Looks like dark grapefruit juice, and cloudy with a thick white head.

Citrus notes in the nose, but nothing dominates.

Taste is similar to nose, citrus notes match well with the wheat, giving a nice smooth sweetness.

It's a refreshing drink...carbonation in the mouth gives it a crispness.

I could drink several of these on a cold day and several more on a warm day...good beer.

Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jakefone
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: The amount of head was lacking. But the head that was there was thick and laced down the side of the glass. The beer was quite cloudy, but that was expected. A nice sunset color made this quite appealing.

Taste: I liked it, but it was lacking something, i couldn't put my finger on it but something was missing. I would drink it again but not if i have to buy a six pack again. It had a good wheat flavor, with hints of banana and a few spices. There was a high carbination feel to this beer. It was a little to sweet for me.

Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro. They have some pretty cool looking glassware.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow, some amber highlights, a bit chunky looking, very thick and tight white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lace spirals stick.

Smell is alright, on the malty end, nice banana, wheat, some caramel/honey sweetness, bread, light toast, assorted fruit, yeast, not bad.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey, fruit, some banana, pretty light on the clove, wheat and yeast, pretty dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Felt like a bit more heft than a usual Weiss. No Denison's but not bad at all.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 hwwty4
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Hohnbaum
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 kbub6f
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 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 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 bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is a solid inch thick and it lasts awhile. Color is yellow, like grapefruit peel, and its very cloudy and bubbly. The aromas of banana, wheat, clove, and lemon are present. Taste is more of the same flavors, but very subdued. Not very spicy or sour, just mildly sweet. Alcohol seems very low. The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin/watery side, although carbonation is nice. This hefe-weizen is very thirst quenching and drinkable, although the taste is too mild for it to be great...

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 Tballz420
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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 bditty187
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light amber color. Modest head for a wheat, but it does leave some spotty lace.

Very sour and earthy without any notable wheat elements.

Excellent wheat on the tongue up front. A bit of sweetness, too. The flavor is subtle and smooth. Full bodied for the style but the carbonation matches this well.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
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 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.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.