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

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405 Reviews
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Reviews: 405
Hads: 813
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 17.94%
Wants: 40
Gots: 126 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Reviews: 405 | Hads: 813
Photo of headlessparrot
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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 +31.9%
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 +8.4%
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 ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
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 -8.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -0.3%
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 +18.7%
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 +6.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +1.6%
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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Photo of JPowell712
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color. It tasted crisp and refreshing with a fruity finish. The citrus and wheat together work nicely. This would be a great beer for the warmer days.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the nicest Hefeweizens I've tried. Very intensive banana aromas and taste. Not overly carbonated, medium body. SImilar to Andechser Weissbier, Weihenstephaner and Maisel's Weisse.

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Photo of barknee
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Each bottle of this brew from my 6-pack is loaded with yeast and trub begging for gentle agitation prior to pouring. A soft hazy 20 caret gold colored brew having majestically odoriferous aromas of lemon, banana and a touch of clove make for a very enjoyable balance of flavors. The weight of this brew is slightly light for the style, though super crisp and refreshing. A touch of lip smacking sweetness begs for another mouthful. A very enjoyable well made Hefe, worthy of your interest.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Opaque and classic unfiltered yellow to dingy orange at the top. Nice amounts of carbonation, capped with a classic foamy slightly cream yellow vanilla tinged head of about three fingers. Frothy just a bit as it settles, with virtually no lacing. Pretty solid looking hefe.

Straight forward aroma and solid as well. Real nice wheat subtleties, but also a good creamy milk sweetness, hints of clove as well. Real neat cream smelling angle on this, with a sense of light body perhaps coming.

Boy I can't seem to kick that cream either on the palate. Really great washing coating palate of milk and vanilla. Spiced finish and mid palate that fills almost hop forward with a bit of bitter kick. Decent malt body with a hint of chew but a real nice controlled sweetness to match.

Seems to let go of real high banana and bubblegum esters, and stays away from chewy texture. Has a real great sense of controlled creamy light sweetness and spice though unlike other hefes though. Real interesting brew.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


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


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


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


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


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

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale gold; a 2 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thick collar; no lacing;

S: clove is most prominent, but banana is also clearly there; a little breadiness is in the background;

T: mild wheat up front; clove and banana come in mid-palate; clove is predominant; bubble gum is noticeable on the finish;

M: light bodied; effervescent, but on the low side;

O: nice, but there are better options;

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Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Golden color, very cloudy. Good amount of carbonation rising. Nice frothy head.

Lots of pear in the aroma, I get some aporcot and a little banana. Some spices. Deep bready malt.

Deep fruity character up front, mostly pears, I get some aporcot and bananas with some touch of lemon. There some spices, nutmeg and cloves. Deep malt character, sweet, bready, doughy. Finish is dry, a little tart, yeasty. Body is chewy, a little creamy, crisp, refreshing, smooth, dry.

It's a very nice Hefeweizen.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Best by date of 08.15.14.
Poured from a pint bottle into a weizen glass on 03.25.14.

A: Straw yellow. Yeast at top. 1/4 finger head.

S: Lemon, wheat, clove.

T: Lemon dominates. Orange, wheat are there too. Banana, sweet clove are more subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This had a very sweet aftertaste, which I liked. The flavors were strong too, compared to more watery hefs. This seemed like a cross between a Paulaner and an Ayinger. It had the orange of a Paulaner and the lemon of the Ayinger. I would put this into rotation if I could find it easily.

Rating: A

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

According to the website '[Introducing] The new Kaltenberg Hefe-Weissbier, a sister to König Ludwig Weissbier'.

A: Wheatbeer appearance.
S: Banana and fruits, a bit of sherbet.
T: Refreshing banana and bubblegum. Snappy and fresh tasting. Nothing much more to say really.
O: A good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

I picked up a bottle of Kaltenberg International's König Ludwig Weiss last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. IT's been awhile since I've had a German Made Hefeweizen and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classy and traditional look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held tot he light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer and It's exactly how I expect a traditional example of the style to look like.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice banana and apple like aromas with the banana sticking out the most and there's also a slight pear aroma showing up. Up next comes some clove aromas that lead right in to the wheat that imparts some nice wheaty, light sweet malt and light bready like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma that's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it seems to be a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat being the first to show up this time and it imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the sweet malts sticking out just a little more. Up next comes the fruits which are the same as they were in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most by a little. On the finish comes a light clove flavor with no bitterness and it had a wheat, banana and light clove like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Hefeweizen that is pretty much what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice and nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I expect from a Heffeweizen and it had that good drinkability that all the traditional German made ones seem to have. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these especially on a warmer day. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just good traditional Hefe that was nice and drinkable. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I think it's priced nicely. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and it delivered pretty much just what I would want and expect from the style. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it's up there as one of the better one I've had. This beer made for a good first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

on tap at braun way up in arvada. very light yellow and very cloudy from the tap, although no pieces are visible in the beer at all. tall white head rises up to almost two inches and never relaxes. the nose here is great, the familiar banana and clove complex, but its subtle, not over the top, and lets the fantastic and classic german wheat malt shine above the yeast, or at least in concert with it. i like it because its quicker finishing, and because the body is not quite so full as others, so as to make this a much more drinkable example of the style. i was absolutely in love with the dark version of this, and while the regular weiss version is just a little less in my wheelhouse, i think the quality here is evident. a really tasty and refreshing summer afternoon pint. nice to see some real authentic german stuff still getting tap handles in our very crowded denver beer market!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a huge three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Classic hefe aroma of sweet wheat and yeast, light clove and banana. Flavor follows, with modestly sweet wheat, light apple juice, hints of clove, caramel and banana. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice, mellow and very well balanced hefeweizen, hitting all the right notes without any component dominating. Perhaps a bit lighter in flavor than some hefes, but pleasant and refreshing. A nice example of a great style.

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
85 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.