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

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695 Ratings

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | 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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color weizen with a huge foamy pure white head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is too subtle for style. Taste is a mix between some medium wheat malt with traces of banana and cloves esters. Something resembling smoke is also noticeable but out of place within the style. Full body with limited filtration with some good carbonation. Not as clean and ester are a bit oof but still enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange, almost gold body with a fluffy head that went down slow and left little lace patches. Contained some soft wheat in the smell for a little hint of sweetness, and contained some citric and spicy notes as well. A lighter tasting beer but still fuller-bodied and fluffy like a hefe should be. The wheat twang is subdued and a citricy, mostly lemon, taste with some clove on the backend comes out for a little spicier ending than I'm used to. Not my fave but still a good hefe.

clayrock81, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge fan of the wiessbier or viezbeer yah. Overall it felt like a flat version of the belgium style wiessbier. I truely liked the beer but was overall not too impressed. I think this may be a wiess that I may skip over down the road. It was a good intro to the white beer selection. but it seemed to lack the full flavor that you need in a traditional white beer. I would recommend Hoegarrden or however they spell it.

skeetermoses, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of nikosm
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap in a beer house in Alimos, Athens, Greece.
Looked "royal" in its fancy weizen glass. The color was deep yellow, hazy as expected and the head lasted for a few minutes to leave a long lasting lacing.
The smell was gentle grainy and fruity.
The taste was also gentle, lacking excessive carbonation.
Mouthfeel was much better and it went well accompanying german sausages.
Even if it's 5.5% ABV, the alcool isn't apparent and you can drink more than expected!
An overall nice hefe weizen!

nikosm, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a cloudy lemon yellow with a small yet foamy white head.

Pleasant aroma of lemon, banana, yeast, and wheat.

The taste is much like the aroma with bright lemon, banana, and yeast. Finish is clean with a slight metallic tinge to it.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and light carbonation.

This is a nice Hefeweizen. Crisp and clean and easy to drink.

Monkeyknife, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Lemons, banana, yeast, bready, pale malts

T- Wheat, yeast, bready, light malts, citrus, clove, hint of banana

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, chewy, slightly dry finish

D- Worth trying

Definitely a good example of a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen. Brings me back to the vacation I took in Southern Germany and Austria.

iceball585, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Beautiful hef colorings, hazy golden with huge pillowy head that stuck around for a long while. Really nice looking beer.

S: Bready, wheaty tones. Did not pick up a lot of spice of banana tones as I usually expect in a hef.

T & M: Definitely the wheatiest hefeweizen that I've had in my beer tastings. Similar to the smell very little spice apparent. Mouthfeel slightly watery but not overwhelmingly so.

D: Drinkable, not my favorite hefeweizen but I would not mind in the least having this beer.

elniko, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Cloudy yellowish orange with a big three-finger head that fades slowly into a 1/2 finger cap.

Aroma is of banana, the spiciness of clove, and actually some pineapple. Taste is not as good as the smell. It's a bit earthy, and far less of a phenolic presence than most hefeweizens I've had. It's actually a little bland.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Definitely drinkable, but I'd skip this one for some Ayinger, Weihenstephaner, etc.

daythree16, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang castle on the bottle of this one. Good flick. It pours a hazy deep golden wheat with a fizzy lid of white foam.

Nice nose, a bit of lemon, sweet wheat, good amount of banana, and a touch of clove.

Flavor is mostly softly sweet wheat with some banana and decent amount of spicy kick. Medium bodied with a decent amount of fizzy feeling carb, but still slightly limp feeling to it.

Not a bad hefe, middle of the pack with decent flavor.

Slynger, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geez, what a disappointment! I see this was just named best weisse or hefe weisse in beers of the world mag. Had this some year back and thought it was ok. and still think the same today. Ok, and nothing more. Hazy yellow, fine white head, good carbonation. Not much aroma. didn't pick up much in the way of the standard bavarian hefe weiss characteristics then or now. Maybe in this backwater we're not getting the good, fresh stuff.

drpimento, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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

brentk56, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of barleysandwich
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can sum up this beer in one word - YUM!

Has a pleasant taste, a little on the sweet side, but that is normal for weissbier. Excellent smooth and silky mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

If you like Hefe beer, you are sure to love this beer, enough said!

barleysandwich, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dirty orange color, with a nice thick head that does settle down kind of quickly. Aroma isn't bad with yeast, bananas, vanilla, cloves. Much of the same flavor with quite a bit of yeast and a citrusy, vanilla, wheaty flavor. As the case with many hefe's I've had before the finish is rather bland leaving me wanting a little more. Perhaps a touch more spice would do the trick. Still it's pretty good and definitely a refreshing beer for a warm day

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hazy orange hefe topped with an almost pure white head which is held in place for a while by some fairly active carbonation. Some yeast sediment settles in the bottom of the hefe glass. Smells complex and zesty with some bananas, white grapes, lemons, sour apples and sweet bread involved. Tastes sweet, a bit sour and creamy. There's some rice and candy involved. Mouth-feel is smooth, fulfilling, and somewhat big for the style. This is good though. I'll be honest. I grabbed one of these a few weeks ago and it was borderline spoiled or something. I'm glad I gave this one another shot, because it is now one of my favorite hefe's.

stephens101, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml/11.2oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - hazy, yellow color with a fluffy white head that left some lacing behind.

S - sweet and spicy smelling wheat beer.

T - loads of flavors, banana, lemon, clove and other spices.

F - light and crisp.

D - a good brew fit for Royalty and Beer Lovers alike!

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of chemmie
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best part about this beer, it's the cheapest Hefeweizen I can find.

I wouldn't put it up there with the best of the bunch, but it isn't a bad beer at all. Good, for the price.

The pour is a crystal yellow color, almost like a pilsner. Not cloudy at all. There is a small head, that wanders off quickly. Lots of bubbles make their way up the glass like champagne.

The taste is light, but still have a little bit to it. There's the wheat, and a little banana in there. There's a little bit of skunkiness, though. Not too much to make it taste bad. I actually don't mind it and kind of like it.

The banana smell comes through, also.

Overall, not bad for a cheap weissen.

chemmie, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly clouded yellow golden with a thick white head.

The smell is of lemon, banana/clove, and wheat tang.

The taste is of lemon, a touch of banana, clove and pepper. Spicy behind a sweet maltiness. Crisp finish.

It has a refreshing lightness, with a bit of watery thinness mid-palate, that picks up as it progresses. Not quite as creamy as others.

A refreshing, traditional, sweetish HW. Not banana-ey as others, though it there, but has a nice spiciness under a sweet maltiness with a lemony touch.

jwc215, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the first taste is cloves, the after taste is sweet and cloves, oh and did i mention cloves, man this one is good i drank four of these with out hesitation, this is a great summer beer. no head poured with this one but it came with lots of particals floating in it, glad i poured this into my stem glass ware. loved swerling the beer and geting the sent to my nose

orcasteve, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice golden yellow from a 12oz. bottle. 1 finger head that dissipated relatively quick and left nice lacing.

S-Cloves and citrus the top aromas here, mild bubblegum.

T-Cloves are the overwhelming flavor with a mild hint of banana.

M-Light to medium body with a mild carbonation.

D-Nice summer brew, could easily have several of these in a setting.

Zadok, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I jotted down some notes when I drank this beer last night at Tizley's Euro Pub in Poulsbo, WA.

Consumed in a Samuel Smith small glass.

Appearance: crazy haze, looked like wheat from the field

Smell: standard banana and clove found in any good hefe, a little more spicy than I would have expected

Taste/Mouthfeel: refreshing, banana, spice, clove, anise, not as deep as I would have expected

Hefe-weizen is my second favorite beer choice. I have not tried König Ludwig's other brews. They are all brewed in accordance with The Reinheitsgebot and I'm not so sure I like that Spartan ideology when it comes to beer. I probably won't try this one again. Go with Paulaner or Franziskaner Weissbier if you want a really good example of the style.

ClavisAurea, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

generallee, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of NHGrafx
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle

Pours a cloudy golden straw like color. Has a nice thick and creamy 2 finger head that didn't last very long. Not much lacing either. This one has a lot of nice yeast sediment which takes some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast with some faint banana and clove aromas. Aroma is rather typical of the style.

Taste is pretty nice. Very yeasty and wheaty. There is also some flavors that are similar a banana that isn't quite ripe yet. Body feels a bit thinner than what I am used to from this style, but still very good.

NHGrafx, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Kraken, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, bananas and a touch of hops, but a little metallic.

T: The taste is starts out with a wheat flavor that isn't quite as strong as some of the better beers in the style. There are back ground flavors of bananas and spice along with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is about what it should be for this type of beer and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this might not be the first beer that I'd choose in the style but it's still worth drinking a few of.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of osi
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Decent white fluffy head that faded quickly. Good lace as well. The beer is not as cloudy as I expeced.

S - Very light smell of banana bread and slight clove. The weak smells sum up to fresh apples.

T - The taste is watered down and kind of tastes moldy. This is very discouraging. I hope I just have an old bottle. The apple tastes comes in as well on the back end.

M - The carbonation was not high enough which resulted in a heavy body with no life.

D - I want to try this beer again and maybe I will get better results. I ove hefe-weizens and this was a bad attempt. Again maybe I have an old bottle. Not very tasty at all.

osi, Jun 29, 2008
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.