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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

673 Ratings

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Ratings: 673
Reviews: 384
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | 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 TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

07-05-2008 22:49:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of osi


1.93/5  rDev -49.6%

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.

06-29-2008 21:26:42 | More by osi
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice and fluffy pure white head that settled into a nice cap. The aroma is of wheat malt and a lemony citrus smell, not much phenol aromas going on. The taste is of a tart wheat malt cut with a lemon twang, a tad acidic perhaps due to the age. No real spicy flavors, reminds me more of an American Wheat. The feel is light with soft carbonation, finishes on the tart side. I am hoping that this is an old bottle because the flavors are not close to what a hefe should be. I will try and get a fresher sample to compare but as of now, I don't really recommend.

06-28-2008 03:22:10 | More by Gmann
Photo of nem2006


4.75/5  rDev +24%

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.

06-25-2008 16:42:49 | More by nem2006
Photo of blakesell


4.55/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed yellow orange with virtually no head, a mere island of foam towards the left hand side with the dutchy. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- Wheat is very pronounced with very little banana or clove although clove is there. Hops are nowhere to be found. Wheat is quite dominant in the scent here.

Taste- Creamy and spicy with clove and noble hops. This is a definition of a Bavarian hefeweizen through and through. Clove coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. There is a cereal mash flavor on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light-medium bodied, medium-low in carbonation, very pleasant on the mouth.

Drinkability- Wonderful, an excellent example of the Bavarian hefeweizen style. i will revisit this again and again.

06-24-2008 18:34:18 | More by blakesell
Photo of nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Hazy light orange/gold colour, some carbonation visible, huge white, sticky, foamy head takes its time to dissipate, leaving lacing on the glass.
Smells lightly fruity; citrus lemon and bananas, honey, hints of pepper and clove spiciness.
Lots of banana and sweet lemon on the palate, honey, bitter and somewhat drying finish.
Very light body, carbonation almost non existent in the mouth. Body feels thin. Nicely refreshing and drinkable.

06-21-2008 17:52:17 | More by nighthawk
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +7%

500ml bottle bought from Peckhams, Edinburgh...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour... White head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, light biscuit malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery, some grassy traces...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces mixed with clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, quite fruity (lemon and some pear notes), faint mustiness, some floral honey sweetness, pretty grassy and peppery...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... As with most German Hefe's this is extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A very decent German hefe... definitely recommended...

06-16-2008 15:15:20 | More by mdagnew
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt scent along with a bit of bisquit malt character as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry pale and wheat malt flavor with a nice banana/clove finish. It needs a bit more pale malt IMO. It's thin and extremely dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average hefe. It's got the signature character, but the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel suffer.

06-07-2008 21:38:11 | More by WesWes
Photo of tobyandgina


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

Three fingers of frothy, white head, slowly diminishing. Decent lacing. Body was cloudy and light amber.

Smell was very light. Grains, malts, some cereal, a little citrusy, some spices.

Medium body and mouthfeel, a little oily, clean finish.

Some bananas and spices on the palate. Also some grapefruit and grass.

A good staple hefe - very German. Excellent.


06-06-2008 21:18:14 | More by tobyandgina
Photo of Atlas1


4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Wow. I love this beer, and am slightly dismayed to see so many mediocre reviews. Could they have consumed old bottles? This is a fine Hefeweizen; no reason for the low scores in my opinion.

Pours a dense cloudy apricot color with a frothy white head that dissipates in time leaving trace amounts of lace. The nose is malty lemon with spicy clove and a hint of pepper. The taste is reminiscent of so many other fine hefes - sweet buttery lemon. A bit tangy up front as well. Finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is crisp but even.

I love this beer. It may be my second favorite hefeweizen, behind Hacker-Schorr. It's great on a hot summer day, but holds its own just fine year round against other seasonals. Hold your lemon wedge here, though, as this beer doesn't need any fruit; it smacks just fine without. Good stuff, this Konig Ludwig Weiss. Cheers.

05-28-2008 01:52:24 | More by Atlas1
Photo of Portertime


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

This was the last of a mix and match six pack I got a Total Wine. Had is chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a very clear gold full of carbonation, a little unusual for a hefweizen. Smell was the true Bavarian hefeweizen style, yeast, banana, a bit tart. Taste was a little thin and very bubbly. Some bready yeast, banana, green apple, wheat. All in all a decent beer for royality.

05-17-2008 15:18:56 | More by Portertime
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%

Had a bottle of this from zdester, not to bad for a Hefeweizen.

Poured a crystal clear gold. Alot of carbonation. Head was thin, but lasted.

Smelled like wheat, not much else. Pretty average Hefe here.

Taste was very crisp, wheat, water, malts, and a bit of yeast. Very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was very light, over carbonated, but all together balanced.

Drinkability here is average. This isn't my favorite style or beer but this is pretty decent. I'd drink another.

05-10-2008 03:15:51 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

So I got this six pack for an Austrian friend of mine named Ludwig 'cause I thought it would be funny. Only I haven't seen him in months and I keep looking at this beer in my closet. Surely he won't mind if I drink just one of his brews.

Pours a hazy unpolished yellow with a fat, tempting, brilliant white head. Decent retention and lots of bubbles. No lacing.

Smells sour, yeasty, green apples and some vague spice. A little honeyed malt in there too.

Tastes surprisingly light, given the smell. Wheaty and watery, with a minor sour-lemon banana twist and a distinct yeasty breadiness. Hint of esters and some pepper. It's all very tame though, and rather refreshing. Finish is clean and mildly sour malt with a hint of sweetness.

Konig Ludwig goes down easy and is a pretty decent brew. I'd classify it as a German Weissbier instead of a Hefe, but whatever - it's worth the $7 a six-pack asking price. Give the ole King a try on a hot day.

05-09-2008 22:15:42 | More by kkipple
Photo of DoubleJ


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

I've been gyped .8 ouncers of beer in this deceiving 330 ml bottle. Damn! Now if the beer is really good, I might forgive. To find out, let's go on to the beer:

There's a mad rush of bubbles running in the semi-hazy blonde colored beer, topped by a frothy head that holds well. Banana bread aroma with only a trace of spice to it. Taste has some clove characteristics, and banana is there too. Faint fume of alcohol shines on occasion. Light, with a semi-crisp feel in the mouth, and easy drinking. Solid, but I won't be forgiving these brewers for putting this beer in a smaller bottle ;)

04-25-2008 02:22:21 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of cichief


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very hazy straw-yellow, with a thick white head.

S- Lots of banana and clove, very typical for a good hefeweizen.

T- Lots of good yeastiness, the beer has plenty of banana, nice balance, not too sweet.

M- Lots of small bubbles, carbonation is muted, medium body.

D- A damned good beer on a warm summer day.

04-17-2008 22:53:03 | More by cichief
Photo of JEdmund


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

Foamy! Big ole head turning to thick pillow. Cloudy, light yellow body. Hardly any lacing left after head subsided.

Malt, and some slight banana; typical wheat beer smell

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good mouthfeel and a nice level of carbonation. Pretty normal wheat beer flavors coming through, although it has a German/European feel to it with the fruitiness (American versions seem not to have this as much). No citrus flavor to it and not any strong level of hops.

A good wheat beer, though nothing really unique about it.

04-08-2008 21:11:04 | More by JEdmund
Photo of SaltyLime


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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

04-03-2008 17:40:49 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of orangemoustache


4/5  rDev +4.4%

A- crisp looking golden deliciousness with a slight haze that is less cloudy than other Hefes Ive had,it has a good couple fingers of bubbly white head that leaves no lacing behind

S- a bit fruity with hints some spice and some good ol yeastieness

T- grains upfront are sweet and assertive followed by light fruits most notable are bananas and hints of peaches are quickly hidden by some tart grassy notes

M- clean,delicate and soft with light carbonation,slightly dry but its good and it helps finish it nicely

D- scores very high for a Hefeweizen,I'm not the biggest fan of them,but this one is well done,Cheers!

03-25-2008 05:33:00 | More by orangemoustache
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

By my standards this beer was a nearly perfect example of a Hefeweizen. However, its taste and appearance deviate from others in this category in a way that may be unappealing for other drinkers. In the glass this beer has a deep, clear look that is rather surprising for the style. It looks more like a lager, with a warm golden hue. There is very little head and the cloudiness generally associated with Hefes is less pronounced. The smell is very pleasant but doesn't pack a heavy punch. It has a soft scent with a hint of sweetness, cloves and bananas. The taste has the usual banana notes but also has a slight lemon undertone. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with an oily finish. It actually has a slightly earthy taste to it. The carbonation is high enough to keep this beer light and drinkable. Overall not as complicated or heavy as other Hefes but a very tasty beer, and one I would buy again.

03-19-2008 15:01:38 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark yellow color and thick texture to it. There was a big head and some lacing.

Smell was grassy with some light fruit peeking out.

The taste was decent. You get a solid dose of wheat, lemon and that bubblegum flavor common to hefeweizens. Not the most overwhelmingly complex taste I've had in this style, but good.

There was a nice amount of carbonation here, but the finish was a little odd in some way. Nonetheless, a good mouthfeel.

For this style, this is a drinkable beer. There are better hefeweizens out there, but this one is solid.

03-17-2008 14:36:44 | More by avalon07
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

1.53/5  rDev -60.1%

look pale golden color light cloudy body. nice foamy head thick and rich stuck to the glass

smell was of yeast and spice not the citrus I expected

taste wheat and banana overwhelming banana with a slight hint of clove but mostly banana. intrusive and just to much. it was unpleasant and ruined the beer for me

aftertaste was more bananas just to much for me

03-06-2008 09:04:50 | More by Kwak
Photo of rec


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

03-06-2008 08:44:09 | More by rec
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours out a cloudy straw color with lots of white foam that dissipates quickly into a nice covering of white bubbles. Strong wheat notes in the nose with a sour aspect to it too. Hints of citrus. The taste is refreshing, clean, a little fruity, but not too wheaty(?). It's fine. The finish is not much of anything - no real aftertaste - it all just fades away. In the mouth it meets expectations - the constant thin layer of foam makes it a bit creamy, but that's about it. It goes down easily enough.

There's nothing offensive here, and it's all quite good, but just not spectacular.

02-20-2008 01:28:04 | More by MDekker
Photo of 1fastz28


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head, has a mild amount of carbonation present. the smell is good, has a nice citrus aroma with a mild yeast note too. the taste is darn good, has a good fruity taste to it, mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is high shame i've never seen this beer before and probably wont again.

02-17-2008 02:52:10 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Appearance is a cloudy, opaque orange with a thick head. Very little smell, hint of fruit and grass.

Taste is sweet with a strong detection of orange and banana's. Has a hint of lemon, wheat is evident. Very full bodied and thick. Aftertaste is dry with low carbonation.

Overall a decent wheat beer, interesting blend of fruits. Besides the lack of scent, there's no real downfalls.

02-10-2008 03:17:12 | More by CrazyMike
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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