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

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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 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 PEIBeerGuy
2.56/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looks fine for a cloudy beer. The head was surprising. It formed very quickly, and when I set the glass down, some actually came out over the brim. It lasted a little while and started to shrink, clinging only slightly to the glass.

I have drank many different kinds of beers, but I'm not educated enough on the subject to label the certain things I like and don't like. I know that this beer's scent is basically the kind I don't like. The cloudy beers with the yeast in the bottle have a scent and flavour I just don't enjoy (with the odd exception).

I had the flavour of this one nearly written off as soon as I smelled it. I gave it the full go, though, and it's got things in it I like. The banana people talk about isn't overpowering at all. It's just noticeable. That unique hint saves this one just a bit for me. The aftertaste does linger a little long, though.

I find this beer a bit over-carbonated for my liking. While I don't like most of the taste & feel, there is something a little smoother to it. Perhaps it's a mental thing, my mind thinking there's a creamy banana inside.

As for drinkability... for me, I won't drink it again. It might be worth a try if you want something off the beaten path, but for my tastebuds, it's not something I enjoy.

Photo of ludachris
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw with an orangish tinge. Finger and a half of tightly knit cloud white head. After what I think was a proper pour, the head still seems a little too small for a hefe, but still really nice sticky, almost sheet like lacing follows to the bottom of the glass.

Clean smell of what you'd expect from a good hefe; banana, clove, phenols, light bubble gum and some fruity esters.

Banana, phenols and bubble gum dominate the taste. Very light citrus and low hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a dad bit watery, but like many hefe's, this is a perfect summer beer; smooth and refreshing.

Overall, a decent interpretation of a hefe. A little bit more head and a tad more full bodied, this would be perfect. I'd definately prefer hacker-pschorr's hefe over this (one of the only hefe's available in my area besides erdinger), but this still does the trick.

Photo of jayjay1976
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an hourglass shaped weizen glass, it was pale mustard yellow at the bottom graduating to a deep honey color near the top with a pronounced swirling cloud of yeast from the last bit of the pour. The is an impressive looking beer worthy of a photograph for the spank bank.

Thick bubbly head quickly subsiding to a light film of bubbles that stuck around for the duration, leaving almost no lacing.

Malty sweet top note with a nice banana and heavy cream underside, maybe a bit of clove. I love the smell of this beer.

Bracing. This gets your tongue's attention and doesn't let go. Just enough sweetness to support the banana and green apple with and a lot of bread and cream. slightly astringent and pleasantly tart, combined with the fizzy carbonation leaves your mouth fresh and beery. I love having beer breath.

I had it in the morning with some white cheese and a brötchen, it went together nicely.

Wheaty and yeasty

Overall, this is one of my favorites on account of its relative dryness and creamy smell. Here in Germany this is available in a six pack of 12-ouncers, but also in half-liter bottles. Also, the label here is slightly different than pictured above; instead of saying 'WEISS' under the name, it says 'HELL' (which is German for 'bright' denoting the color of the brew), and its missing the black area below the yellow oval that says "royal Bavarian Hefeweizen" because that is English nonsense. I had it a time or two in Chicago and the taste really suffers over the long journey. This is delicious fresh from the bottler, I avoid it at the supermarket and NEVER bother with those six packs.

Serving type: 0,5 liter bottle, €0.65 purchased at the Getränke Bee around the corner from my house.

20 mixed bottles of craft and specialty weizens for €13 plus crate and bottle deposits.

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

A good cloudy yellow hefeweisen with a white head and lace hanging around.

Smell is bready and fruity.

Taste is the same with fruit bread and malt hop finish. This beer is a little too dry for me. I guess I like sweeter beer. This cut down on the appeal and drinkability. For some reason it is also a little pricy which steers me away since there are others I like better.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at Taco Mac (Perimeter) waiting for the 5 o'clock tapping of a firkin of Duck-Rabbit Porter with Cherries, I thought I'd warm-up with a nice, crisp hefe.

Appearance: Pours out a tremendously cloudy, dull golden-hued body with a smallish, white head. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Mild, vaguely sweetness malt nose with touches of grainy wheat bread and lesser, trivial notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Lightly bready, grainy maltiness with some moderate traces of wheat and a medium-low amount of sweetness. Subtle tastes of banana and cloves. Soft, faintly tart touch of yeastiness. Distant, mildly spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with a reasonable amount of carbonated crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A crisp, thirst-quenching, pleasant hefeweizen that makes for decent summertime refreshment or for a good prelude to a cherry-packed porter.

Photo of atis
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with large and airy head. Aroma is light banana, bits of yeast and bubblegum, mild fruity esters towards the end of the glass.

Taste is light citrus, yeast and bits of banana and other fruit with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel medium with average carbonation.

Overall, a solid Hefeweizen, sometimes felt slightly too watery.

Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 L Fransiskaner Weissbier tall glass (flute?) in Verona, Italy June 17th, 2009 while on vacation there.

A Great 5 inch head after vigorous pour over opaque golden body with visible bubbles rising up. Only light gets through as there are only shadows of my finger visible when I hold one up on the other side.

S Great german weissbier smell. Wheat, gentle malt.

T The promise of the smell did not disappoint. Nice interplay of malt barley with other grains and a light banana fruitiness as well.

M Moderate with 5.5% ABV, citrusy wheat taste.

D Great. I could have many of these (although I kept it to the one today).

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 Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, firm white head, looks the part.

S: Banana & bubblegum, cotton candy, Cap'n Crunch.

T: Pastry-esque with an almost buttery malt. Orange notes, cotton candy and banana bread also round out the flavour. A sweeter hefe, very engaging.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth in the carbonation (can be a problem with hefes), prickly, refreshing.

D: This is clearly one of the best hefes I've ever had, reminds me a lot of Mission's version, a must try.

Photo of Buggies
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice hazy gold yellow in color. Nice fluffy head that diminishes to next to nothing.

S: The usual suspects for a wheat... banana and clove. Nice wheat aroma with some fruitiness coming through. There is another huge aroma with this... maybe yeast... but I'm not sure.

T: Taste matches the nose. Good bit of citrus here which is nice. Pretty dry finish except for some lingering citrus.

I enjoyed this one a lot. It may not be the best example of a hefe, but it amazingly refreshing. Plus, the bottles are really cool.

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored beer with a small white head that doesn't last.

Smells of candied banana and spice, clove and what smells like a bit of coriander. Faint carrot cake scent here that I would not expect in this type of beer.

Starts out semi sweet and strong with the banana flavor. Little bit of clove but this is really a dryish banana beer. Little bit light after a while.

Mouthfeel is light.

A rather average German wheat beer. Can't really recommend this one, there are many that are far more flavorful.

Photo of KI9A
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Typical hazy gold, creamy, puffy head, that hangs around. Some lacing.

S: Yeasty, wheaty, cloves, citrusy.

T: Cloves dominate. Some orange, some green apple. Lemony.

M: Light, very dry. Almost make sthe mouth pucker, but not in a "sour" way.

D: The dryness drops it just a bit. had better hefe's for sure, but, glad I chance to sample this.

Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with plenty of thick creamy white head, which leaves plenty of lacing down the glass. Smell is fresh and clear, with scents of citrus and wheat malt. Taste is very smooth with hints of sweetness and bananas, with slightly sour finish. A very nice hefeweizen overall, I could easily drink plenty of this in one sitting.

Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The head is thin, with a small ring of foam around the edge of the liquid, which is a hazy deep gold or light orange. Sipping leaves thin trails of lacing and a modest amount of speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh. soft and lightly fruity with hints of lemon, banana and clove.

Taste: The taste matches the aroma, with a sweet malt presence and with light tart fruit (banana and a hint of lemon) and a subtle clove presence. It starts out slightly sweet and is often ends in a light touch of dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The mough feel is smooth, creamy, light bodied and fresh. The carbonation is light and thin but persists for the entire ½ liter. The finish is medium length and trails off gradually.

Drinkability: This is light and refreshing on a hot day. It is easy to drink and so it would be easy to drink several more in an afternoon.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a murky light lemony straw hue with a pure white foamy cap of a solid finger that quickly fizzles down to a thin ring that leaves only a hint of lacing.

aroma is pretty standard german weissbier... nice wheat malt with some doughy and bready notes, hints of lemon, a hint of clove, and just a subtle hint of banana - not overpowering like some.

taste follows aroma with predominately doughy and yeasty notes. lemon, spices, and a good bit of banana pulls through... doughy and yeasty banana. Light and zesty on the tongue, the flavors fairly mellow yet there's enough going on to keep me interested.

mouthfeel is a touch on the thick side for the style, with an odd sweetness coming across in the finish. active carbonation keeps it light and spritzy, but not quite enough to cut through the slightly syrupy notes.

all in all, definitely enjoyed this one. while it lacks a bit of the spices characteristic of the style, I really enjoyed being able to get more of the banana and yeast. Kind of a nice change... which ultimately made this one really drinkable and one I'll definitely get again.

Photo of Absumaster
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A orange, yellow hazy beer with a big head.

Smell of ripe bananas, some sweetness and clove.

Taste of ripe bananas, clove, the usual Weizen properties. The wheat taste appears to be a little less strong than the average German Weizen, but the beer is still refreshing. There is a medium sharp bitterness to the beer, which seems a little out of place. Drinkability is good, and this is the perfect summer beer.

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

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: I swirled the yeast on the bottom like a madman before pouring it in, and it sunk slowly and wraithlike nicely to the bottom, getting it cloudier and cloudier. Nice hazy color, per usual in a good Hefe, and nice lacing in clumps and rings around the glass.

Smell: Big wheat, banana, clove, vanilla cream, and mild bubblegum. Nice balance. Nothing overbearing. And I like it a lot.

Taste: A nice balance of the flavors coming out in the aroma. Banana and clove up front, but nothing overpowering. Mild bubblegum and cream on the back end, with a bit of bitterness on the fairly long finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and creamy with a moderate body and a nice burst of tickling carbonation at the end.

Drinkability: An easy-going, solid, and tasty Hefe, perfect for swigging a few for summer on the porch. A lot of flavor, but one that isn't overbearing, and one I could easily session.

Photo of NightINgale
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow/light golden body with rich, foamy white head. This beer appears somewhat lighter in colour than most weizens.

S - Grainy and fruity at the same time. Has a typical weizen aroma, with hints of cloves, bananas, lemon, wheat, and yeast.

T - The wheat malts are quite clear in this beer. It also has a nice refreshing fruity taste to it, as well as some subtle spiciness.

M - Medium bodied, this weizen has a pleasant mouthfeel, though it is somewhat different from your typical wheat beer, more grainy overall...

D - Goes down well, the aftertaste is very well-balanced. I grew to like it more after my second go at it.

Photo of rodenbach99
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle, this is the same beer as Prinzregent Luitpold Weißbier.

A: nice cloudy yellow colour, some head !
S: perfect for the style, some wheat..and ester
T: round, sweet, wheat, long
M: good round medium bodied beer
D: refreshing, tasty and very good overall beer

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

GF bought this for while she was on a trip to Louisiana. Pours a nice golden weissbier yellow. Decent banana and clove aromas and flavours. Nice mouth feel, ok aromas... not the best weissbier but not the worst. It's worth picking up one to try out and see what is like but I don't think I would buy it on a regular basis. Also it was like 2.49 US for a 16 oz bottle... so a little pricey in my opinion.

Photo of KeefD
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, pineapple gold color with a huge, three finger white head that fell slowly producing some clingy lacing. Aroma is banana and bubble come, very wheaty and grainy smelling, maybe some hints of citrus. Very nice aroma. Taste is more bubble gum and light citrus, not a lot of sweet malty flavor, little to no bitterness. Flavor is just a little too light. This beer is medium bodied and goes down very smooth. Nice Hefe, but I've had much better.

Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

Into a weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger fluffy but thinner white head. Very cloudy and has lower end carbonation. Colour is orange-tangerine. Head dissipates rather slowly into a blotchy and chunky film cap. Some decent lacing ensues.

SMELL: Nose of wheat malt with banana, lemon and some orange peel undertones as well. No real bubble gum or clove evident. A nice citrus type nose for a German weizen, but slightly weak.

TASTE: Much different than the nose. Wheat malt of course and a sweet kind of metallic taste is there as well. The initial taste lacks slightly, but the mild and longer lasting aftertaste has more sweet malt and a slight bit of doughy bread. Also has a slight bit of spicy alcohol in the back of the aftertaste, which is rather unique for the style. Not bad, but not great either.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with higher end carbonation. A bit of prickliness on the way down and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Somewhat different than the norm, but not necessarily memorable in a positive way. Quite average everywhere else as well. Drinkable enough, but nothing worth remembering or seeking out.

Note: The bottle explains that Ludwig had a monopoly on weizen bier during the wheat shortages many moons ago. If this was the only weizen on the market I'd still drink it, but I'd long for the day when...

Photo of ZorPrime
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, I could drink this beer all night...

Color is pale yellow.

Smell: Smell is intense fruity with some light floral smell.

Taste: Sweet, just like a weissbeer should be, very nice. Love it... can't stop drinking!!

Mouthfeel: This is very refreshing and in mouth, the beer is sweet. Love it!

Simple but at the same time so tasty and sooo good!

(Tasted: 29 december 2008)

Photo of Voonder
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with nice white head. Smell - straight wheat and this pretty much it. Taste - sweet, wheaty, a bit spicy. It's not that bad, but I'm not impressed. Nice level of carbonation, overal it's a pretty good brew, I'd probably try it again just make sure I was right with my first review.

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