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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

647 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 380
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok aroma of wheat, nice big initial head, Easy on tongue creaminess, medium mouthfeel. A good brew, a decent represenative of its style. Appropriately carbonated. Banana, cloves, good late afternoon refreshment.
Had on tap 1.75 years later and a bit astringent, nice peachy colour, big head as well. Mildly Sour. Mild aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2005 23:16:30 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-30-2011 23:41:43 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Significantly foggy lemon-amber without the flurry of yeast that one normally sees in a hefe. Atop the beer is a bleached bone white cap with tiny, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Acceptable persistence, but unacceptable lace... as in almost none.

While the nose is decent, it's nowhere near upper tier for the style. Banana edges out clove in terms of power, but they both smell artificial to me. The banana smells like extract rather than the fresh fruit and the cloviness of the yeast lacks zip and zing.

A bit of a backslide on the palate. The flavor is heavy-handed, unsubtle, lacking in that exquisite, spicy-fruity elegance of the best versions. The early portion of the flavor arc is dominated (but not ruined) by a slightly metallic, vegetable earthiness.

At the midway point, banana and clove intercede, but can't quite save the day. The finish brings a more enjoyable banana flavor, but by then the die has been cast. The body is medium, becoming slightly more full with warming, and is a little too viscous for the style.

As will have become obvious by now, Konig Ludwig Weiss won't be making my list of favorite hefe weizens. It has pretty strong competition though and it is actually drinkable if one doesn't expect too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 19:27:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of banana, bubble gum, cloves, lemon and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; it also has some thirst-quenching properties.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 13:09:26 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  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

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 21:32:34 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-05-2013 23:33:11 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, tis summer and I am having a crappy day, so to the fridge!! I go for the aisle(yes I have my beer in the fridge in aisles by style) of the german beers, and pull out this gem that I have never tried, gotta love New Beer Sunday!

A - Extremely hazy, nearly opaque wheat colored amber, large two inch head formed quickly but was replaced by a thin layer of lace on the top, nice bubble streams could be seen coming up the sides of the glass

S - Lots of yeast, wheat, a hint of some spiceness, maybe even some banana or pear?, coming from the yeast, nice bready like back

T - Nice, lots of yeast, almost has a belgian single type of flavor. Lots of subtle taste in theri, fruitness and spice like you dont see too often in a hefe

M - Very creamy smmoth, good carbonation with a nice lingering flavor. Goes down very smooth, very nice feel.

Overall this was a damn fine Hefe, I had not seen it before and picked it up last week, and I am very glad that I did. This was a very solid offering and a good call most definatly. Appearence was great and this was a fine treat on a Summer day! Hell yeah, gotta love the Germans!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 19:30:32 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:42:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has all of the physical attributes that I expected from a German Wheat: solid straw color, dense white head, good lacing. Aromas are expected as well: fruity, tart, earthy, bubblegum, earthy. Tastes are quite normal, but solid. It picks up light maltness and sweetness from barley and wheat, but is very crisp with moderately high sourness and tartness. Good esters display grapefruit, oranges, and banannas. Body is quite light, but creamy. Finish is crisp and refreshing; not drying. All in all, its right in the middle. Not much to get excited about, but no obvious errors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2005 12:49:11 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-17-2013 23:16:30 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2009 16:29:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-04-2013 02:25:00 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky golden, half finger head, some lace

S: some wheat and lemon.

T: mild peppery taste up front with a dull wheat and lemon finish. Standard hefe.

M: moderate to high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: standard hefe nothing special or memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 00:04:37 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pored a hazy gold color with big rockyt head,smell was kinda bland for a weisse.A little citrius and smokey hint but nothing that would wake u up.Maybe a little clove in the taste with banana undertones but not anything really coming thrue.Real bland in my opinion there is alot better coming from Bavaria for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 16:15:51 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I remember enjoying this beer a lot in the past, so let's see if it's as good as memory tells me it is. It pours a hazy orange-tinted straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, orange zest, coriander, and a light tinge of lemon zest. The taste comes in with these same elements, but things taste sweeter and blander. (I'm not really sure how that works, but it's how my mind thought at the time.) It's still tasty, just not as tasty as I believe it could have been, if that makes sense. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather light grainy feel. Overall, a very nice hefe; though not the best in its field, I will gladly partake of this beer any time.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 09:53:45 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden, yellow color with a foamy, white one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and lemon.

T - It tasted of wheat with some lemon, and clove. Some malt flavor to compliment the wheat, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this hefe. Nice lemon touch with the wheat flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 15:37:13 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, sun streaming in the window of one of my preferred university area beer hangouts, time for something summer-ish, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of bright medium golden yellow hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a thin, undulating wall of streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dry banana esters, cloves, a bit of apple fruitiness, semi-sweet grainy wheat, mildly acrid yeast, and a touch of white pepper. The taste is more of the same - gritty, grainy, and somewhat bready wheat malt, dried banana chips, middling earthy yeast, and a relatively soft coriander/clove and mixed table pepper spice essence.

The carbonation is quite active and frothy at first, but mellows out soon enough, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as the yeast mucks about here and there - it's also a little filmy. It finishes off-dry, the lingering wheaty malt and attendant fruity, yeasty notes more or less in balance.

A pleasantly quaffable, if not particularly memorable Hefe, though it does evoke promises of warm patios and quenching libations to come. A reserved 'Prost', then, to King Ludwig, and his bright wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 18:01:59 | More by biboergosum
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-16-2014 00:39:44 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Konig Ludwig refers to "mad" king Ludwig I of Bavaria, who's betrothal to princess Theresia in 1810 inspired the Munich Oktoberfest. A dark lager is still brewed by Prince Luitpold, heir to the throne of Bavaria, at his Kaltenburg Castle Brewery in Geltendorf, but this weiss is contracted at a larger brewing facility.

Konig Ludwig Weiss pours the typical Bavarian hefeweizen appearance; and it should with such deep roots in history. The aroma offers a delicate phenolic (plastic), cloves, lemons, soft wheatish malt, and the occassional touch of light banana. It's light/medium in body, and gently effervescent. The flavor is tart and sweet upfront, revealing lemon, and then warming to become sweeter with some banana and more maltiness across the middle. Cloves appear at the swallow, followed by more malt, some plastic-like phenolic, and drying yeastiness. The bitterness is limited, and there's just enough tartness here to keep it balanced. The aftertaste lingers with some herbal hop character and yeasty tartness. Quite nice!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2007 01:59:58 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very hazy, deep golden colored body that is topped by a small, dense head of white foam. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Some light banana notes with a little bit of spicy wheat in the background.

T - Soft wheat and beady notes with a little bit of vanilla. A light note of clove comes out in the middle with more spicy wheat. The yeast character ramps up a bit in the finish as more clove and banana appear, adding depth to the bready malt profile.

M - A slightly thick and creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, it is creamy and drinkable with lots of yeast character. This sort of beer is hard to write about in great depth, but when it is done well it has a certain balance and harmonious tranquility that makes it very enjoyable. I still prefer Schneider to all other examples of this style, but Konig Ludwig has its charms as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 07:38:20 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 22:49:16 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oddly, I picked this up in Greensburg, PA.

Pours much darker than I would expect for the style. Nose is airy bubble gum with strong yeast tones. Mild clove. Nothing too showy or out there; just a really excellent example of a hefeweizen in that it is just well executed.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 20:58:55 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 18:34:19 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My brother had a sixer of this waiting for me down in Florida.

Pours a super effervescent and slightly hazed gold with 3+ fingers of pearl white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Green bananas & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, cloves, plus pears. More green banana, cloves & pears as this warms. Finishes medicinal, bready, & with more green banana

MF: Medium bodied, fluffed up carbonation

Not the best of the style, but pretty good

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2014 03:24:34 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a medium white head of medium and small bubbles, minimal lacing but high carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly weak but grainy and mildly banana.

Beer is light in body and wet on the palate. It is a little sweet, mild yeast character on the whole thing and I really enjoyed it throughout. I would have it again but it is not my favorite hefeweizen. Not by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 14:13:11 | More by drabmuh
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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.