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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

695 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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
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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

Sammy, Sep 23, 2005
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

metter98, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 10, 2014
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 BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +11%

kjkinsey, Apr 18, 2013
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

mikesgroove, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +11%

jaydoc, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 27, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

oberon, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

biboergosum, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

zeff80, May 19, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

NeroFiddled, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

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!

StonedTrippin, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

nickfl, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Jason, Aug 14, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love hefe-weizens, and this one after cracking the bottle smelled amazing!!! It poured a hazy unfiltered golden hue, with a bright white color. Very thick lace that is pure eye candy for a true beer lover. This is a style I could drink all day, the aroma is full of spices, banana, and cloves it's so pleasant almost like smelling some ginger or cinnamon. A swee contrasting aroma that fills up my senses, and also contains a bit of a citrus scent to it. Very good the first sip I am greeted with all of the yeast flavors that blend so well together, and the malt gives this beer an amazing level of drinkability if you like wheat beers like I do. Finish is very banana, and complemented with a fair level of carbonation. This is a lighter bodied beer with a fluffy moutfeel to it, and I really am enjoying this one. In fact anybody into wheat beers will like this one, amazingly drinkable and satisfying down to the beer lover's soul.

WVbeergeek, Mar 04, 2003
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
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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 695 ratings.