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

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715 Ratings

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Ratings: 715
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 68 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002)
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Very light colored Hefe with a near perfect head of tight bubbles and a meringue like crown. Creamy lemon flavors dominate along with subtle clove and banana flavors. Somewhat tart and refreshing. Finishes with a rough alcohol flavor that distracts from the creamy malt goodness. Went really well with the Bratwurst dinner I made. I will try this again when I find it.

Photo of Kwak
1.53/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 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

Photo of MDekker
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of daythree16
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

50cL brown bottle with "Königlich Bayerisches Bier" on the front. Is it really? Bearing in mind it's a cold Weizen on a thirsty night...

Appearance: Average cloudy pale orangey-yellow colour, your run-of-the-mill Bavarian Hefeweizen. Head retention is disappointing, and head is snow-white. Even though I poured it imprecisely, without stirring up the Hefe on the bottom of the glass, it didn't leave a brown stain on the head like most Weizens do. Although the bottle looks German, there is something non-genuine about this beer. Still, it's cloudy, it's approximately the right colour, but its authenticity so far is poor.

Smell: Thin, but fairly true to the style. Banana, phenol, wheat malt. Not bursting with flavour, but very German - reserved, polite and unassuming. Pretty average, not a great Weißbier.

Taste is also less than outstanding. Slightly sour, marginally more complex than the smell makes it appear, but not entirely true to the style. Banana is less evident, phenol still around with some tartness in the mouth. Dry, refreshing, but rather bloating - this fills your stomach up in a watery way which is not what you want on a spring eve in a warm house. You don't want that at all, really.

Mouthfeel is way too thin - lacking a lot. There is still something to chew on there though, probably due to the fact it's a cloudy beer - the bottle conditioning adds something. Drinkability - not impressed because of the belly-filling-up-with-water effect. It's refreshing but I hate that bloating sensation.

Overall - not a bad beer, but I am hard on my Hefeweizens because I enjoy them so much. Tough love. If this were rated in terms of any beer style, it would be marginally above average.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold colored brew with a small bright white head. Minimal lacing. Smell was predominantly bready yeast. Taste was wheat grain with banana and lemon notes. Unfortunately, it also had a metallic topnote/aftertaste that I found quite unpleasant. I thought it might be a bad bottle, but others have also described this metallic taste and the "Best by" date on this bottle was Jan 05... still 8 months away. Decent mouthfeel, Didn't really want another after finishing it! Hefe Weizen is one of my favorite styles, but there are many others I'd rather have than this.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Josievan
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Konig Hefeweizen pours a hazy sunshine yellow. This beer is head-tastic! A few chucks of sediment swim at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma lets you know there's plenty of pale wheat malt and lots of good old yeast in this beer.

Taste: The taste is typical hefeweizen, in a good way. For better or for worse, Konig is pretty low on the banana scale for a hefeweizen, which I know is a dealbreaker for some people. You can definitely taste the yeast, which is a good thing in my book.

Mouthfeel: Konig has a great bready, creamy mouthfeel. Just what the doctor ordered for the style.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, very drinkable, and also pretty darn drinkable.

Notes: I've never had a Bavarian hefeweizen I didn't like, and Konig ranks in the top tier of that good company. Distinguishing between hefeweizens really comes down to three variables for me: how much yeast the beer has (the more the better, says I), how much banana flavor the beer has (I don't mind either way), and how rich of a mouthfeel the beer has (the creamier the better). Konig emerges in a good spot on all three fronts, which pretty much means it's delicious.

Photo of boss302
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer I poured half glass, then gave it a good swirl and finished the pour. Apparently my beer had been sitting for quite a while since the dregs stayed stuck to the bottom of the bottle. There was not the typical Hefe haze.

A As stated above, this beer was not hazy and since the dregs stayed in the bottom of the bottle, the beer was quite clear, more like a Kristall. There was not a typical Hefe head either, even though I poured it aggressively. What little head there was did stick around for a while though.

S The beer smelled a little phenolic probably from age more than anything, but it was not overpowering and easy to get past. There was some estery smell, but not as strong as other Hefeweizen.

T First impressions are a little peppery, hops balance, but are otherwise unnoticed. There is a bite on the tongue, but this is from carbonation not hops. There is a slightly fruity taste, but certainly nothing like a Weihenstephaner.

M This beer felt was medium body with a good carbonation level.

O This is a good overall beer, but I still prefer the proper look, taste and head of other Hefes.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Consumed 10/18/2009- from notes.

Brown 11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. There was what I assume is a best by date on the bottle of 14 Jan 2010.

A- Very hazy, murky yellow with a burly three finger bubbly white head. Settled to about a finger and a half for the rest of the glass. Looks great!

S- Wheat, peppery, citrusy- mainly lemon but I think theres some more going on there.

T- Same as the nose but with some banana hints here and there.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. The carbination is not very evident.

D- Very nice, the best hefe I think I've had yet. Very refreshing. I'll be picking this one up agian!

Photo of pvsob
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, gold color with a solid two inch head (white) that has outstanding retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Lots of clove, banana, and earthy yeast aromas. Pepper and bubblegum as well.

T- Starts off somewhat sweeter than most Hefes. A mixture of the above aromas dance on the palate throughout the tasting. There's a tiny hint of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium feel, with a nice crisp wheat "bite". Medium to high levels of carbonation.

O- Not quite up there with the heavy hitters in this style, but it's not that far off. A solid, well made, and very drinkable example of a Hefe. I can dig it. Give it a try if you haven't already. Prost.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Import Version

A: Great pour!! Huge 4 finger head in my Gutmann Weißbierglas. Great color and cloudiness. However, lacing is hardly present at all, what happened!?!? :(

S: Sweet, fruity grains... I detect banana and pear. However, there is a hint of something chemical which I do not like.

T: Very good flavored beer, I detect even more pear here. That is an interesting twist... However, the taste is not very complex...

M/D: Full and sweet at first and finishes quite dry. I like this beer, it may not be my first choice for an imported Weißbier but... it still puts American versions to shame :)

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of chogm54
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

BB date just past (31 May). 330mL bottle poured into hefe glass.

A - Pale orange/yellow, slightly cloudy (no sediments), pours respectable 1cm creamy head that fades into a nice 5mm white lacing

S - lot going on, herby (basil and clove) wheaty odour, nice citrus (mandarin) kick, and a maple syrup like sweetness

T - Sweet, but not too much, bready wheat taste with lemon and banana. Long, tarty sweet aftertaste

A - Low carbonation, oily texture, slightly thin body.

O - nice not overtly sweet weissbeer, but the feel let it down a tad. I would be very interested to try this on tap. One of the better ones available.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of skeetermoses
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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