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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Opaque and classic unfiltered yellow to dingy orange at the top. Nice amounts of carbonation, capped with a classic foamy slightly cream yellow vanilla tinged head of about three fingers. Frothy just a bit as it settles, with virtually no lacing. Pretty solid looking hefe.

Straight forward aroma and solid as well. Real nice wheat subtleties, but also a good creamy milk sweetness, hints of clove as well. Real neat cream smelling angle on this, with a sense of light body perhaps coming.

Boy I can't seem to kick that cream either on the palate. Really great washing coating palate of milk and vanilla. Spiced finish and mid palate that fills almost hop forward with a bit of bitter kick. Decent malt body with a hint of chew but a real nice controlled sweetness to match.

Seems to let go of real high banana and bubblegum esters, and stays away from chewy texture. Has a real great sense of controlled creamy light sweetness and spice though unlike other hefes though. Real interesting brew.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance

light yellow with an orange tint, cloudy as expected. good head retention, decent lacing

Smell

perfumy, estery, sweet, bananas and a slight detection of cloves comes to mind. also bubble gum and caramel malt in there

Taste

slight caramel malt, hardly any hops detectable, finishes with banana flavor. very pleasant

Mouthfeel

This was the best part about the beer. light, creamy, smooth, bready/biscuity, low carbonation.

Overall

this beer exceeded my expectations. very drinkable, very delicious. I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy; pale gold; a 2 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thick collar; no lacing;

S: clove is most prominent, but banana is also clearly there; a little breadiness is in the background;

T: mild wheat up front; clove and banana come in mid-palate; clove is predominant; bubble gum is noticeable on the finish;

M: light bodied; effervescent, but on the low side;

O: nice, but there are better options;

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Photo of mjurney
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance:
Golden color, very cloudy. Good amount of carbonation rising. Nice frothy head.

Aroma:
Lots of pear in the aroma, I get some aporcot and a little banana. Some spices. Deep bready malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Deep fruity character up front, mostly pears, I get some aporcot and bananas with some touch of lemon. There some spices, nutmeg and cloves. Deep malt character, sweet, bready, doughy. Finish is dry, a little tart, yeasty. Body is chewy, a little creamy, crisp, refreshing, smooth, dry.

Overall:
It's a very nice Hefeweizen.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Best by date of 08.15.14.
Poured from a pint bottle into a weizen glass on 03.25.14.

A: Straw yellow. Yeast at top. 1/4 finger head.

S: Lemon, wheat, clove.

T: Lemon dominates. Orange, wheat are there too. Banana, sweet clove are more subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This had a very sweet aftertaste, which I liked. The flavors were strong too, compared to more watery hefs. This seemed like a cross between a Paulaner and an Ayinger. It had the orange of a Paulaner and the lemon of the Ayinger. I would put this into rotation if I could find it easily.

Rating: A

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

look - pale yellow color with a great white lasting head.
Smell - Cloves and Banana with a slight citrus note to it
taste - more banana less clove very slight citrus
feel - medium light body and carbonation
Overall - pretty good but not might favorite. I'm looking for more body and flavor. Almost seems like a Hefe light.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +5.3%

According to the website '[Introducing] The new Kaltenberg Hefe-Weissbier, a sister to König Ludwig Weissbier'.

A: Wheatbeer appearance.
S: Banana and fruits, a bit of sherbet.
T: Refreshing banana and bubblegum. Snappy and fresh tasting. Nothing much more to say really.
O: A good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev 0%

I picked up a bottle of Kaltenberg International's König Ludwig Weiss last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. IT's been awhile since I've had a German Made Hefeweizen and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classy and traditional look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held tot he light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer and It's exactly how I expect a traditional example of the style to look like.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice banana and apple like aromas with the banana sticking out the most and there's also a slight pear aroma showing up. Up next comes some clove aromas that lead right in to the wheat that imparts some nice wheaty, light sweet malt and light bready like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma that's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it seems to be a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat being the first to show up this time and it imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the sweet malts sticking out just a little more. Up next comes the fruits which are the same as they were in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most by a little. On the finish comes a light clove flavor with no bitterness and it had a wheat, banana and light clove like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Hefeweizen that is pretty much what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice and nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I expect from a Heffeweizen and it had that good drinkability that all the traditional German made ones seem to have. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these especially on a warmer day. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just good traditional Hefe that was nice and drinkable. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I think it's priced nicely. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and it delivered pretty much just what I would want and expect from the style. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it's up there as one of the better one I've had. This beer made for a good first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

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Photo of doktorhops
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Next on my agenda is getting as far away from Brazilian Lagers as possible after my single brief flirtation with their brewing industry (Palma Louca). All I can say to Brazil is: Stick with soccer, carnivals, and F1 drivers - i.e. what you're best at. Let's move on to König Ludwig Weiss (aka 'The Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen'). Royal Bavarian what? Well apparently, according to the Warsteiner (aka 'The Queen of Beers') website: HRH Luitpold*, Prince of Bavaria, pays personal attention to the high quality of this beer and the exclusive resources from southern Germany. There's a lot of royalty going on with this beer.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Presents a hazy, not quite naturtrüb, golden body with a creamy 1 inch head that settles to a centimetre in the time it takes for me to confuse my readers with my mixing of imperial and metric measurements.

S: Over-ripe bananas mingle with hints of clove and a broad musty yeast. There's a touch of other spices going on like cardamom and nutmeg, but by the by this is an average Weizen aroma and I'm not expecting it to topple the mighty Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

T: Flavour is a bit more interesting than expected with the above mentioned over-ripe bananas having a toffee dimension as well. The however yeast is as flat and musty as expected and the hints of clove, cardamom and nutmeg all make an appearance. Another sip reveals that the toffee is more of a buttery Diacetyl (well toffee and butter are similar flavours). The finish is dry more than bitter.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy dense carbonation, right on the money here.

D: Overall I quite like this Weizen for the big Diacetyl, however two things struck me about it - the high price and the fact that it didn't come in a 500ml bottle, two things where the Weihenstephaner beats this... but the flavour is close to being as good as Weihenstephaner and I do enjoy an intentionally buttery Weizen, which this is... Dammit Prince Luitpold, make your beers cheaper and you might actually be able to compete with Weihenstephan!

Food match: Grilled pork back-strap with charred potatoes, caramelised onion and
bacon-wrapped asparagus.

*That might be because he owns König Ludwig GmbH & Co. KG Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg, the brewery, duh Dok!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a huge three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Classic hefe aroma of sweet wheat and yeast, light clove and banana. Flavor follows, with modestly sweet wheat, light apple juice, hints of clove, caramel and banana. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice, mellow and very well balanced hefeweizen, hitting all the right notes without any component dominating. Perhaps a bit lighter in flavor than some hefes, but pleasant and refreshing. A nice example of a great style.

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Photo of droomyster
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are huge on honey, tons of bee's wax, raw bananas, and heaps of wheatiness with whispers of grassy fields. Very sweet on the front palate, with lots of clover honey and a dash of bubblegum, before a sweet wheatiness dominates the middle and the finish. This is cleaner and more straightforward than many German hefeweizens, but the actual flavors are undeniably delicious from beginning to end. It could use more carbonation to carry its more delicate flavors aloft, but for those with a sweet wheat fetish, Ludwig Weiss can touch upon all of your kinks.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of MagicJeff
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into my Pilsner Urquell glass

A: Cloudy, slightly murky dark straw, yet pale in overall look. Nice pillowy off-white head.

S: Immediate banana, then doughy yeast. Sweet bread notes.

T: Minerally banana. Midtaste sweet notes of bread and yeast (slightest hint of bubble gum but it subsides fast). Lots of wheat on the back end, kind of finishes dry too. Slightest floral after taste, some spice from clove and hops.

M: Medium bodied and on the more viscous side for this style, at least in my experience. Drinkable and refreshing.

O: Delightful to have on a hot summer day in Georgia while watching the World Cup Final. I'm trying to learn more about German beer and this was a great way to explore.

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Photo of CHINA_BEER_TASTERS
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very balance brew from Southern Germany. Great yellow color, with above the average thickness and density. A contender for a summer food companion. Mouthfeel just as good as the color, maintaining a hoppy taste from beginning towards the end. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of jkpyrope
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this hefe both straight from the bottle and from a weizen glass.

Pours pale yellow, rests a pleasant gold in the glass with a light 1cm or so head.

Taking a whiff brings in yeasty aromas, along with slight hints of fruit (banana) and cloves.

A very smooth drinker. Tastes go along with the nose. Wheat, more pronounced banana flavor. Pleasantly sweet aftertaste that likes to hang around. No noticeable hops to speak of. While smooth, this hefe is thicker than one might believe based on looks. Carbonation is light, which allows easy drinking.

This is a very nice example of how a hefe-weizen should be, and is my go-to for this type.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  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.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a tall and slender light brown embossed bottle with a pretty tacky old-school Germanic label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy light yellow-amber colour with fine carbonation across the profile. A wonderfully thick white head pops up to three fingers and settles to a creamy one. Thick lacing around the entire glass. Looks as good as it gets for a hef.

Aroma: quite strong aromas of wheat, banana and cloves. Not much more than that, but the traditional hefeweizen comes through clean and clear.

Taste: quite demure in the mouth, which was a pity after the nose. Still the same flavours, but dominated more by the banana. I wish there was a touch more wheat fug.

Aftertaste: the banana drops away a bit to be replaced by a touch more of the cloves and wheat, but not quite enough.

Mouth feel: quite a full body with a lower-to-moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to put away.

Overall: a decent German hefeweizen everywhere wear it counts - the flavour was a bit demure for my liking. Still, a decent hef for a decent price (for a German high-end) at AU$90 a case.

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Photo of chogm54
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle $ 1.69 at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried weizen glass
Aroma of yeast and fruity aromatics
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body medium yellow, very cloudy
Taste is sweet with little flavor to back up the aroma, does not last; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nearly flavorless hefeweizen which smells OK, but lacks flavor. The price is appropriate.

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Photo of oesarth
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

out of a clean tap - perfection
out of the bottle - not bad

i've had many literjons of this, both tap and bottle. out of the tap, the only hefe i like as much is ayinger. do yourself a favor and get this tattooed on your gf before you even try it. if you don't believe in tattooing, just get a sticker and put it on her car without asking her

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up as a suggestion from Crafted Drafts in New Albany.

A: straw color with noticeable foam head
S: bananas, cloves, wheat; good summer beer
T: follows the nose; hides the alcohol very well
M: smooth and drinkable; minimal bitterness
O: while Hefeweizen's aren't my go-to variety, this is one of my favorites of its type

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a wispy bubbly white head that quickly dissipate to a light foam on the top and leaves marginal lace on the way down. Aromas of pepper and clove with hints of bubble gum and a light honey like and spicy maltiness. Bready yeasty aromas and a hint of lemon round out the nose on this one. The flavor is lightly sweet honey, and bready, and spicy malt up front. clove and pepper and bready yeasty flavors counter the malty sweetness well. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. I'm missing the banana, but everything else seems to be there. This would make a nice warm weather brew, light and easy to drink.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tawny colored and very hazy, with a persistent and well-structured white foam. Nose is biscuity with notes of banana and nutmeg. More of the same on the palate with typical wheat-beer spice, but rather thin and subdued, even a little disappointing. Not very robust. Decent texture but again a little on the thin side. Overall, an okay weissbier, but there are many much better examples of the style available. Maybe a C+.

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Photo of BWED
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a golden-yellow hue with the expected haze. A white, pillowy two finger head rest on top, with lots of lacing as the drink goes down into my belly. Great look!

S- Cloves and banana, some other fruitiness as well. A bit of a citrus nose as well, but very light.

T- Wheat and yeast flavors. The finish is all clove. Really delicious!

M- Light and bubbly carbonation. Great smooth finish.

O- This is awesome! I think the emphasis on the clove aspect is different and fantastic! Great beer!

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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 416 ratings.