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

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)

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very good

598 Ratings

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002)
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Photo of 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
Photo of Morris729


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a soft and pillowy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is fresh malts and wheat with notes of ripe banana, clove, and yeast. Light in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is creamy banana, spicy yeast, clove, and nutmeg. Some lemon crispness is present in the end leaving a dry finish. A nice Hefe, though it is a bit too thin. Still, it’s very tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2003 15:59:13 | More by Morris729
Photo of 49degrees

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While the Hefeweizen style makes for a great afternoon relaxer during warm summer months, I tend to find these enjoyable throughout the year. I recently ran across this brew for the very first time, and its unique bottle shape, labeling and presentation definitely made a quick impact. I drink lots of Hefeweizens and they all tend to be marketed much the same way, but Konig’s just has that special look that says “I can be different because I taste great.”

Whether the package intentionally carries that message or not will be the topic for another discussion. But if modesty were to prevail, it’s a sentiment that plays extremely well with this brew. This is a very noble beer that displays sensational characteristic at ever turn.

A superb pungent aroma capitalized by strong lemon and orange citrus aromas, a subtle wheat and malt blend, and even a hint of spiciness such as clove. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of some of the better Wit beers from Germany.

When first pouring I failed to give the bottle a good swish to start, which resulted in an extremely clear pour, closer to a Kristall rather than a Hefeweizen. I quickly stopped pouring, gave the bottle a gentle whirl and poured some more. Far better results this time with a massive white foamy head plus plenty of yeast influenced cloudiness throughout. The head slowly gives way to a solid surface foam after some time. Virtually no lacing, but a decent 1/8" collar on glass.

This is an exceptionally well-balanced Hefeweizen, extremely smooth and almost creamy in complexion. It’s creamy in a unique way, it’s not exactly malt creamy but it has a nice robust flavor, palette pleasing creaminess that works extremely well. Strong fruit flavors announce their presence in ever sip, including orange, lemon, and even some banana. An interesting brew that provides striking similarities to the likes of a Schneider Weiss and a Hoegaarden Wit. Seeing as those two are among my favorites brews, this Konig hits my palette perfectly.

Freshness dated with the most precise point yet … Best Before: April 19, 2003 (3:59 a.m.)

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 500ml bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $3.49 USD ]

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2003 21:17:47 | More by 49degrees
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4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 18:31:29 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Pegasus


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown color with a modest snow-white head, absolutely glass-coating excellent lace, slight carbonation. Robust aroma of cloves and ripe bananas, hints of lemon, and wheat bread notes, precisely correct for the style. Taste begins with solid wheat malt flavors, pronounced cloves and bananas, and lemon notes. Midway through the taste, somewhat earthy notes from the yeast appeared, along with a warming alcohol note. Finish is somewhat dry. Be sure to swirl and pour the yeast from the bottle, it enhances the taste dramatically. A truly superior Hefeweizen, not to be missed.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 07:57:13 | More by Pegasus
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick head that is slow to settle. The nose is fruity malt and citrus. The taste is nice and pleasant, lemony flavors that are mingled with the hops with a well balanced malt flavor. Very smooth beer too. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 11:23:58 | More by AtrumAnimus
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz Brown bottle. Clear best by date.

The beer pours a beautiful yellow straw color. Very hazy with the yeast sentiment visible. The smell is great. Clear hints of bananas, clove & other spice. Nice head.

Taste is terrific! Very refreshing. Malt keeps everything in balance. Good carbonation and slight yeasty taste compliments the banana, cloves,etc that this beer like all good weiss beer have. Great example of style!

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not too bad. Easy drinking beer here!

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 04:45:25 | More by Redrover
Photo of rabidawg


4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a nice head. Looks just the way a hefe should.

Smell: Slight banana and a sour, citrusy tinge.

Taste: I'd never experienced this style before going to Germany, and one sip of this took me right back to a warm summer evening in Munich. Very crisp, very dry, slightly carbonated . . . a strange juxtaposition - this beer and a cold New England night. But then, I needed a reminder of what liveable temperatures were like . . . all that from the taste of a beer. That's really what makes this so great.

Mouthfeel - I guess I blended this with the taste section, so I'll let the dry and crisp stand.

Drinkability: As with most Hefes I've had, this one is made for sitting and sipping several. The taste doesn't get old, and I find myself wishing I'd bought a sixer instead of a single.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2003 22:26:12 | More by rabidawg
Photo of John

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 23oz. draught looks might fine and displays all the typical traits of a hearty Hefe Weizen. Rich, cloudy maize color. Thick meringue-like head. Aromas of liquid bread, fruity banana, waft toward the nose. Classic flavors; tart yeasty lemon, banana and clove interplay and each momentarily leave their layers of goodness behind. It would be easy to demolish several of these in a blink. Another solid and tasty German Weissebier.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 18:48:56 | More by John
Photo of Suds


3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wasn’t very impressed with this one. Read a blurb about Bavarian Royalty and this beer in All About Beer, and figured that I’d pick it up. I don’t think I’ll buy it again.

Pours with a puffy, medium sized white head and a pale, hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeasty, with muted esters. Banana and clove are very far in the background. Very faint citrus smell. Soft mouthfeel, and a little doughy. Wheat tangy-tartness is in the taste, but it’s subdued and thin. Uninteresting and uninspiring.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 06:25:38 | More by Suds
Photo of cokes


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clouded honey-hued body. Wet, frothy ivory head. Impressive looking, per the style.
Muted nose of clove and banana. Spot on, but weak.
Begins with some typical weiss tones. Bananas and cloves. A touch peppery, with some trace lemon notes. Less assertive than most. Turns chalk-like at the finish. This is less a distraction than the only unique trait it exemplifies. Very dry at the closure. Simple and perhaps boring, but do-able.
Body is fluffed and airy, yet chalky and powdery at the same time. There is a water-down aspect present as well.
Totally unmemorable, yet poundable. It may be a good intro to macro-inclined friends.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 01:03:56 | More by cokes
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2.28/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy straw colored brew with a white head that fades to a thin almost nonexistent layer fast. No lace to speak of. Bready yeast smell with a citrus bite on the nose. Banana flavors hit me on my first sip. Very dry right up to the end. There seems to be something missing from this beer, it just doesn't have much character to speak of. Thin and dry on the mouthfeel. I was actually thirsty after drinking this beer. I can't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2003 06:30:45 | More by cretemixer
Photo of pbrian


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Extremely light straw colored, minimally cloudy as the yeast was tightly compacted and you really have to give a good swirl to get it in your beer. Thin creamy white head. Banana and clove aroma, leaning more towards the spices. Lemony flavors start but is accompanied by the typical banana, clove, wheaty tart flavors. Light to medium bodied. Overall a good refreshing hefe.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2002 06:23:09 | More by pbrian
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 07:28:13 | More by Longstaff
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3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Konig Ludwig Weiss: Cloudy, golden beer with a pure white head. Brwon 330 ml bottle, with yellow labels. Best by date clearly marked on the box and bottle. The head came and left very quickly. Nice aroma of bananas and yeast. Very light and refreshing Weiss beer, but the taste seemed a little flat. There are better Weiss out there, but this ain’t bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 19:44:19 | More by jackndan
Photo of marc77


2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark straw hue, covered by a thick well retained head that leaves lace. Grainy wheat upfront in aroma, followed by snap of tartness, a hint of clove phenol and a slightly metallic tinge. The flavor is dominated by wheat tartness supported by bready malt. Yeast esters fall short of providing contrast to the grainy flavors, and only light banana is discernible. Mid palate, the brew becomes dry, leaving an odd void in flavor. Paltry hop bitterness offsets the very light malt sweetness. Lightly bodied for style, with a somewhat chalky mouthfeel. Finishes watery, with light lemony tartness briefly lingering. An uninspired, somewhat bland hefeweizen akin to an American version.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2002 17:20:51 | More by marc77
Photo of Jason


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
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

an exceptional weiss. very cloudy and very smooth without an overpowering flavor like the victory whirlwind. after having a few great weiss beers, this one trickled down the line to a decent example, but it is a very flavorful beer worth drinking. it has a monster amount of yeast, which finer weiss beers blend much better, but what can i say it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2002 18:00:43 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color of straw, with a snowy white head. The nose promises banana, clove, and a decocted maltiness and the taste delivers. Beautifully balanced - a bit lighter in body than, say, Franziskaner, but soooo quaffable. One of those "what does it taste like when it warms up? The world may never know" beers because it disappears very quickly from the glass. A very, very good hefeweiss that I hope to find in bottle soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2002 08:07:50 | More by sponberg
Photo of Todd


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Very cloudy pale golden beer with a white foam head that settles to a creamy lace.

Smell: Lemony citric, light malty aroma and hints of clove and yeast.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with an even, sweet malt character. It broken by a soft lemon bitterness that strikes the palate with some backing carbonation fizz and settles back into the malt. Banana and thin notes of clove and other herbals fold into the sweet malt which makes a second round with a touch of sweet caramel. A little dry, bitty and oily in the finish.

Notes: A very flavourful hefeweizen beer (especially if you leave 1/4 in the bottle, swirl and pour into your glass -- yeast is good). Balanced, complex, traditional and quite the authentic beer. A world class beer in my beer book.

Thanks to Warsteiner for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 08:56:45 | More by Todd
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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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