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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
87
very good

711 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 66 | 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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4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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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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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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.