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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Ratings: 714
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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Photo of iceball585
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Lemons, banana, yeast, bready, pale malts

T- Wheat, yeast, bready, light malts, citrus, clove, hint of banana

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, chewy, slightly dry finish

D- Worth trying

Definitely a good example of a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen. Brings me back to the vacation I took in Southern Germany and Austria.

Photo of elniko
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Beautiful hef colorings, hazy golden with huge pillowy head that stuck around for a long while. Really nice looking beer.

S: Bready, wheaty tones. Did not pick up a lot of spice of banana tones as I usually expect in a hef.

T & M: Definitely the wheatiest hefeweizen that I've had in my beer tastings. Similar to the smell very little spice apparent. Mouthfeel slightly watery but not overwhelmingly so.

D: Drinkable, not my favorite hefeweizen but I would not mind in the least having this beer.

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.

Photo of Slynger
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chitty-Chitty Bang-Bang castle on the bottle of this one. Good flick. It pours a hazy deep golden wheat with a fizzy lid of white foam.

Nice nose, a bit of lemon, sweet wheat, good amount of banana, and a touch of clove.

Flavor is mostly softly sweet wheat with some banana and decent amount of spicy kick. Medium bodied with a decent amount of fizzy feeling carb, but still slightly limp feeling to it.

Not a bad hefe, middle of the pack with decent flavor.

Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geez, what a disappointment! I see this was just named best weisse or hefe weisse in beers of the world mag. Had this some year back and thought it was ok. and still think the same today. Ok, and nothing more. Hazy yellow, fine white head, good carbonation. Not much aroma. didn't pick up much in the way of the standard bavarian hefe weiss characteristics then or now. Maybe in this backwater we're not getting the good, fresh stuff.

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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

Photo of barleysandwich
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can sum up this beer in one word - YUM!

Has a pleasant taste, a little on the sweet side, but that is normal for weissbier. Excellent smooth and silky mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

If you like Hefe beer, you are sure to love this beer, enough said!

Photo of changeup45
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy, dirty orange color, with a nice thick head that does settle down kind of quickly. Aroma isn't bad with yeast, bananas, vanilla, cloves. Much of the same flavor with quite a bit of yeast and a citrusy, vanilla, wheaty flavor. As the case with many hefe's I've had before the finish is rather bland leaving me wanting a little more. Perhaps a touch more spice would do the trick. Still it's pretty good and definitely a refreshing beer for a warm day

Photo of stephens101
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a hazy orange hefe topped with an almost pure white head which is held in place for a while by some fairly active carbonation. Some yeast sediment settles in the bottom of the hefe glass. Smells complex and zesty with some bananas, white grapes, lemons, sour apples and sweet bread involved. Tastes sweet, a bit sour and creamy. There's some rice and candy involved. Mouth-feel is smooth, fulfilling, and somewhat big for the style. This is good though. I'll be honest. I grabbed one of these a few weeks ago and it was borderline spoiled or something. I'm glad I gave this one another shot, because it is now one of my favorite hefe's.

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

330ml/11.2oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - hazy, yellow color with a fluffy white head that left some lacing behind.

S - sweet and spicy smelling wheat beer.

T - loads of flavors, banana, lemon, clove and other spices.

F - light and crisp.

D - a good brew fit for Royalty and Beer Lovers alike!

Photo of chemmie
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The best part about this beer, it's the cheapest Hefeweizen I can find.

I wouldn't put it up there with the best of the bunch, but it isn't a bad beer at all. Good, for the price.

The pour is a crystal yellow color, almost like a pilsner. Not cloudy at all. There is a small head, that wanders off quickly. Lots of bubbles make their way up the glass like champagne.

The taste is light, but still have a little bit to it. There's the wheat, and a little banana in there. There's a little bit of skunkiness, though. Not too much to make it taste bad. I actually don't mind it and kind of like it.

The banana smell comes through, also.

Overall, not bad for a cheap weissen.

Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly clouded yellow golden with a thick white head.

The smell is of lemon, banana/clove, and wheat tang.

The taste is of lemon, a touch of banana, clove and pepper. Spicy behind a sweet maltiness. Crisp finish.

It has a refreshing lightness, with a bit of watery thinness mid-palate, that picks up as it progresses. Not quite as creamy as others.

A refreshing, traditional, sweetish HW. Not banana-ey as others, though it there, but has a nice spiciness under a sweet maltiness with a lemony touch.

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

the first taste is cloves, the after taste is sweet and cloves, oh and did i mention cloves, man this one is good i drank four of these with out hesitation, this is a great summer beer. no head poured with this one but it came with lots of particals floating in it, glad i poured this into my stem glass ware. loved swerling the beer and geting the sent to my nose

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

A-Poured a nice golden yellow from a 12oz. bottle. 1 finger head that dissipated relatively quick and left nice lacing.

S-Cloves and citrus the top aromas here, mild bubblegum.

T-Cloves are the overwhelming flavor with a mild hint of banana.

M-Light to medium body with a mild carbonation.

D-Nice summer brew, could easily have several of these in a setting.

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I jotted down some notes when I drank this beer last night at Tizley's Euro Pub in Poulsbo, WA.

Consumed in a Samuel Smith small glass.

Appearance: crazy haze, looked like wheat from the field

Smell: standard banana and clove found in any good hefe, a little more spicy than I would have expected

Taste/Mouthfeel: refreshing, banana, spice, clove, anise, not as deep as I would have expected

Hefe-weizen is my second favorite beer choice. I have not tried König Ludwig's other brews. They are all brewed in accordance with The Reinheitsgebot and I'm not so sure I like that Spartan ideology when it comes to beer. I probably won't try this one again. Go with Paulaner or Franziskaner Weissbier if you want a really good example of the style.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The body was cloudy and had a cool, golden yellow color with visible carbonation. Its head is thick, creamy and bright white in color. It slowly fades to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip and leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell: There is an inviting aroma of wheat, clove, fruity yeast and banana.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a good wheat malt base with fruity yeast that has notes of banana. Mellow herbal hops, spicy clove and a touch of lemon round out the flavor on a smooth creamy palate with a medium body and lively carbonation. It finishes somewhat dry with some lingering wheat and dry earthy tones.

Notes: This is a great example of a German hefeweizen. The balance is spot on for the style and it is wonderfully refreshing and very easy to drink.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz brown bottle

Pours a cloudy golden straw like color. Has a nice thick and creamy 2 finger head that didn't last very long. Not much lacing either. This one has a lot of nice yeast sediment which takes some swirling to loosen up.

Aroma is of wheat and yeast with some faint banana and clove aromas. Aroma is rather typical of the style.

Taste is pretty nice. Very yeasty and wheaty. There is also some flavors that are similar a banana that isn't quite ripe yet. Body feels a bit thinner than what I am used to from this style, but still very good.

Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Soft pour yields one finger head that diminishes quickly. Beer pours a golden slightly cloudy amber color. Smell is slightly yeasty, with hints of citrus and light sweetness. Taste is light doughy, yeasty with a very mild sweetness, some citrus. Another very nice summer beer. Light easy to drink but still very flavorfull. Nice crisp finish.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of osi
1.93/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Decent white fluffy head that faded quickly. Good lace as well. The beer is not as cloudy as I expeced.

S - Very light smell of banana bread and slight clove. The weak smells sum up to fresh apples.

T - The taste is watered down and kind of tastes moldy. This is very discouraging. I hope I just have an old bottle. The apple tastes comes in as well on the back end.

M - The carbonation was not high enough which resulted in a heavy body with no life.

D - I want to try this beer again and maybe I will get better results. I ove hefe-weizens and this was a bad attempt. Again maybe I have an old bottle. Not very tasty at all.

Photo of Gmann
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice and fluffy pure white head that settled into a nice cap. The aroma is of wheat malt and a lemony citrus smell, not much phenol aromas going on. The taste is of a tart wheat malt cut with a lemon twang, a tad acidic perhaps due to the age. No real spicy flavors, reminds me more of an American Wheat. The feel is light with soft carbonation, finishes on the tart side. I am hoping that this is an old bottle because the flavors are not close to what a hefe should be. I will try and get a fresher sample to compare but as of now, I don't really recommend.

Photo of nem2006
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is an extremely hazy yellow/gold. Had a little head which faded fast.

The smell is citrusy with a little spice in there. Smells of almost lemons or oranges. Definitely the product of the wheat.

Taste is light, powerful and refreshing. Catching hints of the citrus flavor. Almost no bitterness from the hops at the end. Extremely smooth.

I am a big fan of this beer. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of blakesell
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed yellow orange with virtually no head, a mere island of foam towards the left hand side with the dutchy. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- Wheat is very pronounced with very little banana or clove although clove is there. Hops are nowhere to be found. Wheat is quite dominant in the scent here.

Taste- Creamy and spicy with clove and noble hops. This is a definition of a Bavarian hefeweizen through and through. Clove coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. There is a cereal mash flavor on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light-medium bodied, medium-low in carbonation, very pleasant on the mouth.

Drinkability- Wonderful, an excellent example of the Bavarian hefeweizen style. i will revisit this again and again.

Photo of nighthawk
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange/gold colour, some carbonation visible, huge white, sticky, foamy head takes its time to dissipate, leaving lacing on the glass.
Smells lightly fruity; citrus lemon and bananas, honey, hints of pepper and clove spiciness.
Lots of banana and sweet lemon on the palate, honey, bitter and somewhat drying finish.
Very light body, carbonation almost non existent in the mouth. Body feels thin. Nicely refreshing and drinkable.

Photo of mdagnew
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from Peckhams, Edinburgh...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour... White head poured big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thickish covering... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, light biscuit malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery, some grassy traces...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces mixed with clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, quite fruity (lemon and some pear notes), faint mustiness, some floral honey sweetness, pretty grassy and peppery...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... As with most German Hefe's this is extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A very decent German hefe... definitely recommended...

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