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

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743 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 32
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Ratings: 743 | Reviews: 400
Photo of nem2006
4.72/5  rDev +22.6%
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
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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%
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 +6.5%
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...

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt scent along with a bit of bisquit malt character as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry pale and wheat malt flavor with a nice banana/clove finish. It needs a bit more pale malt IMO. It's thin and extremely dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average hefe. It's got the signature character, but the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel suffer.

Photo of tobyandgina
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Three fingers of frothy, white head, slowly diminishing. Decent lacing. Body was cloudy and light amber.

Smell was very light. Grains, malts, some cereal, a little citrusy, some spices.

Medium body and mouthfeel, a little oily, clean finish.

Some bananas and spices on the palate. Also some grapefruit and grass.

A good staple hefe - very German. Excellent.


Photo of Atlas1
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I love this beer, and am slightly dismayed to see so many mediocre reviews. Could they have consumed old bottles? This is a fine Hefeweizen; no reason for the low scores in my opinion.

Pours a dense cloudy apricot color with a frothy white head that dissipates in time leaving trace amounts of lace. The nose is malty lemon with spicy clove and a hint of pepper. The taste is reminiscent of so many other fine hefes - sweet buttery lemon. A bit tangy up front as well. Finishes smooth. The mouthfeel is crisp but even.

I love this beer. It may be my second favorite hefeweizen, behind Hacker-Schorr. It's great on a hot summer day, but holds its own just fine year round against other seasonals. Hold your lemon wedge here, though, as this beer doesn't need any fruit; it smacks just fine without. Good stuff, this Konig Ludwig Weiss. Cheers.

Photo of Portertime
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the last of a mix and match six pack I got a Total Wine. Had is chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured a very clear gold full of carbonation, a little unusual for a hefweizen. Smell was the true Bavarian hefeweizen style, yeast, banana, a bit tart. Taste was a little thin and very bubbly. Some bready yeast, banana, green apple, wheat. All in all a decent beer for royality.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this from zdester, not to bad for a Hefeweizen.

Poured a crystal clear gold. Alot of carbonation. Head was thin, but lasted.

Smelled like wheat, not much else. Pretty average Hefe here.

Taste was very crisp, wheat, water, malts, and a bit of yeast. Very clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was very light, over carbonated, but all together balanced.

Drinkability here is average. This isn't my favorite style or beer but this is pretty decent. I'd drink another.

Photo of kkipple
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I got this six pack for an Austrian friend of mine named Ludwig 'cause I thought it would be funny. Only I haven't seen him in months and I keep looking at this beer in my closet. Surely he won't mind if I drink just one of his brews.

Pours a hazy unpolished yellow with a fat, tempting, brilliant white head. Decent retention and lots of bubbles. No lacing.

Smells sour, yeasty, green apples and some vague spice. A little honeyed malt in there too.

Tastes surprisingly light, given the smell. Wheaty and watery, with a minor sour-lemon banana twist and a distinct yeasty breadiness. Hint of esters and some pepper. It's all very tame though, and rather refreshing. Finish is clean and mildly sour malt with a hint of sweetness.

Konig Ludwig goes down easy and is a pretty decent brew. I'd classify it as a German Weissbier instead of a Hefe, but whatever - it's worth the $7 a six-pack asking price. Give the ole King a try on a hot day.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been gyped .8 ouncers of beer in this deceiving 330 ml bottle. Damn! Now if the beer is really good, I might forgive. To find out, let's go on to the beer:

There's a mad rush of bubbles running in the semi-hazy blonde colored beer, topped by a frothy head that holds well. Banana bread aroma with only a trace of spice to it. Taste has some clove characteristics, and banana is there too. Faint fume of alcohol shines on occasion. Light, with a semi-crisp feel in the mouth, and easy drinking. Solid, but I won't be forgiving these brewers for putting this beer in a smaller bottle ;)

Photo of cichief
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very hazy straw-yellow, with a thick white head.

S- Lots of banana and clove, very typical for a good hefeweizen.

T- Lots of good yeastiness, the beer has plenty of banana, nice balance, not too sweet.

M- Lots of small bubbles, carbonation is muted, medium body.

D- A damned good beer on a warm summer day.

Photo of JEdmund
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Foamy! Big ole head turning to thick pillow. Cloudy, light yellow body. Hardly any lacing left after head subsided.

Malt, and some slight banana; typical wheat beer smell

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good mouthfeel and a nice level of carbonation. Pretty normal wheat beer flavors coming through, although it has a German/European feel to it with the fruitiness (American versions seem not to have this as much). No citrus flavor to it and not any strong level of hops.

A good wheat beer, though nothing really unique about it.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - had a clean white 2 finger thick head that left random lacing on my weizen glass, brew was a hazy honey color

Smell - earthy grass-like aromas, slight hint at citrus and banana

Taste - full flavor, fruity & clove aftertaste

Mouthfeel - medium body, with nice carbonation

Drinnkability - easy to drink, good hefe, refreshing

Photo of orangemoustache
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- crisp looking golden deliciousness with a slight haze that is less cloudy than other Hefes Ive had,it has a good couple fingers of bubbly white head that leaves no lacing behind

S- a bit fruity with hints some spice and some good ol yeastieness

T- grains upfront are sweet and assertive followed by light fruits most notable are bananas and hints of peaches are quickly hidden by some tart grassy notes

M- clean,delicate and soft with light carbonation,slightly dry but its good and it helps finish it nicely

D- scores very high for a Hefeweizen,I'm not the biggest fan of them,but this one is well done,Cheers!

Photo of jenbys2001
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

By my standards this beer was a nearly perfect example of a Hefeweizen. However, its taste and appearance deviate from others in this category in a way that may be unappealing for other drinkers. In the glass this beer has a deep, clear look that is rather surprising for the style. It looks more like a lager, with a warm golden hue. There is very little head and the cloudiness generally associated with Hefes is less pronounced. The smell is very pleasant but doesn't pack a heavy punch. It has a soft scent with a hint of sweetness, cloves and bananas. The taste has the usual banana notes but also has a slight lemon undertone. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with an oily finish. It actually has a slightly earthy taste to it. The carbonation is high enough to keep this beer light and drinkable. Overall not as complicated or heavy as other Hefes but a very tasty beer, and one I would buy again.

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark yellow color and thick texture to it. There was a big head and some lacing.

Smell was grassy with some light fruit peeking out.

The taste was decent. You get a solid dose of wheat, lemon and that bubblegum flavor common to hefeweizens. Not the most overwhelmingly complex taste I've had in this style, but good.

There was a nice amount of carbonation here, but the finish was a little odd in some way. Nonetheless, a good mouthfeel.

For this style, this is a drinkable beer. There are better hefeweizens out there, but this one is solid.

Photo of Kwak
1.62/5  rDev -57.9%
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 rec
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal golden yellow with lack-luster soapy white head.

Yeast, citrus, and hoppy farmyard notes are present in the aroma. It smells crisp and refreshing, and builds anticipation for diving in and having one on a hot day.

The taste is grassy and a lot like the aroma, with bursting lemon and some honey tucked away back there somewhere too.

The mouthfeel is somewhat furry and smooth with just mild carbonation.

It's not stand out, but rather pleasant. I can imagine being able to drink many of these very happily.

Photo of MDekker
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head, has a mild amount of carbonation present. the smell is good, has a nice citrus aroma with a mild yeast note too. the taste is darn good, has a good fruity taste to it, mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is high shame i've never seen this beer before and probably wont again.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, opaque orange with a thick head. Very little smell, hint of fruit and grass.

Taste is sweet with a strong detection of orange and banana's. Has a hint of lemon, wheat is evident. Very full bodied and thick. Aftertaste is dry with low carbonation.

Overall a decent wheat beer, interesting blend of fruits. Besides the lack of scent, there's no real downfalls.

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange appearance, with falling yeast and rising carbonation.
Not a big head. Some holes in tit.
Weisse smell. Well perceptible are yeast and wheat. Few banana. Fresh, with citric notes.
Same at the taste, again a good yeast, and wheat.
Average body. Quite carbonated. Yeasty.
Pleasant and drinkable.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a cloudy yellowish gold with a thick head that dissipates slowly.

S - Subtle hint of banana and spice. Nothing very pronounced.

T - Sweet malt flavor starts off, finishes of with a hint of spiced banana flavor. Again, nothing too pronounced.

M - Feels a little watery.

D - Nothing too offensive that would stop someone from having three or four. Nice and mild.

Photo of ibashmuck
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pour straight yellow, little or no cloudiness. Smelled like many other Hefe's, but there's something at the end, perhaps the banana other's have mentioned. I couldn't put my finger on it. The taste was much the same, familiar, similar to most other Hefe's but again, something at the end. Considerably fizzier than other Hefe's. A pretty good beer, not great, but there are better Hefe's out there. It did pick up a couple points with the addition of lemon.

Retry- Had another go at it, several months later (first review was C+). This one was a touch cloudier. Again, the sweetness that came through was not of citrus/lemon, closer to honey, and a tad banana. Not as fizzy as the first time as well. Still a good effort, and I'll bump up my review grade a bit.

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.