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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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715 Ratings

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Ratings: 715
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 0.5L bottle of this beer on a DB train from Stuttgart to Hamaburg (nice 5 hour ride through Germany). As I will describe briefly, this was my least favorite hefeweizen from a German brewery to date.

First off, the beer was very clear, almost kristall-weizen appearance. Not so much of the haze I prefer and expect. Next, the aroma was very muted and didn't contain the fruity esters I wanted, not so much banana in this weizen. The taste was the same, it was like a hefeweizen lite, so little going on. Mouthfeel was average, drinkability average as well if all you want is to quench your thirst. But you should want more than this, I know I did.

Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Konig Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. Clove is most noticeable in the aroma, with a hint of banana. There is a strong phenolic component to the taste, which mixes well with the banana and clove flavors. Banana is much more prominent in the flavor than the aroma would suggest. Enjoyable.

Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lighter style hefe....easy drinking...smooth creamy mouthfeel...light-to medium light bodied...

Pours a glowing yellow...big ass white head....nose has some plastic along with some cloves...nose is not a strong point.

Luckily the taste is better....wheat malt...mild bananas...a little bit of cloves...

This is OK..drinkable but not worth buying with so many other standouts in this style...

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

A - Cloudy yellow-orange brew with some peppery bits of yeast floating around, and a prodigious three finger head that never dips below a finger. A good amount of bone white wet-looking lace is left on the glass. Looks exactly how it is supposed to, but nothing stands out.

S - Lemon bread predominates with some top notes of bubblegum. Citric and somewhat doughy, but not as assertive as I would like it to be.

T - Sweet lemon bread again, with some tangy citrus bite and an immaculately clean finish. Good balance between sweet doughy yeast and tangy wheat. Again, nothing outstanding...but its a damn fine example of the style.

M - Moderate carbonation, lighter body for a hefe, clean and slightly sweet finish.

D - Great. This is a shining example of the style, although it's a bit basic. I could chug this stuff on a hot summer day...in fact, I am chugging this stuff on a hot summer day...go figure.

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

Appearance is a hazy orange yellow with a crisp head. Aroma of a traditional hefe with banana, citrus and cloves. Taste is as the aroma that's crisp, light and clean, but still having the body with a medium mouthfeel. Not as bold as other hefes but real enjoyable and refreshing, being easily quaffed.

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

Bought a 6 of this Hefe-Weizen today at World Market. This is definitely the export version with all of the English on the bottle and the born on date.(Feb 2008)

Let me start by saying this is a good beer. I say this because Hefe-Weizen is my current favorite style of beer and Konigs is just better than average for a Bavarian Hefe. Not sure if the non-export is better but will update this review when I get back from Bavaria in October.(Anyone else going to October Fest in Munich?)

The color is right on with its cloudy unfiltered golden orange glow, and it pours nice although the head was a bit bubbly thin and was essentially gone within a minute or two. No real lacing to speak of and again I believe the non-export would fair better in the retention department.

The smell is a bit soft for a Hefe but the cloves comes through well, with just a hint of banana and spice followed by a brief encounter with a wheat aroma.

Taste is good but not great, as you get the expected clove, banana, wheat but not with much complexity and not with much power. The beer finishes with just a slight sour lemon flavor which dissipates quicky with a dry malt aftertaste.

This beer is very drinkable, as I'm on number 3, and I think you would enjoy it with a bit of "Sunshine".

That's the fiery ball or the AIC song....Sweet love my labor...

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A new Hefe on the shelf here in town. Let's give it a shot. Pours your typical golden, hazy color. The aroma isn't too strong but you can get the wheat and light fruits in there. The taste is nice and solid for a hefe. For sure you get some fruit in the beginning, lemon & banana. Almost creamy in taste and to me has a nice mouthfeel compared to other hefe's. Finishes nice and is very drinkable. Will look forward to having again.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid gold hefe weizen from those crafty Germans. Aroma is pure hefe, the wheat and peppery and such. The usual fruity smell isn't quite as powerful as some of the better hefes. But the taste is sadly a bit thin. None of that peppery bite, but still refreshing though, fruity and some banana residual there. Clean and clear. A solid hefe, but there are others a lot better.

Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. Murky looking dirty yellow-brown body. Thick and frothy pristine white head. Lasts long and leaves good lace. Good, thick aroma. Earthy and spicy. Lemon. Tangy. Mouhfeel is nice. Carbonation could use just a little boost, but nothing major. Light-medium to medium bodied. Easy drinking and refreshing. Taste is smooth and easy going. Spice qualities are light, as are the banana traits. But it tastes fine overall. And I could see a lot of these going down quickly in the heat. Maybe not the boldest hefe, but certainly quaffable and enjoyable.

Photo of vanrassel
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A towering white head filled the top portion of my weizen glass, topping a hazy gold body. A foamy cap remained as long as there was beer in my glass, leaving some sticky lace behind.

The smell was muted in comparison — just some banana, a slight whiff of lemon and faint husky grain. Sweet start with banana, cotton candy that was cut nicely by wheat and grain flavour. A crisp, astringent citrus finish. Full-bodied, but not sticky on the palate. This isn't my favourite hefe, but it's a quality offering nevertheless.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden, yellow color with a foamy, white one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and lemon.

T - It tasted of wheat with some lemon, and clove. Some malt flavor to compliment the wheat, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this hefe. Nice lemon touch with the wheat flavors.

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

Poured from a bottle, into a glass. The beer pours a hazy straw, forming a very fluffy large head. Medium rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass. The smell is a sweet mixture of fruit aromas and wheat. The taste is very similar to the aroma, but with less of the fruitiness. Still very smooth and enjoyable. Light mouthfeel. Decent abv., and full flavor makes this a highly sessionable beer. I have to say this is propably the best hefe-weizen I have tried to date. Extremely smooth and full of flavor.

Photo of acrawf6
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a very cloudy orangish yellow with a foam white head.

Smell. I'm getting a good amount of cloves and bubblegum. banana aroma is there, but in the background.

Taste. Tart with a lemon flavor. cloves come out as well with a touch of maltiness. a spiceness comes out as well with a little cinnoman. aftertaste is slightly puckering, but not bad.

Mouthfeel. I find this is the weakest part of the beer. Body seems to not be so lively with carbonation, as it is a little slick and empty in my mouth. But it is still refreshing.

Overall, I think it is a pretty good hefe. A pretty solid on. I love the aroma, like the flavor, and think the mouthfeel is adaquate. One i wouldnt mind having again, but i prefer a few others before it.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head. The aroma features cloves, citrus, banana and yeast. The taste is exceptionally creamy and smooth with some wheat, citrus, clove and banana. Overall, this is a highly drinkable and delicious brew that stands as one of the better hefeweizens that I have had. Recommended.

Photo of rjimlad
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After pouring there was little head that immediately dissipated. Nice and cloudy and a good hefe aroma was apparent. This didn't last long after the pour and there was very little persistent aroma for the duration other than a hint of banana. Taste was excellent with good strong banana and malt which I love and a enough clove to balance. Hardly any hop character at all which means little bitterness. The length of flavour is short but I think this might be characteristic of helles hefes with their up front yeast flavours. This bloke has a medium body, crisp mouthfeel that's typical of style but a bit dry. Its a pity its so bloody expensive because I'd have this every night.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with nice big foam head.

Smell: Banana, clove, and wheat.

Taste: Wheat malt followed by banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish. Nice and crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not my favorite hefe but its a solid beer.

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

Konig Ludwig refers to "mad" king Ludwig I of Bavaria, who's betrothal to princess Theresia in 1810 inspired the Munich Oktoberfest. A dark lager is still brewed by Prince Luitpold, heir to the throne of Bavaria, at his Kaltenburg Castle Brewery in Geltendorf, but this weiss is contracted at a larger brewing facility.

Konig Ludwig Weiss pours the typical Bavarian hefeweizen appearance; and it should with such deep roots in history. The aroma offers a delicate phenolic (plastic), cloves, lemons, soft wheatish malt, and the occassional touch of light banana. It's light/medium in body, and gently effervescent. The flavor is tart and sweet upfront, revealing lemon, and then warming to become sweeter with some banana and more maltiness across the middle. Cloves appear at the swallow, followed by more malt, some plastic-like phenolic, and drying yeastiness. The bitterness is limited, and there's just enough tartness here to keep it balanced. The aftertaste lingers with some herbal hop character and yeasty tartness. Quite nice!

Photo of Shadman
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vigorous pour yielded a bright white foamy head that disappeared rapidly. Scent of wheat and spice. Very crisp intially with nice hint of banana and quite a strong kick of cloves at the finish. Would be a killer beer on a hot july day. Worth another try.

Photo of jarmby1711
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My thoughts on this beer are that I was left a little disappointed.
It was cloudy ,a touch of cloves was there but it was very malty And it was more barley malt to my palate.
If I tasted this blind I would have picked it as a European Lager.
It was too soft and lacked the sharpness that attracts me to Weiss beers.
The label is ornate and Regal and it is a pity that the product didnt quite match up to it.

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

I saw a single pack of this in the cooler at my local grocery store. Not too expensive. Pours light yellow with a light orange haze. Big head, but dissipates within a minute or two to a bright white ring around the glass. Beautiful tiny bubbles. Smells very yeast-like. Tastes of bananas and yeast, slightly sweet, very slight bitter/dry aftertaste. Good beer for the price and availability. Might try it again, but will probably explore other hefe weizens first.

Photo of vancurly
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schneider Weisse Weizenbier glass. Extremely tight white head. Pale orange to honey colour, hazy of course. Some good bubbling in the glass.

Tart, fruity aroma, like apple skins. More hoppy than other hefes that I've had lately. The archetypal clove & banana is not as evident.

Wheat malt, subtle clove. Slight lemon. Not remarkable. This guy needs to be swirled and the sediment poured in. Doing this added a pear note.

A mild grain astringency at the front, which gives it a slight dusty feel. Finishes a bit thin. Other exponents of the style have a fuller body that lingers.

It's very quaffable; doesn't have a cloying effect at the end, so one could drink several easily.

Photo of LordChesterfield
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very attractive beer if a little lacking in cloudiness. The head is also quite weak for the style. It has a very bright straw yellow color that is attractive. The flavor is lacking in complexity and seems to be hoppy for a hefeweizbier, but is not disagreeable in the least. It has a thin mouthfeel and is quite drinkable.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with 1/2" of fluffy white bubbles at first pour. There seem to be quite a few bubbles rising at first that keep the head at least 1/8" for a minute or so. There is a pretty steady procession of bubbles to the top quite a few minutes after the initial pour.

Aroma: My first impression is that of lemon cookies with the lemon and bready yeasty aromatics to go along with a subtle spice. The clove is more apparent after the foam settles. As it starts to warm up some, the banana aromatics are coming out a lot stronger along with a lot more bread.

Taste: The flavor is much crisper than I thought from the aroma. The banana and bread is still there, but the lemon is more noticeable in the flavor than in the aroma. The flavor is really clean, and this makes it come across with two completely different impressions to me. First is that it is a little watered down as to dilute the flavors, and the second is that it is so well fermented that all characteristics as clean and subtle. Quite the contrast. There is no alcohol noticeable in the flavor or aftertaste. The finish is malt led with lots of secondary flavors to linger with the sweetness for some time after the sip.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like the subtlety of flavor, and that is one of the strikes against it. As for my personal preference, I like this beer better than some more bold examples of Weizens because it is more palatable and not phenolic. This does make it seem a bit weak. I think that this would be a good beer for someone to try to see if they like this style or not. It has all of the qualities, but none of the sharpness. It's a pretty good beer overall.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decently murky with a couple inches of quickly-dissipating head.

Clove, yeast and grain in the nose, with a little lemon hint.

Malty taste with spice and citrus. Really nice mouthfeel, just like a wheat beer ought.

Nicely balanced, easy drinker. Swirl up the yeast and get after it with a quintessential German hefe.

I love Oktoberfest. I love Oktoberfest beers less. This is a perfect alternative. "September"-fest at the Crescent Moon in Omaha was selling half-liter Konig Ludwig hefe glasses with $4 refills. From experience, I feel I can advocate about 4 of those, with the rest of your $20 bill going to tips for each one. Oktoberfest responsibly.

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A sixer on sale at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO for $6.99. Best before date: 24 June 2007. Ergo, this is from this summer's run, so it ought to be pretty fresh.

A normal H-W pour: 10 ounces go ever so slowly into a tipped glass, then swirl the heck out of the remaining 2 ounces to mix the yeast in and produce a head. I got the yeast, but the head just went away: a half inch in the pour, then in 60 seconds, a thin ring with almost no lacing. Cloudy body, very light orange

Smell is mostly wheat, grass, hay, a bit of clover, and some clove spiceyness. Not very pronounced aroma.

Taste is very spicey, although the clove flavor is not as pronounced as I might have expected from the smell. No banana noticeable. Some hay and grass, but a real dominant peppery spiceyness. Nice, but perhaps not to style.

Mouthfeel is decent, but not as round as I would like. Goes with the absent head.

Very easy drinking, but this H-W is too one-dimensional for me to want very many.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 715 ratings.