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

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735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 31
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of Graham5161986
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy,brownish yellow colour with a thick rocky head and nice sticky lace. pretty good head retention. Lots of unfiltered sediment visible if gently swirled.

S: scents of banana, cloveand citrus dominate. Hints of apple cider and floral hops

T: sweet flavours of banana and spice and a citrusy crisp hop finish

M: light and creamy with plenty of carbonation and a smooth dry finish

D: This is an excellent hefe. Great flavours, well balanced, and easy to drink. Ranks up there with some of the best I've tried

Photo of BigRedN
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is golden in color, rather clear, not close to what haziness I expect for a typical German hefe. Good two inch head, but it had no staying power, leaves little lacing. I could find nothing on the bottle about this being bottle conditioned or any yeast left in the bottle.

Smell: Decent hefe aromas, some yeast, banana, touch of spice and citrous (a little lemon). Some wheat malt mixed in as well.

Taste: Typical hefe Weizen flavor, just not as big. For me this is like hefe light. Better than some American versions I have had, but not as good as a lot of German ones I have had. I get the feeling that this was made to appeal to many people (mostly American drinkers who might adventure past macro lager).

Mouthfeel: Rather light in body, smooth with decent carbonation that feels natural.

Deinkability: This is a very good hefe that is easy to drink and would be nice on a hot day. Purchased a six pack as part of my big Thanksgiving weekend beer buy. Would I buy this again? In the summer. It was enjoyable, just a bit light for a hefe.

Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another typical 11.2 oz German bottle, but this one was still worth it... The appearance was a little darker than your typical hefe, but it was still appealing nonetheless... The smell is up there, but not the best I've ever come across... The taste is not bad at all, albeit somewhat bland compared to other samples of the same style... but definitely good enough to warrant a sampling... I could drink this all night, as the drinkability is certainly very good... Although not the best hefe I've tried, this is without a doubt one of the better ones that I've tried... Definitely recommended to try but I'm not sure if I'd buy another sixer again...

Photo of dren
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a thick white head.

Smells of banana, yeast and lemons.

Tastes similar, bananas up front with a yeasty middle and a slight citrus finish. The bananas make up most of the flavor. It's not huge on flavor like some others of the style. It's inbetween a thick wheat and a white.

Fairly full bodied. The beer coats the mouth, it's like I ate banana pudding.

I quite liked this beer. It's not something I'd want to have just one of. I would certainly drink it over quite a few other wheats. It's light on flavor but seems to blend everything just how a wheat should be. Good stuff...I just wish it was summer.

Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first I poured this beer with a vigorous pour, which was a mistake. This beer is so carbonated, my glass was totally full of lightly tan foam. The body is ultra hazy and is butterscotch in color.

Aromas are mostly dominated by banana as well as a sugary spiciness.

The taste is somewhat light. Slightly banana at first and follows up with bubblegum.

This weizen isn't too bad. This is how a standard hefe weizen usually tastes.

Photo of scottyshades
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up out of curiousity at ABC
A: Pours cloudy, rich gold color, nice 2 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly, minimum lace, well carbonated

S: Very strong notes of citrus, nice and wheaty

T: The taste is not as good as I had hoped, but at the same time, I have had way worse Hefes. A little watered down, but you can still notice the cloves along with a few other spices. The taste is mostly cloves

MF: Very light. A little too light, but definitely clean and crisp with a good banana aftertaste

D: Very drinkable...I could have a couple in one sitting, but there are better Hefeweizens out there

Photo of Reanimator
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured an interesting dark, hazy yellow with a large white head and a pleasant banana bread aroma.

The flavor is very light, lots of fruity undertones, but the taste is so subtle that it makes the beer almost too easy to drink. Nothing really kicks or stands out to make you pause. I was disappointed however by the watery mouthfeel.

Not the best hefe I've had, but the flavor is pretty interesting and I'll probably be getting some more of these in the future.

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Hazy golden-straw color, with some light orange hues near the top. 1.5 inches of creamy-looking head. Slow carbonation up the sides, low in volume. The head settles smoothly with little lacing.
S: Fruity, with a banana scent. Mild lemon whiff, but not too zesty. Possibly some grapefruit too, but on the weaker side.
T: Fruity up front, with a floral bitterness that jumps up in the middle taste. Hint of sweetness in the finish. Later, after warming a bit, I noticed a faint vanilla taste that seemed to replace the mild lemon-bitterness from before. Overall, pretty smooth and subdued.
M: Lightish, but not airy. Tends to creaminess, especially in the finish.
D: Very satisfying and drinkable.
Overall, an interesting hefeweizen. The flavors weren't as intricate as I expected, but they were certainly not unpleasant. Worth checking out as a solid example of the style, something to compare to.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden color with a 2 inch head which dissipates a little to quick for my liking.
The aroma was of soft spices with a tinge of lemon & banana
Tastes refreshing at first,mild spices with the lemony banana coming to the front,a little more full pronounced taste when warms up and the citrus comes out of it more.
Got a creaminess to it smooth medium body
Not to bad,I prefer it nice and cold before it starts warming,not much for these Weizen type beers but will try this one again...someday!

Photo of JustinBathurst
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear yellow, with a good frothy head (which remains as a strong covering throughout) and lots of teeny tiny carbonation bubbles. I find it too clear for a hefe.

The aroma is cloves, banana (the usuals), and watermelon rind.

The taste is a bit more bitter than I'm used to with a hefe, with more sour lemon and less banana sweetness. There is some spiciness there as well, and a touch of nuttiness. Comes across as too watery for my liking. The aftertaste is tangy, sour, and dry.

A decent beer, but most certainly not a top-notch hefe.

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden in color with good, thick head that did settle somewhat quickly. Has a strong earthy-wheat smell to it, more so than many other hefe's. Some banana but very little. Taste is great. Good, crisp, and an almost dry feel to it. Heavy carbonation but that doesnt distract much from it. Much more citrus present in the taste and a touch of yeast as well. Taste like a good hefe is what it comes down too. Goes down smooth and lighter body makes it eay to drink beer. This review is long over due. This is one of the 2 beers that turned me into a beer nerd. Although I've had better hefe's since, this one can certainly hold its own.

Photo of markaberrant
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - cloudy blond, decent white head. I'm using a crappy hotel glass, so I cannot fairly judge the retention or lace, but it "seems" like it wants to stick around.

S - banana, tart lemon juice, mild clove spice

T - sweet doughy/vanilla malt mixed with banana, no bitterness to speak of, just a slight taste of hops at the end.

M - medium body, not overly carbonated, but still spritzy on the tongue.

D - there is nothing wrong with this beer, but it is a little subdued for my taste.

This is the only authentic hefeweizen available in Saskatchewan (I rarely diss them, but Bushwakker Summer Wheat just doesn't seem right to me and it's only available 2 months of the year at the brewpub). I've had better hefes; this one is similar in character, just not as robust, but still a nice treat for us hefe-starved stubble jumpers. Plus it's a heck of a bargain at $2.80 for a 500ml bottle.

Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe poured the usual way, a hazy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that subsided leaving latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of clove, lemon, malt and yeast. The flavor was of lemon, clove and wheat with a touch of malt. The body is slightly creamy and fairly light with sprite finish. A nice hefe with some nice complexity.

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

Into a weiss glass, pours a hazy gold with an inch of fluffy head, little lacing, pretty good lookin. The aroma is faint, but definitely a clove spicy yeast, wheat in a husky way, like grains, pretty nice.

This weiss beer isn't the banana wielding hefe, but a grainy, earthy, utterly drinkable one. Grainy, wheat malts, the yeast bringing clove and earthy. The mouth is rightly and mostly dry, a decent mouth, fine carbonation, very nice. Overall, a darn good beer, very easy to drink, very enjoyable to drink.

Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Hefe-Weizen was one of the best wheat beers I've had in a long time. When poured, the color was an hazy golden yellow with a fair amount of white foam and nice tight lace on the side on my glass. The smell of wheat and spices filled the nose with a pleasant soft aroma. The taste of wheat, mixed with yeast and spice as in cloves with a hint of bananas was evident. Also, I think what I like about it was not to many times I've had an Hefe-Weizen that had a tangy feel in the mouth and palate and not be bitter. What a great surprise!!!!

Photo of biggmike
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden pour. Nice aroma, mouthfeel seems a little thinner than most Hefes. Nice refreshing taste, but pretty much standard fare. I have really come to love this style but prefer a Franziskaner, Paulaner, or Weihenstephaner. Banana, citrus, and maybe some clove in the taste. Not bad.

Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a 330ml bottle, I truly wished this would have been a 500ml – more for the excellent session drinking. I’d have no problem getting a sixer of this fine Hefe.

Poured a cloudy sunshine yellow, made even more hazy with the swirl of the bottom yeasties. White topping head left lil’ lace rings all the way down the weizen glass. Just a fine looking beer in the proper drinking vessel.

Refined notes of bubblegum, clove and banana in the aroma and the quaff – not overpowering, but just right.. Solid wheat backbone stands tall in the saddle. This beer just toyed with my beer drinking emotions, it’s summer and I need more Hefes!!

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden beer with a huge whipped cream looking head that held stubborn for what felt like hours. Aroma full zesty lemon with bits of grapefruit and yeasty goodness. Fluffy soft mouthfeel on a moderately full body. Flavors of yeast and fresh dough above equal amounts of caramelized sugar and crisp wheat. A flash of vanilla at the end, and then the original flavors fade slowly through the finish. No complaints here.

Photo of basica
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paul ordered this when we were at Marche at Vivo city; it was served from the tap onto a jug
which we all shared. It was a farewell dinner and gathering for Paul who's going to Melbourne
University for graduate studies. The Konig Ludwig poured into the glass a nice golden with a
large creamy head which quickly reduces to a minimal head. It smells of yeast, wheat malts,
some spices and a dash of banana. This was well translated into the taste which was yeasty like
any Hefes and I could also taste banana and spices. The unique thing about the taste was really
the subtle sweetness which Paul also agreed with. A pretty good experience. The after taste was
not really lasting but the yeast, malts and spices are evident. The beer had a good body,
somewhere more than medium body and that gave it a nice thickness. Carbonation was on the high
side and though I did not really mind it; it drops the drinkability very slightly. A good hefe,
a good beer and definitely a good experience. I will try the bottled version one day and try to
make some comparisons.

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

Ahh, tis summer and I am having a crappy day, so to the fridge!! I go for the aisle(yes I have my beer in the fridge in aisles by style) of the german beers, and pull out this gem that I have never tried, gotta love New Beer Sunday!

A - Extremely hazy, nearly opaque wheat colored amber, large two inch head formed quickly but was replaced by a thin layer of lace on the top, nice bubble streams could be seen coming up the sides of the glass

S - Lots of yeast, wheat, a hint of some spiceness, maybe even some banana or pear?, coming from the yeast, nice bready like back

T - Nice, lots of yeast, almost has a belgian single type of flavor. Lots of subtle taste in theri, fruitness and spice like you dont see too often in a hefe

M - Very creamy smmoth, good carbonation with a nice lingering flavor. Goes down very smooth, very nice feel.

Overall this was a damn fine Hefe, I had not seen it before and picked it up last week, and I am very glad that I did. This was a very solid offering and a good call most definatly. Appearence was great and this was a fine treat on a Summer day! Hell yeah, gotta love the Germans!

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
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
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
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
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +6.5%
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.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.