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

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722 Ratings
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Ratings: 722
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 28
Gots: 73 | 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 objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +13.3%
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 -8.3%
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 +8.9%
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 +2.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +4.2%
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 -22.7%
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 -11.2%
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 -15.6%
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
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
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
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 722 ratings.