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

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 28
Gots: 72 | 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 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.

Photo of BigBry
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the selections in the Summer Brews mixed 10 pack brought back from the States, brown 341ml bottle, label as pictured.
Pours a cloudy, banana yellow color with a large head of white foam. Lots of carbonation, and good head retention. Expected hefeweizen aroma of bananas, spice and yeast. Touch of lemon citrus too. Taste was crisp and clean with flavors of bananas, corriander, clove, yeast and a light finish of floral hops. Mouthfeel was light, refreshing and bubbly, very drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewhouse Fussen

Pours a cloudy, dark straw/yellow colour. The same colour as the Golden Retriever sitting next to me here in Fussen. Decent white head with pretty good staying power.
Smell is nice and fruity. Citrussy. Actually, pretty great.
Taste is wheaty, of course. Sweet with hints of citrus, lemon. Nice finish. It begs another sip.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
A 500ml glass doesn't last very long. I'll have another, please.

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

Poured smooth, and the smell was delightful. Tasted of a hint of citrus, with a banana appeal as well. Smooth taste overall.

Drank this when I was in 90 degree heat. Really quenched my thirst. Worth every penny, 6 pack was $6.99. Great summer beer, goes good with Jagerschnitzel!

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

Pretty standard, hazy, off-straw color typical of hefes. By the time this one got to me there was no head but a small ring, I could get it to come back for a little with a swirl or two, but it never stayed long. The smell was mainly bready/yeasty along with a obvious bubble gum scent. The start of this beer has the tyical fruity/spicy character of banana and cloves, but the finish is very heavy in grainy/bready and bubble gum flavor. Just when you think its not there a citrus zest comes to give it a tangy mouthfeel. This is a very good, but very standard hefe, great for enjoying just about anytime, especially on a warm summer evening.

Photo of SigEp
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical weiss. Not much to write about. Clear, with a fizzy effervescent head of about 3 inches that leaves slowly. It is sharp and punchy, easy to drink, and mildly refreshing. It does not dazzle, but it definately conforms to style. There is an article about how it is brewed in a castle by the great-great grandson of some king from old germany on the side of the box. Long ago, if I had had to choose between the "royal" weiss biers and the barley beers of the peasantry, I think I would've stuck with the poor.

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazing Hefe. Pours out to a banana yellow color with a large head of dense white foam, which had good retention. Bubbles race toward the top, indicating higher carbonation. Nice. Aromas of bananas, fresh, light malts, sweet grain, a touch of spice and yeast. Taste was exceptional; smooth, quaffable, mellow, refreshing. A true Hefe Weizen. Flavors of bananas, light spice, dry malt, a touch of sweet sugar cane, hints of flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light, refreshing and bubbly. The perfect companion for a warm afternoon. Drinkability is exceptional. At 5.5% ABV, this is a summer sessioner's dream come true. Highly recommended. World Class.

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

500ml bottle poured into a Erdinger Weiss glass. Hazey golden colouring, unfiltered, medium carbonation, and a big fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing. Nose is less typical of a weiss, leaning away from the banana and pear-like notes into more spices and lemon-zest territory, not unlike a Belgian pale. Slight floral aroma and hints of coriander. Smells good though.

Taste is very smooth. Lots of wonderful wheaty malt, some clove spicyness, and hints of lemony sourness in the finish. Missing out on a lot of the Banana flavour that I come to expect from a weiss. Very tasty though, not exactly what I expected, but very good. Never feels thin in the mouth, carbonation is damn near perfect, and a seriously easy beer to tip back on a summer day.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard weiss glass. It has a golden color and a decent head that dissipates rather quickly to a much smaller one. Bananas and cloves are evident in the aroma, with a trace of malt. The flavor is yeasty with banana and clove tones. Malt is noticeable, followed by a slight hop bitterness on the finish. The hops are perceptible, but very subdued. It has a light body and is highly carbonated.

Overall, it's a very smooth, light and refreshing hefeweizen, very delicious, good example of the style. I purchased this in a mixed 6-pack and I think it's worth buying a larger sample.

Photo of mcallister
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pale goldend color with a 4 inch head of white highly carbonated.

Smells of banana bread, yeast, and slight malt.

Banana is the main flavor component with a refreshing somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Non an overly complex Hefe but overly drinkable. Highly carbonated. Yeasty dough flavors on the short diminishing finish. An average Hefe.

Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden. Two finger head,with good retention and lacing.Lots of bubbles. Smell was on the light side, banana, and yeast, with some spice. Mouthfeel was light and carbobated. The banana was right up front in the taste. Finish was spicy,and smooth. Refreshing beer. Absolutely worth a try!

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

From an 11.2 oz bottle:

Pours the expected cloudy yellow after a swirl, with a nice fluffy layer of sticky lace.

Aroma is slightly burnt cloves, candy corn, mild banana.

Taste: Nice and refreshing, a light banana flavor leads but isn't especially sweet. Some corriander and a little estery yeast, very little clove.

Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side, but makes this a nice summertime choice.

Photo of hero27
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Thick, creamy white head that is quite impressive. Pale yellow color. The aroma & taste are pretty heavy on the coriander & spices, with some wheat & cloves thrown in for good measure. Somewhat one-dimensional, with the coriander & cloves standing out, but overall it was refreshing and had some good European hefe flavor.

Better than I expected it to be. A solid hefeweizen out of Germany.

Photo of bennetj17
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Head is a solid inch thick and it lasts awhile. Color is yellow, like grapefruit peel, and its very cloudy and bubbly. The aromas of banana, wheat, clove, and lemon are present. Taste is more of the same flavors, but very subdued. Not very spicy or sour, just mildly sweet. Alcohol seems very low. The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin/watery side, although carbonation is nice. This hefe-weizen is very thirst quenching and drinkable, although the taste is too mild for it to be great...

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin but creamy head with no lacing does not bode well for this hazy pee-colored beer. Nose is old hops, slight yeast, whiffs of banana.

I am pleasantly suprised here. Citrusy hops with faint grassyness and banana, and a good yeasty finish. Clove character shows up with continued quaffing. This is the first German wheat I've ever had and quite frankly I was expecting more, but its still good. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume this is an old bottle. Mouthfeel is creamy and good for the style.

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

I have this one on tap all the time at my local pub ... they pour into a tall Ludwig flute glass ...

A - mirky golden color. Bright white, thick head with good retention and lacing.

S - Sweet banana, clove, yeast nose. Some citrusy character as well. Aroma comes alive when swirled in the glass a bit.

T - This is a good, solid Hefe ... a little on the heavy side, wheat and citrus with some discernable sweetness. Yeasty and banana flavors are predominant.

M - A bit thick ... yet clean. Finishes suprisingly dry.

D - Obviously, I drink this one all the time. It's a good hefe and quite drinkable. If you like wheat beers, give it a try.

Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky, browish-straw colour, fluffy off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Spice, citrus and a little earthy yeast.

T: Initially a little bland, some bready malt, spicy cloves, hints of a fruity ester (but no discernable flavour), with a crisp, slightly citrous finish.

M: Moderate body is heavier than most. Quite creamy too. Carbonation is lower than average.

D: A smooth introduction to the style, but it's heavier than most, and not as refreshing.

Photo of Backer2004
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprise last night was handed to me in the form of a Konig Ludwig Weiss. However, without a glass to pour this in, I gave the appearance my typical average rating. Great malt sweetness, with more than a hint of banana and clove. Very easy to drink more than one (and may do that tonight). One of the better choices for this style--worth it if you find a comparable price.

Photo of JayQue
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Virginia Beach Octoberfest along with two Warsteiner beers. Just like the other two, the Konig Ludwig was served in an opaque plastic cup so I really didn't get a great view of the color (orange amber) or cloudiness (it was there). This Hefe-Weizen had a small white head with some hanging in there for a while. The smell was pleasant and mildly fruit-like. The main problem I had with it was taste. Almost every sip started with a strong medicine-like taste. Almost like the taste of the anesthetic that the dentist injects before starting a procedure. I thought there was a problem with the keg, but I tried another Hefe last week (Weeping Radish Wheat beer) and experienced a much milder version of the same taste. I must just not like this style of beer and would rate the milder tasting Hefe's as the best, when what I see as a drawback may be a positive for a Hefe drinker. I liked the lightness of the beer and the mouthfeel, after the initial taste (I did get to experience the fruitiness and cloves). I do not rate this as high drinkability, but for fans of this style, the lightness and fruit taste would lead this to be a good summer session beer.

Photo of BeerBeing
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass generic longneck bottle, black/red/blue/gold on yellow label

Appearance: cloudy golden color, very big off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: wheat, spiciness, lemon, yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, wheat, some lemon, banana, clove, yeast

Notes: very good hefe

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.