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

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very good

711 Ratings

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 67 | 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 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

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

Ok aroma of wheat, nice big initial head, Easy on tongue creaminess, medium mouthfeel. A good brew, a decent represenative of its style. Appropriately carbonated. Banana, cloves, good late afternoon refreshment.
Had on tap 1.75 years later and a bit astringent, nice peachy colour, big head as well. Mildly Sour. Mild aroma.

Photo of claytri
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a slightly cloudy gold with a bit of white head. The aroma had some melon mixed with malt and hops which wasn't that pleasing. The melon came out in the taste along with wheat malt. The feel was appropriately light and slightly oily with a crisp finish. A slightly different take on the weiss, but hampered a bit by the melon smell and taste.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

50cL brown bottle with "Königlich Bayerisches Bier" on the front. Is it really? Bearing in mind it's a cold Weizen on a thirsty night...

Appearance: Average cloudy pale orangey-yellow colour, your run-of-the-mill Bavarian Hefeweizen. Head retention is disappointing, and head is snow-white. Even though I poured it imprecisely, without stirring up the Hefe on the bottom of the glass, it didn't leave a brown stain on the head like most Weizens do. Although the bottle looks German, there is something non-genuine about this beer. Still, it's cloudy, it's approximately the right colour, but its authenticity so far is poor.

Smell: Thin, but fairly true to the style. Banana, phenol, wheat malt. Not bursting with flavour, but very German - reserved, polite and unassuming. Pretty average, not a great Weißbier.

Taste is also less than outstanding. Slightly sour, marginally more complex than the smell makes it appear, but not entirely true to the style. Banana is less evident, phenol still around with some tartness in the mouth. Dry, refreshing, but rather bloating - this fills your stomach up in a watery way which is not what you want on a spring eve in a warm house. You don't want that at all, really.

Mouthfeel is way too thin - lacking a lot. There is still something to chew on there though, probably due to the fact it's a cloudy beer - the bottle conditioning adds something. Drinkability - not impressed because of the belly-filling-up-with-water effect. It's refreshing but I hate that bloating sensation.

Overall - not a bad beer, but I am hard on my Hefeweizens because I enjoy them so much. Tough love. If this were rated in terms of any beer style, it would be marginally above average.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow color, I'm tlaking very pale. Head pours large and creamy, fading to a rocky surface. Smells lightly of yeast, citrus, and very light corriander. Taste is malty and very yeasty, but lacks a lot of flavors that a good Hefe should have, in the quantity a hefe should have. Not a bad beer, but not a very good one either. Kind of annoying as the beer goes down in the glass.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer of this hefeweizen on my last beer run. Bottles are 11.2oz. Turns out that's about all of this brew I can tolerate at one time. *ominous foreshadowing there, folks*
Poured into my trusted Paulaner weizen glass, König Ludwig Weiss displayed a turbid peachy coloring, vibrant finely wrought carbonation and a modest bone white head that didn't exude the pillowy look or durability of a lot of other hefeweizens.
The nose had the standard banana and clove aromas, only severely muted. Figuring more prominantly was the aroma of crushed wheat grains and a faint metallic twang. The taste had an immediate flavor of soggy grains, a touch of lemony citrus (what the hell?!) and dumbed-down unripened bananas and old, stale cloves. Kind of gave me the impression of some American wheat beers I've had pass my lips before. It came dangerously close to getting a 2.5 on the taste scale. The feel was light and crisp.
There are a decent number of better hefeweizens out and about for me to enjoy to bother coming back to this lackluster example of the style. I'll finish the six pack in time and move on smartly, thanks.

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

Has all of the physical attributes that I expected from a German Wheat: solid straw color, dense white head, good lacing. Aromas are expected as well: fruity, tart, earthy, bubblegum, earthy. Tastes are quite normal, but solid. It picks up light maltness and sweetness from barley and wheat, but is very crisp with moderately high sourness and tartness. Good esters display grapefruit, oranges, and banannas. Body is quite light, but creamy. Finish is crisp and refreshing; not drying. All in all, its right in the middle. Not much to get excited about, but no obvious errors.

Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle purchased at The Cheese Monger's Shoppe in Leavenworth for $1.59. "Best before end: 7 April 05". Oops. I bought this on Memorial Day weekend, and forgot about it until now.

This was a fairly handsome beer. Big, white head that took it's time subsiding. Nice sheets of lace. A little too pale for a classic hefe, this was a moderately clear gold color, with tons of bubbles racing to the surface.

Smell was subdued but nice. Softly spicy, you could call it. There are scents of cloves and banana, along with a mild, earthy wheat scent. It's all rather restrained, though. I'd have prefered it a little more dominant.

Taste was very much like the smell, only with a little more peppery spiciness. This is a very restrained hefe. All the elements are there, but they're shy. A little more oomph, this would be very cool. Instead, it's just nice. It ends on a nice, dry, grassy note, but even that's a little restrained. This beer is brewed to be inoffensive.

Fairly high carbonation, but not overly so for the style. It's pretty light bodied, and it's hitting the spot right now on a hot and humid day. This would no doubt be an excellent "lawnmower beer." It's not a bad price at all for an import, either. Not a great beer, but not a bad one at all.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, thick, pale tan colored head that is easily three fingers thick. The beer is a lightly hazy bright gold color with a pretty cascade of carbonation welling up from the center of my Duvel glass. The nose has subdued aromatics of clove and banana as well as a mild, grassy grain character. The taste is light and spritzy with a zesty carbonation as it hits my tongue, though it is a bit on the low side for a Hefeweizen. This beer is quite dry with a bit of bitterness in the finish as well as a long grassy note. This beer is lightly spicy as well with a bit of pepper and ginger on the tongue. This beer is pretty tame for a German Hefeweizen, not nearly as spicy, fruity or phenolic as the best of them, almost in the vein of a bland American Wheat beer, though not quite that bad.

Photo of Puddleglum
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is imported straight into Cincinnati especially for Oktoberfest so I'm guessing it's reasonably fresh even though there isn't a date on it. The head was nice and fairly sticky. The aroma was that of sweet malt wheat more than the esters that are associated with many of the hefeweizen I do so enjoy but there were indeed some fruity, floral and even minty notes in the aroma as well as the taste. A nice amount of carbonation without the bite of most hefeweizen. That contributed to it's high rating in the drinkability category. Thank you sir. May I have another.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, cloudy champagne-gold colour, some carbonation. Hood thick head. A pleasure to behold.

Sweet citrus, wheat malt, a little hoppiness, but not enough to cut through the syrupy sweetness to a damaging degree. A fine nose by anyone's standards.

Very nice. Starts with a nice fragrant bitterness that mellows slowly to a sweet, dry finish.
Some fruitiness creeps in for a quick moment in the middle, along with a slight medicinal or chemical flavour, the you probably wouldn't notice unless you were looking for it. It doesn't detract from the brinkability, because it's so momentary, but it's disappointing that it's there.

A very nice drop. Not the best hefe I've ever had, but a good one, all the same.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.