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

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703 Ratings

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 387
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 25
Gots: 62 | 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 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.

hero27, Feb 24, 2006
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...

bennetj17, Feb 04, 2006
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.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 23, 2006
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.

beerphilosopher, Jan 10, 2006
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.

Derek, Dec 30, 2005
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.

Backer2004, Dec 26, 2005
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.

JayQue, Oct 22, 2005
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

BeerBeing, Sep 25, 2005
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.

Sammy, Sep 23, 2005
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.

claytri, Sep 19, 2005
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.

Weizenmensch, Sep 10, 2005
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 31, 2005
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.

Boilermaker88, Aug 24, 2005
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 16, 2005
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.

woemad, Aug 01, 2005
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.

Gueuzedude, Jul 27, 2005
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.

Puddleglum, Jul 25, 2005
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, hazy golden color with a nice white head.

Aroma is fruity, bananas and cloves, with a touch of fresh bread.

Taste is along the same lines, first bananas and bread, then cloves, spicy and slightly sour at the finish with a bit of hops bite.

Very nice, refreshing and very drinkable.

whynot44, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of Noxious26
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle perfectly filled my weizen glass with the 2 inch head just crowning the rim. Best before marked under the UPC on the back label.

Cloudy, pale gold colour. Big foamy white head fills the top 2 inches of my glass then recedes to a thin layer across the top.

Wheat aroma has yeast undertones with hints of clove and fruit.

Sweet wheat malt flavours right off the start. After the initial barage on the taste buds, it kind of dies off. Soft banana and clove flavours. Aftertaste is slightly dry.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with an active carbonation presence. Well balanced.

I don't have alot of experience with Hefe-weizens, but from those that I have had, this seems like a fairly average beer. It does reach out a grab you right at the swallow, but then fades away to next to nothing. The grand start leaves you hanging. Better than the Paulaner hefes we used to get here, but not as good as the Schneider I've had before.

Noxious26, Jul 09, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a cloudy moderate amber color with white head. Smell is of spices, with cloves being dominant. The taste continues on with the same spicy, cloves coming through.A nice, slightly dry finish that beckons for more. A solid contender in one of my favorite types of beer.

tgbljb, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of OatherS
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has a bright yellow label with the Bavarian crest on the top.

A: Two finger head is slow to fade and the beer is almost banana yellow and cloudy with the yeast poured in as it should be.

S: Banana but also asparagus aroma present???

T: Good banana flavor but the asparagus aroma is also present in the in the flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Not bad, but the asparagus flavor is slightly desturbing.

OatherS, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a short-neck, brown, 500ml bottle, with a BBE date and time of 17:20, 30/08/05.

A: served in a goblet, it pours a cloudy dark yellow colour, with an initially thick, foamy white beerhead which slowly settles to a thin layer of small- and medium-sized bubbles.
S: up front there is light hint of green mango, banana, clove, licorice, slightly yeasty note and a thinly sour edge of malted grains--reasonably complex as well as smartly understated--enticing one to explore and appreciate it just like a good cup of tea.
T: soft palate of banofee pie, warmish and spicy touch of clove and licorice, light caramel, and malts' mild grainy flavour, against a smooth and delicate texture of wheats at the back, which lends force to a satisfyingly lingering, mildly-dry bitterness in the throat underlined by a stream of "Chinese ginseng tea"-kind of round bitter-sweetness running underneath.
M&D: medium-bodied and moderately-flavoured, this brew is a good example of a healthily-balanced Hefe-Weizen, showing no particular outstanding (WOW~), or aggressive characters (compared to some other German Hefe-Weizen I've tasted), but very soft and nice. Not a beer in which one can find something to hate about but definitely a lot to appreciate, only quietly. Extremely enjoyable for a slow drinker like me.

wl0307, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky gold with little head. Smell is slight, like bananas and wheat. Taste is pretty sold. First sip is of sweet hops and citrus with a touch of wheat and banana. In the second and last part of the sip the banana really takes hold and turns sweet like sugar. Other non-Belgian weissbiers often have trouble getting the amount of flavor right and make them water-heavy, but this seems to be perfect.

Toddv29424, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a pretty weizen. Dark, hazy golden with a nice head that sticks around for ages.

Lots of spice in the nose. Cloves and ginger along with some banana.

Bland upfront, followed by wonderful allspice and cloves, followed by banana, ending in a white pepper aftertaste. Nice once you get into it, but falls just short of greatness.

Good weizen, overall. Creamy mouthfeel and it goes down smooth.

mynie, Apr 24, 2005
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.