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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

743 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 32
Gots: 89 | 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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Ratings: 743 | Reviews: 400
Photo of TastyTaste
2.77/5  rDev -28.1%
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 -20%
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
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
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 -9.1%
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 -12.2%
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 -1.8%
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
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of whynot44
4.04/5  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.

Photo of Noxious26
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of OatherS
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Toddv29424
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerBob
2.85/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

König Ludwig “Royal Bavarian” Hefe-Weizen pours a murky orange from a 330ml dark brown glass bottle. Head went to just under two fingers, then leaving no trace behind that a Hefe-Weizen had been poured into my 22oz beer glass. Very active streams of carbonation bubbles are making their way to the surface, but leaving no foam, ring, or lace of any kind.

Nose is a subdued rustic German hefe-weizen, nothing jumping out at me, save for a damp tangerine. Palate is also subdued, all the elemants are here, banana, clove, pepper, and a tangerine citrus sour, but not in any great amounts.

A refreshing ale... even a tasty one as well, just not a great ale that I would seek out again.

Photo of malty
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle - best before Oct. '05

Poured a soapy golden straw color with a timid white head.

Scent of citrus (pineapple) along with a faint clove, banana and a typical yeastiness you'de expect from a bavarian hefe.

Flavors held a nice balance of yeast, banana & clove - but it all was attenuated. Nice cripness with a semi-dry chalky finish.

Light body that swells in your mouth due to it's persistent fine carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy is good due to it's light body and middle-of-the-road appeal.

Overall a great quenching wheat beer, but not the solid, sustaining hefe I was hoping for - the packaging and folklore was a little over-the-top for. A great choice for beginners who are curious about bavarian hefes, or for somone who is into dry wheat beers.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear apricot/orange color with a good head that drops to a thickish film. Little to no lace, sadly. Smell is great. Fruit, spice (clove), woody/grassy note, malt, hops and a hint of smoke. Taste doesn't deliver what the nose promises, though. The fruitiness is weak, leaving just some spice, malt & hops to ply the tastebuds. Mouthfeel is thinner than I remember (though the last time I had this was on tap), with a light-medium body and effervescence all over the mouth. Drinkability is decent but really, hold out for the on-tap stuff. With this brew - like Newcastle Brown Ale - it makes a big difference. Nothing bad about it, just not nearly as good as the tap.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Significantly foggy lemon-amber without the flurry of yeast that one normally sees in a hefe. Atop the beer is a bleached bone white cap with tiny, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. Acceptable persistence, but unacceptable lace... as in almost none.

While the nose is decent, it's nowhere near upper tier for the style. Banana edges out clove in terms of power, but they both smell artificial to me. The banana smells like extract rather than the fresh fruit and the cloviness of the yeast lacks zip and zing.

A bit of a backslide on the palate. The flavor is heavy-handed, unsubtle, lacking in that exquisite, spicy-fruity elegance of the best versions. The early portion of the flavor arc is dominated (but not ruined) by a slightly metallic, vegetable earthiness.

At the midway point, banana and clove intercede, but can't quite save the day. The finish brings a more enjoyable banana flavor, but by then the die has been cast. The body is medium, becoming slightly more full with warming, and is a little too viscous for the style.

As will have become obvious by now, Konig Ludwig Weiss won't be making my list of favorite hefe weizens. It has pretty strong competition though and it is actually drinkable if one doesn't expect too much.

Photo of TheBungyo
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into my hefe glass and it looked pretty damned good. Cloudy gold with a nice rotund fat head. Upon smelling I noted firstly a somewhat unpleasant odor that reminded me of a wet dog and then bananas and lemon. Nope, no wet dog in the taste thank god. Cinnamon and cloves came first followed by delicious lemon and banana. My eyes were wide with shock at just how fantastic this tasted. The lacing tatooed the glass all the way down and the thick mouthfeel made me smile. This is something I'd gladly drink all night if I had bought more than one bottle. This is a beer that really made me happy.

Photo of Gusler
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 330ml brown bottle a limpid gold and after decanting the beer pours, a beclouded yellow gold with the head is bright, white and creamy in texture, size is modest and after its desiccation, the lace forms a thin coating upon the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast and is backed up by sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is slightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops sparing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste lingers long, a drinkable beer, and one for those days when a heavy beer will not do.

Photo of Guinness4me
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After pouring a pale yellow with little head, the smell of fresh bread and esters filled my nose. Its cloudiness is typical of the type.

The flavor bounced around from a spicy, light clove taste to green bananas. Sweet, but not cloyingly, sweet with a blast of tartness at the end.

Even with it's effervescence , the mouthfeel was surprisingly thick, I assume it's from the sweetness. This beer is refreshing and went down quite well. It would be perfect with a grilled white fish.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep tan, pretty dark for a Hefewiezen really. The head is billowy but a little limp for the style though lacing is very solid. The aroma is of banana and other fruity esters with a distinct burnt sugar character.

The taste begins with a tangy wheat malt flavor that quickly reveals fruits, bubblegum, toasty malt and some diacetyl. Theres also a very clear burnt sugar flavor, which isnt really 'off' just unusually. The mouthfeel is slick and moderately carbonated and the finish is somewhat bland. This hefeweizen is decent but could use some more depth.

Photo of allengarvin
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Disappointing head, and unusually clear golden straw color.

Aroma: Highly fruity aroma (apple juice?). Slight musty clove smell.

Flavor: Fairly fruity flavor (banana comes through more clearly here). Big wheat malt flavor. Phenols are mild, but contribute a bit in the finish, which is satisfyingly dry and tart.

Body: Medium body, carbonation a bit low for a bottle-conditioned hefeweizen.

For all the talk about this being the "official" beer of the Bavarian royal family, it's disappointingly bland.

Photo of mkopera24
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Usually not the biggest wheat beer fan. But I was intrigued by the fact that I had not tried this beer after looking over the packaging.
After pouring, the first thing I noticed was its golden appearance. Lots of carbonation. Had long legs going down the glass.
Smell, definitely had the charactoristics of a wheat beer. Almost a fruitier smell than most wheats I've had in the past.
The first taste, I definitely detected a hint of a fruit. Thought perhaps a bannana flavoring? Went down easier than most flavorful beers. Almost as easy as a macro "light" beer. But I forced myself to drink slow and enjoy its taste. Very carbonated. Worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard 12 oz. brown bottle, no date, but “Brewed According to the Bavarian Purity Law”. Ok, so the average American wouldn’t know the Reinheitsgebot if it crawled up their left sleeve, let’s pour.
Aroma: Appropriately yeasty with a hint of banana and a good dash of a mild clove.
Appearance: Cloudy light gold glass with a quarter finger of bright white head. Strong carbonation streams noted. Thick sheets of lace followed the beer down as a crisp walking pace.
Flavor: The banana yeast plays a strong role and the wheat flavor really comes through. A mild refreshing taste
Mouthfeel: Light body with a good carbonation level. Fairly dry
Overall Impression: Massively drinkable, I’m having a hard time slowing down to enjoy this one. I could see pounding these as a session. The banana flavor is really enjoyable

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 743 ratings.