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

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735 Ratings
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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 31
Gots: 84 | 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 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

Photo of elricorico
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out hazy kind of faded orange colour. Didn't get much head on it, and what there was didn't stay around.

The smell is quite nice I find. Very much a Hefe Weizen smell, dominated by clove.

The smell had me excited for the taste, but I found I was a bit disappointed. Not as much to the flavour as I had hoped. Taste is like the smell, yet weaker. Aftertaste is not especially pleasant, and I find the back of my tongue feels like there is a thin film left.

The amount of carbonation makes it uncomfortable to roll the beer on your tongue. This beer is better when gulped then when savoured(if that makes sense).

Photo of brewQ
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A half liter bottle.

Cloudy, color looks like apple cider with a snow white tight head.
The aroma is fruity and yeasty with some underlying spice.

Taste is grainy but balanced ... somewhat restrained compared to the look and smell. Finishes with a whimper.

Imported by Warsteiner of Cincinnati, this is the most interesting brew I have had from them.

After drinking it I discovered the freshness date, printed nearly invisibly in white on yellow at the bottom back of the label.
Not a bad brew given that the "best by" date was Feb 06 04, more than 8 months before I drank it! Maybe the yeast helped.

I'd put it in a Weiss tasting and think it would do well.

Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden wheat color with a frothy, cloudlike fluffy head. Lots of carbonation. Slight citrus notes with some tropical esters noticable. Lots of wheat malt and esters dominate the palate. Mild clove flavors also noticable. Lemony citrus tones on the lingering finish. Light mouthfeel, but very flavorful. Just enough acidity/carbonation to prevent a thick feel. Overall, a very drinkable hefe. Not my favorite style, but an enjoyable beer. Can't beat it for the price, IMO. Give it a try.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded gold color with an orange tinge to it. Thick off-white head. Tropical and clovey aromas and wheat bread smells. Creamy mouth texture from ample carbonation. Smooth in its texture. Malty but not overly so, just in the front and mildly acidic. Mid-palate it gets watery minerally. Then a light, hoppy finish that's slightly dry and crisp. The yeast portion of the profile suggests mostly cloves. A nice Bavarian hefeweizen.

Photo of joecast
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours with an enormous white fluffy head, and a cloudy glowing gold color. the head being very stable.
strong banana and clove aroma with a noticeable yeasty spiciness.
interesting flavor. is this what breadiness is?? very easy to drink, though it seems to lack some crispness.
this is a style i really enjoy and this particular bier was no exception. maybe not my favorite of the style, but highly recommendable.

Photo of granger10
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at the Grand Rapids Germanfest 2004. The pour leaves a hazy golden color with a one inch thick creamy egg white head. The smell is extremely fruity with the most dominant fruit being banana. This beer has a real fruity flavor upfront but the most dominant flavor seems to be the yeasty undertones which stand out towards the finish. The clove aspect is a little overwhelmed by the banana and yeast but comes through towards the end. The yeast makes for a really dry, bready finish. There seems to be a bitterness in here as well. There's lots going on here. This beer isn't sweet like the Paulaner or tart like Pax but somewhere in between. I really enjoyed it on this hot summer day.

Photo of jimdkc
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy gold colored brew with a small bright white head. Minimal lacing. Smell was predominantly bready yeast. Taste was wheat grain with banana and lemon notes. Unfortunately, it also had a metallic topnote/aftertaste that I found quite unpleasant. I thought it might be a bad bottle, but others have also described this metallic taste and the "Best by" date on this bottle was Jan 05... still 8 months away. Decent mouthfeel, Didn't really want another after finishing it! Hefe Weizen is one of my favorite styles, but there are many others I'd rather have than this.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good traditional hefe qualities in appearance, nice hazy straw color, pearl white head. Good retention.

Nose is a little tepid compared to other weissbiers I've had. Has a very citrusy aroma with some banana. I don't detect any clove.

Taste has a malty toasted cracker component alongside some banana, but overall it's a very "cracker" tasting beer. Ritz? Wheat Thins?

Finish is rather short. Perhaps I have an old bottle.

König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
87 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.