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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

688 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 22
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG visit their website
Germany

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 BierManVA
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An overall good Hefeweizen.

Only the slight banana smell associated with many German wheat bier's. Also a slight medicinal smell. No clove or other fruits distinguishable.

A nice head pours but is relatively quick to disapate. Carbonation is a little on the low side, but only just.

Very smooth to drink and moderately priced for the experience.

John

BierManVA, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Viewing the other reviews it's interesting to note the fairly wide range of experiences and scores. I fall in the category of those who find this quite good.
Very pleasant fresh fruity quality to the aroma, with cloves dominating and hints of banana. Pours with an enormous head that is extra firm and very white. Cloudy yellow/gold in color. Pleasing refreshing taste of classic bavarian style hefe...light, slightly fruity cloves and some bitterness in the middle to the end that lingers with the clove taste on the finish. Little more hops than most, but enjoyable.
Thin enough to be refreshing but not watery. One of several very good examples of style. I really like the increased bitterness. I think it adds to the refreshing quality.

garymuchow, Jul 19, 2003
Photo of TXHops
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More than anything else about this beer, I love the fact that it comes in sealed, 6-pack boxes. No light at all getting to these beers… The yellowy brown, moderately sedimented body starts off with a fizzy, spritzy head that slowly settles into a creamy, flat, brilliant white pancake of foam. The standard, clovey-banana aroma predominates, more phenolic and dry than some of the bubblegum hefe’s. The flavor’s the same—super effervescent and phenolic with a clean, grainy, banana-clove overtone. Like most hefes tend to do, this one thins out a bit after the initial effervescence gives way to the liquid beneath. As far as Bavarian hefe’s go, this one is solid, but not a stand out.

TXHops, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of BobLuvBeer
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured with good amounts of sediment and a full, long lasting head. Served with a lemon.
Very smooth and gentle on the tongue. Not bitter, an excellent wheat flavor. Just a slightly citrus flavor. Has a crispness in the aftertaste, which lingers and pulls the remaining flavors through the taste buds. This is possibly the best Hefe Weisse I have experienced. Multiple purchases of this beer have yielded the same results.

BobLuvBeer, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of Realale
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish-beige. Big rocky head settles quickly to 1/4 inch large bubbled complete cap. Numerous very fine streams of tiny bubbles make their way to the top throughout the glass.

Nose is mild phenol with a subtle fruitiness, backed up by good dose of wheat/malt. Hop spice joins the party with time. Blessedly not an over-the-top banana or clove-fest. Very well-balanced and appetizing nose.

Crisp and grainy on the palate, but just the slightest bit diffuse. The phenol, fruit and yeastiness are all there, but well-mannered.
Not long, but very refreshing.

500 ml bottle. Best before date of April 19, 2003.

Realale, Jun 07, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana yeast nose... very clean smelling. Slightly hazy yellow/white look with a nice slight white head that lasts and gives you a dense lace on the glass. Slightly sweet wheat banana taste with some malt richness. Medium mouth. Quite a clean finish.. and quite drinkable. Great with spicy food..

frank4sail, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 500ml bottle, very eye-catching yellow and black label. I've had an uneasy relationship with German wheat beers over the past years, but to my surprise this one seems to want to embrace me back into the fold again, and I must go whether willingly or not.

A pale cloudy straw colour, you could see the haze even in the bottle! Lots of carbonation, big foamy cloud-like head that subsides into a velvety lacing. Nose is sweet, of banana and almonds, the yeast is definitely doing its job properly. Flavour is complex, it just rolls on the tongue. Banana, spice, nuts, sweet malt, ever faint floral hops. Great Caesar's ghost! Where did I ever go astray with this style? Smooth mouthfeel, like a big golden cloud. Oh yeah, I'll be buying more.

This weiss has completely turned me around on the style, I am a happy camper. Never would have foreseen it. Most definitely a beer worth checking out. Excuse me now, I think I'll start speaking in tongues.

IronDjinn, May 29, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy gold wheat with a frothy white head contains little bits of yeasty goodness. Not much lace to talk about. The medium wheat body emits clove and just a faint hint of over-ripe bananas. The citrusy hops are a nice compliment to the clove and yeasty flavors. A little lemon and lime and a bit of honey round this very drinkable wheat out.

BeerResearcher, May 19, 2003
Photo of lipschitz
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours deep, cloudy gold with an enormous, dense, luscious head. This floats majestically atop for what seems to be an eternity. The smell is of yeast, pepper & fresh cut grass. The aroma mirrors the taste, which is of noticeable banana & clove, at first, hinting at pepper, than finishing with a nuance kiss of hops before leaving your palette clean. Heavenly mouthfeel, which is velvety & creamy.

Notes:
This is a magnificent beer. It just may be what bottled sunshine tastes like. From the initial pour, through to the last sip, the creamy head remains throughout, and I can see why…it’s just so hard to leave this beer!

lipschitz, May 19, 2003
Photo of Jdiddy
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't know..maybe I am just not too big on weiss beers at the moment. I think I am getting slightly bored with them. There was a time I really appreciated them and looked forward to having one. Those days are few now. This is a typical wheat beer. The cloves, bananas, smoke flavor. It is ok just nothing different than your typical weiss. I would rather a Hoegarden anyday. Plain and bland.

Jdiddy, May 11, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one gets style points for the nice label on the bottle. Stately looking, well done. The beer pours a pale yellow, a bit cloudy. Big bubbly head quickly reduces to a film. Yeasty aroma, so no surprise to the bready taste with some light malt, too. It has kind of an alka-seltzery mouthfeel, well more carbonation than the tap variety. Since that translates to a morning headache if I drink too many, I myself cannot rate the bottled version as much of a session beer. Now I certainly like having one every now and then just to remind me it's only a few more months to the next Octoberfest Zinzinnati.

brewdlyhooked13, May 05, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's just slightly hazy golden in color with a large fluffy head that keeps a good coating throughout consumption. The aroma is light. I really had to swirl and sniff to get anything out of it. What I got was bananas with cloves in the background....pleasant but not strong enough for my preferences. It seems watery right away, refreshing of course, but a little bit too thin. Banana flavor is there again, slight cloves and pepper. This is definitely a great version of the style from the land of the Bavarians. There are definitely much better examples out there, but this one is solid enough to be enjoyed thoroughly.

AudioGilz, May 04, 2003
Photo of vitesse
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served in lg. brown bottle.
nice golden cloudy color. lots of lace, but not a huge head on this one. smell is lemony and grassy. good warm weather scent. taste is lemony with hint of cloves at the end. very wearm weather friendly . mouthfeel is light, with enough carbonation to give a bit of crispy bite.
drinkability is high. no one flavor will overpower you, but the overall appeal of this beer is high. very drinkable.

vitesse, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Stubbie1
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. The yeast give it a nice cloudy effect. There is a typical weissen head present. It gives away to a thin lace. The aroma is typical of this style. Cloves and bananas, but it is a bit week. Same with the taste. The typical weissen taste but kind of water down. An average weisseb beir.

Stubbie1, Apr 12, 2003
Photo of pezoids
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy pale straw yellow color. The head wasn’t anything special, not necessarily dense or creamy and it fizzled out quick. Sour fruit yeastiness in the aroma – along with some banana, raisins and sourdough bread. The body is light and the beer has a clean aftertaste. Very light and drinkable, although not fully flavored like some others of the style.

pezoids, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light very citrusy wheat beer. Great for drinking after a long hot day. As for German wheats it is more towards the lighter side and this lends to it being easier to drink though still highly carbonated. Enjoy with a light lunch or alone as it is a beer thats flavor can be lost if interfered with.

bierman2000, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pored a hazy gold color with big rockyt head,smell was kinda bland for a weisse.A little citrius and smokey hint but nothing that would wake u up.Maybe a little clove in the taste with banana undertones but not anything really coming thrue.Real bland in my opinion there is alot better coming from Bavaria for sure.

oberon, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale golden color with a soft and pillowy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is fresh malts and wheat with notes of ripe banana, clove, and yeast. Light in body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is creamy banana, spicy yeast, clove, and nutmeg. Some lemon crispness is present in the end leaving a dry finish. A nice Hefe, though it is a bit too thin. Still, it’s very tasty and very drinkable.

Morris729, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While the Hefeweizen style makes for a great afternoon relaxer during warm summer months, I tend to find these enjoyable throughout the year. I recently ran across this brew for the very first time, and its unique bottle shape, labeling and presentation definitely made a quick impact. I drink lots of Hefeweizens and they all tend to be marketed much the same way, but Konig’s just has that special look that says “I can be different because I taste great.”

Whether the package intentionally carries that message or not will be the topic for another discussion. But if modesty were to prevail, it’s a sentiment that plays extremely well with this brew. This is a very noble beer that displays sensational characteristic at ever turn.

A superb pungent aroma capitalized by strong lemon and orange citrus aromas, a subtle wheat and malt blend, and even a hint of spiciness such as clove. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of some of the better Wit beers from Germany.

When first pouring I failed to give the bottle a good swish to start, which resulted in an extremely clear pour, closer to a Kristall rather than a Hefeweizen. I quickly stopped pouring, gave the bottle a gentle whirl and poured some more. Far better results this time with a massive white foamy head plus plenty of yeast influenced cloudiness throughout. The head slowly gives way to a solid surface foam after some time. Virtually no lacing, but a decent 1/8" collar on glass.

This is an exceptionally well-balanced Hefeweizen, extremely smooth and almost creamy in complexion. It’s creamy in a unique way, it’s not exactly malt creamy but it has a nice robust flavor, palette pleasing creaminess that works extremely well. Strong fruit flavors announce their presence in ever sip, including orange, lemon, and even some banana. An interesting brew that provides striking similarities to the likes of a Schneider Weiss and a Hoegaarden Wit. Seeing as those two are among my favorites brews, this Konig hits my palette perfectly.

Freshness dated with the most precise point yet … Best Before: April 19, 2003 (3:59 a.m.)

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 500ml bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $3.49 USD ]

49degrees, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love hefe-weizens, and this one after cracking the bottle smelled amazing!!! It poured a hazy unfiltered golden hue, with a bright white color. Very thick lace that is pure eye candy for a true beer lover. This is a style I could drink all day, the aroma is full of spices, banana, and cloves it's so pleasant almost like smelling some ginger or cinnamon. A swee contrasting aroma that fills up my senses, and also contains a bit of a citrus scent to it. Very good the first sip I am greeted with all of the yeast flavors that blend so well together, and the malt gives this beer an amazing level of drinkability if you like wheat beers like I do. Finish is very banana, and complemented with a fair level of carbonation. This is a lighter bodied beer with a fluffy moutfeel to it, and I really am enjoying this one. In fact anybody into wheat beers will like this one, amazingly drinkable and satisfying down to the beer lover's soul.

WVbeergeek, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy light brown color with a modest snow-white head, absolutely glass-coating excellent lace, slight carbonation. Robust aroma of cloves and ripe bananas, hints of lemon, and wheat bread notes, precisely correct for the style. Taste begins with solid wheat malt flavors, pronounced cloves and bananas, and lemon notes. Midway through the taste, somewhat earthy notes from the yeast appeared, along with a warming alcohol note. Finish is somewhat dry. Be sure to swirl and pour the yeast from the bottle, it enhances the taste dramatically. A truly superior Hefeweizen, not to be missed.

Pegasus, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick head that is slow to settle. The nose is fruity malt and citrus. The taste is nice and pleasant, lemony flavors that are mingled with the hops with a well balanced malt flavor. Very smooth beer too. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

AtrumAnimus, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz Brown bottle. Clear best by date.

The beer pours a beautiful yellow straw color. Very hazy with the yeast sentiment visible. The smell is great. Clear hints of bananas, clove & other spice. Nice head.

Taste is terrific! Very refreshing. Malt keeps everything in balance. Good carbonation and slight yeasty taste compliments the banana, cloves,etc that this beer like all good weiss beer have. Great example of style!


Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but not too bad. Easy drinking beer here!

Redrover, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a nice head. Looks just the way a hefe should.

Smell: Slight banana and a sour, citrusy tinge.

Taste: I'd never experienced this style before going to Germany, and one sip of this took me right back to a warm summer evening in Munich. Very crisp, very dry, slightly carbonated . . . a strange juxtaposition - this beer and a cold New England night. But then, I needed a reminder of what liveable temperatures were like . . . all that from the taste of a beer. That's really what makes this so great.

Mouthfeel - I guess I blended this with the taste section, so I'll let the dry and crisp stand.

Drinkability: As with most Hefes I've had, this one is made for sitting and sipping several. The taste doesn't get old, and I find myself wishing I'd bought a sixer instead of a single.

rabidawg, Feb 05, 2003
Photo of John
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The 23oz. draught looks might fine and displays all the typical traits of a hearty Hefe Weizen. Rich, cloudy maize color. Thick meringue-like head. Aromas of liquid bread, fruity banana, waft toward the nose. Classic flavors; tart yeasty lemon, banana and clove interplay and each momentarily leave their layers of goodness behind. It would be easy to demolish several of these in a blink. Another solid and tasty German Weissebier.

John, Jan 27, 2003
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.