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

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)

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very good

695 Ratings

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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 22
Gots: 57 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 07-07-2002)
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Photo of kbub6f
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ever-so-slighlty hazy gold beer capped by a very big, white, dense head. Mmmm... lots of cream in the nose. Plus fruit, spice, banana, a little dust. Bananas and pepper in the front; creamy, sweet malt and butter in the middle; bitter finish with pepper highlights. Very good. I'm a big fan of bananas and butter. But there's also a slight chemical taste that keeps this out of the league of the greats.

kbub6f, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow hue, thick white head, almost two finger’s worth, excellent retention, some lacing. The nose is nicely aromatic, clove/spice, yeasty-wheat/bread. Inviting. The palate lacks in “tastiness,” the flavors are very soft… very light clove/spice, a touch of maltiness, lemon too. A touch of spritziness… for the most part the carbonation is low, smooth mouthfeel. Easy to quaff, medium-light body (thinner in spots)… lacks the depth of a good Bavarian Wheat; it is more similar to a spruced-up American Wheat, nicely done at that. Light and refreshing… a hot weather beer, I’d gladly drink this again (under the correct circumstances). Worth trying.

bditty187, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This wheat poured a very cloudy yellow color, with some orange and amber hues showing up within its depths. The white, semi-fluffy, one-finger head dissipated quickly and left no lace behind. A papar-thin layer of bubbles remained floating on the beer for the entire drink.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was all grain and banana. After the beer sat for a few minutes, the banana smell diminished and the main component became lemon zest with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: A crisp, somewhat chewy beer that had a little bite to it, just like a good wheat beer should have.

Taste: The flavor upfront was sweet grass and grain that quickly transformed into a tart, lemon flavor. In the middle, a slightly chewy grain flavor arose to join the lemon. Well into the aftertaste, a sweet banana flavor became very prominent and overshadowed the lemon. And when I say sweet banana, I mean it; it was like bananas rolled in sugar.

This is the first time that I have tried this beer and it wasn't bad. I prefer a stronger grain base, though, and could do without such the overly strong and sweet banana flavor. Hefes should be tart and crisp, not heavy and somewhat cloying

Quaffer, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All around good hefe-weizen. pours cloudy and yellow-white. Aroma is mostly of the clove variety--banana aromas are minimal. Flavor is sweetish with a tart finish with lingering cloves. Delicious beer for all occasions and for all beer drinkers...and non-beer drinkers. Very good choice. A traditional bavarian beverage. Wife likes it a lot.

EagleTalon, Aug 25, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy straw yellow with a decent white head. Tiny yeast particles are visible suspended throughout this brew. There is a good banana/fruity scent here that is right on for the style. There's a good cloves & lemon kick. Taste starts off slightly spicy, then body has a good strong lemony wheat taste that is very refreshing. Cloves show up big-time in the aftertaste, lingering for minutes at time. There is a tons of carbonation here too. Easy drinking brew.

Summary: Good, clean german hefe. I fine example of the style fairly inexpensive to boot

avylover, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly pale yellow with a very nice white head indicated the nature of this beer. An interesting fruity aroma was quite noticeable and impressed of the brewing formula. The flavor had the lightest sense of cloves but I believe it was outdone by the fruity sense that was more prevalent. The feel was of a spritzy and noticeably fizzy lightness that did not seem out of place given the warm season. Good drinkability and one that you would seem to be able to stay with for a session.

AtLagerHeads, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It could have been better, a lot better. Simple label, unpronounceable brewery, I bought it in 500 ml bottle. $1.99. A yellowish color, nice head, but frankly, bland. Maybe I purchased an old bottle? I will have to revisit this beer at another time. It just seemed too blah, it just laid there and did nothing. No banana, no citris, only a slight hop flavor. blah.

bewareOFpenguin, Aug 06, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought in the 500ml brown bottle, with the simple yet effective yellow label with crest on front.
This is a very nice looking beer when poured..deep golden straw coloured beer..that is quite attractivly hazy..with a large pure white frothy head, it shrank but vestiges remained until the beer was finished.
Mmmmm very nice strong German hefe aromas..quite fruity ,loads of banana aroma..and the sourness of the wheat can be detected.
Wow this is a very easy drinking beer..but it is loaded with flavour..bananas, spice, fresh wheat..and a nice mild aftertatse.
Very comfortable on the tongue.
An exceptionally drinkable weissbier..and at a good price excellent beer..I recommend this!

Reidrover, Jul 27, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.


BierManVA, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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 -8.6%
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 +30.5%
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 +10.2%
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 +5.2%
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 +7.8%
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 +9.7%
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
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

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 -21.7%
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
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3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
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 -5.2%
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 +0.5%
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 -21.7%
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 -9.9%
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 -2.6%
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 -15.7%
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
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.