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

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

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very good

598 Ratings

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Ratings: 598
Reviews: 370
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 598 | Reviews: 370 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of avylover


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2003 01:34:48 | More by avylover
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2003 20:49:44 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2003 17:42:30 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of John

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2003 18:48:56 | More by John
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The color of straw, with a snowy white head. The nose promises banana, clove, and a decocted maltiness and the taste delivers. Beautifully balanced - a bit lighter in body than, say, Franziskaner, but soooo quaffable. One of those "what does it taste like when it warms up? The world may never know" beers because it disappears very quickly from the glass. A very, very good hefeweiss that I hope to find in bottle soon.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2002 08:07:50 | More by sponberg
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very accessible in Columbus, OH. Picked this bottle up as a suggestion from Crafted Drafts in New Albany.

A: straw color with noticeable foam head
S: bananas, cloves, wheat; good summer beer
T: follows the nose; hides the alcohol very well
M: smooth and drinkable; minimal bitterness
O: while Hefeweizen's aren't my go-to variety, this is one of my favorites of its type

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 23:13:29 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a wispy bubbly white head that quickly dissipate to a light foam on the top and leaves marginal lace on the way down. Aromas of pepper and clove with hints of bubble gum and a light honey like and spicy maltiness. Bready yeasty aromas and a hint of lemon round out the nose on this one. The flavor is lightly sweet honey, and bready, and spicy malt up front. clove and pepper and bready yeasty flavors counter the malty sweetness well. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. I'm missing the banana, but everything else seems to be there. This would make a nice warm weather brew, light and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:02:52 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of AnotherBeerGeek


3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tawny colored and very hazy, with a persistent and well-structured white foam. Nose is biscuity with notes of banana and nutmeg. More of the same on the palate with typical wheat-beer spice, but rather thin and subdued, even a little disappointing. Not very robust. Decent texture but again a little on the thin side. Overall, an okay weissbier, but there are many much better examples of the style available. Maybe a C+.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 22:44:29 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Photo of BWED


4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a golden-yellow hue with the expected haze. A white, pillowy two finger head rest on top, with lots of lacing as the drink goes down into my belly. Great look!

S- Cloves and banana, some other fruitiness as well. A bit of a citrus nose as well, but very light.

T- Wheat and yeast flavors. The finish is all clove. Really delicious!

M- Light and bubbly carbonation. Great smooth finish.

O- This is awesome! I think the emphasis on the clove aspect is different and fantastic! Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 23:27:20 | More by BWED
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New York

3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen glass

Appearance -Cloudy straw colored, all kinds of stuff floating around in it. Very bubbly. White pillowy, creamy head that dies down pretty quickly to a 1 finger head that regenerates with every sip. Slight lacing. Wish it came in bigger bottles so I could totally fill my glass.

Smell - Sweet, bready, yeasty. Rather muted.

Taste - Again, sweet bready, bit of banana on the finish. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not as much carbonation as the appearance suggests, I would call it moderate. Blurs the line between light or medium bodied. Dry finish on the tongue.

Overall - My first hefe-weizen so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was a very tasty and refreshing beer. I know it's part of what a hefe-weizen is, but the cloudy yellow look will never score high points on appearance for me. Everything else was very good and satisfying, though..

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 20:28:00 | More by The_Doubtful_Guest
Photo of BigCheese


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big frothy cloud white head.. Leaves some legs, a very cloudy straw 4.5

S some cloves, white bread crust yeast, some peppery cloves.. 3.75

T some phenolic notes, bready yeasty flavors, some banana bread too, clean finish. Refreshing. 4

m: high carbonation, creamy. Light yet full bodied. 4.25

o a tad bland compared to other Germann options better than most American options. Great summer beer for the price 4

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 01:19:59 | More by BigCheese
Photo of scratch69


4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, pale yellow color with two fingers worth of lingering head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat and banana aromas.

Taste- Rich doughy malt flavor with notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very good beer and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 14:41:41 | More by scratch69
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with a thick white head. The head is about 1 finger and does not billow up.

Sweet wheat, clove, yeast, some banana in the nose.Nice.

A little thin in intensity. Soft wheat and spicy grain notes, some fruit and some tangy flavors finishing with some bread notes.

A little on the watery side, and not quite enough carbonation.

Overall, ok with some high points.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 18:14:23 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of psugrad98


4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow, slightly foggy with hints of lemon on the nose.

Rich taste; smooth drinking. Sweet with hints of anise, allspise, and clove. Very tasty and smooth drinking. Has a less chewy mouth feel than other weissbiers. Would be good as a session beer. Good with a bit of lemon and served with fish.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:29:54 | More by psugrad98
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml. bottle. Marking: 11 Feb 2014 08A52. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is a cloudy pale yellow with a tremendous, foamy head that lingers quite some time. I had a floater or two in mine.

The aroma is vibrant with wheat and citrus elements. Yeast and sweetness balance it out as well.

The body is creamy and very much in the medium range.

The flavor is mellow and wheat-filled with a slight orange-citrus bite finishing everything off at the end. This is a Weissbier that many other strive to imitate. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:01:58 | More by puboflyons
Photo of micromaniac129


4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rich milk shake of a head sits on top of a cloudy yellow beer.
Aroma is big and malty. Smells between a wheat beer and a pils. I get some clove too but over all the aroma is weak.
Taste is smooth and tart, refreshing too as like most wheats. Pretty malty with hints of banana and clove from yeasty esters.
Slides over the palate with creamy ease.
A very good beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 11:26:00 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of BeerDocT


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep golden color with a frothy, 1/4" head. Hazy and definitely looks like a wheat beer. However, a bit too filtered-looking for my tastes.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Typical wheat profile with lots of cloves, bananas, sweet grains and yeast. Everything is smooth and just seems balanced somehow.

-Taste 4.0: Front is dry with nice hints of yeast. Middle is smooth and features the wheat yeast and a slightly sweet maltiness. Finish is where the real sweetness hits you with a big punch of wheat and yeast and a very slight hint of bananas. Aftertaste is long with tastes of cloves, bananas, yeast and sweet grains.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Very nice. Creamy and light with a clean mouthfeel. However, this would be so much better bottle-conditioned.

-Overall 3.75: Excellent taste, but falls short in several critical categories. Still, this is an enjoyable beer and is imminently sessionable. I would recommend it to those looking for a classic European wheat beer and -what the heck-- to all beer drinkers in general.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:08:46 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of jballeng


3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange blossom honey hue into a kickawesome plastic 2012 Carnival cruise lines collectible tulip cup whose original purpose was probably for pina coladas or some such triviality. It looks good, like a beer should. Not a whole ton of lacing but I don't judge cause I'm not a hater. Looks wheaty. Smells wheaty. Like cloves, bananas, apples (sorta), and wheat. Coriander too, because of course. Tastes exactly the same but better. A little more watery than Weihenstephan Hefe but really close. Smooth with none of the bitterness I've seen in other reviews. Hallerteuer hops show up but by no means prevalent. Good pool beer. Good drinking beer. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 21:01:33 | More by jballeng
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Konig Ludwig Weissbier has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-golden appearance, lots of little streaming bubbles, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of coriander, yeast, spices, and white bread. The taste is similar, with sugar and a touch of hop bitterness at the back end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Konig Ludwig Weissbier finishes crisp, refreshing, sweet, and easily gulped. Overall, this is very good. I suggest trying it.


Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 14:30:45 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of ckollias


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy light copper-yellow hue with a with a thick white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Fruits notes consisting of bananas and apples..

T: Similar to the smell – creamy bananas and apples with a little spices coming through. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Weissbier. Not my favorite style but worthy of a taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:30:00 | More by ckollias
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a deep yellow to orange hazy color forming a big creamy, fluffly and viscous white head. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Strong on wheat, banana esters, coriander. Very sweet and bready. Bubblegum and light hints of citrus hops in the end

M: Medium body. Very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation. Heavy wheat aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Bavarian Weissbier. Recommended

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 12:49:46 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of deadonhisfeet


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a signature Konig Ludwig Weissbier glass. The pour is hazy yellow-orange with a massive white creamy head and outstanding retention. I get a nice bready nose with slight hints of lemon zest.

Light bodied flavor and a nice, medium mouthfeel. Nice refreshing wheat beer flavors of bananas and fresh bread. A bit light in the hops, though. The finish is a bit bland and I don't get much tartness.

Not a bad Weissbier, but not top-shelf in my opinion. It lacks the clove spiciness and slight tartness that make the best Weissbiers so refreshing. Still, a solid beer on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 20:29:55 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of jsisko01


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very dark, hazy yellow color with an inch thick, creamy white head that dissipates after 2 minutes. It leaves behind a beautiful, thick creamy lacing.

Smell - Musty, bitter yeast up front.. with some coriander, wheat, and citrus.

Taste - Similar to the aroma. Very strong on the coriander though.. with a strong banana flavor as well. Somewhat of a funky taste, maybe the yeast? Bread, wheat, and citrus follow to the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - Definitely a spicy brew.. It's been a while since I've had a beer of this style. It's good, stands out from the other Hefeweizens.. I can't drink more than 2 of these without getting heartburn though lol.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:01:52 | More by jsisko01
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a whiteish hue bearing a 1/2 inch head that retains well before falling elegantly to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and puffs of surface foam. Standard lacing isn't much to boast about.

S- Heavy wheat and banana that's crisp and attractive. Rich, sweet and full.

T- High amount of wheat but less banana than in the aroma. Somewhat chalky yeast flavor. Mild alcohol twang. Big in the drinkability department. Light citrus notes.

M- Well-carbonated and plenty of zesty pep. Decent body that's not too thin.

O- Not one of my favorite Hefeweizens but definitely a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 01:39:40 | More by Immortale25
Photo of clemtiger8202


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick, two-finger head and some lacing. Smells of bread dough, herbs and spices, and maybe some citrus. On the taste, some sweetness from the wheat, definitely spicey from the yeast. Hints of citrus. Very smooth and a creamy mouthfeel. Drys out nicely leaving some lingering dough. A refreshing beer to enjoy on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 16:11:26 | More by clemtiger8202
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 598 ratings.