König Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

König Ludwig Weissbier DunkelKönig Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel
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Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #17
Ranked #22,073
3.87 | pDev: 11.63%
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
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König Ludwig Weissbier DunkelKönig Ludwig Weissbier Dunkel
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Anacross from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at a Netto beer store in Parsberg, Germany. Drank at a very good cold temperature that enhances the taste.
Really high quality hefe dunkel. Well balanced and complex, everything as a good beer in this style is supposed to be.
Dark, toffee caramels and roast grains are very present. Goes down easy and satisfying.

Sep 16, 2018
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber color with beige head. Aroma has mostly toasted grains and overripe banana. Taste starts on the sweet side with banana and a touch of caramel. Gets slightly boozy on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not bad but it's not one of the better examples of a dunkelweizen.

Nov 15, 2016
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Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Split a pint bottle between stein and snifter. Drab but inoffensive gray brown murk. Finger nail of head. Snowy lace.

Malty nose with some pleasant but vague hints. Stein has smoked meats too.

Bananas, chocolate, tootsie rolls? Cola.

Mouth is strong, feels like stuffing liquid bread in your mouth. Great.

Good, hearty feel, with flavor coming out as it warms.

Apr 06, 2016
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tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not what I expected - thought I'd picked up a straight dunkel, but obvious is the wheat immediately. Pours a hazy muddy brown with quickly disappearing tan bubbles. Aroma is malt, caramel, and banana - pretty decent. The flavor is more subdued and boring, a little watery. More carbonation than I enjoy.

Nov 24, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-earthy caramel upfront
-Slight notes of citrus fruits
-spicy clove
-sweet,bready finish with faint banana

Another disappointment,still lookin for a Dunkelweizen to blow me away

Aug 29, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber on the first pour, second is cloudy and dark brown. A finger of foam initially, lasting surface skim, lacing all around the glass.

Smells like apple juice, oddly.

Tastes a little bland, thin and wheaty, caramel apple would be a stretch, but if it were fresher that might be closer to the truth. Feels over carbed and watery.
Sort of oxidized, probably not in peak condition. Overall, I'm not a fan, the regular Konig Ludwig was always overly sweet and this wasn't much better. Would give it another try if fresh on tap.

Jun 07, 2015
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bskrtz from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served cold in glass Weiss beer challis

L) Dull penny colored, hazy w/suspended yeast. Looks terrific albeit a bit light for a dunkel Weiss

S) Banana, caramel and clove. Classic for the Weiss beer category

T) Sweet and tart with mild bitter after taste. Delicious, complex, smooth, drinkable. Great find!

F) Lively beer. I much prefer a beer with ample, effervescent carbonation and this one delivers. Lasts and lasts.

O) A great find and more good news: very reasonably priced. Prost

May 22, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a long-lasting fluffy tan head.

Pleasant sweet malts and spice initially with some plum and yeast as an afterthought. Spot on and very promising.

Tastes perfectly sweet and creamy with an abundance of medium fruits, a hint of grain, and a well-timed spice hit coming in toward the end.

Smooth, medium-bodied and absurdly drinkable with no loss in flavor.

Plenty of character here can easily lead to excess, and maybe it's just because I'm in the mood for a Dunkelweizen at the moment, but this one seems quite a bit underrated.

Sep 24, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%

500ml bottle with a BB date stamp of 15 Feb. 2015.
Pours slightly hazy, dark amber, with an abundance of carbonation bubbles rising to a durable, light but creamy, bone-colored head.
Aroma: some malt, more ripe banana and spices.
Flavor: follows smell, but more malt and less spicy.
Feel: light body; exceptionally smooth and creamy for a light bodied beer.

Sep 11, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap at the wonderful helgas, the best german food around. poured into a proper 1 liter glass, i could barely lift this hazy amber brew with one hand. classic banana clove yeast complexion on the nose, with the darker wheat malt, sweet and red, not quite roasty and dark like the midnight stuff, its classically german. the taste confirms what the nose hinted at, this is one of the best examples of the style i have ver had, as good as the weihenstephaner stuff for sure, and they have to be the standard by which these beers are measured. the yeast is great, delicate, but heavy on the banana, and all the carbonation makes the darkness of the wheat almost hard to pick up on, but there is a mellow caramel sweetness running through it from the grain, which i really like. its so refreshing, and i had no problem drinking a liter before it warmed up much. i wish this was around on shelves, although i have a feeling the draft drinks a loot nicer than some older bottles might, but id like to see it nevertheless. a perfect pairing for anything on the menu down at helgas, which is a must if you've never been. awesome beer, just a beauty.

Jul 05, 2014
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beerdrifter from Germany

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Hazy amber-brown pour with a two finger foamy off-white head with nice retention and lacing. The nose is classic Weizen with lots of banana, clove, caramel, brown bread, molasses, and some subtle mineral notes. The taste follows suit with tons of sweet caramel malt along with hints of banana, clove, brown sugar, banana bread, tobacco, and molasses. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with perfect carbonation and great balance. Overall, this is one of my favorite interpretations of the style.

Jun 25, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Yard House in Northridge, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet caramel and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid caramel and banana presence all around.

Apr 24, 2014
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours all massive beige, compact head which settles after a while as the murky brown liquid rises. Lovely lacings.

S: The ripe bananas are overwhelming. Spices and yeast. Cloves. Bready.

T: A little bit milder than the smell. The bananas are there, still very ripe and very sweet, the breadyness is still there, while the yeast is lighter as well as the spices. Bitter hops are present - I can't find that at all in the smell.

M: Body is medium and very smooth, almost creamy. Carbonation is un-offensively rich while the lingering aftertaste is both sweet and bitter.

O: A Dunkelweizen that is kind of mild but yet still quite complex.

Jul 24, 2013
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wattoclone from California

4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Capone's in Norristown, PA during Philly beer week. The Warsteiner reps were gracious, paid for my first draft and answered all of my questions. From what I understand this beer will now be available in the U.S. in bottles and kegs (50L).

Appearance is a cloudy brown, with more apparent unfiltered yeast than Franziskaner dunkel. The smell is overwhelmingly caramel with some banana esters. Taste is very smooth with predominant flavors of caramel, clove and banana. This is one of my favorite styles and I would routinely keep kegs of this dunkelweiss in my beer cooler as soon as it is available.

Had this dunkel at draft at Capone's during Philly Beer Week on June 4, 2013. It was an extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with an even, sweet malt character. Flavors of caramel, cloves and banana. I was instantly a fan. It eventually became available on draft at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia and after several visits to confirm my initial impressions over the next 3 years, I tried to find it in bottles or kegs for home. Never showed up. The Warsteiner distributor rep at Capone's told me it would be available soon in PA. Well, after three years I began experimenting with mixtures of what I could find available here in PA in order to make a similar tasting dunkelweizen. What I found was a 1 to 3 mixture of Konig Ludwig Weissbier (bottle) with Franziskaner Dunkel (keg) was a close approximation to this dunkelweizen. Both of these beers are available in PA.

Jun 05, 2013
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stevoj from Idaho

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass, thick sustained fluffy head. Orange copper color with more than ample carbonation. Sharp, fruity taste with no bitterness. Tastes more like a weizen than a dunkel....small amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but i "swished" it german style and poured into the glass. A good example of true Bavarian weizen...

Jan 18, 2012
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JackRose from Georgia

4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A German customer brought this in last fall after returning from business overseas. I put it in the cellar and forgot about it until yesterday. Most of the beer that I cellar and lay down are the types of beers that are well suited for it - Belgian Strong Ales, Barleywine, Imperial Stouts, etc. so I was a little worried about forgetting it.

Alas, the bottle was in perfect shape (label was all in German with no sticker or markings, so I was sure that it was not an imported version. I had never see this type of Konig Ludwig here in the States and their standard Weiss is pretty run of the mill, even with its provenance and history behind it.

This beer drank extremely well - poured a great, aromatic head and was incredibly balanced. It has a very appealing nutty, fresh baked bread nose to it. It went don't way too easy and I was quickly saddened once it sank in that this was a one-time beer for me. I hope that it eventually either gets imported, or if that is already in place, makes it way down South.

Oct 26, 2011
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xuptygm from Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy unfiltered hazy orange with a large fluffy head. Good head retention with some lace left on the glass.

Sweet wheat aroma, mild spices, light hint of nutty smoke.

Tastes of smoked banana and nutty wheat. Light hint of caramel. A smooth beer with a nice crisp grain finish. After a few sips I get a somewhat bitter finish which compliments the sweetness of the beer nicely.

Medium bodied beer that I could drink all day. The beer is very well balanced and simply tastes great. I gave my girlfriend a sip who normally is hesitant to try anything to do with Germany and she loved it. If you have the chance, try this beer.

Aug 30, 2011
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, unfiltered orange to light, chocolate-brown colour that forms a large off-white head that is a fluffy foam texture. The retention is quite good and some lacing on the glass is visible.

A nice wheat aroma that is backed up with a strong banana and clove smell plus some mild spices.

Banana & to a lesser extent cloves are here but are not as noticeable as in the smell. They are partially masked by the sweet caramel flavour but this is still an excellent beer to drink, helped by the almost bitterless finish.

Light on the palate for a dark beer, it's on the light side of medium bodied but still very smooth and surprisingly crisp & refreshing.

A well-balanced beer that is great tasting and goes down really well. It is up there with the best of the style I have sampled thus far.

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Jun 16, 2011
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crnipeter from Slovenia

2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Surprisingly clear, light coppery body covered with thick, long lasting nearly white head that sticks to walls before finally fades out to a soapy film. The nose starts as wheat perceived as grain but as the beer warms up banana and bubblegum emerge, while further sniffing reveals apple-like fruitiness and clove phenols. The beer is sweet on the palate with malted wheat and some bread crust flavor probably derived from melanoidin-rich (Vienna or Munich) malt and ends with very low hoppy bitterness. However, the flavor is rather simplistic and poorly represents the style. Effervescent and initially very airy and light on the palate due to exceedingly high carbonation, the beer becomes creamy and fluffy later on due to the wheaty texture. (500 ml, best before 18. August 2011, into tulip).

In short: A rather bland representative of the style. Although a self-proclaimed king (König) nothing is royal in this one.

Apr 11, 2011
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Travlr from District of Columbia

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark chestnut color with a fluffy head that settles slowly.
S: Aroma of caramel, citrus and banana, background of caramel.
T: Sweetish and malty, but a slight sour finish.
M: medium body, somewhat lighter than expected.
D: Easy to quaff and reasonable dark wheat beer.

Jan 03, 2010
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DerBayer from Germany

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark chestnut almost black with very good dark white head

smells of caramel and malt some nuts and characteristic banana also evident pretty good true to style

Yep tastes just like it

Medium carbonation leavees no coating aftertaste and goes down well

I can drink this!

Jul 28, 2009
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Jeffo from Netherlands

2.22/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a super large 3+ finger thinner off-white head. No real carbonation evident. Colour is a lighter brown, perhaps sienna or russet. Actually poured relatively clear for a dunkelweizen, then quickly turned cloudy after a few seconds. Head quickly dissipates into a film cap, which stays the entire time, and leaves some good lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt and bit of sweet caramel and toffee. OK, but there's also something a little foul there that I can't put my finger on. Smelly shoes or something along those lines. Not a fan.

TASTE: Wheat malt and not much else. A sweet caramel malt aftertaste lingers pretty long and is not all that pleasant. Pretty one dimensional and boring.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth going down and finishes very sticky, really coating the mouth completely. A bit too sticky for me, but some might enjoy that kind of extreme.

OVERALL: Looks good and feels alright, but everything else was at least disappointing and maybe even a little off. Not all that enjoyable, which made it not very drinkable either. There are definitely much better examples out there. Pass.

Feb 09, 2009
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 104 ratings