König Ludwig Weiss
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg

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From:
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
 
Germany
Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #60
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,904
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Ratings:
993
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 06, 2022
Added:
Jul 07, 2002
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  200
SCORE
87
Very Good
König Ludwig WeissKönig Ludwig Weiss
Notes: Why are the Bavarian Royal Family and King Ludwig so important to brewing history? The Bavarian Royal family had sole rights to brewing of Hefe-Weizen in Bavaria for 200 years. No wonder they are leading experts on wheat brews.
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Photo of BitteNochEinWeissbier
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

0.33 L bottle
Glassware: 0.5 L Weizen Vase
Temp at Pour: 50.5 F


Look:
Murky and opaque dark gold. The head is white and pillowy and starts at 2+ fingers; it slowly dissolves to about 3/4 of a finger and stops there. Reasonable lacing.

Smell:
Bubblegum with overripe bananas and some citrus, such as tangerines. Underlying this a soft not of white bread. There is a faint touch of cloves in the background.

Taste:
Very ripe bananas and sweet citrus. Some wheat malt which brings with it a mild wheat "twang". Cloves and spices are there, but are restrained. There is a faint tart note at the end but the sip finishes sweet and a bit fruity. The soft sweetness carries through to the aftertaste and builds as more of the beer is consumed.

Feel:
Smooth and creamy. Decently carbonated. Body is medium.

Overall:
A fine if somewhat sweet Hefeweizen. Nice and pleasant to drink. It has no major faults and hits all of the classic Hefeweizen notes but with less cloves than I am used to. If you like sweet Hefeweizens, then this beer should do it for you.

Jun 06, 2022
Photo of tigg924
2.44/5  rDev -37%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours slightly murky, gold in color with two inch head. Taste is bread, wheat banana and clove. Medium light body, slick, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet. Below average wheat beer. OK beer. Would not turn down but there are way better options.

May 28, 2022
 
4.78 by Mick_Bynes from New York on May 13, 2022
Photo of LampertLand
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

Konig Ludwig 'Konig Ludwig Weiss' @ 5.5% , served from a 500 ml bottle
A-pour is a pale yellow gold from the bottle to a hazy gold in the glass with a small white head , leaving a streaky lace along the weizen glass
S-wheat & barley malt
T-Bavarian wheat beer , nuff said
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-possible very good beer/hefeweizen
prost LampertLand

Apr 30, 2022
 
3.97 by Pens1967 from Louisiana on Mar 04, 2022
Photo of neenerzig
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by neenerzig from Ohio

Having this beer on-tap at the Sacsenheim. This beer draws a cloudy/hazy light to medium golden color w/ a fluffy looking white head that's about an inch thick when first drawn and served. Settles eventually to a medium to thick ring lining the inside of the glass with a nice film layer of surface foam and decent lacing on the inside of the glass. Aromas if some bready malts, wheat, banana, clove, and a hint of bubblegum. The taste follows suit, with bready malts and wheat being the prominent flavors along with good hints of banana, clove, and a slight hint of bubblegum. Not really any discernible hope presence, and that's of course expected. Has a fairly crisp, also smooth, light to medium bodied mouth feel w/ moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a very clean finish w/ a bready and Wheaty after taste. A solid representation of this style of beer.

Feb 27, 2022
 
3.98 by clm9 from North Carolina on Feb 20, 2022
 
5 by jkbaird85 from Arizona on Feb 10, 2022
 
4.34 by Pens1866 from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2021
 
3.77 by Budlum from Maryland on Dec 23, 2021
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best before 8/9/22"; drank 12/8/21 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE white head; frothy lace.

Banana, soft wheat, mild caramel & faint clove notes in the nose.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

Banana, soft wheat, mild caramel & faint clove flavors; an excellent Hefe.

I'd have another.

Dec 09, 2021
 
4.46 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Oct 21, 2021
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is gold, slight haze, light sediment, head is 2 fingers plus, head lingers with a solid top and some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is hefe yeast phenolics, though light, some clove, then light bread and wheat malt.

Taste is lighter hefe yeast phenolics, some clove, light bread, light wheat malt, lingering lighter spiciness. The yeast notes seem subdued and there seem to be more barley malt than others on this category.

Mouthfeel is soft carbonation, moderate sweetness, light lingering spicy, slow drying.

Overall a softer, more barley malt focused weiss bier.

Sep 09, 2021
 
4.08 by Madchiotis from Greece on Jul 24, 2021
Photo of Stevosps
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Stevosps from Pennsylvania

It had a lacy head. Hops aroma and flavor.
Slight citrus notes. With bitter end.

Jul 06, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Sigmund from Norway

(500 ml bottle, under its alias König Ludwig Weissbier). Cloudy blond colour, large head. Lovely aroma of ripe bananas and cloves. Light bodied, some cloves in the flavour, refreshing. Like most weissbiers a short aftertaste, but what there is, is good.

Apr 20, 2021
Photo of BPVandenbroek
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Konig Ludwig is a hazy medium amber colored beer. Sort of the color of peach or orange marmalade. The head is just off white and lasting.
As expected, Konig Ludwig smells of fresh baking bread coupled with an active yeastiness. It's amazing how well banana mixes with the bread and yeast. Beneath it all, just a little bit of clove. Not much, just enough to slightly contrast the previous aromas. The aromas are well balanced and pleasant and at the same time maybe a bit simple and straightforward.
Taking a sip, Konig Ludwig is medium bodied, smooth, and well rounded. Malt is in the form of bread, fresh out of the oven complete with lingering yeastiness. Center is bright, bordering on brassy thanks to banana and a slightly citrus juiciness. Cloves come through underneath all this, giving the flavors a nice through note.
7.75 feels like a fair score. It's everything a weissbier ought to be. It's smooth, rounded, and flavorful. The flavors are gentle, balanced, and refreshing which makes this style and brand perfect for a hot summer day. Well worth a visit.

Apr 20, 2021
 
4 by Mortarforker from Texas on Mar 18, 2021
 
3.9 by sbuck from New Mexico on Jan 01, 2021
 
3.83 by Vyacheslav from Canada (ON) on Aug 29, 2020
 
3.74 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Aug 25, 2020
 
4.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Aug 15, 2020
 
3.68 by Andy32 from Canada (ON) on Aug 07, 2020
 
3.66 by Sayb from Arizona on Jul 25, 2020
Photo of dschwartz13
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by dschwartz13 from Tennessee

This beer is a well-done Hefeweizen. Pours a hazy orangish with a moderately sized head with tons of carbonation. One gets great aromas of bananas that lift up the beer. However, the taste, while good, was a little disappointing. It was a little more bland than some other well-respected Hefeweizens. Nonetheless, this is a solid beer that will definitely drink again.

Jul 19, 2020
Photo of jguzman718
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
by jguzman718 from New York

I don't know why I ended up buying this beer, other than wanting to taste something I wasn't used to, but I ended up liking it a lot. This is, so far, one of my favorite weissbieren and it's keeping me optimistic as to how I'll be dealing with those in the future

Jul 05, 2020
 
3.84 by beaulabauve from Louisiana on Jun 25, 2020
 
3 by prisdefer from New York on Jun 24, 2020
Photo of jjamadorphd
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by jjamadorphd from Florida

You never really know what you’re gonna get into when you crack one open, and this was a pleasant surprise...

Decent enough looking but the smell was sweet and full of oranges. Mouthfeel was surprisingly creamy and light-bodied all-in-one. I really enjoyed the taste, a mild wheat taste to go with a slightly tangy finish. I just loved how this caught me by surprise on such a dreary day...

May 25, 2020
 
3.92 by Octoberist from Pennsylvania on May 25, 2020
 
3.23 by Askala from Spain on May 16, 2020
 
5 by Yet_ter from Michigan on Apr 16, 2020
 
3.97 by Atg1095 from New York on Jan 25, 2020
Photo of Bsimpson91
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Bsimpson91 from Georgia

Absolutely One of the best Hefe Weiss Beirs ever!
Starting things off with the looks. Poured into my favorite Tulip glass, yielded a bright, Hazy pale straw appearance. Almost nonexistent cap. Swirling the beer didn't give me a cap either. Lacing was fair. Moving on to smell. The aroma is pleasurable, on the nose I get that classic heffe Banana note. Not much else but the smell of wheat in the background. Now lets talk about taste. Starts out sweet with the front end of Banana and wheat. If you ever had cream-o-wheat, You will be familiar with this beer. That flavor transitions to hints of clove along with ale funk. the end is somewhat dry. Flavor wise, the sweetness and wheat malt give this beer a hefty presentation. The Feel of this beer is what makes me fall in love with it. Bubbly, Creamy and silky. Thick and luxurious. This Beer is perfect for winter! Overall, Fine Heffeweiss Beir! I have had several other wheit beirs and was not really a fan of the style for a long time. Konig Ludwig renewed my faith in Heffe!

Dec 14, 2019
 
4.19 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on Oct 20, 2019
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(330 ml bottle, best before end: 17 DEC 2019; purchased single off shelf... poured into wheat beer glass meant for 500 ml jawn)

L: beer-bright, yellow-amber liquid before silky ribbon of sediment swirled in; tight, silky-shiny, off-white dollop of foam held steady for a bit, sank down slow... the foam does maintain a thick pad, with 1-2 long, thick strokes of lace

S: yeasty-doughy forward with mellow baked plantain ester; subtle spicy phenol hanging in the air, but much at the back... bready malt slowly pushes to the fore; excellent intensity overall

T: bitter/phenolic yeast sediment attacks the senses first, with a mellow banana-liqueur-sodden but-then-wrung-out dry bready cereal malt coats the palate floor, dispersing the washed-out spice to the top... almost a SF sourdough musk left behind in the aftertaste... nutty yeast leavings swell by the end

F: like a bunch of fleece blankets - foam so soft... body/sediment provide a mid-range roundness, lightly-sticky film on the palate... all-around clipped, shaved, rounded off

O: this reminds me most of Paulaner Hefe perhaps... haven't had this in ages; avoided it for mysterious reasons eh?... surprised I haven't reviewed any of their beers till now - I've had a few of them... never forgot the segment in the Beer Hunter series featuring this joint... good stuff, recommended (1541)

Oct 04, 2019
Photo of G-Style
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by G-Style from New York

This is an excellent beer. I'd drink this anytime. Great traditional slightly hoppy, banana yeast aroma. Excellent crisp, creamy, yeasty wheat flavor. Damn good beer.

Sep 29, 2019
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

Medium: Capped, weizen glass.
Opacity: Most clear with a slight haze.
Color: Dark straw to light gold with good activity.
Head: Highly creamy and frothy 3-4 finger.
Legs: Very good with strong swirl reaction.
Smell: Banana yeast/Apples/Floral.
Taste: Wheat/Lemon/Leafy/Clove/Minerals.
Feel: Beady/Noble hops/Peppery/Spicy.
Body: Full smooth and oily.
Carbonation: Quite crispy.
Overall: High quality classic Hefeweizen, lots of drinkability.

Visual 9/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 7/10 - Intensity 4/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

Sep 28, 2019
Photo of Nass
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Nass from Florida

The pour is bright orange. The aroma is yeast, wheat & light citrus notes & the taste follows suit. This hefeweizen has sort of a lemon aspect to it to. Cheers! B

Sep 02, 2019
 
3.78 by rale from France on Aug 17, 2019
König Ludwig Weiss from König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 993 ratings