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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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3.86/5
Very Good
901 Ratings
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany
koenig-ludwig-brauerei.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,522
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
901
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
175
Trade:
0
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Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

4 for looks, then downhill into a pleasant but average Wheat.
a) pours a hazy, bright, golden yellow body, that generates finger of dense, creamy eggshell head, leaving film and lace arcs.
s) Typical and abundant smells of banana esters, cloves, apple, yeast, white pepper, and grainy wheat.
t) taste follows smell and while bring more odd spice, banana, yeast and coriander/clove... it gets too medicine cabinet to be refreshing or welcome for another. (which is the whole point!)
f) Active carbonation is frothy at first, but finishes filmy and off-dry. Not making me want another, rather, eh, a different beer to change my palate.
o) Over carbonated, lots of sediment, soapy, filmy drag this down.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Burt
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scootercrabb
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Sexmortus
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rex_4539
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Very hazy orange color, five finger white head, nice lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Banana, wheat.

T: Banana, malty, wheat, sweet. Very good.

F: Very smooth, medium bodied, extremely drinkable.

O: Great weissbier. Perfect on this hot Greek summer day.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for around $3.80 CDN. Served cold in a tall Sleeman hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - Hazy and rich golden color with lots of orange. A big rocky two and half fingers of dense and sticky white head. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell - Bananas and cloves all the way with subtle bits of bubblegum. Plenty of wheat throughout and gives a creamy and decadent aroma.

Taste - Standard hefeweizen fare with bananas and cloves dominating although a little heavy on the fruit in a good way, making for a sweetened almost slightly caramelized banana taste. balanced throughout too.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, creamy and refreshing the first half of the glass disappeared very quickly. Body and balance is just right, matching up well with the Hacker-Pschorr's and Schnedier Weisse's of the world although not quite Ayinger or Weihenstephaner.

Overall - A damn good Bavarian Weiss. Would pick up more, but with the availability of equal or better options that are either priced similarly or cheaper, I might pass.

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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; coded '250118' which I assume translates to a best before date of Jan 25 2018. Served slightly chilled.

This effervescent hefe pours a cloudy, pale golden-yellow colour, generating more than two fingers of lumpy, soapy white head that hangs in there with the best of them. After ten minutes have passed, it has been reduced to a half-inch of creamy-looking foam, accented by a modest coat of smooth lacing; quite visually appealing. Bready wheat and grainy pale malts come through on the nose, with banana esters and spicy clove notes figuring in strongly. Hints of lemon, apricot and grass; nothing too fancy, but basically spot on for the style.

The flavour profile is along the same lines as the nose, with grainy malts and bready wheat sweetness serving as the backdrop. Banana esters and bubble gum notes are also a major component, dominating through to the end of the sip - which is where the yeast and peppery clove spice flavours begin to assert themselves. Finishes with notes of grassy hops and lingering phenol spiciness; these carry through to the aftertaste, which fades to off-dryness. Light-medium body, with the persistent head helping to provide a creamier texture than this style tends to possess. The carbonation starts off aggressive and prickly, but softens over time, resulting in a smoother mouthfeel as you make your way through the glass. Highly quaffable, though not necessarily all that remarkable.

Final Grade: 3.99, at the high end of a B+. König Ludwig Weissbier is a properly constructed hefe through-and-through, though I'd hesitate to call it one of the best on the market. The banana is a little overdone for my tastes, but that's neither here nor there - I'd still be interested in drinking this again, as I'm convinced it would hit the spot on a sunny afternoon out at the biergarten (or backyard, or restaurant patio, etc.). In summary - it's a pretty solid wheat beer, but I'd rank it a step behind the cream of the German hefeweizen crop. If you like German weissbiers, don't hesitate to grab this one.

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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brutalist
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Deano_53
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Houborg1
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

4 oz pour on tap at brewpub.

A: Milky neon yellow body with a white fluffy head.

S: Light banana, clove, a little bit of wheat

T: Muddled banana, clove, sweet

M: Thin and a little gritty

O: Not a very great Hefe, muddled flavors that are masked and a thin body.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.75] The bottle lists the ABV (5.5%) and it has a best by date of (08/17/2017). I expected it to be slightly cloudy but it is a really transparent pale gold color. It has a full fat finger of puffy white head.

S: [3.25] Bananas, bananas, clove, basically a Belgian yeast bomb.

T: [3.50] Follows the nose but more subdues. Bubble gum, bananas, clove.

M: [3.50] Under medium body with a crisp clean feel.

O: [3.50] Weissbier is not a favorite style for me. That being said this is pretty decent. It is not overly funky and yeasty. I visited King Ludwig's castle this summer. It was pretty awesome. That was why I bought this beer. It gets bonus points for the origin story! (King Ludwig was mudered in an unsovled mystery - check it out).

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Photo of Celtics76
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flachs
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this. Not into the fancy terminology but know what I like.

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4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 901 ratings
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