König Ludwig Weiss
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #43
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,918
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
450
Ratings:
965
From:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  48
Gots
  193
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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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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...

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4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

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Bsimpson91 from Georgia, Dec 14, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(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)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Oct 04, 2019
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5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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G-Style from New York, Sep 29, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Sep 28, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Nass from Florida, Sep 02, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This was a very traditional pour with the easy, super-sized weizen head that stayed forever and the body a cloudy yellow although a bit dingy.

Smell – This was incredible. The banana was there, lightly so, and the spices were explosive. The traditional clove was spot on along with allspice and a bit of cardamom and the grain was right out of a German wheat field.

Taste – The flavors were traditional as well if a bit light on the wheat for my personal preferences. The banana was also understated as foretold from the nose and similarly the spicing was large and in charge.

Mouthfeel – The elusive hefe mouthfeel is captured perfectly by the brewer; light, fluffy, and tickling the tongue.

Drinkability – Put me on a German bar stool with these all night and einmal will be the only word you’ll hear from me.

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RoyalT from Ohio, Jul 12, 2019
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3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque and yellow in appearance with a good white head. Big, delicious banana flavor right up front, followed by a yeasty and wheaty finish. Very crisp and very little aftertaste, making you want to reach for more.

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2.96/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl from tap.

Dark straw colour, murky. Head is quite weak and yielding, for a hefe foam.

Served too cold so had to wait a while .. when cold, exceptionally boring with oversharp fizzle.

Once warm enough the aroma lets the bubble gummy banana surface. Actually more like baked banana covered with syrup, as served in westernized Chinese restaurants in some parts of the world. Some clove, some yeasty notes. OK but nothing memorable.

Taste is yeasty bread with bubble gum and a phenolic aftertaste having its astringent side (overaged cloves) merge with bitterness from hops for a remarkably dry ending for a hefe. When cold, has unpleasantly sharp bubbles. As time goes by, becomes smoother and almost full.

Overall, underwhelming. Tasted in the dark, could almost be taken for a kellerbier fermented warm.

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KooVee from Finland, May 30, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle marked 17 DEC 2019 poured into a wheat beer glass at fridge temp 5.5% ABV. The beer pours slightly hazy light gold with nearly white head. The head recedes slowly to a cap. There is a little lacing. The aroma is muted banana and very slight clove. The taste is barely sweet wheat malt with banana notes and a little clovey, peppery yeast spiciness throughout. The finish is mostly dry with a hint of bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall, good. This is not a style I prefer, but I do try to review to style. The restrained sweetness and banana flavor make this one bearable for me. YMMV.

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jkblr from Indiana, Apr 24, 2019
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3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: murky pale amber and orange color with a relatively small (for a Hefe) 1.5 finger bright white head

S: banana, wheat, lemongrass, sweet grains, green pears, bubblegum, and a hint of caramel

T: banana, sweet pears, caramel, lemongrass, sweet grains, and some earthy notes

M: medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation, lower than I’d expect from a Hefe

O: an alright Hefe, but there are definitely better options out there. Not much more to say beyond that

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Apr 19, 2019
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. White head with lace. Unfiltered golden sunset color.

Lemons, bananas, cloves, and yeast. Very typical Weiss/Hefeweizen beer. Easy drinking and refreshing. Light bodied. Solid.

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mothman from Minnesota, Mar 27, 2019
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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has at least a medium body with plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is clove, bread, malt ,yeast and banana although the banana wasn't as strong as I expected.
Taste was grainy ,malty, yeasty bread with clove and some mild banana. Overall it was very enjoyable,flavorful with a nice thick feel

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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey, Mar 09, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: aggressive pour resulted in a opaque goldish body with many bubbles topped by a great big white airy head

S: tropical floral, papaya, and whole wheat toasted bread

T: banana, yeast, lemon zest, and wheat bread

M: light, crisp, and clean

O: Simple and refreshing. Competitively priced.

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JustCamIt from Virginia, Nov 28, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light orange color, 1/2 inch white head, suspended yeast floating around, good lacing
S: Bandaid, slight banana, and clove
T: Sweetness up front, I get that malty breadiness, bandaid and clove come through, ends with a sweet aftertaste
M: Light to medium
O: A good representation of the style, not as good as some other hefeweizens that Ive had but definitely a solid beer.

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4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a foggy, hazy orange with two fingers of white foam. Foam is dense and hearty and retains well. Aroma is orange, clove, yeast, and earthy, bread malts. Flavor profile is clove, yeast, a little citrus, and bread malts. Lovely smoothness. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, smooth texture. Overall, a great and smooth hefeweizen! Very refreshing.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 11.2oz bottle.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, May 16, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fass, it pours a hazy amber with a lovely thick weiss bier head. Pleasant scent of banana, etc as it is a classic bavarian weissbier. Easy to drink, perfect for a summer's afternoon and not so bad on April first, either!

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, fluffy, two-inch white head settles slightly quicker than the rate of continental drift. The head never quite dissipates after leaving spotty lace on a Koenig Ludwig Weizen glass. The beer is hazy and dark gold to amber (SRM 6-7). Extremely fine carbonation wafts up throughout.

The aroma mimics white flour, and I noticed no banana and only slight clove. The bottle date is fresh and after the initial impression, cut straw takes over.

Banana does present in the first sip, while there is only a hint of clove. Grains are the primary flavor with light fruit such as lemon, followed by honey apple, in a short, mild finish. Warmth brings out peppery spice and a creamy flavor.

A jersey cotton texture helps keep the body to a medium density. Soft, ample carbonation is juxtaposed by a hint of alcohol.

This is a decent Hefe-Weizen, interesting on its own terms and easily consumed. It goes well with casual conversation and would be suitable as a beverage while watching sports.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Mar 11, 2018
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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good hefeweizen, one of the german classics. Thick, creamy body, hazy golden with creamy head. Aroma of bananas and bread. taste is smooth and silky, delicious and refreshing.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 05, 2018
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3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Act25 from New Jersey, Nov 03, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
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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rex_4539 from Greece, Aug 20, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jun 22, 2017
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3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Jun 20, 2017
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3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
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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3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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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fscottkey from New York, Feb 01, 2017
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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 965 ratings