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

BA SCORE
86
very good
894 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
894
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
171
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 428
Reviews by JayQue:
Photo of JayQue
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried this beer at the Virginia Beach Octoberfest along with two Warsteiner beers. Just like the other two, the Konig Ludwig was served in an opaque plastic cup so I really didn't get a great view of the color (orange amber) or cloudiness (it was there). This Hefe-Weizen had a small white head with some hanging in there for a while. The smell was pleasant and mildly fruit-like. The main problem I had with it was taste. Almost every sip started with a strong medicine-like taste. Almost like the taste of the anesthetic that the dentist injects before starting a procedure. I thought there was a problem with the keg, but I tried another Hefe last week (Weeping Radish Wheat beer) and experienced a much milder version of the same taste. I must just not like this style of beer and would rate the milder tasting Hefe's as the best, when what I see as a drawback may be a positive for a Hefe drinker. I liked the lightness of the beer and the mouthfeel, after the initial taste (I did get to experience the fruitiness and cloves). I do not rate this as high drinkability, but for fans of this style, the lightness and fruit taste would lead this to be a good summer session beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz brown bottle. Freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Very cloudy pale golden beer with a white foam head that settles to a creamy lace.

Smell: Lemony citric, light malty aroma and hints of clove and yeast.

Taste: Extremely smooth and creamy on the palate with an even, sweet malt character. It broken by a soft lemon bitterness that strikes the palate with some backing carbonation fizz and settles back into the malt. Banana and thin notes of clove and other herbals fold into the sweet malt which makes a second round with a touch of sweet caramel. A little dry, bitty and oily in the finish.

Notes: A very flavourful hefeweizen beer (especially if you leave 1/4 in the bottle, swirl and pour into your glass -- yeast is good). Balanced, complex, traditional and quite the authentic beer. A world class beer in my beer book.

Thanks to Warsteiner for the sample!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of oberon
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pored a hazy gold color with big rockyt head,smell was kinda bland for a weisse.A little citrius and smokey hint but nothing that would wake u up.Maybe a little clove in the taste with banana undertones but not anything really coming thrue.Real bland in my opinion there is alot better coming from Bavaria for sure.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin but creamy head with no lacing does not bode well for this hazy pee-colored beer. Nose is old hops, slight yeast, whiffs of banana.

I am pleasantly suprised here. Citrusy hops with faint grassyness and banana, and a good yeasty finish. Clove character shows up with continued quaffing. This is the first German wheat I've ever had and quite frankly I was expecting more, but its still good. I'll give it the benefit of the doubt and assume this is an old bottle. Mouthfeel is creamy and good for the style.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of sponberg
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: The body was cloudy and had a cool, golden yellow color with visible carbonation. Its head is thick, creamy and bright white in color. It slowly fades to a thin cap that hangs on till the last sip and leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell: There is an inviting aroma of wheat, clove, fruity yeast and banana.

Taste/Mouth feel: The flavor has a good wheat malt base with fruity yeast that has notes of banana. Mellow herbal hops, spicy clove and a touch of lemon round out the flavor on a smooth creamy palate with a medium body and lively carbonation. It finishes somewhat dry with some lingering wheat and dry earthy tones.

Notes: This is a great example of a German hefeweizen. The balance is spot on for the style and it is wonderfully refreshing and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Guden
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date, a little blurb about the beer on the back label. Decent lace for the style with some sporadic stickage, even cloudiness within the pale golden brew.

Light but sharp twang of wheat, soft spiciness and faint yeast in the aroma.

The mouth feel is structured very well with a deeply textured carbonation that provides a stellar crispness in the moderate body. Big bursting juicy wheat malt flavours, lots of grain in the mouth and so in a dry way. Quick cut into the palate with some clove spiciness, very mild alcohol character other than the light warming. Yeastiness is earthy and mineral like and adds a needed harshness to the palate for balance. Dry finish with a clean lingering grain.

A good solid German wheat beer, give this one a go especially if you are into really dry wheat beers. I’ll be going back to this one on occasion.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled up at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light apricot, semi cloudy, skimpy head for a hefe, tiny bubbles, fine and well developed lacing left behind. Strong bananas, vanilla and cloves in the nose. More cloves and banana notes that jump out onto the palate. Easy drinking and tasty enough hefe. Lacks the depth of flavors and complexity of the heavy weights of the style. But I still enjoyed it and suggest you give it a try or two as well

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

50cL brown bottle with "Königlich Bayerisches Bier" on the front. Is it really? Bearing in mind it's a cold Weizen on a thirsty night...

Appearance: Average cloudy pale orangey-yellow colour, your run-of-the-mill Bavarian Hefeweizen. Head retention is disappointing, and head is snow-white. Even though I poured it imprecisely, without stirring up the Hefe on the bottom of the glass, it didn't leave a brown stain on the head like most Weizens do. Although the bottle looks German, there is something non-genuine about this beer. Still, it's cloudy, it's approximately the right colour, but its authenticity so far is poor.

Smell: Thin, but fairly true to the style. Banana, phenol, wheat malt. Not bursting with flavour, but very German - reserved, polite and unassuming. Pretty average, not a great Weißbier.

Taste is also less than outstanding. Slightly sour, marginally more complex than the smell makes it appear, but not entirely true to the style. Banana is less evident, phenol still around with some tartness in the mouth. Dry, refreshing, but rather bloating - this fills your stomach up in a watery way which is not what you want on a spring eve in a warm house. You don't want that at all, really.

Mouthfeel is way too thin - lacking a lot. There is still something to chew on there though, probably due to the fact it's a cloudy beer - the bottle conditioning adds something. Drinkability - not impressed because of the belly-filling-up-with-water effect. It's refreshing but I hate that bloating sensation.

Overall - not a bad beer, but I am hard on my Hefeweizens because I enjoy them so much. Tough love. If this were rated in terms of any beer style, it would be marginally above average.

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Photo of nem2006
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Color is an extremely hazy yellow/gold. Had a little head which faded fast.

The smell is citrusy with a little spice in there. Smells of almost lemons or oranges. Definitely the product of the wheat.

Taste is light, powerful and refreshing. Catching hints of the citrus flavor. Almost no bitterness from the hops at the end. Extremely smooth.

I am a big fan of this beer. Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Dragnagen
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured a light, cloudy golden hue with a well-rounded, foamy head. Sheets of lacing, great retention.

All the usual suspects are there: wheat malts, coriander, flowers, banana, cloves and spice. Very good nose to it.

A fine, easy to drink hefe. Not the best of the style, but certainly very well done. Starts off like a typical hefe, with robust banana and clove flavours, but it kind of loses momentum near the finish, which is peppery and a bit thin. Maybe dry is the right word.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly creamy.

A solid hefe, and a pretty decent brew to cap off the evening. I'll still probably go Hacker or Weihenstephan, but this is a fine choice as well. Eager to try their dunkel...

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Photo of Jaysicles
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BCborn
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
3.8 out of 5 based on 894 ratings.
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