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

König Ludwig WeissKönig Ludwig Weiss
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #44
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,146
Avg:
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
968
From:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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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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Reviews by fscottkey:
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fscottkey from New York

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).

Feb 01, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

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.

Jun 22, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

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.

Jun 20, 2017
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Todd from California

4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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!

Jul 07, 2002
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AtrumAnimus from Texas

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick head that is slow to settle. The nose is fruity malt and citrus. The taste is nice and pleasant, lemony flavors that are mingled with the hops with a well balanced malt flavor. Very smooth beer too. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

Feb 23, 2003
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bump8628 from Oklahoma

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

Standard hazed goldenrod color with a thin cap of white foam.

Light hefeweizen aromatics, mostly banana with subtle clove, nutmeg, and vanilla. Some bread and soft grain form a soft base and hops are light even for the style, actually they are almost absent.

Not my absolute favorite of the commonly imported German examples, but drinking this far from the source isn't a fair judge.

Apr 28, 2011
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MisledTitan from England

3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 24, 2016
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JessBrittingham

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Aug 30, 2014
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Puddleglum from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one is imported straight into Cincinnati especially for Oktoberfest so I'm guessing it's reasonably fresh even though there isn't a date on it. The head was nice and fairly sticky. The aroma was that of sweet malt wheat more than the esters that are associated with many of the hefeweizen I do so enjoy but there were indeed some fruity, floral and even minty notes in the aroma as well as the taste. A nice amount of carbonation without the bite of most hefeweizen. That contributed to it's high rating in the drinkability category. Thank you sir. May I have another.

Jul 25, 2005
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SLeffler27 from New York

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.

Mar 11, 2018
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blameo from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -48.3%

Mar 07, 2012
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Epetrena from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Apr 10, 2016
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

Apr 19, 2019
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rabidawg from Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold with a nice head. Looks just the way a hefe should.

Smell: Slight banana and a sour, citrusy tinge.

Taste: I'd never experienced this style before going to Germany, and one sip of this took me right back to a warm summer evening in Munich. Very crisp, very dry, slightly carbonated . . . a strange juxtaposition - this beer and a cold New England night. But then, I needed a reminder of what liveable temperatures were like . . . all that from the taste of a beer. That's really what makes this so great.

Mouthfeel - I guess I blended this with the taste section, so I'll let the dry and crisp stand.

Drinkability: As with most Hefes I've had, this one is made for sitting and sipping several. The taste doesn't get old, and I find myself wishing I'd bought a sixer instead of a single.

Feb 05, 2003
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Kraken from Maryland

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Soft pour yields one finger head that diminishes quickly. Beer pours a golden slightly cloudy amber color. Smell is slightly yeasty, with hints of citrus and light sweetness. Taste is light doughy, yeasty with a very mild sweetness, some citrus. Another very nice summer beer. Light easy to drink but still very flavorfull. Nice crisp finish.

Jul 06, 2008
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onlyliberty from Georgia

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Feb 17, 2012
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Leuven from Australia

5/5  rDev +29.2%

Jul 22, 2014
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Magnapinna from Connecticut

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Apr 28, 2019
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cichief from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a very hazy straw-yellow, with a thick white head.

S- Lots of banana and clove, very typical for a good hefeweizen.

T- Lots of good yeastiness, the beer has plenty of banana, nice balance, not too sweet.

M- Lots of small bubbles, carbonation is muted, medium body.

D- A damned good beer on a warm summer day.

Apr 17, 2008
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Brenden from Ohio

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

Notes are from Saturday 5/29.

This one is a very cloudy pale golden-yellow color with a creamy, thick, dense and frothy white head that sits atop this one for a short while before fading to a pretty sturdy foam. Light lacing is left in its wake.
I get the sturdy aroma of bananas and cloves as are appropriate to the style. There's a bit of a wheat backbone, though I'd prefer it to be stronger, and a crackery dry malt is just noticeable.
There's a decent sweet malt in this beer that's balanced by a soft lemony zest, but I find the banana most up front with the cloves note coming in and out. There's just a touch of peppery spice to this one and there' are some herbal and earthy that come and go.
The body is light to medium and there's an active carbonation. There's just a bit of a crisp feel in an otherwise extremely creamy smooth swallow.

Jun 02, 2010
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PopGun from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Oct 13, 2012
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jeffyboy65 from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Aug 09, 2014
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cretemixer from Indiana

2.33/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cloudy straw colored brew with a white head that fades to a thin almost nonexistent layer fast. No lace to speak of. Bready yeast smell with a citrus bite on the nose. Banana flavors hit me on my first sip. Very dry right up to the end. There seems to be something missing from this beer, it just doesn't have much character to speak of. Thin and dry on the mouthfeel. I was actually thirsty after drinking this beer. I can't recommend it.

Jan 04, 2003
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the 2015 German Bierfest.

Cloudy yellow gold body topped by a lively head.

Moderate banana and light clove for style. Light but not quite watery body.

Lively, medium carbonation.

Aug 22, 2015
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Jul 27, 2013
König Ludwig Weiss from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 968 ratings