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)

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured with good amounts of sediment and a full, long lasting head. Served with a lemon.
Very smooth and gentle on the tongue. Not bitter, an excellent wheat flavor. Just a slightly citrus flavor. Has a crispness in the aftertaste, which lingers and pulls the remaining flavors through the taste buds. This is possibly the best Hefe Weisse I have experienced. Multiple purchases of this beer have yielded the same results.

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Photo of wages
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - 5/5 - It pours a straw color with only the faintest haze and a 2 finger white head that maintains at a half finger. LOTS of bubbles. Leaves oodles of Belgian lace.

smell - 5/5 - Lots of sweet banana aroma.

taste - 5/5 - Really wonderful wheat/banana flavor without being overpowering as I find most hefes.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Highly carbonated which really makes the esters shine. Also has a creamy texture.

overall - 5/5 - A truly mind-blowing experience for me. I'm just not used to traditional hefe-weizen that tastes so well balanced. If you can't tell, I don't normally drink wheat beer, but this one is a pleasant surprise. I just realized I gave this five stars, something I've not done until this beer. I really can not imagine a better example of this style.

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Photo of plaidowl
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my very favorite beer. Not only is it a high quality brew, made with obvious care, but it caters to my every preference. It has just the right amount of head, not too much, but enough to be thick and present. It has a beautiful opaque golden straw color, streaming with a constant, but light, carbonation. It is crisp and clean tasting, with a smooth finish; quite refreshing, and the kind of beer that I can enjoy in any quantity, a fine beverage, not just a good beer. The flavor is mellow, with classic banana notes complimenting the overall malty flavor.
So many beers have a complex, enjoyable flavor, but end up being too rich an experience to drink in too great a quantity; others are highly quaffable, but suffer in the flavor department. This is a beer that never overstays its welcome, with me. Delicious and light, smooth and effervescent, this beautiful brew is German beer at its finest!

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Photo of oesarth
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

out of a clean tap - perfection
out of the bottle - not bad

i've had many literjons of this, both tap and bottle. out of the tap, the only hefe i like as much is ayinger. do yourself a favor and get this tattooed on your gf before you even try it. if you don't believe in tattooing, just get a sticker and put it on her car without asking her

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Best by date of 08.15.14.
Poured from a pint bottle into a weizen glass on 03.25.14.

A: Straw yellow. Yeast at top. 1/4 finger head.

S: Lemon, wheat, clove.

T: Lemon dominates. Orange, wheat are there too. Banana, sweet clove are more subtle.

M: Creamy smooth.

O: This had a very sweet aftertaste, which I liked. The flavors were strong too, compared to more watery hefs. This seemed like a cross between a Paulaner and an Ayinger. It had the orange of a Paulaner and the lemon of the Ayinger. I would put this into rotation if I could find it easily.

Rating: A

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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 wanderingspirit
4.69/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite Weiss beers. Good retention of Belgian lace, color, and a subtle aftertaste of banana. Not cloying or overly sweet. Very good if you appreciate the style.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An amazing Hefe. Pours out to a banana yellow color with a large head of dense white foam, which had good retention. Bubbles race toward the top, indicating higher carbonation. Nice. Aromas of bananas, fresh, light malts, sweet grain, a touch of spice and yeast. Taste was exceptional; smooth, quaffable, mellow, refreshing. A true Hefe Weizen. Flavors of bananas, light spice, dry malt, a touch of sweet sugar cane, hints of flowery hops. Mouthfeel was light, refreshing and bubbly. The perfect companion for a warm afternoon. Drinkability is exceptional. At 5.5% ABV, this is a summer sessioner's dream come true. Highly recommended. World Class.

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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 ZorPrime
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First, I could drink this beer all night...

Color is pale yellow.

Smell: Smell is intense fruity with some light floral smell.

Taste: Sweet, just like a weissbeer should be, very nice. Love it... can't stop drinking!!

Mouthfeel: This is very refreshing and in mouth, the beer is sweet. Love it!

Simple but at the same time so tasty and sooo good!

(Tasted: 29 december 2008)

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Photo of ordybill
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. The aroma has a big fruit aroma, very nice. The appearance is a murky straw color with a fairly large white head. Taste is banana and bread with some spices. A very good flavor. Overall this is a really good beer.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.5 % abv

Appearance- Pours a lemon yellow with large white foamy head. Very hazy/cloudy.

Smell- Freshly baked bread, banana, clove, pepper.

Taste- Sweet doughy character with a fresh crackery malt flavor. Banana notes quite evident, not much unlike fresh banana bread. Some spicy hop flavor in there as well. Finishes sweet and peppery with a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- An incredible hefe. Excellently brewed with plenty of flavors and the right flavors. One of the best in its style. Hats off.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden yellow appearance with a large, creamy white head with pretty good retention, leaving some nice lacing.

A combination of banana & wheat blending with hints of clove and a light, summery citrus aroma. Very well balanced & one that improves each time you smell it.

An excellent mix banana & clove that works well with the light spice flavour in the background and a nice sweet bubblegum like taste & the faintest of coriander.

Smooth and creamy with very good carbonation. There was just the right amount of fizz in the drink, making it exceptionally easy to drink. Light bodied and very refreshing with a mild tang, light bitterness & a crisp finish.

Without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever drank, it was wonderful. An excellent beer with almost nothing wrong with it & one that I highly recommend.

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Photo of barleysandwich
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can sum up this beer in one word - YUM!

Has a pleasant taste, a little on the sweet side, but that is normal for weissbier. Excellent smooth and silky mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

If you like Hefe beer, you are sure to love this beer, enough said!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 2” white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big banana nose is detectable from 5 feet away.
T: Banana, bread and clove on the palate with the balance towards the banana. A hint of bubble gum and traces of vanilla arise near the end and the beer finishes with a lingering clove presence on the tongue.
F: Creamy, luscious and full bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Liquid banana bread that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of blakesell
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed yellow orange with virtually no head, a mere island of foam towards the left hand side with the dutchy. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- Wheat is very pronounced with very little banana or clove although clove is there. Hops are nowhere to be found. Wheat is quite dominant in the scent here.

Taste- Creamy and spicy with clove and noble hops. This is a definition of a Bavarian hefeweizen through and through. Clove coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. There is a cereal mash flavor on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light-medium bodied, medium-low in carbonation, very pleasant on the mouth.

Drinkability- Wonderful, an excellent example of the Bavarian hefeweizen style. i will revisit this again and again.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the nicest Hefeweizens I've tried. Very intensive banana aromas and taste. Not overly carbonated, medium body. SImilar to Andechser Weissbier, Weihenstephaner and Maisel's Weisse.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was a great find in the Hy-Vee build a 6 pack section. It's an intriguing copper/orange mix with an awe-inspiring haze. Careful pouring it because the head because it can overflow your glass like a panzer charge. The aroma is wheat with a bit of floral mixed in. The taste was wheat with some fruit and honey mixed in. The body was a medium weight. It's super smooth and finishes smooth. This is quite enjoyable and well balanced. It's not high-proof but it's a great "mid-range" beer, a great value! Definitely a repeat buy.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewhouse Fussen

Pours a cloudy, dark straw/yellow colour. The same colour as the Golden Retriever sitting next to me here in Fussen. Decent white head with pretty good staying power.
Smell is nice and fruity. Citrussy. Actually, pretty great.
Taste is wheaty, of course. Sweet with hints of citrus, lemon. Nice finish. It begs another sip.
Mouthfeel is creamy and full.
A 500ml glass doesn't last very long. I'll have another, please.

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Photo of VillageDrunkard
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive only seen this brwe at 2 liquor stores in my area, and i have only experienced it the freshest the first time ive had it. It was nearly my favorite weiss. Since thenm everytime i tlk myself into gettting another $14 six pack, the yeast which should easily flow from the bottom of the bottle and complete the fullness of flavor and body is actually a flaky awkward sediment that floats around in my glass like fish flakes. a big turn off for me, but the flavor is still there so i keep buying it. hopefully they order a new shipment soon so then i can relive the greatness once more!

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a .3L Weihenstephaner glass.

A: Pours a perfectly cloudy lemony-yellow with a full, two-finger off-white head. Definition of an unfiltered hefeweizen.

S: Lots of lemon-citrus up front with a mild yeastiness.

T: Tastes like biting into a lemon creamsicle. (Don't even know if that's a flavor but it should be).

M: Blends big taste with a crisp feel.

D: Could be my new go-to for a hefeweizen. Definitely rivals Tucher. Like chewing into a lemon candy!

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Photo of 49degrees
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While the Hefeweizen style makes for a great afternoon relaxer during warm summer months, I tend to find these enjoyable throughout the year. I recently ran across this brew for the very first time, and its unique bottle shape, labeling and presentation definitely made a quick impact. I drink lots of Hefeweizens and they all tend to be marketed much the same way, but Konig’s just has that special look that says “I can be different because I taste great.”

Whether the package intentionally carries that message or not will be the topic for another discussion. But if modesty were to prevail, it’s a sentiment that plays extremely well with this brew. This is a very noble beer that displays sensational characteristic at ever turn.

A superb pungent aroma capitalized by strong lemon and orange citrus aromas, a subtle wheat and malt blend, and even a hint of spiciness such as clove. The aroma reminds me quite a bit of some of the better Wit beers from Germany.

When first pouring I failed to give the bottle a good swish to start, which resulted in an extremely clear pour, closer to a Kristall rather than a Hefeweizen. I quickly stopped pouring, gave the bottle a gentle whirl and poured some more. Far better results this time with a massive white foamy head plus plenty of yeast influenced cloudiness throughout. The head slowly gives way to a solid surface foam after some time. Virtually no lacing, but a decent 1/8" collar on glass.

This is an exceptionally well-balanced Hefeweizen, extremely smooth and almost creamy in complexion. It’s creamy in a unique way, it’s not exactly malt creamy but it has a nice robust flavor, palette pleasing creaminess that works extremely well. Strong fruit flavors announce their presence in ever sip, including orange, lemon, and even some banana. An interesting brew that provides striking similarities to the likes of a Schneider Weiss and a Hoegaarden Wit. Seeing as those two are among my favorites brews, this Konig hits my palette perfectly.

Freshness dated with the most precise point yet … Best Before: April 19, 2003 (3:59 a.m.)

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 500ml bottle / ABV: unlisted / PRICE: $3.49 USD ]

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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 WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love hefe-weizens, and this one after cracking the bottle smelled amazing!!! It poured a hazy unfiltered golden hue, with a bright white color. Very thick lace that is pure eye candy for a true beer lover. This is a style I could drink all day, the aroma is full of spices, banana, and cloves it's so pleasant almost like smelling some ginger or cinnamon. A swee contrasting aroma that fills up my senses, and also contains a bit of a citrus scent to it. Very good the first sip I am greeted with all of the yeast flavors that blend so well together, and the malt gives this beer an amazing level of drinkability if you like wheat beers like I do. Finish is very banana, and complemented with a fair level of carbonation. This is a lighter bodied beer with a fluffy moutfeel to it, and I really am enjoying this one. In fact anybody into wheat beers will like this one, amazingly drinkable and satisfying down to the beer lover's soul.

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Photo of BeerBeing
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass generic longneck bottle, black/red/blue/gold on yellow label

Appearance: cloudy golden color, very big off-white head, very good lacing

Smell: wheat, spiciness, lemon, yeast

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, wheat, some lemon, banana, clove, yeast

Notes: very good hefe

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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 885 ratings.
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