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

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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:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
894
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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44
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Photo of Bierman9
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a glass of this at the Hirschgarten in München...

This Hefe poured a golden/yellowy color. It was naturally cloudy, with a white head which was thin and short. Minimal lacing as well.
Nose is very heavy on the clove (though that's not a bad thing...) along with banana. Quite pleasing! Body was a bit less than medium, and it passed somewhat roughly across the tongue. Lots more clove in the flavor upon quaffing. Also banana, wheaty hints, and crisp and dry. Pretty good, actually, but a small kick in the butt would do it some good! Could be more complex than what it is... Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of jubnat
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw a single pack of this in the cooler at my local grocery store. Not too expensive. Pours light yellow with a light orange haze. Big head, but dissipates within a minute or two to a bright white ring around the glass. Beautiful tiny bubbles. Smells very yeast-like. Tastes of bananas and yeast, slightly sweet, very slight bitter/dry aftertaste. Good beer for the price and availability. Might try it again, but will probably explore other hefe weizens first.

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Photo of tdm168
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BretSikkink
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decently murky with a couple inches of quickly-dissipating head.

Clove, yeast and grain in the nose, with a little lemon hint.

Malty taste with spice and citrus. Really nice mouthfeel, just like a wheat beer ought.

Nicely balanced, easy drinker. Swirl up the yeast and get after it with a quintessential German hefe.

*Update*
I love Oktoberfest. I love Oktoberfest beers less. This is a perfect alternative. "September"-fest at the Crescent Moon in Omaha was selling half-liter Konig Ludwig hefe glasses with $4 refills. From experience, I feel I can advocate about 4 of those, with the rest of your $20 bill going to tips for each one. Oktoberfest responsibly.

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Photo of Longstaff
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very light colored Hefe with a near perfect head of tight bubbles and a meringue like crown. Creamy lemon flavors dominate along with subtle clove and banana flavors. Somewhat tart and refreshing. Finishes with a rough alcohol flavor that distracts from the creamy malt goodness. Went really well with the Bratwurst dinner I made. I will try this again when I find it.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge fan of the wiessbier or viezbeer yah. Overall it felt like a flat version of the belgium style wiessbier. I truely liked the beer but was overall not too impressed. I think this may be a wiess that I may skip over down the road. It was a good intro to the white beer selection. but it seemed to lack the full flavor that you need in a traditional white beer. I would recommend Hoegarrden or however they spell it.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pours golden Hazy colour, big banana and clove aroma the taste is pretty much the same as the aroma. This ones very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mpenders
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev 0%

I picked up a bottle of Kaltenberg International's König Ludwig Weiss last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. IT's been awhile since I've had a German Made Hefeweizen and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classy and traditional look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held tot he light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer and It's exactly how I expect a traditional example of the style to look like.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice banana and apple like aromas with the banana sticking out the most and there's also a slight pear aroma showing up. Up next comes some clove aromas that lead right in to the wheat that imparts some nice wheaty, light sweet malt and light bready like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma that's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it seems to be a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat being the first to show up this time and it imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the sweet malts sticking out just a little more. Up next comes the fruits which are the same as they were in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most by a little. On the finish comes a light clove flavor with no bitterness and it had a wheat, banana and light clove like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Hefeweizen that is pretty much what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice and nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I expect from a Heffeweizen and it had that good drinkability that all the traditional German made ones seem to have. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these especially on a warmer day. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just good traditional Hefe that was nice and drinkable. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I think it's priced nicely. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and it delivered pretty much just what I would want and expect from the style. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it's up there as one of the better one I've had. This beer made for a good first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this from a sample glass...

It's very cloudy orange/ yellow with a foamy white head. The smell is dominated by yeast and wheat, lots of bread with a a hint of banana. The taste is very yeasty with lots of wheat bread and banana, just like the taste. The beer is light but full bodied with lots of carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a solid german hefe, a little different from others I've tried but the diversity was welcomed.

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Photo of BcCraft710
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

I remember enjoying this beer a lot in the past, so let's see if it's as good as memory tells me it is. It pours a hazy orange-tinted straw topped by two fingers of white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, orange zest, coriander, and a light tinge of lemon zest. The taste comes in with these same elements, but things taste sweeter and blander. (I'm not really sure how that works, but it's how my mind thought at the time.) It's still tasty, just not as tasty as I believe it could have been, if that makes sense. The body is a sorta hefty-feeling light, with a light moderate carbonation and a rather light grainy feel. Overall, a very nice hefe; though not the best in its field, I will gladly partake of this beer any time.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half litre bottle perfectly filled my weizen glass with the 2 inch head just crowning the rim. Best before marked under the UPC on the back label.

Cloudy, pale gold colour. Big foamy white head fills the top 2 inches of my glass then recedes to a thin layer across the top.

Wheat aroma has yeast undertones with hints of clove and fruit.

Sweet wheat malt flavours right off the start. After the initial barage on the taste buds, it kind of dies off. Soft banana and clove flavours. Aftertaste is slightly dry.


Medium bodied mouthfeel with an active carbonation presence. Well balanced.

I don't have alot of experience with Hefe-weizens, but from those that I have had, this seems like a fairly average beer. It does reach out a grab you right at the swallow, but then fades away to next to nothing. The grand start leaves you hanging. Better than the Paulaner hefes we used to get here, but not as good as the Schneider I've had before.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best by 3/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, biscuit, clove, orange, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange, banana, clove, biscuit, pepper, wheat, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, citrus, clove, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. This is definitely a fruitier hefeweizen, with not as much spiciness as I was expecting. It is not cloying as all, and has a fairly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen. Very smooth drinking, with some nice flavor balance.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden, yellow color with a foamy, white one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and lemon.

T - It tasted of wheat with some lemon, and clove. Some malt flavor to compliment the wheat, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this hefe. Nice lemon touch with the wheat flavors.

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Photo of tlema1
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zadok
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a nice golden yellow from a 12oz. bottle. 1 finger head that dissipated relatively quick and left nice lacing.

S-Cloves and citrus the top aromas here, mild bubblegum.

T-Cloves are the overwhelming flavor with a mild hint of banana.

M-Light to medium body with a mild carbonation.

D-Nice summer brew, could easily have several of these in a setting.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange, almost gold body with a fluffy head that went down slow and left little lace patches. Contained some soft wheat in the smell for a little hint of sweetness, and contained some citric and spicy notes as well. A lighter tasting beer but still fuller-bodied and fluffy like a hefe should be. The wheat twang is subdued and a citricy, mostly lemon, taste with some clove on the backend comes out for a little spicier ending than I'm used to. Not my fave but still a good hefe.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy gold/straw color. Poured a 3 finger creamy white head that slowly dissipated to 1 finger cap that held until the first drink. Laced in wide rings.

S: Wheat malt. Plenty of citrus; grapefruit and orange, Sweet banana and spicy clove.

T: Esters and hops more pronounced up front; opposite of the smell. Very complex nose out of the gate with the combination of citrus, fruit and spices. Bready flavor builds through the middle blending with earthy spice lingering in the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp. Very refreshing.

O: Very drinkable. Solid Hefe with an interesting nose.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vanrassel
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A towering white head filled the top portion of my weizen glass, topping a hazy gold body. A foamy cap remained as long as there was beer in my glass, leaving some sticky lace behind.

The smell was muted in comparison — just some banana, a slight whiff of lemon and faint husky grain. Sweet start with banana, cotton candy that was cut nicely by wheat and grain flavour. A crisp, astringent citrus finish. Full-bodied, but not sticky on the palate. This isn't my favourite hefe, but it's a quality offering nevertheless.

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Photo of xungmound98
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tomedi01
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of droomyster
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas are huge on honey, tons of bee's wax, raw bananas, and heaps of wheatiness with whispers of grassy fields. Very sweet on the front palate, with lots of clover honey and a dash of bubblegum, before a sweet wheatiness dominates the middle and the finish. This is cleaner and more straightforward than many German hefeweizens, but the actual flavors are undeniably delicious from beginning to end. It could use more carbonation to carry its more delicate flavors aloft, but for those with a sweet wheat fetish, Ludwig Weiss can touch upon all of your kinks.

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Photo of MooseBoose
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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