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 TappaKeggaBrew
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden with a hint of orange. Would have scored it higher, but for a lackluster head (for a Hefe) and so-so lacing.

S: Strong lemon/citrus aroma. Also some white pepper and spice. Wheat malt and a hint of yeast are present in the background.

T: The aroma suggested a lot more citrus than the taste delivered, but the taste was quite good. Mildly sweet malt, with a good measure of wheat. The citrus notes are present, but submit to the stronger banana phenols and clove flavors. Hops is bitter and dry in the finish, but not at all overwhelming.

M: Nice balance of moist and crisp, perfectly carbonated, with just a hint of astringency in the finish.

O: Not the perfect Weissbier, but a really fine example. It's drier than many, but that just leaves you wanting more (which is a good thing). And I should probably mention the reasonable price -- you may find a slightly better Weissbier, but it will likely cost you quite a bit more -- which makes this one great for frequent consumption.

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Photo of filstan
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was pleasantly surprised to find this on draft at Resi's Bierstube in Chicago. I have always enjoyed this beer when travelling in Bavaria and in Austria. One of my favorite Weiss beers. I have never seen this in Chicago on draft so this was a happy surprise. Luitpold beers are all good, but this for me is their flagship and I can only hope this brewery keeps a presence in the USA. Weiss beer drinkers should seek this out as it is a fantastic representative for this style. While I like Weiss beer out of traditional half liter bottles, on draft this was superb. If you ever travel south west of Munich do yourself a favor and visit Schloss Kaltenberg. A wonderful rural oasis.

Appearance: appealingly turbid, golden color, with a tight foam head that held well down the glass into a nice lacing.

Aroma: alluring bready yeast with expected banana, light clove helping to accentuate the malt.

Taste: malt forward with hops for balance. Citrus fruit joins yeast banana spice to make this extremely quenching.

Mouthfeel: medium/full with just enough effervescence.

Overall: One of the greats. Not much better can be asked for in this style. Seek this out on draft or in half liter bottles served in the proper Weiss beer glass. While good all year round, this brew shines in warm/hot weather and in the fresh air.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought in the 500ml brown bottle, with the simple yet effective yellow label with crest on front.
This is a very nice looking beer when poured..deep golden straw coloured beer..that is quite attractivly hazy..with a large pure white frothy head, it shrank but vestiges remained until the beer was finished.
Mmmmm very nice strong German hefe aromas..quite fruity ,loads of banana aroma..and the sourness of the wheat can be detected.
Wow this is a very easy drinking beer..but it is loaded with flavour..bananas, spice, fresh wheat..and a nice mild aftertatse.
Very comfortable on the tongue.
An exceptionally drinkable weissbier..and at a good price excellent beer..I recommend this!

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Photo of lipschitz
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

Pours deep, cloudy gold with an enormous, dense, luscious head. This floats majestically atop for what seems to be an eternity. The smell is of yeast, pepper & fresh cut grass. The aroma mirrors the taste, which is of noticeable banana & clove, at first, hinting at pepper, than finishing with a nuance kiss of hops before leaving your palette clean. Heavenly mouthfeel, which is velvety & creamy.

This is a magnificent beer. It just may be what bottled sunshine tastes like. From the initial pour, through to the last sip, the creamy head remains throughout, and I can see why…it’s just so hard to leave this beer!

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Photo of iceball585
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale yellow color, cloudy, one finger thick fluffy white head that lowered to a thin cover

S- Lemons, banana, yeast, bready, pale malts

T- Wheat, yeast, bready, light malts, citrus, clove, hint of banana

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, chewy, slightly dry finish

D- Worth trying

Definitely a good example of a Bavarian Hefe-Weizen. Brings me back to the vacation I took in Southern Germany and Austria.

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Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle, into a glass. The beer pours a hazy straw, forming a very fluffy large head. Medium rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass. The smell is a sweet mixture of fruit aromas and wheat. The taste is very similar to the aroma, but with less of the fruitiness. Still very smooth and enjoyable. Light mouthfeel. Decent abv., and full flavor makes this a highly sessionable beer. I have to say this is propably the best hefe-weizen I have tried to date. Extremely smooth and full of flavor.

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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe poured the usual way, a hazy yellow color and formed a huge foamy white head that subsided leaving latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of clove, lemon, malt and yeast. The flavor was of lemon, clove and wheat with a touch of malt. The body is slightly creamy and fairly light with sprite finish. A nice hefe with some nice complexity.

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Photo of jayjay1976
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an hourglass shaped weizen glass, it was pale mustard yellow at the bottom graduating to a deep honey color near the top with a pronounced swirling cloud of yeast from the last bit of the pour. The is an impressive looking beer worthy of a photograph for the spank bank.

Thick bubbly head quickly subsiding to a light film of bubbles that stuck around for the duration, leaving almost no lacing.

Malty sweet top note with a nice banana and heavy cream underside, maybe a bit of clove. I love the smell of this beer.

Bracing. This gets your tongue's attention and doesn't let go. Just enough sweetness to support the banana and green apple with and a lot of bread and cream. slightly astringent and pleasantly tart, combined with the fizzy carbonation leaves your mouth fresh and beery. I love having beer breath.

I had it in the morning with some white cheese and a brötchen, it went together nicely.

Wheaty and yeasty

Overall, this is one of my favorites on account of its relative dryness and creamy smell. Here in Germany this is available in a six pack of 12-ouncers, but also in half-liter bottles. Also, the label here is slightly different than pictured above; instead of saying 'WEISS' under the name, it says 'HELL' (which is German for 'bright' denoting the color of the brew), and its missing the black area below the yellow oval that says "royal Bavarian Hefeweizen" because that is English nonsense. I had it a time or two in Chicago and the taste really suffers over the long journey. This is delicious fresh from the bottler, I avoid it at the supermarket and NEVER bother with those six packs.

Serving type: 0,5 liter bottle, €0.65 purchased at the Getränke Bee around the corner from my house.

20 mixed bottles of craft and specialty weizens for €13 plus crate and bottle deposits.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This cloudy gold wheat with a frothy white head contains little bits of yeasty goodness. Not much lace to talk about. The medium wheat body emits clove and just a faint hint of over-ripe bananas. The citrusy hops are a nice compliment to the clove and yeasty flavors. A little lemon and lime and a bit of honey round this very drinkable wheat out.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a whiteish hue bearing a 1/2 inch head that retains well before falling elegantly to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and puffs of surface foam. Standard lacing isn't much to boast about.

S- Heavy wheat and banana that's crisp and attractive. Rich, sweet and full.

T- High amount of wheat but less banana than in the aroma. Somewhat chalky yeast flavor. Mild alcohol twang. Big in the drinkability department. Light citrus notes.

M- Well-carbonated and plenty of zesty pep. Decent body that's not too thin.

O- Not one of my favorite Hefeweizens but definitely a winner.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my 300-whatever ml weizen glass. The color is a cloudy, lemonade yellow with a tint of darker orange. Two and a half fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a centimeter cap before settling to a simple ring around the edge. Not too much sediment at the bottom; only a little clings into the deep grooves at the bottom.

Smell: Bavarian goodness. Bready yeast, bananas, apple cider, clove spice, and some barnyard malts. Very true to style.

Taste: Follows the smell, but is much more enjoyable to the taste buds. The clove spice stands out immediately, but the fruits (banana and apple) come through to provide the classic hefeweizen taste. There's also a little bit of strawberry mixed in as well. The Beer Guy at Dirty John's was right, too: it is dry.

Drinkability: Oh so good on such a hot day. This is just what the doctor ordered. It's tasty, too, which is true to style for me.

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a short-neck, brown, 500ml bottle, with a BBE date and time of 17:20, 30/08/05.

A: served in a goblet, it pours a cloudy dark yellow colour, with an initially thick, foamy white beerhead which slowly settles to a thin layer of small- and medium-sized bubbles.
S: up front there is light hint of green mango, banana, clove, licorice, slightly yeasty note and a thinly sour edge of malted grains--reasonably complex as well as smartly understated--enticing one to explore and appreciate it just like a good cup of tea.
T: soft palate of banofee pie, warmish and spicy touch of clove and licorice, light caramel, and malts' mild grainy flavour, against a smooth and delicate texture of wheats at the back, which lends force to a satisfyingly lingering, mildly-dry bitterness in the throat underlined by a stream of "Chinese ginseng tea"-kind of round bitter-sweetness running underneath.
M&D: medium-bodied and moderately-flavoured, this brew is a good example of a healthily-balanced Hefe-Weizen, showing no particular outstanding (WOW~), or aggressive characters (compared to some other German Hefe-Weizen I've tasted), but very soft and nice. Not a beer in which one can find something to hate about but definitely a lot to appreciate, only quietly. Extremely enjoyable for a slow drinker like me.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this for under 2 bucks at the Allegheny six pack shop.

A - Pour is good hazy bright yellow in color with not a ton of foam which is nice for a Hefe just a 1/4 inch that settles to a nice ring.
S - Not as bright banana and bread tones one would expect but it does have a nice bit of fruity yeast and coriander for good measure.
T - Very smooth not too yeasty which I enjoy in a good Hefe. Again not too strong banana tones but a good wheat and bready body with coriander spice and a touch of hops. Good stuff!
M - Very smooth and drink able. One of the better of the style I have had as of late!

Overall I am impressed with this stellar wheat beer will be sure to drink it again!

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Photo of Vancer
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only a 330ml bottle, I truly wished this would have been a 500ml – more for the excellent session drinking. I’d have no problem getting a sixer of this fine Hefe.

Poured a cloudy sunshine yellow, made even more hazy with the swirl of the bottom yeasties. White topping head left lil’ lace rings all the way down the weizen glass. Just a fine looking beer in the proper drinking vessel.

Refined notes of bubblegum, clove and banana in the aroma and the quaff – not overpowering, but just right.. Solid wheat backbone stands tall in the saddle. This beer just toyed with my beer drinking emotions, it’s summer and I need more Hefes!!

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Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 L Fransiskaner Weissbier tall glass (flute?) in Verona, Italy June 17th, 2009 while on vacation there.

A Great 5 inch head after vigorous pour over opaque golden body with visible bubbles rising up. Only light gets through as there are only shadows of my finger visible when I hold one up on the other side.

S Great german weissbier smell. Wheat, gentle malt.

T The promise of the smell did not disappoint. Nice interplay of malt barley with other grains and a light banana fruitiness as well.

M Moderate with 5.5% ABV, citrusy wheat taste.

D Great. I could have many of these (although I kept it to the one today).

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Photo of lookitsmp
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a smooth white head, about one fingers worth, which fades to a slight ring around the glass. Some tight lacing. A pretty decent looking beer.

Smell: Big wheat and yeasty smells typical of most Hefes with some clove and spice. Theres some slight ripe banana and red apple notes hanging around as well.

Taste: You get a very slight hop bitterness at the front of the tongue which gives way to a smooth yeasty banana and clove taste. Leaves a nice wheat, spice, and banana after taste. A great tasting Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: On the fence between light and medium bodied. Very soft and smooth on the tongue. Drinkability is off the charts. As refreshing as any Hefe out there. Great after a long day.

Overall: This is one of the better Hefeweizens that I've had. Has everything you'd expect for the style. It doesn't do anything extreme it just does everything very well. It's no Dancing Man but it's damn good.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rich milk shake of a head sits on top of a cloudy yellow beer.
Aroma is big and malty. Smells between a wheat beer and a pils. I get some clove too but over all the aroma is weak.
Taste is smooth and tart, refreshing too as like most wheats. Pretty malty with hints of banana and clove from yeasty esters.
Slides over the palate with creamy ease.
A very good beer in my opinion.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Alright....this Weiss pours a golden color with a generous yeast haze within. There are underlying tones of copper, orange and yellow hues against the light. The head is frothy/soapy and very dense/creamy in appearance....starts out about 2 fingers thick and settles into a grand looking finger thick layer.....lacing is very nice as well with plenty of strands worth of protein laced foam that clings very stickily to the side of the glass. Carbonation seems to be average and climbs to the top of the liquid in several columns. Overall a very nice looking Ale!

S- Initial aromas that border between sweet grainy barley malt and dry wheat kernels, plus the traditional fruity esters of banana, possible apricot kernel, baking spices such as clove, nutmeg and cinnamon, and there is plenty of brewers yeast involved with bread/biscuit.

T- I am getting plenty of cream and bread/biscuit to start.....yeast is plentiful on this one! Other lesser flavors of banana, mild spice that follows the nose, wheat grains, sweet malted barley and perhaps a slight tone of citrus (lemon and orange zest). The finish is clean and then the aftertaste presents plenty of malt and yeast. Very nice overall!

M/O- Super creamy smooth and velvety rich, this is a modest, yet superior in balance Weiss beer! I find this one not harsh in any way imaginable and feel that the drinkability factor is very high on this one....it's not overly filling and I think I could handle at least a couple in a sitting. Good with an apple pie slice.....highly recommended!

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bananas with a good amount of twang from the wheat. Also present are mild amounts of clove and coriander, with the former intensifying as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by loads of banana flavors and hints of pears. Midway through the sip good amounts of clove join in and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall the flavor profile and aroma didn't blow me away but the way they worked together came very close. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden yellow. Hazy. A finger of white head which lingers.

S: Banana, bready malts.

T: Follows the nose. Banana not quite as present as some of the great ones.

F: Moderate to high carbonation. Medium bodied. Goes down smooth.

O: Definelty better than any of the u.s hefes I've had.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Has a deep cloudy, wheat color with about 1 inch of head and a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Light. Grainy, earthy smell. A touch of sweetness in the nose. A bit of yeasty smell as well.

T - Nice clean wheat beer. Has some tiny alcohol flavor which is very pleasant. Also has just a taste of bitterness.

M - Crisp. Very light feel with just a trace amount of carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.

D - High. This would make a very nice session beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 500ml bottle, very eye-catching yellow and black label. I've had an uneasy relationship with German wheat beers over the past years, but to my surprise this one seems to want to embrace me back into the fold again, and I must go whether willingly or not.

A pale cloudy straw colour, you could see the haze even in the bottle! Lots of carbonation, big foamy cloud-like head that subsides into a velvety lacing. Nose is sweet, of banana and almonds, the yeast is definitely doing its job properly. Flavour is complex, it just rolls on the tongue. Banana, spice, nuts, sweet malt, ever faint floral hops. Great Caesar's ghost! Where did I ever go astray with this style? Smooth mouthfeel, like a big golden cloud. Oh yeah, I'll be buying more.

This weiss has completely turned me around on the style, I am a happy camper. Never would have foreseen it. Most definitely a beer worth checking out. Excuse me now, I think I'll start speaking in tongues.

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Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into my Konig Ludwig branded hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Beautiful radiant, cloudy orange with astronomically large white head.

Smell: Saturated with bready yeasts and a slight sweetness.

Taste: The palate is overwhelmed by bready yeasts, banana, and an addictive sugar water/ honey sweetness. This is rounded out by a slight peppery spiciness and more sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and a little less carbonation than I hoped.

Drinkability: An excellent Weissbier, and something I certainly don't mind relaxing with.

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Photo of barknee
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Each bottle of this brew from my 6-pack is loaded with yeast and trub begging for gentle agitation prior to pouring. A soft hazy 20 caret gold colored brew having majestically odoriferous aromas of lemon, banana and a touch of clove make for a very enjoyable balance of flavors. The weight of this brew is slightly light for the style, though super crisp and refreshing. A touch of lip smacking sweetness begs for another mouthful. A very enjoyable well made Hefe, worthy of your interest.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, firm white head, looks the part.

S: Banana & bubblegum, cotton candy, Cap'n Crunch.

T: Pastry-esque with an almost buttery malt. Orange notes, cotton candy and banana bread also round out the flavour. A sweeter hefe, very engaging.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth in the carbonation (can be a problem with hefes), prickly, refreshing.

D: This is clearly one of the best hefes I've ever had, reminds me a lot of Mission's version, a must try.

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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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