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

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3.86/5
Very Good
913 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

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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,924
Reviews:
433
Ratings:
913
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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Ratings: 913 |  Reviews: 433
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3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the fass, it pours a hazy amber with a lovely thick weiss bier head. Pleasant scent of banana, etc as it is a classic bavarian weissbier. Easy to drink, perfect for a summer's afternoon and not so bad on April first, either!

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SLeffler27
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good hefeweizen, one of the german classics. Thick, creamy body, hazy golden with creamy head. Aroma of bananas and bread. taste is smooth and silky, delicious and refreshing.

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Photo of SSGCujo
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Act25
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

4 for looks, then downhill into a pleasant but average Wheat.
a) pours a hazy, bright, golden yellow body, that generates finger of dense, creamy eggshell head, leaving film and lace arcs.
s) Typical and abundant smells of banana esters, cloves, apple, yeast, white pepper, and grainy wheat.
t) taste follows smell and while bring more odd spice, banana, yeast and coriander/clove... it gets too medicine cabinet to be refreshing or welcome for another. (which is the whole point!)
f) Active carbonation is frothy at first, but finishes filmy and off-dry. Not making me want another, rather, eh, a different beer to change my palate.
o) Over carbonated, lots of sediment, soapy, filmy drag this down.

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3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Keananmichael5
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Very hazy orange color, five finger white head, nice lacing, loads of carbonation.

S: Banana, wheat.

T: Banana, malty, wheat, sweet. Very good.

F: Very smooth, medium bodied, extremely drinkable.

O: Great weissbier. Perfect on this hot Greek summer day.

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 913 ratings