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)

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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 SomethingClever
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

4 oz pour on tap at brewpub.

A: Milky neon yellow body with a white fluffy head.

S: Light banana, clove, a little bit of wheat

T: Muddled banana, clove, sweet

M: Thin and a little gritty

O: Not a very great Hefe, muddled flavors that are masked and a thin body.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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).

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Photo of teromous
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is a date on the bottom back side of the bottle stating "22APR2017" which is most likely the best by date. This beer was imported and I bought it from a place that stores it cold.

Appearance: The beer is a pale straw color with a hazy appearance. The head is short and white with a creamy surface. It has a fairly short head but it has good retention and fair lacing.

Aroma: It has a nice herbal hop aroma with just a bit of clove. There is a light wheat aroma.

Taste: Wonderful tangy wheat flavor with a cracker-like flavor throughout. There is just a light herbal character to the beer. It is a very simple tasting beer but it is extremely enjoyable to drink.

Mouthfeel: It is a very refreshing beer and it is very easy to drink. The mouthfeel is on the thin side but again it still drinks nicely.

Overall: It is an outstanding beer and it certainly held up as an import. It's the kind of beer that would go with just about any meal or occasion. I could see this one sitting in my refrigerator. I would recommend it to those who are looking for a simple no-frills beer that is well made and has good flavor. Again it tastes like this import held up nicely and the place I bought it from stores it cold so I would recommend looking for it stored in a similar method.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look : One of the creamiest toothpaste-spit like heads I've ever seen; just so lush and creamy. The body is deep apricot and 95% opacity with light illuminating the sides. Just glorious.

Smell : Sliced orange, apples, cinnamon, and clove, with hints of banana, vanilla and marshmallow creme. Yeast.

Taste : A little less friendly on the taste with some stale harsh malts up front, almost waxing metallic; the harsh tapers off a bit though and ends with a loft of creamy banana and orange. Quite a bit less yeast flavor than expected. Wheat remains on the finish.

Feel : Carbonated nicely and a wet creaminess with a semi dry finish.

Overall : Not a bad beer, I may pick up another single to give this another whirl. It's pretty decent though, has a lot going for it. I just wish the aroma followed through on the taste a bit more.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hits the cloudy and yellow notes in stride developing a full one inch white head on the top. Impressive. Aroma smacked of a little bit of wheat, less lemon.

Taste really dropped a lot of the yeast phenols, thereby overcoming the wheat and clove aspect of the beer. The spice rack didn't drop as hard in the nose as it did in the mouthfeel. Some other stuff like banana was present as well. Lots of carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a cloudy medium honey yellow with three puffy fingers of pillowy white head that leaves bubbling magma lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh white bread, lemon, sliced banana, clove, soft bubblegum and mild leafy hops.

Tastes of doughy wheat malt, banana bread, clove, tart citrus, soft yeast and more gentle hops.

Feels soft and creamy. Medium-light bodied with supple carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Recommended. Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wow, this is a good one, great color, magnificent aroma, all things Bavaria. Beer has great head and flavor screams Deutschland. This is a real winner.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark, pours cloudy yellow color with a 3 finger thick foamy white head that faded very slowly and left good spotty lacing.

Smells of banana, sweet malt, clove, yeast, toasted grains, floral hops, caramel and lemon zest.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.59/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle poured into a wheatbeer glass.

Look - poured with a big fluffy white head typical of a german wheatbeer. Looks the same as any other. Nothing special.

Nose and palate seemed a bit muddled to me. Not the strong banana/clove combo you get with some or the spicy/bubblegummy you get with others. It tasted a bit weak - didn't really like it.

Mouth seemed a bit watery.

Not sure what was going on with this beer. I had high hopes and love German wheatbeers generally. Perhaps I'm gradually going off the style, not sure. I will revisit some of my old favourites soon to figure it out.

Overall I was disappointed with this beer and wouldn't recommend it.


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Photo of KTCamm
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dirty gold heavy white foam. Classic here nose of wheat and coriander. Smooth taste with a citrus burst. Clean. Lemony. OverAll tasty and a straightforward here. Nice.

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Photo of ranger7
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice looking Hefeweizen; cloudy and gold with a great white head. Traditional tasting weizen that reminds me of the ones I sampled in Bavaria. Would have again.

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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 jw4free
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: big pillowy head that reduces to a thin cover. Cloudy, dark straw. Bottle conditioning yeast or sediment. S: Mild Tart acid smell, yeast, banana, bubble gum in the background, cloves when I'm told it's there. Aromas fade as it warms, acid tartness remains. T: banana and yeast. No tartness. F: slight watery, decent fizz. O: starts out of the bottle strong, then fades as the drink progresses.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This pours a beautiful straw yellow Hefeweizen color, cascading bubbles and slightly hazy, with a 2 inch head.

Smells like citrus, banana, and wheat.

This is one of the more citrusy traditional here's I've had, lots of orange and lemon, with the typical banana wheat and clove. Doesn't blaze much of a trail for the style, but it's still tasty.

This has a juicy and creamy mouthfeel, with a high level of carb.

Nice stuff here.

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Photo of mkh012
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great hefe. I think this one might even be a bit underrated on here. A 90+ plus hefe in my opinion. What really separates this beer from your average Hefeweizen are two things: the slightly more emphasized orange/citric notes and the incredibly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. The milky, almost vanilla aspect to the mouthfeel complements the typical hefe flavors (banana, clove, orange peel, lemon, etc.) perfectly. Almost same class as Weihenstephaner. Maybe not quite as sublime. Seems a good deal better on tap having revisited since.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Lots of banana and clove in this one, and some flaked wheat. Colour is almost orange juice-esque, it's so cloudy. A very nice, very authentic hefe. High carbonation, nice body.

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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 BradMacMullin
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Biergarten in Munich farmers market. Nice balanced Hefeweizen with aromas of a banana - at least that's what I've been told. Just a good beer...simple as that

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's German...from the brewery of Mad King Ludwig himself....what's not to like. Not the best from the Fatherland, but still quite awesome :-) The Swan King is smiling.

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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 chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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