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 Suds
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wasn’t very impressed with this one. Read a blurb about Bavarian Royalty and this beer in All About Beer, and figured that I’d pick it up. I don’t think I’ll buy it again.

Pours with a puffy, medium sized white head and a pale, hazy yellow color. Aroma is yeasty, with muted esters. Banana and clove are very far in the background. Very faint citrus smell. Soft mouthfeel, and a little doughy. Wheat tangy-tartness is in the taste, but it’s subdued and thin. Uninteresting and uninspiring.

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Photo of jsolack
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear golden yellow. Head is light. I like this style of beer to be more hazy in the glass. Overall average.

Interesting smell... not sure if I like it or not!! A bready and coppery smell comes to nose first. Intersting...

A grainy and sweet flavor. Again different than what I'm used to with the style. Flavor has metallic overtones.

Nice feeling in the mouth. Carbonation level is good. Beer coats tounge well.

Easy drinking beer.. .I like the flavor but it's different than I would expect. Overall pleasant.

Edit: I'm having a second bottle now... I'm thinking the first bottle was bad.. this bottle was much cloudier and has a more expected flavor.

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Photo of clvand0
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Poured a yellow color with a tall head that stuck around for a while and left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly wheaty with some malty hints and a hint of lemon. The carbonation stuck around in the flavor, making it a fun drink. The main part of the flavor was wheaty with some spiciness to back it up. It is a very smooth drink and the taste is pretty enjoyable, but being at Oktoberfest, I strongly preferred the Warsteiner.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked one up out of curiousity at ABC
A: Pours cloudy, rich gold color, nice 2 finger head that dissipates somewhat quickly, minimum lace, well carbonated

S: Very strong notes of citrus, nice and wheaty

T: The taste is not as good as I had hoped, but at the same time, I have had way worse Hefes. A little watered down, but you can still notice the cloves along with a few other spices. The taste is mostly cloves

MF: Very light. A little too light, but definitely clean and crisp with a good banana aftertaste

D: Very drinkable...I could have a couple in one sitting, but there are better Hefeweizens out there

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer of this hefeweizen on my last beer run. Bottles are 11.2oz. Turns out that's about all of this brew I can tolerate at one time. *ominous foreshadowing there, folks*
Poured into my trusted Paulaner weizen glass, König Ludwig Weiss displayed a turbid peachy coloring, vibrant finely wrought carbonation and a modest bone white head that didn't exude the pillowy look or durability of a lot of other hefeweizens.
The nose had the standard banana and clove aromas, only severely muted. Figuring more prominantly was the aroma of crushed wheat grains and a faint metallic twang. The taste had an immediate flavor of soggy grains, a touch of lemony citrus (what the hell?!) and dumbed-down unripened bananas and old, stale cloves. Kind of gave me the impression of some American wheat beers I've had pass my lips before. It came dangerously close to getting a 2.5 on the taste scale. The feel was light and crisp.
There are a decent number of better hefeweizens out and about for me to enjoy to bother coming back to this lackluster example of the style. I'll finish the six pack in time and move on smartly, thanks.

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Photo of jackndan
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Konig Ludwig Weiss: Cloudy, golden beer with a pure white head. Brwon 330 ml bottle, with yellow labels. Best by date clearly marked on the box and bottle. The head came and left very quickly. Nice aroma of bananas and yeast. Very light and refreshing Weiss beer, but the taste seemed a little flat. There are better Weiss out there, but this ain’t bad.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange appearance, with falling yeast and rising carbonation.
Not a big head. Some holes in tit.
Weisse smell. Well perceptible are yeast and wheat. Few banana. Fresh, with citric notes.
Same at the taste, again a good yeast, and wheat.
Average body. Quite carbonated. Yeasty.
Pleasant and drinkable.

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Photo of Gmann
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice and fluffy pure white head that settled into a nice cap. The aroma is of wheat malt and a lemony citrus smell, not much phenol aromas going on. The taste is of a tart wheat malt cut with a lemon twang, a tad acidic perhaps due to the age. No real spicy flavors, reminds me more of an American Wheat. The feel is light with soft carbonation, finishes on the tart side. I am hoping that this is an old bottle because the flavors are not close to what a hefe should be. I will try and get a fresher sample to compare but as of now, I don't really recommend.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

Into a weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a large 3 finger fluffy but thinner white head. Very cloudy and has lower end carbonation. Colour is orange-tangerine. Head dissipates rather slowly into a blotchy and chunky film cap. Some decent lacing ensues.

SMELL: Nose of wheat malt with banana, lemon and some orange peel undertones as well. No real bubble gum or clove evident. A nice citrus type nose for a German weizen, but slightly weak.

TASTE: Much different than the nose. Wheat malt of course and a sweet kind of metallic taste is there as well. The initial taste lacks slightly, but the mild and longer lasting aftertaste has more sweet malt and a slight bit of doughy bread. Also has a slight bit of spicy alcohol in the back of the aftertaste, which is rather unique for the style. Not bad, but not great either.

PALATE: Medium-thin body with higher end carbonation. A bit of prickliness on the way down and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Somewhat different than the norm, but not necessarily memorable in a positive way. Quite average everywhere else as well. Drinkable enough, but nothing worth remembering or seeking out.

Note: The bottle explains that Ludwig had a monopoly on weizen bier during the wheat shortages many moons ago. If this was the only weizen on the market I'd still drink it, but I'd long for the day when...

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Photo of JEdmund
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Foamy! Big ole head turning to thick pillow. Cloudy, light yellow body. Hardly any lacing left after head subsided.

Malt, and some slight banana; typical wheat beer smell

Taste & Mouthfeel
Good mouthfeel and a nice level of carbonation. Pretty normal wheat beer flavors coming through, although it has a German/European feel to it with the fruitiness (American versions seem not to have this as much). No citrus flavor to it and not any strong level of hops.

A good wheat beer, though nothing really unique about it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle $ 1.69 at Lager Mill
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into hand washed and dried weizen glass
Aroma of yeast and fruity aromatics
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing none
Body medium yellow, very cloudy
Taste is sweet with little flavor to back up the aroma, does not last; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate is light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nearly flavorless hefeweizen which smells OK, but lacks flavor. The price is appropriate.

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Photo of vancurly
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Schneider Weisse Weizenbier glass. Extremely tight white head. Pale orange to honey colour, hazy of course. Some good bubbling in the glass.

Tart, fruity aroma, like apple skins. More hoppy than other hefes that I've had lately. The archetypal clove & banana is not as evident.

Wheat malt, subtle clove. Slight lemon. Not remarkable. This guy needs to be swirled and the sediment poured in. Doing this added a pear note.

A mild grain astringency at the front, which gives it a slight dusty feel. Finishes a bit thin. Other exponents of the style have a fuller body that lingers.

It's very quaffable; doesn't have a cloying effect at the end, so one could drink several easily.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Has all of the physical attributes that I expected from a German Wheat: solid straw color, dense white head, good lacing. Aromas are expected as well: fruity, tart, earthy, bubblegum, earthy. Tastes are quite normal, but solid. It picks up light maltness and sweetness from barley and wheat, but is very crisp with moderately high sourness and tartness. Good esters display grapefruit, oranges, and banannas. Body is quite light, but creamy. Finish is crisp and refreshing; not drying. All in all, its right in the middle. Not much to get excited about, but no obvious errors.

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Photo of Guinness4me
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After pouring a pale yellow with little head, the smell of fresh bread and esters filled my nose. Its cloudiness is typical of the type.

The flavor bounced around from a spicy, light clove taste to green bananas. Sweet, but not cloyingly, sweet with a blast of tartness at the end.

Even with it's effervescence , the mouthfeel was surprisingly thick, I assume it's from the sweetness. This beer is refreshing and went down quite well. It would be perfect with a grilled white fish.

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Photo of kwalters
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm more inclined to like American wheat beers than Weiss/Weizen beers. I typically find Weiss beers to be too wheaty (I know, I know, that's what they're suppose to taste like). Well this particular example was a bit more mellow and dry. I liked it.

The color was a light, slightly hazy gold. The head was brilliant white, but I wished it was a bit bigger. Considering that I paid just over $1 per bottle, I'd definately have another if I was in the mood for a German Weiss.

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Photo of DavidST
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, a date of 26 Nov 2008 on the back. This pours a hazy light golden color with s large foamy white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is slightly musty, yeast esters, wheat, peper and spices. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little wheat, banana, must.

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Photo of winomark
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy golden wheat color with a frothy, cloudlike fluffy head. Lots of carbonation. Slight citrus notes with some tropical esters noticable. Lots of wheat malt and esters dominate the palate. Mild clove flavors also noticable. Lemony citrus tones on the lingering finish. Light mouthfeel, but very flavorful. Just enough acidity/carbonation to prevent a thick feel. Overall, a very drinkable hefe. Not my favorite style, but an enjoyable beer. Can't beat it for the price, IMO. Give it a try.

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

Thanks to janlud for sharing the bottle.

A: The hefeweizen is a golden straw color, a bronze shade. For a weizen mit hefe, the ale is remarkably translucent. A finger of white head insulates the beer but quickly disappears, leaving lace behind.

S: The nose has biscuity grains, lemony citrus and a dash of clove. The weizen flavors need some time to come out of their shell, gradually banana aromas do emerge.

T: Clove, banana and citrus define the ale. The flavors mesh well together, though the citrus side has ample wheat tartness supporting it. The banana flavors sit nicely on the palate although they are very light and don't stick around for long. What remains is the wheat's tartness.

M: The mouthfeel is moderate, a serviceable hefeweizen that remains sweet but won't amaze you.

D: Very drinkable, the weizenbier delivers just enough of what you want. It could be a little stronger, more flavorful to really zing.

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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 SigEp
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a typical weiss. Not much to write about. Clear, with a fizzy effervescent head of about 3 inches that leaves slowly. It is sharp and punchy, easy to drink, and mildly refreshing. It does not dazzle, but it definately conforms to style. There is an article about how it is brewed in a castle by the great-great grandson of some king from old germany on the side of the box. Long ago, if I had had to choose between the "royal" weiss biers and the barley beers of the peasantry, I think I would've stuck with the poor.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one gets style points for the nice label on the bottle. Stately looking, well done. The beer pours a pale yellow, a bit cloudy. Big bubbly head quickly reduces to a film. Yeasty aroma, so no surprise to the bready taste with some light malt, too. It has kind of an alka-seltzery mouthfeel, well more carbonation than the tap variety. Since that translates to a morning headache if I drink too many, I myself cannot rate the bottled version as much of a session beer. Now I certainly like having one every now and then just to remind me it's only a few more months to the next Octoberfest Zinzinnati.

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Photo of Muny
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tyhuff3
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of alextreinhard
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of ZAP
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lighter style hefe....easy drinking...smooth creamy mouthfeel...light-to medium light bodied...

Pours a glowing yellow...big ass white head....nose has some plastic along with some cloves...nose is not a strong point.

Luckily the taste is better....wheat malt...mild bananas...a little bit of cloves...

This is OK..drinkable but not worth buying with so many other standouts in this style...

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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 894 ratings.
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