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 jkpyrope
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this hefe both straight from the bottle and from a weizen glass.

Pours pale yellow, rests a pleasant gold in the glass with a light 1cm or so head.

Taking a whiff brings in yeasty aromas, along with slight hints of fruit (banana) and cloves.

A very smooth drinker. Tastes go along with the nose. Wheat, more pronounced banana flavor. Pleasantly sweet aftertaste that likes to hang around. No noticeable hops to speak of. While smooth, this hefe is thicker than one might believe based on looks. Carbonation is light, which allows easy drinking.

This is a very nice example of how a hefe-weizen should be, and is my go-to for this type.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oddly, I picked this up in Greensburg, PA.

Pours much darker than I would expect for the style. Nose is airy bubble gum with strong yeast tones. Mild clove. Nothing too showy or out there; just a really excellent example of a hefeweizen in that it is just well executed.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: a tall and slender light brown embossed bottle with a pretty tacky old-school Germanic label.

Appearance: poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy light yellow-amber colour with fine carbonation across the profile. A wonderfully thick white head pops up to three fingers and settles to a creamy one. Thick lacing around the entire glass. Looks as good as it gets for a hef.

Aroma: quite strong aromas of wheat, banana and cloves. Not much more than that, but the traditional hefeweizen comes through clean and clear.

Taste: quite demure in the mouth, which was a pity after the nose. Still the same flavours, but dominated more by the banana. I wish there was a touch more wheat fug.

Aftertaste: the banana drops away a bit to be replaced by a touch more of the cloves and wheat, but not quite enough.

Mouth feel: quite a full body with a lower-to-moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to put away.

Overall: a decent German hefeweizen everywhere wear it counts - the flavour was a bit demure for my liking. Still, a decent hef for a decent price (for a German high-end) at AU$90 a case.

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Photo of chogm54
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

BB date just past (31 May). 330mL bottle poured into hefe glass.

A - Pale orange/yellow, slightly cloudy (no sediments), pours respectable 1cm creamy head that fades into a nice 5mm white lacing

S - lot going on, herby (basil and clove) wheaty odour, nice citrus (mandarin) kick, and a maple syrup like sweetness

T - Sweet, but not too much, bready wheat taste with lemon and banana. Long, tarty sweet aftertaste

A - Low carbonation, oily texture, slightly thin body.

O - nice not overtly sweet weissbeer, but the feel let it down a tad. I would be very interested to try this on tap. One of the better ones available.

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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 oesarth
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

out of a clean tap - perfection
out of the bottle - not bad

i've had many literjons of this, both tap and bottle. out of the tap, the only hefe i like as much is ayinger. do yourself a favor and get this tattooed on your gf before you even try it. if you don't believe in tattooing, just get a sticker and put it on her car without asking her

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up as a suggestion from Crafted Drafts in New Albany.

A: straw color with noticeable foam head
S: bananas, cloves, wheat; good summer beer
T: follows the nose; hides the alcohol very well
M: smooth and drinkable; minimal bitterness
O: while Hefeweizen's aren't my go-to variety, this is one of my favorites of its type

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a hazy dark straw color with a wispy bubbly white head that quickly dissipate to a light foam on the top and leaves marginal lace on the way down. Aromas of pepper and clove with hints of bubble gum and a light honey like and spicy maltiness. Bready yeasty aromas and a hint of lemon round out the nose on this one. The flavor is lightly sweet honey, and bready, and spicy malt up front. clove and pepper and bready yeasty flavors counter the malty sweetness well. Light to medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a sweet spicy bubbly mouthfeel. I'm missing the banana, but everything else seems to be there. This would make a nice warm weather brew, light and easy to drink.

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Photo of AnotherBeerGeek
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tawny colored and very hazy, with a persistent and well-structured white foam. Nose is biscuity with notes of banana and nutmeg. More of the same on the palate with typical wheat-beer spice, but rather thin and subdued, even a little disappointing. Not very robust. Decent texture but again a little on the thin side. Overall, an okay weissbier, but there are many much better examples of the style available. Maybe a C+.

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Photo of BWED
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a golden-yellow hue with the expected haze. A white, pillowy two finger head rest on top, with lots of lacing as the drink goes down into my belly. Great look!

S- Cloves and banana, some other fruitiness as well. A bit of a citrus nose as well, but very light.

T- Wheat and yeast flavors. The finish is all clove. Really delicious!

M- Light and bubbly carbonation. Great smooth finish.

O- This is awesome! I think the emphasis on the clove aspect is different and fantastic! Great beer!

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Photo of The_Doubtful_Guest
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle into a Weizen glass

Appearance -Cloudy straw colored, all kinds of stuff floating around in it. Very bubbly. White pillowy, creamy head that dies down pretty quickly to a 1 finger head that regenerates with every sip. Slight lacing. Wish it came in bigger bottles so I could totally fill my glass.

Smell - Sweet, bready, yeasty. Rather muted.

Taste - Again, sweet bready, bit of banana on the finish. Very low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Not as much carbonation as the appearance suggests, I would call it moderate. Blurs the line between light or medium bodied. Dry finish on the tongue.

Overall - My first hefe-weizen so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was a very tasty and refreshing beer. I know it's part of what a hefe-weizen is, but the cloudy yellow look will never score high points on appearance for me. Everything else was very good and satisfying, though..

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Photo of BigCheese
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big frothy cloud white head.. Leaves some legs, a very cloudy straw 4.5

S some cloves, white bread crust yeast, some peppery cloves.. 3.75

T some phenolic notes, bready yeasty flavors, some banana bread too, clean finish. Refreshing. 4

m: high carbonation, creamy. Light yet full bodied. 4.25

o a tad bland compared to other Germann options better than most American options. Great summer beer for the price 4

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Photo of scratch69
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy, pale yellow color with two fingers worth of lingering head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Wheat and banana aromas.

Taste- Rich doughy malt flavor with notes of banana and clove.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and creamy with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very good beer and very refreshing.

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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 OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale cloudy yellow with a thick white head. The head is about 1 finger and does not billow up.

Sweet wheat, clove, yeast, some banana in the nose.Nice.

A little thin in intensity. Soft wheat and spicy grain notes, some fruit and some tangy flavors finishing with some bread notes.

A little on the watery side, and not quite enough carbonation.

Overall, ok with some high points.

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Photo of psugrad98
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden yellow, slightly foggy with hints of lemon on the nose.

Rich taste; smooth drinking. Sweet with hints of anise, allspise, and clove. Very tasty and smooth drinking. Has a less chewy mouth feel than other weissbiers. Would be good as a session beer. Good with a bit of lemon and served with fish.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 330 ml. bottle. Marking: 11 Feb 2014 08A52. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is a cloudy pale yellow with a tremendous, foamy head that lingers quite some time. I had a floater or two in mine.

The aroma is vibrant with wheat and citrus elements. Yeast and sweetness balance it out as well.

The body is creamy and very much in the medium range.

The flavor is mellow and wheat-filled with a slight orange-citrus bite finishing everything off at the end. This is a Weissbier that many other strive to imitate. Easy to drink and highly enjoyable.

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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 BeerDocT
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

-Appearance 3.5: Poured out a deep golden color with a frothy, 1/4" head. Hazy and definitely looks like a wheat beer. However, a bit too filtered-looking for my tastes.

-Smell 4.0: Very nice bouquet. Typical wheat profile with lots of cloves, bananas, sweet grains and yeast. Everything is smooth and just seems balanced somehow.

-Taste 4.0: Front is dry with nice hints of yeast. Middle is smooth and features the wheat yeast and a slightly sweet maltiness. Finish is where the real sweetness hits you with a big punch of wheat and yeast and a very slight hint of bananas. Aftertaste is long with tastes of cloves, bananas, yeast and sweet grains.

-Mouthfeel 3.25: Very nice. Creamy and light with a clean mouthfeel. However, this would be so much better bottle-conditioned.

-Overall 3.75: Excellent taste, but falls short in several critical categories. Still, this is an enjoyable beer and is imminently sessionable. I would recommend it to those looking for a classic European wheat beer and -what the heck-- to all beer drinkers in general.

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Photo of jballeng
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange blossom honey hue into a kickawesome plastic 2012 Carnival cruise lines collectible tulip cup whose original purpose was probably for pina coladas or some such triviality. It looks good, like a beer should. Not a whole ton of lacing but I don't judge cause I'm not a hater. Looks wheaty. Smells wheaty. Like cloves, bananas, apples (sorta), and wheat. Coriander too, because of course. Tastes exactly the same but better. A little more watery than Weihenstephan Hefe but really close. Smooth with none of the bitterness I've seen in other reviews. Hallerteuer hops show up but by no means prevalent. Good pool beer. Good drinking beer. Good beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Konig Ludwig Weissbier has a thick, fluffy, off-white head, a cloudy, yellow-golden appearance, lots of little streaming bubbles, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of coriander, yeast, spices, and white bread. The taste is similar, with sugar and a touch of hop bitterness at the back end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Konig Ludwig Weissbier finishes crisp, refreshing, sweet, and easily gulped. Overall, this is very good. I suggest trying it.


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Photo of ckollias
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy light copper-yellow hue with a with a thick white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Fruits notes consisting of bananas and apples..

T: Similar to the smell – creamy bananas and apples with a little spices coming through. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Weissbier. Not my favorite style but worthy of a taste.

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Photo of smcolw
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, light amber color. Modest head for a wheat, but it does leave some spotty lace.

Very sour and earthy without any notable wheat elements.

Excellent wheat on the tongue up front. A bit of sweetness, too. The flavor is subtle and smooth. Full bodied for the style but the carbonation matches this well.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml can served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a deep yellow to orange hazy color forming a big creamy, fluffly and viscous white head. Good retention and many lacings left

S: Strong on wheat, banana esters, coriander. Very sweet and bready. Bubblegum and light hints of citrus hops in the end

M: Medium body. Very smooth and creamy. Good carbonation. Heavy wheat aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Classic Bavarian Weissbier. Recommended

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a signature Konig Ludwig Weissbier glass. The pour is hazy yellow-orange with a massive white creamy head and outstanding retention. I get a nice bready nose with slight hints of lemon zest.

Light bodied flavor and a nice, medium mouthfeel. Nice refreshing wheat beer flavors of bananas and fresh bread. A bit light in the hops, though. The finish is a bit bland and I don't get much tartness.

Not a bad Weissbier, but not top-shelf in my opinion. It lacks the clove spiciness and slight tartness that make the best Weissbiers so refreshing. Still, a solid beer on a hot day.

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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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