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

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901 Ratings
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,709
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
901
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok aroma of wheat, nice big initial head, Easy on tongue creaminess, medium mouthfeel. A good brew, a decent represenative of its style. Appropriately carbonated. Banana, cloves, good late afternoon refreshment.
Had on tap 1.75 years later and a bit astringent, nice peachy colour, big head as well. Mildly Sour. Mild aroma.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky golden, half finger head, some lace

S: some wheat and lemon.

T: mild peppery taste up front with a dull wheat and lemon finish. Standard hefe.

M: moderate to high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: standard hefe nothing special or memorable.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.9/5  rDev +1%

on tap at braun way up in arvada. very light yellow and very cloudy from the tap, although no pieces are visible in the beer at all. tall white head rises up to almost two inches and never relaxes. the nose here is great, the familiar banana and clove complex, but its subtle, not over the top, and lets the fantastic and classic german wheat malt shine above the yeast, or at least in concert with it. i like it because its quicker finishing, and because the body is not quite so full as others, so as to make this a much more drinkable example of the style. i was absolutely in love with the dark version of this, and while the regular weiss version is just a little less in my wheelhouse, i think the quality here is evident. a really tasty and refreshing summer afternoon pint. nice to see some real authentic german stuff still getting tap handles in our very crowded denver beer market!

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Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of banana, bubble gum, cloves, lemon and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; it also has some thirst-quenching properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.17/5  rDev -17.9%
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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3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, sun streaming in the window of one of my preferred university area beer hangouts, time for something summer-ish, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of bright medium golden yellow hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a thin, undulating wall of streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dry banana esters, cloves, a bit of apple fruitiness, semi-sweet grainy wheat, mildly acrid yeast, and a touch of white pepper. The taste is more of the same - gritty, grainy, and somewhat bready wheat malt, dried banana chips, middling earthy yeast, and a relatively soft coriander/clove and mixed table pepper spice essence.

The carbonation is quite active and frothy at first, but mellows out soon enough, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as the yeast mucks about here and there - it's also a little filmy. It finishes off-dry, the lingering wheaty malt and attendant fruity, yeasty notes more or less in balance.

A pleasantly quaffable, if not particularly memorable Hefe, though it does evoke promises of warm patios and quenching libations to come. A reserved 'Prost', then, to King Ludwig, and his bright wheat beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emerge077
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy light honey color with a foamy head that persists well but leaves less lacing than expected

Smell: Banana and clove are present but not as strong as in other hefes

Taste: Spiced banana bread up front, with a lemon and green apple element showing up by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavor fades rather than builds, although the clove and tart elements persist

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; lacks the fuller creaminess of the better examples of the style

Drinkability: Despite its flaws, this is hefe that is focused more on drinkability than strong flavor and, to that end, it succeeds; very easy to knock back a few of these on a hot day

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color weizen with a huge foamy pure white head with good retention and some minimal lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is too subtle for style. Taste is a mix between some medium wheat malt with traces of banana and cloves esters. Something resembling smoke is also noticeable but out of place within the style. Full body with limited filtration with some good carbonation. Not as clean and ester are a bit oof but still enjoyable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden, yellow color with a foamy, white one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and lemon.

T - It tasted of wheat with some lemon, and clove. Some malt flavor to compliment the wheat, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - I really enjoyed this hefe. Nice lemon touch with the wheat flavors.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best by 3/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, biscuit, clove, orange, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange, banana, clove, biscuit, pepper, wheat, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, citrus, clove, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. This is definitely a fruitier hefeweizen, with not as much spiciness as I was expecting. It is not cloying as all, and has a fairly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen. Very smooth drinking, with some nice flavor balance.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Konig Ludwig refers to "mad" king Ludwig I of Bavaria, who's betrothal to princess Theresia in 1810 inspired the Munich Oktoberfest. A dark lager is still brewed by Prince Luitpold, heir to the throne of Bavaria, at his Kaltenburg Castle Brewery in Geltendorf, but this weiss is contracted at a larger brewing facility.

Konig Ludwig Weiss pours the typical Bavarian hefeweizen appearance; and it should with such deep roots in history. The aroma offers a delicate phenolic (plastic), cloves, lemons, soft wheatish malt, and the occassional touch of light banana. It's light/medium in body, and gently effervescent. The flavor is tart and sweet upfront, revealing lemon, and then warming to become sweeter with some banana and more maltiness across the middle. Cloves appear at the swallow, followed by more malt, some plastic-like phenolic, and drying yeastiness. The bitterness is limited, and there's just enough tartness here to keep it balanced. The aftertaste lingers with some herbal hop character and yeasty tartness. Quite nice!

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light malts, bananas and a touch of hops, but a little metallic.

T: The taste is starts out with a wheat flavor that isn't quite as strong as some of the better beers in the style. There are back ground flavors of bananas and spice along with a hearty malt character. The hops presence is about what it should be for this type of beer and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this might not be the first beer that I'd choose in the style but it's still worth drinking a few of.

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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 901 ratings
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