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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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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Ratings: 901 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of skriv
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into my Konig Ludwig branded hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Beautiful radiant, cloudy orange with astronomically large white head.

Smell: Saturated with bready yeasts and a slight sweetness.

Taste: The palate is overwhelmed by bready yeasts, banana, and an addictive sugar water/ honey sweetness. This is rounded out by a slight peppery spiciness and more sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and a little less carbonation than I hoped.

Drinkability: An excellent Weissbier, and something I certainly don't mind relaxing with.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid gold hefe weizen from those crafty Germans. Aroma is pure hefe, the wheat and peppery and such. The usual fruity smell isn't quite as powerful as some of the better hefes. But the taste is sadly a bit thin. None of that peppery bite, but still refreshing though, fruity and some banana residual there. Clean and clear. A solid hefe, but there are others a lot better.

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Photo of DougT
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +3.6%

According to the website '[Introducing] The new Kaltenberg Hefe-Weissbier, a sister to König Ludwig Weissbier'.

A: Wheatbeer appearance.
S: Banana and fruits, a bit of sherbet.
T: Refreshing banana and bubblegum. Snappy and fresh tasting. Nothing much more to say really.
O: A good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of cvfish
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured gold that produced a white head that retained well and left some lacing around the glass

S - Wheat, lemon, and pepper

T - Wheat with lemony bite, some sutle spicy black pepper, and cloves

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation

D - Good beer, goes down clean and stays around

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Photo of BierReise
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recently Erdinger has dissapeared from our local shelves due to some legal battle with the distributer. Almost as quickly, this beer has seemed to show up everywhere. It's being distributed in 6 packs of 11.2oz brown bottles. This is one of the cloudiest weizens I've had, deep golden and similar in color to the Schneider Weisse but not quite as dark. Produced a decent looking head which settled down to a thin film that lingered the entire session.the aroma is big on this one, clove and banana with banana being more up front. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. Flavor is nice with a good wheat malt flavor that is spicy and a bit citrusy. Banana is noticable more as it warms. The flavor here is similar to the Ayinger with a bigger banana flavor. I'd say this is a good replacement to the Erdinger except it has a bigger flavor and is spicier, which I'd favor but some Erdinger fans may not care for.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Extol
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of BigRedN
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2 fl oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is golden in color, rather clear, not close to what haziness I expect for a typical German hefe. Good two inch head, but it had no staying power, leaves little lacing. I could find nothing on the bottle about this being bottle conditioned or any yeast left in the bottle.

Smell: Decent hefe aromas, some yeast, banana, touch of spice and citrous (a little lemon). Some wheat malt mixed in as well.

Taste: Typical hefe Weizen flavor, just not as big. For me this is like hefe light. Better than some American versions I have had, but not as good as a lot of German ones I have had. I get the feeling that this was made to appeal to many people (mostly American drinkers who might adventure past macro lager).

Mouthfeel: Rather light in body, smooth with decent carbonation that feels natural.

Deinkability: This is a very good hefe that is easy to drink and would be nice on a hot day. Purchased a six pack as part of my big Thanksgiving weekend beer buy. Would I buy this again? In the summer. It was enjoyable, just a bit light for a hefe.

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Photo of fostachild
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy yellow/golden colour. good amount of lasting head, eventually turns to lace for the remainder.

smells of yeast, oranges peels.

taste is also yeasty. lots oranges/citrus, and some wheat in there. has a sourness/bitterness to it - well carbonated. okay drinkability.

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Photo of Hopmeplease
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head, has a mild amount of carbonation present. the smell is good, has a nice citrus aroma with a mild yeast note too. the taste is darn good, has a good fruity taste to it, mouthfeel is good and the drinkability is high shame i've never seen this beer before and probably wont again.

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Photo of LJTate
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of malty
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle - best before Oct. '05

Poured a soapy golden straw color with a timid white head.

Scent of citrus (pineapple) along with a faint clove, banana and a typical yeastiness you'de expect from a bavarian hefe.

Flavors held a nice balance of yeast, banana & clove - but it all was attenuated. Nice cripness with a semi-dry chalky finish.

Light body that swells in your mouth due to it's persistent fine carbonation.

Drinkabiltiy is good due to it's light body and middle-of-the-road appeal.

Overall a great quenching wheat beer, but not the solid, sustaining hefe I was hoping for - the packaging and folklore was a little over-the-top for. A great choice for beginners who are curious about bavarian hefes, or for somone who is into dry wheat beers.

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Photo of blakesell
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours a hazed yellow orange with virtually no head, a mere island of foam towards the left hand side with the dutchy. Lacing is minimal.

Smell- Wheat is very pronounced with very little banana or clove although clove is there. Hops are nowhere to be found. Wheat is quite dominant in the scent here.

Taste- Creamy and spicy with clove and noble hops. This is a definition of a Bavarian hefeweizen through and through. Clove coats the tongue and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. There is a cereal mash flavor on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, light-medium bodied, medium-low in carbonation, very pleasant on the mouth.

Drinkability- Wonderful, an excellent example of the Bavarian hefeweizen style. i will revisit this again and again.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This wheat poured a very cloudy yellow color, with some orange and amber hues showing up within its depths. The white, semi-fluffy, one-finger head dissipated quickly and left no lace behind. A papar-thin layer of bubbles remained floating on the beer for the entire drink.

Smell: Right after the pour, the aroma was all grain and banana. After the beer sat for a few minutes, the banana smell diminished and the main component became lemon zest with a hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: A crisp, somewhat chewy beer that had a little bite to it, just like a good wheat beer should have.

Taste: The flavor upfront was sweet grass and grain that quickly transformed into a tart, lemon flavor. In the middle, a slightly chewy grain flavor arose to join the lemon. Well into the aftertaste, a sweet banana flavor became very prominent and overshadowed the lemon. And when I say sweet banana, I mean it; it was like bananas rolled in sugar.

This is the first time that I have tried this beer and it wasn't bad. I prefer a stronger grain base, though, and could do without such the overly strong and sweet banana flavor. Hefes should be tart and crisp, not heavy and somewhat cloying

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Photo of KillaB
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden and cloudy with a thick head that is slow to settle. The nose is fruity malt and citrus. The taste is nice and pleasant, lemony flavors that are mingled with the hops with a well balanced malt flavor. Very smooth beer too. I am enjoying it thoroughly.

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Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Guden
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of rex_4539
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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Photo of Zet
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Smell is clovy but a bit weak, but the taste is nice with plenty of subtle aromas (cloves, banana, sweet fruit, all the essentials are there). Very smooth as well.

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Photo of ranger7
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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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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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