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

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426 Reviews
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
426
Ratings:
885
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.63%
 
 
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163
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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a short-neck, brown, 500ml bottle, with a BBE date and time of 17:20, 30/08/05.

A: served in a goblet, it pours a cloudy dark yellow colour, with an initially thick, foamy white beerhead which slowly settles to a thin layer of small- and medium-sized bubbles.
S: up front there is light hint of green mango, banana, clove, licorice, slightly yeasty note and a thinly sour edge of malted grains--reasonably complex as well as smartly understated--enticing one to explore and appreciate it just like a good cup of tea.
T: soft palate of banofee pie, warmish and spicy touch of clove and licorice, light caramel, and malts' mild grainy flavour, against a smooth and delicate texture of wheats at the back, which lends force to a satisfyingly lingering, mildly-dry bitterness in the throat underlined by a stream of "Chinese ginseng tea"-kind of round bitter-sweetness running underneath.
M&D: medium-bodied and moderately-flavoured, this brew is a good example of a healthily-balanced Hefe-Weizen, showing no particular outstanding (WOW~), or aggressive characters (compared to some other German Hefe-Weizen I've tasted), but very soft and nice. Not a beer in which one can find something to hate about but definitely a lot to appreciate, only quietly. Extremely enjoyable for a slow drinker like me.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy gold/straw color. Poured a 3 finger creamy white head that slowly dissipated to 1 finger cap that held until the first drink. Laced in wide rings.

S: Wheat malt. Plenty of citrus; grapefruit and orange, Sweet banana and spicy clove.

T: Esters and hops more pronounced up front; opposite of the smell. Very complex nose out of the gate with the combination of citrus, fruit and spices. Bready flavor builds through the middle blending with earthy spice lingering in the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth, yet crisp. Very refreshing.

O: Very drinkable. Solid Hefe with an interesting nose.

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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 wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Schneider Weisse glass mar5 2011

A cloudy pale golden orange with the expected shitload of bubbles feeding a large but not massive hefe head that retains reasonably well but average for the style and leaves no lace

S some bubblegum, faint banana, lemon and dry cereal

T not far from the smell, mellow flavors nothing really stands out, decent but nothing wonderful

M plenty of bubbles, a little creamy and pretty light in the mouth, no issues here

D didn't take long to see the bottom of my glass so that says something, could use a little spice but no reason to complain

I liked it but I'm not in love, there's better versions of the style on the shelves here in Alberta so it's a hard sell. Perhaps I'd like it a little more if it was plus 25 outside opposed too minus 25 but hey what can you do

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a whiteish hue bearing a 1/2 inch head that retains well before falling elegantly to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and puffs of surface foam. Standard lacing isn't much to boast about.

S- Heavy wheat and banana that's crisp and attractive. Rich, sweet and full.

T- High amount of wheat but less banana than in the aroma. Somewhat chalky yeast flavor. Mild alcohol twang. Big in the drinkability department. Light citrus notes.

M- Well-carbonated and plenty of zesty pep. Decent body that's not too thin.

O- Not one of my favorite Hefeweizens but definitely a winner.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw under a 2” white foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: Big banana nose is detectable from 5 feet away.
T: Banana, bread and clove on the palate with the balance towards the banana. A hint of bubble gum and traces of vanilla arise near the end and the beer finishes with a lingering clove presence on the tongue.
F: Creamy, luscious and full bodied with above average carbonation.
O: Liquid banana bread that is very easy to drink.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark yellow color and thick texture to it. There was a big head and some lacing.

Smell was grassy with some light fruit peeking out.

The taste was decent. You get a solid dose of wheat, lemon and that bubblegum flavor common to hefeweizens. Not the most overwhelmingly complex taste I've had in this style, but good.

There was a nice amount of carbonation here, but the finish was a little odd in some way. Nonetheless, a good mouthfeel.

For this style, this is a drinkable beer. There are better hefeweizens out there, but this one is solid.

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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 rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color with huge poof of frothy white head, decent retention yet moderate lacing. Scent is of fresh bready yeast backed with a grassy wheat smell. Taste brings the bready yeasts along with a faint fruity sweetness, backed by a grassy wheat taste. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation, somewhat dry finnish. A decent beer that doesnt overdo the sweetness but at the same time doesnt bring the freshest grain taste.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good. Murky looking dirty yellow-brown body. Thick and frothy pristine white head. Lasts long and leaves good lace. Good, thick aroma. Earthy and spicy. Lemon. Tangy. Mouhfeel is nice. Carbonation could use just a little boost, but nothing major. Light-medium to medium bodied. Easy drinking and refreshing. Taste is smooth and easy going. Spice qualities are light, as are the banana traits. But it tastes fine overall. And I could see a lot of these going down quickly in the heat. Maybe not the boldest hefe, but certainly quaffable and enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro. They have some pretty cool looking glassware.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow, some amber highlights, a bit chunky looking, very thick and tight white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lace spirals stick.

Smell is alright, on the malty end, nice banana, wheat, some caramel/honey sweetness, bread, light toast, assorted fruit, yeast, not bad.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey, fruit, some banana, pretty light on the clove, wheat and yeast, pretty dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Felt like a bit more heft than a usual Weiss. No Denison's but not bad at all.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank a lot of this stuff in Milwaukee. Tried to get into the mindset of drinking cloudy yellow wheat beers, but its just not my thing.

The appearance was most impressive of just about anything in this style, save SN Kellerweiss. Just didn't like the taste, too much clove(?) or something. Didn't like the hopping. Just not a beer for me. Cool label, cool appearance, even the smell was good (for some reason, no clove in smell, but taste?).

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Geez, what a disappointment! I see this was just named best weisse or hefe weisse in beers of the world mag. Had this some year back and thought it was ok. and still think the same today. Ok, and nothing more. Hazy yellow, fine white head, good carbonation. Not much aroma. didn't pick up much in the way of the standard bavarian hefe weiss characteristics then or now. Maybe in this backwater we're not getting the good, fresh stuff.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with nice big foam head.

Smell: Banana, clove, and wheat.

Taste: Wheat malt followed by banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a dry finish. Nice and crisp on the tongue.

Drinkability: Not my favorite hefe but its a solid beer.

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Photo of champ103
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A cloudy yellow color. It has a good white head with some fair lacing. Typical for a hefe.
S: Citrus, pine, and loads of banana. Again, not bad at all but typical.
T: The same as the nose. The banana/citrus flavor is very strong and enjoyable.
D: I find hefe's a bit hard to drink. They are a bit too carbonated for me.

I enjoyed this beer. That seems to be the name of the game, enjoyable, and that is what I want in a beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but one that I will revisit.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 0.5L bottle of this beer on a DB train from Stuttgart to Hamaburg (nice 5 hour ride through Germany). As I will describe briefly, this was my least favorite hefeweizen from a German brewery to date.

First off, the beer was very clear, almost kristall-weizen appearance. Not so much of the haze I prefer and expect. Next, the aroma was very muted and didn't contain the fruity esters I wanted, not so much banana in this weizen. The taste was the same, it was like a hefeweizen lite, so little going on. Mouthfeel was average, drinkability average as well if all you want is to quench your thirst. But you should want more than this, I know I did.

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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 glid02
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bananas with a good amount of twang from the wheat. Also present are mild amounts of clove and coriander, with the former intensifying as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by loads of banana flavors and hints of pears. Midway through the sip good amounts of clove join in and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall the flavor profile and aroma didn't blow me away but the way they worked together came very close. Well worth a shot.

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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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Photo of Gusler
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer dispenses from the 330ml brown bottle a limpid gold and after decanting the beer pours, a beclouded yellow gold with the head is bright, white and creamy in texture, size is modest and after its desiccation, the lace forms a thin coating upon the glass. Nose has a bit of yeast and is backed up by sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is slightly sweet with a decent grain profile and the top light. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops sparing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste lingers long, a drinkable beer, and one for those days when a heavy beer will not do.

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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 mynie
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a pretty weizen. Dark, hazy golden with a nice head that sticks around for ages.

Lots of spice in the nose. Cloves and ginger along with some banana.

Bland upfront, followed by wonderful allspice and cloves, followed by banana, ending in a white pepper aftertaste. Nice once you get into it, but falls just short of greatness.

Good weizen, overall. Creamy mouthfeel and it goes down smooth.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.8/5  rDev 0%

I picked up a bottle of Kaltenberg International's König Ludwig Weiss last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. IT's been awhile since I've had a German Made Hefeweizen and I thought I would take a chance on this one, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 330ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a classy and traditional look to it, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of golden color when held tot he light with four fingers worth of fluffy and creamy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This was a good looking beer and It's exactly how I expect a traditional example of the style to look like.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruity aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice banana and apple like aromas with the banana sticking out the most and there's also a slight pear aroma showing up. Up next comes some clove aromas that lead right in to the wheat that imparts some nice wheaty, light sweet malt and light bready like aromas. This beer had a nice aroma that's just what I expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it seems to be a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat being the first to show up this time and it imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time the sweet malts sticking out just a little more. Up next comes the fruits which are the same as they were in the aroma with the banana still sticking out the most by a little. On the finish comes a light clove flavor with no bitterness and it had a wheat, banana and light clove like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Hefeweizen that is pretty much what I would expect from the style.

M- Smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice and nice example of the style, it had pretty much everything that I expect from a Heffeweizen and it had that good drinkability that all the traditional German made ones seem to have. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little creamy, a little crisp, not filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these especially on a warmer day. What I like the most about this beer was that it was just good traditional Hefe that was nice and drinkable. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there isn't anything that I disliked or would change. I would buy this beer again when in the mood for the style and I think it's priced nicely. I would recommend this beer to anyone who is a fan of the style. All in all I was happy with this beer and it delivered pretty much just what I would want and expect from the style. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it's up there as one of the better one I've had. This beer made for a good first impression for this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of their beers. Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, hazy, light golden with a decent white head. Aroma is yeasty and wheaty, fairly strong. Flavor is rich, wheaty, yeasty and slightly fruity, mainly orange. Texture is smooth, tingly and lively. Overall, about average but still pleasing.

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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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