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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany | website

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:
423
Ratings:
866
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange, almost gold body with a fluffy head that went down slow and left little lace patches. Contained some soft wheat in the smell for a little hint of sweetness, and contained some citric and spicy notes as well. A lighter tasting beer but still fuller-bodied and fluffy like a hefe should be. The wheat twang is subdued and a citricy, mostly lemon, taste with some clove on the backend comes out for a little spicier ending than I'm used to. Not my fave but still a good hefe.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head. The aroma features cloves, citrus, banana and yeast. The taste is exceptionally creamy and smooth with some wheat, citrus, clove and banana. Overall, this is a highly drinkable and delicious brew that stands as one of the better hefeweizens that I have had. Recommended.

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

Notes are from Saturday 5/29.

This one is a very cloudy pale golden-yellow color with a creamy, thick, dense and frothy white head that sits atop this one for a short while before fading to a pretty sturdy foam. Light lacing is left in its wake.
I get the sturdy aroma of bananas and cloves as are appropriate to the style. There's a bit of a wheat backbone, though I'd prefer it to be stronger, and a crackery dry malt is just noticeable.
There's a decent sweet malt in this beer that's balanced by a soft lemony zest, but I find the banana most up front with the cloves note coming in and out. There's just a touch of peppery spice to this one and there' are some herbal and earthy that come and go.
The body is light to medium and there's an active carbonation. There's just a bit of a crisp feel in an otherwise extremely creamy smooth swallow.

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