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

very good
894 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

This pours a beautiful straw yellow Hefeweizen color, cascading bubbles and slightly hazy, with a 2 inch head.

Smells like citrus, banana, and wheat.

This is one of the more citrusy traditional here's I've had, lots of orange and lemon, with the typical banana wheat and clove. Doesn't blaze much of a trail for the style, but it's still tasty.

This has a juicy and creamy mouthfeel, with a high level of carb.

Nice stuff here.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a hazy light golden amber with a huge three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Classic hefe aroma of sweet wheat and yeast, light clove and banana. Flavor follows, with modestly sweet wheat, light apple juice, hints of clove, caramel and banana. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A nice, mellow and very well balanced hefeweizen, hitting all the right notes without any component dominating. Perhaps a bit lighter in flavor than some hefes, but pleasant and refreshing. A nice example of a great style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. Beer is amber and hazy with a medium white head of medium and small bubbles, minimal lacing but high carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly weak but grainy and mildly banana.

Beer is light in body and wet on the palate. It is a little sweet, mild yeast character on the whole thing and I really enjoyed it throughout. I would have it again but it is not my favorite hefeweizen. Not by a long shot.

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Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells like banana bread with spices. Taste like it smells but a bit milder, banana bread flavor. Feels full and delicious in the mouth and has great drinkability. Overall this is a fine, quality brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Had a bottle with my pizza at Little Ortino's. As a fan of the style, I'd been meaning to get around to this beer for some time. Having previously seen the B rating, I wasn't too excited. But the Ludwig Weiss turned out to be a fine stab at the style.

Yes, the flavor is a bit simple and dull compared to the giants of the style, like Weihenstephaner. However, I wasn't disappointed. There was a bit of banana under a creamy wheat bread and spicy clove. The flavor had an unfortunate watery edge to it, but the beer was also fairly drinkable. I also found a slight, but odd earthy almost metallic note in the background. Eh.

Overall, not the best hefe, but not a bad option when others are unavailable.

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

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and wheat malt scent along with a bit of bisquit malt character as well. The taste is decent as well. It has a very dry pale and wheat malt flavor with a nice banana/clove finish. It needs a bit more pale malt IMO. It's thin and extremely dry. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average hefe. It's got the signature character, but the appearance, taste, and mouthfeel suffer.

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

I've been gyped .8 ouncers of beer in this deceiving 330 ml bottle. Damn! Now if the beer is really good, I might forgive. To find out, let's go on to the beer:

There's a mad rush of bubbles running in the semi-hazy blonde colored beer, topped by a frothy head that holds well. Banana bread aroma with only a trace of spice to it. Taste has some clove characteristics, and banana is there too. Faint fume of alcohol shines on occasion. Light, with a semi-crisp feel in the mouth, and easy drinking. Solid, but I won't be forgiving these brewers for putting this beer in a smaller bottle ;)

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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Plattduetsche Biergarten, Franklin Square, NY.

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a three finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a noticable sour note with some esters.

The taste was also a touch tart with a light wheT spice.

The mouthfeel wasbtoeard the thinner side of the style.

Overall not a very impressive hefe. Decent.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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 biegaman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Smokeless Joe's, in Toronto.

Although it makes an ideal summertime drink, König Ludwig Weiss aught to be served with a snow-shovel. Its head is tall and frothy and makes an impressive barrier between my mouth and the beer. The bubbles, despite the afternoon humidity, are teeming with energy and its bright yellow colour, despite a faint haze, emulates the hot sun.

Smelling a hefeweizen makes you want to drink a hefeweizen. Nuances of citrus and banana combine with a light, zestful spiciness and bready, grainy sweetness that just might change the way you look at grains, yeast and water. *This* particular weissbier, however, probably won't do it; although it has the pieces, it's much too reserved in using them.

You have to redefine words like "quaffable" and "refreshing" when it comes to German wheat beers, especially if they're consumed outdoors, on a patio, in hot and sunny weather. Creamy texture paired with effervescent carbonation and a little fruity zing makes for, as many others would argue, the ultimate hot-weather quencher.

Although again, this particular beer is not Exhibit A. Its light vanilla-y and moderate banana-y flavours are most pleasant, but again more muted than in other Bavarian examples. Same goes for the clove-like spice and graininess. Don't get me wrong: I enjoyed more than one, but I would have opted for a different brand had I had the choice.

Given the country's long tradition with weissbiers and given the style's nature as being refreshing and widely appealing, it's pretty hard to find a German-brewed hefeweizen that isn't at very least superbly enjoyable; König Weiss is precisely that and, although it doesn't quite rank with the best Bavaria has to offer, that alone makes it a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a frothy, thick, pale tan colored head that is easily three fingers thick. The beer is a lightly hazy bright gold color with a pretty cascade of carbonation welling up from the center of my Duvel glass. The nose has subdued aromatics of clove and banana as well as a mild, grassy grain character. The taste is light and spritzy with a zesty carbonation as it hits my tongue, though it is a bit on the low side for a Hefeweizen. This beer is quite dry with a bit of bitterness in the finish as well as a long grassy note. This beer is lightly spicy as well with a bit of pepper and ginger on the tongue. This beer is pretty tame for a German Hefeweizen, not nearly as spicy, fruity or phenolic as the best of them, almost in the vein of a bland American Wheat beer, though not quite that bad.

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Photo of Derek
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Murky, browish-straw colour, fluffy off-white head, nice retention and lace.

S: Spice, citrus and a little earthy yeast.

T: Initially a little bland, some bready malt, spicy cloves, hints of a fruity ester (but no discernable flavour), with a crisp, slightly citrous finish.

M: Moderate body is heavier than most. Quite creamy too. Carbonation is lower than average.

D: A smooth introduction to the style, but it's heavier than most, and not as refreshing.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored beer with a small white head that doesn't last.

Smells of candied banana and spice, clove and what smells like a bit of coriander. Faint carrot cake scent here that I would not expect in this type of beer.

Starts out semi sweet and strong with the banana flavor. Little bit of clove but this is really a dryish banana beer. Little bit light after a while.

Mouthfeel is light.

A rather average German wheat beer. Can't really recommend this one, there are many that are far more flavorful.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, firm white head, looks the part.

S: Banana & bubblegum, cotton candy, Cap'n Crunch.

T: Pastry-esque with an almost buttery malt. Orange notes, cotton candy and banana bread also round out the flavour. A sweeter hefe, very engaging.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth in the carbonation (can be a problem with hefes), prickly, refreshing.

D: This is clearly one of the best hefes I've ever had, reminds me a lot of Mission's version, a must try.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
3.8 out of 5 based on 894 ratings.
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