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

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3.86/5
Very Good
904 Ratings
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:
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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,007
Reviews:
430
Ratings:
904
pDev:
12.18%
Bros Score:
3.99
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
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Ratings: 904 |  Reviews: 430
Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly clouded yellow golden with a thick white head.

The smell is of lemon, banana/clove, and wheat tang.

The taste is of lemon, a touch of banana, clove and pepper. Spicy behind a sweet maltiness. Crisp finish.

It has a refreshing lightness, with a bit of watery thinness mid-palate, that picks up as it progresses. Not quite as creamy as others.

A refreshing, traditional, sweetish HW. Not banana-ey as others, though it there, but has a nice spiciness under a sweet maltiness with a lemony touch.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 BeerOps
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Photo of sendbeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NickThePyro
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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 sd123
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CharlesK
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of Derek
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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 WesWes
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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 -6%
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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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 rodbeermunch
3.21/5  rDev -16.8%
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 puboflyons
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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 Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 904 ratings
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