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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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Noodle22
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold, with a rich and fine white head. No lace here.

Aroma is wheat with some bubblegummy vibes. Perfect!

Taste is sweet, with some subtle hints of clove and bubblegum. Very smooth and drinkable, Konig Ludwig is quite representative of the style, and one any hefeweizen fan should most certainly seek out.

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Photo of DocG
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of carb bubbles rising in the pour. Emptied into a weizen glass a dirty golden lemonade color with some proper haze. The head settled to an inch-plus of off-white foam. Should've brought home two bottles so I can fill this here glass. Looks the part. 4.0

Sweet banana esters doused with heavy cream. Milky (but not a lactose) aroma coupled with light doughy wheat malts and a squeeze of lemon makes for some delicious banana cream pie. Grains are mildly toasted, which is a nice surprise. Not much in the spice department, which is to say, I'm not picking up any pepper, clove, or coriander. 4.0

Follows the nose with flavors of fresh bananas drenched in scalded milk. Some pie crust and lemon zest. Very light clove with more volume in the finish. More bread flavors ranging from cream puffs to Honey Roasted Cheerios. Just sweet enough. Attenuated a bit, and that's the true fault. If otherwise, this would be one kickass desserty hefe. 4.0

Smooth as all hell. Creamy in taste, sure, but uber-creamy in body. Light carbonation supports the near-perfect feel for a hefeweizen. Unreal drinkability. 4.5

A severely underrated authentic German hefe. Inexpensive and quality. A most refreshing summer brew. Recommended. 4.0

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Photo of lampshadedude
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BourbonDemocrat
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of FriedGold2112
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Irrationalist
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of wages
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - 5/5 - It pours a straw color with only the faintest haze and a 2 finger white head that maintains at a half finger. LOTS of bubbles. Leaves oodles of Belgian lace.

smell - 5/5 - Lots of sweet banana aroma.

taste - 5/5 - Really wonderful wheat/banana flavor without being overpowering as I find most hefes.

mouthfeel - 5/5 - Highly carbonated which really makes the esters shine. Also has a creamy texture.

overall - 5/5 - A truly mind-blowing experience for me. I'm just not used to traditional hefe-weizen that tastes so well balanced. If you can't tell, I don't normally drink wheat beer, but this one is a pleasant surprise. I just realized I gave this five stars, something I've not done until this beer. I really can not imagine a better example of this style.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, golden with a hint of orange. Would have scored it higher, but for a lackluster head (for a Hefe) and so-so lacing.

S: Strong lemon/citrus aroma. Also some white pepper and spice. Wheat malt and a hint of yeast are present in the background.

T: The aroma suggested a lot more citrus than the taste delivered, but the taste was quite good. Mildly sweet malt, with a good measure of wheat. The citrus notes are present, but submit to the stronger banana phenols and clove flavors. Hops is bitter and dry in the finish, but not at all overwhelming.

M: Nice balance of moist and crisp, perfectly carbonated, with just a hint of astringency in the finish.

O: Not the perfect Weissbier, but a really fine example. It's drier than many, but that just leaves you wanting more (which is a good thing). And I should probably mention the reasonable price -- you may find a slightly better Weissbier, but it will likely cost you quite a bit more -- which makes this one great for frequent consumption.

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Photo of BrewVet
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of DavidST
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, a date of 26 Nov 2008 on the back. This pours a hazy light golden color with s large foamy white head which quickly dissipates. The smell is slightly musty, yeast esters, wheat, peper and spices. The feel is medium. The taste is okay, a little wheat, banana, must.

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Photo of caisno
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Smell- banana strong from the front giving way to bread and then a hint of lemon. Beautiful!

Taste- call me crazy, it came on strong with bacon, wheat, grass and then the lemon finish with cloves. Fantastic!

Mouth- buttery smooth lingering goodness.

Overall- Solid! I'm generally dissatisfied with the lighter side of beer. This beer is truely rewarding. I'm glad to find a Weiss I'll be ordering again!

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of blakelive784
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a finger of thin white head. Retention is okay at best. Standard fare.

S - Biscuity/bready yeast dominates, with notes of coriander, orange, lemon grass, and sweet malt and crisp wheat. It seems a bit imbalanced, though inviting.

T - There's this really strange mineral taste that I get right off the bat that's a bit off putting. I love the yeast, but that flavor really is tainting my overall impression. There are faint fruit notes, that help it out, and it is well balanced.

M - Light bodied and crisp. Well carbonated. Pretty good given the style but probably a bit too thick.

D - It could be a great beer, but that strange flavor is throwing me off. I'd try it again, with hopes of it being better.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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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