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

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Ratings: 894 |  Reviews: 428
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BierStein711
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an odd weizen glass (too short)

I had this at a German-style bier pub

This weissbier had highs and lows. It looked too pale for a weissbier! There were no clouds of yeast. It smelled like a typical weissbier, cloves, bananas, yeast, etc. But, something was lacking. The beer's taste was not really there. It tasted peppery, I did not pick up anything beyond that. The mouthfeel was too watery, average at best.

I probably won't go out of my way for it. But, I'd accept it if I had no other hefeweizen options when I need one.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of rekel
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jiffypop
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jdhchi
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of RepMichigan
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of pvsob
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, gold color with a solid two inch head (white) that has outstanding retention and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Lots of clove, banana, and earthy yeast aromas. Pepper and bubblegum as well.

T- Starts off somewhat sweeter than most Hefes. A mixture of the above aromas dance on the palate throughout the tasting. There's a tiny hint of alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium feel, with a nice crisp wheat "bite". Medium to high levels of carbonation.

O- Not quite up there with the heavy hitters in this style, but it's not that far off. A solid, well made, and very drinkable example of a Hefe. I can dig it. Give it a try if you haven't already. Prost.

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Photo of olimpia84
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tampa's Oktoberfest 2011.

A: cloudy amber color with opaque characteristics. Big head that dissipated slowly. Small lacing present.

S: faint yeasty aroma along with banana clove and tones of citrus.

T: hoppy character at first followed by lots of wheat in the taste with touches of banana bread, citrus and some sweetness towards the end.

M: very drinkable, medium body, medium carbonation.

O: a good representation of the style, this is a very standard Hefe that should be enjoyed by most.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a toucher darker than the average hefe. Head is smaller and doesn't retain as well as many hefes.
S- The smell is more reminiscent of a American Pale Wheat for me. Yeasty and wheaty. There is a touch of banana and bubblegum, but they are light.
T- Same here. It's yeasty, wheaty, fairly sweet. Light banana and light spice are in play as well.
M- Medium body, slightly low carbonation.
O- It's a decent hefeweizen, but it was not a memorable one. More clove/spice flavor would have added a lot.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

864th Review on BA
Draft to Pint
@Yardhouse Chino Hills

App-  murky cloudy yellow orange with a good hidden haze behind it. One finger head. Great cling lines as it slides.

Smell- A traditional hef smells.  A good bit of yeast with some banana and spice.

Mouth-  Its like a mix of hefe and Ipa. Banana and clove a touch of bitter.  Not a bad beer with a low low malt note.

Mouth-  Medium bodied and bit medium carbonation.  Good banana and yeasty after.

Drink- Pretty tasty.  Its a bit unique with the blend of bitter and banana and spice.  I was digging it with a ceasar salad.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: murky golden, half finger head, some lace

S: some wheat and lemon.

T: mild peppery taste up front with a dull wheat and lemon finish. Standard hefe.

M: moderate to high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: standard hefe nothing special or memorable.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful yellow shines with white fuzzy head...
Lemon and bananas on top of some spectacularly smelling yeast, white flower bouquets

Banana and pretzel dough on the tongue very good indeed. I love a sourdough beer with cloves and ripe banana

Nice middle of the ground body, not too light soft carbonation soothes the tongue

Overall a solid Hefe-weizen very indicative of the style

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color and clarity. Not a bad odor either,was expecting a clean taste with a good balance of malt,barley,and hops all surrounded with a certain sweetness ,but some harsh twangy wheat taste overwhelmed everything good. I would pass on another. Hope there is another kind much better to try in the future

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Photo of lookitsmp
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a smooth white head, about one fingers worth, which fades to a slight ring around the glass. Some tight lacing. A pretty decent looking beer.

Smell: Big wheat and yeasty smells typical of most Hefes with some clove and spice. Theres some slight ripe banana and red apple notes hanging around as well.

Taste: You get a very slight hop bitterness at the front of the tongue which gives way to a smooth yeasty banana and clove taste. Leaves a nice wheat, spice, and banana after taste. A great tasting Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: On the fence between light and medium bodied. Very soft and smooth on the tongue. Drinkability is off the charts. As refreshing as any Hefe out there. Great after a long day.

Overall: This is one of the better Hefeweizens that I've had. Has everything you'd expect for the style. It doesn't do anything extreme it just does everything very well. It's no Dancing Man but it's damn good.

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Photo of metter98
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of banana, bubble gum, cloves, lemon and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing; it also has some thirst-quenching properties.

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

a: This was a little lighter than average, murky golden straw color. It was served to me with a small frothy cap.

s: Sweet-ish banana and bubblegum with some spicy cloves and lightly sour wheat. Appealing enough, but on the mild side.

t: This all the classic hefe elements, but it does come across a bit thin. More sweet than spicy which I like.

m: Ont the chewy side, but not to the extent I expected.

o: Not a bad hefe overall, but the Franziskaner I followed with reminded what a hefe should be.

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

I discovered this brew at the biergarten of the German Pavillion at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo

Served in a tall glass, cloudy-unfiltered, amber-orange, nice frothy head. Creamy mouthfeel.
Very refreshing treat after a long day at the Expo. Pronounced banana flavor with a hint of clove.

Had to go back the next day for more.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Murky, hazy yellow pour with a billowing white head. Excellent retention and a loose, spidery lace.

S - Light, yeasty, somewhat bready aroma. Light grainy nose.

T&M - Lighter body and rather refreshing in it's character; if anything, feels a little too light...almost a hair watery. Typical "soft" feel from the wheat. Clove character is lighter, but present with a hint of bubblegum.

O - Overall, not bad. I appreciate the lightness and refreshing character, but wish there was a bit more going on in the body and flavor profile. Overall, a fine example of the style.

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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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