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)
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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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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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Photo of RepMichigan
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeerSingh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 -9.3%
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 -3.4%
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 -7.3%
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 -2.6%
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 -13.7%
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 +8%
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 +5.4%
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 -9.3%
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 +11.4%
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 +1.8%
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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Super cloudy blond body with a lot of rising effervescence. A fairly immovable head on top, white and solid.

S - Sweet, light wheat grains and wafts of citrus.

T - Wet, light wheat and sweet bread. Sesame seed/oil prevalent, and a surprise. Hardly any hop bitterness and no malt detectable. Mild citrus notes to balance.

M - Very light on the palate, with wet grains prompting the next sip. Slightly dry in the finish however. Super drinkable.

O - A light, wheat beer with a nice character and different touch with the sesame effect in my opinion. Highly drinkable and easy going.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle (labeled "Köning Ludwig Weissbier") poured into a weiss glass.

This beer pours a medium golden colour. It is completely clear (not hazy like other hefeweizens), and there is a ton of carbonation rushing up to the top where it settles into a finger of white fluffy head.

The aroma is clean with notes of citrus and yeast. It's slightly perfumy as well.

The flavour is quite nice, but nothing outstanding. Slightly sweet towards the start, and very smooth. Hints of banana come through towards the end, and develop into more aromatic citrus flavours.

Overall, this is a nice refreshing beer with a good amount of flavour without being overwhelming. Would be very nice for summer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 JMad
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank this from a sample glass...

It's very cloudy orange/ yellow with a foamy white head. The smell is dominated by yeast and wheat, lots of bread with a a hint of banana. The taste is very yeasty with lots of wheat bread and banana, just like the taste. The beer is light but full bodied with lots of carbonation and a very dry finish. This is a solid german hefe, a little different from others I've tried but the diversity was welcomed.

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Photo of cagocubs
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Nice hazy gold mixed with orange color. 1 finger foamy white head that dissipates to thin cap with slight lacing.

S: Spice, Sweet fruit (banana), orange/grapefruit, hops, and some clove. Nice smell.

T: The spices intertwined with the hops create a complex taste. The clove and earth tones are present and it finishes with some bready taste. An interesting flavor to this.

M: Nice and light bodied. Crisp, refreshing. Good mouth coating and tasty finish.

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

Another beer I had the pleasure of trying at Brewfest. Pours a redish gold color with a finger and a half white head that fizzes to leave a little lacing. Smell was of bready malts, earthy hop, and a hint of banana. Taste followed suit, with malts prevailing and light banana providing a crisp finish. Mouthfeel was good, and this wasn't a very heavy brew. A nice hefeweizen all in all.

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very hazy, deep golden colored body that is topped by a small, dense head of white foam. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - Some light banana notes with a little bit of spicy wheat in the background.

T - Soft wheat and beady notes with a little bit of vanilla. A light note of clove comes out in the middle with more spicy wheat. The yeast character ramps up a bit in the finish as more clove and banana appear, adding depth to the bready malt profile.

M - A slightly thick and creamy body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Nicely done, it is creamy and drinkable with lots of yeast character. This sort of beer is hard to write about in great depth, but when it is done well it has a certain balance and harmonious tranquility that makes it very enjoyable. I still prefer Schneider to all other examples of this style, but Konig Ludwig has its charms as well.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks quite beautiful. Nice peach colour, medium haze, and big snow-white head. Chunky lacings to the finish.

Perhaps a bit restrained on the nose. Light cloves with a touch of fruit, not necessarily banana.

Interesting. Pretty clean malt at first, slowly gives way to a wheatier taste and feel. Spice is slow to kick in, but eventually you get a touch of cloves. Light banana mostly in the finish.

Flavour lets it down. Certainly a great beer garden brew, but you'll get a bigger punch from some other hefes.

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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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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 910 ratings