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)

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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Photo of jss38
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A cloudy copper. No significant head. Was impressed by the darkness.

S: Spicy sweet clove. The alcohol hides behind it a little.

T: Wow. Once it poured I was intrigued and it followed through. I was a few beers in at this point but it still stood out. Clove and malt that balances the wheat wonderfully. People describe the sweetness as fruity but I don't know, I taste cinnamon or coriander was been suggested.

M: Little on the heavy for a hefe, alcohol and carbonation tingles

D: Very high. I grabbed this beer on a chance at D's 6 Pack Shop in Regent Square because I love wheat beer (plus the bottle is kick ass) and its something I might seek out now. It tastes almost exactly like Franziskaner, which is one of my top 5 if that tells you anything.

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Photo of philbertk
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Konig Ludwig Weissbrau Brauerei--Furstenfeldbruck, Germany--Konig Ludwig Weissbier. 5.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? Rich lacy foamy head. Cloudy bright pretty lemon yellow color. Rich Bavarian yeast banana fruit ester front. Tangy sweet citrus banana wheat body. Crisp refreshing end. Nice Bavarian Hefe. (4.0 / 5.0) 5 oz. Tastr @ Fremont Oktoberfest in Seattle on 9/25/2010.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a semi-hazy golden yellow with light amber hues. One finger white head shows light retention. Streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Some light wheat upfront on this. Banana and clove in the ending. Overall this beer is clean and simple in the nose which is nice for a Hefe.

T- There is a sweet flavor that doesn't seem to belong at first. Wheat comes into play next with clove and banana in the middle to ending. THe wheat comes back in the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Wheat and banana left on the palate. Banana and clove in the aftertaste. Alcohol is not very drying on the palate. Beer is well balanced for the style. Clean tasting for the most part.

D- This beer is good. A nice example of a Hefe but the off flavor in the front put this one off for me. The ABV is good enough to drink a sixer of.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - cloudy light golden, 2 finger of creamy white head, very nice retention and lacing
S - very clove-banana yeasty, toasty grainy wheat, light citrus, and pineapple
T - spicy clove and sweet banana dominate, some lemon zest, grainy wheat malt, hint of grassy hops
M - refreshing carbonation, light and bready that drys out slightly
D - flavours and feels are light and refreshing, but still full, i've had better German hefe's but this is still very worthy

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Has a deep cloudy, wheat color with about 1 inch of head and a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Light. Grainy, earthy smell. A touch of sweetness in the nose. A bit of yeasty smell as well.

T - Nice clean wheat beer. Has some tiny alcohol flavor which is very pleasant. Also has just a taste of bitterness.

M - Crisp. Very light feel with just a trace amount of carbonation that leaves the tongue tingling.

D - High. This would make a very nice session beer.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a light yellow color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S:Lemosn, honey, wheat, light clove and banana

T: Banana, wheat, light clove, lemon and honey

M: Crisp, nice, lighter and a feel of banana, lemon and wheat

D: Pretty good overall

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American Import Version

A: Great pour!! Huge 4 finger head in my Gutmann Weißbierglas. Great color and cloudiness. However, lacing is hardly present at all, what happened!?!? :(

S: Sweet, fruity grains... I detect banana and pear. However, there is a hint of something chemical which I do not like.

T: Very good flavored beer, I detect even more pear here. That is an interesting twist... However, the taste is not very complex...

M/D: Full and sweet at first and finishes quite dry. I like this beer, it may not be my first choice for an imported Weißbier but... it still puts American versions to shame :)

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Photo of AdamGarcia
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle served in Hoegaarden tumbler.

A: Great looking bottle/label. This is a slow gusher, as some bright white foam ever so slowly creeps from the open bottle as it awaits the first pour. Pours a VERY clear straw color initially, much like a krystall version. A quick swirl and a final pour leaves the glass full of a hazy deep yellow hued beer. Thin white head is speckled with cinnamon-like flecks of sediment. Head could be larger.

S: Sweet banana bread, faint clove spice, and some bubblegum...typical nose for a Weisse. Mild citrus scent as well.

T: Bursting with juicy character. Great wheat malt flavor. Suggestion of peaches? Just a hint of hoppiness. Not very complex, but very enjoyable. Juicy in the finish as well. Mildly sweet aftertaste.

M: Light, but prickly carbonation. Feel is accurate for the style. Could maybe be just a bit more spritzy.

D: Generally when I review a beer I sip it very slowly and deliberately. I'm realizing now that I've been gulping this one down! Very drinkable.

There are so many amazing Hefe's out there and there are many that are far better than this, but if you want a straightforward German Weisse that is simple and refreshing you can't go wrong with this selection.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

quite a thirst quenching hef with a decent head and a consistent flow of bubbles. bright color with a nice head. nose of citrus fruit and apple. crisp and smooth... on the sweet with what i would say is a typical german quality of a hef. some sweet banana and clove and citrus. not dry on the tongue but mellow. great go to hef.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my 300-whatever ml weizen glass. The color is a cloudy, lemonade yellow with a tint of darker orange. Two and a half fingers of white head developed and dissipated to leave a centimeter cap before settling to a simple ring around the edge. Not too much sediment at the bottom; only a little clings into the deep grooves at the bottom.

Smell: Bavarian goodness. Bready yeast, bananas, apple cider, clove spice, and some barnyard malts. Very true to style.

Taste: Follows the smell, but is much more enjoyable to the taste buds. The clove spice stands out immediately, but the fruits (banana and apple) come through to provide the classic hefeweizen taste. There's also a little bit of strawberry mixed in as well. The Beer Guy at Dirty John's was right, too: it is dry.

Drinkability: Oh so good on such a hot day. This is just what the doctor ordered. It's tasty, too, which is true to style for me.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a frothy two finger white head which gives way to some lacing. No setiment is present. The aroma is of yeasty and wheat with a hint of smokiness to it. The taste is of a nice smooth wheat backbone with yeast also present. There is also hints of grass, smokiness, and some citrus and banana notes. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and it has a creaminess to it. The drinkability is good, the taste was very smooth with nothing to dislike. That taste was very nice and it makes you want more, a good session beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a bit smokey and dry citrus. In the taste, dry citrus, a hint of smoke and a nice yeast presence. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, smokey wheat aftertaste. A nice hefe, the smoke hints are a nice surprise.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow color with huge poof of frothy white head, decent retention yet moderate lacing. Scent is of fresh bready yeast backed with a grassy wheat smell. Taste brings the bready yeasts along with a faint fruity sweetness, backed by a grassy wheat taste. Lighter side of medium bodied, active carbonation, somewhat dry finnish. A decent beer that doesnt overdo the sweetness but at the same time doesnt bring the freshest grain taste.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent, hazy, light golden with a decent white head. Aroma is yeasty and wheaty, fairly strong. Flavor is rich, wheaty, yeasty and slightly fruity, mainly orange. Texture is smooth, tingly and lively. Overall, about average but still pleasing.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night at the bar. Pours the typical cloudy yellow with decent bone-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing, though not much. Smell is pretty standard, a nice interplay between the classic clove, banana, and bubblegum flavors, though it favors the clove and bubblegum. Taste is decent, a nice peppery note to it, though primarily clove and banana. Pretty clean, though a bit rough around the edges, not quite as 'polished' as Weihenstephaner. Decent mouthfeel, lively, a bit prickly even. And, as with all hefes, the drinkability is pretty good, a nice beer to finish my session.

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Photo of boss302
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer I poured half glass, then gave it a good swirl and finished the pour. Apparently my beer had been sitting for quite a while since the dregs stayed stuck to the bottom of the bottle. There was not the typical Hefe haze.

A As stated above, this beer was not hazy and since the dregs stayed in the bottom of the bottle, the beer was quite clear, more like a Kristall. There was not a typical Hefe head either, even though I poured it aggressively. What little head there was did stick around for a while though.

S The beer smelled a little phenolic probably from age more than anything, but it was not overpowering and easy to get past. There was some estery smell, but not as strong as other Hefeweizen.

T First impressions are a little peppery, hops balance, but are otherwise unnoticed. There is a bite on the tongue, but this is from carbonation not hops. There is a slightly fruity taste, but certainly nothing like a Weihenstephaner.

M This beer felt was medium body with a good carbonation level.

O This is a good overall beer, but I still prefer the proper look, taste and head of other Hefes.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's summer in Atlanta again so it's time to crack open some wheat beers. I have managed to find a German hefeweizen that I have never sampled before, Konig Ludwig Weiss. This beer is produced by a Bavarian brewery literally owned by Bavarian royalty as the company is headed by Prinz Luitpold von Bayern. I would expect this to be pretty traditional.

The very hazy body is the color of straw with a modest, frothy head. Smells of clove, lightly of honey and some lemon. There's just a touch of ripe banana back there too.

Lots of lemon and clove in the mouth. Sweet and bready, but muted, wheat malt. A bit sour. Some peppery spice in there too. I am searching for the ripe banana but find none. Crisp and fizzy, clean finish.

It's a good refreshing hefeweizen. It doesn't rank among my favorites (I think Paulaner still makes my favorite hefe) but it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes are from Saturday 5/29.

This one is a very cloudy pale golden-yellow color with a creamy, thick, dense and frothy white head that sits atop this one for a short while before fading to a pretty sturdy foam. Light lacing is left in its wake.
I get the sturdy aroma of bananas and cloves as are appropriate to the style. There's a bit of a wheat backbone, though I'd prefer it to be stronger, and a crackery dry malt is just noticeable.
There's a decent sweet malt in this beer that's balanced by a soft lemony zest, but I find the banana most up front with the cloves note coming in and out. There's just a touch of peppery spice to this one and there' are some herbal and earthy that come and go.
The body is light to medium and there's an active carbonation. There's just a bit of a crisp feel in an otherwise extremely creamy smooth swallow.

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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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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 scott451
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Two finger fluffy white head that diminishes to a ring soon. Cloudy greyish apricot. Some patchy lacing that sticks around.
S - Very mild but citrus and spices present.
T - Very lightly flavoured. Cinnamon, cloves. Very dry yeasty finish.
M - Refreshing. Nice carbonation livens up one of the more subtle wheat beers. Well balanced.
D - I could drink a few of these. Another worthy wheat.

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Photo of Josievan
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Konig Hefeweizen pours a hazy sunshine yellow. This beer is head-tastic! A few chucks of sediment swim at the bottom of the glass.

Smell: The aroma lets you know there's plenty of pale wheat malt and lots of good old yeast in this beer.

Taste: The taste is typical hefeweizen, in a good way. For better or for worse, Konig is pretty low on the banana scale for a hefeweizen, which I know is a dealbreaker for some people. You can definitely taste the yeast, which is a good thing in my book.

Mouthfeel: Konig has a great bready, creamy mouthfeel. Just what the doctor ordered for the style.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, very drinkable, and also pretty darn drinkable.

Notes: I've never had a Bavarian hefeweizen I didn't like, and Konig ranks in the top tier of that good company. Distinguishing between hefeweizens really comes down to three variables for me: how much yeast the beer has (the more the better, says I), how much banana flavor the beer has (I don't mind either way), and how rich of a mouthfeel the beer has (the creamier the better). Konig emerges in a good spot on all three fronts, which pretty much means it's delicious.

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

500ml bottle, sun streaming in the window of one of my preferred university area beer hangouts, time for something summer-ish, it would seem.

This beer pours a hazy, kind of bright medium golden yellow hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and mildly creamy eggshell white head, which leaves a thin, undulating wall of streaky lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of dry banana esters, cloves, a bit of apple fruitiness, semi-sweet grainy wheat, mildly acrid yeast, and a touch of white pepper. The taste is more of the same - gritty, grainy, and somewhat bready wheat malt, dried banana chips, middling earthy yeast, and a relatively soft coriander/clove and mixed table pepper spice essence.

The carbonation is quite active and frothy at first, but mellows out soon enough, the body a hefty medium weight for the style, and tacitly smooth, as the yeast mucks about here and there - it's also a little filmy. It finishes off-dry, the lingering wheaty malt and attendant fruity, yeasty notes more or less in balance.

A pleasantly quaffable, if not particularly memorable Hefe, though it does evoke promises of warm patios and quenching libations to come. A reserved 'Prost', then, to King Ludwig, and his bright wheat beer.

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

Pours a straw color with a nice robust head.
Smells of German hops and some but not much of the wheat.
Very interesting. Has the German hops flavor but the lack of what I taste in Paulaner and Franziskaner. It is more authentic tasting to the German taste.
Mouthfeel is a bit creamy and has a really great finish.

Easy to drink!

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Photo of Thur123
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a super hazy golden yellow with a two finger head that fades quickly. The last of these I drank had the best looking yeast suspension I have ever seen...it looked like a galaxy within my glass. The smell is light wheat malt and really sweet banana and yeast notes.

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The flavor is big on the banana big not overwhelming. Very good wheat beer, just enough yeastiness and the mouth feel is light without being too watery. Good values at 800 a six pack as well.

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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 889 ratings.
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