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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Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

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

On draught at Kickoff in Waterloo.

Poured a light, cloudy golden hue with a well-rounded, foamy head. Sheets of lacing, great retention.

All the usual suspects are there: wheat malts, coriander, flowers, banana, cloves and spice. Very good nose to it.

A fine, easy to drink hefe. Not the best of the style, but certainly very well done. Starts off like a typical hefe, with robust banana and clove flavours, but it kind of loses momentum near the finish, which is peppery and a bit thin. Maybe dry is the right word.

Mouthfeel is light, slightly creamy.

A solid hefe, and a pretty decent brew to cap off the evening. I'll still probably go Hacker or Weihenstephan, but this is a fine choice as well. Eager to try their dunkel...

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Photo of northaustin
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very hazy yellow with minimal white head which disappears quickly and leaves no lacing.

smells ultra yeasty, not too much for the style though. in the back is a nice mixture of wheat mixed with minimal hops.

tastes like the reason why i dont like hefeweizens. i think because it is such a good hefe i am extra reminded of my distaste for the style. check it out though if you like wheat beers. it goes down very easy and is pretty sessionable.

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Photo of thekanna
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle, poured into my Konig Ludwig branded hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Beautiful radiant, cloudy orange with astronomically large white head.

Smell: Saturated with bready yeasts and a slight sweetness.

Taste: The palate is overwhelmed by bready yeasts, banana, and an addictive sugar water/ honey sweetness. This is rounded out by a slight peppery spiciness and more sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin and a little less carbonation than I hoped.

Drinkability: An excellent Weissbier, and something I certainly don't mind relaxing with.

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Photo of glid02
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Trappeze Pub in Athens, GA.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of bananas with a good amount of twang from the wheat. Also present are mild amounts of clove and coriander, with the former intensifying as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors up front are joined quickly by loads of banana flavors and hints of pears. Midway through the sip good amounts of clove join in and carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smoother than average thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass very quickly and could easily have another.

Overall the flavor profile and aroma didn't blow me away but the way they worked together came very close. Well worth a shot.

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Photo of rebel1771
2.83/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a yellow/orange color with a big head that fades quickly.

S: Aromas of cloves and bananas. Bit watered down though.

T: The usual hefe flavors are here but they come across very flat. Finishes with a minor sweet corn aftertaste.

D: Not my favorite hefeweizen by a long shot. Seems very watered down and slightly flavorless.

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Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lisa W. for this one...
Appears a hazy cloud of light gold with a huge, frothy off-white cap that slowly mellows out into a a pillow-like cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of tart wheat, citrus, bananas, and spicy cloves.
Taste echoes the mentioned aromas with a flavor that is tangy, mildly spiced, and refreshing.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, viscuous, chewy, with spiced banana daquiri flavors lingering along the palate after the swallow.

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Photo of Viggo
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro. They have some pretty cool looking glassware.

Pours a cloudy dark yellow, some amber highlights, a bit chunky looking, very thick and tight white head forms, slowly settles to a thick ring around the glass, lots of lace spirals stick.

Smell is alright, on the malty end, nice banana, wheat, some caramel/honey sweetness, bread, light toast, assorted fruit, yeast, not bad.

Taste is similar, sweet up front, honey, fruit, some banana, pretty light on the clove, wheat and yeast, pretty dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Felt like a bit more heft than a usual Weiss. No Denison's but not bad at all.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank a lot of this stuff in Milwaukee. Tried to get into the mindset of drinking cloudy yellow wheat beers, but its just not my thing.

The appearance was most impressive of just about anything in this style, save SN Kellerweiss. Just didn't like the taste, too much clove(?) or something. Didn't like the hopping. Just not a beer for me. Cool label, cool appearance, even the smell was good (for some reason, no clove in smell, but taste?).

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Photo of Long813
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Erdinger Weizen Glass

A: Cloudy yellow/green body. 2 inches of head with great retention leaving exceptional lacing.

S: Wheat, some spices, citrus and banana.

T: Wheaty, pepper spices are noticable with cloves, bananas and citrus fruits in the back.

M: Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Leaves a dry wheaty finish with some banana lingering.

D: Very good hefe. It's different in texture than others I've had which is nice. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of Billolick
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mini growler filled up at DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Pours light apricot, semi cloudy, skimpy head for a hefe, tiny bubbles, fine and well developed lacing left behind. Strong bananas, vanilla and cloves in the nose. More cloves and banana notes that jump out onto the palate. Easy drinking and tasty enough hefe. Lacks the depth of flavors and complexity of the heavy weights of the style. But I still enjoyed it and suggest you give it a try or two as well

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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 scootny
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good solid hefe and a nice growler purchase for a hefe head like me. Lightly cloudy straw gold with a good head and moderate carbonation. Spots of lacing here and there.

Smell is lemon and clove and a good twang of wheat. A note of bubble gum hiding in there somewhere along with a spicy pepper hint.

Taste is much like the nose. Some light banana makes its way forward and a bigger wheat malt breadiness shows up as well. Apples and light white grape in the fruit aisle as well. There is an edge of cinnamon that mixes with the clove nicely. Dry quick finish leaves a touch of grains mild soap and earthiness. Feel is medium light and finely carbonated. A crispness followed by a touch of creaminess on bigger mouthfulls.

An easy session beer that is going down on this evening as the Yankees take it to the Phillies.

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Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Cloudy yellow body with a nice frothy white head that never completely disappears. Good carbonation, decent amount of lacing. The banana quality that's characteristic of hefeweizens is taking a back seat to the clove and peppery spice.

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

Consumed 10/18/2009- from notes.

Brown 11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. There was what I assume is a best by date on the bottle of 14 Jan 2010.

A- Very hazy, murky yellow with a burly three finger bubbly white head. Settled to about a finger and a half for the rest of the glass. Looks great!

S- Wheat, peppery, citrusy- mainly lemon but I think theres some more going on there.

T- Same as the nose but with some banana hints here and there.

M- Medium bodied, creamy and smooth. The carbination is not very evident.

D- Very nice, the best hefe I think I've had yet. Very refreshing. I'll be picking this one up agian!

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Photo of froghop
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy yellow with a good amount of sediment, a small white head, and some lacing.

smell of wheat, some citrus, and a little spice.

taste is creamy, banana, yeast, a touch of spice, and some citrus, ends a little on the creamy side.

overall an okay hefe.

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Photo of berley31
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Large, white, frothy head... this baby hung around for a bit, and then dissipated to about 1/2-finger for the rest of drinking. Body is a nice, dark-yellow color, and very cloudy.

S: Nice notes of wheat, lemon, and pepper.

T: Damned nice hefe... large taste of pepper and other spices, with a wheaty, citrusy finish. Short-average duration... just like a good hefe should taste.

M: Light-bodied, yet creamy, with soft-average carbonation.

D: This beer goes down great, and is a perfect session brew at 5.5%... actually, it taste even less than that. Nothing really there to make it super special, but it's still very good and I could drink 'em all day.

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Photo of jakefone
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: The amount of head was lacking. But the head that was there was thick and laced down the side of the glass. The beer was quite cloudy, but that was expected. A nice sunset color made this quite appealing.

Taste: I liked it, but it was lacking something, i couldn't put my finger on it but something was missing. I would drink it again but not if i have to buy a six pack again. It had a good wheat flavor, with hints of banana and a few spices. There was a high carbination feel to this beer. It was a little to sweet for me.

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Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.56/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer looks fine for a cloudy beer. The head was surprising. It formed very quickly, and when I set the glass down, some actually came out over the brim. It lasted a little while and started to shrink, clinging only slightly to the glass.

I have drank many different kinds of beers, but I'm not educated enough on the subject to label the certain things I like and don't like. I know that this beer's scent is basically the kind I don't like. The cloudy beers with the yeast in the bottle have a scent and flavour I just don't enjoy (with the odd exception).

I had the flavour of this one nearly written off as soon as I smelled it. I gave it the full go, though, and it's got things in it I like. The banana people talk about isn't overpowering at all. It's just noticeable. That unique hint saves this one just a bit for me. The aftertaste does linger a little long, though.

I find this beer a bit over-carbonated for my liking. While I don't like most of the taste & feel, there is something a little smoother to it. Perhaps it's a mental thing, my mind thinking there's a creamy banana inside.

As for drinkability... for me, I won't drink it again. It might be worth a try if you want something off the beaten path, but for my tastebuds, it's not something I enjoy.

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Photo of ludachris
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw with an orangish tinge. Finger and a half of tightly knit cloud white head. After what I think was a proper pour, the head still seems a little too small for a hefe, but still really nice sticky, almost sheet like lacing follows to the bottom of the glass.

Clean smell of what you'd expect from a good hefe; banana, clove, phenols, light bubble gum and some fruity esters.

Banana, phenols and bubble gum dominate the taste. Very light citrus and low hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but a dad bit watery, but like many hefe's, this is a perfect summer beer; smooth and refreshing.

Overall, a decent interpretation of a hefe. A little bit more head and a tad more full bodied, this would be perfect. I'd definately prefer hacker-pschorr's hefe over this (one of the only hefe's available in my area besides erdinger), but this still does the trick.

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Photo of jayjay1976
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an hourglass shaped weizen glass, it was pale mustard yellow at the bottom graduating to a deep honey color near the top with a pronounced swirling cloud of yeast from the last bit of the pour. The is an impressive looking beer worthy of a photograph for the spank bank.

Thick bubbly head quickly subsiding to a light film of bubbles that stuck around for the duration, leaving almost no lacing.

Malty sweet top note with a nice banana and heavy cream underside, maybe a bit of clove. I love the smell of this beer.

Bracing. This gets your tongue's attention and doesn't let go. Just enough sweetness to support the banana and green apple with and a lot of bread and cream. slightly astringent and pleasantly tart, combined with the fizzy carbonation leaves your mouth fresh and beery. I love having beer breath.

I had it in the morning with some white cheese and a brötchen, it went together nicely.

Wheaty and yeasty

Overall, this is one of my favorites on account of its relative dryness and creamy smell. Here in Germany this is available in a six pack of 12-ouncers, but also in half-liter bottles. Also, the label here is slightly different than pictured above; instead of saying 'WEISS' under the name, it says 'HELL' (which is German for 'bright' denoting the color of the brew), and its missing the black area below the yellow oval that says "royal Bavarian Hefeweizen" because that is English nonsense. I had it a time or two in Chicago and the taste really suffers over the long journey. This is delicious fresh from the bottler, I avoid it at the supermarket and NEVER bother with those six packs.

Serving type: 0,5 liter bottle, €0.65 purchased at the Getränke Bee around the corner from my house.

20 mixed bottles of craft and specialty weizens for €13 plus crate and bottle deposits.

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

A good cloudy yellow hefeweisen with a white head and lace hanging around.

Smell is bready and fruity.

Taste is the same with fruit bread and malt hop finish. This beer is a little too dry for me. I guess I like sweeter beer. This cut down on the appeal and drinkability. For some reason it is also a little pricy which steers me away since there are others I like better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While at Taco Mac (Perimeter) waiting for the 5 o'clock tapping of a firkin of Duck-Rabbit Porter with Cherries, I thought I'd warm-up with a nice, crisp hefe.

Appearance: Pours out a tremendously cloudy, dull golden-hued body with a smallish, white head. Light lacing on the way down.

Smell: Mild, vaguely sweetness malt nose with touches of grainy wheat bread and lesser, trivial notes of banana and clove.

Taste: Lightly bready, grainy maltiness with some moderate traces of wheat and a medium-low amount of sweetness. Subtle tastes of banana and cloves. Soft, faintly tart touch of yeastiness. Distant, mildly spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes semi-dry with a reasonable amount of carbonated crispness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A crisp, thirst-quenching, pleasant hefeweizen that makes for decent summertime refreshment or for a good prelude to a cherry-packed porter.

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Photo of atis
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with large and airy head. Aroma is light banana, bits of yeast and bubblegum, mild fruity esters towards the end of the glass.

Taste is light citrus, yeast and bits of banana and other fruit with a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel medium with average carbonation.

Overall, a solid Hefeweizen, sometimes felt slightly too watery.

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Photo of adamette
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a 0.5 L Fransiskaner Weissbier tall glass (flute?) in Verona, Italy June 17th, 2009 while on vacation there.

A Great 5 inch head after vigorous pour over opaque golden body with visible bubbles rising up. Only light gets through as there are only shadows of my finger visible when I hold one up on the other side.

S Great german weissbier smell. Wheat, gentle malt.

T The promise of the smell did not disappoint. Nice interplay of malt barley with other grains and a light banana fruitiness as well.

M Moderate with 5.5% ABV, citrusy wheat taste.

D Great. I could have many of these (although I kept it to the one today).

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Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like dark beers, but this isn't it. However, for what it is, it's a nice looking beer. Looks like dark grapefruit juice, and cloudy with a thick white head.

Citrus notes in the nose, but nothing dominates.

Taste is similar to nose, citrus notes match well with the wheat, giving a nice smooth sweetness.

It's a refreshing drink...carbonation in the mouth gives it a crispness.

I could drink several of these on a cold day and several more on a warm day...good beer.

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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 913 ratings