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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) | Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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BA SCORE
86
very good
422 Reviews
König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
422
Ratings:
862
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
17.89%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
152
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Date: Best by June 25, 2012
Glass: Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Konig Ludwig Weiss is an easy-drinking, modestly complex, satisfying wheat beer with emphasis on yeast and banana esters. The flavors are at once heavy and saturating on the palate, but also clean and refreshing, making this a solid example of the style ("B" class for the style).

Pours a rich, dense head of slightly off-white bubbles that is expectedly well over many centimeters. The head has excellent retention, eventually falling to a 1.5cm cap atop the body of the beer, leaving some modest lacing as it does so. The body is hazy, nearly opaque, and a faded golden orange-yellow in color. Carbonation is ample and visible rising along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is pleasantly full of heavy yeast and overripe banana scents with a bit of wheat bread and bubblegum tucked away in the back.

Taste is predominantly of hefeweiss yeast and overripe bananas. Opens with wheat malt, modest sweetness, some yeast and ripe bananas. By mid-palate, the yeast and bananas have become the most expressive, with wheat malt, sweetness, spicy twang, and bubblegum. The back of the palate picks up wheat bread and bananas, with yeast close by. Lingering aftertaste of hefeweiss yeast, bananas, and faint bubblegum.

The beer is medium-bodied with a slight wateriness around the edges. Carbonation is mid-level, sustaining the head and creating a modest foaming effect on the palate that gives this beer a smooth mouthfeel. Closes out with a dry, slightly tart finish that easily invites taking another sip.

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

Last of the untried draft at Bavarian Brathaus in Durham.

Pour is light yellow and super cloudy. I like it. I want more of a fluffy white head, but you dont get that with draft hefes in the US.

The smell is balanced. Good bit of clove and banana, but a bit bubble gum really balances things out. The smell is just so enticing for a Hefe. Not too sweet, not too yeasty, and not too full of esters.

Now this is drinkable. A good amount of banana, but some clove as well. Spicy, twangy wheat comes in to balance things out. Its built to be drinkable, not overly flavorlful. I like it.

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Photo of VillageDrunkard
4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ive only seen this brwe at 2 liquor stores in my area, and i have only experienced it the freshest the first time ive had it. It was nearly my favorite weiss. Since thenm everytime i tlk myself into gettting another $14 six pack, the yeast which should easily flow from the bottom of the bottle and complete the fullness of flavor and body is actually a flaky awkward sediment that floats around in my glass like fish flakes. a big turn off for me, but the flavor is still there so i keep buying it. hopefully they order a new shipment soon so then i can relive the greatness once more!

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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 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 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 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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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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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best by 3/5/2012. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big banana, biscuit, clove, orange, wheat, and a touch of bubblegum. Nice and well balanced aromas. Taste of big orange, banana, clove, biscuit, pepper, wheat, and light spiciness. Lingering notes of banana, citrus, clove, and biscuit on the finish for a bit. This is definitely a fruitier hefeweizen, with not as much spiciness as I was expecting. It is not cloying as all, and has a fairly dry finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. No alcohol noticed in the taste or finish as expected. Overall this is a very nice hefeweizen. Very smooth drinking, with some nice flavor balance.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellow with a finger of bright white head. Mild, yeasty aroma with touches of lemon and banana.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Light pepper up front followed by lemon and honey-wheat notes emerging on the finish.

Pleasant, light, and refreshing. Solid, if not particularly exciting.

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

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a tall wiess glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Cloudy gold with ample carbonation, it has a large marshmallow head that sits on top like a dollop of cream; it has wonderful retention. It leaves long lines of lacing.

S: Lemon, banana, clove, and bread.

T: Lemon and banana join with spice and bread on the finish.

M: Light and dry.

O: A refreshing wiess that really shows why this style is one of the best in the world. Nice ripe almost sweet fruit flavors are tempered by a lemon carbonation zing with nice spice. Though unfiltered and cloudy, it is a very light enjoyable beer.

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

On draft at Capone's. Review from notes.

The beer is hazy and yellow with nearly a half inch of head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The aroma brings banana, clove, wheat, a hint of alcohol. Smells nice. Good flavor. Well balanced and easy to drink. A bit of light heat in the finish. Not the best hefeweizen I have had, but one I would have again. Refreshing.

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

A classic mass produced bavarion hefe. Cloudy, banna clove etc. Yellow, golden complexion, not as clody and yeasty as i would want. This is great and a clear refreshdr and a good option at a german restraunt other than a pilsner. Dronking this at my local german spot right now, german schnitzel haus in jacksonville fl right now. I would order this again and pair it up with a nice schnitzel and spaetzel.

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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 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
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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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König Ludwig Weiss (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen) from Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
86 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.
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