König Ludwig Weissbier Hell
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg

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From:
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
 
Germany
Style:
Hefeweizen
Ranked #89
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,722
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
184
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 30, 2022
Added:
Mar 23, 2012
Wants:
  11
Gots:
  70
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Purchased from Purvis Beer in Melbourne, Australia, in July 2022 and drunk the same month.

Pours a late sunset orange with a massive, white, classic wheat beer head. Adding the yeast after a swirl of the bottle drops the colour a notch and turns up the opaqueness.

Dipping the nose into the wheat beer glass gives clear scents of pear, custard apple, vanilla, some banana, a touch of clove and some yeatsy phenolics.

Taste largely follows the nose with a little more clove and a sweet, vanilla bubblegummy finish that lingers a touch before vanishing.

Mouthfeel is smooth, with little noticeable carbonation and an easy slide down the pipes. There's a mild warming sensation in the stomach and throat afterwards.

Overall it's a mild, sweet, drinkable hefeweissen. I wonder if it's a touch too sweet, though. I doubt I'd go back for a second straight away after drinking this - would want something crisper or hoppier. The beauty of beer is that those options are usually about an arm's length away!

Cheers!
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.52 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

May 17, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg "König Ludwig Weissbier Hell"
on tap @ Restaurant Ludwigs, Füssen, DE

Look: Cloudy golden body beneath a massive head of white foam that holds quite well and leaves impressive lacing behind.
Smell: Sweetish, wheaty bread with some delicate phenolic characteristics that includes notes of plastic, cloves, and a light touch of banana.
Taste: The sweet malt combines well with the aforementioned phenolics as well as a light note of lemon. It's mildly tart and moderately bitter leaving some of the sweetish malt to linger in the semi-dry finish. There's a subtle bit of herbal hop character and some spiciness that lingers for a moment longer.
Feel: Light-medium in body, gently effervescent, and crisp.
Overall: One of the classics of the style.
Apr 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
500ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours a clear orange with two fingers of bone white head that leaves a sturdy sheet of lace as it recedes.

Smells of bright orange and lemon, crisp wheat malt, banana slices, spicy yeast and some grassy hops.

Tastes of unsweetened cereal, orange juice, lemon peel, banana chips, clove and more grassy noble hops.

Feels light and fizzy. Light bodied with peppy carbonation. Finishes off-dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Pretty tasty and easy to toss down.
Nov 09, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Two 11.2oz bottles into a 22oz tall Weiss glass.
L: Pours hazed apricot amber w/good carbonation, 1/2" rocky white head with fair retention, random light lacing.
S: Caramel malts, clove, light citrus & rind.
T: Ripe orange, peach, banana, citrus zest, honey, light grass, a gentle suggestion of bread dough, it is gently sweet.
F: Light bodied, clean with a fast finish.
O: A masterfully brewed, simple, clean and fairly fruity tasting Weissbier that is easy drinking and fairly light in body considering it's full flavor. It is outstanding in it's style.
Oct 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On tap in France. White head with some lace. Cloudy golden sunset color.

Earthy, zesty, cloves, wheat, spice, lemon and orange citrus. Smooth, soft feel.

Very enjoyable hefe. Light and easy drinking.
Aug 08, 2021
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best before date of 9/14/21.

L---Cloudy, golden orange color. Fluffy white head had good retention and left excellent lacing.

S---Orange, banana and wheat are all noticeable. Something vaguely medicinal is present, too.

T--Follows the nose. Orange, banana, wheat and something vaguely off-putting.

F---Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Almost a bit fizzy.

O---In fairness, I had just had a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier right before this one and that's a legit hard act to follow. But this was still somewhat disappointing.
Mar 17, 2021
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Reviewed by liberty-and-beer from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Beautiful white foamy head and light caramel color, with a sweet fruity citrus scent. Welcoming flavor with hints of banana, citrus, and yeast, and a wonderful full body (I think the feel is my favorite part of this beer!). Intensely and wonderfully refreshing; a perfect beer for a warm summer/fall afternoon. Sehr schön!
Nov 09, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Oct 26, 2020
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A - Clear, golden in color. Throws three fingers of bone white, mousse like head.\

S - Aromas of yeast and wheat lead the charge, before moving into a gentle, refreshing, not quite citrussy tartness,. I get some fruit esters in the center, most notably banana. Fruit center fades into gentle notes of earthy, peppery European hops.

T - Konig Ludwig starts out medium bodied and slightly dry. This moves right into a fruit centered estery middle. As with the nose, I get a little yeast, a little wheat, and flavors of banana giving the flavor profile a little structure. The finish is short and dry, leaving you ready for the next sip.

M - Overall, the mouthfeel is light and refreshing. The yeast and banana notes help keep the beer from being thin and washed out, instead giving a beer that is light and refreshing, with enough flavor to have some genuine character.

I think Konig Ludwig is a very good beer to cut your teeth on if you've never had this style before. It's got all the flavors and aromas a weissbier should have without being overpowering or too intense.
Sep 07, 2020
 
Rated: 3.52 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Apr 26, 2020
 
Rated: 3.96 by pkalix from California

Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia

Dec 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.49 by Lanas from Greece

Nov 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.53 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Nov 02, 2019
 
Rated: 3.6 by jroof1 from Massachusetts

Sep 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.54 by sirzekel from Georgia

Aug 01, 2019
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Reviewed by aleigator from Germany

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a strawy golden color with a stable, medium head.

Smells of milk, sunny weeds and sugar glazed whole grain cookies.

Wow, this is utmost refreshing with a light body and a perfectly fitting higher amount of carbonation.

Tastes of bread dough, rock sugar and wheat, together with just a light spicy edge to it. Turns very refreshing then, due to an uprising, stony effervescence and a note of salt. Finishes very light, watery, with a lingering caramel sweetness and yeast spiciness.

This is straight forward refreshing, well balanced and simple.
Jul 29, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by chris826 from Mississippi

Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

May 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Martin194 from Iowa

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: Cloudy gold, big white head.

Smell: Grains, banana, cloves,

Taste: Sort of a bitter-sweet-sour taste in the mouth, similar to orange or lemon peel. Leaves a more grainy, yeasty aftertaste.

Feel: Normal carbonation, leaves a refreshing mouthfeel after swallowing.
Mar 16, 2019
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
50cl bottle, 3m old.

Clearish gold, standard foam for a weissbier.

Aroma has the standard banana and cloves, but in quite parsimonious terms. A bit of pepper.

Taste is also quite muffled. Again, the standard weissbier elements are downplayed and it's almost like a blend of a helles and weissbier.

Overall, a version of weissbier that is "clean" and feels like the business strategy has been to produce cheaply, cater to tastes which do not care for individualityor strong tastes, and then bank on the brand and its historic connotations. Meh, say I.
Feb 23, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Oct 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.89 by Beer_Rabbit66 from England

Aug 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.77 by hopnerd from Australia

Jul 19, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by osvath from Illinois

Jun 13, 2018
 
Rated: 4.1 by SSGCujo from Wisconsin

Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by Tigerbier from Georgia

Dec 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4.04 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 05, 2017
 
Rated: 2.7 by GentleKnight1 from Illinois

Sep 15, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by Giangio from Italy

Aug 06, 2017
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Reviewed by schavuytje from Netherlands

2.62/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
With a red yellow body and a fatty but nice foam of fat, scented banana on the freshly sour side with sweet melon and a crisp pepper chunk in the drunk, the full co2 sticks a cup of malt to the mouth walls, various flavors that are out of balance; Not matched or chosen explicitly
Jul 27, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by SportsGuy33 from Canada (ON)

Jul 26, 2017
 
Rated: 4.57 by Frankgabriel2383 from Dominican Republic

Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 3.57 by zaraspook from Illinois

Jul 10, 2017
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Rated by spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Bottle from the LCBO for around $4
Jul 10, 2017
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Rated by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Very drinkable wheat beer
Jul 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Jtee from Canada (ON)

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
From a 500ml bottle served at 12 degrees Celsius into a weisen glass.

Look: The beer pours a clear gold with 9cm of dense, white head that settles into a nice cap after 6+ minutes.

Smell: Fruity esters (banana) and spicy phenols (cloves). Grainy and no hops. Lacking some depth.

Taste: Just like the aroma with banana, cloves and a grainy, malty-sweet wheat. Quite tasty. The finish is moderate in length and intensity with a sweet, fruity balance and a faint graininess.

Feel: Medium body with high carbonation. Crisp yet mouth-coating. No apparent alcohol warmth.

Overall: I feel very neutral about this beer across the board. It fits well within the style and has no apparent flaws, however it fails to grab my attention. Probably worth a try if you like the style, but certainly not a stand out brew.
Jun 28, 2017
König Ludwig Weissbier Hell from König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 228 ratings