König Ludwig Weissbier Hell
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #79
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #25,345
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 10.97%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
221
From:
Kaltenberg International / König Ludwig International GmbH & Co.KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  70
SCORE
86
Very Good
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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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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
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OlaB from Norway

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Gives a cloudy light orange color. A big top of head that disolve very slow. Good lacings on the glass.

S: yeast, fruits like banana and citrus,spices especially cloves

T&F: starts of with a fruity sweetness, wheat,banana and some small citric notes. In the middle the spices get more dominant and cloves are very noticable.it finish of dry with a small bitterness in the aftertaste. The aftertaste disappear quite fast and sense a little to watery flavour in the end.the mouthfeel are crisp.

O: a good and decent beer but lacks a little flavour to be a topshelf weisbier.easy to drink but a little anonymous.

Aug 02, 2016
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a cloudy orange with a fluffy white head, some of which sticks around until the end, lots of lacing and more carbonation than one would expect from a Hefeweizen.
The smell is funky and wheaty with some orange and bananas.
The taste is full of sweet wheat with a bit of a citric acid bite. The orange and banana taste dominate with the finish being slightly dry and giving you a second dose of citric acid bite.
Overall this is a simple, easy to drink Hefeweizen which, according to the label, follows the Reinheitsgebot.

Jul 07, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours murky golden in color. It has a solid, thick head to it. You see carbination looking at the beer. The nose is a beautiful wheat smell. The taste is very wheaty, and it feels good going down. A very good weiss.

Apr 08, 2016
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Malt_Man from England

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Weizen glass.

L) Light yellow-orange colour, cloudy, stable dense bright white head. Looks good, if a little pale.

S) Nicely robust clove / ester odour, nothing complicated here, bring on the hefe.

T) Fairly light, citrusy clovey taste. In the lighter half of the hefeweizen spectrum. There is light clove and orange in there.

F) Light and easy drinking, no nasty aftertastes or bitterness. Carbonation is fairly light for a hefeweizen; doesn't have the acidic bite from the fizz. Spot on.

O) Light tasting hefeweizen, this is subtle and high quality. Recommended to weizen aficionados.

Mar 19, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, yeast, spice, and slight caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, banana, caramel, spice, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Mar 09, 2016
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jesseejames from Montana

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours out of the bottle a nice cloudy honey color with a large frothy white head that lingers and leaves a nice lacing in the glass. It smells of yeast with overtones of nuts and fruits. It tastes even better and for a hefe it will be one of my favorites while in Germany. It has a nice mouth that goes down smoothly.
A truly wonderful beer.

Nov 06, 2015
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Gajo74 from New York

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw, golden with a hint of orange. Amazing giant foamy head and good lace retention.
Floral aroma. Hay and straw.
Sweet sugary taste. For me, more malt heavy than wheat . A tiny hint of lemon. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation but still a bit crisp. Light to medium bodied but feels full in the mouth. Pretty filling like a meal. I liked this one.

Jul 24, 2015
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap in Berlin, poured into a tall weiss glass.

L: Pours a cloudy golden hue with ample head. Generous lacing.

S: Bananas and spices, mild citrus and cloves.

T/F: Pretty standard weiss. Yeasts and grains.. not an overpowering flavor. Slight citrus and mild banana. Decent carbonation.

O: Another typical German weiss beer. Decent for hot weather or with a meal. Very clean/crisp with no real negatives.... or positives for that matter.

Jun 01, 2015
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Mrbseward from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice light gold color with a thick white head that lasts a good while and leaves a light residual lacing. Smells of yeast, some clove, banana, citrus, bread. Taste is very light and refreshing with a bit of carbonation. Feel is very smooth and a little bubbly. Great Weissbier with a very easily drinkable, refreshing taste and feel. Great summer beer.

Apr 21, 2015
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky yellowish-orange pour after adding in the sediment from the bottle. Thick, white head, that dissipates pretty quickly. Typical clove and banana but a little subdued. No noticeable hops. Flavor was lacking that sharp, tart, citrus aspect that I love about the style. A little too creamy on the palate. Not a bad hefeweizen, but not up there with the best German versions. It just didn't have that refreshing, effervescent quality.

Apr 02, 2015
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

3/28/15 (Bottle) - Golden blonde and a strong foam pour and strong carbonation. Nice wheat and citrus aroma. Enjoyed the crisp feel, and decent kick for an average AVB beer. Very pleasant taste, fruits present including citrus and slight banana taste. I really enjoyed this beer.

Mar 29, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

T:
-banana and clove upfront
-honey,wheat
-then a zesty citrus note
-well carbonated
-sweet,unexciting finish
O:
Well made Hefe just canthold up with the top ones

Mar 20, 2015
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eddiefontaine13 from Georgia

4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clean and enjoyable beer to share with friends, women love it, no after taste with just a hint of banana flavor, the little bubbles fizzle in your mouth making you want to ask for more, very delightful beer that will catch you off guard if you let it...

Feb 06, 2015
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The_Mad_Capper from Japan

3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is lightly spicy with a little banana and dough plus a touch of latex and browning apple. The cloudy body is a sunny amber with a white head. The flavor is spicy, sour, and bitter with some waxy, honey-like sweetness; the finish is grainy and mildly sweet. The body is somewhat light but well carbonated and spritzy.

A little too sour and bitter for my taste, and not well balanced with the more pleasant clove and banana typical of the style. Still, the texture is refreshing and the flavor isn't altogether bad. The aroma isn't too appetizing though.

Dec 09, 2014
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katybee from Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11%

smooth, creamy head, not hoppy at all. lightly lemony with hint of banana esther, but no discernible spiceyness.
no strange overtones or funkiness, just clean flavor in the biscuity sense; not overly carbonated.
different from your average lager. Not bitter at all, and not sweet, either. Very refreshing.
Like the first level of a Belgian tripel, but drinkable as a session beer... this isn't Hell, it's heaven!

Oct 16, 2014
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souvenirs from Canada (BC)

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A: yellow, a little bit cloudy, massive head (had to stop mid pour to let it settle before I could finish pouring, and it wasn't at all an aggressive pour), lots of visible carbonation.

S: yeast and pear

T: Mild and sweet, almost like drinking apple juice with a gentle kick. I don't really taste bananas and cloves like I'd expect, but I do taste bubblegum.

F: crisp, slightly chalky.

Very nice.

May 09, 2014
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PieOhMy from Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy bright yellow. Inch of white head.

S. Banana. Sugar. Malt. A nutty fragrance, maybe almond or hazelnut.

T. Banana and clove. Light pepper.

M Very light. Crisp. Tangy.

O. It's OK. I wouldn't put it up as one the best of the style. The clove is too powerful.

Oct 12, 2013
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