Friday, August 13, 2010

Konig Ludwig Weissbier gave me this beer a few months ago and it's been chilling in my fridge for a while. I don't know why I put off reviewing it for so long. We included this beer in the "Blind German Hefeweizen Taste Challenge" which was a lot of fun. Thanks again to Jay for the beer. And no, I didn't write a review of this (least not yet).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (604) - Albany, USA - APR 28, 2011
When beer nerds think of the best German hefeweizens they tend to think of Weihenstephaner and Schneider Weisse. But not everyone can be the starting quarterback and you need a solid backup. In the case of Bavarian wheat beers, Konig Ludwig Weissbier is such a beer. While not as amazing as the bigger names, it’s still a good, reliable wheat beer.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Bright yellow, hazy body with far less carbonation visible than most beers of the sort. Forms a fluffy, bright white, foamy head which fizzles away and doesn’t retain well or leave much lacing.

Smell: Lemon, lemongrass and lemon peel. Not as earthy or spicy as most brews of the style although some light flower fragrance is present along with a touch of coriander.

Taste: I think this might actually be a German attempt at making a deliberately American-style hefeweizen. The lemony smells are just as prominent in the palate giving the beer a light, clean, citrusy flavor. It’s actually very reminiscent of Magic Hat’s Circus Boy, but with a much more authentic, organic taste overall. While not as pepperyas other German beers of the style, there’s definitely light spice notes present on the second half the palate. It finishes quite clean, leaving only a slightly lemony tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter, thinner, and more tepid than your average hefeweizen.

Drinkability: The relatively mild palate and the thinner, flatter mouthfeel make Konig Ludwig a highly quaffable brew and extremely refreshing on a hot day (or any day, for that matter). It’s one of those beers that might actually be TOO easy to drink as I found myself concentrating more than is typically necessary for a beer of this style.

Overall, this is probably a great starter hefeweizen and would be a safe bet at a summer BBQ but there are better beers of the style available.

Grade: 8/10

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