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König Ludwig Weissbier Hell (38 of 1001)

Rating: 4.55

From the 16th century in Germany ordinary people were forbidden from brewing wheat beer, a luxury reserved for royalty for some 200 years. It seems fitting then that this beer be produced by what was once a royal brewery, a brewery that is still run by the great-grandson of Bavaria’s last ruler. It is for this reason that the weissbier carries his name on the bottle. Upon arriving in Munich I had seen advertisements for both this beer and the Dunkel variety dotted about around the city and being aware that both featured in the 1001 beers list, I was anxious to try both as soon as possible. It wasn’t until I arrived at the town of  Hohenschwangau to visit the castles in the town that the opportunity arose to try the weissbier variety. I purchased a branded stein & a cold bottle from a souvenir shop & drank away at the edge of the towns lake on a very warm, sunny afternoon. Perfect.

Appearance (4/5): Similar to most German hefeweizens with a cloudy, golden-yellow appearance with a large, creamy white head. The head eventually settles to slightly larger than thumb sized and has pretty good retention, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma (9/10): I thought this smelled excellent and was a wonderful combination of banana & wheat blending with hints of clove and a light, summery citrus aroma. Very well-balanced & one that improves with each subsequent sniff, definitely up there with the best.
Taste (9/10): I’m not sure there has been a German hefeweizen that I’ve not enjoyed so far and this is no exception. An excellent mix banana & clove that works well with the light spice flavour in the background and a nice sweet bubblegum like taste & the faintest of coriander in the mix too. The wheat taste and mild citrus counteracts the sweetness of the drink making for an excellent brew.
Palate (5/5): Almost perfect on the palate, this hefeweizen had it all. It was smooth and creamy (the head in particular) with very good carbonation. There was just the right amount of fizz in the drink, making it exceptionally easy to drink. Light bodied and very refreshing with a mild tang, light bitterness & a crisp finish.

Overall (19/20): Without a doubt one of the best beers I have ever drank, it was wonderful. Drank from a stein in the sun by a lake in Hohenschwangau with the castle in the background may have added to the experience but it was excellent in every respect. Hopefully I can find this somewhere either in Scotland or via the internet once I’ve worked my way through the beer currently in my cellar. An excellent beer with almost nothing wrong with it & one that I recommend everyone try.

Brewed In: Furstenfeldbruck, Germany
Brewery: König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
First Brewed: 1979
Also Known As: Prinzregent Luitpold Weissbier Hell
Type: German Hefeweizen
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: A souvenir shop in Hohenschwangau, Munich, Germany
Price: €1.70 (approx. £1.51)

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  1. January 7, 2012 at 00:05

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