The Brewski Report Reviews Konig Ludwig Weissbier
File Date: 3.25.2011
File Name: Kick the usual habit.
The Beer: Konig Ludwig Weissbier (Royal Bavarian Hefe-Weizen)
Stats: 5.5% ABV
Brewer: König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg
Web Site: www.koenig-ludwig.com/klw/koenig_ludwig_en.asp
State/Country of Origin: Bavaria, Germany
Brewer Info: The Kaltenberg brand covers the bottom-fermentation, blond premium beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg. They are produced using traditional brewing methods with selected raw materials from Southern Germany. His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria, who himself personifies and continues the Royal Bavarian beer tradition, brews the Kaltenberg beers totally in the centuries-old tradition of his Wittelsbacher forebears, who established the Bavarian Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot). For special occasions such as the “strong beer time”, folk festivals, harvest festival or Christmas, particular beers are brewed and bottled – beers fitting the character of each occasion, Even with this Prince Luitpold of Bavaria follows tradition – because a special occasion was always worth a special brew as far as the Bavarian Royal House was concerned. In the heart of Bavaria, 40 kilometres west of Munich, lies Kaltenberg Castle, residence of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and containing one of the last true castle breweries. Prince Luitpold, great grandson of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig II, feels himself bound by the tradition which links the Wittelsbach family with the art of brewing. It is not least his personal dedication, which has made the beers of the König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg so excellent and so renowned.
Brewer Brand Hype: The world-wide fame of Bavarian beer is directly attributable to the House of Wittelsbach, the family of His Royal Highness Prince Luitpold of Bavaria. It was in 1516 that Duke Wilhelm IV issued the Bavarian Reinheitsgebot or Purity Law – which is still valid today. Prince Luitpold is thus continuing a long-standing family tradition. 200 years of experience gained through the wheat beer monopoly held by the Wittelsbach family also means that König Ludwig Weissbier is truly a “Beer of Royal Highness”. The König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei Kaltenberg today feels more than ever connected to this centuries-long tradition – and brews its four varieties of König Ludwig Weissbier – Hefe Weissbier in both Hell and Dunkel types and Light and Kristall sorts – with the greatest possible care. Find out how a true connoisseur enjoys König Ludwig Weissbier:
1. Get hold of a properly shaped wheat beer glass – better still an original König Ludwig Weissbier wheat beer glass. If you do not have one, we will gladly take an order from you.
2. Rinse the glass out carefully with clear, cold water and open the bottle with appreciative restraint.
3. Hold the glass at a slight angle and pour the beer carefully into it.
4. Make sure that a small amount is left in the bottle. You will need this for the next step.
5. Shake the yeast up and pour the remaining beer into the glass putting an appetising head on your wheat beer.
Now there it is, in all its splendour – your brilliant, fresh König Ludwig Weissbier. Don’t hang about any longer, get on with the tasting!
Label: Naturally cloudy wheat brew. Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law. Why are the Bavarian Royal Family and King Ludwig so important to brewing history? The Bavarian Royal Family had sole rights to brewing of Hefe-Weizen in Bavaria for 200 years. No wonder they are leading experts on wheat brews.
The Brewski Review: Excellent wheat beer. Naturally cloudy in appearance and oh so smooth and light. I’m beginning to like the mild taste of Hefeweizen beers. No bitterness or aftertaste to contend with. Just pure drinking enjoyment. The whole purpose of my misson with this blog was to find some great beers. I think I’ve succeeded in doing that. But more so, I’m finding the types of beer I like best such as Hefeweizen and Bock but not so much with IPA. I’ll keep at it. Maybe I’ll inspire you to try different brands to get you out of the beer you’ve been drinking for the last 5, 10 or 20 years. Bottoms up!
Appearance: Large white head, cloudy golden color
The Buds: Smooth and light tasting. Excellent.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.