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Mad King's Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Mad King's WeissMad King's Weiss

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bavaria’s fabled Ludwig was said to be ‘mad’. The same might be said of us for approaching this German beer style with fistfuls of hops beyond the norm for this style and yeast from Belgium!

Malt: Imported two-row German malts, including wheat

Hops: Whole flower German hops

ABV: 6.2%

High-powered with all German malts and the subtle, spicy complexity of our special yeast, Mad King's Weiss offers a quenching quality that can't be beat.

Added by WVbeergeek on 08-14-2002

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 439
Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a kristallweiss, NOT a hefeweizen.

Arrives a clear, dark yellow with just a faint ring of white on a very full glass. Obviously not a hefe as there is no little yeasties floating here.
Smell is malt, banana, clove and citrus. A good balance achieved here. Complexity is a bit low though.
Taste is malt, tart, banana, clove, pepper and light hops. Well balanced as well.
Fairly full body with a tangy effervescence up front and a slightly cleansing finish. Alcohol makes an appearance after the swallow. Warming. All told, a good beer but nothing great. Hops crept into the aftertaste a bit excessively. And oddly, I got a huge case of hiccups drinking this, something that normally only happens when I drink soda (and then only at the beginning). Weird.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Victory into .5L

Pours with a healthy, fluffy white head over a surprisingly clear, golden body

Aromas are faint. Maybe just too cold? Cardboard, yeast, salty ocean, white pepper, and just a touch of lemon.

Flavors are more in line with a standard APWA, but not a true hefeweizen. Light lemony citrus, green banana peel, some whole grain bread, and peppery finish. Plenty of flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit off. For a 6% hefeweizen I'd expect creamy smooth, but I'm getting highly carbonated with a dry finish.

This is an enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately just doesn't quite fit the style.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy blonde color ale with a nice pure white foamy head. Aroma of light wheat malt with dry hoppy finish. Taste is a mix of wheat malt notes with light sweet notes offset by some dry non-descript hops notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but seems like this one is stuck between the classic weizen and the hoppyweizen and is not sure where to go at.

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Photo of nomad
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a soft wheat orange tilting toward gold, with little head and lace. It smelled of some banana and little clove, and they had a sour and lactic turn to them. The quaff of this beer was very shy to come forward. Tasted of a decent wheat and clove, a bit punchy but not endearing. Noticed a very creamy flavor – thick, lactically sour, and subtly sweet like a plain yogurt flavor. Interesting, but not terribly tasty. Had a decent mouthfeel, though missing the firmness of other weizens, i.e. this one was more watery. Good but not memorable beyond the heavy lactic tastes.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, but my 3yo son knocked over my glass spilling 12-14oz. Oh well.
L - persistent bubbly white head, highly carbonated hazed golden ale
S - fresh aroma with fruit, lemon zest, spicy yeast, biscuit, grass, wheat
T - lemongrass, biscuit, clovey yeast, faint bubble gum, pear, apple, wheat; very different but intriguing with every sip. Definitely a cross between a traditional German Hefeweizen and a Belgian ale
F - lighter body, but higher carbonation makes it feel fuller, finishes semi-dry and fairly clean
O - good, unique, and refreshing, but I don't think I'd buy it again. It was fun to try, but I wish I hadn't left my glass in an inopportune spot to get spilled.

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler thanks to wyllder. Poured a light yellow with a small head. Smell had a strong wheat presenece. Taste was sweet on the front with a nice hop finish. Very smooth on the tongue. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry finish. Very easy on the palate...very drinkable.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came from a growler I bought at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy dark gold. The head is three fingers tall, white, great retention with lots of thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are dominated by bananas, but also have orange and earthy notes.
Taste: The taste is overwhelmed by bananas and doesn't have much else dimension wise.
Mouthfeel: This beer had a crisp mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of DIM
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: A lot of reviews called this cloudy. Did victory recently start filtering this? My growler pour was a perfectly clear golden color. It poured with a moderate sized head. I'm generally not picky about a beers appearance, but hefes are different and this just didn't look right.

s: All the usual suspects like banana phenols and cloves are here. A bit heavier on the spice than some, but I like it just fine.

t: The cloves at the end were stronger than I prefer, but the big banana flavors up front were very tasty.

m: Big and chewy, spot on for the style.

d: This was good, but its a bit bigger than it needs to be. I felt two glasses more than I thought I should. Also, is this filtered?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus, spice and some caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid beer to drink for a while but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a growler I picked up at the brewpub when I last visited (during Reading WWII Weekend 2012).

Poured some into a weissbier glass... It is rather clear, without the typical cloudiness usually found in the style. Color is a medium yellow-gold, with a steady stream of carbo present. Head was initially full and frothy, but it has ebbed to a thin, fine white layer, with little lace to speak of. Aroma has a little clove and bubblegum, though it is a touch on the mild side. The body is solid, and a touch of prickle alights on the tongue.

A bit of sweetness starts things off, with some dry, crackery notes present. There is some banana lurking, but also some added fruitiness leaning towards rindy lemon peel. Fairly hoppy for the style, with some subtle spiciness in the dry finish. Not bad...


3.69/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of mophie
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the source in Downingtown, PA. Cloudy golden color, minimal head. Some slight banana aromas, but they were fairly muted, as were any other aromas. A little spiciness in the taste, but there was a sour aspect that was not quite what I wanted. It's possible my opinion of this beer was impacted by the previous pint of Storm King I had just finished, so I may come back and revise this review at a later date. All I know is I don't think I'll be ordering this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/31....Pours cloudy hazy yellow color. Some white foam. Wheaty nose. Mild wheat taste. Chalky, smooth. Small hop bitter bite. Hint of a berry aftertaste. Pretty good.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled @ Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

Initial pour into a Weizen glass yields a fairly clear, golden Hefe with a finger of quickly fading head leaving little lacing. A nice spiciness to the nose, along with yeast and some citrus. Taste is in line with the nose, adding in the typical banana / clove / bubblegum flavors the style is known for. Light carbonation and medium bodied, refreshing!

Never even heard of this until I saw it pop up on the growler station - seems it was bottled at one time but is strictly draught these days. A nice Hefe, nothing mind blowing or out of place.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Poured bottle into a standard pint glass, color is gold, not too dense, head presents as bright white and 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a top.

Aroma is pleasant, nice yeast notes such as banana and clove, light breadiness and wheat.

Taste is fairly thin, dry, wheat and bread are noticeable, yeast flavors are less so than the aroma, bitterness is a touch higher than some hefes.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overcarbonated, high fermentation seems to have dried out the presence in the mouth.

Overall, a solid brew, but a little dry and less bready than some hefes.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head on a clear and bright but light gold colored body. thick lacing.

S: very fruity with mostly orange, banana and apple citrus.

T: Wheat and pale malt up front moving to a very herbal flavor finishing with a lightly sour citrus finish which lingers deep into the after taste.

M: high carbonation with light to medium body. Oily coasting the palate.

Overall: very drinkable but doesn't really stand out for the style which is typically not very exciting anyways.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with one finger of white cosmos top of a clear, golden body.  The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - spicy wheat and a bit of vanilla with some clove and soft malt in the background.

T - Thick malt up front with some pilsner like notes of honey.  Yeasty vanilla and bread character in the middle and a finish of musty hops and dry malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very odd weisse beer with a hoppy character that is a bit out of place, if not entirely unexpected from Victory. 

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden yellow colored brew with a one finger white head. The head had a pretty good retention and eventually faded to leave some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was biggest of a biscuit and yeasty smell. Mixed with these aromas were some lighter notes of pepper, citrus, and some herbal hops. Rather standard in many respects for a weiss.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and sweeter citrus fruit flavor. A yeast cake flavor
quickly comes to the tongue. Soon after a banana and pepper flavor follow the yeast, bringing a more classic Weiss flavor to the brew. More toward the end of the taste a lemon citrus surges a bit and when combined with some flavors of a light grapefruit hop bring a yeasty, biscuity citrus flavor to the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker side for a weiss with a carbonation level that was very average.

Overall – Not bad. A pretty nice weiss with a bit more flavor and a better feel then most.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden color.
The beer is very heavly carbonated, with a very foamy, frothy head, that lasted for quite a while.
The nose has banana notes to it.
The taste is got the standard banana feel to it that is in a wheat beer. it has a crisp aftertaste/feel to it. Delicious

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found this Hefeweizen to be a bit too hoppy / malty for my liking. I like hoppy beers, but not necessarily in Hefeweizens. If I'm drinking a Hefeweizen, I want lots of banana-clove flavor with a bit of yeasty funk. This Hefeweizen isn't awful, but I think I'm going to stick with the German stuff.

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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Despite the tasting notes on the bottle, this beer doesn't feature fistfuls of hops at least from what the flavor profile indicates. That said, this is a very nice hefe and fans of the style would be remiss in not giving it a shot.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy Golden yellow with a good amount of sediment floating around. A very nice large white head of foamy lace took shape on top and had very nice retention, hanging around for a good five minutes before settling down to a more respectable level and leaving behind copious side lace. Smell was very nice, lots of yeast and wheat were evident as well as a nice little bit of bittering hops. A small touch of some light, tart fruit was hinting around in there as well. The taste was classic, very nice light body with a very smooth texture. Great yeast and grass like flavor on top of a light bread back. Some light fruit notes also jumping around and accentuating it very nicely.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a wheat ale glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. Victory tap takeover as part of beer week!

A super creamy even white head of classic hefe style, sitting on a simple dull lemon body going to dull orange in places. Overall looks good and a solid simple hefeweizen.

A very closed nose with an exception of some mild clove and dry sense. Not very citrusy or lemon like either.

Taste is toast with a great classic creamy texture. Creamy banana and fruity in the mid palate, finishing with that cream and smoothness. Missing some of the clove spice left from the nose.

Overall the texture makes up for this, and it reminds me of their seasonal Sunrise beer with that same creamy feeling. However I prefer the Sunrise Weiss beer more so to this one.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $4.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly clouded with a light hue of burnished gold. Smallish, white a head, a little fizzy. A few streams of active carbonation.

Smell: Subtly wheaty aroma, some grain, yeasty dough. Light clove bud, lemon peel, banana.

Taste: A taste of wheat with a doughy backdrop to it and a small, soft sugary element. The juice of one lemon with a little snap of acidity. Transient hints of clove, 'nana, and plain gum. Modestly hopped, a little herb and a low bitterness. Minor alcohol component. Wheaty and a bit spicy on the nicely drying, fairly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation. A small appreciable amount of heft from the malts, but doesn't approach the creamiest of the style.

Overall: A little less than traditional with the use of Belgian yeast, though, the beer really doesn't stray far at all and is enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a hefeweizen glass. Yellowish amber in color with a large, bubbly white head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared. No lacing present at all.

Very pleasing aroma with strong notes of bubble gum, pear, clove and banana.

Dry, spicy, and fruity. Carbonation is lively and fizzy in the beginning but fades out as you make your way through the whole beer. The Belgian yeast plays a huge role in this beer and causes it to fall somewhere in between a hefeweizen and tripel. But, a straight up hefeweizen this is definitely not.

Very interesting beer here. It's a combination of some of my favorite styles, but fails to overly impress in any single way. More body and head retention would really improve it. I recommend splitting it with another person instead of trying to navigate the whole bomber by yourself.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ludwig's Garten in Philly. I have to say, I expected a little more out of this. I found it a bit lacking in flavor, but then again I seem to find that with many Hefe's, which is probably why I prefer Belgian Wits over them. The brew was a very cloudy yellow with a thick white head, but hardly any aroma coming from it at all. Mild citrus, but there wasn't much else.

Mouthfeel is very spritzy and carbonated. Flavors of yeast, citrus, and coriander were detectable, but I could ask for everything to be intensified a bit. A very easy drinker, one that anyone could drink a few of, I just wanted something a bit more complex.

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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.93 out of 5 based on 439 ratings.
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