Mad King's Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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448 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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!

Composition
Malt: Imported two-row German malts, including wheat

Hops: Whole flower German hops

ABV: 6.2%

Flavor
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
448
Reviews:
135
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
52
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 448 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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 ScottieWags01
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best German style Hefeweizen I've ever tried by an American Brewery. It's simply fantastic.

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Photo of dar482
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a yellow gold color.

The aroma offers floral hops, orange peel, honey sweetness, a Belgian yeast quality.

The flavor follows with that wheat and honey sweetness throughout. Hints of banana and bubble gum. Crackery malts, with a light hop bitterness.

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Photo of brauseboof
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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 spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urk1127
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-Huge fluffy head, hazy yellow
-Hops, apple, yeast, sweetness
-Banana, yeast, apple, hop bite, crisp wheat, cracker
-Medium, crisp, ok carbonation

-good brew. Mix between a Hefeweizen and pilsner.

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Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mnteti
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of shigg85
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle is a beautiful blue underused in many label designs -- really sticks out on the shelf. I love Victory's brews, but this was a pretty big let-down. Not much in the way of enticing smells or flavors. It was drinkable and quenching on a hot summer day, but otherwise not really noteworthy. I wouldn't buy it again with so many quality hefes available.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluehende
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jams1220
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A grainy and floral wheat driven aroma with a scent of yeast, grains, and subtle fruit. Wheat with hints of straw, grains, biscuit, cracker, and Hefeweizen. Hints of clove and bubblegum. Fruit hints of banana, lemon, apple, and orange. Light floral hop presence with hints of spice and grass. A solid wheaty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready, grainy, and floral wheat driven taste with notes of grains, yeast, and fruit. Upfront taste of wheat with notes of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and Hefeweizen yeast. Notes of bubblegum and clove. Fruit notes of lemon, banana, apple, and light orange. Subtle hop presence with some floral, grassy, and spicy notes. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Hefeweizen. Nice combo of bready, spicy, and fruity flavor.

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Photo of CharlesK
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of logicalparadox
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Geech
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jordanmckell
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skabiski
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tlema1
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tastes like an American wheat ale was blended with a Belgian Trippel, not what I was hoping for

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.92 out of 5 based on 448 ratings.
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