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Mad King's Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
3.86/5
Very Good
452 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
Ranking:
#10,006
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
452
pDev:
10.88%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
53
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 452 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 10/2/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, light pepper, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hops flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Mad King offers the typical hefe-weizen appearance with the exception that its head is a bit limited (which may be due in part to its alcohol content, but is almost certainly due to it's slightly lower carbonation level). The nose offers some restrained phenolics with a delicate touch of banana/clove and some light spice. The body is medium and it's quite smooth across the palate. It's carbonation level is lower than many German hefeweizens where the CO2 levels seem to average about 3.6 volumes (although they can range from 2.8 up to 5.1 volumes). Higher levels can be too gassy and filling; and even those in the average range with prickle the tongue and give a huge head that makes the pour take a bit longer. The Mad King is in the lower range at around 2.8 volumes and is much smoother across the palate, allowing you to experence more of the beer in your mouth with less "airy" foam from released CO2. The flavor is lightly sweet (not as sweet as a standard weizen), a bit tangy, and exceptionally well-balanced by a bitterness that lies just beneath the surface. It finishes dry with some mild apple-ish fruitiness, a touch of light wheaty malt, a sprinkling of alcohol, and some very delicate spiciness. Quite impressive! Although it seems pretty straightforward at the start, it actually reveals a bit of complexity by the finish. It's reduced sweetness and carbonation level add to its drinkability, although its slightly elevated alcohol does come into play after a few. For fans of the hefeweizen style, this takes it one step further.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

shared bomber bottle.
This is a fine version of the style that could easily pass for a very good Bavarian hefe. Banana and clove, as expected, but neither is overly prominent.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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 oberon
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Weizen beers are not a style I go to very often but on hot days here in NC I do from time to time.Pours into a weizen glass a pale yellow color with not much haze,a thinner (for the style) white head atop,doesn't really have the look of a Bavarian wheat beer wich in Victory's defense it sorta isn't.Aromas of yeasty phenols and toasted cereal grain,there is some serious clove going on here.The flavors are dominated by the toasted grain with the phenols giving off some spice with hint of smoke,the feel is light and almost flat feeling wich doesn't fit the style.Kinda let down here I bought this thinking this was gonna be a hefe weizen with a bit of a punch but honestly.... not really.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Victory. Served in a sample glass. Pretty tame for a hefeweizen. Moderate yeast character with a background of bread and malt. I expected a bit more.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

My wife ordered this one, as she's more into the wheat beers than I am. Offering me a sip, I replied: "I reeeeally have to be in the mood for a whe... *sip* ... wow, this is damn good."

Served in a non-descript weiss glass, a golden yellow color, surprisingly little haze for a hefe, with a moderate cap of foamy white head. Soft notes of banana esters and clove on the nose. Similarly, the taste had some nice fruit and spice in it, with a twinge of bitterness up front, quickly giving rise to an uncanny sweetness, that made this one tasty, drinkable brew. Light-medium mouthfeel and a bit chewy, and all things considered, very well done for the style.

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Photo of smithj4
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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 woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Holy Presentation, Batman! It came in a tall Weiss glass, plus the head was like marshmallow Fluf, or Jack the Ripper's avatar. The color was a cloudy lemon-yellow with a lot of CO2 bubbles present. The nose had alemony zestiness, a peppery spiciness, and a yeasty mustiness. I wnet fruit-free and for Phatz, having fruit with this beer would have been a classic case of gilding the lily. The mouthfeel was thick and full, almost creamy. I got a lot of banana esters as well as black peppery spice in the mouth. The finish was yeast-driven mustiness, like opening a box full of pulp magazines, like mystery and detective fiction or comic books. I know that smell intimately and this definitely mimicked it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all, if you ever have a chance to go to a Victory tasting GO! It was a great time, a sales rep. put it on at the Pittsburgh Deli in Shadyside. Appearance: Cloudy golden unfiltered wheat beer, leaves behind intricate fine lacing as the frothy white head disipates. Aroma: Touch of banana sharp sweetness from the malted wheat clove and vanilla swirls around in this concoctiobn, underneath all of the phenols and fruit comes a nice alcohol kick. Hefe at 6.2 abv maybe a little out of style guidelines but it's okay this one's Mad. Taste: Amazing alcohol infused you can feel it in the back of the throat, but the banana and clove with a kiss of vanilla do this beer right, wow what a nice beer. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied slightly sticky higher carbonation excellent wheat beer. Drinkability: Only complaint is that it's not bottled, in house at Victory only what a damn shame. I throughly enjoyed this beer our table finished a couple pitchers of it.

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Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 452 ratings
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