Mad King's Weiss | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
19.13%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
49
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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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 beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a sixtel into a tasting cup at a Victory tasting at Pittsburgh Deli. The color is a hazy gold, with a wispy white head. The smell is very strong clove with a slight bit of banana. The taste is very sweet, with a strong clove and just a hint of banana to it. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, this is very refreshing and low in ABV, and I'd love to see it around here!

Well, I'm glad I got a change to drink this beer, as I know it's brewpub-only, but fortunately Victory brought it out here for a tasting (the reason I went). Quite good, and hopefully I can pester them enough to bring it out as a regular release!!

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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 IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a huge, frothy, white foam that reduced to a healthy white cap. Grainy wheat aromas are dominant with sweet banana, yeast, lemon zest, and light spicy notes. Medium bodied with assertive, tangy carbonation. Spicy, peppery hop flavors from the start that peak with a tangy, crisp bite in the middle and slowly taper to the end. Sweet banana flavors follow the crisp bite in the middle followed by lemon zest to the finish. Sturdy, grainy, wheat malt backbone throughout. A robust, flavorful hefeweizen that was crisp and refreshing at the same time.

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Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 pezoids
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap @ The Victory Brewery

This beer poured a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. This was a yeasty and sour tasting wheat ale. I wasn't too impressed with this one. I have had this on tap at Ludwig's and I think I enjoyed that version much better. The body was a bit light and thought it could have been more flavorful. The guy next to me had this served in a large, traditional wheat beer glass so why was my serving in an ordinary pint glass? I don't think it affected the taste though...

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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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Photo of Ian_B
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter yellow in colour. Tall, spritzy head.

The nose begins with Belgian yeasts and mild funk alongside crisp wheat. As you draw in the scent, the yeast becomes more complex with notes of sweet banana and a little clove.

The taste has a nice blending of this beer's characteristics throughout. The toasty wheat malt is dominant, complimented with a slight citrusy bitterness from the hops and notes of banana, clove, and must from the yeast. Starts a little more crisp and bitter, and finishes with warming balance of malt and yeast flavours that are on the slightly sweet but savory side.

The mouthfeel is light and toward the heavier side. A little spritzy but smooth.

Nice beer overall, but a little lacking in complexity of flavour.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Capital Ale House.

Hazy bright golden-yellow in color with an active, fizzy white head that is killed off by the slice of lemon wedge on the glass. LOTS of fruity esters in the nose, bannanas mostly. Clove and some citrus fruits in the background, along with a bit of bread dough. Flavor is crisp and fruity up front, with a yeasty aftertaste. Bannanas in the flavor, along with some peppery spice, coriander, maybe some orange peel? Very clean finish, with a good mouthfeel. Very drinkable and well-done.

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Photo of dd43
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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 nomad
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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 RedHaze
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tuscadora Mill in Leesburg, VA.

Pours a very hazy pale straw with a one finger head that takes a long time to fade to a nice cap. The lacing is thick and sticky, leaving a nice sheet behind.

Smell; lots of cloves and wheat, with a little bit of bananas thrown in. There was a nice lemony citrus, as well as a touch of a peppery spiciness.

Taste; very nice wheat flavor right away, and then fades into the cloves, bananas and lemons. The spiciness that was in the aroma is there, it just took until the beer warmed up to come out. This was also a a little sweet in the finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very smooth, and the drinkability was really good, as I had no problem consuming a couple of these during dinner.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was a hazy straw, thick head of white foam, lots of carbonation visible in the beer itself.

Smell: lots of wheat, some belgian yeast. Very subtle floral notes.

Taste: wheat and belgian yeast upfront, some pine and floral flavor, and slightly metallic at the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth ay first, but then lots of carbonation and a chalky after feel become noticeable I a not overly pleasant way.

Overall. A solid effort by victory I the style, but im staying to think they should sick to what they do best- hoppy ales and pilsners.

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Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. A clear apricot gold pour. Nose is stone fruits, orange citrus, light coriander and spice. More spice in the mouth, ground coriander. Orange, lemon. Highly balanced, creamy, sharp carbonation. Would like a bit less spice, but an excellent hefeweissen. Though not on this day, I've had this beside their Whirlwind Wit and Sunrise Weiss, and this seemed to me clearly the best.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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 orcrist_cleaver
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Dark straw with a fizzy, alka-seltzer like head.

S: Getting a lot of cheap booze on the nose, reminiscent of very strong bubblegum. Corn grains.

M: On the fuller yet slicker body category. Good amount of carbonation and active effervescence. Manages to make a play at dry and fizzy.

T: Strong fruity esters. Lots of yeasty bubblegum and banana. Sweet malts tasting of copper pot distillation. Strong boozy notes, grain husk is prominent. Unrefined, but strong. Mor sour than expected with substantial phenol sweetness. Might have been a skunky btl, but there are better hefeweizens to experiment on next time.

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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 ski271
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold beer with a small, white, frothy, mostly diminishing head. Only a small amount of lacing.

Smell: Fairly typical wheat smell. Lightly phenolic with hint of clove and banana

Taste: Sweet, but not as sweet as I expected. There’s a slight bitterness along with citrus rind, banana and vanilla. The finish is average length and dry with the touch of chalkiness and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, watery texture, low carbonation.

Drinkability: Because this isn’t as sweet as most other hefes, I find it more drinkable and satisfying. I’m not even a fan of the style and I still enjoyed this beer and hope to have it again sometime.

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Photo of frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought my self back from the brewery a nice jug of this stuff from the 4/5 BA Event. Hazy yellow/orange almost glowing color. A very appealing beer to the eyes. A thick rich lasting white head results from the pour and stays with ya for a while. Beautiful persistant lace on the glass. Sweet wheat smell with some spice (corriander) and fruit (banana) in the nose. Rich wheat malt taste with a hint of marshmellow sweetness. The sweetness is enhanced quite well by the corriander and banana notes on the tongue. Very smooth silk mouth. Sharp yeasty and ABV punch at the finish. I enjoyed this brew very much. It gives their Whirlwind great genetics.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Victory brewpub. This beer poured a cloudy yellowish body with a thick foamy white head and respectable lacing on the glass. The nose was dominated by some quality spice tones and banana notes as well. The taste also had some good spice notes, cloves, as well as touches of banana and vanilla. Very well put together beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic representation of this style, I truly enjoyed this German wheat brew while gnashing on some crusty German bread at Ludwig's Garten. After disposing of the provided slice of orange, I noticed a fantastic head that stood the test of time. The aroma was of bananas and maybe some faint clove. The flavor was smooth, palate-cleansing and refreshing. I am not the biggest fan of hefeweizens, but this one is a Bier that I would not hesitate having again.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of marcpal
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On tap, Stuff yer Face event in NJ. Admittedly not a fan of this style, but I do give it credit for representing what it should.

Served on tap at the restaurant.

A: Pale yellow with wheaty head and lacing. Offered and rejected the fruit accompaniment.

S: Wheat and strong spice.

T: Wheaty, a little too much of clove or spice for my personal taste but appreciate the quality there.

M: Good job here, good texture.

D: Honestly surprised to see this beer be as strong as it was - a credit to Victory on that one. Well disguised and drinkable.

Again, not a fan of the style, but I do give them credit from what I think is a good representation. Honestly surprised by the ABV.

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Photo of Nickls
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Sunny, hazy yellowish color with a thinner pure white bubbly head

S - Citric and tart up front; some banana; spices as well

T - Seems like a cross between a Belgian Wit and German Weiss; citrusy but yeasty as well with spiciness; and the banana shows up toward the end

M - Touch creamy and medium overall; fairly muted carbonation

D - OK in this arena; good flavors, but I've had more refreshing in the style range; was good that the citrus cut through the banana, but it was a bit scattered for my taste

Overall, an interesting brew and take on the style, and more than worth a look.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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 GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is such a very good beer. It was poured with a nice creamy head which had a lace which lasted for a while. The taste had a good hefe taste with considerable citrus flavors, but they did not overpower. Very, very drinkable. This beer shows us just how good a brewery Victory is. This beer has a depth and subtelty which one normally associates with European breweries. This is definitely a victory for your taste. I would highly recommend getting this hefe over the imports if you are at Ludwig's in Philly. You sacrifice no quality and you support local.

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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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