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
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 437
Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and hazy. Golden yellow with a good head and leaves a bit of lace. A bit of wheat grain on the nose with a good soft sweetness like a sugar cookie. Lemon citrus and a hint of banana. Clove and spice and a bit of funk from yeast. Lovely palate with a light creamy soft body. Mellow but has so much fruit. Lemon citrus, the banana and even something a bit tropical. Tart. Clove and spice laying out in the background. That malt is the star of this show with it's perfectly dry creaminess. A slightly bitter finish on this one and I don't see how you can ever have enough of it.

Tremendous.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my gold rimmed Weinhenstephan wheat glass.
Looks like your standard wheat beer with the exception that it didn't form a tall dense head which is quite common in wheat beers.
The color was yellow gold and quite hazy. At the end of the pour and with a good swirl plenty of yeasty sediment.
It's quite carbonated but still, the head fades to a collar.

Aroma moves away from traditional scents of clove and banana. I get mor yeastiness and sweet bread maltiness.
Drinks well. And very refreshing. It's hoppy and sweet and tart, really good. Plenty of sweet malts. The use of Belgian yeast gives a different twist on the taste, and I like it.
It drinks smooth with a semi bitter finish but as it warms that fell turns flat.
This hefe can stand with the best of them and perfect for a Cape May summer.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice to see this and especially on one of those hot, muggy Alabama summer days. This one pours a slightly foggy and hazy gold with lots of tiny bubbles that keep the head steady at around 1/4". It has some sharp lemon scents to it, a bit of yeasty funk, some vanilla sweetness, too. The taste reminds me of lemon Archway cookies, buttery, too. The carbonation's a bit heavy right up front, but then it settles down. Very satisfying and refreshing. An extremely good American hefeweizen, and at a good price.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A-hazy golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-wheat, banana, spice, little orange

T-wheat, banana, coriander, light orange, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent hefe, easy drinking, great summer beer

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

When "Storm King" hit the market, it took the beer scene... well- by storm. So now the Victory brewers do similarly with traditional German wheat beer. The Mad King version exercises the same sense of quality but does so with a softer palate, which leaves much to be explored.

Supple sweetness of sugar cookie and bread dough reach the nose and early palate with its yeasty undertow. Beautifully malty with sweet grain, cereal and cookie confectioner's delight. With a gentle weave of fruit, the early palate delivers elements of lemon, green apple, under-ripened orange and an almost banana/ papaya melon sense.

The middle fades into a soothing creamy-dry but citrusy tangy character. Those near banana flavors rise to greet spices of clove, white pepper, dried orange peels, alligator pepper and vanilla. That round smoothness give the fruity and spicy center a lot to celebrate.

Deliciously, the bready beer is a stark reflection of its dense gold color and its frothy persistent froth. Its final impressions are of vanilla, mint and tea. Mild earthiness fuses with vinous acidity for a perfectly balanced taste to the bready-sweet texture and taste that grounds the beer. Its a beautiful and all-occasion beer!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a lightly hazed straw yellow color with 2+ fingers of head that fades down to a creamy cap

S: Clove and banana right up front, with some yeast presence and other lightly spicy and fruity notes. Standard hefe notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the yeasty notes, banana, and clove. Goes into some lightly spicy notes accompanied by a nice fruitiness. Wheat more prevalent in the finish

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation

O: A great example of an American-made hefe. Classic banana and clove steal the show and make for a very refreshing brew. Definitely recommended

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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 barczar
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with fleeting ivory head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pear, and earthy, floral hops.

Pear, Belgian yeast, muted apple, and spicy clove form the flavor profile, which finishes slightly dry and crackery. Interesting. Truly a unique showcase of German and Belgian yeast.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Interesting juxtaposition of clean malt character and Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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...

Prosit!

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 BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught into pint. I wish it would have been a weizen.

Two finger off white head with cloudy gold body!

Smells of cloves and spices

Tastes of clove, bubblegum, spices, and a little hop!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing.

Overall, this is a good example of the style.

I plan to try it from the bottle, as I prefer Weissbiers to be from the bottle and not the tap.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From: On tap @ Blind Pig Brewery, Champaign, IL
Date: Keg tapped 1/10/2013, two days prior
Glass: Weizen glass

Review from notes

Looking forward to Victory's Mad King's Weiss based upon reviews, I quickly sought this out during a tap take-over at the local brewpub. Unfortunately, instead of a fresh, delicious hefeweizen, I found something that was fairly two-dimensional in playing strong, clove-like phenolics against bread-like malts. The bitterness, particularly in the aftertaste, was also offputting. I missed the complexity that I typically enjoy in hefeweizens, notably the banana, mild citrus, bubblegum, and assorted spices, along with the usual slight tartness (none here) and creaminess (this was too thin to be creamy, and too carbonated to be anything but foamy). Ultimately, while this was a drinkable beer, I don't think I appreciated Victory's choice of hops, malt, or yeast when brewing this one: I'd avoid this in the future.

Arrives with a 1.5cm head of fairly clean, white foam. Retention is above average, lasting over two minutes, before settling to a thin cap atop the beer for the duration of the drink. What lacing is left is modest, a few lines and dots scattered across the inner sides of the glass. The body itself is a mostly transparent (so this is more of kristallweizen or filtered weizen, than hefeweizen) golden yellow, with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation is readily visible and extremely active, streaming from all over the bottom of the glass.

The beer smells alright, a fairly strong yeast and phenolic (clove-like) presence with a background of wheat malt and biscuit-like aromas. The intensity of the phenolics was "something different," not entirely off-putting, but very different than most hefeweizens I've tried.

Tasting opens with somewhat grainy, bread-like malt sweetnes on the front of the palate, with noticeable yeast and clove-like phenolics. Mid-palate is of fairly generous yeast, bread, wheat malt, clove-like phenolics, and bittering hops. Back of palate reminds of the initial flavors, but with stronger yeast and phenolic presence over weaker grainy, bread-like sweetness. Aftertaste is of strong phenolics (clove, but also medicinal) and surprisingly, sharply bitter, which does not go well with the style and makes you want to take another sip as quickly as possible to wash out that particular sensation.

The beer's body is of medium-light to light in weight, with carbonation of medium intensity. The resulting mouthfeel is slightly fizzy at first, but gradually calming down and becoming gently foamy as each sip moves across the palate. Closes fairly dry, with little residual stickines, making that next step fairly desirable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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 wedge
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Victory

Hazy golden color under a thick pillow of white foam. Very pleasant hefeweizen aroma...clove, flowers, oranges, and some subtle wheat and biscuit. Bubblegum, clove, dried banana sweetness over saltines, wheat, and peppery spice. Good depth of flavor and aroma with a noticeable freshness - it's not just a simplistic banana and clove bomb. Medium bodied, smooth, and refreshing. A very enjoyable weissbier.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Oakenator
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with good carbonation and leaves impressive lacing on the glass. Smells of a typical Weiss bier - not too strong and with a hint of lemon. Fuller bodied taste than many Weiss biers with lemon and other spices present. This is a nice quality brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
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 larryi86
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%

22 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a four finger white head. 4.25

S- Wheat, some banana, hints of cloves and lemon peel. 4

T- Wheat, nice bready backbone, bananas, hints of citrus, some cloves, earth spices. 4

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, light to medium body. 4

O- A nice hefeweizen that I am very happy to see in bottles. Worth picking up if you enjoy hefeweizens. I did have this a few years ago when it was draft only and remember enjoying a little more than it in the bottle. 4

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Photo of WMEugene
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

A - golden in color, nice head retention and good lacing.

S - banana, clove, wheat, typical and classic weiss smell.

T - bright, banana/clove flavor, wheat. Almost as bubble gum esque flavor. A little sweeter than a normal weiss beer, but it works.

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy. Nice finish and carbonation level.

O - an enjoyable weiss, I would love to see this one available where I live.

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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 csrbv
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a growler purchased at the Victory brew-pub.

A cloudy, off yellow color with a small white head. It seems very bubbly. No lacing. No yeast particles.

Lots of bannana with some coriander. A very typical smell for the style.

A bannana type taste is up front, followed by some sweetness. Finishes with a fantastic peppery taste.

A nice light mouthfeel.

Very Good drinkability! This is a grat beer to pick up from Victory and watch Football with friends on a Sunday.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Mad King's Weisse

Pours a bright unfiltered yellow, soapy white head and some lacing. Aromas of wheat malt, banana, clove, whole flower German hops with a grassy, lightly citric smell. In the taste, much like a standard hefeweizen with banana and clove notes, but alittle more lemony than banana, and with lots of herbal, noble hops chiming in with flavor and bitterness. Leafy, oily, mildly bitter Tettnang and Hersbucker like hops giving it a solid German fingerprint on the hop profile. Tea like, and going well with the bready and biscuity malt character. Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and quenching. Overall, Victory has a way of nailing German styles, and this is no different. A nice hoppy hefeweizen that remains a go to when its available.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.
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