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Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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Mad King's WeissMad King's Weiss

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 428
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 19.08%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 08-14-2002

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.
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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 dar482
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 Urk1127
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 shigg85
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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 MattyG85
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a 1” quickly dissipating white foam collar that leaves light lace.
S: Wheat, lemon, citrus, spice and very faint banana.
T: Spice, fruit, citrus, wheat, very faint banana with above average hops. Light tartness.
F: Medium light, has a little bit of the wild yeast texture, medium high carbonation.
O: This blends German ingredients, American hopping levels with Belgian yeast to produce an interesting, refreshing beer.

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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 Carolvs
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The hops balance out the malt and wheat to make for a very nice brew and interesting twist on a weiss. Not a tip-top fav for me, but a definite repeat.

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
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 Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 22 oz bomber in a pint glass. This hefeweizen pours a light hazy straw color with a moderate white head of tight beaded bubbles and light lacing from the pooling dissipating foam. Nose of light lemon zest, sweet wheat malts, and a light Belgian yeast characteristic. Flavors are a crisp, lightly acidic wheat flavor with some light lemon flavors and a light spice in the background. Aftertaste is lightly sweet with a medium body and nice moderately carbonated mouth feel.

A solid weizen, although not a lot of the standard notes to a hefe in look, smell, or taste.

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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 OrestesMethuon
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid, sharp, unspectacular but nonetheless tasty weiss beer, the Mad King's has a damn fine name but to my tastes is really only just fine beer. Don't mistake me: it's very drinkable, without many especially glaring flaws; but it's also just not very interesting.

At the very least, however, I'd agree with Victory's claim label that this is a “European-Style White-Ale”, a designation that seems a bit more apt than “hefeweizen,” since it's not as creamy, orange-expressive, or quite as bold and bodied as I expect a good hefeweizen to be; to put it another way, it's more Hoegaarden than Julius Echter. Indeed, the body is a bit foamy and fairly light, the color is a pale yellow dusted with gold, and the flavor-profile, likely resulting from the deployment of Belgian yeast, is pretty damn Wit, to be honest—which, again, isn't deleterious but doesn't really distinguish Mad King's either.

It smells very nice (and Belgian), it looks very nice, it boasts a killer name (and some nice back-label patter), and the ratcheted-up hop-load does the job of keeping the ale crisp and clean-finishing—even a bit nicely bitter, to balance out the healthy dose of wheaty sweetness—but overall there's something lacking and something decidedly less than great about Mad King's … though maybe, with a name like that, balance and high aptitude shouldn't have been expected.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is dry grains and a little lemon. Nice.
The taste is "wheat", lemon and a little spicy at the end. Good profile.
The texture is crisp.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.8%

After years of seeing this "on tap" they finally bottled it for 2014. Into a pint glass.
A - Very little head on this just a 1/4 inch that fades out like a cheap cola. Color is a bright hazy yellow.
S - Smells like an imperial Berliner Weisse sour lemon notes, wheat and some banana or clove.
T - Bready and wheat with some lemon twang and a touch of spice. Not too sour which is OK but not too interesting in the taste. Still rather sweet so I enjoyed it.
M - For over 6% this beer has a great body leaning toward medium but smooth.

Overall I think I paid 4.50 for the bomber well worth to try this Weiss (It's really not a hefeweizen) at such a high ABV I could see some sourness or flavor lost. Still I was happy to finally get my hands on it!

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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 TheSixthRing
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours hazy and is a gold-tinged yellow color with a white finger width head that fizzes away like a soda, leaving behind a fairly lifeless, barren surface. No lacing.

Smell - Primarily a citrus aroma with lesser notes of banana.

Taste - True to the nose, with a mild, lemon-like citrus flavor being the predominant character throughout. Banana is in there playing second fiddle, while hints of clove spice hit near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with a fizzy, bitey carbonation that's too aggressive for the style.

Overall - There are some styles that just can't handle a bit of experimentation - hefeweizen seems to be one of them. I like my hefes laid back and completely approachable; the strong citrus and bitey carbonation just doesn't do it for me. You can't put "A European-Style Wheat Ale" on the front of the label, then completely crap on the style by overhopping and overcarbonating. Sorry Victory, a rare miss from you here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, earth, spice, fruit, and Belgian yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, earth, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has solid aromas and flavors for an American take on the style.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

On draft, pours a bright, almost clear with a little haze, yellow.

The smell is earthy, wheat, hay, belgian yeast and dough. Faint citrus, a little fruit and grass. The flavor is banana, yeast, a little clove, herbal and hoppy balance. Not getting much bubblegum flavor as I get usually with Hefeweizens. The mouthfeel is fine and balanced.

Overall, this is good, fine, but not great. Tough to stand out in this style.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Sunny golden color with a good amount of haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains at a half inch. Small clumps of lacing.

S: Strong bready and wheaty base. Plenty of doughy yeast. Slightly chalky. Mild incense sort of smell. The yeast I character is more neutral than I thought it would be. Grassy hops. Vague hints of light stone fruits.

T: Wheaty and a bit tangy and lemony up front. Chalky yeast. Vague fruitiness. Soft peppery touch. Spicy and herbal hop flavors build toward the back but never get too bold. Trailing herbal hop flavors.

M: Light bodied. Crispness of the carbonation bites right through the frothy texture.

O: A safe and perhaps underachieving beer. It's perfectly inoffensive and crushable, but for all it was billed to be it lacks character

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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 orcrist_cleaver
2.97/5  rDev -24.4%
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 dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: July 27, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen ... OCCASION: another chain saw and tractor day in the yard--but a sweet reward...APPEARANCE: handsome three-finger snow-white head that stays thick and creamy for a duration; appropriate, unfiltered hazy golden yellow body with steady effervescence; lacing is inconsistent but observable ... AROMA: alluring yeast of banana and fragrant candy; malts are understated but provide a doughy hint with some licorice to boot--a bit more complex than the ordinary hefe... PALATE: active, impactful and reasonably bodied--more weight than a weizen--with a heavier aftertaste as well; an astringent, creamy combination that makes this thirst-quenching but substantial... TASTE: banana and pepper, with some sweet malts mixed in; some warmth too... OVERALL: worth a bomber's price, this beer is a bigger, somewhat bolder take on a refreshing style--like the Whirlwind with a little V Lager mixed with some nondescript spices that engages with strength...

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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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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.