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Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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132 Reviews
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Reviews: 132
Hads: 427
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 rosebud
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have to agree with phillybeerdrinker on this one. The first time I had this beer in Pittsburgh, all I could think of, boy I wish they bottled this. I love a wheat that has a little more oomph to it. I recently got to try this again when visiting the brewpub. I has a great banana-clove aroma, hazing appearance, with a head that last forever. It is so drinkable, if anything too drinkable, could sneak up on you and definitely get you into trouble. As I've said before, Victory continues to put out great beers, and they have excellent quality control.

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Photo of Hefe
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a sample of this at Victory this past Mon (7/23) Took a Growler home based on that experience.

The beer pours a hazy luminescent amber with a pillowy white head. The aroma is wheat and clove with subtle underpinning of tropical fruit. The flavours are wheat, spice, citrus peel, banana, all balanced on one of the smoothest mouthfeel's you can imagine. As for the drinkability, I could have easily polished off the 64oz Growler myself If I didn't have to share. ;-)

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Photo of woodychandler
4.84/5  rDev +23.2%
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 dwarbi
4.69/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a decent head, but it goes away quickly. Cloudy orange-yellow color. Hearty smells of heartland. Robust aroma. Heavy taste, but very crisp and clean in the mouth. Incredibly drinkable.
One of the best wheat beers I've had and another victory from Victory.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is some tasty stuff! Definite apple cider notes to this one with just a bit of that weiss tingly bite at the end. Pours a foggy amber/yellow hue with a nice lingering head. I don't like it quite as much as the Whirlwind Wit on account of its sweetness, but it is still excellent and a far cry from the tasteless wheat beers many other brewers are churning out in the US. Has a lot of character and a very unique taste. Another great brew from Victory.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory- Mad King's Weiss

10 year anniversary party.

Appearance- hazy cloudy yellow with a thcik white frothy head.
Smell- strong spices, clove and cinnimon with the usual banana scent.
Taste- bananas and clove. Strong, but smooth, sugary clove flavor. Like the chewing gum clove.
Mouthfeel- smooth and crisp. light, easy to drink.

Overall- my wife's favorite offering from Victory and 1 of the best Hefe's I've had. Good beer even on a cold Feb. night.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

growler purchased at the brewery 2/20/05 at chili cook off

this is one of favorite types of beer and this is one of the best

I savored the growler over several days and was sad to see it empty

Thanks to Victory for such a great beer and a great chili fest

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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 corby112
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draft at Kraftwork on 2/17/11.

Pours a very hazy golden yellow banana color with golden yellow hues when held to a light and a half finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy, tart aroma with lots of zesty spice as well as some bready yeast and crisp citrus fruit. Hints of coriander, pepper, banana and lemon peel. The nose is pretty complex with lots of different characteristics bouncing off of one another. Nice and spicy but still has plenty of light, crisp citrus and yeast character.

Full bodied and very flavorful with an excellent balance of bread/yeast, citrus, light fruit and spice. The spice isn't overpowering with subtle pepper and coriander that compliments the citrus lemon peel and light banana flavor very nicely. The ABV of this beer isn't very high but it is well asked with little alcohol flavor, making this tasty beer extremely quaffable. Prominent banana and flavor which is a nice change for the style with the perfect spice, bread and citrus compliment.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer and it was much better than I anticipated. I can easily see this becoming one of my favorite Victory offerings. Recommended.

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Photo of HugoGrim
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is one of if not my favorite Hefe of all, and it does not disappoint from the growler. Unfortunately Victory does not bottle Mad King's, so I can't get it very often.

The thick head of the beer does not translate from the tap to the growler so the appearance suffers a bit, and the aroma is not as full and intense, but overall it is nearly just as good as my initial glowing review of this beer.

Victory makes a lot of great beer, and I think this is bare none the most underrated of their line.

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Photo of csrbv
4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
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 frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 goindownsouth
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 ggaughan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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 dmarch
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They seem to have this every time I go to Victory, but they never bottle it. Pours with a hazy golden color and a quickly dissapating head. Aroma is of bannana with some citrus and a little clove. Taste has notes of citrus and bannana. Somewhat strong for the style, but very drinkable. Too bad I only got one growler.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 Chinon01
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An unfiltered opaque beauty with a solid meringue head.

S - Spicey, phenolic, flowery, juicey . . .

T - Similar to smell. Alive, spicy with strong phenolics. Rich and complex. Note: As the beer warms however phenolics can go a bit too far (i.e. band-aid, campho phenique)

M - Substantial, thick, rich, layered . . .

D - Highly drinkable as the spice cuts, blends and compliments the overall richness and layeredness of this beer.

edited 11-21-08 drinkability increased to 4.5.

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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 Hojaminbag
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 bubble gum and bannana with some coriander. A very typical smell for the style.

A bannana type taste is up front, followed by some bubble gum flavor. Finishes with a peppery yeastsy taste.

A nice light mouthfeel.

Good drinkability. I tend to think that most Hefes are very drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears a light, cloudy yellow with a small white head that soon fades. A few traces of lacing are seen.
Smell is of lightly toasted wheat, vanilla, bananas, and citrus with a hint of clove.
Taste is of the aforementioned aromas with a nice yeasty texture that is blended to perfection.
Mouthfeel is warm and smoothly inviting. Silky with a hint of clove and allspice that finishes nice and dry.
Drinkability is great. If you're a fan of wheat brews, this is a must try if for nothing else. The only two places you can get it are at the brewpub and at Ludwig's Garten in Center City, PHI.

Finger licking good.

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Photo of SPRichard
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this on tap at Local 44's locals only event

hazy straw yellow...fluffy white

banana, wheat spiciness, cloves and lemon all present in the nose

banana...slight peppery wheat...lemon stands out as the beer warms

very smooth drinking

this is the mold American hefeweizens should try and replicate....very glad this was on the list today at Local 44

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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 Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.