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Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 123
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 23
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 08-14-2002

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Photo of falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
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 BurghBrewPSU
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice Dark Yellow with a perfect white head. Smell is a little faint of lingering bananas. Taste is of bananas and spices similar to a belgian. Overall not too bad, its a nice beer to try, Im not dissapointed, but I dont think i could drink more than one.

Photo of marcpal
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the restaurant.

A: The ale is a pale yellow color with no haze and a white head that laces nicely. It, unfortunately, was served with a lemon slice that was promptly discarded.

S: The ale has a soft wheaty aroma and a smattering of spices.

T: The ale has a very soft wheat flavor that is accentuated by some spices, notably a clove flavor that lingers long in the drink.

M: Soft and smooth on the palate, this is good for hot summer days.

D: This is misclassified, in my opinion. It is closer to an American Pale Wheat than a hefe. Either way, it is a good refreshing beer that hides its strength well.

Photo of ryanmcd
3.4/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 7/10/08. On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a cloudy light gold with a thick creamy head. Aroma dominated by spices (clove). Flavor also very spicy with some light bubblegum and banana. A decent hefe, perhaps a little TOO spicy for my liking, as the spices masked a lot of the flavor of the beer.
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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.