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Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 419
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
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 jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bier Markt. Enjoyed several pints of this gem over the course of an early evening.

The beer is a straw color with gold and pear colored highlights. There's a beautiful head and remarkable retention and lace. The beer is cloudy but doesn't have the haze and depth that the best German beers do.

Wheat dominates the smell and the phenolic spices from the yeast are a bit muted. While those esters aren't as prominent as I'd like, the beer still has a pleasant smell overall. Clove and banana become more apparent as it warms, and are joined by a touch of citrus.

The taste kicks things up two notches. This is a really great American Hefeweizen. The flavors of clove, banana and wheat are very well integrated without seeming too artificial. What I like the most about this beer is that it packs in a ton of flavor while avoiding the bubblegum tastes that so many American Hefe's take on this classic style flaunt.

The mouthfeel is characterized by lower carbonation and wheat creaminess that makes the light to medium body feel heavier than it is. Drinkability is excellent and I will happily sample this again if I run into it. A Hefe with class that shows mastery of the art of flavor nuances.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Ianhockey91
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one, pours out a nice hazy pale yellow color, wiht a white head. Had a semell of citrus, and bannanas. Tasted wonderful, vanilla citrus bannana clove they all hit the pallete at somepoint or another, and meld very well. The mouthfeel was wondeful too. I really wish they would bottle this.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 10/2/2014. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, banana, orange peel, pear, apple, clove, light pepper, wheat, bread, light honey, light bubblegum, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and hops flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen! All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, pale, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the brewery's tap to my german growler, and then in my glass about an hour later.

Appearence is very good for the style, a surprisingly bright yellow, deeply clouded, with a friendly, puffy head settled in the top of my weizen glass. So far, so good.

Aroma is clean, and subtle, with notes of bananas, vanilla cream soda, and just a little hint of lychee. Very cool and mild. Good stuff.

Taste is again, very mild, but spot-on. Bananas, fresh and a little green come across the palate first, with a cool, dissappearing finish. No lingerer, this brew. There is a surprising lack of clove notes here, but there is still a spiciness, brought by notes of coriander, allspice, and the like. Cloves...probably a bit, but not that featured. I'm sure they would deny it, but I wouldn't be shocked to learn that there are actual spices used in the brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth, highly yet softly carbonated, and frothy. Very good.

Drinkability is right up there as well. The mildness of this brew (despite the ABV) makes it a perfect sessioner.

A well done and nuanced version of a difficult style. I prefer the traditional versions from over the pond better, but the freshness of this makes a great case for picking up a growler (which I almost do every time I'm up there). Here Victory shows why they're a german brewery first, and everything else second. Prosit!

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Photo of JAXSON
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Bone53
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy golden color with a two finger creamy off white head

Smell: Big spiced banana aromas with a sweet malt undertone.

Taste: Bold, fresh hefeweizen flavors. Banana and cloves play together nicely with an undertone of sweet malts, yeast, and hops

Mouthfeel: lighter body; Smooth with a moderately bitter finish

Overall: This is bolder tasting than most American wheat beers I've had which I appreciate. It has noticeably fresh hefe characteristics with a hoppy presence and a undertone of sweet malts. It's not your typical hefeweizen, however, I enjoyed it greatly on this summer afternoon. Cheers!

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Photo of AltBock
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was able to try Mad King on tap at High Street Grill's Victory promo Tuesday on 5/20/2008. The served it to me in a standard pint glass. I wish they had served it in a Weizen glass, but none were available. You take what you can get.

This Victory Hefe poured not a hazy, but a beautiful murky and bright lemon yellow. I honestly didn't think a Hefe could get this murky. Hazy, yes, but not murky. Sitting on top of this beer was a 3/4 inch creamy head of white foam. This head fo foam had decent retention that left behind foamy white rings and a few spots of white lace around the glass. I can't get over how nice the color of this Hefe really was.

The aroma was plain and simple with malted wheat, cloves, bread, and plenty of ripe bananas. It's just what you look for when it comes to smelling a Hefeweizen.

If I could describe the taste in two words it would interesting and delicious. This Hefe was filled with malted wheat, cloves, nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of yeast, and tons of ripe banana. That was good enough, but at the end, the taste took a Hefe to another level. After the banana, in comes some bitter citrus hops. Where they did they come from? Not too bitter where the hops covered everything up. It was more of a refreshing bitter taste.

I would have to say that this Hefeweizen is more medium bodied than light bodied. The aftertaste was soft with malted wheat and a hint of bitter citrus hops.

When I ordered it, I thought it was just going to be a standard decent Hefeweizen from Victory. Boy, was I surprised to find that out that this beer was really that good! One of the most interesting Hefeweizens I've had lately. Would I order this again? You bet I would! It's something you need to taste for yourself.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and arrived with a thin white head.
S: There are aromas of lemon citrus and wheat in the nose. Some hints of spices are also evident.
T: Lots of flavors of citrus and wheat are present in the overall taste, which also has some spicy hints of cloves and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst-quenching. It would be a perfect selection for a hot summer day.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came an orange straw color that was slightly foggy with a small head. Smelled strongly of lemon citrus, a wheat and honey malt and bananas. Tasted of a wheat and oat malt with a nice sweet doughy and creamy yeast that finished with a bit of liquorish and almost peppermint. Mouth feel was medium bodied with a creamy light carbonation. This is a nice beer, but it is an original take on a hefe. Not much cloudiness to the color and the yeast has an odd spiciness. It’s a bit different, but still very tasty.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 wedge
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ski271
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 rdrummer
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Brewery. It pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white head and lots of lacing. It is a very representative German wheat with a wonderful aroma of hops and wheat and citrus undertones. A very nice pour that has a wheaty flavor that keeps building as you drink. There is a strong hoppy accent with a citrus aftertaste. It is a little light in the mouth; less full-bodied than some Germans. It goes down really smooth. I could drink a lot of this one. Bought a growler for home.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a weizen glass. Had a pale yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a big, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of wheat, bananas, and some spices.

T: Tasted of wheat, mixed with spices up front and bananas in the finish. A generally well balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a super dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: One of the best, most drinkable hefeweizens you can find in the U.S.

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Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw with a light cloudiness. A smallish head that fades somewhat quickly but there is a good amount of lace so the appearance is still good. Carbonation is low for the style. Smell is not quite as fragrant as you might expect for a hefe. Wheat malt and a nice spiciness. Some lemon and clove with a touch of funk. Not much banana but still an above average nose. A faint note of alcohol. Taste follows the nose but it develops on all of those. The malt is superb and twangy with the lemon and clove really making this one special. There is some bubble gum and cinnamon as well. A bit of soap. Banana shows up bigger here and the finish is hoppier than any hefe I can recall. Not hugely so and not a bad thing, just a different take. Finish is quite dry as a result and this adds to the quenching aspect of the brew. Alcohol flexes a bit as you swallow but it never gets big even as it warms. In general this beer blossoms as it warms up and that allows you to really appreciate it. Feel is smooth and finely carbonated. The lower level really not a problem here. Crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is enhanced by the lower carbonation and overall, between the dry hoppy finish and silky mouthfeel it is close to perfect. Even with the slightly high abv this is a great session beer as long as you take your time and let it get cozy with you.

I went to a Victory takes over the taps night at Rattle and Hum in NYC to score this one and I wish I had more.

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Photo of purplehops
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mad King’s Weiss poured a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head that had staying power as well as leaving a nice lace on the glass. The aroma was wheat and fruit with a hint of spice. Some nice banana esters in there along with some citrus notes. The taste starts with a rush of mild citrus and malt flavors. This is followed by some soft hop bitterness and spice notes of coriander, clove, and bitter orange peel. The finish is a bit spicier with some banana and lemon flavors blending with the wheat malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Aftertaste is a lingering wheat maltiness with crisp citrus notes and a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is crisp and medium light with a refreshing yeasty chewiness to it.
Overall a nice weiss. Perhaps a bit more tartness would make this closer to a perfect weiss; IMHO. But I did bring a growler full back to Maine.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Nile, poure into a Summit Hefe Weizen glass by yours truly.

Cloudy and golden, huge rocky, pillowy head, nice and thick.

Aroma: sweetness, & spice, and the usual ethereal delights found in any good, airy weizen. Cloves get louder, and that banana note rises above. Citrus notes peel out, too, eventually. (bad joke, I admit)

Brisk carbonation, big texture, coats the mouth, tingle of hops...very mellow, with flavors of citrus, banana, low-laying spice. Light-bodied, but substantial and satisfying. Little notes of lemon shine through the layers of wheat, bits of banana take turns on the tongue.

Leaves the palate tidily, with a linger of flavor, very refreshing, and urges a further drink.

Nice one.

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Photo of schmitter
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Came to me a nice deep golden color with a fairly thick head. Smelled a bit peppery but mostly citrus notes of lemon, and more so, orange. It tasted like a fairly traditional wheat beer but what i really loved about it was it had a somewhat hoppy bite going on. If you've had whirlwind, this is almost the same just with a bit more alcohol and some more complex notes.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a small pilsner glass

A- pours a hazy shade of gold with a one finger white head. I've seen cloudier looking hefeweizens, so this is a decent start

S- faint aroma of banana, but it's not too light. Lets you know it's there.

T- really strong taste of banana in this one. Not overwhelming though, but really tasty

M- a little on the thin side, but that's fine for the style

D- pretty good, though drinking it in February was a little weird...might be a little better during the summer, so it looks like I'm going to have to go to Victory again in a couple of months

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden color-not quite an "off yellow". Small white head on top. Nice spicy aroma-somewhat cloveish and peppery. Crisp and clean tasting. A slight hint of hops. Lemony and citrus like flavors. Slight phenolic taste. Mild banana and clove notes. Very clean in the long run though nicely complex. Good body. Boy I could drink this all day. Light and crisp. I bet the 6.2% would catch up in a hurry. Very, very enjoyable.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer all around, as well as a good way to prime your friends off of macros and unto wheats (among others)

Hazy yellow color. nice straw complextion. Not much head to stay, but some lace to go with it.

Sweet smelling, anlway drinkable. Has a nice mix of sweet clove and banana and a good dose of citrus for an after taste.

It is a crisp and clean drink, and can keep you going all day long, regardless of ABV. if you can find some, get it, they really do need to bottle this though!

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Photo of DavidJ710
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I made my pilgrimage to Downington after visiting my girlfriend in Collegeville. I had to make the trip complete, a babe and some good beer. If you haven't been to Victory's Brewery and restaurant, I would certainly suggest that you make the trip.

Golden and cloudy, the bar keep poured the beet into the tall pilsner leaving an inch and a half of billowy white head that lingered a long time. A lot longer than I expected.

The hefe weitzen smelled sweet and citrusy. Sweeter than others that I have sampled. This worried me a bit, because I am not one to enjoy overly fruity beers, but I was not let down.

The beer tastes great! Sweet enough that it needs no lemon. As if by design, Mad King's seems to be sweetend to my taste.

Crisp and clean, a light carbonation complicates this otherwise slightly heavy wheat beer.

I had to drive back to see the girl, or I would have had a few more rounds...

In conclusion, drink this if you can find it. I brought home a growler to share with my roomie, another Victory fan.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

Light yellow, not really pale, but rather a golden color with a fair colored haze. The head was very creamy and thick at a solid two fingers with great retention. The foam left heavy trails down the sides, not really dainty enough to be called lacing. This look really good!

The aromas brought me back to center with the typical light fruity banana smells and a hint of spicy clove. You can pick up some of the wheat malt and just a bit of citrus on the nose.

Interesting, this is. It has a light, delicate sense to it but at the same time has a very complicated set of flavors that come through. The wheat malt is noticeable, along with banana, clove, & yeast that typically goes along with it, but there was something on the order of cinnamon or nutmeg that was faint but seemed to bring everything together. Toward the end came some light bitterness, presumably from hops, that seemed to hit just before the finish and then everything ended with a relatively clean finish. Carbonation was fine and abundant and lent itself well to a slightly creamy texture. This was a beauty!

I don't know that I am doing this brew justice with my review. It's not your average hefeweizen and you really just need to experience it to get that wonderful complexity. Very drinkable, very smooth, and very recommended!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
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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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.