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Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 08-14-2002)
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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

weeare138, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of ithacabaron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

ithacabaron, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

ski271, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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

tgbljb, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of BurghBrewPSU
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

BurghBrewPSU, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Victory. Dark yellow gold with a huge off-white head of foam that leaves excellent lacing. The aromas are very spicy and a little reminiscent of their golden monkey ale. I smell coriander, orange peel, and banana as well as some other spicy German yeast notes. The taste is spicy up front and yeasty in the middle with a lovely wheaty aftertaste as well. This is a very strange German hefe, that is more of a hefe wit mix than anything else. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is nice. This sure is a unique offering from Victory.

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow in color with a nice white 1" head. Spotty lace develops on the sides of the glass. The aroma is of citrus and spice. The flavor can be described as quenching and slightly lip puckering as the citrus, banana, clove, bitterness, and a hint of pepper are big while the wheat tried to soften the tones down. Some hints of yeast were also detectable.

Mouthfeel was crisp at the start and finish. The citrus and spices lingered briefly on the tongue after swallowing. Nicely drinkable and thirst quenching too.

Gavage, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a growler thanks to wyllder. Poured a light yellow with a small head. Smell had a strong wheat presenece. Taste was sweet on the front with a nice hop finish. Very smooth on the tongue. Mouthfeel was medium with a dry finish. Very easy on the palate...very drinkable.

edchicma, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

GeoffFromSJ, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap a ludwigs: cloudy golden pear topped with a creamy white head. miniscule bubbles struggle to the top. spicy wheat aroma, peppered with hints of clove and banana. light phenolic character. somewhat undercarbonated for the style. smooth and creamy, crisp wheat flavor buttressed by the soft banana and pear flavors. flares somewhat spicy with peppery phenols in the middle. finishes dry and thirst quenching. not the best hefe in the world, but a very nice version, and near the top of my list. i would have liked to see a little more carbonation and mountainous foam on the pour. still quite good.

pheurton, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy pale yellow with good head with light lacing. It could probably stand to be cloudier. There’s more clove than banana on the nose, but the banana comes out more in the flavor. A good dry wheat backbone backs the yeast flavors up nicely.

aracauna, Jun 05, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Louis IVX would be proud. So the King is mad, and created a Weiss, eh? Mon Dieu! This is fresh from my growler filled up just days ago. Zut alors! Beautiful pour with a 2” white as the driven snow head cover that quickly slides into a scant coating while leaving lattice lace inside the glass. VICTORY’s Weiss fills my gold rimmed 16 oz. Weeping Raddish Pilsner glass with a light golden haze and delicate infrequent bubbles escaping. Good looking unfiltered brew. Vive les Etats-Unis!

Scents of usual Weiss B & B [i.e. Bananas & Band-Aids.] A bit of yellow cake and cloves in the scent as well.

Garde' Marie Antoinette! Closely related taste in connection to the aroma. Fresh bananas, estery cloves, sourdough bread and mixed spices are all present. There is some additional flavor of celery and I swear, darn near a tomato could have been thrown in to this puppy for good measure.

Coupe d’etate: Not too much resistance in the feel. An easy going drinker, despite the complex aromas and flavors. VICTORY Mad King's is comfortable in the beer throne.

Last swigs: No need to chop a wedge de limon with the guillotine tonite, dear! Don’t let this Weiss get too warm. She drops like a stone into average. The sizzle and flavor turn to flat and bland like Cinderella after midnight. A few healthy swirls breathe life into this Weiss, but overall, better sooner than later. Weiss could be an all night drinker if unfiltered wheats and Weiss beers are your cup of tea. As a matter of fact, I have been drinking these all night. C’est vrai!

Biere est bonne. Content biere-ing mes BA amis.

blitheringidiot, May 26, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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!!

beergeek279, Apr 25, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

goindownsouth, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Gasp100
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a growler of this on my bi-monthly trek up to Victory. Poured an orange amber cloudy color with an big, fluffy off white head and lite lacing down the glass. Big, enormous floral aroma with lemon rind, bananna, a tiny pepper scent. The taste was more of the same but got a little sickly sweet as the beer warmed. This was a little too heavy on the fruitiness for me with not quite enough yeasty character and the maltiness added to the sweetness. I'm comparing this to the best wheat that I've had so far (ie. Paulaner hefe) and it is pretty nice, but not as good as the German weiss beers I have had. Still, very drinkable when served very cold.

Gasp100, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

rdrummer, Dec 27, 2003
Photo of ChrisBowers
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

ChrisBowers, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of PSUDREW
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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!

PSUDREW, Nov 08, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Ianhockey91, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of dmarch
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

dmarch, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of leeenglewood
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve always liked this beer and is one of the only hefes that I will drink on a normal basis but haven’t sadly it isn’t as available as it once was. Pours with a big white head that dissipates after a minute or two and is nice pale yellow that is somewhat cloudy. Tastes nice and dry with some nice banana esters to it. Mouthful is crisp and leaves a nice dry aftertaste something i normally don’t like in a beer but for some reason I enjoy the overall taste of this beer nice and drinkable. Alcohol content will get to you rather quickly so you have to watch it while drinking because it as a rather high abv hefe.

leeenglewood, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of purplehops
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

purplehops, Jul 13, 2003
Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.