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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: 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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with one finger of white cosmos top of a clear, golden body.  The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - spicy wheat and a bit of vanilla with some clove and soft malt in the background.

T - Thick malt up front with some pilsner like notes of honey.  Yeasty vanilla and bread character in the middle and a finish of musty hops and dry malt.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very odd weisse beer with a hoppy character that is a bit out of place, if not entirely unexpected from Victory. 

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub in Downingtown, PA

A: thin head on a clear and bright but light gold colored body. thick lacing.

S: very fruity with mostly orange, banana and apple citrus.

T: Wheat and pale malt up front moving to a very herbal flavor finishing with a lightly sour citrus finish which lingers deep into the after taste.

M: high carbonation with light to medium body. Oily coasting the palate.

Overall: very drinkable but doesn't really stand out for the style which is typically not very exciting anyways.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a kristallweiss, NOT a hefeweizen.

Arrives a clear, dark yellow with just a faint ring of white on a very full glass. Obviously not a hefe as there is no little yeasties floating here.
Smell is malt, banana, clove and citrus. A good balance achieved here. Complexity is a bit low though.
Taste is malt, tart, banana, clove, pepper and light hops. Well balanced as well.
Fairly full body with a tangy effervescence up front and a slightly cleansing finish. Alcohol makes an appearance after the swallow. Warming. All told, a good beer but nothing great. Hops crept into the aftertaste a bit excessively. And oddly, I got a huge case of hiccups drinking this, something that normally only happens when I drink soda (and then only at the beginning). Weird.

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Photo of larryi86
4.01/5  rDev +2%

22 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

A- A slightly hazy golden straw color with a four finger white head. 4.25

S- Wheat, some banana, hints of cloves and lemon peel. 4

T- Wheat, nice bready backbone, bananas, hints of citrus, some cloves, earth spices. 4

M- Smooth, fairly crisp, light to medium body. 4

O- A nice hefeweizen that I am very happy to see in bottles. Worth picking up if you enjoy hefeweizens. I did have this a few years ago when it was draft only and remember enjoying a little more than it in the bottle. 4

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Photo of WMEugene
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub.

A - golden in color, nice head retention and good lacing.

S - banana, clove, wheat, typical and classic weiss smell.

T - bright, banana/clove flavor, wheat. Almost as bubble gum esque flavor. A little sweeter than a normal weiss beer, but it works.

M - Medium bodied, slightly chewy. Nice finish and carbonation level.

O - an enjoyable weiss, I would love to see this one available where I live.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Victory into .5L

Pours with a healthy, fluffy white head over a surprisingly clear, golden body

Aromas are faint. Maybe just too cold? Cardboard, yeast, salty ocean, white pepper, and just a touch of lemon.

Flavors are more in line with a standard APWA, but not a true hefeweizen. Light lemony citrus, green banana peel, some whole grain bread, and peppery finish. Plenty of flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit off. For a 6% hefeweizen I'd expect creamy smooth, but I'm getting highly carbonated with a dry finish.

This is an enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Unfortunately just doesn't quite fit the style.

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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 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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Photo of mikesgroove
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

hazy Golden yellow with a good amount of sediment floating around. A very nice large white head of foamy lace took shape on top and had very nice retention, hanging around for a good five minutes before settling down to a more respectable level and leaving behind copious side lace. Smell was very nice, lots of yeast and wheat were evident as well as a nice little bit of bittering hops. A small touch of some light, tart fruit was hinting around in there as well. The taste was classic, very nice light body with a very smooth texture. Great yeast and grass like flavor on top of a light bread back. Some light fruit notes also jumping around and accentuating it very nicely.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a wheat ale glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. Victory tap takeover as part of beer week!

A super creamy even white head of classic hefe style, sitting on a simple dull lemon body going to dull orange in places. Overall looks good and a solid simple hefeweizen.

A very closed nose with an exception of some mild clove and dry sense. Not very citrusy or lemon like either.

Taste is toast with a great classic creamy texture. Creamy banana and fruity in the mid palate, finishing with that cream and smoothness. Missing some of the clove spice left from the nose.

Overall the texture makes up for this, and it reminds me of their seasonal Sunrise beer with that same creamy feeling. However I prefer the Sunrise Weiss beer more so to this one.

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Photo of prdstmnky
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Growler filled @ Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting

Initial pour into a Weizen glass yields a fairly clear, golden Hefe with a finger of quickly fading head leaving little lacing. A nice spiciness to the nose, along with yeast and some citrus. Taste is in line with the nose, adding in the typical banana / clove / bubblegum flavors the style is known for. Light carbonation and medium bodied, refreshing!

Never even heard of this until I saw it pop up on the growler station - seems it was bottled at one time but is strictly draught these days. A nice Hefe, nothing mind blowing or out of place.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blue Monkey in Merchantville, NJ - in a mixer glass (sigh). Enjoyed this randomly at the brewpub in Downingtown (in a big honkin weizen glass, thank you) and on occasion in the city limits of Philly.

Coming away from a serving of this, the one thing undeniable is the fact that it's quite well-balanced. Many characteristic nuances of German hefeweizens are featured here: earthy-spicy yeast, cereal wheat and barley malt flavor and sweetness, light lemony citrus, bubblegum (and maybe clove), and wheat tart and tang. All real subtle, with the mild tang-spice and cereal malt flavors coming to the fore. Fairly mid-range in body, though leaning a bit toward light and crisp. Really easy drinking. Lacks maybe...maybe... a bit complexity and depth, but true to the style otherwise. Nothing to knock here really. Well done - a shame it's not bottled, but that only makes it more of a treat when you happen to come across it.

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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 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 DIM
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

a: A lot of reviews called this cloudy. Did victory recently start filtering this? My growler pour was a perfectly clear golden color. It poured with a moderate sized head. I'm generally not picky about a beers appearance, but hefes are different and this just didn't look right.

s: All the usual suspects like banana phenols and cloves are here. A bit heavier on the spice than some, but I like it just fine.

t: The cloves at the end were stronger than I prefer, but the big banana flavors up front were very tasty.

m: Big and chewy, spot on for the style.

d: This was good, but its a bit bigger than it needs to be. I felt two glasses more than I thought I should. Also, is this filtered?

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Nickls
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Sunny, hazy yellowish color with a thinner pure white bubbly head

S - Citric and tart up front; some banana; spices as well

T - Seems like a cross between a Belgian Wit and German Weiss; citrusy but yeasty as well with spiciness; and the banana shows up toward the end

M - Touch creamy and medium overall; fairly muted carbonation

D - OK in this arena; good flavors, but I've had more refreshing in the style range; was good that the citrus cut through the banana, but it was a bit scattered for my taste

Overall, an interesting brew and take on the style, and more than worth a look.

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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 treehugger02010
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This came from a growler I bought at Victory Brewery and Restaurant in Downingtown, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a cloudy dark gold. The head is three fingers tall, white, great retention with lots of thin lacing.
Smell: The aromas are dominated by bananas, but also have orange and earthy notes.
Taste: The taste is overwhelmed by bananas and doesn't have much else dimension wise.
Mouthfeel: This beer had a crisp mouthfeel.
Drinkability: This is a drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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