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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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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 419
Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, but my 3yo son knocked over my glass spilling 12-14oz. Oh well.
L - persistent bubbly white head, highly carbonated hazed golden ale
S - fresh aroma with fruit, lemon zest, spicy yeast, biscuit, grass, wheat
T - lemongrass, biscuit, clovey yeast, faint bubble gum, pear, apple, wheat; very different but intriguing with every sip. Definitely a cross between a traditional German Hefeweizen and a Belgian ale
F - lighter body, but higher carbonation makes it feel fuller, finishes semi-dry and fairly clean
O - good, unique, and refreshing, but I don't think I'd buy it again. It was fun to try, but I wish I hadn't left my glass in an inopportune spot to get spilled.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a hefeweizen glass. Yellowish amber in color with a large, bubbly white head that disappears almost as fast as it appeared. No lacing present at all.

Very pleasing aroma with strong notes of bubble gum, pear, clove and banana.

Dry, spicy, and fruity. Carbonation is lively and fizzy in the beginning but fades out as you make your way through the whole beer. The Belgian yeast plays a huge role in this beer and causes it to fall somewhere in between a hefeweizen and tripel. But, a straight up hefeweizen this is definitely not.

Very interesting beer here. It's a combination of some of my favorite styles, but fails to overly impress in any single way. More body and head retention would really improve it. I recommend splitting it with another person instead of trying to navigate the whole bomber by yourself.

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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 bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a 3-4 inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and yeasty, the brew smells like clove, lemon peel, bananas, wheat/bready malt and some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of pear and orange peel noticeable, along with a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth, easy to drink and has a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good brew, definitely worth picking up at $4.99 a bomber.

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Photo of IronLover
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a heavy haze. Poured with a huge, frothy, white foam that reduced to a healthy white cap. Grainy wheat aromas are dominant with sweet banana, yeast, lemon zest, and light spicy notes. Medium bodied with assertive, tangy carbonation. Spicy, peppery hop flavors from the start that peak with a tangy, crisp bite in the middle and slowly taper to the end. Sweet banana flavors follow the crisp bite in the middle followed by lemon zest to the finish. Sturdy, grainy, wheat malt backbone throughout. A robust, flavorful hefeweizen that was crisp and refreshing at the same time.

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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 oberon
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped 750 mL bottle into a glass tumbler. Moderate hand. No clear date, but barcode reads 30279-65922.

A: Hazy yellow body with a light orange tint. 1 finger of coarse, sudsy white head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Sweet Belgian yeast. Wheat notes with touches of lemon, other citrus, coriander and vanilla. Candi sugar. Light grass and floral accents, especially as the head recedes. Banana.

T: Light spice from the yeast opens. Quickly yields to wheat-fueled sweetness and tartness. A noble-type hop bitterness slowly builds to close semi-dry. Light alcohol. Grassy hops linger in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate carbonation with a moderate body. Slightly oily with a somewhat misplaced heavy feeling on the palate.

O: Interesting amalgamation of styles that drinks damn nicely. Good wheat notes, good yeast strain and relatively assertive hopping for a hefe. I found it tasting better closer to the bottom of the bottle.


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Photo of SteveB24
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance was a hazy straw, thick head of white foam, lots of carbonation visible in the beer itself.

Smell: lots of wheat, some belgian yeast. Very subtle floral notes.

Taste: wheat and belgian yeast upfront, some pine and floral flavor, and slightly metallic at the end.

Mouthfeel: smooth ay first, but then lots of carbonation and a chalky after feel become noticeable I a not overly pleasant way.

Overall. A solid effort by victory I the style, but im staying to think they should sick to what they do best- hoppy ales and pilsners.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours like a classic hefe, lots of visible carbonation running up to the top of the glass. Huge 2.5 inch head crowds the top of the glass, leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite yeasty, with some banana and wheat very evident.

The taste is similar. As it goes along, the taste becomes sligbtly metallic, but there's some nice wheat bitterness, some fruity yeast esters, most notably banana, with some clove as well. The label states they added more hops than the traditional hefe recipe calls for, I don't honestly notice it, tastes pretty traditionally hopped to me.

Light bodied, starts dry then ends with a very creamy mouthfeel. High carbonation.

Another great beer from Victory, they can do no wrong with anything, especially German styles.

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

Pours nice and hazy. Golden yellow with a good head and leaves a bit of lace. A bit of wheat grain on the nose with a good soft sweetness like a sugar cookie. Lemon citrus and a hint of banana. Clove and spice and a bit of funk from yeast. Lovely palate with a light creamy soft body. Mellow but has so much fruit. Lemon citrus, the banana and even something a bit tropical. Tart. Clove and spice laying out in the background. That malt is the star of this show with it's perfectly dry creaminess. A slightly bitter finish on this one and I don't see how you can ever have enough of it.


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Photo of micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my gold rimmed Weinhenstephan wheat glass.
Looks like your standard wheat beer with the exception that it didn't form a tall dense head which is quite common in wheat beers.
The color was yellow gold and quite hazy. At the end of the pour and with a good swirl plenty of yeasty sediment.
It's quite carbonated but still, the head fades to a collar.

Aroma moves away from traditional scents of clove and banana. I get mor yeastiness and sweet bread maltiness.
Drinks well. And very refreshing. It's hoppy and sweet and tart, really good. Plenty of sweet malts. The use of Belgian yeast gives a different twist on the taste, and I like it.
It drinks smooth with a semi bitter finish but as it warms that fell turns flat.
This hefe can stand with the best of them and perfect for a Cape May summer.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very nice to see this and especially on one of those hot, muggy Alabama summer days. This one pours a slightly foggy and hazy gold with lots of tiny bubbles that keep the head steady at around 1/4". It has some sharp lemon scents to it, a bit of yeasty funk, some vanilla sweetness, too. The taste reminds me of lemon Archway cookies, buttery, too. The carbonation's a bit heavy right up front, but then it settles down. Very satisfying and refreshing. An extremely good American hefeweizen, and at a good price.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-wheat, banana, spice, little orange

T-wheat, banana, coriander, light orange, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent hefe, easy drinking, great summer beer

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

When "Storm King" hit the market, it took the beer scene... well- by storm. So now the Victory brewers do similarly with traditional German wheat beer. The Mad King version exercises the same sense of quality but does so with a softer palate, which leaves much to be explored.

Supple sweetness of sugar cookie and bread dough reach the nose and early palate with its yeasty undertow. Beautifully malty with sweet grain, cereal and cookie confectioner's delight. With a gentle weave of fruit, the early palate delivers elements of lemon, green apple, under-ripened orange and an almost banana/ papaya melon sense.

The middle fades into a soothing creamy-dry but citrusy tangy character. Those near banana flavors rise to greet spices of clove, white pepper, dried orange peels, alligator pepper and vanilla. That round smoothness give the fruity and spicy center a lot to celebrate.

Deliciously, the bready beer is a stark reflection of its dense gold color and its frothy persistent froth. Its final impressions are of vanilla, mint and tea. Mild earthiness fuses with vinous acidity for a perfectly balanced taste to the bready-sweet texture and taste that grounds the beer. Its a beautiful and all-occasion beer!

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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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Photo of Ian_B
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter yellow in colour. Tall, spritzy head.

The nose begins with Belgian yeasts and mild funk alongside crisp wheat. As you draw in the scent, the yeast becomes more complex with notes of sweet banana and a little clove.

The taste has a nice blending of this beer's characteristics throughout. The toasty wheat malt is dominant, complimented with a slight citrusy bitterness from the hops and notes of banana, clove, and must from the yeast. Starts a little more crisp and bitter, and finishes with warming balance of malt and yeast flavours that are on the slightly sweet but savory side.

The mouthfeel is light and toward the heavier side. A little spritzy but smooth.

Nice beer overall, but a little lacking in complexity of flavour.

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Photo of barczar
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden with fleeting ivory head.

Aroma is Belgian yeast, pear, and earthy, floral hops.

Pear, Belgian yeast, muted apple, and spicy clove form the flavor profile, which finishes slightly dry and crackery. Interesting. Truly a unique showcase of German and Belgian yeast.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Interesting juxtaposition of clean malt character and Belgian yeast character.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a growler I picked up at the brewpub when I last visited (during Reading WWII Weekend 2012).

Poured some into a weissbier glass... It is rather clear, without the typical cloudiness usually found in the style. Color is a medium yellow-gold, with a steady stream of carbo present. Head was initially full and frothy, but it has ebbed to a thin, fine white layer, with little lace to speak of. Aroma has a little clove and bubblegum, though it is a touch on the mild side. The body is solid, and a touch of prickle alights on the tongue.

A bit of sweetness starts things off, with some dry, crackery notes present. There is some banana lurking, but also some added fruitiness leaning towards rindy lemon peel. Fairly hoppy for the style, with some subtle spiciness in the dry finish. Not bad...


3.69/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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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 falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -16%
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.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a hazy golden yellow colored brew with a one finger white head. The head had a pretty good retention and eventually faded to leave some nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - The aroma was biggest of a biscuit and yeasty smell. Mixed with these aromas were some lighter notes of pepper, citrus, and some herbal hops. Rather standard in many respects for a weiss.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and sweeter citrus fruit flavor. A yeast cake flavor
quickly comes to the tongue. Soon after a banana and pepper flavor follow the yeast, bringing a more classic Weiss flavor to the brew. More toward the end of the taste a lemon citrus surges a bit and when combined with some flavors of a light grapefruit hop bring a yeasty, biscuity citrus flavor to the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the slightly thicker side for a weiss with a carbonation level that was very average.

Overall – Not bad. A pretty nice weiss with a bit more flavor and a better feel then most.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Victory, Downingtown, PA

My wife ordered this one, as she's more into the wheat beers than I am. Offering me a sip, I replied: "I reeeeally have to be in the mood for a whe... *sip* ... wow, this is damn good."

Served in a non-descript weiss glass, a golden yellow color, surprisingly little haze for a hefe, with a moderate cap of foamy white head. Soft notes of banana esters and clove on the nose. Similarly, the taste had some nice fruit and spice in it, with a twinge of bitterness up front, quickly giving rise to an uncanny sweetness, that made this one tasty, drinkable brew. Light-medium mouthfeel and a bit chewy, and all things considered, very well done for the style.

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Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.