Mad King's Weiss - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

125 Reviews
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Reviews: 125
Hads: 409
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.34%
Wants: 25
Gots: 40 | 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!

Composition
Malt: Imported two-row German malts, including wheat

Hops: Whole flower German hops

ABV: 6.2%

Flavor
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: 125 | Hads: 409
Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +3%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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 (587 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (1,602 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very decent Hefe Weizen. Not to extreme on the bananas in the nose or the taste. Nice and full of flavor though. Its spicy with cloves and vanilla yet overrun by pears and citrus, all balanced it such a manor that nothing seems too extreme. It is simply easy drinking. Bravo - Victory.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (329 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Sunny golden color with a good amount of haze. Fine-bubbled white head retains at a half inch. Small clumps of lacing.

S: Strong bready and wheaty base. Plenty of doughy yeast. Slightly chalky. Mild incense sort of smell. The yeast I character is more neutral than I thought it would be. Grassy hops. Vague hints of light stone fruits.

T: Wheaty and a bit tangy and lemony up front. Chalky yeast. Vague fruitiness. Soft peppery touch. Spicy and herbal hop flavors build toward the back but never get too bold. Trailing herbal hop flavors.

M: Light bodied. Crispness of the carbonation bites right through the frothy texture.

O: A safe and perhaps underachieving beer. It's perfectly inoffensive and crushable, but for all it was billed to be it lacks character (804 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.14/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (971 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (251 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4/5  rDev +1%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (2,715 characters)

Photo of AltBock
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of larryi86
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%

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 (534 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Tremendous. (599 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (1,466 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured bottle into a standard pint glass, color is gold, not too dense, head presents as bright white and 1/2 inch thick then dissipates to a top.

Aroma is pleasant, nice yeast notes such as banana and clove, light breadiness and wheat.

Taste is fairly thin, dry, wheat and bread are noticeable, yeast flavors are less so than the aroma, bitterness is a touch higher than some hefes.

Mouthfeel is dry, but not overcarbonated, high fermentation seems to have dried out the presence in the mouth.

Overall, a solid brew, but a little dry and less bready than some hefes. (571 characters)

Photo of SPRichard
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
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 (355 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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!! (639 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of pezoids
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap @ The Victory Brewery

This beer poured a hazy pale yellow with a thin white head. This was a yeasty and sour tasting wheat ale. I wasn't too impressed with this one. I have had this on tap at Ludwig's and I think I enjoyed that version much better. The body was a bit light and thought it could have been more flavorful. The guy next to me had this served in a large, traditional wheat beer glass so why was my serving in an ordinary pint glass? I don't think it affected the taste though... (509 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ludwig's Garten in Philly. I have to say, I expected a little more out of this. I found it a bit lacking in flavor, but then again I seem to find that with many Hefe's, which is probably why I prefer Belgian Wits over them. The brew was a very cloudy yellow with a thick white head, but hardly any aroma coming from it at all. Mild citrus, but there wasn't much else.

Mouthfeel is very spritzy and carbonated. Flavors of yeast, citrus, and coriander were detectable, but I could ask for everything to be intensified a bit. A very easy drinker, one that anyone could drink a few of, I just wanted something a bit more complex. (639 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: July 27, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen ... OCCASION: another chain saw and tractor day in the yard--but a sweet reward...APPEARANCE: handsome three-finger snow-white head that stays thick and creamy for a duration; appropriate, unfiltered hazy golden yellow body with steady effervescence; lacing is inconsistent but observable ... AROMA: alluring yeast of banana and fragrant candy; malts are understated but provide a doughy hint with some licorice to boot--a bit more complex than the ordinary hefe... PALATE: active, impactful and reasonably bodied--more weight than a weizen--with a heavier aftertaste as well; an astringent, creamy combination that makes this thirst-quenching but substantial... TASTE: banana and pepper, with some sweet malts mixed in; some warmth too... OVERALL: worth a bomber's price, this beer is a bigger, somewhat bolder take on a refreshing style--like the Whirlwind with a little V Lager mixed with some nondescript spices that engages with strength... (1,009 characters)

Mad King's Weiss from Victory Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.