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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 710
Hads: 1,317
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 123
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy burnt siena color. Three fingers of pillowy cinnamon-tinged head give no ground. Foamy chunks of lacing.

S: Deep nutty cocoa richness. Toasted crust. Peppery spice. Pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Clove. Bananas foster. Perhaps some dates. Yeasty undercurrent.

T: Leads with deep toast and nutty cocoa. Almost cookie-like at times, though very dry. Gingerbread. Flash of citrus rind. Big burst of yeasty spices, with clove and nutmeg coming on strong. Pinch of cinnamon. Banana begins to emerge in time. Stiff alcohol muscles in toward the back. Long and peppery/spicy finish.

M: Big in body with a firmness that presses into the tongue. great attenuation leaves it feeling dry and airy. Sharp scrubbing carbonation cuts through it all.

O: Bold and boisterous in its complexity. This beer is not fooling around. It's a big and brawny weizenbock and it takes no prisoners. Best American-made example of the style to date, hands down.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper body, huge foamy head, spots of lace. Banana, vanilla, even some coconut flesh on the nose- fantastic. Flavor has tons of ripe banana, nutty toffee and caramel, some minerally yeast. Semi-dry. Feel is good, carbonation is a little sharp but I'm just being particular.
Really delicious semi-rare German-style beer made in America. Done well, the presence of the yeast threw me off but otherwise this was delicious.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-Slight burnt orange. Solid head. Huge
-Toast, brown sugar, banana, alcohol
-Burnt toast, banana, no clove, sweetness, alcohol presence
-oily, medium feel

-i wanted to like this. Not what i expected but an ok beer. Just wish the alcohol was more calm

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Photo of Spikester
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber with close to three fingers of off white head. Very good head retention and plenty of lace.
Smell is huge. Fruity bread crust yeast very light smoke.
Taste is complex. Bread crust peach apple plum very light banana and a light hop bitterness that struggles to be found.
The mouthfeel is heavy but the carbonation is high so it drinks closer to medium. The finish is neither sweet nor bitter just rich.
Overall this is one of those "WoW!" beers that I don't encounter very frequently. Really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it. Just don't go drink a few and expect to drive some place afterwards.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours a nice amber brown with a thick white head. looks perfect in a weizen glass, such a pretty sight.

smells of banana and clove, which is surprising given the brown color.

wow this just smacked me in the mouth with some (dare i say or taste) charred bourbon/whiskey. smokey and full taste. has some subdued sweetness that accompanies the smoky malt. very different yet very good.

very full taste, so full that i feel full! and beer doesn't make me feel "food full". VERY FULL beer, goes down smooth but is more of a sipper (at least for me).

overall this is a really good beer. something i would probably get again next fall but not this season, it's a good beer maybe too charred of a taste to drink regularly.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature.

I call this beer a reddened amber, with three or four centimeters of a creamy, off-white froth crowning it. It looks like a pretty weizenbock, oh yes.

It smells just sublime. Raisins, red apples, vanilla, banana bread, and a dash of cinnamon and toasty nuts all jump out at me like a feisty and festive little goblin.

Mellow fruitiness of the varieties I just noted meld together into an integrated wave of comforting, warming, soothing fruit-derived dessert flavors as a sip takes me away on its journey. Apple pie... banana bread... cinnamon rolls (with raisins)... name a comforting autumnal treat and it's probably here. Some lovely yeastiness and lightly herbal hops clean up the finish nicely.

Feel-wise, this is one of those substantial European styles that possesses both high viscosity and high carbonation, taking advantage of the somewhat inverse relationship these two qualities have on the palate. The equation is: Feeling of apparent thickness = viscosity / carbonation. Thus the high carbonation in the denominator masks the overall thickness that would otherwise be felt because of the viscosity.

This weizenbock doesn't mess around. It seriously belongs in the league of the original German-brewed ones, and that's saying something.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of firstly banana, and then clove and spice. Malts have caramel aromas. Flavor is very yeast forwarded with banana and spice. There is a "flat" yeast character that I don' care for. I expected a stronger malt quality (caramel and bread), but it has a rather thin malt profile. Sweet. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, more like a dunkelweizen, yet it leaves s sugary stickiness on the tongue. Overall this is decent, but it has nothing on Aventinus or Live Oak Primus.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Huge two fingers of head smell is typical Bavarian wheat, yeasty, and spicy. Flavors smacks you in the face with subtle banana and a tart fruitiness. A light burn from the alcohol and spicey yeast. A great beer to shake up a mundane drinking session.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly nice and vigorous creamy looking head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on brown. The beer is pretty nice looking and fairly attractive.

The smell is absolutely fantastic with a nice and pleasing aroma. The notes come off with a nice floral hop note and a very strong dark fruit that reminds me of a tart cherry and a nice banana yeast note that mixes well with it. In addition to the fruit notes, there is a light toffee note that mixes well with the latter notes. It actually reminds a bit of Three Philosophers. Also, a little bit of booze that is pretty nice.

The taste has the same notes as the smell and just as strong. The beer's various notes do not lose any potency. The only difference is that the taste is a bit more tarty and the booze is a tad stronger.

The beer is on the border between heavy bodied and medium bodied. The beer feel slightly syrupy but still pretty smooth. The carbonation also makes it feel lighter.

Overall, a very good beer and definitely worth getting. This is a fantastic American German style beer and pretty good for the colder fall nights.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a style i really like, and one i wish american craft breweries would do a little bit more with. nice to see one at the national scale here. this is pretty different from the imports, and not just because its hoppy. the color is rather orangey, and you can tell right away there are some richer crystal malts in here, compared to the pale wheat standard. great frothing lace head on this beer too, i love the spiderweb as it sips down. smells awesome too, less banana driven than many, i get the lager yeast bakery thing too, and all the grain, its very autumnal and comforting. the flavor is different too, definitely wheat based, but there is more going on, and the caramelized grain sweetness is a nice touch here. the yeast is the best of new and old worlds in terms of its flavor and overall impression it leaves on the beer. i do get that dusty german fruity thing, but there is a little more to it, its cleaner and brighter too. the booze sneaks up on you too, this is relatively easy drinking for how strong it is. another good one from victory, i hope they keep sending this cool stuff to colorado!

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weizenbock status confirmed. Beer is full of that 4VG goodness everyone wants from their traditional Weiss beers. Balance is on point. Give this one a try if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of cmq103
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid Weizenbock to start off my review. Poured into a 12 ounce snifter glass with a heavy hand. Minimal beige head but right away I smell the dark fruits aroma. Lacing is respectable with each tilt of the glass. Cloves, raisins and dates with a mixture of spices on the nose. It smells great and tastes even better. An enjoyable wheat beer with a hint of banana on the tongue. This is a grat beer, as are all the Victory beers I've ever had over the years.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that provides good lace. S: Malty spice, traces of clove, dark bread. T: Dark bread crust, clove, light banana, citrus with a moderate hop bitter accent. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation. O: A spicy, full flavored Weizenbock.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from my cellar with a BB date of 08/2015 (just in time, lol) served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: powerful and rocky head on this one. The bottle opened with a heavy puff of CO2. Nice, crisp and clean bubbles. Murky brownish with some orange hints poking through. I swirled the yeast sediment in the bottle and poured it in as well. Just something I do regardless of what they say.

Nose: malty, clove, banana, spicy hops in the distant, peppery, graham crackers

Taste: similar to the nose but with less spice and more malt coming through, a tiny bit of alcohol heat is still there. Body is on the thinner side of things but is still to style. Wonderfully round and complex clove, banana and malty character. The hops are once again in the distant and just there enough to balance the malts.

Overall: very true to style and a wonderful beer. I know wheat beers don't usually stand up in a cellar but I'm going to give this one a shot. It is a wonderful beer that could benefit from some oxidization to bring out the sherry and Madera notes. Aging should bring the clove more forward which would be nice. Great brew Victory.

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Photo of BeerBrose
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from almost a year old bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Copper colored with a thick bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell : Light fruity yeast and malt.

Taste: Wheat sweet, caramel, melon, and a slight funk (which may be from its age) that is quite pleasant.

Feel: Lighter than you expect and not nearly as creamy as a wheat beer tends to be.

Overall: Ive had this when its fresh and I loved it then and like it now, with that in mind my overall score is significantly higher than the individual parts of this tasting.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow Weizenbock looks unfiltered and amber hued with a lightly laced foam retention. Smells rustic, full of wheat. Tastes like a hefeweizen but darker, banana and clove tastes still linger between complex wheaty, estery sugars. High alchohol finish. Feels like a well crafted Weizenbock, and affordable at that. Overall, another specialty beer from Victory!

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Photo of emyers
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Strong spicy yeast notes, some lightly toasted malts, caramel malt. Finished off with more spice. Very well done.

Taste: A lot of spice up front, banana, pear, biscuit, caramel. Finish is primarily caramel malt and yeast. No alcohol heat. Malt profile is very well developed but there isn't quite as much yeast presence as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation gives it a nice bite that enhances the spice from the yeast nicely.

Overall: Great beer - one of the better examples of a weizenbock brewed in the U.S. (granted, it doesn't quite stand up to its German counterparts)

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Photo of hopsputin
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: its a hazy mahogany color with some notes of amber and dark purple. A slight burnt caramel color. 2 finger off-white head thats pretty solid and looks like it could almost rest a coin on it

s: huge fruity esters up front. plum, raisin, fig, banana, ripe pear, sweet sugary malts - caramel, toffee, light brown sugar. theres a mild yeast spice aroma as well - faint coriander, cardamom, clove, and pepper. this is a real nice smelling beer that makes your mouth water. its a complex aroma, but it isn't overwhelming and no aroma steps on anothers toes

t: right away your hit with the juicy fruits: ripe pear, plum, raisins, and fig. immediately after that your hit with a little bit of alcohol taste, which is a nice counter to the initial sweetness. thats followed by sweet toffee and sticky caramel. at the end there is a nice spice: clove, pepper, and cardamom. really nice harmonization of flavors

m: is a solid medium mouthfeel, with a fairly decent carbonation level. the carbonation helps the fruits to pop here and give them that juicy feeling in the mouth. a little sticky as well

o: this was a random pull for me, and i'm extremely glad i grabbed it. its a real nice beer. complex, yet everything works together in harmony and it doesn't overwhelm you. its got a pretty high ABV, but that isn't really reflected in the taste. a real nice example of good beer

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in May 2015.

Appearance: Very dark red with nice thick tan head.

Smell: Pleasant mix of hops, citrus, and spices. Overall it is well balanced and none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: Interesting and complex taste. There is a mild hop flavor with some sweet honey, banana, and a citrus grapefruit flavors as well. The flavor is not dominated by any one flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting Weizenbock. It has a nice mix of hops and other flavors, which I like better than others I have tried. Very well balanced.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

turbid medium-dark amber, white head, scraps of lacing . Rich honey and peaches aroma. Taste, banana bread,warming alcohol, touch of spice, rich nutty malt. My first Weizenbock. I love this one! Reminds me of an Old Ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark amber with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: Mild ripe dark fruit.

t: Fruity Belgian esters, the sum total leaning to ginger at first, more general later. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body, loads of carbonation tingle.

o: A good representation of the style, Refreshing. If you like hefeweizen, this is a sort of darker version.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy amber, with a 1/2" white head, noticeable bubbles streaming up.

S- Spice, cloves, yeast, light bananas and apple or maybe its pear.

T- Just about mimics the smell, fairly well balanced with nothing overpowering my taste buds, hides the abv pretty well. good beer.

M- light to medium, carbonation prickels the tongue.

O- American Weizenbock says it well, not my normal style but would defiantly get it again, good flavor and not overaly spiced and no funky aftertaste.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of Aug. 19, 2015

Victory Moon Glow Weizenbock changed the color of my clear Weihenstephan weizen glass to a cloudy amber hue. The fine carbonation bubbles rushed to the top of a 2-finger fluffy and bubbly tan head. The nose is dominated by pleasant smells of fruit and spice - banana, apples, cloves and also an aroma of caramel. The taste follows the nose with stronger flavors of spice/cloves, bananas, and bready flavors of wheat is also noted. Alcohol makes its appearance giving it a warm and spicy finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with an active carbonation. The Ale is [medium] smooth on the palate with a noted alcohol warming.

Moon Glow is a good American style Weizenbock that is darker and has more malt than its German counterparts. Another stellar brew from Victory!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Enjoy By: 19 Aug 2015.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before melting away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich Belgian candi sugar aroma with some spice intermingled. The yeast really drives it home with the esters bringing some dark fruit essence to the table.

T- Dark bread, tangy yeast and a noticeable alcohol presence. More Belgian candi sugar sweetness.

M- Tight and snappy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A good beer but I would kind of like the booze to not be so apparent. Maybe a bit of aging could help? Either way, one I'm glad I revisited as I've not had it in a long time.

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Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge fluffy white head that nearly flows out of the glass. Head retention is out of this world.

Aroma has loads of bubblegum along with coriander. Lots of yeasty spiciness. Maybe just a touch of grass.

Lots of spice in the flavor that really jumps out. There is a touch of caramel that I didn't pick up in the aroma along with some additional malt character. Some grape juice and just a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is just a touch on the thin side but alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a very good weizenbock and one I thoroughly enjoyed, despite not being a huge fan of the style. I would definitely get this one again.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.