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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 1,363
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 130
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Reviews: 726 | Hads: 1,363
Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a bit more darker than expected through an almost burnt brown color. There was a three finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a good minute. Clingy lacing stuck all around the glass.
The smell started off with some banana esters, some caramel malts, light clove, light toast, light cherry, and cinnamon. Nice, a bit different from the style.
The taste was sweet and spicy through the combination of the previously mentioned flavors. Caramel malts show a bit more presence in the flavor and then lead into the aftertaste and the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with the caramel malts coming back to grab a light stickiness on my tongue - I don't mind it, but it is a bit different.
Overall, well, its a nice weizenbock for the most part, but I think I'd rather stick to Vitus.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11/6...draft. Reddish brown with white creamy lacing foam. Fruity aromas, dark fruits. Cherry fruit flavor, bready, toasty. Caramels galore. Nice hop bite at the close, bringing everything together. Solid.

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Photo of puck1225
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer! Poured from a bottle into a jar pint. Beautiful thick and creamy off white head, good lacing. Wonderful smell of bananas and spice. Cinnamon, dark fruit, banana bread, an excellent fall beer! Looking forward to more!

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Photo of arizcards
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid October for $2.99. Best before 8/19/2015. Received at TW on 8-13-15.

Beer poured brown with a nice white head that has some major hang time.

Nose is sweet, dark fruits and bananas are noted.

Taste is dark fruit, sour apple, and some banana.

Feel is medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall a delicious beer. Love the authentic Bavaria yeast strain. Grab this if you like the style, i know i will in the future!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Perhaps the best weizenbock I've had the pleasure of partaking in thus far . . . Well, l'll have to revisit Aventinus soon. This pours a murky amber almost brown in color and produces a respectable marshmallow head as well. Feel is quite prickly, creamy, and soothing . . . pretty much what I expect for the style. Aromas are wheaty with dark fruits and flavors follow suit. Alcohol is present and noticable but doesn't detract from the overall craftmanship of this weizenbock.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Has a peachy amber color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large amount of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate and both thick and thin in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of black cherries, figs, plums, bananas, and cloves entangle with moderate aromas of wheat, toasted malts, and alcohol.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild black cherry, fig, and plum flavors. Mild toasted malt flavors instantaneously follow. Mild flavors of cloves, bananas, and wheat enter right after. Mild alcohol flavors enter lastly as clove, banana, and wheat flavors persist, but toasted malts grow slightly stronger and black cherry, fig, and plum flavors grow much stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a hint of dryness that you want to call crisp, but it's not quite at that level.
NOTE: My first of its style. I enjoyed this very well. As beer warmed, alcohol presence was not effected. A rare encounter for me.

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

Moonglow is a hazy, very effervescent deep amber beer with a slight amount of yeast sediment and a large, creamy, ancient-ivory colored head that leaves nice, thick migratory swaths of fine-grained lacing. The nose is appropriately moderate in intensity: a properly-balanced blend of banana/clove spice, yeast and wheaty malt, topped by boozy overtones. The palate follows the nose: a nice blend of spices over a sweetish, slightly caramel wheat malt foundation with assertive, deep boozy notes and yeast on the back end. The malt flavors and the esters combine to produce a sweet, nuanced banana character that combines nicely with the alcohol, making it a part of the characteristic flavor of the beer rather than a detriment to it. The finish is pretty clean: there's just a bit of booze and wheat to be seen, both of which vanish quickly, leaving a hint of spice that lingers for a few minutes. The mouthfeel is a bit biggish for the light-medium body, and warming from the alcohol; the texture is expectedly creamy and very peppery from the fizzy carbonation. Very drinkable for the ABV- the alcohol is hidden in plain sight. (12 oz bottle, 286 days before best-by)

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Enjoy by Aug 13, 2015. So this is sampled on Oct. 23, 2015.

Even though it is beyond its expiration date it does have a handsome looking medium amber pour with a tremendous off-white head. Fluffy perhaps.

The aroma speaks to me with roasted malts, vague fruit, light spice, low hops, and toast.

The body is medium or better.

The taste brings out the fruit characters prior to any of those other esters I picked up min the aroma. Good malty character and little to no hop character. The way I enjoy this style.

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Photo of Brew_42
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this was a good beer. Almost tailor made for my tastes.

Pours dark amber with some cloudiness. A white head that quickly dissipates and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells- Banana bread, caramel, dark fruits, clove, and vanilla

Tastes, Big banana bread taste up front.with some spiciness, bubble gum, and brown sugar. A perfect amount of sweetness. One of the best tasting beers I have ever had. If you like sweeter beers with the bubblegum/banana taste, this one is right up there. The spiciness makes it a great fall beer too.

MF- Nice carbonation and a medium body.

Overall-Big fan of this beer. I think it is the perfect fall beer. Great blend of phenol sweetness and spiciness, Get some ASAP and enjoy on a cool night.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gunk Haus in Highland NY

Look is deep brown with amber highlights.

Smell is rich peppery with lots of smooth roasted malt.

Taste is just how you would expect from the smell, sweet from the malt with a nice herbal slight peppery hop note.

Mouth feel is full and luscious.

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Photo of fitzy84
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this drink on tap at Hope & Olive restaurant in Greenfield, MA. The beer was served, I believe, in a 10 ounce glass.

The appearance of this beer was really great: reddish amber color with a thin, brown head, foamy lacing, and visibly murky. Excellent aromas of various fruits and spices. I picked up grapefruit, raisins, malts, breads, banana, and a light spice like cinnamon. This was a delicious drink that was hard to put down. It had a well-balanced sweetness with a mixture of flavors mirroring those aromas. In terms of mouthfeel, the beer had medium carbonation to a somewhat creamy textured drink. Overall, this heavy alcohol drink not only warmed me up from the cold evening, but it was an extremely enjoyable and sweet drink.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - An amber/burnt orange/almost reddish color. Opaque in appearance
Smell - Fruity, spicy, bananas, sweet malts, wheat
Taste - wheat, Banana, sweet banana bread, spice, clove
Feel - Slightly warming on the back end from the booze but crazy drinkable though for 8.7%

Overall - This beer is much better than I expected. I really enjoyed drinking this one.

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

Appearance - hazy bronze copper color with white head

Smell - banana bread, clove

Taste - mostly banana upfront, a bit of caramel, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, fruity/sugary upfront, finish is a bit unrefined

Overall - decent beer overall, nice attempt at a German style beer, worth a shot

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is such a great brewery. Tons of carbonation with a very Amber color and a thick head that stays around. Super malty smell. The only thing I'd say I didn't like about this beer is that it is super carbonate. A little much in my opinion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a little bit of plantain stem and baker's yeast, but there is also an odd rubber smell I got as well. Or overripe banana. Either way, not very appealing. The banana bread flavor is definitely there with the caramel malt and a little dry hay yeast. Good fall flavor, and hefty mouthfeel. Medium alcohol esthers come in on the backend, which doesn't leave a great aftertaste. Strong in the middle, but weak on at the ends.

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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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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.