Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.08/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Package: 12oz. crowned, brown bottle. Nicest of Victorys 12oz. labels depicts a New England farmhouse in a dell, framed by a blazing sunset. Ghostly skulls float above. Notations include: Best before Sep 11 04, unfiltered, 8.7% ABV, and bottle conditioned ale.
Cost: Various singles and sixpacks from Bottle King and Finger Lakes Beverage
Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint at ~50º
Appearance: Lighter than most of its peers from Aventinus, Ramstein, and Erdinger. Pours a turbid reddish orange and generates a substantial, fine-gauged head, thats a bit darker than off-white. It resolves down pretty quickly, but leaves a nice sticky sheath on the walls of the glass. The body has a remarkable glow to it, really setting it apart from most beers Ive seen and evoking a real sunset. Tiny particles can be seen bombarded around the hazy liquid by the rills of tiny bubbles. Another Victory beer that stimulates close inspection.
Smell: Promises a nice drinking experience. Strong clove and banana notes suffuse the bouquet. However, there are also some discordantly sharp, phenolic and alcoholic volatiles in the nose.
Taste: Now I can see where the discordant aromas come from. This is surprisingly harsh on the palate. Theres a lot of tart, citric, notes to this that clash with the sensations of over-ripe banana and pineapple. Sort of a sweet-and-sour experience. I could easily detect the alcohol in this as well (something it has in common with the V-series beers). Finishes shortly with a bit of a sour note.
Mouthfeel: Despite the apparently fine carbonation, this seemed a bit thin and rough on the palate. Some swirling tamed this a bit, but there were definitely some rough edges that are only made more apparent by the slightly sour tang.
Drinkability: I have to score this fairly low, because of the prominent alcohol notes, thinnish body, and overall discordant flavor profile.
Backwash: Ive waited quite a long time to review this beer, because I thought my original samples were spoiled. Oddly, the first place I found these was from Finger Lakes Beverage. Subsequent purchases from Bottle King proved no better however. Now I am pretty confident in writing that theres something inherent in this beer that I dont like. First, it doesnt really taste much like the other bocks Im familiar with. Its lighter in color and body, and more tart. There is a definite fruitiness, but its compromised by that sour backnote that ruins the experience for me. I will likely not buy this again, unless I see it on draught.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2004 19:34:14 | More by Dantes
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