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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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90
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Reviews: 698
Hads: 1,269
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 118
Gots: 95 | 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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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 1,269
Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from Victory, in my opinion the top brewer on the east coast...

Poured out a very hazy dark brown with yeasties floating around and a nice 1 1/2 inch head that left nice lacing throughout.
Aroma was clove and spice, with hints of caramel and apple.
taste was pretty much the same but just seemed like it all blended so well that no one flavor seemed to stand out.
Excellent wheat bock, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Recently purchased another 6er of this, best by 040405 on the bottle. wow, its definitely different then the first 6er. This one was abit lighter in color with no floaties/yeasties. The overall flavor was similar, however it reminded me more of a belgian triple then a wheat bock. Don;t get me wrong though. its still dam tasty. (780 characters)

Photo of jifigz
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I have had this beer since the fall when I picked up a case of this at Raystown Beverage in Huntingdon, Pa. This has been the sole survivor to see how this beer aged.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Even with an extremely gentle pour the head on this beer was huge. It was several inches high and lingered for a long time leaving beautiful lacing all over the glass. I could only fit about 2/3 on the first amount of the pour. The color is hazy amber orange/brown with a ton of sediment.

S: Very fruity esters in the nose. Smells like a mixture or raisins and flowers. Reminiscent of a La Fin Du Monde.

T: Delicious. The beer is spiced rather well. The raisin/fruity flavors pull through with a slight sour/bitterness. The higher level of alcohol has a warming effect on the palate and throat.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is perfect. Creamy and warm, and extremely effervescent (maybe that could be perceived as a downfall).

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers. I am not sure if aging it for months helped it or detracted from it. This is an extremely drinkable beer and the taste just sends me over the top. Victory rarely lets me down. (1,174 characters)

Photo of DarthVorador
4.98/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The quintessential American Weizenbock. Better then many German examples, IMO. The most balanced weizenbock I have had to date! Conceals its alcohol superbly! (158 characters)

Photo of OrangeCharlie
4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal beer. Moonglow is another fine example of a German style put out by Victory.

A: Pours a reddish-amber color with a thick pale amber head that lingers and laces all the way down.

S: Hints of banana and clove are not overpowering, but let you know they're in there. Some caramel as well.

T: Light caramel and malty, bready balanced well with mild flavored wheat. Overtones of banana and clove are present, but not dominating. Surprisingly smooth for over 8% ABV. Excellent balance of yeast esters.

M: Thick and creamy and excellent carbonation levels.

D: This one goes down super easy. Very mellow and smooth for an 8% brew. (648 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky cinnamon brown in color. Very hazy/cloudy from the yeast in the bottle. Even cloudier in the glass after I swirled the bottle enough times to get every last bit of the yeast into my glass. Very nice fluffy head. Sweet Mother, this one looks good.

S: Sweet raisiny aromas with a killer yeasty/malty smell. Strong hints of bananas and cloves. Very fruity and very complex, and it only gets better when it warms a bit.

T: Nice tart astringincy up front. Fruity sweetness hits next. Not a whole lot of alcohol taste, it's very well masked for the level. I would challenge any wine snob to find a vintage that has as much depth and complexity as this beer has. I honestly don't have the words yet to adequately describe this one.

M: Full bodied, nice syrupy mouth coating feel. ETOH is very nicely warming and the CO2 is spot-on.

D&N: Near perfection in a bottle. By far the best beer I've had in a long time. Highly recommended. (945 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just a little slice of heaven this one is. Had this on tap at the Victory brewpub en route to the Beer Yard. God, am I glad I stopped. Victory really proved itself to me with this beer, because before I wasn't really a fan. I realize now how fortunate I am to live so close to one of the great American breweries. *gets a little veklempt, wipes tear from eye, takes deep breath*

Okay, I'm gonna review this one from memory (taking notes on beer is just not something I'm prepared to do just yet. Somewhere I have to draw the line. Maybe I'm just in denial of my beergeekdom.)

Beautiful copper color. Rich bananna, yeast, and pumpkin pie spice aroma. Taste is not unlike a Belgian dark strong ale, but this has a lot more body and is much richer. An explosive symphony of flavor. Describing the taste too much just won't do it justice. Alcohol is not noticeable in the flavor, but you can tell that this is a sipper. If you have actually taken a minute or two out of your life to read this, do yourself a favor and get this. Actually, drive to the brewery and get this on draft. Yeah, you may live in Nebraska, but you're a beer geek. You don't have anything better to do. (1,180 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The label has a nice description and a freshness date.

Appearance: Deep rich crimson highlights flow through a deep amber body with a slight haze. This is topped by a light beige colored and tightly packed head. The tall stiff foam hangs on well and makes lots of slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are deep sweet fruity and bready notes with notes of wheat, banana bread with walnuts and over-ripe banana peel.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the nose with a light dusting Dutch cocoa, fruity banana, dried apricots and a mild touch of hop spice. It also has a sweet and mellow abv warmth. The full body has a smooth creamy texture with plenty of soft carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!! (775 characters)

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a glowing haze. There are pieces of unfiltered wheat that spread throughout the beer. The most amazing head I've ever seen on a beer yet. A perfect pour brings more than half a pint glass of head that fades down to a drinkable measure and laces the glass and I consume.
Smells of sweet wheat and dark fruits. The taste is the same and perfect blend of light malts and sweet fruits while some perfect bock flavors come through to even out with the citrus taste. Mouthfeel is flawless, it has the smoothest texture, goes down like water, the feeling only leaves me wanting more. Drinkablity follows as before, can't be beat. Get your hands on this! (686 characters)

Photo of KingEdward
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. There was a two finger off white foamy head that went away pretty quickly. This beer leaves mininal lacing. The color is a hazy light brown/golden and has lots of sediment floating in it. The smell is of wheat, fruit, clove, malt, yeast, Bread, ripe banana (very nice). The taste is sweet and of wheat, clove, fruit, and hops. It is a little boozy. The mouthful is very smooth, silky, foamy, and nicely carbonated. It leaves a light fruit/hop aftertaste in your mouth. In my opinion this is a great weizenbock. (562 characters)

Photo of BeerGodz
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark orange color, like a lava lamp with suspended yeast flakes, head dissipates quickly, light lacing

Smell: Bananas, cloves, cinnamon, dried fruit

Taste: Up Front: Tastes like banana bread with walnuts. Finish: The bread lingers, little spice, alcohol present

Mouthfeel: Happy thick mouthful of chewy yuminess!

Drinkability: It has a great flavor and you can't tell it's almost 9% abv, too heavy for session beer

Overall Impression:I am not a big wheat beer drinker, but this beer kicks ass and has a comfort food feel that makes it a good beer on a snowy day! (573 characters)

Photo of Svejk
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Froggyfrog for providing this beer in trade.

This is a great example of the style. It pours an amber color with a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. The smell is an excellent balance of clove and banana. As far as taste goes, this beer is exactly what I am looking for when I want a weizenbock - sweet, spicy and complex. It is remarkably drinkable for a beer with almost 9% ABV, and I wish Victory would distribute it to the Northwest. (457 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Moon glow is extremely hazy, with a brown-orange body and white head. Lacing and retention are both on the low side, but don't forget that this brew is nearly 9% abv. The main points here are lost to the clumps of yeast that sit limply at the bottom of my tulip. I don't mind suspended yeast, but clumps are a touch off putting.

S: bouquet is potent, with heavy doses of bananas and cloves.

T: truly amazing. I never expected to see such a great weizenbock from this side of the world. Light and refreshing despite the strength.

M: medium body, though it seems fuller than that due to all of the yeast.

D: the first decent American weizenbock I've come across. Truly an amazing thing considering I can only find two German examples in my store of over 1,100 brews. (771 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, light brown color. Head quickly dissipates with spotty lace.

S - Very fruity (bananas), with smells of cloves, spices and yeast. Notes of wheat and malt as well.

T - A bready and fruity taste that blends nicely with the wheat and malts. Yeasty as well. Not overly sweet, very delightful and extremely well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, rather smooth tasting with a nice finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - I found the Moonglow Weizenbock to be an amazingly tasty brew. Victory makes some excellent beers and this is no exception. Refreshing and delicious! (583 characters)

Photo of nathanmiller
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler full of this stuff about a week ago. Quite delicious. My first thought was "saison" but after a few more sips, I was enthralled that a weizenbock had such a strong and wide variety of flavors.

Quite tasty, if you get a chance to drink it, do so. (260 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I found myself looking at cases of this at my local distributor, but somehow I had to hold off until I could be sure that I wanted a full 24 bottles of a somewhat obscure brew (durn ya, PA ! ) However, $28 later I can say that it was worth every cent. The Moonglow is the ultimate chill evening beer, as it is guaranteed to warm you with its 8.7%. It pours a deep reddish brown with a whispy yellow-tan head. The smells are of banana, clove, and vivacious fruit. The taste is very strong, beginning with a fruity blast of again, banana, along with other organic aromatics. The finish is tart, and leaves a slick feel on one's pallete. Not surprisingly, the aftertaste is very reminiscent of another big abv Victory beer, golden monkey. The thick fermented wheat taste is what lends the slight sour finish. I can't get enough. The complexity of this brew is what really stands out for me though. I enjoy beers that challenge a pallete, and just because it doesn't taste like my Hop Devil doesn't mean I'm apt to write it off as being 'less than what I expect from Victory'. I love this beer. It has everything you could ever want. Let it warm to 60 F, sip it slowly, and let the flavors interplay. Take your time and enjoy this one, then hide a few to age and pull them out when you need a treat on a cold day. (1,309 characters)

Photo of sonofgor
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chicago Bears pint glass. I could have gone for the appropriate glassware but hey the Bears were playing (and losing).

Aroma: RICH melanoidins with some wheat yeast spicy phenolics. Hints of green apple, maybe a little sulfur, and possibly banana.

Appearance: deep orange-ish amber, appropriatley cloudy with a persistent off-white head and damn nice lacing.

Flavor: WOW! As with the aroma very rich melanoidins backed by just enough hop bitterness for balance and same spicy wheat yeast phenolics. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: full bodied and luscious.

Overall: never had this beer before, have been wanting to try it, and lo and behold four-packs are on sale for $7.99 at Jenny St. Market. This is quite possibly the best weizenbock I've ever had and is certainly up there with Aventinus. Just a wonderful beer: prost! (855 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a nice creamy head. The smell is wheat with a lot of yeast and some fruity undertones in there. Taste starts off with a nice wheat flavor that slowly turns to yeast then banana and finally into a slightly tart apple flavor. The tongue is left with a yeasty taste that leaves you wanting more. Very creamy and smooth and extremely drinkable. Damn this is one fine brew, but what else do I expect from my favorite East Coast brewery. (466 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a brownish iced tea color into the Sam Adams glass. A large foam cap, smooth and creamy. Good sized chunks of speckled lace all around as the head settles. Lots of white flaky sediment churning up and down the glass. Holds quite well at a thin cover; must be that laser etching!

Aroma - loaded with yeast and banana aroma. A certain heaviness from the malt is there but isn't picked up directly, more of an enhancement to the yeast.

Taste - the bready sweetness of a bock, the spicy weizen yeast, both mixing nicely with a mild hop flavor post-swallow. A well-balanced alcohol element helps tie it all together. The end has all these elements, a fine and complex palatte of flavors.

Mouthfeel - appropriate thickness and heaviness for a weizenbock. Muted carbonation adds to the effect.

Drinkability - for all the wheat based beer styles, weizenbock is my favorite, and Victory has a fine one here. (921 characters)

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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a 20 oz mug. Now who is driving me home?

Seriously, this is a great beer. There isn't a thing not to like. It has that fruity estery quality I associate with Belgians. It s color is that of a good scotch ale. You can tell there's alcohol in here - it's 8.7% but it isn't overpowering. Its head is fairly thin with just a slight ring as I drink it down. What else do you need to know? If you haven't had this one and its available, snap it up! (460 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to my tall beer glass. The liquid is a nice dark chocolate brown with nice carbonation. The head is quite nice, 2 fat fingers brown, fades real slow, leave good lace.

The smell is super, everything you would want and hope for in the style. Dark roasted wheat/malt to balance out the complex yeast flavors going on. I did not detect big alcohol in mine, the fruit and spice was definitely quite nice. Hints of lemon, plum, apricot, and green apple, with a noticeable bubble gum that coupled with the big grain was much more welcome then in a Bavarian Hefe. And that's just the smell!

The taste is super. The fruit & malt work perfect. Banana Clove taste is in there and in excellent form not found in many Wheat Bocks. And the bubble gum note is just right, not up front or in the finish, What a great brew.

The mouthfeel is medium body, kind of thinish, could be bigger.

The drinkability of this brew is unsurpassed, for the style with big ABV this beer is fir for a king. Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK (1,035 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy ruby color with an off white head. Sediment floating around in the glass. Looks rather nice.

Oh wow, the smell is nutty and filled with banana, butter and clove. Wow I'm really loving the scent on this thing.

Thick and silky, rich and buttery. Not bad so far in the least. Big and chewy with a banana bread presence. Super creamy and rich too. Slight hop presence but I wish it was bigger to really give this beer some balls. Excellent though! (459 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is amber-brown and really deep. Slightly cloudy with a great head and nice spider web lacing on the glass through consumption. Smell is malty sweet with molasses and maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is sweet with nice body and good depth of flavor. It has been a while since I last had this beer but very pleasantly surprised. (335 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Thick tan head on a cloudy amber/copper body.
S- Big sweet caramel malts, some grass hops, standing out wheat aroma, and maybe some hints of dark fruits.
T- Nice big sweet caramel malts, hints of alcohol (pretty well hidden though for almost 9%) and toffee, grass and wheat flavors come through nicely. Leaves about a medium bitterness on the tongue. It is a very good weizen bock.
M-Full body low carbonation. Nice creamy feel to it.
D- I like this one a lot. When it gets released again I will have to try and get my hands on a 6-pack of this. One of the best Weizenbocks I have had. (595 characters)

Photo of drtth
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a 0.5 L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a lightly hazy reddish dark copper color with a 2" thick light tan head that slowly recedes leaving ring of foam and puffy hills of thick foam over the surface. Initially sipping leaves both a semi-circle of foam and some widespread patches and legs of foam. As the beer gets lower the sides of the glass are coated with patches of sticky foam and there is still a thin layer of foam over the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is of clove from the yeast and a nice basket of mixed fruit underneath. The malt is lightly sweet and mixed in there is some green apple or pear, a bit of banana and some raisins. There doesn't seem to be any alcohol present at all.

Taste: Some of the flavors are predicted from the nose, and the fruit flavors are all mingled in with a dose of spice. The fruits are green apple or pears along with raisins and banana. The spice is primarily clove and underneath the whole mélange is some dark caramel from the malt backbone. The whole creates and intriguing mix of sweet and sour notes that seem to take turns showing themselves. If the alcohol has an effect it may only be in the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and very soft and silky smooth with the long lasting gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with sweetness from the malt and fruits but then trails off into some spice and then finishes with tartness mingled with hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. It is tasty enough that I could easily have a couple of these in an evening and I certainly will be returning to this beer again and again. (1,749 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a not quite clear copper amber with a two finger beige head that fades into nice sheet lacing. The label is one of the more attractive ones I've seen, and was imprinted with an "enjoy by Aug 20 04" date. Nose is complex, bananas, oranges, pineapples, toffee, cloves, and hints of Belgian yeasts. Crisp and well carbonated in the mouth, yet creamy and medium bodied. Taste is of toffee and caramel soaked in a fruit basket. Ruby red grapefruit, bananas, oranges, and pineapples. Carbonation keeps it all vibrant all the way to the end. No presence of alcohol is noted, in spite of the listed 8.7abv. This is an extraordinary brew from the folks at Victory. Very well crafted and pleasantly complex. Highly enjoyable. (721 characters)

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.