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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

908 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001)
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locckdown

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

03-24-2012 22:41:46 | More by locckdown
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a burnt amber color, off-white head. Lots of sediment floats in a standstill. Weizenbocks are so cool looking. Unfortunately this one's head doesn't last long and leaves no lacing.

Smell is hard to pinpoint. Definite fruit, maybe grapes and plums. Cinnamon, maple, some booze.

Tastes are also hard to pinpoint and not very exciting. Caramel and maple seem to dominate, some spice and yeast in the aftertaste. Flavors definitely make sense for a fall seasonal. A bit boozy too. I was hoping for more hefe qualities.

Mouthfeel is definitely lackluster. Seems very thin and undercarbonated and boozy, this beer just isn't very enjoyable.

Not even fair to compare, but Aventinus is just a bit pricier than this and that is where you will find a world-class weizenbock. Age isn't to blame here, there is still 3 months until the best by date.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 19:49:20 | More by Chico1985
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mariposafan

Wisconsin

2.83/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Murky burnt orange with a beautiful beige, creamy head. The head lasts very well.

The aroma is mostly pretty classic hefeweizen - banana/bubblegum with a hint of cloves. Quite a bit of alcohol on the aroma as well. Overall it could stand to be a bit more potent and have a bit less alcohol.

The flavor is a major letdown. Lots of bitterness. Lots and lots of straight alcohol. Not much at all of the hefeweizen flavors I expected let alone the more intense versions that I hope for from a weizenbock.

The mouthfeel is good - a little thicker than a hefeweizen and with plenty of carbonation. The carbonation does a decent job of cutting through the bitterness but doesn't do anything for very excessive alcohol flavor.

Overall a major disappointment. The overwrought bitterness and alcohol just swamp anything I might enjoy about the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 19:39:07 | More by mariposafan
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KingSpank

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I can't really say that this is a bad beer, but at the same time I can't say that I enjoyed it at all. Although the brewing expertise of the boys at Victory shows, I have to say that this was one of their worse ideas. Moonglow is a very well crafted beer. The mouthfeel is great and it looks fantastic, but I just think that the flavor is awful. It's not that the Victory boys didn't achieve what they set out to accomplish, it's just that they probably shouldn't have done it in the first place. I think that this stuff tastes horrible, and I'm certainly not planning on buying it again, but I think that this is a result of personal tastes, not the quality of the beer. I guess it's worth trying once, but don't say I didn't warn you if it doesn't agree with your tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 07:15:31 | More by KingSpank
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to lingering surface skim, and not much lacing, and tiny bubbles throughout (when they could be seen through the cloudy body). Color was a cloudy orange tinted brown amber.

Smell - fruity esters like apples and dried dark fruits like dates. Stong phenols also present, and some diacetyl as well. Strong spicy alcohol ( maybe actually yeast ) also.

Taste - Diacetyl. Apple juice. Dates, dried plums. Some dark bread. Slight phenol. Some alcohol warmth. Slight spice.

Mouthfeel - thin, with moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down fairly easy, don't like the diacetyl thing is the problem here.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 16:21:54 | More by ultralarry2006
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JISurfer

South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

First off, did anyone else see the little ghosts on the bottle, or was it just me? Anyways, I must say, this is one beer with mixed reviews from me. The appearance was stellar. It was a murky amber color with a beautiful head. The head was super thick and very frothy, which lasted quite a while. The smell was a mixture of many things. It was very strong in the area of fruits, like citrus, plums, and grapes. It was also had a subtle pumpkin pie smell to it. This also came out in the taste, which had both clashing together. I thought it was waaay to sweet and was more like fruit salad, than beer. I am definately going to stay clear of this one. I usually am a huge fan of what Victory puts out, but this one was stretchin' it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 04:19:19 | More by JISurfer
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy brown-amber, with a four finger dark tan head, well carbonated with constant streams of bubbles rising through the glass. Did not lace at all.
Great aroma, sweet malt, banana, spice, wheat note.
Sweet, very sweet taste, very fruity, apricot, orange, apple juice, a cherry note.
Medium feel, too cloyingly sweet for me

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2004 13:09:42 | More by mschofield
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dbalsock

Vermont

2.95/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes

Appearance: Pours red/orange with a cream white head that dissapates a little too soon.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma, which is it's best quality. I can pick out molasses, a fruity hops and at 8-9% no wonder I get a whiff of alcohol too, but it doesn't take away so much.

Taste: A slight hint of alcohol is recognizible first followed by the molasses and malts with a fruity plum essence.

Mouthfeel: It's too light bodied with such a malt presence, I find it kinda weird.

Drinkability: The alcohol takes away from the sweet nectar of plums and molasses which would make this more drinkable than average. I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 18:34:08 | More by dbalsock
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AWS2111

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-04-2012 18:00:34 | More by AWS2111
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ChadT89

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

02-20-2012 01:24:57 | More by ChadT89
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-24-2013 04:14:34 | More by TheBigBoy
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jthomp000

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange-ish hue, somewhat cloudy, lots of "floaters" in this one.
S - Carmel aromas, nothing that jumped out at me
T - Carmel taste upfront, alcohol aftertaste/backend
M - Medium body, light carbonation
O - At first I wasn't a fan of this specific beer, but each time I have one, it continues to grow on me. First time with this type of beer and I'll definitely try this beer or a similar kind again...

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 16:24:48 | More by jthomp000
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joshlara

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

12-20-2011 03:28:32 | More by joshlara
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specialiste

Florida

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-15-2012 06:57:33 | More by specialiste
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sneaks2210

New York

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-21-2012 18:55:53 | More by sneaks2210
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rustynosebleed

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-16-2011 22:53:38 | More by rustynosebleed
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -26.3%

11-17-2011 14:24:56 | More by BeerThursdays
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus in it but nothing from the weizen part of it. No spicy yeast or banana or clove. The flavor has a lot of citrus and a decent malt, but seems very thin and metallic. Unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2004 14:50:48 | More by clvand0
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Dantes

New Jersey

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 Victory’s 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, that’s 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 I’ve 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. There’s 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: I’ve 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 there’s something inherent in this beer that I don’t like. First, it doesn’t really taste much like the other bocks I’m familiar with. It’s lighter in color and body, and more tart. There is a definite fruitiness, but it’s 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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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moonglow is (was?) my first Victory beer. What an introduction!
I tried this last night during a Beer tasting held in the Rock Bottom, Long Beach.

Pours a deeply turbid, murky, orangey color, which troubled me a bit at first. Head never appeared, was present or even attempted to develop, a disappointment that with the hazy look made it resemble part unfermented home brew.
Nose, well without a head to hold it in place the aromas leap of the glass, up your nose and instantly reminded me of the smell of Banana flavoured milk I drank in the UK when I was a child. Some Cloves and a little fruitiness are there as well, but the bananas are over powering and dominate the beers smell.
Taste, again Bananas, but I also got Vanilla, Spices (incl. Cloves) and some Lemons. Minimal carbonation and a medium mouthfeel give this beer a somewhat light lacking feel. Hell, I only realised this beer was 8.7% when the Brewer at the Rock Bottom pointed it out – until then, at a guess, I would say it was only 5.5-6.5% tops. The tastes are quite complex, but I found the beer a bit “sickly” to be honest. Finish is sweet at first but draws to a dry conclusion.
A strange beer that perhaps I do not understand fully.
I shall return another day, Victory Weizenbock, when maybe I do!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 21:27:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foamy tan head of about an inch that settles quickly to almost nothing..a cloudy/murky gold in color...the nose has a sour apple nose and a faint wheat aroma...the taste is thirstquenching but it is a very sour apple flavor with little else emerging...It has an OK malt backbone, but I expected more of a spiciness and bananna flavor as well....very good but well below Aventius in my opinion....

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2002 21:46:09 | More by ZAP
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Dubbercody

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Aug 25, 2005.

This smells like cloves and sweet bananas, tastes like spice bread. Really pretty beer, the lack of filtration gives a nice orange clody hue.

Tastes great, although heavier than I was expecting, a fine bock.

Wow, I can feel the heat in my stomach from the ABV on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 05:25:54 | More by Dubbercody
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is my first weizen bock. It pours a light brown color, maybe a dark tea color. The nose is odd. There seems to be hints of orange peel and some spicey yeast tones. There is a lot of metallic flavor in there. I don't like it a lot. The orange flavors are also in there. I don't know about this one. The feel is somewhat thin and drinkability is not all that good. I don't think that victory is doing a good job with this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 01:48:19 | More by kmpitz2
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Riggsy

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with "Enjoy by Sept. 12 07" printed on label.

Pours a cloudy orange/red with a thick tan head about 2 fingers high.

Aroma of bananas, wheat malt, dark fruit esters.

Flavors of tart wheat, banana, yeast, green apple and fig. No hop presence to speak of. Some alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering malt on the tongue.

Ranks 1 beer on the drinkability index. Ok once in a while, not something I'll actively seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 00:16:15 | More by Riggsy
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ohmybock

Georgia

3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first had this one 10 years ago or so. I remember thinking it was one of the better weizenbocks I had tried back then, but to be fair there weren't a whole lot available. Even today, there still aren't a whole lot, but there are definitely more to choose from now including some newer variations like pale, eisbock, and hoppy versions. For what it's worth, my favorite was and still is Aventinus.

Moonglow pours a nice amber-ish-cloudy with a lasting head. The aroma is spicy with a bit of clove and fruit. The flavor is sweet and spicy upfront with some banana/spice and then slowly fades into a long lasting similar finish. The body is a bit thin. It's interesting to finally go back and taste this brew after many years. On that note (and after having quite a few other quality weizenbocks over the years), I don't think this brew is as good as I previously thought. It's not bad for an American attempt, but there's a moderate grape soda flavor mixed in with a hint of plastic/Band-aid which I don't care for in the style. I seem to be rating this one lower than most other people. If you like weizenbocks, then don't worry about what I think. Go ahead and try this one for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 00:25:05 | More by ohmybock
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.