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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,227
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 104
Gots: 80 | 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 airheadmtrcycle
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque copper with no head at all. Weird. This is my first weizenbock so I don't know if that is normal. Smells of alcohol and baked fruit. The taste is delicious with really sweet malty flavors leading the way. Lots of fruit, including bananas are coming and going. There are plenty of flavors that I cannot put my finger on; this is definitely not a boring or mono-dimensional brew. The mouthfeel is thicker than a hefeweizen and less than a dobblebock, which is to say just about perfect for me. A little more carbonation might be nice, but who knows? Despite the slightly high ABV this is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is extremely well hidden which I appreciate. If Moonglow has any faults it's the lack of a head and it could be too sweet for some. Still, I'm quite impressed. This is my third in three days and the other three will disappear quickly. I've been impressed with the Victory beers I've tried, including Hop Wallop and Hop Devil Ale.

Photo of meathookjones
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a cloudy sediment filled brownish bronze with a half inch of light tan head floating on top. No retention on the head as it quickly faded to a cap of bubbles leaving little lace. Aroma is quite fruity sweet with a good bit of spice in the mix. Very malty scent all around with caramel also in the mix. Taste starts of like sweet candy and caramel covered fruits. Notes of banana and a slight bitterness came through. This ended on a sweet and spicy note that lingered for a bit. The body was medium with a creamy feel and ample carbonation. Tasty brew here that I could definitely drink a few of. It goes down easy and shows no sign of the high abv.

Photo of DrJay
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber colour with orangish highlights. The white head was a bit thin and reduced to a solid ring of fine bubbles in a short time. Malty caramel and wheat aroma with light alcohol, but the main player here is fruit - ripe banana, pineapple and plum. The flavour was very similar to the aroma, just bigger. Heavy malt with mild bitterness. Things blended together to give a banana bread-like character. Full bodied (just short of chewy) with medium/low carbonation. Off-dry. I really enjoyed the fruity character. Now to try this on tap!

Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddled light brownish orange color with a dirty fizzy head that shrinks down to a creamy ring.

Wheat, clove, banana and herbs. Quite complex.

Complex for the style. Getting lots of various spice and fruit notes. Clove is there and a hint of banana, but not the typical dominance for the style. I like how the fruit comes through. Some creamy dairy in there too.

Lots of carbonation, but it is soft. Dry finishing. Medium body.

Not what I was expecting for the style. Thought I was going to get hit with lots of banana and clove, but there is a wide array of fruit and spices here. Well done.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of Aug 20 04. Pours light almond, cloudy, with almost purpleish hues. Minimal head, minimal lace left.Tiny bubble sheen thing going on. Nose of raisins and rum. mmm, yummy. Flavors of tart apples, plums ,raisins, almost vinious. Medium body, tartness prominant. also yeasty notes and flavorings. 8.7% noted and appreciated. Not an everyday beer, but well crafted and interesting. Anybody need a night cap?

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Moonglow pours an interesting reddish deep copper with a thin white head that dissapates into a ring. Fairly clear but some sediment. Some lacing.

Smell is sweet malts with banana & spices. The taste is sugary malt, banana, cloves, wheat, and maybe vanilla. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth; thickness is perfect.

This is a really drinkable beer. One of the smoothest beers I've had.

Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy brown with one finger of tan suds. Really small bubbles.
Smell is yeast and wheat and some banana oil and some spices like nutmeg or allspice/clove.
Taste is really malty and caramely. Nice sweet beer here. You really can't taste the alcohol here.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but that is probably from the hops and yeast.
Drinkability is high here. This is a great session beer if it wasn't so high in abv. Good stuff from Victory.

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a good amount of white head and a bit of haze. Very nice aroma. Light - medium bitterness. Nice malt, almost nutty, character with sweet undertones. Finishes with nice bitterness. Really smooth and nicely drinkable. Victory, again, does not fail to impress.

Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer presents a tan, half-inch head that slowly subsides leaving a thin ring on the glass. The body is a hazy, garnet red and brown. Deep purple colors add some darker characteristics.

First smells are of dried apricots, prunes and figs. An assertive wheat malt and yeast characteristic add some banana flavors. A faint coriander spice precedes a brief, vanilla-scented finish.

Flavors of this beer start off with a powerful raisin flavor. A constant wheat malt flavor travels through the beer holding its namesake. The finish holds the most flavor. Vanilla, hops, cloves, prunes and alcohol linger on long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. The texture is on but it does leave a oily feeling after each sip.

Drinkability is well above average for such a powerful style. Hoepfully this will stay on the shelves through the winter.

Not quite Aventinus but definitely on par.

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer demands a careful pour or you will be greeted by flakes of reasonably sized brown yeast in your glass which is quite unsightly compared to the normal clear amber color. This beer is really all about the yeast. Nose is full of clove, bubblegum, banana and a bit of malt. Taste is yeasty with clove and it has a warming dry finish that is minorly bitter but mostly spicey. Slight citrus hop character in the front as it warms. Light feel and carb.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color was orange-amber, beautiful. Lots of carbonation and a tan-orange head, which dissipated quickly. Yeast in the bottle was swirled and poured into the glass. The aroma was very pleasant with lots of citrus, orange and lemon. Yeasty and definite hints of clove. Bananas, alcohol, yeast and citrus jumped out at you in the first taste, along with the feel of massive carbonation which actually faded quickly into a creamier feel. Definite spices, clove, lemon and orange, mild hops. Overall a very decent beer.

Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown...with ruby hints throughout...a nice off white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing

S - Yeast of course...with sweet hints of fruits...some maltiness

T - Yummy...follows the nose...the yeast flavor is dominate but you have a fruity and spicy backup to it

M - Very rich and creamy

D - This is a nice style done by Victory...the alcohol is masked by tons of flavor...I could drink three of these in a night and be very happy!

Photo of donnebaby
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Uneven snowwhite head is big and slow at falling; medium to small bubbles pile up, tightening at the top and trailing lacing as they fall. A bizarre haze swims at the top, just below the head...is that the moonglow? Dark orange/amber color is very nice. Haven't had too many other weizenbocks to compare this too, however..

Nose could be confused with another weizen, wheaty and yeasty. Mild but thick. Light lemon. Grows in insistence..

Taste is intense. Sort of like a weizen on steroids. Citrusy wheat greets and is blasted by lemony and spicy alcohol (and spices also I presume). After is beery grain mixture of hops and alcohol. I think I'd enjoy drinking this beer outside on a cold day.

Awesome thickness, yet not throat-closing thickness -- more like smooth milkshake thickness, where carbonation doesn't feel like bubbles, but simply a collective, chilled push down the throat.

Develops massively as it warms, and the after solidifies into a stronger cereal flavor and alcohol mellows..

Once again, Victory does not disappoint on flavor.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orangish-red color with two fingers of head. There is decent lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with some banana and clove, classic weizen yeast aromas. The taste is sweet and malty, with more of those weizen flavors coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. I would have never guessed this to be an 8.7% brew. A nice weizenbock.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wegman's Malvern, 11/13/11.

A-Pours an autumnal orange brown, little bit of white head, little bit of lacing.

S-Huge banana notes, gret malt base.

T-Great flavors, excellent banana and clove, good malt base, excellent.

M-Medium bodied, moderately dry.

O-Nicely drinkable, among my favorite Victory seasonals for many years.

HV

Photo of ToddT
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden honey brown with a thick cream colored head. The head falls to a half-finger thickness and stays till the end, leaving a beautiful lace pattern down to the bottom of the glass. This is an unfiltered beer and you will notice small bits of the sediment floating around in it. Very carbonated, pour carefully and slowly.

S- Bright smell of spice and citrus, unmistakable smell of a weizenbock. Banana, orange, clove, honey, malt and yeast dominate.

T- Wheat, toasted malt and bread/yeast upfront. Spices hit next with cloves dominating then the finish of honey, banana, and citrus with a warming alcohol aftertaste. Alcohol aftertaste is not unpleasant, but a slowly warming final note.

M- Full bodied and carbonated. Somewhat of a thick finish at the back of the throat will make you feel like you need to swallow a second time. Might be the final notes of alcohol or spice that causes this.

D- Easily drinkable if you like a complex beer that you can savor. Hides the 8.7% ABV well.

Not a beer that everyone will be a fan of, but then that goes along with this style. I have had better representations of this style but always end up picking up some of this when it comes out since it is solid example and readily available.

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In celebration of a really amazing night... I had to crack open a moonglow!

Poured into TH Weizen Glass

Pours about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. Nice retention once head fades to a thin layer. Leaves some thick lace. Color is a bright caramel brown. Sediment in the glass as well.

Aroma: Banana, cloves, caramel malts, chocolate notes. A very sweet smelling beer. I like it.

Taste: Taste seems to be a little strong for a weizenbock. I am not an expert on these, but it is quite boozy. It has all the components of the smell, but it adds some alcohol which I really wasn't expecting from this beer. Still, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, but very smooth and silky. A nice creamy feel to it. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry chocolate clove flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty nice representation of the style. I really enjoy this style and glad to see that an American brewery can make one that is pretty good. For how high the abv is, this one is pretty drinkable. I'd easily have it again.

Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy muddy brownish tan with about an inch of biege head. It settles leaving a solid cap of creamy foam with some spotty lace.

Faint bananas in the aroma with a sweet breat aroma and some cloves and hints of nutmeg in the aroma. A nice spice profile on the pallet; cloves and allspice with some mild banana and hints of caramel.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall pretty much what I was expecting here. Victory continues to be old reliable.

Photo of AudioGilz
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a rich, thick, cloudy burgundy with a fairly thick tan head. A pungent wheaty aroma permeates the atomosphere around the glass. Alcohol and malt also donates to this permeation and it's wonderful. It's rich, malty, wheaty at first drink. Alcohol and a slightly sour taste make for an interesting finish and aftertaste. The crisp carbonation and smooth wheat character make for a very drinkable brew considering it's 8.7% ABV. This high ABV is warming in the mouth and stomach, making this a brew I would crave if I had a house with a fireplace to sit next to with an amazing beer to enjoy.

Photo of Mdog
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Sweet caramel, light banana, cloves.

Taste: Quite sweet, mild banana flavors, a little boozy. Spices remind me of cinnamon and maybe gingerbread.

Feel: Tingly and light.

Drinkability: Maybe a little strong, but I had a mini-session of 3 of the 6er I bought in a sitting.

I'm always on the lookout for weizenbocks, and Victory finally sent Moonglow to Minnesota. I picked up a 6er and it was quite enjoyable. Very drinkable, maybe a little boozy in the taste. If I can find some more I may cellar a few bottles to see if the alcohol recedes with time.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown into an Imperial Pint. Head rises a bit but quickly settles to a silent ring around this brew. Aroma is slightly citric with a waft of alcohol and hints of banana and spice.

Taste follows the nose for sure. Slightly rich and hoppy but the wheat undertones shine through here and there. Orangy spice and tangy banana dance around as this one goes down. Lively carbonation washes the tongue here and there.

This one is pretty good and drinkable. The alcohol lets it be known but does not oeverpower the drinkability.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees.

A - Pours an orangish/red with an off-white, creamy head that had good lacing.

S - Bananas come out at first, then are joined by a combination of pine, spices, and earthy wheat.

T - The first thing I noticed was the bubbly alcohol flavor, but it is more soothing than pungent. Complex composition here. Lemons, oranges, and grapes represent the fruits as they blend with earthy flavors of wheat, rye, and a floral background. Very good combination.

M - Bubbly, light-to-medium body that finishes very crisp. Alcohol is definitely present, but it adds to the flavors very nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this much more than I expected. I think I'll pick up a case and share the wealth with others, because I've heard this same 'pleasantly-surprising' description from others.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper brown with an offwhite/ light chocolate head. Head pours 1/4 of an inch thick and the yeasties can definetly be seen throughout the beer.

Smell: Notes of grapes, wheat, and some other dark fruits. Some tones of alcohol present.

Tastes: hits up front with a nice smooth wheat flavor, following some grape notes and actually gets a bit sour towards the end. A hint of alcohol hits towards the end of this beer along with some nice spices.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a well balance of flavors. Feels good in the mouth overall

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a weizenbock. Alcohol is very subdued and good overall mixing of malts, spices, and hops.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,227 ratings.