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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

731 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,393
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 127
Gots: 140 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 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 russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and hazy apple cider color. Off-white head doesn't stick around for long, but laces to an extent.

S: I love the smell of a good Weizenbock, and this is a good Weizenbock. Bananas up front, as is typical. Malty and caramel also showing themselves. Little bit of alcohol.

T: Very complex. Can't quite decide what all this brew is throwing at me. Bananas up front, maybe some brown sugar coming through. Alcohol warms you as you drink.

MF: Creamy, smooth, delicious.

D: Very high, I have been waiting to try this for a while now, boy am I glad I finally got my hands on it. Favorite Victory to date.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Victory: This one is a rich, cloudy orangish-brown color. There was no head on my sample. The aroma was highlighted by notes of banana and clove, as well as some dark fruits and caramel. The taste was a rich malty sweet, but not overly so. Some Yeatiness, as well as hints of the banana,dark fruits and clove also. Another very good one! Even my mother and wife liked this one!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity.
Pours a hazy copper with very little head, but a fairly nice collar.
Smell is spices (clove, cinnamon), banana, malt sweetness, and a little caramel.
Taste is very spicy (up the clove, and the cinnamon), super ripe bananas, caramel, sweet malts. Some medicinal character.
Very, very smooth. This beer goes down so easily it's scary. I'm having a hard time discerning where the alcohol is in this one.
Overall, an exceptional beer. I've not had many beers from Victory (this is only my second) but if a brewery can make a beer like this, they're okay in my book.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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 djramage
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass.

Fragrance was fruity and spicy. Appearance was clear, however, visible "chunks" of yeast liberally floating about.

Taste was exceptional, with alternating flavors of strong spices and sweet overtones. Strong finish.

Truly a wonderful beer.

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Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle into a snifter glass.

The bottle was nearly 6 months old from the bottling date, however with a high-alcohol brew such as this I am thinking that shouldn't be a problem.

My first-ever Weizenbock, and I enjoyed it immensely!

-Beautiful mahogany coloured beer when held up to the light.

-Smells of inviting "warm" spices.

-Tastes of warm spices with an after-dinner-drink appeal. I did not note any amplification of the tastes as the beer warmed. It was great right out of the refrigerator and stayed great for the 1+ hour that I sipped on it.

-Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp and not syrupy. Just right.

-Finishes with a slow fade of flavors that beckon another sip not too far away.

Definitely a nice, quality, elegant sippers brew. I will get it again.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very slightly hazy deep amber. The head is even more than expected: three fingers after a medium strength pour. I let the beer sit, and it's been sitting for 5 minutes and still has a good two fingers of head, which is leaving a solid sheet of lacing as it drops. Through the haze I can see a small amount of sediment, indicating a traditional bottle-conditioning, and I can also see a constant stream of bubbles. The head looks like off-white billowy clouds- the little silent playground you see when you're at 10,000 ft elevation in an airplane. Unbelievable head retention. Especially for this high of an ABV.

Aroma sends up rich banana notes, of course the almighty clove, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, shortbread, and homemade banana nut bread, with butter, toasted to perfection.

and the head still remains.

First impression of the flavor is banana bread, followed by an earthy, almost swampy note in the background from the hops. A distinct peppery spice rounds out the finish, leaving pepper and banana to linger on the palate.

and the head remains.

Mouthfeel is so carbonated it feels fluffy, like trying to mouthwash with a root beer. The underlying body is medium, but feels thicker because of the ridiculous carbonation. The finish is very dry, but not in a bitter way... Almost the dry that you get from a hydrogen peroxide rinse. All this sounds a bit unappetizing, I know, but it comes together very very well and makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

the head. still there. still a thick pillow.

This is probably the best weizenbock I have had. Ironic, because it's made in the states. But I suppose a style can be improved upon, eh? If you love the style, you MUST try this one. It is nothing short of exceptional.

oh, did I mention the head? I have a glass of a finger of head left after the beer is gone.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown long neck with an "Enjoy By" freshness date of Sept 10 2010 on the label.

A: Cloudy reddish amber with thick light tan head.

S: Very fruity with mild spice background. An alcohol scent is also heavy with a malty sweetness.

T&M: Medium bodied with a wheat twang. Nice toasted malt hits next. Very fruity that is nicely balanced with a mild spiciness.

This is a sample from a local "beer of the month" that I belong to. Good beer as I wouldn't have tried on my own. It was the last of the six and probably the best !

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Arrived a rich copper color with a good inch of dense, foamy head. Smells of lemon and spice but most noticeable is banana. Initial taste reminded me instantly of fresh baked banana bread. Rich fruity and nutty. Alcohol is well hidden. Very fresh tasting. Delicious! I wish I had a few homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies to go with this. Mouthfeel could be a little heavier to back up the taste. I could easily savor 3 or 4 of these in the course of an evening.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a tan head. Had to be patient with the pour and wait for the beautiful dense head to fade a bit. Not much lacing left behind. Scents are mainly fruity - orange peel and lemon - with a little wheat as well. The smell could use a little more oomph though. There's a lot going on in the taste - it combines the flavors of a wit with a hefeweizen - and boy is it good! Banana and bread give a bubble gum-like sweetness, and a twinge of lemon gives a perfect amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, though carbonation is high. This is one of the best wheat beers I've had. Victory has a winner.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle...I really love a nice Weizenbock (and after this one, I'll be seeking out more) and this one really hit the spot.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass super slowly...

A- Tan light brown- light copper penny color. Tan thin head- very bubbly- carbonation- sediment was floating here and there.

S- Tart and fruity some funk as well. Lots of spices in the nose most notably something very close to a clove.

T- This is a flavor bomb. A complete pleasure to sip and taste. Bananas, tropical fruits, hints of clove and spice. 8.7% ABV...really!? Sweet and sugary.

M- Very carbonated- smooth- well balanced- nothing lacking here.

D- Easy drinking. This will be a staple in my fridge from here on in. I absolutely loved this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of chunky sediment floating around. There was a huge, creamy head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of bananas, malt and that bubble gum quality of most hefeweizens.

T: A nicely balanced taste of bananas, malt, wheat and bubble gum. Very tasty and complex.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is yet another drinkable beer from Victory. It goes down easy and has plenty of character.

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Photo of cdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head of tan foam sits atop the hazy amber colored brew.

S: The nose is distinguished by spicy caramel, clove, banana, apricots, and a hint of cinnamon. The hops are evident here, which enhance the aroma and inevitably balance the brew.

T&M: The viscous, malty characteristic of the wheat beer is very inviting, allowing the warming hoppiness, clove, banana, and rich apricot and caramelized apple to wash over the palette. As it warms, I also get a little yeasty bread crust. The carbonation is very crisp, and the 8% abv really comes through, while not overwhelming the subtle fruit flavors.

D: Yes yes, this is ridiculously easy to drink. I love the refreshing nature of the wheat beer in this dark, well-balanced weizenbock.

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Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a fluffy beige head; shards of lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Bananas, raisins, vanilla, pears and a touch of clove

Taste: Sweet toffee malt with banana and vanilla flavors up front; mid-palate, some of the spicy clove, coriander and yeast flavors start to kick in, the finish is sweet and spicy with a bit of alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost milky, with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: I am stunned by how tasty this is; hope Victory will bring it to NC next year

Thanks, BeerBeing

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Photo of ElliotNess
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a firm believer that the Weizen Bock style has more flavor characteristics then any other beer I was very impressed with this six pack. I havent seen a lot of W-Bocks in stores so I jumped when I saw this one. A very well done beer with my favorite beer flavors bubble gum, banana, and cloves ;plus more. This wasn't the best weizen bock i've had so i couldn't give it a perfect score but i will be purchasing more very soon. (and am currently aging a bottle)
Great Beer

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Photo of ark57
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reddish brown beer has a healthy head compliments of the wheat. The aroma has some banana and fruity esters in the nose. The smooth body starts off fruity with suggestions of cherry and turns to slight clove and subtle banana. It is warming due to its high alcohol, but is not harsh. The maltiness is complex.

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Photo of Crosling
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of all the victory beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling. I enjoyed Storm King a lot and Golden Monkey, Hop Wallop and Old Horizonal. So far, I have neem very impressed with Victory.

The pour is a light mahogany. Nice color, rather dark. The head is thin, dense and mostly diminishing.

The nose is a silent killer. It is truly phenomenal. Tart cherries, apple skin and suprisingly there are not many traditional weizen flavors (babana, nutmeg and clove), some but very little. The smell is lovely but bizarre for the style. It sort of resembles a brown beer from flanders in its nose.

The first taste is luscious, sharp and full of flavor. Banana first, then a clove spicyness along with a little peach. Next is the sourness. It's bizarre but acidic and full of a lovely sour apple and orange spicyness. The alcohol is hidden throughout, until the finish where it aids in a delicious aftertaste. The wheat and the yeast play a backup roll but they both perform to the best of their abilities. Very clean.

Wow, another stunning Victory. A great interpretation of the style. Everything I was looking for.

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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 jdg204
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I finally found a new 6'er from my favorite brewery, it was settled that I had to try it. Plus this is a fairly rare style which had received some pretty high praise and this certainly did not disappoint.

Appearance - Wow! Crazy white head that plumped up every single time and stuck around. Also, had a deep, bright orange color and an awesome hazy texture.

Smell - Very potent coriandor (along with other spices) supported by some nice dark fruits.

Taste - This was pretty awesome, potent yeasts and a very nice toasted taste come out first. Then you get into the spices, coriandor and the darker fruits is extremely interestng and satifsying.

Mouthfeel - The strong yeasts in this brew, really give this some serious power! The spices and fruits leave a nice slightly bitter, though the flavors are so strong, they can overwhelm a bit unless sipped slowly.

Drinkability - My first weizenbock in a 6'er and a very pleasant experience. Having all the wheat spices in a darker, powerful brew like this instead of a lighter weizen/weiss beer was a great contrast. This brew delivered on all fronts and this should be no surprise as Victory gives us another winner!

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel, brownish color with legitimate "moonglow". Interestingly dark

S- Fruity, somewhat. A bready smell is also evident, but not overpowering.

T- Top 5 ever for me. Nothing I would change about it. Bready, fruity, enough bite, with enough smoothness. Wheaty, with a flavor somewhat like the Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss...Wonderful

M- Not too overpowering, but still enough to let you know that its there. I love it...almost perfect

D- A little too much for the average drinker, but wheat beer lovers would love it, as I do. This is one of the best beers I have ever experienced. YAY For PA!!!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet wheaty clean malt tropical fruit smell... Light tan lingering head. Ice tea color and clarity. Initial thickish sweet wheat taste is then balenced by a sharpish dryish plum skin, pineapple, and bananna finish. Smooth and full up front in the mouth and then it turns crisper and more carbonated as the brew slides down across the tongue. Wow what a feel. A special seasonal from Bill and Ron.. The ABV is a creeper on this one as well. It is only detectable by a slight warm fuzzy feeling in the gut. The perfect beer to be calming me during Isabel.... description in one word....comforting...

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Photo of rajendra82
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired in a trade from BA Px2GrafX, the beer poured out murky amber brown in color with a rich creamy head typical of most Weizen biers. The looks were like a Weizen concentrate, and so was the smell. The smells of banana and clove were found here with a pungency that other Weizens rarely ever exhibit. The taste was again very similar to a hyper Hefeweizen, with every phenolic element present, but only more so. Reminiscent of liquefied banana nut bread with spices, this beer went down very easily with not a single hint of the high ABV content. To add an American twist to the style, a definite hop bitterness was detectable towards the end of each swallow. Carbonation was extremely fine and gave this a creamy mouthfeel. What a dangerously drinkable beer! I can see this one getting someone is trouble quite easily, as it packs quite a punch that you can never see coming. Quite different from Aventinus, as this is more Weizen than Bock.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that provides good lace. S: Malty spice, traces of clove, dark bread. T: Dark bread crust, clove, light banana, citrus with a moderate hop bitter accent. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation. O: A spicy, full flavored Weizenbock.

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

A: Pours a hazy, clouded orange/light-brown color that produces a fizzly looking two finger head. From the pour, you can tell that this will be pretty well carbonated, which is usually a bad thing for me, but I still have faith.

S: The nose starts off with a blast of BUBBLEGUM! Really strong notes of bubblegum, followed by some wintergreen, clove (not too much), and loads of spices. A little cardamom too to give it a little cola flavor. Ripe banana is also notable.

T: Very similar to the nose except a little more intense. Bubblegum and wintergreen dominate the palate, followed by a good dose of cloves and other spices. The yeast character is well pronounced and very Belgian. The alcohol is amazingly hidden. Reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher's quad...
As the beer warms, the fruit character comes out more as well as the warmth of the alcohol. The fruits I found were cherries, raisins, and a fig-like flavor.

MF/D: Very well carbonated, medium in body, with a spicy/ clovey/ bubblegummy finish.

Overall, very delicious. Easy to drink despite the ABV.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.