Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Moonglow Weizenbock
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91
outstanding

1,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 97
Gots: 72 | 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 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 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 waughbrew
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick plum color with a great sticky, retentious head. The color of this beer is wonderful to look at. Aroma intrigues me with big green apple, yeast, phenolics, and raisin. What I found at first to be overpowering green apple did not bother me for long. This beer is strong and proud, and all of its bold flavors meld together wonderfully. The dark caramel malts back up the yeast flavors and leave a little bit of sweetness that the german hops cannot fight. Possibly a little thicker and a little less carbonated than I would like. This beer is a very solid, very complex brew.

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

The label says “Enjoy by April 4, 2005” and today is April 3, 2005 so I’m cutting it close. I live in the same region as this brewery so I gave it a try since fresher beer is better beer. An unfiltered wheat beer was my first “premium” brew, a Franziskaner given to me by my German friend Frank Neubert. I always give unfiltered beers a good swirl. Beautiful color head went quick but it might be my pour. Really does smell like banana, I don’t usually pick up fruits and such in the flavors. Good body. Tastes rich and complex, hops and malts pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden by the rich flavor; this could really creep up on you. I definitely recommended this brew.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Wiezen glass

A - A hazy tick looking brown brick amber body with a thick flothy off white head. The beer looks a little dark for your weizen glass fare.

S - Bananas, clove - like a good Weizenbock should and along with it a good spice note. The is a great balance of sweet fruits and spices in the nose.

T & M & D - Sweet fruits up front and good malt characteristics. Then the body opens to more herbal and spicy notes. The banana is clear and the beer brings a strong yeast note and bready note in on the middle to back end making it thicker and breadier than a normal weizen.

O - A very good representation of the style. Incredible flavor, great nose, strong look. All around solid and after the last sip you want another.

-Cheers

Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with two fingers of off white head.

Scent of banana, strong malts, grains, and some sugars. This is pretty robust, but not overpowering, it feels right for the strength.

Taste of bananas, sugars, grain, malts, and some grassiness. A good example form the style, and another good beer from Victory.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and lively with plenty of carbonation.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy apricot with lots of carbonation and swirling yeast. A dense and rocky lemon tinged head slowly falls to a pillow of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Lots of ripe banana and clove in the nose. A little bit of chocolate is at work as well. Alcohol adds a light tingle.

T: Spiked banana bread is the theme. Banana, lemon, clove and mild toffee flavors intermingle nicely. Alcohol adds a bit of warmth going down.

M: The medium body is grainy and has an appropriate level of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a very nice Weizenbock. Great complexity and nice heft for a cold day. A most excellent pickup.

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.

Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +1%

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

Bottle kindly shared by Shawn - thank you good fellow!

Pours the classic weizenbock appearance of a slightly cloudy ruby with voluminous tan head that put down a lot of lace as it died to a film. Spicy aroma with prominent clove, zingy wheat and brown sugar.

The first sip reveals a great mouthfeel on this one, and the wheat provides a great softness that keeps the carbonation just the right side of aggressive. The flavour is lighter on the banana than a lot of weizenbocks, and goes heavy on the clove. At first I didn't like this, but once the palate became used to the flavours everything seemed better integrated. There's a nice prominent wheat backbone, and its slight sourness helps to alleviate what could rapidly become a sweet and spicy disaster. Instead, what we're left with is a nicely balanced weizenbock that's spicier than most, but no less drinkable.

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

A tree bark colored beer with a good off white head that lasted a long time. The nose was bread-like; yeasty, grainy and wheaty. There were some aromas of pear and overripe apples. the taste was real clean and the wheat flavors dominated. Same fruit flavors as I smelled were present in the beer. Good mouthfeel, well balanced carbonation and a nice balance to the flavors of wheat and mild hop background. The beer finished dry and after some time the residual hop flavors really came out. A long finishing beer that was quite enjoyable

Photo of treehugger02010
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a deep, dark brown, almost black body with a huge light brown head. The head had great retention and left much lacing.
Smell: The smell was awsome, very sweet and like flexabull said, candied.
Taste: Similar to the smell, only more complex and pilled on.
Mouthfeel: Very thick and very very smooth, wonderful mouthfeel.
Drinkability: One of the better beers Victory makes.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredilby woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a voluminous, light tan, creamy head. No lace but damn.
Smell is malty, spices, wood, and light smoke whiskey. Very well balanced.
Taste is malt, whiskey, smoke, spices some vague fruit and faint wood. The balance is pretty good but gets a bit lopsided after it warms.
Mostly medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Warming and relatively smooth except on the tongue at first sip where it is a bit sharp. Not as good as Aventinus but a very good brew to be certain.

Photo of thecheapies
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-brown with an epic cream topping. Unfiltered, for my pleasure.

Overripe banana and clove esters, some gooey vanilla, and lemon pie filling. Great aromatics wafting off of this'un.

Big-time clove and juicy red apple/pomegranate. Alcohol kick with soft banana, sweet cherry, and buttered pumpernickel bread. A clove-forward weizenbock.

Slick and filling. Above-average carbonation. Drinks at a fast pace.

Pennsylvania rocks out some great German beer styles. Moonglow is no exception.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.