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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 80
Gots: 13 | 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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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as a single in Lauel, Maryland:

A- Pours a medium brown, hazy, with a tan head of foam, about one-half inch.

S- Smells of bananas, cloves, spice, and yeast. Like a very good weizen.

T- Tastes rather sweet, malty, no alchol burn for the strength. Hints of banana, clove, and yeast.

M- It is well carbonated, just as fizzy as the style calls for.

D- The alcohol level would stop me from drinking too many of these, but I could, and likely will drink this frequently.

This reminds me of Aventinus, the epitome of the style. It may not be quite as well done, but great for an American version.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 02:08:53 | More by cichief
Photo of Estarrio


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory Weizenbock? How have I not noticed this until now? Kudos to Victory for really experimenting with every style and producing quality results.

Poured a cloudy, medium brown with a small, tan head. Despite and aggressive pour, the head fades quickly leaving subtle hints of lacings.

Sweet malt in the nose with a profound wallop of dark and tropical fruit esters. A bit of doughy yeast is also apparent, along with hints of caramel and alcohol.

There is a very sweet malt backbone that is tempered by an earthy yeast presence. The esters are really pronounced in the flavor with plum, honeydew and currants. Hints of creamy caramel and vanilla follow before settling into a slightly spicy alcohol aftertaste.

Lightly carbonated with a viscous mouthfeel, the somewhat muted alcohol ups the drinkability in this sipping brew.

This is a great stab at the weizenbock style and another feather in the cap for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 00:56:14 | More by Estarrio
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy, floatie, bocky brownish amber, looking a lot like hot chocolate. A few fingers of greedy light tan head grow quickly and last long. Lacing is sparse and damned near phantom.

The aroma is all fruit, all the time, led by the esters bringing banana and melon, as well as malty specimens of cherry, plum, dates, and pear, then swinging back to a tinge of clove. A piece of toffee grants an appearance along with a backbeat of sneaky alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is first to the tape, with caramel joined and upstaged by a dense sugary sweetness and the fruity notes of sloe, cherry, and a more tropical melange, all soon morphed into a banana and clove duo, with a slowly fading spiciness in play. The alcohol is again well represented, and again sly and furtive in nature. The finish is expectedly sweet, with more fruity grain followed by a degree less sugariness and a more distantly lingering mild crispness. It's quite big and complex, with a cornucopia of fruity offerings blended nicely into a glass.

Full bodied, it's syrupy and lip-smacking, coating like a sweet napalm slick, holding tight and then at last sliding away agreeably.

In the dying frostiness of winter, with spring beckoning, this is an apt and nicely made beer. The wheat is forcibly sweet, but in an enjoyable assertive way, and the bountiful fruits are a gracious zymurgian gift. The ABV is about as crafty as one could be, sneaking up as you drink, imparting a comforting warmth while it zotzes your synapses. In spite of that, it is quite easy to drink, but it requires a knowing caution, if you value your next-morning well-being. As the style goes, you'd be hard pressed to find a lot better made on this side of the pond. And I'm told it's even better on draft, which means I have to find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 21:22:39 | More by Foxman
Photo of klewis


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one

9/15/07 best before date

A: Pours into a flute with a hazy copper color and small bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Big fruity smell with raisins, plums, and banana.

T: Sweet and fruity with a flavor of banana and exotic tropical fruits that quickly gives to a wheaty taste. The alcohol is well-hidden from the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. I can't taste the alcohol but can sure feel its heat.

D: Much different than something like Aventinus, but just as nice. Curiously fruity and easily drinkable. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 03:32:22 | More by klewis
Photo of theformula


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle w/ bottled date of Aug. 25, 2005.

A: Dark amber and an obvious haze from the yeast which was agitated then poured. Large, fluffy tan head w/ good retention yet little to no lacing.

S: Big, beautiful banana aroma that hints also of tropical fruits (papaya?), fig, pear and clove spice. Thin layer of mineral phenolics mix things up. Great, rich malt backbone with that German yeast that throws in dark brown sugar and caramel.

M & T: Medum body and very smooth, creamy body that coats the mouth. Nice refreshing carbonation balances the thickness. Complex malts start things off with toasted malts, yet very rich like dark brown sugar and caramel. This is balanced by banana, tropical fruits and cloves. A slight medicinal layer makes things interesting, but right on for the style. Fresh wheat/yeast character like baked banana bread. The fusels from the near 9% ABV makes its way through with a spicy twang and can be felt in the back of the throat.

D: Very similar to Aventinus, but with an even richer malt character IMO. Loyal to the style and makes me proud to be an American. It's rich yet strangely refreshing, which is what a great wheat beer should be. I must go back for a half-dozen.

Another victory for Victory.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 03:29:42 | More by theformula
Photo of medic25


4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-amber color with a pleasant looking head. Aroma is fruity, predominantly banana. Taste is excellent. Dark and complex, fairly sweet, with a nice blend of wheat, malt and spices. Pleasant aftertaste, with no hint of bitterness or alcohol. Very drinkable beer; another hit from Victory Brewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 06:30:10 | More by medic25
Photo of Atlas1


3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle ("Enjoy by Sept. 15, '07" written on label) into a weizen glass. Pours an interesting range of colors, from light orange/amber at the base and top to deep reddish-brown in the heart of the body. It's a pretty beer alright. A nice two-finger head settled after the pour, but dissipated quickly leaving no real evidence of lace. The aroma is sweet with notes of apple, raisin, plum, and pear. Some cinammon stick is hidden deep within, as well as other holiday season spices. Also I can smell butter crust. Is it me, or does this thing smell like a fresh fruit pie? A damn good fruit pie at that. The taste is refreshing. I can detect some banana, apple, pear, and even some orange in here as well. There's a woody feel to it as well. It has a pleasant balance between the malt and hops. It's a fruity weizenbock, to be sure, but the malt holds its own, and the hop content keeps the whole thing from getting too carried away. The 8.7% ABV could easily sneak up on you; the heat is completely overshadowed by the beer's overall flavor. A bit weak in the mouthfeel, in my opinion, which is too bad. It doesn't linger in the taste buds like some of Victory's other beers, or like some other Weizenbocks for that matter. As a result, though, it comes up short in the end. For such a nice beer, it would be great to have it resonate in the finish a bit more. Still, it's a thirst quencher and a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 23:32:54 | More by Atlas1
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark semitransparent body ranging in color from brown and orange to dark ruby. Tan creamy head with a low retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Strong spiced scent. Pumpkin, caramel, toffee, sugar and yeast, round, mellow and complex.
Sweet and strong malts, so complex and strong. Crunchy caramel, abit yeasty, overripe fruit flavors. Well balanced aftertaste where the hops finally gets a peak out of the overwhelming malt cloud but still competing with a yeast flavor.
Full body with a nice coating. sticky lips effect.
That is one tasty beer and quite drinkable, a candidate for next christmas dinner, plenty of sweet flavors and enough abv to keep you warm in the winter.


Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:40:28 | More by oelergud
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Aug. 2006. Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a thin, light tan head which fades out quickly. Candy-like aromas of Juicy Fruit gum, caramel covered apples and ripe banana are noted with mild fresh yeast and hot dinner rolls lurking in he background. Pleasant, full, round mouthfeel with just the right amount of tingly carbonation for the style. Taste is sweet, reminiscent of banana-nut bread, caramel apple, crystal malts, fresh yeast and mild spices. Finishes with the slightest presence of hop bitterness to tame any cloyishness. 8.7% ABV is non-detectable; very smooth and stealth. Could easily polish off a few of these in one session A well done domestic reproduction of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 06:43:22 | More by macster
Photo of jwc215


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Sept. 15, 07". Poured into an Aventinus Weizenbock glass.

Caramel-colored with a thin off-white head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is spicy (clove), banana and a tropical fruit blend. Peppery alohol. Some caramel.

The taste is spicy and fruity. Spices and alcohol give it a jump-start kick with banana, tropical fruits and bubblegum following. Sweet caramel in the back. Alcohol comes across loud and clear, but acts in more of a supportive, rather than masking, fashion.

Almost full-bodied, sharp. Sweetness and alcohol stick around, as does some of the spiciness.

Just a tad astringent, but good enough for slow sipping. Aromatic with a nice, spiced fruit taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:26:22 | More by jwc215
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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy brown/orange color. Tan head, medium in size.

Aroma was bananas, bubblegum, bread and vanilla.

Taste was all about the malt. Sweet banana bread. Did I mention that you taste bananas? Vanilla and caramel round out this offering. Finally, a bit of hops for balance at the end, mixed with a little pepper.

Close to heavy in body. Medium + in carbonation. Quite a bit of "zing" in the mouthfeel. Alcohol warming comes early and stays late. A sweet/refreshing beer.

Good stylistically, but not my favorite. Bananas a bit too much for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 15:09:11 | More by
Photo of JasonA


4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep red copper. Solid head with lacing.

Spicey, wheat and hops. Lots of flavor in the smell. Very appetizing. No sense of the ABV.

Taste is quite good. Tastes liked a bock, into wheat and hops. Nice spice, is that a little black pepper? I think I would have increased the number except I am no expert of the style. I really want to experience this style more in the fall as recommended. I might just have to pick up a few of this style to keep till next fall.

Mouthfeel seems good. Nothing special, but Im not sure how good/bad it is comparibly. I dont think its bad, but not really sure how good it is.

Very drinkable. Hides the abv very well. Would like to have a couple more of these more in season.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 01:54:28 | More by JasonA
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4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big cheers to GnomeKing for this

Pours a slightlty hazy amber/tea coior with a 3 fingers deep sand colored head. minimal lacing & zerohead retention. Really the only weakpoint for this outstanding beer

S: Bubblegum & choclate & hints of bandaids

T: Fruittyness, chocolate & bubblegum up front. Warming alcohol pepper & hints of brown sugar follow. Finishes bready, quenching, juicy & spicy (pepper & cinamon)& warming. Taste the weizen gives way to the bock as it warms

MF: Medim/heavy bodied with low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks very easy for the abv, a really nice weizen bock. I could session on this no problem

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 04:47:17 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unfiltered caramel brown with a nice light brown head and some lacing. Smells strongly of bananas with some caramel and a hint of yeast. Taste is great. Strong taste of bananas upfront, which is almost a bit too much, with some other dark fruits, maybe plums, some malts and a slightly bitter finish. Nice mouthfeel with a medium-full body and a bit of carbonation. Hides the ABV extremely well. Good drinkability, this is a delicious weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 01:11:03 | More by mnj21655
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had 2 of these from brewers Bill and Ron and went looking for fun.

The cat and dog both ran away.
Lucky I know where they sleep.
They will wish they had one too.
Don't report me to the ASPCA.
Beer brews love.

A seasonal beer to look forward to acquiring each year from Downingtown's best.

This is the best of Victory's weiss offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 22:54:08 | More by artistsatwork
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with a beautiful purple/blue label that has picture of a bright orange and yellow sun rising up over a Pennsylvania wheat field. In the background you can see a big white barn and the farmhouse in the shadow of the barn to the right. Who ever painted or drew it did a really nice job. It doesn't surprise me that it has a beautiful label on it because I've never seen a bad Victory label. To the left of the label is a paragraph about the beer, the style of the beer, and the Brewmasters signature. Toward the bottom and in between the paragraph and the picture is a date that anybody can understand. It's enjoy by date, which mine is enjoy by September 15, 2007. To the right of the label is the barcode and the Government warning. I just have to say that this has a label that you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: When poured into a simple Weizen glass (of course), the beer's color was a dark amber with a tint of chestnut brown to it. It had a big disappointing head of foam on it. It had a fast fizzing head of white foam that dissipated in front of my eyes in only 4 seconds. It dissipated away into oblivion. There was no white rings or even white lace around the glass for that matter. I tried swirling it around and still got nothing. If only the appearance was as nice as the label on the bottle.

Smell: The aroma was different matter all together. It had a nice not too strong aroma of juicy fruits like apples, lemons and bananas, a pinch of malted wheat and sweet caramel, cloves, spices, and a touch of sweet malts and hops at the end. There was a lot going on in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: The taste was similar to the smell except for a few small things here and there. In the smell the fruits were the dominate element, but in the taste I thought the caramel was more dominate. And I also that that the hops at the end were a little more powerful in the taste than the smell. That means the taste was sweet caramel, juicy fruits, bananas, cloves, a few spices, little sweet malt, and some pine flavored hops at the end. I thought there might be a slight taste of alcohol, but there wasn't any in the taste.

Mouthfeel: After all of those flavors, there seemed to be nothing after that. It felt like the flavors just skipped town except for a miniature taste of juicy fruits. Besides that, it was medium bodied, little carbonation, and somewhat refreshing.

Drinkability: I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. Sure it was good like all of the Victory beers I've tried, but I don't know if I ever would want to buy it again. I guess if I'm in the mood for a fruity American Weizenbock, then I might pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 21:12:43 | More by AltBock
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 03:24:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper red color. Not much of a head, and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit. Medium bodied, with some carbionation. Taste is sweet, and bready. All kinds of fruit throughout. Rum raisn in the finish. Alchol is there, but not overwelming. Very,very good!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 02:08:35 | More by riversider76
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2006 20:17:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a dense 1/4 inch head. Some light lacing. Smells of ripe banana and sweet spice.

Taste is dominated by the ripe rich banana with the underpinnings of sweet spice. Alcohol is evident in the taste. Body is not overly sweet and sticky. Really tasty, great example of the style especially for an American brewery.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 02:41:14 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of Budlum


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 02:17:48 | More by Budlum
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Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy, ruddy copper color not unlike apple cider. Great creamy/frothy head that retains very well, leaving some slight lacing on the glassware.

Smells very fruity and sweet. Cherries, pineapples, yeast, sticky sweet malts, bananas, phenols, raspberries.

Taste is again, very sweet, consisting of cherries, bananas, burgandy wine flavors, yeast, phenols, mild alcohol, clove finish, extremely complex. Good apertif beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and medium carbonation. Rolls around in your mouth very well.

Drinkability is mediocre for me. I like this beer but could only put down a couple, at most, due to its very sweet nature. Drinks more like a creamy wine than a beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 20:41:03 | More by Doomcifer
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy yeasty malt and a good banana aroma.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted grain with a spicy yeast element. Some mild raisin flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice, and flavorful weizenbock. Solid ABV.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2006 03:22:12 | More by plaid75
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this into a tall wheat glass, a bright reddish-orange color.
A creamy off-white head,Not a lively or retentive as a wheat beer usually is.The color was amazing.
The aroma was intense,smells of clove,fruit,spice,bannana bread,and a hint of pine. very complex, one of the nicest smelling wheat beers i've ever encountered.
I could not wait to taste this beer,tastes of clove,spice,fruit, a candied carmell taste,bananna,syrupy,a the warming of an alcohol presence.
An interesting and complex taste,very nice.
The mouthfeel was thick and cloying for the style,yet enjoyable.The finish was smooth and bittersweet.
A bit filling but satisfying,different,didn't know what to expect with this one.A bit of a belgium quality to this beer,definatly not a session beer.
I would love to try this beer again.I suggest giving this interesting beer a try!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 02:55:10 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 02:17:16 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.