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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,391
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 127
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style | ABV
Weizenbock | 8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001

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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 jtfest
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy caramel color with a small light tan head -- active carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. The aroma is very sweet and floral, with almost honeysuckle tones. It has a very nice, full mouthfeel that was far less "bubbly" than I expected from the appearance, but the taste didn't work for me. Not that it was bad -- in fact, it was almost a "pretty" taste that reminded me of spiced liquid flowers. But it was way too sweet for my palate. It was fairly easy drinking, I suppose - -and it might be interesting to try it on a hot summer day, but the sweetness would discourage me from more than one.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange and brown color with a small off-white head developing with no visible lace. Lots of yummy yeasties in the glass.
Aroma is wheat, dark fruit, raisins and some spice, maybe coriander.
Flavor is super sweet fruit to start with hints of caramel followed by a big time sour fruit hit. (First Victoy I've had without a ton of citrus hop profile)
Mouthfeel is interesting mix of sweet and light sour, no bitterness detected at all.
Drinkability is pretty high. sort of reminded me of a poor man's Aventinus, which is a compliment in my book.

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Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy mahogany color with a thick off-white head and nice lacing. The smells are of very sweet malts, a yeasty hint and notes of bananas and citrus spices. The taste is a bit spicy with hints of bananas, spicy hops and citrus flavors. A very complex bock with everything blended well together. The spices really tickle my tastebuds and the alcohol is sublte but warming to the stomach. Delicious with a dry aftertaste of bananas and spices. Victory is always a treat.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brown body with low apparent carbonation and a very quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is of banana, brown sugar and citric notes (grapefruity). Not too complex and no Aventinus. Taste has a light sourness from the wheat and more banana/brown sugar flavours. Body is thin-medium. I don't think this was infected, but still it had a sourness that seems out of order in this style. Luckily I've got another bottle and a re-rate is in order.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up when I saw it as a single on the bottom shelf at a local liquor store. The "best before" date was nearly a year old (3-6-03) but I figured, what the hell, it's only a buck and change.
Poured from its 12oz bottle, Moonglow had a ruddy brick-red color and a modest vanilla head that fizzled down to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose was fruity-sweet and yeasty, with a wheaty aroma and a light vinous note. A faint alcohol aroma wafted from the glass also. A sip revealed a sweet plum-like taste over some bready malts and light bubblegum notes up front. A tangy, green grape-inspired flavor came across with a moderate amount of clove and spice in the finish. The finish had a noticeable dry wine character to it.
I thought Moonglow was a fairly interesting brew with decent drinkability. This particular bottle wasn't bad but the flavors were probably muted somewhat by its advanced age. I'm intrigued enough to be on the lookout for some fresh Moonglow now.

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Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a great name. Just rolls off the tongue. Yet another beer I enjoyed at my xmas tasting thanks to Dan. Pours a medium reddish-brown with light tan head. Not as dark as other weizenbocks I've had. Smells of winey grapes, bubble gum, slight burned bananas, and alcohol. Tastes much like the smell, with steady sweetness throughout. Wheat tang finish with residual sweetness. Good stab at this style, and better than my homebrew WB, but no Aventinus...

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Photo of Mangus
2.73/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh Man, MooonGlow Weezenbock. Doesn' t that sound nice?

This beer poured a really nice looking caramel-copper color with a nice frothy head.

The smells were flowery, fruity, sweet wheat. Very, very interesting aromas.

I really want to like this beer, I really do but I gotta tell ya, that first taste made me go ughhhh! Whoa! The second sip confirmed the first. Nice mouthfeel but the flavors are way too powerful. Too much. It's not a "bad" taste just a very fruity, sweet, extremely wheaty over-the-top flavor. Not enjoyable like I want my beer to be.

Down the drain it went. Sorry fellas.

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Photo of freed
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one...

This beer was quite beautiful sitting in my glass. Its body was a lovely sunset gradient of yellow to orange, slight haze clouding it. A tiny meniscus of pinpoint sized bubbles on top.

Smells of wheat and cidery yeasts are dominant with a slight tang of ground mustard. Thinking my nose was deceived, I tasted the beer. It was predominantly sweet malts and dry wheat with a bready yeast flavor and still a taste of mustard. This observation was mocked, but it really was a pleasant taste. It certainly gave me an idea.

This was probably the most pleasant and interesting wheat beer I've had in a long time. Aside from being gorgeous, it had a unique flavor that I'll certainly remember.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at weefishheads' Beer Night--Jan 17, 2004. The beer was a very hazy red-orange, with scattered patches of foam, rather than actual head forming in my smallish sample. The smell was somewhat yeasty and musty, with attractive granny smith apple and banana aromatics. The taste was lovely...a tart zip start joined by soft malts, with tartness and banana in the lingering finish. Extremely tasty and full flavored with refreshing crispness. The medium body and carbonation of the beer matched the set of flavors well. Moonglow was very enjoyable and satisfying. Big thanks to weefishheads for making this beer available for tasting!

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a not quite clear copper amber with a two finger beige head that fades into nice sheet lacing. The label is one of the more attractive ones I've seen, and was imprinted with an "enjoy by Aug 20 04" date. Nose is complex, bananas, oranges, pineapples, toffee, cloves, and hints of Belgian yeasts. Crisp and well carbonated in the mouth, yet creamy and medium bodied. Taste is of toffee and caramel soaked in a fruit basket. Ruby red grapefruit, bananas, oranges, and pineapples. Carbonation keeps it all vibrant all the way to the end. No presence of alcohol is noted, in spite of the listed 8.7abv. This is an extraordinary brew from the folks at Victory. Very well crafted and pleasantly complex. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of necoadam
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a orange-reddish-brownish color, seemed a little bit cloudy as well. The smell consisted of various tropical fruits with some hints of spiciness. Taste was very weird. It was like a tug-of-war between the fruitness and the spiciness. The battle was still going on while I swallowed it. But the aftertaste was too much for me. There was just too much spiciness at the end and I could taste the alcohol at the end too. Had a hard time finishing this beer because of the aftertaste. I will try it again someday, perhaps my tastebuds had a night off or something.

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Photo of Jables
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is super sweet but a light sweetness, think pixy stix sweet.

Taste is sweet rich malt balanced by sourness and fruit flavors. Very, very tasty.

A very different beer all around. At first glance, taste doesn't match appearance, but upon further inspection it does. The color suggests sweet bock but the hazy yeastiness suggests fruit and spice, in the end all are present.

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Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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Photo of beernut7
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really did not know what to expect from this brew. I found a hazy copper pour with a think head. The aroma of banana quickly fills the room upon release with hints of smoke/roasted malt. A smooth body pairs with sharply fruity yeast flavors and a bit of sharp malt. A moderate bitterness flows throughout the brew and jumps in and out of the finish. Tasty and complex.

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Photo of jeffboo
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy reddish brown color with a quickly receding tan head. Wheaty aromas heavy on the bubble gum/banana with some smokiness. Alcohol also shows on the nose. A fullish body holds a fruity start (apples/oranges) with some bananas and spice. The finish is long and smooth with some chocolate,sweet malt and spicy yeast. The texture is really nice in this brew, a quality after dinner drink. Cheers to Bierman9.

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Photo of Jarod
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date: 08/07/04

This beer poured a rich cherry wood color with a ruby red glow about it. It was very clear with a first pour and well carbonated. After the send and most generous pour I partook in the yeast on the bottom for the true effect and it became noticeable cloudy and a shade paler. The head that was produced was creamy, rich, and thick, about 2 inches of dense foam. It was light tan/vanilla cream colored and it lasted for some time before I could actually take my first sip. Then after it fell it a skim on the top and a healthy ring on the edges. There was a lace present that seemed to be in sheet form almost the whole way to the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly rich, aromas of dark fruit (plums), some bananas, rich sweet malts, spices and yeast all were present and quite distinctive. The tasted that rolled over my tongue were sweet, rich and at times tangy. Flavors of bananas, plums, some dark berries, a slight hop bite, tad wheat grain flavors in the middle along with big sweet malts, spices, near the swallow, a pine presence came and went, alcohol was present throughout the sip and finished with a yeasty malty flavor. The aftertaste was dominated with fruity, yeasty hops. Not lasting on the pallet but present. The body was more of a medium to medium heavy on the mouth. What can I say, this beer got better from the day I first got the case a few months back. I did notice that when allowed to warm a few degrees the flavors and aromas became more rich and noticeable. A really good beer and another hit for Victory.

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Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle cellared from last Spring. Brown and hazy, yeasty appearance. Nice 1/2 inch head of glistening quality and good staying power. Lace is generous and complicated. Big ester nose on this one, with a background of anise and brown sugar. Nice medium and creamy mouthfeel, flavor starts with pleasant banana and pineapple (slightly lactic), just a touch of tartnesss, and transitions to a light fruit syrup impression that's touched by some herbal notes. No strident lemon notes. Sense of alcohol. Slightly granular in texture. Decent entry, a Weizenbock is one of the great uses for wheat in a beer for me.

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Photo of scottum
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown with a nice off-white head. Sweet malty, but still well balanced. There is a major fruity role played by the yeast. The high alcohol percentage also comes through, but only slightly. And the mouthfeel: oh so very very smoothskie. Certainly quite the drinkable beer. I'm going to hold onto a couple of these to ssee how it ages.

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Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy mahogany, medium sized tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves small bits of lace. Aroma is strong on the banana, some grain (think banana bread), and some sugary sweetness. Flavor is sweet, fruity (banana, apple, pear), and ends with some spiciness. Fairly full bodied, slightly acidic.

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Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, murky red-amber. Could barely tell that the beer has a significant haze until held up to the light. Huge, creamy, pillow-like head.

Instantaneously infects your nose with ripe, powerful aromas. Sweet maltiness infused with a light vanilla/oak and potent banana-ish esters. This is fragrant. Like, foofy candle shop and scented bath products fragrant. It's that intense.

Impeccibly smooth drinking. Wheaty lemon and banana are present and take a little bit of a back seat to waves of nearly sugar sweet malts; darker, heavier, more roasted malts; and a tidal wave of alcohol that's surprisingly well integrated into the overall flavor profile. I feel only mildly annoyed at the seemingly low-key carbonation that smooths this out just a bit too much -- gets a little bit of a creamy feel going.

But hey, let's tell it like it is: This shit rocks.

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Photo of drewbage
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.

Moonglow pours a orange/amber with sparkling ruby highlights that draw your eye. There is almost zero head to the brew and what's left from the pour disappears quickly.

The aroma is of deep caramel spiced with a strong banana influence sneaking in behind the spices. Finish aroma becomes strongly metallic and reminisicint of the cap.

Flavor is toffee and cinnamon and allspice with a growing metallic twang. Finish is of rich brown sugar and malt with a growing drying tannic touch to the final twist.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a decent white head. The smell is very fruity. The taste is very sweet, with very fruity notes, and the wheat is somewhat noticable. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Mmm...weizenbock is a good style, and one that's sadly under-represented. A great seasonal, and one I'll hopefully have again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a hazy, rich autumnal crimson color, and a nice, toasted, creamy head.
Aroma: mmmm, nice, deep and delirious, fruity, spicy, wide open and delicious, instantly reminding me of Aventinus. That's always a nice thing.
Taste: plenty of it! Tantalizing, mouthfilling, happily coating the palate, leaving behind spicy, grapey flavors. A bit light going down, but never lagging with the flavor. Medium bodied, nicely textured...they'd have to go a little further with it to make it outstanding, but this is a tasty treat and a nice stab at the style.

Thanks to the 36LbLoveChild for this!

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Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super nice concentrated color, looks like a solid glass of dark caramel, some yellowness peaks around the edges, a thin loose tannish head emerged that didn't last and the lacing is very minimal. Aroma is super tangy of fruity citrus, ripe melon, orange peels, mango, peach, dulled grapes, quite a fruit juice effect in the aroma, underlaying sweet malts and musty yeast, notes of ethanol. Taste is a lip smacking attack of tangy dullish citrusy fruits, mostly orange peels and peach skins with some mango and light banana mixed in. Pretty sweet and quickly tangy, malty, twingy with notes of raw orange peels coming through late in the finish as it drys out somewhat and keeping a sweetly souring, almost puckering tang. Feel is a bit thin at first but begins to fill in as it goes and drys out some in the finish. Sneaky alcohol hits your head after half the glass. A pretty decent brew, the tangyness is pretty high with a overall orange peel effect throughout its character. I can see where some would like this, but I don't think I'd try this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either. I'm kinda torn with this one, I want to like it cuz Victory makes some fantastic brews, but something with this beer keeps me from thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks goes out to PisskyNights for the bottles!

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