Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company
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4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-25-2007 00:06:00 | More by cdrummer
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
12 oz bottle poured into a flute, "enjoy by 8/29/08" imprinted on side
A: A cloudy burnt amber color. Head faded as quick as it rose, I think it was a bone white. A lot of sediment in the bottle left over after initial pour, swirled and poured the rest in.
S: Very fruity and spicy. Bananas and cloves hit me predominantly. You can smell the warming effect in this beer. I could feel it in my sinuses when I stuck my nose in there.
T: Cloves and fruit, rather astringent. Leaves a peppery aftertaste. Warms to the point where coupled with the pepper, it is hot. But it's definitely not a bad thing. I like what this beer has going for it. Very different.
M: Tingly and hot.
D: This beer can pack a punch for a wheat.
Overall, this is an interesting beer. Great in the autumn for those first two weeks when it just starts to get cold at night, but still warm during the day.
12-15-2007 02:51:01 | More by ColForbinBC
3.43/5 rDev -15.7%
I've waited for this seasonal all year and finally it came out this fall. I sat on it for a month or so, but I'm really in the mood for one of these tonight.
APPEARANCE: Poured with a swirl of the sediment, this beer is a bronze to pale brown in color and hazy. The head starts at 2 fingers high but immediately shrinks to a firm off-white cap that holds to the end. I think this beer is just way too light in color.
SMELL: The smell is much more toward the clove side than banana but contains decent proportions of each. The yeast smell is quite authentic and doesn't seem like an American substitute was used. An alcoholic booziness is quite apparent, particularly as the beer warms.
TASTE: The banana flavors are much more prominent in the taste, but it is still in decent balance with the clove. The wheat provides some much more neutral flavors than in other weizenbocks, but the dark grains are there and add some depth of flavor. The one striking thing is that it is really boozy. The alcohol is quite overpowering.
MOUTHFEEL: It's got decent body but feels deceptively light and fluffy. Carbonation is strong and piquant.
DRINKABILITY: The alcohol makes it a rough go, but the lighter-feeling body balances that out somewhat. Regardless, I think I'd be one and done for this one.
Ah well, maybe weizenbock is just a tough style for domestic brewers to get right. Or maybe I'm just spoiled from having Aventinus so much. Either way, it's close, but just way too hot.
12-14-2007 00:35:01 | More by jmalex
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Moonglow Weizenbock Victory Brewing Company
12 oz bottle in a Goblet at 45 F
Appearance: Copper cool beer with moderate haze. A small off white head with below average retention. Fairly still. Could be more brown in color, better head and retention are also a must to be among the best in this style. (3.0)
Smell: Banana, cloves, butterscotch, and bready malt scents combine to create a wonderful bouquet. The melanoidins and dark fruit aromas are notably absent. Moonglow lacks the sherry like alcohol flavors that develop as the beer is matured in the bottle. Not all weizenbocks have these flavors, so no demerits on this point. Very little alcohol in the nose. (4.0)
Taste: Sweet creamy initial taste made richer by the Munich and Vienna malts. Nice subtly sweet butterscotch and bread topped by banana esters that are not as prominent in the taste as in the scent. Overall, slightly sweet palate with very little wheat sharpness or tartness. Hops bitterness is soft almost to a fault as they do not balance the sweetness completely. Some gentle spiciness in the aftertaste is a nice touch. Alcohol warmth not very prominent and does not balance the sweetness. (4.0)
Mouthfeel: Average. Not enough carbonation, and the body is a bit on the light side. I am still disappointed about the head retention. (3.5)
Drinkability: Above average American example of this beer style. It may be more appropriate to label this one as a Dunkelweizen than the weizenbock. Very enjoyable drink and easily sessionable. (4.0)
12-11-2007 22:13:46 | More by BWH3
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
I think this one has quickly earned it's way into my list of favorites. A cloudy copper color brew with lots of tiny particles dancing around under a medium, light tan head with a carpet of lacing throughout. It has a tart wheat aroma with some apple, clove and nutmeg. Mild but attention getting. The taste brings a creamy and deliciously mellow blend of wheat and apple, very consistent with the aroma. It's nicely carbonated, refreshing and flavorful. A Christmas inspired taste I would say, but nothing goofy, very "tasteful". Lot's of clove, licorice/anisette with a near perfect body. This is not a style that I am highly familiar with at all but whatever this is, it's good. Makes you want more for sure. Try ths out for yourself!
12-07-2007 06:24:40 | More by Durge
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a huge, slightly creamy off-white head. Nice amber color and fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.
Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. Perhaps a bit of plum. A bit of alcohol as it warms. Fairly clean overall for such a strong beer.
Slightly fruity and sweet flavor up front, but somewhat bland. A bit bready with the wheat. Dries out a bit in the finish, with some alcohol evident near the end. Sufficiently attenuated/hopped that it isn't overly sweet.
Med-full body, and moderate carbonation. A twinge of alcohol warming, but the alcohol character isn't overpowering in the mouthfeel. Overall a very pleasant palate sensation - carbonation isn't as overpowering as in a Weizen, and not overly heavy or warming for a strong beer.
An awfully clean 8.7% beer - goes down smoothly enough that it isn't a sipping beer. Fortunately or unfortunately, I bought just a single, 12 oz bottle of this stuff. It would be too easy to have another.
12-01-2007 20:26:02 | More by mpyle
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
Orangey copper colored with lots of particles dancing in the liquid. Foamy off-white head rises up quickly and sits down even quicker, leaving no lace at all.
Aroma of clove and yeast, some banana.
Initial flavor of clove and yeast, followed quickly by a pronounced astringency. Morphs on to fruit and sharp sugar, some clove and raisin lingers, followed by some peppery spice.
Mouthfeel is very tingly upfront and all through the mouth, then undergoes a hot alcohol burn. Finishes dry and crisp and puckery.
11-21-2007 23:11:19 | More by far333
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
-- 2007 Vintage --
A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger thick head. Head is very tightly bubbled, not rocky at all. The beer itself is very cloudy, as an unfiltered wheat beer should be.
S: Sweetish aroma with strong hints of clove. Some banana and apple are also apparent. Typical wheat / yeast smell lingers in the background. Malts dominate, however, a slight spicy hop aroma is present. Nice whiff of alcohol hits the nose every once in awhile.
T: Starts spicy and clove-like. That typical weizenbock yeasty twang is evident by mid sip. Keeps getting better and more complex as it warms up. Slight hop spice integrates very well with the dried fruit and banana malt character. Alcohol is warming, but well hidden. Finishes sweet.
M: Extremely smooth with the familiar wheat beer fullness of body. Carbonation is perfect. It helps to make this beer almost creamy.
D: Well done. Another winner from Victory. This one's a sure bet for a great autumn seasonal. Still not quite as good as Aventinus, but pretty damn close. There aren't many weizenbocks that are readily available. However, this is one of the best.
11-19-2007 02:30:40 | More by BassAssassin
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
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!
11-17-2007 04:11:38 | More by jdg204
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Re-reviewing in 2008. Got the fresh batch from the shelves at the Foodery in PA and am enjoying the hell out of it. Another that Victory needs to put year-round.
A: Wheat presence with plenty of haziness.
S: Fruity and coriander flavors. Smell is not exceptional but got a nice punch to it.
T: Banana yeast, delicious strong powerful banana yeast. Dark fruits let loose, with some fennel spice, coriander and clove. Exceptional
M: Comfortable and lasting bubbles. Chewy and creamy for a weizenbock, carries awesome texture.
T : Love the wheat in here, the alcohol catches up with you awfully fast. Complex and unique. This is the beer to sip on to welcome in the cooler weather.
11-15-2007 02:03:06 | More by marcpal
4.3/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle - this year's edition.
A - Dark orange, nearly red with a pretty big head on top.
S - Fruity and sweet. Some alcohol is there, but also a sweet malt to support it.
T - It's a fruit bomb - a huge blend of sweet and tart fruits along with a fantastic malt base. Also has that extremely noticeable "wheat beer" feel. Dry and maybe a bit tangy at the finish.
M - To me, it's very light in carbonation - I really don't sense much at all. Smooth, almost creamy/buttery. Very well done.
D - Wow - for a beer of 8.7 ABV, it's extremely drinkable. It's so smooth that you don't even notice the strength of this beer until you're through.
I do like the Aventinus from Schneider more than this (if you like this style and never had it, go to the store right now - shouldn't be too hard to get ahold of), but this is definitely the best American brewed version of the weizenbock. A fantastic example of the style. Victory's "bigger beers" (Hop Wallop, Old Horizontal, Storm King, St. Victorious) are some of the best beers available. Definitely just a great brewery at the top of their game.
11-13-2007 03:48:55 | More by LvilleIPA
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
A- beautiful copper colorw/ a stunningfrothy cap and spotty lacing
S-rusty water-grape bubble yum and mac intosh apples ,and banana
M- medium weight, coats and covers well
T - dominated by sweet maltsand spicy undertones along with the fruit collage
This baby is not for beer cheeries, complex and mellow, with a slew of aromas and tastes- a treat for sure. A wheat with personality.
Get up and get some!
11-11-2007 00:00:56 | More by ohoove
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
The beer poured a reddish brown and was cloudy with a good deal of suspended yeast particles floating about my glass. A creamy tan head was present following the pour. I detected an aroma that was a mix of sour apples, banana and spices. This beer's flavor was tart and there were traces of sour apple and banana flavors.
When I first started sampling this seasonal beer, I ran into some bottles that had gone sour even they weren't that old and had been well cared for after they'd been purchased. Victory seems to have improved their quality control with respect to this beer since I've not had a bad sample in the last couple of years. This beer has a unique taste and is not for every beer drinker.
11-09-2007 21:57:00 | More by MikefromDormont
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a hazy golden brown color with a rather explosive off-white head that left some real nice curtain lacing on the side of the glass. The smell is of a good German wheat brew; banana and bubble gum and some nice spices. The flavor is much more subtle. The taste is of banana and bubble gum but is quickly followed by a big toasted malt presence. There is quite a balance by the sweet weizen phenols and bitter toasted malt. The feel is moderate and very well balanced; perhaps finishes just slightly bitter. This is a great brew. Good hefe qualities and a good malt presence.
10-28-2007 05:24:00 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a cloudy copper color with a tan head. In the aroma, a dry banana and it is also a bit nutty. In the taste, sticky sweet/ dry banana and a small wheat presence. A smooth dry mouthfeel and a dry fruity aftertaste. Almost like drinking banana nut bread. One of the better weizen bocks, a great beer.
10-21-2007 13:19:15 | More by OWSLEY069
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
12oz bottle, enjoy by Aug 29 '08, served in a weizen glass.
A - murky, brownish color with a good sized tan head that was easily revived with a swirl of the glass, no real lacing to speak of.
S - yeast and wheat aromas were all I smelled.
T - very good yeasty flavor is tatsed throughout with a sweetness of malt and a very slight hop bitterness after the swallow.
M - medium bodied, good carbonation.
D - abv is up there, but if enjoyed slowly, a few of these isn't a problem.
10-19-2007 23:45:54 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-13-2007 22:36:26 | More by gpcollen1
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
poured a hazy copper with a two finger off white head that settled to a thing surface film. Super sticky with delicate lacing.
A tad bit funky and earthy with super sweet banana and clove tones
Clove banana taste with a bitter hop bite, alchohol is present, not over powering but you know it's there
Creamy medium bodied, nice finish
this was a good beer, but I doubt I could drink more then one in a session
10-13-2007 22:09:46 | More by DaggerEyes
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
12 ounce bottle poured into a flute, freshness date says best before august 2008, bottle conditioned, neat label art work as per usual from victory.
Ruddy brown hazy liquid with a nice finger and a half of head, yeast swirled into the glass (yummy yeasties). The smell was very strong with banana, medicinal phenols and maybe a little bubblegum. Taste is similar, balanced well with the alcohol and the yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Mouthfeel was good, creamy almost but still light. I think i could have three of these in a row, but probably no more. The alcohol and the strong flavor profile would get to me. Great beer overall.
10-11-2007 22:41:16 | More by wheelinshirt
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Victory- Moonglow Weizenbock
A- Beautiful hazy golden red with a thick creamy head.
S- Big clove, dried fruits (raisin, prune, fig), banana and wheat.
T- Big peppery clove and banana with prunes and figs.
M- Flavors burst through in the end. Alcohol present throughout.
Overall- A delicious and potent beer here. I would rate higher if the alc was less present but still quite good.
10-11-2007 20:42:37 | More by NJpadreFan
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours a wondrous, hazy ruby hue that almost appears purple at certain angles. Creamy, lustrous tan head that lingers appealingly leaving rings of lacings as it goes. Almost the milky, silky consistency of the head on a good stout from the cask. The smell is of faint sugary malt with some alcoholic medicinal qualities. The taste is of candied sugar and ripe plums giving way to the medicinal taste of alcohol finishing with an ever-so-subtle bite of hoppiness. Good, medium bodied brew -- not to heavy, not too light -- crisp enough to enjoy at just about any time. May be a little strong to be a session brew, but a great one to relax with and linger over while watching a game that you're not that interested in.
A definite winner.
10-09-2007 01:28:54 | More by eberkman
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
First weizenbock, but I did purchase Aventinus at the same time so that will change soon.
I think I had this first one a bit too cold so I let it warm up a bit. As I did I was not disappointed
Pours a hazy orange brown with thin white head that leaves light lacing on the edges of the glass
Smells mostly of banana with estery alcohol notes and sweet malt.
Smooth and tasty. Wheat backed up by some sweetness. Banana flavor is at the center with some nice alcohol warmth.
I don't think I would drink a 6-pack of this, but I will continue to buy Moonglow. Really a nice change from a lot of hefe's I have been having. I think I will enjoy the style
10-08-2007 04:41:04 | More by shaebs99
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
A: Rich red/brown body with a moderate tan head
S: Spicy banana blast upfront... this beer smells fairly sweet with a hint of alcohol.
T: A natural, fruity sweetness... bananas and apples are most noticable with a bit of caramel for balance... you feel the ABV but you certainly don't taste it
M: A full body is helped by lively carbonation
O: Very drinkable considering the malty sweetness and the high ABV.
10-03-2007 17:56:09 | More by callmemickey
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
Aroma - starts off with big banana and a hint of clove spiciness, mellows to a malty sweet nutty banana combination - like liquid banana nut bread.
Pours a medium brown with a finger's width of light tan head. Head sticks around a while, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.
Taste - fruity banana with some nuttiness in the flavour. Not a lot of phenols (clove). Has a malty sweet finish. Much more flavor as it warms up.
Body is lighter than expected but probably due to the effervescent carbonation. Again, body increases to a medium full body as it warms.
This is a yummy beer in the bottle (almost as good as it is on draft at the source) and is therefore dangerous at almost 9% abv.
10-02-2007 18:23:32 | More by daubelbrew
District of Columbia
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
This beer pours a moderately dark amber color with little to no head. The smell is big and wheaty, with very little hops or anything else. Its clearly a moderate malt used, but a darn lot of it. The taste is huge, and has three distinct stages: the first is light and effervescent, and reminds me of a light beer with flighty taste. About 20% into the taste a sizable wave of the medium malts creeps up from behind and surprises the back of the tongue. The final taste simply lingers after the titanic wave mentioned before, and sticks around for a long time. This beer does not dissapoint, but I wouldn't expect anything less from Victory. Well worth seeking out.
09-30-2007 22:45:45 | More by Toddv29424
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.