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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,090 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 1,090
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 98
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft-focus reddish orange with copper highlights and an impressive amount of carbonation that had nearly exhausted itself when I next took a look. The pastel orange cap is large and pillowy soft with a whipped creamy texture. Unfortunately, it's too soft to stick to the glass. Moonglow looks like pumpkin pie in a glass (complete with the topping); appropriate given the fact that this is Thanksgiving day.

Although the nose is enjoyable, it isn't powerful enough or complex enough to be considered truly great. The stars of the show are fruit and spice. More precisely, overripe apples chunks dusted with ground clove. The beer smells like it'll be both sweet and sour. I had to go looking to appreciate even the slightest hint of alcohol in the nose.

This is exceptional beer. I had a sense of the flavor profile after assessing the nose, but hoped that it would be more fleshed out and vibrant. Thankfully, it is. There's a wonderfully bready, dark wheaty lushness that contains elements of cocoa and toasted pecans. Next is stickysweet baked apples, as if plucked fresh from a pie. The top layer is pungently spicy clove provided by a yeast strain that Victory would do well to hang onto.

How on earth could I forget the bananas? The monkey fruit gets up close and personal with the taste buds and is an estery, sweet, tropical delight. I'm happy to report that Moonglow scores a 4.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. There's a near perfect commingling of sweet, sour and bitter that makes the flavor endlessly fascinating and enduringly enjoyable.

No worries about the mouthfeel. It's in that netherworld between medium and full, edging toward the latter as it warms. It's lush and slick without being heavy, and practically oozes quality. Admittedly, the carbonation was too boisterous initially, although patience has been rewarded with a gradual softening. The final 2/3 of the bottle has been perfect.

Moonglow Weizenbock is the best weizenbock that I've ever had and is one of the best beers from one of my favorite breweries (and is the single best non-hoppy one). It did more than meet my expectations, it exceeded them by a mile. I'd like to thank BeerBeing for sending me a classic fall seasonal that I'd gladly buy by the case if I was blessed with easy access.

BuckeyeNation, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Among the most complex tastes in the beer world, German-style weizenbocks seem to captivate the palate with a new set of flavors, balances and textures with each and every sip. Victory demonstrates this abundance of tastes in all its malt-forward, fruity and spicy glory.

Somewhat murky in its pour, its rust-stained hues are garnet and mauve. Its rich froth is rocky and meringue-like before faltering halfway down the glass. With bubbles popping, the nose fills with candied malt, spice cake, red wine, earthy fruit and pepper. Its sweeter taste is bready, sweet and decadently rich.

As the fruit and dense malt mingle upon the palate, the culmination comes to a head as fruitcake with notions of dried apple, banana, red grape, fig, raisin, plum and prune. With new flavors pronouncing with each sip, a follow up of clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, vanilla, mint and wine acidity balances the malt and fruit with nearly even-keel precision.

Rising alcohols frame the finish, giving a spiced rum character to the already variant beer. Warm, tangy and peppery- the waining moments are alive with a sultry savory taste that linger deep in finish; making this ale a slow and patient session rather than a refreshing or drinkable option.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kjkinsey, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber looking beer that is clearly not filtered with a good size head with good retention. Aroma is light roasted malt with some cloves/cinnamon. Taste is quite enjoyable with the roasted aspect mixing quiet well with the spicy (cinnamon?) and banana taste. Some bitterness can also be noticed at the end with a medium to full body.

Phyl21ca, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cracked this one open with dinner tonight, suprised as I had never had one before. Served chilled nad poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 03/29/2009.

The pour was more then decent. Rich caramel in color with a nice hazy and cloudy look to it. Really tight head of off white lacing came only to about a quarter of an inch before falling down into a thin lacing around the sides. Rich toffee and sweet malts were dominating the aroma here. Nice touches of roasted nuts and a dark fruit as it warmed up. Smooth, subtle and with the alcohol well masked I went in for my first sip. Nice well rounded, and very well balanced profile here. Easy to drink as the warming and sweet malts played over the tongue. Rich notes of caramel and toffee are all over this one as it settles down nicely into a firm and soft finish that leaves a slightly drying and light flavor across the mouth.

Overall a very satisfying beer. Solid as could be and perfect for a nice spring afternoon. Good offering here from Victory.

mikesgroove, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: The spicy yeast esters are immediately present. Sweet, hearty, wheat bread follows along with some banana bread sort of notes.

T: A good sweet bready base to this beer. Clove and gingerbread along with a subtle banana flavor. Some brown sugar and molasses, as well.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation that is moderately creamy. A mild warming feel, likely from a rather robust ABV.

D: One of the better US interpretations of the Weizenbock I've had. I'd probably still go for a Vitus, but this was in no way a let down.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky brown color with a cream colored foamy head. The head shrinks down and leaves a film over top of the beer. The lacing on this one is decent. The smell of the beer has some banana and wheaty grains on the nose. The taste is a little spicy and has a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little thin I thought but had a pretty texture for the style. Overall It's a pretty good beer and I'd drink it again.

Knapp85, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Descends from the top-level tap a mid-range mahogany-hued body topped with a finger of off-white foam.

Smell: Tangy, spiced bouquet of bready dark malted wheat and supporting clove and peeled banana notes, as well as sweet-scented hints of caramel and golden syrup.

Taste: Ah, the tanginess of German wheat malt with a taste of toasted bread smothered in gooey, sweet caramel sauce. Mingled amidst the malty tastes are some spicy phenols providing a mild, easy-going cracked clove flavor. Also, some fruity touches of raisins and bananas to be found in there. Hint of sourish yeast. Lightly spicy, herbal hop character with a mild, restrained level of bitterness. Finishes tangy and malty and pretty crisp, I must say.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An agreeable Fall seasonal that isn't just another Pumpkin Ale or Oktoberfest. Although the alcohol isn't overly evident in the taste, it sure did sneak up on me later, providing me with quite a glow of my own.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap once while living up in the Philly area and am glad I got the chance to try this out of the bottle,poured into my Aventinus glass a slightly hazy deep orange with a thin white head that is gone quite quickly.Aromas of tart green apple and smoke with a light cloviness but not to strong,not to sure about the mouthfeel up front a little prickly but it got better as I drank more.Very flavorful and big,smoky to the hilt with some expected banana and vanilla.Seems much bigger out of the bottle wich is fine,the beer held up well considering the "best before" date was April 04 05.

oberon, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before now, especially considering how many times I've had it and enjoyed it. It pours a murky rusty sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light nutmeg, rye bread, dark wheat, and a touch of raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the wheat, banana, clove, and raisin. A touch of cinnamon is added in for good measure. Everything just melds beautifully and tastily. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable weizenbock, one of my favorites of the style, baby!

TMoney2591, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a seasonal favorite of mine...

Pours a turbid chestnut, opaque and rich. Head forms, and grows to three fingers when the yeast is added. In the light, the descending yeast looks bizzare, like some sort of alien lifeform.

Yeast unlocks strong aroma of banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a hint of fruit.

Taste follows the aromas, with and amplified spice and banana/clove combination. Alcohol is present, but lends itself to the rest of the flavors, giving it a warm & spicy twinge.

Similar mouthfeel as a dunkleweizen, yeast adds a bit more fullness to that.

Drinkability is good, 2-3 in one sitting is the max for me, especially in colder months. I've had an occasional "off" bottle (cidery/sour), but this one is generally consistent in quality. Highly recommended!

EDIT 10/07: Cellared 2-year old bottle from August 2005...tartness seems more present, a bit faded from it's former spicy character. Cidery and malty. It seems to lose a bit of it's depth. Not bad, not good. Best fresh...

emerge077, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a caramel-colored, three-finger, head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very malty with a good dose of wheat and clove aromas. There was a mild banana smell, too.

T - It tasted of tons of clove and wheat flavor. It had a nice roasty malt flavor with hints of banana.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fizzy/poppy mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good American-style weizenbock. Malty and darker than the German versions.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy. Deep orange with a brownish cast, topped by a frothy deep tan head that drops but holds well. The aroma is fruity, lightly tangy, and sweet with some banana, vanilla and spice (which includes clove, but is not necessarily limited to it). The body is medium with a very fine and gently effervescent carbonation. The flavor is quite rich, starting with a very creamy and lightly caramel maltiness, turning fruity, yeasty and lightly tangy with apple notes, then revealing some banana and vanilla before it finishes with a lingering spiciness. The alcohol is fairly well hidden within the flavor, but it's strong enough that you feel it before the glass is through. 8.7%... whew! Surprisingly complex. An interesting and enjoyable beer. Well brewed. This is a fall seasonal packaged with Halloween in mind, and I can't think of a better, or more appropriate time to enjoy this. The perfect "warming" beer for sitting on the back porch on a crisp evening with the smell of damp leaves and wood smoke wafting through the air.

NeroFiddled, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck with an “Enjoy By” freshness date on the label, nice blurb about the beer and it also states that this is a bottle conditioned brew.

Appearance: For this sample I swirled the yeast in to the glass for the full effect, an true wheat beer drinker would agree. Reddish brown bordering on burgundy, obvious cloudiness from the yeast …even before the yeast was poured in there was an evident haze. The head lays there two fingers deep waiting of the first sip.

Smell: Ripe bananas, medicinal root of some kind and light estery and fusel alcohols hit the nose. Malty sweet as well with a touch of caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth in the mouth … unbelievable. Solid flavourful fermented wheat twang upfront, layers of sweet and toasted malt hit next. Bitter medicinal phenols grab the palates attention and help to balance. The alcohol prickles the tongue and warms the body with its soothing esters. Very fruity with a flexed tropical base and banana in the forefront. Slight bitter herb and malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: There are few Weizen Bocks around, none the less Victory is right on target with this one. Why I bought a single to sample … I am going back for a case.

Jason, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So here I am listening to the sounds of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" imbibing upon one of the most appealing to the eye weizen bocks in existence, well the Moonglow of the deep amber mahogany body with a ruby brown tinted massive head leaving complete webs of lacing around my glass just reminds me of that glowing amber moon that sometimes mysteriously appears in the sky. Aroma: Where do I start, banana sauteed in a light pear liqueur and the presence of the wheat malt along with the magnificent tones of the yest born bliss. The alcohol nose isn't overbearing but blended across a spectrum of fruity yet musty tones of paradise, this beer has to be one of the most enticing aromatic creations ever to come across my path. Taste: Even as it warms the sharp wheat based malt sweetness mixed perfectly with the alcoholic tone fruits such as pear, banana, and mild apple tones over a brown sugar base arise and soar over the palate oh "come a little bit closer hear what I have to say", "just like children sleeping we could dream this night away", "but there's a full moon rising, let's go dancing in the light". Wow, this is an experience whoever samples this beer must pop in some Neil Young it's awesome together. Mouthfeel: Slight sense of chiunkiness to it medium to full bodied luscious wheat ale, a must try for all German style beer lovers, props go out to Bill and Ron on this one muchas gracias guys for creating not just a sessionn of exotic ale sipping, but one that will be emblazoned in my memory as one of the most skillfully constructed good times I have shared with true art. Drinkability: Well, I don't even know what the ABV of this beer is but I can tell you that after one I am feeling on another level of relaxation and at peace with the world. We all need that push to get us through the day, and to picture an evening with my own family someday and a night cap in the form of a Moonglow each day will be more blissful than the next.

WVbeergeek, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The beer pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The had settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Intense dark fruit notes with lots of spicy yeast. Banana, plum, cinnamon, black cherry, and smoky cloves.

T - Smooth, lightly fruity malt up front with lots of caramel. The yeasty fruit intensifies in the middle with some banana, and clove as well as a hint of vanilla and some toffee. The toffee notes intensify as the beer finishes with more vanilla and clove as well as rising smoke character that mixes well with the rich malt profile.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a rich and intense beer. I have a bit of a hard time calling this drinkable, though it is complex and quite enjoyable. The malt is rich and substantial and it provides a solid base from which the yeast can branch out with a variety of flavors. There is a lot of spice and some dark fruit with clove, banana, vanilla, and light smoke being the most prominent. These yeast derivitives work very nicely with the toffee and caramel of the dark malt and create a complex, sweet beer that is as much a dessert as it is a beverage. Weizenbocks are not always my favorite beers as they can be really cloying when the yeast notes and sweet malt don't work well together, but in this case everything harmonizes quite well and I have a hard time imagining a better example of this style.

nickfl, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 11/19/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a murky light brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramel, bready malts, some citrus and some spice.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and bananas. Then bready flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character follow. There's a mild but complementary hops presence that brings a good balance. There's also a touch of an alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber brown with no head. Sediment swirling around. Oops. Should have made a more careful pour. Nose is like cherry wood. Thick and meaty. Sugars and an overall deep red fruit scent. Flavor is meaty too. Nice even sweetness. Feel is low on bubble and thicker and syrupy liquid feel hits your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a good brew.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
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

russpowell, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
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!

feloniousmonk, Nov 20, 2003
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, strange perfumey smell and flavor is the first encounter. Big German esters and a Hefeweizen taste topped off by a dollop of hops. Quite spicy, but also grainy and cereal tastes. Some of the bitterness tastes like it's from some process other than hops.

No date on this bottle. Yeasty chunks in the bottom of the glass. I wonder if it's been around a while. I'm sure I've liked this better a year or two ago.

mactrail, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity wheat scent that is sweet and slightly malty. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheaty flavor that goes down easy and finishes thick and warm. It has excellent clove and banana flavors, but with a darker feel. It has a wonderful fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine weizenbock. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

WesWes, Sep 20, 2004
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,090 ratings.