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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

964 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 86
Gots: 30 | 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 RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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 nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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 WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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 russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +13%

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 -4.2%

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
Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Slatetank, May 20, 2013
Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -1.7%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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
Photo of mactrail
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt with quite a bit of clove and banana mixed in. The flavor has some additional notes. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some cloves, pepper and spices. There is also a little bit of banana as well as some alcohol. Medium, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 13, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

"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.

jwc215, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Large 2/3 of the glass head. Dissipates to a rocky foam. Surprisingly little lace. The color is a dark amber, like maple syrup. Predictably cloudy, but with lots of yeasty beasties.

Sweet, sugary caramel aroma. The wheat is present but in the background.

The flavor is much like the aroma--sweet, but not coy. Light wheat. The body appears thick with the below average level of carbonation. The power of the swallow dies quickly in the aftertaste. Warm alcohol presence as well.

smcolw, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange brown with a poofy off-white fizzy head with good retention. Mild lace.

S: Banana bread which is a hallmark of the style, light hints of citrus.

T: Bananas, some burnt brown sugar. Clove finish, with some medicinal character and noticable ethanol heat in the finish. Cinnamon and winter bread spice come out as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bodied, spicy.

D: A very good example of the style with classic weizenbock flavours. A little too much heat on the back end and the fact I'd like a little darker flavour overall are really my only qualms. This is well made and could easily pass for a German version.

Halcyondays, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

This beer poured to a deep bronze color with very little head. The aroma was an interesting combo of sweetness, fruits, and some yeast. This had a big malty flavor, with fruitiness and bitterness blending well together. The malt is thick on the tongue, and then a sour sensation kicks in. Thicker bodied and little carbonation caused the head to disappear quickly. One of these is enough in a sitting, but very tasty. The high alcohol level is fairly noticeable too.

Gavage, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

12/09/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the front label. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Caramel brown colored pour, nice larger inch plus head and decent lacing.

Smell- Nice and sweet caramel malt scent. Spices including clove, pepper and a bit of banana fruityness.

Taste- Nice! Very much like Aventinus, maybe a touch more sweet. Not quite as much banana flavor, but it is there. Nice work with the clove and the peppery spices.

Mouthfeel- A touch thick and creamy. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Super easy to drink. Actually tries and comes close to giving Aventinus a run for it's money. Buy one if you see it.

GClarkage, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Not a huge fan of Bock's, but Victory has yet to let me down. Pours an orange/amber color. Lots of sediment in this one, pretty good size head. This beer smells amazing. tons of dark fruit aromas. Medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Definite alcohol taste in this one, lots of plum and clove flavors come through. A bit too strong for my liking, and not a huge fan of the estery style... but a nice sipper beer for dinner. above average beer for sure.

oriolesfan4, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1.7%

InspectorBob, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

This poured with a rapidly disappearing off-white/tan head. The beer itself was a very cloudy orange color. The nose was the all-too familiar banana esters. I really liked the mouthfeel, which had a pleasant thickness to it. The finish had a really good spiciness, but not one of cloves, more like black pepper. There was also a sweetness in the mouth, but not of bananas or fruit, but instead, caramel. In fact, as it warmed, I began to taste notes of honey. There really was not a sweet aftertaste, instead it seemed almost dry, if that is possible. Definitely a candidate for a session beer and one that I could drink on a regular basis.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a coudy dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy off white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Yeasty aroma with lots of bread, sweet caramel/chocolate, ripe banana citrus peel and spicy clove.

Heavily carbonated up front with a lot of zest clove spice followed by a full yeasty/bready body with plenty of ripe banan and citrus pell and a tart dry finish. Clove is prominent but the darker caramel/choclate malt notes as well as the citrus and banana notes balance things out very nicely. The slight tart finish is what really separates this beer and makes it very flavorful. It lingers after the end of each sip and leaves me salivating for more. I have to stop myself from pounding this so I can fully enjoy it.

corby112, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Appears a caramel color with a 1 finger off white head. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of banana, wheat, caramel, and chocolate.
Taste is of the same aromas that has been watered down slightly.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, full bodied, and sweet.
Drinkability is good. I'm a big fan of the style and I like Victory's version.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Unfiltered, hazy copper/orange pour with a thick, fluffy cream head with burgundy highlights. Excellent retention and thick webs of lacing. Fruity and spicy, but not overly complex or potent. Ripe apple and clove, yeasty, mild alcohol. Full bodied, high carbonation, very pleasant with a rich, flavorful sweet aftertaste with a mild alcohol presence. Flavor would be scored higher if not for a slightly medicinal taste that lingers stronger in the finish as the beer warms up. Otherwise, flavor follows the nose, more fruity than spicy, banana and apple with clove and corriander spices in midbody for balance. Another excellent Victory beer, I want to like this more, but I don't like the aftertaste.

yourefragile, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -1.7%

orangesol, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. My first impression is that it'd be mighty hard to tell this apart from Schneider's Weizenbock. Upfront it has a big, sweet bready character with spiced fig notes. There are also light touches of black licorice and banana in the flavor, while the aroma is less rich. Still, the smell is quite nice, with more focus on the clove and banana yeast character you also get in hefeweizens. Quite a tasty weizenbock, full-flavored and a great example of the style.

tempest, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

stakem, Nov 13, 2009
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.