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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

907 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 15 | 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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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 04:38:27 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream, five-finger head, fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color with a lot of floaties. Nose is yeasty. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, some caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 23:40:18 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a cloudy rust brown beer with a slightly too small head. Standard for the style but this is one of the styles that tend to look like sewage in the glass no matter what just like Roggenbier.

Smell is sweet spiced banana bread. Some spicy pepper aroma from the alcohol is present. Distinctly bready smelling with a sour note of granny smith apple in it. No discernible hop aroma.

Taste is sweet and full of banana bread flavor at the beginning. Lots of brown sugar in the taste and is very much like a Belgian Brown ale in this respect. Noticeable bitterness in the flavor. Tasty mix of spices in the taste of the German Christmas cookie variety, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla mostly.

Mouthfeel is quite good and thick.

Very drinkable example of the style; absolutely flaw free. While just not as complex as Aventinus there is certainly no reason to not drink this if you find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 03:53:29 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark amber with a fair head. Smells nicely of banana and some spice as well as some sweet malt. The taste is similar, but with an added layer of hoppy bitterness that joins the lush banana, clove, and other yeast notes. Nice deep flavors with just enough residual sweetness. Very smooth in the mouth, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. A pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:35:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's go to work. 12 ounce bottle going into an Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

It looks and sounds really carbonated. It pours perfectly in my glass. Dark orange/brown color, a head the forms big and retains very well on top. Leaves a few splatches of lacing. There is some banana's foster in the aroma, plus a big whiff of sharp alcohol. Less booze and more banana's foster as it warms.

Oh yeah, it tastes like a winner! Moonglow is full-flavored. Spiced apple/banana combinationm working the palate at first. It hints cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. A light feel of fusel alcohol grabs attention. Despite the latter, the overall flavor is working wonders. The only chink in the armor is the high carbonation in the begining, but given some time, mellows out to a medium carbonated, medium-heavy bodied beverage. Bread crust and dry apple chips cling on in the aftertaste.

Victory scores a victory with their weizenbock. It is delicious, and it is warming. The best domestic weizenbock I've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 05:46:17 | More by DoubleJ
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Wasatch

Utah

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Enjoy By Aug 29, 2008

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber/brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spice and caramel. The taste is awesome, slight sweetness, malty/yeasty, some spicyness, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a very nice well-rounded brew. Very drinkable, it's been awhile since I've had a Victory brew, but it is very delicious as I remember them to be.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 21:35:40 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In celebration of a really amazing night... I had to crack open a moonglow!

Poured into TH Weizen Glass

Pours about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. Nice retention once head fades to a thin layer. Leaves some thick lace. Color is a bright caramel brown. Sediment in the glass as well.

Aroma: Banana, cloves, caramel malts, chocolate notes. A very sweet smelling beer. I like it.

Taste: Taste seems to be a little strong for a weizenbock. I am not an expert on these, but it is quite boozy. It has all the components of the smell, but it adds some alcohol which I really wasn't expecting from this beer. Still, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, but very smooth and silky. A nice creamy feel to it. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry chocolate clove flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty nice representation of the style. I really enjoy this style and glad to see that an American brewery can make one that is pretty good. For how high the abv is, this one is pretty drinkable. I'd easily have it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 05:25:09 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revisited again today, and wasn't as impressed with appearance and nose, although the other areas notched up a bit. All in all, same overall rating more or less, so I won't change the numbers. Guess I'm just not the biggest fan here, or just end up not so lucky with this one...

Newer review:
12oz bottle from, well, somewhere... Best by 3/1/05, oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head above the cloudy darkish amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, and exhibits nice foamy lacing. Aroma is husky malts, with fruits, spicing and alcohol all having their say. Taste is similar to my previous, older sample, with sour upfront, grains in the middle, fades to a chalky alcohol finish. Better here, but not much. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also better than the previous bottle sampled, but still not what I'm looking for and/or expecting. Will plan on revisiting with an even fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

Original review, 3.2, 1/19/05:
12oz bottle inspired by a bottle received from jcalbi as part of BIFXV. Thanks for the opportunity, even thought that exact bottle was lost in a bizarre refrigerator incident, and I had to obtain a bottle from Yankee Spirits to replace it, which it seems was past its "best by" date. Guess cellaring beers at their store isn't such a good idea. Will revisit as soon as possible and update this review as necessary.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Foamy head lasts and lasts, and exhibits good lacing. Aroma is grainy malts, with fruity alcohol easily apparent. Taste is upfront with a fruity tart/sour, a light malt backbone, and then fades into an alcohol flavor, and leaves a chalky feel in the mouth. Seems like it should show more malt character to me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite low for me, but your milage may vary. Will plan on revisiting with a fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 21:28:13 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-20-2011 23:42:42 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Moonglow Weizenbock pours a muddy brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Aroma is of Munich style maltings, light fruit and barnyard hay, wheat.

Flavor of a bavarian hefeweizen upfront. Banana, bubblegum, light clove. Bock-like malt boasts of fresh picked cherries. A light hoppyness can be found throughout, lending a spicey touch to the grainy midsection. Alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

This is a kick ass beer. Strong and flavorful, this one can warm you up in a hurry during the colder months. Imagine the Victory St.Victorious bock blended with a good Franziskaner, and this is what you get.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 14:43:51 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flaming persimmon with a light sangria blush. Its ecru-stained head is lusciously creamy and remains super-glued to the surface even long, long after the pour. The beer is incredibly clear and lambent with the most vivid and phosphorescent colours; 'Moonglow' is most certainly an appropriate title.

The bottle promises "wild, fruity flavours and deep, spicy aromas" and delivers just that. Pineapple, peaches, nectarine and apple - all mushy and way over-ripened - combine with sugar, white pepper, coriander, grains of paradise and clove to make a global fruit salad that combines elements from all corners of the earth.

The flavour is sweet as candy and tastes a bit like one too. It has intensely sugary fruity notes of peach, pear, green apple and banana coming out more and more as it warms. The spices are layered one atop the other with clove, allspice, coriander and white pepper, in that order, comprising a sort of reverse pyramid.

The spiciness and grainy, wheat-like texture are not so pronounced in mouthfeel as they are in taste. There is enough presence, however, to be noted and distinguish this from a standard dopplebock. Still, the phenols and wheat texture could stand to be multiplied given they each play such a defining role for the style.

Victory Brewing seem to do German interpretations better than just about anyone in the New World. Their fresh hop Braumeister Harvest Pils is unquestionably the best German pilsner I've had, ditto for their altbier. The Moonglow Weizen Bock, although maybe not the best, may very well be my favourite of that style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 02:09:46 | More by biegaman
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John_M

Oregon

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

On tap at Mahaffey's today. This has long been one of my favorite beers from Victory, but for whatever reason, I have not seen it on tap here in Baltimore in some time.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is weizenbock sweet (think Aventinus), with considerable clove, bubblegum and banana. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except I also pick up some brown sugar and chocoate flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this fairly sweet beer, though there's nothing heavy or tiring about drinking this beer. The alcohol is really well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile, and as a result drinkability is pretty good.

Just an all around solid beer from Victory. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 20:50:03 | More by John_M
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best by 9/2/2012. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big caramel, banana, clove, pepper, molasses, orange peel, toasted biscuit, raisin, prune, and yeast spices. Great aromas here with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of big caramel, banana, molasses, toasted biscuit, clove, prune, raisin, pepper, citrus peel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, banana, clove, biscuit, and molasses on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Dangerously easy to drink for 8.7%. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent weizenbock. Great flavor balance and complexity; and super smooth to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 04:40:11 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

11-18-2011 21:25:58 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-10-2011 03:21:20 | More by rab53
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plaid75

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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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to trying this one. Pours a hazy brown, small tan head forms, chunks galore, little bit of lacing. Smell is malty as all hell, some citrus, spice, vanilla dates, and banana bread. Taste is sweet, vanilla and citrus, dates, super malty through the middle, banana bread and alcohol finishes it out. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty neat beer, thanks DrJay!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 22:38:17 | More by Viggo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Aug. 20, 2004" on label.

Murky looking deep brown-orange appearance. Nice creamy, tight beige head. Retention is better than average and lace is spotty. Nose is pretty nice. Banana and vanilla mix nicely with pepper, clove and lemon. The taste is very pleasant. Thick, but satisfying sweetness. Light notes of vanilla and pepper. Phenolic characteristics as well. Banana esters and some yeasty breadiness. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and the body is damn near full. I like this one.

Thanks for the nice Wheat Bock Murph.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 04:44:00 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber colour with orangish highlights. The white head was a bit thin and reduced to a solid ring of fine bubbles in a short time. Malty caramel and wheat aroma with light alcohol, but the main player here is fruit - ripe banana, pineapple and plum. The flavour was very similar to the aroma, just bigger. Heavy malt with mild bitterness. Things blended together to give a banana bread-like character. Full bodied (just short of chewy) with medium/low carbonation. Off-dry. I really enjoyed the fruity character. Now to try this on tap!

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 01:46:57 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:23:13 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas, grainy brown sugar, clove, and hints of green apple. As it warms a robust dark wheat aroma shows up and the banana aromas strengthen.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark wheat flavors up front with a surprising amount of body team up with green apples and bananas. Midway through the sip a good hit of clove comes out and segues into a smooth crisp and sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very smooth beer with tons of complexities and popping flavors. Well worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 01:23:12 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-16-2014 02:40:46 | More by afsdan
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by April 15, 2005. Oops... it expired over a year ago!

A: Hazy golden bronze with chunks. Off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bubble-gum esters, slightly tart.

T: Bubble-gum, banana, cloves and bread.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, acidic.

D: The years haven't been too kind.

Thanks Len!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 00:27:34 | More by Derek
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Gusler

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brooding and bemused amber color with the head impressive in size, the color an off white with a sticky sheet of lace that clings mightily to the glass. The nose lemon-lime like as in citrus crisp, bubble gun and bananas, what a “Hoot”. Sweet and sour start, the top middling in feel and the finish mildly acidic, hops are forceful in their bite, quite dry aftertaste. One of my favorites from Victory, and thanks to several “BA’s”, I’ve managed to store a few and they seem to age quite well, but actually never last more than 6 months.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2003 14:04:42 | More by Gusler
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billab914

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured brown with a bit of an orange hue to it. The head started off big and full, filling the top two inches of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass, but left some great lacing.

The aroma is sweet with wheat malt leading the way. A moderate banana and clove like spiciness flavor comes through in it as well. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it overall. I really like how much the wheat comes through.

The taste leans a bit more on the fruity and spicy flavors coming through from the yeast. That sweet wheat malt comes through nicely and lends a sweetness right through the finish. It mixes the flavors very nicely though and neither overpowers the beer. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the wheat malt flavors to it. All the flavors worked together very nicely and make for a very nice beer overall. I really love this style when it's done well.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 00:25:02 | More by billab914
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