Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 704
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 111
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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 corby112
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Dark orangish brown with a thin head of big bubbles. Body has a nice dense haze with a light carbonation

S- bready malt with pronounced banana and just a hint of clove.

T- a Belgian candy flavor with a hint of cloves and a nice maltyness with a bit of wheat. I bit of a tart flavor at the end with a yeasty finish. a hint of alcohol warmth but no hops noted.

M- A medium body with a bit of a fuzziness. No real heat from the alcohol.

D- This is a ok brew. It doesn't have the malt characters that I was looking for and it wasn't as complex as some of the other commercial examples I've had. A nice drink but I will try some other weizenbocks.

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at the Batdorf in Annville, PA.

A: The weizenbock is a muddy auburn color, equal parts thick orange and brown. No head to speak of, although that seems to be par for the course at the 'dorf.

S: The nose is wheaty, fully of banana and clove esters and a solid rush of boozy warmth. Breadiness from the malt mixes with the esters to good effect.

T: Even when the weizenbock is cold, the esters stand out. Fruity, bubblegum and clove with banana for good measure, flavors abound. The wheat flavor lacks the light tartness that more delicate weizens show off but that abrasive strength is a nice substitute. Bready malts, the barley aspect, drive the thickness of the ale and provide a dry counterpoint to the esters.

M: Every now and then, I detected a metallic flavor. It was fleeting and may have jhust been my imagination. The weizenbier is robust, flavorful and fortified.

D: A winter warmer indeed, this one will keep you comfy at night. A stand-out weizenbock.

Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head and lacing. Caramel malt, wheat, banana aroma. .A pleasant weizenbock with some dark fruit flavors. Typical weizen clove spice, orange and sweetness at first, dark fruit and light malt middle and a bit of hops at the end. A light metallic flavor on the finish mars an otherwise very nice beer. Worth revisiting.

Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small fizzy, off-white head. TONS of floaties. Beer is a dull red color. Poor head retention, no lacing. Some effervescence. I don't mind sediment but this appearance as a whole does nothing for me.

S- Smells good. Some spices and citrus notes.

T- Follows nose. Bananas and cloves...cinnamon? Spicy yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol for 8.7%

M- Tongue fizzling. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Wow, I feel if this were to be more eye-appealing I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it stands, smells and tastes great...appearance keeps it out of the upper tier of weizenbocks. Would have again in the future and cross my fingers.

Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
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!

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, hops, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hops, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend.

Photo of DrJay
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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!

Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and dark fruits. Taste is like the smell, fruit, spices and alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

Photo of Viggo
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Interesting mix of color.

Aroma is full of subtle banana and clove in the nose with a slightly sweet/smoky texture.

Taste is chock full of raisin, clove and has that smoky texture that I noticed in the nose. A bit of alcohol warmth accompanies it as well.

Finishes a bit sweet at the end of the tongue with just a hint of alcohol warmth and raisin sticking out the most. I didn't think it would be this strong.

Drinkable and a compliment to this cold early fall night. I can't tell you if it's the best example of the style but I will recommend that you check it out, especially if you enjoy Victory products.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8-25-05

Appearance- Pours a light bread dough head that faded to nothing about a minute after pouring. Color is a deep reddish-brown, deep amber. There is some big bubbles in the lacing here.

Smell- A hint of spiciness mixed with a lot of earthy wheat aromas.

Taste- Starts out as a general spicy mixed with light roasty maltys, then the wheat blends with Christmas fruits. Making for a pretty sweet brew, great for a nightcap.

Mouthfeel- A good amount of dark sweetnes dances around the tongue for awhile. Lets not forget a little tart finish at the back of the tongue.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer was brown and murky with an oily foam. The murkiness was a little unexpected based on the few other weizenbocks I've had.

The smell was stunning, it was so good. Lots of ester-type fruit aromas, bananas in the lead with some plums or raisins following. The taste was awesome too, with all the afore-mentioned fruits competing with sweet malt flavors.

Very good seasonal which I think Victory should make all year long.

Photo of Gusler
4.19/5  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.

Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours is a dark amber color with a medium size khaki colored head that recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with spicy yeast esters; then as it warms I get more sweet, hearty, wheat bread followed along with some banana bread notes.

The tastes begin with a good sweet bready base. Then as it warms I get clove and gingerbread along with a subtle banana flavor. Some brown sugar and molasses, as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Finish is moderately creamy with a mild warming feel.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of the Weizenbock I've had recently but still not up to par with the great German examples.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.