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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,218
Reviews: 689
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 103
Gots: 74 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jwhancher
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle at Monde Market in Philly this past Thursday on 10/16/14. Enjoy by date reads 8/19/15 on the label. Poured into my Victory Sunrise Weissbier weizen glass. Massive rocky head with a vigorous pour, almost the length of the entire glass. Took me a few minutes just to empty the entire bottle into the glass due to the seemingly everlasting head. Made sure to swirl the bottle to get some yeast dregs into my glass. Looks a cloudy orange copper with nice carbonation.

Smells of banana, clove, pear, green apple, slight vanilla, candied raisins, and wheat bread. Spicy noble hops and a black pepper from the weizen yeast.

Tastes wonderfully complex with notes of clove phenols, banana, bready wheat malts, light vanilla, and some dark fruit like plums or dark cherries. Can feel the alcohol warmth in the back of the throat at the finish. Seems moderately sweet with no hop flavor.

Feels medium to full bodied with warming alcohol and nice carbonation.

A very nice weizenbock. An excellent version made here in PA. Nice autumn seasonal offering just as the weather is starting to turn cool. Forget pumpkin beers, I really wish more breweries would make a beer like this! A very well executed beer by Victory (yet again).

Photo of beergod1
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Great Lakes Tall Pilsener Glass. Murky brown with stronger red tints especially when held to the light, Sweet Jesus, Look at the Floaties. Nice creamy head that doesn't last too long and leaves a little on the sides. Nose is extremely spicy and fruity, can't smell or taste the almost 9% alcohol. A sweet candy or brown sugar taste is noticeable. As the beer warms, the flavors become more intense. I Like this, another good one from Victory.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of jcalabre
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled from bottle on 4 November 2002. This beer was a pleasant surprise. Victory is very hard to get in my area, so when I noticed this seasonal I picked up a couple of bottles. What a nice flavor. Beautiful slightly cloudy amber color, w/ a hint of sweetness on the palate. Excellent beer!

Photo of tubeyes
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, hazy, rubied-oranged-amber, with a big cap of fluffy light khaki.

The nose delivers red apple, loads of bananas, and some spicy clovely alcohol.

Nice flavor. Ruby apples drizzled with a bit of caramel, bananas and clove, lots of wheaty yeastiness. Nice, hugely soft and fluffy carb, medium full. This deceptive bastard really hides the alcohol in the flavor.

Very nice brew. Supremely enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of scottDC
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of freed
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one...

This beer was quite beautiful sitting in my glass. Its body was a lovely sunset gradient of yellow to orange, slight haze clouding it. A tiny meniscus of pinpoint sized bubbles on top.

Smells of wheat and cidery yeasts are dominant with a slight tang of ground mustard. Thinking my nose was deceived, I tasted the beer. It was predominantly sweet malts and dry wheat with a bready yeast flavor and still a taste of mustard. This observation was mocked, but it really was a pleasant taste. It certainly gave me an idea.

This was probably the most pleasant and interesting wheat beer I've had in a long time. Aside from being gorgeous, it had a unique flavor that I'll certainly remember.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of goindownsouth
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic find on my most recent stop in Downingtown to Victory. A tremendous darkened red, almost a burgundy color and the head left a lace all throughout the glass of brew. The suspended cloudiness was a gorgeous site to behold. Notes of spice, perhaps just barelyt ripened bananas were apparent, as was a hint of alcohol. The malt profile was a good counter balance to that. Smooth, luscious and creamy on the palate, the alcohol offers a little tingle when you least expect it.

While this is a style that is rarely attempted here state-side, this is one of my favorite Biers, bar none. Well worth waiting for until September.

Prosit!

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a flute is a hazy dark amber beer. On top is about two inches worth of head that stays around rather well.

Aroma: Sweet fruit notes, brown bread, ripe bananas, clove among other spices whirl around. Yeasty notes fruity esters with hints of alcohol.

Taste: Spices cloves, estery alcohol wisps. A smooth mouthfeel with only a little bite. Bananas, dark bread, sweet fruits all over. A touch of breadiness in the back.

Notes: Quite the tasty brew a very good example of the style. Cheers.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of damienblack
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy amber with a big, creamy, slightly tannish head reminding me of meringue. Smells of citrus, especially of a banana sweetness.

Taste is a continuation of the smell. Silky-smooth and creamy sweetness of citrus fruits (not so much banana, though), crisp and drinkable. Slight taste of spices. Very clean taste, no bitterness to speak of. Little alcohol taste prevalent. Another high-quality offering from Victory.

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4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: This pours a hazy, sediment-riddled brown color with orange hues and a finger of off-white head that recedes quickly to the edges, producing mediocre lace.

S: Heavy banana and clove, sweet berries, and caramel.

T: Mellow banana, sweet and ripe berries, bread and caramel malt, and some pepper.

M: It has a medium body thickness with relatively low carbonation and some finishing stickiness.

D: This is solid tasting but it comes up short in the intagibles (appearance and mouthfeel).

Photo of Chaz
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a frothy dark tan head which leaves behind moderate lacing as it settles. Carbonation was better than I'd expected*. Dusky amber in color and rather clear but for the yeast suspended throughout.

Nose is bold and expressive (as well as rather rich in terms of alcohol), with plum, raisin, and light rum set upon a bed of banana and cloves. Definitely yeasty, and the barest hint of oxidation. Reminds me a bit of an old ale...

The notes of sharp pineapple and light marshmallow on the first sip remind me of what a great interpretation this one is -- much more of a unique flavor going on here than would be considered 'average' for he style. Definitely fruity, with all of the notes from the nose present in spades all across the palate, and very lightly boozy. Still, there's enough zip and carbonation so as not to make it seem heavy, and the yeast that remains in the bottle adds to mouthfeel and visual impression. Medium-bodied, though it drinks lighter...

Even when fresh this one is an easy-drinker -perhaps even 'dangerous' to some ; ) - and this bottle is no exception.

A very, very good beer all around, and I wish I could find it more regularly!

Served slightly chilled in a Westmalle chalice.

* Note: Labeled as "Best before September 24 2010", this one held up extremely well in my cool, dark beer 'fridge.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very slightly hazy deep amber. The head is even more than expected: three fingers after a medium strength pour. I let the beer sit, and it's been sitting for 5 minutes and still has a good two fingers of head, which is leaving a solid sheet of lacing as it drops. Through the haze I can see a small amount of sediment, indicating a traditional bottle-conditioning, and I can also see a constant stream of bubbles. The head looks like off-white billowy clouds- the little silent playground you see when you're at 10,000 ft elevation in an airplane. Unbelievable head retention. Especially for this high of an ABV.

Aroma sends up rich banana notes, of course the almighty clove, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, shortbread, and homemade banana nut bread, with butter, toasted to perfection.

and the head still remains.

First impression of the flavor is banana bread, followed by an earthy, almost swampy note in the background from the hops. A distinct peppery spice rounds out the finish, leaving pepper and banana to linger on the palate.

and the head remains.

Mouthfeel is so carbonated it feels fluffy, like trying to mouthwash with a root beer. The underlying body is medium, but feels thicker because of the ridiculous carbonation. The finish is very dry, but not in a bitter way... Almost the dry that you get from a hydrogen peroxide rinse. All this sounds a bit unappetizing, I know, but it comes together very very well and makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

the head. still there. still a thick pillow.

This is probably the best weizenbock I have had. Ironic, because it's made in the states. But I suppose a style can be improved upon, eh? If you love the style, you MUST try this one. It is nothing short of exceptional.

oh, did I mention the head? I have a glass of a finger of head left after the beer is gone.

Photo of waughbrew
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick plum color with a great sticky, retentious head. The color of this beer is wonderful to look at. Aroma intrigues me with big green apple, yeast, phenolics, and raisin. What I found at first to be overpowering green apple did not bother me for long. This beer is strong and proud, and all of its bold flavors meld together wonderfully. The dark caramel malts back up the yeast flavors and leave a little bit of sweetness that the german hops cannot fight. Possibly a little thicker and a little less carbonated than I would like. This beer is a very solid, very complex brew.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint. From notes.

A: deep hazy body, golden in color. White head with good retention and nice amount of lace.

S: Rich in clove, slight banana, with medium intensity.

T/M: a very silky body, with a light finish, clove dominance on the body. Medium body with good level of esters. Hoppy fruit notes.

Overall: this is a good brew for the style, especially for an American brewery.

Photo of marcpal
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.