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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

731 Reviews
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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,391
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 127
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 paulhargus
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Victory Brewpub.

A: dark brown with some orange tint. about 1 1/2 inch off-white head. slight retention and decent lacing throughout

S: nutty/banana aroma. even a slight bubblegum scent. once the beer warmed up, you could very distinctly smell the alcohol. not a huge fan of the heavy alcohol scent.

T: wheaty and malty. they say you will taste a healthy banana flavor and you certainly do. i enjoyed that very much. however, as with the scent, once the beer warms, you REALLY taste the alcohol. i had a .5L weizenbock glass and about 2/3's of the way through, i felt like i was having a mixed drink.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: overall, this is the first weizenbock i've ever had. i didn't think i would like this style, but i found this beer to be very enjoyable. the high ABV will certainly have you feeling fuzzy after just a few. as mentioned above, i would go with the smaller glass and not let it warm too much, unless you enjoye a strong alcohol presence in your beer, which i do not. would certainly try this again.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall I like this beer, it does creep up on you as it warms in
the glass. Lots going on with this beer concoction. Love the tart
fruity wheat and spicey malt tastes. This is a grand beer in the
sense that its nice to have a couple but I wouldn't be out with
friends drinking one after the other, its got a kick. Very tastey
brew from a great brewery VICTORY!

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Photo of ohmybock
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first had this one 10 years ago or so. I remember thinking it was one of the better weizenbocks I had tried back then, but to be fair there weren't a whole lot available. Even today, there still aren't a whole lot, but there are definitely more to choose from now including some newer variations like pale, eisbock, and hoppy versions. For what it's worth, my favorite was and still is Aventinus.

Moonglow pours a nice amber-ish-cloudy with a lasting head. The aroma is spicy with a bit of clove and fruit. The flavor is sweet and spicy upfront with some banana/spice and then slowly fades into a long lasting similar finish. The body is a bit thin. It's interesting to finally go back and taste this brew after many years. On that note (and after having quite a few other quality weizenbocks over the years), I don't think this brew is as good as I previously thought. It's not bad for an American attempt, but there's a moderate grape soda flavor mixed in with a hint of plastic/Band-aid which I don't care for in the style. I seem to be rating this one lower than most other people. If you like weizenbocks, then don't worry about what I think. Go ahead and try this one for yourself.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, a must try. Pours a a dark hazzy copperish color with a nice dirty white head. Decent lacing. Has a nice spicy, yeast nose to it. The taste is a fruity one that is very subtle and at a whopping 8.7 you can barely taste the alcohol. This beer has a high drinkability cause i love it. Delicious.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel, brownish color with legitimate "moonglow". Interestingly dark

S- Fruity, somewhat. A bready smell is also evident, but not overpowering.

T- Top 5 ever for me. Nothing I would change about it. Bready, fruity, enough bite, with enough smoothness. Wheaty, with a flavor somewhat like the Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss...Wonderful

M- Not too overpowering, but still enough to let you know that its there. I love it...almost perfect

D- A little too much for the average drinker, but wheat beer lovers would love it, as I do. This is one of the best beers I have ever experienced. YAY For PA!!!

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Photo of ChuckD
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen. Sediment was swirled and included in the final pour. Lacy, good sized head with staying power atop a dark red/ruby colored body. The obvious cloudiness present.

To the nose, malty and sweet - with the wheat banana aroma lingering. It is not a full nose - thin with the alcohol tending to block out many of the subtle smells.

In the mouth, this is a smooth, creamy beer. The first taste is the wheat kicker - just enough sour to get you going. This is quickly taken over by the malts - caramel and butterscotch layers. The alcohol is everywhere - a little too present.

The body feels a little thin - not as chewy and full as I'd like. The finish is dry and pleasant, creating a fairly satisfying end.

Musings: I've been on a weizen bock kick lately - thanks to the Greenpoint Gunner. This is not my favorite weizen bock - but not bad either. The taste is nice but is not complemented by the feel. It should be more substantial in the mouth.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch poured into a weizen glass.

A - Wow. First off, it took me a couple minutes just to get it into my glass. The carbonation is really intense. Pours a nice amber that has a glow to it(go figure). Rocky, dense head that's forming a really thick cap.

S - I could smell it from a couple feet away. Great upfront wheat notes. Spices(clove and others) and a bit of banana, lots of bread backed by some more bready malt notes. I said bread twice, which yes, means it's really prominent here.

T - Yeah, there's definitely a lot of bready character here. Lots of spice going on, but not much in the realm of banana. There's something that's a little like apples as well, which is interesting. Covers the alcohol pretty well, though it's slightly evident in the finish along with the aforementioned apples, which are pretty light.

MF - Fairly creamy and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep things moving along well.

D - Well, I won't have any trouble finishing this one off. I could probably have another, though I won't. I've had weizenbocks more and less drinkable than this, and my score reflects that. Overall, it doesn't stack up to my favorites(Aventinus and Vitus), but it's good and has some unique characteristics.

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Photo of malthead
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I realize this is a Fall seasonal, and it's a month over its "best by" date, but it's bottle conditioned at 8.7% ABV, and I've already had it fresh, so I don't feel I'm doing it a disservice by reviewing an old bottle...
Having said that - Beautiful cloudy amber/copper color, with a nice head that fades kinda quickly. Smells of banana and clove, and sweet malt. Great taste, it's really sweet and I've docked drinkability and mouthfeel slightly because it might be too sweet/cloying after a while, but I love the sweetness complimented by a nice warm boozy feeling. Delightfully dangerous, you don't realize how strong this is. I generally steer clear of wits, hefeweizens, etc, but this one is just amazing, full of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a case. Chilled and poured into a sierra nevada pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color, appropriate for the season. One-finger head recedes to a nice little layer of spotty bubbles on top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite interesting. Almost like a super wheat beer. Malt sweetness, caramel, banana's, yeast. A warm welcome to an interesting brew.

Taste: Definitely a strong wheat flavor to it. Some sweet malts are present as well before you uncover a nice addition of tropical fruit flavors. Some yeast and phenols present before banana takes over before a slightly toasted malt finish. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and pretty damn smooth. Slightly prickly on the tongue, mostly in the back of the throat, and some warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's 8.7% but it sure drinks nicely. I could have a few of these, nothing to pound though. Medium bodied.

My first weizenbock...me likey.

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Photo of clint1019
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - medium-amber in color with a slight hazyness to it. The head is toffee colored and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - caramel malt aroma with bready notes and a spicy yeastyness.

T - has a wheaty/bready flavor with a spicyness.

M - medium bodied, has a ton of carbonation.

O - overall a pretty good weizenbock. Although I don't think this years is as good as last years.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%

Draft pour into snifter, Coopers, Scranton.

After drinking Aventinus for many years, this had humongous shoes to fill and didn't get it done.
Body was a bit thin, and the complexity was lacking. Wheat with a bit of plum and cherry, the drinkability was good and the alcohol
well hidden. Would definitely drink again, but won't seek out...

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Photo of ohoove
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- beautiful copper colorw/ a stunningfrothy cap and spotty lacing
S-rusty water-grape bubble yum and mac intosh apples ,and banana
M- medium weight, coats and covers well
T - dominated by sweet maltsand spicy undertones along with the fruit collage
This baby is not for beer cheeries, complex and mellow, with a slew of aromas and tastes- a treat for sure. A wheat with personality.
Get up and get some!

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Photo of veggiemafia
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle from the 2006 bottling.

Appearance is a nice dark, very cloudy ruddy brown with a substantial off-white head with many different sized bubbles.

Smell is VERY phenolic and filled with lots of alcohol. Other than that some very pronounced green grape aromas, and some things that are very much like plums soaked in brandy or port. Very hot, intensely spicy alcohol is definitely a presence in this one, but this is almost 9%.

Alcohol comes through first. Lots of spicy hot alcohol, and lots of phenols with the grape thing coming through as a really refreshing change of pace from this otherwise kind of abrasive brew. Just really, really spicy and alcoholic and hot.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp, but substantial.

This is not a very drinkable beer, only because of the intense alcohol.

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Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle into a snifter glass.

The bottle was nearly 6 months old from the bottling date, however with a high-alcohol brew such as this I am thinking that shouldn't be a problem.

My first-ever Weizenbock, and I enjoyed it immensely!

-Beautiful mahogany coloured beer when held up to the light.

-Smells of inviting "warm" spices.

-Tastes of warm spices with an after-dinner-drink appeal. I did not note any amplification of the tastes as the beer warmed. It was great right out of the refrigerator and stayed great for the 1+ hour that I sipped on it.

-Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp and not syrupy. Just right.

-Finishes with a slow fade of flavors that beckon another sip not too far away.

Definitely a nice, quality, elegant sippers brew. I will get it again.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep reddish copper with one finger frothy head. some chunks of yeast in suspension and slightly hazy.

aroma pour out of glass, redolent of orchard fruits, dusky spices, clove, allspice, cardamom, and some ripe bananas, with a touch of caramel.

frothy texture and wonderful flavors of fruits and brandy, spice laced carbonation wafts into sinuses and intense hop bitterness holds the palate together.

beautifully balanced mouthfeel. more hops that i was expecting but an awesome texture and overall great balance. The carbonation and viscosity of the brew makes it feel like champagne on the tongue.

all in all, totally delicious and a must try for wheat beer lovers.

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Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

Light brown ale with suspended bits of unfiltered sludge swirling around within (I guess I should not have poured the whole bottle out). 1/2 inch bubbly lace that was gone in 30 seconds, to almost no lace.

Strong yeast smell, slight barley on the end, very faint toffee. Taste is very similar- yeast predominates, with malt and barley notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the flatter side, with a medium to light body. I would not drink this on a daily basis as it's not my style, but it feels like it's a solid representation of this style given other's I've tried.

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Photo of philerman
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler ($11.99 at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting--the keg was leftover from a Victory tap takeover earlier this week.) into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours hazy dark tan with about a finger's worth of foam.

S: Aroma is somewhat chemically owing to the high abv..notes of coconut and yeast as well.

T: Banana, malt, not too much wheat...some alcohol burn.

M: Really hits the top of the mouth, a bit bitter on the aftertaste.

O: A style I definitely look forward to every year--more so than the myriad pumpkin beers. This fits well and will probably make an annual tradition.

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Photo of Tallboy
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd offering from Victory and I must say they realy got it going on!!!
Pours a clear reddish but murky brown. Minute taupe head recedes quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells like a fresh fruit and candy bouquet that is just sweetly sublime . Taste is a nice yeast with ample helpings of pear, apple and a hint of caramel creme for good measure. Malty with a full and ritch syrupy like body. Alcohol is disguised realy well. No burn, just good ole' warmth. Easily drinkable considering it has a large ABV content.

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Photo of boelker62
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - virtually no head atop a deep copper body with a slight haze.

S - moderate malt nose and a lightly toasted bread hint. Hops were there in a simple floral basis. The yeasty notes on this one are basic, but definately presnt. Quite on style for all these scents. Considerably noticeable hints of nutmeg, and a bit of ginger.

T - initial tasting is mildly sweet and malty, with all the aromas mentioned above, poking through.

M - quite an oily texture in the light to medium body, an intersting feeling and accomplishment, IMO.

D - oh sure, yes it's nice. It will sneak up on you, about 8+%

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Photo of mindspin315
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber and brown body hint of orange. All colors come through depending on how the light is hitting it. Pours a good size of tan head which has settled to a nice thick alcohol ring around the glass.

Faint banana and heavy spice aromas from the yeast are most noticable. Cinnamon/sugar bread, alcohol notes, and chewy maltiness.

Spice flavor jumps on the palate right away and stays through the finish. Mild banana bread and toast. Creamy body with a nice dose of carbonation. Spices play the biggest role here which are quite enjoyable for the fall/winter seasons.

Take the label off this beer and I'd think I'm drinking a Weizenbock from Germany. True to style and executed very well. I've only had Ayinger Weizenbock, Aventinus, and Weihenstephaner Vitus as far as Weizenbocks go but this right on par with all of those. I do enjoy Vitus and Aventinus more, but this one is quite good.

[92/100]

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Photo of ajr24
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've finally gotten around to picking up another bottle to review. Being enjoyed appropriately out of a weizen glass.
A- Pours out a dusky and murky brown with a fluffy dark cream head. It much resembles the moon glowing over a foggy night. Light enters this beer and comes out confused on the other end.
S- This beer omits a most joyous scent. Smells like a healthy breakfast cereal that has just been merrily introduced to beer. The wheat profile gladly welcomes the zesty fruitiness into the mix. The most apparent fruit smell is banana plus some spice.
T- Aforementioned, it tastes like wheaties, some bananas sliced, spiced and instead of milk, you add beer. However and fortunately it isn't that dull and simple. Wheat malts stand up proudly yet humbly and introduce the rest of the brew- some spicy and fruity notes that sing like angels.
M- This beer truly enjoys being in your mouth. It's energetic, spicy and downright sassy. Lively and flavor city.
D- At 8.7% abv this beer is meant to be smiled at and laughed WITH. Disrespect this, or take it to pound town and you'll probably get pulled over. Or think of another terrible analogy for getting drunk.
Overall, this is one of the finest weizenbocks I've had. Quickly recommended to all!

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Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled: 11.10.05

Appearance is like looking at a glass of cider under a thick brown-white head. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is immediately of fresh apples. Dark wheat hints along with some banana lurk behind that sweetness. Heavy scent of candy (carnival candied apples??) hangs out through out the drinking experience.

The flavor has an initial Belgian feel to it, but it dissipates quickly into more sweet candy apples. Some grain flavors hangout. The beer also has a tanginess that reminds of cider. This was the first disappointing beer from Victory I’ve had, but it’s also the first Weizenbock I’ve had. So, I may not be seeking the ‘correct’ qualities just yet. But one thing for sure is that these bottles were juicy. Like apple juice mostly. Not very “beer” like, if I’m making any sense. The mouth was low carbed and light, like, well…juice.

It was easy to drink, but I’ve only had one per sitting over the last week. As mentioned, my first Weizenbock, so tough to compare to it stylistically, but it went down considering the 8%+ abv billing.

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Notes: Not my favorite by any means, but it wasn’t bad enough to turn me off the beer or the style. I’ll give another batch a shot and I’m laying one down to see if the dark malts can gain any footing in this sweet juicy beer and maybe sour the fruit enough for some interesting flavoring. I’ll report back.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma-Definite wheat smell, a nice mix of bread, clove banana. Reminiscent of Aventinus.

Mouthfeel-A bit of body for a wheat, but still relatively light with some texture. Higher end of carbonation in suit for style.

Appearance-Poured to very nice head, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" in hefeweizen glass. Off amber/ruby color with a nice haze and yeast visibly present and pretty vigorously being moved around. Lacing on glass rather noticeable as head has dissipated. Likely 5 minutes since pour and still 3/8" or so.

Taste-Getting a nice clove/fruity taste with a bit of bitterness after the fact from the hops, a bit different. In line with a regular wheat flavor, but a bit more (cinnamon/slight coriander?)

Drinkability-Rather, I know this has a higher alcohol but I think I could get through a number of these.

Overall-Really excellent beer overall and rather drinkable. Will likely purchase again, can't remember what I paid but possibly a nice cheaper alternative to Aventinus?

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Photo of MacDomer
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a warm looking cloudy/hazy brown with rust colored edges. Pretty good head - easy two finger on the pour. Bunch of random floaties here, including a few bigger ones.

S - Great nose - very fruity with tons of berries, ripe bananas, apple cider, and some sweet malt. Bready yeast. Alcohol esters.

T - Berries and yeast take front stage here. Roasted sweet malts, hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. Fruity and sweet. Tasty.

M - This beer is pretty creamy and smooth. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Alcohol is pretty well hidden but is there. Pretty fruity. I think I would top out at two before having to move to something else, and that might be a bit much.

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Photo of J23hc
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exquisite mahogony tone with an orange tinge. Thick and foggy. Creamy off white head, down to clumps. Lots of banana on the nose, with peanut butter and chocolate truffle. Very complex flavor including caramel, clove, citrus, hop bitterness. Chemically aftertaste. Very full bodied and refreshing. Smooth yet crispy. What a great offering from victory, relatively high abv

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.