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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Moonglow Weizenbock
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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 97
Gots: 71 | 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 csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nodder
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12oz single at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $3.50. Best by date Sep 24 2010 stamped on the label. Served cold in a tulip.

There's a healthy 1/4" layer of sediment visible at the bottom of the bottle and some yeasty chunks come through despite a careful pour. The brew is a very dark cherry red with a stable layer of light tan head. Rigorous carbonation keeps the yeast pieces circulating around in the glass. Nose is a bit subdued but the expected elements are detected- semi-sweet, dark dried fruits, banana, earth, yeast. It makes me think of dried chocolate-covered cherries even though there's nothing explicitly chocolatey about it. The mouthfeel is moderately thick, but thinner than expected. A swirl of the glass brings an explosion of fizzy carbonation and head that settles almost as quickly as it rose. Taste is toffee, dried cherries, a bit of banana and stale cinnamon warmth. The mild finish is anise and a bit of boozy warmth.

Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brownish color with a nice head. Goes down to a lace and eventually fades away. The taste has a great malt base, typical of other German wheat beers. Tastes of cloves and bananas in the background. Very good drinkability even for the high alcohol content.

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

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a Maudite goblet.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish orange topped by an ivory colored head composed of tiny wee bubbles. A small film of foam remains after a few minutes. Lacing attempted to form, but never quite succeeded.

Smell: Caramelized malts and clovey banana goodness. Intense and lovely. Lemony at times.

Taste: Sweet pruny malts with strong clove flavors. Hints of bananas and balck peppers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and supple medium body with phenolic aftertastes.

Drinkability: Damn if this isn't nice. Victory shoots and scores. Well worth getting and savoring. I could see this going well with hearty soups, breads, and cheeses.

Photo of FatBoyGotSwagger
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Atlas1
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle ("Enjoy by Sept. 15, '07" written on label) into a weizen glass. Pours an interesting range of colors, from light orange/amber at the base and top to deep reddish-brown in the heart of the body. It's a pretty beer alright. A nice two-finger head settled after the pour, but dissipated quickly leaving no real evidence of lace. The aroma is sweet with notes of apple, raisin, plum, and pear. Some cinammon stick is hidden deep within, as well as other holiday season spices. Also I can smell butter crust. Is it me, or does this thing smell like a fresh fruit pie? A damn good fruit pie at that. The taste is refreshing. I can detect some banana, apple, pear, and even some orange in here as well. There's a woody feel to it as well. It has a pleasant balance between the malt and hops. It's a fruity weizenbock, to be sure, but the malt holds its own, and the hop content keeps the whole thing from getting too carried away. The 8.7% ABV could easily sneak up on you; the heat is completely overshadowed by the beer's overall flavor. A bit weak in the mouthfeel, in my opinion, which is too bad. It doesn't linger in the taste buds like some of Victory's other beers, or like some other Weizenbocks for that matter. As a result, though, it comes up short in the end. For such a nice beer, it would be great to have it resonate in the finish a bit more. Still, it's a thirst quencher and a fine brew.

Photo of Murph
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light amber with a nice creamy head. The smell is wheat with a lot of yeast and some fruity undertones in there. Taste starts off with a nice wheat flavor that slowly turns to yeast then banana and finally into a slightly tart apple flavor. The tongue is left with a yeasty taste that leaves you wanting more. Very creamy and smooth and extremely drinkable. Damn this is one fine brew, but what else do I expect from my favorite East Coast brewery.

Photo of ALLISON01
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to lingering surface skim, and not much lacing, and tiny bubbles throughout (when they could be seen through the cloudy body). Color was a cloudy orange tinted brown amber.

Smell - fruity esters like apples and dried dark fruits like dates. Stong phenols also present, and some diacetyl as well. Strong spicy alcohol ( maybe actually yeast ) also.

Taste - Diacetyl. Apple juice. Dates, dried plums. Some dark bread. Slight phenol. Some alcohol warmth. Slight spice.

Mouthfeel - thin, with moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down fairly easy, don't like the diacetyl thing is the problem here.

Photo of Barnsley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep copper with a red tint and a big, foamy head on top. The head is gorgeous, it’s about two fingers thick upon first pour and then very slowly falls. Eventually it settles into coaster-thick cap.

SMELL: Huge banana aroma with some earthy and spicy notes as well. The smell is fairly intense as well, a good thing.

TASTE: That banana is still here in the flavor, but it takes more of a banana bread-like form. Some sweet and dark fruit flavors surround the banana bread. A touch of nuttiness rounds this one out.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a really great beer, but the mouthfeel is where it sets itself apart. This is where I miss the old BA rating system, cause I want to point out that this beer is a 5 in the mouthfeel category. Medium to slightly big bodied with a nice, sweet start and a pleasant drying finish. The sparkle is subtle, but still present, tickling the palate just enough.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of Victory playing to it’s strengths; excellent German-style beer with a bit of an American twist. And OK, I stand corrected, looks like the attribute rating system is back! Thanks BA!

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jmamay22
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark amber/brown almost purple looking. Finger high head thins out to nothing, but a slim collar.

Smells of odd dark fruity flavors, wheat and a hint of alcohol. The nose is very intriguing. First sip reveals a banana caramel malty flavor. Some warmth and further sips reveal a greaty complexity with hints of apple and a slighlty spicy tangy flavor. Alcohol is extremely well hidden beneath the sweet banana spiciness.

Full mouthfeel and the carbonation is in its proper place. Drinkable despite the high abv, but I'm happy after one. A unique, but solid take on a weizenbock, which I may return to once the season cools and to pair with a nice slice of apple or pumpkin pie.

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

Thanks to prototypic for the hook up.

A - Pours a mix between orange and brown. Healthy amount of cloudiness with a few floaties. The off white head tops out at half inch and sticks around for a minute or two. Small pockets of lace are left behind.

S - Starts out fruity with notes of lemon and banana. Fruit is followed pretty quickly by a hit of spice. Clove and maybe some pepper from the alcohol. There is a wheat twang that comes and goes but doesn't take the forefront.

T - More fruit in the flavor. Lots of lemon and banana mixed in with a touch of cherry. Wheat is noticed more in the flavor that aroma. Alcohol is no slouch in this brew. It stays on the borderline of being too warm all the way through. A nice thick malt base is also present. it seems to be what is keeping the alcohol on check. Flavors of bread crust (could be toasted) and wheat finish it off.

M - This one is fuller bodied with a carbonation level that is right on target. Finish is big. Starts out sweet from the fruit and alcohol rounds it out.

D - Drinkibility is good. I like the way everything comes together in this beer (aroma, flavor, feel). It all just works to make a very nice product. The alcohol borderline gets in the way but there is a fine line between gentle warming and a flat heat. Glad I got to try this one out. I could definitely have this beer again, and again, and again...

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured a copper color with 5+f head in a Hefeweizen glass. The head was larger than other Weizenbocks I have poured and tasted.

The aroma is classic- but not as strong as other German Weizenbocks: bananna, clove, and spice.

The mouth feel is lighter and less carbonated than German beers in the style.

The taste is banana, spice, clove- transitioning well from the aroma.

The finish is lighter than German Weizenbocks- I like this along with less carbonation.
If I did a blindfold test, I would chosen this beer as German brewed- it has German whole hops, and malts. It is the best American weizenbock I have tasted.

Photo of andthevolcano
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Appearance: Copper colored with a off white/maybe beige head with decent retention. Hazy...chunks of sediment floating around at first...and then most of that settles.

Aroma: Yeast, banana, cloves...good profile for a weizenbock.

Taste: Banana, cloves and yeast...nice sweetness that comes out of it with all these flavors. Some malts too...good balance of everything here. Complex too

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with good carbonation..goes down well

Drinkability: Tastes great, great body and mouthfeel. Higher ABV, but with a taste this good...I'm pretty sure I don't care. I could easily have 2-3. Recommended

Photo of sanitarium16
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WckdVbz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of necoadam
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a orange-reddish-brownish color, seemed a little bit cloudy as well. The smell consisted of various tropical fruits with some hints of spiciness. Taste was very weird. It was like a tug-of-war between the fruitness and the spiciness. The battle was still going on while I swallowed it. But the aftertaste was too much for me. There was just too much spiciness at the end and I could taste the alcohol at the end too. Had a hard time finishing this beer because of the aftertaste. I will try it again someday, perhaps my tastebuds had a night off or something.

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of pentathlete
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red with a small white head. Nose is wheat and banana, yet no bread odors. Very crisp nose and appealing. Taste is banana, with fruit juices and wheat notes. Astringent two-thirds of the way through with an acidic finish. Tasty, but the mouthfeel was a little light for my taste. Drinkability is ok, but could be improved. Too high ABV to tolerate some of the weaknesses. Still, I would not refuse this beer if offered.

Single for $1.79 at Once Upon a Vine.

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Moonglow pours an interesting reddish deep copper with a thin white head that dissapates into a ring. Fairly clear but some sediment. Some lacing.

Smell is sweet malts with banana & spices. The taste is sugary malt, banana, cloves, wheat, and maybe vanilla. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth; thickness is perfect.

This is a really drinkable beer. One of the smoothest beers I've had.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.