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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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726 Reviews

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 1,363
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 130
Gots: 130 | 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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Reviews: 726 | Hads: 1,363
Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It pours a brownish orange with amber highlights. It is hazy from the yeast present. On top sits a huge tan head.

S - The aroma is banana, cloves, and some bread.

T - The taste features the banana and clove but is spicier than the aroma let on.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - This is the first beer from Victory that I have liked. The alcohol is very well hidden. I think I could get a buzz on a few of these easy drinkers.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good and balanced beer. There is a predominantly wheat taste, followed by subtle spices and a slight hint of banana. It has this very rich texture, but balanced at the same time.

For such a high alcohol content, all the flavors do a perfect job of masking it. Very interesting and easy to drink. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet.

A - Pours a deep amber with a sizable head which sticks around for a while. Good lacing. It is very cloudy and tiny specks of suspended yeast can be seen throughout, giving it a neat look.

S - Banana, cloves, wheat, and sweet malts. Complex and fruity.

T - Starts with sweet malts. I get banana, tropical fruit, some clove, rounded out with a bready character. Alcohol isn't very present.

M - Thick and chewy. Light carbonation complements the flavors well.

O - There are all kinds of flavors going on here, but it is very well balanced and highly drinkable. Yet another example of why Victory is one of my favorite breweries. I highly recommend Moonglow and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Develops a long lasting big creamy head that is off-white, almost almond. Hazy brown with amber highlights and suspended yeast amidst the carbonation. Glows toward the bottom of the glass while patch lacing develops above.

The flute glass helps to develop a fresh, doughy bread aroma that brings back memories of unbaked apple pie. There is also an earthy component and hint of cedar.

The aroma was a good forecast of the flavors. However, the flavors are more blended than distinguished. There is some banana bread and excelled balance of sweet, sour and bitter. The interplay is intriguing. The finish is moderate with subtle yeast influences.

Moonglow has a medium to full body with a slick velvet texture. Carbonation is over the top, almost aggressive, while alcohol is just right.

Refreshing and satisfying at once, this is superbly easy to drink. Enjoy either with a hearty lunch or early dinner, perhaps as something to sit back and relax with. Regardless, Moonglow is a winner.

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Photo of mariposafan
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Murky burnt orange with a beautiful beige, creamy head. The head lasts very well.

The aroma is mostly pretty classic hefeweizen - banana/bubblegum with a hint of cloves. Quite a bit of alcohol on the aroma as well. Overall it could stand to be a bit more potent and have a bit less alcohol.

The flavor is a major letdown. Lots of bitterness. Lots and lots of straight alcohol. Not much at all of the hefeweizen flavors I expected let alone the more intense versions that I hope for from a weizenbock.

The mouthfeel is good - a little thicker than a hefeweizen and with plenty of carbonation. The carbonation does a decent job of cutting through the bitterness but doesn't do anything for very excessive alcohol flavor.

Overall a major disappointment. The overwrought bitterness and alcohol just swamp anything I might enjoy about the flavor.

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Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddled light brownish orange color with a dirty fizzy head that shrinks down to a creamy ring.

Wheat, clove, banana and herbs. Quite complex.

Complex for the style. Getting lots of various spice and fruit notes. Clove is there and a hint of banana, but not the typical dominance for the style. I like how the fruit comes through. Some creamy dairy in there too.

Lots of carbonation, but it is soft. Dry finishing. Medium body.

Not what I was expecting for the style. Thought I was going to get hit with lots of banana and clove, but there is a wide array of fruit and spices here. Well done.

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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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours brown with red/orange highlights. Light tan head. Leaves small bits of lacing. Body is mildly opaque.

S-Banana bread. Light chocolate. Yeast and other different spices float about. Alcohol becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms.

T-Akin to the nose. Banana bread. Nuts and chocolate with yeast and spice. Cloves are present. A bit too solid on the booze here. Not as smooth as other I have tried, a bit too sharp.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth enough with mellow carbonation.

O/D-Overall, it was alright. Not as good as a few others I have tried from the same style. Not very high on drinkablility. Too pricey too at nearly $13 a six pack. One single will permanently be enough for me.

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Photo of mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, strange perfumey smell and flavor is the first encounter. Big German esters and a Hefeweizen taste topped off by a dollop of hops. Quite spicy, but also grainy and cereal tastes. Some of the bitterness tastes like it's from some process other than hops.

No date on this bottle. Yeasty chunks in the bottom of the glass. I wonder if it's been around a while. I'm sure I've liked this better a year or two ago.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I slow poured this baby, stopping 2/3 of the way through to swirl for the sediment. I got 3 and a half fingers of extremely foamy yellowy cream colored head. Body is a nice brown with orange hints, lots of sediment can be seen both on the bottom and suspended throughout. The head never actually dies down all the way, and there is a lot of lacing to this beer.

Banana, yeast and dark fruit, notably figs prunes and raisins are noticed initially. Wheat, malt, light brown sugar and a floral hint are noticed in the search while waiting for the head to die down a little.

There is so much flavor to this it's overwhelming. Starts off with yeast, banana and a hint of spice. Malt and dark fruits are noticed, then light floral hops. They all come at you, one after another, daring your tongue to pick them out.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat your tongue very much. A little dry on the finish, it left a somewhat unpleasant taste in my mouth at the very end which I couldn't identify.

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

Moonglow is a beautiful, modestly effervescent brown brew with an orange-ish glow at the bottom and hints of red hues throughout. A lot of yeast in suspension. A soapy light beige head sits atop and plans on going nowhere.

Smell is so pronounced: pineapple & tropical fruits, booze, under-ripe banana. Floral. Treated wood. Much going on.

The taste is exceedingly bright up front and then turns down to toasty notes, wood and booze. Alcohol lingers while accompanied by moderately aggressive phenols. I sense hop flavors in the middle pushing their way through, but they're hard to really discern amidst the myriad of things going on with this brew.

Bottom line, it's a spicy, yeasty, fruity and lively beer with a little bit of heat and a mildly dry finish. Well played. I'll continue sipping & enjoying this one.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy ruby color with an off white head. Sediment floating around in the glass. Looks rather nice.

Oh wow, the smell is nutty and filled with banana, butter and clove. Wow I'm really loving the scent on this thing.

Thick and silky, rich and buttery. Not bad so far in the least. Big and chewy with a banana bread presence. Super creamy and rich too. Slight hop presence but I wish it was bigger to really give this beer some balls. Excellent though!

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in a 10oz glass straight from the tap at Parker Pie in Vermont.

The freshness was great, poured a nice what I would call dark golden color. With a solid foamy head on top. I enjoyed the look, but most of all the smell of this beer.

The fruitfull smell was pleasant, and a good balance of hops and different types of fruit.

I couldnt tell what kind of fruit I was tasting, but it was a good. What I really liked about this beer was the balance of fruit and alcohol and hops in the taste. I would love to have this beer again anyday.

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

A-brown to burgundy hazy color and a light tan head which dissipates slowly with good lacing

S-sweet fruit and malt aromas

T-tangy wheat flavor with sweet fruit and malt following

F-medium to heavy body with medium carbonation, alcohol very subtle and well-balanced

O-a nice smooth drinking beer

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eleven Madison Park in NYC; pours hazy copper orange color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing that stuck to the glass.

Smells of wheat, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, herbs, grains, earthy tones, floral hops and light spices; aroma is soft sweet and earthy, and quite nice.

Tastes of wheat, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, herbs, sweet malt, lightly toasted grains, earthy tones like peat moss or pine cone, floral hops, cinnamon and other light spices like pepper; sweet overall, it's refreshing and went down easy. Mild spices give it just enough sizzle for complexity and an identity.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with zesty carbonation, a medium body and a sweet grainy finish that's slightly funky from the yeast. Interesting and pretty drinkable, another fine mix of two styles that worked well together.

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

Reddish brown in color with orangish hues on the edge of the glass and a deep haze. Poured with a short off white foam that reduced to sparce wisps. Wheat malt and ripe apple and banana aromas. (Hick, smooth feel. Sweet caramel and wheat malt flavors up front followed instantly by dark fruit and banana. Spicy herbal tangy flavor through the middle to the finish. Started to show a bit of boozy character at the finish as this warmed a bit. Very easy to to drink. Would certainly have this again.

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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.


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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottle marked “best by Sept 2012”. Victory is a local brewery for me at about a one hour drive.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Signature glass.

Pours a thick two finger head, which reduces to a 1/8” cap. A thick “sticky” head which clings to the glass with each drink, yet minimal to no lacing, strange.
Deep amber color, very cloudy with lots of yeast. You really cannot see thru it.

Distinct yeast and banana nose, spicy, followed by rich sweet smelling malt. This pronounced aroma lasts through out the pour. Excellent!

Crisp entry on the palate of very distinct yeasty malt. The malt is quite rich and the spicy banana from the aroma comes along in the flavor. Very full mouth feel and medium sweet, but not overdone for the style. The lingering malt has a roasted quality to it. Excellent carbonation.

Long finish of yeast and malt, with some lingering sweetness.

A very enjoyable Weizen Bock. Delicious.
Perhaps just a little too sweet, but I am really nitpicking, the crisp acidity, excellent carbonation, and great spicy/yeasty/malt have what it takes to balance this brew.
Very, very easy to drink. Seems at its best on the colder side, say about 45 to 50 degrees max.
I recommend it, if you have the opportunity to try.
It’s not on the bottle, (something new for Victory?), but Victory’s web page states the ABV to be 8.7%, nowhere is this noticeable to me.

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

Hazy reddish brown body with sediment floating.

The smell is fresh, perfectly ripe bananas, brown sugar, and cloves.

It's a tastey weizenbock, to be sure. Phenolic banana flavors, brown sugar, caramel, and a spiced chai tea.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

This is the most flavorful I've had of the style and a very enjoyable beer. I'll definitely pick up some more of this next season.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wegman's Malvern, 11/13/11.

A-Pours an autumnal orange brown, little bit of white head, little bit of lacing.

S-Huge banana notes, gret malt base.

T-Great flavors, excellent banana and clove, good malt base, excellent.

M-Medium bodied, moderately dry.

O-Nicely drinkable, among my favorite Victory seasonals for many years.


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Photo of lstokes
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy dark copper beer with a four-finger head, although minimal lacing, and a sweet toffee-like nose with some fruity notes. I found it quite complex on the tongue--caramel, raisins and apples, some yeast, a little bit of vanilla and clove, and a very long finish, with lots of clove on the tongue even a minute after the swallow and a lovely warming quality. Yum! What a great late fall beer!

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moonglow Weizenbock pours a copper color w/ orange highlights. Very murky in appearance. The one finger cocoa head quickly disappears down to a sliver. Lacing is good. The nose I get is mainly clove, banana, apple, malt, bread. Very nicely blended into a good cold weather brew. Ah... The taste takes it up a notch. Everything in the nose is here- and it's blended very well. It's close to a 4.5, but I'll leave it at a 4 for now. The flavors really come alive in this beer- and the spices are very well done. Feel is medium-full, w/ some big time carbonation on the back end, and aftertaste. Big spices on the aftertaste as well. The only complaint I have is there isn't more presence from the malt. Overall, a solid brew from Victory.

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Photo of bs870621345
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by Aug 11, 2012

Pours a hazy amber color with nice head and pretty good lacing. Nice collar forms as the head recedes.

Smells like spice, fruits, alcohol, and herbs. Like a fruitcake or potpourri.

Taste opens with the fruits and an earthy tone, moving into the spiced and fruit flavors. Finishes with the spice and a bit of lingering sweetness. Not cloying, but it definitely lingers a bit.

Mouthfeel is flat feeling and a little thin. Not what I expected.

Overall, its pretty good, nothing great.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a tan head. Had to be patient with the pour and wait for the beautiful dense head to fade a bit. Not much lacing left behind. Scents are mainly fruity - orange peel and lemon - with a little wheat as well. The smell could use a little more oomph though. There's a lot going on in the taste - it combines the flavors of a wit with a hefeweizen - and boy is it good! Banana and bread give a bubble gum-like sweetness, and a twinge of lemon gives a perfect amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, though carbonation is high. This is one of the best wheat beers I've had. Victory has a winner.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.79/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, light brown color. Head quickly dissipates with spotty lace.

S - Very fruity (bananas), with smells of cloves, spices and yeast. Notes of wheat and malt as well.

T - A bready and fruity taste that blends nicely with the wheat and malts. Yeasty as well. Not overly sweet, very delightful and extremely well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, rather smooth tasting with a nice finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - I found the Moonglow Weizenbock to be an amazingly tasty brew. Victory makes some excellent beers and this is no exception. Refreshing and delicious!

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.