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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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726 Reviews

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Reviews: 726
Hads: 1,363
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 130
Gots: 131 | 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 Dirtyhands
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weizenbock status confirmed. Beer is full of that 4VG goodness everyone wants from their traditional Weiss beers. Balance is on point. Give this one a try if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of cmq103
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid Weizenbock to start off my review. Poured into a 12 ounce snifter glass with a heavy hand. Minimal beige head but right away I smell the dark fruits aroma. Lacing is respectable with each tilt of the glass. Cloves, raisins and dates with a mixture of spices on the nose. It smells great and tastes even better. An enjoyable wheat beer with a hint of banana on the tongue. This is a grat beer, as are all the Victory beers I've ever had over the years.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that provides good lace. S: Malty spice, traces of clove, dark bread. T: Dark bread crust, clove, light banana, citrus with a moderate hop bitter accent. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation. O: A spicy, full flavored Weizenbock.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from my cellar with a BB date of 08/2015 (just in time, lol) served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: powerful and rocky head on this one. The bottle opened with a heavy puff of CO2. Nice, crisp and clean bubbles. Murky brownish with some orange hints poking through. I swirled the yeast sediment in the bottle and poured it in as well. Just something I do regardless of what they say.

Nose: malty, clove, banana, spicy hops in the distant, peppery, graham crackers

Taste: similar to the nose but with less spice and more malt coming through, a tiny bit of alcohol heat is still there. Body is on the thinner side of things but is still to style. Wonderfully round and complex clove, banana and malty character. The hops are once again in the distant and just there enough to balance the malts.

Overall: very true to style and a wonderful beer. I know wheat beers don't usually stand up in a cellar but I'm going to give this one a shot. It is a wonderful beer that could benefit from some oxidization to bring out the sherry and Madera notes. Aging should bring the clove more forward which would be nice. Great brew Victory.

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Photo of BeerBrose
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from almost a year old bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Copper colored with a thick bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell : Light fruity yeast and malt.

Taste: Wheat sweet, caramel, melon, and a slight funk (which may be from its age) that is quite pleasant.

Feel: Lighter than you expect and not nearly as creamy as a wheat beer tends to be.

Overall: Ive had this when its fresh and I loved it then and like it now, with that in mind my overall score is significantly higher than the individual parts of this tasting.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow Weizenbock looks unfiltered and amber hued with a lightly laced foam retention. Smells rustic, full of wheat. Tastes like a hefeweizen but darker, banana and clove tastes still linger between complex wheaty, estery sugars. High alchohol finish. Feels like a well crafted Weizenbock, and affordable at that. Overall, another specialty beer from Victory!

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Photo of emyers
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Strong spicy yeast notes, some lightly toasted malts, caramel malt. Finished off with more spice. Very well done.

Taste: A lot of spice up front, banana, pear, biscuit, caramel. Finish is primarily caramel malt and yeast. No alcohol heat. Malt profile is very well developed but there isn't quite as much yeast presence as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation gives it a nice bite that enhances the spice from the yeast nicely.

Overall: Great beer - one of the better examples of a weizenbock brewed in the U.S. (granted, it doesn't quite stand up to its German counterparts)

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Photo of hopsputin
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: its a hazy mahogany color with some notes of amber and dark purple. A slight burnt caramel color. 2 finger off-white head thats pretty solid and looks like it could almost rest a coin on it

s: huge fruity esters up front. plum, raisin, fig, banana, ripe pear, sweet sugary malts - caramel, toffee, light brown sugar. theres a mild yeast spice aroma as well - faint coriander, cardamom, clove, and pepper. this is a real nice smelling beer that makes your mouth water. its a complex aroma, but it isn't overwhelming and no aroma steps on anothers toes

t: right away your hit with the juicy fruits: ripe pear, plum, raisins, and fig. immediately after that your hit with a little bit of alcohol taste, which is a nice counter to the initial sweetness. thats followed by sweet toffee and sticky caramel. at the end there is a nice spice: clove, pepper, and cardamom. really nice harmonization of flavors

m: is a solid medium mouthfeel, with a fairly decent carbonation level. the carbonation helps the fruits to pop here and give them that juicy feeling in the mouth. a little sticky as well

o: this was a random pull for me, and i'm extremely glad i grabbed it. its a real nice beer. complex, yet everything works together in harmony and it doesn't overwhelm you. its got a pretty high ABV, but that isn't really reflected in the taste. a real nice example of good beer

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in May 2015.

Appearance: Very dark red with nice thick tan head.

Smell: Pleasant mix of hops, citrus, and spices. Overall it is well balanced and none of the aromas dominate the others.

Taste: Interesting and complex taste. There is a mild hop flavor with some sweet honey, banana, and a citrus grapefruit flavors as well. The flavor is not dominated by any one flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

This is an interesting Weizenbock. It has a nice mix of hops and other flavors, which I like better than others I have tried. Very well balanced.

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Photo of fx20736
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

turbid medium-dark amber, white head, scraps of lacing . Rich honey and peaches aroma. Taste, banana bread,warming alcohol, touch of spice, rich nutty malt. My first Weizenbock. I love this one! Reminds me of an Old Ale.

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Photo of scotorum
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Victory Donnybrook Stout nonick.

a: Nearly clear dark amber with an inch and a half offwhite head which receded to rocky surface foam and dense patchy lacing.

s: Mild ripe dark fruit.

t: Fruity Belgian esters, the sum total leaning to ginger at first, more general later. Dry finish.

m: Medium, good body, loads of carbonation tingle.

o: A good representation of the style, Refreshing. If you like hefeweizen, this is a sort of darker version.

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Photo of Gryphon69
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy amber, with a 1/2" white head, noticeable bubbles streaming up.

S- Spice, cloves, yeast, light bananas and apple or maybe its pear.

T- Just about mimics the smell, fairly well balanced with nothing overpowering my taste buds, hides the abv pretty well. good beer.

M- light to medium, carbonation prickels the tongue.

O- American Weizenbock says it well, not my normal style but would defiantly get it again, good flavor and not overaly spiced and no funky aftertaste.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with an enjoy by date of Aug. 19, 2015

Victory Moon Glow Weizenbock changed the color of my clear Weihenstephan weizen glass to a cloudy amber hue. The fine carbonation bubbles rushed to the top of a 2-finger fluffy and bubbly tan head. The nose is dominated by pleasant smells of fruit and spice - banana, apples, cloves and also an aroma of caramel. The taste follows the nose with stronger flavors of spice/cloves, bananas, and bready flavors of wheat is also noted. Alcohol makes its appearance giving it a warm and spicy finish. Mouth feel is medium bodied with an active carbonation. The Ale is [medium] smooth on the palate with a noted alcohol warming.

Moon Glow is a good American style Weizenbock that is darker and has more malt than its German counterparts. Another stellar brew from Victory!

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Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Label says Enjoy By: 19 Aug 2015.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 3/4 inch tan head that retains well before melting away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Rich Belgian candi sugar aroma with some spice intermingled. The yeast really drives it home with the esters bringing some dark fruit essence to the table.

T- Dark bread, tangy yeast and a noticeable alcohol presence. More Belgian candi sugar sweetness.

M- Tight and snappy with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- A good beer but I would kind of like the booze to not be so apparent. Maybe a bit of aging could help? Either way, one I'm glad I revisited as I've not had it in a long time.

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Photo of rangerred
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a huge fluffy white head that nearly flows out of the glass. Head retention is out of this world.

Aroma has loads of bubblegum along with coriander. Lots of yeasty spiciness. Maybe just a touch of grass.

Lots of spice in the flavor that really jumps out. There is a touch of caramel that I didn't pick up in the aroma along with some additional malt character. Some grape juice and just a hint of noble hops. Mouthfeel is just a touch on the thin side but alcohol is well hidden.

Overall, a very good weizenbock and one I thoroughly enjoyed, despite not being a huge fan of the style. I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. Enjoy by 19 Aug 2015 printed on the label. Pours a dull brown, somewhat reminiscent of prune juice in color and clarity, with a loose, half inch, cream-colored head. Nose expresses grape notes and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, it's all a bit dull. There's also a suggestion of bubblegum, as well as a hint of noble hops towards the back. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a prickly carbonation. Overall, a bit bland for a style I generally like. The alcohol is certainly well-hidden on this one, however.

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Photo of gillagorilla
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first beer review since starting my job back on Friday

A: A muddy/hazy burnished mahogany and copper body with a nice velvety head and collar.
S: Yeasty, phenolic and some ripe banana.
T: Delicious, bock-y and just like it smells. Glad I got to try it.
M: Like pulling a velvet blanket over your tongue. Just a breaking line of carbonation precedes it.
O: I'm pretty sure anything would taste good right now, but this definitely has it going on. So glad that I could get to try this.

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

look: reddish brown, nice fluffy off white head on the pour.
smell: a little sweet, a little spice, a little fruit. Pleasant enough though not particularly mind blowing.
taste: Much like the nose.
overall: A nice beer. Glad I tried it, not a particular standout imo.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The quintessential American Weizenbock. Better then many German examples, IMO. The most balanced weizenbock I have had to date! Conceals its alcohol superbly!

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Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy rust color with thin cream colored head; delicate sheeting into a few dots. Smell: sweet wheat bread, caramel, big clove, and a banana pudding (chemically banana) note. Taste: banana pudding made with cloves, topped with caramel. If you made this, it would taste just like this beer. There's really nothing else going on... a note of brown bread. It's enjoyable and, well, it's hard to completely whiff on this style, but it's not even on the same field as a poor-man's version of Aventinus. 2014 fall bottling.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Dark, copper brown. Thin white head

S: over-ripe bananas, apples and spice, bread crust

T: Sweet and malty upfront, spiciness from the Belgian yeast and finishes with some spice and a maybe a little funk?

M: solid carbonation gives a strong effervescent mouthfeel.

O: picked this bottle up out of curiosity. I don't usually like the Belgian yeast taste and shy away from beers like this but this was very good for both taste and mouth feel. Would drink again

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Muddy copper. Nose is bready and that old familiar funk is also present. Nutty but not really getting the traditional banana notes. The finish is slightly cidery.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

The beer comes in a dark red orange.

The aroma is of roasted apples, ripe banana, clove, a hint of breadiness and nuts.

The flavor flavors of those fruit flavors, a medium plus theme of phenolic character. There's a touch of sweetness and breadiness, along with nuts.

The beer has high carbonation and tastes very much like a traditional German stalwarts in the style. A wonderful American attempt at the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's Moonglow Weizenbock a couple weeks ago for $2.59 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now since I'm a big fan of the style, but it wasn't till I stopped into Holiday Market that I finally found a bottle of it and I'm very interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage, enjoy by august 19th 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label look ok, the design goes well with the name, but I don't think it's the most eye catching. It poured a nice caramel amber color that took on more of a ruby red color when held to the light with almost four fingers worth of very creamy tan head that died down a thin layer that stayed till the end it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a very high amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruit aroma being the first to show up and it's a nice and even mixture of green apple and banana like aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a wheat, bready, bread crust, sweet malt and lightly toasted aroma with a light nutty aroma showing up in the end along with some spices with cloves sticking out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma and it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that leads right into the fruits which impart the same banana and green apple aspects that they did in the aroma with the green apple seeming to stick out just a little more than the banana this time. Towards the end comes some spices and nutty flavors with a lighter amount of bitterness and some spices, green apple and wheat showing up in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer that's just what I expect from the style.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was right on the border of being highly carbonated. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little creamy instead of being pretty crisp and slightly prickly.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the key aspects that I look for in the style with the carbonation being the only aspect that felt a little out of place. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, just a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think two would be my limit, anymore than that and i think the prickly carbonation would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and appearance, they were all very nice and they worked really well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but I felt like the carbonation was a little too lively for the style. I would buy this beer again if I see it and I will for sure get some next year if shows up in my area. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the style, it does a good job at showing what the style all about and it's good example of a American made Weizenbock. All in all I was very happy with this beer, it did a good job at satisfying my urge for a good Weizenbock. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it is one of the better Victory beers I've had. Great job guys, this was one tasty Weizenbock, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a beautiful amber with orange and ruby highlights.
head is thick and frothy, great retention and
smells yeasty and bananas
flavor is malty, caramely, light wheat
the booziness peeks through a bit and is a little over carbed (at least this batch)
great beer regardless, i look forward to its release every year.

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