Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 695
Hads: 1,265
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.68%
Wants: 113
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled several days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours rich copper brown. A slight, loose head dissipates almost immediately, leaving streaks of very fine lace across the top. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is an apricot orange/red and a bit opaque. Nice legs from the sugars slip quickly on the sides of the glass.

S - Someone's making caramel apples. Rich toasted malts, caramel sugars, and a bit of toffee. Juicy, ripe fruit comes along. Bananas ready for pie. A spritz of Granny Smith apple juice. Ripe, soft pear. Lots of esters riding in. The ABV wafts into the nose, but discreetly. As it warms, the fruits get darker, suggesting dates and figs, and the malts step forward with a touch a orange rind.

T - The taste profile is noticeably darker than the nose. Big toasted malts support dark fruit, like raisins, with a bit of a spice bite along the lines of cracked white pepper and clove. Relegated to the background now, the caramel tastes darker and the toffee's a bit overdone; there's also hints of dark brown sugar. The ABV is a player, too, demanding attention. A sipping beer. Could be mistaken for a Belgium dark if it weren't for all the caramel malt in the nose, and even then it's close.

M - Leaning toward the smooth side, there's not much carbonation left, but with this style, that's quite alright. Medium body, with integrated components. Structure is soft and on the plush side, and lets the ABV push its way onto the tongue. Finish lingers, but in the background, and is surprisingly on the dry side, with the spice characteristics defining it rather than sugars. 3.5

O - A souped-up Dunkel, this beer begs to be aged in bourbon barrels. Some big Dunkels leave quite a bit of sugar around, but not this one. Over time, the spice from the yeast takes over the finish and prevents the cloying that makes many a one-glass option. Towards the end of the growler, a sense of cinnamon emerged. Barrel aging would sand this down a bit and make the sugars more complex. A late fall beer, I can see this pairing well with pumpkin pie, paired against its spice and real whipped cream. Or with a rubbed-and-grilled pork roast and sauerkraut. In any case, this is a beer constructed to be drunk slowly and matched with food and/or a cigar with body. 3.75 (2,301 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Slow but full pour left sediment on the side and bottom of the bottle, with a good bit of suspended sediment in the pour. The body was orange-brown, hazy with a modest and mostly short-lived, bone-colored head. Fruity aroma with a hint of biscuits.
Flavorful, with plenty of dark fruits and caramel plus hints of molasses, brown sugar, and spices.
Higher ABV evident, in a mostly attractive fashion, in both the aroma and the flavor.
Feel: smooth; warm; low carbonation; medium+ body. (527 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable. (1,022 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark coppery orange color with poor clarity (which is great for a weizen) and a thick off white to tan head

S-Slightly bready, fruity, a bit of bananas and dates in the nose, not overwhelming though

T- Real hit of malt sweetness up front, more or less balanced by a smooth bitterness. Kinda fruity in a fashion similar to a Trappist ale.

M-Effervescent carbonation, thick and slightly cloying

O-First Weizenbock I've had, tastes very Belgian in its character, lots of raisins, and stone fruit flavor. Balance definitely favors the malt

Edit after having some more examples of this style I decided this beer is definitely too sweet for the style and a bit cloying when compared to its German brethren that tend to be much more drinkable. (743 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lightly hazed light chestnut brown in my 300 ml Aventinus glass. Very good sized head that stays for quite a while and covers the beer all the way down. Some nice lacing on the glass. Some stickiness in the fluid evident. Smell is sweet with banana, alcohol and caramel. Lovely warm dark bread aromas. Taste is full of overripe banana and clove. Raisins and dark fruity sweetness. Wheat malt twang cuts through with a dark toasted nuttiness and caramel vanilla notes.Alcohol is well integrated and not overpowering. Fell is velvety with a silky carbonation and a smoothness to the swallow. Aventinus sets such a high bar to touch that I am doubley impressed by the overall excellence of this brew. It is so close that I would not be surprised by someone preferring the domestic version. It's that good. (804 characters)

Photo of philerman
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of confer
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do love this style of beer. The best of the Weizen and Bock worlds.
Pours a hazy flat gold with orange hints when help to the light.
The smell is a mix of both styles with the banana of the weizen and also the spiciness of a Maibock showing up.
The taste mirrors the smell but with more intensity. Deep banana and the flavorful maibock taste. Feel is a bit on the thick side as it should be.
Overall a great beer of a great style. (432 characters)

Photo of paulhargus
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is amber-brown and really deep. Slightly cloudy with a great head and nice spider web lacing on the glass through consumption. Smell is malty sweet with molasses and maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is sweet with nice body and good depth of flavor. It has been a while since I last had this beer but very pleasantly surprised. (335 characters)

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

Pours is a dark amber color with a medium size khaki colored head that recedes leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with spicy yeast esters; then as it warms I get more sweet, hearty, wheat bread followed along with some banana bread notes.

The tastes begin with a good sweet bready base. Then as it warms I get clove and gingerbread along with a subtle banana flavor. Some brown sugar and molasses, as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Finish is moderately creamy with a mild warming feel.

Overall this is one of the better American interpretations of the Weizenbock I've had recently but still not up to par with the great German examples. (679 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head and lacing. Caramel malt, wheat, banana aroma. .A pleasant weizenbock with some dark fruit flavors. Typical weizen clove spice, orange and sweetness at first, dark fruit and light malt middle and a bit of hops at the end. A light metallic flavor on the finish mars an otherwise very nice beer. Worth revisiting. (430 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep ruby (slight bit of orange) that isn't quite brown. Some sediment and a two finger head.

S-Dark fruits (not over bearing) with some clove as well.

T-Lots of dark fruits, balanced with cherries and pomegranate. A tad (not much) bitterness. Clove and banana come out as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation well. However a tad bit of alcohol heat is present.

O-A nice weizenbock, really think this is an under made style. (444 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a thick, heavily clouded ruddy bronze-brown with lots of yeast particulates ("floaties"). Swirl the glass for best effect. The tan head rises to just over a finger but fades off more quickly than expected, leaving respectable lacing behind.
The aroma is strong out of the bottle. It's got the just-ripe banana with some sweet and bready malts along with clove and a touch of spiciness. Almost like gently rum-soaked fruits and breads (not fruitcake, certainly better).
In the flavor is just a little more complexity and balance, particularly as very gentle floral notes come out. This beer is really well attenuated and everything's complementary; as it is, it could be too sweet, too boozy, too malty, too heavy, too spicy, etc., but everything just goes together so well and nothing's overdone at all. Victory knows how to brew...
...as further exemplified in the feel, a lush, rich but not too heavy, free flowing creamy and crisp medium body. Great stuff all around here. (988 characters)

Photo of Foamster
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed this on a cool summer's day, even though this is a "fall" beer.

Another great beer from these guys. They never disappoint.
That unidentifiable flavor? Licorice! Enough said. World class,, 4.5 in taste and mouthfeel (4.5), 4 in appearance and smell.

The appearance and smell were modest, self-effacing -- which made the outstanding taste and mouthfeel that much more enjoyable and surprising.

Nothing more to say except - make this the first beer of your day. Savor it. (486 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-brown with an epic cream topping. Unfiltered, for my pleasure.

Overripe banana and clove esters, some gooey vanilla, and lemon pie filling. Great aromatics wafting off of this'un.

Big-time clove and juicy red apple/pomegranate. Alcohol kick with soft banana, sweet cherry, and buttered pumpernickel bread. A clove-forward weizenbock.

Slick and filling. Above-average carbonation. Drinks at a fast pace.

Pennsylvania rocks out some great German beer styles. Moonglow is no exception. (500 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt with quite a bit of clove and banana mixed in. The flavor has some additional notes. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some cloves, pepper and spices. There is also a little bit of banana as well as some alcohol. Medium, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (403 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a sediment laden, chunky and cloudy dark amber with a billowy light tan head. this froth reduces slowly leaving lots of lace. spicy, peppry aroma with doses of wheat and fruit. bananas, cloves and lemony notes abound. smells delicious. the flavour profile is a meaty mix of doughy malts, wheat and yeast, and lemon pepper spice that damnces on the tongue in a spritzy dance of joy. it's got a boozy aspect to it which also adds a subtle spicy flair. more floral and spice derived hops finish things out with more fanfare. big and bold body. effervescent mouthfeel keeps thing interesting on the tongue, but is also has a velvety, rich feel to it also. dangerously drinkable for a high ABV weizen bock. yummy stuff.

overall a damn nice stab at a classic bavarian style. victory nails down the most important aspects and delivers a winner. highly recommended. (868 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Nice dark brownish orange color with tons of delicious looking yeast turbidity, tall fluffy head that has great retention and better than average loops of lacing left behind on the glass.

S. Near textbook aroma of yeasty banana bread with cloves, but slightly more amplified in breadiness than the other two features.

T. Flavor contains the usual suspects of yeast, cloves, and banana bread but also has momentary flashes here and there when the tongue picks up on some ester fruit spectrum. Gets a bit of warming booze towards the finish.

M. Thick, creamy mouthfeel sensation feels like cramming silk scarves into your mouth. My only whining on this is that I would prefer slightly more carbonation to move the liquid around across the surface of my palate. That's a really subjective preference, however, so as always YMMV.

Overall, an excellent Weizenbock. (896 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style. (583 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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. (484 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (744 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of mariposafan
2.93/5  rDev -27.3%
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. (845 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (602 characters)

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.