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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 707
Hads: 1,311
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 123
Gots: 114 | 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 schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style seems to be appropriate coming from American brewers who build amazing huge beers, because it is one of the traditional styles that is pretty over the top. Victory does a good job with the style and produces a very big beer that is definitely worth trying.

It pours partly cloudy and dirty brown with huge head that recedes to a perfect lace. The aroma is the fruity yeasty mess you expect. The taste is a dark malty complex mix that is well balanced, for the style. The aftertaste is dark and heavy - keep some antacids around.

If you are looking for a big, authentic wheat bock and these are available, give them a shot. I'll bet it would be great on tap.

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

Pours a ridiculous, enormous frothy beige head with long retention and sagging lacing. Brew is a hazy, translucent nut brown.

Huge banana aroma you can smell from several feet away. Yeast dominates, but there's a grainy, rustic aspect to the aroma, as well. The bottle suggests an apple aroma; with that in mind, there's a bit of that, but I don't know that I would have noticed it on my own.

Flavor is smooth and sweet: powdery grains and wheat; cream; nutmeg and clove; cola; sugary yeast; caramel and toffee; smooth banana notes. Nothing stands out on its own; it's an overall sweet, syrupy experience that is well blended together.

Silky smooth, almost syrupy feel. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Sticky finish. No hint of the high ABV.

This is an impressively balanced Weizenbock. It errs on the sweet side, but it goes down easily and makes for a fantastic Fall beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 8/19/15.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, bread, caramel, banana, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the banana and spice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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!

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1.2%

A warm caramel with three fingers worth of khaki head. Large amount of caramel malt in the smell with raisins, cherries, and banana fruity sweetness. Getting some rum notes in the smell as well. Taste is similar to the smell, caramel and toffee with banana and cherries. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice representation of the style, very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Among the most complex tastes in the beer world, German-style weizenbocks seem to captivate the palate with a new set of flavors, balances and textures with each and every sip. Victory demonstrates this abundance of tastes in all its malt-forward, fruity and spicy glory.

Somewhat murky in its pour, its rust-stained hues are garnet and mauve. Its rich froth is rocky and meringue-like before faltering halfway down the glass. With bubbles popping, the nose fills with candied malt, spice cake, red wine, earthy fruit and pepper. Its sweeter taste is bready, sweet and decadently rich.

As the fruit and dense malt mingle upon the palate, the culmination comes to a head as fruitcake with notions of dried apple, banana, red grape, fig, raisin, plum and prune. With new flavors pronouncing with each sip, a follow up of clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, vanilla, mint and wine acidity balances the malt and fruit with nearly even-keel precision.

Rising alcohols frame the finish, giving a spiced rum character to the already variant beer. Warm, tangy and peppery- the waining moments are alive with a sultry savory taste that linger deep in finish; making this ale a slow and patient session rather than a refreshing or drinkable option.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredilby woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of deakin
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Appearance: Cloudy amber orange. 1 finger foamy off white head
Aroma: Banana, malt, some scattered red fruits. You can definitely pick up the wheat.
Taste: Great smooth flavor. Notes of cloves, honey, wheat, toast, brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Foamy and expansive. The texture really compliments the taste.
Overall an enjoyable experience. Very drinkable for 8.7 ABV!

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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 weaf
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

With the first sip I can tell this is not my favorite but with all Victory Beers you can taste the smooth quality and obvious craftsmanship of a great beer. For some reason I was thinking it would be a little lower in ABV and a bit lighter in taste as this would make a great 2nd or 3rd beer for a great evening. Poured a dark copper with a nice head to it. Medium body and as I mentioned above...very smooth.

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev -1.2%

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for over 4 years now. Not sure why. I think that when my friend and i split a 6 pack of this about 4 years ago we did not think it was all that good fresh so we each decided to age some in our respective cellars for a while to see if this beer improved. It says on the label of the bottle I have here "enjoy by September 2010", meaning that this beer is about 4 years old at least. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a cloudy/hazy, medium amber/copper color with lots of little floating chunks of yeast and bubbles continually rising to the top of the glass. Has a nice slightly off-white head that is well over an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with some swirls of foam on the beer's surface and not all that much lacing. Has yeasty aromas of some toasted caramel malts, bananas, apples, and a little bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with slightly toasted caramel malt, banana and apple, hints of toast with brown sugar and a slight touch of clove and cracked pepper corn. No discerible hop flavors whatsoever. Has a crisp yet smooth, slightly prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Pretty good and not bad at all for a 4 year old beer.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber color with significant active visible carbonation. Long retaining 1 inch head, some good lacing.

Smells like yeast esters, bananas and caramel.

Similar flavor. Nice maltiness to this one to make it a weizenbock- caramel, toffee, and yeasty breadiness, along with typical weizen qualities of banana and clove. Very well integrated beer. Alcohol is slightly present.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very warming. Dry finish.

Don't see too many American made versions of this style, loved getting a chance to try this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.71/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Weli
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 confer
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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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 Oakenator
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.