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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: 1,362
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 129
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: 1,362
Photo of woodychandler
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured with a rapidly disappearing off-white/tan head. The beer itself was a very cloudy orange color. The nose was the all-too familiar banana esters. I really liked the mouthfeel, which had a pleasant thickness to it. The finish had a really good spiciness, but not one of cloves, more like black pepper. There was also a sweetness in the mouth, but not of bananas or fruit, but instead, caramel. In fact, as it warmed, I began to taste notes of honey. There really was not a sweet aftertaste, instead it seemed almost dry, if that is possible. Definitely a candidate for a session beer and one that I could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 2005, drink by March 15, 2005.

A magical amber, with w/golden highlights, vigorous bubbles race to the top to add to the nice fluffy head. The light, almost yellow head receeded to a doughnut ring.

Smokey plums with a sugery alchohol undercurrent. Just a touch of spicy apples.

Plums, smoke, alchohol and a dry spiciness all come storming into the picture after what starts as a fairly soft sip. Very complex and flavorfull. The smokiness lingers longest.

Smooth, but fairly heavy, almost oily.

The complexity of the flavor, plus the strength of the alchohol present in the taste make this a slow sipper.

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

I had this on tap once while living up in the Philly area and am glad I got the chance to try this out of the bottle,poured into my Aventinus glass a slightly hazy deep orange with a thin white head that is gone quite quickly.Aromas of tart green apple and smoke with a light cloviness but not to strong,not to sure about the mouthfeel up front a little prickly but it got better as I drank more.Very flavorful and big,smoky to the hilt with some expected banana and vanilla.Seems much bigger out of the bottle wich is fine,the beer held up well considering the "best before" date was April 04 05.

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Photo of beerislove
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogony color and is slightly cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, A large tan head appears but dissapears just as quickly, leaving a slight foamy slick on the surface.

The beer smells slightly fruity like plums, but that is it. No hops, malt, or alcohol to notice. A bit more complexity on the nose would have pushed this offering over the top.

The beer starts out incredibly sharp, almost stinging, all the way down my tongue. As the initial hit fades it reveals dark fruit flavors of plums/prunes and cherries. Those then begin to fade to reveal a more tart fruit flavor like a not-quite-ripe pear.

The tartness masterfully halts the sweetness and prevents this from just being a syrup-like beer that clings to the tongue and throat. I could definitely drink more than one of these on a cool day, but it is just a bit too sweet for hot summer refreshment.

The layering and timing of the flavors in this beer were impressive, and taste is what counts in my book. Congrats to Victory for a commendable effort with an uncommon style. Recommended.

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

My sample poured a hazy amber color with a decent amount of head that left little to no lacing. The aroma was a mixture of deep caramels of phenols, but mostly fruity esters with a little bit of bananas and clove.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but that being said, I think it was a nice representation of the style. As usual, a pretty good beer from Victory.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy orange with a decent offwhite head that fades pretty quickly. Smells sweet like bananas with just a hint of clove and some other spices. Taste is very sweet, with a candy flavored malt and a very candylike banana flavor. Finishes with a pucker and a lingering of the spices. Very thick and smooth beer, a little syrupy on the tongue. A pretty nice spring beer, but not one I could drink more than a couple of because of the sweetness.

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

I realize this is a Fall seasonal, and it's a month over its "best by" date, but it's bottle conditioned at 8.7% ABV, and I've already had it fresh, so I don't feel I'm doing it a disservice by reviewing an old bottle...
Having said that - Beautiful cloudy amber/copper color, with a nice head that fades kinda quickly. Smells of banana and clove, and sweet malt. Great taste, it's really sweet and I've docked drinkability and mouthfeel slightly because it might be too sweet/cloying after a while, but I love the sweetness complimented by a nice warm boozy feeling. Delightfully dangerous, you don't realize how strong this is. I generally steer clear of wits, hefeweizens, etc, but this one is just amazing, full of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of StevenZubler
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says “Enjoy by April 4, 2005” and today is April 3, 2005 so I’m cutting it close. I live in the same region as this brewery so I gave it a try since fresher beer is better beer. An unfiltered wheat beer was my first “premium” brew, a Franziskaner given to me by my German friend Frank Neubert. I always give unfiltered beers a good swirl. Beautiful color head went quick but it might be my pour. Really does smell like banana, I don’t usually pick up fruits and such in the flavors. Good body. Tastes rich and complex, hops and malts pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden by the rich flavor; this could really creep up on you. I definitely recommended this brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber looking beer that is clearly not filtered with a good size head with good retention. Aroma is light roasted malt with some cloves/cinnamon. Taste is quite enjoyable with the roasted aspect mixing quiet well with the spicy (cinnamon?) and banana taste. Some bitterness can also be noticed at the end with a medium to full body.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity.
Pours a hazy copper with very little head, but a fairly nice collar.
Smell is spices (clove, cinnamon), banana, malt sweetness, and a little caramel.
Taste is very spicy (up the clove, and the cinnamon), super ripe bananas, caramel, sweet malts. Some medicinal character.
Very, very smooth. This beer goes down so easily it's scary. I'm having a hard time discerning where the alcohol is in this one.
Overall, an exceptional beer. I've not had many beers from Victory (this is only my second) but if a brewery can make a beer like this, they're okay in my book.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pezoids for this bottle as a part of Secret Santo '04

Aroma is really nice with a spicy, clove, sweet malt and a touch of wheat. Very complex and satisfying.
Head fizzes away very quickly to nothing. Cloudy reddish/orangish amber (moonglow is an apt name- color is of a harvest moon).
Great malty fruity character. Some yeasty notes and a little wheat. Greatly balanced with no excessive or dominant flavors. In time the alchohol bite kicks in, but it remains subtle enough. Even a touch of hops noted.
Thick, chewy, syrupy, heavy, smooth. This glides and slides down nicely and leaves a thick coating on the tongue.
While I really enjoyed the balance of flavors it ultimately took away from a robust fruitiness that I would have liked. Nonetheless, really quite good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Dark orangish brown with a thin head of big bubbles. Body has a nice dense haze with a light carbonation

S- bready malt with pronounced banana and just a hint of clove.

T- a Belgian candy flavor with a hint of cloves and a nice maltyness with a bit of wheat. I bit of a tart flavor at the end with a yeasty finish. a hint of alcohol warmth but no hops noted.

M- A medium body with a bit of a fuzziness. No real heat from the alcohol.

D- This is a ok brew. It doesn't have the malt characters that I was looking for and it wasn't as complex as some of the other commercial examples I've had. A nice drink but I will try some other weizenbocks.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date printed on label.

Hazy medium amber colour. Topped by a thin off white head.

Lush waves of clove & bannana. Very inviting.

Clove, bannana, & bubble gum all in a great balance. Subtly spicy, with a lsight warming of the throat. Medium-full bodied, gently carbonation.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is banana, caramel, clove, apple, and other spices.

Taste starts sweet and fruity, banana and caramel, then turns to clove spices, tart apples, and a barely noticeable hint of alcohol.

Body is light yet remarkably smooth and creamy.

I felt that this wheat beer was like many of the high point offerings. Taste waa sspot on yet the head was lacking and the body was thin.

Nevertheless a drinkable brew.

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Photo of claytri
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly cloudy amber, and develops a bit of white head. The aroma is of malt and yeast. The taste is pleasantly sharp and sweet. Maybe a little banana in the start, a good bit of malt in the middle, and finally the finish is a satisfying alcohol burn wrapped up in dark fruits. I guess that wonderful finish is the moonglow. The feel is full bodied, bubbly, and bit syrupy. A solid beer, but not a great beer. While I wouldn't turn one down, I'm not sure I'd select it over others in the style.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazy brownish colour with a fluffy whitish head. Smell is of clove spice, a touch of cocoa and dried fruits. Taste follows aroma. Nice rich spice with just a hint of the weizen banana bubblegum esters. A sublte cocoa note follows through out the taste. Very nice. Mouthfeel is supple and good. Very easy drinking. Could drink more than a few of these if the 8.7 didnt lay me out first. As top notch weizenbock. Not quite Aventinus, but damn close.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Moonglow was amber in color and topping of with a beige head at the top. The head leaves rather quick but left behind a thin lace to the end of the glass. Notes of bananas, spice and fruit come to mind as you take a breath. Taste is a bit wheat then dark fruit play the flavor game. A mild hint of alcohol came into play. This beer was smooth and silky in the mouth and easy to sit down and enjoy several.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishRedRock for this brew. A very welcomed surprise.

A rare beer that I find the bottle just as satisfying as from the tap. One of the finest American beers on the market and well worth the money you'll pay for it.

Nothing I can write could possibly do this beer justice. If you see it buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from Victory, in my opinion the top brewer on the east coast...

Poured out a very hazy dark brown with yeasties floating around and a nice 1 1/2 inch head that left nice lacing throughout.
Aroma was clove and spice, with hints of caramel and apple.
taste was pretty much the same but just seemed like it all blended so well that no one flavor seemed to stand out.
Excellent wheat bock, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Recently purchased another 6er of this, best by 040405 on the bottle. wow, its definitely different then the first 6er. This one was abit lighter in color with no floaties/yeasties. The overall flavor was similar, however it reminded me more of a belgian triple then a wheat bock. Don;t get me wrong though. its still dam tasty.

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

Uneven snowwhite head is big and slow at falling; medium to small bubbles pile up, tightening at the top and trailing lacing as they fall. A bizarre haze swims at the top, just below the head...is that the moonglow? Dark orange/amber color is very nice. Haven't had too many other weizenbocks to compare this too, however..

Nose could be confused with another weizen, wheaty and yeasty. Mild but thick. Light lemon. Grows in insistence..

Taste is intense. Sort of like a weizen on steroids. Citrusy wheat greets and is blasted by lemony and spicy alcohol (and spices also I presume). After is beery grain mixture of hops and alcohol. I think I'd enjoy drinking this beer outside on a cold day.

Awesome thickness, yet not throat-closing thickness -- more like smooth milkshake thickness, where carbonation doesn't feel like bubbles, but simply a collective, chilled push down the throat.

Develops massively as it warms, and the after solidifies into a stronger cereal flavor and alcohol mellows..

Once again, Victory does not disappoint on flavor.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, turbid brown color, small head.

Aroma: Spicy and very fruity smell.

Flavor: Hugely fruity flavor (banana, apple, lemongrass), mixing with sweet, sligthly bready malts. Good phenols, but the balance is toward the fruit. Sweet finish.

Body: Medium-high, good creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. This unique brew pours a hazy orange with a bright glow. The head is average. The aroma of this beer is incredible. It made my fiance(sp?), Beerhater gag from ten feet away. The aroma is a funky, yeasty, fruity, spicy kick in the nuts. The taste is a spicy complex mix of sour cherries, tart apples, and bitter grapefruit with a balancing malt sweetness. It all goes down pretty easily with a medium body and warm alcohol. There is no hop flavor or aroma, just enough bitterness for a bitter finish after the sweet and sour flavor. This is a fine brew. Last year I was unfamiliar with the style when I first tried it and was blown away by the crazy flavor when I was expecting a strong hefeweizen beer, but this was quite different.

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Photo of Zraly
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a slightly tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice, spicy aroma.

Full-on sweet flavors dominate, with a huge assertion of malt and caramel. The ever-classic banana and clove flavor from the yeast shines through. Ample alcohol notes bring the sweet goodness to a well-rounded flavor. A bit spicy and bready as well. Carbonation is an ever-slight tingle. Warm and inviting..."Moonglow" is a rather appropriate name.

A sure winner with a hearty potato, cheddar and turkey soup. Heck, throw a splash of this in your soup while cooking.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. Is is just me, or has this beer tasted better off the line in the past? Hazy dark amber amber in color with a very tall white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is sweet spice/cloved mingled with banana bread, raisens, and caramel sweetness. Similar flavor profile. A touch lighter feeling than past vintages, a bit over-carbonated as well. Something is missing here, can't put my finger on it. I had Aventinus on draft recently and this can't touch it! Better luck next year.

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

This poured out a cloudy sediment filled brownish bronze with a half inch of light tan head floating on top. No retention on the head as it quickly faded to a cap of bubbles leaving little lace. Aroma is quite fruity sweet with a good bit of spice in the mix. Very malty scent all around with caramel also in the mix. Taste starts of like sweet candy and caramel covered fruits. Notes of banana and a slight bitterness came through. This ended on a sweet and spicy note that lingered for a bit. The body was medium with a creamy feel and ample carbonation. Tasty brew here that I could definitely drink a few of. It goes down easy and shows no sign of the high abv.

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