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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

698 Reviews
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Reviews: 698
Hads: 1,269
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 119
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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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 1,269
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, its not a pretty beer. Its quite cloudy (which is on for the style I realize). A decent level of carbonation, but I want just a touch more. The head is really just barely there. Maybe it doesn't have to do with the carbonation because there is a healthy bit of carbonation in the beer. Yeah...a little swirl brings the head, but I want it bigger! Color is kind of a let down. A fairly light orange color. I'd prefer it to be a deeper color.

Very big, rich nose. Lots of clove and other spicy wheat notes. Big ester fruityness and a nice munich (?) malt foundation. Really enjoyable.

Taste isn't out of this world, but its decent. BIG BIG fruityness. BIG. Lots of banana here. Some quite large spicyness too. Get some cloves. Big malty mid to end palette with the banana all through and through.

Mouthfeel is ok. Good thick body with prickly carbonation. but I think something's missing.

Not very drinkable. Pretty sweet and in the end cloying. A bottle or two is better than the big glasses you get at the brewpub. The beer is quite warm and flat and FAT towards the end. My ~12oz bottle seems to be holding up much better. (1,145 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of cider, with slightly more transparency. Head quicky vanished.

Aroma of apples, pear, candy, phenols.

Taste starts big on estery yeast-induced flavor...apple and pear predominate. Refreshing in that it's not overly sweet with these flavors involved. Spicy cloves and bananas follow with a definite wheat-induced character. Hints of chocolate mousse in the finish as alcohol warms without biting. A mild lemongrass flavor pops in and out at will. Creamy and smooth body invites 2nd and third sips, only tempered by the warming whisper of "this is actually a pretty big beer, be careful".

A multi-faceted brew, with many flavors vying for supremacy, yet remaining highly drinkable. (700 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label Lore: Growler.

Huge frothy khaki ½”head over an unfiltered hazy iced tea hued pour. Second growler pour was perfectly capped with puffy cloud like head covering that left plenty of lattice lace.

Spiced nose of pot pouri, pie crust and malts. Some awl-kee-hawl scent when warmed.

First Swigs: Fresh bread dough and soft candy apple and caramel malts. Spice wafer flavor and lingering malty aftertaste. Some notes of root beer and anise peeking out. Hops bring out a banana bread. Complex flavor, nonetheless.

Soft chewy feel. Medium bodied and cushy carbonation. Oily finishing feel.

Last Swigs: Buttered liquid banana bread and spice wafer. Amazing! This is Autumn in a bottle. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the growler. Reminds me of their VICTORY Fest, but more fruity. 8.7% ABV. Ya gotta be kiddin’ me! The unfiltered aspect really makes a big difference.

Beer is good. Happy growler beering. (919 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orangish-red color with two fingers of head. There is decent lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with some banana and clove, classic weizen yeast aromas. The taste is sweet and malty, with more of those weizen flavors coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. I would have never guessed this to be an 8.7% brew. A nice weizenbock. (487 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus in it but nothing from the weizen part of it. No spicy yeast or banana or clove. The flavor has a lot of citrus and a decent malt, but seems very thin and metallic. Unimpressive. (336 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with minimal head. Sweet caramel smell as well as spiciness. Malty sweet flavor at first followed by apple tartness. Interesting play between the different flavors. The smell and flavor both improve as the beer warms. Smooth mouthfeel. Well hidden 8.7% ABV. This is a tasty, complex beer. It would be great if there were more Weizenbocks available - every one I’ve had was delicious. (415 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think this is my first weizen bock. It pours a light brown color, maybe a dark tea color. The nose is odd. There seems to be hints of orange peel and some spicey yeast tones. There is a lot of metallic flavor in there. I don't like it a lot. The orange flavors are also in there. I don't know about this one. The feel is somewhat thin and drinkability is not all that good. I don't think that victory is doing a good job with this one. (437 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle. Enjoy by date marked for September 11 2004. This is two months old, but I'm optimistic that this should still have some life left. Its bottle-conditioned and has a 8.7 % ABV.

I poured this beer in a German wheat glass. Mild shade of brown in color. Hazy due to the unfiltered wheat.

Whiffs of bananas and caramel sweetness.

Taste is very smooth. Blends sweet malts and banana yeasty flavors. Bitter sweet finish. Sugar sweetness and sweet malts.

I had this on tap at Anam-Cara a few months ago and it was absolutely incredible. This is a great beer. If you see it during the Fall time, pick it up. (650 characters)

Photo of BrewMan13
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon the pour, a small head that quickly fades and leaves no lacing. Color is brownish-orange and only barely see through. Very smooth with a slightly sweet taste...I'm still not very good at identifying the individual flavors. Finish is slightly unpleasant. Alcohol hidden well considering its nearly 9%. A fine weizenbock, and one that I looked forward to trying. I am very glad I picked it up. However, this doesnt have that little extra something that I find in Aventinus. Highly recommended and very good for the style. (524 characters)

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy brownish orange with a small tan head that fell rather quickly. The smell is very nice. Mostly citrus and banana though the banana was hard to pick up. The taste was sweet bread and rather fruity. Alcohol detected in the finish but it works nicely. I can taste banana flavors only in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good although more than rwo or three would be too many. I really enjoyed this beer for something different. (487 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served lightly chilled in a Maudite goblet.

Appearance: Cloudy reddish orange topped by an ivory colored head composed of tiny wee bubbles. A small film of foam remains after a few minutes. Lacing attempted to form, but never quite succeeded.

Smell: Caramelized malts and clovey banana goodness. Intense and lovely. Lemony at times.

Taste: Sweet pruny malts with strong clove flavors. Hints of bananas and balck peppers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Soft and supple medium body with phenolic aftertastes.

Drinkability: Damn if this isn't nice. Victory shoots and scores. Well worth getting and savoring. I could see this going well with hearty soups, breads, and cheeses. (695 characters)

Photo of tweeder263
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm pours out well looks good nice haze in glass.Has a sweet smell,but i dont smell the bananas{like others}.Sweet malty taste that i wasnt prepared for,but after a few sips started to grow on me.I can feel a little alcohol warmth and its very welcome. After the last sip i wanted more ,,but i think two in one session would be enough.Good beer but the style isnt my favorite. (376 characters)

Photo of sacfly
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange/copper color. Smells of sweet wheat and bananas. Silky white head, that doesn’t last long. Taste is semi-sweet, slightly harsh wheat (that dropped the taste score). I got used to it and started to enjoy it more after the initial sip (that brings the taste score back up a bit). Really packs a punch! It was my second beer of the night, and already started to get that warmth in my bones. A good change of pace for a cool winter or fall evening. I couldn’t see drinking more than one or two in a night.

Had a second one the next night and all seemed about the same. One thing to note- it went perfectly with a roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo sandwich! I don’t usually note food pairings, but this really seemed to fit. I may keep some on hand for just this very reason. (809 characters)

Photo of danadeny
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Anam Cara, in the moonglow wisen glass (very very cool). Cloudy brown body, with a slight hint of yellow. Small head. Smells of banana, a little citrus, and overall fresh and crisp. The flavor follows up with a little spice, medium banana, and a clean citrus finish. Slight alcohol flavor mixed in but nowhere near what you would expect from a 9%. god damn smooth and no aftertaste. Overall: one of the best things on earth. (438 characters)

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

Nice autumn beer and I like the artwork. The pour did not display a prominant head, but the body was an inviting ruddy brown that was certainly opaque. Smell was fruity blackberry nose and a slight belgian dubbel notes. The taste was wheaty, but continued to have a decidedly belgian note. Tons of fruity flavors, slight bubble gum and a good strain of syrup. Mouthfeel was slim and not too heavily carbonated but had a good filling body. Tasty autumn beer that I will be sure to have more of. (493 characters)

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

A treat on draught, the bottled version before me is nearly as good. A hazy copper colored ruby body lies beneath a wispy white head. The nose is wonderful...a clovey, yeast spiciness is most notable, as are moer subtle sweet fuity flavors, cherry, vanilla, and a bit of alcohol.

This is the sweet and sour sauce of beers - it has both elements, in addition to the spiciness from the yeast. Victory amazes me yet again, with the ability to have so many distinctly different flavors going on here, yet they meld together so well. A bitter hoppiness shines throughout as well. The alcohol is not terribly noticeable, but you'll feel a little warmer towards the end of the glass. Definitely one that could be sessioned, albeit dangerously. Another great beer and a wonderful seasonal from the boys in Downingtown. (814 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with very little head that quickly dies to a thin, patchy cover of slick-looking, tiny grayish bubbles with zero cling. Carbonation is visible despite the murk of yeast particles suspended in this sienna or iced tea-colored liquid with foggy orange highlights. Aromas of gingerbread and dried banana chips with hints of dried apple, clove, and bubblegum are initially pleasant, with a big finish like vanilla extract. Prickly nosefeel full of acid and spice is a bit thin. And then, everything gets washed out by alcohol. This is just a hint of things to come: flavors bitter with clove, sweet like bubblegum being slathered on banana bread, hints of raisins, and alcohol. Aftertaste is a vise grip of nutmeg, clove, SenSens, and alcohol. Intense, tingling mouthfeel practically numbs the palate with carbonation or... could it be... ALCOHOL? Surely, intrinsic flavors are being masked here. At 8.7 abv this is a one-at-a-time type of beer befitting an autumn afternoon, but other than that, somewhat heavy-handed. Complex for sure, but what's the point when it's got a body like mouthwash? (1,096 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Anam Cara.

This (hefe)weizenbock poured a cloudy, caramel brown color with off-white foam that persisted. The smell was fruity with a good aroma of caramel and malt. The taste was malty with wheat and banana and caramel. There was a touch of a vinous flavor and overall fruitiness, and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was crisp with medium body and medium carbonation. The feel was a bit warming as well. This was a very nice weizenbock. (459 characters)

Photo of oracle
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the beer poured a magnificent deep amber tinged with orange. Medium density 3 inch head didn't stick around a long time, but it a moderate amount of lacing to mark its passing. Alas poor beer head, we hardly knew ye.

Smell was a gorgous combination of ripe banana and sweet malt.

Taste was excellent. Sweet, creamy and smooth. rich with out being cloying. Didn't event realize it was 8.7% abv until finished.

Excelent and very drinkable. I wish I had more than the one or at least access to more. (506 characters)

Photo of oxmasterscream
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very cloudy, amber with a small head that became a mere white ring around the glass... looked like a glass of shaken, instant iced tea.

Aroma: As expected, big spicy cloves and musty bananas, with just a hint of apples and honey.

Taste: Nice. Spicy cloves up front, sour apples in the middle which slowly developed into a lemony, twangy finish like a lemon drop, with just a mild bitter thing happening. For the most part though, it definitely gets sweeter and sweeter as you drink it; all of the flavors constantly intermingle with an orange blossom honey taste the entire time. Tends to be a little cloying though. The high ABV was noticeable at the finish... it shot right up through my nose post-swallow. After only a few gulps on an empty stomach, I began to feel a warming in my gut as well. The ABV is never overwhelming though.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, full and smooth, warm on the tongue... A real mouth full.

Drinkability: I drank this very quickly. It's a tasty brew. I could easily have another. A good fall brew overall. (1,069 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic find on my most recent stop in Downingtown to Victory. A tremendous darkened red, almost a burgundy color and the head left a lace all throughout the glass of brew. The suspended cloudiness was a gorgeous site to behold. Notes of spice, perhaps just barelyt ripened bananas were apparent, as was a hint of alcohol. The malt profile was a good counter balance to that. Smooth, luscious and creamy on the palate, the alcohol offers a little tingle when you least expect it.

While this is a style that is rarely attempted here state-side, this is one of my favorite Biers, bar none. Well worth waiting for until September.

Prosit! (652 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice hazy reddiah,amber color. Killer aroma of malt-sort of banana like esters. Slight alcohol bite. Big malty flavor-phenolic,clove like. Nice residual sweetness. Very full bodied-the phenolic and clove highlights are actually very smooth in the finish-not astringent like some weizens I have had. Extremely smooth. I do knock down its drinkability a tad but only because wheat beers arent my thing though this could start a whole new trend. Another great beer from Victory-man I need to get to Downington PA for a peek!!!! (524 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served at Lucky Baldwin's tonight from a 12 oz bottle that was labeled "Enjoy by Mar 6, 2003." Given that today is 10/1/04, I guess we can consider this beer "aged" though I'm not sure if that is a good or a bad thing.

The beer is a rich red color with a very little head. Much of the aroma is in fruitiness with a touch of nutmeg or cinnamon. The flavor begins with an overpowering taste of cherries. I'm talking candy, sweet cherries, not fresh cherries. Sadly it is almost like cough syrup because of how sweet it is. Other flavors that come through are a light malt along with apple peel and peach. I am not a tremendous fan of overly fruity beers, so this one lost a few points with me because of how much of a cherry flavor it carries.

It is a medium to ligh bodied beer with lots to offer for those who love lambics. (838 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As usual, I will point out that normally I do not like this style, I don't like wheat beers in general. On the other hand, it looked good, and since I had never had it, well, I was going to get one. This was on tap at Anam Cara this past weekend. I ordered up two, one for me and one for David. Other BAs had been sipping theirs out of nice Hefeweizen glasses, but our pours came in proper Aventinus glasses. Hmm, was this beer going to be worthy? Halfway worthy? Well, by golly it was, and even I thought so. In fact, if I didn't know it was from an American brewery, I would have thought it was German. Dark amber in color, wheat colored head was impressive (hey, it was in an Aventinus glass). I got yeast and alcohol off the aroma. Faint clove and banana. Taste was medium in body, well-rounded, full of flavor, but not so much I was gasping. Kind of hard to describe..everything was all nice and balanced, and luckily, I wasn't left thinking cloying, or bubblegummy, or... Solid malt. Smooth Wheat. Alcohol sitting in the background waving at me. Victory have themselves a beer here that deserves it's praise. (1,114 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short lived cream colored head. Hazy tea colored beer with streams of tiny bubbles visible in the upper half. Round yeast aroma with a bit of alcohol and crisp hops. Flavor starts off with some sweet malt is and quickly joined by a bitter alcohol kick that holds on till the warming end. Body is on the light side for such a strong beer yet the flavor manages to stick to the tongue. A big beer that lets you know it and has you coming back for more. (450 characters)

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.