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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 97
Gots: 71 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001)
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Photo of TMoney2591
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before now, especially considering how many times I've had it and enjoyed it. It pours a murky rusty sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light nutmeg, rye bread, dark wheat, and a touch of raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the wheat, banana, clove, and raisin. A touch of cinnamon is added in for good measure. Everything just melds beautifully and tastily. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable weizenbock, one of my favorites of the style, baby!

Photo of aorloski
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/2/12, poured into a snifter

A- Reddish tint, slight brown hues, nice and hazy from the unfiltered yeast

S- Bananas are right up front, some nice malt and almost a nutmeg spice come to mind

T- The wheat is right there, the taste almost follows the nose completely however better. I cannot get over how much banana comes through in this, very malty and kind of warm, the hops are there but very subdued. Another great victory brew.

M- Thick like watered down caramel

O- This was an amazing weizenbock, great to drink on a nice fall day. So good that it prompted me to write my first review on this sit about it. Good job victory.

Photo of larryi86
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/2/12, poured into a Weizen glass

A- Red with a light brown tint, slightly hazy and a three finger tan head.

S- Banana, yeast, wheat, spices, some sweet malts, touch of alcohol.

T- This is good and well balanced. Wheat is very present, hints of caramel malts, banana, very light spiciness, a hint of earthy hops in the finish, and the alcohol is a little warm and sweet but not boozy, adds a really nice flavor and balance to the beer.

M- Smooth, creamy, thick.

O- Another great beer from Victory. I found this very easy to drink and well balanced. Really can't wait to drink more and try more Weizenbocks.

Photo of zaphodchak
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two fingers of creamy light tan head that retains very well, cloudy brown-amber body.

Smell has plenty of wheat, banana esters, and some bubblegum yeastiness.

Taste is quite nice. Plenty of wheat, that banana/fruit character from the nose, plenty of mellow sweet malt. It's a sweetish beer for sure (bubblegum), and the sweetness is balanced by wheaty thickness more than any sort of bitterness. A trace of alcohol is evident in a friendly warmth, but the ABV is pretty hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick, my only gripe might be that the carbonation in it feels a bit coarse. This is splitting hairs at this point.

This beer is great; the man at the store hit it on the nose: "the poor man's Aventinus." I regret having bought only a single of this; Aventinus is my gold standard for a wheat doppelbock, and this one stacks up remarkably well. Next time, I'll serve it in the Aventinus glass; that'll probably accent the nose even better. I'm getting a sixpack of this; some for now, some for winter, some for next winter.

Photo of justintcoons
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with amber highlights. Yields an explosive fluffy head that dissipates moderately slow leaving behind a decent cling that slides down the glass. Yeast sediment floats around.

N: Yeast, banana, wheat and chocolate.

T: Banana and milk chocolate upfront with a good amount of yeastiness. This is followed by some rich wheat malts and some biscuit notes. Finishes with a lot of banana along with earth, some fruity esters and clove.

M: Full bodied, smooth, velvety, creamy and slightly sticky.

O: I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers but this was such a smooth, velvety and easy drinking offering that I'm tempted to rethink my stance. Wow! This is 8.7%?? Even better. A solid beer that suits cooler fall nights perfectly. An excellent rendition of the style!

Photo of chodinheaven
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a bit like apple cider with a nearly opaque orange-brown hue and some soft bubbles rising from the bottom along the side of the glass. Decent sized silky white head on top that reduces down to silky patches. Beautiful rings of lacing are left after each sip. As for the smell, imagine that perfectly ripe banana and the way it smells as you peel away the skin: that's what this smells like. Other aromas of wheat, yeast, and a little touch of booze balance some of the banana.

Flavors of banana and spices create a rich, full flavor that follows through in every sip. A unique yeast strain gives this beer a distinctive taste on the back of the palate that rounds out the big banana notes. The spiciness is very prevelant, as well as a hint of cinnamon, giving the spices a sweet, almost pie-like taste. Other spices are remeniscent of an herb garden, but it blanaces and works nearly perfectly in this beer. The alcohol is not in your face, but is noticeable when looked for. It creates a deceptively easy to drink beer, as it goes down fast and easy. The mouthfeel is as silky smooth as the head looks, with a clean and dry finish that complements the flavors oh so well. The mouthfeel here actually makes the beer as awesome as it is by adding a layer of texture that is nothing but pleasant. This beer is very complex, but so enjoyable and full-flavored that its simple to drink. I really like this one, and once again Victory has impressed me.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Wiezen glass

A - A hazy tick looking brown brick amber body with a thick flothy off white head. The beer looks a little dark for your weizen glass fare.

S - Bananas, clove - like a good Weizenbock should and along with it a good spice note. The is a great balance of sweet fruits and spices in the nose.

T & M & D - Sweet fruits up front and good malt characteristics. Then the body opens to more herbal and spicy notes. The banana is clear and the beer brings a strong yeast note and bready note in on the middle to back end making it thicker and breadier than a normal weizen.

O - A very good representation of the style. Incredible flavor, great nose, strong look. All around solid and after the last sip you want another.

-Cheers

Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, rusty golden in color, with a sizeable and fine head of white bubbles. No lace.

Smell is citrus, bubblegum, and clove. Typical, and inviting.

Taste is sweet at first. I get wheat, a hint of orange peel, and some clove for spice. Certainly complex, so good point scored here.

Definitely solid, and more than drinkable.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark amber with a fair head. Smells nicely of banana and some spice as well as some sweet malt. The taste is similar, but with an added layer of hoppy bitterness that joins the lush banana, clove, and other yeast notes. Nice deep flavors with just enough residual sweetness. Very smooth in the mouth, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. A pleasure.

Photo of JAXSON
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy dark copper with a large head. Nose is yeasty, phenolic, with cloves, cinnamon, banana. Mouth is fairly sweet with a nicely mellow spiced collage of flavors. Baked apple, cloves, cinnamon. Fairly bitter throughout the palate with some nice warming heat on the finish. Carbonation is pretty sharp. Not especially sweet, pleasant flavors, I would like less hop bitterness throughout.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" light caramel colored head. Hazy burnt sienna brown color. Smells vaguely of hops, a little more so as it warmed. Taste is caramel, spice, and bitter hops. Decent, interesting. I'd agree with the label about "subtle" but I don't really find it fruity or deep in the spices. Yet still another nice beer from Victory.

Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small fizzy, off-white head. TONS of floaties. Beer is a dull red color. Poor head retention, no lacing. Some effervescence. I don't mind sediment but this appearance as a whole does nothing for me.

S- Smells good. Some spices and citrus notes.

T- Follows nose. Bananas and cloves...cinnamon? Spicy yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol for 8.7%

M- Tongue fizzling. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Wow, I feel if this were to be more eye-appealing I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it stands, smells and tastes great...appearance keeps it out of the upper tier of weizenbocks. Would have again in the future and cross my fingers.

Photo of ehammond1
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Dark auburn and ruby, near brown in color. Thick, persistent light brown head and lots of lacing down the glass. Thick chunks of cakey sediment and "floaties" run rampant through this beer.

A sweet and welcoming aroma. The biting yeast character, wheat, banana (and strawberries! weird, but kinda cool!), toffee, and a slight alcohol tinge all come together very nicely.

Mild flavor though certainly appropriate for the style. The yeast takes center stage with it's sharp tartness, balanced well with banana and wheat characteristics. Very nice.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. A pleasure.

A really good weizenbock from Victory. Strangely enough, this is my favorite beer from them to date (though I haven't had a huge number), and it's one of my least favorite styles. I would certainly have this again.

Photo of A1Sports
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

A: Very cloudy amber color with thin, white colored head.

S: Very contrasting and interesting. Some sweetness smells along with banana.

T: Complex taste. The taste hit immediately and is powerful. Maybe too powerful for my tastes. Like the smell, you get a little sweet with the bitter. At the end you get a distinct taste of alcohol.

M: Leaves a little sting in the mouth. The feel remains mixed like the smell and taste. On the high end of carbonation.

O: I think a fan of this style of beer would appreciate it much more than I did. It was an interesting experience, that I would try again, but couldn't do it too often. My scores are higher than my personal opinion, but factor in the beer style.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint. From notes.

A: deep hazy body, golden in color. White head with good retention and nice amount of lace.

S: Rich in clove, slight banana, with medium intensity.

T/M: a very silky body, with a light finish, clove dominance on the body. Medium body with good level of esters. Hoppy fruit notes.

Overall: this is a good brew for the style, especially for an American brewery.

Photo of jondeelee
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow begins with a distinctly Belgian aroma: heavy on the banana and clove, with additional fruit and spice flavors such as orange, pineapple, and pepper lying just beneath, and supported by a thin thread of toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer reminds me of nothing so much as a Unibroue: spicy, with bananas, cloves, pepper, and a peculiar wildness that I usually associate with Brettanomyces. In fact, had I not known otherwise, I would have sworn I was drinking a Fin Du Monde, or one of Unibroue's other offerings. Moonglow does have subtle differences, of course, appearing somehow wilder and more potent through a heavy vodka-like alcohol tinge at the end of the mouthful (though, at 8.7% ABV, Moonglow is roughly the same strength as a Fin Du Monde). This does not mean that the beer is somehow lesser, but it is wilder and stronger on the soft palate. The aftertaste is a strong alcohol-tinged continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation feels high, which adds to the peppery burning on the soft palate.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I do feel it could have been tamed slightly for drinkability and appeal. Still, the flavors are immensely pronounced, and the brew is refreshing.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bold example of the style - pour was a deep gold with a good deal of haze. Sweet, with pronounced bock character. Spicyness and heat from the alcohol follow the initial sweetness in close order. Bittersweet toward the finish, with yeast notes. Might be a little heavy-handed, but enjoyable.

Photo of jthomp000
3/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange-ish hue, somewhat cloudy, lots of "floaters" in this one.
S - Carmel aromas, nothing that jumped out at me
T - Carmel taste upfront, alcohol aftertaste/backend
M - Medium body, light carbonation
O - At first I wasn't a fan of this specific beer, but each time I have one, it continues to grow on me. First time with this type of beer and I'll definitely try this beer or a similar kind again...

Photo of BobZ
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Light reddish brown almost dark amber. Built a 2” head that hangs around and left nice lacing. Yeast floaties are prevalent and very noticeable, this might be “off-putting” to some; however, it’s not something I mind terribly.

Smell: Nice malty sweetness with hints of phenols and maybe even some banana.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a combination of hops and spice, this hoppy spice flavor remains throughout the beer and makes it a pleasant and somewhat unique example of the style. The alcohol adds subtle warmth and the wheat beer banana flavor is also detectable.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant and smooth on the palate, again (like Golden Monkey) the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Unique take on a Bavarian Weizenbock, very flavorful. Not in the same league as Aventinus but still another nice beer at a reasonable price point from Victory.

Photo of Spica66
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this an extra from knarf231. Thanks, Franklin!

Enjoyed with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence for 15th anniversary celebration.

A: Red-brown color with good yeast haze. Excellent head formation and retention.

S: Malty caramel with a good bit of deep banana and a slight hint of fusel alcohol.

T: Wheat tang and some yeastiness. Overall kind of fruity.

M: Very round and creamy smooth. The alcohol makes itself known, but not in a bad way.

O: Very neat beer. First of this style that I have ever had. I would try others.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky brown color with a cream colored foamy head. The head shrinks down and leaves a film over top of the beer. The lacing on this one is decent. The smell of the beer has some banana and wheaty grains on the nose. The taste is a little spicy and has a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little thin I thought but had a pretty texture for the style. Overall It's a pretty good beer and I'd drink it again.

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-amber color with a one-finger tan head that quickly dissipates. When observed through a light you can the specs of yeast on the bottom.

S: Strong caramel aroma with a mixture of ripe bananas and alcohol.

T: Caramel hits me at first with a generous sweetness with a little roasted malt bitterness. A smooth wheaty flavor that goes down easy and finishes thick and warm. Hints of ripe bananas and finishes spicy with an alcohol kick.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and hazy.

O: This was my first experience with a weizenbock and I was impressed with the style and flavor of this brew. I enjoyed this brew and would drink it again when available.

Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, hazy orange with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet fruit and spices.

T - Bananas, dark fruits, cloves, bubble gum. Really intense flavors with just a hint of hop bite. Lots of spices.

M - Creamy medium body with quite a lot of carbonation. Definite alcohol burn on the finish.

O - A very good Weizenbock that I would not hesitate to grab the next time I see it. I gravitate toward the style when I can find it and this is a great representation.

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

Photo of jifigz
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I have had this beer since the fall when I picked up a case of this at Raystown Beverage in Huntingdon, Pa. This has been the sole survivor to see how this beer aged.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Even with an extremely gentle pour the head on this beer was huge. It was several inches high and lingered for a long time leaving beautiful lacing all over the glass. I could only fit about 2/3 on the first amount of the pour. The color is hazy amber orange/brown with a ton of sediment.

S: Very fruity esters in the nose. Smells like a mixture or raisins and flowers. Reminiscent of a La Fin Du Monde.

T: Delicious. The beer is spiced rather well. The raisin/fruity flavors pull through with a slight sour/bitterness. The higher level of alcohol has a warming effect on the palate and throat.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is perfect. Creamy and warm, and extremely effervescent (maybe that could be perceived as a downfall).

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers. I am not sure if aging it for months helped it or detracted from it. This is an extremely drinkable beer and the taste just sends me over the top. Victory rarely lets me down.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.