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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 freed
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More thanks to WeeFishHeads for this one...

This beer was quite beautiful sitting in my glass. Its body was a lovely sunset gradient of yellow to orange, slight haze clouding it. A tiny meniscus of pinpoint sized bubbles on top.

Smells of wheat and cidery yeasts are dominant with a slight tang of ground mustard. Thinking my nose was deceived, I tasted the beer. It was predominantly sweet malts and dry wheat with a bready yeast flavor and still a taste of mustard. This observation was mocked, but it really was a pleasant taste. It certainly gave me an idea.

This was probably the most pleasant and interesting wheat beer I've had in a long time. Aside from being gorgeous, it had a unique flavor that I'll certainly remember. (740 characters)

Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at weefishheads' Beer Night--Jan 17, 2004. The beer was a very hazy red-orange, with scattered patches of foam, rather than actual head forming in my smallish sample. The smell was somewhat yeasty and musty, with attractive granny smith apple and banana aromatics. The taste was lovely...a tart zip start joined by soft malts, with tartness and banana in the lingering finish. Extremely tasty and full flavored with refreshing crispness. The medium body and carbonation of the beer matched the set of flavors well. Moonglow was very enjoyable and satisfying. Big thanks to weefishheads for making this beer available for tasting! (637 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a not quite clear copper amber with a two finger beige head that fades into nice sheet lacing. The label is one of the more attractive ones I've seen, and was imprinted with an "enjoy by Aug 20 04" date. Nose is complex, bananas, oranges, pineapples, toffee, cloves, and hints of Belgian yeasts. Crisp and well carbonated in the mouth, yet creamy and medium bodied. Taste is of toffee and caramel soaked in a fruit basket. Ruby red grapefruit, bananas, oranges, and pineapples. Carbonation keeps it all vibrant all the way to the end. No presence of alcohol is noted, in spite of the listed 8.7abv. This is an extraordinary brew from the folks at Victory. Very well crafted and pleasantly complex. Highly enjoyable. (721 characters)

Photo of necoadam
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a orange-reddish-brownish color, seemed a little bit cloudy as well. The smell consisted of various tropical fruits with some hints of spiciness. Taste was very weird. It was like a tug-of-war between the fruitness and the spiciness. The battle was still going on while I swallowed it. But the aftertaste was too much for me. There was just too much spiciness at the end and I could taste the alcohol at the end too. Had a hard time finishing this beer because of the aftertaste. I will try it again someday, perhaps my tastebuds had a night off or something. (570 characters)

Photo of Jables
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is super sweet but a light sweetness, think pixy stix sweet.

Taste is sweet rich malt balanced by sourness and fruit flavors. Very, very tasty.

A very different beer all around. At first glance, taste doesn't match appearance, but upon further inspection it does. The color suggests sweet bock but the hazy yeastiness suggests fruit and spice, in the end all are present. (429 characters)

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

A tree bark colored beer with a good off white head that lasted a long time. The nose was bread-like; yeasty, grainy and wheaty. There were some aromas of pear and overripe apples. the taste was real clean and the wheat flavors dominated. Same fruit flavors as I smelled were present in the beer. Good mouthfeel, well balanced carbonation and a nice balance to the flavors of wheat and mild hop background. The beer finished dry and after some time the residual hop flavors really came out. A long finishing beer that was quite enjoyable (537 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really did not know what to expect from this brew. I found a hazy copper pour with a think head. The aroma of banana quickly fills the room upon release with hints of smoke/roasted malt. A smooth body pairs with sharply fruity yeast flavors and a bit of sharp malt. A moderate bitterness flows throughout the brew and jumps in and out of the finish. Tasty and complex. (370 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A muddy reddish brown color with a quickly receding tan head. Wheaty aromas heavy on the bubble gum/banana with some smokiness. Alcohol also shows on the nose. A fullish body holds a fruity start (apples/oranges) with some bananas and spice. The finish is long and smooth with some chocolate,sweet malt and spicy yeast. The texture is really nice in this brew, a quality after dinner drink. Cheers to Bierman9. (410 characters)

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

Enjoy by date: 08/07/04

This beer poured a rich cherry wood color with a ruby red glow about it. It was very clear with a first pour and well carbonated. After the send and most generous pour I partook in the yeast on the bottom for the true effect and it became noticeable cloudy and a shade paler. The head that was produced was creamy, rich, and thick, about 2 inches of dense foam. It was light tan/vanilla cream colored and it lasted for some time before I could actually take my first sip. Then after it fell it a skim on the top and a healthy ring on the edges. There was a lace present that seemed to be in sheet form almost the whole way to the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly rich, aromas of dark fruit (plums), some bananas, rich sweet malts, spices and yeast all were present and quite distinctive. The tasted that rolled over my tongue were sweet, rich and at times tangy. Flavors of bananas, plums, some dark berries, a slight hop bite, tad wheat grain flavors in the middle along with big sweet malts, spices, near the swallow, a pine presence came and went, alcohol was present throughout the sip and finished with a yeasty malty flavor. The aftertaste was dominated with fruity, yeasty hops. Not lasting on the pallet but present. The body was more of a medium to medium heavy on the mouth. What can I say, this beer got better from the day I first got the case a few months back. I did notice that when allowed to warm a few degrees the flavors and aromas became more rich and noticeable. A really good beer and another hit for Victory. (1,594 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle cellared from last Spring. Brown and hazy, yeasty appearance. Nice 1/2 inch head of glistening quality and good staying power. Lace is generous and complicated. Big ester nose on this one, with a background of anise and brown sugar. Nice medium and creamy mouthfeel, flavor starts with pleasant banana and pineapple (slightly lactic), just a touch of tartnesss, and transitions to a light fruit syrup impression that's touched by some herbal notes. No strident lemon notes. Sense of alcohol. Slightly granular in texture. Decent entry, a Weizenbock is one of the great uses for wheat in a beer for me. (608 characters)

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

Pours a cloudy brown with a nice off-white head. Sweet malty, but still well balanced. There is a major fruity role played by the yeast. The high alcohol percentage also comes through, but only slightly. And the mouthfeel: oh so very very smoothskie. Certainly quite the drinkable beer. I'm going to hold onto a couple of these to ssee how it ages. (348 characters)

Photo of goz
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a cloudy mahogany, medium sized tan head that mostly diminishes and leaves small bits of lace. Aroma is strong on the banana, some grain (think banana bread), and some sugary sweetness. Flavor is sweet, fruity (banana, apple, pear), and ends with some spiciness. Fairly full bodied, slightly acidic. (307 characters)

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

Dark, murky red-amber. Could barely tell that the beer has a significant haze until held up to the light. Huge, creamy, pillow-like head.

Instantaneously infects your nose with ripe, powerful aromas. Sweet maltiness infused with a light vanilla/oak and potent banana-ish esters. This is fragrant. Like, foofy candle shop and scented bath products fragrant. It's that intense.

Impeccibly smooth drinking. Wheaty lemon and banana are present and take a little bit of a back seat to waves of nearly sugar sweet malts; darker, heavier, more roasted malts; and a tidal wave of alcohol that's surprisingly well integrated into the overall flavor profile. I feel only mildly annoyed at the seemingly low-key carbonation that smooths this out just a bit too much -- gets a little bit of a creamy feel going.

But hey, let's tell it like it is: This shit rocks. (860 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.

Moonglow pours a orange/amber with sparkling ruby highlights that draw your eye. There is almost zero head to the brew and what's left from the pour disappears quickly.

The aroma is of deep caramel spiced with a strong banana influence sneaking in behind the spices. Finish aroma becomes strongly metallic and reminisicint of the cap.

Flavor is toffee and cinnamon and allspice with a growing metallic twang. Finish is of rich brown sugar and malt with a growing drying tannic touch to the final twist. (571 characters)

Photo of beergeek279
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a decent white head. The smell is very fruity. The taste is very sweet, with very fruity notes, and the wheat is somewhat noticable. Mouthfeel is very well-carbonated. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Mmm...weizenbock is a good style, and one that's sadly under-represented. A great seasonal, and one I'll hopefully have again. (399 characters)

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

Appearance: a hazy, rich autumnal crimson color, and a nice, toasted, creamy head.
Aroma: mmmm, nice, deep and delirious, fruity, spicy, wide open and delicious, instantly reminding me of Aventinus. That's always a nice thing.
Taste: plenty of it! Tantalizing, mouthfilling, happily coating the palate, leaving behind spicy, grapey flavors. A bit light going down, but never lagging with the flavor. Medium bodied, nicely textured...they'd have to go a little further with it to make it outstanding, but this is a tasty treat and a nice stab at the style.

Thanks to the 36LbLoveChild for this! (598 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Super nice concentrated color, looks like a solid glass of dark caramel, some yellowness peaks around the edges, a thin loose tannish head emerged that didn't last and the lacing is very minimal. Aroma is super tangy of fruity citrus, ripe melon, orange peels, mango, peach, dulled grapes, quite a fruit juice effect in the aroma, underlaying sweet malts and musty yeast, notes of ethanol. Taste is a lip smacking attack of tangy dullish citrusy fruits, mostly orange peels and peach skins with some mango and light banana mixed in. Pretty sweet and quickly tangy, malty, twingy with notes of raw orange peels coming through late in the finish as it drys out somewhat and keeping a sweetly souring, almost puckering tang. Feel is a bit thin at first but begins to fill in as it goes and drys out some in the finish. Sneaky alcohol hits your head after half the glass. A pretty decent brew, the tangyness is pretty high with a overall orange peel effect throughout its character. I can see where some would like this, but I don't think I'd try this again, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered either. I'm kinda torn with this one, I want to like it cuz Victory makes some fantastic brews, but something with this beer keeps me from thoroughly enjoying it. Thanks goes out to PisskyNights for the bottles! (1,305 characters)

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

Beer is served in a 12 oz. bottle. Pours with a ruby red color and off-white head foams up quickly. The head also very quickly dissipates.
Strong bananas on the aroma, mixed with a general overall fruitiness. Mellow carbonation on the first sip, the fruitiness continues with even a touch of sour which is very nice in this beer.
Rather thick mouthfeel with a slightly viscous swallow. Leaving only a sweet caramel flavor in my mouth waiting for the next sip.
The bananas never leave my mouth either.
This is definitely a very nice beer from Victory and if you like wheat beers give it a try. There is a lot going on in this beer and you might pick up on something I have missed! (685 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a murky reddish amber with very little cascading and a thin dark blonde head. The aroma is tart and gingery with evidence of banana esters, and the taste is sweeter than I expected after the initial sudden burst of tanginess. There's a lot of carbonation in this weizen bock so I feel it all the way down the my throat. The aftertaste is rather sticky. (368 characters)

Photo of erica
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good one from Victory. The color is nice- a dark red- orange, and the aroma is nice and spicy, sweetish but not really sweet. Then the taste, well that's quite nice as well, it makes me smile. I seem to either smile or make a horrid face with beer- I'm not a professional... Yes, Moonglow tastes spicy, almost a sour fruitiness to it too. It's very drinkable, it feels soft in my mouth, and I tend to forget about the alcohol content in this stuff. So they definitely did a good job with this seasonal. (512 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle. The weizenbock pours smoothly into the glass with minimal head consisting of tight bubbles that fade quickly. Appearance is a nice auburn, just a tad hazy. Smells like a hefe on steroids, very wheaty and malty, but with strong scents of banana and spice competing for attention. Body is quite full and taste is initially sweet and very wheaty/malty, then followed by a big fruit presence reminiscent of apples and of course bananas. Finish is rather tart but leaves a lingering sweetness on the tongue. Another great effor form the folks at Victory. (575 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Cloudy ruddy brown. Huge head and heavy carbonation. Lots of lace. A beautiful brew.

Smell: Like a hefeweizen with a heavier malt backbone. Alcohol is noticeable, bit not distracting. Definite banana and clove, with a nice spiciness from the yeast.

Taste: Heavy carbonation assaults my tongue, displacing all flavor for the first few moments. Creamy and smooth after that, with some heavy-handed, if honest, green banana notes. I don't really find the cloves as much as I would have expected. Very dry, though. Alcohol numbs the tongue and warms the throat.


Notes: This is my last out of a sixer, and I will not purchase again. Try it if you like the style, but don't judge Victory based on this offereing, Make sure and try the Storm King and Hopdevil first. (783 characters)

Photo of aaronh
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A voluminous tan head tops this dark caramel colored beer. This loose layer of foam slowly fades to a moderate layer that persists for as long as there's beer in the glass. Banana and cloves wrapped in alcohol sweetness with a bread chaser greets the nose. The taste is surprisingly tart, similar to a berliner-weisse, but it has a thick, roasted background. Tartness fades to a smooth, refreshing sweetness mid-palate. The finish is somewhat clean, with a lingering roasted note and a touch of bitterness. There's a lot going on in this beer, and it seems like the beginning is at odds with the end, and all the flavors in between do is antagonize the whole situation. This is an enjoyable beer, but perhaps there's such a thing as too much complexity? That being said, I'd buy it again. I love wheat beers, and a weizenbock just goes good with fall weather. (859 characters)

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

One of the jewels in Victorys crown. This seasonal weizenbock is a beautiful red colour with an ample beige head. The aromas are big up front and consist of various fruits (especially bananas) spices sugar and malt. The taste is a fruity melange of alcohol, spices, fruits, and malts. The mouthfeel is creamy, but far from cloying and the drinkability is excellent for a beer in this style!

A class act from victory!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Really low head on this beer. Probably due to the alcohol content. The color is deep reddish brown with a slight haze from the wheat. The aroma is all banana and spice. You can also pickup the alchol in the aroma.

The flavor is where this beer doesn't shine. It has banana and strong clove flavors, but it leaves a harsh burnt flavor in the aftertaste. The body and mouthfeel are very well done, but that aftertaste is not what I would expect in a Weizenbock. (462 characters)

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