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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 731
Hads: 1,391
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 127
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 UncleJimbo
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of oracle
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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!!!!

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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

Not a huge fan of lagers or german-style brews, but this one floated my boat for sure!

Beer was poured into a standard pint glass. Color was a luminescent amber-brown. Lots of rich haze in this brew! Smell was good, with an indistinct malt-note coming through the strongest. Almost smelled like candy... Taste was an explosion of harmonious flavors. Buttery bannana notes came through the strongest of the fruity tones, with a sweet backbite not unlike a low-impact carmel. Clearly a lager, but what a blend! Really good mouthfeel and drinkability, If I ever found myself at the Munich Octoberfest, I'd search out brews of this style (but would doubt they'd be this good). An outstanding weizenbock.

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

The beer pours a dark orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity wheat scent that is sweet and slightly malty. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheaty flavor that goes down easy and finishes thick and warm. It has excellent clove and banana flavors, but with a darker feel. It has a wonderful fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine weizenbock. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

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

cloudy deep burnt red color of aged pennies. significant caramel colored head recedes to a small collar. intensely fruity aroma of tart apples and ripe bananas with a medicnal phenolic undertow. sparsely carbonated yet still full and lively on the tounge. solid fermented wheat backbone with more banana and green apple flavor in the middle. muted bitterness, dryness comes more from the peppery phenolic character. goes down easy despite its size, just a hint of alcoholic fire in the finish. one of the best seasonals victory makes. world class.

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

Draught @ Victory: This one is a rich, cloudy orangish-brown color. There was no head on my sample. The aroma was highlighted by notes of banana and clove, as well as some dark fruits and caramel. The taste was a rich malty sweet, but not overly so. Some Yeatiness, as well as hints of the banana,dark fruits and clove also. Another very good one! Even my mother and wife liked this one!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy brownish color with a nice head. Goes down to a lace and eventually fades away. The taste has a great malt base, typical of other German wheat beers. Tastes of cloves and bananas in the background. Very good drinkability even for the high alcohol content.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery.

Color - Deep reddish hue, slight haze.
Head - Off-white, pillowy, rather large and full.
Nose - Totally unbelievable aromas of bubble gum, baking spices and heaps of super ripe fruits. Sweet and cake like.
Taste - Chewy rich fruits right from the start. More bubble gum and lots of it. Mid pallet has more lovely sweet banana flavors, very rounded, very smooth. Spicy notes of cinnamon and hard candy make appearances towards the end with some dark wheat flavors. Oh, and more fruits as well. (melons, figs, various tropical and sweet raisins).
Mouthfeel - Slick and velvet like, smooth.
Finish - Sweet, with some herbal qualities. The alcohol tempers well all the fruity richness, drying out the finish a bit. Flavors lingers a rather long time. I love that.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer. Loved it. So full and rich, smooth and luscious. All cylinders are firing with this beauty.

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Photo of paulie
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with "Enjoy By 9/11/04" on the label.

Pours dark and almost opaque. Not as much head as I expect for a wheat beer. Aroma is all caramel, without much (or any?) banana or clove ester. Full, rich mouthfeel and candy sweetness back up the "bock" part of "weizenbock"; a bit of tartness in the flavor and finish testify to the "weizen". Very sweet overall with almost no hop presence; almost like a doppelbock. But that hint of tartness cuts the richness a bit, making it much more drinkable than a typical doppelbock.

I usually like a bit of clove and banana in my weizenbocks. But this is so drinkable that I can forgive the lack. Smooth, sweet, and very flavorful. A delightful beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head that fades quickly producing some dense lacing. A dark, 'glowing' amber color with noticeable sediment and some floaters due to bottle conditioning.

A powerful banana, clove, and apple aroma. A sour hint accompanying these flavors as well.

Very tart apple, banana, clove, and pear flavors that are all very apparent. A very bold tasting beer! It's like biting into the best granny smith apple I've ever had. No bitterness with a smooth malty punch perfect for the style.

Very rich and full bodied weizenbock. A tartness that works well for the style.

It's such a treat to drink since there aren't many versions of this style out there. I'd be hapy to drink this whenever I get the chance, and I could easily put down one after the other with how good of a job Victory does in masking the astounding 8.7%abv.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a "wheatish" amber. The taste was bold, with hops, fruits and malt, all seemingly churned into this brew. The Alcohol was prevelant in the fist sip, but soon subsided with each passing sip.The first bottle went down FAST. The second bottle was a STRUGGLE. I was complexed? I suspect it was the inabilty to mask the high ABV.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper brown with an offwhite/ light chocolate head. Head pours 1/4 of an inch thick and the yeasties can definetly be seen throughout the beer.

Smell: Notes of grapes, wheat, and some other dark fruits. Some tones of alcohol present.

Tastes: hits up front with a nice smooth wheat flavor, following some grape notes and actually gets a bit sour towards the end. A hint of alcohol hits towards the end of this beer along with some nice spices.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a well balance of flavors. Feels good in the mouth overall

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a weizenbock. Alcohol is very subdued and good overall mixing of malts, spices, and hops.

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Photo of littlebibs
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Overall I like this beer, it does creep up on you as it warms in
the glass. Lots going on with this beer concoction. Love the tart
fruity wheat and spicey malt tastes. This is a grand beer in the
sense that its nice to have a couple but I wouldn't be out with
friends drinking one after the other, its got a kick. Very tastey
brew from a great brewery VICTORY!

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Photo of Dantes
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Package: 12oz. crowned, brown bottle. Nicest of Victory’s 12oz. labels depicts a New England farmhouse in a dell, framed by a blazing sunset. Ghostly skulls float above. Notations include: “Best before Sep 11 04,” “unfiltered,” “8.7% ABV,” and “bottle conditioned ale.”

Cost: Various singles and sixpacks from Bottle King and Finger Lakes Beverage

Presentation: 16oz. Shaker pint at ~50º

Appearance: Lighter than most of its peers from Aventinus, Ramstein, and Erdinger. Pours a turbid reddish orange and generates a substantial, fine-gauged head, that’s a bit darker than off-white. It resolves down pretty quickly, but leaves a nice sticky sheath on the walls of the glass. The body has a remarkable glow to it, really setting it apart from most beers I’ve seen and evoking a real sunset. Tiny particles can be seen bombarded around the hazy liquid by the rills of tiny bubbles. Another Victory beer that stimulates close inspection.

Smell: Promises a nice drinking experience. Strong clove and banana notes suffuse the bouquet. However, there are also some discordantly sharp, phenolic and alcoholic volatiles in the nose.

Taste: Now I can see where the discordant aromas come from. This is surprisingly harsh on the palate. There’s a lot of tart, citric, notes to this that clash with the sensations of over-ripe banana and pineapple. Sort of a sweet-and-sour experience. I could easily detect the alcohol in this as well (something it has in common with the V-series beers). Finishes shortly with a bit of a sour note.

Mouthfeel: Despite the apparently fine carbonation, this seemed a bit thin and rough on the palate. Some swirling tamed this a bit, but there were definitely some rough edges that are only made more apparent by the slightly sour tang.

Drinkability: I have to score this fairly low, because of the prominent alcohol notes, thinnish body, and overall discordant flavor profile.

Backwash: I’ve waited quite a long time to review this beer, because I thought my original samples were spoiled. Oddly, the first place I found these was from Finger Lakes Beverage. Subsequent purchases from Bottle King proved no better however. Now I am pretty confident in writing that there’s something inherent in this beer that I don’t like. First, it doesn’t really taste much like the other bocks I’m familiar with. It’s lighter in color and body, and more tart. There is a definite fruitiness, but it’s compromised by that sour backnote that ruins the experience for me. I will likely not buy this again, unless I see it on draught.

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Photo of mschofield
3.02/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy brown-amber, with a four finger dark tan head, well carbonated with constant streams of bubbles rising through the glass. Did not lace at all.
Great aroma, sweet malt, banana, spice, wheat note.
Sweet, very sweet taste, very fruity, apricot, orange, apple juice, a cherry note.
Medium feel, too cloyingly sweet for me

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Photo of JackTheRipper
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky cinnamon brown in color. Very hazy/cloudy from the yeast in the bottle. Even cloudier in the glass after I swirled the bottle enough times to get every last bit of the yeast into my glass. Very nice fluffy head. Sweet Mother, this one looks good.

S: Sweet raisiny aromas with a killer yeasty/malty smell. Strong hints of bananas and cloves. Very fruity and very complex, and it only gets better when it warms a bit.

T: Nice tart astringincy up front. Fruity sweetness hits next. Not a whole lot of alcohol taste, it's very well masked for the level. I would challenge any wine snob to find a vintage that has as much depth and complexity as this beer has. I honestly don't have the words yet to adequately describe this one.

M: Full bodied, nice syrupy mouth coating feel. ETOH is very nicely warming and the CO2 is spot-on.

D&N: Near perfection in a bottle. By far the best beer I've had in a long time. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of Aug 20 04. Pours light almond, cloudy, with almost purpleish hues. Minimal head, minimal lace left.Tiny bubble sheen thing going on. Nose of raisins and rum. mmm, yummy. Flavors of tart apples, plums ,raisins, almost vinious. Medium body, tartness prominant. also yeasty notes and flavorings. 8.7% noted and appreciated. Not an everyday beer, but well crafted and interesting. Anybody need a night cap?

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Photo of Crosling
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last of all the victory beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling. I enjoyed Storm King a lot and Golden Monkey, Hop Wallop and Old Horizonal. So far, I have neem very impressed with Victory.

The pour is a light mahogany. Nice color, rather dark. The head is thin, dense and mostly diminishing.

The nose is a silent killer. It is truly phenomenal. Tart cherries, apple skin and suprisingly there are not many traditional weizen flavors (babana, nutmeg and clove), some but very little. The smell is lovely but bizarre for the style. It sort of resembles a brown beer from flanders in its nose.

The first taste is luscious, sharp and full of flavor. Banana first, then a clove spicyness along with a little peach. Next is the sourness. It's bizarre but acidic and full of a lovely sour apple and orange spicyness. The alcohol is hidden throughout, until the finish where it aids in a delicious aftertaste. The wheat and the yeast play a backup roll but they both perform to the best of their abilities. Very clean.

Wow, another stunning Victory. A great interpretation of the style. Everything I was looking for.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Aug. 20, 2004" on label.

Murky looking deep brown-orange appearance. Nice creamy, tight beige head. Retention is better than average and lace is spotty. Nose is pretty nice. Banana and vanilla mix nicely with pepper, clove and lemon. The taste is very pleasant. Thick, but satisfying sweetness. Light notes of vanilla and pepper. Phenolic characteristics as well. Banana esters and some yeasty breadiness. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and the body is damn near full. I like this one.

Thanks for the nice Wheat Bock Murph.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 731 ratings.