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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,095 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 96
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

This one caught me by suprise. served in blue moon glass - perhaps the wrong choice, but didn't hinder the experience. Served with lobster.

A: dark amber with excellent lacing and significant head that isn't overly thick.

S: I get a good bit of caramel in this and sugar.

T: Very dynamic, lots of good stuff her. Medium body, chocolate, cherry and other dark fruits.

M/D: A decent amount of lingering alcohol and lift carbonation. Very smooth, could have a nice session of this paired with cheese or a good meal.

Jesstyr, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of KI9A
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW!

A: Poured hazy deep orange, good head, nice lace chunks on glass. Lots of particles floating around.

S: Clove, bananna, plums, green apple.

T: Follows nose, very complex. Big time malts. Some citrus aftertaste. Orange peel maybe.

M: Sticky, sweet, boozy goodness!

D: Other than the knock you on the ass 8.7%ABV, this beer is sooo good, it's easily quaffable.

KI9A, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal dark amber color with a big poof of head.

Aroma is strong rich malt, a little bit of esters but nothing overpowering.

Flavor follows closely behind the aroma witha giant burst of malt, leaves a nice rich malt sweetness in the mouth.

Overall not my favorite style and could possibly use a little melanoiden character to add to its complexity but damn tasty regardless.

SShelly, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a somewhat hazy brown/amber color with a good sized off white head that had some legs but left only a little lacing. The aroma is really inviting, wheat with a slight fruity (citrus) and banana aroma, some spice and clove as well. Though I would expect wheat flavors to come through there was a nice caramel and bread like flavor that came through. Think that this is what sold me on this brew. Other flavors that come through are banana and what I would think is pear. Some spicy flavors make a showing as well, nothing really dominates just a good mix.The mix of aroma and flavors go together really well, nothing over the top in this brew just a good example of an Weizenbock.

Stimack, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of KingEdward
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. There was a two finger off white foamy head that went away pretty quickly. This beer leaves mininal lacing. The color is a hazy light brown/golden and has lots of sediment floating in it. The smell is of wheat, fruit, clove, malt, yeast, Bread, ripe banana (very nice). The taste is sweet and of wheat, clove, fruit, and hops. It is a little boozy. The mouthful is very smooth, silky, foamy, and nicely carbonated. It leaves a light fruit/hop aftertaste in your mouth. In my opinion this is a great weizenbock.

KingEdward, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of rustymoore
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour and appearance are top notch on this brew. An orangish hazy amber with particles floating about. Massive head and lots of carbonation.

S: Smells amazing with citrus, cinnamon, and a other spicy notes.

T: The citrus and spice flavor is some of the best i have tasted as of late. Banana, honey, and the spice is what gets you one this. There is so much spice going on you would think you were apart of the film Dune.

M: Very carbonated and with all the spiciness somewhat intense but in a good way.

D: Definitely something I could sit down and enjoy several of.

rustymoore, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy red-orange color. The moderately tall head has a light orange tint and a thin, foamy texture. Retention is extremely brief, and lacing is weak.

S: A funky, somewhat fruity aroma. A bit phenolic and clovelike, with hints of banana and white grape skin. Some spicy notes of alcohol.

T: A solid breadlike wheaty backbone gives way to significant fruity flavors of banana, spiced applesauce, and tangy white grapes. A tangy yeast character provides an interesting balance, and there is also a firm spiciness of clove into the finish.

M: Medium-full body. Carbonation is extremely soft, contributing a viscous feel. A bit astringent into the finish. There is also a significant alcoholic warmth to this beer.

D: This is a tasty, occasionally great weizenbock from Victory. I have an issue with the carbonation (or lack thereof), and both the nose and appearance fall short of greatness. I continue to find that Victory brews interesting, unique beers, but this one (as with Yakima Twilight and Storm King, in my opinion) could use a bit more polish before it really shines.

Clydesdale, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange brown with a poofy off-white fizzy head with good retention. Mild lace.

S: Banana bread which is a hallmark of the style, light hints of citrus.

T: Bananas, some burnt brown sugar. Clove finish, with some medicinal character and noticable ethanol heat in the finish. Cinnamon and winter bread spice come out as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bodied, spicy.

D: A very good example of the style with classic weizenbock flavours. A little too much heat on the back end and the fact I'd like a little darker flavour overall are really my only qualms. This is well made and could easily pass for a German version.

Halcyondays, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a hazy dark auburn with a full inch of tan, rocky head.

S - Banana, clove, raisin, crusty bread, caramel.

T - Lots of yeasty goodness with clove being more upfront than banana. Also has highlights of raisin and caramel.

M - Soft, creamy, and full.

D - A decent American take on the style, though no match for the Germans.

trbergman, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a hazy amber hue with visible sediment dancing around in the glass. A 1/4 inch of white head sits on top that recedes immediately. Minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of rich caramel malts, molasses and toffee... plum and spices are present as well.

T: Taste starts with caramel malts and molasses. Sweet but not overdone. Touch bready in the middle but is qiockly overtaken by the fruitiness. Apple, pear, and banana really take over the finish giving a nice sweet finish but one that doesn't stick with you.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, sticky body to this one.

D: Nicely balanced, sweet but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness doesn't stick with you. Goes down very easily and is one that I could enjoy a few more of.

Jayli, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle kindly shared by Shawn - thank you good fellow!

Pours the classic weizenbock appearance of a slightly cloudy ruby with voluminous tan head that put down a lot of lace as it died to a film. Spicy aroma with prominent clove, zingy wheat and brown sugar.

The first sip reveals a great mouthfeel on this one, and the wheat provides a great softness that keeps the carbonation just the right side of aggressive. The flavour is lighter on the banana than a lot of weizenbocks, and goes heavy on the clove. At first I didn't like this, but once the palate became used to the flavours everything seemed better integrated. There's a nice prominent wheat backbone, and its slight sourness helps to alleviate what could rapidly become a sweet and spicy disaster. Instead, what we're left with is a nicely balanced weizenbock that's spicier than most, but no less drinkable.

bobsy, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's liquor store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.19. The label has a blurb about the beer along the left side as well as an "enjoy before date" of June 19, 2010 stamped on it. The Victory Brewing web site says this beer is only available in September and October and this is already January, so I must have gotten one of the last bottles from the 2009 batch.

The beer poured a cloudy copper color that turned to more of a light caramel shade when held to the light. It made a 2-finger light tan head that lasted awhile and left lacing that can best be described as slippery. It makes lace, but instead of sticking to the glass, it quickly slides back into the liquid.

The smell is wonderful. I was expecting the traditional banana and clove aroma, but instead I got more of an apricot smell instead of banana. The clove was still there and joining it was sweet caramel malt and lots of wheat. I loved it.

The taste did not disappoint either. There is no doubt that this is a wheat beer. The wheat flavor is the main attraction but there is also a great supporting cast. I still get that apricot presence but there are some other dark fruits and citrus flavors in here that give it even more tart and fruity character. Some caramel sweetness gives it some additional body and a touch of spicy hops make for a great finish.

Even with all those flavors, this beer remains medium bodied and refreshing due in part to its high carbonation.

I guess all those flavors hide the 8.7% abv because I didn't notice the alcohol at all. Maybe it accented the spices a bit but that's all. Now that I've tried this, I wish I had seen more than the 1 bottle on the shelf, I could see myself enjoying a bunch of these.

matjack85, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful abundance of vibrant red, gold and amber colored tiny bubbles are spotted within a light haze that supports a thick and creamy looking tan colored head with some darker brownish bits of yeasties right in the middle. Retention is long with lots of foam left-over.

The aroma has sweet red fruits, wild fermented red grapes, belgian-like tangy and sour yeast...really complex here with fruits and yeast, heat tingle, caramel sweetness in the malt, zippy carbonation, dried summer wheat is also in the malt. nice.

The malt has a very nice and subtle sweetness of toffee, slight smokey wheat effect, with a large yeast flavor, very complex, hearty and fruity balance of flavor's is very interesting. Tangy fruits from the yeast and hops, crispy light malt and gentle sweetness with a nice zippy heat effect to add more depth and feel. A zippy feel becomes rather slick, sour-like finish, classic for a bock.

This is a really good American-bock, complex and very easy to drink.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a caramel-colored, three-finger, head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very malty with a good dose of wheat and clove aromas. There was a mild banana smell, too.

T - It tasted of tons of clove and wheat flavor. It had a nice roasty malt flavor with hints of banana.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fizzy/poppy mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good American-style weizenbock. Malty and darker than the German versions.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from K&L Redwood City.

Pours a cloudy amber-brown color with a large off-white head that lasts a long time. I know this is unfiltered, but there were a lot of chunks o' crap floating in the beer, which I found a bit disconcerting.

Aroma is yeasty banana and clove, sweet malt, and dark fruits.

Flavor is nice but not as great as I expected. Cherry, plum, banana, and fig, along with caramel malt and some spiced notes.

Medium bodied and just a tad boozy, with fairly lively carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Overall this is a solid weizenbock, but didn't really impress me.

nickd717, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle...I really love a nice Weizenbock (and after this one, I'll be seeking out more) and this one really hit the spot.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass super slowly...

A- Tan light brown- light copper penny color. Tan thin head- very bubbly- carbonation- sediment was floating here and there.

S- Tart and fruity some funk as well. Lots of spices in the nose most notably something very close to a clove.

T- This is a flavor bomb. A complete pleasure to sip and taste. Bananas, tropical fruits, hints of clove and spice. 8.7% ABV...really!? Sweet and sugary.

M- Very carbonated- smooth- well balanced- nothing lacking here.

D- Easy drinking. This will be a staple in my fridge from here on in. I absolutely loved this beer.

DavidSeanNJ, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on New Years Day because I was recently told that it's supposed to be good luck to drink a Weizenbock on New Years. I'll be sure you keep you all posted... Poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Standard coppery color with some slight hints of amber and "plum flesh"; starts with a big 2 finger off-white/light tan head with solid retention; body is moderately cloudy and shows strong carbonation; head becomes pock-marked as it slowly dwindles and leaves a fair amount of lacing behind it.

Smell: Nice sweet fruity esthers of tart/sour apple and banana; spice notes are detected as well and come across as cloves.

Taste: Interesting array of flavors: definite grassy/grainy presencey (wheat/straw) that is also a little toasty; definite fruit presence, most dominant is a very citric and tart/sour apple flavor that is moderately balanced by the smoother, yet faint, banana aspect; the spicey cloves are most present in the back of the drink; aftertaste is a little sour, acidic and coppery.

Mouthfeel: Very strong carbonation, yet it's not harsh and gives the body a slightly creamy feel, but I would call it "creamy," per se; the tart flavors in the taste make me pucker just a bit as I feel the dry stickiness left on the roof of the mouth build.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but doesn't really compete with the better balanced Glockenspiel from GLBC in my opinion; definitely worth a shot and I'll like drink this again at some point.

bamadog, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's go to work. 12 ounce bottle going into an Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

It looks and sounds really carbonated. It pours perfectly in my glass. Dark orange/brown color, a head the forms big and retains very well on top. Leaves a few splatches of lacing. There is some banana's foster in the aroma, plus a big whiff of sharp alcohol. Less booze and more banana's foster as it warms.

Oh yeah, it tastes like a winner! Moonglow is full-flavored. Spiced apple/banana combinationm working the palate at first. It hints cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. A light feel of fusel alcohol grabs attention. Despite the latter, the overall flavor is working wonders. The only chink in the armor is the high carbonation in the begining, but given some time, mellows out to a medium carbonated, medium-heavy bodied beverage. Bread crust and dry apple chips cling on in the aftertaste.

Victory scores a victory with their weizenbock. It is delicious, and it is warming. The best domestic weizenbock I've tasted.

DoubleJ, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Served in a Aventinus eisbock glass.

Orange-gold body with bronze highlights. Thin ivory head recedes to a small snow-drift leaving wisps of lacing in its wake. Delicate legs.

Hay, lightly caramelized banana, butter-cream, and faint hop notes in the nose. Melanoidins are present but excessively restrained.

Buttered brown bread, red banana, and lightly fruity yeast notes on the palate. The finish is more of the same with a bit of sourdough. A little sweet and lacking the pungent bready flavor of the best examples of the style - but overall, pretty well done.

Creamy, smooth, and a touch effervescent. Slightly warming from the ABV.

Very easy drinking, and free of any off flavors, but still lacking balance as well as the magic meal-in-a-glass satisfaction of the best Weizenbocks.

augustgarage, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of vacax
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Hazy dark amber in color with a lackluster in size tan head. Moderately cloudy, though the SRMs are high enough I have to look carefully to see it. Okay retention and no real lacing. Smells of banana, raisins, figs, spicy sweet malts. Tastes of banana, clove, sweet dark fruits ala figs, and a spicy and cookie-like finish. Medium to full bodied with a higher level of lightly creamy carbonation. A bit too bubbly for my taste, though I like the creamy prickliness. Fairly good weizenbock, but honestly I gotta go with the Germans still.

vacax, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

A - two fingers off loose off-white foam. cloudy strong glowing amber color.

S - strong bananas, clove, bubble gum, belgian yeast.

T - follows the nose, sweet bananas and yeast. bready malts supplemented by some dark and slightly tart berries.

M - heavy carbonation (good for the style). a bit chunky and chewy for the style.

D - good, not great. good balance but missing a slight touch of pepperyness or something to give it character.

Stigs, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Billowy, dirty white, three-finger head rises off a hazy, dark copper-brown body. A pretty, coating lacing holds to the sides of the glass.

S: Solid spicy banana-bubble gum wheat beer smell. Sweet smell fills the nose and melts in the back of the mouth.

T: Tasty banana bready flavor hits the mouth first and turns sweet in the aftertaste. The malt and wheat sweetnesses combine together wonderfully.

M: Some light carbonation and a medium bodied feel. The lasting impression however is the coating sugary syrup that wraps itself around the tongue.

D: I went into this beer with low expectations not wanting to judge this based on the only other weizen bock I'd ever tried, Aventinus, but this one held up to those high standards. So much so I don't think I'll need to buy another Aventinus unless I'm ever in Germany.

Served: in weizen glass.

eljefe21, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of THORN
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into wide flute.
A: Pours nice white head. Very little to no head retention. Hazy copper brown with CO2 being released in long trails along bottom of flute. Medium sized particles are suspended throughout.
S: Sweet toasted malts. Very thick breadiness that is accompanied by dark cherries and blackberries.
T: The wheat hits initially followed by sweet toasted malts. Very spicy. Sweet raisins round out with a nice chalky yeast linger.
M: Very light on tongue, but has a syrupy feel.
Sweeps across mouth with a great warmness.
D: It rounds out very well. Everything is mostly in balance, but I think it could lacked in body.

THORN, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a coudy dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy off white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Yeasty aroma with lots of bread, sweet caramel/chocolate, ripe banana citrus peel and spicy clove.

Heavily carbonated up front with a lot of zest clove spice followed by a full yeasty/bready body with plenty of ripe banan and citrus pell and a tart dry finish. Clove is prominent but the darker caramel/choclate malt notes as well as the citrus and banana notes balance things out very nicely. The slight tart finish is what really separates this beer and makes it very flavorful. It lingers after the end of each sip and leaves me salivating for more. I have to stop myself from pounding this so I can fully enjoy it.

corby112, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of OrangeCharlie
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a phenomenal beer. Moonglow is another fine example of a German style put out by Victory.

A: Pours a reddish-amber color with a thick pale amber head that lingers and laces all the way down.

S: Hints of banana and clove are not overpowering, but let you know they're in there. Some caramel as well.

T: Light caramel and malty, bready balanced well with mild flavored wheat. Overtones of banana and clove are present, but not dominating. Surprisingly smooth for over 8% ABV. Excellent balance of yeast esters.

M: Thick and creamy and excellent carbonation levels.

D: This one goes down super easy. Very mellow and smooth for an 8% brew.

OrangeCharlie, Dec 14, 2009
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.