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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 104
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed this the other day at State Line. Bottled Sept 09, this is pretty fresh.

In my Aventinus glass, this is a pretty beautiful beer. Crimson with fiery orange highlights. There's a dense off-white head that falls off to a disk rather quick. An attractive beer.

Quite excellent, the nose is dominated by banana and clove, along with some brown sugar and caramel. Quite bread-like, this is rather excellent. Pleasantly phenolic too. The combination of fruit and spice is enjoyable.

The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, opening spicy clove and banana opening things up, before the mellow sweetness kicks in, with sugar, caramel and a little burnt sugar as well. Quite fruity, I get a faint bit of mango-like character too. Bready mid-palate before a pleasantly phenolic finish with some spice (clove). Medium in body with a touch higher carbonation that it needs (but it dies off fairly quick) , the finish makes for an enjoyable beer. Another mildly disappointing aspect about the mouthfeel is that despite its heft, it doesn't really leave a lasting impression on the palate. I'm glad I revisited this, and finally got around to reviewing it.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 20oz imperial pint

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber beer with a dark ivory cream head that fades to a thick ring and film with good retention.

Smell: Really nice, BIG caramelized bananas and spice aromas dominate, just like they were expected to. Rich and sweet; these aromas just kind of ooze up out of the glass, it's like a wall of aroma

Taste: Big sweet burnt banana sweetness, with slight alcohol present as well and some light hints of vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full and smooth

Drinkability: Medium to medium high; this is tasty but it's a powerful beer and quite filling; I couldn't drink a lot at one sitting

Conclusion: Good example of the style; I especially like how the typical banana flavors/aromas here kind of have a burnt/sauteed in butter quality to them.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $6.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Descends from the top-level tap a mid-range mahogany-hued body topped with a finger of off-white foam.

Smell: Tangy, spiced bouquet of bready dark malted wheat and supporting clove and peeled banana notes, as well as sweet-scented hints of caramel and golden syrup.

Taste: Ah, the tanginess of German wheat malt with a taste of toasted bread smothered in gooey, sweet caramel sauce. Mingled amidst the malty tastes are some spicy phenols providing a mild, easy-going cracked clove flavor. Also, some fruity touches of raisins and bananas to be found in there. Hint of sourish yeast. Lightly spicy, herbal hop character with a mild, restrained level of bitterness. Finishes tangy and malty and pretty crisp, I must say.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-high carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: An agreeable Fall seasonal that isn't just another Pumpkin Ale or Oktoberfest. Although the alcohol isn't overly evident in the taste, it sure did sneak up on me later, providing me with quite a glow of my own.

Photo of cdizinno
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown long neck with an "Enjoy By" freshness date of Sept 10 2010 on the label.

A: Cloudy reddish amber with thick light tan head.

S: Very fruity with mild spice background. An alcohol scent is also heavy with a malty sweetness.

T&M: Medium bodied with a wheat twang. Nice toasted malt hits next. Very fruity that is nicely balanced with a mild spiciness.

This is a sample from a local "beer of the month" that I belong to. Good beer as I wouldn't have tried on my own. It was the last of the six and probably the best !

Photo of scottyshades
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, clouded orange/light-brown color that produces a fizzly looking two finger head. From the pour, you can tell that this will be pretty well carbonated, which is usually a bad thing for me, but I still have faith.

S: The nose starts off with a blast of BUBBLEGUM! Really strong notes of bubblegum, followed by some wintergreen, clove (not too much), and loads of spices. A little cardamom too to give it a little cola flavor. Ripe banana is also notable.

T: Very similar to the nose except a little more intense. Bubblegum and wintergreen dominate the palate, followed by a good dose of cloves and other spices. The yeast character is well pronounced and very Belgian. The alcohol is amazingly hidden. Reminds me a lot of Weyerbacher's quad...
As the beer warms, the fruit character comes out more as well as the warmth of the alcohol. The fruits I found were cherries, raisins, and a fig-like flavor.

MF/D: Very well carbonated, medium in body, with a spicy/ clovey/ bubblegummy finish.

Overall, very delicious. Easy to drink despite the ABV.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy caramel chock full of particulate matter. Fruity spiced aroma. The flavor is mostly cidery fruit notes with some caramel, clove and nutmeg. The fruit/caramel mix is great, the spice provides some bitter balance. Full, creamy, smooth body. Fruity finish. Interesting take on the style. Not the amped up hefe that Vitus is, not the dark, chocolaty take that is Aventinus. The caramel malt puts this somewhere in between. Darn good stuff, weizenbock fans rejoice.

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

Appearance: Amber, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Sweet caramel, light banana, cloves.

Taste: Quite sweet, mild banana flavors, a little boozy. Spices remind me of cinnamon and maybe gingerbread.

Feel: Tingly and light.

Drinkability: Maybe a little strong, but I had a mini-session of 3 of the 6er I bought in a sitting.

I'm always on the lookout for weizenbocks, and Victory finally sent Moonglow to Minnesota. I picked up a 6er and it was quite enjoyable. Very drinkable, maybe a little boozy in the taste. If I can find some more I may cellar a few bottles to see if the alcohol recedes with time.

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

This beer demands a careful pour or you will be greeted by flakes of reasonably sized brown yeast in your glass which is quite unsightly compared to the normal clear amber color. This beer is really all about the yeast. Nose is full of clove, bubblegum, banana and a bit of malt. Taste is yeasty with clove and it has a warming dry finish that is minorly bitter but mostly spicey. Slight citrus hop character in the front as it warms. Light feel and carb.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a case trade with some friends. Someone was asking for a cross between a hefeweizen & an Irish stout. I told him this was probably the closest thing.

Poured into a weizen glass a honey-like dark gold, cloudy & translucent, with a ring & dusting of head. Golden highlights, no lacing.

Smells of bananas, baking spice, stewed fruit, honey -- all the typical wheat smells, but "plus", like they'd been enhanced & sweetened by the alcohol. Picking up some graham cracker, maybe cinnamon. Smells fantastic.

Taste is like cola at first, kind of a washed-out caramel, but just in the moment it hits my tongue. Malt & spice flavors come in, it's kind of like a pumpkin beer for a second. Then the alcohol comes in & blows everything away, & it ends up a little too rich & a little too boozy.

The mouthfeel is prickly, sharp, then turns foamy & kind of flattens the tastebuds. Ends sticky.

Man, this was a tough one -- if a beer can be bipolar, this is it. Loved the smell, taste started off great, but then turns on you halfway & becomes way too aggressive in the booze & carbonation department. I'm wondering if aging would help mellow it out some. Some really good stuff going on, but some pretty harsh elements as well.

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

On tap at the Lionheart in Albany, 11-11-09.

A: Slightly hazy coppery-amber body with a 1-finger ivory head. No lace.

S: Bananas, ripe apples, clove and basic fruitiness. Hint of sweet malt and some spice.

T: Slightly bready malt foundation followed by apple pie -- i.e., overripe apples and some spice. Clove and banana (presumably from the yeast) are up front in the taste too. Finishes with some alcohol spice, and heat is felt in the belly right away.

M: Slightly heavier than medium in heft, but not quite full. Slightly slick in feel.

D: Pretty good. Not my favorite style of beer, but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of Domingo
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's always nice to see weizenbocks showing up on the shelf in 6-packs.
Pours a milk chocolate brown color with a medium to large white head. It's a little cloudy, but not too crazy. I don't see a ton of suspended yeast and pretty much none that has settled to the bottom of the bottle.
Smells bold and sweet. Bananas, spices, and tropical fruit along with a little rummy alcohol. Spot on.
While this is a darker colored weizenbock, the flavor profile is closer to a pale one. Bananas Foster describes this pretty well. Banana, a little rum, some tropical fruit sweetness, and brown sugar. Some sips have a little sour apple and rough huskiness while others don't. It's not every sip, but some have a certain harshness that I don't care for. It's not really chocolatey, but you can pick up a little in there. I'm wondering if the harsh bitter flavor that's popping up is related to the darker malt?
It has a little heat, but not too much. A little alcohol is actually a trademark of the style, so that's not an issue.
It's nothing I'd drink several of (Aventinus and Avery 13 are the only WB's I can drink a lot of), but a 12oz bottle is almost perfect as a cool weather brew.
This is a good example of a weizenbock, and it seems to walk the line between pale and dark. If it weren't for those "off" sips, this could be even better.

Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In celebration of a really amazing night... I had to crack open a moonglow!

Poured into TH Weizen Glass

Pours about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. Nice retention once head fades to a thin layer. Leaves some thick lace. Color is a bright caramel brown. Sediment in the glass as well.

Aroma: Banana, cloves, caramel malts, chocolate notes. A very sweet smelling beer. I like it.

Taste: Taste seems to be a little strong for a weizenbock. I am not an expert on these, but it is quite boozy. It has all the components of the smell, but it adds some alcohol which I really wasn't expecting from this beer. Still, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, but very smooth and silky. A nice creamy feel to it. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry chocolate clove flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty nice representation of the style. I really enjoy this style and glad to see that an American brewery can make one that is pretty good. For how high the abv is, this one is pretty drinkable. I'd easily have it again.

Photo of GoalieRon33
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel, brownish color with legitimate "moonglow". Interestingly dark

S- Fruity, somewhat. A bready smell is also evident, but not overpowering.

T- Top 5 ever for me. Nothing I would change about it. Bready, fruity, enough bite, with enough smoothness. Wheaty, with a flavor somewhat like the Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss...Wonderful

M- Not too overpowering, but still enough to let you know that its there. I love it...almost perfect

D- A little too much for the average drinker, but wheat beer lovers would love it, as I do. This is one of the best beers I have ever experienced. YAY For PA!!!

Photo of DSmith24
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good looking dark amber with copper highlights. Nice creamy head which dissipates leaving little lacing.

Aromas of clove, banana, yeasty breadiness (or bready yeastiness?). Smells like an amped up dark hefe, which I suppose it is!

Taste is awesome! Tons of banana and clove. Spicy and yeasty. Unlike Well's Banana Bread beer, this actually tastes like banana bread.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium-full body and very creamy. Just a touch too much carbonation keeps it from being perfect.

Crazy drinkable for an 8.7% beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/red color and very hazy. Foamy light brown head that is very thick. Retention is surprisingly poor as the head quickly fades to a very thin cap. Spiderwebbed lacing left on the glass.

S - Strong aroma of banana, very yeasty. Nice underlying aroma of wheat. Light earthiness underneath.

T - Chewy wheatiness up front with strong banana tastes coming through quickly. The yeast taste is strong through the entire beer. Light earthiness in the finish. Very true to most German weizenbocks I have had. Nothing spectacular here, but certainly a very good beer.

M/D - Medium bodied and very chewy. Alcohol is very well masked. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Unfiltered, hazy copper/orange pour with a thick, fluffy cream head with burgundy highlights. Excellent retention and thick webs of lacing. Fruity and spicy, but not overly complex or potent. Ripe apple and clove, yeasty, mild alcohol. Full bodied, high carbonation, very pleasant with a rich, flavorful sweet aftertaste with a mild alcohol presence. Flavor would be scored higher if not for a slightly medicinal taste that lingers stronger in the finish as the beer warms up. Otherwise, flavor follows the nose, more fruity than spicy, banana and apple with clove and corriander spices in midbody for balance. Another excellent Victory beer, I want to like this more, but I don't like the aftertaste.

Photo of drtth
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a 0.5 L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a lightly hazy reddish dark copper color with a 2" thick light tan head that slowly recedes leaving ring of foam and puffy hills of thick foam over the surface. Initially sipping leaves both a semi-circle of foam and some widespread patches and legs of foam. As the beer gets lower the sides of the glass are coated with patches of sticky foam and there is still a thin layer of foam over the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is of clove from the yeast and a nice basket of mixed fruit underneath. The malt is lightly sweet and mixed in there is some green apple or pear, a bit of banana and some raisins. There doesn't seem to be any alcohol present at all.

Taste: Some of the flavors are predicted from the nose, and the fruit flavors are all mingled in with a dose of spice. The fruits are green apple or pears along with raisins and banana. The spice is primarily clove and underneath the whole mélange is some dark caramel from the malt backbone. The whole creates and intriguing mix of sweet and sour notes that seem to take turns showing themselves. If the alcohol has an effect it may only be in the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and very soft and silky smooth with the long lasting gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with sweetness from the malt and fruits but then trails off into some spice and then finishes with tartness mingled with hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. It is tasty enough that I could easily have a couple of these in an evening and I certainly will be returning to this beer again and again.

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moonglow Weizenbock looks like it has a dark brown body, but when held up to the light, it is a vibrant red. The head springs up quickly, creating a nice cap of foam on top of the beer, but it does just as quickly and doesn't leave any remnants of lace on the side of my glass.

The aroma is good. A touch of sourness with big blast of banana and a lot of medicinal smelling cloves with a wheat twang.

The aroma is great. Just a tinge of sourness comes through toward the beginning with a flavor similar to candied apples accompanying it. There is also a big wheat twang in the front end. Other malts also add a touch of light chocolate and an almost sugary sweetness. The banana comes next, and it is probably the biggest flavor in moonglow, but it is offset and balanced out by a big, peppery, clove flavor. This is a pretty complex brew that I definitely enjoy.

The body is a touch of medium, but the carbonation is on the higher side of the style; it's very active.

Any beer as good as Moonglow is pretty drinkable. This is a great one, and it can be had a pretty fair price also.

Photo of ImusBeer
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in an 11oz pour a dark copper with a thin white head that died to just a wisp.

Smells of wheat and grain is about all I could get, possibly honey or sweetness. The taste is almost all Belgian, citrus mostly lemon and some honey sweetness on the finish.

It was slightly syrupy on the tongue with the sweet aftertaste, a nice sipping beer but not all that complex.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dusky, semi-transparent brownish copper. Head was thin, but that was probably an artifact of how it was poured. Spicy, wheaty, slightly yeasty aroma is appealing. Wheaty and spicy flavor has hints of caramel. Texture is lively and tingly, making this pleasant to drink.

Photo of glid02
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas, grainy brown sugar, clove, and hints of green apple. As it warms a robust dark wheat aroma shows up and the banana aromas strengthen.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark wheat flavors up front with a surprising amount of body team up with green apples and bananas. Midway through the sip a good hit of clove comes out and segues into a smooth crisp and sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very smooth beer with tons of complexities and popping flavors. Well worth a shot.

Photo of ohmybock
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first had this one 10 years ago or so. I remember thinking it was one of the better weizenbocks I had tried back then, but to be fair there weren't a whole lot available. Even today, there still aren't a whole lot, but there are definitely more to choose from now including some newer variations like pale, eisbock, and hoppy versions. For what it's worth, my favorite was and still is Aventinus.

Moonglow pours a nice amber-ish-cloudy with a lasting head. The aroma is spicy with a bit of clove and fruit. The flavor is sweet and spicy upfront with some banana/spice and then slowly fades into a long lasting similar finish. The body is a bit thin. It's interesting to finally go back and taste this brew after many years. On that note (and after having quite a few other quality weizenbocks over the years), I don't think this brew is as good as I previously thought. It's not bad for an American attempt, but there's a moderate grape soda flavor mixed in with a hint of plastic/Band-aid which I don't care for in the style. I seem to be rating this one lower than most other people. If you like weizenbocks, then don't worry about what I think. Go ahead and try this one for yourself.

Photo of Mavajo
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a kind of buttery golden/amber color. Pretty good white head that fades to absolutely nothing, leading to minimal lacing - just the tiniest ring around the glass. Swirling easily brings the head back to about one-figner thick.

The nose is very bready and malty with some caramel. A hint of light fruit - apple was my first instinct. Taste is spot on to the nose, with notes of wheat and some spicincess. Mouthfeel is medium and, much to my happiness, never gets watery. There's a slight metallic feel in the mouth that I seem to get from most Bocks.

Drinkability was quite good. I was shocked to come here and see that this brew weighs in at nearly 9% ABV. I didn't pick up on that at all while drinking it. Blended nicely.

Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch poured into a weizen glass.

A - Wow. First off, it took me a couple minutes just to get it into my glass. The carbonation is really intense. Pours a nice amber that has a glow to it(go figure). Rocky, dense head that's forming a really thick cap.

S - I could smell it from a couple feet away. Great upfront wheat notes. Spices(clove and others) and a bit of banana, lots of bread backed by some more bready malt notes. I said bread twice, which yes, means it's really prominent here.

T - Yeah, there's definitely a lot of bready character here. Lots of spice going on, but not much in the realm of banana. There's something that's a little like apples as well, which is interesting. Covers the alcohol pretty well, though it's slightly evident in the finish along with the aforementioned apples, which are pretty light.

MF - Fairly creamy and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep things moving along well.

D - Well, I won't have any trouble finishing this one off. I could probably have another, though I won't. I've had weizenbocks more and less drinkable than this, and my score reflects that. Overall, it doesn't stack up to my favorites(Aventinus and Vitus), but it's good and has some unique characteristics.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Moonglow Weizenbock pours a muddy brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Aroma is of Munich style maltings, light fruit and barnyard hay, wheat.

Flavor of a bavarian hefeweizen upfront. Banana, bubblegum, light clove. Bock-like malt boasts of fresh picked cherries. A light hoppyness can be found throughout, lending a spicey touch to the grainy midsection. Alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

This is a kick ass beer. Strong and flavorful, this one can warm you up in a hurry during the colder months. Imagine the Victory St.Victorious bock blended with a good Franziskaner, and this is what you get.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.