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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

965 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 89
Gots: 30 | 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 bigbeerdrinka
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

bigbeerdrinka, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of littlebibs
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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!

littlebibs, Jun 17, 2004
Photo of Dantes
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Dantes, May 24, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.93/5  rDev -28%
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

mschofield, May 18, 2004
Photo of JackTheRipper
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

JackTheRipper, May 10, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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?

Billolick, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Crosling, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  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.

Bighuge, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reddish brown beer has a healthy head compliments of the wheat. The aroma has some banana and fruity esters in the nose. The smooth body starts off fruity with suggestions of cherry and turns to slight clove and subtle banana. It is warming due to its high alcohol, but is not harsh. The maltiness is complex.

ark57, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of jtfest
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy caramel color with a small light tan head -- active carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. The aroma is very sweet and floral, with almost honeysuckle tones. It has a very nice, full mouthfeel that was far less "bubbly" than I expected from the appearance, but the taste didn't work for me. Not that it was bad -- in fact, it was almost a "pretty" taste that reminded me of spiced liquid flowers. But it was way too sweet for my palate. It was fairly easy drinking, I suppose - -and it might be interesting to try it on a hot summer day, but the sweetness would discourage me from more than one.

jtfest, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange and brown color with a small off-white head developing with no visible lace. Lots of yummy yeasties in the glass.
Aroma is wheat, dark fruit, raisins and some spice, maybe coriander.
Flavor is super sweet fruit to start with hints of caramel followed by a big time sour fruit hit. (First Victoy I've had without a ton of citrus hop profile)
Mouthfeel is interesting mix of sweet and light sour, no bitterness detected at all.
Drinkability is pretty high. sort of reminded me of a poor man's Aventinus, which is a compliment in my book.

CRJMellor, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of stewart124
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy mahogany color with a thick off-white head and nice lacing. The smells are of very sweet malts, a yeasty hint and notes of bananas and citrus spices. The taste is a bit spicy with hints of bananas, spicy hops and citrus flavors. A very complex bock with everything blended well together. The spices really tickle my tastebuds and the alcohol is sublte but warming to the stomach. Delicious with a dry aftertaste of bananas and spices. Victory is always a treat.

stewart124, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brown body with low apparent carbonation and a very quickly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is of banana, brown sugar and citric notes (grapefruity). Not too complex and no Aventinus. Taste has a light sourness from the wheat and more banana/brown sugar flavours. Body is thin-medium. I don't think this was infected, but still it had a sourness that seems out of order in this style. Luckily I've got another bottle and a re-rate is in order.

Rastacouere, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up when I saw it as a single on the bottom shelf at a local liquor store. The "best before" date was nearly a year old (3-6-03) but I figured, what the hell, it's only a buck and change.
Poured from its 12oz bottle, Moonglow had a ruddy brick-red color and a modest vanilla head that fizzled down to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose was fruity-sweet and yeasty, with a wheaty aroma and a light vinous note. A faint alcohol aroma wafted from the glass also. A sip revealed a sweet plum-like taste over some bready malts and light bubblegum notes up front. A tangy, green grape-inspired flavor came across with a moderate amount of clove and spice in the finish. The finish had a noticeable dry wine character to it.
I thought Moonglow was a fairly interesting brew with decent drinkability. This particular bottle wasn't bad but the flavors were probably muted somewhat by its advanced age. I'm intrigued enough to be on the lookout for some fresh Moonglow now.

Boilermaker88, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of alexgash
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a great name. Just rolls off the tongue. Yet another beer I enjoyed at my xmas tasting thanks to Dan. Pours a medium reddish-brown with light tan head. Not as dark as other weizenbocks I've had. Smells of winey grapes, bubble gum, slight burned bananas, and alcohol. Tastes much like the smell, with steady sweetness throughout. Wheat tang finish with residual sweetness. Good stab at this style, and better than my homebrew WB, but no Aventinus...

alexgash, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of Mangus
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh Man, MooonGlow Weezenbock. Doesn' t that sound nice?

This beer poured a really nice looking caramel-copper color with a nice frothy head.

The smells were flowery, fruity, sweet wheat. Very, very interesting aromas.

I really want to like this beer, I really do but I gotta tell ya, that first taste made me go ughhhh! Whoa! The second sip confirmed the first. Nice mouthfeel but the flavors are way too powerful. Too much. It's not a "bad" taste just a very fruity, sweet, extremely wheaty over-the-top flavor. Not enjoyable like I want my beer to be.

Down the drain it went. Sorry fellas.

Mangus, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of freed
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

freed, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.33/5  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!

HiroProtagonist, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

merlin48, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

necoadam, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Jables
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Jables, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of counselor
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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

counselor, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

beernut7, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

jeffboo, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of Jarod
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Jarod, Dec 20, 2003
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 965 ratings.