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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,098 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 676
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 96
Gots: 51 | 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 Westsidethreat
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: What a great looking beer. A ruddy, unfiltered caramel brown. Filthy and mysterious on all accounts. The khaki head is made up of medium sized bubbles that are sure to fall sooner than later. Quite a bit of yeast at the bottom of this bottle created even more unclarity. Seriously gorgeous color.

S: Cantelope, caramel, bananas and some spicy yeast.

T: This is good. Its leaning more on the bock side than the wheat, which I think I like more. Begins spicy with a touch of sweetness. The caramel and light molasses flavors then come into play, complimenting the spicy yeast. These sweet flavors meld and hover until a natural banana essence washes across the palate. Not overbearing or artificial, just fairly suble and nice. Finishes doughy, like banana bread. Alcohol is more prevelent as it warms.

M: Full bodied with a fuzzy carbonation.

D: I'm really starting to get into these weizenbocks. What a great style. I'd recommend this beer to lovers of wheats and dark beers.

Westsidethreat, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer was brown and murky with an oily foam. The murkiness was a little unexpected based on the few other weizenbocks I've had.

The smell was stunning, it was so good. Lots of ester-type fruit aromas, bananas in the lead with some plums or raisins following. The taste was awesome too, with all the afore-mentioned fruits competing with sweet malt flavors.

Very good seasonal which I think Victory should make all year long.

TurdFurgison, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Dubbercody
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled Aug 25, 2005.

This smells like cloves and sweet bananas, tastes like spice bread. Really pretty beer, the lack of filtration gives a nice orange clody hue.

Tastes great, although heavier than I was expecting, a fine bock.

Wow, I can feel the heat in my stomach from the ABV on this one.

Dubbercody, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber-red with orange highlights. Modest head with slight lacing.

Smell is sweet dark fruit and alcohol.

Taste is sweet toasted malt, and dark fruit. Plum makes a strong impression. Finish is spicy with a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

A decent drinkable weizenbock. Flavor is a little more harsh than an Aventinus but still quite tasty.

Blakaeris, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange with reddish highlights and a small.

Smell is full of sweet candi sugar, alcohol, and sweet citurs fruits with a hint of banana.

Taste has a nice banana nut bread flavor mixing in with a mild grainy maltness with just a touch of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall not to bad, easy to drink, the high abv is hidden pretty well.

bashiba, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just another winner from Victory!!

Beautiful amber / orange pour, thick frothy ivory head, sheets of lace in the glass. Changes from clear to cloudy as you near the bottle and start swirling the bottle sediments.

Aroma of winter spices (nutmeg, clove), and the quaff – wow. Belgium candy sugars and yeast throughout. Very reminiscent of a strong Belgium dark ale.

Very rich and malty brew, full bodied to say the least. Perhaps just a bit too sweet, but it hides the 8.7% very well. This would work like a charm in the winter by the fire, but it was pretty damn good on the deck in the evening.

and another gracias to BeerBeing.

Vancer, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on August 25 05.

That's one *hell* of a pour. Dark orange red with an icredible head, for a 9%, that sticks around for ages.

Smells like a well aged weizenbock. Dark, overripe fruits, mostly plums and raisins, mix with alcoholic yeast and light wheatmalt spices.

Very, very strong taste. Not entirely pleasant. Burny candle wax fire overrides mixed, ripe fruit complexities that end on a harsh wheat-spiced yeast. Nice and complex, but a bit too intense.

Whoo! If it's like this after ten months I can't imagine how strong it is fresh! Probably best when aged a couple of years.

Edit:

The more me drinks, the more me likes. The burniness was harsh, but only because I wasn't expecting it. After a little while, as the beer warmed, more yeast complexities came through--what had tasted like fire was actually a great blend of malt spices, and what had burned so bad started to be the fire that warmed my very soul. I was truly sad when this beer was finished.

mynie, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of DuqTroops
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - reddish brown in color; a little copperish.

Smell - malty in aroma, i can smell a little caramel in it.

Taste - smooth, very smooth. great balance of both malts and hops in this variety of beer.

Drinkability - i never had a weizenbock, but definitely enjoyed this one

DuqTroops, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just noticed that this beer is almost 9% - sorry for the vulgarity, but holy fuck! I would have thought around 6% - the alcohol is masked amazingly. I rather like this brew - chewy caramel, fruitiness, citrus, all the good stuff in there. Toss in a bit of alcohol and you are loving life. Lots of head and maybe a bit too much carbonation on the palate. Other than that, a fine brew,

Lnedrive14, May 26, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber colour with orangish highlights. The white head was a bit thin and reduced to a solid ring of fine bubbles in a short time. Malty caramel and wheat aroma with light alcohol, but the main player here is fruit - ripe banana, pineapple and plum. The flavour was very similar to the aroma, just bigger. Heavy malt with mild bitterness. Things blended together to give a banana bread-like character. Full bodied (just short of chewy) with medium/low carbonation. Off-dry. I really enjoyed the fruity character. Now to try this on tap!

DrJay, May 20, 2006
Photo of dbalsock
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

reviewed from notes

Appearance: Pours red/orange with a cream white head that dissapates a little too soon.

Smell: It has a sweet aroma, which is it's best quality. I can pick out molasses, a fruity hops and at 8-9% no wonder I get a whiff of alcohol too, but it doesn't take away so much.

Taste: A slight hint of alcohol is recognizible first followed by the molasses and malts with a fruity plum essence.

Mouthfeel: It's too light bodied with such a malt presence, I find it kinda weird.

Drinkability: The alcohol takes away from the sweet nectar of plums and molasses which would make this more drinkable than average. I was expecting more.

dbalsock, May 16, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to lingering surface skim, and not much lacing, and tiny bubbles throughout (when they could be seen through the cloudy body). Color was a cloudy orange tinted brown amber.

Smell - fruity esters like apples and dried dark fruits like dates. Stong phenols also present, and some diacetyl as well. Strong spicy alcohol ( maybe actually yeast ) also.

Taste - Diacetyl. Apple juice. Dates, dried plums. Some dark bread. Slight phenol. Some alcohol warmth. Slight spice.

Mouthfeel - thin, with moderate to light carbonation.

Drinkability - goes down fairly easy, don't like the diacetyl thing is the problem here.

ultralarry2006, May 11, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Because Aventinues Weizen Bock is one of my favorite beers, I was very excited when I found this on my recent beer trip to Illinois. Not many breweries brew this style, so it was even more exciting to note that it this is brewed by one of my favorite American breweries: Victory. That being said, I am not so excited about the beer itself.

The beer looks great in the weizen glass. Has a nice rusty brown color, only moderately hazy with a nice solid head that I would expect from any self respecting wheat beer. Lacing is also nice.

The smell is a bit soapy (not from the glass, because I rinsed that sum'bitch good), and the spices and esters seem to be trapped beneath. Very soft and gently roasty malted wheat comes out, as well as banana esters, clove, and other spicing. Good, but has possibility for improvement without the soapiness.

The taste is where this beer begins its descent into blah. The complexity of the nose is lost on the tongue, this time buried under an intensely prickly carbonation combined with a huge peppery spice profile. Still has a bit of the very soft roasty caramel flavor, but not enough to get past the pins & needles in my tongue with any sort of complexity.

If I ever see a fresher sample of this beer, I will definitely try it, but otherwise I probably will not drink this beer again.

neonbrown82, May 11, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by April 15, 2005. Oops... it expired over a year ago!

A: Hazy golden bronze with chunks. Off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bubble-gum esters, slightly tart.

T: Bubble-gum, banana, cloves and bread.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, acidic.

D: The years haven't been too kind.

Thanks Len!

Derek, May 04, 2006
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Moonglow Weizenbock pours into my glass a dirty reddish brown color with a half inch of taught bubbly khaki head. Aromas of spicy, earthy yeast alongside a mix of cirtic and dark fruits, banana and apple especially. Sweet caramelized wheat husk that's a bit roasted and nutty. Really quite a nice aroma that makes me think of a fall harvest.

First sip brings a sweet, caramelly sugared wheat base along with a blast of fruity tones, again I'm getting some banana, apple, grape and a slight citrus. Lots of earthy, spicy yeast tones with each sip. Finishes smooth with a bit of roastiness. Overall, this is a damn fine brew.

Mouthfeel is right along the middle of the road with lots of carbonation that fills the entire mouth as it goes down. A really tasty weizenbock that keeps me coming back for more. I'll be looking for this on the shelves again next year. Thanks to blitheringidiot for snaggletoothing this bottle for me!!

orbitalr0x, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8-25-05

Appearance- Pours a light bread dough head that faded to nothing about a minute after pouring. Color is a deep reddish-brown, deep amber. There is some big bubbles in the lacing here.

Smell- A hint of spiciness mixed with a lot of earthy wheat aromas.

Taste- Starts out as a general spicy mixed with light roasty maltys, then the wheat blends with Christmas fruits. Making for a pretty sweet brew, great for a nightcap.

Mouthfeel- A good amount of dark sweetnes dances around the tongue for awhile. Lets not forget a little tart finish at the back of the tongue.

scruffwhor, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright dark amber with reddish highlights. Huge, fresh head. Aroma is quite sweet, with some banana and a ton of raisins and medicinal spices. Flavor starts out with a flash of bitterness before opening up to a sweet, juicy fruitiness. Very creamy mouthfeel; it doesn't feel like there's too much wheat in here. This is a very smooth, easy drinking beer, and something I could put away a few of over the course of an evening. Yum.

geexploitation, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a beautiful dark hazy amber, loaded with carbonation, with 2 full fingers of beige thick head

S - the aroma is strong hit my nose right as i popped the cap, has almost a pine-y aroma, sweeter though, like a fig

T - has a dark sweetness to it, like molasses or a fig, has a great bitter, clean finish that begs for the next sip

M - full bodied with a great feel

D - what a great beer to sweet to get a full five but damn good and easy to drink

sinstaineddemon, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice and dark. Looks like a full, very wheaty beer. I can smell it without even getting my nose too close to the glass. Smells like a great hefeweizen, complete with the citrusy character. Not something I expected, and a pleasant surprise.

Taste is more alcoholic than I expected. Almost barleywine-esque. Nutty and sweet with some syrupy characteristics.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. So smooth, creamy, and with relatively low carbonation. And completely full bodied as well.

A great beer! Possibly my favorite by Victory. Its basically a wheat beer for the winter.

chOAKbarrell, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revisited again today, and wasn't as impressed with appearance and nose, although the other areas notched up a bit. All in all, same overall rating more or less, so I won't change the numbers. Guess I'm just not the biggest fan here, or just end up not so lucky with this one...

Newer review:
12oz bottle from, well, somewhere... Best by 3/1/05, oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head above the cloudy darkish amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, and exhibits nice foamy lacing. Aroma is husky malts, with fruits, spicing and alcohol all having their say. Taste is similar to my previous, older sample, with sour upfront, grains in the middle, fades to a chalky alcohol finish. Better here, but not much. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also better than the previous bottle sampled, but still not what I'm looking for and/or expecting. Will plan on revisiting with an even fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

Original review, 3.2, 1/19/05:
12oz bottle inspired by a bottle received from jcalbi as part of BIFXV. Thanks for the opportunity, even thought that exact bottle was lost in a bizarre refrigerator incident, and I had to obtain a bottle from Yankee Spirits to replace it, which it seems was past its "best by" date. Guess cellaring beers at their store isn't such a good idea. Will revisit as soon as possible and update this review as necessary.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Foamy head lasts and lasts, and exhibits good lacing. Aroma is grainy malts, with fruity alcohol easily apparent. Taste is upfront with a fruity tart/sour, a light malt backbone, and then fades into an alcohol flavor, and leaves a chalky feel in the mouth. Seems like it should show more malt character to me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite low for me, but your milage may vary. Will plan on revisiting with a fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

ppoitras, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours the color of unfiltered apple cider, maybe a little darker, but there is plenty of sediment and a huge head to match (about 3" ). Smell is sharp, but smooth, fruity (apples and bananas), tart. Fruits are more subdued in the flavor, making it a sharper and drier beer. Slightly metallic coating is left behind, mouthfel is smooth, and relatively lightly carbonated. A good beer, I like the style, but this one doesn't blow me away.

TastyTaste, Mar 01, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen. Sediment was swirled and included in the final pour. Lacy, good sized head with staying power atop a dark red/ruby colored body. The obvious cloudiness present.

To the nose, malty and sweet - with the wheat banana aroma lingering. It is not a full nose - thin with the alcohol tending to block out many of the subtle smells.

In the mouth, this is a smooth, creamy beer. The first taste is the wheat kicker - just enough sour to get you going. This is quickly taken over by the malts - caramel and butterscotch layers. The alcohol is everywhere - a little too present.

The body feels a little thin - not as chewy and full as I'd like. The finish is dry and pleasant, creating a fairly satisfying end.

Musings: I've been on a weizen bock kick lately - thanks to the Greenpoint Gunner. This is not my favorite weizen bock - but not bad either. The taste is nice but is not complemented by the feel. It should be more substantial in the mouth.

ChuckD, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fluffy, two-finger, off-white head that slowly collapses upon itself over the course of several minutes. Little to no lacing left on sides of the glass as the head vanishes, but a thin film of bubbles remains on top of the liquid throughout the entire session. Brownish-amber in color, along the lighter end of the color spectrum for weizenbocks.
S: Yeasty, banana-clove smells that one would expect from a hefeweizen along with a bit of detectable alcohol presence. Depth and breadth in smell are somewhat lacking in this area compared to other weizenbocks' scent profiles.
T: Malt and yeast dominate the profile, inducing some clove and coriander-like tastes and producing a beer that is surprisingly similar to a more alcoholic (there's a slight alcohol taste/sting throughout) dunkel-weisse. Bitter apples and tangy pear juice essences are present, slightly odd for the style in my opinion. Suggestions of brown sugar in the aftertaste lead to a dry finish that indicates hops, though there is no detectable presence in scent or taste.
M: Medium-bodied and just right for the style with mild carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel that is quite comfortable in the mouth, almost pillowy. The "soft" beginning and dry finish make this a pleasure to sip again and again.
D: A decent attempt at a weizenbock that has some good attributes in the scent and taste categories along with room for improvement of depth in those same areas. The alcohol content is faintly noticeable throughout the partaking but in no way overpowers any other aspect of the beer. I'd be interested in trying next year's batch to see if the brewers have attempted to alter the recipe in any way and add some more complexity to this.

falloutsnow, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very murky dark apple cider color into my weizen glass. Not much head.

Smells of banana, a hint of alcohol, apple and maybe even some caramel.

Tastes of banana, sour apples, wheat, well-hidden alcohol, and just a bit of caramel. Tastes pretty much mirror the smell.

Quite a drinkable brew for 8.7%

lpayette, Feb 07, 2006
Photo of Hautacam
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured out a clear dark orange, with a nice yeast lawn on the bottom...which I swirled into the weizen glass....Ok now it's really cloudy...that was a load of yeast! Large light tan head, at least 1.5"...laced and settled to a few mm.
Smells really good...lots of fruit, spice , vanilla, yeast and especially clove.
Taste all the above...very complex...banana for sure..lot of clove...this is really good.
Carbonation is velvety.. medium....just right.
Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected...very drinkable stuff for a high ABV.
Need more of this !!

Victory does it again.

Hautacam, Feb 02, 2006
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.