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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
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1,228 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 691
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 104
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
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 MacDomer
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a warm looking cloudy/hazy brown with rust colored edges. Pretty good head - easy two finger on the pour. Bunch of random floaties here, including a few bigger ones.

S - Great nose - very fruity with tons of berries, ripe bananas, apple cider, and some sweet malt. Bready yeast. Alcohol esters.

T - Berries and yeast take front stage here. Roasted sweet malts, hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. Fruity and sweet. Tasty.

M - This beer is pretty creamy and smooth. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Alcohol is pretty well hidden but is there. Pretty fruity. I think I would top out at two before having to move to something else, and that might be a bit much.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Moonglow? Sounds like hippie beer to me. Regardless, poured a murky orange with a two finger head. I love wheat haze.

I usually can't smell much but this one had a lot. Plums, apples, and allspice mainly but also some breadiness and faint alcohol.

Very creamy with a wheat and spice finish. Syrupy bananas, grapes, and fall fruit also. Extremely thick mouthfeel.

Good camp fire drinking. I'm not a huge weizenbock fan but this was great...for hippies.

Photo of DIM
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: This was the color of cloudy apple cider. It pours with a huge, fluffy, craggy, super sticky white head.

s: Big aromas of warm, ripe bananas. Also some cloves and a little bubblegum. Gentle and enticing overall.

t: This was drier and a little spicier than other Weizenbocks I've tried. Still, the big wheaty banana flavors bring enough sweetness. A gentle heat emerges as this approaches room temperature.

m: Long lasting carbonation and a big chewy body.

d: Only a couple of notches below Aventinus I think. Great stuff from Victory.

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

Poured from the bottle a cloudy dark tea color with a huge dollup of creamy beige head. A bit of sediment floating around the glass.

Aroma of berries, green apple, tea, sweet malts, yeast, and a spicy earthiness. Also note just a hint of alcohol.

Tastes of berries, green apple, yeast, banana, spices, and sweet malts. Finishes clean with a bit of alcohol buzz on the tongue.

Medium bodied, smooth, and moderately carbonated.

An easy drinking Weizenbock from Victory. Good stuff.

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the sterling Sun Singer with a hot pastrami sandwich, hot peppers and a fruit salad. Great choice. Two dense fingers of tan froth with a slight mocha drizzle rested over a muddy, mahogany body. Good duration and lacing helped make a very good first impression on me. Moonglow emits lots of fruit--banana, berry, and apple--in a rich malty bouquet.

But it's the taste that really drives home Moonglow's complexity. The berry and apple are prominent, lush and warm, with banana taking control after the first third. Moderately spicy, there is a nice hint of ginger mixed in to offset the sweetness. The airy weizen side melds well with the heartier bock malt, negotiating a good balance. Very impressive.

The mouthfeel is no letdown, either--smooth, just the right carbonation, good malt heft. If I weren't heading around town, I would have had a couple more. Like so many others that Victory makes--Golden Monkey, Hop Wallop, Storm King, and Old Horizontal--Moonglow is an excellent beer. Great stuff, and not to be passed up. An excellent Fall beer, nice for a good, cool evening.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I should have paid more attention to the word "unfiltered" on the bottle because when I poured this in my glass I noticed the significant amount of what looks like little tiny bits of hops floating around in there. They are definitely too big to just be yeast so drinkers beware, treat this like a homebrew and leave a little bit at the bottom. Looks like I'll be getting a little more fiber with this one.

In any case, it pours a amber brown, a little more appealing than a Dunkleweizen in terms of not being totally muddy looking. With a big frothy head typical of a wheat beer. It has a nice orangey glow to it.. damn I wish I hadn't poured this whole thing in like I'm watering my plants though.

Aroma hits me straight off the bat as yeast. Exactly like a Dunkleweizen. I think the other weizenbocks I've had haven't really been this fruity smelling.. so I'm not sure how it's really supposed to be.

Taste is pretty comparable to the smell. Banana like yeast flavors, solid dry malt backbone with little sweetness lingering. Musty, old flavor with a slight refreshing sweet hop aftertaste. Honestly this is not what I expected. I thought it was going to be more of a strong, lighter, high alcohol beer.. sort of like Hevelius only lighter. But I'll take this as a learning experience. The BA description of Weizenbock basically describes it as a strong Dunkleweizen and that's exactly what it is and they do it well. It's fruity, sort of like overripe apples, with a lot of banana flavor from the yeast exactly like Franziskaner Dunkleweizen. The alcohol mixes really nicely with the Dunklweizen flavor and makes it very enjoyable. I once bought a case of Franziskaner Dunkleweizen and after 20 of them or so became increasingly intolerant of its musky Germanness and this is definitely bringing back those memories. Really amazing to see such a dead-on German style from an American brewery and so well done.

Photo of gdfan47
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

well i first tryed this last week at earth bread and brewery ( love this place!) but just poured a bottle of it just now

it has a pretty lingering white froathy head

it smells of wheat, but has a darker/ cloudier body then what i might expect from the smell

taste is very good reminds me of some german beers, but is a little complex

havent had too many other weizenbocks, but i like this one will def drink it again

the 8.7 abv is a little high for me, but hey everyonce in awhile it works, like right now

Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very slightly hazy deep amber. The head is even more than expected: three fingers after a medium strength pour. I let the beer sit, and it's been sitting for 5 minutes and still has a good two fingers of head, which is leaving a solid sheet of lacing as it drops. Through the haze I can see a small amount of sediment, indicating a traditional bottle-conditioning, and I can also see a constant stream of bubbles. The head looks like off-white billowy clouds- the little silent playground you see when you're at 10,000 ft elevation in an airplane. Unbelievable head retention. Especially for this high of an ABV.

Aroma sends up rich banana notes, of course the almighty clove, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, shortbread, and homemade banana nut bread, with butter, toasted to perfection.

and the head still remains.

First impression of the flavor is banana bread, followed by an earthy, almost swampy note in the background from the hops. A distinct peppery spice rounds out the finish, leaving pepper and banana to linger on the palate.

and the head remains.

Mouthfeel is so carbonated it feels fluffy, like trying to mouthwash with a root beer. The underlying body is medium, but feels thicker because of the ridiculous carbonation. The finish is very dry, but not in a bitter way... Almost the dry that you get from a hydrogen peroxide rinse. All this sounds a bit unappetizing, I know, but it comes together very very well and makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

the head. still there. still a thick pillow.

This is probably the best weizenbock I have had. Ironic, because it's made in the states. But I suppose a style can be improved upon, eh? If you love the style, you MUST try this one. It is nothing short of exceptional.

oh, did I mention the head? I have a glass of a finger of head left after the beer is gone.

Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large 2/3 of the glass head. Dissipates to a rocky foam. Surprisingly little lace. The color is a dark amber, like maple syrup. Predictably cloudy, but with lots of yeasty beasties.

Sweet, sugary caramel aroma. The wheat is present but in the background.

The flavor is much like the aroma--sweet, but not coy. Light wheat. The body appears thick with the below average level of carbonation. The power of the swallow dies quickly in the aftertaste. Warm alcohol presence as well.

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: About a 1/2 finger gingerbread looking head - with some okay retention and lacing. Body is a lovely dark honey with mahogany accents. Lots of sediment floating around in this guy (whoops, didn't realize).

Smell: Nose is very malty, with notes of ginger, clove, and wheat toast.

Taste: A ton of malts up front in this one - lots of caramel and gingerbread flavors. Also notice some sweet sugar in this guy. The end has the slightest of hops to provide just the right balance from this one going over the top.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium bodied with some nice stickiness at the end.

Drinkability: Incredibly light and smooth, and had no idea the ABV was as high as it is until I was writing my review. A really light beer, but certainly warming. Alcohol is completely masked, and I would've put this in the mid 6's. This is one of my new favs.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a Victory fan and this was new at my beer stop.

Poured a medium brown with an orangey reddish hue. About a finger of head, minimal lacing. Retention isn't great, reducing to a thin layer in about a minute. Little flecks of tan yeast can be seen floating about, and after awhile settle down to the bottom.

Smell is amazing! Sweet and fruity, you can smell this a few feet away. Sweet banana and citrus notes blend very well with a light wheat profile and a sweet malt. Smells like a fruity sugar cookie, easily one of the best smelling beers I've ever had.

Taste is good, although sadly not as good as the nose. Sweet with a light biscuity malt, banana and light pear flavors mix with a very light hop and a strong sweet-chewey yeast. Alcohol is detectable, but not overly strong, even when the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, very smooth, not alot of carbonation. Leaves my mouth with little to no aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. Not the best of this style that I've had but that smell! The scent alone will convince me to buy another few of these, and in my opinion, this would make an amazing summer beer.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light caramel colored body, cloudy, as expected with many bits of yeast slowing falling to the bottom. Very good lacing as the light tan billowy head recedes. The body does tend to 'glow' as the yeast disperses the light.

S: Very aromatic; I can smell it even when the glass is 24 inches away. Smells powerfully of wonderful weizen yeast.

T: The odor translates very nicely into the flavor of this beer. There is a distinct sweetness as well, which is flushed away by yeast esters, as well as a slight bitterness and alcohol bite.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is something special. I poured it a little rough, and the carbonation level is very good. There is a distinct thickness without feeling sticky.

D: A clean finishing beer without any unpleasant alcohol aftertastes.

Photo of irishman646
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Aventinus glass, I sure wish this beer came in half liter bottles to match wiess glasses.

Appearance- Pours a nice pale yellow with a hint of blood orange color. Quite beatiful. The beer itself is a cloudy brownish-blood orange color at the edges, fading to a deeper brown in the middle. Quite nice, not as muddy looking as an Aventinues.

Smell- This beer marries perfectly the smell of malty bocks and Hefeweizens. Sugary cookie like malts and the scents of banana and clove hit the nose at the same time. Interestingly enough I get the scent of grapefruits like in some DIPA's. Actually, as the beer warms the Hefe characteristics in the nose fade and the grapefruit notes intensify.

Taste- The clove hits the tongue first as usual with this style. It's powdery and peppery, nice.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel was a bit thin when I cracked this beer but now that I've given it some time it has really improved. It gently coats the tongue without becoming too thick. The carbonation lightly tickles the front of the tongue and then steps aside. An accompishment that really helps the beer shine, even a little overcarbonation would have ruined this beer.

Drinkability- The 8.7% is hidden pretty well. I think I could handle two but no more.

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a glowing haze. There are pieces of unfiltered wheat that spread throughout the beer. The most amazing head I've ever seen on a beer yet. A perfect pour brings more than half a pint glass of head that fades down to a drinkable measure and laces the glass and I consume.
Smells of sweet wheat and dark fruits. The taste is the same and perfect blend of light malts and sweet fruits while some perfect bock flavors come through to even out with the citrus taste. Mouthfeel is flawless, it has the smoothest texture, goes down like water, the feeling only leaves me wanting more. Drinkablity follows as before, can't be beat. Get your hands on this!

Photo of donaldchapman
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/orange, cloudy with frothy tan head..
S - Clove and bananas, followed by rich melanoidin malt flavors.
T - Rich malty flavor, slight hops, great banana and clove flavors... Slight metalic flavor which detracts from the taste.
M - full bodied, with a good pull across the tongue.

Great beer, has a wonderful malt backbone, phenolics and esters complement each other well and are in good balance.

Photo of dnichols
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It was poured from a capped 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a thick orangish brown body with a one finger off white head that retained well and laced the side of the glass before falling into the liquid.

S: There were dominant aromas of sweet, yeasty and bready malts along with floral hops, white fruit (apples and pears). Very dense and sticky aromas.

T: It was boldly thick in malt and fruit flavors with a ton of sweet malts and light fruits. The bock flavors were recessive and well balanced. This is a complex and well crafted brew.

M: It was creamy and thick with a heavy body and lightly carbonated. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

D: IT was very enjoyable. The complexity made it entertaining to drink. It's heavy body and high ABV may make it a difficult beer to take long into a session but it is one worth trying, again and again.

Photo of blackie
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: poured into my Allagash wit glass, a huge sticky head is produced, filling the glass to the top with chunks clinging to the walls as it recedes a bit, very persistent with a rocky layer remaining on the surface, the beer is an opaquely hazy, dark amber-brown in color, a truly lovely beer

smell: immediately I encounter rich yeasty esters and dark sugars that bring to mind sweet banana bread, wheat malt gives a strong spicy counterpart to the toffee and caramel barleys, gentle clove spice, chocolate and spiced dark rum confections, grassy noble hops provide an excellent balance without interrupting the subtleties, so full of sweet and complex aromatics that it toes but never crosses the line into heavy territory

mouthfeel: delicate medium carbonation carried on a smooth medium-full body

taste: malts abound with a crisp and spicy wheat giving a nice counterpart to the sweet toffeelike barley, dark winter breads, fruity yeasts from start to finish, dark fruit sugars, just a touch of warming booze as it approaches room temperature, teases of chocolate towards the end, grassy noble hop flavor throughout, flavors linger long into the lightly chalky finish with a light-moderate bitterness

drinkability: exceptionally drinkable for an 8.7% beer

sixer from Whole Foods Vienna

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

Poured into my newly acquired Aventinus weizen glass.

4.5 A: What a beautiful brew. Orange/dark brown like stained cherry wood. Two and a half fingers of really frothy head that retains well and leaves a lot of lacing. Yeast and other particles suspended might turn off some people, but not me.

4.5 S: Banana oil esters. Very spicy. Hints of caramel. Floral hops.

4.5 T: Damn good! Earthy grainy wheat base. Then lots of spice followed by fruity esters (banana predominates). Alcohol is made very apparent and warms.

4.5 M: Very smooth and perfect carbonation level. Goes down well.

4.5 D: Extremely complex and tasty, this brew has no flaws.

Photo of Slynger
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, hazy, rubied-oranged-amber, with a big cap of fluffy light khaki.

The nose delivers red apple, loads of bananas, and some spicy clovely alcohol.

Nice flavor. Ruby apples drizzled with a bit of caramel, bananas and clove, lots of wheaty yeastiness. Nice, hugely soft and fluffy carb, medium full. This deceptive bastard really hides the alcohol in the flavor.

Very nice brew. Supremely enjoyable.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. This is very nice looking dark orange, decent rocky head, looks great. Smells very fruity, spicy and malty. Taste is nice fruit and malt, surprisingly good stuff. This is one of the better beers that I have had from Victory.

Photo of damienblack
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely hazy amber with a big, creamy, slightly tannish head reminding me of meringue. Smells of citrus, especially of a banana sweetness.

Taste is a continuation of the smell. Silky-smooth and creamy sweetness of citrus fruits (not so much banana, though), crisp and drinkable. Slight taste of spices. Very clean taste, no bitterness to speak of. Little alcohol taste prevalent. Another high-quality offering from Victory.

Photo of Proteus93
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy topaz pour with a thick, creamy foam with an orange hue to it. The tiniest bit of sediment in there.

S: Some banana aroma, along with a little tropical fruit, and a touch of green apple - sweet, no real tartness going on.

T: Fresh green apple on the forefront of this, with a little added banana. Clove is there, though it seems to be a blend with some other spiciness. Quite nice, though!

M + D: A nice, somewhat chewy medium body. A little stick, but it seems to be kept at bay with a balancing oily kind of slickness that has it almost melt into a residue and drift over the mouth. Interesting... quite a tasty beer, and a good call when in the mood for a good weizenbock.

Photo of adamette
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY a few hours ago. Served into an appropriate clean, clear goblet. Waitress apologized since it was very cloudy. "All of the kegs were just agitated since they were being repositioned." Indeed I had recalled a delivery truck loading/unloading on my way into the restaurant moments before.

A It was cloudy, orange brown, opaque body with minimal head by the time that it was delivered to my table. I am not sure that its appearance was affected by the waitresses report of the keg agitation. I drank it over the next 10 minutes and did not observe any "settling" of any kind beyond its main appearance. Anyway, I do not believe that it affected the taste.

S Great, fruitty, malty, sweet, much like a Weisenbock that I had not too long ago at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio (Great Lakes Glockenspeil).

T Fruitty sweetness continued. It is like pears, peaches, grainy, malty all together.

M Full smoothness is a great way to describe the mouthfeel.

D Alcohol of 8.7 well hidden by fruitty, full smoothness of this beer.

Notes: This is the second Weizenbock that I have tasted/rated and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. They actually are quite similar imo.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange/amber-tinged light brown hue, characterized by a wildly bubbly haze with traces of yeast dancing and bobbing around within. A large, cream-tinged head rises up and mellows out to a lingering thick, creamy cap, leaving behind a few traces on the glass.

Slight fruity, spicy aromas appear in the nose, but the aroma seems to be rather subdued.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, carrying a mighty spiciness across the palate with a strong hit of cloves and an underlying sweet malt backbone mixed with a warming alcohol presence. Finishes somewhat dry and spicy.

To my palate the alcohol came across rather strongly, and for a Weizenbock, this one seemed to me to be too clovey and not nearly malty enough. Drinkability suffered due to the alcohol content, but overall this isn't bad at all, and should be sought out by any fans of Hefeweizens, Dunkelweizens, and Weizenbocks alike.

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

Bottle, enjoyed at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A completely opaque reddish bronze-colored beer with a foamy two-finger head, slightly off-white, with above-average retention, and huge cloud-like sticky lacing.

Aroma: Powdery wheat, simple yeast-like spices, and about an equal amount of ripe banana and other light, tart, fruity notes - pears, apple skins. Nice.

Taste: Dry and tart. Roasted dry malts, caramel and brown sugar, some light yeasty earthy notes that meld well with the powdery wheat earthiness, light spices, lots of fruit, but almost no banana - you get pears, plums, and a few others. The afterfeel - i.e., the burp - tastes like spiced apple pie. A little too dry, though.

Mouthfeel: Big-bubbled and full-bodied, even and creamy, a little thick w/ residual sugars.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well-hidden for the strength, so be careful, and overall this was a really nice beer. It's very attractive, radiant almost (like a moonglow?), has a very attractive aroma and mouthfeel, and if there were only a few more sweet notes to balance all the tart yeast esters, this would be a fantastic weizenbock. As it stands, it's a pretty darn good one, and comes recommended.

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