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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

907 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 907
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 15 | 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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Longstaff

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color of this beer is simply amazing. When I poured it into my Aventinus glass, it was glowing like the setting sun. Had to pour roughly to get that hefe head going and then it settled rapidly without even leaving a thin film on top. Aroma is that typical of a Dunkle Weizen with wheatish, apple like aromas. What surprised me is the sourness of this beer. It reminded me of drinking a sour belgian brown ale. There were some cherry flavors mixing with apple, plum, and slight chocolate notes. Could have used a little more sweet chocolate flavors to balance out the sourness. Mouthfeel was smooth and slippery. An interesting beer that I couldn't get my mind around, but not the best example of a Weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 18:37:59 | More by Longstaff
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Luscious orange-brown in color with a good head that left a nice film.

Smell – This is a lovely combination of dark yeast aromas and toasted bock scents. The fruits are not bashful, either. The apricot, plum, and big banana are large and in charge.

Taste – This is more weizen than bock. The fruits are exceptionally smooth and helped along by a shot of vanilla and a puree of flavors. The flavors mix so well together it’s incredible.

The lightly-toasted malt comes along for the ride, but this is all about the Rochefortisc manner in which these fruits and the yeast are mixed. This is a blend to remember.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and a creamy, creamy smooth body makes this one a standout. The alcohol warning is too little, too late.

Drinkability – This was incredible and defined its own style. It went down smooth as silk.

Comments – Leave it to Victory to produce this quandary. This was too light for a dunkel weizen and too fruity for a bock. It was even probably off style for a weizen bock. But man, oh man, was this a pleasure to drink. Can we add some flexibility to the style and say that this was f***ing awesome?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 02:32:27 | More by RoyalT
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy brown colored pour topped in a small layer of off-white head. Lots of nice aromas here with some yeasty breadiness. It had a bit of that banana nose that one usually gets from a weiss, but it was a lot different. More roastiness and spices.

This is a nice brew to mix it up a bit. I like how there are some nice dark notes to the brew. It has all the good qualities of a weiss, and some added complexity from some roasty flavors. Very good to drink, and who would have thought the alcohol was that high. It went unnoticed by me, well maybe a little.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 03:27:54 | More by ElGuapo
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maxpower

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears, no lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with sour apples, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, finishes sweet and sour. Alcohol very well hidden, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 19:24:30 | More by maxpower
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy yeasty deep red with a slight head that settles down to a thin layer of fine off-white bubbles. I didn't have to agitate the bottle to get the yeast out like I have to do with some other domestic weiss beers. Which is a good thing.

Smell: A malty, caramel, raisin nose that has some wood character. Was this aged in wood at all? I'll have to check.

Taste: Sweet, then fruity/yeasty (raisin again?) with a sour finish. More yeasty as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Quite light, given the ABV. The sour finish pulls the beer off your tongue and leaves you wanting more.

Drinkability: I could easily, and quite dangerously, have more than one of these beers in a single session.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2003 00:24:34 | More by ColForbin
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck with an “Enjoy By” freshness date on the label, nice blurb about the beer and it also states that this is a bottle conditioned brew.

Appearance: For this sample I swirled the yeast in to the glass for the full effect, an true wheat beer drinker would agree. Reddish brown bordering on burgundy, obvious cloudiness from the yeast …even before the yeast was poured in there was an evident haze. The head lays there two fingers deep waiting of the first sip.

Smell: Ripe bananas, medicinal root of some kind and light estery and fusel alcohols hit the nose. Malty sweet as well with a touch of caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth in the mouth … unbelievable. Solid flavourful fermented wheat twang upfront, layers of sweet and toasted malt hit next. Bitter medicinal phenols grab the palates attention and help to balance. The alcohol prickles the tongue and warms the body with its soothing esters. Very fruity with a flexed tropical base and banana in the forefront. Slight bitter herb and malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: There are few Weizen Bocks around, none the less Victory is right on target with this one. Why I bought a single to sample … I am going back for a case.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 03:25:32 | More by Jason
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beerguy101

California

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange gold color. Small head. Aroma is spicy. A full-bodied Weizenbock. Fruity and spicy. Very nice flavors, bananas and cloves, orange and spice, citrus and malts. Well balanced, not only between malts and hops, but between tart and sweet. Very nice beer. No noticeable alcohol despite a 8.7% abv. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 02:15:30 | More by beerguy101
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a muddy, old leather color with a tannish beige head that faded rather quickly. A huge blast of clovey aroma hits you immediately, a distant smell of an extinguished fire appears later, although perhaps it was there all along and I didn't notice it. A fresh wheat bread and earthy flavor mingle with a faint oakiness and sweet and sour balsamic vinegar tartness. The clove-like spiciness does appear in the taste, but not as strong as in the aroma. A touch of toffee and a hint of lemon drops and warming alcohol finishes this somewhat overly complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 15:17:43 | More by BeerResearcher
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-tan head, not very long lived that settles over tawny, hazy reddish-brown gentley carbonated liquid.
The nose is very fruity with notes of bubblegum, banana & spicy clove notes.
Taste is sweet malts overtaken by dark spice and slightly nutty flavors followed by nicely roasted grain, then more bubblegum fruitiness and superb hop bitterness with just hints of the 8.7 percent alcohol felt as a warm sensation in the throat after swallowing...which may good or bad, as I'm about to polish off bottle number five out of a fresh six-pack :o)

Finishes up dancing the line between dry and sweet...another hit from the boys at Victory.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 05:21:40 | More by beerluvr
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet wheaty clean malt tropical fruit smell... Light tan lingering head. Ice tea color and clarity. Initial thickish sweet wheat taste is then balenced by a sharpish dryish plum skin, pineapple, and bananna finish. Smooth and full up front in the mouth and then it turns crisper and more carbonated as the brew slides down across the tongue. Wow what a feel. A special seasonal from Bill and Ron.. The ABV is a creeper on this one as well. It is only detectable by a slight warm fuzzy feeling in the gut. The perfect beer to be calming me during Isabel.... description in one word....comforting...

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2003 02:07:13 | More by frank4sail
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AbePhroman

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer! Very fruity taste that leaves you asking for more. More of a subtleness than other wheat bocks. The alcohol creeps on you because you can barely taste it throught the fruitiness. All in all an excellent seasonal brew. If you enjoyed this, try out Aventinus Wheat Dopplebock. It is better in my opinion but very similar.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2003 02:24:01 | More by AbePhroman
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dmarch

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber in color with a thin white head. Aroma is very fruity with lots of cloves. The taste is very very powerful. Strong plum taste as well as some clove and bananna. The 8.7% is obvious, but it very enjoyable and warming. Personally, I think the best Victories are the seasonals. All the more reason to stop by often.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 22:41:26 | More by dmarch
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On draft at the Grey Lodge. Wow, this one is a slap in the face. There are some very strong flavors in this beer. If your standard Hefe is David Banner, then this beer is the Hulk. Poured a cloudy burgundy brown color with a small white head. Intense aroma of bubblegum, sweet candy and alcohol emanate. Spicy, complex, malty sweet, sour and yeasty all at once. Very strong in flavor and I would say that this beer is for serious beer lovers only. I gave this an average score for drinkability because although I enjoy the taste of this beer, it would not be my first choice to pair with food, or even to crack one open for the game. This beer is a special treat to be enjoyed once and awhile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2003 11:28:36 | More by pezoids
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nomad

Kansas

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A super fresh case of this good stuff to get me through the month...

Pours a gorgeous browned ruby color; I've never seen something so dark, lustrous, and unique. Has a big pocky foam head that builds volume easily from the strong amount of carbonation, like a good hefe-weizen would. Falls to a good thin head that shows some lace and ocassional stain.

Smells of very strong banana and clove but covered in all the other scents: like dark wheat, figs covered in alcohol, then spices such as cinnamon, dark sugar, nutmeg. Altogether, complex and intriguing, and not something you ordinarily come across. Tastes like bananas mixed with a couple cherries, though at times it seems more like notes of plums. Also brings some sour notes, a firm wheat backbone, while the second half of the flavor profile sends up a creamy-yeasty flavor, but then the great finishers of strong spicy and earthy mixed notes all of the above. Moderate length finish of these yeast and humble spices. Flat out drinkable, with a mouthfeel that is shading toward thicker without being thick; not summer thin, not winter thick.

Words to the Wise: Let it warm up toward room temperature, put it in a flute-like glass as if it was a hefe-weizen as well as pour in the yeast. Cheers to V-Town for making a very rare style and doing it well.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 15:42:10 | More by nomad
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So here I am listening to the sounds of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" imbibing upon one of the most appealing to the eye weizen bocks in existence, well the Moonglow of the deep amber mahogany body with a ruby brown tinted massive head leaving complete webs of lacing around my glass just reminds me of that glowing amber moon that sometimes mysteriously appears in the sky. Aroma: Where do I start, banana sauteed in a light pear liqueur and the presence of the wheat malt along with the magnificent tones of the yest born bliss. The alcohol nose isn't overbearing but blended across a spectrum of fruity yet musty tones of paradise, this beer has to be one of the most enticing aromatic creations ever to come across my path. Taste: Even as it warms the sharp wheat based malt sweetness mixed perfectly with the alcoholic tone fruits such as pear, banana, and mild apple tones over a brown sugar base arise and soar over the palate oh "come a little bit closer hear what I have to say", "just like children sleeping we could dream this night away", "but there's a full moon rising, let's go dancing in the light". Wow, this is an experience whoever samples this beer must pop in some Neil Young it's awesome together. Mouthfeel: Slight sense of chiunkiness to it medium to full bodied luscious wheat ale, a must try for all German style beer lovers, props go out to Bill and Ron on this one muchas gracias guys for creating not just a sessionn of exotic ale sipping, but one that will be emblazoned in my memory as one of the most skillfully constructed good times I have shared with true art. Drinkability: Well, I don't even know what the ABV of this beer is but I can tell you that after one I am feeling on another level of relaxation and at peace with the world. We all need that push to get us through the day, and to picture an evening with my own family someday and a night cap in the form of a Moonglow each day will be more blissful than the next.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 19:00:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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rotsaruch

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled the 2003 version on tap at Victory on 8/19/03. This year's version is totally different than last year and probably the best batch of Moonglow ever. This unfiltered, wheat beer pours a beautiful, brown earthy pastel with a robust off-white head. If your a fruit lover, the aroma will remind you of a bouquet of freshly picked apples with a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by a very delicious malty, spicey sweetness. The aroma translate to a taste of a refreshing fruit appetizer of apples, peaches, dates and rasions. A very tasty brew, but also a very deceptive brew. The finish displays a token amount of hops lurking in the background with this tinge of alcohol that lets you know that this can be a dangerous brew.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2003 00:18:55 | More by rotsaruch
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jcalabre

California

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled from bottle on 4 November 2002. This beer was a pleasant surprise. Victory is very hard to get in my area, so when I noticed this seasonal I picked up a couple of bottles. What a nice flavor. Beautiful slightly cloudy amber color, w/ a hint of sweetness on the palate. Excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2003 13:47:29 | More by jcalabre
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep copper color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet, fruity, and yeasty. The flavor is malty, sweet and fruity. It is a medium-full bodied brew with a sweet finish. It is a warming, spicy beer. It was not at all what I expected, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 05:23:43 | More by BeerBuilder
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-cherry color with a thin tan head. Highly carbonated and hazy with slight suspended sediment. The aroma is a mix of citusy and grassy wheat smells, with a hint of yeastiness. This brew has an underlying sweetness that is presented at the first sip, and a full-force tartness (bordering on sour) that sticks through the aftertaste. It's really a refreshing, but slightly heavy beer. Not really what I expected, but it's very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2003 14:40:50 | More by Suds
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I am going to admitt this off the bat - it had gone spoiled. However, I am not letting that affect my ratings in the sense you might think. I think the tartness that was produced by "aging" ,if you will, had an interesting effect. The color was a cloudy, ruddy, orange. a good amount of head also seems to comes w/ each bottle. It was almost like mixing a sweet-tart and wheat beer, and I did enjoy the results.The thing is, in alot of way, it was like a cider, but a sour apple cider, quite interesting.Also by this time you could taste a hint of the ABV. I do wish to sample this fresh, but you know what, spoiled is an interesting and enjoyable alternative

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 10:48:41 | More by PSUDREW
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mzwolinski

California

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, darkish amber in color, with a thin, even head and a tart, fruity aroma. The flavor is sour in a tropical-fruit sort of way, with some definite spicy notes. Medium-full boided and a bit sweet, with a gently dry finish. I wasn't overly impressed, but got the impression this would be a nice beer on an Autumn evening. I was shocked to see the ABV on this beer is 8.9%. It doesn't show at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2003 06:20:17 | More by mzwolinski
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mickeymac

California

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a really pretty golden-red with a thin white head the almost completely disappears. The smell is most definitely clove, but other spices are noticeable. In addition to clove, slightly fruity flavors are present. Citrus flavors become more pronounced working through the beer. It also seemed to become a bit too sweet and almost cloying as it warmed. It has a nice body and doesn't go down like a beer with an 8.7% abv. It's not the best beer Victory makes, but it's better than most beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2003 15:30:23 | More by mickeymac
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stoutlove77

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The deep amber color , the soft head , the taste of banana , citrus, berry, and hints of spice gave this a good fresh taste to cover its high ABV. This one for me is one of my favs list, the full flavor that it provdes while mysteriously masking the ABV is very clever. A good desert for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 21:46:55 | More by stoutlove77
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a rather nice red-gold colour with a good amount of murkiness. Moonglow is an apt name, as this almost did glow... Head wasn't huge, and settled back to a very thin layer for the rest of the glass. My problem here - floaties. Big chunks of yeast floating around in my glass. Maybe it could've been poured with more care, but there shouldn't have been that much and such big flakes. I took them a while to settle, as well. The taste was excellent. A very belgian style of a german beer. Lots of fruit - banana from the yeast, orange and lemon. Plenty of spice as well. Quite the beer. Would've gotten a five on the appearance if not for the floaties.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 14:50:05 | More by the42ndtourist
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moonglow is (was?) my first Victory beer. What an introduction!
I tried this last night during a Beer tasting held in the Rock Bottom, Long Beach.

Pours a deeply turbid, murky, orangey color, which troubled me a bit at first. Head never appeared, was present or even attempted to develop, a disappointment that with the hazy look made it resemble part unfermented home brew.
Nose, well without a head to hold it in place the aromas leap of the glass, up your nose and instantly reminded me of the smell of Banana flavoured milk I drank in the UK when I was a child. Some Cloves and a little fruitiness are there as well, but the bananas are over powering and dominate the beers smell.
Taste, again Bananas, but I also got Vanilla, Spices (incl. Cloves) and some Lemons. Minimal carbonation and a medium mouthfeel give this beer a somewhat light lacking feel. Hell, I only realised this beer was 8.7% when the Brewer at the Rock Bottom pointed it out – until then, at a guess, I would say it was only 5.5-6.5% tops. The tastes are quite complex, but I found the beer a bit “sickly” to be honest. Finish is sweet at first but draws to a dry conclusion.
A strange beer that perhaps I do not understand fully.
I shall return another day, Victory Weizenbock, when maybe I do!

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 21:27:19 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 907 ratings.