Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 97
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
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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 JerzDevl2000
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up last week up in Totowa...seeing that I've never had this before and it seemed quite alluring a beer. After taking a few sips of this, it's obvious that this is more than alluring. It's pretty amazing! I'm not quite sure how to review this since it's unlike anything I've ever had, but here goes nothing!

For starters, I loved the pour and look of this. A rich, purple mahogany hue filed my pint glass up with a thick head and lacing that is slowly falling down my glass as I take each sip. Make no mistake - this is complex. Plum, banana, bubblegum, clove, grass, and wheat are here with a very strong alcohol backbone to tie them all together. Is it overpowering? Yes, it is. Is it complex? Indeed, that is the case as well. Does this work? Absoutely! This has the mouthfeel of a saison with complexity and taste of a lambic with the fullness of a wheat beer. For someone desperately hanging onto the summer like me, it doesn't get any better than this.

There's no doubt that the 8.70% ABV of this beer can be felt not too long after the first mouthfuls of this go down. No matter. Out of all the beers I've tried from Victory, this is my favorite; and that's saying a lot cosidering they have some pretty impressive offerings in their portfolio. This is amazingly complex, harmonious, and has the aftertaste on the level of a fine champagne. If you want to celebrate the fall and wish to get away from the Marzens and Octoberfests, this is your beer. Cheers to victory for upping the ante on the Weizenbock style!

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

I love this style and it is a real shame more brewers do not make it.

A:Pours a nice deep copper with an almost purplish tinge. This beer pours with a massive 4 fingers of fluffy white head. Great lacing.

S: Exactly what you want. Tons of dark fruit. A nice sweetness in the back. Little bit spicy and tons of the yeast.

T: Tons of dark fruit esters right up front. Some sweetness. This does not have the alcohol burn that quite a few examples of the style have. I kind of miss the burn in a way but this is a great intro to the style. A little spicy towards the back.

M: Very high level of carbonation. Very tingly on the tongue. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing.. Full body.

D: I have really been enjoying these as of late. Not a session beer by a long stretch but I do enjoy one after work quite a bit. My only regret is it is a seasonal. Almost $12 for a six pack hurts but it is really good. Recommended.

Photo of BDIMike
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking brown colored color with a very unfiltered hazy look to it. There is a nice and thick tannish head with unbelievable retention.
Smell has a very rich and strong candied malts smell. There are some fruity and spicy aromas too.
Taste has a lot of good complexity to it. The malt taste hits first, with a candied malt taste. The taste is immediately taken over by a very nice fruity taste with a bit of a spice.
Mouthfeel is too thin for my liking. There is also a bit of a sharp sting to the feel.
Drinkability on this beer is good. There are a lot of nice tastes to it that are all interesting. Every sip brings a bit different taste to it, so it is hard not to take the next sip...

Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy orange, bordering on red, that has a nice sized sticky off white head that doesnt go anywhere. cant ask for more from this style.

S- spicy yeast, coriander, banana and bubblegum. like a wheat on steroids. awesome.

T- alot like it smells. just a little weaker. still very nice.

M- full bodied and creamy with ample carbonation.

D- another great beer by victory. i havnt tried anything i havnt loved from them. good seasonal beer thats easy to drink a couple of. just watch out, like most of their stuff this one is alot more potent than it seems. recommended.

Photo of ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours an orange/reddish brown color with a big 2 finger white head, definitely looks filtered. Nice nose, one of the best from Victory ive ever had the pleasure of sniffing. Earthy wet wood/ash, peppery, spicy yeast, cloves, lots of sweet wet malts and cherry/dark stone fruit, banana, even some vanilla notes come through. Smokey flavor much like the nose, mildly big and very complex, but executed perfectly, very clean, great balance.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the dimpled mug, yeast and all...

A - Three fingers of rocky head with some lacing. Murky browm body.

S - Grean apple and raspberry tartness dart all over the coco and rich sweet malt base. Clove is present and quite balenced, goes well with the cinnamon I picked up. Actually, I cannot think of anything bad about this one.

T - Starts out mild and sweet, with cinnamon, strawberry and grape notes. Flavor picks up a bit in intensity by midpalate, with clove really dominating the flavor profile. Towards the end, a whole bunch of flavors seem to crop up from mushroom to raspberry, all dominated by sweet malt and clove. The spiciness from the clove sticks for a while.

M - Not quite as full bodied as I expected. Crisp as one would expect from the wheat. Quite warming on the way down.

D - After the really nice aroma, I expected more from this one. I felt the beer was a tad on the mild side for a wiezenbock, but that bar has been set pretty high by Adventinus...The finish felt muddled and lacked focus to me. Not bad by any means, but still thiner than expected. I would consider this an average example of a great style.

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

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 8/18/08

A - Beautiful hazy reddish amber coloration with almost two full fingers of foamy beige head that receded into a nice quarter inch of creamy retention and left a bit of lacing around the glass. Plenty of active carbonation and yeast chunks suspended throughout the body.

S - Quite a spicy nose with a predominantly yeasty nose with hints of clove and pepper. A splash of citrus adds some tang into the mix. Malt is sweet and caramel based. There's also a mild alcohol presence.

T - Sweet caramel malt base with a fairly complex flavor profile featuring burnt sugars, dark fruit, ripe banana and, just like the aroma, spicy yeast with hints of clove and pepper. There's also just a touch of alcohol that forces its way into the mix. Finish is spicy and fruity with just a bit of an herbal hop bitterness.

M - Extremely smooth, creamy texture with a slight carbonated feel. A mild alcohol warmth spreads over the palate. Finish is equal parts sweet and spicy with just a very mild bitterness.

D - This is a complex yet tasty Weizenbock from Victory. While a bit of alcohol does sneaks its way in there, at 8.7% ABV, the drinkability is quite good. I must try this one on tap during my next visit to Victory if it is available.

Photo of RobH
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle into a snifter glass.

The bottle was nearly 6 months old from the bottling date, however with a high-alcohol brew such as this I am thinking that shouldn't be a problem.

My first-ever Weizenbock, and I enjoyed it immensely!

-Beautiful mahogany coloured beer when held up to the light.

-Smells of inviting "warm" spices.

-Tastes of warm spices with an after-dinner-drink appeal. I did not note any amplification of the tastes as the beer warmed. It was great right out of the refrigerator and stayed great for the 1+ hour that I sipped on it.

-Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp and not syrupy. Just right.

-Finishes with a slow fade of flavors that beckon another sip not too far away.

Definitely a nice, quality, elegant sippers brew. I will get it again.

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ncvbc for the bottle.
Nice amber color with some pastel orange highlights. 2 finger pale tangerine colored sticky head holds it's shape well. Finally recedes to about 1/4" in height.
Lot's of fruit and spice in the aroma. Green apples, oranges and cloves.
Taste is almost identical to the aroma with the addition of banana and an acidic like alcohol flavor. Heavy boozy finish.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium to full bodied. Nice carbonation.
Drinkability is good but hampered just a bit by the boozy finish. This is not a style I'm very familier with and I will seek more weizenbocks out in the future.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown in color with plenty of "chunkies" floating around in the beer. Very nice inch and a half of frothy beige head. This looks nice. Smell is spice and yeast. There's some definite spice in the taste as well, but I just can't seem to put my finger on it right now. Crisp and smooth on the mouthfeel. Plenty of lemon zest in the flavor as well. This would be an incredible spring time, beer garden beer on draft! Enjoyable!

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

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. The color is a cloudy, amber with small bits of yeast sediment floating around. The head is tan in color and rose to 2 fingers high, leaving a good amount of sticky lace. The head retention is very good.

The aroma is fruity-apples topped by some pepper and butter seasoning. The taste is a spicy, bold flavor of fruits and a very small alcoholic taste. It reminds me of both sweet and sour flavoring.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat tart. This is an excellent beer.

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

12oz bottle, purchased from Consumers Beverages in Buffalo (I think). Best before date of August 08. Pours a cloudy murky brown. Nice spicy and yeasty aroma. The mouthfeel is tingly upfront before giving way to the typical warm weizenbock flavours - though it feels less fulfilling than, say, an Aventinus.

Photo of ericj551
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moonglow weizenbock pours a slightly hazy hazy amber brown with a nice lasting head. The aroma is sweet, spicy and slightly phenolic and estery with tons of brown sugar and molasses. The flavor is malty upfront but not nearly as sweet as the aroma suggests. There is lots of spicy, estery character from the yeast. The finish is warming and slightly alcoholic.

Photo of beerbutcher
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep reddish copper with one finger frothy head. some chunks of yeast in suspension and slightly hazy.

aroma pour out of glass, redolent of orchard fruits, dusky spices, clove, allspice, cardamom, and some ripe bananas, with a touch of caramel.

frothy texture and wonderful flavors of fruits and brandy, spice laced carbonation wafts into sinuses and intense hop bitterness holds the palate together.

beautifully balanced mouthfeel. more hops that i was expecting but an awesome texture and overall great balance. The carbonation and viscosity of the brew makes it feel like champagne on the tongue.

all in all, totally delicious and a must try for wheat beer lovers.

Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into nonic (American 12oz weizenbocks don't get to go into the Weizen glass).

Hazy chesnut color with floating yeast chunks suspended perfectly in the beer. A one finger khaki head slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is very sharp, not citrusy like an American Pale Wheat Ale, but it's like the clove takes over.

The flavor is a little smoother, with the bready flavors dominating. There is a little banana in there as well, and some smokiness. This one actually tastes somewhat similar to a typical German Weiznebock. The body is full and smooth, with a little bit of the carbonation kicking in at the end. The finish is lingering hints of clove and banana.

I think American Weizenbocks should have a separate style category from their German counterparts, since the American Weizenbock descends more from an American Pale Wheat Ale, which is barely anything like a Hefe Weizen. This one comes pretty close to being a German version though. Maybe once you caramelize the matls enough it's too hard to create a difference. This one is smooth and easy to drink, with a good amount of complexity. Recommended.

Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream, five-finger head, fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color with a lot of floaties. Nose is yeasty. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, some caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a brownish iced tea color into the Sam Adams glass. A large foam cap, smooth and creamy. Good sized chunks of speckled lace all around as the head settles. Lots of white flaky sediment churning up and down the glass. Holds quite well at a thin cover; must be that laser etching!

Aroma - loaded with yeast and banana aroma. A certain heaviness from the malt is there but isn't picked up directly, more of an enhancement to the yeast.

Taste - the bready sweetness of a bock, the spicy weizen yeast, both mixing nicely with a mild hop flavor post-swallow. A well-balanced alcohol element helps tie it all together. The end has all these elements, a fine and complex palatte of flavors.

Mouthfeel - appropriate thickness and heaviness for a weizenbock. Muted carbonation adds to the effect.

Drinkability - for all the wheat based beer styles, weizenbock is my favorite, and Victory has a fine one here.

Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Super Saver in Somerville...
Impressive pour, yielding a dark, ruby-red colored-hue with a massive foamy head that lingered for some time before slowly receding and leaving quite a bit of lacing...
Sweet, yeasty, wheat, candied-sugar aroma with obvious malts and vanilla essences...
Excellent taste, bursting with sweet, creamy wheat flavor balanced by a nice touch of malts, cream, vanilla, and candied sugars...
Excellent Weizenbock, one of the best representations of the style I've come across in a while...
Good, creamy, rich mouthfeel without any cloying or interfering factors, along with an equally good, satisfying level of drinkability, where the alcohol percentage was hardly noticeable behind creamy, sweet flavors...
As usual, Victory hammers out another impressive brew...

Photo of ybnorml
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark amber beer. Has a small beige head. The aroma has a slightly musty ripe banana character with a hint of clove in the background. The alcohol and the clove introduce themselves to the front of your tongue while the soft banana character takes over the middle. A nice light caramel malt note at the back of the throat precedes the tummy warming alcohol after effect.

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first weizenbock and I was very impressed with Victory's offering.

The smell was raisin with banana in the background.

The taste was fantastic. Very sweet with the dark fruit coming through nicely. There was a slight bitterness near the end that balanced the sweetness.

The finish was long without any bitterness...just a very enjoyable sweet bread.

Overall, this was an awesome beer that I will continue to buy and enjoy!

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

A: Dark amber color with large fluffy head, not so great lacing

S: Very apparent caramel and banana with hints of spices and some moderate alcohol

T: Very malty with some banana and cloves. Some what bitter hoppy in comparison to better weizenbocks but then the caramel comes and cleans it up for a relatively decent finish.

M: a little thin for me in the weizenbock category and a little too carbonated.

D: decent beer overall but not as good as many others. this is very easy to drink though.

Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Plenty of wheaty residue to enjoy in this rusty-brown brew. Moderately thick head with lots of lace.

S: Lots of bananas, clove, and phenols reminiscent of a sweet cough syrup are there.

T: Wheat and caramelly malts melt into a bitter phenolic dominating center with a fruity sweet finish.

M: Extremely smooth and full-bodied with a strong but not overwhelming alcohol presence.

D: Delicious flavors wrapped around an extremely smooth feel make for an exceptional fall or winter beer from Victory.

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

my only regrets are that I forget to buy a case of this beer when it shows up in my neck of the woods annually.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, a rusty red brew with decent clarity, some slight chill haze and an irish cream colored head.

The aromas are fresh pepper, clove, vanilla, raisiny, dried cherry and apricot. Some of the phenolics supress the aclohol that lifts off the top as it warms.

While I always find the aroma a little more reserved the taste is always a notch up with this beer. Lots of sharp spicey clove around sweet malt and some underlying banana and warmed pear.

effervescent and not cloying, the beer is extremely drinkable for its abv.

pairs well with a nice tender German Beef Roast garnished with pickles, onions and carrots over noodles.

Photo of bags6lax
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy (partly my fault) amber orange...a very mellow sweet smell, and something i'm still unable to put my finger on, but a rich earthy scent. It had a nice foamy head, and with little trails of orange throughout the top, it was for my tastes, a medium to heavy body, with it being almost syrupy in my mouth...but a very refreshing taste, i'd never had a weizenbock prior to this, but i'm definitely hooked on it...

And the alcohol definitely sneaks up on you...hidden really well, but with a pleasent warming feeling.

Excellent brew!

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

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Enjoy By Aug 29, 2008

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber/brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spice and caramel. The taste is awesome, slight sweetness, malty/yeasty, some spicyness, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a very nice well-rounded brew. Very drinkable, it's been awhile since I've had a Victory brew, but it is very delicious as I remember them to be.

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,197 ratings.