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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,013 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 89
Gots: 36 | 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 drtth
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled and poured into a 0.5 L Weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a lightly hazy reddish dark copper color with a 2" thick light tan head that slowly recedes leaving ring of foam and puffy hills of thick foam over the surface. Initially sipping leaves both a semi-circle of foam and some widespread patches and legs of foam. As the beer gets lower the sides of the glass are coated with patches of sticky foam and there is still a thin layer of foam over the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is of clove from the yeast and a nice basket of mixed fruit underneath. The malt is lightly sweet and mixed in there is some green apple or pear, a bit of banana and some raisins. There doesn't seem to be any alcohol present at all.

Taste: Some of the flavors are predicted from the nose, and the fruit flavors are all mingled in with a dose of spice. The fruits are green apple or pears along with raisins and banana. The spice is primarily clove and underneath the whole mélange is some dark caramel from the malt backbone. The whole creates and intriguing mix of sweet and sour notes that seem to take turns showing themselves. If the alcohol has an effect it may only be in the spiciness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and very soft and silky smooth with the long lasting gentle carbonation. The finish is moderately long and begins with sweetness from the malt and fruits but then trails off into some spice and then finishes with tartness mingled with hop bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer. It is tasty enough that I could easily have a couple of these in an evening and I certainly will be returning to this beer again and again.

drtth, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moonglow Weizenbock looks like it has a dark brown body, but when held up to the light, it is a vibrant red. The head springs up quickly, creating a nice cap of foam on top of the beer, but it does just as quickly and doesn't leave any remnants of lace on the side of my glass.

The aroma is good. A touch of sourness with big blast of banana and a lot of medicinal smelling cloves with a wheat twang.

The aroma is great. Just a tinge of sourness comes through toward the beginning with a flavor similar to candied apples accompanying it. There is also a big wheat twang in the front end. Other malts also add a touch of light chocolate and an almost sugary sweetness. The banana comes next, and it is probably the biggest flavor in moonglow, but it is offset and balanced out by a big, peppery, clove flavor. This is a pretty complex brew that I definitely enjoy.

The body is a touch of medium, but the carbonation is on the higher side of the style; it's very active.

Any beer as good as Moonglow is pretty drinkable. This is a great one, and it can be had a pretty fair price also.

Hojaminbag, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of ImusBeer
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in an 11oz pour a dark copper with a thin white head that died to just a wisp.

Smells of wheat and grain is about all I could get, possibly honey or sweetness. The taste is almost all Belgian, citrus mostly lemon and some honey sweetness on the finish.

It was slightly syrupy on the tongue with the sweet aftertaste, a nice sipping beer but not all that complex.

ImusBeer, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dusky, semi-transparent brownish copper. Head was thin, but that was probably an artifact of how it was poured. Spicy, wheaty, slightly yeasty aroma is appealing. Wheaty and spicy flavor has hints of caramel. Texture is lively and tingly, making this pleasant to drink.

Cyberkedi, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of glid02
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a chestnut brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas, grainy brown sugar, clove, and hints of green apple. As it warms a robust dark wheat aroma shows up and the banana aromas strengthen.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth dark wheat flavors up front with a surprising amount of body team up with green apples and bananas. Midway through the sip a good hit of clove comes out and segues into a smooth crisp and sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a smooth thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a very smooth beer with tons of complexities and popping flavors. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of ohmybock
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first had this one 10 years ago or so. I remember thinking it was one of the better weizenbocks I had tried back then, but to be fair there weren't a whole lot available. Even today, there still aren't a whole lot, but there are definitely more to choose from now including some newer variations like pale, eisbock, and hoppy versions. For what it's worth, my favorite was and still is Aventinus.

Moonglow pours a nice amber-ish-cloudy with a lasting head. The aroma is spicy with a bit of clove and fruit. The flavor is sweet and spicy upfront with some banana/spice and then slowly fades into a long lasting similar finish. The body is a bit thin. It's interesting to finally go back and taste this brew after many years. On that note (and after having quite a few other quality weizenbocks over the years), I don't think this brew is as good as I previously thought. It's not bad for an American attempt, but there's a moderate grape soda flavor mixed in with a hint of plastic/Band-aid which I don't care for in the style. I seem to be rating this one lower than most other people. If you like weizenbocks, then don't worry about what I think. Go ahead and try this one for yourself.

ohmybock, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a kind of buttery golden/amber color. Pretty good white head that fades to absolutely nothing, leading to minimal lacing - just the tiniest ring around the glass. Swirling easily brings the head back to about one-figner thick.

The nose is very bready and malty with some caramel. A hint of light fruit - apple was my first instinct. Taste is spot on to the nose, with notes of wheat and some spicincess. Mouthfeel is medium and, much to my happiness, never gets watery. There's a slight metallic feel in the mouth that I seem to get from most Bocks.

Drinkability was quite good. I was shocked to come here and see that this brew weighs in at nearly 9% ABV. I didn't pick up on that at all while drinking it. Blended nicely.

Mavajo, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch poured into a weizen glass.

A - Wow. First off, it took me a couple minutes just to get it into my glass. The carbonation is really intense. Pours a nice amber that has a glow to it(go figure). Rocky, dense head that's forming a really thick cap.

S - I could smell it from a couple feet away. Great upfront wheat notes. Spices(clove and others) and a bit of banana, lots of bread backed by some more bready malt notes. I said bread twice, which yes, means it's really prominent here.

T - Yeah, there's definitely a lot of bready character here. Lots of spice going on, but not much in the realm of banana. There's something that's a little like apples as well, which is interesting. Covers the alcohol pretty well, though it's slightly evident in the finish along with the aforementioned apples, which are pretty light.

MF - Fairly creamy and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep things moving along well.

D - Well, I won't have any trouble finishing this one off. I could probably have another, though I won't. I've had weizenbocks more and less drinkable than this, and my score reflects that. Overall, it doesn't stack up to my favorites(Aventinus and Vitus), but it's good and has some unique characteristics.

HitokiriNate85, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Moonglow Weizenbock pours a muddy brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Aroma is of Munich style maltings, light fruit and barnyard hay, wheat.

Flavor of a bavarian hefeweizen upfront. Banana, bubblegum, light clove. Bock-like malt boasts of fresh picked cherries. A light hoppyness can be found throughout, lending a spicey touch to the grainy midsection. Alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

This is a kick ass beer. Strong and flavorful, this one can warm you up in a hurry during the colder months. Imagine the Victory St.Victorious bock blended with a good Franziskaner, and this is what you get.

Stinkypuss, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of matty
2.05/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber colored beer with a slowly fading head,Aroma is wheat and spice.Taste is spicy and again wheat.This is too close to a witbier which I dispise.I try to like Victory products because they are in my city's backyard but they constantly keep letting me down.Thumbs down and I am considering never buying a Victory product again.

matty, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a case. Chilled and poured into a sierra nevada pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color, appropriate for the season. One-finger head recedes to a nice little layer of spotty bubbles on top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite interesting. Almost like a super wheat beer. Malt sweetness, caramel, banana's, yeast. A warm welcome to an interesting brew.

Taste: Definitely a strong wheat flavor to it. Some sweet malts are present as well before you uncover a nice addition of tropical fruit flavors. Some yeast and phenols present before banana takes over before a slightly toasted malt finish. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and pretty damn smooth. Slightly prickly on the tongue, mostly in the back of the throat, and some warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's 8.7% but it sure drinks nicely. I could have a few of these, nothing to pound though. Medium bodied.

My first weizenbock...me likey.

Ezekiel81923, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck with what looks like an autumn sunset on the label. Best by date on the label, its about a year in the future.

Appearance: Pours about the same color as the label - autumn sunset. Hazy with a nice sized off white head. I left a bit of sediment in the bottle.

Smell: nice yeast notes, banana and a bit of cloves, lots of wheat.

Taste: Exactly what I would expect, nice amount of bready malt and wheat, with plenty of yeast flavors in there too.

Overall impression: This seems to be a great example of the style. Plenty of interesting flavors, nice and drinkable - a great fall beer.

rowew, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
2.15/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, two finger eggshell colored head with great retention that turns rocky, amber reddish coloring, hazy, minimal carbonation.

s- wheat, raisin, never smelled a beer like this before.

t- this is my first weizenbock so i wasn't sure what to expect, lots of wheat, spicy, dark dry fruit, raisin, sweetness, it was a bit overwhelming, i can't say that i liked it, but i didn't even realize that it had an abv of 8.7 until later, i couldn't tell that at all.

m- not overly heavy in the mouth.

d- not great in my opinion, this is my first weizenbock and i think it's full robust flavor needs to be acquired, in all honesty i couldn't finish this bad boy, the moonglow won this round.

thecarster1, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of 86sportster883
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't think that aging my Moonglow in the cellar did this beer any favors. The bottle said "Enjoy By" Aug 29, 08, so a year later I thought I'd give this a whirl. Looks fine when first poored, with a nice orange base and a rocky tan two finger head. But the head quickly fades and with little visible carbonation, the beer looks more like an uncarbonated cider. The nose is sweet and a touch of alcohol pokes through occasionally. The taste is also sweet with a slightly prickly carbonation that leads to a dry peppery hop finish. A little odd actually. I'll have to find a fresh one to compare.

86sportster883, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Zathrus13 for throwing this one in as an extra many moons ago.

I could barely get this one to the glass as the foam gushed out the top. It pours is a cloudy brown with orange hints, kinda like a cloudy tea, with a huge off-white head that leaves generous lacing and sticks around for the duration. Tons of big chunks floating around that end up gathering together at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is excellent and dominated by the sweet bananas, other over-ripe sweet fruits and plenty of caramel and vanilla. The spices weren't too noticeable in the nose for me - maybe some light pepper notes.

The taste isn't quite as impressive but still pretty damn good. The initial taste is of some lighter apples and pears and the taste has lest banana-like flavors than I was expecting from the nose. The yeast and caramel malt form a big backbone with the spices finally showing up in the finish, mostly pepper and maybe some cloves.

The mouthfeel doesn't seem quite full enough to carry the complexity of the flavors. It's got tons of carbonation, maybe too much, and the body comes across as a little watery.

Despite the slight ding on mouthfeel, this is an excellent weizenbock - one of the best I've had. The aroma is world class for me and a bit thicker mouthfeel might have this one in the same league as Aventinus. As it is, it's a notch below which ain't too shabby.

gford217, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of rdickey
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish gold into a Unibroue tulip. The narrow neck contributes to a massive three-finger head that lingers.

Smell: Sweet dried fruits, with a little peppery spiciness sneaking in at the end.

Taste: The fruits dominate the taste as well. The spiciness is a little more pronounced, and coriander comes in to join the black pepper. The odd thing to me, though, is that the wheat seems completely overpowered by the rest of the flavors; if I wasn't looking for it, I wouldn't have noticed it. I suppose I was expecting a little more balance, although I freely admit that I don't have much experience with this style.

Mouthfeel: Notwithstanding the foregoing, I like the mouthfeel. It's a little heavy, but it works for this.

Drinkability: Definitely a late evening sipper.

rdickey, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory has yet to dissappoint.

Served: Bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: Creamy, thick, 2 inch head. Stuck around fairly long with a off-white with a tan hue. The body is a dark amber.

S: I can smell the malts and spices. Reminds me of a witbier, just slightly heavier.

T: The spices and malts are there. The ABV adds to the flavor no doubt about that. Good stuff.

M: Starts out mellow with a witbier flavor then finishes with a mild spiciness.

D: Even though I dished out $11.00 for this six pack, I'm glad I will be able to enjoy the other five instead of wishing I never purchased it. It's a nice beer to sit down and relax with. Has a lot of character.

MLasoski, May 29, 2009
Photo of BirdFlu
2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

smells of wheat and spice, a distinct spice i cant put my finger on, its sort of unplesant.. pours a deep auburn hue with thin white head and a noticeable amount of sediment, which I guess can affect how you ay feel about it, the color is nice though .. tastes very very spicey, all spicey wheat, sort of similar to say a tripel's spice not very pleasant to the extent that Im wondering if something is wrong with this bottle I have.. mouth has a very crisp, biting carbonation and a light to moderate body, probably the best part of the beer.. drink well, I will ahve to try it again to see if wsomething was wrong with this version I had
but its flavor is sort of abrasive and I do not find the spice pleasant, by no means is it like any bock ive had, seems more like a tripel, had to drainpour and get a bigfoot to get the taste out of my mouth

BirdFlu, May 13, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flaming persimmon with a light sangria blush. Its ecru-stained head is lusciously creamy and remains super-glued to the surface even long, long after the pour. The beer is incredibly clear and lambent with the most vivid and phosphorescent colours; 'Moonglow' is most certainly an appropriate title.

The bottle promises "wild, fruity flavours and deep, spicy aromas" and delivers just that. Pineapple, peaches, nectarine and apple - all mushy and way over-ripened - combine with sugar, white pepper, coriander, grains of paradise and clove to make a global fruit salad that combines elements from all corners of the earth.

The flavour is sweet as candy and tastes a bit like one too. It has intensely sugary fruity notes of peach, pear, green apple and banana coming out more and more as it warms. The spices are layered one atop the other with clove, allspice, coriander and white pepper, in that order, comprising a sort of reverse pyramid.

The spiciness and grainy, wheat-like texture are not so pronounced in mouthfeel as they are in taste. There is enough presence, however, to be noted and distinguish this from a standard dopplebock. Still, the phenols and wheat texture could stand to be multiplied given they each play such a defining role for the style.

Victory Brewing seem to do German interpretations better than just about anyone in the New World. Their fresh hop Braumeister Harvest Pils is unquestionably the best German pilsner I've had, ditto for their altbier. The Moonglow Weizen Bock, although maybe not the best, may very well be my favourite of that style.

biegaman, May 12, 2009
Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a med copper color w/ a fizzy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a moderate lacing in my goblet
S- a strong sour wheat smell combined w/ a bready caramel malt aroma, almost smells like sourdough bread, a faint fruity alcohol note present as well
T- tart and surprisingly sweet, a decent wheat flavor almost overpowered by a nutty caramel taste, a yeasty undertone similar to their golden monkey, faintly boozy in the finish
M- a med-full body on this one and a good bit of co2, seems a just bit out of sort for the style
D- not a bad drinker at 8.7% ABV, but still a sipper nontheless, i lfeel like it should be a lot drier and lighter for a weizenbock

animal69, May 06, 2009
Photo of drjamyma
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I feel like I haven't properly evaluated this beer when it has such a high rating, but I just didn't like it. The tartness of the wheat and the bock just didn't do it for me. I don't know if I got a bad six pack or what. The tartness almost had a soy taste to it. woof, I expected a lot more drinkability out of Victory. Looks like it's just me though.

drjamyma, May 05, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: ruby red color, medium head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and ring, decent lacing
s: soft sweet fruit -- pineapple with hints of spice, consistent weizenbock smell
t: nice mix of heavy wheat, yeast / malts with tart undertones, finishes with bitterness/tartness and mild warming alcohol
m: creamy body with good mix and plenty of carbonation that is over the top at the finish
d: fairly easy to drink but unfortunately not one of the better weizenbock's i've had

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of bkilpatr
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 04/23/09.

Pours a cloudy brownish amber color with tons of little floaties. A four finger beige head slowly settled to a thin layer. Aroma is a mix of ripe banana, wheat, orange peel, bubble gum, caramel, and toasted malt. Smells great!

Taste is rich and malty sweet up front with lots of breadiness, toasted malt, and caramel. Lots of raisin and fig. Good wheat and banana flavor, and some clove as well. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Feel is very smooth and medium-full bodied. Plenty of carbonation. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Drinkability is pretty good. It's a bit heavy, but goes down smoothly.

Overall, a very good representation of the style. I'd get this again.

bkilpatr, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of DBoone
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Reddish brown very hazy color with plenty of floaties from the bottle conditioning. Light tan foamy head approximately 1 inch that slowly dissipates. Not a lot of carbonation noted.

Smells of wheat, banana, clove, and goodness, yeasty bread like odors.

Taste the banana, and clove, definitely plenty of wheat and spices in this one. Love the taste!

Coats the tongue and mouth and at the back of the throat you get the nice wheat bock flavor.

This is quite a nice drop that can be enjoyed year round in MHO. Try 2 or so in a session.

DBoone, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to prototypic for the hook up.

A - Pours a mix between orange and brown. Healthy amount of cloudiness with a few floaties. The off white head tops out at half inch and sticks around for a minute or two. Small pockets of lace are left behind.

S - Starts out fruity with notes of lemon and banana. Fruit is followed pretty quickly by a hit of spice. Clove and maybe some pepper from the alcohol. There is a wheat twang that comes and goes but doesn't take the forefront.

T - More fruit in the flavor. Lots of lemon and banana mixed in with a touch of cherry. Wheat is noticed more in the flavor that aroma. Alcohol is no slouch in this brew. It stays on the borderline of being too warm all the way through. A nice thick malt base is also present. it seems to be what is keeping the alcohol on check. Flavors of bread crust (could be toasted) and wheat finish it off.

M - This one is fuller bodied with a carbonation level that is right on target. Finish is big. Starts out sweet from the fruit and alcohol rounds it out.

D - Drinkibility is good. I like the way everything comes together in this beer (aroma, flavor, feel). It all just works to make a very nice product. The alcohol borderline gets in the way but there is a fine line between gentle warming and a flat heat. Glad I got to try this one out. I could definitely have this beer again, and again, and again...

csmiley, Apr 21, 2009
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.