Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,197 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,197
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 97
Gots: 72 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001)
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Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, hazy orange with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet fruit and spices.

T - Bananas, dark fruits, cloves, bubble gum. Really intense flavors with just a hint of hop bite. Lots of spices.

M - Creamy medium body with quite a lot of carbonation. Definite alcohol burn on the finish.

O - A very good Weizenbock that I would not hesitate to grab the next time I see it. I gravitate toward the style when I can find it and this is a great representation.

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

Photo of jifigz
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I have had this beer since the fall when I picked up a case of this at Raystown Beverage in Huntingdon, Pa. This has been the sole survivor to see how this beer aged.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Even with an extremely gentle pour the head on this beer was huge. It was several inches high and lingered for a long time leaving beautiful lacing all over the glass. I could only fit about 2/3 on the first amount of the pour. The color is hazy amber orange/brown with a ton of sediment.

S: Very fruity esters in the nose. Smells like a mixture or raisins and flowers. Reminiscent of a La Fin Du Monde.

T: Delicious. The beer is spiced rather well. The raisin/fruity flavors pull through with a slight sour/bitterness. The higher level of alcohol has a warming effect on the palate and throat.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is perfect. Creamy and warm, and extremely effervescent (maybe that could be perceived as a downfall).

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers. I am not sure if aging it for months helped it or detracted from it. This is an extremely drinkable beer and the taste just sends me over the top. Victory rarely lets me down.

Photo of birdman200
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber to golden color, no head, no lacing?
S: Very spicy, cloves, bananas.
T: Again, kind of zesty, little bitter, notes of acidic fruit, clean dry malt, very bready/wheaty, very sweet.
M: Medium carbonation
D: Awesome. Possibly a little too much nutmeg/spiciness to it...then again I've never had the style so that's my fault.

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

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass.

Fragrance was fruity and spicy. Appearance was clear, however, visible "chunks" of yeast liberally floating about.

Taste was exceptional, with alternating flavors of strong spices and sweet overtones. Strong finish.

Truly a wonderful beer.

Photo of cooch69
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep amber and with a fair bit of mahagoney hue. No head, just a patchy film on top.

Nose of sweet apple cider, spices mostly cloves, raw sugar cane, and a bit of a caramel maltiness.

I've had this beer around the end of last year and I must say that it did lose it's vibe a bit. Not nearly as much fruitiness and vibrancy as it once had.

As for this bottle there is mainly apple and pear. Fair bit of spicing for a Weizenbock includes mostly cloves and a bit of cinnamon bark. Pretty sweet up front as it leads into a dry finish.

This beer is still good, but much better fresh. At least I got to get my Weizenbock fever out of the way because I probably won't see this again until Fall.

Photo of BeerBoss
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served out of a bottle into a chalice glass.

A: A deep cloudy amber color with noticable particulate. No noticable head.

S: A very robust malty armoa with a subtle fruity note. Almost smells of prunes or raisons.

T: Front notes appear very quickly and moves just as quickly to the finish which echoes the raisony sweet smell.

M: Very tingly on the tounge. Thick with lingering after taste.

O: A very drinkable beer for those who like the more robust flavors. There is a lot going on here and it is fun to pull apart the complexity of this one.

The noticable changes in taste as you drink it reminds me of those candies on willy whonka that change flavors all the way up until the blueberry pie...

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz. bottle poured into a Victory tulip. Best By date 9-1-11

Pours a ruby leaning towards a browner shade with a thin light tan head, bubbly and loaded with yeast particles. Smells of banana, clove, grass, sweet corn, grape, a bit of shoyu and some faint rum scents. Taste is very grapey like red wine, something I can only describe as a rounded mustiness, sweet and nutty, with some apple juice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very dry and mouth watering with medium carbonation. A very delicious beer overall showcasing the Belgian yeast complexity very well.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.1/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Just slightly over a half finger of head on this beer. The beer pours a darker brown/purple color. I thought this beer seemed to be a bit old; with tons of yeast littering the glass. But the best by date is September 1st, 2011.

Smell - Quite a heavy ethanol smell throughout. Dark fruits are heavily noticeable. Very strong notes of raisins and grainy yeast. A bit overpowering to me.

Taste - Heavy in ethanol right off the bat. Almost sickly sweet with plums, raisins and dates. Just full of very sweetened dark fruits. A slight barley taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I didn't find this very drinkable. The taste was overall too sweet for me and entirely too full of raisins and dates. For a Weizenbock, it wasn't too terrible. But in the grand scheme of things this beer lacked anything special to make me want to finish an entire bottle. Medium bodied and on the verge of being heavy. Overall tastes like some sort of overpowered breakfast juice.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-red in color with brilliant clarity. Moderate very light tan head with decent retention.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, cloves, very light bubblegum, some raisins and prunes, with malt notes of caramel, toffee, bread crusts, and chocolate.

Flavor-Sweet up front, with banana bread, chocolate, bread crusts, toffee, and caramel. Medium clove note. Alcohol comes through and dries out the finish, with dark molasses, anise, and clove notes lingering on into aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, moderate to moderately high carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

This is a damn good weizenbock, one of my favorites. I could drink a ton of this.

Photo of generallee
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The label has a nice description and a freshness date.

Appearance: Deep rich crimson highlights flow through a deep amber body with a slight haze. This is topped by a light beige colored and tightly packed head. The tall stiff foam hangs on well and makes lots of slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are deep sweet fruity and bready notes with notes of wheat, banana bread with walnuts and over-ripe banana peel.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the nose with a light dusting Dutch cocoa, fruity banana, dried apricots and a mild touch of hop spice. It also has a sweet and mellow abv warmth. The full body has a smooth creamy texture with plenty of soft carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!!

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

Pours a frothy dark tan head which leaves behind moderate lacing as it settles. Carbonation was better than I'd expected*. Dusky amber in color and rather clear but for the yeast suspended throughout.

Nose is bold and expressive (as well as rather rich in terms of alcohol), with plum, raisin, and light rum set upon a bed of banana and cloves. Definitely yeasty, and the barest hint of oxidation. Reminds me a bit of an old ale...

The notes of sharp pineapple and light marshmallow on the first sip remind me of what a great interpretation this one is -- much more of a unique flavor going on here than would be considered 'average' for he style. Definitely fruity, with all of the notes from the nose present in spades all across the palate, and very lightly boozy. Still, there's enough zip and carbonation so as not to make it seem heavy, and the yeast that remains in the bottle adds to mouthfeel and visual impression. Medium-bodied, though it drinks lighter...

Even when fresh this one is an easy-drinker -perhaps even 'dangerous' to some ; ) - and this bottle is no exception.

A very, very good beer all around, and I wish I could find it more regularly!

Served slightly chilled in a Westmalle chalice.

* Note: Labeled as "Best before September 24 2010", this one held up extremely well in my cool, dark beer 'fridge.

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

On-tap at Underground Kitchen in Madison.

Pours a murky, stained copper color. Grows a huge, rippling, 3-finger head, that hangs around indefinitely, depositing large sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma definitely has some nice yeast esters, moslty clove with a bit of banana, adding to the overall "grainy" malt character, resulting in one great smelling beer!

The flavor doesn't let me down. The comparison to banana bread is apt. I did find the clove-like esters to be more evident than banana, although the toasted nutty flavor from the malts pairs incredibly well with the other flavors in the beer, albeit there is next to no hop character evident, as to be expected. The finish is well balanced, leaving a slightly sweet clove/malt flavor on the palate.

I thoroughly enjoyed Moonglow Weizenbock. The flavors were all dead-on for the style and clean tasting. Despite the fairly high ABV, the drinkability of this beer is quite nice. Something I will purchase again, for sure.

Photo of nosurrender23
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grade from the group = B.

"Very interesting mix - not sure how I feel about it."

First, the beer pour is unfiltered (like a pack of Newports) in which flying chunks dance amongst carbonation in a bed of dark apricot. Very "Octobery".

Once the beer was poured, a "hefeweizenish," "harvesty" spicy clove/fruit smell was witnessed. While another articulately described the smell being earwax like.

In the mouth, the beer had a thick, fruity-very carbonated mid-heaviness to it. Many stated they could drink a couple, but that would be it.

Finally, the beer had an almond/harvesty taste that was described to be delicious by several. Generally, it was agreed that the beer kind of tasted like a Blue Moon with some Troegenator thrown in.

Photo of prdstmnky
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in a mixed sixer - best by 9/1/2011

Poured into a pint glass, a very murky rusty-brown body with a 1/2 finger of head that fades fast. Also lots of suspended yeast in the glass.

Interesting aroma, some citrus and dark fruits (prunes maybe), as well as a caramel sweetness. Lots of clove and figs upfront on the tongue, followed by some nice spicy yeast flavors. Also a bit of that caramel sweetness that was detected in the nose. Medium body and carbonation, a robust Weizenbock. There's alot going in in this beer, but it all works really well together. A very nice offering from Victory.

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

Aroma-Definite wheat smell, a nice mix of bread, clove banana. Reminiscent of Aventinus.

Mouthfeel-A bit of body for a wheat, but still relatively light with some texture. Higher end of carbonation in suit for style.

Appearance-Poured to very nice head, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" in hefeweizen glass. Off amber/ruby color with a nice haze and yeast visibly present and pretty vigorously being moved around. Lacing on glass rather noticeable as head has dissipated. Likely 5 minutes since pour and still 3/8" or so.

Taste-Getting a nice clove/fruity taste with a bit of bitterness after the fact from the hops, a bit different. In line with a regular wheat flavor, but a bit more (cinnamon/slight coriander?)

Drinkability-Rather, I know this has a higher alcohol but I think I could get through a number of these.

Overall-Really excellent beer overall and rather drinkable. Will likely purchase again, can't remember what I paid but possibly a nice cheaper alternative to Aventinus?

Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy apricot with lots of carbonation and swirling yeast. A dense and rocky lemon tinged head slowly falls to a pillow of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Lots of ripe banana and clove in the nose. A little bit of chocolate is at work as well. Alcohol adds a light tingle.

T: Spiked banana bread is the theme. Banana, lemon, clove and mild toffee flavors intermingle nicely. Alcohol adds a bit of warmth going down.

M: The medium body is grainy and has an appropriate level of tingling carbonation.

D: This is a very nice Weizenbock. Great complexity and nice heft for a cold day. A most excellent pickup.

Photo of mahargcornsilk
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

reddish color, can't really tell since the lighting sucks...this has a really interesting head though, big and foamy and almost looks alive

smells...like a big wheat beer, bannanas, yeast, etc...getting excited

the taste isn't really what I was expecting and is surprisingly light ( I guess since I assumed it would be bockish) really nice and complex, very tasty

mouthfeel is really smooth and just spot on

drink is decent

Victory you never fail to impress me...I wish this was a year-round release

Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 2/8/11

Enjoy by Sept 1st, 2011

Amber brown in color with a rusted hue. The head was slow to develop, eventually hitting about a finger's worth though it didn't last long. Skimy retention & hardly any lace; neither last. The first pour was fairly clear; the second, murky & rife with sediment.

Toasty wheat & tangy fruit aromas. Ripe, borderline tart apple, overtones of dark berries, nips of pineapple juice (oh yeah?) & subtle notions of banana. Subtle yeast spiciness. Earthiness reminiscent of dates. Really start to meld & come together as it warms up.

Hmm, tastes pretty good. I like that the wheat takes precedence over fruit aspects. While there is an inherent juiciness, dark fruit notions act more as soft accents to the toasted wheat than they do as distinct, outright flavors. Mild hop nudge, too. Finishes pretty dry with a spicy, peppery bent. Maybe spot of brown sugar hidden in there.

Medium bodied with the aforementioned juicy feel of sorts. Carbonation seems comfortably in the medium range; it suits the beer.

A fine beer that's plenty enjoyable. I wish I had more.

Photo of haddon
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty copper with a frothy head. Head doesn't last and almost no lacing

Smells of bananas, esters, wheat, plums and spice

Yeast, banana, caramel, malts, dark berries

Medium body with a complex rich and almost creamy feel on the palate. Nice.

This is a good beer and very drinkable. Was not expecting the complexity and depth it brings. Will drink again soon.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen glass.

A: This pours a hazy, sediment-riddled brown color with orange hues and a finger of off-white head that recedes quickly to the edges, producing mediocre lace.

S: Heavy banana and clove, sweet berries, and caramel.

T: Mellow banana, sweet and ripe berries, bread and caramel malt, and some pepper.

M: It has a medium body thickness with relatively low carbonation and some finishing stickiness.

D: This is solid tasting but it comes up short in the intagibles (appearance and mouthfeel).

Photo of birderbeerer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ruby, deep copper, with a slightly off-white, four-finger head. Multiple pours needed to get 12oz into the glass.

Aroma is bready and fruity. My wife says banana bread, and I agree.

Taste is yeast forward with many malt flavors. Wheat bread, caramel, banana, hint of berries, hint of a rye dryness too. Nice complexity. Fun to drink. Great dry malt sweetness that hides the 8.7% abv.

A great surprise for me. I expected a dark lager and got a lager with great richness in flavor and complexity.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This brew pours a hazy brown colour with a tiny white head that fades away quickly. The body is absolutely filled with floaters, make sure you hold this up to the light! The awesome appearance of the beer makes up for the head deficiency. The smell is very sweet and hefeweizen-esque, bananas and clove! CLOVE! My enemy returns! I'm way too sensitive to clove, thankfully that doesn't carry as through to the taste. There's also a bunch of other spices in the nose, but clove, as always, stands out to me. The taste here actually reminds me quite a bit of fresh (non-alcoholic) apple cider in a way, the crisp and bracing fruitiness (apples, bananas, oranges) along with the spices has a bit to do with this. There's also a very substantial wheat and ester component to here. Rather complex, and also just a little bit too sweet for me.

The mouthfeel is full and juicy, and the drinkability is very good for the ABV, but the sweetness kind of gets to me. A solid and unique brew from Victory. I think I'm satisfied with the single bottle I bought. Recommended, even if it's not for me.

Photo of ElliotNess
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a firm believer that the Weizen Bock style has more flavor characteristics then any other beer I was very impressed with this six pack. I havent seen a lot of W-Bocks in stores so I jumped when I saw this one. A very well done beer with my favorite beer flavors bubble gum, banana, and cloves ;plus more. This wasn't the best weizen bock i've had so i couldn't give it a perfect score but i will be purchasing more very soon. (and am currently aging a bottle)
Great Beer

Photo of WhiteOak
2.38/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark copper color. Fizzy tan head fades away in an instant.

S- Nearly no detectable smell whatsoever. Faint oxidized old fruit, like moldy grapes, rotten apple.

T- Nearly flavorless. Sweet one dimensional malt alone.

M, D- Medium body, but so utterly uninspiring, so lacking in character & pleasure that drinkability is hindered seriously.

What went wrong here? The sample was fresh. In comparison to the available world class weizenbocks out there, why bother?

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