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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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909 Ratings

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 17 | 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 auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

appearance - Reddish amber color, has a ring around the glass, but no lace. You can see the bits of fruit because it is unfiltered.

smell - Very spicey aroma here.

taste - Almost like a barleywine with a fruit taste. More of a spicey taste I think. Not sure what kind of fruits I am tasting here.

mouthfeel - On the light side, not much carbination here.

drinkability - Ver interesting, malty, fruity, and sweet. I enjoyed this. a Nice sipper I think.

05-17-2007 00:06:14 | More by auxiliary
Photo of treehugger02010


4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

I purchased this at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a deep, dark brown, almost black body with a huge light brown head. The head had great retention and left much lacing.
Smell: The smell was awsome, very sweet and like flexabull said, candied.
Taste: Similar to the smell, only more complex and pilled on.
Mouthfeel: Very thick and very very smooth, wonderful mouthfeel.
Drinkability: One of the better beers Victory makes.
Don't drink and review.

04-21-2007 13:26:42 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of flexabull


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a dark brown color, cloudy, and with a weak head.

Aromas, are sweet, nutty, and candied.

Flavors are sweet and nutty just like the aromas. It's a full flavored beer, that is thick, and has a very nice mouthfeel. There is a crisp and a bright fruity like character on the finish... fruit is almost like baked apples.

A nice overall beer. Surprisingly easy drink, even with the high 8.7% abv.

Thanks for the bottle nlmartin!

04-20-2007 03:17:03 | More by flexabull
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North Dakota

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

This is a *good* weizenbock with an amazing smell! Poured a cloudy reddish brown like rusty rain water poured from an old pipe. Slightly off-white head vanished in 20 seconds leaving a ring of frost around the liquid's edges. Smell was colossal banana and toasted grain; like smelling banana bread dough! Absolutely fantastic. Taste was a slightly above average, and even with an above average taste, after the incredible smell, even 3.5 was a bit disappointing! Taste was a bit sweet with a bit of spice. Finished mildly sour. Reminded me of a half-dozen or so other weizenbocks. Mouthfeel seemed pretty average for the style being neither remarkable nor offensive. Drinkability was quite nice. I could see making it through two or three of these throughout to course of the evening. At nearly 9%, the alcohol is concealed very well indeed. Thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for this one! Glad I tried it.

04-20-2007 02:49:44 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. I was sure to swirl the last little bit around before pouring it as I read on the label that it was unfiltered. This is my first Weizenbock, so I'm not sure what to expect...

It pours a murky, dark reddish brown with a decent caramel head that dissipates into a thin film. It smells of tart fruits and alcohol with caramel undertones that balance it out. The taste is really interesting. It's like a doppelbock with fruit in it. Rich malty caramel with a tart, almost sour cherry taste right on top. I think the sharpness of the fruit covers the alcohol taste as it is barely noticeable. This is a nice beer. As I continue drinking it starts leaving a nutty aftertaste.

Victory is such a cool brewery, I'll have to go someday.

04-17-2007 01:23:51 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of msubulldog25


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured this 12 ozer to a pint glass. I looked and looked but never found a "best by" or "bottled on" date anywhere. Thanks, todd1.

A: Murky reddish brown pour with very little head. Quite a lot of noisy, fizzing carbonation forming a very thin ring around the rim. Unfiltered wheat isn't a 'pretty' beer & this is no exception. However the lack of any head or lace and a generally silty murkiness give it a generous '3'.

S: Sweet and malty with a sugary smell of raisins, plums and cherries. Another whiff brings out a yeastiness, with some banana & cloves, and even a little woody bourbon. Smells are similar to a few Belgian Strong ales, a nice compliment of fruitiness, yeast and malted grain.

T: Hmmm...after a killer smell, the taste is less than superb to begin with. First sip had a sourness and ocean-like brininess that really threw me off. Second taste was lightly of oysters - weird, is this an old bottle? Then a change occurred and the flavors evolved to a much sweeter melding of caramel, cocoa powder and wheat, with subtle nuances of clove and banana. This one redeemed itself, but still I could never entirely shake those first couple sips...

M: Fizzy, substantially carbonated mouthfeel. Enough alcohol warmth with a grainy stickiness to boot, but neither over the top.

D: Good enough to have again, but not ranking with the best of the German weizenbocks IMO. I have one more bottle, so it'll be interesting to see if the same 'ocean' flavors are there in that one...worth a try...

03-25-2007 20:56:47 | More by msubulldog25
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Bought as a single in Lauel, Maryland:

A- Pours a medium brown, hazy, with a tan head of foam, about one-half inch.

S- Smells of bananas, cloves, spice, and yeast. Like a very good weizen.

T- Tastes rather sweet, malty, no alchol burn for the strength. Hints of banana, clove, and yeast.

M- It is well carbonated, just as fizzy as the style calls for.

D- The alcohol level would stop me from drinking too many of these, but I could, and likely will drink this frequently.

This reminds me of Aventinus, the epitome of the style. It may not be quite as well done, but great for an American version.

03-25-2007 02:08:53 | More by cichief
Photo of Estarrio


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Victory Weizenbock? How have I not noticed this until now? Kudos to Victory for really experimenting with every style and producing quality results.

Poured a cloudy, medium brown with a small, tan head. Despite and aggressive pour, the head fades quickly leaving subtle hints of lacings.

Sweet malt in the nose with a profound wallop of dark and tropical fruit esters. A bit of doughy yeast is also apparent, along with hints of caramel and alcohol.

There is a very sweet malt backbone that is tempered by an earthy yeast presence. The esters are really pronounced in the flavor with plum, honeydew and currants. Hints of creamy caramel and vanilla follow before settling into a slightly spicy alcohol aftertaste.

Lightly carbonated with a viscous mouthfeel, the somewhat muted alcohol ups the drinkability in this sipping brew.

This is a great stab at the weizenbock style and another feather in the cap for Victory.

03-21-2007 00:56:14 | More by Estarrio
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

It pours a hazy, floatie, bocky brownish amber, looking a lot like hot chocolate. A few fingers of greedy light tan head grow quickly and last long. Lacing is sparse and damned near phantom.

The aroma is all fruit, all the time, led by the esters bringing banana and melon, as well as malty specimens of cherry, plum, dates, and pear, then swinging back to a tinge of clove. A piece of toffee grants an appearance along with a backbeat of sneaky alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is first to the tape, with caramel joined and upstaged by a dense sugary sweetness and the fruity notes of sloe, cherry, and a more tropical melange, all soon morphed into a banana and clove duo, with a slowly fading spiciness in play. The alcohol is again well represented, and again sly and furtive in nature. The finish is expectedly sweet, with more fruity grain followed by a degree less sugariness and a more distantly lingering mild crispness. It's quite big and complex, with a cornucopia of fruity offerings blended nicely into a glass.

Full bodied, it's syrupy and lip-smacking, coating like a sweet napalm slick, holding tight and then at last sliding away agreeably.

In the dying frostiness of winter, with spring beckoning, this is an apt and nicely made beer. The wheat is forcibly sweet, but in an enjoyable assertive way, and the bountiful fruits are a gracious zymurgian gift. The ABV is about as crafty as one could be, sneaking up as you drink, imparting a comforting warmth while it zotzes your synapses. In spite of that, it is quite easy to drink, but it requires a knowing caution, if you value your next-morning well-being. As the style goes, you'd be hard pressed to find a lot better made on this side of the pond. And I'm told it's even better on draft, which means I have to find it.

03-19-2007 21:22:39 | More by Foxman
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Thanks to markgugs for this one

9/15/07 best before date

A: Pours into a flute with a hazy copper color and small bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Big fruity smell with raisins, plums, and banana.

T: Sweet and fruity with a flavor of banana and exotic tropical fruits that quickly gives to a wheaty taste. The alcohol is well-hidden from the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. I can't taste the alcohol but can sure feel its heat.

D: Much different than something like Aventinus, but just as nice. Curiously fruity and easily drinkable. Try some.

03-13-2007 03:32:22 | More by klewis
Photo of theformula


4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

12oz. bottle w/ bottled date of Aug. 25, 2005.

A: Dark amber and an obvious haze from the yeast which was agitated then poured. Large, fluffy tan head w/ good retention yet little to no lacing.

S: Big, beautiful banana aroma that hints also of tropical fruits (papaya?), fig, pear and clove spice. Thin layer of mineral phenolics mix things up. Great, rich malt backbone with that German yeast that throws in dark brown sugar and caramel.

M & T: Medum body and very smooth, creamy body that coats the mouth. Nice refreshing carbonation balances the thickness. Complex malts start things off with toasted malts, yet very rich like dark brown sugar and caramel. This is balanced by banana, tropical fruits and cloves. A slight medicinal layer makes things interesting, but right on for the style. Fresh wheat/yeast character like baked banana bread. The fusels from the near 9% ABV makes its way through with a spicy twang and can be felt in the back of the throat.

D: Very similar to Aventinus, but with an even richer malt character IMO. Loyal to the style and makes me proud to be an American. It's rich yet strangely refreshing, which is what a great wheat beer should be. I must go back for a half-dozen.

Another victory for Victory.

02-05-2007 03:29:42 | More by theformula
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a copper-amber color with a pleasant looking head. Aroma is fruity, predominantly banana. Taste is excellent. Dark and complex, fairly sweet, with a nice blend of wheat, malt and spices. Pleasant aftertaste, with no hint of bitterness or alcohol. Very drinkable beer; another hit from Victory Brewing.

01-27-2007 06:30:10 | More by medic25
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3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

Poured from the bottle ("Enjoy by Sept. 15, '07" written on label) into a weizen glass. Pours an interesting range of colors, from light orange/amber at the base and top to deep reddish-brown in the heart of the body. It's a pretty beer alright. A nice two-finger head settled after the pour, but dissipated quickly leaving no real evidence of lace. The aroma is sweet with notes of apple, raisin, plum, and pear. Some cinammon stick is hidden deep within, as well as other holiday season spices. Also I can smell butter crust. Is it me, or does this thing smell like a fresh fruit pie? A damn good fruit pie at that. The taste is refreshing. I can detect some banana, apple, pear, and even some orange in here as well. There's a woody feel to it as well. It has a pleasant balance between the malt and hops. It's a fruity weizenbock, to be sure, but the malt holds its own, and the hop content keeps the whole thing from getting too carried away. The 8.7% ABV could easily sneak up on you; the heat is completely overshadowed by the beer's overall flavor. A bit weak in the mouthfeel, in my opinion, which is too bad. It doesn't linger in the taste buds like some of Victory's other beers, or like some other Weizenbocks for that matter. As a result, though, it comes up short in the end. For such a nice beer, it would be great to have it resonate in the finish a bit more. Still, it's a thirst quencher and a fine brew.

01-20-2007 23:32:54 | More by Atlas1
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Dark semitransparent body ranging in color from brown and orange to dark ruby. Tan creamy head with a low retention and lace. Good carbonation.
Strong spiced scent. Pumpkin, caramel, toffee, sugar and yeast, round, mellow and complex.
Sweet and strong malts, so complex and strong. Crunchy caramel, abit yeasty, overripe fruit flavors. Well balanced aftertaste where the hops finally gets a peak out of the overwhelming malt cloud but still competing with a yeast flavor.
Full body with a nice coating. sticky lips effect.
That is one tasty beer and quite drinkable, a candidate for next christmas dinner, plenty of sweet flavors and enough abv to keep you warm in the winter.


01-17-2007 00:40:28 | More by oelergud
Photo of macster


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottled Aug. 2006. Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a thin, light tan head which fades out quickly. Candy-like aromas of Juicy Fruit gum, caramel covered apples and ripe banana are noted with mild fresh yeast and hot dinner rolls lurking in he background. Pleasant, full, round mouthfeel with just the right amount of tingly carbonation for the style. Taste is sweet, reminiscent of banana-nut bread, caramel apple, crystal malts, fresh yeast and mild spices. Finishes with the slightest presence of hop bitterness to tame any cloyishness. 8.7% ABV is non-detectable; very smooth and stealth. Could easily polish off a few of these in one session A well done domestic reproduction of the style.

01-14-2007 06:43:22 | More by macster
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

"Enjoy by Sept. 15, 07". Poured into an Aventinus Weizenbock glass.

Caramel-colored with a thin off-white head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is spicy (clove), banana and a tropical fruit blend. Peppery alohol. Some caramel.

The taste is spicy and fruity. Spices and alcohol give it a jump-start kick with banana, tropical fruits and bubblegum following. Sweet caramel in the back. Alcohol comes across loud and clear, but acts in more of a supportive, rather than masking, fashion.

Almost full-bodied, sharp. Sweetness and alcohol stick around, as does some of the spiciness.

Just a tad astringent, but good enough for slow sipping. Aromatic with a nice, spiced fruit taste.

01-02-2007 23:26:22 | More by jwc215
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3.48/5  rDev -14.5%

12oz. bottle

Hazy brown/orange color. Tan head, medium in size.

Aroma was bananas, bubblegum, bread and vanilla.

Taste was all about the malt. Sweet banana bread. Did I mention that you taste bananas? Vanilla and caramel round out this offering. Finally, a bit of hops for balance at the end, mixed with a little pepper.

Close to heavy in body. Medium + in carbonation. Quite a bit of "zing" in the mouthfeel. Alcohol warming comes early and stays late. A sweet/refreshing beer.

Good stylistically, but not my favorite. Bananas a bit too much for me.

12-20-2006 15:09:11 | More by
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a cloudy deep red copper. Solid head with lacing.

Spicey, wheat and hops. Lots of flavor in the smell. Very appetizing. No sense of the ABV.

Taste is quite good. Tastes liked a bock, into wheat and hops. Nice spice, is that a little black pepper? I think I would have increased the number except I am no expert of the style. I really want to experience this style more in the fall as recommended. I might just have to pick up a few of this style to keep till next fall.

Mouthfeel seems good. Nothing special, but Im not sure how good/bad it is comparibly. I dont think its bad, but not really sure how good it is.

Very drinkable. Hides the abv very well. Would like to have a couple more of these more in season.

12-20-2006 01:54:28 | More by JasonA
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

Big cheers to GnomeKing for this

Pours a slightlty hazy amber/tea coior with a 3 fingers deep sand colored head. minimal lacing & zerohead retention. Really the only weakpoint for this outstanding beer

S: Bubblegum & choclate & hints of bandaids

T: Fruittyness, chocolate & bubblegum up front. Warming alcohol pepper & hints of brown sugar follow. Finishes bready, quenching, juicy & spicy (pepper & cinamon)& warming. Taste the weizen gives way to the bock as it warms

MF: Medim/heavy bodied with low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks very easy for the abv, a really nice weizen bock. I could session on this no problem

12-14-2006 04:47:17 | More by russpowell
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a hazy, unfiltered caramel brown with a nice light brown head and some lacing. Smells strongly of bananas with some caramel and a hint of yeast. Taste is great. Strong taste of bananas upfront, which is almost a bit too much, with some other dark fruits, maybe plums, some malts and a slightly bitter finish. Nice mouthfeel with a medium-full body and a bit of carbonation. Hides the ABV extremely well. Good drinkability, this is a delicious weizenbock.

12-05-2006 01:11:03 | More by mnj21655
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

I had 2 of these from brewers Bill and Ron and went looking for fun.

The cat and dog both ran away.
Lucky I know where they sleep.
They will wish they had one too.
Don't report me to the ASPCA.
Beer brews love.

A seasonal beer to look forward to acquiring each year from Downingtown's best.

This is the best of Victory's weiss offerings.

12-04-2006 22:54:08 | More by artistsatwork
Photo of AltBock


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz. bottle with a beautiful purple/blue label that has picture of a bright orange and yellow sun rising up over a Pennsylvania wheat field. In the background you can see a big white barn and the farmhouse in the shadow of the barn to the right. Who ever painted or drew it did a really nice job. It doesn't surprise me that it has a beautiful label on it because I've never seen a bad Victory label. To the left of the label is a paragraph about the beer, the style of the beer, and the Brewmasters signature. Toward the bottom and in between the paragraph and the picture is a date that anybody can understand. It's enjoy by date, which mine is enjoy by September 15, 2007. To the right of the label is the barcode and the Government warning. I just have to say that this has a label that you need to see for yourself.

Appearance: When poured into a simple Weizen glass (of course), the beer's color was a dark amber with a tint of chestnut brown to it. It had a big disappointing head of foam on it. It had a fast fizzing head of white foam that dissipated in front of my eyes in only 4 seconds. It dissipated away into oblivion. There was no white rings or even white lace around the glass for that matter. I tried swirling it around and still got nothing. If only the appearance was as nice as the label on the bottle.

Smell: The aroma was different matter all together. It had a nice not too strong aroma of juicy fruits like apples, lemons and bananas, a pinch of malted wheat and sweet caramel, cloves, spices, and a touch of sweet malts and hops at the end. There was a lot going on in the aroma of this beer.

Taste: The taste was similar to the smell except for a few small things here and there. In the smell the fruits were the dominate element, but in the taste I thought the caramel was more dominate. And I also that that the hops at the end were a little more powerful in the taste than the smell. That means the taste was sweet caramel, juicy fruits, bananas, cloves, a few spices, little sweet malt, and some pine flavored hops at the end. I thought there might be a slight taste of alcohol, but there wasn't any in the taste.

Mouthfeel: After all of those flavors, there seemed to be nothing after that. It felt like the flavors just skipped town except for a miniature taste of juicy fruits. Besides that, it was medium bodied, little carbonation, and somewhat refreshing.

Drinkability: I honestly don't know what to think of this beer. Sure it was good like all of the Victory beers I've tried, but I don't know if I ever would want to buy it again. I guess if I'm in the mood for a fruity American Weizenbock, then I might pick this one up again.

11-28-2006 21:12:43 | More by AltBock
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees.

A - Pours an orangish/red with an off-white, creamy head that had good lacing.

S - Bananas come out at first, then are joined by a combination of pine, spices, and earthy wheat.

T - The first thing I noticed was the bubbly alcohol flavor, but it is more soothing than pungent. Complex composition here. Lemons, oranges, and grapes represent the fruits as they blend with earthy flavors of wheat, rye, and a floral background. Very good combination.

M - Bubbly, light-to-medium body that finishes very crisp. Alcohol is definitely present, but it adds to the flavors very nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this much more than I expected. I think I'll pick up a case and share the wealth with others, because I've heard this same 'pleasantly-surprising' description from others.

11-26-2006 03:24:52 | More by JohnnyM2002
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New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a copper red color. Not much of a head, and just a bit of lacing. Smell is of sweet fruit. Medium bodied, with some carbionation. Taste is sweet, and bready. All kinds of fruit throughout. Rum raisn in the finish. Alchol is there, but not overwelming. Very,very good!

11-26-2006 02:08:35 | More by riversider76
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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

On tap at the brewpub.

Arrived a rich copper color with a good inch of dense, foamy head. Smells of lemon and spice but most noticeable is banana. Initial taste reminded me instantly of fresh baked banana bread. Rich fruity and nutty. Alcohol is well hidden. Very fresh tasting. Delicious! I wish I had a few homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies to go with this. Mouthfeel could be a little heavier to back up the taste. I could easily savor 3 or 4 of these in the course of an evening.

11-09-2006 20:17:33 | More by ClockworkOrange
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