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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

957 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 85
Gots: 29 | 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 jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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

jdhilt, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

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...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

ybnorml, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

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!

Riverwarrior, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of dsigmon
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

dsigmon, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of argock
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

argock, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of PBoegel
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

PBoegel, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of bags6lax
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

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!

bags6lax, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

Wasatch, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Svejk
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

Many thanks to Froggyfrog for providing this beer in trade.

This is a great example of the style. It pours an amber color with a fair amount of sediment in the bottle. The smell is an excellent balance of clove and banana. As far as taste goes, this beer is exactly what I am looking for when I want a weizenbock - sweet, spicy and complex. It is remarkably drinkable for a beer with almost 9% ABV, and I wish Victory would distribute it to the Northwest.

Svejk, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a clouded amber brown with no head. Sediment swirling around. Oops. Should have made a more careful pour. Nose is like cherry wood. Thick and meaty. Sugars and an overall deep red fruit scent. Flavor is meaty too. Nice even sweetness. Feel is low on bubble and thicker and syrupy liquid feel hits your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a good brew.

RblWthACoz, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of davidt
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours dark amber with a thin head. Predominately malt aroma with clove and nutmeg spices in the background. The malts predominate the taste with some banana and clove as well. There is a bit of spiciness in the after taste to round it out. Some tingling carbonation is also present.

davidt, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of cdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

A: Thick head of tan foam sits atop the hazy amber colored brew.

S: The nose is distinguished by spicy caramel, clove, banana, apricots, and a hint of cinnamon. The hops are evident here, which enhance the aroma and inevitably balance the brew.

T&M: The viscous, malty characteristic of the wheat beer is very inviting, allowing the warming hoppiness, clove, banana, and rich apricot and caramelized apple to wash over the palette. As it warms, I also get a little yeasty bread crust. The carbonation is very crisp, and the 8% abv really comes through, while not overwhelming the subtle fruit flavors.

D: Yes yes, this is ridiculously easy to drink. I love the refreshing nature of the wheat beer in this dark, well-balanced weizenbock.

cdrummer, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a flute, "enjoy by 8/29/08" imprinted on side

A: A cloudy burnt amber color. Head faded as quick as it rose, I think it was a bone white. A lot of sediment in the bottle left over after initial pour, swirled and poured the rest in.

S: Very fruity and spicy. Bananas and cloves hit me predominantly. You can smell the warming effect in this beer. I could feel it in my sinuses when I stuck my nose in there.

T: Cloves and fruit, rather astringent. Leaves a peppery aftertaste. Warms to the point where coupled with the pepper, it is hot. But it's definitely not a bad thing. I like what this beer has going for it. Very different.

M: Tingly and hot.

D: This beer can pack a punch for a wheat.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. Great in the autumn for those first two weeks when it just starts to get cold at night, but still warm during the day.

ColForbinBC, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

I've waited for this seasonal all year and finally it came out this fall. I sat on it for a month or so, but I'm really in the mood for one of these tonight.

APPEARANCE: Poured with a swirl of the sediment, this beer is a bronze to pale brown in color and hazy. The head starts at 2 fingers high but immediately shrinks to a firm off-white cap that holds to the end. I think this beer is just way too light in color.

SMELL: The smell is much more toward the clove side than banana but contains decent proportions of each. The yeast smell is quite authentic and doesn't seem like an American substitute was used. An alcoholic booziness is quite apparent, particularly as the beer warms.

TASTE: The banana flavors are much more prominent in the taste, but it is still in decent balance with the clove. The wheat provides some much more neutral flavors than in other weizenbocks, but the dark grains are there and add some depth of flavor. The one striking thing is that it is really boozy. The alcohol is quite overpowering.

MOUTHFEEL: It's got decent body but feels deceptively light and fluffy. Carbonation is strong and piquant.

DRINKABILITY: The alcohol makes it a rough go, but the lighter-feeling body balances that out somewhat. Regardless, I think I'd be one and done for this one.

Ah well, maybe weizenbock is just a tough style for domestic brewers to get right. Or maybe I'm just spoiled from having Aventinus so much. Either way, it's close, but just way too hot.

jmalex, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of BWH3
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Moonglow Weizenbock Victory Brewing Company
12 oz bottle in a Goblet at 45 F

Appearance: Copper cool beer with moderate haze. A small off white head with below average retention. Fairly still. Could be more brown in color, better head and retention are also a must to be among the best in this style. (3.0)

Smell: Banana, cloves, butterscotch, and bready malt scents combine to create a wonderful bouquet. The melanoidins and dark fruit aromas are notably absent. Moonglow lacks the sherry like alcohol flavors that develop as the beer is matured in the bottle. Not all weizenbocks have these flavors, so no demerits on this point. Very little alcohol in the nose. (4.0)

Taste: Sweet creamy initial taste made richer by the Munich and Vienna malts. Nice subtly sweet butterscotch and bread topped by banana esters that are not as prominent in the taste as in the scent. Overall, slightly sweet palate with very little wheat sharpness or tartness. Hops bitterness is soft almost to a fault as they do not balance the sweetness completely. Some gentle spiciness in the aftertaste is a nice touch. Alcohol warmth not very prominent and does not balance the sweetness. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: Average. Not enough carbonation, and the body is a bit on the light side. I am still disappointed about the head retention. (3.5)

Drinkability: Above average American example of this beer style. It may be more appropriate to label this one as a Dunkelweizen than the weizenbock. Very enjoyable drink and easily sessionable. (4.0)

BWH3, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

I think this one has quickly earned it's way into my list of favorites. A cloudy copper color brew with lots of tiny particles dancing around under a medium, light tan head with a carpet of lacing throughout. It has a tart wheat aroma with some apple, clove and nutmeg. Mild but attention getting. The taste brings a creamy and deliciously mellow blend of wheat and apple, very consistent with the aroma. It's nicely carbonated, refreshing and flavorful. A Christmas inspired taste I would say, but nothing goofy, very "tasteful". Lot's of clove, licorice/anisette with a near perfect body. This is not a style that I am highly familiar with at all but whatever this is, it's good. Makes you want more for sure. Try ths out for yourself!

Durge, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a huge, slightly creamy off-white head. Nice amber color and fairly clear for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Aroma is sweet and slightly fruity. Perhaps a bit of plum. A bit of alcohol as it warms. Fairly clean overall for such a strong beer.

Slightly fruity and sweet flavor up front, but somewhat bland. A bit bready with the wheat. Dries out a bit in the finish, with some alcohol evident near the end. Sufficiently attenuated/hopped that it isn't overly sweet.

Med-full body, and moderate carbonation. A twinge of alcohol warming, but the alcohol character isn't overpowering in the mouthfeel. Overall a very pleasant palate sensation - carbonation isn't as overpowering as in a Weizen, and not overly heavy or warming for a strong beer.

An awfully clean 8.7% beer - goes down smoothly enough that it isn't a sipping beer. Fortunately or unfortunately, I bought just a single, 12 oz bottle of this stuff. It would be too easy to have another.

mpyle, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of far333
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Orangey copper colored with lots of particles dancing in the liquid. Foamy off-white head rises up quickly and sits down even quicker, leaving no lace at all.

Aroma of clove and yeast, some banana.

Initial flavor of clove and yeast, followed quickly by a pronounced astringency. Morphs on to fruit and sharp sugar, some clove and raisin lingers, followed by some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is very tingly upfront and all through the mouth, then undergoes a hot alcohol burn. Finishes dry and crisp and puckery.

far333, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of BassAssassin
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

-- 2007 Vintage --

A: Pours a deep reddish brown with a two finger thick head. Head is very tightly bubbled, not rocky at all. The beer itself is very cloudy, as an unfiltered wheat beer should be.

S: Sweetish aroma with strong hints of clove. Some banana and apple are also apparent. Typical wheat / yeast smell lingers in the background. Malts dominate, however, a slight spicy hop aroma is present. Nice whiff of alcohol hits the nose every once in awhile.

T: Starts spicy and clove-like. That typical weizenbock yeasty twang is evident by mid sip. Keeps getting better and more complex as it warms up. Slight hop spice integrates very well with the dried fruit and banana malt character. Alcohol is warming, but well hidden. Finishes sweet.

M: Extremely smooth with the familiar wheat beer fullness of body. Carbonation is perfect. It helps to make this beer almost creamy.

D: Well done. Another winner from Victory. This one's a sure bet for a great autumn seasonal. Still not quite as good as Aventinus, but pretty damn close. There aren't many weizenbocks that are readily available. However, this is one of the best.

BassAssassin, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

When I finally found a new 6'er from my favorite brewery, it was settled that I had to try it. Plus this is a fairly rare style which had received some pretty high praise and this certainly did not disappoint.

Appearance - Wow! Crazy white head that plumped up every single time and stuck around. Also, had a deep, bright orange color and an awesome hazy texture.

Smell - Very potent coriandor (along with other spices) supported by some nice dark fruits.

Taste - This was pretty awesome, potent yeasts and a very nice toasted taste come out first. Then you get into the spices, coriandor and the darker fruits is extremely interestng and satifsying.

Mouthfeel - The strong yeasts in this brew, really give this some serious power! The spices and fruits leave a nice slightly bitter, though the flavors are so strong, they can overwhelm a bit unless sipped slowly.

Drinkability - My first weizenbock in a 6'er and a very pleasant experience. Having all the wheat spices in a darker, powerful brew like this instead of a lighter weizen/weiss beer was a great contrast. This brew delivered on all fronts and this should be no surprise as Victory gives us another winner!

jdg204, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of marcpal
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Re-reviewing in 2008. Got the fresh batch from the shelves at the Foodery in PA and am enjoying the hell out of it. Another that Victory needs to put year-round.

A: Wheat presence with plenty of haziness.

S: Fruity and coriander flavors. Smell is not exceptional but got a nice punch to it.

T: Banana yeast, delicious strong powerful banana yeast. Dark fruits let loose, with some fennel spice, coriander and clove. Exceptional

M: Comfortable and lasting bubbles. Chewy and creamy for a weizenbock, carries awesome texture.

T : Love the wheat in here, the alcohol catches up with you awfully fast. Complex and unique. This is the beer to sip on to welcome in the cooler weather.

marcpal, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of LvilleIPA
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle - this year's edition.

A - Dark orange, nearly red with a pretty big head on top.

S - Fruity and sweet. Some alcohol is there, but also a sweet malt to support it.

T - It's a fruit bomb - a huge blend of sweet and tart fruits along with a fantastic malt base. Also has that extremely noticeable "wheat beer" feel. Dry and maybe a bit tangy at the finish.

M - To me, it's very light in carbonation - I really don't sense much at all. Smooth, almost creamy/buttery. Very well done.

D - Wow - for a beer of 8.7 ABV, it's extremely drinkable. It's so smooth that you don't even notice the strength of this beer until you're through.

I do like the Aventinus from Schneider more than this (if you like this style and never had it, go to the store right now - shouldn't be too hard to get ahold of), but this is definitely the best American brewed version of the weizenbock. A fantastic example of the style. Victory's "bigger beers" (Hop Wallop, Old Horizontal, Storm King, St. Victorious) are some of the best beers available. Definitely just a great brewery at the top of their game.

LvilleIPA, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of ohoove
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

A- beautiful copper colorw/ a stunningfrothy cap and spotty lacing
S-rusty water-grape bubble yum and mac intosh apples ,and banana
M- medium weight, coats and covers well
T - dominated by sweet maltsand spicy undertones along with the fruit collage
This baby is not for beer cheeries, complex and mellow, with a slew of aromas and tastes- a treat for sure. A wheat with personality.
Get up and get some!

ohoove, Nov 11, 2007
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 957 ratings.