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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

956 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 956
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001)
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Photo of adamette
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Served on tap at Tap & Mallet in Rochester, NY a few hours ago. Served into an appropriate clean, clear goblet. Waitress apologized since it was very cloudy. "All of the kegs were just agitated since they were being repositioned." Indeed I had recalled a delivery truck loading/unloading on my way into the restaurant moments before.

A It was cloudy, orange brown, opaque body with minimal head by the time that it was delivered to my table. I am not sure that its appearance was affected by the waitresses report of the keg agitation. I drank it over the next 10 minutes and did not observe any "settling" of any kind beyond its main appearance. Anyway, I do not believe that it affected the taste.

S Great, fruitty, malty, sweet, much like a Weisenbock that I had not too long ago at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland, Ohio (Great Lakes Glockenspeil).

T Fruitty sweetness continued. It is like pears, peaches, grainy, malty all together.

M Full smoothness is a great way to describe the mouthfeel.

D Alcohol of 8.7 well hidden by fruitty, full smoothness of this beer.

Notes: This is the second Weizenbock that I have tasted/rated and I have thoroughly enjoyed both of them. They actually are quite similar imo.

adamette, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours an orange/amber-tinged light brown hue, characterized by a wildly bubbly haze with traces of yeast dancing and bobbing around within. A large, cream-tinged head rises up and mellows out to a lingering thick, creamy cap, leaving behind a few traces on the glass.

Slight fruity, spicy aromas appear in the nose, but the aroma seems to be rather subdued.

Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, carrying a mighty spiciness across the palate with a strong hit of cloves and an underlying sweet malt backbone mixed with a warming alcohol presence. Finishes somewhat dry and spicy.

To my palate the alcohol came across rather strongly, and for a Weizenbock, this one seemed to me to be too clovey and not nearly malty enough. Drinkability suffered due to the alcohol content, but overall this isn't bad at all, and should be sought out by any fans of Hefeweizens, Dunkelweizens, and Weizenbocks alike.

superdedooperboy, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle, enjoyed at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A completely opaque reddish bronze-colored beer with a foamy two-finger head, slightly off-white, with above-average retention, and huge cloud-like sticky lacing.

Aroma: Powdery wheat, simple yeast-like spices, and about an equal amount of ripe banana and other light, tart, fruity notes - pears, apple skins. Nice.

Taste: Dry and tart. Roasted dry malts, caramel and brown sugar, some light yeasty earthy notes that meld well with the powdery wheat earthiness, light spices, lots of fruit, but almost no banana - you get pears, plums, and a few others. The afterfeel - i.e., the burp - tastes like spiced apple pie. A little too dry, though.

Mouthfeel: Big-bubbled and full-bodied, even and creamy, a little thick w/ residual sugars.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well-hidden for the strength, so be careful, and overall this was a really nice beer. It's very attractive, radiant almost (like a moonglow?), has a very attractive aroma and mouthfeel, and if there were only a few more sweet notes to balance all the tart yeast esters, this would be a fantastic weizenbock. As it stands, it's a pretty darn good one, and comes recommended.

CrellMoset, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours out a cloudy brown with one finger of tan suds. Really small bubbles.
Smell is yeast and wheat and some banana oil and some spices like nutmeg or allspice/clove.
Taste is really malty and caramely. Nice sweet beer here. You really can't taste the alcohol here.
Mouthfeel is a bit dirty but that is probably from the hops and yeast.
Drinkability is high here. This is a great session beer if it wasn't so high in abv. Good stuff from Victory.

peabody, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +2%

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a hazy drak orange-amber with lots of sediment in suspension and a giany cap of soft, off-white foam. The head recedes slowly, hanging at a short fat dome that leaves scattered wisps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweetly fruity, with lots of ripe banana and spicy clove. An oily note of toasted nuts with sweet wheat bread brings a savory heft to the aroma.

The taste is sweet and malty-smooth with more banana, chewy, lightly-toasted wheat, and a touch of dark, dry cocoa. Plenty of perfumey cloves dot the mellow malt-dominated flavor profile, even as a note of semisweet chocolate sneaks in the back door. The booze in this one is very well-hidden, and a bit of a minerally quality lingers in the finish.

Really nice drinker; silky and full-bodied with great fine carbonation.

cvstrickland, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of Tolnik
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

Good head when poured into a pint glass and once it settles it becomes a good steady lacing. Darker amber coloration gives off a good winter time beer look. When smelling the beer it gives off a good malt and spice tickle for the senses. As a unfiltered beer it is a excellent mild malted spiced beer.

Tolnik, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a hazt, opaque, brownish-copper colour. Unbelieveable scents, wheat, cherry, gooseberry, etc..Great head, goes nowhere. Full flavor, all kinds of flavors. Fruity and nutty, and a nice swish of hops on the back. What a great beer, will revisit as soon as I can find it again!

bigdeuce, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.03/5  rDev -1%

This is a great beer, a must try. Pours a a dark hazzy copperish color with a nice dirty white head. Decent lacing. Has a nice spicy, yeast nose to it. The taste is a fruity one that is very subtle and at a whopping 8.7 you can barely taste the alcohol. This beer has a high drinkability cause i love it. Delicious.

HopEnthusiast, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Victory nailed the look for this one perfectly. Murky, brownish, with yellow on the edges. Massive light brown 4+ finger head forms with great retention. A thick cap remains throughout the duration, some lacing hanging around as well.

S - Typical aroma of banana and clove, with the banana being a little stronger than I'd expect for the style. The phenolic character is also met with a big hit of alcohol, lowering the score somewhat. No bready or nutty aromas as I'd expected.

T - Begins fairly sweet, like if a hefe and dunkel had met in the middle and then multiplied by 2. The sweet banana has some kind of spice element behind it, perhaps reminding me more of cinnamon and/or nutmeg than clove. Unfortunately this drops off after a few seconds and an earthy flavor takes control, setting the stage for a very unexpected and out of place bitterness. Along with the bitterness the alcohol breaks through as well with a very rough edge. Everything falls apart late palate. Not sure what they were going for here.

M - On par with the style. Creamy, smooth, medium bodied, with a soft, moderate-level carbonation.

D - I really wanted to like this beer, but after having one in a more casual/less critical setting last night and having one again tonight to review it, this beer just doesn't quite cut it in terms of taste. The taste isn't bad or off but it's not well balanced, and the huge presence of bitterness pretty much lowers the drinkability of any wheat-based beer, and all that alcohol pulling through makes it hard to appreciate the mild and sometimes subtle fruity flavors going on. Not a bad beer, but the taste really needs some work.

PatrickJR, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.6/5  rDev +13%

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!

JerzDevl2000, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

aerozeppl, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
4.03/5  rDev -1%

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...

BDIMike, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

jwinship83, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

ATPete, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +2%

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.

ffejherb, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of RobH
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

RobH, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

wcudwight, May 14, 2008
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%

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!

FtownThrowDown, May 13, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

abcsofbeer, May 13, 2008
Photo of sstackho
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

sstackho, May 02, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

ericj551, Apr 19, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

beerbutcher, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

BeerSox, Apr 12, 2008
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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
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.