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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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981 Ratings

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Ratings: 981
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 89
Gots: 31 | 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 maltydog
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying a Moonglow in Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a cloudy tan with a generous almond colored head that is still clinging to the side of my glass about half way through the beer. Smell is definitely banana, clove and ripe pear. A classic wheat beer nose! The taste presents huge malt sweetness up front, soon replaced with the aforementioned fruit and clove. This sweetness and fruitiness is very nicely balanced with a warming alcohol and burnt carmel finish. For an 8.5% alcohol brew, this beer is deceptively drinkable. A classic unfiltered Bavarian weizenbock and one which I shall be enjoyng on a regular basis!

maltydog, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle said best before April 2005 but really who cares. This is a beer that seems to me to taste at times like Germany and at other like Belgian. The cloudiness and clove notes were present but I felt I was drinking a Belgian beer with all the yeasty flavours and aged hops. All in all a pretty good beer that is hard to pin down for style but like all Victory products well made.

canucklehead, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was not the best looking beer ever to grace my Duvel snifter. Chunky stuff and a brownish haziness.

The smell was wheat infused hefe-weizen and bananas and clove. Really quite nice. The first taste you taste is sweet dark wheat and then you get a burst of clove and some sparce hops. The finish is sufficiently long, and the alcohol is masked fantastically. This was great semi-cold.

If you dig big Belgian strong darks, and huge german wheats and dopplebocks, but don't want to feel like you are drinking a day old latte, then this is your beer.

andjusticeforale, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of kmo1030
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cloudy brown with slight orange color. a thick tightly packed creamy tan head tops it off. the aroma is dominantly an almost candy like banana, there are cloves, yeasty breadiness, caramel apple like aromas as well. the banana takes a a more sudued role in the taste with the other flavors balancing better. some wheat and the caramel apple flavor comes through with a nice tang. beneath that there is the soft bicuity quality of the yeast. a faint allspice flavor is also detectable. there is a slight warming at the top of the throat that really adds nicely. the mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation only lubricating the process. good drinkability, very tasty with good complexity and at the same time easy to drink.

kmo1030, Nov 04, 2005
Photo of sinistrsam
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color was orange-amber, beautiful. Lots of carbonation and a tan-orange head, which dissipated quickly. Yeast in the bottle was swirled and poured into the glass. The aroma was very pleasant with lots of citrus, orange and lemon. Yeasty and definite hints of clove. Bananas, alcohol, yeast and citrus jumped out at you in the first taste, along with the feel of massive carbonation which actually faded quickly into a creamier feel. Definite spices, clove, lemon and orange, mild hops. Overall a very decent beer.

sinistrsam, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of rajendra82
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired in a trade from BA Px2GrafX, the beer poured out murky amber brown in color with a rich creamy head typical of most Weizen biers. The looks were like a Weizen concentrate, and so was the smell. The smells of banana and clove were found here with a pungency that other Weizens rarely ever exhibit. The taste was again very similar to a hyper Hefeweizen, with every phenolic element present, but only more so. Reminiscent of liquefied banana nut bread with spices, this beer went down very easily with not a single hint of the high ABV content. To add an American twist to the style, a definite hop bitterness was detectable towards the end of each swallow. Carbonation was extremely fine and gave this a creamy mouthfeel. What a dangerously drinkable beer! I can see this one getting someone is trouble quite easily, as it packs quite a punch that you can never see coming. Quite different from Aventinus, as this is more Weizen than Bock.

rajendra82, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 500ml weizen glass, producing a cloudy, chalky, tan beer with a fluffy, creamy head. Yeast is swirled and poured in and forms a descending vortex to the bottom of the glass.

Right up front there is the unmistakable aroma of bananas. Ripe, delicious, overpowering bananas. Then there is the grainy wheat following right behind. Pulling them all together is the chalky yeast which is pleasant and inviting. Alcohol smell is well hidden, although there is a good amount in this brew.

First sip you are bombarded with juicy fruit flavors, like bananas, plums, and some grape-like vinous flavors. The yeast adds a distinct character as well, as does the overall warm malty wheat characters. Very clean tasting, crisp and refreshing as hell. The alcohol is also very well hidden in the taste, so this bad boy could sneak up on the uninformed. A delicious beer, back to front, one of the best I've had of any style.

Litterbean, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of orsulacp
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass; it had a big light tan head that had good retention. Very murky deep copper color, I roused up the yeast and it looked very inviting swirling in the glass. It hits the nose with spicy cloves, caramel, apples, and some bananas. Really creamy, the cloves are first then it tastes kind of like a caramel apple, a mild apple flavor. Great mouthfeel, I like the creaminess. Some parts of this remind me of the Sunrise Weiss, the cloves and fruit flavors are dead on, and then add the rich malts and you get this fine brew

A note on the 2006 version: I had the bottle and wasn't too impressed the flavors were really suppressed. I already had a 1/6 on order so I had to get it; the taste difference was very noticeable. If you want to taste this beer at it's best get it on tap.

orsulacp, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a murky brown-gold with a thick head of dense white tiny bubbles that holds extremely well and leaves a lot of lace. A beauty to look at.

Smell is yeasty with lots of banana fruitiness, some cloves, a little snap of alcohol, and some spiciness.

Flavor is interesting, there's a big caramel presence that holds up pretty well with the bananas and other fruits, and there's some obvious clove in there as well, but also some apples and even a little lingering flavor that's almost nutty. There's a bit too much alcohol coming through in all stages of the flavor, though...it's always there. Even at the ABV, I wish it had a bit of a better mask, because it distracts me a bit.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and creamy.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I dig this one. The alcohol comes through a bit too much, but it's got a complex, interesting flavor nonetheless and a great mouthfeel.

whartontallboy, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel color with a 1 finger off white head. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of banana, wheat, caramel, and chocolate.
Taste is of the same aromas that has been watered down slightly.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, full bodied, and sweet.
Drinkability is good. I'm a big fan of the style and I like Victory's version.

weeare138, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a full color label. "victory" is in red and yellow across the top of the label, with "moonglow weizen bock" across the bottom. there is an image of maybe a small village church in a valley beyond the wheat and barley fields with what looks like a sunset behind it. this may be the "moonglow" or the "harvest moon". the image is illustrated in a sort of van goh style sky. there is an interpretation of victory's moonglow on the left of the label. "unfiltered wheat beer". bottled on aug. 25, 05. no abv.

appearance: pours a caramelly colored medium brown with deep orange highlights in a pilsner glass. nice sparkly 2 inch fluffy off-white head that looks of pancake batter. yeasty swirls appear to be suspended in the hazy brew.

smell: smells sweet with touches of bananas, cloves and some corriander. alcohol in the nose as well. sweet caramelly vanilla.

taste: bananas with cloves in the first sip. there are some dark fruits as well, and a hint of pineapple in the burp. sweet malts and wheat grains. alcohol and medicinal flavors with a lightly yeasty finish. this begged for some banana bread, and i had some, so i cut a piece. this brought out the phenols and alcohol a bit more. i'm also noticing some apple and caramel now as well. aftertaste is fairly clean with a touch of yeasty bitterness.

mouthfeel: nice creamy smooth medium mouthfeel. excellent carbonation and rolls and swallows very smoothly.

drinkability: drinkability is good. alcohol is evident, but the smoothness and tasty flavors and aromas carry this one through. this can be come intoxicating and may slow you a bit, but it's just an easy drinking sipper.

overall: this is quite a delicious weizen bock. seems to be more weizen, though. tons of fruit, spicy flavors and pleasant alcohol warming. as good as this is, i remember enjoying the aventinus a touch more. i'll have to review that one soon for a comparison. however, this is an excellent must try for the style.

Px2GrafX, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger. A very sweet concoction. Pretty to look at, and then you take a whiff. Sweeet is what you get. Kind of smells like sugar coated fruit. Tastes... caramelized- very, very sweet- a bit too sweet for me, but not enough to make me put it down. I get some brown sugar and vanilla in here- almost a sherry type thing going on. Soooort of reminds me of ice cream.

Overall drinkable considering the sweetness of it- and the alcohol content- not my favorite thing, but a nice nightcap.

scooter231, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of kpantz
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: A nice seasonal transition brew...hints of the summer wheat, but leans more towards a fall beer in mouthfeel, potency and overall presence.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/caramel color. Head has a creamy, tan hue. Head is fervent and hangs around on this one, too.

Smell: Like a wheat, but with a malty, sweet presence as well.

Taste: Like the aroma portends. It has a wheat aspect to it, with a nice hop flavor in the back. There's something else there at the end, and I think it might be a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully thick. Perfect for a cool night. Light on the carbonation...the bubbles take a back seat to the flavor on this one.

Drinkability: Moderate. 8%+ puts it out of the session category, and I might tire of it after two or so. Still, a nice selection to mix with some other fall seasonals.

kpantz, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of SwillBilly
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber, the color of a strong ice tea, a little murky. Small, off-white head dissipates leaving hardly any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity, almost apple cider like.

Taste: Initially has again an apple cider like quality, a malt sweetness, that gives way to just a hint of a dry hop finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, however, you can feel its warmth as you finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

This was my first weizenbock and I can't wait to try others. A highly drinkable beer, well hidden 8.7% abv. Can't wait to crack another one once I finish this one. A great fall beer to enjoy on a cool evening. Go and seek.

SwillBilly, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Into my Weizen glass it pours a super hazy copper with a massive, frothy off-white head. Little floaties are swimming around, and some legs are present as well..

Smell: The nose is a rich, complex mix of fruits and sweet malts, with subtle alcohol and spice coming through.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Spicy and strong immediately, this beer has alot of complexity. Fruits and spices intertwine with sweet, sticky caramel malts. The wheat notes are a little less than I had hoped, but the complexity is wonderful, and well balanced (although you can tell it's 8.7%!). The mouthfeel is smooth and full.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is a superb tasting beer, it's a bit too much of an assault on the tastebuds to have too many more. This is definitly no session beer, but a late night sipper. A very good Weizenbock from Bill & Ron I'm sure I'll be getting more of.

santoslhalper, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It’s getting to be that time. You know when you have to start cleaning out your beer closet. So I have been interested to try this but never had. The pour is a murky light brown with stronger red tints especially when held to the light. A remnant head and limited lacing. The smell is pronounced malt. Extra aromas include banana and definite cloves. A rich deep malt also has promise of caramel apples and a bit of brown sugar to boot.

The taste is rich and bready. The malt is the first thing noticed but is quickly swept away by the intense banana and cloves mix. Very strong the flavor overwhelms and reflects long after the taste. More subtle flavors emerge though. A sweet candi or brown sugar taste is noticeable. As the beer warms, the flavors become more intense. The malt is light and limited in wheat flavor. Really the spiciness and sweeter flavors just mask any backing the beer has.

The body is light to medium. I think if more of a malt presence it would balance the beer out. No real strong phenol taste for a such a higher ABV, which is good. Overall is was worth the wait. I definite recommend.

Oxymoron, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After an Aventinus, I said I'd try more. Snagged a 6-pack at Carytown Wine and Beer for around $10.

Appearance: Apple cider-like haziness, with a beautiful off-white head. It's been sitting for about 10 minutes now as I drink, and there's still a healthy amount of lacing, along with some head holding on.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, banana, slight creaminess, and some sugars from the malts. Spiciness and alcohol become more apparent as it warms.

Taste: Whoa, for once there's some hops at the end, which is surprising. Banana and some chocolate are at the forefront. Caramel and vanilla are sneaking through, too. The balance could be better, and this would be incredible, but as it stands it's still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. A rich beer style, and this is surely a rich beer. Very nicely done.

Drinkability: A treat for me. One's a great dessert or after dinner drink. Can't wait to try more Weizenbocks, but this one seems to be very worth it for me.

asabreed, Oct 03, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2 16oz. pints at CAH last Sunday.

Cloudy deep amber in color. Thick and creamy layer of tan-colored head rests eternally on the top of the beer. Incredibly thick rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are softly-noted bits of bannana, alcohol, caramel. Flavor is silky smooth layers of fruity esters, ABV warmth, spices. Finish is spicy, with some extract of vanilla poured over a caramel square. Good mouthfeel...thick almost. Drinkable...it sure went well right after the Arrogant Bastard pint before it.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of maek228
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A burnt orange, almost caramel in appearance. A beautiful pale brown head arose quicly fell into a half a finger dome that hung around the long haul.

Smell: Like a chai latte spice mixed with pumpkin spice....imagine that. Wheat is apparent in the scent..the smell is divine.

Taste: What a delightful contradiciton. The power of a bock and the smoothness of a hefeweizen. Yeast, esthers, tart fruit, and autumn spice ride a wave of tight carbonation. It comes on creamy, yet refreshing, strong, yet delicate. Unbelievable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: So drinkable.

maek228, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy burgundy with a monster brown head.

S - Caramel wheat malt, slight white pepper odor.

T - Slight alcohol character. Powerful caramel wheat malt. Slight citrus (orange-esque) notes. A little cardamon as well. Sweet and delicious.

M - Creamy, chewy, thick and outlandishly smooth.

D - Amazing. This beer has an unnatural smoothness to it. I love it. It goes down very easy and at about 9% abv, that is a nice thing. It might have trouble meshing with spiced food. But would wash down blander dishes very well.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
A tasty confection.
Emphasis on confection.
Very sweet, but properly so.
A bit more carbonation would make this more refreshing, or less cloying... though I didn't really find it cloying.
Seems to be an under-represtented style... I'd like to see more of these; I think I've only seen Aventinus.
Has a marshmallow type quality to some degree.
I also get quite a bit of rum raisin ice cream.
Definately raisin... definately ice cream...
Boozeahol is well concealed and/or used.
Well crafted.
Victory proves its brewing skills time and time again.

ommegangpbr, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of eveninghawk
3.3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap in a nice hefe glass. The beer has an opaque caramel color with a one inch head that fades after a few minutes. The beer clings well to the side of the glass, looking almost a little syrup-y.

There are caramelly banana-y overtones in the smell, that sort of sweet fruity combo with a hint of yeast on the end.

Boy is this mother sweet! Very fruity like apple cider, in fact, i was asking myself partway through if i was drinking apple cider... many similar flavors going on. Underneath (and we're talking WAY underneath) are creamy undertones befitting the beer, but the apple ciderness is almost overwhelming the beer of it all.

Mouthfeel isn't as syrupy as its sugary taste implies, making it easier to drink than I'd imagined, but I'd stay away from ordering another full pint again because it's just too sweet for me.

eveninghawk, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color with tons of carbonation bubbles. A thin off white head that hangs in for a long time. Smells include yeastyness, banana and just a hint of spicyness. The banana really comes out in the taste. Thin mouthfeel that seems appropriate for the style. Finishes smoothly. The high alchohol is well hidden at first but starts to show after a while. Not a beer that i will add to my favorites list because i'm not fond of the style but also not a beer I would turn down.

beermanbrian, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew for $2.75. Freshness date of April 04 05. Oops. Makes me wish Victory's beers were more commonly available around here - that way they'd be fresher.

Poured a copper color, with a big off-white head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Moderate amount of lace.

Earthy wheat aroma, along with a Belgian-like yeasty smell. Also mildly spicy. The only other “wheat bock” I’ve ever had is Aventinus, and this does not really remind me of that. It doesn’t smell bad, just different, and a little weak.

Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a wheat beer with something very funky going on in the yeast department. Mildly spicy, with hints of cloves. A very mild banana flavor, but not so much as most wheat beers. There’s also a mild tartness at the swallow. Again, it seems more Belgian than Bavarian, though there’s no complaints, as it tastes rather good. It’s just different from what I expected.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation, more than the head lets on.

This isn’t bad tasting, but it doesn’t scream “Buy me again” either. If I could get this a little bit fresher, I might be tempted to alter this. Unfortunately, there is no direct distribution to Spokane of Victory’s wares. The staff at Jim’s Homebrew has to bring their beers here by buying them in bulk in Seattle and shipping them across the pass. Hopefully their undeniable Northwest popularity will encourage them to make their beers more available in my neck of the woods!

woemad, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a deep orange-amber color with nice white head. Smell s banana, spice and vanilla mixed. Tasste is spice and bit too alcoholic for my taste.Finish is good and spice, but the alcohol predominates. A good beer, but a little too stong tasting for me.

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2005
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 981 ratings.