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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

964 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 86
Gots: 30 | 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 Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of Aug 20 04. Pours light almond, cloudy, with almost purpleish hues. Minimal head, minimal lace left.Tiny bubble sheen thing going on. Nose of raisins and rum. mmm, yummy. Flavors of tart apples, plums ,raisins, almost vinious. Medium body, tartness prominant. also yeasty notes and flavorings. 8.7% noted and appreciated. Not an everyday beer, but well crafted and interesting. Anybody need a night cap?

Billolick, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable.

dbrauneis, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark amber with a fair head. Smells nicely of banana and some spice as well as some sweet malt. The taste is similar, but with an added layer of hoppy bitterness that joins the lush banana, clove, and other yeast notes. Nice deep flavors with just enough residual sweetness. Very smooth in the mouth, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. A pleasure.

Georgiabeer, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at the Batdorf in Annville, PA.

A: The weizenbock is a muddy auburn color, equal parts thick orange and brown. No head to speak of, although that seems to be par for the course at the 'dorf.

S: The nose is wheaty, fully of banana and clove esters and a solid rush of boozy warmth. Breadiness from the malt mixes with the esters to good effect.

T: Even when the weizenbock is cold, the esters stand out. Fruity, bubblegum and clove with banana for good measure, flavors abound. The wheat flavor lacks the light tartness that more delicate weizens show off but that abrasive strength is a nice substitute. Bready malts, the barley aspect, drive the thickness of the ale and provide a dry counterpoint to the esters.

M: Every now and then, I detected a metallic flavor. It was fleeting and may have jhust been my imagination. The weizenbier is robust, flavorful and fortified.

D: A winter warmer indeed, this one will keep you comfy at night. A stand-out weizenbock.

akorsak, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Dark orangish brown with a thin head of big bubbles. Body has a nice dense haze with a light carbonation

S- bready malt with pronounced banana and just a hint of clove.

T- a Belgian candy flavor with a hint of cloves and a nice maltyness with a bit of wheat. I bit of a tart flavor at the end with a yeasty finish. a hint of alcohol warmth but no hops noted.

M- A medium body with a bit of a fuzziness. No real heat from the alcohol.

D- This is a ok brew. It doesn't have the malt characters that I was looking for and it wasn't as complex as some of the other commercial examples I've had. A nice drink but I will try some other weizenbocks.

rhoadsrage, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of DoubleJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's go to work. 12 ounce bottle going into an Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

It looks and sounds really carbonated. It pours perfectly in my glass. Dark orange/brown color, a head the forms big and retains very well on top. Leaves a few splatches of lacing. There is some banana's foster in the aroma, plus a big whiff of sharp alcohol. Less booze and more banana's foster as it warms.

Oh yeah, it tastes like a winner! Moonglow is full-flavored. Spiced apple/banana combinationm working the palate at first. It hints cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. A light feel of fusel alcohol grabs attention. Despite the latter, the overall flavor is working wonders. The only chink in the armor is the high carbonation in the begining, but given some time, mellows out to a medium carbonated, medium-heavy bodied beverage. Bread crust and dry apple chips cling on in the aftertaste.

Victory scores a victory with their weizenbock. It is delicious, and it is warming. The best domestic weizenbock I've tasted.

DoubleJ, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a cloudy rust brown beer with a slightly too small head. Standard for the style but this is one of the styles that tend to look like sewage in the glass no matter what just like Roggenbier.

Smell is sweet spiced banana bread. Some spicy pepper aroma from the alcohol is present. Distinctly bready smelling with a sour note of granny smith apple in it. No discernible hop aroma.

Taste is sweet and full of banana bread flavor at the beginning. Lots of brown sugar in the taste and is very much like a Belgian Brown ale in this respect. Noticeable bitterness in the flavor. Tasty mix of spices in the taste of the German Christmas cookie variety, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla mostly.

Mouthfeel is quite good and thick.

Very drinkable example of the style; absolutely flaw free. While just not as complex as Aventinus there is certainly no reason to not drink this if you find it.

Zorro, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 mothman
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In celebration of a really amazing night... I had to crack open a moonglow!

Poured into TH Weizen Glass

Pours about 2 fingers of light creamy tan head. Nice retention once head fades to a thin layer. Leaves some thick lace. Color is a bright caramel brown. Sediment in the glass as well.

Aroma: Banana, cloves, caramel malts, chocolate notes. A very sweet smelling beer. I like it.

Taste: Taste seems to be a little strong for a weizenbock. I am not an expert on these, but it is quite boozy. It has all the components of the smell, but it adds some alcohol which I really wasn't expecting from this beer. Still, pretty good.

Mouthfeel: A little boozy, but very smooth and silky. A nice creamy feel to it. Medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry chocolate clove flavored aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty nice representation of the style. I really enjoy this style and glad to see that an American brewery can make one that is pretty good. For how high the abv is, this one is pretty drinkable. I'd easily have it again.

mothman, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ejimhof, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

afsdan, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best by 9/2/2012. Pours very cloudy reddish orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big caramel, banana, clove, pepper, molasses, orange peel, toasted biscuit, raisin, prune, and yeast spices. Great aromas here with good complexity, balance, and strength. Taste of big caramel, banana, molasses, toasted biscuit, clove, prune, raisin, pepper, citrus peel, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of dark fruit, banana, clove, biscuit, and molasses on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Dangerously easy to drink for 8.7%. Alcohol is extremely well hidden, with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent weizenbock. Great flavor balance and complexity; and super smooth to drink.

superspak, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Moonglow Weizenbock pours a muddy brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Aroma is of Munich style maltings, light fruit and barnyard hay, wheat.

Flavor of a bavarian hefeweizen upfront. Banana, bubblegum, light clove. Bock-like malt boasts of fresh picked cherries. A light hoppyness can be found throughout, lending a spicey touch to the grainy midsection. Alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

This is a kick ass beer. Strong and flavorful, this one can warm you up in a hurry during the colder months. Imagine the Victory St.Victorious bock blended with a good Franziskaner, and this is what you get.

Stinkypuss, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revisited again today, and wasn't as impressed with appearance and nose, although the other areas notched up a bit. All in all, same overall rating more or less, so I won't change the numbers. Guess I'm just not the biggest fan here, or just end up not so lucky with this one...

Newer review:
12oz bottle from, well, somewhere... Best by 3/1/05, oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head above the cloudy darkish amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, and exhibits nice foamy lacing. Aroma is husky malts, with fruits, spicing and alcohol all having their say. Taste is similar to my previous, older sample, with sour upfront, grains in the middle, fades to a chalky alcohol finish. Better here, but not much. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also better than the previous bottle sampled, but still not what I'm looking for and/or expecting. Will plan on revisiting with an even fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

Original review, 3.2, 1/19/05:
12oz bottle inspired by a bottle received from jcalbi as part of BIFXV. Thanks for the opportunity, even thought that exact bottle was lost in a bizarre refrigerator incident, and I had to obtain a bottle from Yankee Spirits to replace it, which it seems was past its "best by" date. Guess cellaring beers at their store isn't such a good idea. Will revisit as soon as possible and update this review as necessary.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Foamy head lasts and lasts, and exhibits good lacing. Aroma is grainy malts, with fruity alcohol easily apparent. Taste is upfront with a fruity tart/sour, a light malt backbone, and then fades into an alcohol flavor, and leaves a chalky feel in the mouth. Seems like it should show more malt character to me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite low for me, but your milage may vary. Will plan on revisiting with a fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

ppoitras, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

brandoman63, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flaming persimmon with a light sangria blush. Its ecru-stained head is lusciously creamy and remains super-glued to the surface even long, long after the pour. The beer is incredibly clear and lambent with the most vivid and phosphorescent colours; 'Moonglow' is most certainly an appropriate title.

The bottle promises "wild, fruity flavours and deep, spicy aromas" and delivers just that. Pineapple, peaches, nectarine and apple - all mushy and way over-ripened - combine with sugar, white pepper, coriander, grains of paradise and clove to make a global fruit salad that combines elements from all corners of the earth.

The flavour is sweet as candy and tastes a bit like one too. It has intensely sugary fruity notes of peach, pear, green apple and banana coming out more and more as it warms. The spices are layered one atop the other with clove, allspice, coriander and white pepper, in that order, comprising a sort of reverse pyramid.

The spiciness and grainy, wheat-like texture are not so pronounced in mouthfeel as they are in taste. There is enough presence, however, to be noted and distinguish this from a standard dopplebock. Still, the phenols and wheat texture could stand to be multiplied given they each play such a defining role for the style.

Victory Brewing seem to do German interpretations better than just about anyone in the New World. Their fresh hop Braumeister Harvest Pils is unquestionably the best German pilsner I've had, ditto for their altbier. The Moonglow Weizen Bock, although maybe not the best, may very well be my favourite of that style.

biegaman, May 12, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mahaffey's today. This has long been one of my favorite beers from Victory, but for whatever reason, I have not seen it on tap here in Baltimore in some time.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is weizenbock sweet (think Aventinus), with considerable clove, bubblegum and banana. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except I also pick up some brown sugar and chocoate flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this fairly sweet beer, though there's nothing heavy or tiring about drinking this beer. The alcohol is really well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile, and as a result drinkability is pretty good.

Just an all around solid beer from Victory. Good stuff.

John_M, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredilby woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

smakawhat, Monday at 11:01 PM
Photo of rab53
5/5  rDev +22.9%

rab53, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy yeasty malt and a good banana aroma.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted grain with a spicy yeast element. Some mild raisin flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice, and flavorful weizenbock. Solid ABV.

plaid75, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style.

tdm168, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to trying this one. Pours a hazy brown, small tan head forms, chunks galore, little bit of lacing. Smell is malty as all hell, some citrus, spice, vanilla dates, and banana bread. Taste is sweet, vanilla and citrus, dates, super malty through the middle, banana bread and alcohol finishes it out. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty neat beer, thanks DrJay!

Viggo, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of billab914
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured brown with a bit of an orange hue to it. The head started off big and full, filling the top two inches of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass, but left some great lacing.

The aroma is sweet with wheat malt leading the way. A moderate banana and clove like spiciness flavor comes through in it as well. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it overall. I really like how much the wheat comes through.

The taste leans a bit more on the fruity and spicy flavors coming through from the yeast. That sweet wheat malt comes through nicely and lends a sweetness right through the finish. It mixes the flavors very nicely though and neither overpowers the beer. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the wheat malt flavors to it. All the flavors worked together very nicely and make for a very nice beer overall. I really love this style when it's done well.

billab914, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Slow but full pour left sediment on the side and bottom of the bottle, with a good bit of suspended sediment in the pour. The body was orange-brown, hazy with a modest and mostly short-lived, bone-colored head. Fruity aroma with a hint of biscuits.
Flavorful, with plenty of dark fruits and caramel plus hints of molasses, brown sugar, and spices.
Higher ABV evident, in a mostly attractive fashion, in both the aroma and the flavor.
Feel: smooth; warm; low carbonation; medium+ body.

chinchill, Jun 26, 2013
Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.