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Moonglow Weizenbock - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

698 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 698
Hads: 1,272
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 119
Gots: 96 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Reviews: 698 | Hads: 1,272
Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a case. Chilled and poured into a sierra nevada pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color, appropriate for the season. One-finger head recedes to a nice little layer of spotty bubbles on top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite interesting. Almost like a super wheat beer. Malt sweetness, caramel, banana's, yeast. A warm welcome to an interesting brew.

Taste: Definitely a strong wheat flavor to it. Some sweet malts are present as well before you uncover a nice addition of tropical fruit flavors. Some yeast and phenols present before banana takes over before a slightly toasted malt finish. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and pretty damn smooth. Slightly prickly on the tongue, mostly in the back of the throat, and some warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's 8.7% but it sure drinks nicely. I could have a few of these, nothing to pound though. Medium bodied.

My first weizenbock...me likey. (947 characters)

Photo of clint1019
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - medium-amber in color with a slight hazyness to it. The head is toffee colored and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - caramel malt aroma with bready notes and a spicy yeastyness.

T - has a wheaty/bready flavor with a spicyness.

M - medium bodied, has a ton of carbonation.

O - overall a pretty good weizenbock. Although I don't think this years is as good as last years. (375 characters)

Photo of beerdedking
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Draft pour into snifter, Coopers, Scranton.

After drinking Aventinus for many years, this had humongous shoes to fill and didn't get it done.
Body was a bit thin, and the complexity was lacking. Wheat with a bit of plum and cherry, the drinkability was good and the alcohol
well hidden. Would definitely drink again, but won't seek out... (341 characters)

Photo of ohoove
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (405 characters)

Photo of veggiemafia
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle from the 2006 bottling.

Appearance is a nice dark, very cloudy ruddy brown with a substantial off-white head with many different sized bubbles.

Smell is VERY phenolic and filled with lots of alcohol. Other than that some very pronounced green grape aromas, and some things that are very much like plums soaked in brandy or port. Very hot, intensely spicy alcohol is definitely a presence in this one, but this is almost 9%.

Alcohol comes through first. Lots of spicy hot alcohol, and lots of phenols with the grape thing coming through as a really refreshing change of pace from this otherwise kind of abrasive brew. Just really, really spicy and alcoholic and hot.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp, but substantial.

This is not a very drinkable beer, only because of the intense alcohol. (808 characters)

Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (797 characters)

Photo of beerbutcher
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (680 characters)

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

Light brown ale with suspended bits of unfiltered sludge swirling around within (I guess I should not have poured the whole bottle out). 1/2 inch bubbly lace that was gone in 30 seconds, to almost no lace.

Strong yeast smell, slight barley on the end, very faint toffee. Taste is very similar- yeast predominates, with malt and barley notes.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the flatter side, with a medium to light body. I would not drink this on a daily basis as it's not my style, but it feels like it's a solid representation of this style given other's I've tried. (598 characters)

Photo of philerman
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler ($11.99 at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting--the keg was leftover from a Victory tap takeover earlier this week.) into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours hazy dark tan with about a finger's worth of foam.

S: Aroma is somewhat chemically owing to the high abv..notes of coconut and yeast as well.

T: Banana, malt, not too much wheat...some alcohol burn.

M: Really hits the top of the mouth, a bit bitter on the aftertaste.

O: A style I definitely look forward to every year--more so than the myriad pumpkin beers. This fits well and will probably make an annual tradition. (591 characters)

Photo of Tallboy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd offering from Victory and I must say they realy got it going on!!!
Pours a clear reddish but murky brown. Minute taupe head recedes quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells like a fresh fruit and candy bouquet that is just sweetly sublime . Taste is a nice yeast with ample helpings of pear, apple and a hint of caramel creme for good measure. Malty with a full and ritch syrupy like body. Alcohol is disguised realy well. No burn, just good ole' warmth. Easily drinkable considering it has a large ABV content. (518 characters)

Photo of boelker62
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - virtually no head atop a deep copper body with a slight haze.

S - moderate malt nose and a lightly toasted bread hint. Hops were there in a simple floral basis. The yeasty notes on this one are basic, but definately presnt. Quite on style for all these scents. Considerably noticeable hints of nutmeg, and a bit of ginger.

T - initial tasting is mildly sweet and malty, with all the aromas mentioned above, poking through.

M - quite an oily texture in the light to medium body, an intersting feeling and accomplishment, IMO.

D - oh sure, yes it's nice. It will sneak up on you, about 8+% (604 characters)

Photo of mindspin315
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber and brown body hint of orange. All colors come through depending on how the light is hitting it. Pours a good size of tan head which has settled to a nice thick alcohol ring around the glass.

Faint banana and heavy spice aromas from the yeast are most noticable. Cinnamon/sugar bread, alcohol notes, and chewy maltiness.

Spice flavor jumps on the palate right away and stays through the finish. Mild banana bread and toast. Creamy body with a nice dose of carbonation. Spices play the biggest role here which are quite enjoyable for the fall/winter seasons.

Take the label off this beer and I'd think I'm drinking a Weizenbock from Germany. True to style and executed very well. I've only had Ayinger Weizenbock, Aventinus, and Weihenstephaner Vitus as far as Weizenbocks go but this right on par with all of those. I do enjoy Vitus and Aventinus more, but this one is quite good.

[92/100] (904 characters)

Photo of ajr24
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've finally gotten around to picking up another bottle to review. Being enjoyed appropriately out of a weizen glass.
A- Pours out a dusky and murky brown with a fluffy dark cream head. It much resembles the moon glowing over a foggy night. Light enters this beer and comes out confused on the other end.
S- This beer omits a most joyous scent. Smells like a healthy breakfast cereal that has just been merrily introduced to beer. The wheat profile gladly welcomes the zesty fruitiness into the mix. The most apparent fruit smell is banana plus some spice.
T- Aforementioned, it tastes like wheaties, some bananas sliced, spiced and instead of milk, you add beer. However and fortunately it isn't that dull and simple. Wheat malts stand up proudly yet humbly and introduce the rest of the brew- some spicy and fruity notes that sing like angels.
M- This beer truly enjoys being in your mouth. It's energetic, spicy and downright sassy. Lively and flavor city.
D- At 8.7% abv this beer is meant to be smiled at and laughed WITH. Disrespect this, or take it to pound town and you'll probably get pulled over. Or think of another terrible analogy for getting drunk.
Overall, this is one of the finest weizenbocks I've had. Quickly recommended to all! (1,248 characters)

Photo of GolgiIPAratus
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled: 11.10.05

Appearance is like looking at a glass of cider under a thick brown-white head. Moderate lacing.

The aroma is immediately of fresh apples. Dark wheat hints along with some banana lurk behind that sweetness. Heavy scent of candy (carnival candied apples??) hangs out through out the drinking experience.

The flavor has an initial Belgian feel to it, but it dissipates quickly into more sweet candy apples. Some grain flavors hangout. The beer also has a tanginess that reminds of cider. This was the first disappointing beer from Victory I’ve had, but it’s also the first Weizenbock I’ve had. So, I may not be seeking the ‘correct’ qualities just yet. But one thing for sure is that these bottles were juicy. Like apple juice mostly. Not very “beer” like, if I’m making any sense. The mouth was low carbed and light, like, well…juice.

It was easy to drink, but I’ve only had one per sitting over the last week. As mentioned, my first Weizenbock, so tough to compare to it stylistically, but it went down considering the 8%+ abv billing.

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Notes: Not my favorite by any means, but it wasn’t bad enough to turn me off the beer or the style. I’ll give another batch a shot and I’m laying one down to see if the dark malts can gain any footing in this sweet juicy beer and maybe sour the fruit enough for some interesting flavoring. I’ll report back. (1,396 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma-Definite wheat smell, a nice mix of bread, clove banana. Reminiscent of Aventinus.

Mouthfeel-A bit of body for a wheat, but still relatively light with some texture. Higher end of carbonation in suit for style.

Appearance-Poured to very nice head, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" in hefeweizen glass. Off amber/ruby color with a nice haze and yeast visibly present and pretty vigorously being moved around. Lacing on glass rather noticeable as head has dissipated. Likely 5 minutes since pour and still 3/8" or so.

Taste-Getting a nice clove/fruity taste with a bit of bitterness after the fact from the hops, a bit different. In line with a regular wheat flavor, but a bit more (cinnamon/slight coriander?)

Drinkability-Rather, I know this has a higher alcohol but I think I could get through a number of these.

Overall-Really excellent beer overall and rather drinkable. Will likely purchase again, can't remember what I paid but possibly a nice cheaper alternative to Aventinus? (977 characters)

Photo of MacDomer
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a warm looking cloudy/hazy brown with rust colored edges. Pretty good head - easy two finger on the pour. Bunch of random floaties here, including a few bigger ones.

S - Great nose - very fruity with tons of berries, ripe bananas, apple cider, and some sweet malt. Bready yeast. Alcohol esters.

T - Berries and yeast take front stage here. Roasted sweet malts, hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. Fruity and sweet. Tasty.

M - This beer is pretty creamy and smooth. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Alcohol is pretty well hidden but is there. Pretty fruity. I think I would top out at two before having to move to something else, and that might be a bit much. (693 characters)

Photo of J23hc
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exquisite mahogony tone with an orange tinge. Thick and foggy. Creamy off white head, down to clumps. Lots of banana on the nose, with peanut butter and chocolate truffle. Very complex flavor including caramel, clove, citrus, hop bitterness. Chemically aftertaste. Very full bodied and refreshing. Smooth yet crispy. What a great offering from victory, relatively high abv (372 characters)

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy deep golden amber color. It is highly carbonated and leaves about 2+ fingers of head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Has a nice sweet malt aroma. Has an unmistakable wheat beer smell. It has a nice sweet flavor up front. There are some fruit notes, but they are very subtle. The sweetness is balanced very nicely by malt character of the beer. I normally do not like wheat beers too much but this is a great beer and the first weizenbock I have tried. It is a style I will have to delve into a little more. (529 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Dark coppery orange color with poor clarity (which is great for a weizen) and a thick off white to tan head

S-Slightly bready, fruity, a bit of bananas and dates in the nose, not overwhelming though

T- Real hit of malt sweetness up front, more or less balanced by a smooth bitterness. Kinda fruity in a fashion similar to a Trappist ale.

M-Effervescent carbonation, thick and slightly cloying

O-First Weizenbock I've had, tastes very Belgian in its character, lots of raisins, and stone fruit flavor. Balance definitely favors the malt

Edit after having some more examples of this style I decided this beer is definitely too sweet for the style and a bit cloying when compared to its German brethren that tend to be much more drinkable. (743 characters)

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my ongoing quest to add more weizens to my regular rotation, I recently ordered a six-pack of Victory Moonglow to try it out. I think I'll buy this again, although it's certainly not the best of the best.

Appearance: Moonglow pours a rich, deep mahogany color, darker toward the top of my weizen glass and more of an opaque amber at the bottom. Naturally, I've swirled and poured the yeast, which is part of the wheat beer routine. A moderate pour yields a voluminous three-finger head, which dissipates within about two minutes and leaves only a small, off-white cap. Not much lacing, but that's fairly standard for the style. This is a nice-looking beer.

Smell: Wow, this stuff smells great! The first adjective that comes to mind is "sweet" -- this might have the most purely sweet aroma I've ever encountered in a beer. I pick up something like brown sugar, maple syrup, and a hint of malted wheat. I hope the taste is this good...

Taste: ...sadly, it's not. The beer isn't bad, by any means, but the predominant flavors I detect are wheaty "twang" and that hard-to-identify metallic/coppery note found in many dark wheat beers. There's also a chalky, clay-like element at play. These three flavors are the longest-lasting flavors after each sip, which means other components are hard to identify. When I concentrate hard, I think I can taste some inert, neutral yeast...I'm not getting the banana/tropical/honey/apple flavors some have suggested. I wish it lived up to the promising nose.

Mouthfeel: Now we're back on track. This feels like an amped-up hefeweizen, with copious, prickly carbonation and a creaminess shared by better examples of the style. My only complaint is some residual chalkiness, presumably from the yeast (or possibly related to that "clay-like" taste I mentioned above). On the whole, though, this beer feels just about right.

Drinkability: Although the ABV is relatively high at 8.70%, it's not at all evident. In that regard, this beer almost seems sessionable. But the taste is just a little too harshly clay-like and neutral for me to want to drink more than one at a time. If only they could ratchet up the malty sweetness, this beer could be something very special. As it stands, though, it's only a slightly above-average American weizenbock.

Postscript: As I approach the bottom of my glass, I find that the yeast appears to be floating in larger particles than usual, and none is sticking to the bottom -- it all remains suspended. I think I may actually have gotten a bad bottle (or six-pack) of this beer. I know it's a seasonal release, and we're now two seasons out, so maybe it's better when fresh? I intend to revisit this beer in the fall. (2,694 characters)

Photo of heidelbeerg
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a cloudy brownish orange with a small tan head that fell rather quickly. The smell is very nice. Mostly citrus and banana though the banana was hard to pick up. The taste was sweet bread and rather fruity. Alcohol detected in the finish but it works nicely. I can taste banana flavors only in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Drinkability is pretty good although more than rwo or three would be too many. I really enjoyed this beer for something different. (487 characters)

Photo of AbePhroman
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent beer! Very fruity taste that leaves you asking for more. More of a subtleness than other wheat bocks. The alcohol creeps on you because you can barely taste it throught the fruitiness. All in all an excellent seasonal brew. If you enjoyed this, try out Aventinus Wheat Dopplebock. It is better in my opinion but very similar. (338 characters)

Photo of donaldchapman
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber/orange, cloudy with frothy tan head..
S - Clove and bananas, followed by rich melanoidin malt flavors.
T - Rich malty flavor, slight hops, great banana and clove flavors... Slight metalic flavor which detracts from the taste.
M - full bodied, with a good pull across the tongue.

Great beer, has a wonderful malt backbone, phenolics and esters complement each other well and are in good balance. (411 characters)

Photo of rotsaruch
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled the 2003 version on tap at Victory on 8/19/03. This year's version is totally different than last year and probably the best batch of Moonglow ever. This unfiltered, wheat beer pours a beautiful, brown earthy pastel with a robust off-white head. If your a fruit lover, the aroma will remind you of a bouquet of freshly picked apples with a hint of cinnamon. The flavor is dominated by a very delicious malty, spicey sweetness. The aroma translate to a taste of a refreshing fruit appetizer of apples, peaches, dates and rasions. A very tasty brew, but also a very deceptive brew. The finish displays a token amount of hops lurking in the background with this tinge of alcohol that lets you know that this can be a dangerous brew. (739 characters)

Photo of delicious
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy chestnut body with a cream colored head that's thin for a wheat beer but spot on for a bock.
Dark-bready, malty nose with some hard banana cider.
Flavors of bananas are up front with spicy cloves and phenols. It's a thin mouthfeel, but the alcohol warmth is very pleasant and lends to the drinkability.
There's a lot going on with all the fruit, spice, and warmth, and all of it just makes me love this style even more. (438 characters)

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 698 ratings.