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Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Ranking:
#2,825
Reviews:
746
Ratings:
1,463
pDev:
11.11%
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4.4
 
 
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Photo of imbibehour
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass at around 50 degrees. The body is a nice amber brown color, but holy cow a LOT of yeasty bits are circling around the glass. These yeasty bits are large and a bit unappealing. The head is offwhite and 2 finger widths tall with a good retention and not much lacing.

I smell a hell of a lot of clove in the nose, along with some black pepper, faint tropical fruit, and banana. Maybe some coconut underneath it all too. An earthiness is present along with the more vibrant aromas.

Truckloads of banana are up front in the taste department, with some pineapple, guava, and mango accentuating it. Tastes almost like a nice hawaiian mixed drink. After the fruity flavors pass, a distinctly clove and black pepper spice take over, and in the end there are some earthy tones with hints of orange.

Quite spritzy in nature, very lively. Consistency is perfect, head texture is brilliant. Well done.

Overall I really enjoyed this one. I have to wonder if every bottle has this much yeast cake or not. I tried to pour it pretty slow but it was no use. Other than the appearance this beer receives quite high marks from me. Seek it out!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Actually meant to pick up a Victory StormKing Stout bottle at the foodery, but not a bad switch.

Pours a coppery brown with thick frothy head that laces the glass; little sediment flecks in the head and the carbonation keeps the sediment floating throughout the liquid as it settles.

Smell is a bit of everything: yeasty citrus scents with a good amount of spice.

Taste is yeast and malts with a hop bite at the end. Spiciness throughout.

Mouthfeel is pleasant upfront with the alcohol zing at the finish.

Pretty drinkable, don't get this beer often, but it always impresses. Another delicious brew from Victory.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with honey hues. Streams of bubbles. Khaki head that's creamy and lasts. Fragrant malt. Dark fruits, spicy phenols and banana.Taste is elegant malt, crisp but flowing. Dark fruits and breaddy wheat help to create a cake like impression. Spicy clove and a light chocolate add depth and complexity.

The mouthfeel is gentle and creamy. Faintly tart middle.

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Photo of AirBob
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bmeehan
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a really nice beer to look at and to smell. I got hit with caramel notes right away and it's got a nice malty taste, but it doesn't linger. It's nice, and then it kind of fades away. Good beer, but didn't knock my socks off because it feels kind of temporary.

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Photo of Myotus
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of khaki foam that halves itself after 30 seconds. Has a peachy amber color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large amount of both small and medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is moderate and both thick and thin in various areas.
SMELL: Strong aromas of black cherries, figs, plums, bananas, and cloves entangle with moderate aromas of wheat, toasted malts, and alcohol.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild black cherry, fig, and plum flavors. Mild toasted malt flavors instantaneously follow. Mild flavors of cloves, bananas, and wheat enter right after. Mild alcohol flavors enter lastly as clove, banana, and wheat flavors persist, but toasted malts grow slightly stronger and black cherry, fig, and plum flavors grow much stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and creamy. Finishes with a hint of dryness that you want to call crisp, but it's not quite at that level.
NOTE: My first of its style. I enjoyed this very well. As beer warmed, alcohol presence was not effected. A rare encounter for me.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a voluminous, light tan, creamy head. No lace but damn.
Smell is malty, spices, wood, and light smoke whiskey. Very well balanced.
Taste is malt, whiskey, smoke, spices some vague fruit and faint wood. The balance is pretty good but gets a bit lopsided after it warms.
Mostly medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Warming and relatively smooth except on the tongue at first sip where it is a bit sharp. Not as good as Aventinus but a very good brew to be certain.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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?

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Photo of VABA
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of theghost3
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Moonglow pours an interesting reddish deep copper with a thin white head that dissapates into a ring. Fairly clear but some sediment. Some lacing.

Smell is sweet malts with banana & spices. The taste is sugary malt, banana, cloves, wheat, and maybe vanilla. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth; thickness is perfect.

This is a really drinkable beer. One of the smoothest beers I've had.

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Photo of peabody
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

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Photo of jtaylord
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jreitman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown with a good amount of white head and a bit of haze. Very nice aroma. Light - medium bitterness. Nice malt, almost nutty, character with sweet undertones. Finishes with nice bitterness. Really smooth and nicely drinkable. Victory, again, does not fail to impress.

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Photo of SFC21
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Budlum
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer presents a tan, half-inch head that slowly subsides leaving a thin ring on the glass. The body is a hazy, garnet red and brown. Deep purple colors add some darker characteristics.

First smells are of dried apricots, prunes and figs. An assertive wheat malt and yeast characteristic add some banana flavors. A faint coriander spice precedes a brief, vanilla-scented finish.

Flavors of this beer start off with a powerful raisin flavor. A constant wheat malt flavor travels through the beer holding its namesake. The finish holds the most flavor. Vanilla, hops, cloves, prunes and alcohol linger on long after each sip.

Mouthfeel is nicely balanced with just the right amount of carbonation. The texture is on but it does leave a oily feeling after each sip.

Drinkability is well above average for such a powerful style. Hoepfully this will stay on the shelves through the winter.

Not quite Aventinus but definitely on par.

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Photo of AdamSteve
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer demands a careful pour or you will be greeted by flakes of reasonably sized brown yeast in your glass which is quite unsightly compared to the normal clear amber color. This beer is really all about the yeast. Nose is full of clove, bubblegum, banana and a bit of malt. Taste is yeasty with clove and it has a warming dry finish that is minorly bitter but mostly spicey. Slight citrus hop character in the front as it warms. Light feel and carb.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark brown...with ruby hints throughout...a nice off white head that leaves a nice amount of lacing

S - Yeast of course...with sweet hints of fruits...some maltiness

T - Yummy...follows the nose...the yeast flavor is dominate but you have a fruity and spicy backup to it

M - Very rich and creamy

D - This is a nice style done by Victory...the alcohol is masked by tons of flavor...I could drink three of these in a night and be very happy!

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Photo of donnebaby
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Uneven snowwhite head is big and slow at falling; medium to small bubbles pile up, tightening at the top and trailing lacing as they fall. A bizarre haze swims at the top, just below the head...is that the moonglow? Dark orange/amber color is very nice. Haven't had too many other weizenbocks to compare this too, however..

Nose could be confused with another weizen, wheaty and yeasty. Mild but thick. Light lemon. Grows in insistence..

Taste is intense. Sort of like a weizen on steroids. Citrusy wheat greets and is blasted by lemony and spicy alcohol (and spices also I presume). After is beery grain mixture of hops and alcohol. I think I'd enjoy drinking this beer outside on a cold day.

Awesome thickness, yet not throat-closing thickness -- more like smooth milkshake thickness, where carbonation doesn't feel like bubbles, but simply a collective, chilled push down the throat.

Develops massively as it warms, and the after solidifies into a stronger cereal flavor and alcohol mellows..

Once again, Victory does not disappoint on flavor.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orangish-red color with two fingers of head. There is decent lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with some banana and clove, classic weizen yeast aromas. The taste is sweet and malty, with more of those weizen flavors coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. I would have never guessed this to be an 8.7% brew. A nice weizenbock.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wegman's Malvern, 11/13/11.

A-Pours an autumnal orange brown, little bit of white head, little bit of lacing.

S-Huge banana notes, gret malt base.

T-Great flavors, excellent banana and clove, good malt base, excellent.

M-Medium bodied, moderately dry.

O-Nicely drinkable, among my favorite Victory seasonals for many years.

HV

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,463 ratings
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