Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock
1,456 Ratings
Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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

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

Appearance: Amber, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Sweet caramel, light banana, cloves.

Taste: Quite sweet, mild banana flavors, a little boozy. Spices remind me of cinnamon and maybe gingerbread.

Feel: Tingly and light.

Drinkability: Maybe a little strong, but I had a mini-session of 3 of the 6er I bought in a sitting.

I'm always on the lookout for weizenbocks, and Victory finally sent Moonglow to Minnesota. I picked up a 6er and it was quite enjoyable. Very drinkable, maybe a little boozy in the taste. If I can find some more I may cellar a few bottles to see if the alcohol recedes with time.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gpcollen1
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange brown into an Imperial Pint. Head rises a bit but quickly settles to a silent ring around this brew. Aroma is slightly citric with a waft of alcohol and hints of banana and spice.

Taste follows the nose for sure. Slightly rich and hoppy but the wheat undertones shine through here and there. Orangy spice and tangy banana dance around as this one goes down. Lively carbonation washes the tongue here and there.

This one is pretty good and drinkable. The alcohol lets it be known but does not oeverpower the drinkability.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a mug at 50 degrees.

A - Pours an orangish/red with an off-white, creamy head that had good lacing.

S - Bananas come out at first, then are joined by a combination of pine, spices, and earthy wheat.

T - The first thing I noticed was the bubbly alcohol flavor, but it is more soothing than pungent. Complex composition here. Lemons, oranges, and grapes represent the fruits as they blend with earthy flavors of wheat, rye, and a floral background. Very good combination.

M - Bubbly, light-to-medium body that finishes very crisp. Alcohol is definitely present, but it adds to the flavors very nicely.

D - I really enjoyed this much more than I expected. I think I'll pick up a case and share the wealth with others, because I've heard this same 'pleasantly-surprising' description from others.

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

Poured a dark copper brown with an offwhite/ light chocolate head. Head pours 1/4 of an inch thick and the yeasties can definetly be seen throughout the beer.

Smell: Notes of grapes, wheat, and some other dark fruits. Some tones of alcohol present.

Tastes: hits up front with a nice smooth wheat flavor, following some grape notes and actually gets a bit sour towards the end. A hint of alcohol hits towards the end of this beer along with some nice spices.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a well balance of flavors. Feels good in the mouth overall

Drinkability: Very drinkable for a weizenbock. Alcohol is very subdued and good overall mixing of malts, spices, and hops.

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Photo of smithj4
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

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

Cloudy orange-brown with an epic cream topping. Unfiltered, for my pleasure.

Overripe banana and clove esters, some gooey vanilla, and lemon pie filling. Great aromatics wafting off of this'un.

Big-time clove and juicy red apple/pomegranate. Alcohol kick with soft banana, sweet cherry, and buttered pumpernickel bread. A clove-forward weizenbock.

Slick and filling. Above-average carbonation. Drinks at a fast pace.

Pennsylvania rocks out some great German beer styles. Moonglow is no exception.

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

Bottle kindly shared by Shawn - thank you good fellow!

Pours the classic weizenbock appearance of a slightly cloudy ruby with voluminous tan head that put down a lot of lace as it died to a film. Spicy aroma with prominent clove, zingy wheat and brown sugar.

The first sip reveals a great mouthfeel on this one, and the wheat provides a great softness that keeps the carbonation just the right side of aggressive. The flavour is lighter on the banana than a lot of weizenbocks, and goes heavy on the clove. At first I didn't like this, but once the palate became used to the flavours everything seemed better integrated. There's a nice prominent wheat backbone, and its slight sourness helps to alleviate what could rapidly become a sweet and spicy disaster. Instead, what we're left with is a nicely balanced weizenbock that's spicier than most, but no less drinkable.

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

A tree bark colored beer with a good off white head that lasted a long time. The nose was bread-like; yeasty, grainy and wheaty. There were some aromas of pear and overripe apples. the taste was real clean and the wheat flavors dominated. Same fruit flavors as I smelled were present in the beer. Good mouthfeel, well balanced carbonation and a nice balance to the flavors of wheat and mild hop background. The beer finished dry and after some time the residual hop flavors really came out. A long finishing beer that was quite enjoyable

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I purchased this at Gullifty's in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Appearance: It poured a deep, dark brown, almost black body with a huge light brown head. The head had great retention and left much lacing.
Smell: The smell was awsome, very sweet and like flexabull said, candied.
Taste: Similar to the smell, only more complex and pilled on.
Mouthfeel: Very thick and very very smooth, wonderful mouthfeel.
Drinkability: One of the better beers Victory makes.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark orange with a slightly reddish cast. Some initial head but dies down too quickly.

Smell: Loads of bananas and cloves, with some sweet fruits and caramel. Alcohol becomes somewhat noticeable as well.

Taste: Tastes like a big Dunkelweizen upfront with banana and clove before a huge sweetness takes over incorporating plum, apple, cherry and toffee. Very light noble hops peek through at the end, and the cloves come back as well in full force.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, full almost chewy body that is slightly warming.

Drinkability: As my experience with Weizenbocks is limited, this really mostly seems like a cross between a Dunkelweizen and a Doppelbock. Complex but a little too sweet for mass consumption, otherwise very, very good.

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Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Opaque copper with no head at all. Weird. This is my first weizenbock so I don't know if that is normal. Smells of alcohol and baked fruit. The taste is delicious with really sweet malty flavors leading the way. Lots of fruit, including bananas are coming and going. There are plenty of flavors that I cannot put my finger on; this is definitely not a boring or mono-dimensional brew. The mouthfeel is thicker than a hefeweizen and less than a dobblebock, which is to say just about perfect for me. A little more carbonation might be nice, but who knows? Despite the slightly high ABV this is a very drinkable beer. The alcohol is extremely well hidden which I appreciate. If Moonglow has any faults it's the lack of a head and it could be too sweet for some. Still, I'm quite impressed. This is my third in three days and the other three will disappear quickly. I've been impressed with the Victory beers I've tried, including Hop Wallop and Hop Devil Ale.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meathookjones
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a cloudy sediment filled brownish bronze with a half inch of light tan head floating on top. No retention on the head as it quickly faded to a cap of bubbles leaving little lace. Aroma is quite fruity sweet with a good bit of spice in the mix. Very malty scent all around with caramel also in the mix. Taste starts of like sweet candy and caramel covered fruits. Notes of banana and a slight bitterness came through. This ended on a sweet and spicy note that lingered for a bit. The body was medium with a creamy feel and ample carbonation. Tasty brew here that I could definitely drink a few of. It goes down easy and shows no sign of the high abv.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber brown with a thick white head. looks perfect in a weizen glass, such a pretty sight.

smells of banana and clove, which is surprising given the brown color.

wow this just smacked me in the mouth with some (dare i say or taste) charred bourbon/whiskey. smokey and full taste. has some subdued sweetness that accompanies the smoky malt. very different yet very good.

very full taste, so full that i feel full! and beer doesn't make me feel "food full". VERY FULL beer, goes down smooth but is more of a sipper (at least for me).

overall this is a really good beer. something i would probably get again next fall but not this season, it's a good beer maybe too charred of a taste to drink regularly.

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Photo of cambabeer
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a bit more darker than expected through an almost burnt brown color. There was a three finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within a good minute. Clingy lacing stuck all around the glass.
The smell started off with some banana esters, some caramel malts, light clove, light toast, light cherry, and cinnamon. Nice, a bit different from the style.
The taste was sweet and spicy through the combination of the previously mentioned flavors. Caramel malts show a bit more presence in the flavor and then lead into the aftertaste and the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with the caramel malts coming back to grab a light stickiness on my tongue - I don't mind it, but it is a bit different.
Overall, well, its a nice weizenbock for the most part, but I think I'd rather stick to Vitus.

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Photo of Scottyboy
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very nice well balanced ale

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Photo of Mnteti
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy burnt siena color. Three fingers of pillowy cinnamon-tinged head give no ground. Foamy chunks of lacing.

S: Deep nutty cocoa richness. Toasted crust. Peppery spice. Pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Clove. Bananas foster. Perhaps some dates. Yeasty undercurrent.

T: Leads with deep toast and nutty cocoa. Almost cookie-like at times, though very dry. Gingerbread. Flash of citrus rind. Big burst of yeasty spices, with clove and nutmeg coming on strong. Pinch of cinnamon. Banana begins to emerge in time. Stiff alcohol muscles in toward the back. Long and peppery/spicy finish.

M: Big in body with a firmness that presses into the tongue. great attenuation leaves it feeling dry and airy. Sharp scrubbing carbonation cuts through it all.

O: Bold and boisterous in its complexity. This beer is not fooling around. It's a big and brawny weizenbock and it takes no prisoners. Best American-made example of the style to date, hands down.

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Photo of DrJay
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed amber colour with orangish highlights. The white head was a bit thin and reduced to a solid ring of fine bubbles in a short time. Malty caramel and wheat aroma with light alcohol, but the main player here is fruit - ripe banana, pineapple and plum. The flavour was very similar to the aroma, just bigger. Heavy malt with mild bitterness. Things blended together to give a banana bread-like character. Full bodied (just short of chewy) with medium/low carbonation. Off-dry. I really enjoyed the fruity character. Now to try this on tap!

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Photo of StoutBoi
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddled light brownish orange color with a dirty fizzy head that shrinks down to a creamy ring.

Wheat, clove, banana and herbs. Quite complex.

Complex for the style. Getting lots of various spice and fruit notes. Clove is there and a hint of banana, but not the typical dominance for the style. I like how the fruit comes through. Some creamy dairy in there too.

Lots of carbonation, but it is soft. Dry finishing. Medium body.

Not what I was expecting for the style. Thought I was going to get hit with lots of banana and clove, but there is a wide array of fruit and spices here. Well done.

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Photo of Metaltildeath
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jsf14
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,456 ratings
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