Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Photo of beagle75
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Pebble-sized yeast solids are seen slowly settling to the bottom of the glass.

S: Intensely bready, with yeast prominent in the smell. A bright citrusy quality adds interest while an occasional whiff of caramel adds fullness and depth.

T: Begins off-dry, demonstrating immediate clove spice and even more pronounced banana fruit, alongside caramel malt and a pleasant--but fleeting--nuttiness. Flavors are similar (minus the nuts), but less intense in the middle. The finish sees this beer at its weakest, mildly boozy and papery, although bitterness remains appropriately restrained.

M: Medium viscosity, yet remains fluid on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: It may have been enough to say that this beer is malty, interesting, and pairs well with savory food--if the yeast were not so conspicuously clumpy. Despite the half-full bottle being given an energetic swirl to homogenize the yeast of this weiss beer, it still poured as described. Its saving grace is that the yeast is never felt on the surface of the mouth. Wheat qualities, while not jumping out as isolated elements, add to the overall appeal, enhancing smoothness somewhat.

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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+%

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

The beer poured a reddish brown and was cloudy with a good deal of suspended yeast particles floating about my glass. A creamy tan head was present following the pour. I detected an aroma that was a mix of sour apples, banana and spices. This beer's flavor was tart and there were traces of sour apple and banana flavors.

When I first started sampling this seasonal beer, I ran into some bottles that had gone sour even they weren't that old and had been well cared for after they'd been purchased. Victory seems to have improved their quality control with respect to this beer since I've not had a bad sample in the last couple of years. This beer has a unique taste and is not for every beer drinker.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Sep 24, 2010.

Pours copper/amber chunky, lots of sediment in perpetual suspension, with a small, quickly receding head that leaves a ring. Can see floaties at the top of the glass. Eventually goes flat.

Aroma is some dark fruit, prunes, pears, currants, raisins, caramel, some yeast, moderate strength.

Flavor is strong on prunes, figs, dark fruit, particularly the pits, caramel, toffee. Interesting.

Sticky mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation.

My first Weizen Bock, definitely like this better than a Hefe, need to try Aventinus...

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A fair, if a bit flat, Weizen Bock.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Simple sunset-moonglow design with an almost Van Goghesque countryside image. Short narrative on the side, noting the intent behind the brew. Notes beer freshness drinking by date (Sep 25 2010). Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Amber brown hazy pour with a good head that quickly starts to fade almost before the end of the serving. Gone in an instant leaves no lacing or surface trace leaving a completely flat looking Weizenbock.

S - Fruity notes, dark wheat profile with rich caramel and some banana touches.

T - Flavors holds it own much better, in particular as it warms up a bit. Caramel notes over dark fruit, yeast and wheat working to a nice tune.

M - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation that feels a bit flat.

D - Not bad, and in a way works pretty well but next to other offerings of the style it is not that outstanding.

Notes: Hmmm, not bad, but I wonder if despite the expiration date this is a bit of a flat six-pack... It was stored cold and bought in January so if this is a seasonal Autumn offering it sure is a bit late. Worth the try and pleasing but the appearance was certainly subpar, and the other characteristics nothing spectacular, luckily the taste base if crafted well enough to still hold a fair experience. I had it both on a tulip glass and on a weisse glass and the latter made the experience so much better, in particular smell gained a notch of richness, appearance not so much, maybe a richer crown initially but still flat after a short while.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow begins with a distinctly Belgian aroma: heavy on the banana and clove, with additional fruit and spice flavors such as orange, pineapple, and pepper lying just beneath, and supported by a thin thread of toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer reminds me of nothing so much as a Unibroue: spicy, with bananas, cloves, pepper, and a peculiar wildness that I usually associate with Brettanomyces. In fact, had I not known otherwise, I would have sworn I was drinking a Fin Du Monde, or one of Unibroue's other offerings. Moonglow does have subtle differences, of course, appearing somehow wilder and more potent through a heavy vodka-like alcohol tinge at the end of the mouthful (though, at 8.7% ABV, Moonglow is roughly the same strength as a Fin Du Monde). This does not mean that the beer is somehow lesser, but it is wilder and stronger on the soft palate. The aftertaste is a strong alcohol-tinged continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation feels high, which adds to the peppery burning on the soft palate.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I do feel it could have been tamed slightly for drinkability and appeal. Still, the flavors are immensely pronounced, and the brew is refreshing.

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Photo of far333
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orangey copper colored with lots of particles dancing in the liquid. Foamy off-white head rises up quickly and sits down even quicker, leaving no lace at all.

Aroma of clove and yeast, some banana.

Initial flavor of clove and yeast, followed quickly by a pronounced astringency. Morphs on to fruit and sharp sugar, some clove and raisin lingers, followed by some peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is very tingly upfront and all through the mouth, then undergoes a hot alcohol burn. Finishes dry and crisp and puckery.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

why have i never had this beer before!??!

best by 4/4/05 sampled on 6/25/05

copper-penny orange, murky with a slight ring but no foam. some carbonation rising through the glass quickly. moderate, slippery lacing.

aroma is very sweet and buttery.. malty.. apricot note. underlying wheat theme and a vanilla hint. complex and rich.

m/f is slippery but dense. starts with a burst of carbonation and continues through a bready, malt sweetness to an overwhelming hop bitterness, seems almost too young. sweeter and fruitier as it warms- the alcohol is evident in the bitter a/t. profile is a bit muddy but this is a drinkable and interesting beer. could probably hang out for another 6 months past its "prime"

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Photo of sacfly
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy, orange/copper color. Smells of sweet wheat and bananas. Silky white head, that doesn’t last long. Taste is semi-sweet, slightly harsh wheat (that dropped the taste score). I got used to it and started to enjoy it more after the initial sip (that brings the taste score back up a bit). Really packs a punch! It was my second beer of the night, and already started to get that warmth in my bones. A good change of pace for a cool winter or fall evening. I couldn’t see drinking more than one or two in a night.

Had a second one the next night and all seemed about the same. One thing to note- it went perfectly with a roasted turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayo sandwich! I don’t usually note food pairings, but this really seemed to fit. I may keep some on hand for just this very reason.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this in a case trade with some friends. Someone was asking for a cross between a hefeweizen & an Irish stout. I told him this was probably the closest thing.

Poured into a weizen glass a honey-like dark gold, cloudy & translucent, with a ring & dusting of head. Golden highlights, no lacing.

Smells of bananas, baking spice, stewed fruit, honey -- all the typical wheat smells, but "plus", like they'd been enhanced & sweetened by the alcohol. Picking up some graham cracker, maybe cinnamon. Smells fantastic.

Taste is like cola at first, kind of a washed-out caramel, but just in the moment it hits my tongue. Malt & spice flavors come in, it's kind of like a pumpkin beer for a second. Then the alcohol comes in & blows everything away, & it ends up a little too rich & a little too boozy.

The mouthfeel is prickly, sharp, then turns foamy & kind of flattens the tastebuds. Ends sticky.

Man, this was a tough one -- if a beer can be bipolar, this is it. Loved the smell, taste started off great, but then turns on you halfway & becomes way too aggressive in the booze & carbonation department. I'm wondering if aging would help mellow it out some. Some really good stuff going on, but some pretty harsh elements as well.

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Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by April 15, 2005. Oops... it expired over a year ago!

A: Hazy golden bronze with chunks. Off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bubble-gum esters, slightly tart.

T: Bubble-gum, banana, cloves and bread.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, acidic.

D: The years haven't been too kind.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of homemalt
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased case the first week of release
Best by: 9/2011

Very disappointed because of inconsistant bottle conditioning. First two bottles were nearly flat. Waited two weeks, which greatly improved conditioning but still inconsistent from bottle to bottle. Waited 60 days before the bottles were consistently conditioned.
Dark brown/red color with slight amber head.
The best bottles poured lively nice 3 finger head deflating rather quickly...some nice sticky lace.

Nicely aromatic with yeast with dried fruit and leather aromas. The aroma was the best aspect of this beer.

The first bottles of this case were cloyingly sweet and alcoholic. Probably because the bottles were not complete bottled conditioned. As the beer matured, the sweetness evolved into an array of phenolic dried stone fruit flavors and the alcohol blended in better. The Fall 2010 verision lacked the liveliness and vivid complexity it had in the Fall of 2009.

The 2009 season verision had delightfully lively and evolving ellusive flavors on the pallate. This season's version seems a bit monolithic and heavy lacking the brett/lactic character the beer seemed to have Fall 2009. Then again, I could have been more patient.

The 8.5% ABV doesn't help to improve the enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark cider color, slightly transparent with a ton of light tan colored head that is fluffy and full.

S-the nose leads with fruity banana and some light peppery yeast. lightly toasted malts start a transition of flavors with green apple and notes of bubblegum. the back end has notes of medicinal phenol and esters.

T-the taste has some slightly rotten bananas, toasted grainy malts, just a hint of pepper yeast with a fair bit of green apple, fruity esters, and some medicinal phenols and metallic notes with tinges of alcohol coming in at the back.

M-good creamy mouthfeel on a good sturdy body with enough carbonation in the back for a somewhat crisp finish. more would have been welcome.

D-some good things happening here but some things slightly off as well. good feel on it with plenty of flavors working well together. nothing out of balance just some off notes.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours brown with red/orange highlights. Light tan head. Leaves small bits of lacing. Body is mildly opaque.

S-Banana bread. Light chocolate. Yeast and other different spices float about. Alcohol becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms.

T-Akin to the nose. Banana bread. Nuts and chocolate with yeast and spice. Cloves are present. A bit too solid on the booze here. Not as smooth as other I have tried, a bit too sharp.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth enough with mellow carbonation.

O/D-Overall, it was alright. Not as good as a few others I have tried from the same style. Not very high on drinkablility. Too pricey too at nearly $13 a six pack. One single will permanently be enough for me.

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Photo of drewbage
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena.

Moonglow pours a orange/amber with sparkling ruby highlights that draw your eye. There is almost zero head to the brew and what's left from the pour disappears quickly.

The aroma is of deep caramel spiced with a strong banana influence sneaking in behind the spices. Finish aroma becomes strongly metallic and reminisicint of the cap.

Flavor is toffee and cinnamon and allspice with a growing metallic twang. Finish is of rich brown sugar and malt with a growing drying tannic touch to the final twist.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with very little head that quickly dies to a thin, patchy cover of slick-looking, tiny grayish bubbles with zero cling. Carbonation is visible despite the murk of yeast particles suspended in this sienna or iced tea-colored liquid with foggy orange highlights. Aromas of gingerbread and dried banana chips with hints of dried apple, clove, and bubblegum are initially pleasant, with a big finish like vanilla extract. Prickly nosefeel full of acid and spice is a bit thin. And then, everything gets washed out by alcohol. This is just a hint of things to come: flavors bitter with clove, sweet like bubblegum being slathered on banana bread, hints of raisins, and alcohol. Aftertaste is a vise grip of nutmeg, clove, SenSens, and alcohol. Intense, tingling mouthfeel practically numbs the palate with carbonation or... could it be... ALCOHOL? Surely, intrinsic flavors are being masked here. At 8.7 abv this is a one-at-a-time type of beer befitting an autumn afternoon, but other than that, somewhat heavy-handed. Complex for sure, but what's the point when it's got a body like mouthwash?

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Really low head on this beer. Probably due to the alcohol content. The color is deep reddish brown with a slight haze from the wheat. The aroma is all banana and spice. You can also pickup the alchol in the aroma.

The flavor is where this beer doesn't shine. It has banana and strong clove flavors, but it leaves a harsh burnt flavor in the aftertaste. The body and mouthfeel are very well done, but that aftertaste is not what I would expect in a Weizenbock.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rustico. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a light reddish brown with quite a bit of haze. Light white head and not much lacing. Great color. Nose brings forward some clove and a bit of spice. Tastes mildly sweet with some spice and zest. Feel is creamy and fairly full. Light carbonation. Drinks well.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Beer is a dark bronze to brown sugar color. It has a full finger of off white of head with medium bubbles. The bottle lists the ABV (8.7%) and there is a best by date of (08/13/2016)

S: [3.50] Peat, earthy notes, root vegetable scents.

T: [3.50] Burnt caramel, apple notes, oak, tannins.

M: [3.75] This has above medium body almost a little syrupy at times. The carbonation is pronounced and snappy. No lingering feel.

O: [3.50] This beer is hard to pin down. The flavor is pretty unique and I had a hard time with descriptors to cover it. It comes across a little like a Wee Heavy. Simlar feel and some similar flavors. For 8.7% there is NO hint of alcohol in the beer. It is easy to drink. I am indifferent on this beer. I would not seek it out but I would drink it again if offered.

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Photo of claytri
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly cloudy amber, and develops a bit of white head. The aroma is of malt and yeast. The taste is pleasantly sharp and sweet. Maybe a little banana in the start, a good bit of malt in the middle, and finally the finish is a satisfying alcohol burn wrapped up in dark fruits. I guess that wonderful finish is the moonglow. The feel is full bodied, bubbly, and bit syrupy. A solid beer, but not a great beer. While I wouldn't turn one down, I'm not sure I'd select it over others in the style.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, rusty brown with amber hues. Yeast sediment quickly settles to the bottom of the glass after being swirled in the bottle. Beige head is tall but dissipates rather quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. Aromas of sweet malts; ripe fruits such as bananas, cherries and apples; some spiciness with hints of rum and yeast hit the nose. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Flavors are of over-ripened bananas, plums, and cherries, with hints of currants as well; nice malty sweetness; bready yeasts; and somewhat of a fermented bitterness that provides some balance. Alcohol is very well concealed. As it warms, the alcohol warms the mouth and throat, while the flavors leave some sourness on the tongue. Good Weizenbock.

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Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Amber colored. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Pours with a nice head that doesn't dissipate quickly.
(S) Very wheat (hence the "weizen") and yeasty. Has a bit of a citrus aroma to it - possibly orange.
(T) Wheat with a crisp citrus fruit bite. Smoky malt on the back end with some evidence of the alcohol.
(M) Very bubbly and bold bodied.
(D) A good beer. Very complex in the traditional bock characteristics. Substantial ABV which is not entirely noticeable but definitely a reality. Save this beer for fellow drinkers who appreciate German and Belgium styles.

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Photo of jackorain
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Medium brown with a little hint of maroon. Cloudy with a swirling yeast. 3 inch tan head, slow to fade, good lace

S-Carmel malt, yeast, wheat roasted grains, clove, banana.

T-Sweet carmel malt, clove, banana, coffee, pear, apple, mild green hops, quite complex. A nice wheat beer. Alcohol is quite hidden.

M-Creamy, medium body

D-not my thing, but I could probalby have a few

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it is a rusty brown with lots of floaters and an off-white head.

It has a pleasant nose with sour fruit, fresh citrus, and mulled spice.

It's lively carbonation hits the palate first with a citrus bite flowing into tart raspberry then warming to the mulled spice finishing with a hint of sweetness. A good interesting beer but not my favorite.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,447 ratings.
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