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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 jtfest
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy caramel color with a small light tan head -- active carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. The aroma is very sweet and floral, with almost honeysuckle tones. It has a very nice, full mouthfeel that was far less "bubbly" than I expected from the appearance, but the taste didn't work for me. Not that it was bad -- in fact, it was almost a "pretty" taste that reminded me of spiced liquid flowers. But it was way too sweet for my palate. It was fairly easy drinking, I suppose - -and it might be interesting to try it on a hot summer day, but the sweetness would discourage me from more than one.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Victory nailed the look for this one perfectly. Murky, brownish, with yellow on the edges. Massive light brown 4+ finger head forms with great retention. A thick cap remains throughout the duration, some lacing hanging around as well.

S - Typical aroma of banana and clove, with the banana being a little stronger than I'd expect for the style. The phenolic character is also met with a big hit of alcohol, lowering the score somewhat. No bready or nutty aromas as I'd expected.

T - Begins fairly sweet, like if a hefe and dunkel had met in the middle and then multiplied by 2. The sweet banana has some kind of spice element behind it, perhaps reminding me more of cinnamon and/or nutmeg than clove. Unfortunately this drops off after a few seconds and an earthy flavor takes control, setting the stage for a very unexpected and out of place bitterness. Along with the bitterness the alcohol breaks through as well with a very rough edge. Everything falls apart late palate. Not sure what they were going for here.

M - On par with the style. Creamy, smooth, medium bodied, with a soft, moderate-level carbonation.

D - I really wanted to like this beer, but after having one in a more casual/less critical setting last night and having one again tonight to review it, this beer just doesn't quite cut it in terms of taste. The taste isn't bad or off but it's not well balanced, and the huge presence of bitterness pretty much lowers the drinkability of any wheat-based beer, and all that alcohol pulling through makes it hard to appreciate the mild and sometimes subtle fruity flavors going on. Not a bad beer, but the taste really needs some work.

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Photo of jmalex
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've waited for this seasonal all year and finally it came out this fall. I sat on it for a month or so, but I'm really in the mood for one of these tonight.

APPEARANCE: Poured with a swirl of the sediment, this beer is a bronze to pale brown in color and hazy. The head starts at 2 fingers high but immediately shrinks to a firm off-white cap that holds to the end. I think this beer is just way too light in color.

SMELL: The smell is much more toward the clove side than banana but contains decent proportions of each. The yeast smell is quite authentic and doesn't seem like an American substitute was used. An alcoholic booziness is quite apparent, particularly as the beer warms.

TASTE: The banana flavors are much more prominent in the taste, but it is still in decent balance with the clove. The wheat provides some much more neutral flavors than in other weizenbocks, but the dark grains are there and add some depth of flavor. The one striking thing is that it is really boozy. The alcohol is quite overpowering.

MOUTHFEEL: It's got decent body but feels deceptively light and fluffy. Carbonation is strong and piquant.

DRINKABILITY: The alcohol makes it a rough go, but the lighter-feeling body balances that out somewhat. Regardless, I think I'd be one and done for this one.

Ah well, maybe weizenbock is just a tough style for domestic brewers to get right. Or maybe I'm just spoiled from having Aventinus so much. Either way, it's close, but just way too hot.

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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.

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

a: ruby red color, medium head that slowly recedes to a thin layer and ring, decent lacing
s: soft sweet fruit -- pineapple with hints of spice, consistent weizenbock smell
t: nice mix of heavy wheat, yeast / malts with tart undertones, finishes with bitterness/tartness and mild warming alcohol
m: creamy body with good mix and plenty of carbonation that is over the top at the finish
d: fairly easy to drink but unfortunately not one of the better weizenbock's i've had

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Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish-cherry color with a thin tan head. Highly carbonated and hazy with slight suspended sediment. The aroma is a mix of citusy and grassy wheat smells, with a hint of yeastiness. This brew has an underlying sweetness that is presented at the first sip, and a full-force tartness (bordering on sour) that sticks through the aftertaste. It's really a refreshing, but slightly heavy beer. Not really what I expected, but it's very good.

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Photo of
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle

Hazy brown/orange color. Tan head, medium in size.

Aroma was bananas, bubblegum, bread and vanilla.

Taste was all about the malt. Sweet banana bread. Did I mention that you taste bananas? Vanilla and caramel round out this offering. Finally, a bit of hops for balance at the end, mixed with a little pepper.

Close to heavy in body. Medium + in carbonation. Quite a bit of "zing" in the mouthfeel. Alcohol warming comes early and stays late. A sweet/refreshing beer.

Good stylistically, but not my favorite. Bananas a bit too much for me.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a fluffy, two-finger, off-white head that slowly collapses upon itself over the course of several minutes. Little to no lacing left on sides of the glass as the head vanishes, but a thin film of bubbles remains on top of the liquid throughout the entire session. Brownish-amber in color, along the lighter end of the color spectrum for weizenbocks.
S: Yeasty, banana-clove smells that one would expect from a hefeweizen along with a bit of detectable alcohol presence. Depth and breadth in smell are somewhat lacking in this area compared to other weizenbocks' scent profiles.
T: Malt and yeast dominate the profile, inducing some clove and coriander-like tastes and producing a beer that is surprisingly similar to a more alcoholic (there's a slight alcohol taste/sting throughout) dunkel-weisse. Bitter apples and tangy pear juice essences are present, slightly odd for the style in my opinion. Suggestions of brown sugar in the aftertaste lead to a dry finish that indicates hops, though there is no detectable presence in scent or taste.
M: Medium-bodied and just right for the style with mild carbonation that creates a smooth mouthfeel that is quite comfortable in the mouth, almost pillowy. The "soft" beginning and dry finish make this a pleasure to sip again and again.
D: A decent attempt at a weizenbock that has some good attributes in the scent and taste categories along with room for improvement of depth in those same areas. The alcohol content is faintly noticeable throughout the partaking but in no way overpowers any other aspect of the beer. I'd be interested in trying next year's batch to see if the brewers have attempted to alter the recipe in any way and add some more complexity to this.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" light caramel colored head. Hazy burnt sienna brown color. Smells vaguely of hops, a little more so as it warmed. Taste is caramel, spice, and bitter hops. Decent, interesting. I'd agree with the label about "subtle" but I don't really find it fruity or deep in the spices. Yet still another nice beer from Victory.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average beer, nothing wrong, nothing too interesting. Decent colour and appearance and smell and taste. Fruity, spicy, cloudy amber. Very good aftertaste worked well with pizza. Bit nauseating yeast. Perhaps another day,as following this I grew to love the style itself.

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Photo of bashiba
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark orange with reddish highlights and a small.

Smell is full of sweet candi sugar, alcohol, and sweet citurs fruits with a hint of banana.

Taste has a nice banana nut bread flavor mixing in with a mild grainy maltness with just a touch of earthy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall not to bad, easy to drink, the high abv is hidden pretty well.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy amber-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into moderate lacing. The aroma is of banana, tangy wheat, alcohol, and a hint of clove. There is definitely more alcohol in this aroma than I have yet experienced in a weizenbock, and I'm not sure how much I like that. It seems to detract from the other weizenbock qualities. The taste is a lot like the aroma. Again, it has some nice banana, and clove to it, but way too much alcohol for my liking. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a texture that leaves things to be desired. Overall, this is a decent beer, but not a very good weizenbock. I could drink it again, I guess, but I wouldn't if better options were available.

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Photo of paulhargus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Victory Brewpub.

A: dark brown with some orange tint. about 1 1/2 inch off-white head. slight retention and decent lacing throughout

S: nutty/banana aroma. even a slight bubblegum scent. once the beer warmed up, you could very distinctly smell the alcohol. not a huge fan of the heavy alcohol scent.

T: wheaty and malty. they say you will taste a healthy banana flavor and you certainly do. i enjoyed that very much. however, as with the scent, once the beer warms, you REALLY taste the alcohol. i had a .5L weizenbock glass and about 2/3's of the way through, i felt like i was having a mixed drink.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: overall, this is the first weizenbock i've ever had. i didn't think i would like this style, but i found this beer to be very enjoyable. the high ABV will certainly have you feeling fuzzy after just a few. as mentioned above, i would go with the smaller glass and not let it warm too much, unless you enjoye a strong alcohol presence in your beer, which i do not. would certainly try this again.

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Photo of kpantz
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: A nice seasonal transition brew...hints of the summer wheat, but leans more towards a fall beer in mouthfeel, potency and overall presence.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/caramel color. Head has a creamy, tan hue. Head is fervent and hangs around on this one, too.

Smell: Like a wheat, but with a malty, sweet presence as well.

Taste: Like the aroma portends. It has a wheat aspect to it, with a nice hop flavor in the back. There's something else there at the end, and I think it might be a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully thick. Perfect for a cool night. Light on the carbonation...the bubbles take a back seat to the flavor on this one.

Drinkability: Moderate. 8%+ puts it out of the session category, and I might tire of it after two or so. Still, a nice selection to mix with some other fall seasonals.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent brown in color with plenty of "chunkies" floating around in the beer. Very nice inch and a half of frothy beige head. This looks nice. Smell is spice and yeast. There's some definite spice in the taste as well, but I just can't seem to put my finger on it right now. Crisp and smooth on the mouthfeel. Plenty of lemon zest in the flavor as well. This would be an incredible spring time, beer garden beer on draft! Enjoyable!

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Photo of ajm5108
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a little bit of plantain stem and baker's yeast, but there is also an odd rubber smell I got as well. Or overripe banana. Either way, not very appealing. The banana bread flavor is definitely there with the caramel malt and a little dry hay yeast. Good fall flavor, and hefty mouthfeel. Medium alcohol esthers come in on the backend, which doesn't leave a great aftertaste. Strong in the middle, but weak on at the ends.

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Photo of Mistofminn
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single of this last time I went to the store. It was a Victory type of night, so I'll reach for another of their brews.

Pours a cloudy murky red-amber color with a two finger tan head. Great retention and leaves some lacing. I love the color and cloudiness of this one.

The nose is very citrusy. I get wheat and yeast, very floral and fruity in nature. Very Bavarian, which is a good sign. Pretty good aroma on this one.

The taste is everything I had hoped it would be...if only it was more pronounced. Everything is sort of in the background and the carbonation kind of takes over. The flavors are a shadow of their respective aromas. Wheat, yeast, a solid malt backbone, fruits and spices. I just wanted a little more umph.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high carbonation which sort of takes the focal point of the brew unfortunately. Drinkability is still pretty good.

Well, it's a solid brew from Victory, none the less. Looking back at my review, I feel as if I may have been a bit harsh. I don't have any other Weizenbocks to compare it too, but I feel like there could be more to this style than just this beer. The flavors and aromas work to perfection, they just need to be amplified a little more.

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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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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 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 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 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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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,443 ratings.
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