Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding
740 Reviews
Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
1,443
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
15.35%
 
 
Wants:
133
Gots:
159
For Trade:
0
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 740 | Ratings: 1,443
Photo of maltydog
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying a Moonglow in Duvel tulip glass. Appearance is a cloudy tan with a generous almond colored head that is still clinging to the side of my glass about half way through the beer. Smell is definitely banana, clove and ripe pear. A classic wheat beer nose! The taste presents huge malt sweetness up front, soon replaced with the aforementioned fruit and clove. This sweetness and fruitiness is very nicely balanced with a warming alcohol and burnt carmel finish. For an 8.5% alcohol brew, this beer is deceptively drinkable. A classic unfiltered Bavarian weizenbock and one which I shall be enjoyng on a regular basis!

 622 characters

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

12oz. bottle w/ bottled date of Aug. 25, 2005.

A: Dark amber and an obvious haze from the yeast which was agitated then poured. Large, fluffy tan head w/ good retention yet little to no lacing.

S: Big, beautiful banana aroma that hints also of tropical fruits (papaya?), fig, pear and clove spice. Thin layer of mineral phenolics mix things up. Great, rich malt backbone with that German yeast that throws in dark brown sugar and caramel.

M & T: Medum body and very smooth, creamy body that coats the mouth. Nice refreshing carbonation balances the thickness. Complex malts start things off with toasted malts, yet very rich like dark brown sugar and caramel. This is balanced by banana, tropical fruits and cloves. A slight medicinal layer makes things interesting, but right on for the style. Fresh wheat/yeast character like baked banana bread. The fusels from the near 9% ABV makes its way through with a spicy twang and can be felt in the back of the throat.

D: Very similar to Aventinus, but with an even richer malt character IMO. Loyal to the style and makes me proud to be an American. It's rich yet strangely refreshing, which is what a great wheat beer should be. I must go back for a half-dozen.

Another victory for Victory.

 1,255 characters

Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a coudy dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a massive frothy off white head that very slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Yeasty aroma with lots of bread, sweet caramel/chocolate, ripe banana citrus peel and spicy clove.

Heavily carbonated up front with a lot of zest clove spice followed by a full yeasty/bready body with plenty of ripe banan and citrus pell and a tart dry finish. Clove is prominent but the darker caramel/choclate malt notes as well as the citrus and banana notes balance things out very nicely. The slight tart finish is what really separates this beer and makes it very flavorful. It lingers after the end of each sip and leaves me salivating for more. I have to stop myself from pounding this so I can fully enjoy it.

 790 characters

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

Overall I like this beer, it does creep up on you as it warms in
the glass. Lots going on with this beer concoction. Love the tart
fruity wheat and spicey malt tastes. This is a grand beer in the
sense that its nice to have a couple but I wouldn't be out with
friends drinking one after the other, its got a kick. Very tastey
brew from a great brewery VICTORY!

 365 characters

Photo of klewis
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markgugs for this one

9/15/07 best before date

A: Pours into a flute with a hazy copper color and small bubbly head. Light lacing.

S: Big fruity smell with raisins, plums, and banana.

T: Sweet and fruity with a flavor of banana and exotic tropical fruits that quickly gives to a wheaty taste. The alcohol is well-hidden from the taste.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-high carbonation. I can't taste the alcohol but can sure feel its heat.

D: Much different than something like Aventinus, but just as nice. Curiously fruity and easily drinkable. Try some.

 582 characters

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

It was poured from a capped 12 ounce bottle into a chalice.

A: It poured a thick orangish brown body with a one finger off white head that retained well and laced the side of the glass before falling into the liquid.

S: There were dominant aromas of sweet, yeasty and bready malts along with floral hops, white fruit (apples and pears). Very dense and sticky aromas.

T: It was boldly thick in malt and fruit flavors with a ton of sweet malts and light fruits. The bock flavors were recessive and well balanced. This is a complex and well crafted brew.

M: It was creamy and thick with a heavy body and lightly carbonated. It finished warm and clean with little aftertaste.

D: IT was very enjoyable. The complexity made it entertaining to drink. It's heavy body and high ABV may make it a difficult beer to take long into a session but it is one worth trying, again and again.

 883 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 HugoGrim
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Arrived a dark murky brown. The thick head disipated quickly.

Aroma is full and rich with citrus and banana, as well as a distinct spicy herbal quality. Packs the crisp effervesence trademark of a weizen.

Flavor is deep and sharp. Smooth banana is accented by spices of clove and black pepper. Dark fruits make up another major element... figs, plum, and even raisens. Warming alcohol character is detectable, and seems to be wrapped up in the figs and plums.

My first sampling of the style, and I am impressed. An excellent fall style, crisp yet rich and warming. This paired excellently with their "Victory Burger" with peppers, onions, and hot pepper cheese.

 731 characters

Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of guinnessdoc. You're a hell of a secret santa, Josh. Thanks.

Appearance: This one's very hazy. I love the unfiltered look. There's chunks of sediment floating around. It's a golden brown color with a slight orange tint to it. The head is tan colored and about two fingers tall. Retention was excellent and a thick coat of lace clung to the glass. Very impressive.

Smell: The nose is fairly straight forward and a little underpowered. It is spicy initially and features clove and light pepper scents. It's sweet and a little fruity smelling. Smells mostly like pear and a little candy apple. There's a banana aroma that's lighter than expected, but not disappointing in any way. Smells a tady yeasty. Much to my surprise, I'm not picking up any alcohol.

Taste: Wow. This is great beer. It is very spicy. Clove and pepper flavors are excellent and kick it off nicely. Candy apple and pear flavors follow the initial spice blast. The provide a nice sweet flavor that works extremely well. There is a banana flavor to it, but it's surprisingly faint for the style. Honestly, I'm okay with that and like it quite a bit in this particular beer. It's yeasty and a little grainy. Alcohol is noted, but it's blended extremely well given the sizeable abv. Finishes spicy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This one's on the lighter side of medium bodied. It's very lush and an absolute joy to drink. It goes down way too easy. Drinkability is very high despite its high abv. I'm really enjoying this one and would gladly drink another...if I didn't have to work in the morning.

Moonglow is a kick ass Weizenbock. Very impressive in all respects. Well, maybe the nose could use a little work. Small gripe. I'm really impressed with this beer otherwise. It's actually a little depressing to drink. This is one of the very few Victory releases that I haven't seen in Ohio. Who knows? I certainly wish we did. This is one I'd pick up every fall if we did. Highly recommended.

 1,975 characters

Photo of techdiver
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish brown with substantial head that dissipates slowly leaving a modest cap.

Sweet malt, banana, and dark fruit to the nose.

Caramel malt and molasses up front, fruit elements lead to slight bitterness in the finish.

Creamy and smooth mouthfeel.

Too drinkable, tasty stuff and watch the ABV. Not bad at all, but Aventinus is still better.

 354 characters

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the sterling Sun Singer with a hot pastrami sandwich, hot peppers and a fruit salad. Great choice. Two dense fingers of tan froth with a slight mocha drizzle rested over a muddy, mahogany body. Good duration and lacing helped make a very good first impression on me. Moonglow emits lots of fruit--banana, berry, and apple--in a rich malty bouquet.

But it's the taste that really drives home Moonglow's complexity. The berry and apple are prominent, lush and warm, with banana taking control after the first third. Moderately spicy, there is a nice hint of ginger mixed in to offset the sweetness. The airy weizen side melds well with the heartier bock malt, negotiating a good balance. Very impressive.

The mouthfeel is no letdown, either--smooth, just the right carbonation, good malt heft. If I weren't heading around town, I would have had a couple more. Like so many others that Victory makes--Golden Monkey, Hop Wallop, Storm King, and Old Horizontal--Moonglow is an excellent beer. Great stuff, and not to be passed up. An excellent Fall beer, nice for a good, cool evening.

 1,097 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy copper color with a very large creamy beige head. Great retention.

Finally, an American W-bock that nails the nose! Mega bananas and mad cloves, bro! Some chocolate, but takes a backseat.

Mmmmm, flavor is damn tasty as well. Has a soft, full body. Chocolate comes through a bit more in the taste as well as the cloves...bananas are still lurking in the shadows, but not nearly as prevalent as in the nose. Only complaint I have is a slight minerality that is a tad distracting, but still, this is one of, if not the best American WB I have had.

 560 characters

Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck with an “Enjoy By” freshness date on the label, nice blurb about the beer and it also states that this is a bottle conditioned brew.

Appearance: For this sample I swirled the yeast in to the glass for the full effect, an true wheat beer drinker would agree. Reddish brown bordering on burgundy, obvious cloudiness from the yeast …even before the yeast was poured in there was an evident haze. The head lays there two fingers deep waiting of the first sip.

Smell: Ripe bananas, medicinal root of some kind and light estery and fusel alcohols hit the nose. Malty sweet as well with a touch of caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth in the mouth … unbelievable. Solid flavourful fermented wheat twang upfront, layers of sweet and toasted malt hit next. Bitter medicinal phenols grab the palates attention and help to balance. The alcohol prickles the tongue and warms the body with its soothing esters. Very fruity with a flexed tropical base and banana in the forefront. Slight bitter herb and malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: There are few Weizen Bocks around, none the less Victory is right on target with this one. Why I bought a single to sample … I am going back for a case.

 1,227 characters

Photo of msemich
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one off of a quite fresh keg at the Saucer, thanks Brandi!

Appearance: Cloudy golden brown, the color of a nice toasted bread. Quite opaque. Low head which hangs around solidly.

Smell: Yeast, bread, fruit esters. In a blind sensory panel I would peg it as a bier de garde. Interesting for the style, not off but not quite normal.

Taste: Many of the same notes on the nose are present in the flavor, but the wheat comes through on it. Very yeasty but with a solid malt backbone to go with it. Things get lighter in flavor as it warms, leaving the bock nuances which were hard to perceive when first poured. Nice residual sweetness, adequate to bock style. This one could probably age for a while. Hops are present but only slightly as a peppery background.

Mouthfeel: Big, resinous, solid. Sticks around on the palate for a while. This isn't a beer that should be preceded by hoppy beers and may ruin light flavors afterwords. Stick to the yeasty styles for the night if you want to enjoy this one or go right for the Imperial Stouts after.

Pairing: With big flavors like these, i would like to think that bready/starchy items would do well. Soft pretzels (easy on the mustard) would do for light fare; knockwurst for entree would be a good idea, with schnitzel as well. I don't think it would be a good cheese beer, as the flavors are too forward to work with milk fats. I could be wrong....but i'm following my hunger pangs as I drink it.

Overall: A great beer, probably best on draft. In the bottle i would treat this one like a heffe...turn the bottle up and give it a shake half an hour before drinking. This one's got a lot of things to float around and there's no point trying to keep it hidden or let it settle into chunks. Watch out, after the initial flavors settle on your tongue these glasses will go down awfully easy, keep an eye on your BAC and enjoy them at English Ale temps.

 1,910 characters

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a full color label. "victory" is in red and yellow across the top of the label, with "moonglow weizen bock" across the bottom. there is an image of maybe a small village church in a valley beyond the wheat and barley fields with what looks like a sunset behind it. this may be the "moonglow" or the "harvest moon". the image is illustrated in a sort of van goh style sky. there is an interpretation of victory's moonglow on the left of the label. "unfiltered wheat beer". bottled on aug. 25, 05. no abv.

appearance: pours a caramelly colored medium brown with deep orange highlights in a pilsner glass. nice sparkly 2 inch fluffy off-white head that looks of pancake batter. yeasty swirls appear to be suspended in the hazy brew.

smell: smells sweet with touches of bananas, cloves and some corriander. alcohol in the nose as well. sweet caramelly vanilla.

taste: bananas with cloves in the first sip. there are some dark fruits as well, and a hint of pineapple in the burp. sweet malts and wheat grains. alcohol and medicinal flavors with a lightly yeasty finish. this begged for some banana bread, and i had some, so i cut a piece. this brought out the phenols and alcohol a bit more. i'm also noticing some apple and caramel now as well. aftertaste is fairly clean with a touch of yeasty bitterness.

mouthfeel: nice creamy smooth medium mouthfeel. excellent carbonation and rolls and swallows very smoothly.

drinkability: drinkability is good. alcohol is evident, but the smoothness and tasty flavors and aromas carry this one through. this can be come intoxicating and may slow you a bit, but it's just an easy drinking sipper.

overall: this is quite a delicious weizen bock. seems to be more weizen, though. tons of fruit, spicy flavors and pleasant alcohol warming. as good as this is, i remember enjoying the aventinus a touch more. i'll have to review that one soon for a comparison. however, this is an excellent must try for the style.

 1,997 characters

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I slow poured this baby, stopping 2/3 of the way through to swirl for the sediment. I got 3 and a half fingers of extremely foamy yellowy cream colored head. Body is a nice brown with orange hints, lots of sediment can be seen both on the bottom and suspended throughout. The head never actually dies down all the way, and there is a lot of lacing to this beer.

Banana, yeast and dark fruit, notably figs prunes and raisins are noticed initially. Wheat, malt, light brown sugar and a floral hint are noticed in the search while waiting for the head to die down a little.

There is so much flavor to this it's overwhelming. Starts off with yeast, banana and a hint of spice. Malt and dark fruits are noticed, then light floral hops. They all come at you, one after another, daring your tongue to pick them out.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat your tongue very much. A little dry on the finish, it left a somewhat unpleasant taste in my mouth at the very end which I couldn't identify.

 985 characters

Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with amber highlights. Yields an explosive fluffy head that dissipates moderately slow leaving behind a decent cling that slides down the glass. Yeast sediment floats around.

N: Yeast, banana, wheat and chocolate.

T: Banana and milk chocolate upfront with a good amount of yeastiness. This is followed by some rich wheat malts and some biscuit notes. Finishes with a lot of banana along with earth, some fruity esters and clove.

M: Full bodied, smooth, velvety, creamy and slightly sticky.

O: I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers but this was such a smooth, velvety and easy drinking offering that I'm tempted to rethink my stance. Wow! This is 8.7%?? Even better. A solid beer that suits cooler fall nights perfectly. An excellent rendition of the style!

 791 characters

Photo of dolphlungdren
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm on the second bottle in about 25 minutes. I have a dip in my mouth. There was no dip for the first beer.

My first impression wasn't that great. However, once I put the deliciousness in my mouth it opened me up to a world I had never known.

At first, I felt like I was shrinking. The flavors overpowered my soul. I saw Jesus. I thought about space. I want more. It goes down smooth. Almost too smooth for a beer that's almost 9%.

I think we should make a Willy Wonka-esque movie about the wizards at Victory. They do impressive things, even if I would never really list it as a favorite brewery. They rarely disappoint.

 628 characters

Photo of Durge
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this one has quickly earned it's way into my list of favorites. A cloudy copper color brew with lots of tiny particles dancing around under a medium, light tan head with a carpet of lacing throughout. It has a tart wheat aroma with some apple, clove and nutmeg. Mild but attention getting. The taste brings a creamy and deliciously mellow blend of wheat and apple, very consistent with the aroma. It's nicely carbonated, refreshing and flavorful. A Christmas inspired taste I would say, but nothing goofy, very "tasteful". Lot's of clove, licorice/anisette with a near perfect body. This is not a style that I am highly familiar with at all but whatever this is, it's good. Makes you want more for sure. Try ths out for yourself!

 737 characters

Photo of takeabrewski
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A: Dark copper, cloudy, with a decent 2 finger head. The head dissipates somewhat compared to many wheat beers, but never fully goes away.

S: Banana, caramel, toffee, with some estery scents and a slight alcohol flare.

T: Very nice...complex. A great intermix of banana, malt with toffee and biscuit, slight chocolate hints, fruits, and the slightest hint of noble hops. Nothing is dominant, and they go together like a symphony.

M: Silky smooth with fine wheat carbonation.

D: Goes down very well for 8.7%. I've put down 3-4 of these before with little difficulty, except for standing up afterward.

Definitely the best non-German weisenbock I've had. Tremendous.

 693 characters

Photo of marburg
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, murky red-amber. Could barely tell that the beer has a significant haze until held up to the light. Huge, creamy, pillow-like head.

Instantaneously infects your nose with ripe, powerful aromas. Sweet maltiness infused with a light vanilla/oak and potent banana-ish esters. This is fragrant. Like, foofy candle shop and scented bath products fragrant. It's that intense.

Impeccibly smooth drinking. Wheaty lemon and banana are present and take a little bit of a back seat to waves of nearly sugar sweet malts; darker, heavier, more roasted malts; and a tidal wave of alcohol that's surprisingly well integrated into the overall flavor profile. I feel only mildly annoyed at the seemingly low-key carbonation that smooths this out just a bit too much -- gets a little bit of a creamy feel going.

But hey, let's tell it like it is: This shit rocks.

 860 characters

Photo of PatandDavid
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As usual, I will point out that normally I do not like this style, I don't like wheat beers in general. On the other hand, it looked good, and since I had never had it, well, I was going to get one. This was on tap at Anam Cara this past weekend. I ordered up two, one for me and one for David. Other BAs had been sipping theirs out of nice Hefeweizen glasses, but our pours came in proper Aventinus glasses. Hmm, was this beer going to be worthy? Halfway worthy? Well, by golly it was, and even I thought so. In fact, if I didn't know it was from an American brewery, I would have thought it was German. Dark amber in color, wheat colored head was impressive (hey, it was in an Aventinus glass). I got yeast and alcohol off the aroma. Faint clove and banana. Taste was medium in body, well-rounded, full of flavor, but not so much I was gasping. Kind of hard to describe..everything was all nice and balanced, and luckily, I wasn't left thinking cloying, or bubblegummy, or... Solid malt. Smooth Wheat. Alcohol sitting in the background waving at me. Victory have themselves a beer here that deserves it's praise.

 1,114 characters

Photo of Jarod
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoy by date: 08/07/04

This beer poured a rich cherry wood color with a ruby red glow about it. It was very clear with a first pour and well carbonated. After the send and most generous pour I partook in the yeast on the bottom for the true effect and it became noticeable cloudy and a shade paler. The head that was produced was creamy, rich, and thick, about 2 inches of dense foam. It was light tan/vanilla cream colored and it lasted for some time before I could actually take my first sip. Then after it fell it a skim on the top and a healthy ring on the edges. There was a lace present that seemed to be in sheet form almost the whole way to the bottom of the glass. The aromas that came from the glass were fairly rich, aromas of dark fruit (plums), some bananas, rich sweet malts, spices and yeast all were present and quite distinctive. The tasted that rolled over my tongue were sweet, rich and at times tangy. Flavors of bananas, plums, some dark berries, a slight hop bite, tad wheat grain flavors in the middle along with big sweet malts, spices, near the swallow, a pine presence came and went, alcohol was present throughout the sip and finished with a yeasty malty flavor. The aftertaste was dominated with fruity, yeasty hops. Not lasting on the pallet but present. The body was more of a medium to medium heavy on the mouth. What can I say, this beer got better from the day I first got the case a few months back. I did notice that when allowed to warm a few degrees the flavors and aromas became more rich and noticeable. A really good beer and another hit for Victory.

 1,594 characters

Photo of francisweizen
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the jewels in Victorys crown. This seasonal weizenbock is a beautiful red colour with an ample beige head. The aromas are big up front and consist of various fruits (especially bananas) spices sugar and malt. The taste is a fruity melange of alcohol, spices, fruits, and malts. The mouthfeel is creamy, but far from cloying and the drinkability is excellent for a beer in this style!

A class act from victory!

F

 424 characters

Photo of Litterbean
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my 500ml weizen glass, producing a cloudy, chalky, tan beer with a fluffy, creamy head. Yeast is swirled and poured in and forms a descending vortex to the bottom of the glass.

Right up front there is the unmistakable aroma of bananas. Ripe, delicious, overpowering bananas. Then there is the grainy wheat following right behind. Pulling them all together is the chalky yeast which is pleasant and inviting. Alcohol smell is well hidden, although there is a good amount in this brew.

First sip you are bombarded with juicy fruit flavors, like bananas, plums, and some grape-like vinous flavors. The yeast adds a distinct character as well, as does the overall warm malty wheat characters. Very clean tasting, crisp and refreshing as hell. The alcohol is also very well hidden in the taste, so this bad boy could sneak up on the uninformed. A delicious beer, back to front, one of the best I've had of any style.

 930 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!

    Subscribe