Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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:
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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
742
Ratings:
1,447
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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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!

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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.

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

re-review. 12oz into tulip.

A- Nice caramel red/orange/brown and an off-white head that is about 1cm tall.

S- Toffee, caramel, mild yeast spiciness. Undefined fruit sweetness.

T- This one holds up, for me. Great flavors. Heavy wheat profile, hefty. Bready. Fruity finish- bananas, plums, and tangerines- and a faint spice from the yeast.

M- Heavy, warming (not hot), big, bold. Great flavors, great finish. Very nice.

D- This was one of my first beers reviewed on BA. It holds up, to me- fantastic stuff. One of the best domestic weizenbocks. Man, do I love a good weizenbock! Worth seeking out. Worth trading for if you're a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Much darker than a hefeweizen or a wheat beer that I am used to .Nice apricot colored head with a dark, cloudy orange brown brew.

Smell: Smells like a belgian triple with strong fruity yeasty components. Vibrant and fresh smells come through with a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Tastes very refreshing. Has a good amount of acidity followed with some dark fruitiness behind it. Malty and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, coats the palate well. Has a bit of an astrignety taste on the backend but smooth.

Drinkability: Despite the high abv, this puppy went down very easily. It has a great flavor, aroma and its easy to put a few of these back at at time.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: So here I am listening to the sounds of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" imbibing upon one of the most appealing to the eye weizen bocks in existence, well the Moonglow of the deep amber mahogany body with a ruby brown tinted massive head leaving complete webs of lacing around my glass just reminds me of that glowing amber moon that sometimes mysteriously appears in the sky. Aroma: Where do I start, banana sauteed in a light pear liqueur and the presence of the wheat malt along with the magnificent tones of the yest born bliss. The alcohol nose isn't overbearing but blended across a spectrum of fruity yet musty tones of paradise, this beer has to be one of the most enticing aromatic creations ever to come across my path. Taste: Even as it warms the sharp wheat based malt sweetness mixed perfectly with the alcoholic tone fruits such as pear, banana, and mild apple tones over a brown sugar base arise and soar over the palate oh "come a little bit closer hear what I have to say", "just like children sleeping we could dream this night away", "but there's a full moon rising, let's go dancing in the light". Wow, this is an experience whoever samples this beer must pop in some Neil Young it's awesome together. Mouthfeel: Slight sense of chiunkiness to it medium to full bodied luscious wheat ale, a must try for all German style beer lovers, props go out to Bill and Ron on this one muchas gracias guys for creating not just a sessionn of exotic ale sipping, but one that will be emblazoned in my memory as one of the most skillfully constructed good times I have shared with true art. Drinkability: Well, I don't even know what the ABV of this beer is but I can tell you that after one I am feeling on another level of relaxation and at peace with the world. We all need that push to get us through the day, and to picture an evening with my own family someday and a night cap in the form of a Moonglow each day will be more blissful than the next.

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Photo of DerekP
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow is a beautiful, modestly effervescent brown brew with an orange-ish glow at the bottom and hints of red hues throughout. A lot of yeast in suspension. A soapy light beige head sits atop and plans on going nowhere.

Smell is so pronounced: pineapple & tropical fruits, booze, under-ripe banana. Floral. Treated wood. Much going on.

The taste is exceedingly bright up front and then turns down to toasty notes, wood and booze. Alcohol lingers while accompanied by moderately aggressive phenols. I sense hop flavors in the middle pushing their way through, but they're hard to really discern amidst the myriad of things going on with this brew.

Bottom line, it's a spicy, yeasty, fruity and lively beer with a little bit of heat and a mildly dry finish. Well played. I'll continue sipping & enjoying this one.

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Photo of oracle
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the beer poured a magnificent deep amber tinged with orange. Medium density 3 inch head didn't stick around a long time, but it a moderate amount of lacing to mark its passing. Alas poor beer head, we hardly knew ye.

Smell was a gorgous combination of ripe banana and sweet malt.

Taste was excellent. Sweet, creamy and smooth. rich with out being cloying. Didn't event realize it was 8.7% abv until finished.

Excelent and very drinkable. I wish I had more than the one or at least access to more.

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Photo of Tallboy
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd offering from Victory and I must say they realy got it going on!!!
Pours a clear reddish but murky brown. Minute taupe head recedes quickly. Minimal lacing. Smells like a fresh fruit and candy bouquet that is just sweetly sublime . Taste is a nice yeast with ample helpings of pear, apple and a hint of caramel creme for good measure. Malty with a full and ritch syrupy like body. Alcohol is disguised realy well. No burn, just good ole' warmth. Easily drinkable considering it has a large ABV content.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with no drink by date. The color is a cloudy, amber with small bits of yeast sediment floating around. The head is tan in color and rose to 2 fingers high, leaving a good amount of sticky lace. The head retention is very good.

The aroma is fruity-apples topped by some pepper and butter seasoning. The taste is a spicy, bold flavor of fruits and a very small alcoholic taste. It reminds me of both sweet and sour flavoring.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat tart. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of Finn
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a Duvel tulip. Nice deep orangIe/ruby color, with a bit of haze to it, and a nice tan thick head toppping it off.

I love the smell of this one: dark fruits, plums, wheat, biscuits, bananas, malt, vanilla.

The taste is full and complex, giving much of what the aroma hinted at: dark caramel malts mixed with a lot of different fruit varieties, and a bit of that classic weizen flavor. The finish is nice, with a bit of sweetness, though not cloying.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

This beer scores well on drinkability. A lot of complex flavor packed into a beer that goes down quite easily. This is more in the style of dark weizenbocks, like Aventinus.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Huge two fingers of head smell is typical Bavarian wheat, yeasty, and spicy. Flavors smacks you in the face with subtle banana and a tart fruitiness. A light burn from the alcohol and spicey yeast. A great beer to shake up a mundane drinking session.

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Photo of russwbeck
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy and hazy apple cider color. Off-white head doesn't stick around for long, but laces to an extent.

S: I love the smell of a good Weizenbock, and this is a good Weizenbock. Bananas up front, as is typical. Malty and caramel also showing themselves. Little bit of alcohol.

T: Very complex. Can't quite decide what all this brew is throwing at me. Bananas up front, maybe some brown sugar coming through. Alcohol warms you as you drink.

MF: Creamy, smooth, delicious.

D: Very high, I have been waiting to try this for a while now, boy am I glad I finally got my hands on it. Favorite Victory to date.

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Photo of Boto
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Victory: This one is a rich, cloudy orangish-brown color. There was no head on my sample. The aroma was highlighted by notes of banana and clove, as well as some dark fruits and caramel. The taste was a rich malty sweet, but not overly so. Some Yeatiness, as well as hints of the banana,dark fruits and clove also. Another very good one! Even my mother and wife liked this one!

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity.
Pours a hazy copper with very little head, but a fairly nice collar.
Smell is spices (clove, cinnamon), banana, malt sweetness, and a little caramel.
Taste is very spicy (up the clove, and the cinnamon), super ripe bananas, caramel, sweet malts. Some medicinal character.
Very, very smooth. This beer goes down so easily it's scary. I'm having a hard time discerning where the alcohol is in this one.
Overall, an exceptional beer. I've not had many beers from Victory (this is only my second) but if a brewery can make a beer like this, they're okay in my book.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - An amber/burnt orange/almost reddish color. Opaque in appearance
Smell - Fruity, spicy, bananas, sweet malts, wheat
Taste - wheat, Banana, sweet banana bread, spice, clove
Feel - Slightly warming on the back end from the booze but crazy drinkable though for 8.7%

Overall - This beer is much better than I expected. I really enjoyed drinking this one.

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Photo of djramage
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass.

Fragrance was fruity and spicy. Appearance was clear, however, visible "chunks" of yeast liberally floating about.

Taste was exceptional, with alternating flavors of strong spices and sweet overtones. Strong finish.

Truly a wonderful beer.

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Photo of RobH
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. long neck bottle into a snifter glass.

The bottle was nearly 6 months old from the bottling date, however with a high-alcohol brew such as this I am thinking that shouldn't be a problem.

My first-ever Weizenbock, and I enjoyed it immensely!

-Beautiful mahogany coloured beer when held up to the light.

-Smells of inviting "warm" spices.

-Tastes of warm spices with an after-dinner-drink appeal. I did not note any amplification of the tastes as the beer warmed. It was great right out of the refrigerator and stayed great for the 1+ hour that I sipped on it.

-Mouthfeel is silky yet crisp and not syrupy. Just right.

-Finishes with a slow fade of flavors that beckon another sip not too far away.

Definitely a nice, quality, elegant sippers brew. I will get it again.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very slightly hazy deep amber. The head is even more than expected: three fingers after a medium strength pour. I let the beer sit, and it's been sitting for 5 minutes and still has a good two fingers of head, which is leaving a solid sheet of lacing as it drops. Through the haze I can see a small amount of sediment, indicating a traditional bottle-conditioning, and I can also see a constant stream of bubbles. The head looks like off-white billowy clouds- the little silent playground you see when you're at 10,000 ft elevation in an airplane. Unbelievable head retention. Especially for this high of an ABV.

Aroma sends up rich banana notes, of course the almighty clove, cane sugar, honey, biscuit, shortbread, and homemade banana nut bread, with butter, toasted to perfection.

and the head still remains.

First impression of the flavor is banana bread, followed by an earthy, almost swampy note in the background from the hops. A distinct peppery spice rounds out the finish, leaving pepper and banana to linger on the palate.

and the head remains.

Mouthfeel is so carbonated it feels fluffy, like trying to mouthwash with a root beer. The underlying body is medium, but feels thicker because of the ridiculous carbonation. The finish is very dry, but not in a bitter way... Almost the dry that you get from a hydrogen peroxide rinse. All this sounds a bit unappetizing, I know, but it comes together very very well and makes for an excellent mouthfeel.

the head. still there. still a thick pillow.

This is probably the best weizenbock I have had. Ironic, because it's made in the states. But I suppose a style can be improved upon, eh? If you love the style, you MUST try this one. It is nothing short of exceptional.

oh, did I mention the head? I have a glass of a finger of head left after the beer is gone.

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Photo of hman43
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: It is amber that is slightly on the dark side. It has a moussy, tan head. It is hazy and cloudy.

Look: It has aromas of bread, plums, and a bit of vanilla. It also has an alcohol aroma. As it warms, the aroma of banana and raisins become evident.

Taste; It has rich, bread malt flavors with a spicy, clove element. There is moderate wheat flavors and banana. There is a faint tart bite with a sherry like quality that adds to the overall complexity of the beer.

Feel: It has a medium full body. There is a pleasant warming sensation. It also is highly carbonated.

Overall: This is a wheat and malt rich beer with a spicy, but slightly tart kick to it. It has strong alcohol warming with a sherry like quality that is enhanced by the flavors of plums, raisins and bananas.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown long neck with an "Enjoy By" freshness date of Sept 10 2010 on the label.

A: Cloudy reddish amber with thick light tan head.

S: Very fruity with mild spice background. An alcohol scent is also heavy with a malty sweetness.

T&M: Medium bodied with a wheat twang. Nice toasted malt hits next. Very fruity that is nicely balanced with a mild spiciness.

This is a sample from a local "beer of the month" that I belong to. Good beer as I wouldn't have tried on my own. It was the last of the six and probably the best !

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Arrived a rich copper color with a good inch of dense, foamy head. Smells of lemon and spice but most noticeable is banana. Initial taste reminded me instantly of fresh baked banana bread. Rich fruity and nutty. Alcohol is well hidden. Very fresh tasting. Delicious! I wish I had a few homemade chocolate chip walnut cookies to go with this. Mouthfeel could be a little heavier to back up the taste. I could easily savor 3 or 4 of these in the course of an evening.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a tan head. Had to be patient with the pour and wait for the beautiful dense head to fade a bit. Not much lacing left behind. Scents are mainly fruity - orange peel and lemon - with a little wheat as well. The smell could use a little more oomph though. There's a lot going on in the taste - it combines the flavors of a wit with a hefeweizen - and boy is it good! Banana and bread give a bubble gum-like sweetness, and a twinge of lemon gives a perfect amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, though carbonation is high. This is one of the best wheat beers I've had. Victory has a winner.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle...I really love a nice Weizenbock (and after this one, I'll be seeking out more) and this one really hit the spot.

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass super slowly...

A- Tan light brown- light copper penny color. Tan thin head- very bubbly- carbonation- sediment was floating here and there.

S- Tart and fruity some funk as well. Lots of spices in the nose most notably something very close to a clove.

T- This is a flavor bomb. A complete pleasure to sip and taste. Bananas, tropical fruits, hints of clove and spice. 8.7% ABV...really!? Sweet and sugary.

M- Very carbonated- smooth- well balanced- nothing lacking here.

D- Easy drinking. This will be a staple in my fridge from here on in. I absolutely loved this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a rust color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of chunky sediment floating around. There was a huge, creamy head and very good lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of bananas, malt and that bubble gum quality of most hefeweizens.

T: A nicely balanced taste of bananas, malt, wheat and bubble gum. Very tasty and complex.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is yet another drinkable beer from Victory. It goes down easy and has plenty of character.

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Photo of cdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick head of tan foam sits atop the hazy amber colored brew.

S: The nose is distinguished by spicy caramel, clove, banana, apricots, and a hint of cinnamon. The hops are evident here, which enhance the aroma and inevitably balance the brew.

T&M: The viscous, malty characteristic of the wheat beer is very inviting, allowing the warming hoppiness, clove, banana, and rich apricot and caramelized apple to wash over the palette. As it warms, I also get a little yeasty bread crust. The carbonation is very crisp, and the 8% abv really comes through, while not overwhelming the subtle fruit flavors.

D: Yes yes, this is ridiculously easy to drink. I love the refreshing nature of the wheat beer in this dark, well-balanced weizenbock.

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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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