Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

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4.05
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Photo of gillagorilla
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first beer review since starting my job back on Friday

A: A muddy/hazy burnished mahogany and copper body with a nice velvety head and collar.
S: Yeasty, phenolic and some ripe banana.
T: Delicious, bock-y and just like it smells. Glad I got to try it.
M: Like pulling a velvet blanket over your tongue. Just a breaking line of carbonation precedes it.
O: I'm pretty sure anything would taste good right now, but this definitely has it going on. So glad that I could get to try this.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: reddish brown, nice fluffy off white head on the pour.
smell: a little sweet, a little spice, a little fruit. Pleasant enough though not particularly mind blowing.
taste: Much like the nose.
overall: A nice beer. Glad I tried it, not a particular standout imo.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The quintessential American Weizenbock. Better then many German examples, IMO. The most balanced weizenbock I have had to date! Conceals its alcohol superbly!

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Photo of babaracas
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy rust color with thin cream colored head; delicate sheeting into a few dots. Smell: sweet wheat bread, caramel, big clove, and a banana pudding (chemically banana) note. Taste: banana pudding made with cloves, topped with caramel. If you made this, it would taste just like this beer. There's really nothing else going on... a note of brown bread. It's enjoyable and, well, it's hard to completely whiff on this style, but it's not even on the same field as a poor-man's version of Aventinus. 2014 fall bottling.

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

A: Dark, copper brown. Thin white head

S: over-ripe bananas, apples and spice, bread crust

T: Sweet and malty upfront, spiciness from the Belgian yeast and finishes with some spice and a maybe a little funk?

M: solid carbonation gives a strong effervescent mouthfeel.

O: picked this bottle up out of curiosity. I don't usually like the Belgian yeast taste and shy away from beers like this but this was very good for both taste and mouth feel. Would drink again

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Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Muddy copper. Nose is bready and that old familiar funk is also present. Nutty but not really getting the traditional banana notes. The finish is slightly cidery.

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Photo of dar482
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

The beer comes in a dark red orange.

The aroma is of roasted apples, ripe banana, clove, a hint of breadiness and nuts.

The flavor flavors of those fruit flavors, a medium plus theme of phenolic character. There's a touch of sweetness and breadiness, along with nuts.

The beer has high carbonation and tastes very much like a traditional German stalwarts in the style. A wonderful American attempt at the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Victory Brewing Company's Moonglow Weizenbock a couple weeks ago for $2.59 at Holiday Market. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now since I'm a big fan of the style, but it wasn't till I stopped into Holiday Market that I finally found a bottle of it and I'm very interested to see how it turns out, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage, enjoy by august 19th 2015. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label look ok, the design goes well with the name, but I don't think it's the most eye catching. It poured a nice caramel amber color that took on more of a ruby red color when held to the light with almost four fingers worth of very creamy tan head that died down a thin layer that stayed till the end it left some nice patchy rings of lacing behind. This was a very good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a very high amount of medium sweetness with a nice fruit aroma being the first to show up and it's a nice and even mixture of green apple and banana like aromas with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes the malts which impart a wheat, bready, bread crust, sweet malt and lightly toasted aroma with a light nutty aroma showing up in the end along with some spices with cloves sticking out the most. This beer had a very nice aroma and it's just what I would expect from the style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up this time and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes a light alcohol flavor that leads right into the fruits which impart the same banana and green apple aspects that they did in the aroma with the green apple seeming to stick out just a little more than the banana this time. Towards the end comes some spices and nutty flavors with a lighter amount of bitterness and some spices, green apple and wheat showing up in the aftertaste. This was a very nice tasting beer that's just what I expect from the style.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was right on the border of being highly carbonated. The mouthfeel was nice, but I wish it was a little creamy instead of being pretty crisp and slightly prickly.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and I thought it was a very nice example of the style, it had all the key aspects that I look for in the style with the carbonation being the only aspect that felt a little out of place. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, just a little filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I think two would be my limit, anymore than that and i think the prickly carbonation would start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the taste, aroma and appearance, they were all very nice and they worked really well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but I felt like the carbonation was a little too lively for the style. I would buy this beer again if I see it and I will for sure get some next year if shows up in my area. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the style, it does a good job at showing what the style all about and it's good example of a American made Weizenbock. All in all I was very happy with this beer, it did a good job at satisfying my urge for a good Weizenbock. It isn't my favorite of the style, but it is one of the better Victory beers I've had. Great job guys, this was one tasty Weizenbock, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a beautiful amber with orange and ruby highlights.
head is thick and frothy, great retention and
smells yeasty and bananas
flavor is malty, caramely, light wheat
the booziness peeks through a bit and is a little over carbed (at least this batch)
great beer regardless, i look forward to its release every year.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color. The head is very tall at three fingers high (and thanks to an idiotically aggressive pour) and off-white in shade. It has an impressively dense, foamy texture, along with some impressively annoying retention. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass, which is nice considering that weizens tend to have minimal lace. (4.25)

Smell: Typical of the style, there is a massive amount of palpable wheat on the nose. And typical of many Victory offerings, it smells well-hopped for the style (but not so over-hopped as to ruin it). Its ester profile seems to have more clove than banana, as well. The latter two notes blend together very well. Letting it open up will reveal some sweeter, sugar-laden notes. I'm missing some of the delicate fruitness featured in the style benchmarks, but I enjoy the nose regardless. (3.5)

Taste: It opens up with a nice wheat flavor, slowly building into some clove flavor near the midtaste. In addition, it shows some caramel-laden notes on the back end reminding me of a dunkel somewhat. The hoppiness also on the back end is extremely subtle - there, and surprisingly noticeable, but balanced beautifully within the malt background.

Mouthfeel: While it's evidently a powerful beer, it's crisp and dry enough to go down as easily as the typical 4.5% weizen. On the other hand, it doesn't feel particularly rich, either. Still, it features a slight warming sensation going down the throat. Combined with its low carbonation, it manages to simultaneously be a winter warmer and an easy drinker at the same time. (3.5)

Overall: Vitus, this is not. What it is, however, is a tasty and dangerous weizenbock. You could genuinely crush it - and end up looking like a fool in the process. Naturally, I killed this one pretty quickly. Hey, it's not my fault this is such a good beer! (3.75)

3.7/5: Yet another rock-solid Victory beer

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A beauty out of the bottle.  Hazy due its unfiltered style, deep amber/ruby in color with some orange highlights, and a huge, frothy, long-lasting, light tan head that reaches up past the lip of the glass.  Patchy lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down.  More subtle aroma than I was expecting, especially given it's ABV.  Still plently of banana and clove in the nose.  Flavor profile falls somewhere in between a hefeweizen, a dunkelweizen, and a bock.  Medium to full bodied and the alcohol is very well-hidden.

I've had a few outstanding beers from Victory lately and this is no exception.  No objections here if they want to make this available year-round.

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Photo of jlindros
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've been craving a wezienbock lately, so this should be nice of a cold night. Not date on the bottle unfortunately, but picked this up recently.

Pours a huge over carbonated like fluffy fizzy 3 finger head that takes up half the glass, fades slowly and turns fluffy and pillowy with nice lacing, and a stream of bubbles rising in the hazy but mostly clear candy apple reddish slight orange colored beer.

Nose is mostly what I expected, some biscuit and toffee, caramel and brown sugar candied darker fruits, a little raisin like, lots of wheat, toasted darker brown like wheat, little fig paste, etc, but it has that under-attenuated before bottling like aroma that was taken over by yeast and it's gotten a bit yeasty and some phenolic alcohol bite, bit boozy in the aroma.

Taste brings more of the same, toasted brown wheat malts, a little orange zest in there somehow, with more candied fruits, fig paste, date, candied raisin, etc, with more sweet flavors, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, etc again, and pretty sweet but not overly. A mild toasted biscuit as well, with some chewy almost molasses like notes, and again that yeasty flavor from under attenuated then over bottle conditioned yeast, but at least it didn't erupt in the bottle surprisingly. Booze is fairly prevalent, a little fusel alcohol with a mild phenolic tone. Finish is drier surprisingly, more booze lingering, some candied dried darker fruits, darker wheat and biscuit, and candy but not sticky.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, little sticky syrupy, way too much carbonation.

Overall not bad, but just left too sweet in the bottle and yeast just took over, shouldn't be that old either, but at least it's not too sweet. Some candy was nice, darker dried candied fruits were nice, and the wheat was nice, just not the yeast and alcohol was a bit much. It was a nice sipper for a cold almost winter night but bit more than I expected. The somewhat dry finish was also a nice surprise, not as sticky sweet as I was expecting.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -3%

Murky medium brown, billowing khaki head. Aroma is pear skin, bruised apple, banana, clove, orange, and lemon, which contrast brown sugar, nutty malt, and rummy booze notes. There's a touch of white pepper. Very complex. Flavor reveals tart apple and pear skin, on a slightly sweet, toasted bready malt backbone, with notes of banana and pepper surfacing late. The finish is dry and a touch bitter. Wish the pear and apple were dialed down a bit too allow the malt to shine more, but a great beer. Falls a little flat in the finish.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a two-finger foamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of banana, apple, pear, cloves, and caramel.

T - Flavor starts fruity with apples, pears, and banana. The fruit flavors give way to wheat and yeastiness. Finish has some more of the yeasty phenolics.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a damn fine Weizenbock. Lots of fruity flavors make this a tasty seasonal.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great representation of a Weizenbock. Reminds me of a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel meets Weihenstephaner Vitus. Has those banana esters one would expect from those German versions. It's a great beer and I plan on drinking this often. I rank this one of my top 5 if not top 3 offerings from Victory.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle at Monde Market in Philly this past Thursday on 10/16/14. Enjoy by date reads 8/19/15 on the label. Poured into my Victory Sunrise Weissbier weizen glass. Massive rocky head with a vigorous pour, almost the length of the entire glass. Took me a few minutes just to empty the entire bottle into the glass due to the seemingly everlasting head. Made sure to swirl the bottle to get some yeast dregs into my glass. Looks a cloudy orange copper with nice carbonation.

Smells of banana, clove, pear, green apple, slight vanilla, candied raisins, and wheat bread. Spicy noble hops and a black pepper from the weizen yeast.

Tastes wonderfully complex with notes of clove phenols, banana, bready wheat malts, light vanilla, and some dark fruit like plums or dark cherries. Can feel the alcohol warmth in the back of the throat at the finish. Seems moderately sweet with no hop flavor.

Feels medium to full bodied with warming alcohol and nice carbonation.

A very nice weizenbock. An excellent version made here in PA. Nice autumn seasonal offering just as the weather is starting to turn cool. Forget pumpkin beers, I really wish more breweries would make a beer like this! A very well executed beer by Victory (yet again).

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a voluminous, light tan, creamy head. No lace but damn.
Smell is malty, spices, wood, and light smoke whiskey. Very well balanced.
Taste is malt, whiskey, smoke, spices some vague fruit and faint wood. The balance is pretty good but gets a bit lopsided after it warms.
Mostly medium bodied, lighter effervescence. Warming and relatively smooth except on the tongue at first sip where it is a bit sharp. Not as good as Aventinus but a very good brew to be certain.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with honey hues. Streams of bubbles. Khaki head that's creamy and lasts. Fragrant malt. Dark fruits, spicy phenols and banana.Taste is elegant malt, crisp but flowing. Dark fruits and breaddy wheat help to create a cake like impression. Spicy clove and a light chocolate add depth and complexity.

The mouthfeel is gentle and creamy. Faintly tart middle.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a normal house glass.

Appearance: A two finger off white head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy amber brown with decent clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bananas, cloves, spices, caramel, toffee, caramel, doughy, and chocolate.

Taste: So delicious. As good as it smells. Sweet doughy bread with a slight tad of bitterness. 8.7% alcohol, no way. Not even detectable.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, sustainable, and delicious.

Overall: As good as the German ones. Nice alternative when the German Weizenbock are not available. Very tasty and true to style.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a bottle, this very nice weizenbock pours a hazy amber with a nice THICK head
and exceptional lacing. Nose of bananas, green apples, light herbal notes, and yeasty bready
characteristics. Flavor is up front sweet wheat malts, banana and apple flavors to the back and
on the aftertaste mingling with fresh bready yeast to make this one fantastic weizenbock.
The goodly amount of carbonation keeps it lively in the mouthfeel and the alcohol warmth
rounds it out very nicely. An A plus in this fantastic brewers profile that never ceases to please.
One GOOD reason to look forward to fall.

Cheers

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Photo of sonofgor
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chicago Bears pint glass. I could have gone for the appropriate glassware but hey the Bears were playing (and losing).

Aroma: RICH melanoidins with some wheat yeast spicy phenolics. Hints of green apple, maybe a little sulfur, and possibly banana.

Appearance: deep orange-ish amber, appropriatley cloudy with a persistent off-white head and damn nice lacing.

Flavor: WOW! As with the aroma very rich melanoidins backed by just enough hop bitterness for balance and same spicy wheat yeast phenolics. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: full bodied and luscious.

Overall: never had this beer before, have been wanting to try it, and lo and behold four-packs are on sale for $7.99 at Jenny St. Market. This is quite possibly the best weizenbock I've ever had and is certainly up there with Aventinus. Just a wonderful beer: prost!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy cidery body, small tan head and thick lacing evident. Looks well-carbonated.
A banana spice smell, with sweet banana bread, and a good hint of pumpkin, esters as well.
Tastes like apple cider up front, and then as it warms the banana comes forth. Slightly tart finish, but well balanced. Acid is kept at bay.
Medium mouthfeel, although it goes down with a nice creaminess. Spicy bitter pop at the end.
Overall, a fruity imperial style of weisenbock that channels a pleasant autumn spice, with terrific balance and solid drinkability. Stock a few for the upcoming season.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 19 AUG 2015

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly settles to a nice cap

S: Fruity and wheaty notes stand out. Banana and apple stand out the most, with some clove notes giving way to a nice maltiness that gives a light sweetness and some breadiness. A little bit of an almond or cherry note as well. Some alcoholic esters also come through

T: Starts off with the fruitiness which again encompasses mostly apples and bananas. A hint of bubblegum with the banana. The almond/cherry note is a bit stronger here as well. The maltiness comes through with wheat and toasted bready notes, followed by the alcohol and fruity esters. Finishes with lingering esters, some phenolic notes, and the cherry/almond note

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit rough and prickly

O: A solid example of the style, and an American-brewed one no less. Victory does a great job with German styles, and this one is no exception. Sneakily drinkable for being nearly 9%, and a really nice when the weather is starting to get cooler. Definitely worth trying if you're into stronger brews or wheat beers

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a long-lasting creamy white head. Small soapy lacing is left behind. The aroma is pleasant, fruity (banana and apple, just like they said) and yeasty. The taste is is equally pleasant, with the same flavor profile as the aroma and it blends together well. The body is a little thinner and just right. A great beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured a copper color with 5+f head in a Hefeweizen glass. The head was larger than other Weizenbocks I have poured and tasted.

The aroma is classic- but not as strong as other German Weizenbocks: bananna, clove, and spice.

The mouth feel is lighter and less carbonated than German beers in the style.

The taste is banana, spice, clove- transitioning well from the aroma.

The finish is lighter than German Weizenbocks- I like this along with less carbonation.
If I did a blindfold test, I would chosen this beer as German brewed- it has German whole hops, and malts. It is the best American weizenbock I have tasted.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.05 out of 5 based on 1,429 ratings.
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