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
Ratings:
1,452
Reviews:
743
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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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 acurtis
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 8/19/15.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, bread, caramel, banana, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the banana and spice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a style i really like, and one i wish american craft breweries would do a little bit more with. nice to see one at the national scale here. this is pretty different from the imports, and not just because its hoppy. the color is rather orangey, and you can tell right away there are some richer crystal malts in here, compared to the pale wheat standard. great frothing lace head on this beer too, i love the spiderweb as it sips down. smells awesome too, less banana driven than many, i get the lager yeast bakery thing too, and all the grain, its very autumnal and comforting. the flavor is different too, definitely wheat based, but there is more going on, and the caramelized grain sweetness is a nice touch here. the yeast is the best of new and old worlds in terms of its flavor and overall impression it leaves on the beer. i do get that dusty german fruity thing, but there is a little more to it, its cleaner and brighter too. the booze sneaks up on you too, this is relatively easy drinking for how strong it is. another good one from victory, i hope they keep sending this cool stuff to colorado!

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky brown color with a cream colored foamy head. The head shrinks down and leaves a film over top of the beer. The lacing on this one is decent. The smell of the beer has some banana and wheaty grains on the nose. The taste is a little spicy and has a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little thin I thought but had a pretty texture for the style. Overall It's a pretty good beer and I'd drink it again.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a huge fan of Bock's, but Victory has yet to let me down. Pours an orange/amber color. Lots of sediment in this one, pretty good size head. This beer smells amazing. tons of dark fruit aromas. Medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Definite alcohol taste in this one, lots of plum and clove flavors come through. A bit too strong for my liking, and not a huge fan of the estery style... but a nice sipper beer for dinner. above average beer for sure.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy deep amber in color and a foamy off-white head. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate to strong aroma of sweet malts with hints of bananas, cloves and yeast.
T: The taste has a slight amount of malty sweetness and has notes of bananas and dark fruits along with hints of spiciness from the cloves and yeast.
M: The beer is full-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a slight amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer is quite drinkable considering it's alcohol content; for the most part it is fairly well masked.

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Among the most complex tastes in the beer world, German-style weizenbocks seem to captivate the palate with a new set of flavors, balances and textures with each and every sip. Victory demonstrates this abundance of tastes in all its malt-forward, fruity and spicy glory.

Somewhat murky in its pour, its rust-stained hues are garnet and mauve. Its rich froth is rocky and meringue-like before faltering halfway down the glass. With bubbles popping, the nose fills with candied malt, spice cake, red wine, earthy fruit and pepper. Its sweeter taste is bready, sweet and decadently rich.

As the fruit and dense malt mingle upon the palate, the culmination comes to a head as fruitcake with notions of dried apple, banana, red grape, fig, raisin, plum and prune. With new flavors pronouncing with each sip, a follow up of clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, vanilla, mint and wine acidity balances the malt and fruit with nearly even-keel precision.

Rising alcohols frame the finish, giving a spiced rum character to the already variant beer. Warm, tangy and peppery- the waining moments are alive with a sultry savory taste that linger deep in finish; making this ale a slow and patient session rather than a refreshing or drinkable option.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a fluffy beige head; shards of lacing stick to the glass

Smell: Bananas, raisins, vanilla, pears and a touch of clove

Taste: Sweet toffee malt with banana and vanilla flavors up front; mid-palate, some of the spicy clove, coriander and yeast flavors start to kick in, the finish is sweet and spicy with a bit of alcoholic warmth

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, almost milky, with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: I am stunned by how tasty this is; hope Victory will bring it to NC next year

Thanks, BeerBeing

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a seasonal favorite of mine...

Pours a turbid chestnut, opaque and rich. Head forms, and grows to three fingers when the yeast is added. In the light, the descending yeast looks bizzare, like some sort of alien lifeform.

Yeast unlocks strong aroma of banana bread, clove, nutmeg, and a hint of fruit.

Taste follows the aromas, with and amplified spice and banana/clove combination. Alcohol is present, but lends itself to the rest of the flavors, giving it a warm & spicy twinge.

Similar mouthfeel as a dunkleweizen, yeast adds a bit more fullness to that.

Drinkability is good, 2-3 in one sitting is the max for me, especially in colder months. I've had an occasional "off" bottle (cidery/sour), but this one is generally consistent in quality. Highly recommended!

EDIT 10/07: Cellared 2-year old bottle from August 2005...tartness seems more present, a bit faded from it's former spicy character. Cidery and malty. It seems to lose a bit of it's depth. Not bad, not good. Best fresh...

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3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber looking beer that is clearly not filtered with a good size head with good retention. Aroma is light roasted malt with some cloves/cinnamon. Taste is quite enjoyable with the roasted aspect mixing quiet well with the spicy (cinnamon?) and banana taste. Some bitterness can also be noticed at the end with a medium to full body.

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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a caramel-colored, three-finger, head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very malty with a good dose of wheat and clove aromas. There was a mild banana smell, too.

T - It tasted of tons of clove and wheat flavor. It had a nice roasty malt flavor with hints of banana.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a fizzy/poppy mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is a really good American-style weizenbock. Malty and darker than the German versions.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 8/19/2015. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the dense head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible weizenbock! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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