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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11.11%
 
 
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Photo of Wasatch
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Enjoy By: 12 Aug 2016

Been A Long Time Coming!

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden orange color, very nice carbonatin, with a very nice one-finger creamy thick off-white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, slight banana/wheat, spicy. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, with some nice banana/wheat notes, with a nice touch of spice. Medium body. Overall, this is a very nice brew. Recommeded.

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

Enjoy By Aug 29, 2008

Pours a nice cloudy golden amber/brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger plus creamy tannish head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, yeasty, nice touch of spice and caramel. The taste is awesome, slight sweetness, malty/yeasty, some spicyness, and caramel. The alcohol is hidden very well. Medium body, a very nice well-rounded brew. Very drinkable, it's been awhile since I've had a Victory brew, but it is very delicious as I remember them to be.

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Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices and dark fruits. Taste is like the smell, fruit, spices and alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Victory Moonglow Weizenbock pours a muddy brown with an offwhite head and some lace.

Aroma is of Munich style maltings, light fruit and barnyard hay, wheat.

Flavor of a bavarian hefeweizen upfront. Banana, bubblegum, light clove. Bock-like malt boasts of fresh picked cherries. A light hoppyness can be found throughout, lending a spicey touch to the grainy midsection. Alcohol is very mild.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly smooth.

This is a kick ass beer. Strong and flavorful, this one can warm you up in a hurry during the colder months. Imagine the Victory St.Victorious bock blended with a good Franziskaner, and this is what you get.

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Photo of biegaman
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flaming persimmon with a light sangria blush. Its ecru-stained head is lusciously creamy and remains super-glued to the surface even long, long after the pour. The beer is incredibly clear and lambent with the most vivid and phosphorescent colours; 'Moonglow' is most certainly an appropriate title.

The bottle promises "wild, fruity flavours and deep, spicy aromas" and delivers just that. Pineapple, peaches, nectarine and apple - all mushy and way over-ripened - combine with sugar, white pepper, coriander, grains of paradise and clove to make a global fruit salad that combines elements from all corners of the earth.

The flavour is sweet as candy and tastes a bit like one too. It has intensely sugary fruity notes of peach, pear, green apple and banana coming out more and more as it warms. The spices are layered one atop the other with clove, allspice, coriander and white pepper, in that order, comprising a sort of reverse pyramid.

The spiciness and grainy, wheat-like texture are not so pronounced in mouthfeel as they are in taste. There is enough presence, however, to be noted and distinguish this from a standard dopplebock. Still, the phenols and wheat texture could stand to be multiplied given they each play such a defining role for the style.

Victory Brewing seem to do German interpretations better than just about anyone in the New World. Their fresh hop Braumeister Harvest Pils is unquestionably the best German pilsner I've had, ditto for their altbier. The Moonglow Weizen Bock, although maybe not the best, may very well be my favourite of that style.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Unfiltered, hazy copper/orange pour with a thick, fluffy cream head with burgundy highlights. Excellent retention and thick webs of lacing. Fruity and spicy, but not overly complex or potent. Ripe apple and clove, yeasty, mild alcohol. Full bodied, high carbonation, very pleasant with a rich, flavorful sweet aftertaste with a mild alcohol presence. Flavor would be scored higher if not for a slightly medicinal taste that lingers stronger in the finish as the beer warms up. Otherwise, flavor follows the nose, more fruity than spicy, banana and apple with clove and corriander spices in midbody for balance. Another excellent Victory beer, I want to like this more, but I don't like the aftertaste.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep murky amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy yeasty malt and a good banana aroma.

The taste consisted of a robust toasted grain with a spicy yeast element. Some mild raisin flavor as well.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice, and flavorful weizenbock. Solid ABV.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy orange brown with a poofy off-white fizzy head with good retention. Mild lace.

S: Banana bread which is a hallmark of the style, light hints of citrus.

T: Bananas, some burnt brown sugar. Clove finish, with some medicinal character and noticable ethanol heat in the finish. Cinnamon and winter bread spice come out as the beer warms.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bodied, spicy.

D: A very good example of the style with classic weizenbock flavours. A little too much heat on the back end and the fact I'd like a little darker flavour overall are really my only qualms. This is well made and could easily pass for a German version.

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

Sampled due to BIGsBIF and the kindness of BeerBeing.

Pours a cloudy rust brown beer with a slightly too small head. Standard for the style but this is one of the styles that tend to look like sewage in the glass no matter what just like Roggenbier.

Smell is sweet spiced banana bread. Some spicy pepper aroma from the alcohol is present. Distinctly bready smelling with a sour note of granny smith apple in it. No discernible hop aroma.

Taste is sweet and full of banana bread flavor at the beginning. Lots of brown sugar in the taste and is very much like a Belgian Brown ale in this respect. Noticeable bitterness in the flavor. Tasty mix of spices in the taste of the German Christmas cookie variety, ginger, cinnamon and vanilla mostly.

Mouthfeel is quite good and thick.

Very drinkable example of the style; absolutely flaw free. While just not as complex as Aventinus there is certainly no reason to not drink this if you find it.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy dark amber with a fair head. Smells nicely of banana and some spice as well as some sweet malt. The taste is similar, but with an added layer of hoppy bitterness that joins the lush banana, clove, and other yeast notes. Nice deep flavors with just enough residual sweetness. Very smooth in the mouth, and the alcohol is exceptionally well hidden. A pleasure.

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

On tap at Mahaffey's today. This has long been one of my favorite beers from Victory, but for whatever reason, I have not seen it on tap here in Baltimore in some time.

The beer pours a reddish amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is weizenbock sweet (think Aventinus), with considerable clove, bubblegum and banana. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except I also pick up some brown sugar and chocoate flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full in this fairly sweet beer, though there's nothing heavy or tiring about drinking this beer. The alcohol is really well disguised and integrated into the flavor profile, and as a result drinkability is pretty good.

Just an all around solid beer from Victory. Good stuff.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber color with significant active visible carbonation. Long retaining 1 inch head, some good lacing.

Smells like yeast esters, bananas and caramel.

Similar flavor. Nice maltiness to this one to make it a weizenbock- caramel, toffee, and yeasty breadiness, along with typical weizen qualities of banana and clove. Very well integrated beer. Alcohol is slightly present.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very warming. Dry finish.

Don't see too many American made versions of this style, loved getting a chance to try this one.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel color with a 1 finger off white head. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of banana, wheat, caramel, and chocolate.
Taste is of the same aromas that has been watered down slightly.
Mouthfeel is fizzy, full bodied, and sweet.
Drinkability is good. I'm a big fan of the style and I like Victory's version.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Enjoy by Aug 13, 2015. So this is sampled on Oct. 23, 2015.

Even though it is beyond its expiration date it does have a handsome looking medium amber pour with a tremendous off-white head. Fluffy perhaps.

The aroma speaks to me with roasted malts, vague fruit, light spice, low hops, and toast.

The body is medium or better.

The taste brings out the fruit characters prior to any of those other esters I picked up min the aroma. Good malty character and little to no hop character. The way I enjoy this style.

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Photo of Derek
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by April 15, 2005. Oops... it expired over a year ago!

A: Hazy golden bronze with chunks. Off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bubble-gum esters, slightly tart.

T: Bubble-gum, banana, cloves and bread.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, acidic.

D: The years haven't been too kind.

Thanks Len!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a cream, five-finger head, fades very slowly and leaves a good lace. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Cloudy amber color with a lot of floaties. Nose is yeasty. Flavor is sweet, yeasty, some caramel. Higher ABV is hidden. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA

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Photo of corby112
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.37/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Dark orangish brown with a thin head of big bubbles. Body has a nice dense haze with a light carbonation

S- bready malt with pronounced banana and just a hint of clove.

T- a Belgian candy flavor with a hint of cloves and a nice maltyness with a bit of wheat. I bit of a tart flavor at the end with a yeasty finish. a hint of alcohol warmth but no hops noted.

M- A medium body with a bit of a fuzziness. No real heat from the alcohol.

D- This is a ok brew. It doesn't have the malt characters that I was looking for and it wasn't as complex as some of the other commercial examples I've had. A nice drink but I will try some other weizenbocks.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darkish copper with two-finger head and some lacing. A semi-sweet malt smell, like caramel and honey with hints of roasted malts, plus some mild fruit notes in the smell. This beer is full-bodied and a thick; a great sipper. All packed into this beer is a creamy body that has a sweet, sugary taste along with both dark and tropical fruits like banana and apple (not tropical, I know) and sweet malts. Mildly warming but no alcohol burn (ABV hidden nicely) for a robust but smooth finish. I recommend this to any beer drinker for sampling.

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Photo of akorsak
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pint glass served at the Batdorf in Annville, PA.

A: The weizenbock is a muddy auburn color, equal parts thick orange and brown. No head to speak of, although that seems to be par for the course at the 'dorf.

S: The nose is wheaty, fully of banana and clove esters and a solid rush of boozy warmth. Breadiness from the malt mixes with the esters to good effect.

T: Even when the weizenbock is cold, the esters stand out. Fruity, bubblegum and clove with banana for good measure, flavors abound. The wheat flavor lacks the light tartness that more delicate weizens show off but that abrasive strength is a nice substitute. Bready malts, the barley aspect, drive the thickness of the ale and provide a dry counterpoint to the esters.

M: Every now and then, I detected a metallic flavor. It was fleeting and may have jhust been my imagination. The weizenbier is robust, flavorful and fortified.

D: A winter warmer indeed, this one will keep you comfy at night. A stand-out weizenbock.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that provides good lace. S: Malty spice, traces of clove, dark bread. T: Dark bread crust, clove, light banana, citrus with a moderate hop bitter accent. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation. O: A spicy, full flavored Weizenbock.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours brown with red/orange highlights. Light tan head. Leaves small bits of lacing. Body is mildly opaque.

S-Banana bread. Light chocolate. Yeast and other different spices float about. Alcohol becomes a bit more apparent as the beer warms.

T-Akin to the nose. Banana bread. Nuts and chocolate with yeast and spice. Cloves are present. A bit too solid on the booze here. Not as smooth as other I have tried, a bit too sharp.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth enough with mellow carbonation.

O/D-Overall, it was alright. Not as good as a few others I have tried from the same style. Not very high on drinkablility. Too pricey too at nearly $13 a six pack. One single will permanently be enough for me.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Revisited again today, and wasn't as impressed with appearance and nose, although the other areas notched up a bit. All in all, same overall rating more or less, so I won't change the numbers. Guess I'm just not the biggest fan here, or just end up not so lucky with this one...

Newer review:
12oz bottle from, well, somewhere... Best by 3/1/05, oops.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head above the cloudy darkish amber brew. Foamy head lasts well, and exhibits nice foamy lacing. Aroma is husky malts, with fruits, spicing and alcohol all having their say. Taste is similar to my previous, older sample, with sour upfront, grains in the middle, fades to a chalky alcohol finish. Better here, but not much. Mouthfeel and drinkability are also better than the previous bottle sampled, but still not what I'm looking for and/or expecting. Will plan on revisiting with an even fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

Original review, 3.2, 1/19/05:
12oz bottle inspired by a bottle received from jcalbi as part of BIFXV. Thanks for the opportunity, even thought that exact bottle was lost in a bizarre refrigerator incident, and I had to obtain a bottle from Yankee Spirits to replace it, which it seems was past its "best by" date. Guess cellaring beers at their store isn't such a good idea. Will revisit as soon as possible and update this review as necessary.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light tan head above the dark reddish amber brew. Foamy head lasts and lasts, and exhibits good lacing. Aroma is grainy malts, with fruity alcohol easily apparent. Taste is upfront with a fruity tart/sour, a light malt backbone, and then fades into an alcohol flavor, and leaves a chalky feel in the mouth. Seems like it should show more malt character to me. Mouthfeel and drinkability are quite low for me, but your milage may vary. Will plan on revisiting with a fresher bottle, and see if my views are consistent.

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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 DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a little cold so hopefully the taste will not be affected

Pours a nice hazy brown with a big amount of sediment. Best before Sept. 1st 2011 suggest this is what it is supposed to look like. Half inch of creamy foam. The smell is bread, clove, banana, fruits like fig and raisin, and a mild yeast. Taste starts off spicy with clove, moves to banana peel and yeast, and finishes bready and sweet. Very little fruit maybe a mild fig but it's really covered by yeast. More bitter than expected but the ABV is well covered. Drink ability is pretty nice but since fall came and went I may still be able to find old bottles but I really didn't love it. Was less drinkable than the Hofbrau version since the bitterness but more drinkable than Aventinus. A sort of average middle ground but great rep of the style.

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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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