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:
1,448
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of jtfest
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy caramel color with a small light tan head -- active carbonation and quite a bit of sediment in the bottle. The aroma is very sweet and floral, with almost honeysuckle tones. It has a very nice, full mouthfeel that was far less "bubbly" than I expected from the appearance, but the taste didn't work for me. Not that it was bad -- in fact, it was almost a "pretty" taste that reminded me of spiced liquid flowers. But it was way too sweet for my palate. It was fairly easy drinking, I suppose - -and it might be interesting to try it on a hot summer day, but the sweetness would discourage me from more than one.

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Photo of THORN
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into wide flute.
A: Pours nice white head. Very little to no head retention. Hazy copper brown with CO2 being released in long trails along bottom of flute. Medium sized particles are suspended throughout.
S: Sweet toasted malts. Very thick breadiness that is accompanied by dark cherries and blackberries.
T: The wheat hits initially followed by sweet toasted malts. Very spicy. Sweet raisins round out with a nice chalky yeast linger.
M: Very light on tongue, but has a syrupy feel.
Sweeps across mouth with a great warmness.
D: It rounds out very well. Everything is mostly in balance, but I think it could lacked in body.

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Photo of akajimmyd
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Amber to brown, excellent carbonation action. Pale tan head that retains well.

Smell – Mild smoky or toasted scent, hints of fruit.

Taste – Banana, other fruits ranging from overripe to slightly sour. Didn’t really taste the alcohol until it warmed a little, not a defining characteristic.

Mouthfeel – Full body. Good, even carbonation. Some tarty sweetness, smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability – Simply very tasty, but also very complex; this is a real beer, it had turned me on to the style and those like it.

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

Poured a deep amber with a thin tan head.

Aroma is super sweet but a light sweetness, think pixy stix sweet.

Taste is sweet rich malt balanced by sourness and fruit flavors. Very, very tasty.

A very different beer all around. At first glance, taste doesn't match appearance, but upon further inspection it does. The color suggests sweet bock but the hazy yeastiness suggests fruit and spice, in the end all are present.

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of lagers or german-style brews, but this one floated my boat for sure!

Beer was poured into a standard pint glass. Color was a luminescent amber-brown. Lots of rich haze in this brew! Smell was good, with an indistinct malt-note coming through the strongest. Almost smelled like candy... Taste was an explosion of harmonious flavors. Buttery bannana notes came through the strongest of the fruity tones, with a sweet backbite not unlike a low-impact carmel. Clearly a lager, but what a blend! Really good mouthfeel and drinkability, If I ever found myself at the Munich Octoberfest, I'd search out brews of this style (but would doubt they'd be this good). An outstanding weizenbock.

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Photo of kpantz
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Executive Summary: A nice seasonal transition brew...hints of the summer wheat, but leans more towards a fall beer in mouthfeel, potency and overall presence.

Appearance: Cloudy amber/caramel color. Head has a creamy, tan hue. Head is fervent and hangs around on this one, too.

Smell: Like a wheat, but with a malty, sweet presence as well.

Taste: Like the aroma portends. It has a wheat aspect to it, with a nice hop flavor in the back. There's something else there at the end, and I think it might be a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Wonderfully thick. Perfect for a cool night. Light on the carbonation...the bubbles take a back seat to the flavor on this one.

Drinkability: Moderate. 8%+ puts it out of the session category, and I might tire of it after two or so. Still, a nice selection to mix with some other fall seasonals.

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Photo of davidt
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a thin head. Predominately malt aroma with clove and nutmeg spices in the background. The malts predominate the taste with some banana and clove as well. There is a bit of spiciness in the after taste to round it out. Some tingling carbonation is also present.

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

From tap at Hop Devil Grill (NYC). Candy nutmeg clove banana aroma with a taste to match. Opaque honey amber color. Small foamy head that disapates to a small wall hugging rim. Little lacing. Each mouthful tastes like a delicious bite a spiced carrot cake. This is a dessert all by itself. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of rustymoore
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour and appearance are top notch on this brew. An orangish hazy amber with particles floating about. Massive head and lots of carbonation.

S: Smells amazing with citrus, cinnamon, and a other spicy notes.

T: The citrus and spice flavor is some of the best i have tasted as of late. Banana, honey, and the spice is what gets you one this. There is so much spice going on you would think you were apart of the film Dune.

M: Very carbonated and with all the spiciness somewhat intense but in a good way.

D: Definitely something I could sit down and enjoy several of.

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Photo of william5586
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, cloudy, brown color. I poured very slowly and still got a huge, frothy, 3 finger, off white head. Great lacing.

S- Very mild spice smell and some esters

T- Dark fruits, spices, malt sweetness. A little bit of bitterness if you look for it but i would say this is definitely more on the fruity/sweet side.

M- Full bodied, and so smooth with just the right about of carbonation.

D- Great, but I'm going to have to be very careful with this brew. The alcohol can hardly be tasted.

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

A - Pours a cloudy dark amber. There's a fluffy tan head.

S = A dark fruit aroma like rasins and date. It has a spicy yeast character as well.

T = Very much yeasty. To be honest I don't have a lot of weizenbock experience and this really reminds me of a unibroue offering. Nice malty sweetness at first that is cut back by a finishing bitterness. There's a medly of yeast and spiciness the whole way through.

M - It is highly carbonated but has a nice creamy mouthfeel at the same time. Finishes slightly dry.

D - Easy to drink but its a fairly big flavorful beer. Not really sessionable. Leaves me wanting more, but at a later date.

All in all I was really impressed and wish I had more of it. I will definitely try this again.

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Photo of paulhargus
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Victory Brewpub.

A: dark brown with some orange tint. about 1 1/2 inch off-white head. slight retention and decent lacing throughout

S: nutty/banana aroma. even a slight bubblegum scent. once the beer warmed up, you could very distinctly smell the alcohol. not a huge fan of the heavy alcohol scent.

T: wheaty and malty. they say you will taste a healthy banana flavor and you certainly do. i enjoyed that very much. however, as with the scent, once the beer warms, you REALLY taste the alcohol. i had a .5L weizenbock glass and about 2/3's of the way through, i felt like i was having a mixed drink.

M: medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: overall, this is the first weizenbock i've ever had. i didn't think i would like this style, but i found this beer to be very enjoyable. the high ABV will certainly have you feeling fuzzy after just a few. as mentioned above, i would go with the smaller glass and not let it warm too much, unless you enjoye a strong alcohol presence in your beer, which i do not. would certainly try this again.

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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!

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Photo of ohmybock
3.19/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I first had this one 10 years ago or so. I remember thinking it was one of the better weizenbocks I had tried back then, but to be fair there weren't a whole lot available. Even today, there still aren't a whole lot, but there are definitely more to choose from now including some newer variations like pale, eisbock, and hoppy versions. For what it's worth, my favorite was and still is Aventinus.

Moonglow pours a nice amber-ish-cloudy with a lasting head. The aroma is spicy with a bit of clove and fruit. The flavor is sweet and spicy upfront with some banana/spice and then slowly fades into a long lasting similar finish. The body is a bit thin. It's interesting to finally go back and taste this brew after many years. On that note (and after having quite a few other quality weizenbocks over the years), I don't think this brew is as good as I previously thought. It's not bad for an American attempt, but there's a moderate grape soda flavor mixed in with a hint of plastic/Band-aid which I don't care for in the style. I seem to be rating this one lower than most other people. If you like weizenbocks, then don't worry about what I think. Go ahead and try this one for yourself.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, a must try. Pours a a dark hazzy copperish color with a nice dirty white head. Decent lacing. Has a nice spicy, yeast nose to it. The taste is a fruity one that is very subtle and at a whopping 8.7 you can barely taste the alcohol. This beer has a high drinkability cause i love it. Delicious.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Caramel, brownish color with legitimate "moonglow". Interestingly dark

S- Fruity, somewhat. A bready smell is also evident, but not overpowering.

T- Top 5 ever for me. Nothing I would change about it. Bready, fruity, enough bite, with enough smoothness. Wheaty, with a flavor somewhat like the Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss...Wonderful

M- Not too overpowering, but still enough to let you know that its there. I love it...almost perfect

D- A little too much for the average drinker, but wheat beer lovers would love it, as I do. This is one of the best beers I have ever experienced. YAY For PA!!!

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Photo of ChuckD
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a weizen. Sediment was swirled and included in the final pour. Lacy, good sized head with staying power atop a dark red/ruby colored body. The obvious cloudiness present.

To the nose, malty and sweet - with the wheat banana aroma lingering. It is not a full nose - thin with the alcohol tending to block out many of the subtle smells.

In the mouth, this is a smooth, creamy beer. The first taste is the wheat kicker - just enough sour to get you going. This is quickly taken over by the malts - caramel and butterscotch layers. The alcohol is everywhere - a little too present.

The body feels a little thin - not as chewy and full as I'd like. The finish is dry and pleasant, creating a fairly satisfying end.

Musings: I've been on a weizen bock kick lately - thanks to the Greenpoint Gunner. This is not my favorite weizen bock - but not bad either. The taste is nice but is not complemented by the feel. It should be more substantial in the mouth.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 batch poured into a weizen glass.

A - Wow. First off, it took me a couple minutes just to get it into my glass. The carbonation is really intense. Pours a nice amber that has a glow to it(go figure). Rocky, dense head that's forming a really thick cap.

S - I could smell it from a couple feet away. Great upfront wheat notes. Spices(clove and others) and a bit of banana, lots of bread backed by some more bready malt notes. I said bread twice, which yes, means it's really prominent here.

T - Yeah, there's definitely a lot of bready character here. Lots of spice going on, but not much in the realm of banana. There's something that's a little like apples as well, which is interesting. Covers the alcohol pretty well, though it's slightly evident in the finish along with the aforementioned apples, which are pretty light.

MF - Fairly creamy and full-bodied with enough carbonation to keep things moving along well.

D - Well, I won't have any trouble finishing this one off. I could probably have another, though I won't. I've had weizenbocks more and less drinkable than this, and my score reflects that. Overall, it doesn't stack up to my favorites(Aventinus and Vitus), but it's good and has some unique characteristics.

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

I realize this is a Fall seasonal, and it's a month over its "best by" date, but it's bottle conditioned at 8.7% ABV, and I've already had it fresh, so I don't feel I'm doing it a disservice by reviewing an old bottle...
Having said that - Beautiful cloudy amber/copper color, with a nice head that fades kinda quickly. Smells of banana and clove, and sweet malt. Great taste, it's really sweet and I've docked drinkability and mouthfeel slightly because it might be too sweet/cloying after a while, but I love the sweetness complimented by a nice warm boozy feeling. Delightfully dangerous, you don't realize how strong this is. I generally steer clear of wits, hefeweizens, etc, but this one is just amazing, full of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a case. Chilled and poured into a sierra nevada pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber color, appropriate for the season. One-finger head recedes to a nice little layer of spotty bubbles on top of the beer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Quite interesting. Almost like a super wheat beer. Malt sweetness, caramel, banana's, yeast. A warm welcome to an interesting brew.

Taste: Definitely a strong wheat flavor to it. Some sweet malts are present as well before you uncover a nice addition of tropical fruit flavors. Some yeast and phenols present before banana takes over before a slightly toasted malt finish. Quite an interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy and pretty damn smooth. Slightly prickly on the tongue, mostly in the back of the throat, and some warming from the alcohol.

Drinkability: It's 8.7% but it sure drinks nicely. I could have a few of these, nothing to pound though. Medium bodied.

My first weizenbock...me likey.

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Photo of clint1019
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - medium-amber in color with a slight hazyness to it. The head is toffee colored and leaves some minimal lacing.

S - caramel malt aroma with bready notes and a spicy yeastyness.

T - has a wheaty/bready flavor with a spicyness.

M - medium bodied, has a ton of carbonation.

O - overall a pretty good weizenbock. Although I don't think this years is as good as last years.

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Photo of beerdedking
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Draft pour into snifter, Coopers, Scranton.

After drinking Aventinus for many years, this had humongous shoes to fill and didn't get it done.
Body was a bit thin, and the complexity was lacking. Wheat with a bit of plum and cherry, the drinkability was good and the alcohol
well hidden. Would definitely drink again, but won't seek out...

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Photo of philerman
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler ($11.99 at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting--the keg was leftover from a Victory tap takeover earlier this week.) into a nonic pint glass.

A: Pours hazy dark tan with about a finger's worth of foam.

S: Aroma is somewhat chemically owing to the high abv..notes of coconut and yeast as well.

T: Banana, malt, not too much wheat...some alcohol burn.

M: Really hits the top of the mouth, a bit bitter on the aftertaste.

O: A style I definitely look forward to every year--more so than the myriad pumpkin beers. This fits well and will probably make an annual tradition.

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Photo of ohoove
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- beautiful copper colorw/ a stunningfrothy cap and spotty lacing
S-rusty water-grape bubble yum and mac intosh apples ,and banana
M- medium weight, coats and covers well
T - dominated by sweet maltsand spicy undertones along with the fruit collage
This baby is not for beer cheeries, complex and mellow, with a slew of aromas and tastes- a treat for sure. A wheat with personality.
Get up and get some!

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Photo of veggiemafia
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle from the 2006 bottling.

Appearance is a nice dark, very cloudy ruddy brown with a substantial off-white head with many different sized bubbles.

Smell is VERY phenolic and filled with lots of alcohol. Other than that some very pronounced green grape aromas, and some things that are very much like plums soaked in brandy or port. Very hot, intensely spicy alcohol is definitely a presence in this one, but this is almost 9%.

Alcohol comes through first. Lots of spicy hot alcohol, and lots of phenols with the grape thing coming through as a really refreshing change of pace from this otherwise kind of abrasive brew. Just really, really spicy and alcoholic and hot.

Mouthfeel is good, crisp, but substantial.

This is not a very drinkable beer, only because of the intense alcohol.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,448 ratings.
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