Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

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

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head and lacing. Caramel malt, wheat, banana aroma. .A pleasant weizenbock with some dark fruit flavors. Typical weizen clove spice, orange and sweetness at first, dark fruit and light malt middle and a bit of hops at the end. A light metallic flavor on the finish mars an otherwise very nice beer. Worth revisiting.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy deep ruby (slight bit of orange) that isn't quite brown. Some sediment and a two finger head.

S-Dark fruits (not over bearing) with some clove as well.

T-Lots of dark fruits, balanced with cherries and pomegranate. A tad (not much) bitterness. Clove and banana come out as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation well. However a tad bit of alcohol heat is present.

O-A nice weizenbock, really think this is an under made style.

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Photo of Brenden
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a thick, heavily clouded ruddy bronze-brown with lots of yeast particulates ("floaties"). Swirl the glass for best effect. The tan head rises to just over a finger but fades off more quickly than expected, leaving respectable lacing behind.
The aroma is strong out of the bottle. It's got the just-ripe banana with some sweet and bready malts along with clove and a touch of spiciness. Almost like gently rum-soaked fruits and breads (not fruitcake, certainly better).
In the flavor is just a little more complexity and balance, particularly as very gentle floral notes come out. This beer is really well attenuated and everything's complementary; as it is, it could be too sweet, too boozy, too malty, too heavy, too spicy, etc., but everything just goes together so well and nothing's overdone at all. Victory knows how to brew... further exemplified in the feel, a lush, rich but not too heavy, free flowing creamy and crisp medium body. Great stuff all around here.

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Photo of Foamster
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just enjoyed this on a cool summer's day, even though this is a "fall" beer.

Another great beer from these guys. They never disappoint.
That unidentifiable flavor? Licorice! Enough said. World class,, 4.5 in taste and mouthfeel (4.5), 4 in appearance and smell.

The appearance and smell were modest, self-effacing -- which made the outstanding taste and mouthfeel that much more enjoyable and surprising.

Nothing more to say except - make this the first beer of your day. Savor it.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-brown with an epic cream topping. Unfiltered, for my pleasure.

Overripe banana and clove esters, some gooey vanilla, and lemon pie filling. Great aromatics wafting off of this'un.

Big-time clove and juicy red apple/pomegranate. Alcohol kick with soft banana, sweet cherry, and buttered pumpernickel bread. A clove-forward weizenbock.

Slick and filling. Above-average carbonation. Drinks at a fast pace.

Pennsylvania rocks out some great German beer styles. Moonglow is no exception.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt with quite a bit of clove and banana mixed in. The flavor has some additional notes. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some cloves, pepper and spices. There is also a little bit of banana as well as some alcohol. Medium, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of budgood1
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a sediment laden, chunky and cloudy dark amber with a billowy light tan head. this froth reduces slowly leaving lots of lace. spicy, peppry aroma with doses of wheat and fruit. bananas, cloves and lemony notes abound. smells delicious. the flavour profile is a meaty mix of doughy malts, wheat and yeast, and lemon pepper spice that damnces on the tongue in a spritzy dance of joy. it's got a boozy aspect to it which also adds a subtle spicy flair. more floral and spice derived hops finish things out with more fanfare. big and bold body. effervescent mouthfeel keeps thing interesting on the tongue, but is also has a velvety, rich feel to it also. dangerously drinkable for a high ABV weizen bock. yummy stuff.

overall a damn nice stab at a classic bavarian style. victory nails down the most important aspects and delivers a winner. highly recommended.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Nice dark brownish orange color with tons of delicious looking yeast turbidity, tall fluffy head that has great retention and better than average loops of lacing left behind on the glass.

S. Near textbook aroma of yeasty banana bread with cloves, but slightly more amplified in breadiness than the other two features.

T. Flavor contains the usual suspects of yeast, cloves, and banana bread but also has momentary flashes here and there when the tongue picks up on some ester fruit spectrum. Gets a bit of warming booze towards the finish.

M. Thick, creamy mouthfeel sensation feels like cramming silk scarves into your mouth. My only whining on this is that I would prefer slightly more carbonation to move the liquid around across the surface of my palate. That's a really subjective preference, however, so as always YMMV.

Overall, an excellent Weizenbock.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It pours a brownish orange with amber highlights. It is hazy from the yeast present. On top sits a huge tan head.

S - The aroma is banana, cloves, and some bread.

T - The taste features the banana and clove but is spicier than the aroma let on.

M - Medium with some biting carbonation.

O - This is the first beer from Victory that I have liked. The alcohol is very well hidden. I think I could get a buzz on a few of these easy drinkers.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good and balanced beer. There is a predominantly wheat taste, followed by subtle spices and a slight hint of banana. It has this very rich texture, but balanced at the same time.

For such a high alcohol content, all the flavors do a perfect job of masking it. Very interesting and easy to drink. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Golden Monkey goblet.

A - Pours a deep amber with a sizable head which sticks around for a while. Good lacing. It is very cloudy and tiny specks of suspended yeast can be seen throughout, giving it a neat look.

S - Banana, cloves, wheat, and sweet malts. Complex and fruity.

T - Starts with sweet malts. I get banana, tropical fruit, some clove, rounded out with a bready character. Alcohol isn't very present.

M - Thick and chewy. Light carbonation complements the flavors well.

O - There are all kinds of flavors going on here, but it is very well balanced and highly drinkable. Yet another example of why Victory is one of my favorite breweries. I highly recommend Moonglow and will definitely get it again.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Develops a long lasting big creamy head that is off-white, almost almond. Hazy brown with amber highlights and suspended yeast amidst the carbonation. Glows toward the bottom of the glass while patch lacing develops above.

The flute glass helps to develop a fresh, doughy bread aroma that brings back memories of unbaked apple pie. There is also an earthy component and hint of cedar.

The aroma was a good forecast of the flavors. However, the flavors are more blended than distinguished. There is some banana bread and excelled balance of sweet, sour and bitter. The interplay is intriguing. The finish is moderate with subtle yeast influences.

Moonglow has a medium to full body with a slick velvet texture. Carbonation is over the top, almost aggressive, while alcohol is just right.

Refreshing and satisfying at once, this is superbly easy to drink. Enjoy either with a hearty lunch or early dinner, perhaps as something to sit back and relax with. Regardless, Moonglow is a winner.

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Photo of mariposafan
2.93/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Murky burnt orange with a beautiful beige, creamy head. The head lasts very well.

The aroma is mostly pretty classic hefeweizen - banana/bubblegum with a hint of cloves. Quite a bit of alcohol on the aroma as well. Overall it could stand to be a bit more potent and have a bit less alcohol.

The flavor is a major letdown. Lots of bitterness. Lots and lots of straight alcohol. Not much at all of the hefeweizen flavors I expected let alone the more intense versions that I hope for from a weizenbock.

The mouthfeel is good - a little thicker than a hefeweizen and with plenty of carbonation. The carbonation does a decent job of cutting through the bitterness but doesn't do anything for very excessive alcohol flavor.

Overall a major disappointment. The overwrought bitterness and alcohol just swamp anything I might enjoy about the flavor.

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Photo of jera1350
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A muddled light brownish orange color with a dirty fizzy head that shrinks down to a creamy ring.

Wheat, clove, banana and herbs. Quite complex.

Complex for the style. Getting lots of various spice and fruit notes. Clove is there and a hint of banana, but not the typical dominance for the style. I like how the fruit comes through. Some creamy dairy in there too.

Lots of carbonation, but it is soft. Dry finishing. Medium body.

Not what I was expecting for the style. Thought I was going to get hit with lots of banana and clove, but there is a wide array of fruit and spices here. Well done.

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Photo of J23hc
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exquisite mahogony tone with an orange tinge. Thick and foggy. Creamy off white head, down to clumps. Lots of banana on the nose, with peanut butter and chocolate truffle. Very complex flavor including caramel, clove, citrus, hop bitterness. Chemically aftertaste. Very full bodied and refreshing. Smooth yet crispy. What a great offering from victory, relatively high abv

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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 mactrail
3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong, strange perfumey smell and flavor is the first encounter. Big German esters and a Hefeweizen taste topped off by a dollop of hops. Quite spicy, but also grainy and cereal tastes. Some of the bitterness tastes like it's from some process other than hops.

No date on this bottle. Yeasty chunks in the bottom of the glass. I wonder if it's been around a while. I'm sure I've liked this better a year or two ago.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I slow poured this baby, stopping 2/3 of the way through to swirl for the sediment. I got 3 and a half fingers of extremely foamy yellowy cream colored head. Body is a nice brown with orange hints, lots of sediment can be seen both on the bottom and suspended throughout. The head never actually dies down all the way, and there is a lot of lacing to this beer.

Banana, yeast and dark fruit, notably figs prunes and raisins are noticed initially. Wheat, malt, light brown sugar and a floral hint are noticed in the search while waiting for the head to die down a little.

There is so much flavor to this it's overwhelming. Starts off with yeast, banana and a hint of spice. Malt and dark fruits are noticed, then light floral hops. They all come at you, one after another, daring your tongue to pick them out.

Medium bodied, it doesn't coat your tongue very much. A little dry on the finish, it left a somewhat unpleasant taste in my mouth at the very end which I couldn't identify.

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Photo of DerekP
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy ruby color with an off white head. Sediment floating around in the glass. Looks rather nice.

Oh wow, the smell is nutty and filled with banana, butter and clove. Wow I'm really loving the scent on this thing.

Thick and silky, rich and buttery. Not bad so far in the least. Big and chewy with a banana bread presence. Super creamy and rich too. Slight hop presence but I wish it was bigger to really give this beer some balls. Excellent though!

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Photo of davewlfpckfan29
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one in a 10oz glass straight from the tap at Parker Pie in Vermont.

The freshness was great, poured a nice what I would call dark golden color. With a solid foamy head on top. I enjoyed the look, but most of all the smell of this beer.

The fruitfull smell was pleasant, and a good balance of hops and different types of fruit.

I couldnt tell what kind of fruit I was tasting, but it was a good. What I really liked about this beer was the balance of fruit and alcohol and hops in the taste. I would love to have this beer again anyday.

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

A-brown to burgundy hazy color and a light tan head which dissipates slowly with good lacing

S-sweet fruit and malt aromas

T-tangy wheat flavor with sweet fruit and malt following

F-medium to heavy body with medium carbonation, alcohol very subtle and well-balanced

O-a nice smooth drinking beer

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Photo of CHickman
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Eleven Madison Park in NYC; pours hazy copper orange color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left very good lacing that stuck to the glass.

Smells of wheat, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, herbs, grains, earthy tones, floral hops and light spices; aroma is soft sweet and earthy, and quite nice.

Tastes of wheat, brown sugar, caramel, yeast, herbs, sweet malt, lightly toasted grains, earthy tones like peat moss or pine cone, floral hops, cinnamon and other light spices like pepper; sweet overall, it's refreshing and went down easy. Mild spices give it just enough sizzle for complexity and an identity.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with zesty carbonation, a medium body and a sweet grainy finish that's slightly funky from the yeast. Interesting and pretty drinkable, another fine mix of two styles that worked well together.

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

Reddish brown in color with orangish hues on the edge of the glass and a deep haze. Poured with a short off white foam that reduced to sparce wisps. Wheat malt and ripe apple and banana aromas. (Hick, smooth feel. Sweet caramel and wheat malt flavors up front followed instantly by dark fruit and banana. Spicy herbal tangy flavor through the middle to the finish. Started to show a bit of boozy character at the finish as this warmed a bit. Very easy to to drink. Would certainly have this again.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.
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