Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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

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742
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1,448
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
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Photo of SwillBilly
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark amber, the color of a strong ice tea, a little murky. Small, off-white head dissipates leaving hardly any lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts, fruity, almost apple cider like.

Taste: Initially has again an apple cider like quality, a malt sweetness, that gives way to just a hint of a dry hop finish. Alcohol is very well hidden, however, you can feel its warmth as you finish the glass.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

This was my first weizenbock and I can't wait to try others. A highly drinkable beer, well hidden 8.7% abv. Can't wait to crack another one once I finish this one. A great fall beer to enjoy on a cool evening. Go and seek.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearence: Into my Weizen glass it pours a super hazy copper with a massive, frothy off-white head. Little floaties are swimming around, and some legs are present as well..

Smell: The nose is a rich, complex mix of fruits and sweet malts, with subtle alcohol and spice coming through.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Spicy and strong immediately, this beer has alot of complexity. Fruits and spices intertwine with sweet, sticky caramel malts. The wheat notes are a little less than I had hoped, but the complexity is wonderful, and well balanced (although you can tell it's 8.7%!). The mouthfeel is smooth and full.

Drinkability and Overall: While this is a superb tasting beer, it's a bit too much of an assault on the tastebuds to have too many more. This is definitly no session beer, but a late night sipper. A very good Weizenbock from Bill & Ron I'm sure I'll be getting more of.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It’s getting to be that time. You know when you have to start cleaning out your beer closet. So I have been interested to try this but never had. The pour is a murky light brown with stronger red tints especially when held to the light. A remnant head and limited lacing. The smell is pronounced malt. Extra aromas include banana and definite cloves. A rich deep malt also has promise of caramel apples and a bit of brown sugar to boot.

The taste is rich and bready. The malt is the first thing noticed but is quickly swept away by the intense banana and cloves mix. Very strong the flavor overwhelms and reflects long after the taste. More subtle flavors emerge though. A sweet candi or brown sugar taste is noticeable. As the beer warms, the flavors become more intense. The malt is light and limited in wheat flavor. Really the spiciness and sweeter flavors just mask any backing the beer has.

The body is light to medium. I think if more of a malt presence it would balance the beer out. No real strong phenol taste for a such a higher ABV, which is good. Overall is was worth the wait. I definite recommend.

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Photo of asabreed
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After an Aventinus, I said I'd try more. Snagged a 6-pack at Carytown Wine and Beer for around $10.

Appearance: Apple cider-like haziness, with a beautiful off-white head. It's been sitting for about 10 minutes now as I drink, and there's still a healthy amount of lacing, along with some head holding on.

Smell: Caramel, vanilla, banana, slight creaminess, and some sugars from the malts. Spiciness and alcohol become more apparent as it warms.

Taste: Whoa, for once there's some hops at the end, which is surprising. Banana and some chocolate are at the forefront. Caramel and vanilla are sneaking through, too. The balance could be better, and this would be incredible, but as it stands it's still pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy. A rich beer style, and this is surely a rich beer. Very nicely done.

Drinkability: A treat for me. One's a great dessert or after dinner drink. Can't wait to try more Weizenbocks, but this one seems to be very worth it for me.

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

$2 16oz. pints at CAH last Sunday.

Cloudy deep amber in color. Thick and creamy layer of tan-colored head rests eternally on the top of the beer. Incredibly thick rings of lace on the glass. Aromas are softly-noted bits of bannana, alcohol, caramel. Flavor is silky smooth layers of fruity esters, ABV warmth, spices. Finish is spicy, with some extract of vanilla poured over a caramel square. Good mouthfeel...thick almost. Drinkable...it sure went well right after the Arrogant Bastard pint before it.

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Photo of maek228
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A burnt orange, almost caramel in appearance. A beautiful pale brown head arose quicly fell into a half a finger dome that hung around the long haul.

Smell: Like a chai latte spice mixed with pumpkin spice....imagine that. Wheat is apparent in the scent..the smell is divine.

Taste: What a delightful contradiciton. The power of a bock and the smoothness of a hefeweizen. Yeast, esthers, tart fruit, and autumn spice ride a wave of tight carbonation. It comes on creamy, yet refreshing, strong, yet delicate. Unbelievable.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth.

Drinkability: So drinkable.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy burgundy with a monster brown head.

S - Caramel wheat malt, slight white pepper odor.

T - Slight alcohol character. Powerful caramel wheat malt. Slight citrus (orange-esque) notes. A little cardamon as well. Sweet and delicious.

M - Creamy, chewy, thick and outlandishly smooth.

D - Amazing. This beer has an unnatural smoothness to it. I love it. It goes down very easy and at about 9% abv, that is a nice thing. It might have trouble meshing with spiced food. But would wash down blander dishes very well.

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

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
A tasty confection.
Emphasis on confection.
Very sweet, but properly so.
A bit more carbonation would make this more refreshing, or less cloying... though I didn't really find it cloying.
Seems to be an under-represtented style... I'd like to see more of these; I think I've only seen Aventinus.
Has a marshmallow type quality to some degree.
I also get quite a bit of rum raisin ice cream.
Definately raisin... definately ice cream...
Boozeahol is well concealed and/or used.
Well crafted.
Victory proves its brewing skills time and time again.

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Photo of eveninghawk
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one on tap in a nice hefe glass. The beer has an opaque caramel color with a one inch head that fades after a few minutes. The beer clings well to the side of the glass, looking almost a little syrup-y.

There are caramelly banana-y overtones in the smell, that sort of sweet fruity combo with a hint of yeast on the end.

Boy is this mother sweet! Very fruity like apple cider, in fact, i was asking myself partway through if i was drinking apple cider... many similar flavors going on. Underneath (and we're talking WAY underneath) are creamy undertones befitting the beer, but the apple ciderness is almost overwhelming the beer of it all.

Mouthfeel isn't as syrupy as its sugary taste implies, making it easier to drink than I'd imagined, but I'd stay away from ordering another full pint again because it's just too sweet for me.

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

Light copper color with tons of carbonation bubbles. A thin off white head that hangs in for a long time. Smells include yeastyness, banana and just a hint of spicyness. The banana really comes out in the taste. Thin mouthfeel that seems appropriate for the style. Finishes smoothly. The high alchohol is well hidden at first but starts to show after a while. Not a beer that i will add to my favorites list because i'm not fond of the style but also not a beer I would turn down.

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Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Jim’s Homebrew for $2.75. Freshness date of April 04 05. Oops. Makes me wish Victory's beers were more commonly available around here - that way they'd be fresher.

Poured a copper color, with a big off-white head that dropped after a couple of minutes. Moderate amount of lace.

Earthy wheat aroma, along with a Belgian-like yeasty smell. Also mildly spicy. The only other “wheat bock” I’ve ever had is Aventinus, and this does not really remind me of that. It doesn’t smell bad, just different, and a little weak.

Taste is very similar to the smell. This is a wheat beer with something very funky going on in the yeast department. Mildly spicy, with hints of cloves. A very mild banana flavor, but not so much as most wheat beers. There’s also a mild tartness at the swallow. Again, it seems more Belgian than Bavarian, though there’s no complaints, as it tastes rather good. It’s just different from what I expected.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a moderate amount of carbonation, more than the head lets on.

This isn’t bad tasting, but it doesn’t scream “Buy me again” either. If I could get this a little bit fresher, I might be tempted to alter this. Unfortunately, there is no direct distribution to Spokane of Victory’s wares. The staff at Jim’s Homebrew has to bring their beers here by buying them in bulk in Seattle and shipping them across the pass. Hopefully their undeniable Northwest popularity will encourage them to make their beers more available in my neck of the woods!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a deep orange-amber color with nice white head. Smell s banana, spice and vanilla mixed. Tasste is spice and bit too alcoholic for my taste.Finish is good and spice, but the alcohol predominates. A good beer, but a little too stong tasting for me.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy red with a small white head. Nose is wheat and banana, yet no bread odors. Very crisp nose and appealing. Taste is banana, with fruit juices and wheat notes. Astringent two-thirds of the way through with an acidic finish. Tasty, but the mouthfeel was a little light for my taste. Drinkability is ok, but could be improved. Too high ABV to tolerate some of the weaknesses. Still, I would not refuse this beer if offered.

Single for $1.79 at Once Upon a Vine.

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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 mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brownish color with a nice big fluffy off white head leaves no lace but still looks nice.

Aroma is malty some caramel mixed with light toffee fruity orange mixed with some banana and spice hints.

Taste is wheat malt with the caramel/toffee flavor present. Some citrus flavors mingling with the yeast, their are light cloves mixed with a peppery spice and grassy hops to finish. Overall very flavorable an enjoyable weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is a good medium, lots of malt big flavors and body.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable weizenbock. This bottle was about three months past best buy date and still quite tastey.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

why have i never had this beer before!??!

best by 4/4/05 sampled on 6/25/05

copper-penny orange, murky with a slight ring but no foam. some carbonation rising through the glass quickly. moderate, slippery lacing.

aroma is very sweet and buttery.. malty.. apricot note. underlying wheat theme and a vanilla hint. complex and rich.

m/f is slippery but dense. starts with a burst of carbonation and continues through a bready, malt sweetness to an overwhelming hop bitterness, seems almost too young. sweeter and fruitier as it warms- the alcohol is evident in the bitter a/t. profile is a bit muddy but this is a drinkable and interesting beer. could probably hang out for another 6 months past its "prime"

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

This poured with a rapidly disappearing off-white/tan head. The beer itself was a very cloudy orange color. The nose was the all-too familiar banana esters. I really liked the mouthfeel, which had a pleasant thickness to it. The finish had a really good spiciness, but not one of cloves, more like black pepper. There was also a sweetness in the mouth, but not of bananas or fruit, but instead, caramel. In fact, as it warmed, I began to taste notes of honey. There really was not a sweet aftertaste, instead it seemed almost dry, if that is possible. Definitely a candidate for a session beer and one that I could drink on a regular basis.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 2005, drink by March 15, 2005.

app:
A magical amber, with w/golden highlights, vigorous bubbles race to the top to add to the nice fluffy head. The light, almost yellow head receeded to a doughnut ring.

smell:
Smokey plums with a sugery alchohol undercurrent. Just a touch of spicy apples.

taste:
Plums, smoke, alchohol and a dry spiciness all come storming into the picture after what starts as a fairly soft sip. Very complex and flavorfull. The smokiness lingers longest.

mouth:
Smooth, but fairly heavy, almost oily.

drinka:
The complexity of the flavor, plus the strength of the alchohol present in the taste make this a slow sipper.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap once while living up in the Philly area and am glad I got the chance to try this out of the bottle,poured into my Aventinus glass a slightly hazy deep orange with a thin white head that is gone quite quickly.Aromas of tart green apple and smoke with a light cloviness but not to strong,not to sure about the mouthfeel up front a little prickly but it got better as I drank more.Very flavorful and big,smoky to the hilt with some expected banana and vanilla.Seems much bigger out of the bottle wich is fine,the beer held up well considering the "best before" date was April 04 05.

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Photo of beerislove
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful mahogony color and is slightly cloudy due to the bottle conditioning, A large tan head appears but dissapears just as quickly, leaving a slight foamy slick on the surface.

The beer smells slightly fruity like plums, but that is it. No hops, malt, or alcohol to notice. A bit more complexity on the nose would have pushed this offering over the top.

The beer starts out incredibly sharp, almost stinging, all the way down my tongue. As the initial hit fades it reveals dark fruit flavors of plums/prunes and cherries. Those then begin to fade to reveal a more tart fruit flavor like a not-quite-ripe pear.

The tartness masterfully halts the sweetness and prevents this from just being a syrup-like beer that clings to the tongue and throat. I could definitely drink more than one of these on a cool day, but it is just a bit too sweet for hot summer refreshment.

The layering and timing of the flavors in this beer were impressive, and taste is what counts in my book. Congrats to Victory for a commendable effort with an uncommon style. Recommended.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sample poured a hazy amber color with a decent amount of head that left little to no lacing. The aroma was a mixture of deep caramels of phenols, but mostly fruity esters with a little bit of bananas and clove.

This is not my favorite style of beer, but that being said, I think it was a nice representation of the style. As usual, a pretty good beer from Victory.

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

Pours a dark hazy orange with a decent offwhite head that fades pretty quickly. Smells sweet like bananas with just a hint of clove and some other spices. Taste is very sweet, with a candy flavored malt and a very candylike banana flavor. Finishes with a pucker and a lingering of the spices. Very thick and smooth beer, a little syrupy on the tongue. A pretty nice spring beer, but not one I could drink more than a couple of because of the sweetness.

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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 StevenZubler
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label says “Enjoy by April 4, 2005” and today is April 3, 2005 so I’m cutting it close. I live in the same region as this brewery so I gave it a try since fresher beer is better beer. An unfiltered wheat beer was my first “premium” brew, a Franziskaner given to me by my German friend Frank Neubert. I always give unfiltered beers a good swirl. Beautiful color head went quick but it might be my pour. Really does smell like banana, I don’t usually pick up fruits and such in the flavors. Good body. Tastes rich and complex, hops and malts pronounced. Alcohol is well hidden by the rich flavor; this could really creep up on you. I definitely recommended this brew.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
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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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,448 ratings.
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