Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

1,452 Ratings
Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of WMEugene
4.79/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy, light brown color. Head quickly dissipates with spotty lace.

S - Very fruity (bananas), with smells of cloves, spices and yeast. Notes of wheat and malt as well.

T - A bready and fruity taste that blends nicely with the wheat and malts. Yeasty as well. Not overly sweet, very delightful and extremely well balanced.

M - Medium bodied, rather smooth tasting with a nice finish. Hides the alcohol very well.

O - I found the Moonglow Weizenbock to be an amazingly tasty brew. Victory makes some excellent beers and this is no exception. Refreshing and delicious!

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Photo of coalcracker
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark gold with billowy head that lasts forever and a day.
Smell: Malty sweet with hints of spice and dark fruit.
Taste: Malty is the operational word- wheat stands out in a big way with a good dose of spice (pepper, nutmeg) and with a substantial wash of those sweet dark fruits again. Not too sweet as to be cloying. Alcohol warmth experienced towards the end- though the alcohol is fairly well-hidden throughout.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and on the thick side, ala a good weizenbock
Overall- Great effort here. Tasty and a good late autum/early winter brew IMO.

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

Appearance - Murky dark brown kinda funky and scary looking. Really nice billowy head though that I had to wait 5 minutes to finish pouring the last 2oz of beer into the glass. Numerous fingers high. Actually an extremely impressive billowy head that is now 1/2 inch above the rim without pouring over side.

Smell - smell subtle and pleasant but I can't really put my fingers on what exactly I'm picking up.

Taste - High alcohol is very well hidden as this is a very smooth and balance beer with plenty of spice. Some slight crispness in finish but otherwise very smooth.

Mouthfeel - full bodied.

Overall - Seems like this is very well done for the style.

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

A & S: The smell is yeasty, fruity (tropical), slight breadyness in the glass and more so when poured into a glass. big fizzy tan head when poured, however the head settles down to more of a foamy texture (still pretty big even after sitting a bit). Translucent copper colored beer, with vigorous bubbles rising from the bottom. Bits of lacing hanging around near the top of the beer.

T & M: bananas, slight spiciness, cloves are fairly present. Good balance between sweet and bitterness. I feel like its pretty complex, I can’t really discern all the flavors enough to describe them. Very drinkable, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

O: I’m impressed. This beer was very enjoyable. For both taste and mouthfeel my 4’s are riding on the high end of the spectrum, so this beer probably should get a higher grade then I gave it. I would give this beer my full recommendation and I hope the other beers of this style live up to the expectation that this beer gave me.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy muddy brownish tan with about an inch of biege head. It settles leaving a solid cap of creamy foam with some spotty lace.

Faint bananas in the aroma with a sweet breat aroma and some cloves and hints of nutmeg in the aroma. A nice spice profile on the pallet; cloves and allspice with some mild banana and hints of caramel.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall pretty much what I was expecting here. Victory continues to be old reliable.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a flute is a hazy dark amber beer. On top is about two inches worth of head that stays around rather well.

Aroma: Sweet fruit notes, brown bread, ripe bananas, clove among other spices whirl around. Yeasty notes fruity esters with hints of alcohol.

Taste: Spices cloves, estery alcohol wisps. A smooth mouthfeel with only a little bite. Bananas, dark bread, sweet fruits all over. A touch of breadiness in the back.

Notes: Quite the tasty brew a very good example of the style. Cheers.

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Photo of nhindian
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Victory tulip.

A - Pours a murky, dark orange color with a bit of muddy brown to it. Completely opaque and fuzzy, it also builds a big, 3-fingered creamy head with decent retention. The lacing is nice as well, with long, flowing strands of foam streaking the glass.

S - Very potent nose on this, full of traditional wheat and alcohol esters. Lots of clove and some all-spice, and also has a decent amount of yeast character in the form of slight bananas. Some great grape bubblegum aromas as well.

T - Instantly, the mouth is hit with a burst of wheat and spice intermingled with the strong malt influence. A bit of chocolate that plays underneath the leading notes. Banana banana banana. Yeasty with a splash of freshness from green apples and plums. Finishes with just a hint of alcohol heat.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. The spices and wheat give it a somewhat dry finish, making it end quite crisply.

D/O - Drinkability is high. This is my first time trying it out of the bottle, but it is every bit as good as from tap. Insanely drinkable given the complexity and alcohol and it constantly draws me in to drink more. And with every sip you get different flavors as the temperature change draws out different elements. This beer is definitely in contention for one of my favorite beers from Victory, drawing neck and neck with Storm King.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before now, especially considering how many times I've had it and enjoyed it. It pours a murky rusty sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light nutmeg, rye bread, dark wheat, and a touch of raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the wheat, banana, clove, and raisin. A touch of cinnamon is added in for good measure. Everything just melds beautifully and tastily. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable weizenbock, one of my favorites of the style, baby!

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

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/2/12, poured into a snifter

A- Reddish tint, slight brown hues, nice and hazy from the unfiltered yeast

S- Bananas are right up front, some nice malt and almost a nutmeg spice come to mind

T- The wheat is right there, the taste almost follows the nose completely however better. I cannot get over how much banana comes through in this, very malty and kind of warm, the hops are there but very subdued. Another great victory brew.

M- Thick like watered down caramel

O- This was an amazing weizenbock, great to drink on a nice fall day. So good that it prompted me to write my first review on this sit about it. Good job victory.

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Photo of larryi86
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, best before 9/2/12, poured into a Weizen glass

A- Red with a light brown tint, slightly hazy and a three finger tan head.

S- Banana, yeast, wheat, spices, some sweet malts, touch of alcohol.

T- This is good and well balanced. Wheat is very present, hints of caramel malts, banana, very light spiciness, a hint of earthy hops in the finish, and the alcohol is a little warm and sweet but not boozy, adds a really nice flavor and balance to the beer.

M- Smooth, creamy, thick.

O- Another great beer from Victory. I found this very easy to drink and well balanced. Really can't wait to drink more and try more Weizenbocks.

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

Two fingers of creamy light tan head that retains very well, cloudy brown-amber body.

Smell has plenty of wheat, banana esters, and some bubblegum yeastiness.

Taste is quite nice. Plenty of wheat, that banana/fruit character from the nose, plenty of mellow sweet malt. It's a sweetish beer for sure (bubblegum), and the sweetness is balanced by wheaty thickness more than any sort of bitterness. A trace of alcohol is evident in a friendly warmth, but the ABV is pretty hidden.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick, my only gripe might be that the carbonation in it feels a bit coarse. This is splitting hairs at this point.

This beer is great; the man at the store hit it on the nose: "the poor man's Aventinus." I regret having bought only a single of this; Aventinus is my gold standard for a wheat doppelbock, and this one stacks up remarkably well. Next time, I'll serve it in the Aventinus glass; that'll probably accent the nose even better. I'm getting a sixpack of this; some for now, some for winter, some for next winter.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy reddish-mahogany with amber highlights. Yields an explosive fluffy head that dissipates moderately slow leaving behind a decent cling that slides down the glass. Yeast sediment floats around.

N: Yeast, banana, wheat and chocolate.

T: Banana and milk chocolate upfront with a good amount of yeastiness. This is followed by some rich wheat malts and some biscuit notes. Finishes with a lot of banana along with earth, some fruity esters and clove.

M: Full bodied, smooth, velvety, creamy and slightly sticky.

O: I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers but this was such a smooth, velvety and easy drinking offering that I'm tempted to rethink my stance. Wow! This is 8.7%?? Even better. A solid beer that suits cooler fall nights perfectly. An excellent rendition of the style!

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Photo of Rschis16
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looks a bit like apple cider with a nearly opaque orange-brown hue and some soft bubbles rising from the bottom along the side of the glass. Decent sized silky white head on top that reduces down to silky patches. Beautiful rings of lacing are left after each sip. As for the smell, imagine that perfectly ripe banana and the way it smells as you peel away the skin: that's what this smells like. Other aromas of wheat, yeast, and a little touch of booze balance some of the banana.

Flavors of banana and spices create a rich, full flavor that follows through in every sip. A unique yeast strain gives this beer a distinctive taste on the back of the palate that rounds out the big banana notes. The spiciness is very prevelant, as well as a hint of cinnamon, giving the spices a sweet, almost pie-like taste. Other spices are remeniscent of an herb garden, but it blanaces and works nearly perfectly in this beer. The alcohol is not in your face, but is noticeable when looked for. It creates a deceptively easy to drink beer, as it goes down fast and easy. The mouthfeel is as silky smooth as the head looks, with a clean and dry finish that complements the flavors oh so well. The mouthfeel here actually makes the beer as awesome as it is by adding a layer of texture that is nothing but pleasant. This beer is very complex, but so enjoyable and full-flavored that its simple to drink. I really like this one, and once again Victory has impressed me.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Wiezen glass

A - A hazy tick looking brown brick amber body with a thick flothy off white head. The beer looks a little dark for your weizen glass fare.

S - Bananas, clove - like a good Weizenbock should and along with it a good spice note. The is a great balance of sweet fruits and spices in the nose.

T & M & D - Sweet fruits up front and good malt characteristics. Then the body opens to more herbal and spicy notes. The banana is clear and the beer brings a strong yeast note and bready note in on the middle to back end making it thicker and breadier than a normal weizen.

O - A very good representation of the style. Incredible flavor, great nose, strong look. All around solid and after the last sip you want another.


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

Cloudy, rusty golden in color, with a sizeable and fine head of white bubbles. No lace.

Smell is citrus, bubblegum, and clove. Typical, and inviting.

Taste is sweet at first. I get wheat, a hint of orange peel, and some clove for spice. Certainly complex, so good point scored here.

Definitely solid, and more than drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 JAXSON
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours ruddy dark copper with a large head. Nose is yeasty, phenolic, with cloves, cinnamon, banana. Mouth is fairly sweet with a nicely mellow spiced collage of flavors. Baked apple, cloves, cinnamon. Fairly bitter throughout the palate with some nice warming heat on the finish. Carbonation is pretty sharp. Not especially sweet, pleasant flavors, I would like less hop bitterness throughout.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2.5" light caramel colored head. Hazy burnt sienna brown color. Smells vaguely of hops, a little more so as it warmed. Taste is caramel, spice, and bitter hops. Decent, interesting. I'd agree with the label about "subtle" but I don't really find it fruity or deep in the spices. Yet still another nice beer from Victory.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small fizzy, off-white head. TONS of floaties. Beer is a dull red color. Poor head retention, no lacing. Some effervescence. I don't mind sediment but this appearance as a whole does nothing for me.

S- Smells good. Some spices and citrus notes.

T- Follows nose. Bananas and cloves...cinnamon? Spicy yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol for 8.7%

M- Tongue fizzling. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Wow, I feel if this were to be more eye-appealing I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it stands, smells and tastes great...appearance keeps it out of the upper tier of weizenbocks. Would have again in the future and cross my fingers.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

Dark auburn and ruby, near brown in color. Thick, persistent light brown head and lots of lacing down the glass. Thick chunks of cakey sediment and "floaties" run rampant through this beer.

A sweet and welcoming aroma. The biting yeast character, wheat, banana (and strawberries! weird, but kinda cool!), toffee, and a slight alcohol tinge all come together very nicely.

Mild flavor though certainly appropriate for the style. The yeast takes center stage with it's sharp tartness, balanced well with banana and wheat characteristics. Very nice.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. A pleasure.

A really good weizenbock from Victory. Strangely enough, this is my favorite beer from them to date (though I haven't had a huge number), and it's one of my least favorite styles. I would certainly have this again.

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Photo of A1Sports
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint.

A: Very cloudy amber color with thin, white colored head.

S: Very contrasting and interesting. Some sweetness smells along with banana.

T: Complex taste. The taste hit immediately and is powerful. Maybe too powerful for my tastes. Like the smell, you get a little sweet with the bitter. At the end you get a distinct taste of alcohol.

M: Leaves a little sting in the mouth. The feel remains mixed like the smell and taste. On the high end of carbonation.

O: I think a fan of this style of beer would appreciate it much more than I did. It was an interesting experience, that I would try again, but couldn't do it too often. My scores are higher than my personal opinion, but factor in the beer style.

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

12oz bottle into pint. From notes.

A: deep hazy body, golden in color. White head with good retention and nice amount of lace.

S: Rich in clove, slight banana, with medium intensity.

T/M: a very silky body, with a light finish, clove dominance on the body. Medium body with good level of esters. Hoppy fruit notes.

Overall: this is a good brew for the style, especially for an American brewery.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow begins with a distinctly Belgian aroma: heavy on the banana and clove, with additional fruit and spice flavors such as orange, pineapple, and pepper lying just beneath, and supported by a thin thread of toasted grains.

On the tongue, the beer reminds me of nothing so much as a Unibroue: spicy, with bananas, cloves, pepper, and a peculiar wildness that I usually associate with Brettanomyces. In fact, had I not known otherwise, I would have sworn I was drinking a Fin Du Monde, or one of Unibroue's other offerings. Moonglow does have subtle differences, of course, appearing somehow wilder and more potent through a heavy vodka-like alcohol tinge at the end of the mouthful (though, at 8.7% ABV, Moonglow is roughly the same strength as a Fin Du Monde). This does not mean that the beer is somehow lesser, but it is wilder and stronger on the soft palate. The aftertaste is a strong alcohol-tinged continuation of the main mouthful, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation feels high, which adds to the peppery burning on the soft palate.

Overall, this is a good beer, though I do feel it could have been tamed slightly for drinkability and appeal. Still, the flavors are immensely pronounced, and the brew is refreshing.

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

A bold example of the style - pour was a deep gold with a good deal of haze. Sweet, with pronounced bock character. Spicyness and heat from the alcohol follow the initial sweetness in close order. Bittersweet toward the finish, with yeast notes. Might be a little heavy-handed, but enjoyable.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,452 ratings.
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