Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock
BA SCORE
4.05/5
1,456 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

BEER STATS
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#2,725
Reviews:
744
Ratings:
1,456
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
4.4
 
 
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Photo of A1Sports
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -11.1%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of jthomp000
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Orange-ish hue, somewhat cloudy, lots of "floaters" in this one.
S - Carmel aromas, nothing that jumped out at me
T - Carmel taste upfront, alcohol aftertaste/backend
M - Medium body, light carbonation
O - At first I wasn't a fan of this specific beer, but each time I have one, it continues to grow on me. First time with this type of beer and I'll definitely try this beer or a similar kind again...

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Photo of BobZ
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz. Bottle poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Light reddish brown almost dark amber. Built a 2” head that hangs around and left nice lacing. Yeast floaties are prevalent and very noticeable, this might be “off-putting” to some; however, it’s not something I mind terribly.

Smell: Nice malty sweetness with hints of phenols and maybe even some banana.

Taste: Caramel maltiness with a combination of hops and spice, this hoppy spice flavor remains throughout the beer and makes it a pleasant and somewhat unique example of the style. The alcohol adds subtle warmth and the wheat beer banana flavor is also detectable.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant and smooth on the palate, again (like Golden Monkey) the warmth from the alcohol is pleasant and not overwhelming.

Overall: Unique take on a Bavarian Weizenbock, very flavorful. Not in the same league as Aventinus but still another nice beer at a reasonable price point from Victory.

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Photo of Spica66
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this an extra from knarf231. Thanks, Franklin!

Enjoyed with gwuilliums at Camp Lawrence for 15th anniversary celebration.

A: Red-brown color with good yeast haze. Excellent head formation and retention.

S: Malty caramel with a good bit of deep banana and a slight hint of fusel alcohol.

T: Wheat tang and some yeastiness. Overall kind of fruity.

M: Very round and creamy smooth. The alcohol makes itself known, but not in a bad way.

O: Very neat beer. First of this style that I have ever had. I would try others.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out as a murky brown color with a cream colored foamy head. The head shrinks down and leaves a film over top of the beer. The lacing on this one is decent. The smell of the beer has some banana and wheaty grains on the nose. The taste is a little spicy and has a decent malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little thin I thought but had a pretty texture for the style. Overall It's a pretty good beer and I'd drink it again.

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

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy orangish-amber color with a one-finger tan head that quickly dissipates. When observed through a light you can the specs of yeast on the bottom.

S: Strong caramel aroma with a mixture of ripe bananas and alcohol.

T: Caramel hits me at first with a generous sweetness with a little roasted malt bitterness. A smooth wheaty flavor that goes down easy and finishes thick and warm. Hints of ripe bananas and finishes spicy with an alcohol kick.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and hazy.

O: This was my first experience with a weizenbock and I was impressed with the style and flavor of this brew. I enjoyed this brew and would drink it again when available.

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Photo of djsmith1174
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, hazy orange with a nice head.

Smell: Sweet fruit and spices.

T - Bananas, dark fruits, cloves, bubble gum. Really intense flavors with just a hint of hop bite. Lots of spices.

M - Creamy medium body with quite a lot of carbonation. Definite alcohol burn on the finish.

O - A very good Weizenbock that I would not hesitate to grab the next time I see it. I gravitate toward the style when I can find it and this is a great representation.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

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Photo of jifigz
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok, I have had this beer since the fall when I picked up a case of this at Raystown Beverage in Huntingdon, Pa. This has been the sole survivor to see how this beer aged.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Even with an extremely gentle pour the head on this beer was huge. It was several inches high and lingered for a long time leaving beautiful lacing all over the glass. I could only fit about 2/3 on the first amount of the pour. The color is hazy amber orange/brown with a ton of sediment.

S: Very fruity esters in the nose. Smells like a mixture or raisins and flowers. Reminiscent of a La Fin Du Monde.

T: Delicious. The beer is spiced rather well. The raisin/fruity flavors pull through with a slight sour/bitterness. The higher level of alcohol has a warming effect on the palate and throat.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is perfect. Creamy and warm, and extremely effervescent (maybe that could be perceived as a downfall).

O: This is certainly one of my favorite beers. I am not sure if aging it for months helped it or detracted from it. This is an extremely drinkable beer and the taste just sends me over the top. Victory rarely lets me down.

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Photo of birdman200
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: amber to golden color, no head, no lacing?
S: Very spicy, cloves, bananas.
T: Again, kind of zesty, little bitter, notes of acidic fruit, clean dry malt, very bready/wheaty, very sweet.
M: Medium carbonation
D: Awesome. Possibly a little too much nutmeg/spiciness to it...then again I've never had the style so that's my fault.

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Photo of djramage
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a standard pint glass.

Fragrance was fruity and spicy. Appearance was clear, however, visible "chunks" of yeast liberally floating about.

Taste was exceptional, with alternating flavors of strong spices and sweet overtones. Strong finish.

Truly a wonderful beer.

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Photo of cooch69
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really deep amber and with a fair bit of mahagoney hue. No head, just a patchy film on top.

Nose of sweet apple cider, spices mostly cloves, raw sugar cane, and a bit of a caramel maltiness.

I've had this beer around the end of last year and I must say that it did lose it's vibe a bit. Not nearly as much fruitiness and vibrancy as it once had.

As for this bottle there is mainly apple and pear. Fair bit of spicing for a Weizenbock includes mostly cloves and a bit of cinnamon bark. Pretty sweet up front as it leads into a dry finish.

This beer is still good, but much better fresh. At least I got to get my Weizenbock fever out of the way because I probably won't see this again until Fall.

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

Served out of a bottle into a chalice glass.

A: A deep cloudy amber color with noticable particulate. No noticable head.

S: A very robust malty armoa with a subtle fruity note. Almost smells of prunes or raisons.

T: Front notes appear very quickly and moves just as quickly to the finish which echoes the raisony sweet smell.

M: Very tingly on the tounge. Thick with lingering after taste.

O: A very drinkable beer for those who like the more robust flavors. There is a lot going on here and it is fun to pull apart the complexity of this one.

The noticable changes in taste as you drink it reminds me of those candies on willy whonka that change flavors all the way up until the blueberry pie...

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

A 12oz. bottle poured into a Victory tulip. Best By date 9-1-11

Pours a ruby leaning towards a browner shade with a thin light tan head, bubbly and loaded with yeast particles. Smells of banana, clove, grass, sweet corn, grape, a bit of shoyu and some faint rum scents. Taste is very grapey like red wine, something I can only describe as a rounded mustiness, sweet and nutty, with some apple juice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very dry and mouth watering with medium carbonation. A very delicious beer overall showcasing the Belgian yeast complexity very well.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.07/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Just slightly over a half finger of head on this beer. The beer pours a darker brown/purple color. I thought this beer seemed to be a bit old; with tons of yeast littering the glass. But the best by date is September 1st, 2011.

Smell - Quite a heavy ethanol smell throughout. Dark fruits are heavily noticeable. Very strong notes of raisins and grainy yeast. A bit overpowering to me.

Taste - Heavy in ethanol right off the bat. Almost sickly sweet with plums, raisins and dates. Just full of very sweetened dark fruits. A slight barley taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I didn't find this very drinkable. The taste was overall too sweet for me and entirely too full of raisins and dates. For a Weizenbock, it wasn't too terrible. But in the grand scheme of things this beer lacked anything special to make me want to finish an entire bottle. Medium bodied and on the verge of being heavy. Overall tastes like some sort of overpowered breakfast juice.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber-red in color with brilliant clarity. Moderate very light tan head with decent retention.

Aroma-Ripe bananas, cloves, very light bubblegum, some raisins and prunes, with malt notes of caramel, toffee, bread crusts, and chocolate.

Flavor-Sweet up front, with banana bread, chocolate, bread crusts, toffee, and caramel. Medium clove note. Alcohol comes through and dries out the finish, with dark molasses, anise, and clove notes lingering on into aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body, moderate to moderately high carbonation. Some alcohol warmth.

This is a damn good weizenbock, one of my favorites. I could drink a ton of this.

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Photo of generallee
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The label has a nice description and a freshness date.

Appearance: Deep rich crimson highlights flow through a deep amber body with a slight haze. This is topped by a light beige colored and tightly packed head. The tall stiff foam hangs on well and makes lots of slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are deep sweet fruity and bready notes with notes of wheat, banana bread with walnuts and over-ripe banana peel.

Taste/Palate: The flavor matches the nose with a light dusting Dutch cocoa, fruity banana, dried apricots and a mild touch of hop spice. It also has a sweet and mellow abv warmth. The full body has a smooth creamy texture with plenty of soft carbonation.

Notes: Outstanding!!!

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

Pours a frothy dark tan head which leaves behind moderate lacing as it settles. Carbonation was better than I'd expected*. Dusky amber in color and rather clear but for the yeast suspended throughout.

Nose is bold and expressive (as well as rather rich in terms of alcohol), with plum, raisin, and light rum set upon a bed of banana and cloves. Definitely yeasty, and the barest hint of oxidation. Reminds me a bit of an old ale...

The notes of sharp pineapple and light marshmallow on the first sip remind me of what a great interpretation this one is -- much more of a unique flavor going on here than would be considered 'average' for he style. Definitely fruity, with all of the notes from the nose present in spades all across the palate, and very lightly boozy. Still, there's enough zip and carbonation so as not to make it seem heavy, and the yeast that remains in the bottle adds to mouthfeel and visual impression. Medium-bodied, though it drinks lighter...

Even when fresh this one is an easy-drinker -perhaps even 'dangerous' to some ; ) - and this bottle is no exception.

A very, very good beer all around, and I wish I could find it more regularly!

Served slightly chilled in a Westmalle chalice.

* Note: Labeled as "Best before September 24 2010", this one held up extremely well in my cool, dark beer 'fridge.

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

On-tap at Underground Kitchen in Madison.

Pours a murky, stained copper color. Grows a huge, rippling, 3-finger head, that hangs around indefinitely, depositing large sheets of lace on the glass.

The aroma definitely has some nice yeast esters, moslty clove with a bit of banana, adding to the overall "grainy" malt character, resulting in one great smelling beer!

The flavor doesn't let me down. The comparison to banana bread is apt. I did find the clove-like esters to be more evident than banana, although the toasted nutty flavor from the malts pairs incredibly well with the other flavors in the beer, albeit there is next to no hop character evident, as to be expected. The finish is well balanced, leaving a slightly sweet clove/malt flavor on the palate.

I thoroughly enjoyed Moonglow Weizenbock. The flavors were all dead-on for the style and clean tasting. Despite the fairly high ABV, the drinkability of this beer is quite nice. Something I will purchase again, for sure.

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Photo of nosurrender23
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grade from the group = B.

"Very interesting mix - not sure how I feel about it."

First, the beer pour is unfiltered (like a pack of Newports) in which flying chunks dance amongst carbonation in a bed of dark apricot. Very "Octobery".

Once the beer was poured, a "hefeweizenish," "harvesty" spicy clove/fruit smell was witnessed. While another articulately described the smell being earwax like.

In the mouth, the beer had a thick, fruity-very carbonated mid-heaviness to it. Many stated they could drink a couple, but that would be it.

Finally, the beer had an almond/harvesty taste that was described to be delicious by several. Generally, it was agreed that the beer kind of tasted like a Blue Moon with some Troegenator thrown in.

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

Picked this up in a mixed sixer - best by 9/1/2011

Poured into a pint glass, a very murky rusty-brown body with a 1/2 finger of head that fades fast. Also lots of suspended yeast in the glass.

Interesting aroma, some citrus and dark fruits (prunes maybe), as well as a caramel sweetness. Lots of clove and figs upfront on the tongue, followed by some nice spicy yeast flavors. Also a bit of that caramel sweetness that was detected in the nose. Medium body and carbonation, a robust Weizenbock. There's alot going in in this beer, but it all works really well together. A very nice offering from Victory.

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

Aroma-Definite wheat smell, a nice mix of bread, clove banana. Reminiscent of Aventinus.

Mouthfeel-A bit of body for a wheat, but still relatively light with some texture. Higher end of carbonation in suit for style.

Appearance-Poured to very nice head, 1 1/4 to 1 1/2" in hefeweizen glass. Off amber/ruby color with a nice haze and yeast visibly present and pretty vigorously being moved around. Lacing on glass rather noticeable as head has dissipated. Likely 5 minutes since pour and still 3/8" or so.

Taste-Getting a nice clove/fruity taste with a bit of bitterness after the fact from the hops, a bit different. In line with a regular wheat flavor, but a bit more (cinnamon/slight coriander?)

Drinkability-Rather, I know this has a higher alcohol but I think I could get through a number of these.

Overall-Really excellent beer overall and rather drinkable. Will likely purchase again, can't remember what I paid but possibly a nice cheaper alternative to Aventinus?

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,456 ratings
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