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Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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 Brew_42
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this was a good beer. Almost tailor made for my tastes.

Pours dark amber with some cloudiness. A white head that quickly dissipates and doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells- Banana bread, caramel, dark fruits, clove, and vanilla

Tastes, Big banana bread taste up front.with some spiciness, bubble gum, and brown sugar. A perfect amount of sweetness. One of the best tasting beers I have ever had. If you like sweeter beers with the bubblegum/banana taste, this one is right up there. The spiciness makes it a great fall beer too.

MF- Nice carbonation and a medium body.

Overall-Big fan of this beer. I think it is the perfect fall beer. Great blend of phenol sweetness and spiciness, Get some ASAP and enjoy on a cool night.

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Photo of merlin48
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a not quite clear copper amber with a two finger beige head that fades into nice sheet lacing. The label is one of the more attractive ones I've seen, and was imprinted with an "enjoy by Aug 20 04" date. Nose is complex, bananas, oranges, pineapples, toffee, cloves, and hints of Belgian yeasts. Crisp and well carbonated in the mouth, yet creamy and medium bodied. Taste is of toffee and caramel soaked in a fruit basket. Ruby red grapefruit, bananas, oranges, and pineapples. Carbonation keeps it all vibrant all the way to the end. No presence of alcohol is noted, in spite of the listed 8.7abv. This is an extraordinary brew from the folks at Victory. Very well crafted and pleasantly complex. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good head when poured into a pint glass and once it settles it becomes a good steady lacing. Darker amber coloration gives off a good winter time beer look. When smelling the beer it gives off a good malt and spice tickle for the senses. As a unfiltered beer it is a excellent mild malted spiced beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head that fades quickly producing some dense lacing. A dark, 'glowing' amber color with noticeable sediment and some floaters due to bottle conditioning.

A powerful banana, clove, and apple aroma. A sour hint accompanying these flavors as well.

Very tart apple, banana, clove, and pear flavors that are all very apparent. A very bold tasting beer! It's like biting into the best granny smith apple I've ever had. No bitterness with a smooth malty punch perfect for the style.

Very rich and full bodied weizenbock. A tartness that works well for the style.

It's such a treat to drink since there aren't many versions of this style out there. I'd be hapy to drink this whenever I get the chance, and I could easily put down one after the other with how good of a job Victory does in masking the astounding 8.7%abv.

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Photo of bigkahunas4
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: About a 1/2 finger gingerbread looking head - with some okay retention and lacing. Body is a lovely dark honey with mahogany accents. Lots of sediment floating around in this guy (whoops, didn't realize).

Smell: Nose is very malty, with notes of ginger, clove, and wheat toast.

Taste: A ton of malts up front in this one - lots of caramel and gingerbread flavors. Also notice some sweet sugar in this guy. The end has the slightest of hops to provide just the right balance from this one going over the top.

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium bodied with some nice stickiness at the end.

Drinkability: Incredibly light and smooth, and had no idea the ABV was as high as it is until I was writing my review. A really light beer, but certainly warming. Alcohol is completely masked, and I would've put this in the mid 6's. This is one of my new favs.

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Photo of Star80
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep ruddy brown with a tan head. There is no sediment in the bottom of my bottle. The smell is of dark fruit, spice, and some esters, like banana, and vanilla. Not quite as complex smelling as I recall Aventinus, but would love to try neck and neck. The taste, is outstanding and extraordinarily complex. Sort of a symphony of deep, complex (did I mention this brew is complex?), dark fruits, and more and more esters, some phenols. You know, all the buzzwords and tagwards apply on this beer. Little or no alcohol in the nose or the tastebuds, could perhaps be why last spring I drank four or five of these last spring and I was hammered, and cause they go down so well! I must say, I tried this last srping as noticed the flavor of this beer has changed over the years, and I must say it has improved. It is far more spicey, and less soapy than when I first ever tried it. I almost think it is near carbon copy of Aventinus, but perhaps better cause I get it fresher. Another Victory in the beer world....

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up last week up in Totowa...seeing that I've never had this before and it seemed quite alluring a beer. After taking a few sips of this, it's obvious that this is more than alluring. It's pretty amazing! I'm not quite sure how to review this since it's unlike anything I've ever had, but here goes nothing!

For starters, I loved the pour and look of this. A rich, purple mahogany hue filed my pint glass up with a thick head and lacing that is slowly falling down my glass as I take each sip. Make no mistake - this is complex. Plum, banana, bubblegum, clove, grass, and wheat are here with a very strong alcohol backbone to tie them all together. Is it overpowering? Yes, it is. Is it complex? Indeed, that is the case as well. Does this work? Absoutely! This has the mouthfeel of a saison with complexity and taste of a lambic with the fullness of a wheat beer. For someone desperately hanging onto the summer like me, it doesn't get any better than this.

There's no doubt that the 8.70% ABV of this beer can be felt not too long after the first mouthfuls of this go down. No matter. Out of all the beers I've tried from Victory, this is my favorite; and that's saying a lot cosidering they have some pretty impressive offerings in their portfolio. This is amazingly complex, harmonious, and has the aftertaste on the level of a fine champagne. If you want to celebrate the fall and wish to get away from the Marzens and Octoberfests, this is your beer. Cheers to victory for upping the ante on the Weizenbock style!

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Photo of matjack85
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's liquor store in Glen Ellyn, IL for $2.19. The label has a blurb about the beer along the left side as well as an "enjoy before date" of June 19, 2010 stamped on it. The Victory Brewing web site says this beer is only available in September and October and this is already January, so I must have gotten one of the last bottles from the 2009 batch.

The beer poured a cloudy copper color that turned to more of a light caramel shade when held to the light. It made a 2-finger light tan head that lasted awhile and left lacing that can best be described as slippery. It makes lace, but instead of sticking to the glass, it quickly slides back into the liquid.

The smell is wonderful. I was expecting the traditional banana and clove aroma, but instead I got more of an apricot smell instead of banana. The clove was still there and joining it was sweet caramel malt and lots of wheat. I loved it.

The taste did not disappoint either. There is no doubt that this is a wheat beer. The wheat flavor is the main attraction but there is also a great supporting cast. I still get that apricot presence but there are some other dark fruits and citrus flavors in here that give it even more tart and fruity character. Some caramel sweetness gives it some additional body and a touch of spicy hops make for a great finish.

Even with all those flavors, this beer remains medium bodied and refreshing due in part to its high carbonation.

I guess all those flavors hide the 8.7% abv because I didn't notice the alcohol at all. Maybe it accented the spices a bit but that's all. Now that I've tried this, I wish I had seen more than the 1 bottle on the shelf, I could see myself enjoying a bunch of these.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer was brown and murky with an oily foam. The murkiness was a little unexpected based on the few other weizenbocks I've had.

The smell was stunning, it was so good. Lots of ester-type fruit aromas, bananas in the lead with some plums or raisins following. The taste was awesome too, with all the afore-mentioned fruits competing with sweet malt flavors.

Very good seasonal which I think Victory should make all year long.

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Photo of J23hc
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
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 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 Spikester
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber with close to three fingers of off white head. Very good head retention and plenty of lace.
Smell is huge. Fruity bread crust yeast very light smoke.
Taste is complex. Bread crust peach apple plum very light banana and a light hop bitterness that struggles to be found.
The mouthfeel is heavy but the carbonation is high so it drinks closer to medium. The finish is neither sweet nor bitter just rich.
Overall this is one of those "WoW!" beers that I don't encounter very frequently. Really enjoyed this beer and highly recommend it. Just don't go drink a few and expect to drive some place afterwards.

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Photo of edchicma
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa....To the Victor(y) belongs the spoils. I just may move to PA if they keep this up. This should be a kick ass beer at 8.7, but it is soooo smooth, I couldn't tell....Banana, citrus, tingly tongue were definitely there. The color was that of fresh pressed cider witha nice head. Mouthfeel was round and smooth with a hint of malt to impress in the drinkability category. This was the last single bottle on the shelf of my favorite packy....too bad...gotta remind them to order more!!!!

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Gunk Haus in Highland NY

Look is deep brown with amber highlights.

Smell is rich peppery with lots of smooth roasted malt.

Taste is just how you would expect from the smell, sweet from the malt with a nice herbal slight peppery hop note.

Mouth feel is full and luscious.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: its a hazy mahogany color with some notes of amber and dark purple. A slight burnt caramel color. 2 finger off-white head thats pretty solid and looks like it could almost rest a coin on it

s: huge fruity esters up front. plum, raisin, fig, banana, ripe pear, sweet sugary malts - caramel, toffee, light brown sugar. theres a mild yeast spice aroma as well - faint coriander, cardamom, clove, and pepper. this is a real nice smelling beer that makes your mouth water. its a complex aroma, but it isn't overwhelming and no aroma steps on anothers toes

t: right away your hit with the juicy fruits: ripe pear, plum, raisins, and fig. immediately after that your hit with a little bit of alcohol taste, which is a nice counter to the initial sweetness. thats followed by sweet toffee and sticky caramel. at the end there is a nice spice: clove, pepper, and cardamom. really nice harmonization of flavors

m: is a solid medium mouthfeel, with a fairly decent carbonation level. the carbonation helps the fruits to pop here and give them that juicy feeling in the mouth. a little sticky as well

o: this was a random pull for me, and i'm extremely glad i grabbed it. its a real nice beer. complex, yet everything works together in harmony and it doesn't overwhelm you. its got a pretty high ABV, but that isn't really reflected in the taste. a real nice example of good beer

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Photo of ugaterrapin
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy deep golden amber color. It is highly carbonated and leaves about 2+ fingers of head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Has a nice sweet malt aroma. Has an unmistakable wheat beer smell. It has a nice sweet flavor up front. There are some fruit notes, but they are very subtle. The sweetness is balanced very nicely by malt character of the beer. I normally do not like wheat beers too much but this is a great beer and the first weizenbock I have tried. It is a style I will have to delve into a little more.

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Photo of dmarch
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark amber in color with a thin white head. Aroma is very fruity with lots of cloves. The taste is very very powerful. Strong plum taste as well as some clove and bananna. The 8.7% is obvious, but it very enjoyable and warming. Personally, I think the best Victories are the seasonals. All the more reason to stop by often.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic find on my most recent stop in Downingtown to Victory. A tremendous darkened red, almost a burgundy color and the head left a lace all throughout the glass of brew. The suspended cloudiness was a gorgeous site to behold. Notes of spice, perhaps just barelyt ripened bananas were apparent, as was a hint of alcohol. The malt profile was a good counter balance to that. Smooth, luscious and creamy on the palate, the alcohol offers a little tingle when you least expect it.

While this is a style that is rarely attempted here state-side, this is one of my favorite Biers, bar none. Well worth waiting for until September.


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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big cheers to GnomeKing for this

Pours a slightlty hazy amber/tea coior with a 3 fingers deep sand colored head. minimal lacing & zerohead retention. Really the only weakpoint for this outstanding beer

S: Bubblegum & choclate & hints of bandaids

T: Fruittyness, chocolate & bubblegum up front. Warming alcohol pepper & hints of brown sugar follow. Finishes bready, quenching, juicy & spicy (pepper & cinamon)& warming. Taste the weizen gives way to the bock as it warms

MF: Medim/heavy bodied with low carbonation & nicely balanced

Drinks very easy for the abv, a really nice weizen bock. I could session on this no problem

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Photo of danadeny
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had on tap at Anam Cara, in the moonglow wisen glass (very very cool). Cloudy brown body, with a slight hint of yellow. Small head. Smells of banana, a little citrus, and overall fresh and crisp. The flavor follows up with a little spice, medium banana, and a clean citrus finish. Slight alcohol flavor mixed in but nowhere near what you would expect from a 9%. god damn smooth and no aftertaste. Overall: one of the best things on earth.

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

Appearance – Luscious orange-brown in color with a good head that left a nice film.

Smell – This is a lovely combination of dark yeast aromas and toasted bock scents. The fruits are not bashful, either. The apricot, plum, and big banana are large and in charge.

Taste – This is more weizen than bock. The fruits are exceptionally smooth and helped along by a shot of vanilla and a puree of flavors. The flavors mix so well together it’s incredible.

The lightly-toasted malt comes along for the ride, but this is all about the Rochefortisc manner in which these fruits and the yeast are mixed. This is a blend to remember.

Mouthfeel – Very light carbonation and a creamy, creamy smooth body makes this one a standout. The alcohol warning is too little, too late.

Drinkability – This was incredible and defined its own style. It went down smooth as silk.

Comments – Leave it to Victory to produce this quandary. This was too light for a dunkel weizen and too fruity for a bock. It was even probably off style for a weizen bock. But man, oh man, was this a pleasure to drink. Can we add some flexibility to the style and say that this was f***ing awesome?

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Photo of fdrich29
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IrishRedRock for this brew. A very welcomed surprise.

A rare beer that I find the bottle just as satisfying as from the tap. One of the finest American beers on the market and well worth the money you'll pay for it.

Nothing I can write could possibly do this beer justice. If you see it buy it, you won't be disappointed.

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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 51mmz0rz
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light caramel colored body, cloudy, as expected with many bits of yeast slowing falling to the bottom. Very good lacing as the light tan billowy head recedes. The body does tend to 'glow' as the yeast disperses the light.

S: Very aromatic; I can smell it even when the glass is 24 inches away. Smells powerfully of wonderful weizen yeast.

T: The odor translates very nicely into the flavor of this beer. There is a distinct sweetness as well, which is flushed away by yeast esters, as well as a slight bitterness and alcohol bite.

M: The mouthfeel on this beer is something special. I poured it a little rough, and the carbonation level is very good. There is a distinct thickness without feeling sticky.

D: A clean finishing beer without any unpleasant alcohol aftertastes.

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Photo of bmills1608
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery.

Color - Deep reddish hue, slight haze.
Head - Off-white, pillowy, rather large and full.
Nose - Totally unbelievable aromas of bubble gum, baking spices and heaps of super ripe fruits. Sweet and cake like.
Taste - Chewy rich fruits right from the start. More bubble gum and lots of it. Mid pallet has more lovely sweet banana flavors, very rounded, very smooth. Spicy notes of cinnamon and hard candy make appearances towards the end with some dark wheat flavors. Oh, and more fruits as well. (melons, figs, various tropical and sweet raisins).
Mouthfeel - Slick and velvet like, smooth.
Finish - Sweet, with some herbal qualities. The alcohol tempers well all the fruity richness, drying out the finish a bit. Flavors lingers a rather long time. I love that.

Overall - Just a fantastic beer. Loved it. So full and rich, smooth and luscious. All cylinders are firing with this beauty.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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