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Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Reviews:
740
Ratings:
1,443
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
15.35%
 
 
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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Enjoy by Aug 13, 2015. So this is sampled on Oct. 23, 2015.

Even though it is beyond its expiration date it does have a handsome looking medium amber pour with a tremendous off-white head. Fluffy perhaps.

The aroma speaks to me with roasted malts, vague fruit, light spice, low hops, and toast.

The body is medium or better.

The taste brings out the fruit characters prior to any of those other esters I picked up min the aroma. Good malty character and little to no hop character. The way I enjoy this style.

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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 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 fitzy84
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this drink on tap at Hope & Olive restaurant in Greenfield, MA. The beer was served, I believe, in a 10 ounce glass.

The appearance of this beer was really great: reddish amber color with a thin, brown head, foamy lacing, and visibly murky. Excellent aromas of various fruits and spices. I picked up grapefruit, raisins, malts, breads, banana, and a light spice like cinnamon. This was a delicious drink that was hard to put down. It had a well-balanced sweetness with a mixture of flavors mirroring those aromas. In terms of mouthfeel, the beer had medium carbonation to a somewhat creamy textured drink. Overall, this heavy alcohol drink not only warmed me up from the cold evening, but it was an extremely enjoyable and sweet drink.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - An amber/burnt orange/almost reddish color. Opaque in appearance
Smell - Fruity, spicy, bananas, sweet malts, wheat
Taste - wheat, Banana, sweet banana bread, spice, clove
Feel - Slightly warming on the back end from the booze but crazy drinkable though for 8.7%

Overall - This beer is much better than I expected. I really enjoyed drinking this one.

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

Appearance - hazy bronze copper color with white head

Smell - banana bread, clove

Taste - mostly banana upfront, a bit of caramel, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, fruity/sugary upfront, finish is a bit unrefined

Overall - decent beer overall, nice attempt at a German style beer, worth a shot

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is such a great brewery. Tons of carbonation with a very Amber color and a thick head that stays around. Super malty smell. The only thing I'd say I didn't like about this beer is that it is super carbonate. A little much in my opinion.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has a little bit of plantain stem and baker's yeast, but there is also an odd rubber smell I got as well. Or overripe banana. Either way, not very appealing. The banana bread flavor is definitely there with the caramel malt and a little dry hay yeast. Good fall flavor, and hefty mouthfeel. Medium alcohol esthers come in on the backend, which doesn't leave a great aftertaste. Strong in the middle, but weak on at the ends.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a nice hazy burnt siena color. Three fingers of pillowy cinnamon-tinged head give no ground. Foamy chunks of lacing.

S: Deep nutty cocoa richness. Toasted crust. Peppery spice. Pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar. Clove. Bananas foster. Perhaps some dates. Yeasty undercurrent.

T: Leads with deep toast and nutty cocoa. Almost cookie-like at times, though very dry. Gingerbread. Flash of citrus rind. Big burst of yeasty spices, with clove and nutmeg coming on strong. Pinch of cinnamon. Banana begins to emerge in time. Stiff alcohol muscles in toward the back. Long and peppery/spicy finish.

M: Big in body with a firmness that presses into the tongue. great attenuation leaves it feeling dry and airy. Sharp scrubbing carbonation cuts through it all.

O: Bold and boisterous in its complexity. This beer is not fooling around. It's a big and brawny weizenbock and it takes no prisoners. Best American-made example of the style to date, hands down.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper body, huge foamy head, spots of lace. Banana, vanilla, even some coconut flesh on the nose- fantastic. Flavor has tons of ripe banana, nutty toffee and caramel, some minerally yeast. Semi-dry. Feel is good, carbonation is a little sharp but I'm just being particular.
Really delicious semi-rare German-style beer made in America. Done well, the presence of the yeast threw me off but otherwise this was delicious.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

-Slight burnt orange. Solid head. Huge
-Toast, brown sugar, banana, alcohol
-Burnt toast, banana, no clove, sweetness, alcohol presence
-oily, medium feel

-i wanted to like this. Not what i expected but an ok beer. Just wish the alcohol was more calm

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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 Wiffler27
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber brown with a thick white head. looks perfect in a weizen glass, such a pretty sight.

smells of banana and clove, which is surprising given the brown color.

wow this just smacked me in the mouth with some (dare i say or taste) charred bourbon/whiskey. smokey and full taste. has some subdued sweetness that accompanies the smoky malt. very different yet very good.

very full taste, so full that i feel full! and beer doesn't make me feel "food full". VERY FULL beer, goes down smooth but is more of a sipper (at least for me).

overall this is a really good beer. something i would probably get again next fall but not this season, it's a good beer maybe too charred of a taste to drink regularly.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.64/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

In a tulip at cellar temperature.

I call this beer a reddened amber, with three or four centimeters of a creamy, off-white froth crowning it. It looks like a pretty weizenbock, oh yes.

It smells just sublime. Raisins, red apples, vanilla, banana bread, and a dash of cinnamon and toasty nuts all jump out at me like a feisty and festive little goblin.

Mellow fruitiness of the varieties I just noted meld together into an integrated wave of comforting, warming, soothing fruit-derived dessert flavors as a sip takes me away on its journey. Apple pie... banana bread... cinnamon rolls (with raisins)... name a comforting autumnal treat and it's probably here. Some lovely yeastiness and lightly herbal hops clean up the finish nicely.

Feel-wise, this is one of those substantial European styles that possesses both high viscosity and high carbonation, taking advantage of the somewhat inverse relationship these two qualities have on the palate. The equation is: Feeling of apparent thickness = viscosity / carbonation. Thus the high carbonation in the denominator masks the overall thickness that would otherwise be felt because of the viscosity.

This weizenbock doesn't mess around. It seriously belongs in the league of the original German-brewed ones, and that's saying something.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with a thin white head. Smells of firstly banana, and then clove and spice. Malts have caramel aromas. Flavor is very yeast forwarded with banana and spice. There is a "flat" yeast character that I don' care for. I expected a stronger malt quality (caramel and bread), but it has a rather thin malt profile. Sweet. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, more like a dunkelweizen, yet it leaves s sugary stickiness on the tongue. Overall this is decent, but it has nothing on Aventinus or Live Oak Primus.

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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Huge two fingers of head smell is typical Bavarian wheat, yeasty, and spicy. Flavors smacks you in the face with subtle banana and a tart fruitiness. A light burn from the alcohol and spicey yeast. A great beer to shake up a mundane drinking session.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly nice and vigorous creamy looking head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear deep amber that borders on brown. The beer is pretty nice looking and fairly attractive.

The smell is absolutely fantastic with a nice and pleasing aroma. The notes come off with a nice floral hop note and a very strong dark fruit that reminds me of a tart cherry and a nice banana yeast note that mixes well with it. In addition to the fruit notes, there is a light toffee note that mixes well with the latter notes. It actually reminds a bit of Three Philosophers. Also, a little bit of booze that is pretty nice.

The taste has the same notes as the smell and just as strong. The beer's various notes do not lose any potency. The only difference is that the taste is a bit more tarty and the booze is a tad stronger.

The beer is on the border between heavy bodied and medium bodied. The beer feel slightly syrupy but still pretty smooth. The carbonation also makes it feel lighter.

Overall, a very good beer and definitely worth getting. This is a fantastic American German style beer and pretty good for the colder fall nights.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is a style i really like, and one i wish american craft breweries would do a little bit more with. nice to see one at the national scale here. this is pretty different from the imports, and not just because its hoppy. the color is rather orangey, and you can tell right away there are some richer crystal malts in here, compared to the pale wheat standard. great frothing lace head on this beer too, i love the spiderweb as it sips down. smells awesome too, less banana driven than many, i get the lager yeast bakery thing too, and all the grain, its very autumnal and comforting. the flavor is different too, definitely wheat based, but there is more going on, and the caramelized grain sweetness is a nice touch here. the yeast is the best of new and old worlds in terms of its flavor and overall impression it leaves on the beer. i do get that dusty german fruity thing, but there is a little more to it, its cleaner and brighter too. the booze sneaks up on you too, this is relatively easy drinking for how strong it is. another good one from victory, i hope they keep sending this cool stuff to colorado!

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weizenbock status confirmed. Beer is full of that 4VG goodness everyone wants from their traditional Weiss beers. Balance is on point. Give this one a try if you like wheat beers.

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Photo of cmq103
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid Weizenbock to start off my review. Poured into a 12 ounce snifter glass with a heavy hand. Minimal beige head but right away I smell the dark fruits aroma. Lacing is respectable with each tilt of the glass. Cloves, raisins and dates with a mixture of spices on the nose. It smells great and tastes even better. An enjoyable wheat beer with a hint of banana on the tongue. This is a grat beer, as are all the Victory beers I've ever had over the years.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours cloudy amber under a 2” sudsy off-white foam collar that provides good lace. S: Malty spice, traces of clove, dark bread. T: Dark bread crust, clove, light banana, citrus with a moderate hop bitter accent. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium high carbonation. O: A spicy, full flavored Weizenbock.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from my cellar with a BB date of 08/2015 (just in time, lol) served in a tulip glass at cellar temps.

Appearance: powerful and rocky head on this one. The bottle opened with a heavy puff of CO2. Nice, crisp and clean bubbles. Murky brownish with some orange hints poking through. I swirled the yeast sediment in the bottle and poured it in as well. Just something I do regardless of what they say.

Nose: malty, clove, banana, spicy hops in the distant, peppery, graham crackers

Taste: similar to the nose but with less spice and more malt coming through, a tiny bit of alcohol heat is still there. Body is on the thinner side of things but is still to style. Wonderfully round and complex clove, banana and malty character. The hops are once again in the distant and just there enough to balance the malts.

Overall: very true to style and a wonderful beer. I know wheat beers don't usually stand up in a cellar but I'm going to give this one a shot. It is a wonderful beer that could benefit from some oxidization to bring out the sherry and Madera notes. Aging should bring the clove more forward which would be nice. Great brew Victory.

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Photo of BeerBrose
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from almost a year old bottle into a miniature snifter.

Look: Copper colored with a thick bubbly off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell : Light fruity yeast and malt.

Taste: Wheat sweet, caramel, melon, and a slight funk (which may be from its age) that is quite pleasant.

Feel: Lighter than you expect and not nearly as creamy as a wheat beer tends to be.

Overall: Ive had this when its fresh and I loved it then and like it now, with that in mind my overall score is significantly higher than the individual parts of this tasting.

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Photo of ScottieWags01
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Moonglow Weizenbock looks unfiltered and amber hued with a lightly laced foam retention. Smells rustic, full of wheat. Tastes like a hefeweizen but darker, banana and clove tastes still linger between complex wheaty, estery sugars. High alchohol finish. Feels like a well crafted Weizenbock, and affordable at that. Overall, another specialty beer from Victory!

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Photo of emyers
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Strong spicy yeast notes, some lightly toasted malts, caramel malt. Finished off with more spice. Very well done.

Taste: A lot of spice up front, banana, pear, biscuit, caramel. Finish is primarily caramel malt and yeast. No alcohol heat. Malt profile is very well developed but there isn't quite as much yeast presence as in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-high carbonation gives it a nice bite that enhances the spice from the yeast nicely.

Overall: Great beer - one of the better examples of a weizenbock brewed in the U.S. (granted, it doesn't quite stand up to its German counterparts)

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,443 ratings.
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