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 LuckySevens82
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Higravity.
Pours a hazy copper with very little head, but a fairly nice collar.
Smell is spices (clove, cinnamon), banana, malt sweetness, and a little caramel.
Taste is very spicy (up the clove, and the cinnamon), super ripe bananas, caramel, sweet malts. Some medicinal character.
Very, very smooth. This beer goes down so easily it's scary. I'm having a hard time discerning where the alcohol is in this one.
Overall, an exceptional beer. I've not had many beers from Victory (this is only my second) but if a brewery can make a beer like this, they're okay in my book.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Pezoids for this bottle as a part of Secret Santo '04

Aroma is really nice with a spicy, clove, sweet malt and a touch of wheat. Very complex and satisfying.
Head fizzes away very quickly to nothing. Cloudy reddish/orangish amber (moonglow is an apt name- color is of a harvest moon).
Great malty fruity character. Some yeasty notes and a little wheat. Greatly balanced with no excessive or dominant flavors. In time the alchohol bite kicks in, but it remains subtle enough. Even a touch of hops noted.
Thick, chewy, syrupy, heavy, smooth. This glides and slides down nicely and leaves a thick coating on the tongue.
While I really enjoyed the balance of flavors it ultimately took away from a robust fruitiness that I would have liked. Nonetheless, really quite good.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Dark orangish brown with a thin head of big bubbles. Body has a nice dense haze with a light carbonation

S- bready malt with pronounced banana and just a hint of clove.

T- a Belgian candy flavor with a hint of cloves and a nice maltyness with a bit of wheat. I bit of a tart flavor at the end with a yeasty finish. a hint of alcohol warmth but no hops noted.

M- A medium body with a bit of a fuzziness. No real heat from the alcohol.

D- This is a ok brew. It doesn't have the malt characters that I was looking for and it wasn't as complex as some of the other commercial examples I've had. A nice drink but I will try some other weizenbocks.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. Best by date printed on label.

Hazy medium amber colour. Topped by a thin off white head.

Lush waves of clove & bannana. Very inviting.

Clove, bannana, & bubble gum all in a great balance. Subtly spicy, with a lsight warming of the throat. Medium-full bodied, gently carbonation.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold with lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma is banana, caramel, clove, apple, and other spices.

Taste starts sweet and fruity, banana and caramel, then turns to clove spices, tart apples, and a barely noticeable hint of alcohol.

Body is light yet remarkably smooth and creamy.

I felt that this wheat beer was like many of the high point offerings. Taste waa sspot on yet the head was lacking and the body was thin.

Nevertheless a drinkable brew.

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Photo of claytri
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a slightly cloudy amber, and develops a bit of white head. The aroma is of malt and yeast. The taste is pleasantly sharp and sweet. Maybe a little banana in the start, a good bit of malt in the middle, and finally the finish is a satisfying alcohol burn wrapped up in dark fruits. I guess that wonderful finish is the moonglow. The feel is full bodied, bubbly, and bit syrupy. A solid beer, but not a great beer. While I wouldn't turn one down, I'm not sure I'd select it over others in the style.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky hazy brownish colour with a fluffy whitish head. Smell is of clove spice, a touch of cocoa and dried fruits. Taste follows aroma. Nice rich spice with just a hint of the weizen banana bubblegum esters. A sublte cocoa note follows through out the taste. Very nice. Mouthfeel is supple and good. Very easy drinking. Could drink more than a few of these if the 8.7 didnt lay me out first. As top notch weizenbock. Not quite Aventinus, but damn close.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Moonglow was amber in color and topping of with a beige head at the top. The head leaves rather quick but left behind a thin lace to the end of the glass. Notes of bananas, spice and fruit come to mind as you take a breath. Taste is a bit wheat then dark fruit play the flavor game. A mild hint of alcohol came into play. This beer was smooth and silky in the mouth and easy to sit down and enjoy several.

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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 kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another great offering from Victory, in my opinion the top brewer on the east coast...

Poured out a very hazy dark brown with yeasties floating around and a nice 1 1/2 inch head that left nice lacing throughout.
Aroma was clove and spice, with hints of caramel and apple.
taste was pretty much the same but just seemed like it all blended so well that no one flavor seemed to stand out.
Excellent wheat bock, very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Recently purchased another 6er of this, best by 040405 on the bottle. wow, its definitely different then the first 6er. This one was abit lighter in color with no floaties/yeasties. The overall flavor was similar, however it reminded me more of a belgian triple then a wheat bock. Don;t get me wrong though. its still dam tasty.

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

Uneven snowwhite head is big and slow at falling; medium to small bubbles pile up, tightening at the top and trailing lacing as they fall. A bizarre haze swims at the top, just below the that the moonglow? Dark orange/amber color is very nice. Haven't had too many other weizenbocks to compare this too, however..

Nose could be confused with another weizen, wheaty and yeasty. Mild but thick. Light lemon. Grows in insistence..

Taste is intense. Sort of like a weizen on steroids. Citrusy wheat greets and is blasted by lemony and spicy alcohol (and spices also I presume). After is beery grain mixture of hops and alcohol. I think I'd enjoy drinking this beer outside on a cold day.

Awesome thickness, yet not throat-closing thickness -- more like smooth milkshake thickness, where carbonation doesn't feel like bubbles, but simply a collective, chilled push down the throat.

Develops massively as it warms, and the after solidifies into a stronger cereal flavor and alcohol mellows..

Once again, Victory does not disappoint on flavor.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy, turbid brown color, small head.

Aroma: Spicy and very fruity smell.

Flavor: Hugely fruity flavor (banana, apple, lemongrass), mixing with sweet, sligthly bready malts. Good phenols, but the balance is toward the fruit. Sweet finish.

Body: Medium-high, good creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer. This unique brew pours a hazy orange with a bright glow. The head is average. The aroma of this beer is incredible. It made my fiance(sp?), Beerhater gag from ten feet away. The aroma is a funky, yeasty, fruity, spicy kick in the nuts. The taste is a spicy complex mix of sour cherries, tart apples, and bitter grapefruit with a balancing malt sweetness. It all goes down pretty easily with a medium body and warm alcohol. There is no hop flavor or aroma, just enough bitterness for a bitter finish after the sweet and sour flavor. This is a fine brew. Last year I was unfamiliar with the style when I first tried it and was blown away by the crazy flavor when I was expecting a strong hefeweizen beer, but this was quite different.

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Photo of Zraly
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, cloudy amber with a slightly tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice, spicy aroma.

Full-on sweet flavors dominate, with a huge assertion of malt and caramel. The ever-classic banana and clove flavor from the yeast shines through. Ample alcohol notes bring the sweet goodness to a well-rounded flavor. A bit spicy and bready as well. Carbonation is an ever-slight tingle. Warm and inviting..."Moonglow" is a rather appropriate name.

A sure winner with a hearty potato, cheddar and turkey soup. Heck, throw a splash of this in your soup while cooking.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2004 edition. Is is just me, or has this beer tasted better off the line in the past? Hazy dark amber amber in color with a very tall white head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is sweet spice/cloved mingled with banana bread, raisens, and caramel sweetness. Similar flavor profile. A touch lighter feeling than past vintages, a bit over-carbonated as well. Something is missing here, can't put my finger on it. I had Aventinus on draft recently and this can't touch it! Better luck next year.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out a cloudy sediment filled brownish bronze with a half inch of light tan head floating on top. No retention on the head as it quickly faded to a cap of bubbles leaving little lace. Aroma is quite fruity sweet with a good bit of spice in the mix. Very malty scent all around with caramel also in the mix. Taste starts of like sweet candy and caramel covered fruits. Notes of banana and a slight bitterness came through. This ended on a sweet and spicy note that lingered for a bit. The body was medium with a creamy feel and ample carbonation. Tasty brew here that I could definitely drink a few of. It goes down easy and shows no sign of the high abv.

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Photo of oggg
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IrishRedRock for the trade

This beer pours a murky brown orange color. So murky I forgot to swirl and add the sedimented yeast at the bottom. The head was meager. This wheat beer has the strong scent of banana, with hints of caramel. Smells very smeet. Moderate carbonation. Very fruity flavor, again huge amounts of banana. Belgian candi sugar? Sweet toffee and caramel. I can see why others have described this as slightly medicinal. Smooth. Bitterness comes in and balances the sweetness pretty well, though it still ends on the sweet side and slightly syrupy. Medium to full body. Alcohol warmth is nice. Actually went nicely with some coffeecake I had.

Overall: First, this is not Aventinus. Accept that, and you can appreciate this nice interpretation of a strong dark wheat beer.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear (for an unfiltered beer) reddish brown. Minimal candy taupe head recedes quickly. No lacing. Smells like a fruit candy bomb went off. Sweetly caramel with a hint of orchard fruits. Taste is full of apple, pear, and a underlying hint of caramel creme. Richly malty with a full and syrupy body. Alcohol is well disguised. Easily drinkable even at a relatively high ABV. No burn, just warmth.

Perhaps a perfect winter brew for me?

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

This poured to a nice warm brown with a great smooth head. It's not leaving any lacing behind, though.

The smell is reasonable, mostly of malts with some subdued esters. The taste was fairly good, although the malts could be toned down a bit.

The drinkability is fairly good; the alcoholic content is very well masked.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, its not a pretty beer. Its quite cloudy (which is on for the style I realize). A decent level of carbonation, but I want just a touch more. The head is really just barely there. Maybe it doesn't have to do with the carbonation because there is a healthy bit of carbonation in the beer. Yeah...a little swirl brings the head, but I want it bigger! Color is kind of a let down. A fairly light orange color. I'd prefer it to be a deeper color.

Very big, rich nose. Lots of clove and other spicy wheat notes. Big ester fruityness and a nice munich (?) malt foundation. Really enjoyable.

Taste isn't out of this world, but its decent. BIG BIG fruityness. BIG. Lots of banana here. Some quite large spicyness too. Get some cloves. Big malty mid to end palette with the banana all through and through.

Mouthfeel is ok. Good thick body with prickly carbonation. but I think something's missing.

Not very drinkable. Pretty sweet and in the end cloying. A bottle or two is better than the big glasses you get at the brewpub. The beer is quite warm and flat and FAT towards the end. My ~12oz bottle seems to be holding up much better.

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Photo of shirfan
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of cider, with slightly more transparency. Head quicky vanished.

Aroma of apples, pear, candy, phenols.

Taste starts big on estery yeast-induced and pear predominate. Refreshing in that it's not overly sweet with these flavors involved. Spicy cloves and bananas follow with a definite wheat-induced character. Hints of chocolate mousse in the finish as alcohol warms without biting. A mild lemongrass flavor pops in and out at will. Creamy and smooth body invites 2nd and third sips, only tempered by the warming whisper of "this is actually a pretty big beer, be careful".

A multi-faceted brew, with many flavors vying for supremacy, yet remaining highly drinkable.

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

Label Lore: Growler.

Huge frothy khaki ½”head over an unfiltered hazy iced tea hued pour. Second growler pour was perfectly capped with puffy cloud like head covering that left plenty of lattice lace.

Spiced nose of pot pouri, pie crust and malts. Some awl-kee-hawl scent when warmed.

First Swigs: Fresh bread dough and soft candy apple and caramel malts. Spice wafer flavor and lingering malty aftertaste. Some notes of root beer and anise peeking out. Hops bring out a banana bread. Complex flavor, nonetheless.

Soft chewy feel. Medium bodied and cushy carbonation. Oily finishing feel.

Last Swigs: Buttered liquid banana bread and spice wafer. Amazing! This is Autumn in a bottle. Thanks to SkinnyElvis for the growler. Reminds me of their VICTORY Fest, but more fruity. 8.7% ABV. Ya gotta be kiddin’ me! The unfiltered aspect really makes a big difference.

Beer is good. Happy growler beering.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a hazy orangish-red color with two fingers of head. There is decent lacing left on the glass. The smell is malty with some banana and clove, classic weizen yeast aromas. The taste is sweet and malty, with more of those weizen flavors coming through. Some roasted malt and chocolate present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is awesome. I would have never guessed this to be an 8.7% brew. A nice weizenbock.

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Photo of clvand0
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a light brown color with a small head that doesn't stick around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of citrus in it but nothing from the weizen part of it. No spicy yeast or banana or clove. The flavor has a lot of citrus and a decent malt, but seems very thin and metallic. Unimpressive.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with minimal head. Sweet caramel smell as well as spiciness. Malty sweet flavor at first followed by apple tartness. Interesting play between the different flavors. The smell and flavor both improve as the beer warms. Smooth mouthfeel. Well hidden 8.7% ABV. This is a tasty, complex beer. It would be great if there were more Weizenbocks available - every one I’ve had was delicious.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,450 ratings.
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