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 Brutaltruth
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a bottle, this very nice weizenbock pours a hazy amber with a nice THICK head
and exceptional lacing. Nose of bananas, green apples, light herbal notes, and yeasty bready
characteristics. Flavor is up front sweet wheat malts, banana and apple flavors to the back and
on the aftertaste mingling with fresh bready yeast to make this one fantastic weizenbock.
The goodly amount of carbonation keeps it lively in the mouthfeel and the alcohol warmth
rounds it out very nicely. An A plus in this fantastic brewers profile that never ceases to please.
One GOOD reason to look forward to fall.


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Photo of sonofgor
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Chicago Bears pint glass. I could have gone for the appropriate glassware but hey the Bears were playing (and losing).

Aroma: RICH melanoidins with some wheat yeast spicy phenolics. Hints of green apple, maybe a little sulfur, and possibly banana.

Appearance: deep orange-ish amber, appropriatley cloudy with a persistent off-white head and damn nice lacing.

Flavor: WOW! As with the aroma very rich melanoidins backed by just enough hop bitterness for balance and same spicy wheat yeast phenolics. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: full bodied and luscious.

Overall: never had this beer before, have been wanting to try it, and lo and behold four-packs are on sale for $7.99 at Jenny St. Market. This is quite possibly the best weizenbock I've ever had and is certainly up there with Aventinus. Just a wonderful beer: prost!

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy cidery body, small tan head and thick lacing evident. Looks well-carbonated.
A banana spice smell, with sweet banana bread, and a good hint of pumpkin, esters as well.
Tastes like apple cider up front, and then as it warms the banana comes forth. Slightly tart finish, but well balanced. Acid is kept at bay.
Medium mouthfeel, although it goes down with a nice creaminess. Spicy bitter pop at the end.
Overall, a fruity imperial style of weisenbock that channels a pleasant autumn spice, with terrific balance and solid drinkability. Stock a few for the upcoming season.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 19 AUG 2015

A: Pours a cloudy mahogany color with 2 fingers of head that fairly quickly settles to a nice cap

S: Fruity and wheaty notes stand out. Banana and apple stand out the most, with some clove notes giving way to a nice maltiness that gives a light sweetness and some breadiness. A little bit of an almond or cherry note as well. Some alcoholic esters also come through

T: Starts off with the fruitiness which again encompasses mostly apples and bananas. A hint of bubblegum with the banana. The almond/cherry note is a bit stronger here as well. The maltiness comes through with wheat and toasted bready notes, followed by the alcohol and fruity esters. Finishes with lingering esters, some phenolic notes, and the cherry/almond note

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit rough and prickly

O: A solid example of the style, and an American-brewed one no less. Victory does a great job with German styles, and this one is no exception. Sneakily drinkable for being nearly 9%, and a really nice when the weather is starting to get cooler. Definitely worth trying if you're into stronger brews or wheat beers

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep cloudy brown with a long-lasting creamy white head. Small soapy lacing is left behind. The aroma is pleasant, fruity (banana and apple, just like they said) and yeasty. The taste is is equally pleasant, with the same flavor profile as the aroma and it blends together well. The body is a little thinner and just right. A great beer.

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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a copper color with 5+f head in a Hefeweizen glass. The head was larger than other Weizenbocks I have poured and tasted.

The aroma is classic- but not as strong as other German Weizenbocks: bananna, clove, and spice.

The mouth feel is lighter and less carbonated than German beers in the style.

The taste is banana, spice, clove- transitioning well from the aroma.

The finish is lighter than German Weizenbocks- I like this along with less carbonation.
If I did a blindfold test, I would chosen this beer as German brewed- it has German whole hops, and malts. It is the best American weizenbock I have tasted.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass-

Appearance – The brew is served a quite hazy copper-orange color with a billowy just off white colored head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather strong of a nice wheat bread aroma, mixed with a good deal of fruits, being a mix of both dark and light varieties. The biggest fruit aromas are that of cherry, banana and plum Along with these aromas comes smells of yeast and spice with the spice being a blend of clove and coriander. A little bit of a grassier and caramel aroma are there as well giving it a rather smooth and sweet wheat bread smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a good showing of wheat and fruity flavors with some plum and cherry and a little bit of a grainy taste. Right from the start there is a decent showing of a yeasty flavor with it also having taste of spice mixed within. Flavors of banana start out rather light upfront, but grow quite a bit stronger as the taste advances. More fruit flavors join the banana with a bit of a sour lemon and grassy taste joining the taste profile. The lemon actually gets moderately strong toward the end, but is ever balanced by spice flavors of clove and coriander as well as the darker fruit and wheaty flavors mixing with a decent sum of booziness to leave a sweet wheat and warming flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly chewier side with a carbonation level that is around average. For the mix of darker fruits, banana, spice and yeast with the decent boozy flavor, the feel is great as it provides a nice base for the flavors to be well supported and sensed, but yet has enough carbonation to keep it from any one component of the taste from becoming overwhelming.

Overall – A fairly nice drinking brew. A decent level of booziness, but all very well balanced out by the wheat, fruit, and yeasty spiced flavors of the beer. Rather tasty.

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Photo of BB1313
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2014 vintage. Enjoy by 8/19/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy cloudy tea color; fluffy light khaki head that leaves great lacing and retention; some sediment/floaties in the mix. The aromas are what you'd expect for the style. Lots of banana and clove. Subtle hints of bubblegum. Yeast is there. The flavors are very smooth and balanced. The flavors are on point and not overwhelming. More banana along with some dark fruits. More clove and subtle spices, but it's blended well with everything else. It's definitely not spicy or anything. It's actually very clean and refreshing. The mouthfeel is awesome. It's full-bodied and extremely creamy. Very fluffy and smooth with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel takes this beer to the next level, in my opinion. Alcohol goes unnoticed. It's a fun beer to drink.

This is a great example of the style. The craftsmanship is very impressive. I'm glad Victory decided to brew this beer again.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 8/19/2015. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the dense head. Incredible appearance. Aromas of big banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, light nuttiness, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, raisin, plum, cherry, clove, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible weizenbock! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and dark/bready malt notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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

Poured bottle into glass. 8.7% abv

Appearance- A deep amber that has a bit of a "glow" to it. Very cloudy. This beer has an immense head on it after the pour. The head has a tannish tint to it and is slow to dissipate.

Smell- Aroma of plum, honey, and, freshly baked bread.

Taste- Candy sugar sweetness up front. A fruit-like hit of banana comes into play as well. Some mildy toasted wheat flavor is in the taste also. Ends with some dryness and a hint of pepper.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with a slick syrupy feel. Complexity hides the high alcohol prescence.

Overall- Nice dose of complexity in this beer. This is my first weizenbock, but the taste reminded me of a Belgian tripel in many flavor aspects. Very attractive appearance as well. Glad I was able to try this seasonal offer by Victory.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This style seems to be appropriate coming from American brewers who build amazing huge beers, because it is one of the traditional styles that is pretty over the top. Victory does a good job with the style and produces a very big beer that is definitely worth trying.

It pours partly cloudy and dirty brown with huge head that recedes to a perfect lace. The aroma is the fruity yeasty mess you expect. The taste is a dark malty complex mix that is well balanced, for the style. The aftertaste is dark and heavy - keep some antacids around.

If you are looking for a big, authentic wheat bock and these are available, give them a shot. I'll bet it would be great on tap.

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

Pours a ridiculous, enormous frothy beige head with long retention and sagging lacing. Brew is a hazy, translucent nut brown.

Huge banana aroma you can smell from several feet away. Yeast dominates, but there's a grainy, rustic aspect to the aroma, as well. The bottle suggests an apple aroma; with that in mind, there's a bit of that, but I don't know that I would have noticed it on my own.

Flavor is smooth and sweet: powdery grains and wheat; cream; nutmeg and clove; cola; sugary yeast; caramel and toffee; smooth banana notes. Nothing stands out on its own; it's an overall sweet, syrupy experience that is well blended together.

Silky smooth, almost syrupy feel. Extremely smooth and drinkable. Sticky finish. No hint of the high ABV.

This is an impressively balanced Weizenbock. It errs on the sweet side, but it goes down easily and makes for a fantastic Fall beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by: 8/19/15.

Pours a murky honey orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, bread, caramel, banana, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice balance between the banana and spice aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep copper with a red tint and a big, foamy head on top. The head is gorgeous, it’s about two fingers thick upon first pour and then very slowly falls. Eventually it settles into coaster-thick cap.

SMELL: Huge banana aroma with some earthy and spicy notes as well. The smell is fairly intense as well, a good thing.

TASTE: That banana is still here in the flavor, but it takes more of a banana bread-like form. Some sweet and dark fruit flavors surround the banana bread. A touch of nuttiness rounds this one out.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a really great beer, but the mouthfeel is where it sets itself apart. This is where I miss the old BA rating system, cause I want to point out that this beer is a 5 in the mouthfeel category. Medium to slightly big bodied with a nice, sweet start and a pleasant drying finish. The sparkle is subtle, but still present, tickling the palate just enough.

OVERALL: This is an excellent example of Victory playing to it’s strengths; excellent German-style beer with a bit of an American twist. And OK, I stand corrected, looks like the attribute rating system is back! Thanks BA!

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev -1%

A warm caramel with three fingers worth of khaki head. Large amount of caramel malt in the smell with raisins, cherries, and banana fruity sweetness. Getting some rum notes in the smell as well. Taste is similar to the smell, caramel and toffee with banana and cherries. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice representation of the style, very enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Among the most complex tastes in the beer world, German-style weizenbocks seem to captivate the palate with a new set of flavors, balances and textures with each and every sip. Victory demonstrates this abundance of tastes in all its malt-forward, fruity and spicy glory.

Somewhat murky in its pour, its rust-stained hues are garnet and mauve. Its rich froth is rocky and meringue-like before faltering halfway down the glass. With bubbles popping, the nose fills with candied malt, spice cake, red wine, earthy fruit and pepper. Its sweeter taste is bready, sweet and decadently rich.

As the fruit and dense malt mingle upon the palate, the culmination comes to a head as fruitcake with notions of dried apple, banana, red grape, fig, raisin, plum and prune. With new flavors pronouncing with each sip, a follow up of clove, fresh-cracked peppercorn, vanilla, mint and wine acidity balances the malt and fruit with nearly even-keel precision.

Rising alcohols frame the finish, giving a spiced rum character to the already variant beer. Warm, tangy and peppery- the waining moments are alive with a sultry savory taste that linger deep in finish; making this ale a slow and patient session rather than a refreshing or drinkable option.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep classic bronze colored body. A good but not overly amount of rising carbonation from the bottom, extremely fine through a crystal clear body. Head is bleach bright white, but with a very tight and thick incredible creamy looking body. Big three finger soap retention, with a dolloped whipped cream top. A big aggressive IPA, a winner.

What a fascinating hop angle. Incredilby woody and spicy herbality notes on this brew. Spruce and Christmas tree, even smokey. Subdued malt sweetness, but the hop angle is just fascinating, dry, burnt, smoked wood, airy… wonderful.

Palate hits with all the aroma and a bigger love. Nice Juice angle hinting of some big citrus like fruit and juice. Woody notes finish with a nice controlled bitterness that feels like sandal or balsam like wood character. Crisp finish, a big coating palate but with a much lighter body than anticipated. Flavors still come creeping through nicely on the palate.

A great well rounded classic Sierra IPA brew, showcasing this hop real nicely. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of deakin
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Cloudy amber orange. 1 finger foamy off white head
Aroma: Banana, malt, some scattered red fruits. You can definitely pick up the wheat.
Taste: Great smooth flavor. Notes of cloves, honey, wheat, toast, brown sugar.
Mouthfeel: Foamy and expansive. The texture really compliments the taste.
Overall an enjoyable experience. Very drinkable for 8.7 ABV!

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Photo of beerdedking
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

Draft pour into snifter, Coopers, Scranton.

After drinking Aventinus for many years, this had humongous shoes to fill and didn't get it done.
Body was a bit thin, and the complexity was lacking. Wheat with a bit of plum and cherry, the drinkability was good and the alcohol
well hidden. Would definitely drink again, but won't seek out...

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Photo of weaf
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

With the first sip I can tell this is not my favorite but with all Victory Beers you can taste the smooth quality and obvious craftsmanship of a great beer. For some reason I was thinking it would be a little lower in ABV and a bit lighter in taste as this would make a great 2nd or 3rd beer for a great evening. Poured a dark copper with a nice head to it. Medium body and as I mentioned above...very smooth.

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Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev -1%

I've had a bottle of this sitting in my cellar for over 4 years now. Not sure why. I think that when my friend and i split a 6 pack of this about 4 years ago we did not think it was all that good fresh so we each decided to age some in our respective cellars for a while to see if this beer improved. It says on the label of the bottle I have here "enjoy by September 2010", meaning that this beer is about 4 years old at least. Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a cloudy/hazy, medium amber/copper color with lots of little floating chunks of yeast and bubbles continually rising to the top of the glass. Has a nice slightly off-white head that is well over an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass with some swirls of foam on the beer's surface and not all that much lacing. Has yeasty aromas of some toasted caramel malts, bananas, apples, and a little bit of brown sugar. The taste is pretty much the same with slightly toasted caramel malt, banana and apple, hints of toast with brown sugar and a slight touch of clove and cracked pepper corn. No discerible hop flavors whatsoever. Has a crisp yet smooth, slightly prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Pretty good and not bad at all for a 4 year old beer.


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden amber color with significant active visible carbonation. Long retaining 1 inch head, some good lacing.

Smells like yeast esters, bananas and caramel.

Similar flavor. Nice maltiness to this one to make it a weizenbock- caramel, toffee, and yeasty breadiness, along with typical weizen qualities of banana and clove. Very well integrated beer. Alcohol is slightly present.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very warming. Dry finish.

Don't see too many American made versions of this style, loved getting a chance to try this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

32 oz. growler filled several days ago, poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours rich copper brown. A slight, loose head dissipates almost immediately, leaving streaks of very fine lace across the top. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is an apricot orange/red and a bit opaque. Nice legs from the sugars slip quickly on the sides of the glass.

S - Someone's making caramel apples. Rich toasted malts, caramel sugars, and a bit of toffee. Juicy, ripe fruit comes along. Bananas ready for pie. A spritz of Granny Smith apple juice. Ripe, soft pear. Lots of esters riding in. The ABV wafts into the nose, but discreetly. As it warms, the fruits get darker, suggesting dates and figs, and the malts step forward with a touch a orange rind.

T - The taste profile is noticeably darker than the nose. Big toasted malts support dark fruit, like raisins, with a bit of a spice bite along the lines of cracked white pepper and clove. Relegated to the background now, the caramel tastes darker and the toffee's a bit overdone; there's also hints of dark brown sugar. The ABV is a player, too, demanding attention. A sipping beer. Could be mistaken for a Belgium dark if it weren't for all the caramel malt in the nose, and even then it's close.

M - Leaning toward the smooth side, there's not much carbonation left, but with this style, that's quite alright. Medium body, with integrated components. Structure is soft and on the plush side, and lets the ABV push its way onto the tongue. Finish lingers, but in the background, and is surprisingly on the dry side, with the spice characteristics defining it rather than sugars. 3.5

O - A souped-up Dunkel, this beer begs to be aged in bourbon barrels. Some big Dunkels leave quite a bit of sugar around, but not this one. Over time, the spice from the yeast takes over the finish and prevents the cloying that makes many a one-glass option. Towards the end of the growler, a sense of cinnamon emerged. Barrel aging would sand this down a bit and make the sugars more complex. A late fall beer, I can see this pairing well with pumpkin pie, paired against its spice and real whipped cream. Or with a rubbed-and-grilled pork roast and sauerkraut. In any case, this is a beer constructed to be drunk slowly and matched with food and/or a cigar with body. 3.75

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aged 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Slow but full pour left sediment on the side and bottom of the bottle, with a good bit of suspended sediment in the pour. The body was orange-brown, hazy with a modest and mostly short-lived, bone-colored head. Fruity aroma with a hint of biscuits.
Flavorful, with plenty of dark fruits and caramel plus hints of molasses, brown sugar, and spices.
Higher ABV evident, in a mostly attractive fashion, in both the aroma and the flavor.
Feel: smooth; warm; low carbonation; medium+ body.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet toffee malts with some lighter hints of banana and clove. There is also a light amount of yeast presence.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of malts with some toffee and dark fruit sweetness. This is over the top of some spiciness - clove and banana - as well as some yeastiness. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Fairly easy to drink considering the ABV - which is well hidden in this brew. There is a nice complexity and balance to the flavor making this one quite enjoyable.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,448 ratings.
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