Moonglow Weizenbock | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Moonglow WeizenbockMoonglow Weizenbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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:
735
Ratings:
1,425
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
15.31%
 
 
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133
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149
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Photo of womencantsail
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a nice dark amber color with a finger's worth of khaki colored head.

S: The spicy yeast esters are immediately present. Sweet, hearty, wheat bread follows along with some banana bread sort of notes.

T: A good sweet bready base to this beer. Clove and gingerbread along with a subtle banana flavor. Some brown sugar and molasses, as well.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation that is moderately creamy. A mild warming feel, likely from a rather robust ABV.

D: One of the better US interpretations of the Weizenbock I've had. I'd probably still go for a Vitus, but this was in no way a let down.

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Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
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 TMoney2591
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one before now, especially considering how many times I've had it and enjoyed it. It pours a murky rusty sunset sienna topped by a finger of dusty cream-tan foam. The nose comprises banana, clove, light nutmeg, rye bread, dark wheat, and a touch of raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, with an emphasis on the wheat, banana, clove, and raisin. A touch of cinnamon is added in for good measure. Everything just melds beautifully and tastily. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy feel. Overall, a highly enjoyable weizenbock, one of my favorites of the style, baby!

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Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown long neck with an “Enjoy By” freshness date on the label, nice blurb about the beer and it also states that this is a bottle conditioned brew.

Appearance: For this sample I swirled the yeast in to the glass for the full effect, an true wheat beer drinker would agree. Reddish brown bordering on burgundy, obvious cloudiness from the yeast …even before the yeast was poured in there was an evident haze. The head lays there two fingers deep waiting of the first sip.

Smell: Ripe bananas, medicinal root of some kind and light estery and fusel alcohols hit the nose. Malty sweet as well with a touch of caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: So creamy smooth in the mouth … unbelievable. Solid flavourful fermented wheat twang upfront, layers of sweet and toasted malt hit next. Bitter medicinal phenols grab the palates attention and help to balance. The alcohol prickles the tongue and warms the body with its soothing esters. Very fruity with a flexed tropical base and banana in the forefront. Slight bitter herb and malt sweetness in the finish.

Notes: There are few Weizen Bocks around, none the less Victory is right on target with this one. Why I bought a single to sample … I am going back for a case.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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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Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large 2/3 of the glass head. Dissipates to a rocky foam. Surprisingly little lace. The color is a dark amber, like maple syrup. Predictably cloudy, but with lots of yeasty beasties.

Sweet, sugary caramel aroma. The wheat is present but in the background.

The flavor is much like the aroma--sweet, but not coy. Light wheat. The body appears thick with the below average level of carbonation. The power of the swallow dies quickly in the aftertaste. Warm alcohol presence as well.

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Photo of billab914
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured brown with a bit of an orange hue to it. The head started off big and full, filling the top two inches of the glass. The head retreated to the sides of the glass, but left some great lacing.

The aroma is sweet with wheat malt leading the way. A moderate banana and clove like spiciness flavor comes through in it as well. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it overall. I really like how much the wheat comes through.

The taste leans a bit more on the fruity and spicy flavors coming through from the yeast. That sweet wheat malt comes through nicely and lends a sweetness right through the finish. It mixes the flavors very nicely though and neither overpowers the beer. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a bit below average. Drinkability is good, I really liked the wheat malt flavors to it. All the flavors worked together very nicely and make for a very nice beer overall. I really love this style when it's done well.

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

Appearance: So here I am listening to the sounds of Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" imbibing upon one of the most appealing to the eye weizen bocks in existence, well the Moonglow of the deep amber mahogany body with a ruby brown tinted massive head leaving complete webs of lacing around my glass just reminds me of that glowing amber moon that sometimes mysteriously appears in the sky. Aroma: Where do I start, banana sauteed in a light pear liqueur and the presence of the wheat malt along with the magnificent tones of the yest born bliss. The alcohol nose isn't overbearing but blended across a spectrum of fruity yet musty tones of paradise, this beer has to be one of the most enticing aromatic creations ever to come across my path. Taste: Even as it warms the sharp wheat based malt sweetness mixed perfectly with the alcoholic tone fruits such as pear, banana, and mild apple tones over a brown sugar base arise and soar over the palate oh "come a little bit closer hear what I have to say", "just like children sleeping we could dream this night away", "but there's a full moon rising, let's go dancing in the light". Wow, this is an experience whoever samples this beer must pop in some Neil Young it's awesome together. Mouthfeel: Slight sense of chiunkiness to it medium to full bodied luscious wheat ale, a must try for all German style beer lovers, props go out to Bill and Ron on this one muchas gracias guys for creating not just a sessionn of exotic ale sipping, but one that will be emblazoned in my memory as one of the most skillfully constructed good times I have shared with true art. Drinkability: Well, I don't even know what the ABV of this beer is but I can tell you that after one I am feeling on another level of relaxation and at peace with the world. We all need that push to get us through the day, and to picture an evening with my own family someday and a night cap in the form of a Moonglow each day will be more blissful than the next.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded amber brown with no head. Sediment swirling around. Oops. Should have made a more careful pour. Nose is like cherry wood. Thick and meaty. Sugars and an overall deep red fruit scent. Flavor is meaty too. Nice even sweetness. Feel is low on bubble and thicker and syrupy liquid feel hits your tongue. Very drinkable. Definitely a good brew.

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

This poured with a rapidly disappearing off-white/tan head. The beer itself was a very cloudy orange color. The nose was the all-too familiar banana esters. I really liked the mouthfeel, which had a pleasant thickness to it. The finish had a really good spiciness, but not one of cloves, more like black pepper. There was also a sweetness in the mouth, but not of bananas or fruit, but instead, caramel. In fact, as it warmed, I began to taste notes of honey. There really was not a sweet aftertaste, instead it seemed almost dry, if that is possible. Definitely a candidate for a session beer and one that I could drink on a regular basis.

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

This beer demands a careful pour or you will be greeted by flakes of reasonably sized brown yeast in your glass which is quite unsightly compared to the normal clear amber color. This beer is really all about the yeast. Nose is full of clove, bubblegum, banana and a bit of malt. Taste is yeasty with clove and it has a warming dry finish that is minorly bitter but mostly spicey. Slight citrus hop character in the front as it warms. Light feel and carb.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by Sept. 15, 07". Poured into an Aventinus Weizenbock glass.

Caramel-colored with a thin off-white head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is spicy (clove), banana and a tropical fruit blend. Peppery alohol. Some caramel.

The taste is spicy and fruity. Spices and alcohol give it a jump-start kick with banana, tropical fruits and bubblegum following. Sweet caramel in the back. Alcohol comes across loud and clear, but acts in more of a supportive, rather than masking, fashion.

Almost full-bodied, sharp. Sweetness and alcohol stick around, as does some of the spiciness.

Just a tad astringent, but good enough for slow sipping. Aromatic with a nice, spiced fruit taste.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a hazy, rich autumnal crimson color, and a nice, toasted, creamy head.
Aroma: mmmm, nice, deep and delirious, fruity, spicy, wide open and delicious, instantly reminding me of Aventinus. That's always a nice thing.
Taste: plenty of it! Tantalizing, mouthfilling, happily coating the palate, leaving behind spicy, grapey flavors. A bit light going down, but never lagging with the flavor. Medium bodied, nicely textured...they'd have to go a little further with it to make it outstanding, but this is a tasty treat and a nice stab at the style.

Thanks to the 36LbLoveChild for this!

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a ton of dense, soft, foamy, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma as well as a fruity, banana note. The flavor is bready and caramelly up front with a peppery, spicy, clove-like, banana smooth finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but a bit crisp. The alcohol adds warmth, body, and a bit of spiciness to the finish.

Overall, this is a smooth and enjoyable beer. The malts and spice blend together very well. The alcohol is heavy but not overly boozy. Nonetheless this a solid take on the German style.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

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 Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by date of Aug 20 04. Pours light almond, cloudy, with almost purpleish hues. Minimal head, minimal lace left.Tiny bubble sheen thing going on. Nose of raisins and rum. mmm, yummy. Flavors of tart apples, plums ,raisins, almost vinious. Medium body, tartness prominant. also yeasty notes and flavorings. 8.7% noted and appreciated. Not an everyday beer, but well crafted and interesting. Anybody need a night cap?

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

12/09/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the front label. Poured into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance- Caramel brown colored pour, nice larger inch plus head and decent lacing.

Smell- Nice and sweet caramel malt scent. Spices including clove, pepper and a bit of banana fruityness.

Taste- Nice! Very much like Aventinus, maybe a touch more sweet. Not quite as much banana flavor, but it is there. Nice work with the clove and the peppery spices.

Mouthfeel- A touch thick and creamy. Average carbonation.

Drinkability- Super easy to drink. Actually tries and comes close to giving Aventinus a run for it's money. Buy one if you see it.

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

The beer pours a dark orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet fruity wheat scent that is sweet and slightly malty. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheaty flavor that goes down easy and finishes thick and warm. It has excellent clove and banana flavors, but with a darker feel. It has a wonderful fruity aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine weizenbock. It has good flavor and aroma; an excellent drinker.

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle from Abe's Cold Beer. My first impression is that it'd be mighty hard to tell this apart from Schneider's Weizenbock. Upfront it has a big, sweet bready character with spiced fig notes. There are also light touches of black licorice and banana in the flavor, while the aroma is less rich. Still, the smell is quite nice, with more focus on the clove and banana yeast character you also get in hefeweizens. Quite a tasty weizenbock, full-flavored and a great example of the style.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Suspended sediment present. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, dark citrus, hops, slight alcohol, and yeast. Fits the style of a Weizenbock. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, hops, slight alcohol, and slight dark citrus. Overall, good body, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured to a deep bronze color with very little head. The aroma was an interesting combo of sweetness, fruits, and some yeast. This had a big malty flavor, with fruitiness and bitterness blending well together. The malt is thick on the tongue, and then a sour sensation kicks in. Thicker bodied and little carbonation caused the head to disappear quickly. One of these is enough in a sitting, but very tasty. The high alcohol level is fairly noticeable too.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of caramel malt with quite a bit of clove and banana mixed in. The flavor has some additional notes. I get a lot of caramel and toffee, as well as some cloves, pepper and spices. There is also a little bit of banana as well as some alcohol. Medium, full mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Duff27
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Small fizzy, off-white head. TONS of floaties. Beer is a dull red color. Poor head retention, no lacing. Some effervescence. I don't mind sediment but this appearance as a whole does nothing for me.

S- Smells good. Some spices and citrus notes.

T- Follows nose. Bananas and cloves...cinnamon? Spicy yeastiness. Well hidden alcohol for 8.7%

M- Tongue fizzling. Heavy mouthfeel.

D/O- Wow, I feel if this were to be more eye-appealing I would have enjoyed this a lot more. As it stands, smells and tastes great...appearance keeps it out of the upper tier of weizenbocks. Would have again in the future and cross my fingers.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let's go to work. 12 ounce bottle going into an Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass, on to the beer:

It looks and sounds really carbonated. It pours perfectly in my glass. Dark orange/brown color, a head the forms big and retains very well on top. Leaves a few splatches of lacing. There is some banana's foster in the aroma, plus a big whiff of sharp alcohol. Less booze and more banana's foster as it warms.

Oh yeah, it tastes like a winner! Moonglow is full-flavored. Spiced apple/banana combinationm working the palate at first. It hints cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices. A light feel of fusel alcohol grabs attention. Despite the latter, the overall flavor is working wonders. The only chink in the armor is the high carbonation in the begining, but given some time, mellows out to a medium carbonated, medium-heavy bodied beverage. Bread crust and dry apple chips cling on in the aftertaste.

Victory scores a victory with their weizenbock. It is delicious, and it is warming. The best domestic weizenbock I've tasted.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 3/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy orange amber with a one finger off-white head and lacing. Caramel malt, wheat, banana aroma. .A pleasant weizenbock with some dark fruit flavors. Typical weizen clove spice, orange and sweetness at first, dark fruit and light malt middle and a bit of hops at the end. A light metallic flavor on the finish mars an otherwise very nice beer. Worth revisiting.

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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
91 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.
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