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:
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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,451
Reviews:
742
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
11.14%
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
163
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Photo of Dewey0603
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy reddish amber with a tan 2 finger head.This looks like apple cider.The smell has a fruity aroma with bananas,clove,wheat,and yeast.The taste a wheat,fruit flavor to it.There is a pronounced alcohol warmth to this beer. Cloves and bananas are very much part of the flavor as with the smell. The m/f is light with the flavors almost perfectly mixed. This is another great beer from Victory,maybe the best on the east coast.

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Photo of PaBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of nodder
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a hazy muddy brownish tan with about an inch of biege head. It settles leaving a solid cap of creamy foam with some spotty lace.

Faint bananas in the aroma with a sweet breat aroma and some cloves and hints of nutmeg in the aroma. A nice spice profile on the pallet; cloves and allspice with some mild banana and hints of caramel.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall pretty much what I was expecting here. Victory continues to be old reliable.

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Photo of Joecaddie
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(A) Amber colored. Visible carbonation from bottom to top. Pours with a nice head that doesn't dissipate quickly.
(S) Very wheat (hence the "weizen") and yeasty. Has a bit of a citrus aroma to it - possibly orange.
(T) Wheat with a crisp citrus fruit bite. Smoky malt on the back end with some evidence of the alcohol.
(M) Very bubbly and bold bodied.
(D) A good beer. Very complex in the traditional bock characteristics. Substantial ABV which is not entirely noticeable but definitely a reality. Save this beer for fellow drinkers who appreciate German and Belgium styles.

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

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 csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 BeastLU
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up when I saw it as a single on the bottom shelf at a local liquor store. The "best before" date was nearly a year old (3-6-03) but I figured, what the hell, it's only a buck and change.
Poured from its 12oz bottle, Moonglow had a ruddy brick-red color and a modest vanilla head that fizzled down to a ring, leaving no lace. The nose was fruity-sweet and yeasty, with a wheaty aroma and a light vinous note. A faint alcohol aroma wafted from the glass also. A sip revealed a sweet plum-like taste over some bready malts and light bubblegum notes up front. A tangy, green grape-inspired flavor came across with a moderate amount of clove and spice in the finish. The finish had a noticeable dry wine character to it.
I thought Moonglow was a fairly interesting brew with decent drinkability. This particular bottle wasn't bad but the flavors were probably muted somewhat by its advanced age. I'm intrigued enough to be on the lookout for some fresh Moonglow now.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy brown with a dense 1/4 inch head. Some light lacing. Smells of ripe banana and sweet spice.

Taste is dominated by the ripe rich banana with the underpinnings of sweet spice. Alcohol is evident in the taste. Body is not overly sweet and sticky. Really tasty, great example of the style especially for an American brewery.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Color is a murky orange/brown, cloudy and obviously unfiltered. There are small particles floating around.

The dominant smells I pick up are bananas and cream.. and something very reminiscent of baby food. There is a slight cloves presence.

Taste is mostly sweet, with more hints of banana and cream. Very little bitterness. Alcohol is masked very well.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy ruby color with an off white head. Sediment floating around in the glass. Looks rather nice.

Oh wow, the smell is nutty and filled with banana, butter and clove. Wow I'm really loving the scent on this thing.

Thick and silky, rich and buttery. Not bad so far in the least. Big and chewy with a banana bread presence. Super creamy and rich too. Slight hop presence but I wish it was bigger to really give this beer some balls. Excellent though!

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass

A - two fingers off loose off-white foam. cloudy strong glowing amber color.

S - strong bananas, clove, bubble gum, belgian yeast.

T - follows the nose, sweet bananas and yeast. bready malts supplemented by some dark and slightly tart berries.

M - heavy carbonation (good for the style). a bit chunky and chewy for the style.

D - good, not great. good balance but missing a slight touch of pepperyness or something to give it character.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Short lived cream colored head. Hazy tea colored beer with streams of tiny bubbles visible in the upper half. Round yeast aroma with a bit of alcohol and crisp hops. Flavor starts off with some sweet malt is and quickly joined by a bitter alcohol kick that holds on till the warming end. Body is on the light side for such a strong beer yet the flavor manages to stick to the tongue. A big beer that lets you know it and has you coming back for more.

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Photo of Timtac
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moonglow pours a fairly attractive deep amber color that shows through with some orange brown tones when held up to a light. It has a nice soft looking head that is parchment in color. The head has great staying power and leaves excellent lace. My only gripe about the appearance is the insane amount of sediment that ended up in my glass, even with a careful pour.

The aroma is quite pleasing with a sweet and spicy kick to it. Sugary wheat malt melds well with clove and banana to make a fruity and complex aroma that also has hints of apple and cherry.

The flavor is a bit drier than the aroma lets on. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very sweet beer, but there is a decent amount of hop bitterness to balance that out. Sweet wheat malt is once again appreciable, as is a nice fruity sweet character. Clove, banana and some coriander also make their presence known.

The mouthfeel is medium with a very lively amount of carbonation. This beer manifests itself as being quite sharp on the palate, with a very bright flavor profile. It works well though and the spicy and slightly fruity finish is quite nice.

This is a very nice rendition of the style and strikes me as one of Victory’s best executed beers. It is true to style and excellently made with a good amount of balance. I am not a huge fan of this style, but this is a beer that I can see myself coming back to.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Because Aventinues Weizen Bock is one of my favorite beers, I was very excited when I found this on my recent beer trip to Illinois. Not many breweries brew this style, so it was even more exciting to note that it this is brewed by one of my favorite American breweries: Victory. That being said, I am not so excited about the beer itself.

The beer looks great in the weizen glass. Has a nice rusty brown color, only moderately hazy with a nice solid head that I would expect from any self respecting wheat beer. Lacing is also nice.

The smell is a bit soapy (not from the glass, because I rinsed that sum'bitch good), and the spices and esters seem to be trapped beneath. Very soft and gently roasty malted wheat comes out, as well as banana esters, clove, and other spicing. Good, but has possibility for improvement without the soapiness.

The taste is where this beer begins its descent into blah. The complexity of the nose is lost on the tongue, this time buried under an intensely prickly carbonation combined with a huge peppery spice profile. Still has a bit of the very soft roasty caramel flavor, but not enough to get past the pins & needles in my tongue with any sort of complexity.

If I ever see a fresher sample of this beer, I will definitely try it, but otherwise I probably will not drink this beer again.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy burgundy with a monster brown head.

S - Caramel wheat malt, slight white pepper odor.

T - Slight alcohol character. Powerful caramel wheat malt. Slight citrus (orange-esque) notes. A little cardamon as well. Sweet and delicious.

M - Creamy, chewy, thick and outlandishly smooth.

D - Amazing. This beer has an unnatural smoothness to it. I love it. It goes down very easy and at about 9% abv, that is a nice thing. It might have trouble meshing with spiced food. But would wash down blander dishes very well.

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Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev -1%

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

Pours a cloudy caramel chock full of particulate matter. Fruity spiced aroma. The flavor is mostly cidery fruit notes with some caramel, clove and nutmeg. The fruit/caramel mix is great, the spice provides some bitter balance. Full, creamy, smooth body. Fruity finish. Interesting take on the style. Not the amped up hefe that Vitus is, not the dark, chocolaty take that is Aventinus. The caramel malt puts this somewhere in between. Darn good stuff, weizenbock fans rejoice.

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Photo of jaemeno3
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,451 ratings.
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