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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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Added by taez555 on 12-01-2001

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Ratings: 1,463 |  Reviews: 746
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of jjayjaye
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty orange amber color with a big foamy lightly tinted head that fades slowly leaving a reasonable amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is really nice full rich earthy yeast banana and malty caramel. Medium full bodied and really creamy smooth...this one is a real treat. Full flavored, the tastes are nicely mirrored from the nose and the earthy spiced yeast lingers nicely, adding a great deal to the total drinkability. A real surprise that this one is 8.7% ABV...wow!!

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Photo of kemoarps
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber with hints of orange and a minimal head. Decent little crown and skim remains.

Nose is all bright pear and loads of bruised banana and some alcohol.

Flavour follows the same framwork leaning more heavily on the banana with caramel sweetness mixed in as well and an undeniable alcohol presence. Finish lingers with yeast and banana. Overall it comes across rich and textured despite a limited range of specific flavours to my tongue.
Slick body with decent filament of carbonation, but definitely a lot of alcohol to be found.

I do not have much experience with weizenbocks, so I can't really compare, but this is an intriguing beverage on its own right, even if it falls outside of my normal wheelhouse. Thanks to @TongoRad for sending this along as part of that big ol' box of NBS BIF#4 MWK goodness!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC.
A tasty confection.
Emphasis on confection.
Very sweet, but properly so.
A bit more carbonation would make this more refreshing, or less cloying... though I didn't really find it cloying.
Seems to be an under-represtented style... I'd like to see more of these; I think I've only seen Aventinus.
Has a marshmallow type quality to some degree.
I also get quite a bit of rum raisin ice cream.
Definately raisin... definately ice cream...
Boozeahol is well concealed and/or used.
Well crafted.
Victory proves its brewing skills time and time again.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Murky caramel red with a very short-lived head and nothing in the way of lacing. All is forgiven with the first sniff, though. A nice balance of tangy and sweeter fruit aromas jump out of the glass. Plenty of yeast and wheat as well. Hits the tongue slippery smooth, with just a light hit of carbonation to keep things moving along. Loads of fruit- sweet apples, a squeeze of tangerine juice, a little banana. Cloves, brown sugar, a touch of peppery spiciness, a surprising dose of bitterness. Quite busy, but it comes together rather nicely.

Overall impression: The appearance rating drags it down, but this is an enjoyable beer I wouldn't hesitate to have again. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of maxpower
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy reddish-brown color with a small off-white head that quickly disappears, no lacing. Fruity and spicy aromas of bananas, cloves and vanilla. Wheat flavor with sour apples, vanilla and bubblegum. Full bodied with a full and thick mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, finishes sweet and sour. Alcohol very well hidden, very nice.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LUMdog Millionaire for sending this one my way.

This staple of Lum's pours a beautiful literally glowing red/orange/light brown/moonglow color. A just off white head rises nice n fizzy, recedes fairly quickly leaving ok lacing, but typical of the style.

Nose is full of banana and some grape. Clove is also defenitely present, along with a nice wheat flavor. Wheat beer yeast is defenitely at the forefront as it should be. a bit of pepper here as well.

Taste opens with nice banana and clove flavors, the pepper in the nose is there as well. Some slight richness, but less than most weizenbocks of a darker nature. A bit of a dark fruit flavor in here. The pepper gets stronger toward the finish. The finish is a bit dryer than I expected, or prefer. Aftertaste lingers with some wheat yeast and dryness.

Mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated, yes, even for the style, but not abrasively so. Viscosity is right where it should be. Although the finish is a bit dry, this one gets good marks in this category.

Drinkability shines in this one, BIGtime. I would have never guessed this to be nearly 9%. A massive Weizenbock that drinks nearly like a session beer. Fantastic drinkability. Nothing will ever beat the drinkability of the VITUS, but this one comes close.

Overall I am quite impressed with Victory on this one. Although brewing with a solid wheat yeast isn't terribly challenging, disguising that abv in a wheat beer is something to be marveled at. The color is beautiful on this one, and it is an easy drinking, yet warming brew. A solid offering from Victory, they have gained back a bit of my respect with this one, which they had nearly lost for good (aside from the staple that is storm king). Good beer.

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

re-review. 12oz into tulip.

A- Nice caramel red/orange/brown and an off-white head that is about 1cm tall.

S- Toffee, caramel, mild yeast spiciness. Undefined fruit sweetness.

T- This one holds up, for me. Great flavors. Heavy wheat profile, hefty. Bready. Fruity finish- bananas, plums, and tangerines- and a faint spice from the yeast.

M- Heavy, warming (not hot), big, bold. Great flavors, great finish. Very nice.

D- This was one of my first beers reviewed on BA. It holds up, to me- fantastic stuff. One of the best domestic weizenbocks. Man, do I love a good weizenbock! Worth seeking out. Worth trading for if you're a fan of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beernut7
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really did not know what to expect from this brew. I found a hazy copper pour with a think head. The aroma of banana quickly fills the room upon release with hints of smoke/roasted malt. A smooth body pairs with sharply fruity yeast flavors and a bit of sharp malt. A moderate bitterness flows throughout the brew and jumps in and out of the finish. Tasty and complex.

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Photo of Dewey0603
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +4.7%
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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3.76/5  rDev -7.2%

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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Moonglow Weizenbock from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 1,463 ratings
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