Victory Moon Glow Weizenbock
By Bill Lau of Potable Pastime
Posted March 27, 2016
8.7% ABV, unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat ale, fall seasonal
Victory Brewing Co., Downington, PA
This one caught my eye when my wife wanted to find the beer to match a beer-flavored cheese spread she’d found that used Victory Headwaters Pale Ale; while navigating the extensive craft beer shelves at Jungle Jim’s International Market, I noticed this weizenbock. Being a major fan of Bavarian-style wheat beers, I naturally grabbed this as my selection.
Only afterward did I note that it’s actually a fall seasonal release, but I was not deterred in the least. Spring seems like a fine time to delve into a weizenbock as far as I’m concerned, and the beer was still well within the recommended freshness date, so damn the photon torpedoes and warp speed ahead I say!
My bottle dated Enjoy by: 13 AUG 2016
Appearance (4/5): Nice coppery hue, has a slight haze but pretty clear for a heffie (it says its unfiltered, but doesn’t mention bottle conditioning, so that’s probably why), capped with a generous amount of creamy-looking pale beige foam. Head settles from over an inch thick on pour to a solid ¼ inch sustained. Also great sheeting on the glass.
Aroma (10/10): Awesome heffie yeast aromas, with banana, some clove, and light bubblegum and vanilla notes. Spot on! I even get a suggestion of apples as it warms a bit.
Palate (4.5/5): Medium-bodied with appropriately high effervescent carbonation. Has some substance to it, and a slight buttery aspect on the tongue.
Taste (8/10): Initial taste not as up-front on the banana as I expected from the aroma; there’s some, but more of the spicy phenolic/clove-like character with toasted & caramelized malt and a hint of a dark plum-like note, followed by a gentle but definite bitterness, rounding into some warm vanilla and caramel. It delivers some moderated sweetness, appropriate for a heffie and a bock beer, but not overtly sweet. The finish fades gently with a mix of all the flavors and a slight tanginess at the sides of the tongue.
Overall (17.7/20): Solid beer in what I feel is an under-represented style among craft brewers. Prosit!
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