The other day, G-LO received his weekly booze mail shipment. In the box was a bottle of Sour Monkey and a bottle of Moonglow courtesy of our friends at Victory Brewing Company. Having been brought up right, he shared his mail and I found myself in possession of the Moonglow. This is a Weizenbock which means there will be more alcohol (this one comes in at 8.7% ABV), a strong malt characteristic and a lot of baking spices. It’s the kind of beer you’d brew if after the Fall apple harvest, you decided to not bake a pie and brewed a beer instead.
Here’s what Victory has to say about their Moonglow Weizenbock…
This richly flavored dark amber wheat beer merges harvest fruit flavors, spicy aromas and a citric appeal for the perfect autumnal elixir.
And here are my impressions of this beer…
- Appearance: Cloudy, copper haze with minimal foam but good lacing.
- Aroma: I let this one sit on the counter for about thirty minutes to bring it up to a more hospitable temperature. I picked up a lot of malt and dough with a good bit of spice (cloves, allspice).
- Taste: Medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation. The taste was quite similar to the aroma, a bit sweeter than I had expected and ventured toward the spiciness of a pumpkin beer (hold the pumpkin).
- ABV: 8.7%
I am not a big fan of Fall seasonals. I find that they are more of a time and place beer. You might have one to bring in the season (that first crisp day) or while sitting around a fire, but they don’t tend to be the kind of beer that would inspire you to have more than one in a session. This was true of the Moonglow. It was a fine, well-crafted and well-balanced beer, but having had so much of the Victory lineup, there are other beers in their roster that I would rather have.
Many thanks to Victory Brewing Company for sending us this very generous sample!
Categories: Brew Review, Victory
Not sure how I felt about this beer either. While there wasn’t anything inherently wrong with it as far as I could tell, it didn’t thrill me. Guessing I just don’t like this style of beer. Perhaps we should try others to see if it’s in fact the style that we were Ho-hum with or whether there was an issue with the Moon Glow itself. And yes, I’m just looking for an excuse to drink more. Is that wrong?
I suspect it has to do with the style. But, I’m up for trying a few others. Of, course, it’s all in the name of research.
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