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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 222
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 56
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004

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Photo of witster18
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like the brownish sludge on the side of a Cleveland road after a snowplow.. a 1.5" 'stadium mustard' head(to boot)..poured in the cellar at the brewery for mantrip. Consensus among the guys as our fave current seasonal of the bunch(also had ipl, milkstout, american ale, erie monster, Wright pils.. as well their mainstays).

Looks ominous. Smell of banana, lemon, and sourdough bread.
Taste is lots of banana too with a bang of sour yeast esters... . Balanced though. A slight sweetness n the finish too. Mint alcohol late. Belies its 8% though.. For sure. Tastes like A 6.5-7% brew. Extremely pleased.

Airy. Frothy. Heat, but not 'boozy'.. At least for 8.0. Tred lightly, but it will be difficult.

This is a great beer from a great brewery. (750 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this from a growler, it has a burnt orange color body, with a 2' tan head. The smell has clove, banana aroma to it. The taste starts off sweet of banana and yeast, then the clove comes through. The mouth feel is very nice and the clove after taste is great. Overall this is a very tasty beer. (301 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: a burnt orange/ light brown color. very hazy. a finger or so of a tannish head that fades fairly quickly. Tasty looking beer.

Smell: upfront hints of sweet yeast, some fruitiness, wheat and clove.

Taste: starts of sweet and yeast, followed by wheat and weak banana, the end takes on a clove taste. alcohol is apparent but only adds to the taste. complex and nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: heavy, and leaves a sweet feeling.

Overall: This is a great beer. I wish they bottled it this year and hope to see it on shelfs in the future. it is a great representation of the style and a delicious beer. (608 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best by 11/28/09. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish orange color with a small foamy 1 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a ring of lace pretty quickly. No glass lacing. Aromas of big caramel covered bananas, biscuit, molasses, light orange zest, spices, and a bit of alcohol to round it out. Some excellent aromas here, very inviting. Taste of big banana, caramel, pepper, biscuit, clove, and molasses. No bitterness on the finish; but there is some lingering notes of caramel, banana, bread, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks easily. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and delicious Weizenbock at almost 2 years past freshness date. I wonder if they will ever bottle it again. (895 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Lakes continues to impress with their awesome beverages. The Glockenspiel is noe exception. The beer pours a dark copper with burnt orange highlights. No real head of which to speak, just some thin wisps on top & a small ring around the perimeter. Marginal lacing at best. The smell includes sweet nose with just a bit of tartness. Light fruit notes - banana & apple. Hints of clove. The taste exhibits more tartness than in the nose; almost sour with banana & orange tones. The mouthfeel is a bit downgraded due to the heacy ABV. The body is heavy Overall it's drinkable, but nothing about it screams exceptional by any means. Worth a shot, but I'm no hurry for another. (677 characters)

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

Best by 11/11/09; consumed 8/23/11
Guess I didn't quite make the best by date, but this has been stored cold most of the time.

A - Pours a deep coppery red with quite a bit of suspended material and two fingers of tan head. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S - A pleasant sweet smell of candied sugar, some dark fruits, quite a bit of banana and some clove. Also a decent yeast presence as well.

T - Similar to smell, with more spice presence. Seems to have held up quite well. Alcohol presence is minimal. For such a big beer, there is a of a watery taste. Still nice though.

M - medium mouthfeel with a somewhat watery finish.

O - A nice weizen bock that has held up pretty well. Haven't had it fresh for comparison, but I would have this again. (760 characters)

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

large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over. grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure. (770 characters)

Photo of headbucket
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my last bottles from the release in Spring 2009. This has a enjoy by date of 11/28/09.

A: A nice brownish/red color, near to plum. Poured with no real head at all, just some small bubbles that bubbled up to the surface and quickly dissipated. A bunch of little floaties suspended in the beer.

S: The smell of alcohol is present throughout, but there is a nice bit of banana, clove, and some darker fruits with a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

T: I wasn't the biggest fan of this when it was first released, not exactly sure why.At first when I started drinking this bottle, I wasn't too into it again but as it warms I am enjoying it more. The flavor is brown sugar caramelized bananas with some clove and dark fruit mixed in as well and a bit of alcohol. I don't think it seems as sweet as it was when first released.

M: Thick but not too sweet and a little prickly despite its lack of head and seeming to be a little undercarbonated.

O: At first I was a little disappointed with this, one of my first real experiments with aging, but I am enjoying this beer very much. The sweetness seems more under control now than it was when fresh, and there is a good mix of the banana, sweet, and dark fruit flavors. It is going down rather easy as well. (1,257 characters)

Photo of ElliotNess
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

3 years. That's how long it has been. I didn't know at the time that i would be turned into a weizen bock fan. I was at the time 23 and big into the hoppiest IPA's around. The Glockenspiel caught me off guard and surprised me with it's variety of taste, fullness, and overall complexion this was an unforgettable brew. This is nothing short of the best. Looking forward to the next beer to top this one. (403 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - I'll agree with the label as to the general plum color. Lots of very fine sediment in suspension. Smallish head, reduces to nothing but a thin collar.

Aroma - roasty but sweetish grain, goes a touch metallic after a minute. Estery banana sports a little vapory alcohol touch as well. Nice peppery accents after some setup time.

Taste - big grainy malts, to the sweet side like a malt liquor. Way better, though. The clove and banana are intense, the abv making them even moreso. The flavors blend well and the swallow ushers in a nice warmth. The abv lends a spicy, sometimes peppery note. Finishes with lingering clove and banana.

Mouthfeel - notable heaviness and smoothness, middling carbonation.

Drinkability - an excellent beer from GL. These are too easy to knock back, it took some effort to save this last one for review. (846 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up storing a 12oz bottle from when it was released in 4pks in 2009. Pours a deep brown w/ nice head and lacing. Smells like bananas and cloves; very yeasty. I'm also picking up so candied sugars and dark fruits. This is a bittersweet beer. The hops have faded, giving it a sweet malty backbone. Heavy beer, smooth, creamy, not overly carbonated; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, but like I said, it's pretty heavy. The alcohol is more masked now w/ some age on it. The original booziness brings the overall down just a tad.

Great example of the style by Great Lakes. (579 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4-pack of these at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL. 12 oz brown bottles with a little blurb about the beer on the side label, but no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy iced tea color that didm't let that much light through. With a hard pour I was able to create a 3-fingrt off white head, but it disappeared within a minute leaving just a thin rim on top. The lacing was decent.

Wow! This really smells like a weizenbock. Big wheat malt and banana nose with a nice helping of spicy clove along with a little alcohol.

Sweet malty wheat flavor with the banana adding even more sweetness. Cloves and alcohol help balance the sweetness as hops are kept to a minimum here at just 20 IBU's.

This is a smooth almost creamy brew with medium body and moderate carbonation.

The alcohol in here is not totally hidden, but it didn't stop me from downing all 4 of these. Delicious. (885 characters)

Photo of beeragent
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a dark copper, forming a 1/2 inch tan head which faded quickly. Light lacing slides down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of malted wheat, along with a noticeable alcohol presence, and a hint of spices.

T - The taste is dominated by the sweet malted wheat, creating a delicious blend of wheat, cloves, and banana. Nothing too complex but very delicious. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly apparent in the finish. Everything you would expect from a weizenbock.

M - Heavy bodied with an average amount of carbonation throughout. Very smooth and clean on the palate.

D - Great flavor and body. The aroma was not as clean as expected, as the alcohol was a little more pronounced ( and I know at 8% it will be more noticeable). Overall a great example of the style. (824 characters)

Photo of cudmud
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby red with a steadt stream of bubbles. Kind of thin on the head and lace.

Smell: Wonderful scents malts, yeast, and hops. In addition, I detect a hint of raisins.

Taste: Very sweet up front with a distinct wheat flavor. Finishes with balanced hop accents.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Darn good beer. (337 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle drank in season of release, September 2009. Review from notes.

Color is a cloudy dark copper/plum mixture fused with hanging carbonation. 'Bock' definitely comes to mind in both the vision and taste. After the 1st taste, I'm waiting for something else to happen, but it doesn't. Heavy wine notes, both in taste and mouthfeel - virtually no aftertaste. Light, sparkling-wine like effervescence. Virtually no hops (or clean malt barley) notes to speak of. Wheat is up-front, but generally this tastes like a mediocre ice beer. Very one-dimensional, and almost seems like a crafty way to get rid of (expensively, mind you) bottom-of-the-barrel hefeweizen. I didn't like it at all. I gave away the other 3 beers from my 4-pack. (737 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: 2/3 finger tan head with poor retention - nothing at all left even. Crystal clear orange-red is stunning. Only negative is the poor head.

S: Strong clove and rum raisin. Lots of phenolics, ginger snap, molasses. Complex and sweet pastry like.

T: Sweet, brown sugar. Dark fruit, molasses, slight ginger, breathy alcohol, slight green finish. Almost cloying. I'd like more roasty notes in this. Tasty, though not my favorite weizenbock.

M: Not too warm. Surprisingly smooth, unremarkable. Slight green finish.

D: I would order a second but I wouldn't buy a sixer. Tasty, no problem finishing a glass. (631 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 7/12/09

A - clear deep garnet with a quick 1/2" head that fizzed away quickly. I guess the 8% abv killed it. 3.0

S - Rich caramel, figs, bananas, and vanilla. Light earthiness too. 4.0

T - Lots of smooth caramel, some dark ripe plums, a little banana, and carob. Complex and tasty. Yeasty bread taste apparent after swirling and adding the sediment. 4.0

M - Rich, full bodied, very smooth carbonation. Excellent! 4.5

D - Extremely drinkable. No alcohol detected at all. 4.5 (499 characters)

Photo of fropones
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice copper reddish brown with a nice thick khaki head with good retention.

S - Citrus and cloves, caramel malt and bananas. Not overpowering.

T - Lots of bananas and clove. Some toffee in here.

M - Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Drinks very nicely. Alcohol fairly hidden, and very refreshing. (318 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

MMMmmm, nice brew. Poured aggresively and got an ok tan head that quickly subsided with no lace. Color is a hazy copper. Aroma is a Bavarian hefeweizen with loads of malt. Flavor is like aroma with lots of caramel and some toffee. Great body and carbonation. Finish is a bit sweet but decent. (292 characters)

Photo of earthboundagain
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

This beer is a wonderful shade of orange, it is bright and bold. The head is a light brown, but it is huge. The beer leaves some lacing and even a leg or two.

Ok smell is as follows: take brown sugar and melt it in a skillet, add fresh chopped banana and top with a dash of clove.

Ok the taste is just like the smell, but on steroids. We have some brown sugar malt, mixed with a huge banana punch and a blast of spicy clove. There is also a boozy taste, not to overpowering but you know it is there.

Mouthfeel is built on a strong medium body. The feel is more subtle then you would think, given the bold taste. This brew has a silk like quality.

The drinkability is where I am going to draw a line. This is a complex bold brew, with a booze punch. I would not recommend doing more then two at one sitting.

Thoughts are like this, this is Weizenbock. This is a world class brew the only thing I say that surpasses it is Aventinus. (951 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured dark amber in color with a half inch off-white head. The head retreated to cling to the sides where it left a little lacing but not much.

The aroma is sweet with some wheat and banana bread coming through as well as some hints of dark fruits such as plums and cherries. The taste has a lot of caramely sweetness to it with wheat and some banana nut flavors in the finish. Like the nose it also has a little dark fruit flavors to the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was really a delicious beer that I really enjoyed. Would definitely buy again. (681 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More bock than weizen, strong on smooth, moderately roasted malt, but fell short on any yeasty notes I had hoped to come through with the wheat heritage. A touch harsh at the very end, with some rough ETOH, but otherwise a less distinctive beer than I expected. (261 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-beautiful translucent reddish copper colored beer. Thick tight head with huge retention coating the glass as it falls down the glass.

S-pretty big nose, very sweet. Some caramel malt comes in first with a bit of brown sugar. Sweet dark fruits set in next with plum and a touch of dark cherries

T-taste follows the nose, light caramel and brown sugar up front, a toasted malt sets the foundation, sweet dark fruits follow with ripe plum and dark cherries, notes of booze towards the finish and hints of honey.

M-medium to light bodied, extremely smooth with a syrupy texture, just enough carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D-extremely easy to drink, so smooth and tasty. Brings a nice mixture of tastes, another great Great Lakes beer...they are awesome! (764 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BA sprucetip for a great suprise box from the midwest. You da man Wade!

Pours a beautiful plum amber brown purple with a nice white head and a good haze after giving the bottle a swirl. Little lacing, but its there.

Nose is full of banana wheat yeast and some pretty forward malty sweetness.

Hmmm. Well, a very nice beer. Definitely a proper weizenbock as opposed to the pale versions we see from the more popular german brands (although i do like the pale ones more). A significant malt sweetness, and big sticky body. The yeast does peak through with large banana presence, but not like you'd find in a paler version. The finish is slightly dry, and there is some noticeable alcohol here.

Mouthfeel is quite thick, but not outside the higher end of the style. Carbonation is fine, if anything a touch low.

Drinkability is ok, but the alcohol is slightly bigger a presence than i would like here. The high viscosity doesn't help any here either, but overall certainly not anything terrible.

Overall, a tasty beer. Expect a proper full bodied weizenbock here, and not a pale version as many have become accustomed to due to the rising popularity of Vitus and Ayinger, which they deserve as they are great, but this is not the same style of beer. I like that about it though, and i like the fact that it actually displays some imperial characteristics. A fine libation, and one i would be happy to imbibe pretty regularly when looking for a nice sweet wheat beer without going all wheatwine on my liver. A good representation of the style for sure. (1,567 characters)

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

L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus-y fruits, some banana, bread, and yeasty aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, bread and yeasty flavors (including the banana I smelled before), a nice slight hop finish.
M: Medium bodied, slightly warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, all the flavors were there in the right amounts and were pretty good. (540 characters)

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.