Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Single bottle with date of 11/2009 served in a hefeweizen-type glass. The appearance is gorgeous, a light iced tea color (reddish orange with a large light orange head that dissipated after 20 minutes to nothing) but bubbling the whole time with just a hint of cloud to it. There was yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle but it never really came along with the beer, and maybe for the best. Sometimes I think the beer is better without the sediment (something I've heard Germans agree with as well) and other times you want it in there. Next time I'll have to shake it up a bit towards the end of pouring and see.
The smell is heavy on the banana side - I'm not getting the clove but I recognize it as a weizenbock type of smell without difficulty.
The taste is the other place where this beer shines out. Let it warm up. Fresh out of the fridge you lose so much of the flavor but as it warms up you get something a little sweet at the beginning and several flavors at the end....almost too many mixed together so I can see why they say complex on the bottle. There is a hint of fruit, some bitter, some malt and maybe a hint of caramel at the end.
The beer is nicely carbonated (but not greatly so) on the tongue but otherwise is very smooth but just thick enough to coat the tongue quickly when you drink it.
Overall it's good to have but I wish it was a full size 0.5L bottle rather than a 12oz, so I'd say that was a good in regards to drinkability in that I wanted more for the whole glass.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2009 22:30:56 | More by damndirtyape
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-23-2013 13:34:06 | More by witster18
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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