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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 45
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004)
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Reviews by malcontent:
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malcontent

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

Love the hazy, ruby color just fine but I do expect a more imposing head from a wheat-based beer. Lacing is nice enough, though.

Strong clove and banana phenols are just right with a plummy undercurrent. No discernible hop scent.

Well, it's not Aventinus but it's awfully good. All the best attributes of a great hefe with an added malt sweetness reminiscent of prunes and brandy with a touch of alcoholic spice.

Once again, just not lively enough for something in the weizen family. Full-bodied, however, and highly drinkable for something of its strength. An excellent addition to the GL roster.

06-11-2009 21:33:19 | More by malcontent
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

A: Rich, dark golden brown color. Slight haze. Fine bubbly half finger head.

S: Hearty wheat, sight diacetyl and banana.

T: Nice dry wheat enhanced by maltiness. Some sweet banana and diacetyl - not too overpowering. Good dry, sour aftertaste. Satisfying earthy spice there too but just a touch.

M: Light in body but creamy to the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is very gentle.

D: Very enjoyable. Not the kind of beer I crave but I'd like to have it again. I drank it after a 7 hour drive and it was a perfect sophisticated thirst quencher.

07-17-2009 04:00:37 | More by sgoodship
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blackearth

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a ruby red body with a light tan head that eventually fades. Aroma that resembles single malt scotch. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is smooth maltiness, no detectable bitterness. Goes down easy, especially for 8% alcohol.

11-16-2009 03:12:27 | More by blackearth
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warnerry

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%

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.

08-24-2011 01:32:06 | More by warnerry
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generallee

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep old copper/amber color. It is very hazy and it produces a small creamy, light tan colored head on top. The head slowly fades down to a thin ring of foam that makes a little slice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has big full nose of fruity and bready yeast with notes of banana, clove, toffee and fruited liquor.

Taste/Palate: To start with this beer has a nice mellow warmth throughout from its 8%abv. It has a big fruity yeast character and full bready malt with plenty of sweetness up front. It has notes of ripe banana, golden raison, sour cherry and just a hint of toffee, clove and leafy hops. The hops add some light bitterness to the back end. The finish is bone dry and the palate is very smooth with a solid medium to full body.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable Weizenbock. Its alcohol was very noticeable at first but mellows as you drink and as it warms.

10-27-2009 19:42:25 | More by generallee
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle pours a clear copper body with a medium sized beige head. The head falls quickly to a cap and leaves only some sparse patchy wisps of lace on the glass.

Aroma features spicy hops, ripe banana, clove, and white pepper.

Mouthfeel is about medium bodied, a bit thin for style. Nicely carbonated.

Taste mirrors the aroma. Clove and ripe banana are most prominent. Toffee, spicy hops, white pepper, and a sour apple note are also picked up.

Lacks the depth of better examples of the style, but nicely drinkable.

12-04-2009 23:37:22 | More by merlin48
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep amber brown cinnamon color matched with a dark tan cream head leaves evenly spread lacing throughout my pint. Aroma: Wonderful doughy spice base, which I found a bit weird but it worked well somehow. Apple, over ripened banana, and raisin notes with a slightly alcoholic nose very nice mix all around. Taste: Ripened banana, apple, and raisin really swarm the ol' palate along with a spicy finish with a noticeable kiss of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied low even carbonation not as fine and somewhat spritzy as an Aventinus. Drinkability: Decent shot at a weizenbock not dead on to the style but very good and shows some more depth from this great brewery.

09-09-2004 21:05:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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pwoods

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

I had this with lunch at the brewpub after picking up my BA Blackout bottles.

Served in a 16oz. pint glass.

A: Pours a dark plum flesh as described. Semi short head on the pour with some creamy retention and ok lacing.

S: Very good wheat smell. Bit of tartness. Plenty of strong banana and clove. Some sweet plum as well.

T/M: Big fruity wheat. More plum and banana with plenty of spices and clove. Wheat is bold and rich. Great sweetness. Medium full body, very creamy. Smoothing carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. 8% is no where to be found until the buzz shows up :) Damn fine beer.

10-20-2008 03:59:35 | More by pwoods
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05Harley

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Bottle #551261 enjoy by 11/09/09

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $12.49/4-pack

Appearance: Pours a copper color with haze. Head dissipates quickly leaving little to none in seconds. No lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Definite spice aroma with banana and malts.

Taste: sweet malt and spice. No indication of alcohol (even at 8.0%) at first. A little bit later alcohol comes through but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry finish. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: What can I say but smooth and easy. I'll certainly be purchasing more of this in the future.

09-29-2009 22:03:59 | More by 05Harley
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Brenden

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

The color is a deep, rich brownish red with coppery red highlights. The head starts off decently, and it resembles a bourbon in color, though with a light foamy head leaving some lacing behind in the glass.
There's a lot in the smell, and the complexity is fantastic. Dark fruits, caramelized sugars, light alcohol notes, banana, some gentle spices, clove, and breads are all completely discernible. A lot of the sweetness is from the malts, which are accompanied by a mild, light hops smell.
The taste follows suit perfectly,and what follows is nothing short of delightful. This is by far the closest thing to resembling bourbon that I've drunk from a beer bottle to date. It's very boozy, the alcohol becoming more noticeable as it warms and lingers.
Carbonation is moderate at first and becomes much milder as it goes. Body is medium and it ends up being silky smooth.
This is one of my very favorite brews to this point from GLBC, and my mood would determine whether I'd go for an Edmund Fitzgerald or one of these.

07-27-2009 20:34:00 | More by Brenden
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cynical1027

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.8%

02-20-2012 16:32:37 | More by cynical1027
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

12oz bottle, std pint glass

A - pours barely a finger of tight, slight off-white head. falls and fades slowly. clear dark amber with active carbonation.

S - sweet belgian yeast with typical bananas, cloves, slight pepperiness.

T - everything dances around a little bit before a massive banana and clove attack, quite sweet. other tastes: apples, and honey sweetness join in.

M - a bit thin, even for a Weizenbock. nicely carbonated and very refreshing.

D - good, but just kind of lacks character and body. taste is a bit wearing as well. not one of my favorites of the style.

11-30-2009 04:00:41 | More by Stigs
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Pours out a thin, wispy head, and the bubbles inside it quickly crackle away to a crown. Color is a hazy bronzed/rusty red. If memory serves, this is by far the reddest weizenbock I've ever laid eyes on. A longer-lasting head would've been nice, but the color is wonderful.

Aroma is fruity, somewhere between banana and cranberry. Malts are doughy, leaning on the sweeter side rather than the more bready/biscuity end. Lightly flowery spice, like hibiscus, works into the nose.

Banana is more prominent in the flavor, which also has a cinnamon roll vibe about it--doughy and sweetly spiced. Cinnamon stays around in the finish, as does a maltiness that recalls a freshly fried doughnut. Cherry still hangs around, offering tartness but nothing too sour. With some warming, the clove flavor promised on the label finally starts opening up. Alcohol offers a layer of warmth and spice to the overall flavor, not cloying and incorporated well.

Mouthfeel is not quite as fluffy as others I've had in this style, having a bit of stick and prickly carbonation dominating, although its medium body is just right for the flavor. An interesting feel that I can't quite put my finger on, but I know I like it.

Very nice, and an interesting take on this style--one which would take a few more meetings with to really wrap the taste buds around properly. Despite the 8%, this is a weizenbock I could sip on all night. Unique but simple...and certainly up to Great Lakes standards. Thanks to kels for her wonderful generosity!

10-29-2009 22:15:36 | More by Metalmonk
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

02-16-2010 07:30:07 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Misty burnt peach colored with a milky tan head that's short in rise, but sticky and lasting.
Apple and Pumpkin pie aromas, complete with dough, crust and cinnamon. Then, subtler banana effects, honeyed cereal grains, cloves, vanilla, toffee, and a not-unnoticed booziness.
It enters the mouth with a pronounced doughy, pie-like maltiness, hinting at toast and caramel, then finally settling at pumpkin. Toasted nuts roll in next, fully slathed in brown sugar. Some unattached vanilla notes, then a bowl of toasted wheat flakes with a slice or two of banana. Yeast nuance is subdued, but clove arrives after time, as well as some slight pepper. The finish brings a well-heeling, but evident, nearly Bourbon-y (wheated, obviously), booze bite.
Pushing full-bodied, but given some sparkle with the persistent tiny beads of CO2. The alcohol makes is slick and greasy or time, but it never hangs or grips ungainly in the mouth, and becomes far too drinkable given its weight.
Another notch in the belt for Great Lakes. There are a few things that might be tweaked here, but I can't realistically argue, as I gluttonously slop it down.

07-02-2009 06:33:03 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Lovely beer on a hot day, found at Premiere Gourmet. Pours peachy golden with a white head. Pleasant banannas and a tad cloves aroma. Taste is Orange, wheat with some spice, pepper, saisonish that way. Most fresh and dangerously drinkable. Alcohol well hidden.

07-05-2009 17:21:23 | More by Sammy
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dirtylou

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz single, impulse-purchased a 4pack at steve's - paired with a lime zest curry dish

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, vibrant bright amber body, creamy beige crest with nice lacing. really nice looking beer from great lakes

smell: subtle but very pleasant aroma, zesty yeast, sweet wheat kicks, caramel, toasted barley

taste: nice example of the style - spiced yeast, clove, crisp wheat, white pepper, banana, caramel. perhaps a touch sweet but still a very satisfying weizen and i'm happy to have 3 more

moutheel: great, super creamy, rather full body

drinkability: easy street

06-15-2009 00:22:35 | More by dirtylou
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

10-15-2011 23:06:49 | More by WoodBrew
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prototypic

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

Glad to finally see this in bottles. It pours a moderately hazy deep red color. At least it has that appearance. Backlighting reveals really nice scarlet highlights. It's capped with an off-white head that stands about a finger tall. It receded fairly quickly and left a lighter coat of lace behind.

The nose is good, but a little too tame. More strength would help. It kicks off with a nice spicy combo of clove and pepper. Smells like a few lighter spice varieties are present, but I can't identify them. There's a little banana coming through, but not enough. I'm hopeful that it's stronger in flavor. It features some light fruity notes (apple and pear). Dark fruit is a little further down the line, but there is a slight raisin-y smell. Yeast is very prominent throughout and adds a nice overall quality. Alcohol is easily noted and smells just a tad strong for an 8% beer. Smells good, but it could be better with a couple of tweaks.

The flavor profile's very consistent with the nose. Clove, light pepper, and other lighter spices kick it off. I like the spicy flavor a lot. However, there's not enough banana here to complement the spices. There's a little, but it needs more. I recall the growler I had a while back having much more of a banana presence. Kind of odd to run into a deficiency here. Apple, pear, and raisin appear in equal parts. I can't tell that any are stronger than others. It's yeasty, a little grainy, and features a nice earthy flavor. Alcohol is noted, but it isn't as strong as the nose suggested. I expected a slight warming effect, but it isn't here. This is good stuff. I like it. I'd like it more with a little more banana, but it's still an overall success in terms of flavor.

It features a medium body that's extremely smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn't interfere at all. Glockenspiel goes down incredibly smooth and easy. Very nice job here. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good, though not quite excellent. It's easy drinking, but it's not quite on par with the best Weizenbocks out there. At 8% abv, it's not too intimidating, but deserves some respect. I could handle a couple of bottles.

Glockenspiel is a damn good Weizenbock, but the bottled version doesn't live up to the on-tap variety. It seems to be lacking in the banana department. My earlier experience with a growler didn't share that problem and it was better. That's not to say this isn't good beer. Very good, in fact. I'm pleased to see it in bottles and will no doubt pick it up annually. The on-tap version is just superior, that's all.

One other point, this stuff absolutely smokes Grassroots Ale. If you have any hesitation picking it up due to a poor experience with Grassroots, let it go. This beer deserves a purchase. It's good stuff and far superior to Grassroots. Pick it up if you see it around.

07-20-2009 02:11:42 | More by prototypic
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Got this one from KlevelandRocks, cheers Ken

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of pearl colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & bubble gum

T: Apple peels, juicyfruit, a touch of cinnamon & white grapes up front. Phenols, apple peels & a touch juicy fruit are all there as this warms. Finishes with juicy fruit & apple skin tartness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, good, but not one of the better weizenbocks out there. Not up to the usual stellar results I get from Great Lakes usually

09-30-2009 03:38:54 | More by russpowell
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zimm421

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

11-18-2011 02:30:17 | More by zimm421
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alleykatking

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

Poured form 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a light hazed orange copper color. One and a half finger off white almost dirty white color to it. Head sticks around for a little while before leaving globs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Interesting aroma. And I mean there is a lot of complex scents in this beer. Cloves and banana were easy to pick out along with some yeasty bready smells. There is also some spices along with darker fruits. Light caramel malts in there as well. I am sure I am forgetting about a lot that is in there but I can't pick out anymore.

T- The taste is almost like the aroma with there being so much in there. Light caramel malts mix well a yeasty clove and banana taste. Some darker fruits mix in there as well just showing up in hints. There is also a light alcohol presence that is in the end of the sip. Nothing that screams out but is not annoying at the same time.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. All the flavors kind of blend together put mostly a lot of clove and banana to me was left on the palate along with some sweet malts in the aftertaste. A little drying in the mouth but nothing that made the beer less enjoyable.

D- This was a good stab at this style and I look forward to it next year. Nice work on this one Great Lakes!

12-21-2009 03:40:58 | More by alleykatking
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ninner00

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

11-15-2011 17:58:08 | More by ninner00
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philipquarles

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a disappointingly clear copper with a small, pale yellow head that disappears rather quickly. Incredibly strong smell of bananas and dates. Clove and slight tart wheat aromas in the background. Tastes of banana and clove; overall sweetness with a hint of alcohol that gives it a slightly warming finish. Medium-full body. This would be a really nice weizenbock if it only looked the part.

06-02-2009 01:45:23 | More by philipquarles
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The weizenbock is a dark orange red color that could pass for a heavy duty tea. The dark colors obscure the other side of the glass but aren't completely opaque. A small head arose on pour and didn't do much more.

S: A delicious nose of wheat, strong but not tart, and plenty of clove and banana. The sweetness that the yeast gives the ale is wonderful.

T: The fuller booziness of the ale makes itself known on the first sip, greasing the wheels and floating a warning. Behind it, the weizen element stands out, with extra portions of bubblegum and banana running amok. Wheat is present in a concentrated form, nicely hiding behind the yeast byproducts. A pleasing aftertaste of dark fruits lingers, mmm weizenbock.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the spicy yeast, a delicious combination of banana and clove (with some bubblegum sweetness for good measure).

D: This style really should be listed as my favorite (in fact, I'm changing it after this review). The fullness of the wheat coupled with the yeast makes a winner in my book.

08-09-2009 19:50:11 | More by akorsak
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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.