Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 55
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 ElliotNess
5/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid around $3 for a single at the Party Source...

Pours a clear and amber, medium head, good retention, minimal lacing. Excellent sweet malt smell, mild hops, and a little country wheat; real pleasant.

The taste takes off from the smell, all three elements carryover and its incredibly smooth, a larger head to smooth out the taste would be ideal, but it isn't perfect only because of this. The perfect session beer at 8.0% abv... does rival with Aventinus for sytle, but they differ quite a bit.

Final Thought: Excellent brew, might be Great Lakes best offering; worth saving for a great occasion.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, could not believe I found this at the grocery store. Great Lakes must have just started bottling it. Pours a white puffy head, leaves a bit of tracing down the glass. Smells of cloves, bananas, and plums. Very rich smelling. Pours almost a ruby red colour. Medium bodied with a bit of plummy orange tastes and bunches of cloves. I love the clovey tastes in weizens. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is detected however, and it is strong. I LOVE weizenbocks and they are hard to find. Great sipper here by Great Lakes..they can do no wrong. Every beer they create is full of flavor and most in the top ten for their style, this weizenbock is no different.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass.. I'm excited to try this as I don't think I've had a beer from Great Lakes I haven't found to be excellent.

This pours a translucent caramel brown color with a very light fizzy tan head. Smells of sweet banana, clove, and bubblegum. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with only the slightest hint of alcohol. More banana and cloves are apparent with possibly some brown sugar. For a beer this high in ABV I'd even call it fairly light and refreshing. Awesome.

Photo of earthboundagain
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of Mitchster
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a 4 pack. 8.0% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours out to a clear dark amber, forming a medium sized light yellow head which quickly fades, and doesn't leave much lace at all. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of banana bread with grain husk and residual sugars, some mild spicy noble hops and phenols. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a medium dense body and slightly cloying, in a great way. The taste opens with the spice of cloves, and fades into a big amber malt body with some mild herbal bittering hops, followed by an aftertaste of husk, crackers,and bruised bananas. The alcohol isn't really all that perceptable, and it goes down way to easy for an 8.0 ABV beer.

A great weizenbock. Up there with Aventinus, although there are alot of Weizenbocks I've yet to try. Recommended.

Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock pours into a chalice a clear amber, with a medium head.

S - The aroma is clove and sweet malts.

T - The taste begins with delicious roasted malts, transitioning to spice and molasses, and finishing with a distinct hoppy character ... wow! Exceptional tasting brew.

M - The mouthfeel is medium with lively effervescence; extremely smooth.

D - The drinkability is fantastic, especially considering the 8% abv. This is my first "Great Lakes" brew of any kind, and if it's any indication of what the rest of the brand holds in store ...

Bravo!

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass, just off fridge temperature.

A: Pours a wonderful pillowy head that follows the beer down the glass. Moderate lacing. Dark orange/light ruby, showing moderate carbonation. Crystal clear, which is really my only complaint; there's no yeast in this force carbonated beer to swirl into the glass.

S: As expected, banana and clove predominate the nose. Also a hint of bubble gum and red fruit.

T: Fruity esters upfront, with a balanced tartness and a surprisingly dry finish. A bit of vanilla shows up. The hops is appropriately playing only a supporting role, making no visible appearance. Refreshing.

M: Very light on the tongue. Could perhaps be a bit spritzier.

D: This is an 8% abv beer? Light and quaffable; really impossible to drink just one.

Overall: This style is fairly difficult to find, and this really is one of the better examples I've had. Great Lakes hit a home run with this beer. If only it were bottle conditioned.

Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of unclecrappy
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a four-pack during a spontaneous late-night stop at the Original Hot Dog Shop in Pittsburgh's Oakland neighborhood. The chili dog I had there was outstanding; i brought the beer home to give it the consideration it deserved.

Poured into a flute, this is a beautiful beer -- dark orange to red, with creamy tan head that slowly faded down the glass. The aroma is amazing -- spicy banana is there, but it mixes with ripe cherries, a little smoke and a touch of alcohol. The taste delivers as well; it's beautifully complex, with the weizen blending with caramel malts, overripe fruit and, again, a hint of smoke. Mouthfeel is perfect, rich and smooth. Drinkabilty? Yes, please, I'll have another.

I shouldn't be surprised each time I'm blown away when I try a new beer from Great Lakes. Add this one to the "nearly perfect" list.

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Pours into the Aventinus glass a deep coppery amber with golden edges. Slight yeasty haze. Pinkie finger of dirty beige head. Not much lacing. Rich nose of sugary banana bread, Concord grape juice, yeasty cloves, a little bubblegum, and ripe plums. Smells like a good weizenbock to me.

Lightly toasted malt up front. Spicy hop flourish prologue to big fruity, yeasty, bready malts. Rummy banana bread, pear liqueur, Concord grapes, and sugary malts. Banana bitter finish with a flourish of spicy hops. Warming. Thick, wheaty, full body. Creamy feel. A very solid example of the style and dangerously drinkable on this cool summer day.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received from Auslander - thank you my friend this is a great tasting beer!

Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass this beer has a nice dark burnished copper look with a soft head that recedes down to nothing within a few minutes. I served this one out of the fridge and enjoyed it as it warmed.

The smell is an amazing caramel, toasted sugar - almost like smelling the sugar burn on the fire while roasting smores.

The taste is really sweet with a massive attach of biscuity malt, wheat, and toffee. This is everything a weizenbock should be and more!

Mouthfeel is very heavy. There is a ton of weight to this beer and you can tell there was no expense spared for the malt bill on this one. Delicious but not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability is high despite the thickness of this beer. At 8% I might even argue this to be an imperial weizenbock but the alcohol is well hidden. I didn't even notice it until I saw it on BA - even then I was shocked to learn it was so high. Overall I'd say this is a definate winner! I wish I had a few more to toss back!

Photo of Clydesdale
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a tawny, slightly hazed orange-copper color. The robust head has a light caramel tint, with a thick, frothy texture. Retention is good, with some solid lacing left along the glass.

S: A fruity, complex aroma. Some spicy, dusty, yeasty clove and phenol scents are readily apparent. Strong notes of ripe bananas and perhaps a hint of peach and apple. Notes of caramel malt, toffee, and some alcohol.

T: Spicy clove and phenolic flavors accompany a modest sweetness initially. The sweetness carries over into some caramel/toffee flavors that remain present in the background. Some dusty notes of white pepper, and fruity banana, apple, and peach flavors as well. A bit of alcohol is detectable in a pleasant fashion.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is light and contributes to the creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a spicy, alcoholic heat is also present.

D: A tasty, complex, delicious weizenbock from Great Lakes. Full of interesting flavors and surprisingly drinkable for what is a rather big beer. If you can find this seasonal, it's definitely worth picking up. If only Great Lakes distributed all the way to DC...

Photo of garbercury
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer Great Lakes...Who said Cleveland was worthless?? Kidding.

A--This is a great looking beer, amber with golden tones within, great lacing, beautiful.

S--Citrus aroma is what I notice the most.

T--Yummy beer, complex with some different notes, sweet malty flavor with just a twinge of hops, really excellent.

M-Silky smooth.

D--Yummy beer that is definitely a winner. worth getting.

Photo of adamette
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How satisfying is this? This was one of my favorite pub exclusives at GLBC and now it is bottled! Cool!
Poured from a great looking 12 oz. bottle into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet. Purchased for $9.99 for a 4 pack from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills a week ago.

A dark caramel brown body lets some light throught but it is pretty dark. Head is light brown, basically matches the body and both make this beer very attractive to me.

S Yum, malt sweetness without the common unbalanced GLBC hop presence to ruin things. Interesting and inviting.

T Oh yeah, this is just a good as I remember it when it was back on tap at the brewery. Nice medium malt with a touch of hops (that is how hops should show up in a beer IMO) to balance it out and a little kick of alcohol. A nice, tasty, malty Weizenbock that is probably thicker than other Weizenbocks but it is delicious.

M As stated, a bit thicker than other Weizenbocks (Vitus comes to mind) and that sweet syrupy quality thickens things up as well. I really enjoy that mouthfeel in a beer.

D Great for this ABV. Really I could have the whole 4 pack.

Photo of bruachan
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm...delicious

i was gonna dock points for the minimal head/lacing, but at 8% i'll ease off. the menu advertised it as "plum colored" and i won't argue, though it seemed a little more brownish than "plum." completely opaque, with plenty of wheatyyeast in suspension

the nose held a rich malty wheat with a kick of coriander and alcohol spice. BAM! the spicy duo continued when i sipped and followed along with a dark fruit (raisin specifically) that was minimal on the banana. huge wheatiness

full bodied with a bitterness that lingered like that of the wit. great fall/winter brew

Photo of klewis
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the GLBC - 10/4/07

A: Pours a very cloudy and murky orange with little head. Light lacing.

S: A nice blend of banana, cloves and other spices, and bubblegum

T: Like the smell. Superbly balanced and complex flavor with no sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. The taste is somewhat quick to disappear.

D: A damn fine weizenbock. Worth a special trip to the brewery to check it out.

Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Oberon standard pint glass. Freshness date of 11/12/09 and consumed in early July.

Pours a red-brown (plum per description) with a thin light tan head that subsides leaving a thin rim around the edge.

Aroma is a rich, spicy malt. Clove and banana notes faintly present - per label description. If I did aroma blind, I'd peg this as a good Bavarian Hefe.

Taste is true to style with bold, rich, and spicy all coming through in a prominent fashion. Really enjoying the spicy aspect of this beer. As a non-malt guy, this is one that I'm very impressed by.

An exceptional introduction to this style for me and a reason to keep an open mind about malt-forward beers (with unique & pronounced yeast).

Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Nice retention that leads to decent lacing.

S-Hefty wheat malt and a touch of tartness. Dominate banana followed by a bit of clove. All of this backed up by an underlying sweetness.

T-Big bananna back wheat chewiness. Notes of spicy clove and a lemon background.

M-Medium body, super smooth and chewy. Long lasting flavour profile.

D-Well done. Certainly up there with some of the finest W-bocks I have had. Big, bold, chewy, flavourful and smooth...what more could you ask for. And the name...gotta love it...Ein Prosit!

Photo of mperrin
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy ruby color with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly

S- smell is primarily of yeastiness with banana and spice in there as well

T- excellent overall taste with bananas, clove, possibly nutmeg, and small bit of fruit as well.

M- a bit lighter than others of its style, but gives a pleasant light coating of the palette without residual dryness. very pleasant

D- could drink a ton of these as they are not as filling as some weizenbocks, finished a 4 pack in pretty short order

Overall a strong offering from Great Lakes, can't wait to try on tap when I make it back to Cleveland

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Our Weizenbock ale is named after the Glockenspiel of Marienplatz in Munich, Germany, which features 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures that chime and re-enact two 16th century stories each day."

--label

Polished persimmon with a gaudy glow when backlit with the rising sun. What a gorgeous hue! A thick chunk of pale caramel colored frothiness is a fantastic color match for the beer beneath. Although soft and whipped creamy, the crown is sticky enough to grace the glass with an acceptable amount of lace.

Leave it to Great Lakes Brewing Company to design a weizenbock that smells exactly like a weizenbock should smell. Toasted and caramel malt plays second fiddle to bruised banana fruitiness and a perfect amount of clove-like spiciness.

Glockenspiel is beautiful beer... as I was pretty sure it would be. For whatever reason, the flavor is much bolder and more complex than the aroma. If it's one thing that all world-class weizenbocks have going for them, it's a bold and complex flavor profile. Which is why I like them so much.

The bass line is equal parts toasted-nutty malt and English toffee-like malt, which gives the beer an autumnish, Oktoberfest vibe. The melody is abundant fruit and spice, to the tune of a (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score of 4.0/5.0. Clove esters deliver spicy warmth and the 8.0% ABV adds power and a meager hint of alcohol... that is fading into oblivion with time and warming.

If it's one thing that GLBC rarely fails to provide, it's an outstanding mouthfeel. This one is medium-full and has a supple silkiness that caresses the mouth and tongue with each gulp. The beer is gone much sooner in the review than is usual, but I just couldn't stop myself.

Great Lakes Glockenspiel (A Weizenbock Ale) is yet another home run for a craft brewery that makes a habit of hitting style after style out of the park (Grassroots Ale being the most recent exception). Here's hoping that this stuff is still on the shelves in Ohio next week. Failing that, I'll be sure to stock up big-time next spring. Highly recommended.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby and dark copper amber copper that makes e think of old-fashioned candy. Not much of a head or bubbling. rui cup apricots and peaches with some faint toasted malts and yeasty bananas in the nose. The taste is super juicey upfront and full of fruit. The middle adds some caramel to to the fruit. Lots of yeasty bananas in the finish that slowly warms tahtnks to the alcohol. What a fruit and yeast bomb weizenbock this is. Pretty damn good!

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.