Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +23.8%
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.
01-23-2011 22:28:55 | More by ElliotNess
4.63/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
10-18-2009 23:12:45 | More by mobyfann
4.56/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
06-16-2013 21:29:20 | More by SportsandJorts
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
03-15-2010 17:42:33 | More by earthboundagain
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
05-19-2009 22:10:06 | More by bigdeuce
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
09-05-2009 01:35:32 | More by webmanspidey
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
$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.
10-02-2009 20:05:32 | More by Mitchster
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
07-05-2009 21:59:56 | More by MCDuhamel
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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 ...
09-16-2009 03:45:21 | More by MVotter
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
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
07-07-2009 03:16:20 | More by unclecrappy
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
07-18-2009 23:50:38 | More by alexgash
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
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!
09-03-2009 23:37:56 | More by PerzentRizen
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.