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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel WeizenbockGreat Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 222
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 60
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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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 222
Photo of imaguitargod
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...local brew. This poured to a small head that dissipated a little too quickly. Dark amber in color which is very appealing and inviting. Nice malty sweetness up front with signature Bock characteristics. Dark, plumb fruity character that dances around the palate. Very drinkable and thrust quenching. Slight alcohol taste.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of tburkhart
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raznug for picking this one up for me.

A - pours a crystal clear light brown with very light carbonation and hardly any head.

S - slight spiced notes. malts are noticeable, hops are not.

T - Very nice balance of malt and spice.

M - aftertaste lingers for awhile due to the spiciness.

Very enjoyable beer from a very enjoyable brewery. Another must try from the folks at GLBC.

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, or maybe more like a medium brown. Hazy as expected, with a big, two plus fingers of foamy khaki head. As big as the head is originally it doesn't keep all that well; keeps a thin, partially full lace but doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell has big aromas of banana and clove, as well as some sweet caramel malt and slightly musty yeast. It's got some peppery spice to it, as well, and some other fruit aromas like maybe apples.

Taste has a big caramel malt sweetness to it. It's bready and quite rich, and the banana and clove work nicely off of that backbone. Also some fruity esters, musty yeast and peppery spice. A hint of alcohol but it's well hidden for the most part. Smooth and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, quite smooth and very clean in the finish. For the sweetness this beer has it is not at all cloying. Carbonation seems appropriate.

I'm not usually a huge fan of wheat beers or weizenbocks, but this one is really nice. Probably the best weizenbock I've ever had, and I especially love the rich malty base off of which the other flavors work, rather than dominating with banana and clove. Really good stuff.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this at the brewpub gift shop this week. I think it will be distributed to Columbus soon but I wanted it now. The beer is clear dark copper color with a 2 finger off-white foam that sank quickly. The aroma is strong with bananas, a phenol-heavy type of weizenbock, my favorite type. The taste is also big on bananas, with spice and a little alcohol. Very tasty and filling, very good competition for Aventinus.

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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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 11/11/2009. It's nice to finally see this brew being bottled. Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a dark red/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is good. The bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass to the top long after the initial pour. It smells like cloves, bananas, figs, plums and wheat. The taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite as strong. It tastes like cloves, bananas, yeast, dark fruit, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. The flavor lingers long after you take a drink. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'll definitely have to buy another 4 pack soon since this is a seasonal beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful. Clear, dark crimson tone. Creamy beige head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice aroma of wheat, chocolate, spice, clove and banana. The aroma translates over very nicely in this beer to the palate. I get the nice thick wheaty base. Nice little sweetness from the residuals. Clove, vanilla and banana all accent nicely with a little cracked black pepper thrown into the mix for good measure. Full bodied and very agreeable on the palate. Surprise, surprise, another winner from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle without a bottled on or best by date. I picked this up back in August in GR, MI.

Pours a deep amber, bordering on cherry wood, with a two finger head. The foam settles to a thin cap that leaves a very nice sheeting of lace behind. I really like the color of this beer.

Smell; it has all of the requisite wheat, banana and cloves aromas, but it also has a really nice sweet malt presence. A little brown sugar and caramel really give a nice depth to the nose. The sweetness really seems to come forward now instead of the spices when this was fresher.

Taste; almost overripe bananas, cloves, wheat and just a fiant hint of cherries. As with the nose, brown sugar and caramel are starting to dominate, as well as a touch of figs and dates. The flavor has really started to turn to the sweet malts and darker fruits on this, and I'm really liking it.

Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fairly low level of carbonation which just enhances the smoothes of the beer, and helps to increase the drinkability.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark amber/brown in color with a nice amount of off white head

Smell: Nice fruity smell with a little bit of an alcohol scent hidden behind the sweetness

Taste: Has a nice spiciness to it with a banana bread and cherry type flavor but there is also a noticeable alcohol taste there as well. Very good flavor but not too heavy making it easy to drink.

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Photo of csmiley
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to prototypic for hooking this one up.

A - Pours a muddy copper color. Head is decent but fades rather quickly. Some delicate lacing ramains in the glass.

S - A nice smooth banana aroma rolls off this beer right out of the gate. Quickly following is a combination of wheat and grain. Hints of clove and bread show up about midway and hold on til the end. Alcohol is hard to pick out in the aroma.

T - Big fruity banana flavor stands out on the front end. No wheat? Smooth maltiness follows with notes of honey and bread. Wheat is evident about midway. Note on the wheat: This beer starts out very smooth and I was a little worried about the absence of wheat in the beginning. Worry no more. The wheat is like a kick in the taste buds once it has a chance to come through. Very nice. Some lemon and clove spiciness rounds out the flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but never gets in the way of the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finish has a tartness that lingers for just long enough before revealing some sweetness.

D - Drinkability is very good at 8%. I would normally limit 8% brews at one per sitting but this one goes down too quick and easy not to have another. This is a very nice weizenbock overall. It's smooth and tart at the same time. Banana is smooth and permeates all aspects of this beer. I'd really like to see this make it into a bottle as a regular seasonal offering. Easily recommended.

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

The bottle claims that this is a plum-colored ale, and when not held up to the light....I concur. However, when it's held up to the light, it has more of a deep copper-orange hue to it. The head was impressive at first, but it settled pretty fast. This beer also has nice clarity compared to other Weizenbocks (which tend to have a hazy unfiltered appearance).

Smells of wheat, and banana. At first I wasn't getting the banana, but now that it's warmed up a bit...it's large and in charge.

Taste is deep dark spicy and fruity all at the same time. Very complex and unique.

Bitey carbonation, but it finishes rather smooth.

I could drink a couple of these, but that's pretty good for the style in my opinion.

Morey's Bottom Line: The best Weizenbock I've tried to date. I even like it a bit more than Victory's Moonglow.

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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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of kels
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this beer on tap at the Great Lakes Brewery brewpub.

Appearance: Very warm orangey-yellow with a short, pale head. Little retention and lacing to speak of. GLBC notes that the beer is the color of a plum's flesh. I wish I could say I noticed that myself, but it's definitely true - a great way to describe it.

Smell: Very faint, nearly undetectable. I can mostly smell the bready grains.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very unexpected creaminess from the first sip. Good carbonation, and light finish. The taste is a really well-balanced blend of sweet and spice. There is some clove, maybe even some allspice, right at the first drink. A definite, creamy banana presence shows up on the back of the tongue. The caramelly malts match it very nicely and add depth along with the graininess.

Drinkability: Pretty high. The only thing that slows me down is the sticky feel on my palate after drinking.

Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of Soneast
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger thick, cream colored head with above average retention, forming a dense creamy layer atop the beer. Quite a bit of visible carbonation cascading towards the surface of the beer.

The aroma has a sweet wheat character, along with a toasty graininess and some clove and green apple notes with a nice spicy background.

The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is centered around the sweetness from the wheat and prominent clovey esters. Some other malt characteristics are also evident such as a mild toasted caramel flavor. There is nice little spicy hop character as well, although not overpowering in the slightest, mostly just accentuating the overall sweetness. A pretty evident does of alcohol is noted towards the finish, imparting a subtle warmth.

Medium bodied and creamy smooth, the carbonation was really kept in check leading to the great texture. This was a great beer, consisting of a lot of wheat beer characteristics, and yet so much more.

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Photo of daledeee
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked some of this up while in Chicago.

This beer comes in a four pak and when I poured it I found it to have a medium dark clear brown and a nice off white head. The nose was malt, and vanilla

Taste was very appealing with vanilla, caramel, yeast and malt. Very well balanced and a sweet finish. Mouth feel was medium carbonation and I was not able to tell this was 8.% One of the best American wheats I have had.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brownish-amber color. The head is a coulpe inches in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of banana, tangy wheat, and hints of clove. The taste is like the aroma, but magnified and with a slight alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really nice Weizenbock, that I would love to drink again.

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Photo of spointon
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tall pilsner glass to show it off.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazed orange/copper/brown color with a 1/2" creamy off-white head. The head dropped to a 1/4" cap but retained that all the way. Lots of obvious carbonation release. Just a couple minor spots of lace left behind on my glass.

S= Nicely aromatic, even when cold. I found aromas of malt sweetness, toffee, spice, and bananas. Very nice.

T= Great array of flavor here. Started sweet with the toffee malt notes coming on strong. Mixed in with the sweet though, was a complex spiciness that almost defied description. Sort of like spiced holiday bread and oatmeal cookies, but without being over the top or cloying in any way. In fact, I would say this beer was delicate as well as complex. Definite fruity notes, as one would expect, with banana being dominant but I also tasted (spiced) apple and clove. Finish dried a bit and went back to the banana with a slight hint of tartness just at the end.

MF= Medium bodied with an active, crisp carbonation feel. Very thirst quenching.

D= This is a very easy beer to drink, and would make a great (but dangerous) summer beer. The ABV stays very well hidden.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours a wonderful with three fingers width of off-white head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Huge banana notes in the nose. Also detectable is cloves and a subtle spiciness. Caramel and bready malts also add to the complexity.

T- Pleasant bready malt backbone. Lots of fruit flavor, espcially bananas. Cloves offer a slight spiciness. Alcohol becomes more noticeable once the beer warms.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- As stated above, alcohol wasn't a factor, especially when the beer was served at cooler temperatures. This beer is dangerously drinkable.

Overall, not the best weizenbock in the world, but a solid offering from GLBC. This beer should come in 12-packs :)

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Photo of bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep amber, which is in complete contrast to the preceding Ayinger Weizenbcok. A finger of tan head drops to a thick collar and fine film, leaving a few spots of lace behind. Over-ripe bananas dominate the aroma, but sniff long enough and vanilla comes to the fore, mixing in with fruit and cherry soda.

Rich banana bread flavours abound on the first sip, and only gradually give way to strong vanilla, and herbal tones. There's an impressive breadiness throughout, and a lingering residual sweetness make this beer akin to a dessert in a glass. As you would expect, Great Lakes have done an impressive job on the body, and its medium-full feel and carbonation work excellently with the flavour profile.

Its hard to find a bad beer from this brewery, and this beer manages to hold its own with the big boys, while still managing to include its own distinctive twist in the style. The more Great Lakes I have the more I like them.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into my weizen glass. This beer pours a fairly cloudy perfect amber/copper color. Has a nice, off-white/slightly tan colored head about 5 fingers thick when first poured. Settles to a nice surface coating. Not much lacing though. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, clove and maybe some other spices, perhaps a bit of banana are all present, rounded out with a bit of floral hops. Has a sweet, banana bread malt flavor upfront. The clove and dark fruit follow, with apple and plum present. Just a tiny bit of floral hop bitterness rounds this out. The taste of alcohol is a bit noticeable as well. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Another good one from Great Lakes!


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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy brownish, amber with a thin tan head

S - Banana and clove with some caramel and bready malts.

T - Wheat and bready malts with some banana and clove spice. Not as sweet as other Weizenbocks I have tried.

M - Light to medium and creamy. Slightly dry finish.

D - A drier, easier to drink Weizenbock than is typical for the style and I think it works to the advantage , especially at 8%.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nearly opaque ruby/copper with a small lacing of whiteish head.
Smells well of some sweet malt and spice.
Taste has a good malt profile with the spice rack helping the complexity greatly.
Finish is a bit muddy but there is a nice, nearly Altbier or syrup after taste which is nice.
Drinks like water being 8% and is even refreshing.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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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.

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