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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 kegger22
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured clear orange with a little head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was of heavy banana. The taste was largely bananas too with a malty sweetness. It felt a little thick going down, but not unpleasantly. You could drink several of these, but because of an 8.0% ABV, probably shouldn't. Overall, an above average beer, not stellar.

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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to vinyljunkie for this. Poured into a hefe glass.

Appearance is red-orange with a 2-finger light beige head that goes away quickly. A ring at first, but little lacing throughout.

Smell is wheat, yeast, caramel, spices, and semi-dark fruits with some alcohol esters. There are flavors of spices, caramel, wheat, plums, and muscadines. Banana flavor is lacking. Slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; some crispness.

This is a drinkable beer. The ABV is covered well. The lack of banana smell or taste is a little disappointing.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery a while ago and remember liking it. I am not a German beer expert, but I have been trying quite a few different German derived styles lately. Here is my review of Great Lakes interpretation on the German Weizenbock:

A: Pours a real deep amber color. Almost brown. Pretty clear and has a large tan head. It dissipates rather quickly and no lacing is present at all.

S: Smells strongly of banana. Lots of spice. Pretty much smells like liquid banana bread.

T: The main flavor is definite banana. Moderate sweetness. There is also quite a bit of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon. I would say clove, but I don't know what the hell a clove is sopposed to taste like. But, the flavor is very spicy and banana infused. Good overall.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation and pretty smooth overall. You do get a little alcohol prickliness in the tongue, but nothing major.

D: Flavor is pretty nice and not harsh at all. Very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. I could drink a few in a session. If you enjoy German style beers, this would be right up your alley.

As far as German Weizenbocks go, this is easily my favorite one to date. The sweetness is pretty tame, and there is a great complimentary banana and spice flavor. Great Lakes does this style proud and anyone who like German beers should seek this baby out.

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Photo of headbucket
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my last bottles from the release in Spring 2009. This has a enjoy by date of 11/28/09.

A: A nice brownish/red color, near to plum. Poured with no real head at all, just some small bubbles that bubbled up to the surface and quickly dissipated. A bunch of little floaties suspended in the beer.

S: The smell of alcohol is present throughout, but there is a nice bit of banana, clove, and some darker fruits with a bit of brown sugar sweetness.

T: I wasn't the biggest fan of this when it was first released, not exactly sure why.At first when I started drinking this bottle, I wasn't too into it again but as it warms I am enjoying it more. The flavor is brown sugar caramelized bananas with some clove and dark fruit mixed in as well and a bit of alcohol. I don't think it seems as sweet as it was when first released.

M: Thick but not too sweet and a little prickly despite its lack of head and seeming to be a little undercarbonated.

O: At first I was a little disappointed with this, one of my first real experiments with aging, but I am enjoying this beer very much. The sweetness seems more under control now than it was when fresh, and there is a good mix of the banana, sweet, and dark fruit flavors. It is going down rather easy as well.

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Photo of TheViolator666
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into Great Lakes pilsner glass.

A: Dark sparkling copper in color with a nice two finger khaki head. Thinned out very quickly to a centimeter-thick cap. Minimal lacing.

S: Mild yeast in the aroma, spiciness as well as a hint of Banana. Overall, kind of faint.

T: Taste is yeasty up front, but not overbearing. The spiciness leaves a delightful feeling all over the tongue. A bit of sweetness from the malt. Alcohol has a fair amount of presence. The banana is very well pronounced.

M/D: Nice medium body with decent carbonation. Alcohol could be better hidden.

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Photo of scottro
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass (it was all I had), the appearance was rather unique. Orange-amber, slightly hazy but not cloudy like a wheat. Beautiful color with a thick, two-finger creamy orange-eggshell head.

No lacing at all.

Nose was mild and slightly pleasant, but not nearly as strong as I'd expected. honey and orange, maybe some cinnamon.

Taste was pleasantly surprising. A bit like a pumpkin ale, not richer and more spicy. Lots of complexity. Alcohol is rather present but well-masked, if that makes sense. I tasted most of the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is silky and creamy, but not long-lasting. reminded me of a dry pino grigio in that regard.

Drinkability, well, I'm only on the first one right now. comes in a 4-pack. I think that's enough.

Overall, a rather pleasant and surprising beer from my favorite brewery. I'll be buying more of this for friends.

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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark copper with some tan head. It smelled like banana and honey wheat and nutty malt, with some caramel. It tasted like honey wheat and banana nut breads, with some caramel and coriander and a bit of alcohol. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this wasn't as thick or complex as Slam Dunkel, but it was cleaner and seemed more true to style. Alcohol was apparent but not too harsh, so this was still easy enough to drink. Decent beer but not anything great. (I think it takes a truly amazing weizenbock to impress me.)

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Like a hazy iced tea. Slightly reddish amber, cloudy, with a very white head that dissipates to a thin ring.

S: Ripe fruit.. slightly sour scent in there.. Malty with fresh fruit and a little bit of yeast...

T: Nice and subtle.. Slightly sour with some yeast, a bit of spice, with some fresh fruit.

M: Very carbonated, but slightly watery..

D: I could see drinking this again, though I don't know if it is the best example of the style..

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Photo of philipquarles
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Dark bronze in color, head fizzles to a small ring. Spotty lacing along the mug.

Smells sweet with a strong alcohol whiff like a fine bourbon. Also the barnyard element is there with the wheat. Malt lends a caramel touch.

Tart citrus hopping on the forefront paired with a sweet wheaty flavor. Faint spices. Caramel malts give off a pronounced fruityness. Clean fusel alcohol is also present. This is a strong beer and it makes it known.

Full bodied and finishes with a nice little burn. A good level of carbonation throughout.

A good nite cap here; Or this would make a fine cigar companion.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of flexinwext
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try this since its the only seasonal I haven't seen yet. Poured a nice amber color. Nice clove scent with some fruity tones. Very complex flavors. Not the overpowering clove/banana taste I was expecting. Overall, a very good bock that goes great with the season.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a good amount of reddish amber color mixed in. Provides a small head that quickly dissipates. There is very little spotty lacing.

S: A decent amount of spice (coriander and cloves) with some bready malt along with some banana.

T: The banana is the most prevalent flavor. Taste like a spicy banana bread with some added caramel.

M: Very clean on the palate. Decent carbonation.

D: Not overly sweet, just enough spice make this beer easy too enjoy. The alcohol content is not really noticeable. A good offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of naproxen
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this for awhile, thanks to nlmartin for both this and the pimp Schlitz glass goblet I'm enjoying it from.

There isn't much of a head on this, just a thin off white one that fades fairly fast even if I try and pour it hard. The nose is the only faulty thing I found from this beer, I get some banana at first, but it's a more faux banana, and a touch of sweet malts but that is about it..maybe my nose is broke.

The color is gorgeous, a slightly hazy deep garnet/copper.

The taste? Worth the wait. A very clean weizenbock, hints of banana, clove, molasses. I do not find this too cloying or heavy, even for it's abv of which I don't really detect at all.

I could easily order two of these at a bar and will be really happy to get this again sometime.

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Photo of david131
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An ever so slightly hazy orangish purple beer with a quickly falling white head. There is absolutely no head retention. This looks flat and pretty boring.

S- Orange rind, coriander, clove, banana, and alcohol. Very fragrant and appealing.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but with an enjoyable malt sweetness.

M- For as flat as this looks, this has a pretty nice carbonation level. There is also a clean aftertaste.

D- The alcohol is hidden fairly well and the sweetness isn't overbearing. One of the more memorable beers from Great Lakes.

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Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of skizziks
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Lakes is one of the few breweries who can nail both lager and ale styles, so I was happy to see this anniversary release is a weizenbock, a relatively rare style. The original, Schneider's Aventinus, is a nearly perfect beer so it will be interesting to see how the Glockenspiel holds up.

1" fine tan head, not much, but plenty sticky, over a very hazy deep coppery amber beer. More foaming action would have been nice, but can be difficult at 8%ABV.

In spite of the low foam (for a wheat beer), initial aroma is all CO2. Once the head calms down a bit, bananas, dark bread, cloves, a lot of bubblegum. Weizen yeast phenols galore, with a nice underpinning of rich munich malt. A weizen and a bock, as it should be.

The palate is immediately enveloped in rich toasty malt, bananas, a little plum and molasses. Gives the impression of banana bread. Very nice. Finish is long with raisin, plum, and warming alcohol. Well-balanced, does not give the impression of being bitter or sweet, an impressive feat.

Medium carbonation with a medium full body, a little watery on the tongue. Satisfying, but not overwhelming, almost refreshing. Dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength. Overall impression is an almost clinical grafting of the weizen and bock styles, that is a very pleasant drink, but suffers in comparison with the Aventinus in that it does not have the original's depth or sense of richness. I'm picking at nits now, we can't all be Aventinus and Great Lakes' Glockenspiel stands on its own as a very nice flavorful weizenbock. It would be great to see a straight hefeweizen from them in wide distribution.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a weizen glass.

Four fingers of dark beige head here, though I felt like I had to force the pour to get the beer to grace the height of the glass (which will bring the scoring on appearance down a bit for me). Colors of the body include dark copper, plum and golden edges. Aromas are huge out of the pour, with clove and ripe banana as promised on the label. Tastes are similar, with an emphasis on the ripe banana. This is a tasty brew, though it's a bit hot. With time and warmth, a tart fruitiness comes out, which is a nice addition. Mouthfeel includes a lighter body than I'd like, with mild carbonation. I am a fan of this beer, but it's hard to love a weizenbock after you've had Aventinus and Vitus! I'd buy it again, but I look forward to trying more from Great Lakes.

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Photo of bamadog
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking for this for a few weeks and managed to find some last night. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/coppery color with some hints of gold -- I was told that a great descriptor of the color is "plum flesh" and I totally get that, but I didn't want to use it because it would be snaking a very good descriptor that someone else came up with. A one finger head that is offwhite is present and it appears a litlte thick and chewy, fades relatively quickly to a firm yet slightly uneven skim on the surface. Solid carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the just slightly hazy body. Really no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Reminiscent of a belgian with some dark sweet fruits and spices in the nose, perhaps even some banana. Some very sweet maltiness is in there as well and brings about a semi-sweet breadlike quality.

Taste: The bold spiciness in the nose is a little subdued in the mouth, but still very present. Again, like a Belgian I pick up on some corriander and even some nutmeg. I feel the banana is present as well like it is in the nose, but combined with the bready quality it tastes a bit like banana bread; mouth is a bit yeasty as well (hence the bready quality); slight presence of alcohol on the breath but it's very mild and pleasantly warming.

Mouthfeel: A medium body comes across a bit thick and chewy and is very nice; a slight coating is left behind and the belly is particularly warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Moderate to high I would say; it's a wonderful tasting beer but it's a little heavy so I wouldn't want to sit around and have too many because I would feel weighed down; the ABV is getting up there too at 8%, not that it's especially high, but I can already feel it creeping up on me. Very nice beer overall and well worth the wait and hunting for it.

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Photo of curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with less than 1 finger of head that faded quickly w/o any real lacing. Has a nice, spicy, fruity aroma, with some yeasty-ness and bready-ness mixed in. Some slight phenolic in the aroma as well. Nice full body up front and then the bitterness takes over. Has a pleasing, lingering, sl. piney hop finish. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy in your mouth. My only complaint is that I notice the phenoic aroma more as I drink. Otherwise, a pretty tasty beer!

I just tasted the Schneinder-Brooklyner Hopfen-weiss the other day and these are definitely two unique interpretations of the style. I'd have a hard time picking a favorite.

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Photo of cudmud
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby red with a steadt stream of bubbles. Kind of thin on the head and lace.

Smell: Wonderful scents malts, yeast, and hops. In addition, I detect a hint of raisins.

Taste: Very sweet up front with a distinct wheat flavor. Finishes with balanced hop accents.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Darn good beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- deep, mildly hazy red plum type color with golden highlights and an expansive tan head. foam recedes down to nothing rather quickly due to the big alcohol content but leaves little spots of lace.

S- fruity and wheaty and spicy, banana and clove, coriander, metallic mineral water, over ripe red fruits, honey, vanilla, cherry, and some bready and caramel malt, and only the slightest whiff of alcohol.

T- very fruity flavor with nice breadiness to back it up. taste is reminiscent of super sweet plums and grapes, berries, cherries, with a somewhat cloying brown sugar sweetness as well. banana, chocolate, port wine, burgundy, earthy grains and a nice clean and mild hop bitterness, mild tartness to counteract the sweet, but sweet still prevails. finishes sweet/tart with a lingering fresh grainy flavor.

MF- enigmatically cloying and dry but with a big soft body and delicate low carbonation. cool minty feeling and warming at the same time as well. this thing's a freakin anomaly.

D- big and bold flavor, but a little sweet for my taste. HOWEVER, a half a bottle mixed with another 12 oz or so of water or chicken stock or lighter beer makes a ridiculously good bath for simmering german sausages, presently knackwurst, weisswurst, and bratwurst.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy chestnut brown, thin head fades fast, no lacing.

SMELL sweet malty, wheaty, lightly fruity (banana) and spicy. Bit of booze comes on later. Also grows stronger and fuller during the sample. Very pleasant.

TASTE Wheat, malty sweet, little bit of tea bag, touch of booze and light fruit and spice, but not specifically banana. Smooth, balanced and clean.

FEEL plenty carbonated and a little tingly, medium full body, rich texture and a bit of alc warming.

OVERALL Complex, smooth, easy drinking and flavorful. Excellent representation of the style. Very well done.

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Photo of malcontent
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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