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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 47
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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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Reddish brown and clear. Decent head which fades fairly quickly to lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves in the nose. A bit of malt behind it.

T - Spicy and malty up front. Sweet in the midmouth and finishes with strong banana/clove flavor and spicy hops.

M - Medium bodied and spritzy. Finishes fairly dry and clean in the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable for the 8% ABV. This is a solid example of the style, but a bit subdued compared to some others I've had (notably the Victory Weizenbock).

spokeydonkey, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of waldoiverson
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass into nonic

A: dark caramel with a creamy but not overly large head, not much snap upon opening the bottle but seems fairly carbonated in the glass

S: bread yeast with the slightest bubblegum scent at the end, no sense of the alcohol, and little in the way of hops

T: mmm...gingerbread and a bit of the bubblegum, a faint bit of medicinal flavors that go away quickly, warming alcohol

m: crisp carbonation, fairly dry all things considering

D: a great way to unwind at the end of a fall day. make this your first beer and sip it slowly.

waldoiverson, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy cooper with a thin white head. Not much retention, and just a bit of lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits,clove and banana. Body is medium with some carbonation. Taste is nicely spiced, with fruity and malty notes through out. Light version of this style, but not bad.

riversider76, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of ruppert2p
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this on the back porch on a mild-August evening. The beer is packaged in the standard brown Great Lakes bottle with an attractive label depicting the Munich glockenspiel for which it is named. Pouring the beer into a standard Shaker glass yielded a nice tight tan head of small bubbles that collapsed rather quickly leaving a skim of foam. As the beer level dropped, small amounts of lace were left on the glass.

The beer is a dark amber color with some ruby highlights. [Although my drinking companion thought it was more of an amber-brown on the SRM.] A number of interesting aromas tempt the nose with fruity raisins and caramel dominating, followed by a hint of wortiness. I failed to pick up on any of the banana or clove smells that dominate many wheat beers and which, according to the label, are a hallmark of this particular example. This suggests to me that barley may dominate the wort.

Warming and full in the mouth the beer coats without cloying. Up front the sweetness of the malt dominates with alcohol and just a hint of hops in the finish. As the beer warmed, the alcohol becomes more pronounced (not surprising at 8% ABV). In addition an astringency began to seep into the flavor, an astringency that was not at all unpleasant This is a very drinkable beer for one of such a robust alcohol level. It tastes like a fall afternoon and its drinkability would make it a great pre-game beer.

ruppert2p, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of trbergman
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Rich auburn color with a thin tan head.

S - Clove, maple, raisin, banana bread. Not very aromatic.

T - Sweet and tangy banana flavor - there's also some caramelized apple. Clove is present, but not overwhelming; good spice balance. As it warms, a phenolic character becomes more pronounced.Some earthy hop bitterness rounds out the palate nicely.

M - Good, medium-full body, smooth and mellow with just a bit of bitterness and spice to keep things interesting.

D - This is a good beer to try at a bar or buy a single of, but I'm not sure I'd want a four pack. Nothing really wrong with it, just not one of Great Lakes's better offerings.

trbergman, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours somewhere between red and brown,looks filtered which kinda bums me out.alot of banana in the nose with some yeast spice,a little bit of dark fruit as well.

pretty refreshing.wheat tang,banana,dark fruits,some yeast spiciness.overall pretty good.i feel like it's missing something though.i think i might be congested a bit and it's messing with my sense of taste,so i might be re-reviewing this again in the near future.

has moderate carbonation,i feel like it's fitting for the style.it's an easy drinking beer,no hint of alcohol at all at 8%.

wyattshotmaker, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

merlin48, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown in color. There's about a half inch of head that forms on the pour, but is quickly gone and leaves nothing but a white ring around the top of the glass.
Smell is all malts. Just a little bit of hops and you can notice just a hint of alcohol as well.
Taste is huge caramel malts, but a surprisingly large amount of smoke and peat. Thin to medium in mouthfeel. A little amount of carbonation. Fairly enjoyable and easy to drink.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-14-09
Best before 11-11-09

Pours a deep red/brown, with a thick white head and solid lacing. The head settles to a ring around the glass, and stay there.

Smell is very fruity, lots of banana and sweet malt, with a hint of spice. That's about it.

Taste is tons of spices, lots of clove, with a sharply bitter finish. The clove is a bit too strong, drowning out any other more subtle flavors.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick and sweet.

Drinkability is decent, the flavors are very sweet, but the alcohol is well masked.

Overall, not even close to the best Weizenbock I've had, but still a good beer.

BMoney575, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one courtesy of a great trade with Auslander. Thanks again man!

Consumed 11/11/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Date on the bottle is actually 11/11/2009.

A- A hazey dark copper with a one finger light tan head that had decent retention. Some light lacing. A steady, light carbination trickle up to the surface.

S- Wheat, banana and clove. A little sweet.

T- The nose carries over to the taste with the banana standing out more for me. Some other light citrusy fruit notes in there as well. A little sweeter than the smell as well.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Very little carbination tingle.

D- I think it finishes out a little too sweet for me to have more than one in a sitting. This is my first for the style and I'm looking forward to trying more.

tatoodkelt, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of whitenads
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

whitenads, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Honus1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Honus1, May 28, 2013
Photo of betsymagnolia
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

betsymagnolia, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

kegger22, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jmw4437, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sturmthis, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of theghost3
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

theghost3, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

philipquarles, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of headbucket
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

headbucket, May 31, 2011
Photo of scottro
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

scottro, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

TheViolator666, Sep 13, 2009
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.

AKBelgianBeast, Feb 16, 2010
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.