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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.16%
Wants: 46
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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%

Lovely beer on a hot day, found at Premiere Gourmet. Pours peachy golden with a white head. Pleasant banannas and a tad cloves aroma. Taste is Orange, wheat with some spice, pepper, saisonish that way. Most fresh and dangerously drinkable. Alcohol well hidden.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

Bottle July 22, 09
GABF Weekend '08:

This is a kitchen-sink beer where every flavor can be found in compliment to one another. The beer pours with an expected cloudiness, but an unexpected ligher rust color. Great head formation with equally great retention. Aromas are everywhere: Caramel-toffe maltiness, bready yeastiness, fruity banannas; apples; figs; dates, phenolic clove and white pepper. Flavors comply nicely with the aromas with emphasis on the sweet, caramel malts with all other attributes to provide variety and complexity. A citrus hop note is noted in the ester profile and gains intensify going deep into the aftertaste. Bready and malty in the textures, with a deep creamy roundness. Finishes sweet, malty and with a spicy, hoppy lingering.

BEERchitect, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%

large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over. grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure.

mikesgroove, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Served cold and poured into a weizen glass. Barely a finger of foam rose up, and swirling only produced maybe a 1/4" of foam. Little spots of lace came and went. The skim breaks in the center, leaving a graduated ring at the edges. Hazy and rusty colored.

Nose is spiced apples, alcohol, and faint gingerbread. Flavor has a similar profile, a phenolic medicinal note and clove spice seem to dominate with an alcohol heat behind it. Trace cinnamon and cookie flavors are in there too, but it lacks a cohesiveness and fullness that good Weizenbocks have. More of a sipper due to the perceptible alcohol.

emerge077, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep amber brown cinnamon color matched with a dark tan cream head leaves evenly spread lacing throughout my pint. Aroma: Wonderful doughy spice base, which I found a bit weird but it worked well somehow. Apple, over ripened banana, and raisin notes with a slightly alcoholic nose very nice mix all around. Taste: Ripened banana, apple, and raisin really swarm the ol' palate along with a spicy finish with a noticeable kiss of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied low even carbonation not as fine and somewhat spritzy as an Aventinus. Drinkability: Decent shot at a weizenbock not dead on to the style but very good and shows some more depth from this great brewery.

WVbeergeek, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%

Got this one from KlevelandRocks, cheers Ken

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of pearl colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & bubble gum

T: Apple peels, juicyfruit, a touch of cinnamon & white grapes up front. Phenols, apple peels & a touch juicy fruit are all there as this warms. Finishes with juicy fruit & apple skin tartness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, good, but not one of the better weizenbocks out there. Not up to the usual stellar results I get from Great Lakes usually

russpowell, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

imperialking, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of weeare138
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

Thanks to klewis for the trade. This is my favorite style, so the anticipation has been building. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time...Review # 1,500.
Appears a hazy dark caramel color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades away. Plenty of spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, clove, cocoa, bananas, black pepper, and yeasty bread.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of the citrusy hops finding there way up front in a a refreshing, caramel, clove bomb.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yeasty, cocoa and caramel lingering along the palate.
Pretty nice stuff.

weeare138, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

A: The weizenbock is a dark orange red color that could pass for a heavy duty tea. The dark colors obscure the other side of the glass but aren't completely opaque. A small head arose on pour and didn't do much more.

S: A delicious nose of wheat, strong but not tart, and plenty of clove and banana. The sweetness that the yeast gives the ale is wonderful.

T: The fuller booziness of the ale makes itself known on the first sip, greasing the wheels and floating a warning. Behind it, the weizen element stands out, with extra portions of bubblegum and banana running amok. Wheat is present in a concentrated form, nicely hiding behind the yeast byproducts. A pleasing aftertaste of dark fruits lingers, mmm weizenbock.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the spicy yeast, a delicious combination of banana and clove (with some bubblegum sweetness for good measure).

D: This style really should be listed as my favorite (in fact, I'm changing it after this review). The fullness of the wheat coupled with the yeast makes a winner in my book.

akorsak, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ejimhof, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best by 11/28/09. Pours very hazy and cloudy reddish orange color with a small foamy 1 finger off white head with decent retention that reduces to a ring of lace pretty quickly. No glass lacing. Aromas of big caramel covered bananas, biscuit, molasses, light orange zest, spices, and a bit of alcohol to round it out. Some excellent aromas here, very inviting. Taste of big banana, caramel, pepper, biscuit, clove, and molasses. No bitterness on the finish; but there is some lingering notes of caramel, banana, bread, molasses, and spices on the finish for a bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel that drinks easily. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and delicious Weizenbock at almost 2 years past freshness date. I wonder if they will ever bottle it again.

superspak, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev -4%

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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%

My glass has become an amphitheater for the exaltation of light. The beer is a (very well polished) cherrywood colour that has glaring, auroral strains of amber, gold and ruby that become almost jagged against the light, they stick out like chars of glass. (I love this colour!) Although a faint outline remains, most all of its head immediately hissed away.

Making sense of this aroma is like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle; it is a collage of different shapes and materials. In one aspect it is spicy and super phenolic, clove especially is noted. In another it is fruity and touts over-ripened scents of plum, apple, banana and blackberry. It's by no means one-dimensional and that is much appreciated.

The beer has a water profile that I could immediately link back to Great Lakes. It has a very soft texture, is rather light on the palate and seems better suited to a pilsner than a weizenbock. Whether it is in fact the water or not, the beer definitely lacks the full-bodied creaminess of authentic German examples. It desperately lacks the carbonation, too.

When I drink the time-honoured German Weizenbocks I'm usually floored by the warming (read: burning) alcohol presence, peppered by a cranked-up phenolic spice, then roughed around by the high-pitched, bubbly effervescence. But finally my tongue recovers as it is soothed by a rich, hearty, sticky sweet maltiness. This doesn't have that.

Not any of that, really. It does, however, have a lot of the same flavours. Fruit compote - some combination of mushy banana, wild blackberry, spiced apples and fresh plums - as well as a minor presence of a clove-like savoriness. There is a complimenting duo of smoky and raisin-like essences but, unfortunately, without a mouthfeel to match...

Glockenspiel isn't a bad beer - I much enjoyed this bottle - it simply isn't the epitome of the style like most all Great Lakes offerings tend to be. I don't know whether it's the wrong water profile, perhaps there was not enough malt used? In the end, I feel satisfied enough to say I've had a good beer - but not enough to say I've had a good weizenbock.

biegaman, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz bottle, picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a very lightly hazed dark orange/brown, very nice colour, thick and tight eggnog coloured head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, some spots of lace stick.

Smell is nice, very malty, toffee, banana, some light spice, lots of biscuit and bread, alcohol, toasty malt, very big aroma, raisin, some dark fruit and oxidation notes, more banana, quite nice.

Taste is similar, very malty, tons of bread and biscuits, toffee, raisin/date, alcohol, some banana bread, nice sugary sweetness, lightly spicy, toasty, really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty damn drinkable and the ABV is no where to be found.

Viggo, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured dark amber in color with a half inch off-white head. The head retreated to cling to the sides where it left a little lacing but not much.

The aroma is sweet with some wheat and banana bread coming through as well as some hints of dark fruits such as plums and cherries. The taste has a lot of caramely sweetness to it with wheat and some banana nut flavors in the finish. Like the nose it also has a little dark fruit flavors to the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was really a delicious beer that I really enjoyed. Would definitely buy again.

billab914, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

Bighuge, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

A: Hazy, blood-orange & brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Banana bread up front. Dark toffee, dark caramel, dark fruit and a light spicing.

T: Very malty: Bready & dark caramel; banana; raisin; nut; light spicing & bitterness; alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness. It's good, but it doesn't quite have the protein feel of a German brew.

D: A very good drinker.

Derek, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

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

dirtylou, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

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!

scruffwhor, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium amber with not much of a head and what is there is gone quickly. The lacing is very watery as is the beer, nothing special.

The aroma is light banana with wheat.

The taste is light and sweet with a hint of hops, nothing special to keep you having more than one but it is drinkable. Mouthfeel is light.

jrallen34, Oct 26, 2009
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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.