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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004)
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:50:38 | More by alexgash
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rhinos00

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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 :)

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 05:38:24 | More by rhinos00
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curasowa

New York

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 21:10:28 | More by curasowa
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sgoodship

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich, dark golden brown color. Slight haze. Fine bubbly half finger head.

S: Hearty wheat, sight diacetyl and banana.

T: Nice dry wheat enhanced by maltiness. Some sweet banana and diacetyl - not too overpowering. Good dry, sour aftertaste. Satisfying earthy spice there too but just a touch.

M: Light in body but creamy to the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is very gentle.

D: Very enjoyable. Not the kind of beer I crave but I'd like to have it again. I drank it after a 7 hour drive and it was a perfect sophisticated thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:00:37 | More by sgoodship
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark carmel-amber color with a nice initial head and traces of film-foam playing across the surface of the brew taking on images of hurricane fronts on doppler radar. Beautiful beer.

I can smell the alcohol in it for sure, but at 8% that's to be expected I guess. Still thought the clove and grain pretty much dominate the nose with an underlying alcohol burn.

Such a great taste, banana yeasty goodness, plenty of grain, a nice sweet and bitter blend. The yeast really dominates the taste as the beer warms up.

Definately a good beer for people who appreciate good beer, not by any means a starter beer for those just getting into microbrews.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 05:23:38 | More by donteatpoop
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 22:30:56 | More by damndirtyape
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Auspice

Ohio

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

This is my first BA review so I'm pretty nervous! With a satisfying hiss, I popped the cap off of this 12 oz bottle of Glockenspiel and carefully poured the brew into my SA perfect pint glass. The bottle has a delightful picture depicting a play with puppets. There is little head to speak of and it disappeared quickly. The color is a deep amber with an almost purple hue and is slightly hazy from the wheat.

The nose smells largely of banana, clove, and sweet malt. There is a sharp and smooth start to this beer followed by a wonderful but not cloying sweetness ending on a strong banana bread and clove finish. There is no overpowering hop aroma from this brew that I can detect.

As I drink this, there is no lacing whatsoever left on the glass but I am beginning to detect more of the alcohol near the end of each sip. Reaching the bottom of the glass, am I disappointed that I have no more to drink. Sadly, this is the last one in my four pack. I will DEFINITELY be picking up more, this beer was thoroughly enjoyable and my very first weizenbock. Kudos to the chef!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 02:01:36 | More by Auspice
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:51:30 | More by emerge077
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 11:37:44 | More by IronCitySteve
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spointon

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:40:59 | More by spointon
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minterro

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: murky dark amber colored beer, with a tan color head, that doesn't leave much lacing. really like the design on the outside of the bottle

S: very aromic: malty, spice and fruit

T: one word: complex. right away u get a hit of spice and then in the finish you can really taste bannans

M: medium body and good carbonation (it seems to me like GLBC for the most part in every beer has good mouthfeel)

D: easy to drink even for its full body and high abv

notes: can't really taste the 8% abv of this beer its really odd. this beer is pretty pricy going around 8 bucks at a bar, so not a good beer to be drinking all the time, unless u have deep pockets. Let it warm, enjoy, this is one of GLBC finest.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:22:07 | More by minterro
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adamette

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How satisfying is this? This was one of my favorite pub exclusives at GLBC and now it is bottled! Cool!
Poured from a great looking 12 oz. bottle into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet. Purchased for $9.99 for a 4 pack from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills a week ago.

A dark caramel brown body lets some light throught but it is pretty dark. Head is light brown, basically matches the body and both make this beer very attractive to me.

S Yum, malt sweetness without the common unbalanced GLBC hop presence to ruin things. Interesting and inviting.

T Oh yeah, this is just a good as I remember it when it was back on tap at the brewery. Nice medium malt with a touch of hops (that is how hops should show up in a beer IMO) to balance it out and a little kick of alcohol. A nice, tasty, malty Weizenbock that is probably thicker than other Weizenbocks but it is delicious.

M As stated, a bit thicker than other Weizenbocks (Vitus comes to mind) and that sweet syrupy quality thickens things up as well. I really enjoy that mouthfeel in a beer.

D Great for this ABV. Really I could have the whole 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:00:24 | More by adamette
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Yetiman420

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Oberon standard pint glass. Freshness date of 11/12/09 and consumed in early July.

Pours a red-brown (plum per description) with a thin light tan head that subsides leaving a thin rim around the edge.

Aroma is a rich, spicy malt. Clove and banana notes faintly present - per label description. If I did aroma blind, I'd peg this as a good Bavarian Hefe.

Taste is true to style with bold, rich, and spicy all coming through in a prominent fashion. Really enjoying the spicy aspect of this beer. As a non-malt guy, this is one that I'm very impressed by.

An exceptional introduction to this style for me and a reason to keep an open mind about malt-forward beers (with unique & pronounced yeast).

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 00:08:19 | More by Yetiman420
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unclecrappy

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 03:16:20 | More by unclecrappy
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 21:59:56 | More by MCDuhamel
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 17:21:23 | More by Sammy
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty burnt peach colored with a milky tan head that's short in rise, but sticky and lasting.
Apple and Pumpkin pie aromas, complete with dough, crust and cinnamon. Then, subtler banana effects, honeyed cereal grains, cloves, vanilla, toffee, and a not-unnoticed booziness.
It enters the mouth with a pronounced doughy, pie-like maltiness, hinting at toast and caramel, then finally settling at pumpkin. Toasted nuts roll in next, fully slathed in brown sugar. Some unattached vanilla notes, then a bowl of toasted wheat flakes with a slice or two of banana. Yeast nuance is subdued, but clove arrives after time, as well as some slight pepper. The finish brings a well-heeling, but evident, nearly Bourbon-y (wheated, obviously), booze bite.
Pushing full-bodied, but given some sparkle with the persistent tiny beads of CO2. The alcohol makes is slick and greasy or time, but it never hangs or grips ungainly in the mouth, and becomes far too drinkable given its weight.
Another notch in the belt for Great Lakes. There are a few things that might be tweaked here, but I can't realistically argue, as I gluttonously slop it down.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2009 06:33:03 | More by cokes
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daledeee

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:05:21 | More by daledeee
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a red-brown color with a minimal head that was quick to dissipate into nothing. Aromas were malty at first - caramel and toffee - some hints of clove. Initial tastes were loaded with malts - toffee and caramel up front. Quickly, the weisse qualities intermingled - bready yeasts, clove and banana notes. Mouth-feel was medium bodied with little carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming - leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finishes well-balanced and slightly dry, but only enough for you to want another sip. Overall, very good take on a German classic. Another great brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:43:31 | More by barnzy78
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 16:22:59 | More by FtownThrowDown
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ThaBobfather

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 21:06:03 | More by ThaBobfather
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scottro

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 05:23:09 | More by scottro
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david131

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:52:45 | More by david131
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alkemy

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The 12 oz. bottle was woefully inadequate for the pour into my much larger weizen glass. As a side note, I corrected this problem by emptying two bottles into my next serving! Color was a purpleish amber with a fluffy off-white head. I immediately noticed a banana and clove scent more akin to many Belgian beers. There are all kinds of flavors going on. While the banana dominates, you get clove, wheat, caramel, plums, and a nice bready yeast. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV, and I'll be drinking plenty more of this.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 15:36:18 | More by alkemy
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OldSchoolGamer

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 21:28:21 | More by OldSchoolGamer
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.