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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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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 hustlesworth
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

hustlesworth, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin head that dissipates to a thin tan ring. No lacing.

S-Light spiciness, mostly clove and banana and a moderate grainy malt character.

T-Caramel and biscuity malt, slightly sweet, followed by a yeasty tang and a moderate hop finish.

M-Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Deceptively drinkable. This does not taste like an 8% ABV. A nice summer beer.

HV

sholland119, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to finally see this in bottles. It pours a moderately hazy deep red color. At least it has that appearance. Backlighting reveals really nice scarlet highlights. It's capped with an off-white head that stands about a finger tall. It receded fairly quickly and left a lighter coat of lace behind.

The nose is good, but a little too tame. More strength would help. It kicks off with a nice spicy combo of clove and pepper. Smells like a few lighter spice varieties are present, but I can't identify them. There's a little banana coming through, but not enough. I'm hopeful that it's stronger in flavor. It features some light fruity notes (apple and pear). Dark fruit is a little further down the line, but there is a slight raisin-y smell. Yeast is very prominent throughout and adds a nice overall quality. Alcohol is easily noted and smells just a tad strong for an 8% beer. Smells good, but it could be better with a couple of tweaks.

The flavor profile's very consistent with the nose. Clove, light pepper, and other lighter spices kick it off. I like the spicy flavor a lot. However, there's not enough banana here to complement the spices. There's a little, but it needs more. I recall the growler I had a while back having much more of a banana presence. Kind of odd to run into a deficiency here. Apple, pear, and raisin appear in equal parts. I can't tell that any are stronger than others. It's yeasty, a little grainy, and features a nice earthy flavor. Alcohol is noted, but it isn't as strong as the nose suggested. I expected a slight warming effect, but it isn't here. This is good stuff. I like it. I'd like it more with a little more banana, but it's still an overall success in terms of flavor.

It features a medium body that's extremely smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn't interfere at all. Glockenspiel goes down incredibly smooth and easy. Very nice job here. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good, though not quite excellent. It's easy drinking, but it's not quite on par with the best Weizenbocks out there. At 8% abv, it's not too intimidating, but deserves some respect. I could handle a couple of bottles.

Glockenspiel is a damn good Weizenbock, but the bottled version doesn't live up to the on-tap variety. It seems to be lacking in the banana department. My earlier experience with a growler didn't share that problem and it was better. That's not to say this isn't good beer. Very good, in fact. I'm pleased to see it in bottles and will no doubt pick it up annually. The on-tap version is just superior, that's all.

One other point, this stuff absolutely smokes Grassroots Ale. If you have any hesitation picking it up due to a poor experience with Grassroots, let it go. This beer deserves a purchase. It's good stuff and far superior to Grassroots. Pick it up if you see it around.

prototypic, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one and a half inch off-white head which retains well and leaves some pretty nice sheets of lace.

Aroma is of caramel, a bit of banana, apple, bready malt, and clove.

Taste starts with a bit of a sweet caramel bready malt character which is joined by banana and apple esters in the middle with a spicy clove character coming out towards the finish with a bit of alcohol apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more on the full side, good creamy carbonation level.

This was a pretty good weizenbock though not really my favorite. Worth a try if you enjoy this style for sure.

roadhouse, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of alexgash
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.

alexgash, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of rhinos00
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 :)

rhinos00, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of curasowa
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.

curasowa, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of sgoodship
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.

sgoodship, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
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.

donteatpoop, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of damndirtyape
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.

damndirtyape, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Auspice
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!

Auspice, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
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.

IronCitySteve, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of spointon
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.

spointon, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of minterro
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.

minterro, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of adamette
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.

adamette, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
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).

Yetiman420, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of unclecrappy
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.

unclecrappy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of MCDuhamel
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.

MCDuhamel, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of daledeee
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.

daledeee, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
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.

FtownThrowDown, Jun 21, 2009
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.