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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004)
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Photo of ThaBobfather
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.

ThaBobfather, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of scottro
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.

scottro, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of david131
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.

david131, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of alkemy
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.

alkemy, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
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.

OldSchoolGamer, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...local brew. This poured to a small head that dissipated a little too quickly. Dark amber in color which is very appealing and inviting. Nice malty sweetness up front with signature Bock characteristics. Dark, plumb fruity character that dances around the palate. Very drinkable and thrust quenching. Slight alcohol taste.

~Jonathan Passow

imaguitargod, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brownish-amber color. The head is a coulpe inches in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is of banana, tangy wheat, and hints of clove. The taste is like the aroma, but magnified and with a slight alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is full bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really nice Weizenbock, that I would love to drink again.

KarlHungus, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Great Lakes Glockenspiel is a dim, hazy, reddish brown ale with a yellowish off-white head that leaves nice lacing. It has a sweet, spicy, estry aroma with notes of banana, clove, raisin, fig, apple, coriander and black pepper. It's full bodied and syrupy with a sticky finish. It seems a touch scratchy. It's quite sweet with all of the aroma elements present in the flavor. It's a little resiny, leathery and phenolic, with an alcoholic aftertaste. It's pretty good, but I couldn't see reaching for a second one.

yesyouam, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 neenerzig
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle poured into my weizen glass. This beer pours a fairly cloudy perfect amber/copper color. Has a nice, off-white/slightly tan colored head about 5 fingers thick when first poured. Settles to a nice surface coating. Not much lacing though. Aromas of dark fruit, malt, clove and maybe some other spices, perhaps a bit of banana are all present, rounded out with a bit of floral hops. Has a sweet, banana bread malt flavor upfront. The clove and dark fruit follow, with apple and plum present. Just a tiny bit of floral hop bitterness rounds this out. The taste of alcohol is a bit noticeable as well. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink in a good way. Another good one from Great Lakes!

Eric

neenerzig, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
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 skizziks
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

skizziks, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle iinto a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Copper/amber, and surprisingly minimal haze. 2+ fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Minimal lacing

S- Dark fruit maltiness with a bit of cloves, and even perhaps a hint of banana.

T- Banana bread flavor sensation is fairly distinct. Slightly sweet. Bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is well blended and fairly inconspicuous.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly full feeling, and also fairly creamy.

D- Good. Pleasant all around and easy drinking.

Future outlook: 4's all around for another rock solid Great Lakes offering. I'll be happy to reprise drinking this beer when the next opportunity to doff this semi-local offering arises.

DoctorDog, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of malcontent
3.98/5  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.

malcontent, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with projectflam86, Thanks Kyle!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Hazy orange/amber color with a light beige head that stayed around as a thin layer and came back with every swirl of the glass.
The smell is earthy and yeasty upfront but the sweet wheat malt is there in the background.
Starts out with a spiced wheat beer flavor until the sweet flavors of malt and dark fruit kicks in, leaving a sticky sweet after taste.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down silky smooth.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of UA8
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a ruby/amber color with a one inch of tan head.

S- Phenols?? (chemically smell coming up from brew kinda synthetic banana spice thing going on), alcohol.

T- Spicy malt character, chemical taste, thin flat finish.

M- Thin with medium carbonation.

D- Wow this being the second release from Great Lakes this year that I just am not at all impressed with. They need to bring back that old beers that were much tastier than these.

UA8, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of mperrin
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy ruby color with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly

S- smell is primarily of yeastiness with banana and spice in there as well

T- excellent overall taste with bananas, clove, possibly nutmeg, and small bit of fruit as well.

M- a bit lighter than others of its style, but gives a pleasant light coating of the palette without residual dryness. very pleasant

D- could drink a ton of these as they are not as filling as some weizenbocks, finished a 4 pack in pretty short order

Overall a strong offering from Great Lakes, can't wait to try on tap when I make it back to Cleveland

mperrin, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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..

Beejay, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 bamadog
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

bamadog, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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 04, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Natural510
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany (described on the bottle as "plum colored") with not much head but sustainable lacing.
Smells strong; familiar banana/clove of a weizen super-charged with an added fruitiness resembling cherries. The wheat adds an extra breaded aroma.
Spicy up front; I taste clove and nutmeg. Banana and other miscellaneous fruits add more of a background quality. The wheat blends well with the malt, hops & yeast to provide a balanced flavor. Fairly complex & sweet.
Mouthfeel is both crisp and full-bodied.
An interesting sipper. Not an everyday beer for me, but that is perhaps typical of the style. I always enjoy something new from GLBC and they didn't disappoint.

Natural510, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.