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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 222
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 60
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004

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Reviews: 158 | Hads: 222
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep reddish orange in color. Tan head falls to blanket coating. No lacing.

S -Sweet malt, bananas, candied sugar, wheat.

T -Sweet malt, some toffee, mild banana, spice. It has an alcohol bite on end.

M/F -Active carbonation - a bit on the course side. Medium body.

D - Certainly not a bad beer but it's no Vitus.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid around $3 for a single at the Party Source...

Pours a clear and amber, medium head, good retention, minimal lacing. Excellent sweet malt smell, mild hops, and a little country wheat; real pleasant.

The taste takes off from the smell, all three elements carryover and its incredibly smooth, a larger head to smooth out the taste would be ideal, but it isn't perfect only because of this. The perfect session beer at 8.0% abv... does rival with Aventinus for sytle, but they differ quite a bit.

Final Thought: Excellent brew, might be Great Lakes best offering; worth saving for a great occasion.

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Photo of TommyW
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber/orange body with a thin white head.

S- Don't get a lot off it. Little bit of wheat, orange and coriander.

T- Lemony wheat with notes of banana, orange and coriander.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Reminds me more of standard weizen. Not nearly as good as some of the German weizenbocks I've had, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

$8.99 for a 4 pack. 8.0% ABV, 20 IBU. Pours out to a clear dark amber, forming a medium sized light yellow head which quickly fades, and doesn't leave much lace at all. Mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of banana bread with grain husk and residual sugars, some mild spicy noble hops and phenols. The mouthfeel is very soft and smooth with a medium dense body and slightly cloying, in a great way. The taste opens with the spice of cloves, and fades into a big amber malt body with some mild herbal bittering hops, followed by an aftertaste of husk, crackers,and bruised bananas. The alcohol isn't really all that perceptable, and it goes down way to easy for an 8.0 ABV beer.

A great weizenbock. Up there with Aventinus, although there are alot of Weizenbocks I've yet to try. Recommended.

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Photo of theghost3
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of 05Harley
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #551261 enjoy by 11/09/09

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $12.49/4-pack

Appearance: Pours a copper color with haze. Head dissipates quickly leaving little to none in seconds. No lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Definite spice aroma with banana and malts.

Taste: sweet malt and spice. No indication of alcohol (even at 8.0%) at first. A little bit later alcohol comes through but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry finish. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: What can I say but smooth and easy. I'll certainly be purchasing more of this in the future.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glas

A: Deep amber, brown and orange, with a light tan, really smooth looking head, has the typical cloudiness.

S: Fresh bananas with a wheatyness to it also. Again a pretty typical smell for any of the german weizen styles.

T: Again bananas and clove here, a little less than the aroma though, nice. Some sweet malt flavor makes an impact. The must be the bock part coming through.

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: Flavor wasn't outstanding, but a drinkable beer all the same.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep amber orange colored - surprisingly little yeast in the bottle leaves this weizen clear, an off-white head quickly fades to a thin ring 'round the glass

s: a body of toffee and caramel malts partially thinned out by the use of wheat carries moderate yeast esters - mostly clove and fresh banana, the booze and fruity syrup aromas are almost reminiscent of a malt based liqueur, dark breads, big golden raisin and perhaps some date, mildly spicy noble hop aroma, big and richly aromatic

m: a moderate, prickly carbonation spreads the medium body across the palate

t: my experience here consists of mostly toffee and some dark sugars complimented and balanced with a dose of wheat, throughout this run full estery banana and clove flavors, molasses cookies, maybe even a hint of dark toasty malt in the finish, sugary from start to finish but the crisp noble hops kick in towards the end to offer some balance

d: a really nice weizenbock and I always appreciate the opportunity to try a new beer from Great Lakes, but it seems that including some yeast sediment might add some depth, very enjoyable regardless

single from Riley's, Madison, WI...best by 11/11/09

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glockenspiel a cloudy dark amber almost brownish red color. Its pretty viscous coming out of the bottle. The head forms nice and tight and creamy on top.

Despite being a summer release from Great Lakes, I find this style to be a great beer in the fall. The aroma is similar to apple cider almost. Plenty of spicy clove smells along with the good old banana. Caramel and brown sugar are also present. Very aromatic.

One taste and I am in heaven. I love this style. Very sweet up front but the body of this beer has some complexity for sure. Some clove spiciness combines with some apples and cinnamon along with a bit of warming from the alcohol.
Its just about perfect on a cool fall evening. The finish is nice and crisp and leaves your mouth just dry enough to prevent a person from putting their glass down for more than a few minutes.

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Photo of Petrislav
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours to a tempting hazy amber brown color. 3 fingers of light tan head fade to 1 for the rest of the sip time.

S: Hmm, smells oddly like a farmhouse ale, yeasty, slight malt.

T: I'm confused by the name Weizenbock because this tastes exactly like a Belgian Strong Ale or a saosin/farmhouse ale. Sweet malt finishes to yeast.

M: Creamy but very light bodied compared to other weizens.

D: Light as hell, could knock em down...

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby gold/ light brown with a one finger tan head. I noticed some sediment in my glass, which leads me to think it is bottle conditioned, which is par the course for this style.

S - Rich and carmelly, with some hints of banana probably due to the wheat. Very malty and no sign of a hop presence.

T - Much like the aroma, tastes of toffee and caramel malt. A nice wheat presence finishes it off with a Hefeweizen like quality. The lingering taste is malty and a bit nutty. A bit fruity as well, like a good Bavarian black lager.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated, not overdone.

D - It doesn't taste like it is 8.5% abv! Be careful, this is sessionable yet high in alcohol content.

Overall, this is a big Bavarian wheat beer that reminds me of Saranac Black Forest and a good Hefeweizen combined. Definitely recommended although admittedly I have not had many offerings of this style.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of naproxen
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting this for awhile, thanks to nlmartin for both this and the pimp Schlitz glass goblet I'm enjoying it from.

There isn't much of a head on this, just a thin off white one that fades fairly fast even if I try and pour it hard. The nose is the only faulty thing I found from this beer, I get some banana at first, but it's a more faux banana, and a touch of sweet malts but that is about it..maybe my nose is broke.

The color is gorgeous, a slightly hazy deep garnet/copper.

The taste? Worth the wait. A very clean weizenbock, hints of banana, clove, molasses. I do not find this too cloying or heavy, even for it's abv of which I don't really detect at all.

I could easily order two of these at a bar and will be really happy to get this again sometime.

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Photo of MVotter
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - The Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock pours into a chalice a clear amber, with a medium head.

S - The aroma is clove and sweet malts.

T - The taste begins with delicious roasted malts, transitioning to spice and molasses, and finishing with a distinct hoppy character ... wow! Exceptional tasting brew.

M - The mouthfeel is medium with lively effervescence; extremely smooth.

D - The drinkability is fantastic, especially considering the 8% abv. This is my first "Great Lakes" brew of any kind, and if it's any indication of what the rest of the brand holds in store ...


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Photo of TheViolator666
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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."


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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Great looking beer....impressive burgundy color...minimal head..

S-Overripe bananas jump out right away on the aroma...then some raisins...also a nice aroma of cloves and finally but not last a fresh wheat breadiness..

T-Grilled banana's...some raisins...a little bit of cloves on the finish...the bready wheatiness is there too...lacks some of the choclate notes I enjoy in some in this style

M-Clean as all these Great Lakes beers seem to be....maybe it's the type of water in Cleveland that imparts this feel I write of...I don't know but it is what I perceive to be a clean water feel...Not as sticky or of chocolate flavored as some...

D-As expected another fine beer from Great Lakes. Wouldn't put it in my top 3 but well worth drinking...

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into pint glass.. I'm excited to try this as I don't think I've had a beer from Great Lakes I haven't found to be excellent.

This pours a translucent caramel brown color with a very light fizzy tan head. Smells of sweet banana, clove, and bubblegum. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with only the slightest hint of alcohol. More banana and cloves are apparent with possibly some brown sugar. For a beer this high in ABV I'd even call it fairly light and refreshing. Awesome.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received from Auslander - thank you my friend this is a great tasting beer!

Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass this beer has a nice dark burnished copper look with a soft head that recedes down to nothing within a few minutes. I served this one out of the fridge and enjoyed it as it warmed.

The smell is an amazing caramel, toasted sugar - almost like smelling the sugar burn on the fire while roasting smores.

The taste is really sweet with a massive attach of biscuity malt, wheat, and toffee. This is everything a weizenbock should be and more!

Mouthfeel is very heavy. There is a ton of weight to this beer and you can tell there was no expense spared for the malt bill on this one. Delicious but not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability is high despite the thickness of this beer. At 8% I might even argue this to be an imperial weizenbock but the alcohol is well hidden. I didn't even notice it until I saw it on BA - even then I was shocked to learn it was so high. Overall I'd say this is a definate winner! I wish I had a few more to toss back!

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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.

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Photo of WalrusJockey
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- the label calls it "plum colored," which it is. Head is thin and bubbly and not long for this world.

S- very yeasty aroma. The banana from the yeast and the sweet malt provide a frosted banana cake aroma. Some alcohol in the nose, as well as raisins and vague spices, like a German spice cookie.

T- very sweet, slightly syrupy on the palate. The flavors are all there; spices banana raisins and lots of sweet malt, but they are all very subdued, which creates an interesting effect, making this beer much more drinkable than I had expected. The real action is all after the swallow, when a yeasty swallow turns into a chocolaty/banana/roasted cookie affair.

M- the carbonation is very slight, only enough to keep the beer from being truly syrupy, and quite unpleasant. Instead the beer is just above that threshold, and is enjoyable indeed.

D- much higher than I would expect for a 8% bock beer. For the style, drinkability may be 5, over all it would be much lower, but still pretty decent.

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Photo of tburkhart
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raznug for picking this one up for me.

A - pours a crystal clear light brown with very light carbonation and hardly any head.

S - slight spiced notes. malts are noticeable, hops are not.

T - Very nice balance of malt and spice.

M - aftertaste lingers for awhile due to the spiciness.

Very enjoyable beer from a very enjoyable brewery. Another must try from the folks at GLBC.

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Photo of ddtprm
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a freshness date of 11/28/09 into a Great Lakes Christmas Ale tulip.

An aggressive pour yielded barely a one finger head. The bottle claims, "Plum-colored and full bodied, our Gockenspiel combines spicy notes of clove and banana with a complex finish." I couldn't have said it better myself. The color of this beer is extraordinary! The banana is very present and one of the overwhelming traits of this beer...which is not a bad thing. At 8% ABV, you can tell the alcohol is there. This is not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination. I originally had this beer on tap at the Great Lakes brewery about 2 years ago, and it was just as tasty as I remembered!

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.