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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel WeizenbockGreat Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock

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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 scoobybrew
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - somewhat hazy amber color with a t thick head that settles into a decent collar

S - yeasty esters prominent with sweet malt

F - rich roasted sweet malt character with strong banana and clove yeast character, alcohol also noted as it warms

M - creamy medium to thick body with moderate to high carbonation

D - This is an excellent weizenbock with some really rich flavors. This is probably one of Great Lakes' better tasting beers. The aroma might be improved, but it's quite good nonetheless.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks beautiful. Clear, dark crimson tone. Creamy beige head. Moderate amounts of lace. Nice aroma of wheat, chocolate, spice, clove and banana. The aroma translates over very nicely in this beer to the palate. I get the nice thick wheaty base. Nice little sweetness from the residuals. Clove, vanilla and banana all accent nicely with a little cracked black pepper thrown into the mix for good measure. Full bodied and very agreeable on the palate. Surprise, surprise, another winner from my favorite brewery.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby and dark copper amber copper that makes e think of old-fashioned candy. Not much of a head or bubbling. rui cup apricots and peaches with some faint toasted malts and yeasty bananas in the nose. The taste is super juicey upfront and full of fruit. The middle adds some caramel to to the fruit. Lots of yeasty bananas in the finish that slowly warms tahtnks to the alcohol. What a fruit and yeast bomb weizenbock this is. Pretty damn good!

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Photo of RickKrumenacker
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a reddish-brown color, almost like iced tea...not much of a head...dissipated quickly

S - banana hits right away...a sweet apple aroma comes next...spicy cloves come around near the end

T - sweet and complex, with lots of different flavors...banana and sweet malts come first...got some tart apple along with some tangerine

M - a slight bit of creaminess...sweet finish...tartness lingers

D - dangerous...definitely a winner

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Photo of washburnkid
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a weizen glass.

Four fingers of dark beige head here, though I felt like I had to force the pour to get the beer to grace the height of the glass (which will bring the scoring on appearance down a bit for me). Colors of the body include dark copper, plum and golden edges. Aromas are huge out of the pour, with clove and ripe banana as promised on the label. Tastes are similar, with an emphasis on the ripe banana. This is a tasty brew, though it's a bit hot. With time and warmth, a tart fruitiness comes out, which is a nice addition. Mouthfeel includes a lighter body than I'd like, with mild carbonation. I am a fan of this beer, but it's hard to love a weizenbock after you've had Aventinus and Vitus! I'd buy it again, but I look forward to trying more from Great Lakes.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy brownish, amber with a thin tan head

S - Banana and clove with some caramel and bready malts.

T - Wheat and bready malts with some banana and clove spice. Not as sweet as other Weizenbocks I have tried.

M - Light to medium and creamy. Slightly dry finish.

D - A drier, easier to drink Weizenbock than is typical for the style and I think it works to the advantage , especially at 8%.

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Photo of ltjska04
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle to my pint glass this beer is a murky brown with a nice looking head that doesn't stick around long. It forms a thin white ring around my glass with a little bit of lacing. It smells "German" to me. By that I mean I get the wheat and yeast and maybe a bit of malt. It's nice and pretty good for the style. The taste reveals none of the 8% alc. Instead it's wheaty and flavorful without being overpowering. I'm not usually a fan of wheat beers but this is pretty good. The mouthfeel just feels right. It's smooth and extremely drinkable, almost a session beer except for the alcohol it contains. Great Lakes rarely disappoints and this is another solid offering from one of the Midwest's best.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of the GLBC Grassroots Ale when it came out, and that was a mistake. I'd have preferred if I'd bought a six of this...much better. When I think Weizenbock, and I think of the Schneider & Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse as the form of the style. And this looks, smells, and tastes enough like Schneider Weisse that I got the idea right away. Pretty good - and in a style I find to be pretty uncommon but pretty tasty. This beer pours orange with a ton of head. Aroma is spice and malt. Flavor is sweet, malty, and again, spicy with clove. Mouthfeel is split - there is a full malty component, and a watery note. Strange that mouthfeel is split into two different textures.

This beer didn't knock my socks off - but solid. I'd recommend.

I went all the way to WI and bought this beer and brought it all the way back to OH where I live. What a waste!

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Vintage Estates.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wiezen glass.
A- A medium sized white head rises then falls into nothing. The beer is a dark orange color with medium haze.

S- Nice musty mixture of caramel, wheaty and banana-like. Sharp alcohol with some dark fruits.

T- Wheaty, yeasty and sweet. The dark fruits are apparent on the finish. Im picking up some cherry.

M- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. Slightly dry. This beer leaves a soft oily feel.

D- crisp and refreshing. Its a good cross over from some belgian styles into a nice warm weather german ale

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Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a copper/caramel brown color with a finger of light orange head that retains nicely ans leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of wheat amlt and caramelized sugar up front, with a light note of alcohol in the background. a bit of dark fruit is present, though it gets less noticable upon warming, as the alcohol asserts itself a bit more.

taste is malty up front, with notes of caramel and wheat malts, along with a lightly yeasty character that adds body to the profile. the finish carries a bit of dark fruit and some wheat malt with it. a bit of alcohol shows as the brew warms.

mouthfeel is full bodied and malty, with a sticky texture and a finish that leaves the palate semi-dry and in need of liquid.

drinkability is decent. the alcohol does become apparent upon a bit of warming and hurts the drinkability, but overall this is a nicely composed weizenbock. the flavorts work well together and do not end up overbearing.

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is a deep, rich brownish red with coppery red highlights. The head starts off decently, and it resembles a bourbon in color, though with a light foamy head leaving some lacing behind in the glass.
There's a lot in the smell, and the complexity is fantastic. Dark fruits, caramelized sugars, light alcohol notes, banana, some gentle spices, clove, and breads are all completely discernible. A lot of the sweetness is from the malts, which are accompanied by a mild, light hops smell.
The taste follows suit perfectly,and what follows is nothing short of delightful. This is by far the closest thing to resembling bourbon that I've drunk from a beer bottle to date. It's very boozy, the alcohol becoming more noticeable as it warms and lingers.
Carbonation is moderate at first and becomes much milder as it goes. Body is medium and it ends up being silky smooth.
This is one of my very favorite brews to this point from GLBC, and my mood would determine whether I'd go for an Edmund Fitzgerald or one of these.

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

12 oz. bottle from Archer Liquors, poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Perhaps a 22 oz. brandy snifter wasn't the best vessel for this one, but it doesn't look bad, by any stretch. The color is in fact really nice - a colorful, slightly hazed ruby, mahogany brown, capped by a fizzy tanned head. The carbonation is sparse but incredibly fine and slow.

Aroma: This is where this brew really shines, in my opinion. Raspberries, sweet cherries, and raisins float to the surface, drizzled in honey and lightly caramelized toffee notes, followed shortly thereafter (w/ agitation) by green grapes, bananas, cola. It actually smells like a fruit cake, or a fruit pudding, or something ... well, overwhelmingly fruity. As it warms, an overwhelming peachy note emerges, and (as a Georgia boy) I'm a sucker for peaches. What keeps it from 5.0-dom is a slightly estery alcohol note that sort of fades in and out of perceptibility once this one reaches room temperature. It's not too distracting, but it is unfortunately noticeable.

Taste: A very heavily roasted, malty, and "dark" fruit sort of weizenbock. Cherries are still dominant, still incredibly sweet, embedded firmly in a rustic, bready, caramelized, and bananas emerge more fully as this one warms. Cherry bread? Cherry banana bread? Wait, there's a handful of other fruits - grapes, dark plums - and a faint nuttiness that definitely confirms that this is, indeed, a weizenbock.

Mouthfeel: It evens out as it warms, and what was initially a crisp, well-carbonated, rougher-feeling brew mellows out as the carbonation escapes, resulting in a thicker, creamier, smoother, more subtle-feeling one. Pleasant.

Drinkability: Another above-average brew from Great Lakes, a brewery that seems to continuously hit their mark with surprising accuracy. They're never perfect (w/ the possible exception of the BA Blackout Stout, which was fracking tasty), but they're always enjoyable, and this one's no different. A traditional weizenbock - that is, if you can call any example of the style "traditional" given how broad the stylistic definition is - that falls more towards the roastier, fruitier end of the spectrum, this one's definitely one I could see keeping in my fridge. At 8.0% abv, it's not exactly a chugger, but I sure found myself putting it away fairly quickly.

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color, or maybe more like a medium brown. Hazy as expected, with a big, two plus fingers of foamy khaki head. As big as the head is originally it doesn't keep all that well; keeps a thin, partially full lace but doesn't leave much of any stick.

Smell has big aromas of banana and clove, as well as some sweet caramel malt and slightly musty yeast. It's got some peppery spice to it, as well, and some other fruit aromas like maybe apples.

Taste has a big caramel malt sweetness to it. It's bready and quite rich, and the banana and clove work nicely off of that backbone. Also some fruity esters, musty yeast and peppery spice. A hint of alcohol but it's well hidden for the most part. Smooth and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is on the plus side of a medium body, quite smooth and very clean in the finish. For the sweetness this beer has it is not at all cloying. Carbonation seems appropriate.

I'm not usually a huge fan of wheat beers or weizenbocks, but this one is really nice. Probably the best weizenbock I've ever had, and I especially love the rich malty base off of which the other flavors work, rather than dominating with banana and clove. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Best before 11/11/09. Pours a rather clear amber to chestnut color. Off white head holds together for a few minutes before falling to a thin ring. No lace.

Lots of booze soaked fruit up front. Hints of banana and bread. Just a small whiff of spices, and perhaps some green apple.

Some darker almost chocolaty malt up front. Some notes of banana and other fruit. A hint of booze. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

SOme alcohol is noticable. Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Not overly complex, but pretty solid.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of kegger22
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.


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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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 :)

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Photo of curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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