Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
Review from notes on 7/12/09
A - clear deep garnet with a quick 1/2" head that fizzed away quickly. I guess the 8% abv killed it. 3.0
S - Rich caramel, figs, bananas, and vanilla. Light earthiness too. 4.0
T - Lots of smooth caramel, some dark ripe plums, a little banana, and carob. Complex and tasty. Yeasty bread taste apparent after swirling and adding the sediment. 4.0
M - Rich, full bodied, very smooth carbonation. Excellent! 4.5
D - Extremely drinkable. No alcohol detected at all. 4.5
04-07-2010 18:01:41 | More by DmanGTR
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Pours a nice copper reddish brown with a nice thick khaki head with good retention.
S - Citrus and cloves, caramel malt and bananas. Not overpowering.
T - Lots of bananas and clove. Some toffee in here.
M - Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
D - Drinks very nicely. Alcohol fairly hidden, and very refreshing.
03-31-2010 23:08:03 | More by fropones
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
MMMmmm, nice brew. Poured aggresively and got an ok tan head that quickly subsided with no lace. Color is a hazy copper. Aroma is a Bavarian hefeweizen with loads of malt. Flavor is like aroma with lots of caramel and some toffee. Great body and carbonation. Finish is a bit sweet but decent.
03-24-2010 02:07:35 | More by drpimento
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
This beer is a wonderful shade of orange, it is bright and bold. The head is a light brown, but it is huge. The beer leaves some lacing and even a leg or two.
Ok smell is as follows: take brown sugar and melt it in a skillet, add fresh chopped banana and top with a dash of clove.
Ok the taste is just like the smell, but on steroids. We have some brown sugar malt, mixed with a huge banana punch and a blast of spicy clove. There is also a boozy taste, not to overpowering but you know it is there.
Mouthfeel is built on a strong medium body. The feel is more subtle then you would think, given the bold taste. This brew has a silk like quality.
The drinkability is where I am going to draw a line. This is a complex bold brew, with a booze punch. I would not recommend doing more then two at one sitting.
Thoughts are like this, this is Weizenbock. This is a world class brew the only thing I say that surpasses it is Aventinus.
03-15-2010 17:42:33 | More by earthboundagain
4.08/5 rDev +1%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured dark amber in color with a half inch off-white head. The head retreated to cling to the sides where it left a little lacing but not much.
The aroma is sweet with some wheat and banana bread coming through as well as some hints of dark fruits such as plums and cherries. The taste has a lot of caramely sweetness to it with wheat and some banana nut flavors in the finish. Like the nose it also has a little dark fruit flavors to the taste as well.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is good, it was really a delicious beer that I really enjoyed. Would definitely buy again.
03-10-2010 00:10:44 | More by billab914
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
More bock than weizen, strong on smooth, moderately roasted malt, but fell short on any yeasty notes I had hoped to come through with the wheat heritage. A touch harsh at the very end, with some rough ETOH, but otherwise a less distinctive beer than I expected.
02-22-2010 20:33:17 | More by Brent
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
A-beautiful translucent reddish copper colored beer. Thick tight head with huge retention coating the glass as it falls down the glass.
S-pretty big nose, very sweet. Some caramel malt comes in first with a bit of brown sugar. Sweet dark fruits set in next with plum and a touch of dark cherries
T-taste follows the nose, light caramel and brown sugar up front, a toasted malt sets the foundation, sweet dark fruits follow with ripe plum and dark cherries, notes of booze towards the finish and hints of honey.
M-medium to light bodied, extremely smooth with a syrupy texture, just enough carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.
D-extremely easy to drink, so smooth and tasty. Brings a nice mixture of tastes, another great Great Lakes beer...they are awesome!
02-20-2010 02:36:43 | More by cpetrone84
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Big thanks to BA sprucetip for a great suprise box from the midwest. You da man Wade!
Pours a beautiful plum amber brown purple with a nice white head and a good haze after giving the bottle a swirl. Little lacing, but its there.
Nose is full of banana wheat yeast and some pretty forward malty sweetness.
Hmmm. Well, a very nice beer. Definitely a proper weizenbock as opposed to the pale versions we see from the more popular german brands (although i do like the pale ones more). A significant malt sweetness, and big sticky body. The yeast does peak through with large banana presence, but not like you'd find in a paler version. The finish is slightly dry, and there is some noticeable alcohol here.
Mouthfeel is quite thick, but not outside the higher end of the style. Carbonation is fine, if anything a touch low.
Drinkability is ok, but the alcohol is slightly bigger a presence than i would like here. The high viscosity doesn't help any here either, but overall certainly not anything terrible.
Overall, a tasty beer. Expect a proper full bodied weizenbock here, and not a pale version as many have become accustomed to due to the rising popularity of Vitus and Ayinger, which they deserve as they are great, but this is not the same style of beer. I like that about it though, and i like the fact that it actually displays some imperial characteristics. A fine libation, and one i would be happy to imbibe pretty regularly when looking for a nice sweet wheat beer without going all wheatwine on my liver. A good representation of the style for sure.
02-16-2010 07:30:07 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4/5 rDev -1%
L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus-y fruits, some banana, bread, and yeasty aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, bread and yeasty flavors (including the banana I smelled before), a nice slight hop finish.
M: Medium bodied, slightly warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, all the flavors were there in the right amounts and were pretty good.
02-10-2010 11:20:21 | More by erosier
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Dark amber/brown in color with a nice amount of off white head
Smell: Nice fruity smell with a little bit of an alcohol scent hidden behind the sweetness
Taste: Has a nice spiciness to it with a banana bread and cherry type flavor but there is also a noticeable alcohol taste there as well. Very good flavor but not too heavy making it easy to drink.
01-27-2010 02:04:48 | More by ruckus232
3.15/5 rDev -22%
Poured into a pint glass on 11/29/09
Best before 11/28/09
A - Dark copper with burnt orange highlights. No real head of which to speak, just some thin wisps on top & a small ring around the perimeter. Marginal lacing at best.
S - Sweet nose with just a bit of tartness. Light fruit notes - banana & apple. Hints of clove.
T - Exhibits more tartness than in the nose; almost sour. Whereas the nose had distinct aromas, the flavors kind of blend together. Some over-ripe fruit, banana & orange, are discernable. I'm not distinguishing any malts.
M - Heavy side of medium. Creamy yet pointed carbonation. Rather clean finish; not much in the way of lingering flavors.
D - It's drinkable, but nothing about it screams exceptional by any means. Worth a shot, but I'm no hurry for another. It doesn't appear to have made the 2010 lineup; I won't miss it.
01-24-2010 04:44:11 | More by Ryan011235
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
Another great beer Great Lakes...Who said Cleveland was worthless?? Kidding.
A--This is a great looking beer, amber with golden tones within, great lacing, beautiful.
S--Citrus aroma is what I notice the most.
T--Yummy beer, complex with some different notes, sweet malty flavor with just a twinge of hops, really excellent.
D--Yummy beer that is definitely a winner. worth getting.
01-24-2010 01:21:21 | More by garbercury
4.2/5 rDev +4%
Pours a rich, deep amber, which is in complete contrast to the preceding Ayinger Weizenbcok. A finger of tan head drops to a thick collar and fine film, leaving a few spots of lace behind. Over-ripe bananas dominate the aroma, but sniff long enough and vanilla comes to the fore, mixing in with fruit and cherry soda.
Rich banana bread flavours abound on the first sip, and only gradually give way to strong vanilla, and herbal tones. There's an impressive breadiness throughout, and a lingering residual sweetness make this beer akin to a dessert in a glass. As you would expect, Great Lakes have done an impressive job on the body, and its medium-full feel and carbonation work excellently with the flavour profile.
Its hard to find a bad beer from this brewery, and this beer manages to hold its own with the big boys, while still managing to include its own distinctive twist in the style. The more Great Lakes I have the more I like them.
01-11-2010 16:00:59 | More by bobsy
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +1.5%
A: Hazy, blood-orange & brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.
S: Banana bread up front. Dark toffee, dark caramel, dark fruit and a light spicing.
T: Very malty: Bready & dark caramel; banana; raisin; nut; light spicing & bitterness; alcohol is subtle.
M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness. It's good, but it doesn't quite have the protein feel of a German brew.
D: A very good drinker.
01-11-2010 02:55:14 | More by Derek
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
Little less than a finger of deep tan cream colored head, dissipates rapidly into scattered islands of bubbles, light stickiness to the lacing. Strong cloudiness helps it hold light and deepen the glow in the amber red, orange rust colored liquid, holds richness through the rims. The nose is quite sweet, yet openly knit enought to not become too much so, clove, ginger, nutmeg in action, honeyed mandarin oranges, corn syrup, esters, banana to dried apricot fruit, fruit cake, nothing that briskly penetrating or sharp-edged, dries out well as it lifts and dissolves. Medium-bodied, fairly tight carbonation gives it more density than foaminess. same sort of raisin bread, banana, apricot, peach thing going on, sweet oranges, cloves and a moment of honeyed ham, oatmeal. More chocolate and caramel than found in the nose. Sweet enough to be smooth but there's also some grit to the texture which holds your attention. Fills the mouth without heaviness, all the way through the finish. Tasty stuff.
01-01-2010 06:29:09 | More by farrago
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Pours hazy chestnut brown, thin head fades fast, no lacing.
SMELL sweet malty, wheaty, lightly fruity (banana) and spicy. Bit of booze comes on later. Also grows stronger and fuller during the sample. Very pleasant.
TASTE Wheat, malty sweet, little bit of tea bag, touch of booze and light fruit and spice, but not specifically banana. Smooth, balanced and clean.
FEEL plenty carbonated and a little tingly, medium full body, rich texture and a bit of alc warming.
OVERALL Complex, smooth, easy drinking and flavorful. Excellent representation of the style. Very well done.
12-28-2009 05:20:48 | More by sprucetip
4/5 rDev -1%
Poured form 12oz bottle. Review from notes.
A- Pours a light hazed orange copper color. One and a half finger off white almost dirty white color to it. Head sticks around for a little while before leaving globs of lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Interesting aroma. And I mean there is a lot of complex scents in this beer. Cloves and banana were easy to pick out along with some yeasty bready smells. There is also some spices along with darker fruits. Light caramel malts in there as well. I am sure I am forgetting about a lot that is in there but I can't pick out anymore.
T- The taste is almost like the aroma with there being so much in there. Light caramel malts mix well a yeasty clove and banana taste. Some darker fruits mix in there as well just showing up in hints. There is also a light alcohol presence that is in the end of the sip. Nothing that screams out but is not annoying at the same time.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with the style. All the flavors kind of blend together put mostly a lot of clove and banana to me was left on the palate along with some sweet malts in the aftertaste. A little drying in the mouth but nothing that made the beer less enjoyable.
D- This was a good stab at this style and I look forward to it next year. Nice work on this one Great Lakes!
12-21-2009 03:40:58 | More by alleykatking
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip.
A - Rich auburn color with a thin tan head.
S - Clove, maple, raisin, banana bread. Not very aromatic.
T - Sweet and tangy banana flavor - there's also some caramelized apple. Clove is present, but not overwhelming; good spice balance. As it warms, a phenolic character becomes more pronounced.Some earthy hop bitterness rounds out the palate nicely.
M - Good, medium-full body, smooth and mellow with just a bit of bitterness and spice to keep things interesting.
D - This is a good beer to try at a bar or buy a single of, but I'm not sure I'd want a four pack. Nothing really wrong with it, just not one of Great Lakes's better offerings.
12-16-2009 03:19:31 | More by trbergman
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
A: Pours a tawny, slightly hazed orange-copper color. The robust head has a light caramel tint, with a thick, frothy texture. Retention is good, with some solid lacing left along the glass.
S: A fruity, complex aroma. Some spicy, dusty, yeasty clove and phenol scents are readily apparent. Strong notes of ripe bananas and perhaps a hint of peach and apple. Notes of caramel malt, toffee, and some alcohol.
T: Spicy clove and phenolic flavors accompany a modest sweetness initially. The sweetness carries over into some caramel/toffee flavors that remain present in the background. Some dusty notes of white pepper, and fruity banana, apple, and peach flavors as well. A bit of alcohol is detectable in a pleasant fashion.
M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is light and contributes to the creamy mouthfeel. A bit of a spicy, alcoholic heat is also present.
D: A tasty, complex, delicious weizenbock from Great Lakes. Full of interesting flavors and surprisingly drinkable for what is a rather big beer. If you can find this seasonal, it's definitely worth picking up. If only Great Lakes distributed all the way to DC...
12-10-2009 03:56:42 | More by Clydesdale
3.33/5 rDev -17.6%
Thanks to Ryan011235 for this 12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint.
Body is hazy copperish orange, head is beige and very short lasting. Disappears to a tiny ring of bubbles and leaves no lacing.
Pleasantly spicy and fruity aromas- largely clove and banana, with some tart apple and tangy wheat
Tart flavors dominate, with a bit of sweetness and clove not appearing until just before the swallow. Before that, lots of green banana, Granny Smith apple and wheat, with some nice breadiness and leafy hops in the background. Hints of cherry raisin. Medium-thick body with a lowish carbonation that suits the flavors well.
Overall impression: Doesn't look like much, but a fairly complex and tasty interpretation of the style. Recommended.
12-10-2009 00:09:26 | More by PDXHops
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
12oz bottle without a bottled on or best by date. I picked this up back in August in GR, MI.
Pours a deep amber, bordering on cherry wood, with a two finger head. The foam settles to a thin cap that leaves a very nice sheeting of lace behind. I really like the color of this beer.
Smell; it has all of the requisite wheat, banana and cloves aromas, but it also has a really nice sweet malt presence. A little brown sugar and caramel really give a nice depth to the nose. The sweetness really seems to come forward now instead of the spices when this was fresher.
Taste; almost overripe bananas, cloves, wheat and just a fiant hint of cherries. As with the nose, brown sugar and caramel are starting to dominate, as well as a touch of figs and dates. The flavor has really started to turn to the sweet malts and darker fruits on this, and I'm really liking it.
Mouthfeel/drinkability; mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with fairly low level of carbonation which just enhances the smoothes of the beer, and helps to increase the drinkability.
12-06-2009 02:56:37 | More by RedHaze
4.25/5 rDev +5.2%
Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger thick, cream colored head with above average retention, forming a dense creamy layer atop the beer. Quite a bit of visible carbonation cascading towards the surface of the beer.
The aroma has a sweet wheat character, along with a toasty graininess and some clove and green apple notes with a nice spicy background.
The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is centered around the sweetness from the wheat and prominent clovey esters. Some other malt characteristics are also evident such as a mild toasted caramel flavor. There is nice little spicy hop character as well, although not overpowering in the slightest, mostly just accentuating the overall sweetness. A pretty evident does of alcohol is noted towards the finish, imparting a subtle warmth.
Medium bodied and creamy smooth, the carbonation was really kept in check leading to the great texture. This was a great beer, consisting of a lot of wheat beer characteristics, and yet so much more.
12-05-2009 21:28:36 | More by Soneast
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
Bottle pours a clear copper body with a medium sized beige head. The head falls quickly to a cap and leaves only some sparse patchy wisps of lace on the glass.
Aroma features spicy hops, ripe banana, clove, and white pepper.
Mouthfeel is about medium bodied, a bit thin for style. Nicely carbonated.
Taste mirrors the aroma. Clove and ripe banana are most prominent. Toffee, spicy hops, white pepper, and a sour apple note are also picked up.
Lacks the depth of better examples of the style, but nicely drinkable.
12-04-2009 23:37:22 | More by merlin48
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
12oz bottle, std pint glass
A - pours barely a finger of tight, slight off-white head. falls and fades slowly. clear dark amber with active carbonation.
S - sweet belgian yeast with typical bananas, cloves, slight pepperiness.
T - everything dances around a little bit before a massive banana and clove attack, quite sweet. other tastes: apples, and honey sweetness join in.
M - a bit thin, even for a Weizenbock. nicely carbonated and very refreshing.
D - good, but just kind of lacks character and body. taste is a bit wearing as well. not one of my favorites of the style.
11-30-2009 04:00:41 | More by Stigs
3.6/5 rDev -10.9%
My glass has become an amphitheater for the exaltation of light. The beer is a (very well polished) cherrywood colour that has glaring, auroral strains of amber, gold and ruby that become almost jagged against the light, they stick out like chars of glass. (I love this colour!) Although a faint outline remains, most all of its head immediately hissed away.
Making sense of this aroma is like trying to piece together a jigsaw puzzle; it is a collage of different shapes and materials. In one aspect it is spicy and super phenolic, clove especially is noted. In another it is fruity and touts over-ripened scents of plum, apple, banana and blackberry. It's by no means one-dimensional and that is much appreciated.
The beer has a water profile that I could immediately link back to Great Lakes. It has a very soft texture, is rather light on the palate and seems better suited to a pilsner than a weizenbock. Whether it is in fact the water or not, the beer definitely lacks the full-bodied creaminess of authentic German examples. It desperately lacks the carbonation, too.
When I drink the time-honoured German Weizenbocks I'm usually floored by the warming (read: burning) alcohol presence, peppered by a cranked-up phenolic spice, then roughed around by the high-pitched, bubbly effervescence. But finally my tongue recovers as it is soothed by a rich, hearty, sticky sweet maltiness. This doesn't have that.
Not any of that, really. It does, however, have a lot of the same flavours. Fruit compote - some combination of mushy banana, wild blackberry, spiced apples and fresh plums - as well as a minor presence of a clove-like savoriness. There is a complimenting duo of smoky and raisin-like essences but, unfortunately, without a mouthfeel to match...
Glockenspiel isn't a bad beer - I much enjoyed this bottle - it simply isn't the epitome of the style like most all Great Lakes offerings tend to be. I don't know whether it's the wrong water profile, perhaps there was not enough malt used? In the end, I feel satisfied enough to say I've had a good beer - but not enough to say I've had a good weizenbock.
11-28-2009 23:49:59 | More by biegaman
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.