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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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221 Ratings
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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 53
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 221 | Reviews: 158
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..

Photo of philipquarles
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great Lakes continues to impress with their awesome beverages. The Glockenspiel is noe exception. The beer pours 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. The smell includes sweet nose with just a bit of tartness. Light fruit notes - banana & apple. Hints of clove. The taste exhibits more tartness than in the nose; almost sour with banana & orange tones. The mouthfeel is a bit downgraded due to the heacy ABV. The body is heavy Overall it's drinkable, but nothing about it screams exceptional by any means. Worth a shot, but I'm no hurry for another.

Photo of flexinwext
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try this since its the only seasonal I haven't seen yet. Poured a nice amber color. Nice clove scent with some fruity tones. Very complex flavors. Not the overpowering clove/banana taste I was expecting. Overall, a very good bock that goes great with the season.

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.

Photo of naproxen
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of david131
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 11/11/09; consumed 8/23/11
Guess I didn't quite make the best by date, but this has been stored cold most of the time.

A - Pours a deep coppery red with quite a bit of suspended material and two fingers of tan head. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S - A pleasant sweet smell of candied sugar, some dark fruits, quite a bit of banana and some clove. Also a decent yeast presence as well.

T - Similar to smell, with more spice presence. Seems to have held up quite well. Alcohol presence is minimal. For such a big beer, there is a of a watery taste. Still nice though.

M - medium mouthfeel with a somewhat watery finish.

O - A nice weizen bock that has held up pretty well. Haven't had it fresh for comparison, but I would have this again.

Photo of skizziks
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of washburnkid
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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.

Photo of curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of cudmud
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep ruby red with a steadt stream of bubbles. Kind of thin on the head and lace.

Smell: Wonderful scents malts, yeast, and hops. In addition, I detect a hint of raisins.

Taste: Very sweet up front with a distinct wheat flavor. Finishes with balanced hop accents.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Drinkability: Darn good beer.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of malcontent
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of alleykatking
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of spark3148857
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over. grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure.

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -1%

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.