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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Glockenspiel WeizenbockGreat Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%


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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yesyouam

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 12:38:19 | More by yesyouam
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david131

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:52:45 | More by david131
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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 02:05:49 | More by number1bum
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 01:34:02 | More by BeerBelcher
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farrago

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 06:29:09 | More by farrago
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erosier

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 11:20:21 | More by erosier
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:01:25 | More by indiapaleale
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown in color. There's about a half inch of head that forms on the pour, but is quickly gone and leaves nothing but a white ring around the top of the glass.
Smell is all malts. Just a little bit of hops and you can notice just a hint of alcohol as well.
Taste is huge caramel malts, but a surprisingly large amount of smoke and peat. Thin to medium in mouthfeel. A little amount of carbonation. Fairly enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 16:22:59 | More by FtownThrowDown
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a short creamy off white head.

Scent of clove, wheat, cherries, and a bit of earth. Very good, nice wheat presence is balanced with some sweet fruitiness, and the alcohol is masked well.

Taste of banana, clove, wheat, earth, cherries, a hint of maple, and a very faint alcohol presence. The same as the scent, but the small amount of alcohol hinders it slightly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with fairly strong carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 00:51:48 | More by paco1029384756
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

mmm...delicious

i was gonna dock points for the minimal head/lacing, but at 8% i'll ease off. the menu advertised it as "plum colored" and i won't argue, though it seemed a little more brownish than "plum." completely opaque, with plenty of wheatyyeast in suspension

the nose held a rich malty wheat with a kick of coriander and alcohol spice. BAM! the spicy duo continued when i sipped and followed along with a dark fruit (raisin specifically) that was minimal on the banana. huge wheatiness

full bodied with a bitterness that lingered like that of the wit. great fall/winter brew

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2005 04:06:15 | More by bruachan
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bamadog

Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 18:31:42 | More by bamadog
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pwoods

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this with lunch at the brewpub after picking up my BA Blackout bottles.

Served in a 16oz. pint glass.

A: Pours a dark plum flesh as described. Semi short head on the pour with some creamy retention and ok lacing.

S: Very good wheat smell. Bit of tartness. Plenty of strong banana and clove. Some sweet plum as well.

T/M: Big fruity wheat. More plum and banana with plenty of spices and clove. Wheat is bold and rich. Great sweetness. Medium full body, very creamy. Smoothing carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. 8% is no where to be found until the buzz shows up :) Damn fine beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 03:59:35 | More by pwoods
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:09:26 | More by PDXHops
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spointon

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tall pilsner glass to show it off.

A= This ale poured a lightly hazed orange/copper/brown color with a 1/2" creamy off-white head. The head dropped to a 1/4" cap but retained that all the way. Lots of obvious carbonation release. Just a couple minor spots of lace left behind on my glass.

S= Nicely aromatic, even when cold. I found aromas of malt sweetness, toffee, spice, and bananas. Very nice.

T= Great array of flavor here. Started sweet with the toffee malt notes coming on strong. Mixed in with the sweet though, was a complex spiciness that almost defied description. Sort of like spiced holiday bread and oatmeal cookies, but without being over the top or cloying in any way. In fact, I would say this beer was delicate as well as complex. Definite fruity notes, as one would expect, with banana being dominant but I also tasted (spiced) apple and clove. Finish dried a bit and went back to the banana with a slight hint of tartness just at the end.

MF= Medium bodied with an active, crisp carbonation feel. Very thirst quenching.

D= This is a very easy beer to drink, and would make a great (but dangerous) summer beer. The ABV stays very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:40:59 | More by spointon
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a slight one finger head and very little lacing. The aroma is of banana and some honey along with a hint of clove and some sweet malt. The taste is of a sweet malt backbone with banana and honey flavors over the top of the taste. The mouthfeel has a small amount of carbonation and is slightly watery. Overall it is an easy drinking beer, nothing to make you shy away from it. A solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2009 18:46:38 | More by goblue3509
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 07:30:07 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Beejay

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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..

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 02:14:29 | More by Beejay
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 20:15:20 | More by BMoney575
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daledeee

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked some of this up while in Chicago.

This beer comes in a four pak and when I poured it I found it to have a medium dark clear brown and a nice off white head. The nose was malt, and vanilla

Taste was very appealing with vanilla, caramel, yeast and malt. Very well balanced and a sweet finish. Mouth feel was medium carbonation and I was not able to tell this was 8.% One of the best American wheats I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 00:05:21 | More by daledeee
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a red-brown color with a minimal head that was quick to dissipate into nothing. Aromas were malty at first - caramel and toffee - some hints of clove. Initial tastes were loaded with malts - toffee and caramel up front. Quickly, the weisse qualities intermingled - bready yeasts, clove and banana notes. Mouth-feel was medium bodied with little carbonation. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming - leaves a tingle on the tongue. Finishes well-balanced and slightly dry, but only enough for you to want another sip. Overall, very good take on a German classic. Another great brew from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 23:43:31 | More by barnzy78
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botham

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 22:35:43 | More by botham
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roadhouse

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 13:17:36 | More by roadhouse
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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:49:37 | More by hustlesworth
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BB1313

Ohio

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up storing a 12oz bottle from when it was released in 4pks in 2009. Pours a deep brown w/ nice head and lacing. Smells like bananas and cloves; very yeasty. I'm also picking up so candied sugars and dark fruits. This is a bittersweet beer. The hops have faded, giving it a sweet malty backbone. Heavy beer, smooth, creamy, not overly carbonated; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, but like I said, it's pretty heavy. The alcohol is more masked now w/ some age on it. The original booziness brings the overall down just a tad.

Great example of the style by Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 00:36:40 | More by BB1313
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riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 23:05:26 | More by riversider76
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.