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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 158
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 43
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004)
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 20:05:32 | More by Mitchster
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

02-11-2012 01:20:44 | More by Tyrawlings
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matjack85

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a 4-pack of these at the Binny's in Plainfield, IL. 12 oz brown bottles with a little blurb about the beer on the side label, but no freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy iced tea color that didm't let that much light through. With a hard pour I was able to create a 3-fingrt off white head, but it disappeared within a minute leaving just a thin rim on top. The lacing was decent.

Wow! This really smells like a weizenbock. Big wheat malt and banana nose with a nice helping of spicy clove along with a little alcohol.

Sweet malty wheat flavor with the banana adding even more sweetness. Cloves and alcohol help balance the sweetness as hops are kept to a minimum here at just 20 IBU's.

This is a smooth almost creamy brew with medium body and moderate carbonation.

The alcohol in here is not totally hidden, but it didn't stop me from downing all 4 of these. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 07:35:01 | More by matjack85
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1%

12-16-2011 18:14:58 | More by tclapper
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- Pours a hazy orange color with a thin head and little lacing.

S- Very sweet smelling here. Tons of banana, cloves, bready like malts and a like plum smell.

T- Pretty much follows the nose here. Could not pick up any of the alcohol at all.

M- Medium in body, low in carbonation and creamy.

D- A really nice example of the style and its easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 20:31:36 | More by nrbw23
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Brew33

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

06-12-2013 18:37:17 | More by Brew33
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bottle claims that this is a plum-colored ale, and when not held up to the light....I concur. However, when it's held up to the light, it has more of a deep copper-orange hue to it. The head was impressive at first, but it settled pretty fast. This beer also has nice clarity compared to other Weizenbocks (which tend to have a hazy unfiltered appearance).

Smells of wheat, and banana. At first I wasn't getting the banana, but now that it's warmed up a bit...it's large and in charge.

Taste is deep dark spicy and fruity all at the same time. Very complex and unique.

Bitey carbonation, but it finishes rather smooth.

I could drink a couple of these, but that's pretty good for the style in my opinion.

Morey's Bottom Line: The best Weizenbock I've tried to date. I even like it a bit more than Victory's Moonglow.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 00:20:55 | More by Morey
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

01-17-2013 20:54:52 | More by BeerLover99
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

10-16-2013 04:29:29 | More by jegross2
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 11:00:30 | More by Bierguy5
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

HV

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 12:21:32 | More by sholland119
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 04:07:10 | More by CrellMoset
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

07-05-2012 21:14:49 | More by Stinger80OH
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alleykatking

Indiana

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!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 03:40:58 | More by alleykatking
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

01-03-2012 05:18:55 | More by animal69
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 04:44:11 | More by Ryan011235
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david131

California

3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to weeare138 for sharing a growler of this beer at a tasting at my place last week. It is a very tasty brew and one that is not easily attainable. The Weizenbock style is not a favorite of mine but this is a very solid stab at the style, and a tasty brew as well.

Appearance: Emerges from the growler a murky brown caramel hue looking thick and muddled. Ivory tan head forms and fades with little lace.

Smell: Banana, sweet caramel, caramel apples and some woodiness. Makes me think of orchard crates.

Taste: Ripe banana and apples, cinnamon and clove with caramel and cookie dough to boot. It has a juicy wheat element as well. A hint of raisins and spices stick to the cheeks.

Mouthfeel: It has a big malty body smooth and malty and certainly wheat nearly cover the 8% abv completely.

Drinkability: It is a big wheat beer. It is tasty and eats sorta like a meal. I tend to think of my wheat beers as refreshing and light but this one is a good desert.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: growler

10-14-2007 21:06:58 | More by Phatz
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adamette

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How satisfying is this? This was one of my favorite pub exclusives at GLBC and now it is bottled! Cool!
Poured from a great looking 12 oz. bottle into my GLBC Christmas Ale goblet. Purchased for $9.99 for a 4 pack from Heinen's in Willoughby Hills a week ago.

A dark caramel brown body lets some light throught but it is pretty dark. Head is light brown, basically matches the body and both make this beer very attractive to me.

S Yum, malt sweetness without the common unbalanced GLBC hop presence to ruin things. Interesting and inviting.

T Oh yeah, this is just a good as I remember it when it was back on tap at the brewery. Nice medium malt with a touch of hops (that is how hops should show up in a beer IMO) to balance it out and a little kick of alcohol. A nice, tasty, malty Weizenbock that is probably thicker than other Weizenbocks but it is delicious.

M As stated, a bit thicker than other Weizenbocks (Vitus comes to mind) and that sweet syrupy quality thickens things up as well. I really enjoy that mouthfeel in a beer.

D Great for this ABV. Really I could have the whole 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 02:00:24 | More by adamette
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 22:27:00 | More by brewcrew76
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Spider889

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1%

11-14-2011 09:22:53 | More by Spider889
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:03:12 | More by MbpBugeye
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yesyouam

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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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generallee

New York

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep old copper/amber color. It is very hazy and it produces a small creamy, light tan colored head on top. The head slowly fades down to a thin ring of foam that makes a little slice lacing on the glass.

Smell: Its aroma has big full nose of fruity and bready yeast with notes of banana, clove, toffee and fruited liquor.

Taste/Palate: To start with this beer has a nice mellow warmth throughout from its 8%abv. It has a big fruity yeast character and full bready malt with plenty of sweetness up front. It has notes of ripe banana, golden raison, sour cherry and just a hint of toffee, clove and leafy hops. The hops add some light bitterness to the back end. The finish is bone dry and the palate is very smooth with a solid medium to full body.

Notes: This was a very enjoyable Weizenbock. Its alcohol was very noticeable at first but mellows as you drink and as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 19:42:25 | More by generallee
Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.