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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel WeizenbockGreat Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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 PerzentRizen
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Received from Auslander - thank you my friend this is a great tasting beer!

Poured into a Great Lakes pint glass this beer has a nice dark burnished copper look with a soft head that recedes down to nothing within a few minutes. I served this one out of the fridge and enjoyed it as it warmed.

The smell is an amazing caramel, toasted sugar - almost like smelling the sugar burn on the fire while roasting smores.

The taste is really sweet with a massive attach of biscuity malt, wheat, and toffee. This is everything a weizenbock should be and more!

Mouthfeel is very heavy. There is a ton of weight to this beer and you can tell there was no expense spared for the malt bill on this one. Delicious but not for the faint of heart.

Drinkability is high despite the thickness of this beer. At 8% I might even argue this to be an imperial weizenbock but the alcohol is well hidden. I didn't even notice it until I saw it on BA - even then I was shocked to learn it was so high. Overall I'd say this is a definate winner! I wish I had a few more to toss back!

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of garbercury
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

M-Silky smooth.

D--Yummy beer that is definitely a winner. worth getting.

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Photo of adamette
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.

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Photo of bruachan
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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

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Photo of klewis
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the GLBC - 10/4/07

A: Pours a very cloudy and murky orange with little head. Light lacing.

S: A nice blend of banana, cloves and other spices, and bubblegum

T: Like the smell. Superbly balanced and complex flavor with no sign of the alcohol.

M: Medium body with light carbonation. The taste is somewhat quick to disappear.

D: A damn fine weizenbock. Worth a special trip to the brewery to check it out.

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Oberon standard pint glass. Freshness date of 11/12/09 and consumed in early July.

Pours a red-brown (plum per description) with a thin light tan head that subsides leaving a thin rim around the edge.

Aroma is a rich, spicy malt. Clove and banana notes faintly present - per label description. If I did aroma blind, I'd peg this as a good Bavarian Hefe.

Taste is true to style with bold, rich, and spicy all coming through in a prominent fashion. Really enjoying the spicy aspect of this beer. As a non-malt guy, this is one that I'm very impressed by.

An exceptional introduction to this style for me and a reason to keep an open mind about malt-forward beers (with unique & pronounced yeast).

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Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy dark reddish brown with a small off-white head. Nice retention that leads to decent lacing.

S-Hefty wheat malt and a touch of tartness. Dominate banana followed by a bit of clove. All of this backed up by an underlying sweetness.

T-Big bananna back wheat chewiness. Notes of spicy clove and a lemon background.

M-Medium body, super smooth and chewy. Long lasting flavour profile.

D-Well done. Certainly up there with some of the finest W-bocks I have had. Big, bold, chewy, flavourful and smooth...what more could you ask for. And the name...gotta love it...Ein Prosit!

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Photo of mperrin
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A-pours a hazy ruby color with a creamy white head that dissipates quickly

S- smell is primarily of yeastiness with banana and spice in there as well

T- excellent overall taste with bananas, clove, possibly nutmeg, and small bit of fruit as well.

M- a bit lighter than others of its style, but gives a pleasant light coating of the palette without residual dryness. very pleasant

D- could drink a ton of these as they are not as filling as some weizenbocks, finished a 4 pack in pretty short order

Overall a strong offering from Great Lakes, can't wait to try on tap when I make it back to Cleveland

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Our Weizenbock ale is named after the Glockenspiel of Marienplatz in Munich, Germany, which features 43 bells and 32 life-sized figures that chime and re-enact two 16th century stories each day."


Polished persimmon with a gaudy glow when backlit with the rising sun. What a gorgeous hue! A thick chunk of pale caramel colored frothiness is a fantastic color match for the beer beneath. Although soft and whipped creamy, the crown is sticky enough to grace the glass with an acceptable amount of lace.

Leave it to Great Lakes Brewing Company to design a weizenbock that smells exactly like a weizenbock should smell. Toasted and caramel malt plays second fiddle to bruised banana fruitiness and a perfect amount of clove-like spiciness.

Glockenspiel is beautiful beer... as I was pretty sure it would be. For whatever reason, the flavor is much bolder and more complex than the aroma. If it's one thing that all world-class weizenbocks have going for them, it's a bold and complex flavor profile. Which is why I like them so much.

The bass line is equal parts toasted-nutty malt and English toffee-like malt, which gives the beer an autumnish, Oktoberfest vibe. The melody is abundant fruit and spice, to the tune of a (hefeweizen) banan-o-meter score of 4.0/5.0. Clove esters deliver spicy warmth and the 8.0% ABV adds power and a meager hint of alcohol... that is fading into oblivion with time and warming.

If it's one thing that GLBC rarely fails to provide, it's an outstanding mouthfeel. This one is medium-full and has a supple silkiness that caresses the mouth and tongue with each gulp. The beer is gone much sooner in the review than is usual, but I just couldn't stop myself.

Great Lakes Glockenspiel (A Weizenbock Ale) is yet another home run for a craft brewery that makes a habit of hitting style after style out of the park (Grassroots Ale being the most recent exception). Here's hoping that this stuff is still on the shelves in Ohio next week. Failing that, I'll be sure to stock up big-time next spring. Highly recommended.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
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 imaguitargod
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...local brew. This poured to a small head that dissipated a little too quickly. Dark amber in color which is very appealing and inviting. Nice malty sweetness up front with signature Bock characteristics. Dark, plumb fruity character that dances around the palate. Very drinkable and thrust quenching. Slight alcohol taste.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of tburkhart
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to raznug for picking this one up for me.

A - pours a crystal clear light brown with very light carbonation and hardly any head.

S - slight spiced notes. malts are noticeable, hops are not.

T - Very nice balance of malt and spice.

M - aftertaste lingers for awhile due to the spiciness.

Very enjoyable beer from a very enjoyable brewery. Another must try from the folks at GLBC.

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Photo of number1bum
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 4-pack of this at the brewpub gift shop this week. I think it will be distributed to Columbus soon but I wanted it now. The beer is clear dark copper color with a 2 finger off-white foam that sank quickly. The aroma is strong with bananas, a phenol-heavy type of weizenbock, my favorite type. The taste is also big on bananas, with spice and a little alcohol. Very tasty and filling, very good competition for Aventinus.

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Photo of matjack85
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, best by 11/11/2009. It's nice to finally see this brew being bottled. Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a dark red/amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention is excellent, lacing is good. The bubbles come up from the bottom of the glass to the top long after the initial pour. It smells like cloves, bananas, figs, plums and wheat. The taste is similar to the aroma, but not quite as strong. It tastes like cloves, bananas, yeast, dark fruit, wheat and a bit of peppery spice. The flavor lingers long after you take a drink. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good too, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a good brew, I'll definitely have to buy another 4 pack soon since this is a seasonal beer.

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Photo of DrJGR629
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of csmiley
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to prototypic for hooking this one up.

A - Pours a muddy copper color. Head is decent but fades rather quickly. Some delicate lacing ramains in the glass.

S - A nice smooth banana aroma rolls off this beer right out of the gate. Quickly following is a combination of wheat and grain. Hints of clove and bread show up about midway and hold on til the end. Alcohol is hard to pick out in the aroma.

T - Big fruity banana flavor stands out on the front end. No wheat? Smooth maltiness follows with notes of honey and bread. Wheat is evident about midway. Note on the wheat: This beer starts out very smooth and I was a little worried about the absence of wheat in the beginning. Worry no more. The wheat is like a kick in the taste buds once it has a chance to come through. Very nice. Some lemon and clove spiciness rounds out the flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but never gets in the way of the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finish has a tartness that lingers for just long enough before revealing some sweetness.

D - Drinkability is very good at 8%. I would normally limit 8% brews at one per sitting but this one goes down too quick and easy not to have another. This is a very nice weizenbock overall. It's smooth and tart at the same time. Banana is smooth and permeates all aspects of this beer. I'd really like to see this make it into a bottle as a regular seasonal offering. Easily recommended.

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 227 ratings
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