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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Photo of sixerofelixir
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle drank in season of release, September 2009. Review from notes.

Color is a cloudy dark copper/plum mixture fused with hanging carbonation. 'Bock' definitely comes to mind in both the vision and taste. After the 1st taste, I'm waiting for something else to happen, but it doesn't. Heavy wine notes, both in taste and mouthfeel - virtually no aftertaste. Light, sparkling-wine like effervescence. Virtually no hops (or clean malt barley) notes to speak of. Wheat is up-front, but generally this tastes like a mediocre ice beer. Very one-dimensional, and almost seems like a crafty way to get rid of (expensively, mind you) bottom-of-the-barrel hefeweizen. I didn't like it at all. I gave away the other 3 beers from my 4-pack.

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Photo of UA8
3.09/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a ruby/amber color with a one inch of tan head.

S- Phenols?? (chemically smell coming up from brew kinda synthetic banana spice thing going on), alcohol.

T- Spicy malt character, chemical taste, thin flat finish.

M- Thin with medium carbonation.

D- Wow this being the second release from Great Lakes this year that I just am not at all impressed with. They need to bring back that old beers that were much tastier than these.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.1/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a medium amber with not much of a head and what is there is gone quickly. The lacing is very watery as is the beer, nothing special.

The aroma is light banana with wheat.

The taste is light and sweet with a hint of hops, nothing special to keep you having more than one but it is drinkable. Mouthfeel is light.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.4/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Brent
3.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TommyW
3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber/orange body with a thin white head.

S- Don't get a lot off it. Little bit of wheat, orange and coriander.

T- Lemony wheat with notes of banana, orange and coriander.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Reminds me more of standard weizen. Not nearly as good as some of the German weizenbocks I've had, but not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Stigs
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
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!

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep reddish orange in color. Tan head falls to blanket coating. No lacing.

S -Sweet malt, bananas, candied sugar, wheat.

T -Sweet malt, some toffee, mild banana, spice. It has an alcohol bite on end.

M/F -Active carbonation - a bit on the course side. Medium body.

D - Certainly not a bad beer but it's no Vitus.

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Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from KlevelandRocks, cheers Ken

Pours a semi-hazed caramel with a pinky of pearl colored head. Zero lacing & head retention

S: Apple peels & bubble gum

T: Apple peels, juicyfruit, a touch of cinnamon & white grapes up front. Phenols, apple peels & a touch juicy fruit are all there as this warms. Finishes with juicy fruit & apple skin tartness

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation

Drinks alright, good, but not one of the better weizenbocks out there. Not up to the usual stellar results I get from Great Lakes usually

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold and poured into a weizen glass. Barely a finger of foam rose up, and swirling only produced maybe a 1/4" of foam. Little spots of lace came and went. The skim breaks in the center, leaving a graduated ring at the edges. Hazy and rusty colored.

Nose is spiced apples, alcohol, and faint gingerbread. Flavor has a similar profile, a phenolic medicinal note and clove spice seem to dominate with an alcohol heat behind it. Trace cinnamon and cookie flavors are in there too, but it lacks a cohesiveness and fullness that good Weizenbocks have. More of a sipper due to the perceptible alcohol.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of spokeydonkey
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Reddish brown and clear. Decent head which fades fairly quickly to lacing.

S - Bananas and cloves in the nose. A bit of malt behind it.

T - Spicy and malty up front. Sweet in the midmouth and finishes with strong banana/clove flavor and spicy hops.

M - Medium bodied and spritzy. Finishes fairly dry and clean in the mouth.

D - Quite drinkable for the 8% ABV. This is a solid example of the style, but a bit subdued compared to some others I've had (notably the Victory Weizenbock).

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Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of ruppert2p
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this on the back porch on a mild-August evening. The beer is packaged in the standard brown Great Lakes bottle with an attractive label depicting the Munich glockenspiel for which it is named. Pouring the beer into a standard Shaker glass yielded a nice tight tan head of small bubbles that collapsed rather quickly leaving a skim of foam. As the beer level dropped, small amounts of lace were left on the glass.

The beer is a dark amber color with some ruby highlights. [Although my drinking companion thought it was more of an amber-brown on the SRM.] A number of interesting aromas tempt the nose with fruity raisins and caramel dominating, followed by a hint of wortiness. I failed to pick up on any of the banana or clove smells that dominate many wheat beers and which, according to the label, are a hallmark of this particular example. This suggests to me that barley may dominate the wort.

Warming and full in the mouth the beer coats without cloying. Up front the sweetness of the malt dominates with alcohol and just a hint of hops in the finish. As the beer warmed, the alcohol becomes more pronounced (not surprising at 8% ABV). In addition an astringency began to seep into the flavor, an astringency that was not at all unpleasant This is a very drinkable beer for one of such a robust alcohol level. It tastes like a fall afternoon and its drinkability would make it a great pre-game beer.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours somewhere between red and brown,looks filtered which kinda bums me out.alot of banana in the nose with some yeast spice,a little bit of dark fruit as well.

pretty refreshing.wheat tang,banana,dark fruits,some yeast spiciness.overall pretty good.i feel like it's missing something though.i think i might be congested a bit and it's messing with my sense of taste,so i might be re-reviewing this again in the near future.

has moderate carbonation,i feel like it's fitting for the's an easy drinking beer,no hint of alcohol at all at 8%.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass into nonic

A: dark caramel with a creamy but not overly large head, not much snap upon opening the bottle but seems fairly carbonated in the glass

S: bread yeast with the slightest bubblegum scent at the end, no sense of the alcohol, and little in the way of hops

T: mmm...gingerbread and a bit of the bubblegum, a faint bit of medicinal flavors that go away quickly, warming alcohol

m: crisp carbonation, fairly dry all things considering

D: a great way to unwind at the end of a fall day. make this your first beer and sip it slowly.

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Photo of merlin48
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another one courtesy of a great trade with Auslander. Thanks again man!

Consumed 11/11/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Date on the bottle is actually 11/11/2009.

A- A hazey dark copper with a one finger light tan head that had decent retention. Some light lacing. A steady, light carbination trickle up to the surface.

S- Wheat, banana and clove. A little sweet.

T- The nose carries over to the taste with the banana standing out more for me. Some other light citrusy fruit notes in there as well. A little sweeter than the smell as well.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Very little carbination tingle.

D- I think it finishes out a little too sweet for me to have more than one in a sitting. This is my first for the style and I'm looking forward to trying more.

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