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 ruckus232
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 garbercury
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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 bobsy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, deep amber, which is in complete contrast to the preceding Ayinger Weizenbcok. A finger of tan head drops to a thick collar and fine film, leaving a few spots of lace behind. Over-ripe bananas dominate the aroma, but sniff long enough and vanilla comes to the fore, mixing in with fruit and cherry soda.

Rich banana bread flavours abound on the first sip, and only gradually give way to strong vanilla, and herbal tones. There's an impressive breadiness throughout, and a lingering residual sweetness make this beer akin to a dessert in a glass. As you would expect, Great Lakes have done an impressive job on the body, and its medium-full feel and carbonation work excellently with the flavour profile.

Its hard to find a bad beer from this brewery, and this beer manages to hold its own with the big boys, while still managing to include its own distinctive twist in the style. The more Great Lakes I have the more I like them.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, blood-orange & brown with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Banana bread up front. Dark toffee, dark caramel, dark fruit and a light spicing.

T: Very malty: Bready & dark caramel; banana; raisin; nut; light spicing & bitterness; alcohol is subtle.

M: Moderate body has a light residual sweetness. It's good, but it doesn't quite have the protein feel of a German brew.

D: A very good drinker.

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Photo of farrago
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.97/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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!

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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 Clydesdale
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 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 RedHaze
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Soneast
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a 2 finger thick, cream colored head with above average retention, forming a dense creamy layer atop the beer. Quite a bit of visible carbonation cascading towards the surface of the beer.

The aroma has a sweet wheat character, along with a toasty graininess and some clove and green apple notes with a nice spicy background.

The flavor, not unlike the aroma, is centered around the sweetness from the wheat and prominent clovey esters. Some other malt characteristics are also evident such as a mild toasted caramel flavor. There is nice little spicy hop character as well, although not overpowering in the slightest, mostly just accentuating the overall sweetness. A pretty evident does of alcohol is noted towards the finish, imparting a subtle warmth.

Medium bodied and creamy smooth, the carbonation was really kept in check leading to the great texture. This was a great beer, consisting of a lot of wheat beer characteristics, and yet so much more.

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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 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 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 goblue3509
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of blackearth
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a ruby red body with a light tan head that eventually fades. Aroma that resembles single malt scotch. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Flavor is smooth maltiness, no detectable bitterness. Goes down easy, especially for 8% alcohol.

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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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Photo of Pencible
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear dark copper with some tan head. It smelled like banana and honey wheat and nutty malt, with some caramel. It tasted like honey wheat and banana nut breads, with some caramel and coriander and a bit of alcohol. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this wasn't as thick or complex as Slam Dunkel, but it was cleaner and seemed more true to style. Alcohol was apparent but not too harsh, so this was still easy enough to drink. Decent beer but not anything great. (I think it takes a truly amazing weizenbock to impress me.)

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, picked up in Grand Rapids.

Pours a very lightly hazed dark orange/brown, very nice colour, thick and tight eggnog coloured head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, some spots of lace stick.

Smell is nice, very malty, toffee, banana, some light spice, lots of biscuit and bread, alcohol, toasty malt, very big aroma, raisin, some dark fruit and oxidation notes, more banana, quite nice.

Taste is similar, very malty, tons of bread and biscuits, toffee, raisin/date, alcohol, some banana bread, nice sugary sweetness, lightly spicy, toasty, really nice stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, pretty damn drinkable and the ABV is no where to be found.

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Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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'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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a thin, wispy head, and the bubbles inside it quickly crackle away to a crown. Color is a hazy bronzed/rusty red. If memory serves, this is by far the reddest weizenbock I've ever laid eyes on. A longer-lasting head would've been nice, but the color is wonderful.

Aroma is fruity, somewhere between banana and cranberry. Malts are doughy, leaning on the sweeter side rather than the more bready/biscuity end. Lightly flowery spice, like hibiscus, works into the nose.

Banana is more prominent in the flavor, which also has a cinnamon roll vibe about it--doughy and sweetly spiced. Cinnamon stays around in the finish, as does a maltiness that recalls a freshly fried doughnut. Cherry still hangs around, offering tartness but nothing too sour. With some warming, the clove flavor promised on the label finally starts opening up. Alcohol offers a layer of warmth and spice to the overall flavor, not cloying and incorporated well.

Mouthfeel is not quite as fluffy as others I've had in this style, having a bit of stick and prickly carbonation dominating, although its medium body is just right for the flavor. An interesting feel that I can't quite put my finger on, but I know I like it.

Very nice, and an interesting take on this style--one which would take a few more meetings with to really wrap the taste buds around properly. Despite the 8%, this is a weizenbock I could sip on all night. Unique but simple...and certainly up to Great Lakes standards. Thanks to kels for her wonderful generosity!

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Photo of generallee
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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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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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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