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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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 222
Photo of kels
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tried this beer on tap at the Great Lakes Brewery brewpub.

Appearance: Very warm orangey-yellow with a short, pale head. Little retention and lacing to speak of. GLBC notes that the beer is the color of a plum's flesh. I wish I could say I noticed that myself, but it's definitely true - a great way to describe it.

Smell: Very faint, nearly undetectable. I can mostly smell the bready grains.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very unexpected creaminess from the first sip. Good carbonation, and light finish. The taste is a really well-balanced blend of sweet and spice. There is some clove, maybe even some allspice, right at the first drink. A definite, creamy banana presence shows up on the back of the tongue. The caramelly malts match it very nicely and add depth along with the graininess.

Drinkability: Pretty high. The only thing that slows me down is the sticky feel on my palate after drinking.

Overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Great Lakes Brewhouse Resturant

a: light straw yellow color, cloudy unfiltered, 1/2" head that reduce to lacing

s: banana and clove

t: banana dominates the flavor, spices and malt. The achohol does come through, but only a little

m&d: a medium body, easy to drink despite it slightly higher ABV.

Excellent Beer, deffiantly try this if you can.


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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to klewis for the trade. This is my favorite style, so the anticipation has been building. I've been wanting to try this for quite some time...Review # 1,500.
Appears a hazy dark caramel color with a 2 finger tan head that slowly fades away. Plenty of spotty streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, clove, cocoa, bananas, black pepper, and yeasty bread.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of the citrusy hops finding there way up front in a a refreshing, caramel, clove bomb.
Mouthfeel is smooth, yeasty, cocoa and caramel lingering along the palate.
Pretty nice stuff.

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Photo of Risser09
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to weeare138 for sharing ths growler of his favorite beer style.

Appearance: This beer pours a translucent brown color with a minimal ivory head the leaves a little bit of lace upon swirling.

Smell: Pronounced malt build with additions of apple, orange, cloves, pressed cider and wheat malt.

Taste: Distinct bready flavor that is creamy with dried fruit flavors. Cranberry, raisin, and caramel. There is a cider-like sweetness and some banana bread similarities. Very cool.

Mouthfeel: At eight percent abv, I think this is a real winner. The alcohol is barely noticable. The body is both superior in creaminess and smootheness. It is mouth coating and soothing. Definitively a five.

Drinkability: Another area in which this beer excels. Many wheat beers are light and airy but this one is bready and creamy. With the alcohol not cloying, this is a definite winner. Try it, you'll like it.

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Photo of Phatz
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of klewis
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 bruachan
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
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 WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy deep amber brown cinnamon color matched with a dark tan cream head leaves evenly spread lacing throughout my pint. Aroma: Wonderful doughy spice base, which I found a bit weird but it worked well somehow. Apple, over ripened banana, and raisin notes with a slightly alcoholic nose very nice mix all around. Taste: Ripened banana, apple, and raisin really swarm the ol' palate along with a spicy finish with a noticeable kiss of alcohol. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied low even carbonation not as fine and somewhat spritzy as an Aventinus. Drinkability: Decent shot at a weizenbock not dead on to the style but very good and shows some more depth from this great brewery.

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