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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Ratings: 224 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 bamadog
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been looking for this for a few weeks and managed to find some last night. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby/coppery color with some hints of gold -- I was told that a great descriptor of the color is "plum flesh" and I totally get that, but I didn't want to use it because it would be snaking a very good descriptor that someone else came up with. A one finger head that is offwhite is present and it appears a litlte thick and chewy, fades relatively quickly to a firm yet slightly uneven skim on the surface. Solid carbonation bubbling up from the bottom of the just slightly hazy body. Really no lacing to speak of.

Smell: Reminiscent of a belgian with some dark sweet fruits and spices in the nose, perhaps even some banana. Some very sweet maltiness is in there as well and brings about a semi-sweet breadlike quality.

Taste: The bold spiciness in the nose is a little subdued in the mouth, but still very present. Again, like a Belgian I pick up on some corriander and even some nutmeg. I feel the banana is present as well like it is in the nose, but combined with the bready quality it tastes a bit like banana bread; mouth is a bit yeasty as well (hence the bready quality); slight presence of alcohol on the breath but it's very mild and pleasantly warming.

Mouthfeel: A medium body comes across a bit thick and chewy and is very nice; a slight coating is left behind and the belly is particularly warmed from the alcohol.

Drinkability: Moderate to high I would say; it's a wonderful tasting beer but it's a little heavy so I wouldn't want to sit around and have too many because I would feel weighed down; the ABV is getting up there too at 8%, not that it's especially high, but I can already feel it creeping up on me. Very nice beer overall and well worth the wait and hunting for it.

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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 philipquarles
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a disappointingly clear copper with a small, pale yellow head that disappears rather quickly. Incredibly strong smell of bananas and dates. Clove and slight tart wheat aromas in the background. Tastes of banana and clove; overall sweetness with a hint of alcohol that gives it a slightly warming finish. Medium-full body. This would be a really nice weizenbock if it only looked the part.

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Photo of Natural510
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany (described on the bottle as "plum colored") with not much head but sustainable lacing.
Smells strong; familiar banana/clove of a weizen super-charged with an added fruitiness resembling cherries. The wheat adds an extra breaded aroma.
Spicy up front; I taste clove and nutmeg. Banana and other miscellaneous fruits add more of a background quality. The wheat blends well with the malt, hops & yeast to provide a balanced flavor. Fairly complex & sweet.
Mouthfeel is both crisp and full-bodied.
An interesting sipper. Not an everyday beer for me, but that is perhaps typical of the style. I always enjoy something new from GLBC and they didn't disappoint.

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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 bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 flexinwext
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited to try this since its the only seasonal I haven't seen yet. Poured a nice amber color. Nice clove scent with some fruity tones. Very complex flavors. Not the overpowering clove/banana taste I was expecting. Overall, a very good bock that goes great with the season.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a short creamy off white head.

Scent of clove, wheat, cherries, and a bit of earth. Very good, nice wheat presence is balanced with some sweet fruitiness, and the alcohol is masked well.

Taste of banana, clove, wheat, earth, cherries, a hint of maple, and a very faint alcohol presence. The same as the scent, but the small amount of alcohol hinders it slightly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and clean with fairly strong carbonation.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Hazy, red-amber with caramel highlights. Creamy, light tan head. Nice lace.

Smell- Strong floral, herbal esters. Earthy hop aroma. Sweet, bready malts. some caramel.

Taste- Delicious and complex. Sticky caramel, and bread flavors from the malt. Some yeasty spice, including clove and banana.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, with a nice, creamy texture. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Despite the high ABV, this is a pretty excellent drinker, especially for the season.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, could not believe I found this at the grocery store. Great Lakes must have just started bottling it. Pours a white puffy head, leaves a bit of tracing down the glass. Smells of cloves, bananas, and plums. Very rich smelling. Pours almost a ruby red colour. Medium bodied with a bit of plummy orange tastes and bunches of cloves. I love the clovey tastes in weizens. Dangerously drinkable. Alcohol is detected however, and it is strong. I LOVE weizenbocks and they are hard to find. Great sipper here by Great Lakes..they can do no wrong. Every beer they create is full of flavor and most in the top ten for their style, this weizenbock is no different.

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

Bottle July 22, 09
GABF Weekend '08:

This is a kitchen-sink beer where every flavor can be found in compliment to one another. The beer pours with an expected cloudiness, but an unexpected ligher rust color. Great head formation with equally great retention. Aromas are everywhere: Caramel-toffe maltiness, bready yeastiness, fruity banannas; apples; figs; dates, phenolic clove and white pepper. Flavors comply nicely with the aromas with emphasis on the sweet, caramel malts with all other attributes to provide variety and complexity. A citrus hop note is noted in the ester profile and gains intensify going deep into the aftertaste. Bready and malty in the textures, with a deep creamy roundness. Finishes sweet, malty and with a spicy, hoppy lingering.

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Photo of Deuane
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 csmiley
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 224 ratings.
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