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Great Lakes Glockenspiel WeizenbockGreat Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
158
Ratings:
222
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 158 | Ratings: 222
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over. grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Best before 11/11/09. Pours a rather clear amber to chestnut color. Off white head holds together for a few minutes before falling to a thin ring. No lace.

Lots of booze soaked fruit up front. Hints of banana and bread. Just a small whiff of spices, and perhaps some green apple.

Some darker almost chocolaty malt up front. Some notes of banana and other fruit. A hint of booze. Not a whole lot of sweetness.

SOme alcohol is noticable. Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Not overly complex, but pretty solid.

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

L: Pours a nice copper color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of citrus-y fruits, some banana, bread, and yeasty aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts, some caramelized malts, bread and yeasty flavors (including the banana I smelled before), a nice slight hop finish.
M: Medium bodied, slightly warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, all the flavors were there in the right amounts and were pretty good.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ended up storing a 12oz bottle from when it was released in 4pks in 2009. Pours a deep brown w/ nice head and lacing. Smells like bananas and cloves; very yeasty. I'm also picking up so candied sugars and dark fruits. This is a bittersweet beer. The hops have faded, giving it a sweet malty backbone. Heavy beer, smooth, creamy, not overly carbonated; full-bodied. Drinkability isn't bad, but like I said, it's pretty heavy. The alcohol is more masked now w/ some age on it. The original booziness brings the overall down just a tad.

Great example of the style by Great Lakes.

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

A- the label calls it "plum colored," which it is. Head is thin and bubbly and not long for this world.

S- very yeasty aroma. The banana from the yeast and the sweet malt provide a frosted banana cake aroma. Some alcohol in the nose, as well as raisins and vague spices, like a German spice cookie.

T- very sweet, slightly syrupy on the palate. The flavors are all there; spices banana raisins and lots of sweet malt, but they are all very subdued, which creates an interesting effect, making this beer much more drinkable than I had expected. The real action is all after the swallow, when a yeasty swallow turns into a chocolaty/banana/roasted cookie affair.

M- the carbonation is very slight, only enough to keep the beer from being truly syrupy, and quite unpleasant. Instead the beer is just above that threshold, and is enjoyable indeed.

D- much higher than I would expect for a 8% bock beer. For the style, drinkability may be 5, over all it would be much lower, but still pretty decent.

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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.

Cheers!!!

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

I got this brew in a trade with projectflam86, Thanks Kyle!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Hazy orange/amber color with a light beige head that stayed around as a thin layer and came back with every swirl of the glass.
The smell is earthy and yeasty upfront but the sweet wheat malt is there in the background.
Starts out with a spiced wheat beer flavor until the sweet flavors of malt and dark fruit kicks in, leaving a sticky sweet after taste.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down silky smooth.

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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 DoctorDog
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle iinto a Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A- Copper/amber, and surprisingly minimal haze. 2+ fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Minimal lacing

S- Dark fruit maltiness with a bit of cloves, and even perhaps a hint of banana.

T- Banana bread flavor sensation is fairly distinct. Slightly sweet. Bitterness is minimal. Alcohol is well blended and fairly inconspicuous.

M- Moderate carbonation. Fairly full feeling, and also fairly creamy.

D- Good. Pleasant all around and easy drinking.

Future outlook: 4's all around for another rock solid Great Lakes offering. I'll be happy to reprise drinking this beer when the next opportunity to doff this semi-local offering arises.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glas

A: Deep amber, brown and orange, with a light tan, really smooth looking head, has the typical cloudiness.

S: Fresh bananas with a wheatyness to it also. Again a pretty typical smell for any of the german weizen styles.

T: Again bananas and clove here, a little less than the aroma though, nice. Some sweet malt flavor makes an impact. The must be the bock part coming through.

M: Creamy and smooth.

D: Flavor wasn't outstanding, but a drinkable beer all the same.

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Photo of fropones
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice copper reddish brown with a nice thick khaki head with good retention.

S - Citrus and cloves, caramel malt and bananas. Not overpowering.

T - Lots of bananas and clove. Some toffee in here.

M - Nice carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

D - Drinks very nicely. Alcohol fairly hidden, and very refreshing.

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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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Photo of dfillius
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: 2/3 finger tan head with poor retention - nothing at all left even. Crystal clear orange-red is stunning. Only negative is the poor head.

S: Strong clove and rum raisin. Lots of phenolics, ginger snap, molasses. Complex and sweet pastry like.

T: Sweet, brown sugar. Dark fruit, molasses, slight ginger, breathy alcohol, slight green finish. Almost cloying. I'd like more roasty notes in this. Tasty, though not my favorite weizenbock.

M: Not too warm. Surprisingly smooth, unremarkable. Slight green finish.

D: I would order a second but I wouldn't buy a sixer. Tasty, no problem finishing a glass.

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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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely beer on a hot day, found at Premiere Gourmet. Pours peachy golden with a white head. Pleasant banannas and a tad cloves aroma. Taste is Orange, wheat with some spice, pepper, saisonish that way. Most fresh and dangerously drinkable. Alcohol well hidden.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-beautiful translucent reddish copper colored beer. Thick tight head with huge retention coating the glass as it falls down the glass.

S-pretty big nose, very sweet. Some caramel malt comes in first with a bit of brown sugar. Sweet dark fruits set in next with plum and a touch of dark cherries

T-taste follows the nose, light caramel and brown sugar up front, a toasted malt sets the foundation, sweet dark fruits follow with ripe plum and dark cherries, notes of booze towards the finish and hints of honey.

M-medium to light bodied, extremely smooth with a syrupy texture, just enough carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D-extremely easy to drink, so smooth and tasty. Brings a nice mixture of tastes, another great Great Lakes beer...they are awesome!

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Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich, dark golden brown color. Slight haze. Fine bubbly half finger head.

S: Hearty wheat, sight diacetyl and banana.

T: Nice dry wheat enhanced by maltiness. Some sweet banana and diacetyl - not too overpowering. Good dry, sour aftertaste. Satisfying earthy spice there too but just a touch.

M: Light in body but creamy to the palate. Very smooth. Carbonation is very gentle.

D: Very enjoyable. Not the kind of beer I crave but I'd like to have it again. I drank it after a 7 hour drive and it was a perfect sophisticated thirst quencher.

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Photo of prototypic
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to finally see this in bottles. It pours a moderately hazy deep red color. At least it has that appearance. Backlighting reveals really nice scarlet highlights. It's capped with an off-white head that stands about a finger tall. It receded fairly quickly and left a lighter coat of lace behind.

The nose is good, but a little too tame. More strength would help. It kicks off with a nice spicy combo of clove and pepper. Smells like a few lighter spice varieties are present, but I can't identify them. There's a little banana coming through, but not enough. I'm hopeful that it's stronger in flavor. It features some light fruity notes (apple and pear). Dark fruit is a little further down the line, but there is a slight raisin-y smell. Yeast is very prominent throughout and adds a nice overall quality. Alcohol is easily noted and smells just a tad strong for an 8% beer. Smells good, but it could be better with a couple of tweaks.

The flavor profile's very consistent with the nose. Clove, light pepper, and other lighter spices kick it off. I like the spicy flavor a lot. However, there's not enough banana here to complement the spices. There's a little, but it needs more. I recall the growler I had a while back having much more of a banana presence. Kind of odd to run into a deficiency here. Apple, pear, and raisin appear in equal parts. I can't tell that any are stronger than others. It's yeasty, a little grainy, and features a nice earthy flavor. Alcohol is noted, but it isn't as strong as the nose suggested. I expected a slight warming effect, but it isn't here. This is good stuff. I like it. I'd like it more with a little more banana, but it's still an overall success in terms of flavor.

It features a medium body that's extremely smooth. Carbonation is mid-range, but doesn't interfere at all. Glockenspiel goes down incredibly smooth and easy. Very nice job here. Drinkability is good. The flavor is good, though not quite excellent. It's easy drinking, but it's not quite on par with the best Weizenbocks out there. At 8% abv, it's not too intimidating, but deserves some respect. I could handle a couple of bottles.

Glockenspiel is a damn good Weizenbock, but the bottled version doesn't live up to the on-tap variety. It seems to be lacking in the banana department. My earlier experience with a growler didn't share that problem and it was better. That's not to say this isn't good beer. Very good, in fact. I'm pleased to see it in bottles and will no doubt pick it up annually. The on-tap version is just superior, that's all.

One other point, this stuff absolutely smokes Grassroots Ale. If you have any hesitation picking it up due to a poor experience with Grassroots, let it go. This beer deserves a purchase. It's good stuff and far superior to Grassroots. Pick it up if you see it around.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a cloudy copper color with a one and a half inch off-white head which retains well and leaves some pretty nice sheets of lace.

Aroma is of caramel, a bit of banana, apple, bready malt, and clove.

Taste starts with a bit of a sweet caramel bready malt character which is joined by banana and apple esters in the middle with a spicy clove character coming out towards the finish with a bit of alcohol apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, more on the full side, good creamy carbonation level.

This was a pretty good weizenbock though not really my favorite. Worth a try if you enjoy this style for sure.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #551261 enjoy by 11/09/09

Purchased through West Lakeview Liquors, Chicago

Price - $12.49/4-pack

Appearance: Pours a copper color with haze. Head dissipates quickly leaving little to none in seconds. No lacing.

Smell: Interesting. Definite spice aroma with banana and malts.

Taste: sweet malt and spice. No indication of alcohol (even at 8.0%) at first. A little bit later alcohol comes through but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Crisp dry finish. Quite smooth.

Drinkability: What can I say but smooth and easy. I'll certainly be purchasing more of this in the future.

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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 witster18
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like the brownish sludge on the side of a Cleveland road after a snowplow.. a 1.5" 'stadium mustard' head(to boot)..poured in the cellar at the brewery for mantrip. Consensus among the guys as our fave current seasonal of the bunch(also had ipl, milkstout, american ale, erie monster, Wright pils.. as well their mainstays).

Looks ominous. Smell of banana, lemon, and sourdough bread.
Taste is lots of banana too with a bang of sour yeast esters... . Balanced though. A slight sweetness n the finish too. Mint alcohol late. Belies its 8% though.. For sure. Tastes like A 6.5-7% brew. Extremely pleased.

Airy. Frothy. Heat, but not 'boozy'.. At least for 8.0. Tred lightly, but it will be difficult.

This is a great beer from a great brewery.

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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 beeragent
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a dark copper, forming a 1/2 inch tan head which faded quickly. Light lacing slides down the glass.

S - Strong aroma of malted wheat, along with a noticeable alcohol presence, and a hint of spices.

T - The taste is dominated by the sweet malted wheat, creating a delicious blend of wheat, cloves, and banana. Nothing too complex but very delicious. The alcohol is well hidden, but slightly apparent in the finish. Everything you would expect from a weizenbock.

M - Heavy bodied with an average amount of carbonation throughout. Very smooth and clean on the palate.

D - Great flavor and body. The aroma was not as clean as expected, as the alcohol was a little more pronounced ( and I know at 8% it will be more noticeable). Overall a great example of the style.

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