Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by WVbeergeek on 09-09-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
223
Reviews:
158
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
8
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0
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Ratings: 223 |  Reviews: 158
Photo of donteatpoop
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark carmel-amber color with a nice initial head and traces of film-foam playing across the surface of the brew taking on images of hurricane fronts on doppler radar. Beautiful beer.

I can smell the alcohol in it for sure, but at 8% that's to be expected I guess. Still thought the clove and grain pretty much dominate the nose with an underlying alcohol burn.

Such a great taste, banana yeasty goodness, plenty of grain, a nice sweet and bitter blend. The yeast really dominates the taste as the beer warms up.

Definately a good beer for people who appreciate good beer, not by any means a starter beer for those just getting into microbrews.

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Photo of Goobastic
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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 cynical1027
5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Honus1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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

The 12 oz. bottle was woefully inadequate for the pour into my much larger weizen glass. As a side note, I corrected this problem by emptying two bottles into my next serving! Color was a purpleish amber with a fluffy off-white head. I immediately noticed a banana and clove scent more akin to many Belgian beers. There are all kinds of flavors going on. While the banana dominates, you get clove, wheat, caramel, plums, and a nice bready yeast. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. This is pretty easy to drink considering the high ABV, and I'll be drinking plenty more of this.

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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 curasowa
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper color with less than 1 finger of head that faded quickly w/o any real lacing. Has a nice, spicy, fruity aroma, with some yeasty-ness and bready-ness mixed in. Some slight phenolic in the aroma as well. Nice full body up front and then the bitterness takes over. Has a pleasing, lingering, sl. piney hop finish. Just enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy in your mouth. My only complaint is that I notice the phenoic aroma more as I drink. Otherwise, a pretty tasty beer!

I just tasted the Schneinder-Brooklyner Hopfen-weiss the other day and these are definitely two unique interpretations of the style. I'd have a hard time picking a favorite.

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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 ThaBobfather
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nearly opaque ruby/copper with a small lacing of whiteish head.
Smells well of some sweet malt and spice.
Taste has a good malt profile with the spice rack helping the complexity greatly.
Finish is a bit muddy but there is a nice, nearly Altbier or syrup after taste which is nice.
Drinks like water being 8% and is even refreshing.

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Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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 mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid around $3 for a single at the Party Source...

Pours a clear and amber, medium head, good retention, minimal lacing. Excellent sweet malt smell, mild hops, and a little country wheat; real pleasant.

The taste takes off from the smell, all three elements carryover and its incredibly smooth, a larger head to smooth out the taste would be ideal, but it isn't perfect only because of this. The perfect session beer at 8.0% abv... does rival with Aventinus for sytle, but they differ quite a bit.

Final Thought: Excellent brew, might be Great Lakes best offering; worth saving for a great occasion.

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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 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 Goldfoot
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 style.it's an easy drinking beer,no hint of alcohol at all at 8%.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Oberon standard pint glass. Freshness date of 11/12/09 and consumed in early July.

Pours a red-brown (plum per description) with a thin light tan head that subsides leaving a thin rim around the edge.

Aroma is a rich, spicy malt. Clove and banana notes faintly present - per label description. If I did aroma blind, I'd peg this as a good Bavarian Hefe.

Taste is true to style with bold, rich, and spicy all coming through in a prominent fashion. Really enjoying the spicy aspect of this beer. As a non-malt guy, this is one that I'm very impressed by.

An exceptional introduction to this style for me and a reason to keep an open mind about malt-forward beers (with unique & pronounced yeast).

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Photo of SaintJonah
3/5  rDev -25.9%

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 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 OldSchoolGamer
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the brewery a while ago and remember liking it. I am not a German beer expert, but I have been trying quite a few different German derived styles lately. Here is my review of Great Lakes interpretation on the German Weizenbock:

A: Pours a real deep amber color. Almost brown. Pretty clear and has a large tan head. It dissipates rather quickly and no lacing is present at all.

S: Smells strongly of banana. Lots of spice. Pretty much smells like liquid banana bread.

T: The main flavor is definite banana. Moderate sweetness. There is also quite a bit of spice like nutmeg and cinnamon. I would say clove, but I don't know what the hell a clove is sopposed to taste like. But, the flavor is very spicy and banana infused. Good overall.

M: Medium bodied and somewhat syrupy. Low carbonation and pretty smooth overall. You do get a little alcohol prickliness in the tongue, but nothing major.

D: Flavor is pretty nice and not harsh at all. Very smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. I could drink a few in a session. If you enjoy German style beers, this would be right up your alley.

As far as German Weizenbocks go, this is easily my favorite one to date. The sweetness is pretty tame, and there is a great complimentary banana and spice flavor. Great Lakes does this style proud and anyone who like German beers should seek this baby out.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark ruby gold/ light brown with a one finger tan head. I noticed some sediment in my glass, which leads me to think it is bottle conditioned, which is par the course for this style.

S - Rich and carmelly, with some hints of banana probably due to the wheat. Very malty and no sign of a hop presence.

T - Much like the aroma, tastes of toffee and caramel malt. A nice wheat presence finishes it off with a Hefeweizen like quality. The lingering taste is malty and a bit nutty. A bit fruity as well, like a good Bavarian black lager.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated, not overdone.

D - It doesn't taste like it is 8.5% abv! Be careful, this is sessionable yet high in alcohol content.

Overall, this is a big Bavarian wheat beer that reminds me of Saranac Black Forest and a good Hefeweizen combined. Definitely recommended although admittedly I have not had many offerings of this style.

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Great Lakes Glockenspiel Weizenbock from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 223 ratings.
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