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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Complex, plum-colored Weizenbock with spicy notes of clove and banana.

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Skyview (6076) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. Pours a semi-hazy copper amber colored brew with a thick off-white head that really sticks around. Aroma of golden grain malt, dark pitted fruits, banana esters, a hint of caramel and some clove. Taste is full bodied, smooth with flavors of roasted golden grain malt, banana, clove with a hint of cotton candy and candi sugar. Finish is slightly oily, semi-dry with a nice alcohol warmth. Very solid and very well done.

3.9
jsquire (4522) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a modest off white head. Light banana clove nose with honey syrup, candy floss and burnt caramel in the nose. Puffed wheat taste (like the Super Sugar Crisp cereal of my youth), caramel corn, banana, clove spice, and some fruity flavors as it warms. This is a really nice beer that I have enjoyed while its been abailable. It will be missed.

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inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Glorious stuff right here... Pours a little bit darker copper color than is pictured... Nice estery, banana and malt aroma... Flavor brings out the weizen yeast, but also has a caramelly/ chocolately flavor to it. You wouldn’t know the alcohol is as high as it is until you’ve had a few, cuz you certainly can’t taste it in the beer. So far every beer i’ve tried from great lakes has been stellar, and they’ve nailed the style

3.2
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 17, 2009
In short: A glass of juicy caramelized cereals without much character. Nothing bad, nothing very good.
How: Bottle 12oz. Mini-tasting session with some of the Montreal crew.
The look: Partly cloudy golden copper body topped by an off-white ring of foam
In long: Light but pleasant nose of fruit juice and cereals. Taste is smooth, body is lean, carbonation is low. A bit lifeless. Juicy sensation (like cereal juice), some caramel, distant bananas. Some leafy hops without much bite. All in all this was a very drinkable brew but also a very ordinary one. Not impressive. Named after a magical device that enables anybody to become a professional musician.

3.5
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2009
See thru copper with an ultra fast dissipating tan head. Aroma of fruit, grains, toasted malt, toffee, banana and clove. Taste of banana, clove, spice, toasted malt, dark fruit, light nutmeg and alcohol. Somewhat oily mouth feel and a dry finish.

3.5
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Bottle pours a clear copper body with a medium beige head. Sparse wispy lacing. Aroma of spicy hops, clove, ripe banana, and crushed white pepper. Medium body is thinner than expected. Well carbonated. Taste mirrors aroma. Toffee, caramel, ripe banana, a green apple note, hints of clove and pepper. Lacks the depth of better examples of the style, but well made and enjoyable.

3.6
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2009
12 oz bottle. Deep orange brown with a thin beige haze. Nose is caramel, wheat and raisin with a touch of spice. Medium body with sharp fizzy carb. Taste is banana, burnt sugar and yeasty wheat. Some clove in the finish.

3.5
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Thanks to Lou (bluesandbarbq) who sent me this, bottle 4 of our 4 for 4 swap. I’m always down with trying a new Great Lakes product, so this was easy to enjoy. The beer pours out a golden orange color, slightly cloudy with a 2" off-white frothy head. Lots of fruitiness in the aroma, toasted malts, bananas, cloves and caramel all meld together incredibly well. Flavor has some nice sweetness to it with and orange and banana 1-2 punch. Some light clove notes, a subtle doughy character that finishes with a touch of honey. Really nice. Just wish it were available in California.

3.2
blankboy (7714) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a slightly hazy, very deep amber with a small diminishing frothy off-white head. Mild aroma of light caramel malt, light fruit and light spices -- it’s all very light. Flavour of caramel malt, light fruit, light spices and a light bitter finish. Light to average bodied. Not bad but it’s all very mild and a bit dull. Still, it’s easy to drink and there’s nothing bad about it.

3.4
MartinT (9932) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 22, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Cloves and bananas float atop this Weizenbock’s caramelized cereals for a softly carbonated and lean example of the style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the hazy dark amber.
-Carbonation could definitely be more effervescent.
-The flavor profile is not as complex as the best Weizenbocks out there.
-My expectations may have been too high for this brew as I usually love everything Great Lakes brews.

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