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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

Plank Bavarian Dunkler WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock

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BA SCORE
87
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.14%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ramrod666 on 04-01-2007)
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle code. Pours very hazy/murky dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger moderately dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, brown bread, wheat, molasses, light clove, light banana, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, grape, raisin, caramel, brown bread, wheat, molasses, toast, light banana, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown bread, wheat, molasses, toast, clove, light banana, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt flavors with yeast fruitiness; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent weizenbock. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:51:54 | More by superspak
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matjack85

Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $7 for a 500ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Served in a weizenglass.

The beer poured a cloudy dark brown color with half the glass filled with a rocky and creamy tan head that lasted quite awhile. Decent lacing as well.

This smelled like one of those chocolate covered malt ball candies. It was wonderful.

Big malty flavor right up front. Chocolate and caramel sweetness along with some toasted grain flavors. There is also a plum-like fruitiness and tartness to it that blends well with the malts. Bitterness is low but the hops are noticeable. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is between moderate to medium.

This is an absolutely delicious weizenbock. Hope I can find it at a liquor store so I won't have to pay $7 a bottle to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 13:03:29 | More by matjack85
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boddhitree

Germany

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The website states: "A strong one for special moments. Almost black with sensational foam and banana aroma, the initial sip reminds us of coffee notes. The after taste captivates with the aroma of malt."

It also says it won the Gold in the World Beer Cup in 2004. That's impressive.

The back of the bottle mentions balanced bitterness for an "enjoyment beyond the hectic [of daily life]."
Not impressed with the marketing, ditto with the website.
Ok... aroma is as marketing promised: banana, bubblegum with hints of aroma hiding inside. 7.8% ABV. The foam is vanilla, dirty white; beers color is cloudy dark, dark brown with red & amber tints.

Flavor, not bad.

You get the sweetness of bubblegum with some banana but also lots of deep roasted malts in the back. At first, I get the typical Weizen flavor, the super-duper sweetness of the Weizen yeast, but it's far more complex than that. I get black or chocolate malts, some coffee hints with full on Doppelbock-ness of the malt, maybe roasted barley. It's highly roasted, whatever the malt. If you let the beer bypass the front of your tongue, you taste the roasted barley full on. Bitterness is there, not pronounced, but noticeable in the very back of the tongue. I find it's a shame the Weizen yeast is so overpowering, for it almost masks these wonderful flavors. I'm not a huge fan of the bubblegummy Wiezens, I prefer a Kristalweizen with more lemony notes, but this one is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:49:17 | More by boddhitree
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger Weissbier glass. It's a stunning pour. The beer is crystal clear, very dark brown, and sports a huge rocky off-white head. I roused a little yeast from the bottom of the bottle in order to impart a little more haziness (and flavor) into the glass. The nose has a very prominent grape-like component to it that I really like. Behind the grapes, I get bready notes and some yeastiness. I don't get many spicy phenols.

Medium-full body with lots of complex flavors that follow the nose well. I get big flavors of sweet, bready malt and lots of dark fruit. The grainy wheat notes arrive around mid-palate and carry through the finish, contributing a pleasant tartness to the refreshing qualities of the beer. No hop bitterness. No evident booziness. High carbonation really opens the palate and contributes a lively feel to the beer, though a slightly creamier feel would have been welcome.

The marriage of subtle sweet malt, lots of port-like dark fruit, and tart wheat really make this beer delicious. A very nice example of the style. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 23:23:00 | More by deadonhisfeet
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barczar

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been in the cellar quite a while.

Swirled the sediment before emptying the bottle. Pours a murky medium brown color with a foamy two inch light khaki head that lingers. Floaties are noticeable.

Wheat, green apple esters, clove, and subtle caramel malt form the aroma. The apple is overwhelming. Toasted bread emerges as it warms.

Caramelization is more evident in the flavor, forming the backbone and carrying into a deeply toasted, slightly dry, bready finish. Apple, yeast, wheat, clove, and banana esters add intrigue. Toffee notes surface late...nutty and buttery.

Body is a touch on the full side, fairly oily, with carbonation on the high side, and slight alcohol warmth.

Fairly characterful example of the style. Good esters keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:29:42 | More by barczar
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown, burgundy beer with a nice lacing head.

Smell is akward, with a vegetable / DMS smell and some stock. Hidden behind this is a clean smelling beer with low levels of dark malts, which add a strong malty base complemented by dark breadcrust and umami.

Taste is in line with the smell with the green, vegetable taste. The base is formed by a very malty munich malt, which gives the beer a dark taste, like bready and caramel, but without any of the roast. The beer is not bitter and has a firm body which is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. The high ratings made me expect more. This tastes like an off-batch. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 16:14:42 | More by Absumaster
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Aventinus weizen glass. Tons of carbonation - a huge white head forms atop a cola brown colored body. That head stays for a while, and in this glass, it looks amazing. Smell was of fresh dates and rum. Taste was awesome too. Notes of molasses, caramel, banana, and chocolate covered cherry. Mouthfeel was smooth and a bit fizzy. The abv was well hidden. I like this beer a lot. Thanks to Drinking Drake for the recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:56:10 | More by morebeergood
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Plank's Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock that a friend brought over to share. I have never heard of this brewery before but Weizenbock's are one of my favorite style's and you don't see them around that often, so I'm excited to try this beer, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label is nice and classic looking and since this beer is a Bock of course their had to be some goats on the label, looks ok to me. It poured a darker muddy brown color that was really hazy and it took on a nice bright copper hue when held to the light, it had three fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left no lacing. This beer looked ok but I wish it had some lacing to it.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of wheat and malts that have a high amount of sweetness and impart some wheat, lightly toasted, caramel, and bready malt aromas, they are quickly followed by those typical banana and bubble gum aromas and a little bit of chocolate which I wasn't expecting. Next up are some spicy yeast that impart some clove and coriander like aromas followed by a little bit of brown sugar. Towards the end I got a sweet dark fruit aroma with raisins sticking out the most. This was good and complex smelling Weizenbock, just the way it should be.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it isn't as complex. It starts off with lots of wheat, grains, brown bread, caramel flavors that had a medium amount of sweetness. After that I picked up a slight chocolate flavor followed by a nice amount of bananas. After that I get some spicy yeast that imparts all those spices that I picked up in the aroma. It had a lighter amount of bitterness with a toasted wheat aftertaste. The taste was ok but it just didn't live up to the aroma, seems pretty average to me.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, fizzy, medium bodied, with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The body was ok but the carbonation was just way too high, it needs to be toned down quite a bit.

Overall I thought that this was an ok beer and an average example of the style, it had all those great Weizenbock aspects that I look for in this style in the aroma, but when it came to the taste it came up a little short. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, the carbonation was to fizzy, and the flavors didn't hold my attention like they should, one of these 500ml bottle's is enough for me. What I like most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and it had all the aromas that I come to expect from this style. What I liked least about this beer was that the taste didn't live up to the aroma and that the carbonation was way to high and fizzy, it just didn't work with this beer. I don't think I would buy this beer again unless I really wanted a Weizenbock and couldn't find a better one, it's worth a try but don't expect it to knock your socks off. This was my first beer from this brewery and it made for an ok first impression, I would be down to try more of their beer, but I can't say that I was overall impressed with this beer, they were too many flaws to make it my favorite. Wally's Weizenbock from Black Forest is still my favorite of the style, it's such a damn good beer and it blows this beer out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 03:53:57 | More by StoutHunter
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for grabbing this one...
Appears a mahogany brown with copper edges and a fluffy beige head that slowly fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe bananas, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, freshly baked bread, and fruity esters with spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a subdued flavor of ripened bananas and that classic German yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 23:22:29 | More by weeare138
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output01x

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL. capped bottle (No Date) into a weizen glass.

An agonizingly slow pour yields a 4-finger cream-colored head that slowly dwindles down to a 1/2-finger coating that never goes away. The body is a slightly hazy amber brown with a fantastic amount of carbonation bubbles streaming upward from nearly every concievable point of origin. Some great lacing can be seen clinging desperately to the glass between sips but unfortunately never lasts.

Strong wheat aromas offer up the typical notes of overly ripe bananas and bubble gum. This is joined by some not-so-common aromas of brown sugar, golden raisins, and plums, adding a fair amount of complexity and sweetness to the nose. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes slightly noticeable but plays more into the sweet fruity aromas.

Each sip starts with flavors of grainy wheat, whole-grain bread, cloves, ripe bananas, and candied sugar. Swallowing releases significantly more wheat and banana flavors. These are soon accompanied by an oily lemon flavor that ends up lingering on the tongue as an aftertaste. As the beer warms, a slight alcohol warmth can be noticed in the back of the throat.

The medium body is great for administering the flavors to your tastebuds. The high carbonation cuts through the body with ease, fizzing away whenever it comes into contact with your tongue. The swallow is rather foamy, but that is to be expected for the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:18:05 | More by output01x
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours little tan head. Color is a dark brown very murky.

Aroma: bananas chocolate spices caramel malt some chocolate. Reminds me of a bock mixed with a hefe.

Taste: a lot of cocoa and bananas. Caramel and Bready malts. Some spices.. Cloves and coriander. Solid.

Mouthfeel: crisp and creamy. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry.

Overall: a nice German offering. Very flavorful and definitely drinkable. I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:47:04 | More by mothman
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. The beer started foaming from the bottle right after I popped the cap, which was a surprise. The color is a very dark brown, almost black. It has ruby and caramel tones where the light passes through. Three fingers of very dense, thick head stuck around for a long time, eventually dissipating to a billowy cap. After giving the bottle a swirl and dumping in the remaining goodness, I noticed a couple chunks of sedimentation floating in the glass. There was even some darkening the head.

Smell: Sweet, but sinister. Brandy, raisins, plum, cherry, black licorice, and a little chocolate. The aroma is also very bready and yeasty.

Taste: The mouthfeel is very thick and rich, and the flavor corresponds. All the dark fruits from the smell are present, but chocolate and toasted caramel form the backbone. Noticeable with each sip is the slight alcohol sting, which complimented the flavors. However, it faded as the beer warmed and was masked well by the malts.

Drinkability: Very well crafted brew. It lacks the deep complexity of the style’s heavy hitters, but it is still a good brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 04:15:20 | More by TheQuietMan22
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A toasty version of their wheat Bock beer. There's something about the toasted flavor that allows for a peppery character and overall command of the beer to deliver strong flavor and dryness.

Pouring a very clear deep ruby color, the beer forms a massive head of eggshell white foam that retains and laces impressively (all of their beers have carried a very classy appearance)

Malt aromas carry a non-descript bready-sweet aroma with a peppery, toasty scent. Very inviting with a slight fruitiness of plumb, blackberries, and walnuts. Both masculine and understated.

Malty flavors continue with a rich bready taste, fused with heavy toast, peppercorns, and roasted currants, grapes, and plumbs. Deeply caramelized toffee with roasted nuts, burnt sweetness, and a flakey char note of burnt barley all play into the elegant and manly flavor profile. Delicious and easy to drink.

Rich and malty with a very creamy mouthfeel, the beer's early start is all malt with very little residual sweetness. The peppery bite, charred toast, and alcohol all help to create a toasty-dry finish with hardly a linger of sweetness or viscocity. Very dry late with mild alcohol warmth and moderate acidity.

I really enjoyed this beer. As a wheat beer, the wheat contributed more true malt flavor and body than wheaty flavor, and the fruitiness normally associated with wheat beers are solomn and make only background contributions to the beer's flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 05:26:21 | More by BEERchitect
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A moderate pour produces a fairly voluminous head. Very active carbonation supports a continually renewing head of very light tan/dirty-white foam. Beer itself is very dark amber/mahogany in color, practically black without light shining through it. Lacing is more spotty than sheets, but still very respectable.

Scents of fresh-baked dark bread, raisins, mild chocolate, malt sweetness, and slight ethanol. Not much detectable in terms of characteristic weissbier phenolics or esters, perhaps hidden by other entities here?

The taste is full, nearly huge, opening with sweetness from wheat and barley malt, then transitioning to dark/heavy fruit flavors like baked/stewed prunes or very syrupy figs. Some chocolate roastiness. Behind all this are phenols coming across as clove and nutmeg. Greater levels of ethanol are apparent, too, as slight alcohol undertones are present below all this typical weissbier flavor, lending it a sort of darkness and depth. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, yeast.

Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the excessive carbonation in this beer, which causes that "carbonation burn." Fortunately, this mellows over time, but it is not initially pleasant. Fairly heavy-bodied. Finish is dry.

A quality weizenbock, stronger in flavor, but not sharper, than other versions of the style. Would check out again, definitely.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 22:07:52 | More by falloutsnow
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber to brown in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, raisins, figs, and a mixture of othe dry dark fruits. In the taste, dark fruits of raisin and fig, and bit sweet and quite carbonated. A small carbonation like bite, but mainly smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry, small sticky - sweet dark fruit aftertaste. The fruit is nice and different, but it is a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 14:41:09 | More by OWSLEY069
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So far my favorite of the Plank beers. This is a dark brown, murky and rich looking beer. I get some banana and spice in the nose, reminds me--at first and briefly--of the first time I had Rochefort 10. That rich banana and clove (?) up front. Anywho, this one adds some bake caramel and chocolate. Rich taste. Nutmeg is more apparent here and the banana melds into dark chocolate. Sweet roasted malt and spicy end, although somewhat light. Like the other Planks, I'd like to try this one at the brewery

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 04:19:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2nd favorite out of the 3 Plank biers they were carrying at D'z. Pours a dark russet brown body with a foaming tan head, great carbonation levels going on. Aroma has a nice dark toasted malt tone with raisin and tart apples, very nice spiciness about it as well. Flavor was banana bread with a layered charred malt character adding a touch of smokiness, with a caramelized malt finish. Mouthfeel was medium to fuller bodied alcohol was evident but not overpowering in anyway. Overall drinkability was great another excellent German wheat beer served properly in a hefeweizen glass, my kind of weizenbock this competes or beats Ayinger's version.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 19:06:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 mL stubby German bottle with no freshness date. Pours a clear mahogany, with violent levels of carbonation - possibly the most visibly carbonated beer I've ever seen - and a huge, noisy head that doesn't retain well. Loads of yeast at the bottom of the bottle turns the beer muddy and quite ugly. Smells doughy and yeasty, malty, fruity and vinous, with perhaps some hops. Fairly similar on the palate, with a light sweetness, mild bitterness, and a fairly prevalent note of acetone or ethyl acetate. It is fairly full and dry, and, despite its appearance, has a surprisingly low level of carbonation. Not an unpleasant beer, but it does have noticeable faults and perhaps some age on it. I imagine it would be better on the other side of the Atlantic.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 16:41:20 | More by mmmbeer
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lavellen

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been reviewed quite a bit, so I guess this review is mostly for myself :)

First I would like to speak to the over-carbonation, which it had. Sad day, I had to swirl my glass a bunch to dissolve some of it out before I could get it down without having it foam up in my mouth. The color is great for the style, the malt bill is obviously huge without any alcohol smell and the head on the beer is quite gorgeous even if it was over carb.

The aroma is a stellar example of the hefe-german yeast being affected by the heavy alcoholic components of the style.

The taste was wonderfully caramel and rich with kilned malts. I was happy with this beer, it didn't sit me on my ass shouting OH MY GOD, so I gave it an above average. Plank is solid. done.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 02:22:26 | More by lavellen
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Domingo

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this to do a head to head with Schneider Aventinus so I could compare/contrast different flavors. Overall it's similar, but definitely unique enough that you wouldn't mistake the two.

Pours a reddish brown with lots of head. More amber notes that usual, and less sediment in spite of a swirl at the bottom of the bottle.
The flavor and nose mirror one another. Big chocolate malt flavors followed by cloves, mild banana, date/fig, and nutmeg. The fruity notes are milder than other similar brews but as it warms the sweetness kicks in more. What really sets this one apart is an herbal finish that I'm guessing comes from the hops. It lingers, but it's definitely not a bad thing at all.
Slightly more easy drinking and a little lighter in texture than other dark weizenbocks.
I like it. If you like Aventinus, this one is a hair lighter and sweeter, with a hop finish that is truly unique.
I'm looking forward to doing comparisons with the Plank heller weizenbock, too. Interesting that all weizenbocks are lumped together on BA...the light and dark variations are very different.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 15:26:43 | More by Domingo
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easyjimmy

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My 1st review! Here we go...

So I still new to bocks. Just haven't had many.

A: Poured into a pint glass. Lots of foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Pour this one slow. Nice dark brown/mahogany in color.

S: After letting the head settle and the beer getting a little warmer, more of the aroma started to come out. Sweet, roasty and nutty with that banana right there inviting you for the taste.

T: At first it seem over carbinated, but I really enjoyed the bubbley feel. Nice sweetness with banana and roasted malts with a carmal finish...but the bubbleyness(I think I just made that up) is there the whole way through.

M: I think I covered this in the taste, but I like how the carbonation feel is long lasting and the flavors cover the tongue very well. I didn't feel it to be too bitter because there is a tartness that sticks around your glands till the next sip.

D: I like it. The 7.5% ABV sneeks up on you faster than you think. One thing I like the most, at least with this bottle, is that the sludge stayed at the bottom of the bottle...it didn't even try to come out.

Beer is good!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:37:11 | More by easyjimmy
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Weizenbock is perhaps the most underrated beer style out there today. Just thought we'd throw that out there.

Once poured, this beer kicks up lots of head from the carbonation--not gushing, but very active, which is par for the style. The foam really shows off the head reten- tion as well. Murky mahogany color, the trademark ap- pearance for the style. Spicy nose shows murmurs of ripe fruit, alcohol, mild phenols, yeast and a hint of lemon. Brazen crispness wakes up the palate even with a sizeable body. Big explosions of flavor: clove, bready wheat, fruit esters, nutty yeast, tart plum, bitter phenols and toasted grain among them. Some warmth comes from the alcohol, but is de- ceiving for the most part. Phenols are quite prevalent, with an herbal medicinal flavor. From middle to end, graininess pushes through with a toasted husky note. Mild hop character. Finishes slightly dry, with a lingering grain flavor.

This one's a bit rough around the edges, but most Weizenbocks are. We dig it--beer in the raw, sort of. A steaming hot bowl of goulash is bold enough to pair with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:57:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was fine, tasy, but not overly drinkable because of the sourness in there. Thick mouthffel, its filling, it looks good and dark. Not overally complex, bang the style but the only beer you can drink in a night. Lots of chocolate malt. Big malt aroma. Bannanas.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 02:26:34 | More by Sammy
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.15/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Think I got a bottle that is just turning. Bummer. Poured with a nice foamy fine off white head and some lace. Color is mahoganey. Aroma is malty and dominated by sour. Flavor is like aroma and again dominated by the sour. Beer tasted like it was almost good. No date on the bottle. Finish is like flav. Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 06:01:50 | More by drpimento
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champ103

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A large beige head forms with good retention. Sticky lace clings to the glass.
S: Toasted malt and wheat. Light fruity aromas of citrus and bananas. Dry crackers and bread. Some yeast and dry dark fruits linger. Really good.
T: Follows the nose, and again really good. Toasted malt with an earthy wheat flavor. Chocolate covered bananas. Crackers and biscuit. Some dark fruits linger.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Overly effervescent. Easy to drink. I am enjoying this a lot.

Just like the Heller Weizenbock, this is excellent. A great traditional and old world example of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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