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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

(view ratings)
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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Reviews by output01x:
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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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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.

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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.

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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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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.

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Flavor, not bad.

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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