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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
88
very good

93 Reviews
THE BROS
80
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Reviews: 93
Hads: 128
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.71%
Wants: 15
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Brauerei Michael Plank visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ramrod666 on 04-01-2007

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Reviews: 93 | Hads: 128
Photo of ramrod666
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer was given to me by a friend in the beer industry. a new import. he knew nothing of the brewery, just that they made good beer. i have heard this many times and thought, well, here we go. this beer comes in a 500ml bottle and poures a dark walnut brown witha huge beige head. it looks great in my appropriate glassware. the smell is great. the taste is terrific. very heavy banana carmel malt witha slightly dry finish. mouthfeel was rather viscous and veryheavy. the drinkabilty was awesome. goes down so smooth and warming. a definite winner. (553 characters)

Photo of umustdrink
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml. bottle
New at my local beer store
2004 Gold Medal World Beer Cup Winner
Plank Brauerei - Seit 1617
Ingredients: water, malted wheat, malted barley, hops, yeast

A - Dark mahogany caramel color mostly opaque. No sediment. Head is dark white, fluffy, pillowy, amazing! Lacing is strong and clings to the sides of the weizen glass in thick collections. Weizen glasses were made for this beer, it looks fantastic.

S - Intense banana, bubblegum yeast, sugary and spicy and faintly caramely from the bock influence. Sweetness comes from a fruity dark grape smell.

T - Warm bready malts and a perfect balance of earthy and fruity yeasts. The dark grape element comes through again in the middle of the taste and complemented this time by a rich smokiness. An extra faint warming alcohol sense at the end.

M - Consistency is borderline thick and the carbonation is minimal and right were it belongs.The yeast provides a little bite at the end.

D - Everything about this beer is simply amazing. Based on the number of reviews I can see this is new to the American market and I think it's going to do very well.

I paid 6 bucks for the 500ml bottle and I am definitely going to have this again. (1,199 characters)

Photo of davedahl
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured with a large, but appropriate, head. Great retention but no lacing whatsoever - likely due to low hop oils which makes sense for the style.

Color was an interesting opaque light brown.

Distinctive malt taste with light mouth feel. As the beer warmed slight citrus and banana was apparent.

Very good dunkle. (326 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gift, thanks to a distributor friend in Asheville, North Carolina.

Huge effercescence on the pour. Deep and rich in colour, dark brown to nearly black. Rocky yet welcoming three-finger head. The head retention was superb as was the lacing in my Sly Fox Royal Weisse glass...

Aromas are fantastic... One whiff, and you know you are opening a high quality, Bayerische Bier. A bit of hot alcohol to carry the roasted grains, notes of dark cherry, Weissebier-esque banana, and just the faintest twinge of hops to balance out the whole thing. Flavor follows suit with great balance of the biscuity, bready maltiness and the natural sweetness of dried fruits and - oh yeah - there's that quintessential banana again - with a light coating of bittersweet chocolate to finish it off. Smooth on the palate, this weizenbock is a keeper. I know I have Aventinus rated as one of my favorite Biers, but a side-by-side would be needed to crown the true champion in my book.

All in all a solid Bier. I never would have figured it to be 7.5% ABV. I need to have this one available to me on a regular basis and I also need to try the rest of their line...

Zum wohl! (1,172 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a murky brown color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and lasts forever leaving thick chunks of foam all over the glass. The aroma is of cloves, banana, tangy wheat, and hints of alcohol. The taste is full of tons of bananas, lots of cloves, and a trace of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and vibrant carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent weizenbock, and an excellent beer in general. I will surely drink this beer again numerous times. (500 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9 oz. 7.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy chestnut/brown color. Off-white, foam cap head. Head trickles to a nice rocky pillow that last for quite some time. A few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Banana, and many other fruits seem to hit me first in the nose. A bit of caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol also chime in. What a nose on this!

A bit of whaet tartness comes first, followed by a hint of caramel and lots of fruit. Bananas and berries seem to come to mind. Just a hint of alcohol. Seems to have just a slight earthy hop finish. This is certainly all about the wheat and the yeast.

Very well balanced. Good body and carbonation. Very well made. Excellent. I could go for this often. (715 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent amber/caramel with 4 fingers+ of rocky light sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Slight bubblegum notes & a little pepper. Also slight booze notes.

T: Fruitty(apricots/dates)/bready with bubblegum & a hint chocolate up front. Slight brown sugar, toffee, & pumpernickel notes as this warms. Finishes bready, peppery & fruitty & quenching for the style

MF: Rich, medium/heavy bodied with perfect carbonation

Drank real easy for the abv, this is a nice weizenbock! The best one from this brewery IMO. I'd pay $5 for this again, easily, wish it was cheaper, though. I like this better than adventius I think. so say my ratings, need to do a side by side comparison! (706 characters)

Photo of Scoobydank
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Light caramel brown color. The head is a light bwon/white. thick and frothy.
S: A very light brown sugar. Past that nothing else stick out for me.
T:Off the bat i pick up sweet red apple skins. Then spicey banana kick in.
M: A full round carbonation fizzy feeling.
D:Great beer. A very fun complete one as well. (314 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock pours clean, brilliant chestnut under a very persistent 3” thick rocky off white head. Darker bread and banana aromas on the nose with faint traces of clove and a pinch of sweetness. Bread and banana on the palate are seasoned by the dark malts which give a faint chocolate coffee note and combined with the lighter malt tones suggesting a faint root beer or cola presence. While yeast driven, he beer is very well balanced between the malts, alcohol, yeast driven fruit flavors and the finishing hop accent. This is a very smooth, creamy full bodied beer with above average carbonation. (624 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for Vitus but the store did not have that. The clerk recommended this beer instead. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head that lasts a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I do not get a lot from the aroma but I do detect some cloves and banana. Also a hint of alcohol. The flavor is awesome. There is a reason I like the darker side of wheat beers. Fruity esters abound in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. Finishes clean and neutral. The body is nothing special but is light and well carbonated. I have not had Vitus yet, but it would have to be really something for it to be better than this beer. (641 characters)

Photo of boddhitree
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (1,452 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer brought to beerclub by kkulacki, who keeps finding these Planks all over Michigan. Pours crimson/mahogany with a massive white head. looks very nice. Smells of black fruits, bananas, rum, malt and caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel malt with noticeable alcohol and a pruney-banana blend. Slightly yeasty. Banana flavor not overwhelming as it can be in some beers of the style. Very nice. Smooth, almost velvety. A very nice drinker. Wish we had it locally. (459 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 for a 1pt .9fl oz bottle. Something quite new on the shelfs here, and not many reviews. Pours out to a lightly hazy dark mahogany with reddish amber hues at the edges of the glass. Briskly, yet finely carbonated with a hefty whoosh when releasing the cap. Forms a powdery light tan head with better than average retention and mild lacing. Aroma of fresh banana bread, spicy cloves, a touch of vanilla, and a very distant pink bubblegum. Very nice nose. Very cleanly fermented. Mouthfeel is spritzy and ends with a smooth roasted grain astringency. The taste is as expected for the nose...not as sweet as Aventinus and a bit more roasted. At first, I get a very subtle boiling pasta taste. Bitterness is quite mild, relying on the phenols instead. The roasted grains add a touch of grape-skin acidity and astringency as well. Finishes with leather. Medium bodied by my account.

This is a very nice weizen-bock, but it barely falls into that category. Could easily be confused for some breweries dunkel-weizens. Either or, it's a good beer. I wish it had a bit more heft and body, personally. (1,099 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,095 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle bought for $2.99 in northern OH (a steal versus $4-5 in MI). The beer is dark copper / burnt orange and clear, with a massive foam comprised of large celled suds. The nose is subdued versus competitive weizenbocks, but has the required bananas and cloves, and a hint of lactose. The taste is large, very rich with bananas and cloves and a little bubblegum, very sweet tasting. The thick body is just right for the style, this is a great beer even if its aroma is modest. (491 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for a dark wheat lager from germany, this is about as good as it can get. it is everything it says it is, and more. for me, i cant really see the style improving much, and like all the plank beers, its quality is simply astounding and well ahead of its peers. this pours a charcoal tinted brown color, with some yeast sediment and a rapidly rising milkshake thick khaki tan head that never relents. the nose is that banana clove hefe yeast, with some really roasty wheat malt that stays light and doesnt go bitter, as well as a clean bready lager yeast. interesting yeast combination here, very german, but also quite unique. the flavor starts with the dark grain and moves into a slightly boozy malty middle, a little sweeter than the start. it moves through banana bread, bran muffin, and campfire smoke, before returning to a relatively clean and tidy lager finish. impressively complex, not overdone, just clever and traditional at the same time. frothy and fluffy feeling, aside from a slight alcohol burn, this beer is gentle all the way through. carbonation is just active enough, and the beer opens up a whole lot as it warms too. the thing that amazes me as much as how good this is, is how cheap it is. i need to start buying this stuff a lot more frequently! (1,269 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 World Cup Gold medal.

A: dark burnt cranberry color with a huge rocky 3 finger off white head. The lacing stuck to the sides of the glass nicely while the visible carbonation was light.

S: some fresh cranberries, bananas, cloves, and a variety of spices.

T: The initial flavor was malty with a big dark roasted character and caramel along with a charred smokiness. There was a big doughy palate, some dry chocolate and a earthy bitterness from the hops. The finish was smooth with a good smokiness detected and rich roasted malt lacing on the tongue leaving some bacon and campfire notes upon warming. A very good dark roasted malt bill and was very yeasty for a doppelbock, with some dry fruitiness, alcohol, and a good spiciness.

M: Nice mineral mouthful, spicy and smoky

D: A very good recommend and very good drink (832 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours ruby brown with a thick off-white head that thins and stays. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of dark, sourish fruit - prune, date, raisin - with some cocoa/chocolate, caramel, wheat tang, and a pumpernickel-ish breadiness.

The taste is of dark and tart cherry-like fruitiness. Malty with some iron/minerals and caramel/toffee. It has a mild, but solid hop presence in the back. It is sweet and sour with a bitterish touch in the finish. Nice balance and subtle complexities.

It is medium-to-full-bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation (though not in a distracting or fizzy way).

Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, though it adds just the right amount of warmth for the style. This is a delicious weizenbock with nice balance - sweet, sour, then bitterness mixing in. (836 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to see this beer on the shelves after reading the review of it in one of the BA magazines. Pours a light brown, with a rocky head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet berry, honey and alcohol come to mind for the aroma. Taste has elements of cherry, plum, and an overall wine or port presence. Mouthfeel is medium, and quite drinkable. Great example for this style. Tastes even better if you let it warm up a little bit. (431 characters)

Photo of NewGeneric
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this today at Stein's. Thanks Dan!
Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.

A: Wow! Pours a beautifully tiered dark to light brown from top to bottom. Every color from medium orangeish to dark brown shines throughout the beer, which is ever-so-slightly hazy. On top of the beer is a massive, dense layer of creamy foam almost like ice cream, that fades so slowly I'm having a hard time waiting for it. There's tons of sticky foam clinging all over the sides of the glass. There's still a good finger of foam just sitting on top of this beer. Just wonderful!

S: Smells full of bananas, cloves, nuts, toasted malt, and bread. Everything is blended together almost seemlessly, except the banana which is just a little bit stronger than the other aromas trying to break past it. Wonderful again!

T: Taste is delivered almost exactly the way the smell foreshadowed. The banana impresses up front, but the rest of the flavors are allowed to shine after that. The breadiness comes through in a big way at the end. Delicious.

M: The creaminess hinted at from the head is immediately noticeable, followed by a little bitterness and palate-cleansing carbonation. All in all, it coats the tongue quite nicely, achieving a pretty good balance amongst all its characteristics. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, though the bitterness and carbonation do give a little bit of an unwanted kick. Still quite good.

D: I'm not a huge fan of weizens of any sort, but this beer is really expanding my horizons. This is definitely one that I can finish quickly, and drink more. I'll have to pick up some more next time I go out :) (1,617 characters)

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
88 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.