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: 14
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of drpimento
2.18/5  rDev -44.4%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of david131
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Wow, this was a foamer. A cloudy brown beer with a head that settles down to a 1 cm off white head that looks fairy weak. Pretty bland.

S- Just a hint of apple juice... and that is all I can get out of this.

T- Just hints of brown sugar and apple juice. There is a slight alcohol presence that is apparent only by the numbness. Not bad, but incredibly boring.

M- Overcarbonated and numbing.

D- Well, this was a disappointment. I can't think of another beer that is this boring, especially with the alcohol content this has. (530 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a weizen glass

poured a dark amber haze with ok head, not much lace.

smells of cloves, a slight banana, and bread.

tastes similar. mostly bready... not much to enjoy. medium body with ok carb, and i didn't dislike drinking it, but again nothing special (269 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
2.72/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Discovered in the fridge at Andy's Corner in Bogota. Gold Medal Winner at the WBC 2004. I'll be serving this at between fridge and cellar temperature in a weizen glass after dinner... there's no freshness date on this bottle.

Appearance- Wow... a glorious abundance of wheat malt creates a silky drapery within my glass. Deep pruny raisin in color, with barely any light penetration, this supports a three finger head that condenses and settles to a solid half inch. Beautiful color distribution, from a burnished mahogany to cordovan.

Smell- That familiar aroma of millipedes and damp leaves, bringing the outdoors in while beckoning the first sip. Sweet aroma that emphasizes the classic German yeast strain and gets the saliva flowing.

Taste- An unexpected sourness takes a firm grip of the tongue, throwing the taste buds a knuckleball. It takes about 10 seconds for it to concede to the hot, malty profile that follows. This beer certainly doesn't hold back on the alcohol heat either... compared to Aventinus or some other examples of the style, it's outright harsh. The finish is ripe with hops and fruity phenols, but the lingering heat blocks out what could have been a complex, bountiful curtain call.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wickedly aggressive carbonation that explodes like dynamite across the mouth. Piranha-like microbites sizzle the tongue while the beer expands in a gaseous, belly-filling fashion. With barely a swish, this puffs the cheeks outwards and tests my pressure capacities. Strong burps ensue, punctuating a less-than-impressive Weizenbock experience. Not recommended. (1,600 characters)

Photo of ThirstyBird
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep brown with a reddish hue. Big head that I can actually hear fizzing quite loudly! It falls back to a half inch head that sticks around. It at first pour looked like a root beer float.

The aroma is yeasty, malty with a little spice clove note.

Taste is sweet malt with fruit. This beer had a metallic taste to it that was not to it's advantage. Disregarding the metallic taste I feel that it is a decent weisenbock but not close to my favorites.

Mouthfeel is really carbonated and gassy. It is almost distracting. (526 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous beer, with a glowing copper rust under an enormous fluffy head made of zillions of tiny bubbles. Incredible head retention.

Aroma is banana, apple skins, nougat, light toffee, even lighter milk chocolate.

Flavor is a mixture of both good and bad. The good is the banana, earthy wheat, obvious yeast (nearly Belgian in character) and traces of caramel and toffee. Nearly ruining all that is a sour pucker, as well as a steely, nearly medicinal bite. Like sucking on a penny. Not sure what's going on there, but it's not easy to get down. I bought this at a reputable store (City Beverage, W-S, NC), never found other beers there to be old, expired, light-stricken or otherwise unacceptable. Maybe this one is indeed old, or maybe I just don't care for it. And the mouthfeel is a little too sharp and over-carbonated for the style.

So off balance. Glad I have a second bottle...will revise the review if that one performs significantly better. I can tell there's a great beer in here, but as of right now, I've had many better Weizenbocks. C'est la vie. (1,064 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
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. (3,342 characters)

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass. Tons of carbonation, massive head. I had to wait for it to settle to fill the glass. Poured a dark amber. Pretty restrained aroma of clove and some malt. I got a slightly metallic note that wasn't pleasant. Medium bodied with a decent malt backbone. A bit of spice in the finish. I was pretty disappointed with this. I'm a big bock fan, and I was really looking forward to trying this. It just seemed very bland. (451 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and fruity with raisins, sour kraut, gum-balls, caramel, toffee, and paper. The appearance is red brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a decent beer but nothing exceptional. I would recommend this. (261 characters)

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown, slightly hazy, trickles of carbonation upon deeper view, thick foamy head settles to finger thickness, good lacing
s: nice slightly sweet wheat aroma with bits of banana bread
t: moderate malts upfront, followed by plum flavor and finishing with a tart fruitiness
m: lots of carbonation but almost a light body, which was a disappointment
d: misleading until i re-read the label - bavarian dunkler weizenbock. not nearly as smooth as it smelled and tartness made it less drinkable than anticipated. not the best representation of a weizenbock, but smell was weizenbock-like while the taste was too dunkler -like. overall a good beer, just doesn't rank with aventinus or some other weizenbocks i've had if you want to compare it to "straight" weizenbocks. (769 characters)

Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having tried the Plank heller weizenbock last week, I thought I'd give its darker twin a try tonight...

Appearance -- Much like the heller version, this one provides an astoundingly full head. I reduced my pour to a faint trickle in order to minimize the foam (as compared to the volcanic eruption I poured out of the heller), and I still wound up with a good three fingers of frothy, off-white head. The body of this beer looks awesome -- deep, opaque brown, with amber/mahogany hints around the edges. Yeast distributes itself readily throughout the glass.

Smell -- Just about identical to the heller: banana esters are prevalent, with a hint of roastiness and a vague, fleeting cherry scent. The aroma is inviting (and, thus, a bit deceptive).

Taste -- Given my expectations (based on this beer's appearance and smell, and the not-too-badness of the heller version), this is a real disappointment. Ever had Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel? If so, try to imagine that, but cut with water and a drop or two of that "Real Lemon" stuff that comes in a lemon-shaped squeeze bottle. If not, think of a standard dunkel hefeweizen, but with the same water/lemon additives. There is also a not-entirely-subtle hint of metal, calling to mind copper or blood. Additionally, I can pick up something resembling brettanomyces' unique flavor in this beer. You might call this mutant brew a hybrid of dark hefe weizen and a Berliner weisse. Strange, and not my favorite...but still not bad enough to call "bad."

Mouthfeel -- I guess I hinted at this in the "Taste" section, but this beer has far less body than I expected, given its rich appearance and aroma. It's surprisingly watery, and it's almost overwhelmed with softer-than-soda fizz. Think Alka-Seltzer bubbles -- tons of them. This beer foams up in your mouth, making each swallow expand your esophagus on the way down. Weird.

Drinkability -- Marginally above average, I guess. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the flavor and mouthfeel don't really appeal to me. There are much better examples of the style out there. Speaking of "the style," I'd call this a dunkel hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. The 7.50% abv is somewhat higher than expected for a standard hefeweizen, but it's not the kind of hefty, strong brew I'd expect in a bottle labeled "weizenbock." Besides that, the traditional toasted/dried fruit flavors of a dark weizenbock are only vaguely perceptible, and that's if you use your imagination.

For me, the two best German weizenbocks out there are Schneider Aventinus and Weihenstephaner Vitus (which are drastically different from one another, but still great). This one doesn't come close. (2,649 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (1,143 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a brown color with a huge rocky head that quickly began to subside. The aroma is malty with the yeast noticeable. The taste is malty and spicy – possibly even a bit floral. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is quite noticeable. Overall, this is an easy to drink brew – not offensive, but missing a punch. (333 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt, wheat, bananas and sugar.

T: An OK taste combination of wheat (which wasn't overly noticable), bananas and some sugar. A pleasant, but not superb taste.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that's drinkable, but not spectacularly so. Worth a shot. (484 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky dark brown with a decent frothy khaki head that is slow to diminish and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of dried fruits, molasses and burnt caramel. The taste is a blend of sweet fruits, burnt caramel and mild spice. The beer is medium bodied with warming alcohol and decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable Weizenbock to say the least. (413 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle as shown.

Moderate pour into a 23-ounce Hefeweizen glass yield a HUGE frothy, bumpy tan over cloudy, semi-opaque mahogany body. Can't even come close to pouring 16.9 ounces of this beer into a 23-ounce glass: took three pours and 15 minutes to get it all in there. Then, the head fades to a solid lid and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is rich and warm, though not overtly strong. Nice chocolate malt backbone is supported by a good wheaten sourness. Hints of bubblegum and banana. Round buttery acetyls (I'm thinking, "Is this an English Brown?") are notable during the pour, but fade as the head fades.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but overall not as strong. The thought of English Brown just won't go away: in taste it's more like that than a Weizenbock. Bubblegum and banana are almost absent from the taste.

Mouthfeel is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. Where's the rich creaminess of Aventinus or the cremay crispness of Vitus? Neither is there. Not even particularly smooth: perhaps 3.0 is generous.

Drinkability is good, as it would be if this were an English Brown. But for a Weizenbock, I've got to knock off a point.

This is rather weak for a Weizenbock. Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much. Not bad, but not anything overtly special. If it's on sale, I'd get more of this, but I wouldn't choose it over a few others. (1,362 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (1,425 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy dark walnut, with very active carbonation. Crackling orange tinged head has extremely good retention, but sadly leaves little lace.

S: Sweet and fruity initially. Letting the nose linger lets loose a heavy dose of cloves and lemon. In the background lies the faintest baking chocolate aroma.

T: Dry and extremely tart. A chocolate biscuit flavor starts things out. Cloves and lemon combine to create a sharp, tart and puckering bitterness. There's a mild vinegar acidity in the finish.

M: Medium body is grainy and has very sharp carbonation.

D: OK, but not great. The slight vinegar taste makes me think I may have gotten an over the hill bottle. Maybe worth a revisit with a fresher sample. (715 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazed reddened amber with a modest head. Spicy, cidery aroma...sweet bread, raisins, mild "holiday" spices, clove, and chocolate. Just a bit of dried banana. More spiced flavors than a typical weizenbock. Dark fruit, apples, banana and bubblegum. Tart and drying with high carbonation that keeps the creaminess down. Pretty good. (338 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one pours out of the half litre bottle a nearly opaque cherry wood colour with a somewhat large and fizzy head that died down quickly. little rings of lace. when i popped open the bottle, it spewed out a little, so be careful.. there is seemingly a high level of carbonation to plank offering. typical ripe fruits and spice in the nose...clove, banana, and rum cake. quite nice. upon tasting it, again the prickly, carbonated mouthfeel appears, giving it belgian qualities. light flavours of over ripe fruit, bananas, clove, pepper...definite wheat tones without the barely sweetness. well attentuated...maybe too well. alcohol warmth with yeasty and wooden notes, too. the fun seems to end when it comes to the mouthfeel...i feel that the overwhelming prickly carbonation gets in the way of the flavours of this dunkel weizenbock instead of accentuating them. the body is too light and the finish too dry IMHO for the style. drinkability is great...this is an interesting and flavourful weizenbock. style defying.


it's a crossover to be sure with that belgian flair...and it's a damn good beer...but trying to be the best of both worlds doesn't seem to work this time. (1,179 characters)

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick dark mahogany color with a very slight transparency. a very thick caramel colored head. A great weizen sent. wheaty and malt-tastic. Never had a dark wheat beer before. Has an unusual porter like taste to it. An interesting breed this weizen and bock. It has that tart malt sting and the dark bitter bite. Not a bad beer.
Cheers. (335 characters)

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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