Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-05-2010 02:26:34 | More by Sammy
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Campfire red-orange without the smoke. A loud rush of carbonation on crown cracking indicated generous carbonation. This is becoming a trend with this brewery. The pour generated a large head of soft, nearly featureless foam that doesn't look like it'll leave much lace. Not bad, just not great. Edit: for some reason, subsequent pours look much better.
Unlike the appearance, the aroma is somewhat smoky. It's also well-toasted wheaty and is more than a little spicy. Maybe a few handfuls of beechwood-smoked malt were used. That and a kick-ass yeast strain.
Other than too much carbonation that needs several minutes to settle down, I like what Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock delivers. The typical flavors are present, as are the typical complementary flavor sensations of sweet, tangy and bitter. The beginning and middle are balanced, while the finish edges toward bitter.
Browned banana dominates, although it isn't quite as dark as the cocoa-covered banana that some beer of this style favors. The (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is... 3.5/5.0. Black pepper and clove are increasing in intensity as the beer warms. There's no shortage of flavor here.
The body/mouthfeel is more enjoyable now that I'm past the midway point of the bottle. The carbonation has eased a great deal, but this brew isn't quite big enough. If you've acquired a similarly bubbled bottle, be prepared to burp. A lot.
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock is a fine example of the style. In fact, it might even be banging on great's door if properly carbonated.
01-03-2008 14:09:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a massive head that retains well
Smell: Banana bread, wheat malt and some spicy phenols
Taste: Opens with a wheat malt and banana flavor that becomes a bit rough and grainy at mid-palate; after the swallow, the balance returns, with some sweet banana and clove elements to even out the roughness
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with effervescent carbonation
Drinkability: Very nice example of the style but not as good as the Aventinus
11-27-2007 01:46:58 | More by brentk56
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
08-12-2011 05:26:21 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Poured into a weizen glass a clouded mahogany brown with a little amber-like tinge to it,a big blooming off white head atop.Aromas are of green apple and clove mainly,a little banana shows thru as well,flavors are a good mix of dark fruit and a slight puckering green apple with some underlying chocolate and clove, medium to full makes the flavors seem fuller.A solid weizenbock here it has rich flavors and a nice feel,Plank makes some good beers in the general style.
07-09-2008 15:42:13 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgundy color with a foamy, tan, three-finger head. It left thin, sticky rings of lace.
S - It smelled of wheat, roasted malt and hints of cocoa.
T - It really had a great balance of roasted malt and wheat. Nice grassy flavors.
M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied weizenbock.
D - This is a really good brew. Great balance between wheat and malt!
05-03-2009 23:49:34 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
A chilly October sunset at Zum Schneider brought me to order a Plank Dunkler Weizenbock, and it turned out to be just the right beer for the season. A crispness was in the air and the leaves were turning... fall was here. I could smell chestnuts roasting from afar. We'd just past Oktoberfest and it was time for something with a little more girth.
The beer was clear and deep-copper with crimson, amber, and orange highlights beneath a bone-white head that held fairly well and left some nice lacing about the glass.
The aroma fit in perfectly with the season with a somewhat malty/wheaty and slightly caramelish base with a burnt-sugar/smoky edge with a hint of spice and phenol. It wasn't rich, full or "sticky", but more crisp and clean.
In the mouth it was medium-full bodied, and crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly zesty carbonation that delicately pricked the tongue.
The flavor was a subtle-touch tart with notes of lemon and wheat, followed by the typical under-note of banana backed by some mild spice. A delicate caramelish edge widened it, but to be honest, it falls more into "dunkle weizen" than "dunkle weizenbock" character. The strength is there, but the richness is lacking.
Overall, I found it quite enjoyable, and surprisingly drinkable given the strength. There are better examples of the style out there, but I'd certainly suggest trying it.
10-22-2008 02:27:34 | More by NeroFiddled
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
05-20-2011 19:06:46 | More by WVbeergeek
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
06-02-2007 04:00:18 | More by russpowell
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
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!
06-23-2014 20:45:15 | More by StonedTrippin
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt scent along with some wheat and fruit esters. It has minimal banana/clove character. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, crystal and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with a mild yeastiness. It's not a powerful beer, yet it weighs in at 7.5% abv.. The hefe character is present as well as the lager dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's complex and flavorful, as well as true to style.
07-03-2008 23:51:00 | More by WesWes
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-05-2008 02:28:59 | More by jwc215
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Aromas of bananas and clove greet my nose as I pour this beer. A soft pour produces a three-finger thick, dingy, light tan colored head that just crests the lip of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer s a hazy, dark plum color that shows lots of haze and a amber, plum color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite wholesome somehow and is incredibly appetizing. Fruity, wheat driven notes of plums, concentrated apple, some tamarind and perhaps a touch of raisin are accented by sweet clove notes and a touch of appetizing tartness. The spiciness here is just not cloves, but also takes on edges of allspice and a woody almost pepper note; really the combination of rich fruit notes and sweet spice aromas remind me of a rich, German spiced, sweet bread. Nicely complex, definitely characteristic of a traditional Weizen and it has an appetizing richness that is requisite for a Bock.
Nicely carbonated with a zesty carbonic texture. This is not quite as sweet as I was expecting and it has a full wheat tartness to it that is quite nice. Eminently quaffable, yet still has a richness when compared to a typical Hefeweizen. This has a soft creaminess to it that is just balanced by the carbonation; actually even on the light side for a Bock, but this works for something labeled a Weizenbock. The tartness accentuates flavors of plums and some apple notes. The finish is quite smooth with only a slight hop bitterness, instead what it really has is a rich, maltiness to it that is not sweet, perhaps a depth from a decoction mash. Malt driven flavors (without the typical sweetness) of browned bread, Maillard rich caramelized bread crust and grain-driven wheat flavors.
This is way too quaffable for a beer of this strength. If I was to complain I would say that it is lacking a richness and a malt sweetness that one expects in something labeled a Bock. On the other hand I do like how drinkable this is and how nice the dry, yet rich malt character is.
07-18-2008 05:52:48 | More by Gueuzedude
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-20-2012 23:22:29 | More by weeare138
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours a dark reddish brown with a finely beaded head that settles to a thin cap. Lovely bready and banana aromas with just a touch of clove and chocolate. The taste is somewhat similar, but very fizzy which distracts slightly from the flavors, but it is also quite bready and with more pronounced. snappy clove and somewhat less banana up front, although it manifests in the finish. Crisp, highly carbonated and finishes bready and slightly sweet with zingy spice. Very nice example, I'll bet this is not quite so aggressively carbonated on tap. Nice.
11-26-2008 00:49:37 | More by Georgiabeer
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.93/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-22-2012 05:47:04 | More by mothman
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-21-2013 04:51:54 | More by superspak
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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
05-23-2011 04:19:28 | More by Mebuzzard
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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
01-30-2008 00:09:07 | More by beerthulhu
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.