Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
Ok, if you've been reading my reviews from today it won't surprise you in the least that I received this bottle after Beeradvocate.com's German Beer Fest in 2007.
Privatbrauerei Plank Laaber Seit 1617. Do people realize 1617 was 400 years ago? It's mindboggling. Think about that the next time you drive by a mini-mall. Hell, think about that the next time you drive by the Capitol in Washington, DC.
I'm enjoying this beer from a Harpoon Ale mug, which is one of my favorite vessels in my collection.
Appearance: A lingering, mountainous white head. I want to go sledding on it. Deep amber body.
Smell: All I can get is malt and a little bit of fruit.
Taste: Malt, and a touch of sourness. Dates and raisins.
Mouthfeel: Stickiness that lingers a bit.
Drinkability: There's a heaviness to this brew, without the high ABV that would limit the amount one might drink this brew, but this is definitely quality over quantity.
02-18-2008 00:07:30 | More by fdrich29
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle
A: Pours a deep brown under a big white head. No lace, some retention.
S: Smells of spice, banana, caramel, wheat and a little bit of yeast.
T: Nice and sweet up front with some hints of bananas, a little bit of clove, light caramel and some syrupy, dark fruit, cherry sticking out. Bitterness is noticeable, slight drying character from alcohol that is otherwise hidden. Some earthy yeast tones in the aftertaste. Wheat tones are there but take a backseat to much of the other tastes.
M/D: Full body, very thick feeling but not sticky or astringent, light carbonation. Alcohol masked well, drinkability is decent. Definitely can feel the fullness of this one. Very good beer, really feels like you could live off of this if needed.
02-05-2008 00:41:12 | More by NCSUdo
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
A- Deep amber brown with an enormous frothy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Big vicious carbonation.
S- Strong clove, banana and brown sugar.
T- Brown sugar/ molasses malt with an equal balance of cloves and wheat. Big strong flavor could become a little cloying after a few.
M- Big chewy malt, slightly sweet, with a bubbly flavorful finish. Slight alc. twang in the end.
Overall- A solid Weizenbock! My 1st of the Plank beers and delicious!
02-04-2008 20:19:53 | More by NJpadreFan
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
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
01-13-2008 19:48:12 | More by Scoobydank
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
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a nice muddy brown color with a pillowy tan head that dissipated into a nice cap. The smell is of wheat malt, bananas and clove. The taste is of apples, banana and some other sweet fruit. I got a slight wave of chocolate malt but that didn't last very long. Sweeter and less dry than their hefe. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finished well balanced. A very easy to drink weizenbock, not much in the way of malty taste but very balanced and smooth.
12-31-2007 23:27:40 | More by Gmann
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
This is a very nice dark weizenbock beer. I first had this at the German Beer Festival in Boston and thought I would never find it again, but it is available at Elm St. Liquors in Davis Square. Another feather in their cap for what to me is the best beer store in Boston area. The beer pours cloudy, dark, not much head, and what there is is a bit on the soapy side. No lacing to speak of. The beer is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, and the smell is malt, yeast, and cooked prunes. The taste is the high point by far. There is a somewhat dryish, for a weizenbock, malty, and bready taste. The beer is amply full of yeast, and there is a prunish taste in the mid section that tails off in the finish. Some refer to this as banana, but I believe its more a full yeast flavor that is pushing things in the banana-ish direction. This is a very nice weizenbock that isn't too sweet, does not have an overly syrupy feel, and one in which the 7.5% ABV is well masked. Worth seeking out, if you can find it. L'Chaim.
12-15-2007 23:39:57 | More by albern
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle poured at the BA/RB table at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Translucent, orange hue, 2 fingers of off-white creamy head, little lacing
S- Banana bread malts, sweet sugar candy and light fruits, citrus
T- Initial taste is huge banana flavors, bread malts, subtler citrus fruits, some dark fruits, and light rum liquer
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Easy-drinking Dunkle Weizen with plenty of flavor and boldness, good balance, well-masked alcohol is barely detectable
12-03-2007 01:17:34 | More by Stoneman78
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
12-02-2007 19:26:29 | More by barefootbrewer
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
3.33/5 rDev -14.4%
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.
11-05-2007 22:39:43 | More by belgbeerdrinker
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- A dark brown-red beer with an agressive whitish head. It had solid carbonation and sticking.
S- A very sweet and fruity malty scent with some floral hop aroma.
T- Up front this was a very malty beer. The flavors reminded me of something like cooked plums. However, there was a hoppy flavor offered up in the finish.
M- Very full mouthfeel.
D- While this was a full-flavored beer I could (and did) drink more than one in an evening.
Overall- An obviously strong beer that wasn't too overpowering. I tried this beer at an Oktoberfest celebration and found myself having seconds without any ill-effects.
11-03-2007 01:30:07 | More by GRPunk
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
10-24-2007 20:59:06 | More by aforbes10
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
09-18-2007 03:11:16 | More by jamie2dope
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
I've been holding this sample for about 6 months at ~44 deg. F.
Under the cap there is a prolific cascade of gunsmoke. A pour launches foam that crests and recedes relatively quickly leaving a sheet of coffee ice cream colored foam. Banana flambee aromas focus neatly on top of cream and vanilla. A murky spine of burnt, oily bitterness swaddled in malty viscosity. Bright husk acids splash back alcohol, spice and bitter finishes.
08-20-2007 18:25:18 | More by putnam
4.63/5 rDev +19%
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...
07-04-2007 16:38:04 | More by goindownsouth
3.7/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
06-16-2007 22:55:26 | More by budgood1
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
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
A: Pours a dark murky brown with a big massive head. Lots of sustain and lacing.
S: Light smell of yeasty phenols and wheat and grains with a hint of banana.
T: Spicy taste and a strong wheat backbone with fruity malt flavors.
M: Full-bodied and lightly carbonated with a soft and creamy texture. Alcohol noticable in a nice warming effect.
D: The taste is a bit below the level of Aventinus, but it's not far off. Definitely worth a try.
05-16-2007 02:04:34 | More by klewis
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
$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.
05-12-2007 04:56:15 | More by Mitchster
4.8/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
05-08-2007 02:29:39 | More by umustdrink
4.83/5 rDev +24.2%
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.
04-01-2007 05:05:49 | More by ramrod666
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.