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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
87
very good

128 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 13
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ramrod666 on 04-01-2007

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of matjack85
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of boddhitree
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of brheuer
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Jordantb313
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been in the cellar quite a while.

Swirled the sediment before emptying the bottle. Pours a murky medium brown color with a foamy two inch light khaki head that lingers. Floaties are noticeable.

Wheat, green apple esters, clove, and subtle caramel malt form the aroma. The apple is overwhelming. Toasted bread emerges as it warms.

Caramelization is more evident in the flavor, forming the backbone and carrying into a deeply toasted, slightly dry, bready finish. Apple, yeast, wheat, clove, and banana esters add intrigue. Toffee notes surface late...nutty and buttery.

Body is a touch on the full side, fairly oily, with carbonation on the high side, and slight alcohol warmth.

Fairly characterful example of the style. Good esters keep things interesting.

Photo of gkjhawk
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Absumaster
3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of morebeergood
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of mojuyt
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of output01x
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.