Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
01-29-2013 02:29:42 | More by barczar
3.1/5 rDev -20.3%
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.
11-04-2012 16:14:42 | More by Absumaster
4.35/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
08-09-2012 03:56:10 | More by morebeergood
3.18/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
05-22-2012 03:53:57 | More by StoutHunter
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
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
04-01-2012 23:18:05 | More by output01x
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
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. The beer started foaming from the bottle right after I popped the cap, which was a surprise. The color is a very dark brown, almost black. It has ruby and caramel tones where the light passes through. Three fingers of very dense, thick head stuck around for a long time, eventually dissipating to a billowy cap. After giving the bottle a swirl and dumping in the remaining goodness, I noticed a couple chunks of sedimentation floating in the glass. There was even some darkening the head.
Smell: Sweet, but sinister. Brandy, raisins, plum, cherry, black licorice, and a little chocolate. The aroma is also very bready and yeasty.
Taste: The mouthfeel is very thick and rich, and the flavor corresponds. All the dark fruits from the smell are present, but chocolate and toasted caramel form the backbone. Noticeable with each sip is the slight alcohol sting, which complimented the flavors. However, it faded as the beer warmed and was masked well by the malts.
Drinkability: Very well crafted brew. It lacks the deep complexity of the style’s heavy hitters, but it is still a good brew.
10-20-2011 04:15:20 | More by TheQuietMan22
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
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
A moderate pour produces a fairly voluminous head. Very active carbonation supports a continually renewing head of very light tan/dirty-white foam. Beer itself is very dark amber/mahogany in color, practically black without light shining through it. Lacing is more spotty than sheets, but still very respectable.
Scents of fresh-baked dark bread, raisins, mild chocolate, malt sweetness, and slight ethanol. Not much detectable in terms of characteristic weissbier phenolics or esters, perhaps hidden by other entities here?
The taste is full, nearly huge, opening with sweetness from wheat and barley malt, then transitioning to dark/heavy fruit flavors like baked/stewed prunes or very syrupy figs. Some chocolate roastiness. Behind all this are phenols coming across as clove and nutmeg. Greater levels of ethanol are apparent, too, as slight alcohol undertones are present below all this typical weissbier flavor, lending it a sort of darkness and depth. Aftertaste is of toasted bread, yeast.
Mouthfeel is a bit harsh due to the excessive carbonation in this beer, which causes that "carbonation burn." Fortunately, this mellows over time, but it is not initially pleasant. Fairly heavy-bodied. Finish is dry.
A quality weizenbock, stronger in flavor, but not sharper, than other versions of the style. Would check out again, definitely.
07-23-2011 22:07:52 | More by falloutsnow
3.43/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
07-08-2011 14:41:09 | More by OWSLEY069
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
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.