Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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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
2.73/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
05-10-2011 16:41:20 | More by mmmbeer
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
This one has been reviewed quite a bit, so I guess this review is mostly for myself :)
First I would like to speak to the over-carbonation, which it had. Sad day, I had to swirl my glass a bunch to dissolve some of it out before I could get it down without having it foam up in my mouth. The color is great for the style, the malt bill is obviously huge without any alcohol smell and the head on the beer is quite gorgeous even if it was over carb.
The aroma is a stellar example of the hefe-german yeast being affected by the heavy alcoholic components of the style.
The taste was wonderfully caramel and rich with kilned malts. I was happy with this beer, it didn't sit me on my ass shouting OH MY GOD, so I gave it an above average. Plank is solid. done.
04-24-2011 02:22:26 | More by lavellen
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
I bought this to do a head to head with Schneider Aventinus so I could compare/contrast different flavors. Overall it's similar, but definitely unique enough that you wouldn't mistake the two.
Pours a reddish brown with lots of head. More amber notes that usual, and less sediment in spite of a swirl at the bottom of the bottle.
The flavor and nose mirror one another. Big chocolate malt flavors followed by cloves, mild banana, date/fig, and nutmeg. The fruity notes are milder than other similar brews but as it warms the sweetness kicks in more. What really sets this one apart is an herbal finish that I'm guessing comes from the hops. It lingers, but it's definitely not a bad thing at all.
Slightly more easy drinking and a little lighter in texture than other dark weizenbocks.
I like it. If you like Aventinus, this one is a hair lighter and sweeter, with a hop finish that is truly unique.
I'm looking forward to doing comparisons with the Plank heller weizenbock, too. Interesting that all weizenbocks are lumped together on BA...the light and dark variations are very different.
02-13-2011 15:26:43 | More by Domingo
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
My 1st review! Here we go...
So I still new to bocks. Just haven't had many.
A: Poured into a pint glass. Lots of foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Pour this one slow. Nice dark brown/mahogany in color.
S: After letting the head settle and the beer getting a little warmer, more of the aroma started to come out. Sweet, roasty and nutty with that banana right there inviting you for the taste.
T: At first it seem over carbinated, but I really enjoyed the bubbley feel. Nice sweetness with banana and roasted malts with a carmal finish...but the bubbleyness(I think I just made that up) is there the whole way through.
M: I think I covered this in the taste, but I like how the carbonation feel is long lasting and the flavors cover the tongue very well. I didn't feel it to be too bitter because there is a tartness that sticks around your glands till the next sip.
D: I like it. The 7.5% ABV sneeks up on you faster than you think. One thing I like the most, at least with this bottle, is that the sludge stayed at the bottom of the bottle...it didn't even try to come out.
Beer is good!
01-17-2011 05:37:11 | More by easyjimmy
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
11-13-2010 20:57:29 | More by BeerAdvocate
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
2.15/5 rDev -44.7%
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.
04-22-2010 06:01:50 | More by drpimento
4.28/5 rDev +10%
A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A large beige head forms with good retention. Sticky lace clings to the glass.
S: Toasted malt and wheat. Light fruity aromas of citrus and bananas. Dry crackers and bread. Some yeast and dry dark fruits linger. Really good.
T: Follows the nose, and again really good. Toasted malt with an earthy wheat flavor. Chocolate covered bananas. Crackers and biscuit. Some dark fruits linger.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Overly effervescent. Easy to drink. I am enjoying this a lot.
Just like the Heller Weizenbock, this is excellent. A great traditional and old world example of the style. Highly recommended.
04-19-2010 21:58:00 | More by champ103
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-27-2010 22:47:03 | More by JordanEllwanger
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Just got this today at Stein's. Thanks Dan!
Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.
A: Wow! Pours a beautifully tiered dark to light brown from top to bottom. Every color from medium orangeish to dark brown shines throughout the beer, which is ever-so-slightly hazy. On top of the beer is a massive, dense layer of creamy foam almost like ice cream, that fades so slowly I'm having a hard time waiting for it. There's tons of sticky foam clinging all over the sides of the glass. There's still a good finger of foam just sitting on top of this beer. Just wonderful!
S: Smells full of bananas, cloves, nuts, toasted malt, and bread. Everything is blended together almost seemlessly, except the banana which is just a little bit stronger than the other aromas trying to break past it. Wonderful again!
T: Taste is delivered almost exactly the way the smell foreshadowed. The banana impresses up front, but the rest of the flavors are allowed to shine after that. The breadiness comes through in a big way at the end. Delicious.
M: The creaminess hinted at from the head is immediately noticeable, followed by a little bitterness and palate-cleansing carbonation. All in all, it coats the tongue quite nicely, achieving a pretty good balance amongst all its characteristics. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, though the bitterness and carbonation do give a little bit of an unwanted kick. Still quite good.
D: I'm not a huge fan of weizens of any sort, but this beer is really expanding my horizons. This is definitely one that I can finish quickly, and drink more. I'll have to pick up some more next time I go out :)
03-05-2010 01:27:58 | More by NewGeneric
4/5 rDev +2.8%
I got this 0.5l bottle from Half Time, costing $4.99 plus tax/dep. Here we go...
Poured into a Spaten stange, this bier is a clear, deep chestnut color. Carbo is steady and profuse, contributing to a thin, finely bubbled tan head. Lacing is average, at best, but the color is exquisite. There's plenty of sediment in the bottle, being saved for the finish. Aroma is a touch sweet, caramel and brown sugar being present, with some dark fruit notes showing up. The liquid is light on the tongue, fluffy and airy without being really prickly. As for body, it makes it into the medium range without much effort.
Flavor is estery with a tart, tangy fruitiness from the get-go, with pear and green apple getting into the mix. Some very subtle banana is here, with a hint of clove as well. At first sip I thought "eh" but as it warms and I drink more this is growing on me. OK, we're nearing the last 1/4 of the glass, so in go the yeasties. What was once a clear bier is now a drab, flat brew similar to a lightly-creamed coffee. The flavor has more of a yeasty bite to it as well, though the tart aspect lingers. Bottom line? A bit different than most weizenbocks (i.e. Aventinus) but still pretty good, nonetheless.
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4
02-25-2010 21:04:27 | More by Bierman9
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
I'm guessing my bottle is the most recent being exported as the handwriiten 'Plank' on the front label has been replaced with 'Dunkler Weizenbock' front & center in between two goats.
Pours a glowing rosewood color with burnt orange edges. The light beige dense foamy head settles at 1". The base of my glass is producing some good carbonation.
Mmmm...raisins, plums, cloves, banana, vanilla, cocoa - all very fresh in the nose. A few swirls evoke a peppery/slightly alcoholic spice way back in the nostrils. It's got the makings for a proper weizenbock. Let's see...
The aforementioned scents are pretty much transfer accurately into the 'taste' dept. The black pepper is much more prevelant, and mixes wickedly with the clove and banana. The flavors emerge darker/earthier and more savory as this beer warms.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a ton of erupting fine carbonation. Almost a little too much carbonation for my personal liking. Saying that, it does keep the flavors very much in motion and lively. Lingering peppery and dry flavorful finish.
Drinkability is good for the style. These aren't meant to be chugged and I think I'd be satisfied after a pint of this.
Overall a good example of the style. It warms the cheeks and tummy while keeping its composure. A beer meant to be savored. Lively and muscular with a dark fruity center.
12-06-2009 23:35:50 | More by malty
3.58/5 rDev -8%
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.
10-17-2009 01:27:09 | More by atsprings
2.65/5 rDev -31.9%
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
08-20-2009 16:54:55 | More by Anthony1
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from the bottle into my weizen glass, this brew is a deep reddish-brown with a thick white head that settles quickly. The nose is sweet, with ints of caramel and dried fruits. Hops are present, but subtle. The flavor is malty, with notes of caramel. On the middle of the palate, the wheat gives the beer a slight tang wich is very refreshing on a humid day like this one. The finish is off-dry, with fruity notes. For a weizenbock, the Plank doesn't have as much body as I would have expected from it. That may be the one downside to this beer. Overall it's pretty good and quite easy to drink.
08-09-2009 01:54:08 | More by WYVYRN527
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Gorgeously deep dark crimson toned brown color with a deceptive black tone in dull light. A delicately soft looking light tanned foam grows up quickly upon the pour into the weizen glass and stops at about two fingers high. The foam resides away just as soft as it looks to the point of hauntingly disappearing. Not much lace sticks, only a few spots here and there with most of it slipping back into the thick skim.
Aroma is sweet and tangy of wheat bread, perhaps a bit toasty, buttery, and smokey, and has slight purple grape juice notes as well as a titch to some chocolate.
Taste is moderately tanged in a sweet wheaty realm wrapped up into a red and purple grapey candied tartness and souring dryness across the finish. Slight chocolate, dark roasted nuttyness, vanilla, and yeasty spice fold into the finsih as it drys off ever so faintly with a simple souring lightness. Nice lasting tone within its sweetness as its smooth but peppy carbonated character really pulls thru to a nice touch of candy while still maintaining its true beeryness.
Body is of a perfect mediumness with a tart carbonation grabbing at the mid levels andfading into the finish with strong grape/berryish candy sweettarts.
This is a straight up solid showcase of what a Weizenbock should seek to be like. Perhaps a bit more complexity to its chocolate tones and a chewier body may have lead me like this even more. But all in all, this was very likeable and worth the $4.
06-04-2009 02:12:37 | More by tavernjef
2.48/5 rDev -36.2%
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.
05-21-2009 04:11:59 | More by david131
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
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
I was looking for Vitus but the store did not have that. The clerk recommended this beer instead. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head that lasts a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I do not get a lot from the aroma but I do detect some cloves and banana. Also a hint of alcohol. The flavor is awesome. There is a reason I like the darker side of wheat beers. Fruity esters abound in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. Finishes clean and neutral. The body is nothing special but is light and well carbonated. I have not had Vitus yet, but it would have to be really something for it to be better than this beer.
04-28-2009 22:28:07 | More by morimech
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
this beer pours a very pretty dirty copper with a tight crisp off white head that looks ready to recede to some patchy sheeting. the aroma is quite nice, although they didn't go to lengths to hide the alcohol. the yeasty esters are quite pronounced and the sweetness combined with the malt promise good things. the taste is quite nice with the banana and spice predominant, and the malt and alcohol warmth at the back. the body of this beer is very nice with the wheat malt doing its thing, and the crisp carbonation make it an easy drinker.
04-28-2009 04:20:41 | More by almychristopher
4.63/5 rDev +19%
This beer pours a murky brown color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and lasts forever leaving thick chunks of foam all over the glass. The aroma is of cloves, banana, tangy wheat, and hints of alcohol. The taste is full of tons of bananas, lots of cloves, and a trace of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and vibrant carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent weizenbock, and an excellent beer in general. I will surely drink this beer again numerous times.
04-25-2009 02:43:49 | More by KarlHungus
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
04-20-2009 03:17:34 | More by wedge
3.38/5 rDev -13.1%
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.
04-10-2009 05:28:32 | More by nick76
3.6/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
04-08-2009 03:22:19 | More by ColoradoBobs
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.