Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen - Brauerei Michael Plank
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Reviews by putnam:
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Tea stained yellow liquid with a glossy topping of white. Contained, alcohol-driven sweet aromas of grain husks, stone and sticky, dense bread. Attractive maraschino cherry and melon flavors are ruled by sooty bitterness. The gas is a coherent and massive force that adds to the dry effect. Stern stuff, and delicious.
10-19-2007 15:03:35 | More by putnam
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
The perfect beer to drink on a hot ass sweatin day like today here in NC.Poured into a weizen glass a mix of peach and golden with a huge blooming white head that took its time as it settled,lemony aromas with a mix of toasted wheat malt and light clove.Very refreshing on the palate,lemon pith and toasty wheat the clove-like phenolic flavors are kept in check well wich I like.Wow a big time refresher its light and flavorful,a great Bavarian wheat here.
06-04-2008 22:46:21 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.
Think "old-world wheat beer."
Completely hazed orange-colored brew; nothing shy about the head as it creeps to the rim of the glass. No question about the strength of its head retention, either. Mild clove aroma, a bit lemony and bready, with mild phenols and a tame fruitiness in the background. Impec- cably smooth, with such a beautiful medium body that it just rolls right over the tongue. Big splashes of spicy wheat and mildly nutty yeast hit the taste buds first. Hops are very modest with a small squirt of bitterness. Soft tones of clove with a fruitiness wrapped around them. Quick flashes of lemon and banana in the middle. Very wheaty finish; bready with a clean grain flavor in the drying finish.
Yet another prime example for US brewers to notice when they're thinking of brewing a Hefeweizen. Simply put, your beer does not have to taste entirely of clove and banana. Thankfully, Plank is spot-on with subtle yet complex charac- teristics with a great balance to boot. A chicken kabob Greek salad with extra- cured olives and feta cheese would make an excellent pairing.
11-13-2010 20:58:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
5/5 rDev +30.2%
At D'z in Regent Square, this was the best hefeweizen I've ever had hands down pure excellence in a bottle. Appears a clouded deep golden hefe infused wheat beer. Egg shell white head thick vibrant carbonation flowing nicely, even lacing. Aroma has hints of banana clove and a mild spiced fruity apple tones with a touch of bubblegum. Sharp wheat with mild citrus notes, flavors are awesome hands down one of the most flavorful and easily drinking hefeweizens I've ever had. More banana clove and citrus notes just make this beer so refreshing. Mouthfeel has medium body with a nice flowing effervescent carbonation level, perfect for gulping down in the warm weather. Like I said, favorite hefeweizen hands down the best of the style I've ever had.
05-20-2011 18:50:28 | More by WVbeergeek
3.65/5 rDev -4.9%
A- Light golden copper with a HUGE frothy/ foamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S- Crisp yeast and wheat. Light touch of banana's and bubblegum clove.
T- Immediate wheat, hay, and straw flavors hit you. A mild, but solid, banana clove hefe flavor bursts through with a lemony sweet finish.
M- Sweet throughout with an even slightly sweeter pinch in the end. Dry and crisp.
Overall- A definite above average Hefe. A little sweet but enjoyable and easily drinkable!
02-27-2008 21:36:04 | More by NJpadreFan
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
A: a clouded orange yellow runs amuck with golden swirls throughout. Somewhat on the darker side for a Hefe. A good chunk of dense foam formed, sat, and stayed for the duration of the drink. Lacing is average and looks nice
S: yeasty banana breaded aroma. Some cloves and various spices compliment the overall smell. Kinda mild
T: the palate is full of banana custard and flaked sugar pie crust. Jogging my memory, I would have to say that this is one of the more delectable Hefe's I have had in a while. It is smooth, chock full of wheat, slightly dry and crisp, and loaded with clove encrusted bananas. Tasty
M: very nice feel and great crisp character. The body is light to mild. Way to easy to drink and full of character
D: hands down one the tastier Hefe's around town. Just a pleasing drinker overall
05-14-2010 02:52:51 | More by Magpie14
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
A- Pours a dark golden orange color that gets considerably darker with the yeast added after the pour. There is a decent sized off-white head as well.
S- The aroma is your pretty typical Hefeweizen with some wheat malt, banana and clove.
T- The taste follows suit with some wheat flavors that is slightly tangy and a bit peppery with some yeast in the finish.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This is a pretty good thirst quencher as most Hefeweizens are. Overall, a solid Hefeweizen but ultimately does not compare to the better Hefeweizens such as Weihenstephaner which is my favorite. Worth a try.
03-22-2009 02:12:49 | More by cjgator3
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Pours bronze/amber & effervescent with 4+ fingers of rocky ivory colored head. Average lacing & head retention
S: Slight bubblegum & some grainyness, plus apples
T: Breadyness, peppery notes & a hint of bubblegum up front. I get slight rye hints as this warms along with dryness. Slight pepper, some juicyfruit & a little granny smith apple in the finish
MF: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation, good balance
Drinks very easy, a good, not great hefe
06-01-2007 04:13:30 | More by russpowell
2.93/5 rDev -23.7%
16.9oz bottle, no code dating whatsoever... Into the Schneider Weisse glass...
A - Wow! is this beer chunky! This has to be twice the yeast I'm used to seeing in a Hefe. Very cloudy burnt orange body with a very non-weizen looking head. Off white head featured small bubbles, three fingers of head with little retention for a wheat beer, and no lacing. Quite frankly, a rare Hefeweizen meant for a clay mug...
S - Sweet orange and lemon tart aromas somehow blend with graham cracker/ amber malt sweetness without feeling too disjointed. I found the aroma to be quite yeasty, with some banana sweetness, and a nice spicy backbone of clove. Hops contributed grassy and earthy notes.
T - Starts out again blending graham cracker/amber malt flavors with building lemon tart and banana sweetness. The spiciness is a big highlight, starting with a mild clove bite at the midpalate, hitting pretty hard with ground black pepper at the swallow, and lingering long after the beer has left the mouth. Hops also contribute a nice mild grassy flavor at the finish.
M - A mid to full bodied hefeweizen with a slightly silky and oily mouthfeel that still maintains prickly carbonation.
D - There were many things I really enjoyed about this beer; the big spice in the finish, the appetizing lemon tart quality, the good balance and flavors of the hops. But the amber malts made this a hard beer for me to love, working against the other flavors and to a lesser extent the other aromas instead of with them. I understand that this is meant to be a fuller bodied wheat ale, but it doesn't seem to work as well for me as other dark Hefeweizens I have enjoied. That, and to quote my wife, this beer "looks like diarrhea."
11-29-2009 06:17:27 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a cloudy golden brown color with a nice big soapy white head that left some chunky lacing on the glass. This hefe is definitely a shade or 3 darker than most. I really needed to swirl the bottle to get the yeast to dislodge itself. The smell is typical beautiful hefe, banana, light clove, and a green apple wheat malt. The green apple tart wheat malt is predominate, with the banana and clove secondary. The feel is moderate and very fizzy, the carbonation takes away a lot of the flavor from this brew. I was close to rating the taste a 4.0 but because of the over carbonation I went with a 3.5. The finish is pretty neutral, perhaps a bit on the tart side. As usual with a hefe the drinkability is good. This brew could definitely use softer carbonation and perhaps a touch less malt.
12-30-2007 03:09:50 | More by Gmann
4/5 rDev +4.2%
A: Poured a hazy copper-orange color with a patchy, sudsy, white head that quickly dissipated. Visibly there was moderate carbonation per style and a slight lacing on the glass.
S: very yeasty bursting with fresh bananas, cloves, bubblegum and fresh bread. The aroma reminded me a little of a Franziskaner, which is a good thing. Nicely spiced. There were also estery hints of ripe pears and some fresh caramel raisins.
T: The flavor was dry with a nice wheat malting, dry bananas, and some fresh baked banana bread with a touch of citrus hopping. The palate was smooth, creamy, with some liveliness from the carbonation. Upon warming there was a nice warm spiciness and creamy caramel becoming more noticeable.
M: Spicy, smooth and very yeasty making for a very good example per style. good carbonation.
D: good drinkability and very enjoyable. really nice going down and cant go wrong here.
05-27-2008 22:58:24 | More by beerthulhu
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance: Darker than most hefeweizens, looks more like a pale ale. The head didn't have the best, retention.
Smell: Ripe bananas and dark fruit.
Taste: Fruity and sweet. Ripe bananas with a clove aftertaste.
10-06-2009 16:22:47 | More by BierFan
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
Sampled this fine bier from a 1/2 litre bottle purchased in Carrboro, NC
A: pours a nice copper haze that looks a lot like a Schneider Weizen. Nice foam that sticks around for a long time with good lacing. A good-looking bier.
S: nice semi-fruity aroma that is pleasing to the nose. Banana, a little spice, and some carbonation...
T: A nice, smooth taste that is most pleasing at the end. Fruity, moderate carbonation, with no bitter after taste.
M: A hefeweizen mouthfeel. Always a good one.
D: Not as good as the Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider, but up there. Could have this anytime...
Overall, this is a good version of the typcial Bavarain Hefe. A good taste that won't get you too excited, but well worth the time and investment. Enjoy...Prosit!!
03-30-2009 23:30:53 | More by nocheinsbitte
3.88/5 rDev +1%
Thanks to egajdzis for picking this up for me...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle pilow. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, herbs, ripe bananas, and grains of paradise.
Taste is of the aromas with some yeasty, freshly baked bread and a touch of pepper and cloves in the background.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, spritzy, and dry.
06-12-2010 00:48:48 | More by weeare138
4.22/5 rDev +9.9%
Pours a mildly hazy dark straw color - a shade darker than your usual hefe. The head is just huge, frothy and pillowy pure whiteness. Excellent head retention and beautiful lace is left behind.
Crisp aroma of wheat and light yeast. Some banana, bubblegum, clove, and spice are all present. The spice sticks out more than the fruit/yeast.
The wheat and malt dominate in this brew with the yeast playing second fiddle. Sweet and grainy with some hay and straw. Mild banana comes in before spicy clove hits. Some lemon is present as well. Less banana/bubblegum yeastiness than a typical hefe, but more spice and citrus - Still not overly spicy. Mild finish with some clove and lemon.
On the lighter side of medium bodied. Smooth, crisp, and very refreshing. The lower degree of fruitness really adds to this beer's refreshing character. Some awesome drinkability here - perfect for summer.
05-27-2008 15:18:48 | More by Lupe
3.58/5 rDev -6.8%
Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
For a hefeweizen, this beer poured much darker than the normal genre - a ruddy colored, light-orange hue with rising carbonation and a decent-sized head...
Wheat-laden aroma bursting with spices, coriander, lemons, and candied sugars...
The taste had the usual fruit-filled, ripe citrus essences, however also packed a noticeable pepperish bite, akin to a carbonated, seltzer-like mouthfeel along with a hint of oranges and nectarines thrown into the mix...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style...
Mediocore to say the least...
06-26-2008 21:21:22 | More by dsa7783
2.98/5 rDev -22.4%
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!
Pours dark gold - not cloudy - with a head that vanishes.
The smell is fruity - some banana - a hint of clove - a bit musty with tart notes.
The taste is of sweet grain, musty wheat, sour apple and lemon. Very different than the typical HW. Odd.
It is light-bodied, with quite a bit of fizz.
Different is not necessarily bad - often, it is good to be different. Not in this case though. Doesn't look very HW'ish and is too sour, fizzy, and just...off. Not terrible, but not good.
11-05-2008 02:11:40 | More by jwc215
3.35/5 rDev -12.8%
Cloudy old gold color. Big initial head reduces fairy quickly. Smell and taste of spiced apple cider - not the classic clove and banana one would expect. Overall a pleasant quaff.
Bought this off the bottom shelf. Looked like it had been there awhile. Had trouble to get the yeast off the bottom.
01-30-2011 00:16:36 | More by atomicbeer
2.63/5 rDev -31.5%
Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A - A little darker than most hefe's. Head was smaller than expected for the style with short retention and some lacing. Tons of yeast at the bottom
S - Smelled like a typical hefe with lots of banana and some clove/pepper spice.
T - Sadly did not match the smell. A very tart beer with restrained fruit flavor. Strong spicy pepper near the finish, but still took a backseat to the overpowering sourness of what I presume to be the wheat malt.
M - Too carbonated. The prickly sensation further attenuated fruit esters and only accentuated the tart characteristcs. Light to medium body, solid for the style.
D - I really had problems finishing my glass, and hefeweizens are among my favorite styles of beer. Obviously not a beer I could casually enjoy, I only felt compelled to finish it due to its hefty price.
Overall I'm disappointed with this rather pricey offering. It's not simply a hefe that's "a little different," in fact it's completely off balance. Probably won't be having this again in the near future.
04-22-2008 17:29:45 | More by PatrickJR
Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.