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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
86
very good

91 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ramrod666 on 04-01-2007)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

WVbeergeek, May 20, 2011
Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ayinger wheat beer glass. A gorgeous looking beer if there ever was one. Murky golden orange color with just a smidge of beige. A fluffy, dense 3" bright white head commands the summit. Visible carbonation is apparent at the slender base and body of the glass, but disappears into the foggy depths of the widest (head) of the glass.

Apparent cloves and yeasty esters hover above the heavenly foam. After a few swirls of the glass a lemony citrus scent evokes and then there's a faint green olive note.

There's the cloves again, all wrapped-up in bananas and vanilla and a swift (and very faint) dash of white pepper. Yeah, this baby's got a little spice thing going on. A bit of the ole' bubble gum is in there as well. Quite malty and estery; to give all these fresh flavors a solid foundation to stand on.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. The carbonation is finer and lighter than what I've experienced in Paulaner/Hacker/Schnieder, but that's OK. It fits this beer to a 'T'. Nice long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is superb for a 76F sunny spring day.

Overall a fine example of a Bavarian Hefe. At $3.99 a bottle, I might be a bit hesitant to purchase more than a few here and there, but believe me, it's well worth it. I really dig the zesty spice in the background, it really gives this beer some traction rather than a fizzy semi-watered down mediocre version of a hefe. Good stuff. Looking forward to trying more wheat beers from this brewery.

malty, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

afsdan, May 28, 2014
Photo of rings
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plank is another of the small, family owned traditional weissbier breweries that has finally made its way to U.S. shores from its small town home in Bavaria. Located just west of Regensburg in Laaber, this 16th generation brewery has won gold at the past 4 World Beer Cups and was awarded "Small Brewer of the Year" in 2006.
Their weissbier is a little darker than the macro versions that many Americans are used to, but the additional body holds up well during import.
The head is soft and fluffy and the taste is balanced, with hints of the traditional banana/clove without being overwhelming. The mouthfeel is full, soft and slightly fruity.
This is an outstanding traditional weissbier!

rings, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a buoyant head that sticks well and clings lace to the side of the glass

Smell: Plenty of wheat malt, banana and clove zest

Taste: Well-balanced blend of wheat malt, banana, lemon and spicy clove up front; after the swallow, the cereal and assertive yeast flavors take over and join the banana/lemon aspect into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and very spritzy

Drinkability: A touch too spritzy, but otherwise a top notch hefe

brentk56, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try these beers for awhile. Pours a very deep straw color at the bottom turning toward deep garnet at the top of my Franzi glass with millions of carbonation bubbles lurching toward the huge white thin whispy head of four inches. Leaving a very chunky lace.

Not usually my favorite style but christ almighty this is a fine smelling hefe. Bubblegum, sweet clove, banana, and plantaine even. The wheaty aroma is soft, sweet and delicate and just screams smell me. Floral and juicy no sure I've smelled a better hefe.

Not as juicy as the nose would indicate and a bit thin in mouthfeel but still a fine hefe. Loses the big bubblegum appeal in the aroma as well, which takes a backseat to the clove and banana. Wheat is grainy and starchy. Not sure I drank this one cold enough. Otherwise a hefe I could drink allday.

mcallister, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 cl. bottle poured into an Emerson wheat glass. Served at 40 degrees F.

Towering creamy white head with dirty brown yeast flecks mixed in. Beautifully hazy copper brown with nectarine edges. Great head retention and nice lacing. Nose is classic hefe: bready wheat malts, tangy yeast, cloves, spicy tettnang hops, light bubblegum, Gerber banana. Right on!

Taste starts out with yeasty bread malt. Wheat tart with spicy noble hop edges. Toasted notes, before light banana flavors. A dash of clove, before a yeasty, slightly spicy finish. Nice! Smooth medium-bodied with a protein-rich feel. Creamy, almost chewy. Finish is a little drier. Great hefe.

alexgash, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of falloutsnow
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
Bottle has some ID on it, no idea if this is a "bottled on" date.
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Pours a huge, billowing head that is solid enough to form a column standing up out of the glass. Head composed of tiny bubbles that collapse into themselves to form a tight, off-white mass of foam. Declines over several minutes to a solid cap, 0.5cm high, on top of the beer at all times. Body is dark orange-brown out of light, lighter orange-brown when in. Hazy from suspended yeast, carbonation that supports the head barely visible.

Aroma is of bread, clove, and allspice. Slight applesauce and, even slighter, banana. While not overly complex, the scents are pleasant and distinct.

Dark, intense, and fairly heavy in flavor, like brown-sugared, cooked bananas with hints of clove and allspice, served on slices of toasted, dense German bread. Yeast and black pepper mildly enter this mixture in the mid-taste. Aftertaste of clove, allspice, banana, and diluted wheat malt.

Carbonation is strong, perhaps a bit high for the body, but it fades quickly, giving a generally crisp mouthfeel. Body is around medium heaviness, possibly medium-heavy. Finish is quite dry.

Is this a hefeweizen or a dunkelweizen? Either way, this would be much more highly ranked if it were more widely available. A delicious, hearty weizen from a brewery that needs to be more talked about. Definitely one to seek out and try repeatedly.

falloutsnow, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of Lupe
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Lupe, May 27, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!!

nocheinsbitte, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky caramelized orange with an abundance of speedy bubbles engaged in the creation of a voluminous head of pale beige. I'm impressed by the creaminess and the stickiness of the foam, as well as by the color contrast between head and beer. A glass coating amount of lace is an added bonus.

I wasn't thrilled with nose's power initially, but then I let the cap deflate a little more. There's plenty of bruised banana and even more clove spiciness. If the taste follows suit, this will be one humdinger of a hefe.

Bavarian Hefeweizen has flavor to burn. I'm sure I've had at least one, but I can't remember a more aggressively yeasty hefe weizen. Each mouthful tastes like banana cream pie with a clove spiced crust. If you like monkey fruit as much as I do, you have to seek this one out. It earns a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter with no trouble at all.

Sweet, bitter and tangy play well together in the sand box. I prefer sweet to have the edge, but I can't complain when the beer is this delicious. If I ever decide to acquire a hefe weizen clove-o-meter, I don't think there are too many versions that will push the needle higher than this one does. My taste buds are wallowing in fruit and spice.

The mouthfeel is the only negative, relatively speaking. It's too light and slightly too fizzy as far as I'm concerned. A hint of chewy creaminess and a third fewer bubbles would put this sucker into orbit. I wouldn't call the mouthfeel a distraction, but I sure as hell would have designed it differently.

I hesitated before snatching Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen off the shelf because of the $3.99 price tag. Now that I've tasted it, I consider that money well spent. A World Beer Cup 2006 silver medal is proudly displayed on the label. Believe it.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a huge 3"+ merangue like head that lasts several minutes. Thick gloppy lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: big banana and cloves along with some grassy wheat tones.

Taste: wheat flavors are strong leaning towards bread-like. Banana, clove, mild lemon citrus flavors, and a bit of dryness makes up a flavorful hefe.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing. Light dryness towards the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: I like this hefe quite a bit as it is well balanced and refreshing. Pick this one up.

Gavage, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

oberon, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of albern
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good luck finding this one. I had several small samplings at the German Beer Fest in Boston and this beer was my favorite of the dozens and dozens tried. It is quite difficult to review a beer when it is poured into a plastic 2 oz. tasting glass, so I will have to reserve judgement and comments on its color, consistency, head, retention, and aroma. I will focus then on taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. The hefe is a beautiful blend of lemon, citrus, spices, banana, and fizz that is just wonderfully balanced. This beer also had a nice medium body and did not become watery and dulled as it warmed a bit. Of course, I will need to try this beer again to see if my initial impressions hold up, but if so, this is a must try. The beer has a nice degree of carbonation, little if any of the yeasty aftertaste or peppery snap characteristic of lesser entries in this style. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is first rate. I want another just thinking about the few I had. This one might be difficult to find, but it is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim. addendum: 12-22-07 I found this beer at Elm street liquors in Somerville, MA. The taste is a little less sweet than I originally thought, not as much sweet banana, cloves, spices. Still very good, but I downgraded the taste a bit from my initial review.

albern, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of montecristo2
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional wheat beer glass.

A bit cloudy with a nice two-three finger pillowy head.

Some faint banana notes.

A crisp finish with a bit of honey. Well balaned. Less flavorful than other Hefeweizens I've tried before.

I could drink a few of these- goes well with some BBQ!

montecristo2, May 24, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber. Thick patch of rocky white head on top. Great retention and lace properties. A little darker than most Hefes, but it looks good nonetheless. Really good aroma of ripe bananas, pepper, lemon and wheat. Nice, spicy flavor. Peppery. A little clove. Not much. Wheat tang. Some banana. Good flavor. Body is medium-full. And the carbonation is near the top of the spectrum for Hefes. Refreshing beer though. Not worth the $5 sticker price for a pint though.

Bighuge, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of blakesell
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L bottle into an off-centered pint glass.

Appearance- A hazy golden amber much like schneider weiss with a huge pillowy head that quickly fills the glass. Head quickly subsides to a more normal looking foam cap that lingers for the drinking experience. Lacing doesn't cling to the glass too much.

Smell- Much clove and a little banana, some light fruity hops that remind me of a Belgian beer or pilsner so I would have to call Saaz on the hops here.

Taste- Wheaty with a thick clove flavour that is smooth and refreshing. A breaded feel to the beer that really balances out the beer and a nice thick yeasty character. A light fruity pilner malt feel also rears its head in the beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy and slightly heavy. Very effervescent.

Drinkability- A nice smooth balanced wheat beer that would be revisited if it weren't for the high price. Still a fine drinking ale.

blakesell, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clody dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a sweet and fruity pale malt and hefe yeast aroma. I'm guessing the use of Munich and light caramel malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes crisp. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is a pretty damn good hefe. It's got excellent malt complexity and wonderful yeast character.

WesWes, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

an exceptional savor hef which reminds something more formally german with a nice dry feel. a cloudy orange with a good distribution. i say this to conform the freshness. this was not clotty or chunky. hop orientation was minimal a bit in the nose along with some straw, and honey notes. palate is not sharp dry like but a balance on the middle of the tongue. a bit of grassy mineral, some wheat pulp, and banana bread all dried with a bit of toast and minerals. would say its on par with the schniederweisse tap 7 series beer.

rtepiak, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into my trusty Ayinger Weizen glass.

A. Hazy golden highly carbonated brew. Two finger durable head with moderate fluffy lacing.

S. Typical of a hefe. Bubblegum clove. Malt backbone.

T. Much as it smells. A little more muted than some hefe's but still pretty faithful to the style.

M. Highly carbonated. I remember drinking these in Germany and they were all very carbonated so this is my preference. Was burping like a foghorn.

D. Harder to find and a little more pricy than most hefe's. Still quite the drinkable beer!!!

MarkSCCOT, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and thick consistency. Produced a big, foamy head and good lacing.

Gives off an understated wheat smell, that also has a sweet quality.

Solid taste. There's a wheaty, bubblegum-like way about the flavor. Like a lot of the German hefeweizens, it's an understated flavor.

There was a decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish for a good mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. It's not harsh or overly heavy with a good flavor. In some ways I still prefer Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen to this one. Nonetheless, a good beer.

avalon07, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of Nipitato
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: An excellent pour. Two finger white moussy head with great retention. Vigorously effervescent. Opaque. Gold, amberish dark hue.

S: Good aroma that meets all the aroma characteristics of a hefeweizen. Strong clove. Banana esters not as strong. Some citrusy tartness. A lingering grainy aroma.

T: Clove flavor is strong and lingering. Tart citrusy flavor is strong and ultimately too overpowering. Some slight banana flavor. A grainy malt flavor provides base. Dry finish.

MF: Creamy full mouthfeel though not heavy. Well carbonated.

D,notes: A good hefe though a little too tart without enough sweet malt support.

Nipitato, Jan 30, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, May 27, 2008
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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
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