Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen - Brauerei Michael Plank
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3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
as good as this one still is, its my least favorite of the very impressive plank lineup. its a little watered down, not as rich and creamy as i like in the style, and the yeast doesnt quite pop with that banana clove complex we all love in these beers. the pour is insane though, clear for a hefe, but with a white head as light as a cloud, and so structurally in tact that it rises inches above the rim of my glass, never receding, and looking every bit like those old cartoons portraying comically heady brews. the nose on it has a minerality in with the lighter banana muffin yeast, its not quite briney, but its moving in that direction. i think it detracts from the yeast, which to me should be the star of the hefeweizen show. not quite enough wheat in here to give it the bigger body i like, but those who prefer a less intense take on the style may enjoy the drinkability of this one. the carbonation is high, really high actually, but it has a soda sort of bigness to it, an odd feeling going down. overall this is a very well made beer, but less expressive in some of the classic hefeweizen features than others. i still greatly prefer the weihenstephaner hefe.
06-28-2014 15:26:52 | More by StonedTrippin
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle code. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, orange peel, lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, clove, wheat, bubblegum, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, banana, pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, wheat, bread, bubblegum, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, banana, pear, apple, grape, wheat, bread, bubblegum, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop flavors; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Hefeweizen. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of yeast, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
12-31-2013 00:11:55 | More by superspak
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Plank Hefeweizen. From 16.9-ouncer to weizen glass.
Dirty brownish-yellow with a loose head of two fingers height. Sticking a bit. 3.5
Spicy clove aroma with pale husky grains, unripe banana, and some coppery flavors. Lightly toasted crackery wheat malts. 3.5
Hmmm... at first, I'm curious as to the freshness of this bottle. Tart, stale wheaty flavor with some green herbal hops and a few metallic off-notes. A little bit of clove spice and faint green banana. This beer is particularly tart, almost sour. It's actually pretty refreshing, but attenuated. The more it warms, the more a very green banana shows up in the flavor. The clove is coming out too, but there's a peppery bite in the finish, as well. It wasn't obvious for some reason at first, but the tartness is very lemon-lime. Definitely super-dry for a hefeweizen also. Low sugar content, a non-fruity yeast strain, and overly tart wheat malts. An entirely different spin on the style. 4.0
Thinner body. Medium carbonation. Some pucker from that unexpected tartness. 3.0
I really want to try this again. Lemony and tart, almost bitter green banana, light clove, lime notes... somebody tell me that I need to revisit. It's actually pretty fascinating. Can't necessarily say that I recommend it. But, I did enjoy it. 4.0
05-15-2012 02:44:37 | More by thecheapies
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-02-2012 05:59:35 | More by rtepiak
Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.