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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-12-2007

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Ratings: 122 | Reviews: 94
Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clean copper tinted amber under a pillowy finely bubbled white head, The nose is bread and banana and the palate is very fruity, with an array of tropical fruit flavors: banana, light mango or papaya, faint bread flavors. The carbonation is fine and soft and the body is medium full. It is highly carbonated and leaves intricate art nouveau lace.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle with a code of 9 3476

Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass a warm golden hue producing a generous 2+ finger white head that stayed well. The nose picks up a light citrus and wheat aroma. The flavor is of citrus that dominates with wheat, bananas, yeast and bread are detected. This brew has a slight tartness and hop bitterness, however, is quickly balanced by the malt.

The mouth feel is medium with carbonation that is full of life - bouncing of the tongue. The ale has a clean crisp finish.

Heller Weizenbock is not my favorite weizenbock, however it is solid nonetheless - sure worth a visit for those that like the style.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 5.49/16.9 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottle marked 9 3476 at 45 degrees into weizen glass; lots of firm sediment
Aroma – by really snorting, I can just discern some malt
No head greater than 1 cm throughout entire pour; fizzy, completely gone within seconds
No lacing
Body medium orange, very slight chill haze, few rising bubbles – looks like apple juice
Flavor of light malt, slightly sweet, not very bock-ish; no alcohol, no hops, no phenolics, no diacetyl; just not much flavor
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

An odd beer – lighter in color and flavor than a bock yet with more bock flavor than a weizen. That said, it just doesn’t have much flavor. Not particularly good yet not particularly bad either. Worth trying once but probable won’t revisit it – too expensive for a mediocre beer.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle coding. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, ripe banana, white grape, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, ripe banana, white grape, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, light clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, white grape, banana, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice weizenbock. All around good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and banana with lighter aromas of light fruit (apple and pear), bubblegum, and hints of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with some light fruit (apple and pear) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana along with lighter flavors of yeast and hints of bubblegum. Light amounts of bitterness which fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderately prickly.

O: The beer is quite easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable and refreshing.

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brought to me from a good friend from Colorado when I told him to bring me one thing that would surprise and delight me.

Success.

I don't see a lot of Weizen-Bocks and I am sure that I have had somewhere within the 4-10 range of them. So this was a pleasant surprise. Also good for the spring weather.

Pours a misty deep gold/off amber color, just what I would want from this style and expect. Smells delicately of banana, wheat, kind of that rain on straw smell. Crisp and clean smell. But, very very delicate. Almost has a vegetation sort of thing going not hat is a bit odd.

Taste comes in with a really good straw and wheat taste. Has a slight sweet earthiness that falls into dry banana, a slight cream essence, almost vanilla like and then there is a malt that gives off a hint of caramel... just a hint that is buried. May be due to the earthiness. But then there comes a pretty fair bitterness from hops on the tale end. Which is surprising for a German beer. This is a bit more hoppy than I am used to in German beers. Not that it is over the top. But the lemony hops cut the ends and lend a nice crisp and slightly dry finish.

Great mouthfeel. Just came in from a bike ride on a cold spring night and this hits the spot. A bit sticky, medium to light body, has the mild dry/crispness. Just really nice. Matches the style and what I would expect. Though could be a bit more dry... but that could just my palate.

Overall, I think this is a really good Weizen-Bock. The smell doesn't hold a lot and doesn't profess what is in the beer. But, when you get into it, it does really well. I would put this alongside Ayinger... I would have to say I may even choose this over Ayinger. What I like the most is that the bock-iness is subtle, it is noticeably there but not punching the wheats lights out. Plus, my bottle reads 7.8% ABV... and it is just not there. Smooth and hidden below the layers of goodness. I would definitely be glad to have this beer again.

Photo of UstickM
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a light gold color and a nice solid white head that lingers. The beer smells like banana a little spicy note maybe clove and pungent alcohol. The taste has a rich malty flavor with hints of spice and citrus with a warm flavorful finish.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

an interesting german selection here, kind of a merger of two familiar styles, takes on a life of its own. the pour is cloudy and pineapple juice color and texture, with a good solid white head on it with fine retention. the nose is that classic banana yeast, a touch of clove spice, and a lot of booze. the taste starts off as a very malty hefe, the yeast is the only thing keeping this light, as the malt gives it a robust flavor and a rather dense body. some light citrus fruit in the taste, as well as a more complex spice mixture than just clove. it reminds me of sam summer, with that grains of paradise peppercorn sort of complexion, very different with that banana happening. id call it a tropical profile, but its too big and hefty for that, its a cold weather beer for me. the body is full as it can be in a beer this color, and the carbonation is pretty active. overall I like the flavor of this, but the feel and the alcohol content make it sort of a contradiction I cant get past in some ways. it wasn't to be easy drinking, but it isn't, and it wants to be a slow sipper, but it isn't that either, as it gets a little gross as it warms. a neat beer, but not one ill be rushing to purchase again.

Photo of BobZ
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Orange amber with only slight cloudiness. Only a small head of about 1/4” that quickly receded to a cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Caramel, very malt forward, big bready malt, funny for a Weizenbock this beer taste more like a lager almost like a strong Oktoberfest. Very little clove or banana or any traditional hefeweizen flavors, again, this beer is all about the malt.

Mouth feel: Relatively smooth on the palate with a bit of alcoholic warmth at the finish.

Overall: Interesting version of a Weizenbock, unlike any other wheat beer I’ve had. As mentioned again this was far more like a lager in flavor than a Weizenbock.

Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice deep amber color with a 1+ finger off white head. Smell is of bread, apricot, cloves and honey. Not overpowreing, but decent. Taste follows the nose closely with some added banana. Very strong fruit front which was a bit distracting. A bit heavy on the apricot/fruit. Minimal hops bite at the end. Feel was good with adequate carbonation. A bit dry to the finish. Overall- An okay beer that had a different twist with the apricot taste. A bit too strong on the fruit which left me with a tart, over the top taste with no hop balance. It was just okay IMO. Probably won't pick up another-

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey yellow with big off-white head in Eisbock glass.

Smell is of bready malts and a little clove and banana.

Taste is bready with some clove and lots of honey flavor. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated. Light-medium body.

Overall this was o.k.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No obvious dating on bottle, but "93393" is stamped on the label
Poured into a

Summary: The Plank Heller (Blonde) Weizenbock is a lighter-colored and sweeter offering than the brewery's dark weizenbock. While it looks attractive in the glass and has a desirable mouthfeel, I found the beer to be somewhat lacking in both aroma and taste. The higher, stronger malt concentrations don't seem to translate well into larger scent and taste profiles, which is somewhat disappointing as I've learned to expect quite a bit from the Plank brewery. It's possible my bottle was old, but with an obscure number stamp being the only possible reference, I have no way of knowing. I may give this another try at some point in the future, but for now I'd consider this beer a miss.

Pours a 3cm head of small, dense, off-white bubbles. Head fades quickly to a thin cap atop the body, leaving some modest lacing as it does so. Body is a copper-brown color when out of light, when near the lamp it changes to a light copper orange with yellow highlights. Opaque due to swirled-in yeast, but I can make out active carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Prominent aroma of wheat malt, fairly intense sweetness, and some nutmeg-clove combination with musty, yeasty bananas. I thought that for a weizenbock, the aromas would be a bit stronger and more pronounced. This isn't bad, but not particularly up to what I'd hope from a bigger, more concentrated and intense wheat beer. I've had wheat beers with a more forceful aroma.

Taste opens with yeast and sweet malt (wheat, some barley) flavors. Middle of the palate picks up increasing amounts of sweetness, remains of yeast, with the addition of very modest bananas and spices. Finishes with a continued malt profile and a brief flash of alcohol. Aftertaste primarily of residual yeastiness, some malt sweetness, and faint bananas. Somewhat of a let down, I was expecting more intensity and definition from a weizenbock.

Beer's body is medium in heft with a mid-to-high amount of carbonation. The beer's weight is substantial enough to cover this, the result being a lightly tingly, but mostly pillowy and smooth mouthfeel. Finish is dry, and a little sticky with sweetness.

Photo of jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a high chance that this beer is expired.. because of where I bought it from. But There is no date on the bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark, golden-amber color. Almost brown. Had to stop and let it sit for a minute before pouring the rest because the head was 2 inches thick, almost foaming over. Dissipates quickly though.. Has nice, thick lacing.

Smell - First thing I smell is a strong alcohol aroma. Along with caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Smells like a dark beer..

Taste - Has a toasty flavor to it, along with toffee, caramel, clove, apples, and a strong alcohol bite. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Has a heavy body with strong carbonation.

Overall - Dark beers aren't my style.. I was mistaken when I bought this because I thought it was going to be similar to a wheat or bock beer. But I won't knock it because I know it's good for what it's supposed to be..

Photo of mrfrancis
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, and buttered wheat toast are all I can pick up. I don't detect the expected scents of banana, bubblegum, and clove.

T: A malty, grainy entry leads to notes of heavy cream, vanilla, caramel, wheat toast, clove, and alcohol. The finish is long and potent with a combination of wheat toast, vanilla, and alcohol flavors.

M: Full bodied, dry, and spritzy. The alcohol is very up-front in this beer, and is quick to establish a dominant presence. I was hoping for something with a little more balance.

O: Weizenbocks are hit or miss for me, and this one is a definite miss. I really enjoy Braurei Michael Plank's Dunkler Weizenbock, and as this is the brewery's most awarded beer, perhaps I simply expected too much. In my opinion, this beer is hot and boozy with an overly simplistic flavor profile. I probably will not be picking this one up again.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When Wheat Beers and lighter Bock Beers meet, we're given a unique blend of malt depth, fruity esters, and elevated alcoholic strength.

Upon the decant, the beer delivers a beautiful golden-amber color and a magnificent bright appearance. Creamy head character of stark white foam laces with a lot of decorative patterns on the glasss. Impressive appearance overall.

Malty aromas of bread crust, elegant pilsner malt, light toffee, and a rich bready flavor of fresh baked breads along with caramelized grains carry a vibrant and fresh aroma. A contribution of herbal tea-like hops give a light floral note to the rich malt scents.

Delicious and with a lot of finess when considering the malt profile. Though strong in alcoholic taste, the firm maltiness delivers a mild toffee taste along with a lot of melanoidin flavors of bread crust, savory caramelization, and succulent fresh bread flavors. With just enough herbal and floral hop flavor to decorate the peripheries of malt flavor and with the slightest offset from sweetness, the beer shies away from sweetness in favor of true malt flavor in finish. Sweetness is lightly amplified by the fruity/floral flavors of orange blossem, apple pie, and marmelade.

Creamy and a bit oily from the focus of malt richness and wheat, the beer carries a consistent texture from early creaminess through late fullness until the strength of alchol breaks apart the beer and allows for an alcoholic semi-dry finish. A hint of oily feel comes out of the toffee-buttery note and may offer the slightest of distractions.

The rich and savory melanoidin notes of the beer definately set it appart from other beers of it's type that don't take as much care. But the oily malt character offers just a slight flaw in taste and texture.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The color of a dark rose honey, some lazy carbonation with a finger of off white head...

Some sweet caramelized molasses malts and a hint of yeast

Brown sugar spicy, alcohol and and yeast are largely the flavors here, after a moment lemon juice hops into the background

Heavy carbonation feel make the mouth buzz. It is medium bodied and warm from the alcohol. I love the mouthfeel on this one.

Overall, a pretty good beer, definitely a recommend. I picked the pint up four 4 bones so that isn't too bad I guess.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at D'z back on Cinco de Mayo along with 2 other awesome Plank biers, this was actually my least favorite of the three but still damn good. Pours a slightly clouded deep golden amber hue with an off white head forming thick with fine even spread bands of lacing. Aroma has tart citric notes with notes of spiced applesauce coming through with some mild booziness arising the more I smell. NOt as much banana or clove as their standard weizen, this one just really flexes some fusel alcohol and a touch of malt liquor like strength. Flavor has layers of booze, apple, citrus, snd sharp wheat. A semi sweet malt character minimal herbal hop action with a warming level of booze even though it's only 7.5% abv. Mouthfeel has medium bodied even carbonation that coats the palate, really the warmth of the alcohol becomes a bit more than I want. Overall experience was unique my first heller weizenbock interesting hybrid style not seen often in the states.

Photo of Northsider
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Fountainhead Chicago. I ordered the Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen and got this one instead. Slightly bummed.

Appearance was fine, golden yellow with offwhite head. Smell is citrusy and spicy; grapes. Alcohol definitely rolls off of this one.

Taste to me was much like wine. That is, the alcohol was very present and offputting. I don't care for strong beers. Tasted almost like grapes or apples...much like a wine.

Overall I don't think I'd revisit this beer. The alcohol was much to strong for me, I barely finished one small bottle. The taste was much more like wine and less like a beer in my opinion. While I was hoping for a hefe and received this one, I gave it a shot. Not very drinkable in my opinion...I just could not get into this beer.

Photo of Whobody
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden- orange color, hazy in the glass maybe from the yeast from the bottle, nice creamy head, highly carbonated!

S- Citrus smell in the nose, maybe with some clove and a hint of alcohol

T - The taste reflects the smell, very citrus-like, maybe some honey and my wife detects some grapefruit. I'm not tasting a lot of hops, more on the malty side. Medium to full body. Very drinkable for the ABV and also very refreshing. My wife and I split a bottle, I got more of the yeast, not sure if this influences my take on this beer.

M- Creamy and silky mouthfeel. Very smooth with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Photo of Neecee513
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber, slight haze, decent light tan head

S: Prunes and apples

T: Distinct apple taste, fruity, slightly sweet with malt backbone

M: Medium body, creamy, and high carbonation

D: I definitely got a warm, fuzzy feeling drinking this beer. The notes of prunes and apples provide the right enough of sweetness. Very enjoyable!

Photo of wedgie9
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy orange with a thin lace head. Nose is banana and clove with caramel malt and yeast. Flavor features more spices than the nose, but still has solid banana and yeast characteristics. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long yeasty finish.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

A Heller Weizenbock? Interesting.

Solid and firm, three fingers of head come off a careful decanting; the head has no problem staying up either, since the carbonation is pretty damn active. Murky golden-orange color shows that this is, without a doubt, a Weizenbock. Aromas of raw honey, wildflowers, herbs, allspice, nutty yeast, and ripe apricots and pears pervade. Carbonation is a bit forceful, with a rolling crispness that tears through its medium body. Starts off with a quick flash of malt sweet- ness; then fruitiness rolls in with orchard flavors of peaches, apricots, pears and apples. There's a bit of powdery clove, herbal phenols and a bready grain in the middle. Stays yeasty throughout, with tame hop bitterness. Somewhat dry finish, with lingering spicy clove and grain.

Not as wild as the Dunkler Weizenbock, but if there was ever a Weizenbock for the summer, this would be it. Salad is an easy pairing: We're thinking fresh arugula, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers and gorgonzola cheese with a lemon Caesar dressing.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with almost a three finger high off white head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat and bananas in the nose along with notes of apples, bubble gum and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat and apples along with some hints of bananas and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is so well hidden that the beer is rather refreshing to drink and quite thirst quenching.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in the Chicago market with an updated label, so revisiting this one in hopes of freshness. Apple and clove phenols dominate, but thankfully its pretty smooth and creamy with no astringency (or gushing) this time around. Raising original scores 1/2 point. Pleasant, thought the $6 pricetag is still hard to swallow.

08-17-2009
I'm liking the fact this brewery makes a 'dark' and 'light' Weizenbock. Once upon a time, this was my favorite style, and still is when October rolls around. Though I must preface this review and say Aventinus is still reigning champion in my mind.

Murky muddy orange body, opaque with the look of a sunset in a mud puddle. WHOOOOSH a gusher.... Rocky white head at first, once the explosion was contained. Though upright from store to glass, the jostling on the highway must have tipped this sensitive German brew over the edge. It kept an unbroken cap for the duration, which was good.

Straw, cookie malt sweetness, appley yeast, with some phenolic spiciness as it warmed. Flavor was sweet and wheaty, caramel apple, with a grape juice aftertaste. After a few sips the nose became similarly cloying. There was a light astringency or apple tartness that seemed a little out of place. It was medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Not sure how old it was, but it was the first time I saw it near Chicago. At $6, not a Weizenbock I will revisit.

Photo of bogus564
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounces, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Golden orange color, with a wheat-colored head that lasts for more than two minutes.

The smell that emanates from the beer seems to me to be half orange, half lemon; nothing else leaps to the forefront.

The beer tastes of lemon, wheat and a light hint of raisin. Nothing overpowers - it's a delightfully uncomplicated beer, with a clean finish.

It's nicely carbonated - in fact, it took me ten minutes to finish this beer, and the bubbles never stopped rising to the top. Nice, not great, mouthfeel.

I'm thinking that this offering would be great with pork or beef. Anything barbequed would be a plus.

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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.