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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

Plank Bavarian Heller WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%


Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-12-2007)
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BellsFan

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

05-25-2013 21:46:55 | More by BellsFan
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 00:05:50 | More by superspak
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-29-2013 05:55:23 | More by jaydoc
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-07-2013 17:35:35 | More by dcmchew
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leitmotif

Romania

4/5  rDev +2%

11-04-2013 16:15:54 | More by leitmotif
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 23:11:58 | More by dbrauneis
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Bung

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-26-2013 02:16:48 | More by Bung
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kustard

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-20-2013 19:10:42 | More by kustard
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-07-2013 22:28:33 | More by WOLFGANG
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Supergenious

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

06-24-2013 00:04:15 | More by Supergenious
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GinsuDave

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-21-2013 21:21:19 | More by GinsuDave
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 04:48:08 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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UstickM

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 22:30:40 | More by UstickM
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brheuer

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -23.5%

03-24-2013 16:18:33 | More by brheuer
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

03-11-2013 22:03:46 | More by Lantern
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Duvel

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-09-2013 16:02:32 | More by Duvel
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 20:53:15 | More by StonedTrippin
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prisoner1572

Illinois

3/5  rDev -23.5%

11-20-2012 15:26:54 | More by prisoner1572
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BobZ

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 23:51:28 | More by BobZ
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crobinso

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

09-16-2012 22:05:01 | More by crobinso
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

09-12-2012 16:53:24 | More by yossarian14
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

09-08-2012 06:09:32 | More by WynnO
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TheDinger

South Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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-

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:29:37 | More by TheDinger
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beerdedbiker

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

07-09-2012 14:16:57 | More by beerdedbiker
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

05-13-2012 04:14:50 | More by akttr
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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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