Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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3.73/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
11-13-2010 20:59:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Picked this up down in Greensboro,NC over the weekend and Iam glad I did.Poured a dull cloudy golden with a thick frothy,sticky white head atop.A mix of caramel sweetness and clove-like spice in the nose with a firm bready mat base thru out,a mix of tropical fruit and caramel infused alcohol flavors with lighter clove and smoke,lusch full mouthfeel adds to the drinking experience.Wow a nice new German style of beer I have never had a pale weizenbock if others are this good I will look for more to be sure.
03-19-2008 00:25:00 | More by oberon
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
1 pt. .9fl. oz. bottle pours into my glass a cloudy dark yellow with hints of orange and the perfect inch of creamy, bubbly white head that arcs up to the edge of the glass. Lots of streaming carbonation. Lookin good! Aromas of bananas and clove spiciness hits off the bat followed by a sun dried wheat grain along with a hint of light lemon. Yeasty, fresh and inviting aroma.
First sip brings a crisp, slightly toasty wheat grain malt that's packed with banana and some clove spiciness as well. Flows down with an earthy yeasty kick and a touch of light citrus. Finishes a tad dry, but very refreshing and smooth. A tasty brew that I hope to be able to drink again sometime.
Mouthfeel is good, a touch on the lighter side but still good body with lots of fast moving tiny bubbles that race down the throat with each sip and get to be a bit much at times. I'm glad I found this tasty brew when I was up in Michigan last weekend. A lighter Weizenbock that's tasty and has a bit of a kick at 7.5%. Worth checking out...I hope to find a few more from this brewery sometime!
04-12-2007 03:57:24 | More by orbitalr0x
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
This beer was a hazy gold color with tons of carbonation and a huge white head. Pleasant aroma of banana, spice, and wheat. I enjoyed the taste, but did not think the aroma translated all the way into the taste: a little on the mild side. Medium-bodied, and a good beer to drink on a warm late spring day.
06-13-2009 12:48:37 | More by lordofthewiens
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
06-02-2011 14:47:42 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
Looks are rather appealing. Its hazy but I can still see the hyper carbonation racing up to the big white bubbly head. Lace is clumpy and dense. It doesn't stick very well but the retention is still very good. Nose is very pleasantly fruity, doughy and softly spiced. Bananas, apples and a variety of berries come to mind. Nice spice weaves through the fragrant fruity aromas. Taste is good. The flavors come together nicely. The spice along with the effervescent carbonation work well together. A little bubble gum in there with the fruit and bread too. Mouthfeel is smoothly crisp and lightly coating.
This is enjoyable and worth picking up. Very unimposing and flavorful and good on the nose.
04-22-2007 23:14:29 | More by tastybeer
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
Exceptional German-style beer and much needed after so many Belgians the night before in Atlanta Ale party! Good constrained bitterness finishing with a sweet wheat again and again. A delight for lunch, surprising 7.5% Good head and grainy creamy mouthfeel. Constrained spices, secondary bubblegum, bannana and clove.
02-10-2008 03:45:03 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-21-2011 01:04:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
Plank's currently limited lineup of beers apparently arrived in local stores only recently, and I jumped at the chance to pick up a couple of weizenbocks I'd never previously tried. I also grabbed their regular hefeweizen, which I'll review whenever I drink it. As for the Heller Weizenbock...
Appearance -- Were it not for the insane, cartoonishly massive head, I'd give it a 4.0. But a careful pour yielded an explosive, meringue-like head which took several minutes to recede. Seriously, that foam was truly exceptional. Altogether, I think it probably took me almost ten minutes just to pour a 16.9-ounce bottle into my 22-ounce weizen glass, counting the time I spent waiting for the head to diminish. The body of the beer is a nice, rich amber/light mahogany, and with the yeast swirled and poured in, this is a very inviting semi-translucent beverage. Oh, yeah -- the carbonation is VERY strong, too, yielding an almost champagne-like stream of tiny bubbles. Very unique appearance for a wheat beer.
Smell -- Sweeter than your average hefeweizen, but not as multifaceted as, say, Aventinus. Obvious banana esters, with hints of honey and overripe cherries (an interesting touch). As with the appearance, I'd characterize this collection of aromas as "inviting."
Taste -- Doesn't live up to the nose. Still, this is a nice, unoffensive weizenbock. Right up front, I feel compelled to point out that the alcohol is very well-hidden (even if 7.50% abv isn't exactly huge). But the flavor is...I don't know, like a slightly magnified version of a standard Bavarian hefeweizen, with JUST enough musty straw to knock it down a peg. Given the thick head, generally "big" appearance, and excellent smell, the flavors also seem a little faint/watery to me. Surprisingly underwhelming, but still not bad. Of note, I don't get the "sour" taste others have pointed out...this beer could never be mistaken for a Berliner weizen.
Mouthfeel -- Not nearly as prickly as I'd have expected, given that face-slappingly strong-looking effervesence. Again, alcohol is well-hidden, so there's no heat to contend with. As I approach the bottom of the glass, it seems unusually flat...maybe this is a side effect of all that carbonation on the front end. Generally speaking, it's in line with most other weizenbocks I've had...big, but light.
Drinkability -- A pretty easy drinker, albeit one whose flavor ultimately underwhelms. I might need to try this one again on a sweltering summer day -- maybe then I'd want to guzzle it down quickly, while it's still ice-cold, and that could change my impressions. Overall, this is a nice, non-threatening weizenbock, and I'm likely to buy it again. I'd put it maybe one notch below Weihenstephaner Vitus (which is similar in many respects).
12-20-2008 04:33:37 | More by UGADawgGuy
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a slightly hazed amber/peach tea color with 4+ fingers beautiful white head. Good lacing & head retention, haze persists throughout
S: Bubblegum & cloves
T: Breadyness, bananas & cloves up front. As this warms fruittyness & a little white pepper & lemon rind are evident. Finishes with juicy fruit, cloves, & lemon, plus some warming booze.
MF: Bready & a little slick
Drinks easy for the ABV, weizenbier freaks will love this. I was looking for a little more body/wheat malt profile, still a nice one, never saw this when I traveling through Bayern, very happy to find it in such nice shape, so far from home!
05-26-2007 04:56:34 | More by russpowell
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a rich lemon yellow with a head that will not quit. Aroma is grassy with fruit notes..very inviting. Taste has a decnt malt presence with a grassy fruity tartness...almost wine-like in dryness. Mouthfeel is smooth but extremely dry..as mentioned before a distinct wine-like presence. Very easy on the drinkability scale, hiding the 7.5 abv.
12-25-2008 02:07:32 | More by edchicma
4.6/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured from a .5l bottle to a tall Hefe glass, The liquid was a pale yellow with exceptional carbonation. The head was towering white fluff and left very good lace, the drawback was in retention.
The smell was quite good, lots of banana, lemon, and peach, along with some mild spice including cloves.
The taste followed, lemon was the first, then strong banana and fresh baked bread. All the classic tastes from a hefeweizen week present, very nice for a boch.
The mouthfeel was big and sticky like I would expect from a boch as well as good carbonation however not over done.
The drinkability was very good and the taste was excellent and the body was quite drinkable.
Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK
03-24-2008 06:44:53 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
World cup beer 2004 & 2006 Gold medal.
A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange color with a quickly fading patchy white head. Visibly there was moderate carbonation per style.
S: yeasty, bananas, cloves, cottoncandy, and a slight fruity sourness (oranges).
T: The initial flavor was sour oranges, and malt. Upon warming there was a yeasty sourness and some nice big bread notes coming through. A bready heller style weizen with a good flavor.
M: lively fizziness in the mouthful that was detected deep in the back of the throat after the swallow. perhaps a tad much on the carbonation which brought out some nice aromas, but distracted from the flavor and mouthful.
D: ok, didnt find it stood out much or gave me much incentive to buy more. an average drinking weizenbock.
08-03-2008 15:46:02 | More by beerthulhu
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
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.
07-30-2010 01:44:03 | More by emerge077
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first weizenbock so I have no experience to compare this beer to.
Appearance: Active carbonation keeps the off-white head from disappearing for a couple of minutes. Hazy light amber body.
Smell: Higher alcohol and yeast gives it a smell similar to that of a tripel, but not quite.
Taste: Sweet and slick at first, with spicy yeast flavors that pop up in the finish.
08-06-2009 02:35:47 | More by BierFan
3.98/5 rDev +1.8%
Murky dark goldenrod under an impressive, persistent head of heavy foam. Mellow sweet banana aroma balanced with a cookie-like, bready maltiness. Very flavorful - ripe bananas, phenols, and yeast finishing with a wheaty tang, dry apple, and mild pepper spice. Some bubblegum. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but creamy smooth
Hefeweizen fans take notice. Since it is a lighter version of a weizenbock, this comes across as being a something like a super-hefe. Tasty.
07-02-2007 00:54:39 | More by wedge
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Notes from 11/16/07
1) Erdinger weizen glass. Seven ounces in, the glass is frothed over & in suspended animation. The stiff white froth starts to set in like quick dry cement. While the site of it has me in awe, I really dislike being held hostage. I admire its honey-like color while occupying my time with a crossword I know I'll never finish. Tick tock. Tick tock.
2) The overly intense clove spoils the wonderful scent of sweet banana nut bread trying to make its way through.
3) Toasty, light maple, bitter clove, tiny hint of copper, with a burnt English muffin finish.
4) A little greasy at first, but things quickly get parch. On the lower end as far as carbonation goes, but it went down all the same.
5) The very simple flavors & quiet alcohol would make this beer an easy choice, but the clove becomes more of an annoyance with every other sip. It's a lopsided trade-off.
02-25-2008 04:58:01 | More by PEBKAC
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A - Poured a very clear and very bright golden yellow with a large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.
S - Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over.
T - The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside.
M - Fantastic, very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure.
D - Superb. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.
Overall I thought this was excellent. Really a great beer and something that I think everyone should try. It may seem heavy from the look, but I assure you this goes down like water. I would not hesitate to buy this one again.
11-23-2007 02:17:47 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
11-12-2010 02:15:28 | More by metter98
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
A- Poured a crisp gold, a bit darker than I expected. Very lively carbonation, fluffy and thin 2 finger head, that settled down to about 1/2 finger head that remained.
S- Quite sweet up front, citrus mostly. Very light and airy in the nostrils, dry sweet hay.
T- Very crisp. Some spicyness, cloves, rye? The sweets in the smell hardly came out in the taste.
M- Again crisp, explosion of carbonation in the mouth. The clove remains on the palette remains.
D- quick and easy to drink, a nice porch beer as the weather warms up. A bit too gassy for more than a pair.
04-01-2010 16:05:27 | More by ChugsMugs
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
A cloudy golden body with a white head that stands strong and leaves thick cloud like plumes down the side of the glass. I haven't seen a beer look this good in a glass.
Smells are banana, clove, spice, slightly lemon.
The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation allowing for flavors of banana-like fruitiness that gives way to some light spiciness. A great teasting beer. Compared to others in this style, it is what they should be judged by. I really enjoy the flavors.
05-09-2008 17:11:23 | More by rtratzlaff
Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.