Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 04-12-2007)
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Photo of Anthony1
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a weizen glass.

poured a very cloudy copper color. Lots and lots of wheat floating in the beer. on head, but goes away as does the lace.

smells mostly bready with mild grass and fruit, but strong clove. tastes super bready as well, lots of wheat malt.

was ok, but nothing special among the wheats. even too much yeast? never had that much float in my beer (more then a finger settled in bottom)

Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 brheuer
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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 Northsider
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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 BobZ
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
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 smcolw
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woah, almost all head on the initial pour. It's dissipating quickly (after one minute, it's four fingers thick). Eventually it dies down to a single layer of bubbles. No lace. Unpredictably clear; gold color. There's a real storm of released carbonation.

Lots of wheat in the smell. Smells like a wit-bier--clean and crisp.

The flavor is a combination of wheat, cream and slightly sweet candy sugar. Full bodied and over carbonated. I am noting an unusual and undesirable metallic taste (iron?) in the swallow. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish.

This falls short of me being able to recommend it, too many distractions.

Photo of jsisko01
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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 falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
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 brantadid
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light honey color with a lot of head. The head was nice and white which diminished to 1/8 of inch. Lasted for quite a bit. Nice lacing. Lots of yeast in the nose with a slightly sweet, yeasty flavor. This beer tastes more like a hefeweizen than their hefeweizen does. 7.5% alocohol is completely masked. I got no heat from this beer whatsoever. Unfortunately, much like the hefeweizen, I thought this beer lacked a depth in flavor. It was a little flat, especially when considering price.

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of kustard
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of WynnO
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is wheat like with bubble gum, bananas, cloves, and honey. The appearance is orange gold with a large head that fades to nothing. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is good but not great. It is still worth a try.

Photo of TheDinger
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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 kkipple
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up when it arrived on shelves in Columbia. A new beer from a brewery I've never heard of, cool.

Pours a huge head, fills half my glass with dense fat foam. Dirty and fizzy yellow beer sits underneath.

Smells citrus, lots of oranges and lemons and a big sour ester note. Hints of banana and clove, some booze too. Expected it to be sweeter, really.

Flavor is mainly variants on sour spiced banana, hint of salt, weird. Again more sour and tart than sweet, and certainly doesn't drink like a 7.5%. Green under ripe fruit and wheat, some coriander and lemon round it off. Okay, but not great.

Mouthfeel is full and zesty. Creamy, even. A sour lemon and wheat finish lingers in the mouth. The alcohol remains hidden thoughout.

This is a pretty good beer, but it's not $4.50 a bottle good. Try if you like.

Photo of RepMichigan
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of thatdavegy
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of wedgie9
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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 ChugsMugs
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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