Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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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
4.13/5 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
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Massively carbonated apricot that is pristine since I wasn't able to get enough beer into the glass to see any yeast. Once the softly creamy, toasted ecru head settles and I'm able to do a second pour, things should murk up nicely (they don't until the final ounce). The cap looks respectable initially, then becomes attractively rocky as it slowly melts.
Even through three fingers of foam, I can appreciate the wonderfully aromatic weizenbock that is BHW. It's chock full of banana and clove and would be a great example of the glories of hefe weizen yeast for novices. I'm not sure that I would have guessed weizenbock (the aroma isn't that complex), but it's still a pleasure to sniff.
Unfortunately, my taste buds are going to have to work around what is obviously way too much carbonation. I'll try to let the beer sit for a spell so some of the bubbles have a chance to dissipate. Even with all the chaos, it's obvious that the mouthfeel belongs to a somewhat big beer. I love the silky slickness that coats the mouth and tongue on the swallow.
Bavarian Heller Weizenbock is essentially a pale wheat version of a weizenbock. Thankfully, Brauerei Michael Plank has also provided us with a dark wheat version. In simple terms, this beer tastes like a double hefe weizen. That is, all the usual flavors with a bigger body and more alcohol. However, by 'usual' I don't mean ordinary.
Just like this brewery's Bavarian Hefeweizen, Heller Weizenbock is bursting at the seams with estery yeastiness. Ripe banana is present to the tune of a 4.0/5.0 on my (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter and warm clove is soaking into each and every nook and cranny. Herr Plank delivers loads of flavor, that's for damn sure. This is a yeast strain that kicks ass and takes names.
In spite of all the bubbles, Heller Weizenbock is one of the best beers of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. I'm not the least bit surprised to see that one more review will put it near the summit of the 'Top Weizenbocks' list on this site. It appears as though the brewers of Aventinus have some serious competition.
08-15-2007 14:04:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.65/5 rDev +18.9%
Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with extraordinarily active carbonation and a huge and sturdy head that sticks throughout
Smell: Banana bread and wheat malt, with subtle undertones of honey, apricot and pear
Taste: Opens with a wheat flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by banana and clove; after the swallow, the bready aspect builds and is complemented by subtle hints of honey and other fruit flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium to ful body with massive carbonation; literally explodes on your tongue if you don't swallow the liquid
Drinkability: As others have said, think Imperial Hefe and you have this beer; quite an achievement
12-01-2007 02:37:14 | More by brentk56
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
3.88/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
08-12-2011 04:37:03 | More by BEERchitect
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
3.9/5 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
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
4.28/5 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
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
So it seems that Plank is now distributed in Chicago. Served in a weizen glass.
A - Pours with a big quick-dissipating soapy white foam that leaves a handful of lace patches on the sides of the glass. Surprisingly transparent golden-yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.
S - Wheat, banana, clove, yeast, some light tart apple and grape skins. There is a slight touch of booze that comes out as it warms up and it gets significantly grainier.
T - Taste is strong banana, light malted wheat, a hint of fruity esters, and a spicy yeast finish. Minimal aftertaste on this one. Simple, but pretty satisfying.
M - Tingly carbonation, soft texture, clean refreshing finish, medium body. I could go for a few less bubbles, but otherwise it's pretty nice.
D - I was a little apprehensive when I opened the bottle, but it's going down pretty quick. I shouldn't have any troubles, although the carbonation might get a touch bloaty after a while. Decent weizenbock, that's probably not worth what I paid for it - better options out there.
09-16-2009 03:30:06 | More by MasterSki
3.91/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-04-2013 20:53:15 | More by StonedTrippin
3.85/5 rDev -1.5%
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!
Pours bright gold with a thick white head that collapses to a lasting cover. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass without sticking.
The smell is of some banana/clove, sour notes, honey, and spicy yeast.
The taste is of wheat bread with honey sweetness and lemony sourness/tartness. Grape comes through as it warms/progresses. Slight alcohol shows. Sweet and sour turns to a dryish finish.
It is medium-bodied with medium-to-high carbonation - towards fizzy.
If the carbonation were brought down a bit more, it would add to the drinkability, IMO. Still, this is a nice weizenbock with an interesting sweet and sour balance with a touch of spiciness.
11-05-2008 02:04:34 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +2.3%
A somewhat vigorous pour almost flows over the top of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass, instead it for ms a full finger of foam above the rim of the glass making the frothy, off-white crown of foam a full five-fingers in height. The beer is a hazy, orange tinged copper color that shows more of an orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite bread like with notes of yeasty dough, ample clove, tart wheat, grassy grain as well as lots of fruity aromatic notes. The fruit aromatics remind me of a mix of aromatic apple varieties and pears though there might be a faint lemon-like edge to it as well. This really has a full malt character to it that is a bit more pronounced than you would expect in a normal strength HefeWeizen, but this mostly smells like a traditional Hefe. Quite a nice aroma, I am really enjoying the various components here.
The Weizenbock strength comes through in the sweetness that is in the flavor; still this is a Weizen and the sweetness is fairly soft with a nice grain-like edge to it. A prickly carbonation adds a bit of texture through the middle of this beer and manages to help the body have a lightness to it. The body is a touch fuller than one would normally find in a Hefe, but it is not so full that this is still not an obvious derivative of said style. Clove-like phenols boost the perceived sweetness of this beer and play a more dominant not to the other traditional fermentation note of banana that is only slightly noticeable. The finish has a light tartness to it as well as a touch of peppery spiciness and a some cracker like grain flavors. My second pour of this reintroduces a significant carbonation that makes each sip quite lively with a peppery carbonic bite and a zippy texture.
This is quite nice, it tastes like a traditional HefeWeizen with the volume turned up just a touch louder for just about every aspect.
07-19-2008 05:14:56 | More by Gueuzedude
3.15/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
05-25-2008 23:24:11 | More by smcolw
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a huge 3" white head that lasts forever. Lacing is spotty but sufficient.
Smell: bread, hints of banana, and bits of spice are picked up by the nose.
Taste: big wheat flavor here with sweet bready maltiness in the background. Green grapes, hints of bananas, some clove, and dash of pepper are set with a soft alcohol tone. Very mild bitterness here.
Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, lightly crisp and partially dry at the finish. Short aftertaste is pleasant in the mouth. Medium bodied.
Drinkability: very pleasurable and easy to consume. Definitely worth seeking this one out.
11-06-2007 21:59:36 | More by Gavage
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a burnished red gold color with a very healthy head that fades to a nice cap that sticks around. Spicy fruitcake in the nose with clove, banana, pineapple and citron. Dry and spicy in the mouth, not as lush as most Weizenbocks, and the Heller version is far less rich and fruity and much drier and spicier than the darker version. Tasty and relatively smooth and with some late creamy banana once you get beyond the initial spice blast. Nice.
11-14-2008 00:35:40 | More by Georgiabeer
4.01/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-31-2013 23:11:58 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-06-2014 00:05:50 | More by superspak
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
4.53/5 rDev +15.9%
Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Kloster Andechs glass. The bottle was a uniquely shaped tall fattie, purchased at Bello Vino for $3.99.
The beer looked outrageously good, pale golden color and hazy, nicely carbonated, thick and dry-sticky poofs of foam on top. The smell was banana/clove and a hint of sour milk, and the taste was seriously rich with the same flavors. Very creamy mouthfeel, this is almost a new standard for weizenbocks. Very nice and dangerous competition for Aventinus.
09-14-2007 01:47:14 | More by TurdFurgison
Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.