Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank
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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
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
500 ml bottle as shown. SLOW pour (with the proper swirling with 2 ounces left), into a 23 ounce H-W glass yields a HUGE off-white meringue-like head that lasts and clings to the glass like spackling. This over a lovely cloudy dark amber body with lots of carbonation. Simply a gorgeous beer, a delight to look at. Called a "Heller (i.e., bright, or light-colored) Weizenbock," this brew is truly that: on the lightest end of the Weizenbock color scale.
Smell is lightly toasted malt over a grassy-fruity foundation, with a hint of citrus in the background. There's a note of cookie-dough (yeast) and a slight touch of pepper. Interesting.
Taste is spicey-peppery up front, malty-figgy in the middle and grassy in the long dry finish. Nice for what it is, but it seems a bit lacking in fruity intensity for a Weizenbock. This is more like an "imperial" Hefe-weizen than a Weizenbock. But then who am I to question style?
Mouthfeel again is more toward good H-W than a W-B. Decent, but not quite rich enough.
For a W-B, this one if very drinkable. I'd like to have another one.
Overall, this is a beer that seems to defy its own style. Good, enjoyable, and I wish I had purchased some more, but not what I was expecting from a Weizenbock.
10-31-2007 04:09:28 | More by ColoradoBobs
3.23/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
10-24-2007 01:52:55 | More by brantadid
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a mega-massive, frothy head with a sticky, long sustain.
S: Spicy banana smell with light phenols.
T: A wheaty backbone with accompanying flavors of cloves and spice and toasted banana. Full-flavored and complex.
M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Sticky texture as the fizz dies away.
D: Damn fine. A bit too fizzy for my taste, but otherwise a fantastic beer.
10-19-2007 03:01:10 | More by klewis
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
This is a brewery I'd heard talked up quite a bit before I found a bottle, so I approached this one trying to weight out the hype factor. Needless to say I was surprised.
Appearance: Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass it began with a very big white head, about three fingers, which slowly settled into a small but consistent white cap which provided minute lacing. Holding the glass to the light I could see a slightly hazy and beautiful yellow/gold around the edges with hues of orange in the middle.
Smell: The aroma from the brew was mildly pleasant, reminding me of some belgian triples I'd had but the yeasty smell was a little overboard. There were some fruity esters in the background but I had trouble picking them out.
Taste: The part that matters most is where Plank really shined for me. The flavor was, again, almost comparable to a triple, but with a few interesting nuances; a drier taste, big fluffy bread flavors with a light non-threatening spice that scratched the tip of the tongue, and a dry grainy finish.
Mouthfeel: It seemed light bodied considering the alcohol content, but the dry finish and a healthy dose of carbonation made up for that.
Drinkability: This one is good all the way down and I'd definitely ask for seconds.
10-12-2007 00:47:43 | More by EVLguy
4.9/5 rDev +25.3%
I am not too keen on describing the details of beer. I can tell you that it is not too hoppy, fairly sweet, but all around great. I don't usually like sweeter beers, but the carbonation and other tastes of this beer are excellent. I went to the BA German Beer Festival in Boston and this and this brewer was the best overall in my opinion. Great beer.
10-12-2007 00:16:47 | More by OldEngineOil
4.05/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Cellared for just a few months.
Big foamy 3 or 4 finger head that settled in a couple minutes. Golden and cloudy. Very yeasty smelling with scents of clove and just a touch of banana, which accurately reflects its taste. Banana comes out more as it warms. Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes smooth with lingering spicy yeast taste. Very refreshing and drinkable.
10-08-2007 19:05:55 | More by NCBeernut
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
l: Light caramel brown. Frothy thick light brown off white head
S: Light sweet brown sugar
T Sweet red apple skins with a nice mix of spice and bananna
M:sharp fizz with a full roundness
D:Very good. Being that high in alcohol it was very easy to drink not to mention it was a fun complex beer.
10-08-2007 00:48:56 | More by Scoobydank
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
4.45/5 rDev +13.8%
Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thick three finger high head that settles slowly to a solid cap. The resulting lace is a bit tattered, but sticks nicely, leaving a broken webbing behind.
Smell; lots of strong bananas and cloves with a big wheat backing. After this warms up a bit, a little lemon peel and some sweet malts come through, as well as a touch of bubblegum. A bit more weizen than weizenbock in the aroma, but still very good.
Taste; the bananas, cloves and wheat are just as prevalent in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Bubblegum and a zesty lemon fill out the middle, and then a sweet maltiness, and a bit of a tartness, come through in the finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a very creamy smooth carbonation, and just an incredible drinkability. This one goes down so smoothy. If this was available anywhere near me I would keep some on hand all of the time. I picked mine up in Grand Rapids, MI.
08-31-2007 01:55:18 | More by RedHaze
3.7/5 rDev -5.4%
Candied bananas aromas rise from a papery yellow pour sporting a tall whip of white on top. This beer tastes like banana bread. Walnut hued alcoholic bitterness characterises the finish. Nutmeg and butter tease the mid-palate. Assertive, cutting lines of fizz help keep the experience dry. It is a bit boozy and monolithic to drink in sequences, but I perceive this to be a technically flawless and ambitious brewing achievement.
08-25-2007 16:38:07 | More by putnam
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
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Thanks to a local distributor for yet another sample from Michael Plank...
Hazy and amber in appearance, legit 3 fingers of head after a skilled pour, if I do say so myself. Light lacing down the side of my Sly Fox Royal Weisse glass. Aromas thick with banana, bubblegum and clove essences. Rich in the nose, if that makes any sense. Smooth on the palate, the chewy breadiness of this offering comes through well. Bananas and cloves again balance out the slight hop twinge - all of which carries the alcohol in a wonderful way.
An easy drinker to say the least. Yet another solid offering from Michael Plank... I cannot wait until this stuff is available to me full-time. A must-find for any Bavarian Bier fans out there.
07-15-2007 16:28:17 | More by goindownsouth
4.95/5 rDev +26.6%
Gently rolled this bottle back and forth 9 or 10 times as to intermingle the sedimentary yeast. Had to gently lift-off the cap and let a little air out at a time due to the bubbling-up from the bottle roll (I swear I was gentle). Pours into a std. pint pounder glass a faintly cloudy and bright honey yellow/orange with an angelic white blossoming 3" dense head. Very fine and visible hearty carbonation racing upward. Celestial globs of puffy lace (like cumulous clouds) all the way down the glass.
I swirl the glass a few times to evoke the nose from this thick, creamy head. Fresh lemon crème icing and sour cream donut scents hit my nose first off. A zesty spice of white pepper, clove and citrus rind follow swiftly behind. A definite yeasty, musty scent is stage right while I swear I detect a tiny bit of cucumber peeking around the curtain - at least it's something lightly herbalesque.
The head of this beauty caresses my upper lip until my nostrils are connecting with the billowing head. Flavors of the aforementioned scents are all in here, along with the wonderful bubblegum, vanilla and clove you'd expect from any worthy Bavarian Hefe. The alcohol is NOT present at all - watch out kids! There's a subtle sourness and yeastiness at the finish, which balances out the clovey spices and sweet malts. Definitely a goose down feather soft (despite the ABV) and sweetish ale (thanks to the plentiful wheat malt) with graceful citrus tones that ride on top of the hearty malt foundation, all entwined with a solid yeasty goodness.
Mouthfeel is ultra soft and medium bodied with a less-than-expected (from the visible carbonation upon pouring) amount of fine carbonation. Long, flavorful sweet/sour, quenching finish that's a bit yeasty (makes you wants to mop your teeth with your tongue).
Drinkability is off the chart. With NO alcohol detection and overall softness, I could see myself gettin' silly with this ale. Even though I felt the attenuated carbonation was a SLIGHT liability in the mouthfeel department, it definitely is an asset in the drinkability department.
Man oh man, I think I've found the holy grail of Bavarian Hefe breweries. I've yet to be let down from Michael Plank and see no turning back in my quest to try all of their offerings. I can only compare the majestic visual beauty of this ale to many world classics like Duvel and Orval. It seems to resonate a heavenly frequency as it sits there in the glass, awaiting your next move. I'm still tasting the residual yeast, powdered sugar and lemony rind flavors. At $5 a bottle, I believe this will be my 'splurge' beer for sure. An instant 'classic' says I.
07-08-2007 21:45:35 | More by malty
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
4.88/5 rDev +24.8%
pours out of the half litre bottle a cloudy and quite carbonated dark gold. huge frothy head appears...doesn't seem to want to die down anytime soon. chunky lace on the glass as i sip. bananas, vanilla and cloves predominant in the nose. spicy and pleasant to smell. almost belgian like mouthfeel is the first thing that strikes me upon tasting it...very spicy and boozy like a belgian, too. after a few sips and then working in the sediment, more yeasty and banana flavours appear, striking a delicate balance between the spice and boozy banana flavours. very grainy, grassy and plenty of wheat character. it is a delicate brew to be sure....a seemingly amped up hefe, with a boozy disposition, a belgian mouthfeel and lots of character. finishes dry with quick candy sweet then bitter hop ending. drinkability is outrageously dangerous. incredible.
yeah, i urge all of you to seek this out. now.
06-16-2007 22:20:32 | More by budgood1
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
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
Powerfully carbonated. Golden apricot haze. Lots of champagne-like effervescence. Gigantic, thick, shaving cream foam head of beige-white. Beautiful. Toffee, banana bread batter, fruit cocktail, and ample cloves on the nose. Like a spicier, fruitier, slightly boozier hefe.
Tangy wheat malt with a toasted edge up front. Big, ripe, fruit cocktail sweetness quickly takes over. Rummy bananas mix with yeast and gentle clove spice. Fruity sweetness in the finish with moderate noble bitterness, and yeast. Full-bodied, thick, protein-rich, yet gentle, creamy feel. Deliciously drinkable and a nice mix of hefe, weizenbock, and maibock.
05-17-2007 12:58:36 | More by alexgash
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
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
Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.