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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
88
very good

114 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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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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champ103

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color, until the last swirl and pour when the yeast turns this completely cloudy. At first a bubbly white head rises to over two fingers. The foam recedes in a second to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: Banana and spice up front. Other citrus aromas come out as this warms up. Some grassy, hay and yeast aromas. Bread and biscuit.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of banana and citrus flavors. Spicy as well. Yeast, grass, and hay. Kind of an herbal hop flavor lingers. Dry biscuit, bread and crackers.
M/D: A medium body, but very effervescent. Lively carbonation, maybe a bit to much for my liking. Easy to drink. Hardly any alcohol to be found. I am having no problems finishing the bottle.

This is a very good Weizenbock. Very traditional. I like it a lot, and something that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 19:18:19 | More by champ103
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ChugsMugs

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 16:05:27 | More by ChugsMugs
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NewGeneric

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for getting these at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Thick, fluffy head resides atop a slightly haze liquid that cascades from a medium orange gold to light golden color top to bottom. Foam dissipates fairly slowly leaves substantial layers all over the glass and about a half finger of foam on top. Almost exactly what I expect for a heller weizenbock, just a touch dark.

S: Heavy banana esters cover up pretty much every other scent at first. Upon deeper inhalation, however, there is a lot of spiciness with touches of citrus. Could be better if all the aromas were more present without having to dig for them.

T: Contrary to what the smell might dictate, the banana is relatively muted. It blends very well with the clove spiciness and citrus. Actually, the flavors overall are relatively muted. Sorta crisp. They could be more pronounced though.

M: A little bit of a bite up front, but that disappears almost immediately, leaving a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that fades into a perfect residual slickness. Beautiful.

D: I would like this beer better if the flavors were more in-your-face, however, the subtlety probably makes it easier to drink. I'm gonna finish this pretty quickly :)

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:47:38 | More by NewGeneric
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ribby

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 22 (or 25?) oz bottle.

It pours with above average carbonation, and relatively large bubbles, but the head stays around, looking a little like a slightly fallen angel cake. The color is almost clear, light brown.

The aroma is quite strong, mostly the alcohol.

For the alcohol level, the taste is very smooth. The malt flavor cancels the high alcohol, resulting in a mild but not sweet malt taste. The large bottle goes down easy with this drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 03:01:38 | More by ribby
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GordonQuid

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams bubble glass.

Clear, golden effervescent with a huge fluffy twqo inch head that dissapates to a half inch whispy head, thick lace.

Smells of ripe bannana and clove with a citrusy blend of hops a very distinct green apple note.

Taste is a perfect blend of wheat and bock styles. Wheat malts come through with a nice bite of spicey hops. Citrusy and refreshing. The 7.5 ABV is undetectable.

Very refrshing and easy to drink. This would pair well with any white meat or BBQ dish.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 20:16:14 | More by GordonQuid
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A golden to light amber color body with a small fizzy offwhite head. some lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma of bubblegume,cloves , bananna and maybe a hint of cherry and alcohol . Flavor is sweeter than expected , nice clean malt flavor , cloves , leather ,and a hint of lemongrass . Light bitterness , slightly grassy finish . Crisp clean mouthfeel , medium body . Quite sessionable and all around a good beer , enjoyable .

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 21:44:41 | More by WakeandBake
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep gold color...poured carefully and it left a minimal head. I poured carefully because there was a loud pop of carbonation as I popped the bottle cap off.

S-Sweet banana pudding, some vanilla notes too...bready...

T-Carbonation is jacked sky high, perhaps to keep the sweetness in check....there is a sweeter banana flavor but not as sweet as the nose led me to think it would be...some breadiness as well..

M-As mentioned very carbonated...medium bodied...not much alcohol bite....

D-Interesting take...a blonde weizenbock....it works for me...not a tremendously memorable beer but worth trying. The biggest issue for me with the Plank beers in my area is the price. Much higher than the other german beers of similar quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 04:34:41 | More by ZAP
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky bubbly orange with a frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass.. Aroma is sweet fruits, sweet malts and a hint of spice. The taste is loads of sweet fruit with a hint of sourness and mild spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable Weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 00:54:29 | More by atsprings
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:30:06 | More by MasterSki
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Anthony1

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -24%
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)

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 16:51:25 | More by Anthony1
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BierFan

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:35:47 | More by BierFan
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rtepiak

Poland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a german style that leads on to some interesting characteristics. pour is like a darker hef. almost amber with a soapier head of bigger bubbles as the beer is actually quite herbal. nose of bright apples and a mild sour and wheaty bread... palate secondary of hef fruit and bubblegum and a nice mild sour apple and clove. the sour seems to have that very minimal smoky quality to it... gives it a leathery finish that is too dry and constricting to be thirst quenching really quite a bit of clove that goes down very dry. some alcohol present but not until the beer got warmer.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 08:18:58 | More by rtepiak
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly chill hazed dark golden lemon hue with lots of scurrying bubbly activity within. Massive capping of just over two fingers high is created quickly and keeps its presense for quite a long time. The texture of the foam is fluffy, smooth with some bubbles that add a semi crunchy looking topping. Just a few patchy spots of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a nose full of lush and rounded banana mush mixing with some apple and pear notes. Soggy clove and lemon rinds add some nice spicy aspects.

Taste is a well formed, paled tone of wheaty soggy sweetness of soft bread dough smooshed in with some undertone of banana and pear jam. Slightly crispy snap of spice and wheat germ dance into the end as it grabs airy yeastyness and light feathery spices while regrabbing more wheat texture and flavors late into the finish.

Body is about medium with an ease of soft supple smoothness the whole way through letting the flavors create its own ride of chewy wheaty tones, sweet and tangy dulled fruit, and airy spices. Its seemingly simple yet bold enough to keep it all in a nice Weizenbock balance.

A very solid brew and drinkable to a nice fashion of soft wheaty treats. If you enjoy a good wheat beer then this will probably satisfy that craving.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:26:46 | More by tavernjef
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 12:48:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi cloudy orange-golden color. The head is huge. Too huge. Foam filled my whole weizen glass, and there was only an inch of beer on the bottom. I find myself sitting here looking a a glass full of foam wishing I were drinking a beer. The aroma is of vibrant banana, clove, and wheaty tang. The aroma is as big as the head, and I really dig that. The taste is full of banana with the clove and tangy elements rolling around the edges. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. The excessive head thing is annoying, but the rest of the beer makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:48:47 | More by KarlHungus
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buyaa

New York

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This beer must have gotten shaken up when it fell over in my car last week when I purchased it. I thought the week would have settled it down. It pretty much exploded when I opened it. here's to hoping it does not change the beer too much

A: Even after my accident it had a good 2 finger head with excellent retention. Otherwise it has the classic murky apple cider color and look that many good Hefes have.

S: Pretty standard Hefe smell maybe a little less of the malty wheat smell than usual and more of the spicyness

T: Malty spicyness with some sweetness. A little too spicy/sweet for me or at least not balanced with enough hop. Finishes with a thick malty sediment

M: Nice amount of carbonation that really kicks up the flavor

D: Other than the sweet spicyness very drinkable. Although would start to feel it after 2.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 22:00:00 | More by buyaa
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold color with a very light haze. Poured a 3 finger billowy white head with good retention. Ample lacing, some sliding down the galss in narrow fingers.

S: Slightly sweet wheat malt. A little bit of fruit. Very clean and crisp.

T: Fruit tastes a bit deeper; predomineently apple. Very light spicy flavor. Light bitter balances the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation; enough to give it a nice crisp and refreshing finish.

D: Very easy drink; could session this beer by flavor, but not by abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 23:59:29 | More by Haybeerman
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nick76

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:30:07 | More by nick76
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Rayek

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale gold with hyperactive carbonation. Soapy and firm white cap looks alive. Leaves occasional lace.

S: Banana, clove, biscuits, pears and apples intermingle nicely.

T: Dry and sweet, with a spicy clove bitterness. A yeasty biscuit flavor lasts throughout. Slightly sour finish. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth.

M: Medium body is grainy and highly carbonated. Leaves a lasting tingling sensation in the mouth.

D: A nice take on the style. I'm glad I picked it up. This bottle seemed much fresher than the last Plank beer I tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:38:06 | More by Rayek
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damienblack

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deliciously cloudy honey-gold, like a slightly darker and thicker pineapple juice. Aggressive pour leads to massive overflow as the head bubbles way up, oops. Everything cleared up, the head is still going strong. It's been sitting for about 15 minutes now and is still a good finger thick. Smell is very yeasty, and smells like a juicy-juice almost, very sugary. Not a lot of the fruity esters I was expecting, but still pleasant.

Overall, incredibly smooth wheat flavor. Slightly sweet throughout, with a bit of sour tang, like a cider almost, with maybe some spicing. Hints at a bubblegum zest in there too. Everything meshes quite nicely. Crisp and carbonated, light body is very refreshing. Not too cloying, while still being flavorful. A little thin through, but that doesn't really work against it so much as it would with a different style. Amazingly smooth and drinkable. It doesn't quite stand up to Vitus or Aventinus for me, but still quite worthwhile nevertheless. I do dig the whole sweet and sour thing, though.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 06:38:14 | More by damienblack
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aerozeppl

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear golden color with a touch of haze to it. 2 billowy fingers of white head with good lacing.

S: Nice sweet wheat smell. Just very clean. A little bit of sweetness in there as well. Only a touch of the dark fruit smell that I always look for when drinking this style.

T: A really classic take on the style. No wonder this won gold at the 04 and 06 world beer cup. A little bit of bubblegum is there. A touch of spice with some apples cutting it down. More dark fruit as it warmed.

M: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation. I always find it hard to control carbonation in wheat beers when I homebrew. Guess I should have started 400 years ago...

D: Just a very nice clean beer. Too strong to session but I really enjoyed this and could have had another. This has the taste of an American version with 3% more ABV. To taste this fresh would probably be a joy.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 23:45:36 | More by aerozeppl
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Wine Underground in Englewood, CO.

This pours a cloudy yellow with some orange hues. Good 2 finger head of foam that is starting to shrink leaving some lacing.

The smell is a little on the light side but I get some wheat notes and a nice fruitiness that ranges from citrus to a hint of dark fruit. Also light notes of clove and other spices. Light overall but certainly nice.

The taste starts off with a citrusy tartness but that is soon followed by bubblegum, light clove, fruit(peach?), solid foundation of wheat, and some light notes of banana. Nice medley of flavours going on here but they don't jump out at you trying to kick your teeth out; nice subtleness about it.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes with a last "burst" of banana and wheat. Very short aftertaste.

Drinkability? It weighs in pretty heavy(typical for the style) and I can feel this one's strength during and after the swallow but I don't give a darn. It's far too tasty and interesting to dwell on how strong it is. Right? ;^)

Bottom line: An excellent Heller Weizenbock. I'm glad I decided to try it!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 23:58:47 | More by Bitterbill
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edchicma

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2008 02:07:32 | More by edchicma
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 04:33:37 | More by UGADawgGuy
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:35:40 | More by Georgiabeer
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