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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
87
very good

119 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.3%

09-12-2012 16:53:24 | More by yossarian14
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WynnO

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

09-08-2012 06:09:32 | More by WynnO
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TheDinger

South Carolina

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-

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 17:29:37 | More by TheDinger
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beerdedbiker

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

07-09-2012 14:16:57 | More by beerdedbiker
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akttr

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

05-13-2012 04:14:50 | More by akttr
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TrappistJohnMD

Mississippi

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:29:15 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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thatdavegy

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

01-30-2012 22:55:01 | More by thatdavegy
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 06:48:17 | More by falloutsnow
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jsisko01

Michigan

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..

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 06:50:09 | More by jsisko01
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RepMichigan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

12-25-2011 16:59:08 | More by RepMichigan
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 17:29:49 | More by mrfrancis
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.3%

12-01-2011 20:16:27 | More by Rochefort10nh
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-22-2011 03:22:23 | More by brandoman63
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Neffbeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-16-2011 05:47:01 | More by Neffbeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 04:37:03 | More by BEERchitect
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 01:04:57 | More by JoeAmerican77
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 14:47:42 | More by WVbeergeek
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Northsider

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 01:38:51 | More by Northsider
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Whobody

Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden- orange color, hazy in the glass maybe from the yeast from the bottle, nice creamy head, highly carbonated!

S- Citrus smell in the nose, maybe with some clove and a hint of alcohol

T - The taste reflects the smell, very citrus-like, maybe some honey and my wife detects some grapefruit. I'm not tasting a lot of hops, more on the malty side. Medium to full body. Very drinkable for the ABV and also very refreshing. My wife and I split a bottle, I got more of the yeast, not sure if this influences my take on this beer.

M- Creamy and silky mouthfeel. Very smooth with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 00:27:53 | More by Whobody
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Neecee513

New York

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber, slight haze, decent light tan head

S: Prunes and apples

T: Distinct apple taste, fruity, slightly sweet with malt backbone

M: Medium body, creamy, and high carbonation

D: I definitely got a warm, fuzzy feeling drinking this beer. The notes of prunes and apples provide the right enough of sweetness. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:46:14 | More by Neecee513
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wedgie9

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 22:07:36 | More by wedgie9
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 20:59:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:15:28 | More by metter98
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

08-17-2009
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 01:44:03 | More by emerge077
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bogus564

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounces, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Golden orange color, with a wheat-colored head that lasts for more than two minutes.

The smell that emanates from the beer seems to me to be half orange, half lemon; nothing else leaps to the forefront.

The beer tastes of lemon, wheat and a light hint of raisin. Nothing overpowers - it's a delightfully uncomplicated beer, with a clean finish.

It's nicely carbonated - in fact, it took me ten minutes to finish this beer, and the bubbles never stopped rising to the top. Nice, not great, mouthfeel.

I'm thinking that this offering would be great with pork or beef. Anything barbequed would be a plus.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 01:23:44 | More by bogus564
Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
87 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.