Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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BA SCORE
87
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 emerge077
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.

Photo of bogus564
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.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden semi cloudy transparency. Big fizzy white head. Very fruity malt sents with subtle hints of toasts. A very balanced taste and quite enjoyable. A small wisp of raspberries seems to rise off the tip of my tongue after the rest is gone. a very balanced and enjoyable beer. Cheers.

Photo of Gorgoroth
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9 fl. oz. capped bottle

glassware: generic weizen glass

A - gentle pre-yeast pour yields a medium-to-deep amber color with medium carbonation and a very large, frothy off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly into a stable finger-wide cap; head leaves only a few sparse flecks of lace; after yeast is dumped, color becomes a deeper amber-to-amber brown, densely clouded

S - immediate assault of wheat and yeast; undercurrents of banana, raisin, cranberry, clove, bubblegum, and cooked apple; a very potent and delightful aroma

T - front of palate consists of malt and raisiny yeast, intertwined with strands of prune, clove, ginger, orange zest, and cinnamon; finish is full of wheat funkiness, banana bread, and cooked apple

M - fairly thin on the palate, light carbonation; full in the throat with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish

D - smooth and drinkable; complex but not distracting in aroma and flavor; at almost 8% abv, taking care of the whole bottle by yourself almost guarantees a buzz

Photo of drpimento
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Slightly different twist on the hefe weizens from the major brewers. More emphasis on the malt rather than the full malty yeast character ot the others. Not so much in the traditional bavarian flav/aroma characteristics. Still very drinkable. Poured with only a moderate amount of head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is amber. Aroma is an astringent malt. Flav like that.

Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

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 NewGeneric
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 :)

Photo of ribby
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of GordonQuid
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 .

Photo of ZAP
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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 BierFan
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of buyaa
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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 Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of damienblack
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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