Bavarian Heller Doppelbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.04%
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: putnam on 08-25-2007

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Reviews by Ozzylizard:
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 0z bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body medium brown, hazy
Flavor begins with slightly sweet malt, ends with just a touch of bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

A really smooth, easy drinking doppelbock with the alcohol totally hidden.

More User Reviews:
Photo of GilGarp
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a imperial pint glass.

Even allowing the beer to settle, upon popping the cap, the sediment immediately rises into suspension. So it has a hazy redish color with creamy white head. The cap lasts a long time and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is bready, yeasty and fruity. Pleasant overall and suitable for the style.

Flavor is more of the same - nice malt base with mild hops. Caramel apples and toasted wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. The alcohol is present but not as strong as 7.8% would suggest.

Overall a decent version but not the best.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bready-yeasty aroma. Beige camel colour, with tiny crown. Bitter and caramel malted and light chocolate malts, above-average but appropriate carbonation. Grpey, a bit nicely toasted, fresh, fruity. Man this place can brew. Oaktree catch. Quite quaffable.

Photo of russpowell
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was happy to see this at Goebbels in in Wichita, I have really enjoyed all their other offerings!

Pours amber/copper colored with 2 fingers of cream colored head. below average head retention & minmal lacing

S: Herbal & metallic hops, plus breadyness once warm

T: Leafy hops, breadyness, dryness and grainy up front. Grassy hops dominate as this warms along with some grapefruitty bitterness, plus grainy breadyness. Finishes grainy with leafy hops & honey malt, almost pulled a 4.0, got better once warm

MF: Grainy & creamy at the same time, low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy for the ABV, but this one fell short IMO. I will try again if I know its fresh, not too sure about this one

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, orange color with a huge, sudsy off white head that dissipated slowly leaving behind some sticky lacing on the glass walls. Visibly the carbonation was very light-non existent.

S: The nose brought a fresh aroma of bread and yeast.

T: The flavor was very bready with a dry palate with notes of warm, sour oranges, and dry citrus hopping. There were some cereal grain notes as well some citrusy hops notes. The beer finishes with a malty dry orange lacing on the tongue. Overall a nice heller style doppelbock with a good bready palate with a touch of sour oranges that finishes dry.

M: The mouthful was light, slick with a flat carbonation.

D: Drinks pretty good for a 7.8%. While not a representation of either style it is a good hybrid of the two.

Photo of BierFan
2.44/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Poured a light tan rocky head, and also had a darkish orange color.

Smell: It didn't really have much of a smell. What I could gather from smelling the beer is hops and sweetness.

Taste: Light in taste as well. Tasted malty, hoppy, and a slight alcohol burn that you would expect from a doppelbock.

Photo of stumac
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dulled golden color with a decent to small white head. aroma of honey. a little yeast in there. like whats inside yo mama. taste notes of green grapes, honey, spicy hops, slight alcohol warmth, yeast. medium to full bodied. carbon dioxide tasting light to medium carbonation. sweet lingering aftertaste. pretty good brew. weird how its not really dark and crazy thick like most other doppelbocks. i guess theres always the one wheelchair guy in the crowd though. lol

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours hazed golden amber with a foamy, thin white, lasting head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is of caramel and toffee with light floral and citric (lemon/orange) fruitiness. A bit of warmth comes through.

The taste is of caramel with plenty of floral/herbal bitterness that is enough to balance the sweetness while keeping the malty sweetness in front, as per the style. It has a refreshingly dry finish.

It is on the fuller side of medium with carbonation approaching high, but not fizzy.

This is a nicely balanced sooped up Helles bock. Alcohol adds some warmth, but barely dents the high drinkability.

Photo of kwakwhore
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden pour into my Sam Adams pint glass. White head subsides into a ring around the top of the beer. For some reason my mouth was watering as I looked at the carbonation in the glass. I have a fondness for maibocks and light dopplebocks so let's see what we have here.
Sweet malt dominates the aroma, some kind of cake batter perhaps. Not much in the way of hops.
Actually a nice bit of hops up front in the flavor which stays with you even after the lightly sweet malts enter the picture. More balanced than I expected. Some bread malt in the finish.
Refreshing mouthfeel, perhaps a little thin for the style, but good nonetheless. Carbonation tickles the tongue for a while in the finish.
Goes down nicely, the alcohol is not very evident at 7.8%. It's a big bottle so I doubt I could have more than one.
Not a bad beer at all. I thought I was buying the Weizenbock when I purchased it, but I'm not disappointed with the dopplebock at all. I would buy it again if I see it again.

Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint sized bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced an ample white bubbly head that has good retention.

(S)- Very malty; sweet with a spicy apple breadiness. A little lemon.

(T)- Malty; extremely malty with a spicy note combined with a caramel & toffee sweetness. Finishes slightly dry.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Sweet, but not overly so. Rather crisp.

(D)- Man, this is really filling! It really sticks to your bones. However, it is a solid bock with everything where it should be.

Photo of Gavage
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear yellowish orange color with a 3" fluffy head that lasts. Some nice lacing developed during the session.

Smell: malt sweetness, grass, and honey are easy to detect with the nose.

Taste: nice malt base. Honey, grass, green grapes, hints of pepper, and a nice saaz-like bitterness bring out a bold flavored brew. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Surprisingly short aftertaste. Medium-heavy in bodied.

Drinkability: this is a nice beer to slowly enjoy after a long day at work. Easy to quaff despite the heartiness of the beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy dusty orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, toast, and a hint of noble hops. The taste is a little less malty than the aroma. The is some decent complexity, but it lacks any real pizazz. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with carbonation that is a little too low for the style. Overall, I love maibocks, but this one just doesn't do it for me.

Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 3-finger, off-white head that settled to a pillowy, 1-1/2 fingers and leaves fluffy, sticky spots on the side of the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-orange with medium carbonation.

S- Initially, it gave the impression of floral hops and raw bread/pizza dough. With some warmth, it becomes sugary sweet. I'm thinking of something like that sweet, Hawaiian bread.

T- It's a good mix of bready malts and spicy hops at first sip. Things end up a little on the sweet side as the hops take a back seat with a little warmth. I might mistake it for a well-made Euro strong lager (minus any adjuncts) or an Imperial Pils.

M- It's a little chewy/grainy in the mouth. There's a slight bite from the carbonation and a hint of alcohol tickle that becomes more pronounced as the beer gets closer to room temp.

D- It's a tasty treat, but the alcohol will sneak up on you, especially in the larger bottle. I don't know that I could drink a second in a sitting, but I'd drink it again. It's decently priced, so it might hit the spot when looking for something with a bit of a kick.

Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, egg-shell white head of foam. It had okay retention and left minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is almost nothing. Some mild maltiness and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet malt, caramel and clove. There was a mild yeasty character, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that finishes quite dry.

D - This is a very interesting maibock. Not much aroma but it tasted pretty good.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.88/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've had this one for a while, purchased at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, CO. Not sure on the price, maybe $2-$3?

A: Orange/copper colored, crystal clear, dense white head that bubbled up to about and inch and a half. Very rocky. Excellent clinging lacing on the side.

S: toasted bread smells, hops are somewhat skunky, a little more towards the malt spectrum, some faint hints of fruit, definite mineral smells as well.

T: grainy and malty, off metallic taste, doesn't linger long in the mouth but its definitely there, and detracts from the taste, very sweet, almost has a corn flavor to it. not really sure on this one, but it isn't exactly great. almost no hop characteristic, what is there is spicy. slight alcohol in the end. metallic character is really off setting though.

M: this one has a little heat to it, goes down very warm from the alcohol, nicely carbonated though, somewhat thick in the mouth.

D: not very drinkable, too many offsetting metallic flavors in this one, they really cover up the other flavors in the beer. could be better, but the metal just throws everything out of order.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eh, what is this beer? Not sure what to expect, so I'll just drink it--quite an idea.

Pours light gold, or orange, or dark yellow. Not really pinning this down. Off white head, some lacing, but mostly slick.

Sweet aroma, almost syrupy. Honey dipped raisins, maybe. A bit spicy. Toasted malt. Not quick a Maibock, definitely not a Doppel

while the flavors aren't bad, they don't really commit to anything. Semi sweet, some spice, some toasted biscuit. Raisin and honey, sweet grass. They just kind of mill around like a bunch of lolligaggers.

Not a bad beer, just lacks commitment. More hops would help. Or more roasting...more something

Photo of putnam
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

"Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops"

Yellow turning tawny orange. Not eager to summon a froth on top. Candied cherries and grapes in syrup aromas. Buttery sweet muffin tops with nuts. Nutmeg. Sweet alcohol flavors infused with iron bitterness barely framed with baked sweet bread flavors. The bitterness is a little oppressive on the finish, like cooked kale, and it lingers too long. As the buzz settles in (and quickly!) this aspect becomes more tolerable. This beer seems to be built patiently from quality ingredients. Is it aimed at the demands of blog drinking and competition? If so it should be a smashing success. I don't see it satisfying realistic standards of drinking pleasure quite as well.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, slightly hazy golden with little head. This pale dopplebock is a very different animal from the more usual dopplebocks one commonly sees. Its got a lot more fresh graininess and although there is some sweet malt, there isn't any of that rich, deep, malt flavor. Instead you get a touch of honey and bananasm, alot of fresh grain, and a bit of spice in the aromas and flavor. Smooth and with very well hidden alcohol. Quite pleasant. I'm really pleased to see that these beers are more readily available now.

Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A heavily smeared glow of dulled golden hay capped by a small lop of white foam that stays put fairly well. Not much lacing sticks, just a few specks and spots.

Aroma is of what a solid Maibock usually places on the nose with a sweet breadyness coated with a slight grassy edge and toasty cereal backing.

Taste is just as solid, nice tender sweetness of lightly sugared bread, partial lemon tone way underneath, grassy notes edge it well as does some floral hints, very dull toastyness rounds it out with a tiny push into some sweetened bitterness of grasses.

Body is quite rounded in a solid malty sense and tone while keeping a tenderly chewy carbonation and creamyish bread laden center. And there's a crisp side to it, as is a crunchy light bite. Nice complexity to its overall play on the palate in the mouthfeel department. Nice toasty/grassy play inbetween the sweetness wonders about the mid ranges and finishing with just a nudge of bitterness to grass and lemon; or, i.e. lemongrass?

A solid Maibock and quite drinkable. Something I would get again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with a cream/tan head. Some sticky lace. Lots of floaties in this one, even some chill haze. Note: Bottle on this one is heavy -- I like this.

Deep sugary raisin-like aroma. This screams doppelbock.

Brown sugar,, sweet fruit with some booze. I almost get a maple-like depth to this. This is incredibly smooth beer. A level of sweetness that lingers beyond the malt that is incredible. Turns toffee-like with some alcohol and fruit and buttered sugar.

Medium-full bodied, Ok carbonation.

Overall, I liked this the more I drank it. The sugars and complexity of sweetness, malt, fruit, sugar, malt, etc. make this a fine example of the style. A smooth complex beer.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.58/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours light orange/yellow extremely cloudy with a slight 1/8 inch head and below average lacing. Lightly carbonated. Fairly strong sour smells with average hop smell and below average malts. Light to mild flavor slightly bitter with a without much backbone. This is very light and could use additional flavor especially I the malts.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour summons forth an initially three-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazed, slightly orange tinged, gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells amply of fresh malt, with both grassy grain notes as well as a certain malt sweetness. The sweet malt aromatics provide aromas reminiscent of a mix of rich, almost umami like malt, pale honey, and that of sweet, caramelized grain (like the sweetness found in bread).

Sweet tasting and quite malt focused as expected. The malt doesn't have the concentrated, caramelized note of a dark bock and instead focuses on pale malt flavors. The grain is well tempered by a noticeable hop character thy is typically lacking in this beers darker brethren; distinctly herbal with a solid bitterness that lingers into a long finish. The hop notes are supporting to the malt, but play a substantial role in the flavor profile. Malt induced flavors of whole-grain crackers, some light grassy grain, and somehow something that reminds me of oranges though definitely malt derived. The body here is perhaps a touch lighter than one might want in a dunkler Doppelbock, but it is much in line with many a German example of a dunkler and for this particular beer the medium heft works quite well; chewy yet still plays well with the hop character.

After a bit of time some stale notes begin to creep into the aroma, though they are kept muted most of the time. I like the extra hop oomph that is here (more proof that there is no such thing as an Imperial Pilsner, it is just a Heller Bock / Doppelbock). Definitely a nice beer, hopefully I will be able to get a fresher bottle at some point (though I have no idea how old this one even is).

Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 0.5l bottle a few weeks back at Half Time. Cost was $4.99, plus the usual added costs...

I poured this into a half-litre stange, save for about 2oz of sediment-infused liquid. It was an orangey, apricot hued bier, with some light haze. Being termed a "Heller Doppelbock" seems like an oxymoron. Either a Hellbock or a Doppel, eh? Color seems to be more of a Hellbock, as most Doppels I've had are chestnut/mahogany in color, or darker. Styled here as a Mai/Hellbock, despite the labels proclamation of being a DBock. In the end? Macht nichts! Some of the yeasties have already slipped past the guards at the door, and sit in suspension within the bier. Head is a fine layer of white bubbles, most of which sit at the rim. Nose finds some bready malts hanging with a bit of floral hoppage. Body is solidly entrenched in the middle, with a fairly smooth tongue-passage for the brew.

Taste has some light sweetness, with bready malts being right there. Some honey flavors are present, along with light fruits, like apple and pear. Hops are there, too, with lightly floral characteristics showing up at the finish, which is a bit dry. Pretty good, all-in-all, and one I could drink for the duration of an evening. Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5


Photo of AltBock
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 0.9 fl oz. bottle with a black label that has a big silver with gold trim oval in the center. This oval contains the Plank Brewery crest and a cartoon like drawing of 2 rams in ramming position to ram each other. They have a glowing aura over their horns which means worldwide that they collided into each other. The thing about that is the fact that they're a couple of yards away from each other, but yet they have the sign they butted heads together. It's freaking me out! Maybe it's eye catching thing? It caught my attention because I bought it. All the mandatory US information can be found beside the oval label and on the small neck label. Guess what's missing from the bottle or label? You guessed it, a best before date or a vintage year.

Appearance: I decided to pour this Heller Doppelbock into my Celebrator Pilsner glass. This Doppelbock poured a lightly hazy orange. Not a golden orange or an orange mixed in with some other color. Just a straight up orange color. On top of this orange colored Doppelbock was a solid white 1/2 an inch head of foam. This head of foam had good retention that left behind fizzy bubbly rings and 2 small spots of fizzy lace. For some reason I liked the color of this beer. Not so much the fizzy head of foam though, but at least it had the color going for it.

Smell: The aroma was malty like a good Doppelbock should be. But instead of roasted malts like a regular Doppelbock, this one was malty with lightly toasted malts. Following the toasted malts was a splash of sweet caramel, a tiny speck of green apples and other juicy fruits, a subtle drop of honey, a few flowers, and then this malty aroma ends with some crispy floral hops. I liked the malty start and the sweet middle, but for some odd reason I really didn't care for the crispy bitter finish.

Taste: It starts of malty with some lightly toasted malts. After the malts leave the tongue, in comes the sweet middle. This sweet middle contained a hint of sweet caramel and a small touch of juicy fruits. Immediately following the sweet middle was the slightly dry/bitter finish that was filled with crispy floral hops and a tiny hint of dried yeast. I was surprised by the intensity of the crispy floral hops. Sometimes the floral hops over threw the toasted malts. In the end, I can say that it was a well balanced crispy Lager.

Mouthfeel: Despite it's 7.8% ABV, this Doppelbock was light to medium bodied with lively carbonation and a lightly toasted aftertaste of toasted malts, sweet caramel, and crispy floral hops. This beer didn't show me any of its 7.8% ABV. If it was in here, then it was quickly covered up by the crispy floral hops.

Drinkability: This is probably one of the lightest and crispest Doppelbocks I've had so far. It was an easy drinking light and crispy Doppelbock. Don't let the ABV% confuse you. It was light, but not light in flavor. If you're in the mood for a unique German lager with a freaky label, then you should probably pick this one up. One bottle will probably do it for me.

Photo of nick76
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very good with citrus and herbal hops that don't seem too strong. The aroma also has adjunct like malts. The appearance is orange gold with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a citrus finish. The palate is thin. Overall this is good.

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Bavarian Heller Doppelbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
83 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.