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Bavarian Heller Doppelbock - Brauerei Michael Plank

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: putnam on 08-25-2007)
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Reviews by putnam:
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putnam

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

"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.

08-25-2007 17:00:27 | More by putnam
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

04-15-2010 03:25:25 | More by GilGarp
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

02-13-2008 04:52:05 | More by Sammy
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ordybill

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

08-17-2014 05:21:03 | More by ordybill
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%

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

03-28-2009 23:08:37 | More by russpowell
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

08-03-2008 15:42:08 | More by beerthulhu
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BierFan

Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -33.8%

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.

09-20-2008 22:07:27 | More by BierFan
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-29-2013 05:54:53 | More by jaydoc
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stumac

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +0.8%

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

05-01-2008 04:20:28 | More by stumac
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +17%

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.

11-05-2008 02:19:55 | More by jwc215
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kwakwhore

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

10-22-2008 02:24:31 | More by kwakwhore
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

12-01-2009 23:13:30 | More by sweemzander
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Antnyd82

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

11-26-2012 22:53:02 | More by Antnyd82
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

12-13-2007 00:04:27 | More by Gavage
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SnifterLifter

New York

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

06-01-2014 13:57:43 | More by SnifterLifter
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

05-04-2009 23:48:26 | More by KarlHungus
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

01-31-2012 15:39:17 | More by Kahlerbock
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GRPunk

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

12-13-2009 21:16:48 | More by GRPunk
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zeff80

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

12-22-2010 04:16:57 | More by zeff80
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pokesbeerdude

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

12-23-2008 00:58:12 | More by pokesbeerdude
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -18.1%

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

05-23-2011 04:05:40 | More by Mebuzzard
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

10-29-2008 03:26:55 | More by Georgiabeer
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

05-25-2014 12:44:42 | More by Latarnik
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

06-11-2009 01:50:36 | More by tavernjef
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

07-29-2011 01:25:01 | More by OtherShoe2
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Bavarian Heller Doppelbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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