Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock
Brauerei Michael Plank

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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #24
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,519
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.96%
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
158
From:
Brauerei Michael Plank
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  6
SCORE
88
Very Good
Plank Bavarian Dunkler WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock
Notes: 14 IBU
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark ruby, sparse 1" head from a vigorous pour that wastes away to a thin ring, no lacing. Nose is pumpernickel, holiday spice, dark fruit, even a bit of earthy hop. Flavor essentially follows, if a bit sweeter than I expected (though certainly in line with the style). Sweetness is closest to dark fruit and raisins, while the fruit cake, oatmeal cookie spice washes through the whole drink. I find the mouthfeel wanting - it's rather thin, and though the carbonation helps fill thing out a little. Alcohol pokes through with some warming. No top tier for the style, but always good to have options.

Mar 21, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Weizenbock is a favorite style and this is very nice example. Hope to buy more soon.

Poured from a can into a chalice. Clear dark brown color with with nice initial beige head and some lacing as it goes. Sweet berries and bubble gum smell and taste. Some toasted pumpernickel and nice pepper spice with some warm spices. Overall a very satisfying beer.

Mar 03, 2021
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rawbraves from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In a 16 oz can. Enjoyed at the end of a skin up to a hut in the mountains of Colorado. Found it to be a nice, but perhaps lucid color. Flavor was a bit bitter, but I suppose to be expected for a bock. Higher ABV was also prevalent on the palate. I would try again, but wouldn’t rush out to buy it.

Jan 28, 2021
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A nice deep dark amber red color. No head really. Smells sweet. Apple fruity. Taste is fruity and sweet. A hint of cinnamon. Low carbonated soft drink. No ice. Overall it's sweet and I really dig it these first ounces. I think I'll be getting more next time. Thanks Total Wine. An undated 16 ounce can from canned in Oxford, CT @7.9% ABV via Laaber, Bavaria.

Jan 26, 2021
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is very dark reddish brown in color. It poured with a short off white head that left a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of banana-like yeast and dark fruits are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors of banana-like yeast are stronger and stand out in front of those of the dark fruits.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this beer did a very good job at blending the weizenbock and dunked styles.

Serving type: can

Jan 15, 2021
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TryThemAllOnce from California

3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pint can with no date (growl). Says 7.9% abv on the label, maybe that helps someone know when it was canned.

Poured into a pint shaker glass, super dark with a thin tan foam layer that vanished in 30 seconds. No lacing, none. Aroma is green apple. So is the taste, with a bit of raisin. It's more of a sour than a dunkel weizenbock. Taste and feel are actually pretty good, just odd based on what it's being called. I didn't hate it, or love it.

Dec 10, 2020
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Jimmyd2 from California

2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Purchased a one pint can at Total Wine. The beer dark brown hazy with a light tan head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is apple, tart fruit. The flavor follows, a sourness and a metallic taste that is a surprise for a "weizenbock". The can indicates that the beer was brewed in Germany, exported in a bulk container and canned in the United States. Not sure whether the off flavors are a result of handling or the sourness was intended. Not to style.

Nov 21, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No can date
Pours a smaller off white head with low retention, mahogany color with a little ruby light

Nose quite nice, toffee, biscuity toasted malt, dark fruits, raisin plum, fig, a touch nutty, phenol spices and smooth alcohol potpourri

Taste more greatness, dark toasted malt and wheat, toffee, little caramel, bread crust, little nutty, plenty of dark fruit, fig, date, raisin, smooth perfumey alcohol, little bitterness, drier finish more dark fruit

Mouth is med to fuller bod, med higher frothy effervescent carb, touch of warming alcohol

Overall this was awesome, great job.

Oct 17, 2020
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.59/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the can (brewed in Germany, canned in CT), it pours a hazy brown color with a modest (for a weizen) tan head that soon reduces to a thin layer. Bready scent in the nose. In the mouth, it is smooth feeling with the usual bready taste. Decent.

Oct 02, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a Willi Plank glass; no production information.
A: Pours a seemingly clear, very dark brown color with walnut highlights, a no more than half finger, short lived, tan head, and very limited, if any, lacing.
S: Slightly tart nose like a mixed ferment. Aromas of banana, light cloves, wheaty spice, and black coffee. A lactic acid note?
T: Sweet, but not overpoweringly so. Flavor pallet follows the nose; actually a reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Bitterness so balanced.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth, but perhaps a little watery.
O: Dunkler Weizenbock is a highly drinkable version of the style.

Sep 03, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can from B United.

This one pours a dark brown-ish black color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like roasted banana, wheat, chocolate, rye bread, and coffee.

This is highly enjoyable, and very malt driven. It's gives the impression of banana bread with some chocolate on the side. There's also wheat and some coffee, with a very creamy finish.

This is medium bodied, creamy and airy, with a great smooth mouthfeel.

This has gotta be one of the best takes on this style that I've had.

Jul 26, 2020
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Brenden from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, murky medium brown. The head is a light brown one that's very tall and foamy but subsides to a heavy layer and leaves a mixture of spotting and lacing behind.
S: Figgy, tart, and alcoholic with some definite spicier yeast notes
T: Fi, plum and apple with bready malts and a little peaty earth, as well as some tartness and a spiciness that identifies more clearly as clove-like.
M: Moderate body, moderately crisp and smooth with a finish that dries as the alcohol and phenols build.

Jul 14, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock pours clean, brilliant chestnut under a very persistent 3” thick rocky off white head. Darker bread and banana aromas on the nose with faint traces of clove and a pinch of sweetness. Bread and banana on the palate are seasoned by the dark malts which give a faint chocolate coffee note and combined with the lighter malt tones suggesting a faint root beer or cola presence. While yeast driven, he beer is very well balanced between the malts, alcohol, yeast driven fruit flavors and the finishing hop accent. This is a very smooth, creamy full bodied beer with above average carbonation.

Feb 01, 2015
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle - coded 93471

Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock filled my Weihenstephan weizen glass with a mahogany color. Using a VERY easy/slow pour a huge light tan and bubbly 3+ finger head was produced. The nose was dominated by dark fruits, caramel and malty. The flavor matched the aroma with dark fruits, bananas and chocolate malt dominating. In the background is a mild spice and a slight hop bitterness linger. The mouth feel was medium-full bodied with active and fizzy carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and would like to drink again on a nice crisp fall day.

Aug 11, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for a dark wheat lager from germany, this is about as good as it can get. it is everything it says it is, and more. for me, i cant really see the style improving much, and like all the plank beers, its quality is simply astounding and well ahead of its peers. this pours a charcoal tinted brown color, with some yeast sediment and a rapidly rising milkshake thick khaki tan head that never relents. the nose is that banana clove hefe yeast, with some really roasty wheat malt that stays light and doesnt go bitter, as well as a clean bready lager yeast. interesting yeast combination here, very german, but also quite unique. the flavor starts with the dark grain and moves into a slightly boozy malty middle, a little sweeter than the start. it moves through banana bread, bran muffin, and campfire smoke, before returning to a relatively clean and tidy lager finish. impressively complex, not overdone, just clever and traditional at the same time. frothy and fluffy feeling, aside from a slight alcohol burn, this beer is gentle all the way through. carbonation is just active enough, and the beer opens up a whole lot as it warms too. the thing that amazes me as much as how good this is, is how cheap it is. i need to start buying this stuff a lot more frequently!

Jun 23, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 5.99/500 mL at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottle marked 93.47.1 at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt
Head average (4.5 cm), creamy, light brown, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing – none
Body medium brown, clear, some rising bubbles
Flavor lightly sweet and malty; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends quickly with only a sweetness remaining.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

A nice beer, easy to look at’ smells good, and tastes pretty nice. Price point seems a tad high, but worth trying.

Jun 06, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle code. Pours very hazy/murky dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger moderately dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, grape, apple, raisin, caramel, toast, brown bread, wheat, molasses, light clove, light banana, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity yeast and dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, grape, raisin, caramel, brown bread, wheat, molasses, toast, light banana, clove, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown bread, wheat, molasses, toast, clove, light banana, herbal, light chocolate, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt flavors with yeast fruitiness; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent weizenbock. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 21, 2013
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matjack85 from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $7 for a 500ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Served in a weizenglass.

The beer poured a cloudy dark brown color with half the glass filled with a rocky and creamy tan head that lasted quite awhile. Decent lacing as well.

This smelled like one of those chocolate covered malt ball candies. It was wonderful.

Big malty flavor right up front. Chocolate and caramel sweetness along with some toasted grain flavors. There is also a plum-like fruitiness and tartness to it that blends well with the malts. Bitterness is low but the hops are noticeable. Alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is between moderate to medium.

This is an absolutely delicious weizenbock. Hope I can find it at a liquor store so I won't have to pay $7 a bottle to drink it.

May 17, 2013
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boddhitree from Germany

4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The website states: "A strong one for special moments. Almost black with sensational foam and banana aroma, the initial sip reminds us of coffee notes. The after taste captivates with the aroma of malt."

It also says it won the Gold in the World Beer Cup in 2004. That's impressive.

The back of the bottle mentions balanced bitterness for an "enjoyment beyond the hectic [of daily life]."
Not impressed with the marketing, ditto with the website.
Ok... aroma is as marketing promised: banana, bubblegum with hints of aroma hiding inside. 7.8% ABV. The foam is vanilla, dirty white; beers color is cloudy dark, dark brown with red & amber tints.

Flavor, not bad.

You get the sweetness of bubblegum with some banana but also lots of deep roasted malts in the back. At first, I get the typical Weizen flavor, the super-duper sweetness of the Weizen yeast, but it's far more complex than that. I get black or chocolate malts, some coffee hints with full on Doppelbock-ness of the malt, maybe roasted barley. It's highly roasted, whatever the malt. If you let the beer bypass the front of your tongue, you taste the roasted barley full on. Bitterness is there, not pronounced, but noticeable in the very back of the tongue. I find it's a shame the Weizen yeast is so overpowering, for it almost masks these wonderful flavors. I'm not a huge fan of the bubblegummy Wiezens, I prefer a Kristalweizen with more lemony notes, but this one is not bad at all.

Apr 07, 2013
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger Weissbier glass. It's a stunning pour. The beer is crystal clear, very dark brown, and sports a huge rocky off-white head. I roused a little yeast from the bottom of the bottle in order to impart a little more haziness (and flavor) into the glass. The nose has a very prominent grape-like component to it that I really like. Behind the grapes, I get bready notes and some yeastiness. I don't get many spicy phenols.

Medium-full body with lots of complex flavors that follow the nose well. I get big flavors of sweet, bready malt and lots of dark fruit. The grainy wheat notes arrive around mid-palate and carry through the finish, contributing a pleasant tartness to the refreshing qualities of the beer. No hop bitterness. No evident booziness. High carbonation really opens the palate and contributes a lively feel to the beer, though a slightly creamier feel would have been welcome.

The marriage of subtle sweet malt, lots of port-like dark fruit, and tart wheat really make this beer delicious. A very nice example of the style. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Apr 03, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Been in the cellar quite a while.

Swirled the sediment before emptying the bottle. Pours a murky medium brown color with a foamy two inch light khaki head that lingers. Floaties are noticeable.

Wheat, green apple esters, clove, and subtle caramel malt form the aroma. The apple is overwhelming. Toasted bread emerges as it warms.

Caramelization is more evident in the flavor, forming the backbone and carrying into a deeply toasted, slightly dry, bready finish. Apple, yeast, wheat, clove, and banana esters add intrigue. Toffee notes surface late...nutty and buttery.

Body is a touch on the full side, fairly oily, with carbonation on the high side, and slight alcohol warmth.

Fairly characterful example of the style. Good esters keep things interesting.

Jan 29, 2013
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Absumaster from Netherlands

3.11/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark brown, burgundy beer with a nice lacing head.

Smell is akward, with a vegetable / DMS smell and some stock. Hidden behind this is a clean smelling beer with low levels of dark malts, which add a strong malty base complemented by dark breadcrust and umami.

Taste is in line with the smell with the green, vegetable taste. The base is formed by a very malty munich malt, which gives the beer a dark taste, like bready and caramel, but without any of the roast. The beer is not bitter and has a firm body which is somewhat sweet, but not overly so. The high ratings made me expect more. This tastes like an off-batch. Too bad.

Nov 04, 2012
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morebeergood from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Aventinus weizen glass. Tons of carbonation - a huge white head forms atop a cola brown colored body. That head stays for a while, and in this glass, it looks amazing. Smell was of fresh dates and rum. Taste was awesome too. Notes of molasses, caramel, banana, and chocolate covered cherry. Mouthfeel was smooth and a bit fizzy. The abv was well hidden. I like this beer a lot. Thanks to Drinking Drake for the recommendation.

Aug 09, 2012
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of Plank's Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock that a friend brought over to share. I have never heard of this brewery before but Weizenbock's are one of my favorite style's and you don't see them around that often, so I'm excited to try this beer, lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label is nice and classic looking and since this beer is a Bock of course their had to be some goats on the label, looks ok to me. It poured a darker muddy brown color that was really hazy and it took on a nice bright copper hue when held to the light, it had three fingers worth of light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left no lacing. This beer looked ok but I wish it had some lacing to it.

S- The aroma starts off with lots of wheat and malts that have a high amount of sweetness and impart some wheat, lightly toasted, caramel, and bready malt aromas, they are quickly followed by those typical banana and bubble gum aromas and a little bit of chocolate which I wasn't expecting. Next up are some spicy yeast that impart some clove and coriander like aromas followed by a little bit of brown sugar. Towards the end I got a sweet dark fruit aroma with raisins sticking out the most. This was good and complex smelling Weizenbock, just the way it should be.

T- The taste is similar to the aroma, but it isn't as complex. It starts off with lots of wheat, grains, brown bread, caramel flavors that had a medium amount of sweetness. After that I picked up a slight chocolate flavor followed by a nice amount of bananas. After that I get some spicy yeast that imparts all those spices that I picked up in the aroma. It had a lighter amount of bitterness with a toasted wheat aftertaste. The taste was ok but it just didn't live up to the aroma, seems pretty average to me.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, fizzy, medium bodied, with a high amount of prickly carbonation. The body was ok but the carbonation was just way too high, it needs to be toned down quite a bit.

Overall I thought that this was an ok beer and an average example of the style, it had all those great Weizenbock aspects that I look for in this style in the aroma, but when it came to the taste it came up a little short. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, the carbonation was to fizzy, and the flavors didn't hold my attention like they should, one of these 500ml bottle's is enough for me. What I like most about this beer was the aroma, it was nice and it had all the aromas that I come to expect from this style. What I liked least about this beer was that the taste didn't live up to the aroma and that the carbonation was way to high and fizzy, it just didn't work with this beer. I don't think I would buy this beer again unless I really wanted a Weizenbock and couldn't find a better one, it's worth a try but don't expect it to knock your socks off. This was my first beer from this brewery and it made for an ok first impression, I would be down to try more of their beer, but I can't say that I was overall impressed with this beer, they were too many flaws to make it my favorite. Wally's Weizenbock from Black Forest is still my favorite of the style, it's such a damn good beer and it blows this beer out of the water.

May 22, 2012
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weeare138 from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for grabbing this one...
Appears a mahogany brown with copper edges and a fluffy beige head that slowly fades away. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe bananas, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, freshly baked bread, and fruity esters with spice.
Taste is of the aromas with a subdued flavor of ripened bananas and that classic German yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and very enjoyable.

May 21, 2012
Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 158 ratings