Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock

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Brauerei Michael Plank

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, crystal malt scent along with some wheat and fruit esters. It has minimal banana/clove character. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth, crystal and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes dry with a mild yeastiness. It's not a powerful beer, yet it weighs in at 7.5% abv.. The hefe character is present as well as the lager dryness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It's complex and flavorful, as well as true to style.

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Photo of yelterdow
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Discovered in the fridge at Andy's Corner in Bogota. Gold Medal Winner at the WBC 2004. I'll be serving this at between fridge and cellar temperature in a weizen glass after dinner... there's no freshness date on this bottle.

Appearance- Wow... a glorious abundance of wheat malt creates a silky drapery within my glass. Deep pruny raisin in color, with barely any light penetration, this supports a three finger head that condenses and settles to a solid half inch. Beautiful color distribution, from a burnished mahogany to cordovan.

Smell- That familiar aroma of millipedes and damp leaves, bringing the outdoors in while beckoning the first sip. Sweet aroma that emphasizes the classic German yeast strain and gets the saliva flowing.

Taste- An unexpected sourness takes a firm grip of the tongue, throwing the taste buds a knuckleball. It takes about 10 seconds for it to concede to the hot, malty profile that follows. This beer certainly doesn't hold back on the alcohol heat either... compared to Aventinus or some other examples of the style, it's outright harsh. The finish is ripe with hops and fruity phenols, but the lingering heat blocks out what could have been a complex, bountiful curtain call.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Wickedly aggressive carbonation that explodes like dynamite across the mouth. Piranha-like microbites sizzle the tongue while the beer expands in a gaseous, belly-filling fashion. With barely a swish, this puffs the cheeks outwards and tests my pressure capacities. Strong burps ensue, punctuating a less-than-impressive Weizenbock experience. Not recommended.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours up a dark brown with dark red edges. a nice, cream colored head. the nose is chocolate, toffee, and vanilla ice cream! that is interesting! tastes of slight alcohol spice, a slight metallic malt taste (probably due to this bottle maybe being not the freshest), dark fruits, red fruits, strawberries, dark cherries. medium bodied, low, frizzy carbo. i had a better bottle of this in Austin but oh well.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gorgeous beer, with a glowing copper rust under an enormous fluffy head made of zillions of tiny bubbles. Incredible head retention.

Aroma is banana, apple skins, nougat, light toffee, even lighter milk chocolate.

Flavor is a mixture of both good and bad. The good is the banana, earthy wheat, obvious yeast (nearly Belgian in character) and traces of caramel and toffee. Nearly ruining all that is a sour pucker, as well as a steely, nearly medicinal bite. Like sucking on a penny. Not sure what's going on there, but it's not easy to get down. I bought this at a reputable store (City Beverage, W-S, NC), never found other beers there to be old, expired, light-stricken or otherwise unacceptable. Maybe this one is indeed old, or maybe I just don't care for it. And the mouthfeel is a little too sharp and over-carbonated for the style.

So off balance. Glad I have a second bottle...will revise the review if that one performs significantly better. I can tell there's a great beer in here, but as of right now, I've had many better Weizenbocks. C'est la vie.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9 oz. 7.5% ABV. Pours a cloudy chestnut/brown color. Off-white, foam cap head. Head trickles to a nice rocky pillow that last for quite some time. A few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Banana, and many other fruits seem to hit me first in the nose. A bit of caramel, milk chocolate, and alcohol also chime in. What a nose on this!

A bit of whaet tartness comes first, followed by a hint of caramel and lots of fruit. Bananas and berries seem to come to mind. Just a hint of alcohol. Seems to have just a slight earthy hop finish. This is certainly all about the wheat and the yeast.

Very well balanced. Good body and carbonation. Very well made. Excellent. I could go for this often.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock
500mL brown bottle

A: poured into a hefeweizen glass. The color is a deep, cloudy mahogany with a nice slightly tan head that is about four fingers high. Amazing retention with a solid amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is slightly sour, with banana an clove floating around the nose. The alcohol is definitely present in the aroma. Some fall fruits are present as well, like apples and figs.

T: a little lighter on the flavor than other weizenbocks that I have had, but a good one nonetheless. Some good spices, some nutmeg and clove. A little bit of banana and some fall fruits. A little bit of sourness.

M: a little lighter body-wise than expected. Decent carbonation level. Very smooth and mellow.

D: the sourness kind of turned me off, but it was a good weizenbock and worthy of a try.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, .9 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
An amazing appearance was the result of a hefty pour, which included, but was not limited to, a deep, dark, mahogany-brown, ruby-red colored hue with an enormous frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power that resulted in hefty lacing...
Strong, noticeable aroma of purple wheats, hops, honey, molasses and syrup...
Strong weizenbock taste that was consumed by a nice interpretation of wheat, rich malts, caramel, honey, sugars, molasses, syrups, prunes, and dehydrated fruits...
Good, creamy, rich mouthfeel complemented by an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad... good stuff...

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Photo of Jmamay22
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed this at the liquor store today without any prior knowledge of the beer, but looking for a German Weizenbock.

Wow! This poured nearly pure foam, yet there was no gushing. I was very careful pouring, but there was no stopping. Didn't spill thank goodness, but it took patience to wait for this to die down. The beer is dark amber and the head settles to a thick two finger depth and features a tan cola color.

Smells of wheat, banana and clove. Has an interesting dark syrup and fruit complexion that creates an impression of sweetness. Booze is nowhere to be found.

Taste is less complex than its scent. The second layer of dark fruits and molasses is lost. It comes off enjoyable, but more straightforward clove, banana and of course wheat. Midway through the bottle I start picking up on an undercurrent of smokiness that is well placed and absolutely delightful. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel is poor due to the overdone carbonation. Very drinkable. The carbonation ruins what could be something special. The style is well suited for the transitioning seasons of winter to spring. Would pair well with pork.

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, if you've been reading my reviews from today it won't surprise you in the least that I received this bottle after's German Beer Fest in 2007.

Privatbrauerei Plank Laaber Seit 1617. Do people realize 1617 was 400 years ago? It's mindboggling. Think about that the next time you drive by a mini-mall. Hell, think about that the next time you drive by the Capitol in Washington, DC.

I'm enjoying this beer from a Harpoon Ale mug, which is one of my favorite vessels in my collection.

Appearance: A lingering, mountainous white head. I want to go sledding on it. Deep amber body.

Smell: All I can get is malt and a little bit of fruit.

Taste: Malt, and a touch of sourness. Dates and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Stickiness that lingers a bit.

Drinkability: There's a heaviness to this brew, without the high ABV that would limit the amount one might drink this brew, but this is definitely quality over quantity.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle

A: Pours a deep brown under a big white head. No lace, some retention.

S: Smells of spice, banana, caramel, wheat and a little bit of yeast.

T: Nice and sweet up front with some hints of bananas, a little bit of clove, light caramel and some syrupy, dark fruit, cherry sticking out. Bitterness is noticeable, slight drying character from alcohol that is otherwise hidden. Some earthy yeast tones in the aftertaste. Wheat tones are there but take a backseat to much of the other tastes.

M/D: Full body, very thick feeling but not sticky or astringent, light carbonation. Alcohol masked well, drinkability is decent. Definitely can feel the fullness of this one. Very good beer, really feels like you could live off of this if needed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plank- Weizenbock

A- Deep amber brown with an enormous frothy head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Big vicious carbonation.
S- Strong clove, banana and brown sugar.
T- Brown sugar/ molasses malt with an equal balance of cloves and wheat. Big strong flavor could become a little cloying after a few.
M- Big chewy malt, slightly sweet, with a bubbly flavorful finish. Slight alc. twang in the end.

Overall- A solid Weizenbock! My 1st of the Plank beers and delicious!

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2004 World Cup Gold medal.

A: dark burnt cranberry color with a huge rocky 3 finger off white head. The lacing stuck to the sides of the glass nicely while the visible carbonation was light.

S: some fresh cranberries, bananas, cloves, and a variety of spices.

T: The initial flavor was malty with a big dark roasted character and caramel along with a charred smokiness. There was a big doughy palate, some dry chocolate and a earthy bitterness from the hops. The finish was smooth with a good smokiness detected and rich roasted malt lacing on the tongue leaving some bacon and campfire notes upon warming. A very good dark roasted malt bill and was very yeasty for a doppelbock, with some dry fruitiness, alcohol, and a good spiciness.

M: Nice mineral mouthful, spicy and smoky

D: A very good recommend and very good drink

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Light caramel brown color. The head is a light bwon/white. thick and frothy.
S: A very light brown sugar. Past that nothing else stick out for me.
T:Off the bat i pick up sweet red apple skins. Then spicey banana kick in.
M: A full round carbonation fizzy feeling.
D:Great beer. A very fun complete one as well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Campfire red-orange without the smoke. A loud rush of carbonation on crown cracking indicated generous carbonation. This is becoming a trend with this brewery. The pour generated a large head of soft, nearly featureless foam that doesn't look like it'll leave much lace. Not bad, just not great. Edit: for some reason, subsequent pours look much better.

Unlike the appearance, the aroma is somewhat smoky. It's also well-toasted wheaty and is more than a little spicy. Maybe a few handfuls of beechwood-smoked malt were used. That and a kick-ass yeast strain.

Other than too much carbonation that needs several minutes to settle down, I like what Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock delivers. The typical flavors are present, as are the typical complementary flavor sensations of sweet, tangy and bitter. The beginning and middle are balanced, while the finish edges toward bitter.

Browned banana dominates, although it isn't quite as dark as the cocoa-covered banana that some beer of this style favors. The (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is... 3.5/5.0. Black pepper and clove are increasing in intensity as the beer warms. There's no shortage of flavor here.

The body/mouthfeel is more enjoyable now that I'm past the midway point of the bottle. The carbonation has eased a great deal, but this brew isn't quite big enough. If you've acquired a similarly bubbled bottle, be prepared to burp. A lot.

Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock is a fine example of the style. In fact, it might even be banging on great's door if properly carbonated.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice muddy brown color with a pillowy tan head that dissipated into a nice cap. The smell is of wheat malt, bananas and clove. The taste is of apples, banana and some other sweet fruit. I got a slight wave of chocolate malt but that didn't last very long. Sweeter and less dry than their hefe. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finished well balanced. A very easy to drink weizenbock, not much in the way of malty taste but very balanced and smooth.

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Photo of albern
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice dark weizenbock beer. I first had this at the German Beer Festival in Boston and thought I would never find it again, but it is available at Elm St. Liquors in Davis Square. Another feather in their cap for what to me is the best beer store in Boston area. The beer pours cloudy, dark, not much head, and what there is is a bit on the soapy side. No lacing to speak of. The beer is moderately carbonated, medium bodied, and the smell is malt, yeast, and cooked prunes. The taste is the high point by far. There is a somewhat dryish, for a weizenbock, malty, and bready taste. The beer is amply full of yeast, and there is a prunish taste in the mid section that tails off in the finish. Some refer to this as banana, but I believe its more a full yeast flavor that is pushing things in the banana-ish direction. This is a very nice weizenbock that isn't too sweet, does not have an overly syrupy feel, and one in which the 7.5% ABV is well masked. Worth seeking out, if you can find it. L'Chaim.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured at the BA/RB table at the 2007 Strong Ale festival
A- Translucent, orange hue, 2 fingers of off-white creamy head, little lacing
S- Banana bread malts, sweet sugar candy and light fruits, citrus
T- Initial taste is huge banana flavors, bread malts, subtler citrus fruits, some dark fruits, and light rum liquer
M- Medium-bodied, watery texture, light carbonation
D- Easy-drinking Dunkle Weizen with plenty of flavor and boldness, good balance, well-masked alcohol is barely detectable

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a brown color with a huge rocky head that quickly began to subside. The aroma is malty with the yeast noticeable. The taste is malty and spicy – possibly even a bit floral. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is quite noticeable. Overall, this is an easy to drink brew – not offensive, but missing a punch.

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Photo of brentk56
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a massive head that retains well

Smell: Banana bread, wheat malt and some spicy phenols

Taste: Opens with a wheat malt and banana flavor that becomes a bit rough and grainy at mid-palate; after the swallow, the balance returns, with some sweet banana and clove elements to even out the roughness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with effervescent carbonation

Drinkability: Very nice example of the style but not as good as the Aventinus

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown, slightly hazy, trickles of carbonation upon deeper view, thick foamy head settles to finger thickness, good lacing
s: nice slightly sweet wheat aroma with bits of banana bread
t: moderate malts upfront, followed by plum flavor and finishing with a tart fruitiness
m: lots of carbonation but almost a light body, which was a disappointment
d: misleading until i re-read the label - bavarian dunkler weizenbock. not nearly as smooth as it smelled and tartness made it less drinkable than anticipated. not the best representation of a weizenbock, but smell was weizenbock-like while the taste was too dunkler -like. overall a good beer, just doesn't rank with aventinus or some other weizenbocks i've had if you want to compare it to "straight" weizenbocks.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A dark brown-red beer with an agressive whitish head. It had solid carbonation and sticking.

S- A very sweet and fruity malty scent with some floral hop aroma.

T- Up front this was a very malty beer. The flavors reminded me of something like cooked plums. However, there was a hoppy flavor offered up in the finish.

M- Very full mouthfeel.

D- While this was a full-flavored beer I could (and did) drink more than one in an evening.

Overall- An obviously strong beer that wasn't too overpowering. I tried this beer at an Oktoberfest celebration and found myself having seconds without any ill-effects.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer brought to beerclub by kkulacki, who keeps finding these Planks all over Michigan. Pours crimson/mahogany with a massive white head. looks very nice. Smells of black fruits, bananas, rum, malt and caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel malt with noticeable alcohol and a pruney-banana blend. Slightly yeasty. Banana flavor not overwhelming as it can be in some beers of the style. Very nice. Smooth, almost velvety. A very nice drinker. Wish we had it locally.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was pleased to see this beer on the shelves after reading the review of it in one of the BA magazines. Pours a light brown, with a rocky head that fades quickly. Smells of sweet berry, honey and alcohol come to mind for the aroma. Taste has elements of cherry, plum, and an overall wine or port presence. Mouthfeel is medium, and quite drinkable. Great example for this style. Tastes even better if you let it warm up a little bit.

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Photo of putnam
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been holding this sample for about 6 months at ~44 deg. F.

Under the cap there is a prolific cascade of gunsmoke. A pour launches foam that crests and recedes relatively quickly leaving a sheet of coffee ice cream colored foam. Banana flambee aromas focus neatly on top of cream and vanilla. A murky spine of burnt, oily bitterness swaddled in malty viscosity. Bright husk acids splash back alcohol, spice and bitter finishes.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic gift, thanks to a distributor friend in Asheville, North Carolina.

Huge effercescence on the pour. Deep and rich in colour, dark brown to nearly black. Rocky yet welcoming three-finger head. The head retention was superb as was the lacing in my Sly Fox Royal Weisse glass...

Aromas are fantastic... One whiff, and you know you are opening a high quality, Bayerische Bier. A bit of hot alcohol to carry the roasted grains, notes of dark cherry, Weissebier-esque banana, and just the faintest twinge of hops to balance out the whole thing. Flavor follows suit with great balance of the biscuity, bready maltiness and the natural sweetness of dried fruits and - oh yeah - there's that quintessential banana again - with a light coating of bittersweet chocolate to finish it off. Smooth on the palate, this weizenbock is a keeper. I know I have Aventinus rated as one of my favorite Biers, but a side-by-side would be needed to crown the true champion in my book.

All in all a solid Bier. I never would have figured it to be 7.5% ABV. I need to have this one available to me on a regular basis and I also need to try the rest of their line...

Zum wohl!

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 131 ratings