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 BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

Weizenbock is perhaps the most underrated beer style out there today. Just thought we'd throw that out there.

Once poured, this beer kicks up lots of head from the carbonation--not gushing, but very active, which is par for the style. The foam really shows off the head reten- tion as well. Murky mahogany color, the trademark ap- pearance for the style. Spicy nose shows murmurs of ripe fruit, alcohol, mild phenols, yeast and a hint of lemon. Brazen crispness wakes up the palate even with a sizeable body. Big explosions of flavor: clove, bready wheat, fruit esters, nutty yeast, tart plum, bitter phenols and toasted grain among them. Some warmth comes from the alcohol, but is de- ceiving for the most part. Phenols are quite prevalent, with an herbal medicinal flavor. From middle to end, graininess pushes through with a toasted husky note. Mild hop character. Finishes slightly dry, with a lingering grain flavor.

This one's a bit rough around the edges, but most Weizenbocks are. We dig it--beer in the raw, sort of. A steaming hot bowl of goulash is bold enough to pair with this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was fine, tasy, but not overly drinkable because of the sourness in there. Thick mouthffel, its filling, it looks good and dark. Not overally complex, bang the style but the only beer you can drink in a night. Lots of chocolate malt. Big malt aroma. Bannanas.

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Photo of drpimento
2.18/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Think I got a bottle that is just turning. Bummer. Poured with a nice foamy fine off white head and some lace. Color is mahoganey. Aroma is malty and dominated by sour. Flavor is like aroma and again dominated by the sour. Beer tasted like it was almost good. No date on the bottle. Finish is like flav. Bummer.

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Photo of champ103
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color with some ruby highlights. A large beige head forms with good retention. Sticky lace clings to the glass.
S: Toasted malt and wheat. Light fruity aromas of citrus and bananas. Dry crackers and bread. Some yeast and dry dark fruits linger. Really good.
T: Follows the nose, and again really good. Toasted malt with an earthy wheat flavor. Chocolate covered bananas. Crackers and biscuit. Some dark fruits linger.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. Overly effervescent. Easy to drink. I am enjoying this a lot.

Just like the Heller Weizenbock, this is excellent. A great traditional and old world example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thick dark mahogany color with a very slight transparency. a very thick caramel colored head. A great weizen sent. wheaty and malt-tastic. Never had a dark wheat beer before. Has an unusual porter like taste to it. An interesting breed this weizen and bock. It has that tart malt sting and the dark bitter bite. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this today at Stein's. Thanks Dan!
Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass.

A: Wow! Pours a beautifully tiered dark to light brown from top to bottom. Every color from medium orangeish to dark brown shines throughout the beer, which is ever-so-slightly hazy. On top of the beer is a massive, dense layer of creamy foam almost like ice cream, that fades so slowly I'm having a hard time waiting for it. There's tons of sticky foam clinging all over the sides of the glass. There's still a good finger of foam just sitting on top of this beer. Just wonderful!

S: Smells full of bananas, cloves, nuts, toasted malt, and bread. Everything is blended together almost seemlessly, except the banana which is just a little bit stronger than the other aromas trying to break past it. Wonderful again!

T: Taste is delivered almost exactly the way the smell foreshadowed. The banana impresses up front, but the rest of the flavors are allowed to shine after that. The breadiness comes through in a big way at the end. Delicious.

M: The creaminess hinted at from the head is immediately noticeable, followed by a little bitterness and palate-cleansing carbonation. All in all, it coats the tongue quite nicely, achieving a pretty good balance amongst all its characteristics. Alcohol is hidden extremely well, though the bitterness and carbonation do give a little bit of an unwanted kick. Still quite good.

D: I'm not a huge fan of weizens of any sort, but this beer is really expanding my horizons. This is definitely one that I can finish quickly, and drink more. I'll have to pick up some more next time I go out :)

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this 0.5l bottle from Half Time, costing $4.99 plus tax/dep. Here we go...

Poured into a Spaten stange, this bier is a clear, deep chestnut color. Carbo is steady and profuse, contributing to a thin, finely bubbled tan head. Lacing is average, at best, but the color is exquisite. There's plenty of sediment in the bottle, being saved for the finish. Aroma is a touch sweet, caramel and brown sugar being present, with some dark fruit notes showing up. The liquid is light on the tongue, fluffy and airy without being really prickly. As for body, it makes it into the medium range without much effort.

Flavor is estery with a tart, tangy fruitiness from the get-go, with pear and green apple getting into the mix. Some very subtle banana is here, with a hint of clove as well. At first sip I thought "eh" but as it warms and I drink more this is growing on me. OK, we're nearing the last 1/4 of the glass, so in go the yeasties. What was once a clear bier is now a drab, flat brew similar to a lightly-creamed coffee. The flavor has more of a yeasty bite to it as well, though the tart aspect lingers. Bottom line? A bit different than most weizenbocks (i.e. Aventinus) but still pretty good, nonetheless.


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


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Photo of malty
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm guessing my bottle is the most recent being exported as the handwriiten 'Plank' on the front label has been replaced with 'Dunkler Weizenbock' front & center in between two goats.

Pours a glowing rosewood color with burnt orange edges. The light beige dense foamy head settles at 1". The base of my glass is producing some good carbonation.

Mmmm...raisins, plums, cloves, banana, vanilla, cocoa - all very fresh in the nose. A few swirls evoke a peppery/slightly alcoholic spice way back in the nostrils. It's got the makings for a proper weizenbock. Let's see...

The aforementioned scents are pretty much transfer accurately into the 'taste' dept. The black pepper is much more prevelant, and mixes wickedly with the clove and banana. The flavors emerge darker/earthier and more savory as this beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a ton of erupting fine carbonation. Almost a little too much carbonation for my personal liking. Saying that, it does keep the flavors very much in motion and lively. Lingering peppery and dry flavorful finish.

Drinkability is good for the style. These aren't meant to be chugged and I think I'd be satisfied after a pint of this.

Overall a good example of the style. It warms the cheeks and tummy while keeping its composure. A beer meant to be savored. Lively and muscular with a dark fruity center.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky dark brown with a decent frothy khaki head that is slow to diminish and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is a decent amount of dried fruits, molasses and burnt caramel. The taste is a blend of sweet fruits, burnt caramel and mild spice. The beer is medium bodied with warming alcohol and decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable Weizenbock to say the least.

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Photo of Anthony1
2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a weizen glass

poured a dark amber haze with ok head, not much lace.

smells of cloves, a slight banana, and bread.

tastes similar. mostly bready... not much to enjoy. medium body with ok carb, and i didn't dislike drinking it, but again nothing special

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my weizen glass, this brew is a deep reddish-brown with a thick white head that settles quickly. The nose is sweet, with ints of caramel and dried fruits. Hops are present, but subtle. The flavor is malty, with notes of caramel. On the middle of the palate, the wheat gives the beer a slight tang wich is very refreshing on a humid day like this one. The finish is off-dry, with fruity notes. For a weizenbock, the Plank doesn't have as much body as I would have expected from it. That may be the one downside to this beer. Overall it's pretty good and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeously deep dark crimson toned brown color with a deceptive black tone in dull light. A delicately soft looking light tanned foam grows up quickly upon the pour into the weizen glass and stops at about two fingers high. The foam resides away just as soft as it looks to the point of hauntingly disappearing. Not much lace sticks, only a few spots here and there with most of it slipping back into the thick skim.

Aroma is sweet and tangy of wheat bread, perhaps a bit toasty, buttery, and smokey, and has slight purple grape juice notes as well as a titch to some chocolate.

Taste is moderately tanged in a sweet wheaty realm wrapped up into a red and purple grapey candied tartness and souring dryness across the finish. Slight chocolate, dark roasted nuttyness, vanilla, and yeasty spice fold into the finsih as it drys off ever so faintly with a simple souring lightness. Nice lasting tone within its sweetness as its smooth but peppy carbonated character really pulls thru to a nice touch of candy while still maintaining its true beeryness.

Body is of a perfect mediumness with a tart carbonation grabbing at the mid levels andfading into the finish with strong grape/berryish candy sweettarts.

This is a straight up solid showcase of what a Weizenbock should seek to be like. Perhaps a bit more complexity to its chocolate tones and a chewier body may have lead me like this even more. But all in all, this was very likeable and worth the $4.

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Photo of gordavidson
2.48/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Wow, this was a foamer. A cloudy brown beer with a head that settles down to a 1 cm off white head that looks fairy weak. Pretty bland.

S- Just a hint of apple juice... and that is all I can get out of this.

T- Just hints of brown sugar and apple juice. There is a slight alcohol presence that is apparent only by the numbness. Not bad, but incredibly boring.

M- Overcarbonated and numbing.

D- Well, this was a disappointment. I can't think of another beer that is this boring, especially with the alcohol content this has.

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Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, burgundy color with a foamy, tan, three-finger head. It left thin, sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, roasted malt and hints of cocoa.

T - It really had a great balance of roasted malt and wheat. Nice grassy flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied weizenbock.

D - This is a really good brew. Great balance between wheat and malt!

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Photo of morimech
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for Vitus but the store did not have that. The clerk recommended this beer instead. Pours a dark copper color with a large white head that lasts a long time. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. I do not get a lot from the aroma but I do detect some cloves and banana. Also a hint of alcohol. The flavor is awesome. There is a reason I like the darker side of wheat beers. Fruity esters abound in the flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. Finishes clean and neutral. The body is nothing special but is light and well carbonated. I have not had Vitus yet, but it would have to be really something for it to be better than this beer.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a very pretty dirty copper with a tight crisp off white head that looks ready to recede to some patchy sheeting. the aroma is quite nice, although they didn't go to lengths to hide the alcohol. the yeasty esters are quite pronounced and the sweetness combined with the malt promise good things. the taste is quite nice with the banana and spice predominant, and the malt and alcohol warmth at the back. the body of this beer is very nice with the wheat malt doing its thing, and the crisp carbonation make it an easy drinker.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a murky brown color. The head is a massive three inches in height, and lasts forever leaving thick chunks of foam all over the glass. The aroma is of cloves, banana, tangy wheat, and hints of alcohol. The taste is full of tons of bananas, lots of cloves, and a trace of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and vibrant carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent weizenbock, and an excellent beer in general. I will surely drink this beer again numerous times.

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Photo of wedge
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat hazed reddened amber with a modest head. Spicy, cidery aroma...sweet bread, raisins, mild "holiday" spices, clove, and chocolate. Just a bit of dried banana. More spiced flavors than a typical weizenbock. Dark fruit, apples, banana and bubblegum. Tart and drying with high carbonation that keeps the creaminess down. Pretty good.

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Photo of nick76
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and fruity with raisins, sour kraut, gum-balls, caramel, toffee, and paper. The appearance is red brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall a decent beer but nothing exceptional. I would recommend this.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle as shown.

Moderate pour into a 23-ounce Hefeweizen glass yield a HUGE frothy, bumpy tan over cloudy, semi-opaque mahogany body. Can't even come close to pouring 16.9 ounces of this beer into a 23-ounce glass: took three pours and 15 minutes to get it all in there. Then, the head fades to a solid lid and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell is rich and warm, though not overtly strong. Nice chocolate malt backbone is supported by a good wheaten sourness. Hints of bubblegum and banana. Round buttery acetyls (I'm thinking, "Is this an English Brown?") are notable during the pour, but fade as the head fades.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but overall not as strong. The thought of English Brown just won't go away: in taste it's more like that than a Weizenbock. Bubblegum and banana are almost absent from the taste.

Mouthfeel is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. Where's the rich creaminess of Aventinus or the cremay crispness of Vitus? Neither is there. Not even particularly smooth: perhaps 3.0 is generous.

Drinkability is good, as it would be if this were an English Brown. But for a Weizenbock, I've got to knock off a point.

This is rather weak for a Weizenbock. Perhaps I was expecting a bit too much. Not bad, but not anything overtly special. If it's on sale, I'd get more of this, but I wouldn't choose it over a few others.

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Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy dark walnut, with very active carbonation. Crackling orange tinged head has extremely good retention, but sadly leaves little lace.

S: Sweet and fruity initially. Letting the nose linger lets loose a heavy dose of cloves and lemon. In the background lies the faintest baking chocolate aroma.

T: Dry and extremely tart. A chocolate biscuit flavor starts things out. Cloves and lemon combine to create a sharp, tart and puckering bitterness. There's a mild vinegar acidity in the finish.

M: Medium body is grainy and has very sharp carbonation.

D: OK, but not great. The slight vinegar taste makes me think I may have gotten an over the hill bottle. Maybe worth a revisit with a fresher sample.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Had an aroma of malt, wheat, bananas and sugar.

T: An OK taste combination of wheat (which wasn't overly noticable), bananas and some sugar. A pleasant, but not superb taste.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is one of those beers that's drinkable, but not spectacularly so. Worth a shot.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown upon initial inspection. Golden and reddish hues mixed in with a prominent brown front. Head was bustling, huge, chunky and fluffy at first, then dissipated with not much lace.

S: huge malts, sweetened and toasty. A bit of spiciness in the mix with soft fruits

T: husky malts, caramel sweets, fruits reminiscent of light banana, raisins and other various dark fruits. Fruits fused with cinnamon and cloves that give some bite. Just a touch of toffee and the malts keep things in check and make the brew go round! Nice mix

M: a touch sweet, mild to heavy body, and huge carbonation presence...much like champagne bubbly, makes it kind of spicy.

D: a bit to bubbly for me at times (not a bad thing), but is definitely worth the try. A solid brew and that makes me smile. Great flavors and a great vibe all around

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with a little bit of warm amber where the light hits it. A booming foamy head quickly dissipates.

S - Smells like brown sugar, raisins, bread, bananas, mild spices.

T - Tastes like dark fruits, roasted malt, mild spicy character, with a very slight cherry bitterness at the frontend. Pleasant finish.

M - Medium bodied and decent carbonation.

D - Tasty, no complaints. Doesn't knock my socks off, but whatever.

Other notes: Good with Apalachicola oysters, even though those aren't my preferred variety.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having tried the Plank heller weizenbock last week, I thought I'd give its darker twin a try tonight...

Appearance -- Much like the heller version, this one provides an astoundingly full head. I reduced my pour to a faint trickle in order to minimize the foam (as compared to the volcanic eruption I poured out of the heller), and I still wound up with a good three fingers of frothy, off-white head. The body of this beer looks awesome -- deep, opaque brown, with amber/mahogany hints around the edges. Yeast distributes itself readily throughout the glass.

Smell -- Just about identical to the heller: banana esters are prevalent, with a hint of roastiness and a vague, fleeting cherry scent. The aroma is inviting (and, thus, a bit deceptive).

Taste -- Given my expectations (based on this beer's appearance and smell, and the not-too-badness of the heller version), this is a real disappointment. Ever had Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel? If so, try to imagine that, but cut with water and a drop or two of that "Real Lemon" stuff that comes in a lemon-shaped squeeze bottle. If not, think of a standard dunkel hefeweizen, but with the same water/lemon additives. There is also a not-entirely-subtle hint of metal, calling to mind copper or blood. Additionally, I can pick up something resembling brettanomyces' unique flavor in this beer. You might call this mutant brew a hybrid of dark hefe weizen and a Berliner weisse. Strange, and not my favorite...but still not bad enough to call "bad."

Mouthfeel -- I guess I hinted at this in the "Taste" section, but this beer has far less body than I expected, given its rich appearance and aroma. It's surprisingly watery, and it's almost overwhelmed with softer-than-soda fizz. Think Alka-Seltzer bubbles -- tons of them. This beer foams up in your mouth, making each swallow expand your esophagus on the way down. Weird.

Drinkability -- Marginally above average, I guess. The alcohol is well-hidden, but the flavor and mouthfeel don't really appeal to me. There are much better examples of the style out there. Speaking of "the style," I'd call this a dunkel hefeweizen, not a weizenbock. The 7.50% abv is somewhat higher than expected for a standard hefeweizen, but it's not the kind of hefty, strong brew I'd expect in a bottle labeled "weizenbock." Besides that, the traditional toasted/dried fruit flavors of a dark weizenbock are only vaguely perceptible, and that's if you use your imagination.

For me, the two best German weizenbocks out there are Schneider Aventinus and Weihenstephaner Vitus (which are drastically different from one another, but still great). This one doesn't come close.

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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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