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 Georgiabeer
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with a finely beaded head that settles to a thin cap. Lovely bready and banana aromas with just a touch of clove and chocolate. The taste is somewhat similar, but very fizzy which distracts slightly from the flavors, but it is also quite bready and with more pronounced. snappy clove and somewhat less banana up front, although it manifests in the finish. Crisp, highly carbonated and finishes bready and slightly sweet with zingy spice. Very nice example, I'll bet this is not quite so aggressively carbonated on tap. Nice.

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Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours ruby brown with a thick off-white head that thins and stays. Trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of dark, sourish fruit - prune, date, raisin - with some cocoa/chocolate, caramel, wheat tang, and a pumpernickel-ish breadiness.

The taste is of dark and tart cherry-like fruitiness. Malty with some iron/minerals and caramel/toffee. It has a mild, but solid hop presence in the back. It is sweet and sour with a bitterish touch in the finish. Nice balance and subtle complexities.

It is medium-to-full-bodied with a bit of prickly carbonation (though not in a distracting or fizzy way).

Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, though it adds just the right amount of warmth for the style. This is a delicious weizenbock with nice balance - sweet, sour, then bitterness mixing in.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A chilly October sunset at Zum Schneider brought me to order a Plank Dunkler Weizenbock, and it turned out to be just the right beer for the season. A crispness was in the air and the leaves were turning... fall was here. I could smell chestnuts roasting from afar. We'd just past Oktoberfest and it was time for something with a little more girth.

The beer was clear and deep-copper with crimson, amber, and orange highlights beneath a bone-white head that held fairly well and left some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma fit in perfectly with the season with a somewhat malty/wheaty and slightly caramelish base with a burnt-sugar/smoky edge with a hint of spice and phenol. It wasn't rich, full or "sticky", but more crisp and clean.

In the mouth it was medium-full bodied, and crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly zesty carbonation that delicately pricked the tongue.

The flavor was a subtle-touch tart with notes of lemon and wheat, followed by the typical under-note of banana backed by some mild spice. A delicate caramelish edge widened it, but to be honest, it falls more into "dunkle weizen" than "dunkle weizenbock" character. The strength is there, but the richness is lacking.

Overall, I found it quite enjoyable, and surprisingly drinkable given the strength. There are better examples of the style out there, but I'd certainly suggest trying it.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
2.91/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep brown with a reddish hue. Big head that I can actually hear fizzing quite loudly! It falls back to a half inch head that sticks around. It at first pour looked like a root beer float.

The aroma is yeasty, malty with a little spice clove note.

Taste is sweet malt with fruit. This beer had a metallic taste to it that was not to it's advantage. Disregarding the metallic taste I feel that it is a decent weisenbock but not close to my favorites.

Mouthfeel is really carbonated and gassy. It is almost distracting.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass. Tons of carbonation, massive head. I had to wait for it to settle to fill the glass. Poured a dark amber. Pretty restrained aroma of clove and some malt. I got a slightly metallic note that wasn't pleasant. Medium bodied with a decent malt backbone. A bit of spice in the finish. I was pretty disappointed with this. I'm a big bock fan, and I was really looking forward to trying this. It just seemed very bland.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle bought for $2.99 in northern OH (a steal versus $4-5 in MI). The beer is dark copper / burnt orange and clear, with a massive foam comprised of large celled suds. The nose is subdued versus competitive weizenbocks, but has the required bananas and cloves, and a hint of lactose. The taste is large, very rich with bananas and cloves and a little bubblegum, very sweet tasting. The thick body is just right for the style, this is a great beer even if its aroma is modest.

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Photo of davedahl
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured with a large, but appropriate, head. Great retention but no lacing whatsoever - likely due to low hop oils which makes sense for the style.

Color was an interesting opaque light brown.

Distinctive malt taste with light mouth feel. As the beer warmed slight citrus and banana was apparent.

Very good dunkle.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't swirl the yeast in this example. This may be considered untraditional to some, but I wanted to taste the beer, not the yeast.

Appearance: Initially the beer poured a very clear reddish brown color with a huge 4" head of tan bubbles. I poured the beer really carefully over a period of about a minute to get this much head.

Aroma: My initial impression was of clove and a tad of banana...which I didn't get in the Helles version of this beer. (Note - Something set my allergies off after I opened this beer, so the rest of my review may be skewed) As the beer settles, through about a half-inch of foam, I can pick up some sweet dark caramel malts and a bit of melanoidins. The banana esters fade soon after the pour and leave a malty aroma profile. As the beer warms up some, there is a little bit of oxidation becoming noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is clean and malty with the balance tipped firmly toward the malt. I get a little bit of bitterness on the back of the throat that I am pretty sure is from hops and not roast grains. The roast grains are reserved and let the toastiness shine through. There is a bit of alcoholic warming on the back of the throat long after the sip...but it takes that long to set in. If you sip too quickly, you don't notice the warming until it has reached your head.

Opinion: Well, I was pretty impressed with the Helles version of this beer without the yeast, but I almost think that this one should have the yeast swirled into it. Don't expect Aventinus with this beer, or you will be disappointed. This beer is really clean with the Weizen yeast character stepping in just enough to accentuate the beer...not run it. I actually like this trait in a Weizen beer as the really estery yeasts turn me off. This one is really clean and drinkable.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly deep chestnut color with a huge head on top. very, very highly carbonated. Fairly mellow banana/clovey aroma. Not as overbearing as some. Solid malty flavor with a nice crispness off of the wheat. Again not overly done with the weizen notes. I can handle one this mellow. Slight chocolate and smokey notes. Ok body-Id like a little more "bock" character body wise. Nice dunkelweizen. Pretty non offensive for those of you like me that are not huge weizen fans.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy mahogany color. One inch billowy off-white head that settled to a quarter inch and head. Non distinct lacing (maybe due to the carbonation?).

S: Very sweet. Fruit and malt in nice balance. Very slight floral hop aroma.

T: Very malty up front then plum and spicy fruit. Slightly bitter hop finish provided nice balance.

M: I wanted to really llike the mouthfeel, but there was too much carbonation - that made it feel thin and weaker than it probably should be.

D: Nice drinking full-flavored beer, but not over powering. I'm buying it again and pouring it fuller to decant it a bit and see if that helps.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of bananas and clove greet my nose as I pour this beer. A soft pour produces a three-finger thick, dingy, light tan colored head that just crests the lip of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer s a hazy, dark plum color that shows lots of haze and a amber, plum color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite wholesome somehow and is incredibly appetizing. Fruity, wheat driven notes of plums, concentrated apple, some tamarind and perhaps a touch of raisin are accented by sweet clove notes and a touch of appetizing tartness. The spiciness here is just not cloves, but also takes on edges of allspice and a woody almost pepper note; really the combination of rich fruit notes and sweet spice aromas remind me of a rich, German spiced, sweet bread. Nicely complex, definitely characteristic of a traditional Weizen and it has an appetizing richness that is requisite for a Bock.

Nicely carbonated with a zesty carbonic texture. This is not quite as sweet as I was expecting and it has a full wheat tartness to it that is quite nice. Eminently quaffable, yet still has a richness when compared to a typical Hefeweizen. This has a soft creaminess to it that is just balanced by the carbonation; actually even on the light side for a Bock, but this works for something labeled a Weizenbock. The tartness accentuates flavors of plums and some apple notes. The finish is quite smooth with only a slight hop bitterness, instead what it really has is a rich, maltiness to it that is not sweet, perhaps a depth from a decoction mash. Malt driven flavors (without the typical sweetness) of browned bread, Maillard rich caramelized bread crust and grain-driven wheat flavors.

This is way too quaffable for a beer of this strength. If I was to complain I would say that it is lacking a richness and a malt sweetness that one expects in something labeled a Bock. On the other hand I do like how drinkable this is and how nice the dry, yet rich malt character is.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass a clouded mahogany brown with a little amber-like tinge to it,a big blooming off white head atop.Aromas are of green apple and clove mainly,a little banana shows thru as well,flavors are a good mix of dark fruit and a slight puckering green apple with some underlying chocolate and clove, medium to full makes the flavors seem fuller.A solid weizenbock here it has rich flavors and a nice feel,Plank makes some good beers in the general style.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -28.7%
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 stumac
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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 -19.7%
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 +18.5%
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 -3.8%
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 +5.9%
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 +3.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +0.8%
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 +6.4%
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 +7.7%
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 +16.2%
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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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.9 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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