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 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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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 LoRezDave
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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Plank Bavarian Dunkler Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.9 out of 5 based on 130 ratings.
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