Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen | Brauerei Michael Plank

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Plank Bavarian HefeweizenPlank Bavarian Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank
Germany
brauerei-plank.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ramrod666 on 04-01-2007

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3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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Photo of PatrickJR
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - A little darker than most hefe's. Head was smaller than expected for the style with short retention and some lacing. Tons of yeast at the bottom

S - Smelled like a typical hefe with lots of banana and some clove/pepper spice.

T - Sadly did not match the smell. A very tart beer with restrained fruit flavor. Strong spicy pepper near the finish, but still took a backseat to the overpowering sourness of what I presume to be the wheat malt.

M - Too carbonated. The prickly sensation further attenuated fruit esters and only accentuated the tart characteristcs. Light to medium body, solid for the style.

D - I really had problems finishing my glass, and hefeweizens are among my favorite styles of beer. Obviously not a beer I could casually enjoy, I only felt compelled to finish it due to its hefty price.

Overall I'm disappointed with this rather pricey offering. It's not simply a hefe that's "a little different," in fact it's completely off balance. Probably won't be having this again in the near future.

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a surprisingly dark, clear golden amber with a puffy white head. For a hefeweizen, this beer oddly lacks the hazy, unfiltered appearance normally asscoiated with this style. In my opinion, it looks more like a darker-than-average kristallweizen.

S: Aromas of caramel, wheat, banana, cream, and clove fill the nose. The caramel aroma is a change-up if there ever was one, indicating that Braurei Michael Plank likely uses a different type of malt in this beer than many other traditional Bavarian weissbier breweries.

T: After a crisp, grainy entry, this beer displays flavors of minerals, cream, vanilla, wheat, clove, banana, and bubblegum. The finish is clipped with notes of cream, minerals, vanilla, and banana. Oddly, this beer flits between mineral sharpness and fruity sweetness, making it difficult to focus on the individual flavors present. To my dismay, the fruit and spice flavors that are traditionally associated with hefeweizens are something of an afterthought here, emerging only briefly after the beer has rested on the palate for a couple of seconds.

M: Medium to full in body and dry with firm, spritzy carbonation. One of the greatest characteristics of Bavarian hefeweizens is their high drinkability, which this beer sadly lacks.

O: I find this to be a rather atypical Bavarian hefeweizen. For me, the appeal of this style lies in its fruit and spice sweetness and light body, neither of which this beer really has. As you may have guessed by now, I do not find this to be a good example of the style and would not recommed it to anyone. There are much better weissbiers out there.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz bottle, no code dating whatsoever... Into the Schneider Weisse glass...

A - Wow! is this beer chunky! This has to be twice the yeast I'm used to seeing in a Hefe. Very cloudy burnt orange body with a very non-weizen looking head. Off white head featured small bubbles, three fingers of head with little retention for a wheat beer, and no lacing. Quite frankly, a rare Hefeweizen meant for a clay mug...

S - Sweet orange and lemon tart aromas somehow blend with graham cracker/ amber malt sweetness without feeling too disjointed. I found the aroma to be quite yeasty, with some banana sweetness, and a nice spicy backbone of clove. Hops contributed grassy and earthy notes.

T - Starts out again blending graham cracker/amber malt flavors with building lemon tart and banana sweetness. The spiciness is a big highlight, starting with a mild clove bite at the midpalate, hitting pretty hard with ground black pepper at the swallow, and lingering long after the beer has left the mouth. Hops also contribute a nice mild grassy flavor at the finish.

M - A mid to full bodied hefeweizen with a slightly silky and oily mouthfeel that still maintains prickly carbonation.

D - There were many things I really enjoyed about this beer; the big spice in the finish, the appetizing lemon tart quality, the good balance and flavors of the hops. But the amber malts made this a hard beer for me to love, working against the other flavors and to a lesser extent the other aromas instead of with them. I understand that this is meant to be a fuller bodied wheat ale, but it doesn't seem to work as well for me as other dark Hefeweizens I have enjoied. That, and to quote my wife, this beer "looks like diarrhea."

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Photo of jwc215
2.97/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours dark gold - not cloudy - with a head that vanishes.

The smell is fruity - some banana - a hint of clove - a bit musty with tart notes.

The taste is of sweet grain, musty wheat, sour apple and lemon. Very different than the typical HW. Odd.

It is light-bodied, with quite a bit of fizz.

Different is not necessarily bad - often, it is good to be different. Not in this case though. Doesn't look very HW'ish and is too sour, fizzy, and just...off. Not terrible, but not good.

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Photo of ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hefe's are my thing and I was highly anticipating this one...either it is really old or it's just not that impressive.

Pours a deep tan/gold color....big frothy white head of about an inch.

Sourish yeasty aroma....taste has some tart, acidic, lemony characteristics...I'm getting no banana at all....Body is medium with a high carbonation.

I'm thirsty right now and this is working as a quencher with the lemony notes but overall I am not impressed. I know it is highy acclaimed and has won some contests but this bottle doesn't do it for me...maybe it's old but I have no way of knowing..and it's not that it's "off" tasting...just real citric and lemony...no cloves...no banana....

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy old gold color. Big initial head reduces fairy quickly. Smell and taste of spiced apple cider - not the classic clove and banana one would expect. Overall a pleasant quaff.

Bought this off the bottom shelf. Looked like it had been there awhile. Had trouble to get the yeast off the bottom.

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Photo of brantadid
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy, dark honey color with moderate carbonation. Not much head. Smells slighty floral with a faint yeasty background. The beer is slightly bitter on the front palate with a nice yeasty flavor. Similar to toast, like a champagna.

I thought this beer lacked the usual depth of flavor that German hefeweizen's usually have.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark gold color that is only mildly cloudy. It has a huge head.

Smell: While it does have a sweet wheat smell that is pleasant, it's a little bland all around. No banana or clove aromas typical of the style.

Taste: Same as the smell. Has the wheat flavor, but not the usual background tastes to fill it out. It almost tastes more like an American Wheat Ale like S.A. Summer Ale as opposed to a true Hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin for the style, but not too watery or anything.

Drinkability: While this is a good beer, I was a little disappointed. I could drink it again, but I will probably get something better if I'm in the mood for a hefe.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden yellowish orange with golden ripe banana hues when held to a light source and a three finger fizzy white head that quickly settles into a lasting cap.

Bready yeasty aroma with hints of spicy clove and pepper as well as some ripe banana and subtle citrus peel notes. Slightly tart/funky smelling with a bit of earthy hops.

Medium bodied and slightly hop forward with a prominent spicy clove, pepper and lemon zest flavor. Bready yeasty body with hints of ripe banana, sweet citrus fruit, mostly lemon peel with subtle orange/corriander notes. Very earthy tasting with a bit of dry hops that lasts into the dry, bitter and tart finish. There is definitely an earthy sour/tartness going on that balanced out the spiciness and the crisp flavor of the fruit. It adds a bit of complexity but kind of muted he others flavors, keeping it from becoming overly sweet. This tartness makes the beer pretty refreshing even though it is kind of odd and adds to its overall drinkability. An interesting take on the style but not something that you must sample.

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Photo of BierFan
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Darker than most hefeweizens, looks more like a pale ale. The head didn't have the best, retention.

Smell: Ripe bananas and dark fruit.

Taste: Fruity and sweet. Ripe bananas with a clove aftertaste.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a wiessen glass.

poured in 2 phases, 1st the upper 3/4 poured a golden glow, slightly hazy with mild white head. Then, swished the bottle and poured the last 1/4 to reveal a vast world of yeast! the beer IMEDIATELY became cloudy, a dark gold, almost caramel or copper in color.

fruity aroma, mostly banana and clove with background of citrus and grains.

tastes of clove with plenty of yeast. when i poured the first part, there was no way of expecting the yeastness that burst into the glass.

meduim feel with some carbonation.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
For a hefeweizen, this beer poured much darker than the normal genre - a ruddy colored, light-orange hue with rising carbonation and a decent-sized head...
Wheat-laden aroma bursting with spices, coriander, lemons, and candied sugars...
The taste had the usual fruit-filled, ripe citrus essences, however also packed a noticeable pepperish bite, akin to a carbonated, seltzer-like mouthfeel along with a hint of oranges and nectarines thrown into the mix...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style...
Mediocore to say the least...

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber hue that shows an orangish, copper tint when held up to the light. The aroma has a characteristically, expressive, spicy clove note to it, plus a nice grassy grain note, some crushed malt aromatics and a soft fruitiness made up of faint berry notes and a touch of green apple. There even seems to be a slight butter-like component here that is very faint, but somehow doesn't seem to be diacetyl.

Quite light bodied with a fizzy, well carbonated texture. The beer tastes most noticeably of spicy clove throughout the flavor profile; the clove phenols even manage to provide a touch of a bite to the finish along with a hop bitterness. The malt somehow seems a bit tired; grassy grain flavors, muddy bread flavors and a bright wheat tartness provide the bulk of the balance to the clove spiciness. The beer can seem a bit thin at times for a Hefeweizen; one usually expects a certain creamy, malt driven texture from the best examples of the style, which this seems to be lacking.

Not a bad beer, just not the world class Hefeweizen I was hoping for. Without a bottle date I am not sure how old this is, but I'll definitely be on the look out for fresher bottles of this.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Plank- Hefeweizen

A- Light golden copper with a HUGE frothy/ foamy head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S- Crisp yeast and wheat. Light touch of banana's and bubblegum clove.
T- Immediate wheat, hay, and straw flavors hit you. A mild, but solid, banana clove hefe flavor bursts through with a lemony sweet finish.
M- Sweet throughout with an even slightly sweeter pinch in the end. Dry and crisp.

Overall- A definite above average Hefe. A little sweet but enjoyable and easily drinkable!

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Photo of midnite2sixman
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a true Hefe-Glass with spiraling grooves in the bottom. Surprisingly dark for a hefe. Maybe this is more typical of a Bavarian style Hefeweizen.

Nice orange woodstain type color. Pillowy head looks like a cumulus nimbus.

Bit of tropical fruit in the nose. bananas for sure. Smells like fresh bread, wheat, little bit of bubblegum.

Taste is incredibly balanced, very smooth wheat taste, bit of clove and bananas. Like drinking a loaf of bread. Easy to drink.

Smooth mouthfeel, not overly big, but nice medium body, aftertaste is a touch soapy.

Not quite as definitive of a Hefe as I'd like from Plank, but nice and traditional.

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Photo of GJ40
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, FL.

A - Golden with the slightest slight haze and a thick off white head. It's very inviting.

S - Banana and mildly spicy. Not particularly strong.

T - Starts with a low to moderate spice and finishes a bit sweet. Later in the glass a pleasant bitterness seems to emerge. Very crisp and clean with no off flavors. Not a huge amount of flavor but what's there is nice.

M - Good consistency and low to moderate carbonation. Very smooth. About what I'd expect from a hef.

D - There's nothing to dislike in this beer. It's flavorful and easy to drink.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A foamy 3 finger off-white head didn't go anywhere throughout the beer and left rings of sticky foam on the glass. It poured a hazy golden color with loads of carbonation.

S- Really nice banana and spice aroma. Just as I'd expect for the style.

T- Loads of citrus and some spice.

M- Crisp mouthfeel, but a bit heavy on the carbonation.

D- A very easy drinker.

Overall- It's a pretty good Hefe. It was just a bit strong on the citrus side for my taste.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured out to a hazy and cloud laden orangey yellow color with a huge head of white foam and tons of lacing. Nice.

S: Wonderfully aromatic. Sweet bread, light grain, yeast, buttery malts, traces of bubble gum. The epitome of the hefe scent, incarnate. Excellant.

T: Initially, quite light. Flavors of clove and banana, with a touch of bubble gum. Flavor devolped nicely, with elements of grain, yeasty malts and corn husk blooming on the palate. Not bad, but it certainly doesn't live up to what the aroma led me to believe was in store.

M: Nominal for the style. Slightly grainy and chalkey, but otherwise smooth and mellow.

D: Not bad. It's got the "talk", but needs to work on the "walk". Worth trying,just for the aroma if nothing else.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle as shown.

Proper 2-stage Hefeweizen-style pour into a 23-ounce Hefeweizen glass yield a nice 3-finger eggshell head over a golden-amber cloudy body. Head lasts fairly well, and leaves some lacing.

Smell is standard H-w fare: hay, grass, clove, bubblegum, hint of banana. However there is a fascinating, though tiny, note of mint. All the aromas strengthen a bit as the beer warms.

Taste is heavy on the hay and grass, light on the other notes. The finish is a bit sour, and this was a bit off-putting.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but that would make this a thirst-quencher on a summer day.

Drinkability is high, due to the overall mildness of this beer.

Not the best H-w in the world, for sure, but pretty good. I'll have it again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Plank Hefeweizen. From 16.9-ouncer to weizen glass.

Dirty brownish-yellow with a loose head of two fingers height. Sticking a bit. 3.5

Spicy clove aroma with pale husky grains, unripe banana, and some coppery flavors. Lightly toasted crackery wheat malts. 3.5

Hmmm... at first, I'm curious as to the freshness of this bottle. Tart, stale wheaty flavor with some green herbal hops and a few metallic off-notes. A little bit of clove spice and faint green banana. This beer is particularly tart, almost sour. It's actually pretty refreshing, but attenuated. The more it warms, the more a very green banana shows up in the flavor. The clove is coming out too, but there's a peppery bite in the finish, as well. It wasn't obvious for some reason at first, but the tartness is very lemon-lime. Definitely super-dry for a hefeweizen also. Low sugar content, a non-fruity yeast strain, and overly tart wheat malts. An entirely different spin on the style. 4.0

Thinner body. Medium carbonation. Some pucker from that unexpected tartness. 3.0

I really want to try this again. Lemony and tart, almost bitter green banana, light clove, lime notes... somebody tell me that I need to revisit. It's actually pretty fascinating. Can't necessarily say that I recommend it. But, I did enjoy it. 4.0

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Laced in thin rings.

S: Fruity aroma with banana, slightly sweet wheat malt. Muted spice.

T: Pleasantly fruity banana and mild clove. Bitter to balance in the finish to leave no lingering aftertaste.

M: Light body. Nicely balanced carbonation.

D: Very smooth and balanced. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw a bottle of this for the first time in Georgia recently, so I decided to give it a go. Pours nicely enough, a hazy golden, but there is not much head. I was expecting a bit more from this beer. It's perfectly drinkable, but overall seems a bit anemic. It lacks some nice banana flavors, creaminess, and even a lot of spiciness. The spice notes are there to a degree, but quite subdued. Just the slightest bit of banana, and a seltzer-like finish replaces the sweet creaminess that I like to see in this style. There is a touch of sweetness in the middle, and some spice, and some crisp wheat flavors. Not bad, but needs some creaminess and rounded flavors.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored beer w/ intense carbonation so I get a large head that dies very slow; anticipation is killing me. A lemony, citric zest aroma along with hints of banana and something like grape b/c I pick up something that can be decribed as vinous. A real smooth light-bodied beer w/ a crisp lemon/citric touch but also gives off a real sweet edge thanks to a plush wheat/yeast touch. Tad dry and bitter on backend thanks to minor hopping and complemented by minor spicey cloviness. But the real draw of the beer is the even mix of citric/fruit tastes (hints of banana and lemon) along w/ a nice sweet edge.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

as good as this one still is, its my least favorite of the very impressive plank lineup. its a little watered down, not as rich and creamy as i like in the style, and the yeast doesnt quite pop with that banana clove complex we all love in these beers. the pour is insane though, clear for a hefe, but with a white head as light as a cloud, and so structurally in tact that it rises inches above the rim of my glass, never receding, and looking every bit like those old cartoons portraying comically heady brews. the nose on it has a minerality in with the lighter banana muffin yeast, its not quite briney, but its moving in that direction. i think it detracts from the yeast, which to me should be the star of the hefeweizen show. not quite enough wheat in here to give it the bigger body i like, but those who prefer a less intense take on the style may enjoy the drinkability of this one. the carbonation is high, really high actually, but it has a soda sort of bigness to it, an odd feeling going down. overall this is a very well made beer, but less expressive in some of the classic hefeweizen features than others. i still greatly prefer the weihenstephaner hefe.

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Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured much darker than I expected. I had to double check to make sure I did not grab the dunkelweiss by mistake. Pours a copper color with a massive off white and fluffy head that sticks around for a while.

S - Banana, clove, and bready yeast. Fairly typical aroma here.

T - Definitely heavy on the yeast upfront. Little bit of fruit and spice through the middle and finishes rather sharp with a peppery bite.

M - Light and smooth, spot on for the style.

D - An easy drink on a warm day. However, not sure this is worth the price since it is not much better than other, cheaper varieties.

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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
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