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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen | Brauerei Michael Plank

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86
very good
66 Reviews
Plank Bavarian HefeweizenPlank Bavarian Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ramrod666 on 04-01-2007

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99
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3.85
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 99
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 brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a buoyant head that sticks well and clings lace to the side of the glass

Smell: Plenty of wheat malt, banana and clove zest

Taste: Well-balanced blend of wheat malt, banana, lemon and spicy clove up front; after the swallow, the cereal and assertive yeast flavors take over and join the banana/lemon aspect into a lengthy finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and very spritzy

Drinkability: A touch too spritzy, but otherwise a top notch hefe

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The perfect beer to drink on a hot ass sweatin day like today here in NC.Poured into a weizen glass a mix of peach and golden with a huge blooming white head that took its time as it settled,lemony aromas with a mix of toasted wheat malt and light clove.Very refreshing on the palate,lemon pith and toasty wheat the clove-like phenolic flavors are kept in check well wich I like.Wow a big time refresher its light and flavorful,a great Bavarian wheat here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky caramelized orange with an abundance of speedy bubbles engaged in the creation of a voluminous head of pale beige. I'm impressed by the creaminess and the stickiness of the foam, as well as by the color contrast between head and beer. A glass coating amount of lace is an added bonus.

I wasn't thrilled with nose's power initially, but then I let the cap deflate a little more. There's plenty of bruised banana and even more clove spiciness. If the taste follows suit, this will be one humdinger of a hefe.

Bavarian Hefeweizen has flavor to burn. I'm sure I've had at least one, but I can't remember a more aggressively yeasty hefe weizen. Each mouthful tastes like banana cream pie with a clove spiced crust. If you like monkey fruit as much as I do, you have to seek this one out. It earns a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter with no trouble at all.

Sweet, bitter and tangy play well together in the sand box. I prefer sweet to have the edge, but I can't complain when the beer is this delicious. If I ever decide to acquire a hefe weizen clove-o-meter, I don't think there are too many versions that will push the needle higher than this one does. My taste buds are wallowing in fruit and spice.

The mouthfeel is the only negative, relatively speaking. It's too light and slightly too fizzy as far as I'm concerned. A hint of chewy creaminess and a third fewer bubbles would put this sucker into orbit. I wouldn't call the mouthfeel a distraction, but I sure as hell would have designed it differently.

I hesitated before snatching Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen off the shelf because of the $3.99 price tag. Now that I've tasted it, I consider that money well spent. A World Beer Cup 2006 silver medal is proudly displayed on the label. Believe it.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle code. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, orange peel, lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, clove, wheat, bubblegum, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of orange peel, banana, pear, apple, grape, lemon zest, wheat, bread, bubblegum, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Light wheat tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of orange peel, banana, pear, apple, grape, wheat, bread, bubblegum, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast, malt, and hop flavors; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Hefeweizen. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of yeast, malt, and hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bronze/amber & effervescent with 4+ fingers of rocky ivory colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Slight bubblegum & some grainyness, plus apples

T: Breadyness, peppery notes & a hint of bubblegum up front. I get slight rye hints as this warms along with dryness. Slight pepper, some juicyfruit & a little granny smith apple in the finish

MF: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation, good balance

Drinks very easy, a good, not great hefe

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Photo of WVbeergeek
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

At D'z in Regent Square, this was the best hefeweizen I've ever had hands down pure excellence in a bottle. Appears a clouded deep golden hefe infused wheat beer. Egg shell white head thick vibrant carbonation flowing nicely, even lacing. Aroma has hints of banana clove and a mild spiced fruity apple tones with a touch of bubblegum. Sharp wheat with mild citrus notes, flavors are awesome hands down one of the most flavorful and easily drinking hefeweizens I've ever had. More banana clove and citrus notes just make this beer so refreshing. Mouthfeel has medium body with a nice flowing effervescent carbonation level, perfect for gulping down in the warm weather. Like I said, favorite hefeweizen hands down the best of the style I've ever had.

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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 drabmuh
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a 0.5L bottle into a wheat beer glass. Beer is relatively clear (wasnt served with yeast due to bar tender error). Carbonation on this beer is amazingly high, seriously high. Beer is darker than the typical hefeweizen due to the use of barley but it looks great. Big white head and lots of lacing on the glass.

Beer doesn't have much of a smell, kind of bready / yeasty. There are a few esters in there but overall a little weak.

This beer is a great session beer. It is simple and wet and has a thin mouthfeel. I added the yeast half way through, it adds a lot of complexity to the beer that wasn't there to start. More esters, lots of sweetness, no real aftertaste. Drinkability high and the mouthfeel is good.

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Photo of WesWes
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clody dark golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is outstanding. It has a sweet and fruity pale malt and hefe yeast aroma. I'm guessing the use of Munich and light caramel malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes crisp. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This is a pretty damn good hefe. It's got excellent malt complexity and wonderful yeast character.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly hazy yellowish orange color with a huge 3"+ merangue like head that lasts several minutes. Thick gloppy lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: big banana and cloves along with some grassy wheat tones.

Taste: wheat flavors are strong leaning towards bread-like. Banana, clove, mild lemon citrus flavors, and a bit of dryness makes up a flavorful hefe.

Mouthfeel: crisp and refreshing. Light dryness towards the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: I like this hefe quite a bit as it is well balanced and refreshing. Pick this one up.

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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 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 weeare138
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to egajdzis for picking this up for me...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle pilow. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, herbs, ripe bananas, and grains of paradise.
Taste is of the aromas with some yeasty, freshly baked bread and a touch of pepper and cloves in the background.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, spritzy, and dry.

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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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy copper-orange color with a patchy, sudsy, white head that quickly dissipated. Visibly there was moderate carbonation per style and a slight lacing on the glass.

S: very yeasty bursting with fresh bananas, cloves, bubblegum and fresh bread. The aroma reminded me a little of a Franziskaner, which is a good thing. Nicely spiced. There were also estery hints of ripe pears and some fresh caramel raisins.

T: The flavor was dry with a nice wheat malting, dry bananas, and some fresh baked banana bread with a touch of citrus hopping. The palate was smooth, creamy, with some liveliness from the carbonation. Upon warming there was a nice warm spiciness and creamy caramel becoming more noticeable.

M: Spicy, smooth and very yeasty making for a very good example per style. good carbonation.

D: good drinkability and very enjoyable. really nice going down and cant go wrong here.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle

A- Pours a dark golden orange color that gets considerably darker with the yeast added after the pour. There is a decent sized off-white head as well.

S- The aroma is your pretty typical Hefeweizen with some wheat malt, banana and clove.

T- The taste follows suit with some wheat flavors that is slightly tangy and a bit peppery with some yeast in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a pretty good thirst quencher as most Hefeweizens are. Overall, a solid Hefeweizen but ultimately does not compare to the better Hefeweizens such as Weihenstephaner which is my favorite. Worth a try.

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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 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 pat61
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen 5.2% abv, Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen pours clean cloudy brownish gold with a persistent 3” off-white to tan rocky head that leaves extensive lace. The nose is clove and banana with traces of bubble gum over light bread. Wheat to bready malt introduces the palate forming a base for the clove and banana finishing with a touch of bitterness followed by a lingering bubble gum presence. This is a well balanced, well carbonated beer that has a creamy, spritzy finish.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a glass to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and thick consistency. Produced a big, foamy head and good lacing.

Gives off an understated wheat smell, that also has a sweet quality.

Solid taste. There's a wheaty, bubblegum-like way about the flavor. Like a lot of the German hefeweizens, it's an understated flavor.

There was a decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish for a good mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. It's not harsh or overly heavy with a good flavor. In some ways I still prefer Weihenstephaner's hefeweizen to this one. Nonetheless, a good beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber. Thick patch of rocky white head on top. Great retention and lace properties. A little darker than most Hefes, but it looks good nonetheless. Really good aroma of ripe bananas, pepper, lemon and wheat. Nice, spicy flavor. Peppery. A little clove. Not much. Wheat tang. Some banana. Good flavor. Body is medium-full. And the carbonation is near the top of the spectrum for Hefes. Refreshing beer though. Not worth the $5 sticker price for a pint though.

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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 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 Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden brown color with a nice big soapy white head that left some chunky lacing on the glass. This hefe is definitely a shade or 3 darker than most. I really needed to swirl the bottle to get the yeast to dislodge itself. The smell is typical beautiful hefe, banana, light clove, and a green apple wheat malt. The green apple tart wheat malt is predominate, with the banana and clove secondary. The feel is moderate and very fizzy, the carbonation takes away a lot of the flavor from this brew. I was close to rating the taste a 4.0 but because of the over carbonation I went with a 3.5. The finish is pretty neutral, perhaps a bit on the tart side. As usual with a hefe the drinkability is good. This brew could definitely use softer carbonation and perhaps a touch less malt.

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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
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