Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen | Brauerei Michael Plank

very good
66 Reviews
Plank Bavarian HefeweizenPlank Bavarian Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 99
Photo of buyaa
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy hefe coloring a little darker haze then other hefes. exceptionally white head

S: Very mild smell small hit of spice

T: Dryish spice finish Nothing very outstanding about ths taste, just a well balance example of a hefe. Spicyness is increased as it warms

D: A little less carbonation then the usual hefe and a little less

Overall: A pretty standard example of a good german Hefe. My only complant is that it has nothing to distinguish itself.

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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 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 nocheinsbitte
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this fine bier from a 1/2 litre bottle purchased in Carrboro, NC

A: pours a nice copper haze that looks a lot like a Schneider Weizen. Nice foam that sticks around for a long time with good lacing. A good-looking bier.
S: nice semi-fruity aroma that is pleasing to the nose. Banana, a little spice, and some carbonation...
T: A nice, smooth taste that is most pleasing at the end. Fruity, moderate carbonation, with no bitter after taste.
M: A hefeweizen mouthfeel. Always a good one.
D: Not as good as the Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider, but up there. Could have this anytime...

Overall, this is a good version of the typcial Bavarain Hefe. A good taste that won't get you too excited, but well worth the time and investment. Enjoy...Prosit!!

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

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy dirty blond with a big, bold foamy white head that quickly dissolves.

S - Hints of banana, clove, grain, malt... a little mustiness.

T - Sweet candied fruit, wheat, malt, light spice.

M - Medium to full bodied, carbonation tickles the tongue.

D - Very refreshing, drinkable beer, if not a little heavy.

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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 Not terrible, but not good.

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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 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 burnstar
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark gold. A bit cloudy with lots of visible carbonation. Nice sized persistent white head. Aroma is bananas and cloves, pretty typical wheat nose but nice. Taste has an initial very light sweetness followed by spicy wheat. Citrusy- lemons. Just a hint of bitterness. Finishes very cleanly. Light to medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a very solid hefe.

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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 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 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 Lupe
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a mildly hazy dark straw color - a shade darker than your usual hefe. The head is just huge, frothy and pillowy pure whiteness. Excellent head retention and beautiful lace is left behind.

Crisp aroma of wheat and light yeast. Some banana, bubblegum, clove, and spice are all present. The spice sticks out more than the fruit/yeast.

The wheat and malt dominate in this brew with the yeast playing second fiddle. Sweet and grainy with some hay and straw. Mild banana comes in before spicy clove hits. Some lemon is present as well. Less banana/bubblegum yeastiness than a typical hefe, but more spice and citrus - Still not overly spicy. Mild finish with some clove and lemon.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. Smooth, crisp, and very refreshing. The lower degree of fruitness really adds to this beer's refreshing character. Some awesome drinkability here - perfect for summer.

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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 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 banana....

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Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try these beers for awhile. Pours a very deep straw color at the bottom turning toward deep garnet at the top of my Franzi glass with millions of carbonation bubbles lurching toward the huge white thin whispy head of four inches. Leaving a very chunky lace.

Not usually my favorite style but christ almighty this is a fine smelling hefe. Bubblegum, sweet clove, banana, and plantaine even. The wheaty aroma is soft, sweet and delicate and just screams smell me. Floral and juicy no sure I've smelled a better hefe.

Not as juicy as the nose would indicate and a bit thin in mouthfeel but still a fine hefe. Loses the big bubblegum appeal in the aroma as well, which takes a backseat to the clove and banana. Wheat is grainy and starchy. Not sure I drank this one cold enough. Otherwise a hefe I could drink allday.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden straw, huge carbonation and a big billowy head atop. Looks great. Smell is sublime. Wheat, grainy, yeast, light clove and pepper. Not much banana. Kind of dry smelling. Taste is full of wheat. A little tangy finish. Good crisp mouthfeel that is refreshing. Easy drinkability. Overall a good hefe.

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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 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 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 blakesell
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L bottle into an off-centered pint glass.

Appearance- A hazy golden amber much like schneider weiss with a huge pillowy head that quickly fills the glass. Head quickly subsides to a more normal looking foam cap that lingers for the drinking experience. Lacing doesn't cling to the glass too much.

Smell- Much clove and a little banana, some light fruity hops that remind me of a Belgian beer or pilsner so I would have to call Saaz on the hops here.

Taste- Wheaty with a thick clove flavour that is smooth and refreshing. A breaded feel to the beer that really balances out the beer and a nice thick yeasty character. A light fruity pilner malt feel also rears its head in the beer.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Creamy and slightly heavy. Very effervescent.

Drinkability- A nice smooth balanced wheat beer that would be revisited if it weren't for the high price. Still a fine drinking ale.

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

Purchased a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: An excellent pour. Two finger white moussy head with great retention. Vigorously effervescent. Opaque. Gold, amberish dark hue.

S: Good aroma that meets all the aroma characteristics of a hefeweizen. Strong clove. Banana esters not as strong. Some citrusy tartness. A lingering grainy aroma.

T: Clove flavor is strong and lingering. Tart citrusy flavor is strong and ultimately too overpowering. Some slight banana flavor. A grainy malt flavor provides base. Dry finish.

MF: Creamy full mouthfeel though not heavy. Well carbonated.

D,notes: A good hefe though a little too tart without enough sweet malt support.

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