Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen | Brauerei Michael Plank

very good
99 Ratings
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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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this with the yeast swirled in. Served in a big crystal mug.

A: Cloudy, dark orange with a tan hue. Sediment cloud stays on top half.

S: Significant grape character with wheat, dark citrus and flowers.

T: White grapes, malted barley and dark fruit traces throughout the yeasty, wheaty body. More dark fruit on the finish. Significantly more fruity than most Hefeweizens...kind of reminds me of an Aventinus mixed with a wheat beer.

D: Pretty drinkable though a little too yeasty for my liking.

Value: $3.99 for a 1 pt 9 fl oz bottle. Not bad.

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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 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 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 Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy apple cider with very active carbonation. It's quite dark for a non-dunkel, to be honest. A fluffy eggshell cap starts big and does its best to stick around. Sadly, the beer left no lace.

S: Cloves, over ripe banana, fresh baked biscuits and a hint of apple.

T: Begins with a banana and apple sweetness, followed by a hearty dose of clove. A mild yeast bread flavor comes along for the ride. Finishes with a lingering spiced apple cider flavor.

M: The grainy body has a high level of prickly carbonation.

D: Crisp, spicy and refreshing. This beer has everything I expect of this style. Perfect for a hot summer day.

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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 montecristo2
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a traditional wheat beer glass.

A bit cloudy with a nice two-three finger pillowy head.

Some faint banana notes.

A crisp finish with a bit of honey. Well balaned. Less flavorful than other Hefeweizens I've tried before.

I could drink a few of these- goes well with some BBQ!

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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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Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.85 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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