Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen | Brauerei Michael Plank

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

Good luck finding this one. I had several small samplings at the German Beer Fest in Boston and this beer was my favorite of the dozens and dozens tried. It is quite difficult to review a beer when it is poured into a plastic 2 oz. tasting glass, so I will have to reserve judgement and comments on its color, consistency, head, retention, and aroma. I will focus then on taste, mouthfeel and drinkability. The hefe is a beautiful blend of lemon, citrus, spices, banana, and fizz that is just wonderfully balanced. This beer also had a nice medium body and did not become watery and dulled as it warmed a bit. Of course, I will need to try this beer again to see if my initial impressions hold up, but if so, this is a must try. The beer has a nice degree of carbonation, little if any of the yeasty aftertaste or peppery snap characteristic of lesser entries in this style. The mouthfeel is very light and the drinkability is first rate. I want another just thinking about the few I had. This one might be difficult to find, but it is well worth seeking out. L'Chaim. addendum: 12-22-07 I found this beer at Elm street liquors in Somerville, MA. The taste is a little less sweet than I originally thought, not as much sweet banana, cloves, spices. Still very good, but I downgraded the taste a bit from my initial review.

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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 MarkSCCOT
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into my trusty Ayinger Weizen glass.

A. Hazy golden highly carbonated brew. Two finger durable head with moderate fluffy lacing.

S. Typical of a hefe. Bubblegum clove. Malt backbone.

T. Much as it smells. A little more muted than some hefe's but still pretty faithful to the style.

M. Highly carbonated. I remember drinking these in Germany and they were all very carbonated so this is my preference. Was burping like a foghorn.

D. Harder to find and a little more pricy than most hefe's. Still quite the drinkable beer!!!

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

Tea stained yellow liquid with a glossy topping of white. Contained, alcohol-driven sweet aromas of grain husks, stone and sticky, dense bread. Attractive maraschino cherry and melon flavors are ruled by sooty bitterness. The gas is a coherent and massive force that adds to the dry effect. Stern stuff, and delicious.

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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 budgood1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out the half litre bottle a turbulent cloudy amber colour, shades of rust...huge frothy off white head very slow to disintegrate. lots of chunky lace. huge spicy clove and ripe banana aroma. oh boy. smells great. boozy banana cream pie flavour...underlying spice and grain bursts...and a nice bitterness to balance things out. it's got the goods tastewise...the spice is nice. the mouthfeel is a balance of creaminess and effervescence but the overall body of this lacks just a bit. finishes great...i can't stop sipping long enough to think about what i'm tasting.

solid hefe...a treat. definitely worth trying.

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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 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 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 alexgash
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 cl. bottle poured into an Emerson wheat glass. Served at 40 degrees F.

Towering creamy white head with dirty brown yeast flecks mixed in. Beautifully hazy copper brown with nectarine edges. Great head retention and nice lacing. Nose is classic hefe: bready wheat malts, tangy yeast, cloves, spicy tettnang hops, light bubblegum, Gerber banana. Right on!

Taste starts out with yeasty bread malt. Wheat tart with spicy noble hop edges. Toasted notes, before light banana flavors. A dash of clove, before a yeasty, slightly spicy finish. Nice! Smooth medium-bodied with a protein-rich feel. Creamy, almost chewy. Finish is a little drier. Great hefe.

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Photo of malty
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Ayinger wheat beer glass. A gorgeous looking beer if there ever was one. Murky golden orange color with just a smidge of beige. A fluffy, dense 3" bright white head commands the summit. Visible carbonation is apparent at the slender base and body of the glass, but disappears into the foggy depths of the widest (head) of the glass.

Apparent cloves and yeasty esters hover above the heavenly foam. After a few swirls of the glass a lemony citrus scent evokes and then there's a faint green olive note.

There's the cloves again, all wrapped-up in bananas and vanilla and a swift (and very faint) dash of white pepper. Yeah, this baby's got a little spice thing going on. A bit of the ole' bubble gum is in there as well. Quite malty and estery; to give all these fresh flavors a solid foundation to stand on.

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style. The carbonation is finer and lighter than what I've experienced in Paulaner/Hacker/Schnieder, but that's OK. It fits this beer to a 'T'. Nice long flavorful finish.

Drinkability is superb for a 76F sunny spring day.

Overall a fine example of a Bavarian Hefe. At $3.99 a bottle, I might be a bit hesitant to purchase more than a few here and there, but believe me, it's well worth it. I really dig the zesty spice in the background, it really gives this beer some traction rather than a fizzy semi-watered down mediocre version of a hefe. Good stuff. Looking forward to trying more wheat beers from this brewery.

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Photo of ramrod666
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer was a great hefe weizen. a new release in pennsylvania. i got this beer as as aample from a friend. pours a hazy gold color witha huge head. smell is largly banana, cloves, and yeasty. taste is nice. a very good flavor and a litle less sweet than some hefes. mouthfeel was light but witha slighlty grainy presence. a very drinkable beer. i cant wait to bust a few open come summertime.

p.s. i hear that this beer is going to be pretty pricey. about $75 a case. yes the case everyone. pennsylvania beer laws suck

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