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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by orbitalr0x on 04-12-2007

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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of malty
4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gently rolled this bottle back and forth 9 or 10 times as to intermingle the sedimentary yeast. Had to gently lift-off the cap and let a little air out at a time due to the bubbling-up from the bottle roll (I swear I was gentle). Pours into a std. pint pounder glass a faintly cloudy and bright honey yellow/orange with an angelic white blossoming 3" dense head. Very fine and visible hearty carbonation racing upward. Celestial globs of puffy lace (like cumulous clouds) all the way down the glass.

I swirl the glass a few times to evoke the nose from this thick, creamy head. Fresh lemon crème icing and sour cream donut scents hit my nose first off. A zesty spice of white pepper, clove and citrus rind follow swiftly behind. A definite yeasty, musty scent is stage right while I swear I detect a tiny bit of cucumber peeking around the curtain - at least it's something lightly herbalesque.

The head of this beauty caresses my upper lip until my nostrils are connecting with the billowing head. Flavors of the aforementioned scents are all in here, along with the wonderful bubblegum, vanilla and clove you'd expect from any worthy Bavarian Hefe. The alcohol is NOT present at all - watch out kids! There's a subtle sourness and yeastiness at the finish, which balances out the clovey spices and sweet malts. Definitely a goose down feather soft (despite the ABV) and sweetish ale (thanks to the plentiful wheat malt) with graceful citrus tones that ride on top of the hearty malt foundation, all entwined with a solid yeasty goodness.

Mouthfeel is ultra soft and medium bodied with a less-than-expected (from the visible carbonation upon pouring) amount of fine carbonation. Long, flavorful sweet/sour, quenching finish that's a bit yeasty (makes you wants to mop your teeth with your tongue).

Drinkability is off the chart. With NO alcohol detection and overall softness, I could see myself gettin' silly with this ale. Even though I felt the attenuated carbonation was a SLIGHT liability in the mouthfeel department, it definitely is an asset in the drinkability department.

Man oh man, I think I've found the holy grail of Bavarian Hefe breweries. I've yet to be let down from Michael Plank and see no turning back in my quest to try all of their offerings. I can only compare the majestic visual beauty of this ale to many world classics like Duvel and Orval. It seems to resonate a heavenly frequency as it sits there in the glass, awaiting your next move. I'm still tasting the residual yeast, powdered sugar and lemony rind flavors. At $5 a bottle, I believe this will be my 'splurge' beer for sure. An instant 'classic' says I.

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Photo of OldEngineOil
4.88/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not too keen on describing the details of beer. I can tell you that it is not too hoppy, fairly sweet, but all around great. I don't usually like sweeter beers, but the carbonation and other tastes of this beer are excellent. I went to the BA German Beer Festival in Boston and this and this brewer was the best overall in my opinion. Great beer.

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Photo of budgood1
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours out of the half litre bottle a cloudy and quite carbonated dark gold. huge frothy head appears...doesn't seem to want to die down anytime soon. chunky lace on the glass as i sip. bananas, vanilla and cloves predominant in the nose. spicy and pleasant to smell. almost belgian like mouthfeel is the first thing that strikes me upon tasting it...very spicy and boozy like a belgian, too. after a few sips and then working in the sediment, more yeasty and banana flavours appear, striking a delicate balance between the spice and boozy banana flavours. very grainy, grassy and plenty of wheat character. it is a delicate brew to be sure....a seemingly amped up hefe, with a boozy disposition, a belgian mouthfeel and lots of character. finishes dry with quick candy sweet then bitter hop ending. drinkability is outrageously dangerous. incredible.

yeah, i urge all of you to seek this out. now.

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a murky honey color with extraordinarily active carbonation and a huge and sturdy head that sticks throughout

Smell: Banana bread and wheat malt, with subtle undertones of honey, apricot and pear

Taste: Opens with a wheat flavor that is joined, mid-palate, by banana and clove; after the swallow, the bready aspect builds and is complemented by subtle hints of honey and other fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to ful body with massive carbonation; literally explodes on your tongue if you don't swallow the liquid

Drinkability: As others have said, think Imperial Hefe and you have this beer; quite an achievement

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5l bottle to a tall Hefe glass, The liquid was a pale yellow with exceptional carbonation. The head was towering white fluff and left very good lace, the drawback was in retention.

The smell was quite good, lots of banana, lemon, and peach, along with some mild spice including cloves.

The taste followed, lemon was the first, then strong banana and fresh baked bread. All the classic tastes from a hefeweizen week present, very nice for a boch.

The mouthfeel was big and sticky like I would expect from a boch as well as good carbonation however not over done.

The drinkability was very good and the taste was excellent and the body was quite drinkable.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Kloster Andechs glass. The bottle was a uniquely shaped tall fattie, purchased at Bello Vino for $3.99.

The beer looked outrageously good, pale golden color and hazy, nicely carbonated, thick and dry-sticky poofs of foam on top. The smell was banana/clove and a hint of sour milk, and the taste was seriously rich with the same flavors. Very creamy mouthfeel, this is almost a new standard for weizenbocks. Very nice and dangerous competition for Aventinus.

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Photo of BellsFan
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of beerdedbiker
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a semi cloudy orange-golden color. The head is huge. Too huge. Foam filled my whole weizen glass, and there was only an inch of beer on the bottom. I find myself sitting here looking a a glass full of foam wishing I were drinking a beer. The aroma is of vibrant banana, clove, and wheaty tang. The aroma is as big as the head, and I really dig that. The taste is full of banana with the clove and tangy elements rolling around the edges. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a silky texture. Overall, this is a great beer. The excessive head thing is annoying, but the rest of the beer makes up for it.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedHaze
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a thick three finger high head that settles slowly to a solid cap. The resulting lace is a bit tattered, but sticks nicely, leaving a broken webbing behind.

Smell; lots of strong bananas and cloves with a big wheat backing. After this warms up a bit, a little lemon peel and some sweet malts come through, as well as a touch of bubblegum. A bit more weizen than weizenbock in the aroma, but still very good.

Taste; the bananas, cloves and wheat are just as prevalent in the flavor as they were in the aroma. Bubblegum and a zesty lemon fill out the middle, and then a sweet maltiness, and a bit of a tartness, come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with a very creamy smooth carbonation, and just an incredible drinkability. This one goes down so smoothy. If this was available anywhere near me I would keep some on hand all of the time. I picked mine up in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Photo of klewis
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden with a mega-massive, frothy head with a sticky, long sustain.

S: Spicy banana smell with light phenols.

T: A wheaty backbone with accompanying flavors of cloves and spice and toasted banana. Full-flavored and complex.

M: Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation. Sticky texture as the fizz dies away.

D: Damn fine. A bit too fizzy for my taste, but otherwise a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Gorgoroth
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pt. 9 fl. oz. capped bottle

glassware: generic weizen glass

A - gentle pre-yeast pour yields a medium-to-deep amber color with medium carbonation and a very large, frothy off-white head which dissipates fairly quickly into a stable finger-wide cap; head leaves only a few sparse flecks of lace; after yeast is dumped, color becomes a deeper amber-to-amber brown, densely clouded

S - immediate assault of wheat and yeast; undercurrents of banana, raisin, cranberry, clove, bubblegum, and cooked apple; a very potent and delightful aroma

T - front of palate consists of malt and raisiny yeast, intertwined with strands of prune, clove, ginger, orange zest, and cinnamon; finish is full of wheat funkiness, banana bread, and cooked apple

M - fairly thin on the palate, light carbonation; full in the throat with a slight alcohol warmth in the finish

D - smooth and drinkable; complex but not distracting in aroma and flavor; at almost 8% abv, taking care of the whole bottle by yourself almost guarantees a buzz

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a local distributor for yet another sample from Michael Plank...

Hazy and amber in appearance, legit 3 fingers of head after a skilled pour, if I do say so myself. Light lacing down the side of my Sly Fox Royal Weisse glass. Aromas thick with banana, bubblegum and clove essences. Rich in the nose, if that makes any sense. Smooth on the palate, the chewy breadiness of this offering comes through well. Bananas and cloves again balance out the slight hop twinge - all of which carries the alcohol in a wonderful way.

An easy drinker to say the least. Yet another solid offering from Michael Plank... I cannot wait until this stuff is available to me full-time. A must-find for any Bavarian Bier fans out there.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of Neecee513
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

A: Amber, slight haze, decent light tan head

S: Prunes and apples

T: Distinct apple taste, fruity, slightly sweet with malt backbone

M: Medium body, creamy, and high carbonation

D: I definitely got a warm, fuzzy feeling drinking this beer. The notes of prunes and apples provide the right enough of sweetness. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Powerfully carbonated. Golden apricot haze. Lots of champagne-like effervescence. Gigantic, thick, shaving cream foam head of beige-white. Beautiful. Toffee, banana bread batter, fruit cocktail, and ample cloves on the nose. Like a spicier, fruitier, slightly boozier hefe.

Tangy wheat malt with a toasted edge up front. Big, ripe, fruit cocktail sweetness quickly takes over. Rummy bananas mix with yeast and gentle clove spice. Fruity sweetness in the finish with moderate noble bitterness, and yeast. Full-bodied, thick, protein-rich, yet gentle, creamy feel. Deliciously drinkable and a nice mix of hefe, weizenbock, and maibock.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured it carefully off the yeast, which is considered a "no no" in some parts, but I wanted to taste the beer...not the yeast.

Appearance: Poured a clear light golden color with a very faint orange tint. The head was about a half and inch at first and then settled into about 1/8" and stayed there for numerous minutes afterward maintained by a cascade of bubbles seeking the surface.

Aroma: Right after the pour, I got a good bit f clove and other Weizen yeast type characteristics, but after it has sat some, that has definitely mellowed. It still has a subtle lemony aroma in there that accents the mostly malt driven aroma. It is pretty amazing how this beer has softened up since the pour.

Taste: The flavor is really nice for a Weizen beer of any sort. It has a very mild flavor presentation overall, and malt is the key player in it. It actually has a bit of bitterness to it that balances the malt pretty well into the finish. The malt is still in charge in the finish, and there is some evident warming that sets in on the back of the throat long after the sip. As the beer starts to warm up some, there is a bit of citrus fruit coming out to play.

Opinion: I am pretty happy with this beer. It has a nice bready malt flavor with plenty of mouthfeel to let you know that you are drinking a real beer. I have only made it through half the beer at this point and I am already feeling pretty good. I would certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear golden color with a touch of haze to it. 2 billowy fingers of white head with good lacing.

S: Nice sweet wheat smell. Just very clean. A little bit of sweetness in there as well. Only a touch of the dark fruit smell that I always look for when drinking this style.

T: A really classic take on the style. No wonder this won gold at the 04 and 06 world beer cup. A little bit of bubblegum is there. A touch of spice with some apples cutting it down. More dark fruit as it warmed.

M: Light body with a nice amount of carbonation. I always find it hard to control carbonation in wheat beers when I homebrew. Guess I should have started 400 years ago...

D: Just a very nice clean beer. Too strong to session but I really enjoyed this and could have had another. This has the taste of an American version with 3% more ABV. To taste this fresh would probably be a joy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Massively carbonated apricot that is pristine since I wasn't able to get enough beer into the glass to see any yeast. Once the softly creamy, toasted ecru head settles and I'm able to do a second pour, things should murk up nicely (they don't until the final ounce). The cap looks respectable initially, then becomes attractively rocky as it slowly melts.

Even through three fingers of foam, I can appreciate the wonderfully aromatic weizenbock that is BHW. It's chock full of banana and clove and would be a great example of the glories of hefe weizen yeast for novices. I'm not sure that I would have guessed weizenbock (the aroma isn't that complex), but it's still a pleasure to sniff.

Unfortunately, my taste buds are going to have to work around what is obviously way too much carbonation. I'll try to let the beer sit for a spell so some of the bubbles have a chance to dissipate. Even with all the chaos, it's obvious that the mouthfeel belongs to a somewhat big beer. I love the silky slickness that coats the mouth and tongue on the swallow.

Bavarian Heller Weizenbock is essentially a pale wheat version of a weizenbock. Thankfully, Brauerei Michael Plank has also provided us with a dark wheat version. In simple terms, this beer tastes like a double hefe weizen. That is, all the usual flavors with a bigger body and more alcohol. However, by 'usual' I don't mean ordinary.

Just like this brewery's Bavarian Hefeweizen, Heller Weizenbock is bursting at the seams with estery yeastiness. Ripe banana is present to the tune of a 4.0/5.0 on my (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter and warm clove is soaking into each and every nook and cranny. Herr Plank delivers loads of flavor, that's for damn sure. This is a yeast strain that kicks ass and takes names.

In spite of all the bubbles, Heller Weizenbock is one of the best beers of this style that I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe. I'm not the least bit surprised to see that one more review will put it near the summit of the 'Top Weizenbocks' list on this site. It appears as though the brewers of Aventinus have some serious competition.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clean copper tinted amber under a pillowy finely bubbled white head, The nose is bread and banana and the palate is very fruity, with an array of tropical fruit flavors: banana, light mango or papaya, faint bread flavors. The carbonation is fine and soft and the body is medium full. It is highly carbonated and leaves intricate art nouveau lace.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a german style that leads on to some interesting characteristics. pour is like a darker hef. almost amber with a soapier head of bigger bubbles as the beer is actually quite herbal. nose of bright apples and a mild sour and wheaty bread... palate secondary of hef fruit and bubblegum and a nice mild sour apple and clove. the sour seems to have that very minimal smoky quality to it... gives it a leathery finish that is too dry and constricting to be thirst quenching really quite a bit of clove that goes down very dry. some alcohol present but not until the beer got warmer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazed amber/peach tea color with 4+ fingers beautiful white head. Good lacing & head retention, haze persists throughout

S: Bubblegum & cloves

T: Breadyness, bananas & cloves up front. As this warms fruittyness & a little white pepper & lemon rind are evident. Finishes with juicy fruit, cloves, & lemon, plus some warming booze.

MF: Bready & a little slick

Drinks easy for the ABV, weizenbier freaks will love this. I was looking for a little more body/wheat malt profile, still a nice one, never saw this when I traveling through Bayern, very happy to find it in such nice shape, so far from home!

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Photo of Duvel
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GordonQuid
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams bubble glass.

Clear, golden effervescent with a huge fluffy twqo inch head that dissapates to a half inch whispy head, thick lace.

Smells of ripe bannana and clove with a citrusy blend of hops a very distinct green apple note.

Taste is a perfect blend of wheat and bock styles. Wheat malts come through with a nice bite of spicey hops. Citrusy and refreshing. The 7.5 ABV is undetectable.

Very refrshing and easy to drink. This would pair well with any white meat or BBQ dish.

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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 129 ratings
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