Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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Plank Bavarian Heller WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock

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Brauerei Michael Plank

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ControlVolume
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

exceptionally smooth to its benefit, kind of bland to its detriment

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a 0.5l bottle of this at RedHot in München on 19sep16, for €5.00.

It had a muted golden color, a touch cloudy, with minimal carbo. Had a creamy, white head, and left great lacing in the glass. Had a lovely banana-clove nose. Body was a solid medium, and it hardly raised a ruckus at all on the tongue going down.

Was a touch toasty-tasting at the start, with a healthy dose of clove and banana. Had some subtle chocolate, with a smidge of tropical fruit and honeyish sweetness. A solid brew. Prosit!!

4.15/5 rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25


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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt .9 fl oz brown bottle with a code of 9 3476

Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass a warm golden hue producing a generous 2+ finger white head that stayed well. The nose picks up a light citrus and wheat aroma. The flavor is of citrus that dominates with wheat, bananas, yeast and bread are detected. This brew has a slight tartness and hop bitterness, however, is quickly balanced by the malt.

The mouth feel is medium with carbonation that is full of life - bouncing of the tongue. The ale has a clean crisp finish.

Heller Weizenbock is not my favorite weizenbock, however it is solid nonetheless - sure worth a visit for those that like the style.

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3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$ 5.49/16.9 oz bottle at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale
Bottle marked 9 3476 at 45 degrees into weizen glass; lots of firm sediment
Aroma – by really snorting, I can just discern some malt
No head greater than 1 cm throughout entire pour; fizzy, completely gone within seconds
No lacing
Body medium orange, very slight chill haze, few rising bubbles – looks like apple juice
Flavor of light malt, slightly sweet, not very bock-ish; no alcohol, no hops, no phenolics, no diacetyl; just not much flavor
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

An odd beer – lighter in color and flavor than a bock yet with more bock flavor than a weizen. That said, it just doesn’t have much flavor. Not particularly good yet not particularly bad either. Worth trying once but probable won’t revisit it – too expensive for a mediocre beer.

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, unknown bottle coding. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big pear, apple, ripe banana, white grape, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apple, ripe banana, white grape, orange peel, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, light clove, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apple, white grape, banana, wheat, honey, bread, light caramel, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a nice malt/fruitiness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice weizenbock. All around good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a thick film evenly covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and banana with lighter aromas of light fruit (apple and pear), bubblegum, and hints of yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of wheat with some light fruit (apple and pear) sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of banana along with lighter flavors of yeast and hints of bubblegum. Light amounts of bitterness which fade quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Moderately prickly.

O: The beer is quite easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Enjoyable and refreshing.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +2%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Brought to me from a good friend from Colorado when I told him to bring me one thing that would surprise and delight me.


I don't see a lot of Weizen-Bocks and I am sure that I have had somewhere within the 4-10 range of them. So this was a pleasant surprise. Also good for the spring weather.

Pours a misty deep gold/off amber color, just what I would want from this style and expect. Smells delicately of banana, wheat, kind of that rain on straw smell. Crisp and clean smell. But, very very delicate. Almost has a vegetation sort of thing going not hat is a bit odd.

Taste comes in with a really good straw and wheat taste. Has a slight sweet earthiness that falls into dry banana, a slight cream essence, almost vanilla like and then there is a malt that gives off a hint of caramel... just a hint that is buried. May be due to the earthiness. But then there comes a pretty fair bitterness from hops on the tale end. Which is surprising for a German beer. This is a bit more hoppy than I am used to in German beers. Not that it is over the top. But the lemony hops cut the ends and lend a nice crisp and slightly dry finish.

Great mouthfeel. Just came in from a bike ride on a cold spring night and this hits the spot. A bit sticky, medium to light body, has the mild dry/crispness. Just really nice. Matches the style and what I would expect. Though could be a bit more dry... but that could just my palate.

Overall, I think this is a really good Weizen-Bock. The smell doesn't hold a lot and doesn't profess what is in the beer. But, when you get into it, it does really well. I would put this alongside Ayinger... I would have to say I may even choose this over Ayinger. What I like the most is that the bock-iness is subtle, it is noticeably there but not punching the wheats lights out. Plus, my bottle reads 7.8% ABV... and it is just not there. Smooth and hidden below the layers of goodness. I would definitely be glad to have this beer again.

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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
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