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 Anthony1
2.97/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into a weizen glass.

poured a very cloudy copper color. Lots and lots of wheat floating in the beer. on head, but goes away as does the lace.

smells mostly bready with mild grass and fruit, but strong clove. tastes super bready as well, lots of wheat malt.

was ok, but nothing special among the wheats. even too much yeast? never had that much float in my beer (more then a finger settled in bottom)

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Photo of Ozzylizard
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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Photo of mrfrancis
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a creamy white head.

S: Aromas of cream, vanilla, and buttered wheat toast are all I can pick up. I don't detect the expected scents of banana, bubblegum, and clove.

T: A malty, grainy entry leads to notes of heavy cream, vanilla, caramel, wheat toast, clove, and alcohol. The finish is long and potent with a combination of wheat toast, vanilla, and alcohol flavors.

M: Full bodied, dry, and spritzy. The alcohol is very up-front in this beer, and is quick to establish a dominant presence. I was hoping for something with a little more balance.

O: Weizenbocks are hit or miss for me, and this one is a definite miss. I really enjoy Braurei Michael Plank's Dunkler Weizenbock, and as this is the brewery's most awarded beer, perhaps I simply expected too much. In my opinion, this beer is hot and boozy with an overly simplistic flavor profile. I probably will not be picking this one up again.

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Photo of Northsider
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Fountainhead Chicago. I ordered the Plank Bavarian Hefeweizen and got this one instead. Slightly bummed.

Appearance was fine, golden yellow with offwhite head. Smell is citrusy and spicy; grapes. Alcohol definitely rolls off of this one.

Taste to me was much like wine. That is, the alcohol was very present and offputting. I don't care for strong beers. Tasted almost like grapes or apples...much like a wine.

Overall I don't think I'd revisit this beer. The alcohol was much to strong for me, I barely finished one small bottle. The taste was much more like wine and less like a beer in my opinion. While I was hoping for a hefe and received this one, I gave it a shot. Not very drinkable in my opinion...I just could not get into this beer.

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Photo of BobZ
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Orange amber with only slight cloudiness. Only a small head of about 1/4” that quickly receded to a cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Caramel malt with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

Taste: Caramel, very malt forward, big bready malt, funny for a Weizenbock this beer taste more like a lager almost like a strong Oktoberfest. Very little clove or banana or any traditional hefeweizen flavors, again, this beer is all about the malt.

Mouth feel: Relatively smooth on the palate with a bit of alcoholic warmth at the finish.

Overall: Interesting version of a Weizenbock, unlike any other wheat beer I’ve had. As mentioned again this was far more like a lager in flavor than a Weizenbock.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No obvious dating on bottle, but "93393" is stamped on the label
Poured into a

Summary: The Plank Heller (Blonde) Weizenbock is a lighter-colored and sweeter offering than the brewery's dark weizenbock. While it looks attractive in the glass and has a desirable mouthfeel, I found the beer to be somewhat lacking in both aroma and taste. The higher, stronger malt concentrations don't seem to translate well into larger scent and taste profiles, which is somewhat disappointing as I've learned to expect quite a bit from the Plank brewery. It's possible my bottle was old, but with an obscure number stamp being the only possible reference, I have no way of knowing. I may give this another try at some point in the future, but for now I'd consider this beer a miss.

Pours a 3cm head of small, dense, off-white bubbles. Head fades quickly to a thin cap atop the body, leaving some modest lacing as it does so. Body is a copper-brown color when out of light, when near the lamp it changes to a light copper orange with yellow highlights. Opaque due to swirled-in yeast, but I can make out active carbonation along the sides of the glass.

Prominent aroma of wheat malt, fairly intense sweetness, and some nutmeg-clove combination with musty, yeasty bananas. I thought that for a weizenbock, the aromas would be a bit stronger and more pronounced. This isn't bad, but not particularly up to what I'd hope from a bigger, more concentrated and intense wheat beer. I've had wheat beers with a more forceful aroma.

Taste opens with yeast and sweet malt (wheat, some barley) flavors. Middle of the palate picks up increasing amounts of sweetness, remains of yeast, with the addition of very modest bananas and spices. Finishes with a continued malt profile and a brief flash of alcohol. Aftertaste primarily of residual yeastiness, some malt sweetness, and faint bananas. Somewhat of a let down, I was expecting more intensity and definition from a weizenbock.

Beer's body is medium in heft with a mid-to-high amount of carbonation. The beer's weight is substantial enough to cover this, the result being a lightly tingly, but mostly pillowy and smooth mouthfeel. Finish is dry, and a little sticky with sweetness.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Woah, almost all head on the initial pour. It's dissipating quickly (after one minute, it's four fingers thick). Eventually it dies down to a single layer of bubbles. No lace. Unpredictably clear; gold color. There's a real storm of released carbonation.

Lots of wheat in the smell. Smells like a wit-bier--clean and crisp.

The flavor is a combination of wheat, cream and slightly sweet candy sugar. Full bodied and over carbonated. I am noting an unusual and undesirable metallic taste (iron?) in the swallow. Lots of warming alcohol in the finish.

This falls short of me being able to recommend it, too many distractions.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a high chance that this beer is expired.. because of where I bought it from. But There is no date on the bottle.

Appearance - Pours a dark, golden-amber color. Almost brown. Had to stop and let it sit for a minute before pouring the rest because the head was 2 inches thick, almost foaming over. Dissipates quickly though.. Has nice, thick lacing.

Smell - First thing I smell is a strong alcohol aroma. Along with caramel, brown sugar, and dark fruits. Smells like a dark beer..

Taste - Has a toasty flavor to it, along with toffee, caramel, clove, apples, and a strong alcohol bite. Slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Has a heavy body with strong carbonation.

Overall - Dark beers aren't my style.. I was mistaken when I bought this because I thought it was going to be similar to a wheat or bock beer. But I won't knock it because I know it's good for what it's supposed to be..

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Photo of brantadid
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light honey color with a lot of head. The head was nice and white which diminished to 1/8 of inch. Lasted for quite a bit. Nice lacing. Lots of yeast in the nose with a slightly sweet, yeasty flavor. This beer tastes more like a hefeweizen than their hefeweizen does. 7.5% alocohol is completely masked. I got no heat from this beer whatsoever. Unfortunately, much like the hefeweizen, I thought this beer lacked a depth in flavor. It was a little flat, especially when considering price.

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Photo of nick76
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is wheat like with bubble gum, bananas, cloves, and honey. The appearance is orange gold with a large head that fades to nothing. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall this is good but not great. It is still worth a try.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Nice deep amber color with a 1+ finger off white head. Smell is of bread, apricot, cloves and honey. Not overpowreing, but decent. Taste follows the nose closely with some added banana. Very strong fruit front which was a bit distracting. A bit heavy on the apricot/fruit. Minimal hops bite at the end. Feel was good with adequate carbonation. A bit dry to the finish. Overall- An okay beer that had a different twist with the apricot taste. A bit too strong on the fruit which left me with a tart, over the top taste with no hop balance. It was just okay IMO. Probably won't pick up another-

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Photo of kkipple
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up when it arrived on shelves in Columbia. A new beer from a brewery I've never heard of, cool.

Pours a huge head, fills half my glass with dense fat foam. Dirty and fizzy yellow beer sits underneath.

Smells citrus, lots of oranges and lemons and a big sour ester note. Hints of banana and clove, some booze too. Expected it to be sweeter, really.

Flavor is mainly variants on sour spiced banana, hint of salt, weird. Again more sour and tart than sweet, and certainly doesn't drink like a 7.5%. Green under ripe fruit and wheat, some coriander and lemon round it off. Okay, but not great.

Mouthfeel is full and zesty. Creamy, even. A sour lemon and wheat finish lingers in the mouth. The alcohol remains hidden thoughout.

This is a pretty good beer, but it's not $4.50 a bottle good. Try if you like.

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Photo of wedgie9
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Tasted from bottle at Lush West Town. Pours cloudy orange with a thin lace head. Nose is banana and clove with caramel malt and yeast. Flavor features more spices than the nose, but still has solid banana and yeast characteristics. The body is light with lively carbonation and a long yeasty finish.

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Photo of ChugsMugs
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a crisp gold, a bit darker than I expected. Very lively carbonation, fluffy and thin 2 finger head, that settled down to about 1/2 finger head that remained.

S- Quite sweet up front, citrus mostly. Very light and airy in the nostrils, dry sweet hay.

T- Very crisp. Some spicyness, cloves, rye? The sweets in the smell hardly came out in the taste.

M- Again crisp, explosion of carbonation in the mouth. The clove remains on the palette remains.

D- quick and easy to drink, a nice porch beer as the weather warms up. A bit too gassy for more than a pair.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey yellow with big off-white head in Eisbock glass.

Smell is of bready malts and a little clove and banana.

Taste is bready with some clove and lots of honey flavor. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated. Light-medium body.

Overall this was o.k.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

World cup beer 2004 & 2006 Gold medal.

A: Poured a bright pumpkin orange color with a quickly fading patchy white head. Visibly there was moderate carbonation per style.

S: yeasty, bananas, cloves, cottoncandy, and a slight fruity sourness (oranges).

T: The initial flavor was sour oranges, and malt. Upon warming there was a yeasty sourness and some nice big bread notes coming through. A bready heller style weizen with a good flavor.

M: lively fizziness in the mouthful that was detected deep in the back of the throat after the swallow. perhaps a tad much on the carbonation which brought out some nice aromas, but distracted from the flavor and mouthful.

D: ok, didnt find it stood out much or gave me much incentive to buy more. an average drinking weizenbock.

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Photo of drpimento
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad. Slightly different twist on the hefe weizens from the major brewers. More emphasis on the malt rather than the full malty yeast character ot the others. Not so much in the traditional bavarian flav/aroma characteristics. Still very drinkable. Poured with only a moderate amount of head and a tiny bit of lace. Color is amber. Aroma is an astringent malt. Flav like that.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 1pint .9 oz. bottle
A- Golden yellow with course off white head which stay around.
S- Bananas, cloves, yeast, malt - smells great
T- Wheat, some banana and clove but it is subtle. Dry finish with citrus fruit.
MF - Highly carbonated with rather course bubbles.
D - good drinkability hides the 7.5% very well.A clean refreshing beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from 11/16/07

1) Erdinger weizen glass. Seven ounces in, the glass is frothed over & in suspended animation. The stiff white froth starts to set in like quick dry cement. While the site of it has me in awe, I really dislike being held hostage. I admire its honey-like color while occupying my time with a crossword I know I'll never finish. Tick tock. Tick tock.

2) The overly intense clove spoils the wonderful scent of sweet banana nut bread trying to make its way through.

3) Toasty, light maple, bitter clove, tiny hint of copper, with a burnt English muffin finish.

4) A little greasy at first, but things quickly get parch. On the lower end as far as carbonation goes, but it went down all the same.

5) The very simple flavors & quiet alcohol would make this beer an easy choice, but the clove becomes more of an annoyance with every other sip. It's a lopsided trade-off.

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Photo of Strix
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a nice foamy head.

Smells of citrus and clove, hint of banana, a bit muted, very much like a hefe.

Tastes of citrus, wheat, yeast and clove. A bit of banana. Solid, but doesn't stand out.

Mouthfeel bubbly and a bit viscous.

Quite drinkable, but not worth the extra price.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for getting these at the store.
Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A: Thick, fluffy head resides atop a slightly haze liquid that cascades from a medium orange gold to light golden color top to bottom. Foam dissipates fairly slowly leaves substantial layers all over the glass and about a half finger of foam on top. Almost exactly what I expect for a heller weizenbock, just a touch dark.

S: Heavy banana esters cover up pretty much every other scent at first. Upon deeper inhalation, however, there is a lot of spiciness with touches of citrus. Could be better if all the aromas were more present without having to dig for them.

T: Contrary to what the smell might dictate, the banana is relatively muted. It blends very well with the clove spiciness and citrus. Actually, the flavors overall are relatively muted. Sorta crisp. They could be more pronounced though.

M: A little bit of a bite up front, but that disappears almost immediately, leaving a smooth, creamy mouthfeel that fades into a perfect residual slickness. Beautiful.

D: I would like this beer better if the flavors were more in-your-face, however, the subtlety probably makes it easier to drink. I'm gonna finish this pretty quickly :)

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

A Heller Weizenbock? Interesting.

Solid and firm, three fingers of head come off a careful decanting; the head has no problem staying up either, since the carbonation is pretty damn active. Murky golden-orange color shows that this is, without a doubt, a Weizenbock. Aromas of raw honey, wildflowers, herbs, allspice, nutty yeast, and ripe apricots and pears pervade. Carbonation is a bit forceful, with a rolling crispness that tears through its medium body. Starts off with a quick flash of malt sweet- ness; then fruitiness rolls in with orchard flavors of peaches, apricots, pears and apples. There's a bit of powdery clove, herbal phenols and a bready grain in the middle. Stays yeasty throughout, with tame hop bitterness. Somewhat dry finish, with lingering spicy clove and grain.

Not as wild as the Dunkler Weizenbock, but if there was ever a Weizenbock for the summer, this would be it. Salad is an easy pairing: We're thinking fresh arugula, grape tomatoes, red bell peppers and gorgonzola cheese with a lemon Caesar dressing.

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Photo of putnam
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Candied bananas aromas rise from a papery yellow pour sporting a tall whip of white on top. This beer tastes like banana bread. Walnut hued alcoholic bitterness characterises the finish. Nutmeg and butter tease the mid-palate. Assertive, cutting lines of fizz help keep the experience dry. It is a bit boozy and monolithic to drink in sequences, but I perceive this to be a technically flawless and ambitious brewing achievement.

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Photo of bogus564
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 ounces, poured into a tall weizen glass.

Golden orange color, with a wheat-colored head that lasts for more than two minutes.

The smell that emanates from the beer seems to me to be half orange, half lemon; nothing else leaps to the forefront.

The beer tastes of lemon, wheat and a light hint of raisin. Nothing overpowers - it's a delightfully uncomplicated beer, with a clean finish.

It's nicely carbonated - in fact, it took me ten minutes to finish this beer, and the bubbles never stopped rising to the top. Nice, not great, mouthfeel.

I'm thinking that this offering would be great with pork or beef. Anything barbequed would be a plus.

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Photo of buyaa
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: This beer must have gotten shaken up when it fell over in my car last week when I purchased it. I thought the week would have settled it down. It pretty much exploded when I opened it. here's to hoping it does not change the beer too much

A: Even after my accident it had a good 2 finger head with excellent retention. Otherwise it has the classic murky apple cider color and look that many good Hefes have.

S: Pretty standard Hefe smell maybe a little less of the malty wheat smell than usual and more of the spicyness

T: Malty spicyness with some sweetness. A little too spicy/sweet for me or at least not balanced with enough hop. Finishes with a thick malty sediment

M: Nice amount of carbonation that really kicks up the flavor

D: Other than the sweet spicyness very drinkable. Although would start to feel it after 2.

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