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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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Capped Pint .09 bottle poured into a tall Erdinger Weisse glass

The Plank Heller Weizenbock pours an amber hue, with little to no haze, odd. This beer actually resembles a lager by appearance.

Notes of almond, wheat, lemon zest and cream grace the nose.

Taste is fresh, crisp and refreshing, long lingering wheaty and lemon/lime finish. Nice cracker character from the malts and the hops add a bittersweet twang towards the end.

Medium bodied, great carbonation. The only aspect that hinders its drinkability is its heavy lingering finish. Which is great in my opinion.

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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 oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up down in Greensboro,NC over the weekend and Iam glad I did.Poured a dull cloudy golden with a thick frothy,sticky white head atop.A mix of caramel sweetness and clove-like spice in the nose with a firm bready mat base thru out,a mix of tropical fruit and caramel infused alcohol flavors with lighter clove and smoke,lusch full mouthfeel adds to the drinking experience.Wow a nice new German style of beer I have never had a pale weizenbock if others are this good I will look for more to be sure.

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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 Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the heller weizenbock. I've only had one before (Wehenstephan Vitus) and thought it was pretty amazing. This one holds up to that great example and it's become readily available where I live recently.

Weizenbocks are usually dark and chocolately, but this one's "bright" (aka. hell) and resembles slightly darker hefeweizen. It's extra cloudy and dense with a little bit of yeast at the bottom. Unlike a typical hefe's yeast, this is a little more grainy. The head is HUGE on this. When I popped the cap you'd think this was a Belgian Pale.

The smell is of bananas and tropical fruits. I'm not really getting a ton of clove on the nose, but pears and pineapple seem to be there instead. It doesn't have any alcohol in the smell, which is a little surprising.

The taste is initially like a normal hefeweizen, but sweeter and with a tiny bit of heat on the back end. Banana flavors steal the show, but you can pick up a tropical vibe and the clove comes through as a little bit of a numbing herbal flavor in the finish. Not sure how many people will know this flavor, but it has a little teaberry in there, too. Not bad at all!

It's a tiny bit thicker than a normal hefe, but it's not exactly all that noticeable.

Drinkability's pretty good, but there's something that's keeping it from being completely quaffable. It doesn't taste boozy and there's no real alcoholic heat to it, but it's as though your body just knows not to drink it very quickly.

Not bad at all. I'm pretty fond of the two light weizenbocks I've had thus far. This one suffered a little with drinkability, but the flavors and smells were great.

EDIT: Recently I did a head to head with this beer and Vitus from Weihenstephan. There's a definitive herbal note and lots more green apple, but I don't think I liked it as much as Vitus. The herbal notes really seem to be a large factor in differentiating Plank beers from other wheat beers.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional German-style beer and much needed after so many Belgians the night before in Atlanta Ale party! Good constrained bitterness finishing with a sweet wheat again and again. A delight for lunch, surprising 7.5% Good head and grainy creamy mouthfeel. Constrained spices, secondary bubblegum, bannana and clove.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark amber hue. Pours with a huge head. Impaired clarity but not opaque.

S: Bready malt aroma. Strong clove aroma adds spiciness. Some banana esters along with a faint alcohol aroma.

T: Sweet flavor with some slight chocolate notes. Some dark fruit esters are also noticeable. Bready. Dry relatively clean finish.

MF: Medium body. Alcohol warming. Lightly carbonated with a dry finish.

D, notes: A nice mash up of the hefe and bock style. I have never had a weizenbock before but my sense is it can be done better not to say this one is poor.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

500ml into brooklyn wheat glass

golden with a mildly disconcerting neon orange hue. lots of bubble traffic up and down, the head is billowing and requires frequent bitter slurps to contain. once it's rested, the cotton-like lacing stays firm against the glass. subdued aromas of candied pecan and banana linger, some herbal notes as well. very fizzy, easy to drink. on the lighter side, somewhere in hefeweizen land. light caramel flavors dominate when carbonation hasn't taken hold already.. fresh baked bread and nothing offensively bold in terms of the holy trinity of yeast, banana & clove. 1/3 of the glass is gone in minutes, for 7.5% that makes this beer insanely drinkable. finishes a bit salty, leaving behind a oceanic yet grainy aftertaste which is a little strange.. and honestly, the only real drawback to this beer. like one friend said, didn't expect much and was pleasantly surprised. and like my other friend said, i could sure 'drink the shit out of it'.

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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 mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A - Poured a very clear and very bright golden yellow with a large three finger deep head of white foamy lace. Some of the most visible carbonation I have ever seen streaming up off of this one. Just an absolute ton of carbonation refilling the head every moment.

S - Aroma was light, there was lots of grassy grain like smells in hear with a decent enough amount of yeast thrown in for good measure. Definitly a very lively and right smell, this was sure to win people over.

T - The flavor was brilliant, full of life and grain for that matter. A very Belgian like flavor, witha good amount of light fruit like yeast and hints of pears and apples mixed in among the various grain like flavors. Blended very well with no trace at all of the alcohol inside.

M - Fantastic, very light with huge carbonation. This was so amply carbonated I do not even know where t begin. Just a great light feel and smooth, crisp, clean finish. Really a winner here for sure.

D - Superb. Very light bright flavors mixed in with a ton of carbonation to give it just that right feel really made this a winner. I could have easily had a few.

Overall I thought this was excellent. Really a great beer and something that I think everyone should try. It may seem heavy from the look, but I assure you this goes down like water. I would not hesitate to buy this one again.

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Photo of Gavage
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy yellowish orange in color with a huge 3" white head that lasts forever. Lacing is spotty but sufficient.

Smell: bread, hints of banana, and bits of spice are picked up by the nose.

Taste: big wheat flavor here with sweet bready maltiness in the background. Green grapes, hints of bananas, some clove, and dash of pepper are set with a soft alcohol tone. Very mild bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start, lightly crisp and partially dry at the finish. Short aftertaste is pleasant in the mouth. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: very pleasurable and easy to consume. Definitely worth seeking this one out.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle as shown. SLOW pour (with the proper swirling with 2 ounces left), into a 23 ounce H-W glass yields a HUGE off-white meringue-like head that lasts and clings to the glass like spackling. This over a lovely cloudy dark amber body with lots of carbonation. Simply a gorgeous beer, a delight to look at. Called a "Heller (i.e., bright, or light-colored) Weizenbock," this brew is truly that: on the lightest end of the Weizenbock color scale.

Smell is lightly toasted malt over a grassy-fruity foundation, with a hint of citrus in the background. There's a note of cookie-dough (yeast) and a slight touch of pepper. Interesting.

Taste is spicey-peppery up front, malty-figgy in the middle and grassy in the long dry finish. Nice for what it is, but it seems a bit lacking in fruity intensity for a Weizenbock. This is more like an "imperial" Hefe-weizen than a Weizenbock. But then who am I to question style?

Mouthfeel again is more toward good H-W than a W-B. Decent, but not quite rich enough.

For a W-B, this one if very drinkable. I'd like to have another one.

Overall, this is a beer that seems to defy its own style. Good, enjoyable, and I wish I had purchased some more, but not what I was expecting from a Weizenbock.

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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 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 EVLguy
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a brewery I'd heard talked up quite a bit before I found a bottle, so I approached this one trying to weight out the hype factor. Needless to say I was surprised.

Appearance: Poured into a Weihenstephaner glass it began with a very big white head, about three fingers, which slowly settled into a small but consistent white cap which provided minute lacing. Holding the glass to the light I could see a slightly hazy and beautiful yellow/gold around the edges with hues of orange in the middle.

Smell: The aroma from the brew was mildly pleasant, reminding me of some belgian triples I'd had but the yeasty smell was a little overboard. There were some fruity esters in the background but I had trouble picking them out.

Taste: The part that matters most is where Plank really shined for me. The flavor was, again, almost comparable to a triple, but with a few interesting nuances; a drier taste, big fluffy bread flavors with a light non-threatening spice that scratched the tip of the tongue, and a dry grainy finish.

Mouthfeel: It seemed light bodied considering the alcohol content, but the dry finish and a healthy dose of carbonation made up for that.

Drinkability: This one is good all the way down and I'd definitely ask for seconds.

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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 NCBeernut
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a hefeweizen glass. Cellared for just a few months.

Big foamy 3 or 4 finger head that settled in a couple minutes. Golden and cloudy. Very yeasty smelling with scents of clove and just a touch of banana, which accurately reflects its taste. Banana comes out more as it warms. Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a good amount of carbonation. Finishes smooth with lingering spicy yeast taste. Very refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Scoobydank
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

l: Light caramel brown. Frothy thick light brown off white head
S: Light sweet brown sugar
T Sweet red apple skins with a nice mix of spice and bananna
M:sharp fizz with a full roundness
D:Very good. Being that high in alcohol it was very easy to drink not to mention it was a fun complex beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 wedge
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky dark goldenrod under an impressive, persistent head of heavy foam. Mellow sweet banana aroma balanced with a cookie-like, bready maltiness. Very flavorful - ripe bananas, phenols, and yeast finishing with a wheaty tang, dry apple, and mild pepper spice. Some bubblegum. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but creamy smooth

Hefeweizen fans take notice. Since it is a lighter version of a weizenbock, this comes across as being a something like a super-hefe. Tasty.

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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 130 ratings