Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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Plank Bavarian Heller WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock

Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Purchased from Wine Underground in Englewood, CO.

This pours a cloudy yellow with some orange hues. Good 2 finger head of foam that is starting to shrink leaving some lacing.

The smell is a little on the light side but I get some wheat notes and a nice fruitiness that ranges from citrus to a hint of dark fruit. Also light notes of clove and other spices. Light overall but certainly nice.

The taste starts off with a citrusy tartness but that is soon followed by bubblegum, light clove, fruit(peach?), solid foundation of wheat, and some light notes of banana. Nice medley of flavours going on here but they don't jump out at you trying to kick your teeth out; nice subtleness about it.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, the carbonation is medium, and it finishes with a last "burst" of banana and wheat. Very short aftertaste.

Drinkability? It weighs in pretty heavy(typical for the style) and I can feel this one's strength during and after the swallow but I don't give a darn. It's far too tasty and interesting to dwell on how strong it is. Right? ;^)

Bottom line: An excellent Heller Weizenbock. I'm glad I decided to try it!

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

Pours a rich lemon yellow with a head that will not quit. Aroma is grassy with fruit notes..very inviting. Taste has a decnt malt presence with a grassy fruity tartness...almost wine-like in dryness. Mouthfeel is smooth but extremely mentioned before a distinct wine-like presence. Very easy on the drinkability scale, hiding the 7.5 abv.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plank's currently limited lineup of beers apparently arrived in local stores only recently, and I jumped at the chance to pick up a couple of weizenbocks I'd never previously tried. I also grabbed their regular hefeweizen, which I'll review whenever I drink it. As for the Heller Weizenbock...

Appearance -- Were it not for the insane, cartoonishly massive head, I'd give it a 4.0. But a careful pour yielded an explosive, meringue-like head which took several minutes to recede. Seriously, that foam was truly exceptional. Altogether, I think it probably took me almost ten minutes just to pour a 16.9-ounce bottle into my 22-ounce weizen glass, counting the time I spent waiting for the head to diminish. The body of the beer is a nice, rich amber/light mahogany, and with the yeast swirled and poured in, this is a very inviting semi-translucent beverage. Oh, yeah -- the carbonation is VERY strong, too, yielding an almost champagne-like stream of tiny bubbles. Very unique appearance for a wheat beer.

Smell -- Sweeter than your average hefeweizen, but not as multifaceted as, say, Aventinus. Obvious banana esters, with hints of honey and overripe cherries (an interesting touch). As with the appearance, I'd characterize this collection of aromas as "inviting."

Taste -- Doesn't live up to the nose. Still, this is a nice, unoffensive weizenbock. Right up front, I feel compelled to point out that the alcohol is very well-hidden (even if 7.50% abv isn't exactly huge). But the flavor is...I don't know, like a slightly magnified version of a standard Bavarian hefeweizen, with JUST enough musty straw to knock it down a peg. Given the thick head, generally "big" appearance, and excellent smell, the flavors also seem a little faint/watery to me. Surprisingly underwhelming, but still not bad. Of note, I don't get the "sour" taste others have pointed out...this beer could never be mistaken for a Berliner weizen.

Mouthfeel -- Not nearly as prickly as I'd have expected, given that face-slappingly strong-looking effervesence. Again, alcohol is well-hidden, so there's no heat to contend with. As I approach the bottom of the glass, it seems unusually flat...maybe this is a side effect of all that carbonation on the front end. Generally speaking, it's in line with most other weizenbocks I've had...big, but light.

Drinkability -- A pretty easy drinker, albeit one whose flavor ultimately underwhelms. I might need to try this one again on a sweltering summer day -- maybe then I'd want to guzzle it down quickly, while it's still ice-cold, and that could change my impressions. Overall, this is a nice, non-threatening weizenbock, and I'm likely to buy it again. I'd put it maybe one notch below Weihenstephaner Vitus (which is similar in many respects).

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a burnished red gold color with a very healthy head that fades to a nice cap that sticks around. Spicy fruitcake in the nose with clove, banana, pineapple and citron. Dry and spicy in the mouth, not as lush as most Weizenbocks, and the Heller version is far less rich and fruity and much drier and spicier than the darker version. Tasty and relatively smooth and with some late creamy banana once you get beyond the initial spice blast. Nice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for this one!

Pours bright gold with a thick white head that collapses to a lasting cover. Minimal trailing lace slides down the glass without sticking.

The smell is of some banana/clove, sour notes, honey, and spicy yeast.

The taste is of wheat bread with honey sweetness and lemony sourness/tartness. Grape comes through as it warms/progresses. Slight alcohol shows. Sweet and sour turns to a dryish finish.

It is medium-bodied with medium-to-high carbonation - towards fizzy.

If the carbonation were brought down a bit more, it would add to the drinkability, IMO. Still, this is a nice weizenbock with an interesting sweet and sour balance with a touch of spiciness.

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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 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 bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter than expected, with a hazy-bronze hue. Capped with a mass of sudsy foam. Yeasty banana bread smell with a touch of alcohol heat. Not particularly spicy/phenolic to the nose. Doesn't smell as much like a Weizenbock than it does a regular Hefe really. Not bad.

The flavor is not overwhelming, but it has a nice all around balance. Pleasant fruitiness with less banana and more of a plum-like character. Definitely not enough dark fruit complexity for style though. The finish is rather clean making it easy to go back for more. Like most Weizen beers, it is sweet, but not overdone, making it rather drinkable. Light body, strong carbonation, overall it's refreshing on the palate.

This beer is nicely drinkable, and I really can't find anything wrong with it, except I have to compare it to Aventinus and it is just not on that level. Again, it's just a slight step away from a standard Hefeweizen, whereas I expect a Weizenbock to have more depth and intensity. Good, but frankly it makes me want to go have an Aventinus...

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

A somewhat vigorous pour almost flows over the top of my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass, instead it for ms a full finger of foam above the rim of the glass making the frothy, off-white crown of foam a full five-fingers in height. The beer is a hazy, orange tinged copper color that shows more of an orange-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite bread like with notes of yeasty dough, ample clove, tart wheat, grassy grain as well as lots of fruity aromatic notes. The fruit aromatics remind me of a mix of aromatic apple varieties and pears though there might be a faint lemon-like edge to it as well. This really has a full malt character to it that is a bit more pronounced than you would expect in a normal strength HefeWeizen, but this mostly smells like a traditional Hefe. Quite a nice aroma, I am really enjoying the various components here.

The Weizenbock strength comes through in the sweetness that is in the flavor; still this is a Weizen and the sweetness is fairly soft with a nice grain-like edge to it. A prickly carbonation adds a bit of texture through the middle of this beer and manages to help the body have a lightness to it. The body is a touch fuller than one would normally find in a Hefe, but it is not so full that this is still not an obvious derivative of said style. Clove-like phenols boost the perceived sweetness of this beer and play a more dominant not to the other traditional fermentation note of banana that is only slightly noticeable. The finish has a light tartness to it as well as a touch of peppery spiciness and a some cracker like grain flavors. My second pour of this reintroduces a significant carbonation that makes each sip quite lively with a peppery carbonic bite and a zippy texture.

This is quite nice, it tastes like a traditional HefeWeizen with the volume turned up just a touch louder for just about every aspect.

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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 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 rtratzlaff
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden body with a white head that stands strong and leaves thick cloud like plumes down the side of the glass. I haven't seen a beer look this good in a glass.

Smells are banana, clove, spice, slightly lemon.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation allowing for flavors of banana-like fruitiness that gives way to some light spiciness. A great teasting beer. Compared to others in this style, it is what they should be judged by. I really enjoy the flavors.

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Photo of guthrie
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm...this one's pretty good.
Recommended by my friendly pony-tail guy (Michael) at the liquor store on Downer.
Poured a 1pt, .9 oz bottle into our Hennepin goblet.
Pours a nice orangey-gold color. Nice fluffy head (got away from me a bit on the smaller glass I poured for the husband...) that settles down over a few minutes. I'm still getting nice cute little bubbles about halfway through. The smell is faint to me...just a faint wheaty sweetness. Very smooth flavor...pineapple-y with just a hint of tang after swallow. Some carbonation in there too. Holey buckets this is 7.5%! I would not have guessed - it hides it very well.
A really nice summery beer. Went very well with the BBQ chicken we had for dinner.

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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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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.92 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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