Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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127 Ratings
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Plank Bavarian Heller WeizenbockPlank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Michael Plank
Germany
brauerei-plank.de

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by orbitalr0x on 04-12-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
10.46%
 
 
Wants:
12
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2
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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 Whobody
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden- orange color, hazy in the glass maybe from the yeast from the bottle, nice creamy head, highly carbonated!

S- Citrus smell in the nose, maybe with some clove and a hint of alcohol

T - The taste reflects the smell, very citrus-like, maybe some honey and my wife detects some grapefruit. I'm not tasting a lot of hops, more on the malty side. Medium to full body. Very drinkable for the ABV and also very refreshing. My wife and I split a bottle, I got more of the yeast, not sure if this influences my take on this beer.

M- Creamy and silky mouthfeel. Very smooth with a hint of bitterness in the finish.

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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 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 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 metter98
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy golden yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with almost a three finger high off white head that has good retention properties. A high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat and bananas in the nose along with notes of apples, bubble gum and yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of wheat and apples along with some hints of bananas and yeast.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with lots of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is so well hidden that the beer is rather refreshing to drink and quite thirst quenching.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just arrived in the Chicago market with an updated label, so revisiting this one in hopes of freshness. Apple and clove phenols dominate, but thankfully its pretty smooth and creamy with no astringency (or gushing) this time around. Raising original scores 1/2 point. Pleasant, thought the $6 pricetag is still hard to swallow.

08-17-2009
I'm liking the fact this brewery makes a 'dark' and 'light' Weizenbock. Once upon a time, this was my favorite style, and still is when October rolls around. Though I must preface this review and say Aventinus is still reigning champion in my mind.

Murky muddy orange body, opaque with the look of a sunset in a mud puddle. WHOOOOSH a gusher.... Rocky white head at first, once the explosion was contained. Though upright from store to glass, the jostling on the highway must have tipped this sensitive German brew over the edge. It kept an unbroken cap for the duration, which was good.

Straw, cookie malt sweetness, appley yeast, with some phenolic spiciness as it warmed. Flavor was sweet and wheaty, caramel apple, with a grape juice aftertaste. After a few sips the nose became similarly cloying. There was a light astringency or apple tartness that seemed a little out of place. It was medium bodied with fairly low carbonation. Not sure how old it was, but it was the first time I saw it near Chicago. At $6, not a Weizenbock I will revisit.

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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 JordanEllwanger
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden semi cloudy transparency. Big fizzy white head. Very fruity malt sents with subtle hints of toasts. A very balanced taste and quite enjoyable. A small wisp of raspberries seems to rise off the tip of my tongue after the rest is gone. a very balanced and enjoyable beer. Cheers.

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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 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 champ103
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color, until the last swirl and pour when the yeast turns this completely cloudy. At first a bubbly white head rises to over two fingers. The foam recedes in a second to a ring that sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: Banana and spice up front. Other citrus aromas come out as this warms up. Some grassy, hay and yeast aromas. Bread and biscuit.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of banana and citrus flavors. Spicy as well. Yeast, grass, and hay. Kind of an herbal hop flavor lingers. Dry biscuit, bread and crackers.
M/D: A medium body, but very effervescent. Lively carbonation, maybe a bit to much for my liking. Easy to drink. Hardly any alcohol to be found. I am having no problems finishing the bottle.

This is a very good Weizenbock. Very traditional. I like it a lot, and something that I would recommend.

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

This is a 22 (or 25?) oz bottle.

It pours with above average carbonation, and relatively large bubbles, but the head stays around, looking a little like a slightly fallen angel cake. The color is almost clear, light brown.

The aroma is quite strong, mostly the alcohol.

For the alcohol level, the taste is very smooth. The malt flavor cancels the high alcohol, resulting in a mild but not sweet malt taste. The large bottle goes down easy with this drinkable beer.

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

A golden to light amber color body with a small fizzy offwhite head. some lacing left , medium carbonation . Aroma of bubblegume,cloves , bananna and maybe a hint of cherry and alcohol . Flavor is sweeter than expected , nice clean malt flavor , cloves , leather ,and a hint of lemongrass . Light bitterness , slightly grassy finish . Crisp clean mouthfeel , medium body . Quite sessionable and all around a good beer , enjoyable .

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Photo of ZAP
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Deep gold color...poured carefully and it left a minimal head. I poured carefully because there was a loud pop of carbonation as I popped the bottle cap off.

S-Sweet banana pudding, some vanilla notes too...bready...

T-Carbonation is jacked sky high, perhaps to keep the sweetness in check....there is a sweeter banana flavor but not as sweet as the nose led me to think it would be...some breadiness as well..

M-As mentioned very carbonated...medium bodied...not much alcohol bite....

D-Interesting take...a blonde weizenbock....it works for me...not a tremendously memorable beer but worth trying. The biggest issue for me with the Plank beers in my area is the price. Much higher than the other german beers of similar quality.

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

500mL bottle into a Duvel snifter pours a murky bubbly orange with a frothy off-white head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass.. Aroma is sweet fruits, sweet malts and a hint of spice. The taste is loads of sweet fruit with a hint of sourness and mild spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation. This is certainly an enjoyable Weizenbock.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So it seems that Plank is now distributed in Chicago. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Pours with a big quick-dissipating soapy white foam that leaves a handful of lace patches on the sides of the glass. Surprisingly transparent golden-yellow color with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top.

S - Wheat, banana, clove, yeast, some light tart apple and grape skins. There is a slight touch of booze that comes out as it warms up and it gets significantly grainier.

T - Taste is strong banana, light malted wheat, a hint of fruity esters, and a spicy yeast finish. Minimal aftertaste on this one. Simple, but pretty satisfying.

M - Tingly carbonation, soft texture, clean refreshing finish, medium body. I could go for a few less bubbles, but otherwise it's pretty nice.

D - I was a little apprehensive when I opened the bottle, but it's going down pretty quick. I shouldn't have any troubles, although the carbonation might get a touch bloaty after a while. Decent weizenbock, that's probably not worth what I paid for it - better options out there.

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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 BierFan
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter bottle into a weizen glass. This is my first weizenbock so I have no experience to compare this beer to.

Appearance: Active carbonation keeps the off-white head from disappearing for a couple of minutes. Hazy light amber body.

Smell: Higher alcohol and yeast gives it a smell similar to that of a tripel, but not quite.

Taste: Sweet and slick at first, with spicy yeast flavors that pop up in the finish.

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

Slightly chill hazed dark golden lemon hue with lots of scurrying bubbly activity within. Massive capping of just over two fingers high is created quickly and keeps its presense for quite a long time. The texture of the foam is fluffy, smooth with some bubbles that add a semi crunchy looking topping. Just a few patchy spots of lacing stick to the glass.

Aroma is a nose full of lush and rounded banana mush mixing with some apple and pear notes. Soggy clove and lemon rinds add some nice spicy aspects.

Taste is a well formed, paled tone of wheaty soggy sweetness of soft bread dough smooshed in with some undertone of banana and pear jam. Slightly crispy snap of spice and wheat germ dance into the end as it grabs airy yeastyness and light feathery spices while regrabbing more wheat texture and flavors late into the finish.

Body is about medium with an ease of soft supple smoothness the whole way through letting the flavors create its own ride of chewy wheaty tones, sweet and tangy dulled fruit, and airy spices. Its seemingly simple yet bold enough to keep it all in a nice Weizenbock balance.

A very solid brew and drinkable to a nice fashion of soft wheaty treats. If you enjoy a good wheat beer then this will probably satisfy that craving.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a hazy gold color with tons of carbonation and a huge white head. Pleasant aroma of banana, spice, and wheat. I enjoyed the taste, but did not think the aroma translated all the way into the taste: a little on the mild side. Medium-bodied, and a good beer to drink on a warm late spring day.

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Plank Bavarian Heller Weizenbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.92 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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