Bavarian Heller Doppelbock | Brauerei Michael Plank

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by putnam on 08-25-2007

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Ratings:
49
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
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Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16.9 OZ bottle into a pint glass Aroma-Malt, floral and citrus accents Appearance- A nice murky golden amber with a small white head Taste- A nice malt flavor with that hint of floral follow through. Palate- a full bodied beer with mild carbonation that ends dry Overall- this is an excellent beer with I would definitely drink it again This is a nicely balanced souped up Helles bock. Alcohol adds some warmth, but barely dents the high drinkability.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16.9 0z bottle at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing none
Body medium brown, hazy
Flavor begins with slightly sweet malt, ends with just a touch of bitterness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

A really smooth, easy drinking doppelbock with the alcohol totally hidden.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Downer's Grove, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger bock glass

Brauerei Michael Plank has another solid beer in its portfolio with its medium-dark doppelbock. The beer is a solid representation of the style, with its own unique emphasis on figs and dessert-like breads. The only drawback is the somewhat steep $6 price for a 16oz bottle.

Pours a 2cm head of fairly small, dense bubbles. Head color is off-white or very light tan, diminishing to a very fine cap atop the glass, but leaving little lacing while doing so. Body is a dark copper color when out of the light, and when held up to a lamp, presents a lighter copper with orange-yellow highlights. Body is somewhat hazy with noticeable particulate matter at the bottom of the glass. Carbonation is still visible and appears to be quite active.

Aroma of sweet, fairly intense caramel and lightly toasted malts alongside a perfect replica of dried fig scent. I also detect, secondarily, dates, pureed raisins, and pleasant fruit-bread scents, a bit like whole wheat bread with a bit of banana and cinnamon to it. This sets things up for what should be a pleasant, sweet-style doppelbock.

Taste is of heavy maltiness, emphasis on caramel and lightly toasted malts giving this a sweet, caramel, dessert bread flavor. Obvious tastes pointing to dried figs, dates, and a few raisins. No chocolate or blackened flavors, as this is a lighter, sweeter doppelbock. Slight bit of ethanol on the back of the tongue, a bit surprising for a 7.8% beer that's also loaded with malt.

The beer is medium-heavy bodied, with enough carbonation to make this pleasurably foam up on the palate, yielding a pillowy mouthfeel.

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Photo of brheuer
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Antnyd82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Ego
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
sizzle audio, crackling embers fade, a near jail break of carbo races up from the bottom like cabbage patch buyers on xmas in days of old, the head, once robust, now fades into typical beer male pattern hair loss, a light and clean chestnut hue, easily peered through, nothing about this grabs the bull by the shorts, and it is not as bad as that weird old aunt who always had to kiss you on the lips, in translation it is quite plain.

nose...
stale-ish/dry euro hops (a description, not a detriment mind you), bready caramel tones from the malt, slight (ever so) hints of roasty-ness are creeping around the edges like a peeping myspace tom, like the look this does not wow or hurt, right down the middle she goes...

taste etc...
dopplebock .. light? I can see why the hyphen name is there, it really is a blend, you get initial notes of DB roast and then it finishes like a sweeter helles, the body is medium so it does not betray the styles involved in this coitus of beer-us, after a minute the dry euro hops settle in with almost a twinge of ash flavor, it coats the tongue well and drinks very smooth, the carbonation is spot on carrying this well into the well that is my belly, the ABV just brushes by your shoulder with a whisper, this is pretty good, not a stunner

verdict?
not bad, an interesting take on the style but not a great take, a solidly brewed beer but just not the shizniziest of shizzness

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Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with a cream/tan head. Some sticky lace. Lots of floaties in this one, even some chill haze. Note: Bottle on this one is heavy -- I like this.

Deep sugary raisin-like aroma. This screams doppelbock.

Brown sugar,, sweet fruit with some booze. I almost get a maple-like depth to this. This is incredibly smooth beer. A level of sweetness that lingers beyond the malt that is incredible. Turns toffee-like with some alcohol and fruit and buttered sugar.

Medium-full bodied, Ok carbonation.

Overall, I liked this the more I drank it. The sugars and complexity of sweetness, malt, fruit, sugar, malt, etc. make this a fine example of the style. A smooth complex beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eh, what is this beer? Not sure what to expect, so I'll just drink it--quite an idea.

Pours light gold, or orange, or dark yellow. Not really pinning this down. Off white head, some lacing, but mostly slick.

Sweet aroma, almost syrupy. Honey dipped raisins, maybe. A bit spicy. Toasted malt. Not quick a Maibock, definitely not a Doppel

while the flavors aren't bad, they don't really commit to anything. Semi sweet, some spice, some toasted biscuit. Raisin and honey, sweet grass. They just kind of mill around like a bunch of lolligaggers.

Not a bad beer, just lacks commitment. More hops would help. Or more roasting...more something

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Photo of zeff80
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, burgundy color with a one-finger, egg-shell white head of foam. It had okay retention and left minimal lacing.

S - Aroma is almost nothing. Some mild maltiness and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet malt, caramel and clove. There was a mild yeasty character, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale that finishes quite dry.

D - This is a very interesting maibock. Not much aroma but it tasted pretty good.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold into a imperial pint glass.

Even allowing the beer to settle, upon popping the cap, the sediment immediately rises into suspension. So it has a hazy redish color with creamy white head. The cap lasts a long time and leaves some lacing behind.

Aroma is bready, yeasty and fruity. Pleasant overall and suitable for the style.

Flavor is more of the same - nice malt base with mild hops. Caramel apples and toasted wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation. The alcohol is present but not as strong as 7.8% would suggest.

Overall a decent version but not the best.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 0.5l bottle a few weeks back at Half Time. Cost was $4.99, plus the usual added costs...

I poured this into a half-litre stange, save for about 2oz of sediment-infused liquid. It was an orangey, apricot hued bier, with some light haze. Being termed a "Heller Doppelbock" seems like an oxymoron. Either a Hellbock or a Doppel, eh? Color seems to be more of a Hellbock, as most Doppels I've had are chestnut/mahogany in color, or darker. Styled here as a Mai/Hellbock, despite the labels proclamation of being a DBock. In the end? Macht nichts! Some of the yeasties have already slipped past the guards at the door, and sit in suspension within the bier. Head is a fine layer of white bubbles, most of which sit at the rim. Nose finds some bready malts hanging with a bit of floral hoppage. Body is solidly entrenched in the middle, with a fairly smooth tongue-passage for the brew.

Taste has some light sweetness, with bready malts being right there. Some honey flavors are present, along with light fruits, like apple and pear. Hops are there, too, with lightly floral characteristics showing up at the finish, which is a bit dry. Pretty good, all-in-all, and one I could drink for the duration of an evening. Zum Wohl!!

4.05
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head. Clean malty aroma with some noble hops. Body on the lighter side with a bready malt base. Nice crisp noble hop bite. Very drinkable. Dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A conservative pour left a 3-finger, off-white head that settled to a pillowy, 1-1/2 fingers and leaves fluffy, sticky spots on the side of the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-orange with medium carbonation.

S- Initially, it gave the impression of floral hops and raw bread/pizza dough. With some warmth, it becomes sugary sweet. I'm thinking of something like that sweet, Hawaiian bread.

T- It's a good mix of bready malts and spicy hops at first sip. Things end up a little on the sweet side as the hops take a back seat with a little warmth. I might mistake it for a well-made Euro strong lager (minus any adjuncts) or an Imperial Pils.

M- It's a little chewy/grainy in the mouth. There's a slight bite from the carbonation and a hint of alcohol tickle that becomes more pronounced as the beer gets closer to room temp.

D- It's a tasty treat, but the alcohol will sneak up on you, especially in the larger bottle. I don't know that I could drink a second in a sitting, but I'd drink it again. It's decently priced, so it might hit the spot when looking for something with a bit of a kick.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

1 pint sized bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange color that produced an ample white bubbly head that has good retention.

(S)- Very malty; sweet with a spicy apple breadiness. A little lemon.

(T)- Malty; extremely malty with a spicy note combined with a caramel & toffee sweetness. Finishes slightly dry.

(M)- Great carbonation level & balance. Sweet, but not overly so. Rather crisp.

(D)- Man, this is really filling! It really sticks to your bones. However, it is a solid bock with everything where it should be.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice somewhat hazy (from sediment or something - not bothersome) amber with a fairly thick and persistent white head. Crisp aroma is mainly malty with an undertone of fruit. Flavor is richly malty with hints of apple and banana and just a touch of caramel. Texture is sharp, tingly and fizzy.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a wonderful german blend of beer that makes for a excellent euro strong lager. golden reddish with a smaller head... nose of apple caramel, booze, honey. palate of bright fruit with a mild leather smokey sour quality. and caramel sweet bitter finish. not particularly acidic. mellow but bread with an effort to be quite rich... probably even better aged about a year or two which seems sort of unconventional.

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Bavarian Heller Doppelbock from Brauerei Michael Plank
3.69 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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