Brauerei Michael Plank

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #80
Ranked #15,914
4.01 | pDev: 13.47%
Brauerei Michael Plank
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superspak from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 12/14/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts the whole glass; beautiful appearance. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a lot of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, floral, pepper, grass, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, light honey, floral, grass, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, light honey, floral, grass, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a bit. Very nicely balanced hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is an excellent pilsner style! All around great balance of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 19, 2013
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large head that settles with a solid, distinctive dome. Leaves some chunky spots on the glass. Hazy enough to appear whitish yellow.

Light barely toasted, grainy aroma. A touch of sweetness to the nose.

Much drier than the smell. There's also a surprising hop bitterness in the swallow. This starts with a pale malt base--slightly raw. Short aftertaste. Full bodied for a pilsner.

Overall, I like the complexity.

Oct 13, 2012
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

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

1PT.9FL.OZ dark brown bottle.
Served in a SA perfect pint glass.
It pours a hazy golden color with a 2" snow-white head made up mostly of medium-sized frothy bubbles that fades to a thin rim after a few gulps. Some sticky and patchy lacing lasts throughout.
A smell of fresh cut hay rises instantly. A little grain, mowed lawn, citrus zest and hint of minty herbs follow close behind.
The edgy flavors are certainly hop and hard water forward. A crisp metallic tang pings and pops all available taste bud sensors. A bit of grapefruit rind provides some real zesty brightness. A hint of lemon grass mingles with a light grainy malt taste.
There's an almost salty taste/sensation in the finish. A distant flavor of gin is in the breath.
This is a welcome brew to refresh the body and soul after a strenuous workout.

Jul 11, 2012
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falloutsnow from Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.
No "bottled on date," just a code with "93393"
Poured into an old 12oz pint glass on a thick glass column

The pour produces a 3cm head of off-white foam, composed of medium-sized bubbles. This descends over a minute or two to a thick ring around the glass with some scattered islands serving as a cap atop the body. Generous lacing as head declines. Body is a cloudy maize or dull golden color away from the light, when held up a point source, there's a gradation of colors from pale yellow to pale orange-gold, very much like a summer sunset here in Illinois.

Aroma is classically bright, full of semi-tart pale/light malt sweetness, floral and grassy hops, slight orange/grapefruit citrus, graininess, and hay.

Opens with bright, light sweetness from lighter colored malts, which is followed closely by equally bright, spicy, floral and grassy continental hop choices. Just slightly vinous. By mid-palate, malt adds both cracker and biscuit flavors alongside mildly bitter hop flavors, still bright and fairly light. Finish of strong, sweet malts, floral and bitter/spicy hops. Aftertaste of faint malt sweetness and very mild hop bitterness and spiciness.

Carbonation is strong, but fitting for the medium body. The resultant feel is an effervescence that pairs well with the bright, showy aroma and taste.

I have been drinking winter and christmas ales quite a bit recently, and it was relieving to have this pilsener to go to.

Dec 30, 2011
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rtepiak from Poland

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a particularly zesty zwickel beer in that there is a ubiquitous amount of hop to coordinate with the protein grit. too cloudy for a pilsner. very sticky head. pour is a nice head without consistent carbonation coming up but a nice feel. nice brisk feel. better then most in drinkability... and i mean across the board. mellows out into lemon zest. nose of equal parts lemon grass and pine hints. palate is a good level of dry and protein creamy. nice dandelion green bitter. lemon, some straw notes and the your general grassy pilsner brisk. nice floral dry aftertaste that lingers. great zwickel/pils another augmented german for the change your perspective on german beer in a delicate way made by plank.

Nov 05, 2011
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A common flavor spread among German Lagers. Grainy, grassy, floral, spicy, bready, and yeasty- all trade turns laying emphasis on the palate in true and traditional German form.

Pouring a medium golden, light amber color with a slight haze (more as subsequent pours are made from the bottle). But the story in appearance is with the lace. The strong white foam has a creamy texture and leaves impressive patterns of lace along the sides of the glass as the beer falls.

Mild aromas are predominantly of malt- true pilsner malt with low-lying grain scent, mild vegetal notes, but a rich malt chracter similar to Pilsner Urquell. Only a mild yeasty spice character accompanies the malt in the nose.

Medium flavors of malt offer a blend of bread and pilsner sweetness in a very clean and controlled portrayal. Spicy hops give a mild floral flavor that remainds me of honeysuckle. Soft powdery sweetness of confectioner's sugar and a strong but clean hop bitterness gains intensity toward finish and allowing for a clean and crisp balance at finish.

Again, the medium stride is met in body as well. Malt creaminess governs the first half of the sip while mild alcohol warmth and light grassy bite helps to dry the finish and further emphasize the crispness in the end.

A very well made Pilsner with superb malt flavor and body. If the hop spice and bitterness carries a bit more floral character in nose and initial flavor, it could be much better.

Aug 12, 2011
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Haybeerman from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold/straw color. Poured a 4 finger lumpy white head with excellent retention to a 2 finger cap. Decanted lightly. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, crackery malt. Muted floral and spice character. Faint tropical fruit.

T: Very much like the nose. Citrus and tropical fruit blend with the noble hops in the finish nicely.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Not as active as most Pils. Surprisingly smooth since its not as fizzy as most. Nice balance in the finish to make it refreshing.

O: Nice malt character, but certainly not one-dimensional as has some noble hop characteristics and citrus/fruit

Jul 28, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow color with a two finger frothy, pillowy white head that has excellent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. The glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.

Floral, earthy aroma with lots of grass hops and straw along with some pale malt notes and light fruit. Hints of biscuit, hay, apple and pear. The hop presence is really nice, countering the sweeter notes.

Medium bodied with a nice crisp hop bite up front that lingers over the pilsner malts into a slightly dry finish. The grassy hops add some nice dry bitterness without overpowering the other notes. Pilsner malt backbone with hints of straw, biscuit and subtle light fruit, mostly apple. Not quite as complex as the aroma suggests but it's still pretty flavorful and refreshing.

Jul 08, 2011
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Plank beer, and I've heard good things about it. I'm going in accordance to style mostly on this one (as i usually do anyway)

Pours a light straw, but not quite as pale as others in this style. Head is a bit soapy, not as dense or rich as I would like to see

Spicy and floral in the nose, some sweetness in the background.

while the noble hops are noticeable, they don't define the beer. Citrus flavors are a bit faded and more tropical fruit characteristics comes out. Not that this is bad, just a touch different. It does lack a zip that I usually get from German Pils. Solid offering, and I'd love to try it fresh

May 23, 2011
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jamie2dope from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Always pumped to try examples of authentic German Pils. This one was left in the freezer for a bit too long, so there are some tiny, partially frozen pieces of beer floating around here and there. Nose is a mix of fresh grains, cooked vegetables, hint of grape skin, and nice balance of malt and hops. Tasty combination of the smells can be tasted as well. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very refreshing. Alcohol is quite low, and is not apparent in the flavor at all. Drinkability is about as good as it gets within this style. This is an exceptional example of a German Pilsner. Plank remains one of my favorite German breweries.

Jan 08, 2011
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cpolking from Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden color with a generous head that laces as it dissolves. The aroma is of slightly sweet, fresh, dry grain, with a hint of the common pilsner "musk." It tastes as it smells with a crisp, refreshing and bitter hop finish. A nice, very tasty German pils.

Nov 03, 2010
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tubacharlie from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light hop, fresh citrus Pils aroma. Two-finger head when poured full throttle down the side of a half liter plus glass stein. Settles to a thin layer of foam with small bubbles and some lacing. A bright yellow color when illuminated, muted by a bit of haziness from bottle conditioning, but still relatively clear.

Smooth, refined flavor and carbonation. Just the right bitterness in the middle of the palate and a lingering hint in the aftertaste. Full of flavor with notes of orange peel. How I imagine the original Pilsner may have been experienced, unlike modern macro Pilsner Urquell, which is clean filtered and hard to distinguish from many others.

Not sure what's with the name though - an old world style Pilsner? Need to ask somebody that is familiar with old high German, or ask Michael Plank.

Mar 20, 2010
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