Brewed by Brauerei Plank Laaber
Style: German Hefeweizen
Laaber, Germany
Serve in Weizen


on tap

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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Amber-colored top-fermented yeasty beer with lots of malted wheat. Sprtizy, light in taste with a lightly fruity aroma and pleasant, well-rounded hop notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Obtained from Jungle Jims. Pours hazy dark golden with a mostly receding wispy off-white head. Ur-weisse coloring. Aroma of sweet yeasty cloves, honey, banana, melon. Taste is sweet and yeasty with notes of white grape, banana. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lush carbonation. Very enjoyable hefe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2007
2007 (assumed) bottle from Downeast Beverages, drunk on 8/4/07
Big, creamy, white head is rocky and leaves moderate lacing. Pale golden color has hay and maize tints, with tiny bubbles and plentiful sediment on the bottom. Clarity is medium to medium-high (I dont mix the sediment in). Strong retention.
Lovely crisp, hoppy, light nose is full of vivacious herbs and spices, with strong wheat character and only minimal bubble gum. It seems like a light take on the style, but thatís fine and all the more enjoyable because the light aroma notes (soft spices/herbs, light esters and clean water) are all abundant. Very minimal vanilla, and mostly a light, somewhat grainy barley character to the base malts, with moderate sweetness. No alcohol or flaws.
Highly effervescent carbonation for the style, especially being that itís bottled, though manageably tight, really helps sap the sweetness and highlights a flavorful mineral element to the beer, with succulent spices emanating from the hops (lemongrass, starfruit, wildflowers, lilacs) and a surprising lack of wheat blandness/chewiness/heaviness (whatever you want to call it). The malts are fresh and grainy, adding to the crisp, dry, drinkable nature of the beer. With warming, honey-cream sweetness emerges, in moderation, to give a bit more substance/body to the beer, as the carbonation simultaneously subsides. Clove and banana are present but modest. Terrific yeast! Much like Weihenstephanerís. Canít wait to try the others from Plank!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2007
50cL bottle guzzled on 8/24/07. Pours a deep cloudy almost copper color with some of the sexiest head Iíve ever seen on a Hefe, quite a few chunks though. Nice and banana-y with noticeable bitterness in the finish. Damn refreshing for those 90F days with 85% humidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Bottle courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, effervescent orange-brown color; foamy, off-white head with great retention and large-bubbled lacing. Plenty of wheat and wet malts and citrus in the aroma; a slight, drying presence of cloves. Nice, full presence in the mouth: lively carbonation and citrus at the perimeter of the tongue, giving a crisp, almost sharp initial presence; the core is chewy, showing cloves and further citrus and fruits, but maintains a strong drinkability; this strikes a good balance. Medium, wet malt and clove finish; ends on the dry side of things.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Bottle from Styles. Hazy light amber/pale body with a large rocky beige head. The aroma is lightly sweet, bready malts with estery yeast and a touch of caramel. Flavor is lightly sweet, light caramel, some herbal hops, banana and cloves. Medium body is soft with gentle carbonation. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2007
A lot more banana than clove. Quite strong in wheatiness with a lot of banana throughout. Coats the mouth entirely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5368) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Sample from a bottle @ Riverís Bend. Thanks Matt! Pours a cloudy dark golden color with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a lasting crown. The aroma is wheat grass, light bananas, cloves, and a touch of citrus. The flavor is pretty much the same. I pick up citrus early that gives way to the bananas and cloves, before moving on to the drier yeasty finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 16, 2007
500 ml bottle from Cellars Wine and Spirits on Larpenteur, Roseville MN (June 2007), served at cellar temperature in a Ramstein weizen glass. Somewhat strange to look at: the usual giant head, fairly persistent, white and fluffy, but the body is almost clear even when I shake some yeast into it, much darker than usual (dark amber).....aroma is much subtler than many, banana-touched sourdough, light wheaty notes and faint but growing spiciness, a bit of clovy applesauce, delightful.....the body is light, refreshing, creamy-smooth, with noticeable but nicely judged estery & yeasty qualities, for once we have a beer that tastes just exactly as Iíd expect it to from the nose, my only complaint being that it could be a bit more tart and dry at the finish, and the low-ish carbonation lends it a bit of a syrupy feel. Still this is fine stuff, and I canít wait to try the Heller Weizenbock next...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2007
Odd hefe color, murky dark golden, almost amber, huge white head. Alot going on in the aroma, just not enough ooomph. Yeast and banana, clove, faint bubblegum. Flavor starts with a quick yeasty note, fades to banana and clove through the middle and finish. Slight phenolic character. Again much like the aroma, no ooomph. Really dries out in the finish. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3084) - Georgia, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Cloudy amber, although the yeast had settled, so it took a little work to stir it up. The aroma has a bit too much phenolic character. Good wheatiness, fairly tart in the finish. The classic yeasty flavors and aromas are milder than the best hefeweizens.

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