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


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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours cloudy golden with a good size white head. Aroma of banana, clove, spices, citrus, and dusty hops. The flavor is slightly sweet, clove, spices, citrus, banana, with mild traces of bitterness. Good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slayer85 (1051) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 30, 2007
Bottled (5% ABV). A less than usual hazy dark golden beer with a huge and persistent white head. The aroma is malty and yeasty with notes of bubble gum, cloves and wheat. The flavour is quite sweet, and has notes of wheat and yeast with light spiciness and fruitiness. Light to medium body, high carbonation, some acidity and light bitterness in the finish, though I find there are more hops than usual for the style. Less filling (at least for me) than many other hefeweizen and so more drinkable. I am not a big fan of the style bit I really appreciate this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
20071022 1pt 9oz bottle. if Ringo was around, hed dig this beer. most of what I hope for in a German hefeweizen is in this glass. Appearance, head, yadda, yadda - it looks like a hefe (should) look. Aroma is surprisingly pleasing with standard banana and clove spice, some presence of citrus, and more importantly, some very distinctive notes of leather, antique store, aging tapestry, and bold grass/straw. In fact, more than anything it reminds me of sweetgrass (or maybe Caribbean woven hats/bags). Also present on the nose are some melon rind hints and an unfortunate spritz of dms. Body is medium-light, beautifully spritzy, and a touch sticky. Flavor is less interesting than aroma but still quite nice with the standard hefe fare of banana, clove, and mild tartness, but thats just the front of the sip. From middle to finish there is an assertive tartness that kicks in, medium leafy earthiness, and an spple skin astringency. The yeast is present throughout but never overdone in its sourness or fruit influence. The finish is dry, yeasty, and with some notes of black pepper. This stuff is excellent and almost all I hope for in a hefeweizen. Kudos to Plank for yet another outstanding example in their lineup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (13613) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2007
(50cl bottle) Crystal clear amber body with white head that mostly dissipates. Aroma is moderately sweet, cotton candy, banana, faint clove. Taste is medium sweet, cotton candy, some banana. Effervescent light-medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
frankenkitty (2007) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Pours a perfect mid-amber body with mild effervescence, opaque-hazed, under an unstoppable, creamy off-white head which falls in rocky peaks. Nose of banana, clove, honeydew, shoe leather and a splash of sulfur. Rather flat bodied with only a tickle of carbonation to offset a heavy presence. Lemony/sour milk tartness under a base of wheaty flavors. More banana and spices afterwards while organic bitters linger in a chalky finish. I bid adieu to Hefes like this as autumn now sets in...

P.S. Sorry Carl, I didnt realize you hadnt tried this before I cracked it open.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12479) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours hazy and lightly cloudy brown with a large, frothy, off-white head, mostly lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (hay, straw, nutty), average hops (herbs, grass), heavy yeast (horse blanket, earth, leaves) with notes of banana. Medium bodied, sticky texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness.

   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 (6100) - Boston, 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 thats 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 its 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 Weihenstephaners. Cant 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 Ive 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.

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