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Hopf Dunkle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 82
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds exceptionally well but leaves only minor lacing considering the style. Light brown sugar and soft red berries dominate the aroma with only subtle hints of banana and a gentle clove-like spice appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. The flavor delivers a beautiful combination of soft maltiness and gentle fruitiness (berries, apples, bananas). It's very well-balanced by a soft bitterness, and it finishes dry with a short note of fruity yeast. Quite nice! It's weizen yeast character is somewhat restrained, offering a bit more drinkability. Certainly on-par with the better known brands and well worth trying. (823 characters)

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- lively, fresh, complex

color- deep amber brown

clarity- clear

smell- hint of hop, fresh pear and banana

body- medium-full

appearance- off-white head

overall impression- lively beer, firm and smooth with a restrained dryness

notes- solid beer (255 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright amber brown and sits a murky, dark reddish-brown with a large light tan head. Leaves a solid, thick blanket of head all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Nice, wheat filled aroma filled with toasty hints of caramel and toffee. Mild fruit balance of pears and raisins. Light grassy hints in the background.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with, nice toasty malt flavors. Nice apple-like sourness builds up and introduces a solid hop bitterness that boasts nice grassy flavors. Some fruity notes of sweet apples, mild bananas and a sprinkle of fresh squeezed orange juice. Finish is well bittered with a nice toasty aftertaste and lingering fruit flavors.

Crisp in the mouth with some nice smooth sides to it. Good carbonation in a medium body.

Another solid beer from Hopf. Flavors are quite similar to the Helle, just with an added touch of toastiness. Easy drinking on all corners, a solid session beer. (940 characters)

Photo of gmcfarre
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap @ the Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas.

A - Almost porter-esque in its dark brown color and appearance. Minimal head.

S - The smell is a nice lemony sweet scent with clove aspects. The malt definitely stands out the most.

T - Tart & fruity with a tongue tingling feel. The lemony scent sticks around for an appearance on your taste buds. This is very refreshing.

M - Well carbonated yet smooth after the initial burst.

D - Quite drinkable, but the fruitiness could wear on me after more than one. (520 characters)

Photo of eggland
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tops Liquor, Phoenix, AZ

a - nice dark brown

s - clean, not too much on fragrances

t - smooth, a clean light dark beer, not too much of a kicker.

m - clean and nice

d - very easy going down, always a pleasure...

This was my first Hopf, I will try others! (261 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very pretty radiant but cloudy brown in color with a big, quickly-rising head. The foam is a darkish white and goes perfectly with the beautiful liquid color.

Smell – This is the real deal. The dark, doughy yeast reminds me of the years I lived in Germany consuming large quantities of Dunkles Weizen. I just love the heavily-toasted malt aroma and the rich, German yeast.

Taste – The wonderful yeast from the nose finds itself to the taste. There’s a small hint of banana but otherwise the flavors mirror the aroma.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied but filling with a classic fluffy mouthfeel and a mild, lingering fruity sweetness.

Drinkability – I had no problem emptying my Weihenstephaner glass. (741 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz Brown returnable (at least in Germany) bottle. No apparent freshness dating.

The beer pours a dark coco brown with a chiffon like tan head.

Nose is of wheat malt, subdued banana and spices (clove and pepper).

The taste is very similar to the smell. Earthy malt flavor that kind of reminds me of a nice porter, but lots of spice and banana to remind you it’s a weise. I like this one a lot and I’m sure even a lemon would not effect the taste of this one. Very well balanced through out the beer. Slight smoke flavor emerges about ½ way.

Great mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Very easy to drink, this is a perfect session beer. Would be a great compliment to simple foods like fresh grilled fish or a nice salad.

This is a nice find and one I will be going back to. Purchased at Sam’s in Downers Grove for $1.79. What a bargain! (900 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - A massive pillowy head with no intent to subside sit over a very cloudy deep brown brew.

S - Faint bananas, caramel, cloves, hints of pears and faint earthy yeast.

T - A deep earthy malty flavor with a hint of cloves and very faint chicory. The aftertaste is a strong earthy malty bitterness. It is nice.

M - A tad astringent, medium to thick body. Refreshing.

D - A nice brew. Malty and pleasant, very true to style. If I crave a dunkel, I will likely have this again. (477 characters)

Photo of Ungespundet
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery was bought out by Hacher-Pschorr a year or so ago. No worries here though there Biers are still as good as they were before.

Pours up a billowy,creamy fine bubbled head that tops a hazy tea colored bier. Could be a bit darker... The aroma features an upfront fruitiness of bubblegum, bannana, pears and apple. The malt is sweet and toasted. The yeast give the whole thing a nice bready aroma. I like a little more dark malt character. The flavor is sweet up front fades quickly to a mellow bitterness. Fruity yeast by-products greet you upfront and are followed by a slightly toasted caremell flavor. Again for me I prefer a little more roast and robustness from the dark malts. With that said it is a wonderfull dunkles Weissbier!

Zum wohl!!! (758 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather decent Dunkleweisse, but nothing special. pours ark brown with offwhite head. Nose is fairly active with some traditional banana/clove of the regular Hefe, but also some fresh baked brownbread maltiness. Palate is somewhat thin bodied, but the fruity flavors come through as well. Nothing spectacular but not worth passing up either. (340 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Weissbrau Hopf Stuberl in Miesbach, Germany, on the first day of my Sep, 2001 trip. Cloudy, dark brown to copper in color, with a large, creamy head. Plenty of pleasant banana and clove aromas. Drawbacks were the body, which was a bit thin; and the bier was somewhat rough on the tongue. Real nice flavor, though, with malty sweetness coupled with more banana/clove. It smooths out as it warms....

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy brown color with a thick billowing head. Really good lacing. Aroma is basically predominantly bananna with some roasted malt. The body is medium. Good carbonation. The flavor is a combination of soft chocolate malt with wheat beer fruitiness. It's very well balanced. A good dark wheat beer. (304 characters)

Photo of Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real hazy brown color with a straw hue. Has a biege three inch head with lots of finite carb action.

Has a bready, toasted, nutty, malt smell with banana and bubblegum in the background. With a grassy, resin, and orange hops aroma.

Has a toasted/roasted wheat grain and barley malt taste with caramel and some banana. Lime flavored esters and butter are in the mix.

Medium bodied, buttery and watery/resin feel, fizzy and lively carbonation, with a hint of a chalky finish.

A different taste from a different region in Germany, a good session dunkelwiezen. (568 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruised dark cherry with bright orange peel edges. Even though I don't see a whole slew of bubbles, the head rushed up to the glass edge quickly and made me moderate my pour. The cap is lightly toasted almond in color and whipped creamy in consistency. A little more lace would be great, but Dunkle Weisse still looks good enough to drink.

The classic nose keeps things on the right track. Moderately dark wheaty with elements of banana and clove, it's all here. I'm amazed that the beer is as aromatic as it is since I'm still separated from it by two fingers of froth after a spirited second pour.

The flavor is more or less reflective of the nose. The beer tastes like lightly toasted barley and tangy wheat flecked with oven-toasted nuts. The mixture of sweet, sour and bitter (in roughly that order) is nice as well, especially since no one of those flavor sensations overpowers the others.

If I'm not mistaken, Hopf Helle Weisse had an especially estery yeast strain. I don't know that I'd go quite that far here, although I'm sure that both beers use the exact same yeast. Maybe it's just that banana isn't quite as prominent given the dunkelness of this beer. In any case, DW earns a respectable (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. Just enough clove spice is in evidence to keep all flavor elements in balance.

The thing that keeps this beer from competing with the Weihenstephaners and the Ayingers of the world is its body. That and not quite enough flavor/complexity of flavor, a direct result of the too-light mouthfeel, I believe. While it isn't overly light, it lacks creaminess and the feel that the carbonation imparts is less than inspired.

Hopf Dunkle Weisse is a good effort and is one of the better, more drinkable versions of the style that I've had in quite a while. It's hefe weizen brother is no slouch either. Both are easy recommendations. (1,890 characters)

Photo of chickencoop
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- deep brown with a chunky thick guinness tan head.
S - chocalate banana, much sweeter than I expected.
T - typical weiss with a malty overtone, a little watery on the M - mouthfeel, but very balanced and a clean finish.
This is a very D - drinkable beer, and a grat option for weiss drinker that want the malt, solid beer. (326 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer blillows up with a big, thick, tan head that is slightly creamy and slightly rough at the same time. The head is stiff and long lasting atop the dark brownish-red beer. The beer is darker and cloudier than I would expect from a wheat beer. No light comes through even when backlit. This is a very pretty beer to look at.

Smell: Light banana aroma with a sweetness and spiciness covering over a wheaty malt aroma.

Taste: Wow, so many things to describe in this beer. It's tangy, sweet, and spicy all at the same time. There is a chewy maltiness that blends with a candy sweetness and some citrusy flavors reminiscent of tangerines. Other flavors include a light peppery flavor and some clean apple. This beer is sweet all around with a slightly watery middle that I really feel at the top of my palate. The malt flavor mellows towards the end. There are no truly potent flavors in this beer but they all come together well. There is a very light and barely detectable roasty flavor at the end of the of the beer that makes it finish well.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation with a clean, dry, and sandy feel.

Drinkability: Good but not great. For such a dark colored beer the flavor is very light. (1,262 characters)

Photo of tetonka4kzoo
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown aggressive pour from bottle in pint glass. Tan colored two finger head.

A pleasant wheat smell. Smells nutty and sweet.

A nice balance of wheat and hops. It has a roasted nutty taste. Sweet banana and malts add to the fruitiness.

Medium-bodied and kind of creamy. It's a tasty and drinkable dunkel. Came recommended from Tiffany's. (345 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic German bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a firm tan head, good retention and lace. A nice looking dunkelweisse.

S: Great bready German malt with bubblegum and clove.

T: Good malt flavour, not as complex as I thought'd be from the nose. Nice clove and herbal play mid-palate, but very much a malt driven beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad chalky with a nice little acidity. Easy but firm carbonation.

O: The early promise of the nose was a letdown in the taste, but this is still a solid beer. The price is a problem, it's pretty much the most expensive dunkelweisse on the shelf, and it's not the best so it's hard to make it a repeat buy even though I like the beer. (685 characters)

Photo of monkeybeer
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours cloudy medium boron with a nice head, and almost no lacing.

S- Smell is a mix of a lot of aromas wheat, banana, dried fruits and also sweet characteristics.

T/M- Very mild with not bitterness definite taste of banana and clove

D- Very drinkable, nice balanced wheat would defiantly buy this one again. There might be some better Dunkles out there but this is one not to pass up. (390 characters)

Photo of NoahSYGG
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is average for a wheat beer, golden brown darker than most hefeweizen. Aroma of the beer gives off hints of fresh banana bread and date nut bread. Not overpowering but very pleasant.

Front is very sweet, with a light taste of banana and a very slight taste of alcohol that is surprisingly pleasant and mixes well with the beer. A big banana flavor with a citrus mixed in for the mid palate and a nice yeasty finish.

This beer was recommended to me at Bierkraft in Brooklyn and I must say it does not disappoint. Overall this is an excellent beer and I recommend it to anyone who likes hefeweizens. (612 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brownish amber in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of banana, clove and wheat in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has some associated sweetness and caramel flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; it is quite sessionable. (555 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours into my Weizen glass an amberish brown with a high slightly tannish off white head that billows above the rim.

It smells darker and fruitier than a normal hefe. But underneath that amped up fruitiness is the classic banana and clove combo.

It tastes lightly nutty and roasty with also the banana and clove and a hint of lemon. Pretty much normal hefe with a dash of dark malt flavors. It is very tasty.

The mouthfeel could be better, it is a bit on the watery side and sould use more of that full creamy weizen bier texture.

Overall this is a solid brew, I don't see it around much but it is pretty good. (629 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown brew.

Smell is a big whiff of dunkel bananas and bubble gum. Other smells like spices are present too.

Taste is mostly spice. Not to sweet and the Banana taste practically punches you in the nose.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Very drinkable, just it isn't the top beer of its kind. (311 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint, 0.9 fl.oz [500ml] brown glass bottle. Compared to the two other bottles I picked up (the Helle Weiße and Weißer Bock), the Dunkle Weiße has a generic appearance. The Dunkle Weiße has a cream colored label with a dark brown border with a color coordinated crown cap. The neck label has the words ‘Dunkle Weiße Wheat Beer’. The Main label has the word ‘Hopf’ in large black font with the words ‘Helle Weiße’ underneath in brown text. No strength or freshness listed, but I know this was fresh to the Store.

Appearance: Dark brown, but lucid with a light haze. Massive tan head when first poured into my 0,5l sahm Erdinger Glass, and appropriate vessel I thought. Lots of finely dissolved carbon dioxide in this one, nice supportive levels of conditioning in this one. Some light lacing after each swallow but it slides down back into the liquid mass after a short pause and bolsters the head which has good staying power throughout.

Nose: Smells a little like the whiff you get when you open those little packets of brown sugar before you pout the contents into your Coffee. Malty nose with some sweet caramel traits. Some banana-toffee and very light hint of cloves in the back end with a very delicate hint of malty-aniseed.

Taste: Malty start with some light toffee and caramel. Fruity middle with a delicate banana and clove balance. Chewy tastes that are not thick but they are wholesome. Delicate bitterness and a light spice feel in the short yeasty malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Rather average feel, nothing surprising given its Wheat Beer style and 5% alcohol by volume. It starts crisp and clean then builds into a creamy feel as the beer is swirled and swallowed.

Drinkability: Nothing heavy about this one, so it is rather easily drinkable, but even with its average body, the creamy malty feel means that it can also adequately accompany a sharp cheese sandwich late on a night.

Overall: Cost $2.59 for the bottle, as indeed did all three of the Hopfs I picked up recently. A tasty brew, better than most. (2,063 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish with a long taste of caramel that really just drives it home. (484 characters)

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Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.