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Hopf Dunkle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 83
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-13-2002

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bomber, no freshness date.
Pours out cloudy caramel color, with a 2" tan head.
Caramel aromas mixed with some banana and wheat, a little sourness in there too.
Flavors are mostly tart lemon, with a little chalkyness, and some spice.
eh, just okay.

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Photo of ronniebruner
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those beers that look and smell great, but when you actually try to drink it, it leaves a bit to be desired. It pours a beautiful golden brown color, has an excellent malty aroma as well. But when you drink it, the taste is bitter and it is very chunky beer. I was a bit disappointed in this one, but hey, it could of been alot worse!

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Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost a stout color. Creamy head, cappuccino colored.
At the smell a decent weizen, with banana notes, malt, wheat, cloves. Besides the appearance, it can seem almost a regular weizen hell.
Weven in the start of the taste, typical weizen notes.
In the aftertaste the malt and caramel notes are stronger.
Anyway, good beer.

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Photo of clickpush
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 1pint 9oz bottle to tulip. Enters the glass with a huge head, about half the glass - everything above the crest of the bulb. This is a foggy, dark brown beer with a gorgeous off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass as the middle disappears.

Nose: Bananas and spicy yeastiness. The aromas of the wheat and malts make this beer smell sweet and bready, but not altogether delicious. Also smells a little acidic.

Mouth: My first reaction is to the sourness of the beer (ech!) but it also comes in with a banana-nut bread taste and a good, tingly smooth mouthfeel and a toffee flavored finish. This beer had a lot of potential, but is ruined by an unacceptable acidic trait that numbs the back of the tongue and cheeks to any other flavors that might be present.

Would not buy this beer again, even if it does look beautiful in its glass.

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Photo of chefscott79
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really found myself wanting more flavor from this beer...needs more roasted malt flavor....or wheat flavor
I also did not find too much of the clove or bananna flavors that I have known and loved about german wheat beers...
The malt flavor went quickly...and finished with a semi minerally dry finish....
would match with foods well but....soooo many better beers out there...why drink this?

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Photo of magictrokini
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours opaque brown with a thick, foamy, rocky off-white head. Metallic wheat aroma, with only a small amount of clove and bubblegum. Sour wheat taste at first, but after 2-3 pulls, it gets a nice cereal taste with a good amount of banana. I've had better, but this is not that bad.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a maroon brown with abundant off white/vanilla head in a weizen glass. The head retention was very poor and the carbonation was weak.

Smell: Noble hop characteristics poke through a sweet malty backbone. It's a little smokey and a little caramelly.

Taste: Very sweet from the smokey caramel, and low profile chocolate malt. Slight banana, but less present than I'm used to. The hops are interesting and strange, but don't contradict the malt despite being kinda intense.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied for a wheat beer, but still smooth, with very low bitterness. The carbonation feels active on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but the aftertaste kinda weirds me out. I would be happy to have it on tap, but it's too average to get another bottle of when there are so many other brews to try.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hopf Dunkle Weisse has an extremely thick, foamy, beige head, a hazy, lighter brown appearance, with bubble streams, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of spicy, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same, with underlying tap water and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hopf Dunkle Weisse finishes semi-dry and dull.


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Photo of CRJMellor
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, cloudy chestnut color. Big, foamy, bright white head recedes but leaves no lace on the glassware.
Aromas of caramel, clove and light bubblegum are detected.
Flavor has some spicy yeast with some cloves gives way to a mineral water and somewhat vacant body.
Mouthfeel has some spicy hints but overall very dull, vacant and watery. Mineral water notes are a little off-putting.
Drinkability is average. Nothing bad to note here but absolutely nothing that stands out.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured, it was amber in color with some foam and a little lace. The smel was fruity, with a hint of some spice. The taste was dyr in the palate, fruity and had some spice. Not overly found of this Dunkle Weisse. Sort of a flat taste on the finish.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Franziskaner weisse beer glass. Pours a cloudy deep brown color with a big tan head. Head drops after a few minutes to about a half pinkie's worth of foam.

Aromas of chocolate, banana, and light clove. Good malt sweetness, no hop aroma.

Flavors of grainy wheat, banana, good carbonic bite. All the flavors are there, but no very pronounced, a little weak. A little on the minerally side. Finish is short, with a deep caramel maltiness.

Mouthfeel is light, almost watery, with a good prickle from carbonation.

Overall, not a bad beer, not a great beer. There are many much better options for a Dunkel. But I don't think you'd go wrong giving it a try.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottled.

Poured it into a pilsener glass, leaving a tan, foamy, 3 finger head, that settled down into a thing 3 mm layer of foam with lacing on the side.

Aroma was barely there, a slight whiff of wheat, but not nearly as complex and aromatic as the Franziskaner dunkel-weiss from Spaten.

Taste, likewise, was well short of what a really great dunkel-weiss can offer, lacking wheatiness, yeastiness, fruitiness and only a tiny hint of malt. It's actually almost devoid of noteworthy character, and quite forgetable.

Mouthfeel is a bit better, with a lively carbonation that gives it a bit of fizz, which is a gift considering the uninspired taste.

Drinkability is quite high: it's quaffable, has so little character you can drink it like water, and the relatively low ABV means you won't hit your limit too soon. But, really, why would you, when there are so many better dunkel-weiss beers to be had?

I actually poured the rest of the bottle out, not because it was bad, but because I have other, better things to drink than this.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out that dark cloudy root-beer brown Dunkelweizen color that I love - the head starts to build long before I start to right the beer. Don't forget the yeast! I wasn't able to get it all in there, unfortunately, as my swirlings fluffified the liquid left in the bottle.

Smells like slightly sour but honeyish malts; Wheat, slightly caramelly, but with a very small skunky twinge.

Body is kind of thin; Twangy weizen flavors, banana, caramel, and clove.

Again, kind of thin; This has the proper carbonation, but the body of the beer isn't as plump as I like my weizens to be.

A good choice for an easy to drink beer, but if you've got the chance to grab another Dunkel like Franziskaner or Erdinger, it's probably worth the extra few cents.

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Photo of Fillpott
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to compare it to the Franziskaner Dunkelweisse. It was served from a bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy, opaque, brown/caramel color w/ an offwhite head. The smell was wheaty and even sour. The taste was clean and a little sour. The taste wasn't very impressive or complex. I would have almost said insipid, but after letting it warm a little, it gave more flavor. It had good drinkability because it was refreshing and not heavy.

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Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of wheat, banana, and some malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, that bubblegum quality common to wheat beers, banana, caramel, and some mild spices. The main problem with the flavor isn't the ingredients, but rather the fact that it's too thin and weak. Could have been better.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a wildly uneven beer. Had some good qualities, but somehow fell short.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy dark brown with a good-sized resilient, creamy off-white head. Large volume of carbonation coming up from the bottom.
Heavy sweet smell of bready malt and dark fruits, with a fainter aroma of banana and clove.
Taste had a kind of bananabread flavor with some prune and clove flavors added in. Not as robust in taste as I would have expected after smelling it.
Feel was rather thin and light with a raw edge to it.
Overall, I was impressed with the attractiveness and smell of this beer. However, I thought it to be coming up short on taste and feel.

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Photo of theopholis
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark cherry with an off-white head. Practiaclly no lace, which would be nice.

Aroma- Sweet, malty, wheaty with elements of over-ripe banana. Smells great.

Taste- Doesn't taste anything like it smells. Like lightly toasted barley and a sour, tangy wheat. Slightly astringent, which seems oddly to fit well. A hint of pine nuts in there to.

Body- Average body for the style. A tad over-carboanted tho.

Drinkability- Like I said earlier, a tad astringent, but not bad overall.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with orange hues, good creamy head with ample retention. Aromas of cooked caramel, sweet malt and banana as well as some barnyarn/gamey notes. Somewhat fat in the mouth while soft in texture with mild carbonation. Flavors are a bit gamey and very nutty with some husky and caramal malt flavors. The beer finishes mildly watery.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

long bottle served into an oblong glass

pours this nutty brown color that leaves a tan head.

heavenly malty yeast, spice and banana in the nose

light grains, malts, clean light finish

this beer leaves a little to be desired. looks and smells wonderful but when you taste it kinda falls flat. not that its not any good just wish the flavor profile matched the look/smell

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the 500ml brown bottle a cloudless burnished copper color with a humongous creamy head the is light tan in color, as it ever so slowly fades away the residual lace forms a fine blanket to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet caramel aroma with a nice bit of wheat, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is lightly sweet with a good grain presence, and the top is light to middling in feel. Finish is benignly hopped and the acidity purposeful, very dry aftertaste, a pleasant enough beer, and one that goes well with the rapidly approaching Arizona summer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having it's lighter brother back in the summer, I now turn to the dark side of Hopf. On the label it says "Die Spezialität aus dunklem Malz", roughly translating to "the specialty of dark malts". On to the beer:

Pours out a deep caramel color, settling in the glass as murky brown. In the aroma, there are notes of apple cider and spice. Caramel and raisins appear as it warms. Unfortunately they don't really meld together. As for the taste, it's a smooth taste, one which tends to be more apple dominant. Bitterness is very low, with the spice providing the balance to the apple. Light feel of alcohol is felt when the beer lands in the stomach. Overall, it does the job.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, an easy pour produces an initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head that rests on top of a murky, dark, brownish, concentrated amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows tons of carbonation bubbles as well as a hazy, ruby hue and the head even leaves some spotty lacing as it subsides, but never dissipates. Appetizing aromatic notes of bananas, pear, definite clove and a touch of juicy-fruit are noticed up front. After resting a bit a distinct, sweet, cooked apple notes becomes quite noticeable. Behind these notes is a crusty, toasted bread note, browned-crushed soda crackers and a touch of grassy wheat. I am quite surprised how distinctly fruity this is; it is nice, but a bit atypical.

Soft and creamy feeling up front, but the biting, zippy carbonation soon kicks in and keeps this fairly light as it flows across the palate. The beer is fairly dry, especially for a Dunkle, but does this without coming off as thin. Lightly tart as wheat beers often are, this accentuates an apple like fruit note as well as a touch of apricots. This fruitiness is not as distinct as the aroma was. The beer finishes with a characteristic phenolic character reminiscent of cloves; it is actually a bit spicy when coupled with the zesty carbonation. Also in the finish is a dusty, slightly grassy malt / grain character that is pretty nice, though hard to notice at times. There is also a touch of toasted malt character in the long finish.

As the beer warms a bit a touch of dusty cocoa flavors start to come out, but only just a hint. This is a tasty Dunkle Weizen; it is not a prototypical example, but I like that balance it strikes between fruit & phenolics. Definitely an enjoyable brew. The tartness makes this quite easy drinking.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of mickeymac
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a funky sewage brown, it has an off white head that disappears quickly. The usual banana and clove smells are in there but in lesser amounts than others of the style. The same holds true for the taste. It's not unpleasant, but it's a bit on the light side in the taste and also in the mouthfeel. Despite these drawbacks it-like most other weissbiers-goes down easy.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm opaque hazel brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that turns rocky that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice toasted dry malt aroma with a faint banana hint. As it warms there is a soft caramel sweetness that comes through.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a soft black roasted malt in the background. The finish is a slight dry carbonic acid note with a clean finish. As it warms there is a faint cherry tanginess and a club soda hint as it warms.

M- There is a light mouthfeel with a big fizz in the finish. There is a slight watery note that comes through as it warms.

D- This beer is very smooth with some good dark flavors with no notes of hops but the big fizz cleans up the finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better smell than flavor in my opinion.

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Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
83 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.